Fall Fashion Frenzy Charity Event at Woodburn Premium Outlets Recap

woodburn-fall-fashion-frenzy-eventHi friends!

Who attended the Fall Fashion Frenzy Charity Event at Woodburn Premium Outlets last Saturday? It was an awesome event, filled with fun, food, shopping, and steals to be had all day long.


The 11 charities that benefited from the event were all there helping out. These puppies were from Guide Dogs for the Blind.woodburn-fall-fashion-frenzy-event-photo-booth

Attendees received a complimentary catered lunch with original Fall Fashion cocktail (“Frenzy Fizz,” “Sparkling Diva,” and “Fashion Spritzer”), and snapped fun candid photos at the Photo Station by Paparazzi Tonight.

At each tent entrance there were different Fall ‘looks’ from Woodburn Premium Outlets retailers (top photo).


Attendees were invited to enter to win one of 12 purses donated by stores. Inside one purse was a $500 gift card. Attendees gathered together to find who the winners were at the drawing.


The lucky winner of the $500 Simon Premium Outlets gift card.


Plus there were cute swag bags attendees got to take home with them – filled with indulgences!

All in all, the event raised more than $50,000: a record year, with all of it going to charity. Everyone had an amazing time and it was a completely packed house.

If you’re in the Portland metro area next year, you should absolutely come to the event for a fun day of shopping and charity! Hope to see you there next year –


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The Socks I Sent to Japan Arrived!

I spotted two pairs of socks I sent in this photo: the hot-pink stripe and the light pink socks!

As you all probably know, besides donating money for tsunami relief efforts in Japan, I also sent 38 pairs of socks for men, women, and children, along with some handwritten letters and toiletry items, to a newly-formed organization that aims to distribute these items to the displaced victims housed in temporary shelters in the northern parts of Japan.

This morning, Socks for Japan shared their first experience making a delivery to a couple shelters located in Ibaraki, who had cited an urgent need for socks and specially requested them.  The group also shared the photos they took of the destroyed towns and homes, damaged personal items, and the isolated survivors in the various shelters they visited.

From their account of the day:

Three ladies sat together on a blanket after receiving their socks, all three engrossed in reading the letters. They looked so happy and kept turning to each other to share what their letters said. They noticed us noticing them, and the eldest among them held her letter up and told us, “This is wonderful.”

Hand-writing 14 copies of this long letter took an awful long time…

But for the look on this woman’s face I would write 10,000 more.

It’s so amazing to be involved with a charity that actually does what it sets out to do, wholly and caringly – and provides an actual account of their work so there can be no misunderstandings about it.  Perhaps I shall never learn the names of these people…but I am so glad to have brightened their day in even the smallest way.

The write-up is incredibly moving, and hopefully puts to rest any criticisms that socks are neither needed nor wanted.

Read the Full Account of the Socks Delivery Here


Thank you to Socks for Japan, who have allowed me to help in such a tiny way!


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SELF Women Doing Good Awards and a L’Oreal Paris Gift Bag Giveaway!

Tuesday earlier this week the Women Doing Good Awards commenced at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  The third annual event hosted by SELF Magazine honored 4 women deserving of recognition for their charity work and their tireless efforts to make the world a better place.  The recipients, as chosen by SELF reader vote, were:

Lisa Scarpinato (Kitchen on the Street)

Lisa Scarpinato and her husband co-founded Kitchen on the Street, a non-profit in Phoenix which sends more than 300 needy kids home from school on Fridays with Bags of Hope- backpacks filled with enough food for them until Monday. After learning that kids in her community were going hungry on the weekends, she decided to do something. “It broke my heart that kids at our local school were starving,” she said, “I wanted to be a good neighbor.”

JJ Ramberg (GoodSearch.com)

JJ Ramberg thought with all the money that search engines were making, there must be a way to donate some to good causes. Her good heart and motivation led her to start GoodSearch.com with her brother, Ken. The site donates one cent to a charity (there are over 90,000 non-profits to choose from) each time you browse the web. They also launched a sister-site GoodShop to connect online-shoppers to vendors like Target who will donate up to 30 percent of each purchase to a listed cause. Since 2005, GoodSearch has raised $34,000 for the ASPCA and $14,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Haley Kilpatrick (Girl Talk)

When she was just 15, Haley Kilpatrick of Atlanta started Girl Talk, a mentoring program that pairs high school and middle school girls. Her hope is that young girls won’t go through the teasing and cyberbullying that she did as an adolescent. “Girls have to come together and talk so each one can realize it’s not just her having a rough time. I wish I’d known that,” she says. Nine years later, more than 32,000 girls in 39 states have joined Girl Talk.

Minka Kelly and Sofia Vergara 

Minka Kelly, celebrity recipient (Stand Up To Cancer)

A stunning and talented young actress, Minka Kelly distinguishes herself with powerful performances and a natural ease on both the small and big screens. Minka is best known as ‘Lyla Garrity’ on NBC’s critically acclaimed series Friday Night Lights and currently can be seen starring on NBC’s Parenthood. In 2008, Minka lost her 51-year-old mother, Maureen, to colon cancer. Determined to join the fight against cancer, Minka became an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a non-profit organization founded by a group of media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Hoda Kotb and Dylan Lauren

Hoda Kotb of the Today Show emceed the event and was also honored for her charity outreach in the fight against breast cancer.  The award recipients also received $10,000 from SELF’s editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger and Vice President & Publisher Laura McEwen.

AnnaLynne McCord. Love the updo!

Other celebs in attendance included Laura McEwen, Lucy Danziger, Maria Menounos, and Kamie Crawford, Miss Teen USA.

The event was presented by L’Oréal Paris, and included amazing gift bags filled to the brim with fabulous L’Oreal products.

So this brings us to our giveaway!  To spread goodwill and the spirit of the Women Doing Good Awards, SELF Magazine has generously offered that same gift bag to one lucky Chic Steals reader!

L’Oreal Women Doing Good Awards Gift Bag
The same gift bag that was given to attendees of the Women Doing Good Awards event – crammed with 10 items to help you (and your guy) look and feel your most fabulous! 

Contents: Telescopic Explosion / Infallible Lip Colour / Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye / GO 360 Clean / Men’s Expert Ice Cold Eye Roller / Men’s Expert Hydra Energetic Skin Energizing Gel Cleanser / Elnett Satin hairspray / Everstrong Reconstruct Shampoo / Studio Secrets Professional Color Smokes Eye Shadow / SELF Magazine October Issue

ARV = $100 (!!)

How to Enter
Edit 10/4: Entry period is now over and a winner will be announced shortly.

1. Required: Follow Chic Steals.  (In Blogger, Google Reader, Bloglovin, etc. – just once somewhere is sufficient!)
Then, Leave a Comment on this post below telling me which charity from the post above captured your heart.  Did Girl Talk seem like the best idea ever?  Do you use GoodSearch.com? Or would you donate your money to breast cancer research? Let me know in your co

2. Optional: For another entry, tweet this giveaway and leave a linkback to your tweet in ANOTHER COMMENT.  If you don’t leave it in a separate comment, I won’t count it – so keep it separate!

3. Optional: For another entry, blog about this giveaway and leave a linkback to your blog post in ANOTHER COMMENT.  If you don’t leave it in a separate comment, I won’t count it – so keep it separate!

4. Optional: For another entry, post about this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a linkback to your post in ANOTHER COMMENT.  If you don’t leave it in a separate comment, I won’t count it – so keep it separate!

Max: 4 entries per person allowed.

Giveaway open to any Chic Steals follower in the U.S.
Apologies to my international readers!:-(
Giveaway period is open from today until Sunday, Oct. 3, 11:59 PM PST.
Winner chosen by Random.org.


So please enter, spread the word – and good luck! (I’m soooo jealous and totally coveting that gift bag myself!!)


FTC Disclosure: I have not received any compensation for this post.  The gift bag will be sent to the winner of the giveaway directly from Conde Nast and the SELF Magazine team.  See my disclosure policy here.

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Carly’s Chic Steals and Fashion Deals of the Week: Shopping for Goodies & the Greater Good

 As a designer – my line is RIVETED Clothing & Accessories – I’ve developed an eye for style over the years…and right along with it, a nose for a bargain. Half the fun of fashion is looking fabulous without needing to declare bankruptcy. Each week, I showcase five hot designer-style steals (each for $100 or, in most cases, for much, much less)…along with one splurge-worthy item.

If, like many fashionistas, you’ve resolved to be more green in 2008, why not start with your style choices? These eco-friendly, fair trade fashion picks are easy on the earth and the wallet:






Made from recycled tire rubber and aluminum, this fashionable unisex bracelet donates $10 from each one sold to a number of environmental groups including Global Green and the National Resources Defense Council. And priced at just under $30, it displays a conscience – for your karma & your bank account. By itself or worn with a tangle of charm bracelets, wood bangles, and a chic steel watch, you’ll enjoy wearing your heart on your wrist. Greenloop Project Green Bracelet $29 – TheGreenLoop.com



 Designed by Sarah Worden of the indie band My Brightest Diamond, this super-soft American Apparel tee donates 100% of the cost are to Road Recovery, an organization that promotes a drug-free future for youth. Good deeds aside, it’s the vintage-rock style graphics that are this shirt’s selling point; the group of strange little birds at the hem just begs for a pair of banged-up denim pipestoves and a frayed handwoven scarf at the neck. My Brightest Diamond Tee $25 – YellowBirdProject.com



Dubbed the Roll-Up Dress, this machine-washable cotton number does just that, meaning you can stash it in your suitcase for a well-deserved Spring Break or mid-winter getaway. As with any (Product) RED item, a hefty amount of the profits (in this case, 50%) go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. Fashion-wise, this multitasker will look as chic over some dark skinny jeans and punchy ballet flats as with ankle-boots and a little swingy coat. (Product) RED Roll-Up Dress $68 – Gap.com








If you’re just so over not being a plastic bag, then try this equally eco-friendly (but far less self-important messagey) tote. With the handles anchored by grommets and long enough to sling over the shoulder, and a handy inner pocket for keys and other necessities, it’s effortlessly easy to schlep a full load of groceries home without resorting to plastic bags (on your solar-powered bicycle, of course). Your purchase helps fund loans to women in developing countries so they can begin entrepreneurial businesses to help better their lives. Nest Eco Tote $26 – BuildANest.com



These artisan-created pashmina/silk wraps come in gorge hand-dyed hues like Dream Blue and Pumpkin. They look just as fabulous slung over a worn denim jacket as gracing bare shoulders and evening dress. If you buy through The Hunger Site’s online shop they will donate 50 cups of food for the purchase; alternatively, purchase it at The Rainforest Site, The Breast Cancer Site, The Animal Rescue Site,The Child Health Site, or The Literacy Site for your purchase to give to those charities instead. And at just under $30, they are a luxe steal that also helps impart a change in the world. Lightweight Classic Pashmina $29.95 – TheHungerSite.com



Instead of posting the usual luxury item, I’ve chosen this website as my pick because it’s a fabulously easy way to give back while you shop. Simply choose your charity – options include Amnesty International, America’s Second Harvest, and The I Have a Dream Foundation – and then choose from a retailer from an extensive list which includes Amazon.com, eBags and 1800Flowers. And then proceed to shop ’til you drop – prices are identical as if you had gone directly to the e-tailer’s site, but in this case, a portion of your purchase goes directly to charity. GiveAndShop.com

If there are any high-priced pieces you’d like me to find similar, less costly versions of, please email me at *carlyjcais AT riveted-clothing.com*. ‘Til next week, fellow bargain-hunters!
– Carly J. Cais

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