Rock the Red Pump for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

rocktheredpump_outfit2Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  Every 47 minutes, a woman will be diagnosed with HIV in the United States.  This day is about showing support for all women afflicted by HIV or AIDS, and helping to encourage the spread of awareness.

While rocking red pumps may seem like an attempt to make a simple fashion statement, we can promise you that it is much more than that. We #RockTheRedPump as a symbol of solidarity, of boldness, and of power. This epidemic started one person at a time and that is the same way that it will end.


Today I #RocktheRedPump not just on my feet, but also on my blog and on Twitter and Facebook, helping to spread the message that those affected by this disease are not alone.

To all of our sisters living with HIV/AIDS, we stand with you.

To all of our sisters affected by HIV/AIDS, we stand with you.

rocktheredpump_outfitI am proud to #RockTheRedPump with everyone today!  This year is the 5th annual Rock the Red Pump Project.  While great progress has been made in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, women still represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group.  I encourage all of you to talk about this disease within your networks, locate your nearest testing center, get involved with an AIDS service organization near you, share a Facebook update, or dedicate a tweet.  There are so many ways that we can all make a difference.  Check out the Facebook page to join in the conversation, and see how many others are also rocking their red pumps today.  You can also upload an Instagram photo of you wearing red pumps with the official hashtag: #RocktheRedPump, or tweet some info or a photo with the same hashtag to @RedPumpProj.



Help spread the word!


All photos by the incomparable Brooke Morse.  Send her some love visting her website!

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Not Much Confidence in Your DIY Skills? Try a Class – Online!

The lovely girls of A Beautiful Mess, who run the vintage boutique Red Velvet, are offering a DIY Dress Up e-Course where you can learn sewing techniques to help you make a variety of projects.  From a headband to a stylish bag to even drafting your own patterns for a dress that fits you perfectly – the course is organized into 17 “sessions” on a private, password-protected blog.  You can take this course any time, 24/7, to view the in-depth photo tutorials for each session.  In the tutorials they instruct you on utilizing your sewing machine to its fullest, thinking like a designer in designing your DIY pieces, reading patterns, and making many items to add to your closet.  And the cost?  A mere $29!

They’ve posted a FAQ here as well.

So here’s a question for all of you: do you believe reading a blog series online would be beneficial in upping your DIY skills?  Or do you feel the online format would not be able to provide enough of the assistance necessary?  Or perhaps that photo tutorials on blogs are a dime a dozen and that all of these techniques could be learned elsewhere?

Discuss!  Is this the future of DIY classes?



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