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Bobi Clothing – Soft, Sexy Chic!

Bobi designer Kara Lusardi

Bobi designer Kara Lusardi

Any clothing that is soft to the touch and feels good against your skin is a keeper in my book.  I recently got to wear the perfect wrap cover-up on a cool evening by Bobi, and I didn’t want to take it off!

Created by Kara Lusardi, Bobi is a women’s collection of casual tees to elegant gowns in a variety of jersey weights. As a fan of color, Bobi has many options from their palette to choose from which allows something for everyone.  The line was created in 2006 and Kara specifically cuts the styles to be slimming and sexy by playing up areas that you want noticed –and playing down what you want to hide. Bobi is effortlessly chic and can be dressed up or down to each girl’s individual style.

Bobi Line

Select Bobi Spring 2013 Looks

Bobi has a great celebrity fan base that includes Madonna, Nicole Richie, Selena Gomez, Hilary Swank, Kim Khardashian and Giuliana Rancic.

This savvy fashionista definitely has a fab collection that is worth wearing where you can feel comfy and sexy at the same time.  Bobi is based in Los Angeles, with her items sold worldwide.

http://www.bobiusa.com

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Keep A Breast Foundation: Interview with Shaney Jo Darden

Keep A Breast Foundation Co-Founder and gobal CEO Shaney Jo Darden

Breast cancer awareness comes in different ways for many people to understand. Being able to break it down for youth is a different ball game, because you want the information to stick and be relevant. Keep A Breast foundation has mastered that with simple mantras, educational tools and a slogan that will get you talking. I had the opportunity to interview Shaney Jo Darden, co-founder and global CEO of Keep A Breast Foundation about her vision for breast cancer awareness, her passion to be fearless, and an eye for keeping her merchandise stylish and colorful.

1. How was Keep A Breast foundation developed?
In 2000, I founded The Keep A Breast Foundation after a artist in my community was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not seeing anything that resonated with me or my peers I decided to create an awareness campaign by harnessing the power of art to communicate complex feelings and thoughts about health, the female form and ultimately about breast cancer. I wanted to combine sculpture, philanthropy, and my love for art to raise funds for awareness and prevention of breast cancer.

As a result, I decided that it was my responsibility to create Keep A Breast! The scientific data and reports that exist on breast cancer prevention needs to be translated into normal youth language, make it easy to read, easy to understand, fun, cool, and most importantly empower young people to become activists and take this information into their own life, families, and communities, so they can live a healthy life for years to come, and hopefully cancer free.

2. What are 3 words to describe Keep A Breast foundation?
AWESOME. GROUNDBREAKING. LOVING.

3. What is the main take away from your foundation that you want people to leave with?
KAB has a few mantras. Mantras are words or phrases that inspire a change, and support a belief. 1. Prevention is the Cure 2. Check Your Self and 3. You’re never too young for breast cancer.

  • Prevention is the Cure. There is no cure for breast cancer, and we believe that through diet, lifestyle choices and reducing your exposure to toxins you can seriously lower your risk and prevent disease. We want to open people’s eyes to the fact that there are companies and products that are pushing products out there that are known to cause cancer.
  • Check Your Self. This all about knowing your body and doing your monthly self breast exams – early detection can save your life. We have so many ways you can learn how – through our iPhone app that gives you a monthly reminder, videos featuring musicians telling you how to Check Your Self or cards you can put in your bathroom or bedroom.
  • You’re Never too Young for Cancer. I’ve met many young girls, even in their teens that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, even guys! People in general think breast cancer is a disease for older women and that is simply not true anymore, we are here to break that misconception.

Model wearing the “i love boobies” t-shirt

4. How did you come up with the slogan, “I love boobies?”
Many years ago I was designing new tee’s for KAB and I wanted something special to take on our traveling education booth for the summer on the Vans Warped Tour. I wanted a tee shirt that would be a conversation starter, something that would provide support, raise funds, and most importantly to get young people to start to talking about cancer, how it’s impacted their lives and to get the conversation going about prevention. I have always been inspired by the classic I love New York tee shirt; then “I Love Boobies!” was born.

5. What is your background in fashion design?
I was always into fashion as a means of personal expression – I grew up even sewing my own clothes (it was important to me to be unique and different). I studied fashion design and ended up working in the action sports industry designing mostly denim for companies such as D.C Shoes and Sole Technology for many years. I love that I get to channel my creative talents and background into Keep A Breast, using art and clothing to educate and make a difference.

6. Do you also touch on awareness for men getting breast cancer?
Yes! 3 of our 16 employees’ grandfathers have had breast cancer, yet no one talks about it. The truth is that men do get breast cancer (so many are un-informed about this). And beyond that, nearly 70% of all breast cancers are found through self-exams. And with early detection, the 5-year survival rate is 98% – many lumps are found by a woman’s partner. We want to let people know that breast cancer should be a conversation that everyone is having No girl is going to be upset if you tell her that you feel something different in her breast. You could possibly save her life, just by opening up and making breast cancer a non-taboo conversation.

I Love Boobies bracelets in many colors and patterns

7. How did you select the colors and patterns for the bracelets (Love the many color options!)?
The Original KAB “I Love Boobies!” bracelet colors are our Foundation brand colors. From there I just started to create fun new color ways and packages based on seasons or holidays like; red, white and blue for 4th of July, and Neon for the summer. I try to launch fresh new styles all the time. People shouldn’t only be caring about breast cancer prevention while wearing pink or during the month of October.

8. What makes your breast cancer awareness foundation unique from all others?
EVERYTHING! There is no other breast cancer organization out there like KAB. I started KAB as a true grass roots art movement for breast cancer awareness; young people with a crazy passion for health and prevention. I’m pretty fearless and I’m not afraid to take risks for what I believe in. Our approach is different because we are all about going directly to young people and educating them in their own environment about their cancer risk and how they can prevent disease. I’m truly blessed to do what I do, and I’m so grateful for the team I have around the globe helping to further this cause.

For more information, check out http://www.keep-a-breast.org/

Project Runway, Seas 9 Ep 8: How Well Do You Know Me?

The challenge for the designers to create a look for a male’s significant other based on the interpretation was fun!  It’s always interesting to see what a man thinks their woman would like and how that translates into a design worthy to wow the judges and the client.  I would be curious to see what my boyfriend would tell a designer to make – he knows I love color so that would be a great
start! Let’s take a look at the high scores:

Viktor

Color is my middle name and Viktor brought it! I love everything about the look, including the hairstyle!  She looks very stylish, and a woman who means business but has a fun side.  The sunglasses and purse probably weren’t needed, but the necklace was a nice piece to add another color pop.

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Joshua

Even though I am not a huge fan of all black, I love that Joshua made a cute simple dress with an amazing back showcasing the lace
detail and a full twirl skirt. This could easily transform into other colors and sell like hotcakes in the store.  And nice touch to add a turquoise shoe!  I could see Reese Witherspoon wearing this to a movie premiere.

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Anya

Anya’s design was the most stylish, and runway ready!  I love this look as well, and Anya has established herself as a unique designer out of the pack.  With the model saying she is inspired to do an art piece from this dress speaks volumes.  Anya always brings her Trini flair to the runway and I look forward to her designs every week.  She is definitely a front runner!

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And now the low scores:

Bert

I am surprised Bert is still in the competition.  His designs are both too simple and boring or just plain wack.  Nice tailoring job, but that won’t get you far.

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Anthony Ryan

This design was rather boring and it did look similar to a cheerleading outfit.  Adding polka dots to this and changing the style could have produced a Bettie Paige look.  Luckily he’s still in the competition because he has made some amazing pieces in the past!

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Bryce

Great color but bad fit.  If Bryce could’ve conceptualized a vision earlier on and stuck with it, he might have created a stunning piece.

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Again, great challenge by Project Runway and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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