iGoPink/BCCA Partners with KINKY® Cocktails for Second Consecutive Year

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kinky-for-a-causeThe Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) is pleased to announce the return of their partnership of KINKY® Cocktails to kick off the fall months and prepare for Breast Cancer Awareness Season.

KINKY® Cocktails Pink, in limited edition BCCA packaging, will be available nationwide during the entire month of October and a monetary donation will be given to The Breast Cancer Charities of America by KINKY® Beverages. The BCCA is a national nonprofit focused on education women and servicing those battling breast cancer. The funds will help the BCCA in their program services, like their Help Now Fund, which helps women going through active treatment to pay bills like rent and utilities while they focus on fighting breast cancer.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with KINKY® Cocktails again this year,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “We love to be apart of women coming together and fighting for such an important cause.”

“We are honored to be invited to be a part of The Breast Cancer Charities of America again this year. Empowering women is something that KINKY® Beverages believes in, and together with the BCCA, we hope to make a difference for women everywhere.” – Jessica Reckinger, Brand Manager, KINKY® Beverages.

KINKY® Cocktails Pink can be found at retailers nationwide where KINKY® Beverages are sold.

For more information about KINKY® Cocktails and KINKY® Beverages, please visit: www.kinkybeverages.com



Announcing Wine Women & Shoes Models and Spotlight Survivor

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The committee of Wine Women & Shoes, presented by EXIT Lonestar Realty, is adding a special touch to their third annual fall event. This year, the New York style fashion show will feature exclusively models who have been affected by breast cancer. You’ll see women who are battling breast cancer, won the battle, supportive sisters, friends, and mother-daughter teams all showcasing this year’s newest trends from Dillard’s.

“We are honored to be featuring all of these strong women,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “It’s such a great way for us to show the community the true faces of breast cancer.  When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, it doesn’t just impact the patient; it touches family, friends and loved ones.”  This year attendees will see over 24 local survivors, patients and loved ones walking the runway to show their support for the cause.

Also this year, the Wine Women & Shoes committee has selected Montgomery County Treasurer, Stephanne Davenport, as the annual spotlight survivor.  Last year, Stephanne walked in the fashion show literally days after her last round of treatment.  Stephanne is very active and involved with the educational and program service platforms that BCCA provides and the committee is honored to have her spotlighted this year.

Tickets for Wine Women & Shoes are available now. VIP tickets and Platinum VIP tables are available on a first come first serve basis. Sponsorship opportunities also remain. To find out more information visit: www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston  or www.iGoPink.org

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is grateful for all of their event sponsors, which include: Maserati, CHLOE Wine, Tiff’s Treats, H-E-B, Dr. Lind Plastic Surgery, Stephens Gatewood & Associates Dentistry, Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy, Pinnacle Insurance, Avanti Senior Living, Four Seasons Veterinary Hospital, Massage Heights Panther Creek & Spring Creek, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Shag Salon, Style Revival, Kendra Scott, LUCHO, Rhinestone Leopard, Armarillo de la Bella, Magnolia Mey, Marmi, DJ Hollywood Steve, Mindy Harmon, My Wallet My Style, Tara Flannery Photography, J Stacy Photography, Woodlands Photo Co., AGB Videography, SpeedPro Imaging, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Home, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/reviewit.Flair.Vida Social Magazines, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, FOX 26, WoodlandsHits.com, and KSTAR Country Radio.



Presenting Sponsor and Designers of Wine Women & Shoes Announced

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America is pleased to announce that EXIT Lone Star Realty will be the presenting sponsor for Wine Women & Shoes Houston. This is the second consecutive year that EXIT Lone Star Realty is the presenting sponsor for Wine Women & Shoes, returning on September 29, 2016 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

“We’re very fortunate to have EXIT Lone Star Realty back as our presenting sponsor for Wine Women & Shoes,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “Just as breast cancer has touched each of us, it has directly touched them as well, and we appreciate their passion for helping to educate and empower women to prevent and survive breast cancer.”

“EXIT Lone Star Realty is excited to be the presenting sponsor again for Wine Women & Shoes. It touches home even more that both my niece as well as a dear friend/client (both breast cancer survivors) will be modeling in the runway show as survivors,” said Susan Mack, Owner/Broker of EXIT Lone Star Realty. “BCCA is such a worthy cause and it is wonderful to see how the event is growing. It’s going to be even more fabulous than last year if that’s possible!”

The New York-Style Runway Show will be spotlighting the night this year with local and name-brand designers. For the third annual event, Dillard’s will be the Exclusive Fashion Show Sponsor, showcasing their newest fall fashions; Kendra Scott will be the Exclusive Jewelry Sponsor as well as hosts of the popular ‘Sip & Sparkle’ station; Uptown Park’s custom shoe designer, LUCHO, is back as the Exclusive Shoe Sponsor and will be displaying their fabulous stilettos. Other marketplace vendors are Rhinestone Leopard, Magnolia Mey, Armarillo de la Bella, and Marmi, who will all be selling their new fall lines.

This year, Wine Women & Shoes is honoring those touched by breast cancer in a very special way. All of the runway models will be women who have been affected in some way by breast cancer: survivors, family members, medical personnel and more will be showcasing every look and sharing their inspiring stories of hope.

Tickets for Wine Women & Shoes are available now. VIP tickets and Platinum VIP tables are available on a first come first serve basis. Sponsorship opportunities also remain. To find out more information visit: www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston  orwww.iGoPink.org

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is grateful for all of their event sponsors, which include: Maserati, CHLOE Wine, Tiff’s Treats, H-E-B, Dr. Lind Plastic Surgery, Stephens Gatewood & Associates Dentistry, Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy, Pinnacle Insurance, Avanti Senior Living, Four Seasons Veterinary Hospital, Massage Heights Panther Creek & Spring Creek, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Shag Salon, Style Revival, DJ Hollywood Steve, Mindy Harmon, My Wallet My Style, Tara Flannery Photography, J Stacy Photography, Woodlands Photo Co., AGB Videography, SpeedPro Imaging, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Home, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/reviewit.Flair.Vida Social Magazines, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, FOX 26, and KSTAR Country Radio.



Turn Passion Into Action

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by Tristan Cablay

The word advocacy is frequently tossed around. I’m sure you have heard the sentence “I am an advocate of XYZ” or “Be your own advocate”. I myself have often used both of those sentences, but what does being an advocate really mean? I wanted to get to the bottom of it, so I started where most of my research starts… in a Google search bar.   The results were simple. Actually, they were much less complex than I thought they would be.

Advocacy means taking action in support of something.

My mind frames this as passion. Being passionate enough to move. Anyone can be in support of something, however, if you are passionate enough to take action, to actually do something, you are an advocate.

Here is your call to action: Be a voice, be a social influencer, learn, then learn some more. Take action to make someone’s life better. Act to make your life better.

Find your passion.

Make a difference.

Take action.

Be an advocate.

I would love for you to join the Breast Cancer Charities of America’s efforts toward breast cancer awareness. I have found my passion in iGoPink. Have you found yours?

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Why can’t I lose weight?!

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By Jen Langlois of TruFit Training

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I’ve Tried EVERYTHING!! Why can’t I lose weight?!

I seem to hear these cries for help a lot lately. Trust me! I’ve been there too!

We cut calories. We start exercising more. We do our research on the latest fad diets and supplements. And search our Facebook feed for the newest workout moves! When really, we just need to stop making weight loss harder than it needs to be.

Needless to say. There are a slew of reasons that you might be having trouble losing those pesky LBs. But here are my top 3.

There isn’t a simple one size fits all for diet and training. You’re unique. And so should be your diet and training program. I wish it were just as easy as a math equation of less calories in than calories out. Fad diets aren’t sustainable. And you need ALL your macros. (Protein, Fat and Carbs). Focus on portion control instead. And make sure you have the right ratio of cardio vs. strength training.

Stop sabotaging your gains with excessive exercise. More isn’t always better. What’s better is being more efficient in your training. Not giving our body time to rest and recover can also be detrimental to our goals. Its when we rest that our muscle grows. And the more muscle we have – the faster we burn calories while we train and rest. It comes full circle. On the flip side – you need to question… Am I exercising hard enough?? Is that 3 hours a week sufficient in comparison to my sedentary lifestyle?? HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of my favorite forms of training for efficient weight loss.

Remember…this is a marathon. Not a sprint! Don’t expect to see changes in your body after a couple of weeks of training. Especially if it’s taken you years to gain the weight. I know we love that immediate gratification. But stop beating yourself up so much. You might not SEE your results straight away. But you’ll FEEL them straight away! Bench markers don’t always need to be weight loss. I prefer to focus on quality of life. And weight loss is a bonus side product of bettering our life by becoming more healthy!

But above all…MOVE!



One In A Melon

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my favorite watermelon accessory…and only $8!

by Tori Carruth

Happy hump day, and more importantly happy national watermelon day! I feel like lately the pineapple has really had a moment. I personally have two of the cutest Tommy Bahama pineapple lamps in my room, so I’m speaking from experience here. One fruit (vegetable?) that gets overlooked in both cuteness and tastiness is the watermelon. It’s perfect for hot summer days and is super good for you. It’s high in fiber, vitamins A & C, and a great source of potassium.

Fun fact about watermelons: in both China and Japan, it’s a popular gift to bring to a host! I think I’d prefer wine, but that’s just me.

Here are some of my favorite watermelon items.

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And here is a fun recipe to try by one of my favorite bloggers, The Skinny Confidential!

Happy national watermelon day!



Try This! 3 Natural Product Swaps

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By Tristan Cablay

Healthy Swaps
Are you a creature of habit? I reluctantly have to say that I really (really) am! I find something that I like and I stick with it. I will swap out scents and fragrances according to the season or occasion. But, on a whole, I am a pretty loyal customer.

That’s what makes switching out products so fun for me! (Now, remember. I said I was a loyal customer, so I don’t get too crazy.) But, what I have started to do within the last several years was be a more conscious consumer. I try swapping out some of my normal products for more healthy choices. Effective natural products are sitting on the shelf right next to our traditional favorites. These swaps made it very easy to choose a better option without having to visit a specialty store.

Here are three items that started out as easy swaps and now have found their way into my grocery cart on a regular basis:

Tom’s Toothpaste
Why? I love that you can click on a product from their website and learn the ingredient, purpose, and source. Knowing what you are putting into your body is key to healthy living.

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal
Why? Hypoallergenic, Paraben/ PG Free, and Fragrance-Free calls to me. If you have sensitive skin, are concerned with cancer research linked to parabens, this might be a great option.

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Body Oil
Why? This is product is a Godsend for dehydrated skin! Also Paraben and Phthalate free, this is a great addition to your moisturizing routine!

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Try mine! I’d love to try yours too! What are your favorite health-conscious swaps and why?



Women To Admire

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By Tori Carruth

Let’s talk about being women. I’ve been inspired lately by powerful women around me, and wanted to share some lessons I’ve learned to kick start this week!

 

  1. I got an email recently from a woman who is admired and respected, and she signed her email “XO”. This really struck a chord in me. As a woman, I always feel the need to be overly nice, more enthusiastic than I feel, yet still professional. That’s a lot of adjectives to live up to. When drafting an email, especially when new to the working world, I am so careful when choosing my words. “Does this make me sound like I’m trying too hard? Is this intimidating? Does that sound too dumb? Should I put a period or an exclamation mark? Is “sincerely” too formal? Is “thanks!” over the top?” This woman didn’t question herself. She sent an email, to a large group of professionals, and signed it “XO”. She didn’t care which adjective she was being too much or not enough of.

 

  1. How many times a day do you start your sentence with “Sorry” when you aren’t actually apologizing for something? We often say “sorry” when what we mean is “thank you”. Checkout this great comic by Yao Xiao who really nails this. Instead of blaming yourself, you’re showing gratitude. Amy Poehler said it best in her book Yes Please, “It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate.” Another great representation of this is a commercial Pantene put out, urging women to “be strong and shine” rather than sorry. Check it out here. Unless someone truly deserves to hear “I’m sorry”, you don’t owe the world an apology for being.

 

  1. Finally, here are some of my favorite quotes from women who rock.

 

Speak in statements instead of apologetic questions. No one wants to go to a doctor who says, “I’m going to be your surgeon? I’m here to talk to you about your procedure? I was first in my class at Johns Hopkins, so?” Make statements, with your actions and your voice.—Tina Fey

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. — Gloria Steinem

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. —Helen Keller

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead

That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me ― Amy Poehler, Yes Please

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. — Anais Nin

A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts. —Nancy Rathburn

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. —Nora Ephron

 

I hope you have a great week! Show kindness, and kick butt.

XO,

Tori

 

 



On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

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Wednesday We Wear Pink Accessories

By Erica Johnson

Part of the iGoPinkLife’s new concept is a total lifestyle overview. If you’re any type of a girly-girl like we are, we all love fashion in some way shape and form. AND if you couldn’t guess, the favorite color of the iGoPinkLife team is…(drumroll please), PINK! To us, it’s more than a color, it’s a statement…a bold statement not only of fashion but a statement that brings unity to women supporting women; a color that stands for survivorship and a color that evokes happiness.

Each month you’ll be seeing us cap off the month with our “On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink” segment (but to be quite honest, we wear pink nearly 7 days a week around here.) I’m excited to kick off this segment with one of my key secrets to fashionably add pink your lifestyle.

You guessed it, accessories. I’m an accessory nut—from shoes to handbags, jewelry to scarves. There is SO much you can do with accessories without breaking the bank too. Try some of these simple secrets to make your wardrobe pop with a flash of pink:

  • Jewelry – there are so many fantastic costume jewelry places out there these days. One of my fav’s is Charming Charlie…tons of great looks that fit any budget. A pop of color or a fun necklace can completely change the look of a simple outfit.
  • Handbags – I’m not a fan of changing out purses (I’ll pack one purse and not change it for months) however, when I’m going to a luncheon or out and want to keep basic but add some fun to my outfit, a handbag is a simple way to do it.
  • Shoes – my poor husband, thank goodness he understands my love for shoes. These here are some that I constantly get stopped for all the time. They’re made by Guess and from Macy’s (a few years back though). Super comfy, constantly a show stopper and with your Macy’s card, even more on sale!
  • Scarves – in Texas it’s a bit too hot to be accessorizing this time of year with scarves, however, it’s one of my Fall staples. Go on Youtube to find some tutorials on how to knot scarves and you’ll be amazed what fun you can do with a piece of fabric!
  • Lipstick – I call it an accessory because it really can be. Smiling can be one of life’s greatest accessories. Shine those pearly whites and dawn them with a fabulous bold color too!

So as we roll out our on Wednesday’s we wear pink segments, we’d love to see what ways you incorporate pink (or color) into your wardrobe! Get creative…it’s amazing how far a few pieces can change your look!



Top 10 Guilty Pleasures

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Today we’re talking guilty pleasures. We all have them. If yours are similar to mine, hey girl hey, let’s be friends! I am a firm believer in the art of balance. It’s never good to be too much of anything, so today we’re talking splurging on those things we maybe don’t allow ourselves too often (and for good reason).

  1. Really awful TV. I’m looking at you, The Bachelor franchise.

WHY do I watch this? I have no idea. But I can tell you every detail of every episode, my favorite contestants, the season villain, maybe even Jojo’s dog’s name (it’s Jackson).

  1. Ugh.

Okay, this is so bad for you. However, I cannot say no to candy. Whether it’s a candy store, a gas station, the Walgreens checkout line, I’m probably leaving with a treat like a 5-year-old. #youngatheart

  1. Bad country music.

Y’all, I am from Texas. I can appreciate some good country music. However, I can also appreciate driving with my windows down screaming every word to “House Party” by Sam Hunt. Not even embarrassed.

  1. French fries. Pizza. Hamburgers. Chips. Queso.

I’m salivating typing this. Seriously, why is fast food so good/bad? Like, you know how terrible it is for you, but you CANNOT STOP. Kind of like texting an ex, ya know?

  1. Cheesy romance novels.

I’m talking the kind your mom hid under her bed because the entire family made fun of her for reading anything with a shirtless cowboy on the cover. (Hi, Mom!)

  1. “I like long walks…through Target…”

Target is my home. Whenever I send out mail, my return address is my local Target. Kidding. But seriously, I’ll go here for cat food and I leave with new throw pillows, a swim suit, sandals, mascara I didn’t need, a phone case, and probably no cat food.

  1. Visits to the nail salon.

Okay, I know you’re like “wait, what” but hear me out. Mani/Pedi’s are so great to treat yourself. However, some people, (my roommate and I) take this to an extreme. I get them 2-3 times a month, and I can’t even function if my nails aren’t painted. It’s ridiculous.

  1. Online shopping, yikes.

What is it about a flash sale?!? My budget becomes irrelevant the second I get that “half yearly!” Nordstrom email. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

  1. Raw cookie dough.

Salmonella is a conspiracy theory our moms made up so we’d quit eating cookie dough. That’s what I tell myself anyways.

  1. Yoga pants.

When used for lounging or cardio, these are great! When you live in them like me, not so much! For as much as I work out (literally not at all), it’s amazing how much time I somehow justify spending in work out pants.

So, there are my 10 darkest secrets guilty pleasures. What are yours?! Are any of ours the same? Tell me I’m not alone. Remember, balance is key. Workout Monday-Friday, but give yourself the weekend to recuperate and indulge. Binge watch Teen Mom 2 in your ugliest sweats with a large pizza, you deserve it.

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