Kenneth Cole meet Kitty Bradshaw #conversationwithKennethCole

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Yesterday, I attended the Conversations with Kenneth Cole/ amfAR event at the Kenneth Cole headquarters and showroom.  This event was part networking, part tribute to Kenneth Cole‘s years of commitment and service to bringing awareness to HIV/AIDS, and a Q&A sessions moderated by David Lipke, Senior Editor for WWD (Women’s Wear Daily).

During the Q&A session, we listened to Mr. Cole speak about how he used his platform to bring awareness to a cause that was not necessarily a popular one to support 25 years ago.  Back in the 80′s people associated HIV/AIDS with being homosexual or being of Haitian decent.  People didn’t understand or accept why a single, white male would want to champion for a cause/ disease that was seen as “taboo”.  Kenneth Cole had the foresight to know that through awareness comes prevention.  He used his time, money, and brand to get other celebrities involved and raise money for a cure.  Mr. Cole stated that when he first started, there were only 17 organizations dedicated to HIV/AIDS research.  Fast forward to now, that number has ballooned… but Kenneth Cole stressed that the fight must continue on until a cure is found.

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Towards the end, Kenneth Cole spoke about his experiences working along side celebrities who also championed for this cause such as Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone, Elton John, and countless others.  Mr. Cole spoke candidly about his final conversation with Elizabeth Taylor and how through her illness she was still determined to make personal appearances to support HIV/AIDS funding. I honestly enjoyed this event; and must give a special thank you to Heather-Sky McField for inviting me out.  This event provided the opportunity to get insight from one of the pioneers of the HIV/AIDS awareness movement.  He tackled a subject that was not a popular one to address, and went against the grain.  Kenneth Cole made it fashionable to remove one’s head from the sand, an for that I appreciate him.

In addition to the event, we got to view Kenneth Cole‘s Fall/ Winter 2013 collection straight from the runway’s of New York Fashion Week which occurred 3 weeks ago.  I am glad Team Kenneth Cole moved the Q&A session separate from the showroom… I would have been distracted by all of the clothing with their colorful textures, mixtures of metals and intense hues, and metallic sweaters!!!!  *sighs*  This was way better than attending the show itself.  Below are the pictures… please leave comments and tell me what you think.  My favorite moment was getting the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Kenneth and David.  Side Note:  You may recognize David Lipke from his appearance on The Face, episode 2.

 

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New York: October Breast Cancer Month

 

According to the New York State Department of Health:

What should people know about breast cancer?

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in New York State.

Each year, about 14,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease in New York State. It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime during her life.

Men also get breast cancer, but it is very rare. About 150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in New York State.

 

Who gets breast cancer?

Breast cancer is more common among older women. The risk for getting breast cancer increases with age. More than three-quarters of women who get breast cancer are over the age of fifty. White women are more likely to get breast cancer than Black women. Also, women with high socioeconomic status (those whose family income is above average) are more likely to get breast cancer. Scientists believe this may be related to having their first child at an older age, fewer pregnancies, diet and possibly other factors shared by women in higher income groups.

Read more here

 

Breast Cancer month is observed during October; and Team Bradshaw will posting articles throughout the month to bring awareness to this disease that is affecting the lives of so many.  I can not stress to you enough how important it is to do perform self examinations as well as get screened by your doctor.  Breast cancer can not be prevented, but with proper screenings we can grab the bull by its horns so to speak and show him who is boss!

Product Review: @GoodyHair Ouchless Products

 

 

The Kitty Bradshaw’s favorite hair accessories brand, Goody sent over some Ouchless products for me to try. First I would like to say that I am a longtime fan of Goody products as both you and their marketing team know, loll. I have spent countless tweets on Twitter talking about how my hair of satan likes to fight with the combs that I run through it. Goody is the only company that makes durable enough to run the gambit with my hair. I purchase their combs every two months when I am either taking out a weave or braids.

Now back to my review… as I was saying earlier, Goody sent over a box of Ouchless Products. What are “Ouchless Products” you ask?! Ouchless products were created to cause limited strain on the hair, which in turn decreases hair loss. Softer materials are used when making the products with sensitive scalps in mind. I have had these items in my possession for over a month now, but I chose to wait until Breast Cancer month to plug these items. According to the New York Department of Health website, over 100,000 New Yorkers are diagnosed with Cancer each year. Although not everyone experiences this, hair loss is a common side effect of cancer treatments. When I first tried these products out I immediately thought… wow these items would be great for someone experiencing hair loss. Someone coming to grips with thinning hair would like these items; or to take it a step further someone wanting to try new styles with wigs or hair pieces without causing strain on the hair cap. Lastly, children with tender scalps would appreciate these items as well.

Women, regardless of age, creed, class, or background are very sensitive about their hair. I experience hair loss whenever I am stressed out. I have to take extra precautions not apply to much stress on my scalp. I take a break from chemicals, and try to stray away from ponytails. Let me assure you all that these products are so extremely gentle on the scalp, you barely feel them when being used.

Keep calm throughout the day thanks to the Goody Ouchless Black Elastics. These little Zen masters contain no metal, meaning they are guaranteed not to snag or pull, leaving you free to enjoy your day as you choose.

In my Goody package I received the Ouchless gentle elastic ponytail holders, and a Ouchless cushion brush. The line in total carries everything from headbands to several types of brushes and elastics. They also carry a line of detangling combs, and head wraps. These items can be purchased anywhere hair products are sold… but my favorite location is Target :). Price points range from $1.99 to $9.99 (Goody wanted your budget to be “Ouchless” as well lolll).

Thank you to Goody PR/Marketing for sending these items over… you will forever be my go-to hair accessories brand.