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Name Your Price

December 30, 2015

Online retailer Everlane is known for it’s impeccable basics, which are ethically produced. They have always been transparent about the manufacturing process and the costs associated with it, even posting a factory profile next their products.

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This week, they are taking it all a step futher, allowing customers to name their price when purchasing items. The site lists the original price, and a choice of three options for the sale price. One just covers the costs to make and ship the item, one adds on enough to cover shipping and overhead for their team, and the third choice adds on a little to help them cover future growth.

When you are fully engaged with your customers like Everlane is, we are willing to bet they are getting their fair share of people opting in to support their costs. Should other retailers follow suit?

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Give Back, Pay it Forward

December 2, 2015

This holiday season, and throughout the year, we like to participate in various charitable initiatives. Here a few ways we give back to our community and pay it forward, to help others:

This week, we are excited and honored ( did you take a look at that list of  sponsors.. meep!) to be baking for a pop up shop in the Union Square Holiday Market to benefit the High School of Food and Finance. Stop by to get a sweet treat from some of New York’s best bakers, (and moi!) to help the next wave of culinary entrepreneurs!

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We are riding in Cycle for Survival again, for the 7th consecutive year this March. Every dollar raised goes directly to Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital’s research labs, and their work has already saved lives across the globe. We still have a few spots on our team available, if you would like to ride, and we would be most appreciative of your donations. You can make a gift in someone’s honor, which in our opinion is the ultimate holiday present. It is fun and memorable event that truly changes the lives of cancer patients and their families. Click the link to above to get to our team page, and message me if you would like to ride with us. 158883101.custom

Our family friend and former pediatrition Dr. Jane Aronson is doing amazing things for children internationally. Her charity, Worldwide Orphan’s Foundation, strives to transform the lives of orphaned children and help them become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities and the world. From building hospitals in remote areas, to providing them with exposure to the arts, to building a team of “orphan rangers ” to spend quality time with these childen, the work she does it priceless. Click the link to learn more and support her work.

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Lastly, we are thrilled to be a contributor to Mogul, an information sharing website that unites women across the world. In addition to interesting stories on a vast array of subjects, Mogul offers a series of online courses. For each one you enroll in, the entire set of courses goes to a girl in need. The subjects range from Entrepreneurship, Finance and Career Development, to Beauty, Fitness and Travel. Check out a course, and give the gift of education to a girl who might not have the opportunity otherwise.

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There are so many other worthy causes, we couldn’t begin to list here. Whatever you passion is, we encourage you to support it through your time, or your financial contributions.

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Inspired Living

July 28, 2014


As a frequent business traveler, I tend to encounter some of the same people working at my destinations. Whether it is the room service waiter, the taxi driver or the check in clerk, there is something pleasant and comforting about encountering a familiar and friendly face.

In one city, I rely on a taxi service to shuttle me from my hotel to the office and back. It is not uncommon for me to have the same drivers over and over again. In the 30 minute rides, we make idle small talk, and they all know me on a first name basis. They know a bit about my family and where I live, among other tidbits we share on our journey together.

This week, I had a unique and gratifying experience. I was greeted my one of my regular drivers and he immediately inquired as to my well being, and my family. After a few minutes of polite chit chat, he told me he had been on a health kick and had lost about 30 pounds since we last spoke. He attributed it to getting active, and eating healthier. He began cooking his own food, and gave up on junk. I congratulated him on his accomplishment, but I was unprepared for came next.

He said, “Chatting with you about healthy eating and your exercise regimen really inspired me. I decided after I dropped you off one day, it was time to get serious about my weight and my health.”

That really blew me away and made my day. In a week that I was feeling less than good about myself, I realized that our actions, however small can have an influence on others. We probably have an effect on people all the time, through the positive, and not so positive things that we do.

I am so happy to have been able to help this man change his life for the better, however inadvertently that may have happened.

Congratulations Bill the taxi driver! Keep up the good work and pay it forward!

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Suspended Coffee

May 10, 2013


A century ago, a humble tradition began in Naples, Italy called caffe sospeso, or “suspended coffee.”  In this Neapolitan custom, a patron purchases two cups of coffee, so that someone less fortunate can enjoy one later. The barista keeps a log, and the benefactor and recipient rarely meet.

This lovely display of generosity without the expectation of gratitude fell by the wayside over time. Now, with Europe’s looming financial crisis, suspended coffee is gaining popularity across the continent.

The pre-paid cup of coffee is a show of social solidarity as the formerly prosperous population deals with economic woes.

Why not try paying it forward the next time you visit your local café, and purchase an extra cup for someone down on their luck?

It is a small but meaningful gesture that will make someone’s day special.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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