I grew up in New Jersey. I have lived in Manhattan for close to 11 years. I have a house on the barrier island of Long Beach Island, NJ. My high school boyfriend's family was originally from Breezy Point, Queens. Everyone has a story to tell about an area that Hurricane Sandy has devastated, and everyone in the country has seen footage about the horrifying conditions that some people are still living in (and will be facing for too long to come). So what does this have to do with our little style magazine?
Well, my message today is two-fold. First, there are obviously people who have lost literally all of their possessions. So this is a perfect time to clean out your closet and gather up clothing to donate (especially needed are winter coats and anything good for layering, so your summer tank tops will still be super useful!). You could also quite easily take $100 (or $1,000!) out of your Fall shopping budget and donate it to the Red Cross or any other disaster relief organization. One less pair of shoes for you could mean hot food or fuel for a generator for days for someone else.
Second...yes, retail therapy is real and it makes us feel better. (I am guilty as well...seeing as I shopped just last night as a diversion away from watching the news for the 150,000th hour...) So why not use some retail therapy to make a difference and help rebuild our beautiful NJ beaches? There are two ways you can help:
Surf company Jetty has designed a t-shirt (and a very cool one at that...) whose profits will go toward helping those all over NJ who were hardest hit and also to emergency response units who need assistance. You can pre-order your $20 shirt (or shirtS! they are 100% unisex in design, so why not buy them for your whole family!) here: http://jettylife.com/store/Shop_item.php?id=1058&cat=1&sub=0&shirt=&photo=1
And specifically for my little island of LBI, you have two options. Check out LBI Love here: http://www.lbisource.com/island-skinny/love-in-a-bag for an adorable, $25 tote bag (perfect to use once our beaches are restored...and they WILL be restored!). And if tote bags aren't your thing (or if you want to spend the same amount of money and spread the word even further), LBI Love is also offering $5 "window clings," to show off your love for Long Beach Island as you drive around in your car or as people pass the front door of your house. Five bucks, people...buy five of them!
Tomorrow, Stylewhipped will go back to our regularly scheduled fashionista selves...but today, this is what we'd like you to do ;)