Shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: The Limited, Belt; Target, Shoes: Jessica Simpson and Target, Watch: MK, Phone Case: Mobilexpressions from Target, Purse: Hong Kong Vintage, Earrings: Martha Pinaire
Hey, Chicas! This is what I wore today. Now that I look at it, I look pretty corporate. That is...if your Corporate America dress code includes bright red skirts and leopard print (which, of course, mine does). Sometimes I wonder what the people I work with think? Like...who does this chick think she is, walking up here without a hint of gray, navy, or pinstripe? Doesn't she know the uniform of the concrete jungle?!? Ah well...they say dress for the job you want, not the job you have, right? Not sure where that leaves me, but an interesting concept nonetheless. I wore my new little flats most of the day today to save my feet for tomorrow. There is  A LOT going on tomorrow, and since I always hear people saying that they never know about the stuff that is going on in Charlotte until after it is over...I thought I'd share.

If you want to get involved in some cool stuff tomorrow and support really incredible non-profits in the area...take a look! 

Speak Up Magazine is nonprofit based in Charlotte, NC. Their purpose is to give a voice to those without one, speak up for the voiceless and educate the public about the marginalized.
They do this with a street magazine (Speak Up), via their website, grassroots advocacy, events, art and more. The magazine is largely distributed by homeless and formerly homeless people; it gives them a work opportunity and a chance to take control of their lives, which leads to dignity and hope. (SpeakUp site.) Tomorrow, SpeakUp is hosting a Connection Breakfast.

When:  Thursday, May 17th from 8:30 to 9:30am (stop in for 5 minutes or stay)
Where: Speak Up Office - 516 E. 15th Street (between N. Davidson and N. Caldwell at Area 15) **It's acool looking warehouse with graffiti on the side-you can't miss it!**
What is a Connection Breakfast?
This event gives us the opportunity to live out our mission. We focus each month's breakfast on individuals and/or businesses who are helping those in our community Speak Up. We want to give a voice to those who don't have one and educate the public about the marginalized among us. On the 17th you'll be able to connect with others in the community and meet those making a difference in our great city.

This month we are introducing you to Second Helping. They are a non profit providing a unique way to help previously incarcerated women get back into the workforce by placing coffee carts in buildings and businesses around Charlotte. You will hear from their director Melissa Mummert as she shares their mission and vision and the bright future that lies ahead.

Tomorrow night LOTUS is hosting a party from 6-9pm. There will be snacks, beverages, music, FABULOUS clothes and accessories, and some pretty rad people to boot. 25% of all of the proceeds from the merchandise sold tomorrow night will go directly to the Arc of Mecklenburg County. AAAAAND rumor has it that there will be a "Girls Night Out" gift basket raffled off that is worth over $1000! WHAT, WHAT!?!?! So...come hang out, get your shop on, and support a really worthwhile organization!!! 

The Arc of Mecklenburg County:
  • We create awareness and educate the community about developmental disabilities and associated intellectual impairments.
  • We lobby local, state, and national legislators to ensure the needs of people with developmental disabilities are met (i.e. education, housing, services, and funding).
  • We provide programming to educate and prepare people with disabilities for greater independence and social understanding.
  • We encourage empowerment and self-advocacy among individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • We promote inclusion and community involvement to develop opportunities to build relationships within the community.

Thursday, May 17th/ 6:30 PM 
The Fillmore, Charlotte/ 1000 NCMF Blvd.

Girl's Night Out - It's a little of everything women love - networking, cocktails, a fashion show and silent auction - all in support of a wonderful cause. Check out fashions from upscale boutiques and retailers. Shop the fabulous silent auction for deals on items such as luxury jewelry, pampering packages, swank items for the home and more! Some of our fashion models are "Model Moms," women who have stayed in a Ronald McDonald House and can share the story of what this wonderful House can mean for a family.
So, slip into your favorite heels and strut on over to Girl’s Night Out ~
it’s the perfect place to glam it up for a great cause!

 Includes the Girl's Night Out experience, 2 drink tickets and Hors d'oeurves
So....do you live in Charlotte? 
Are you bored tomorrow? 
I think not.

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