Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Give Back and Win


We are halfway through the second month of 2010 and with the New Year comes new resolutions. Some of the more popular resolutions are to lose weight, adopt a healthier lifestyle, and give back to those in need.

Team in Training (TNT), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) groundbreaking charity sports training program, offers a way to do all of these while having fun and meeting new friends. TNT is the world's first, best and largest charity sports training program - and the only one to offer a full complement of exciting, sports training options.

* Katie Cyphers (on bottom right)

I have written today’s post to help raise money in support of my best friend, Kathryn Cyphers who has joined TNT and will participate in the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in order to raise funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I encourage everyone to find even just an extra $5 to make a donation because every little bit helps.

Jessica Shrader

Katie is running in honor of Jessica Shrader, a beautiful 22-year-old woman who has recently been diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Jessica began her first round of chemotherapy on January 22, 2010 and so far has had no adverse reactions. She continues to keep her spirits high and has the support of her many family and friends. Visit Katie's TNT page to read more about Jessica's story, and to donate in her honor.

SO, now that you’ve made the resolution to get in shape it’s time to find the correct apparel to do so in. For this portion I turned to the experts at Big Peach Running Co, who know everything there is to know about running gear!

Big Peach - bottom right: video running analysis to determine best running shoe for you

Below tips from the experts at Big Peach:

1. The most important thing to consider when looking for workout wear is to avoid cotton clothing. Technical, synthetic materials help keep sweat and moisture on the outside of the clothing, keeping the runner dry and helping to better control body temperature.

2. Socks: when it comes to socks, once again avoid cotton. Cotton sucks will hold in moisture and are more likely to cause blisters.

3. Safety: Be sure to wear some sort of reflective gear when running at night. Also, running ID bands and dog tags are available and are important to wear when running alone.

4. Sports bra: Finding a comfortable sports bra can be quite a challenge, but the experts over at Big Peach can be a lot of help. They also have a few tips for finding the best fit for you: First , if you have a large chest you should really look into an under-wire sports bra. Next, compression and encapsulation are important things to look for. If you are having to wear multiple sports bra’s at once, chances are you aren’t wearing the correct one for you. Finding the right combination of fit, encapsulation and compression will allow you to wear only one bra, instead of two or even three.

• Big Peach has a variety of sizes ranging from 32A through 44DD and everything in between.

5. Shoes: When it comes to running, finding the correct shoe for you is crucial to comfort, safety and speed. Big Peach uses special video analysis to help determine the correct fit based on bio-mechanics.


Big Peach Running Company has been gracious enough to donate 2 $25 gift cards to give away to two lucky readers. Here is how you enter to win:

1. Make a donation in any amount to TNT through my friend Kathryn Cyphers, or any other member that you choose to support.

2. Leave a comment on this post with a link to the members’ page where you made a donation.

3. Tweet, Facebook, or promote through email or any other media form about this contest to help raise even more money to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

4. Check back on Monday, March 1 to see if you are a winner!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Buckhead Bargains and The Style Maison

I am so honored to have been invited by Bargains in Buckhead to participate in their "Buckhead Betty for a Day Makeover" contest! The winner of the makeover will be enjoying a day of luxury and pampering without spending a dime. I can't give away too many details as Bargains in Buckhead will be revealing them over the next few days or so.

Bargains in Buckhead is an awesome website which brings you some of the best deals Atlanta, and now beyond, has to offer. From real estate, to shopping, to food, Bargains in Buckhead covers it all!

I can tell you that this is one contest that you don't want to miss out on! To learn how to enter and find out what the package includes pop on over to Bargains in Buckhead.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Vote The Style Maison "best of" Jezebel 2010

It's that time of year again to vote for your favorite businesses in Atlanta for Jezebel's annual "Best of." From the best new restaurant to best weather person, Jezebel covers it all.

Be sure to vote for YOUR favorite Atlanta businesses before voting closes. While you're at it, be sure to vote The Style Maison for Best Personal Stylists in the Get Organized category! :)

Thank you for your support!