Saturday, August 20, 2016
Through the efforts of the Global Goals organization world leaders made a promise to put girls and women first in their policies in plans. 

Sprinkles Strawberry Shortcake

Friday, August 12, 2016

There's a lot of people in the world that would consider themselves a cupcake connoisseur... and well, I'm here to announce that.. ahem... 
I am not one. 
I think the name cupcake connoisseur is quite the prestigious title to give oneself and well, I like to keep humble, you know? I do, however, like cupcakes! 
Like, a lot. A LOT. A LOT. 

and I can honestly say I've had my fair share. I know there are many critics in the cupcake world but I'll stick to my guns and say Sprinkles is one of my favorites. 

There's very few things that brighten my day more than a brown box of assorted cupcakes...there just isn't, and for the month of August Sprinkles is sweetening the deal with their Strawberry Shortcake cupcake. This special cupcake is made of a yellow cake filled with strawberry curd and topped with a burt marshmallow frosting, and on top of being delicious, this cupcake is helping change the face of foster care for the Los Angeles area.

Sprinkles in partnership with Drew Barrymore and United Friends of the Children have made this life changing cupcake in support of educating children of foster care.

More about United Friends of the Children
Los Angeles houses the largest concentration of foster youth in our nation. With approximately 30,000 individuals, the challenges these foster youths face range anywhere from homelessness, incarceration, lack of education, and decline of physical, and emotional health.
Through the help of United Friends of the Children, the organization empowers current and former foster youth by teaching them skills for self-sufficiency.

Their guiding principles include: 
1. Building meaningful, Lasting Relationships
2. Providing Resources for a Successful Transition to Adulthood
3. Changing Current Educational Outcomes

Since 1979, this incredible organization has help foster youth achieve their academic through college readiness, college sponsorships, stable housing and employment.

So remember when you're on your way to your local Sprinkles remember you're doing a good thing. Buy a dozen... you're a good person after all.

Credit: Sprinkles Cupcakes 

Let Peace Begin w Technology

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I've worked for both. This is heart warming:


December 1 is Giving Tuesday! What is Giving Tuesday, you ask? What better way to describe Giving Tuesday than through the site itself:

"We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity."
It's a new thing that started in the U.S. in 2012 by 92nd Street Y and United Nations Foundation to celebrate the holidays by creating a movement different from the commercialism that the holidays often times brings. Giving Tuesday is a day for reflecting what matters to us most. 
So in the Giving Tuesday spirit I wanted to bring light to my 5 of some of my favorite non-profit organizations:

The Laurel Foundation

Malala Fund 
Children's Hospital LA
Bikers Against Child Abuse
Pacific Links Foundation

Peace for Paris, Peace for the World

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
It's not the fear or the hatred that defines the aftermath of terrorism,  it's the love we see afterwards It's the love we see from our next door neighbors and from our  neighbors across the world. Terrorism is defined by humanities ability to explain to a child what is good and what is bad. It's in the comfort of knowing that flowers  and candles  can be redefined as protectors. And it's in ability to recognize what's most important in life like family, love, education, resilience, and home.

To all those suffering, may France always feel like home.

Beacoup d'amour,


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SEQUENCE JEWELRY: Disrupting the Sequence of Violence

Friday, November 6, 2015
As someone who was raised in the Silicon Valley I absolutely love when technology meets global good and fashion.

SEQUENCE is a collection of beautifully crafted knotted jewelry designed with the powerful message of nonviolence.
SEQUENCE was founded by designer Ariela Suster beginning in her homeland of El Salvador. Experiencing firsthand how violence affected lives, Ariela made it her life goal to create a brand that not only fulfilled her passion, but also created positive change for her country, and her country's people.

With help from two artisans from the local village of Tepecoyo, Oscar Bautista and Natali Orellana, the SEQUENCE family continued to grow through discovering, designing and producing their signature knotted bracelets.

Through their bracelets SEQUENCE is able to create impactful change in El Salvador by creating jobs, cultivating professional development, and improving the livelihood of individuals in a country challenged by violence.

Through a collaboration with Microsoft, SEQUENCE has crafted special edition bracelets that combine both fashion and technology.

The collection includes 3 new bracelets designed with an NFC chip that, when tapped against a smartphone, (Windows, Android, or Blackberry) the phone will play a short video clip of how the bracelet you're wearing was made.

This initiative was created to provide an innovative way to communicate powerful messages through socially conscious fashion brands.

The message is simple, yet powerful:
"SEQUENCE is set out to disrupt the sequence of violence that limits at risk youth"