We’re in the airport and getting ready to leave!   Bloggers in action:

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We’re all lined up on the floor with our laptops.  :)  Love it. 

 

Our flight is a little delayed, which is fine by me because I’d rather be on the ground waiting than circling in the air!

 

This morning and afternoon was crazy.  I was a whirlwind trying to get stuff done!  I actually decided last minute that I hated the White House Black Market dress, so I booked it to Dillard’s and bought a new cocktail dress!  I love it!

 

I ate granola, yogurt, and blueberries while I frantically packed:

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And at the airport, I bought a hummus and veggie sammie:

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Operation Beautiful and Dress for Success  Greater Orlando

 

I’m teaming up with Dress for Success  Greater Orlando for a charity fundraiser!  As part of this fundraiser, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the official Operation Beautiful necklace will go to Dress for Success Greater Orlando.

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The fundraiser drive will take place next week (although you can purchase the necklace now if you want!), but we wanted to tell you a bit about Dress for Success Greater Orlando now!

 

Dress for Success Greater Orlando solves the catch-22 that confronts disadvantaged women trying to enter the workforce: without a job, how can you afford a suit?  But without a suit, how can you get a job?   Dress for Success is well-known for providing suits to disadvantaged women returning to or entering the workforce. Each Dress for Success Greater Orlando client receives one suit when she has a job interview and additional apparel—up to a week’s worth of clothing—when she becomes employed.

 

Dress for Success Greater Orlando is set up like a boutique in order to help the women feel beautiful and special as they "shop" for their charity suit!

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The women who are referred to Dress for Success Greater Orlando are often facing tough financial situations because of various situations, whether it be domestic violence, homelessness, or illness.  These women cannot purchase their own professional clothes, which makes it difficult to get a job.  Not other does Dress for Success Greater Orlando give them a suit, but the women also receive shoes….

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Purses….

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And jewelry to make them feel confident and beautiful during their job search!

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Courtney, who runs Dress for Success Greater Orlando, positively loves her job!  She says the best part is watching women undergo a transformation as they try on the new clothes.  "You can see a change in their demeanor," Courtney says. "They truly feel beautiful with their new suit on!"

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Dress for Success Greater Orlando is a HUGE supporter of Operation Beautiful.  Positive notes are located throughout the boutique!

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Dress for Success Greater Orlando is a truly worthwhile organization.  It helps women feel empowered, confident, and beautiful.  Dress for Success Greater Orlando not only provides women in need with professional clothing, but the organization also provides a support network, helping women prepare resumes, ace interviews, and learn about workplace conduct.

 

To support Dress for Success Greater Orlando, purchase the absolutely beautiful Operation Beautiful necklace HERE!  It makes a wonderful gift, too! 

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Three cheers for BEAUTIFUL women and charitable giving!

 

SEE YOU IN BOSTON!

{ 28 comments }

 

  • brandi August 13, 2009, 12:31 pm

    what an awesome thing, Caitlin! Dress for Success seems so amazing!

    i hope you all have a great flight!

  • Lizzy August 13, 2009, 12:34 pm

    can't wait to see your new dress!

  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) August 13, 2009, 12:35 pm

    What a great collaboration! My mom used to work with Dress for Success and it is a truly wonderful organization. So glad to hear about your work with them! šŸ™‚

  • meghanN August 13, 2009, 12:39 pm

    that's so amazing, congrats! You are truly doing such wonderful things with this movement..I know it sure makes me feel good! Have fun in BOSTON

  • Sarah August 13, 2009, 12:39 pm

    I can't believe what a wonderful person you are. You bowl me over with every project you take on, because it helps so many other people feel good about themselves when they can otherwise be so down. Thanks for being you, Caitlin!

    Have a great time in Boston! I LOVE that city!

  • Runeatrepeat August 13, 2009, 12:55 pm

    We have "working wardrobes" in CA. Love the cause!

  • iowagirleats August 13, 2009, 1:01 pm

    Very cool Caitlin – what a fabulous cause & organization!

  • Juicy Jessy August 13, 2009, 1:07 pm

    that is such a great charity!!!

  • Anonymous August 13, 2009, 1:29 pm

    I love that Dress for Success program. What a wonderful program you are supporting!!!

    Christina G.

  • Julia August 13, 2009, 1:40 pm

    I LOVE what you are doing with OB. Way to go missy! šŸ™‚

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) August 13, 2009, 2:34 pm

    Ahhh…have fun in Boston!! You girls are going to have a blast, I'm sure. Can't wait to hear allll about it! šŸ˜€

  • Anonymous August 13, 2009, 3:04 pm

    Dress for Success sounds like a great organization, but you might want to change this line:
    "makes it difficult to get a dog."
    Heh.
    Have fun in Boston!

  • eatingmachine August 13, 2009, 3:46 pm

    that's great! dress for success is a great organization, and it's a good fit with operation beautiful!
    have a great trip!

  • Angela (Run Study Eat) August 13, 2009, 4:15 pm

    haha wow. Last minute dress changes are always so crazy! I go through that everyday during the school semester!

  • Ashley August 13, 2009, 4:29 pm

    Wow, what am amazing charity.

  • Nicole Chow - HealthyChow.com August 13, 2009, 4:30 pm

    Caitlin – we were thinking of you and Meghann while we were at JP Licks! It's too bad your flight was delayed but we are gonna have a good ol' time tomorrow. Have a great night!

  • traveleatlove August 13, 2009, 4:32 pm

    What an incredible charity! I hope you have a safe flight and I will see you all at the cocktail tomorrow!

  • Andee (Runtolive) August 13, 2009, 4:37 pm

    What an amazing organization! Love the necklace!

  • Michelle August 13, 2009, 4:53 pm

    That is such a worthwhile organisation for you to get involved in. WOO HOO. Hope that the bake sale goes well.

  • Nina August 13, 2009, 5:09 pm

    Caitlin, you are SO inspiring! You go after everything with such gusto; I just love it!

    Can't wait for tomorrow night! šŸ™‚

  • Mel August 13, 2009, 5:20 pm

    Hi! Caitlin…long time reader. You have done such wonderful things in a short amount of time! It is all very special! Have fun at the Summit!

  • Jenny August 13, 2009, 5:28 pm

    i love that you are teaming up with the dress for success program! amazing!

  • Island Girl Eats August 13, 2009, 5:53 pm

    What an awesome charity! Yay Dress for Success!

  • Pam (Highway to Health) August 13, 2009, 6:19 pm

    What a great cause! You are really doing great things!!

  • Jessica August 13, 2009, 6:48 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I love your blog! Just wanted to comment to tell you how awesome it is that you are using your Operation Beautiful success to help Dress for Success. Keep it up!

  • Kath August 13, 2009, 8:24 pm

    I LOVE Dress For Success!!

  • Still Life in South America August 13, 2009, 8:37 pm

    You are such a powerhouse. I really don't know how you do it all. Dress for Success provides such wonderful support to women. (Now they are more important than ever with the crisis.)

    I am so happy to see Operation Beautiful connected with the organization.

  • Trainer T.s Fitness August 14, 2009, 12:42 pm

    Way to go Catlin!

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