Happy Thanksgiving to Canada!

To my fellow Canadian family and friends, wishing you the best Thanksgiving ever!

May this past year leave you with plenty to be thankful for, leading you into a plentiful New Year.

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The Graphic Sweatshirt – A Casual Trend

There is something about this time of year that always makes me want to get all warm and cozy, and nothing works better for this warm feeling then a classic pullover sweatshirt. Since I was a kid, I have loved getting comfy into sweat wear and that hasn’t changed as I have gotten older. One of my favourite things to do after a long day of work is to transform from my business dressed appearance into soft sweats for the casual evening of relaxing, catching up on work or enjoying some of my favourite TV shows and movies.

This season, I am noticing the popular trend of the graphic sweatshirt – a fashion style that seems to never fully leave the clothing scene. As a fan of graphic tees, Junk Food t-shirts and cute novelty clothing, I have become obsessed with cute graphic sweatshirts! Whether you are a pop-culture junkie, a Disney cartoon person, love trendy catch phrases, or 80s/90s TV shows, there is a sweatshirt for everyone.

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 Graphic Sweatshirts featured above in this post are from LULUS.com, Modcloth, 80’s Tees, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and SweetnSour Tees.

Go Pink for a Good Cause – Shop for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Whenever October hits, the shades of red, orange and yellow are not the only hues that come to mind. Another colour that I associate with this month is PINK! It is a fun and feminine colour that many people, especially women, enjoy all year round. However, during this month, it comes along with a special message.

Pink is the colour that represents Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) – a campaign that was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now a part of AstraZeneca). Eight years later in 1993, Evelyn Lauder (Senior VP of Estee Lauder Companies) helped expand the campaign by founding The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and establishing the signature Pink Ribbon as the BCAM campaign’s symbol.

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Throughout the month of October, many cities and countries host large, medium and small events to raise funds for breast cancer research and patient programs, as well as awareness of the disease – such as how to check yourself, going for regular doctor visits and reviewing lifestyle aspects to keep in mind to help prevent and/or fight the disease. Whether it is a walk, a run, a benefit concert or a small community fundraiser, everyone comes together to help bring an end to breast cancer!

To add to the action of raising funds for breast cancer research, several retailers are running incredible campaigns to help their consumers feel involved by shopping and giving back to this good cause. Here are some of The Domestic Peach picks for great breast cancer campaigns where you can shop for great products and give some of your money back to the cause:

KITCHENAID

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Since 2002, over $3.1 million has been raised through Kitchenaid’s Cook for the Cure program and sales from the KitchenAid® Pink Collection. KitchenAid contributes $75 with each purchase of the Raspberry Ice Architect® Stand Mixer with a minimum annual contribution of $75,000.

SKECHERS

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This iconic shoe brand is helping us run towards a cure with amazing footwear dedicated to this campaign. Designed with signature pink colors, the collection benefiting breast cancer awareness includes four popular and comfortable walking and running styles:  the slip-on Skechers GOwalk 2, the lace-up Skechers GOwalk 2 Flash, Skechers GOrun Sprint, and the award-winning Skechers GOrun 3. 10% of proceeds will be donated back to the cause.

OPI

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Every year, OPI releases their Pink of Hearts nail polish set to raise funds and support the breast cancer awareness campaign. In its 8th year, the OPI Pink of Hearts consumer push is set to donate $25,000 to the cause. The set comes with the OPI favourite soft staple shade, Mod About You, and the glittery glitz flash polish, The Power of Pink.

LOFT

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One of The Domestic Peach’s fave retailers is back with another wonderful collaboration for breast cancer awareness. Loft has partnered with Holst +Lee to create a limited-edition jewelry collection, exclusively for Loft, to help raise funds for the cause. 70% of the purchase price will be donated back. Stylish jewelry to wear and giving to charity… what could be better?!

6 Thrifty Interior Design Tips

As the cost of living continues to rise, finding the funds to renovate and update your interior design has become increasingly difficult. However, by using a few a clever tips, you can update the look of your home at a fraction of the cost. This following are 6 thrifty interior design tips to help you spruce up your interior design on a budget.

6 Thrifty Interior Design Tips

1. One Man’s Rubbish is Another Man’s Treasure

After going through a renovation, the last thing you need to be doing is paying out even more to restock your room with appropriate furniture and accessories. The likes of Ikea may be offering you all that you need, but it doesn’t mean you should head there and hand over your hard-earned money. Try looking at local salvage yards. Due to the general feeling that a lot of today’s flatpack furniture is overpriced, salvage yards are a great place to find barely used furniture at a fraction of its retail cost.

2. eBay only in Moderation

eBay is a treasure trove of quality furniture at reasonable prices, but it is easy to get carried away and fall in love with all that you find. Always play your cards close to your chest and don’t get caught up in the furor of auction, blowing your budget in the process. Try ‘sniping’ by entering your maximum bid for an item at the very last second; it is a great way to really grab a bargain.

3. Embrace the Old

The vintage look is in, as the glossy and gleaming furniture sold in many stores today is slowly sliding out of fashion. Embrace older furniture that you may be ready to put out to pasture by touching them up yourself. Also, keep an eye for any old furniture you see being discarded, and keep a creative mind in order to see not what it is but what it can be.

DecorCollage.jpg4. Take Those Trips to Flea Markets and Antique Shows

When it comes to finding furniture, flea markets and antique shows have become gold mines. Just walk on in with an open mind, eagle eye and preferably an empty car trunk in toe. Your next favourite piece of furniture could be there.

5. Freecycle = Internet Skipdiving

Looking for free items is no longer the frowned upon process it once was. In the 21st century it is common practice, as the popularity of Freecycle proves. It is a global recycling network that has many sub-networks, which are dedicated to local areas and suburbs. Anything and everything pops up on there, but you must act quickly in order to get the items you want as they will go fast.

6. Don’t Shy Away from Second Hand

The amount of waste via interior design is phenomenal, especially when it comes to furniture. Choosing to buy second-hand is the easiest way to stretch your budget, without unnecessarily sacrificing on quality. For example, should you be updating your kitchen take a look at The Used Kitchen Company instead of one of the high-street chains. New items might be the preferred choice, but don’t blow your budget buying new when you don’t have to.

Ella Andrews is writer, blogger and social network enthusiast She is presently involved in learning more about interior design, storage and home decor: http://www.londonremovals.co/self-storage-in-pimlico/SW1.html