Giving Back Is Always in Fashion

By Yolanda F. Johnson

In my opinion, fall is hands-down the very best fashion season. As the weather cools, leaves change color, and we crave delicious comfort foods, we begin to embrace deeper, richer hues and beautiful fabrics and jewelry. It’s also a great time to lean into warmer cosmetic tones.

Keeping in mind the concept of The Philanthropic Lifestyle, I am happy to give you a glimpse of some very fashionable ways to enjoy the fall months by using products and fashion that give back to the greater good.

Apple-picking is a quintessential autumn pastime in the northeast. Here I am at Wilkens’ Fruit and Fir Farm in Westchester, NY, wearing a Slub Dolman blouse by Monroe and Main, one of the family of Colony Brands, which gives back to its community each year through the Colony Brands Foundation. What did I do with all of those apples? I baked them into pies and crisps and shared with others in the community.

Accessorize your favorite fall outfit with earrings from The Starfish Project, which supports women who are survivors of human trafficking. Visit for more information or to purchase your jewelry, which changes lives.

Radiant lip gloss by WOC (Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy) is the perfect nude shade to go with a smokey eye, or to add a hint of gloss to your bold fall lip color. Formulated in partnership with women of color-owned cosmetics brand, Best Face Forward, this beautiful shade was created specifically to look good on Zoom (and off!).
Look good, feel good, give back. Let that be the mantra for fall and all year round!

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