Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler: A “100 Proof” Love of Cats

January 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm , by

Photo: Russ Harrington

Are you a cat lover who’s tired of the host of feline fashion faux paws … er, pas … that you see in the stores? Well, you’ve got a friend in country music’s Kellie Pickler, who recently teamed up with Fresh Step litter and the ASPCA for a great cause that’ll benefit both cats in need and your wardrobe.

Now through March 15, in honor of February being Cat Appreciation Month, Fresh Step litter will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to the ASPCA for every photo posted on their Facebook page of a pet owner wearing a cat-proud outfit. If your closet is currently cat-pride free, relax and don’t cough up a hairball. That’s why Pickler partnered with fashion designer and fellow cat lover Geren Ford, creating the limited-edition sweater you see Pickler wearing here. When you visit the ASPCA website to purchase the sweater ($35), 100% of the proceeds benefits the ASPCA. You can also virtually “try on” the sweater at Fresh Step’s Facebook page, post it, and make the $1 donation. It’s so easy, your cat can probably do it!

Pickler, who unfortunately had to relocate her beloved cat Pickles due to her husband’s severe allergies, is thrilled to be part of such a pro-cat program, brushing off any fear of being stamped with a “crazy cat lady stigma” as cooly as she’d brush cat hair off a couch. “I’m not ashamed of anything,” she says matter-of-factly. “I don’t really worry about what everybody else is doing and what they like. I kind of do my own thing. I love cats and I’m not going to not love cats just because somebody else doesn’t think it’s cool. I don’t think they’re cool if they don’t like cats.”

She was in a similar mindset while making her brand new CD, 100 Proof, which is out today and takes Pickler back to some more traditional country roots. “On my last album, I made a record based on what I thought radio would play and what I thought people would want to hear,” she explains. “I didn’t do that with this record. I’m not trying to get anybody to like me with this album. Nothing’s forced. I was me, I didn’t make this record for anyone but me and I think it’s okay to do things for yourself every now and then.” Her new approach has produced an album that is her strongest, most personal effort yet. In fact, by not worrying about what anyone wanted to hear, she just may have made the record everyone was waiting for after falling in love with her on American Idol in 2006.

Continue on after the jump for more dish about Pickler’s brand new CD …

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Help Soles4Souls on the Daily Grommet

December 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm , by

PicklerBy now you’ve probably done all of your online holiday shopping and, if you’re like us, you found yourself constantly turning to the Daily Grommet and its amazing selection of cool and unique and gift ideas for inspiration. Even though time’s a bit tight to still be ordering stuff for Christmas, there is still time for a little more inspiration. Be sure to pop on over to the site tomorrow as they spotlight a favorite charity of ours here at LHJ: Soles4Souls. (That’s us collecting shoes with Kellie Pickler outside one of her concerts with Taylor Swift last year as part of a company-wide shoe drive we organized.)

Soles founder Wayne Elsey will be liveblogging for the day on Grommet and he’ll be happy to chat with you and answer any questions you might have about his Nashville-based group, which gets footwear to people in need all over the world. To date, they’ve distributed more than 12 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes in more than 125 countries.

Hmmm, we’re thinking that making a donation right before Christmas is a great way to sneak our way onto Santa’s “nice” list in just the jolly old Saint Nick of time. Who else is in?

Soles4Souls Returns to NYC

October 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm , by

Hi ladies! We’re Jill and Lauren, two editorial interns here at LHJ for the fall semester. We want to share with you the eye-opening experience of working with Soles4Souls at Safe Horizon, where we had the opportunity to help teens in need.

Silvana and Allan Clark, “Sole Ambassadors” for the Nashville-based charity Soles4Souls, have been traveling around the United States for 19 months on a mission to collect and give away shoes to those in need. As per the charity’s motto, their aim is to change the world, “one pair at a time.”

Last year, we here at LHJ were thrilled to partner with Silvana and Allan, as well as with longtime celebrity Soles supporter Kellie Pickler. We capped off a company-wide shoe drive by collecting more donations outside of Madison Square Garden, as Kellie’s fans headed in to hear her open up for Taylor Swift during a stop on the teen sensation’s Fearless tour.

When Silvana and Allan told us they’d be back in NYC last week, we were excited to meet up with them again. They were going to be doing a shoe giveaway at the Lower East Side’s Safe Horizons youth division, getting much needed brand new footwear to some of the city’s homeless youth. The cool, rainy weather that greeted us that day really drove home how important Soles’ mission is.

Read on after the jump to find out about our latest Soles4Souls experience and how you can help as well.

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