December 17, 2010 at 9:50 am , by Ladies' Lounge
Grab a box of Kleenex and watch one of the most powerful (and popular—it’s gotten almost 550,000 views on YouTube!) music videos of the Christmas season. The song is called “One Last Christmas,” by Grammy nominee Matthew West, and is inspired by the true story of Dax Locke, a 2-year-old boy from Washington, Illinois. At 13 months, Dax was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. His doctors told his parents he wouldn’t live to see Christmas. Their town heard Dax’s story, and put up their holiday lights early. While Dax did have his Christmas, he died five days later, on Dec. 30, 2009.
In honor of Dax, the Locke family is trying to raise $1.6 million to run St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (where Dax was treated) for a day. No patient ever sees a bill at St. Jude, and no patient is ever turned away. All of the proceeds from “One Last Christmas” go to St. Jude in Dax’s name. “You see the video and think, ‘That could have been my child,’” says West, who is a father of two. “But there’s also amazing redemption to this story, how the family and a community came together.” To make a donation, go to MatthewWest.com. —Susan Pocharski
October 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm , by Chelsea Rae Simmons
Happy Genes Day, lovely ladies! It’s Chelsea, your resident fashion and beauty intern, letting you know today is a great day to look your best and Do Good. Lancôme has dubbed today Genes Day and, in honor of the celebration, will be giving $7 from every bottle of their much-lauded Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate sold today to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
It may be a beauty splurge at $78 for a 1oz. bottle, but if it’ll give me glowy, even skin in only seven days or even make me look a quarter as gorgeous as celeb devotees like Christina Hendrix, Julia Roberts or Veronica Webb, it’s worth it.
And did I mention that part of the sales (up to $100,000) go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital? If you get a chance, visit your local Lancôme counter or lancome-usa.com for your chance to improve your skin and the lives of children in need.
P.S. If you’re new to the Génefique line and happen to find yourself at a Lancôme counter today, ask for a deluxe seven-day sample free of charge.
October 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm , by Sonia Harmon
Marlo Thomas—”That Girl” from the hit 70s show—has a lot on her plate these days. She just wrapped filming the movie LOL starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, her new memoir Growing Up Laughing hit stores last week, and she just launched her own web site with AOL, marlothomas.com. “I’d been thinking about what I wanted to do in terms of communicating with women,” she says, “and I decided the web is where I should go and really open up the conversation.” In fact, visitors can actually participate in live weekly video conversations with Marlo, among several other fun features (our favorite is the “Laugh of the Day“). Check out marlothomas.com and pick up her new book, which also features interviews with comedians including Chris Rock, Tina Fey, and Jerry Seinfeld.
What makes me a lady: I never stop dreaming. I always have some other plan on the horizon, and I’m always thinking about what else I can invent and create.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure: My number one would be a Snickers bar. I’m a chocoholic. My nickname when I was little was Hersh because I used to love Hershey bars so much!
Three things on my life list: 1. Learn how to speak Italian.I speak a little bit, but it’s something I really want to do because my mom was Italian and I always thought the language was so beautiful. 2. Learn how to salsa dance. It looks so abandoning and free! 3. Go to Africa, I’ve never seen Africa.
If I could have a superpower, it would be: That I could go to St. Jude and completely clear out the place. Every kid would get to go home, and no kid would have be sick and come there again.
Ladies I admire: I really admire Hillary Clinton because nothing gets her down—she just keeps on keeping on and she’s so accomplished. I think she’s fabulous. I admire Gloria Steinem, because she’s another one who keeps on keeping on, traveling around the country raising money for women’s projects. She really works hard to help women.