26 November 2011

Snowy Friday and Giving Back

It was not your basic Black Friday on Planet Joy ~ it was the first x-country ski outing of the season on Mt. Ashland. Armed with a thermos of french press coffee and a pocket of chocolates we set off for a back country ski excursion. In about 30 minutes, we were up above the clouds in the snow about to ski off into a partly misty, mostly sunny back side of the mountain. 
It was the first time in many years that I had been to Grouse Gap Snopark, which is located at the far end of the Mount Ashland Ski Area parking lot. It was quite early and the quiet of the snow was soothing to the senses. Luckily my friend had an extra set of gloves for me, since I absently-mindedly forgotten mine on the table by the front door at home. Once we got skiing, the going was fun. The snow was nice and slick because it was very early and rather cold. It's truly exhilarating! We sat on a bench in the sunshine at the Grouse Gap Shelter about two miles from the trailhead, and enjoyed some steaming coffee. We are so fortunate to have so many accessible outdoor recreation options in So. Oregon!

I did however, peruse some wonderful gifts online today. These gifts range from personal and practical to exquisitely unique. First off is the Clarins FEED set, $90, at Bloomingdales. Each bag provides twenty-five school meals to the United Nations World Food Programme. I love Clarins, and this set has amazing added value of giving to those in need. 
Jamie Wolf earrings, $5,300. Elegant and exquisitely graceful, it is fitting that 50% of all proceeds of jewelry by Jamie Wolf will be donated to the New York City Ballet's grassroots fundraising campaign, Turn Out. The Signature Collection features designs she created while still dancing as part of the company and are all named after different ballets, including the Amy Adams-favorite gold thorn-like earrings, aptly named Sleeping Beauty. 
I adore this great orange and white zig-zag pouch for $80 especially with the added value of charity. M Missoni and OrphanAid Africa have teamed up for a humanitarian project to help orphaned children in Ghana. The capsule collection by Margherita Maccapani Missoni is her first solo effort as a designer. Launching in Milan on Nov 10 and in New York on Nov 15.

Same Sky wrap bracelets, $30 short, $40 long. Made by Rwandan women who survived the 1994 genocide, 100% of the proceeds are reinvested into the company to buy more materials and employ more women artisans. 

Joyflower donates 10% of the proceeds from the sales of all of her pink scarves and jewelry to breast cancer research. Not just during breast cancer awareness month, but all year round.


  1. It was a beautiful day in Ashland on Friday. Up on the mountain must have been spectacular. Wonderful picture.

  2. thanks for sharing some great shops. It's nice to be able to give while you get!
    - ourhometoyours


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