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Fun, Fashion and Fundraising with All About The Bag

All About The Bag holds a very special place in my heart. It was my very first fundraising event with Bombay Taxi and really, my first event overall with Bombay Taxi - I was so excited to be a part of it all.

Photo Credit: Micho Aboukhaled

Photo Credit: Micho Aboukhaled

And then the event itself just blew me away - everyone attending seemed to be having such a great time, and more importantly, they were SO generous with how much they raised on the big day. Much has changed over the past year, and although I don't sell bags anymore, I'm honored to remain a part of this important and fun event as a blogger!

This year's event is once again being held at Landerhaven on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, and like last year, promises to be filled with fun and fashion. And like last year, everyone, whether they are an attendee or not, will have an opportunity to participate in a raffle for a gorgeous CHANEL handbag! I am definitely entering this one. After all, its for an excellent cause - just $5 fills an entire grocery bag for one of the 60,000 Northeast Ohio families supported by the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland

Tickets are still available to the event, but if you pop over to my Instagram, you can enter to win a pair of general admission tickets

I hope I see many of you there! I will be buying lot of raffle tickets and crossing my fingers tight!!

Disclosure: I was provided with a pair of tickets in exchange for my posts helping to promote the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own!

 

Event Recap: 3rd Annual All About The Bag

It seems like it was so long ago when I first posted about All About The Bag! The big night was tonight, and if I had to summarize it in two words, I would say SO FUN!! If you recall, Bombay Taxi donated a one-of-a-kind handmade bag and provided goodies for the gift bag, but as a lifestyle/fashion blogger, I was also invited to be a part of the event. 

The event started off at 6 pm, with an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres (sliders and asian rice noodle box), which got everyone ready to have a good time (and donate generously) at the charity raffle. They had two categories of tickets: one for items valued at about $350 and under, and the other truly luxury items like a Louis Vuitton bag, and you just dropped your raffle tickets into the basket for the item you wanted. The catch was that you had to be present to claim your item if you won. In any case, the Bombay Taxi bag above was in great company with a hide bag from Haven Style and a beautiful FOUNT tote, in addition to some of the more well-known national retailers like Kate Spade and Michael Kors. There were other options as well: wine, pampering sessions, gym and studio memberships, lululemon - a nice variety for almost every fashion interest.

Yours truly with Sivan, Priya, and Charity (Iheartcleveland.com). Photo credit: Ben Crawford

Yours truly with Sivan, Priya, and Charity (Iheartcleveland.com). Photo credit: Ben Crawford

There was a lot of activity around the raffle items until 8:00 pm, when it was time for the fashion show. The show kicked off with a presentation by Brigade and proceeded to a fun awards presentation for 5 finalists from Virginia Marti College who did a Project Runway type challenge. The winner (my fave) was a fabulous young woman, Devi Crump, who designed a dress from Arizona Iced Tea packaging!

To be honest, the fashion show was the least interesting part of the night: the clothes were a little too casual-- they sent SO many people down the runway in denim- I would have liked to see some variety. (Note to any organizers reading: I volunteer to help curate next year's fashion show-- drop me a line!) Still, it was fun to cheer on our CLEbrities as they walked down the runway. 

With Charity (L) and Jessika (R)

With Charity (L) and Jessika (R)

The raffle winners were announced right after the show, and while I didn't win anything, I did get to see the winner of the Bombay Taxi Bag, who was absolutely delightful, and so excited to win!

Overall, this was a really well executed, fun event that raised some much needed funds to fight hunger in our community! It was an absolute pleasure working with the Committee that put this together, and I'm already looking forward to next year's event! 

 

Disclosure: I was provided with two tickets to attend the event in exchange for promotional help. In addition, Bombay Taxi was a donor (as described in the post). As always, all opinions are 100% my own.