Last Tuesday was Spoil Me Pink Day – an exceptionally rewarding yet humbling day for me.
Spoil Me Pink Day serves a singular purpose of giving back and supporting breast cancer. It’s a day filled with providing essential “me” time to newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors; courageous women who are within 1 to 3 years of their diagnosis.
By appointment only and on the hour, these courageous women come in to the Khuraira Boutique – held the first Tuesday of every month for Bergen County residents. These courageous women are treated to a day of style and beauty given with love by the women of Spoil Me Pink, a non-profit charitable organization founded by four women who wanted to help a friend feel good about herself after a very difficult period in her life. The organization’s vision: To give her the gift of a day of total pampering.
Women are masters at juggling it all… career, marriage, children, shopping, and all the responsibilities of everyday life. When a diagnosis of breast cancer enters the picture, putting your life on hold for treatment can be an overwhelming task.
Spoil Me Pink is an a exclusive and free program, designed to give breast cancer survivors, or those currently battling breast cancer, a day to escape the trials of treatment and its effects by having a chance to enhance their new selves in a fun and positive way. During Spoil Me Pink Day, we treat these courageous women to a one-of-a-kind experience. We help them feel gorgeous with a full beauty makeover and personalized style session while they enjoy some homemade treats.
During their 2-hour treatment, they are initially greeted by acclaimed baker and breast cancer survivor Tara DeBenedetto with 30 minutes of tea, treats, and personal sharing. During Tara’s time, she educates these women about what our charitable organization is all about, and shares helpful insight on how to better cope with their own personal situation.
After that, I spend 45 minutes providing some beauty tips and tricks about color cosmetics, skincare, brow shaping, lash treatment and airbrush makeup – all treats to help make her feel and look flawless. We also talk about their beauty concerns when going through their breast cancer treatment.
Next, renowned stylist Jennifer Tannenbaum, who was personally trained by Stacy London of “What Not To Wear,” spends 15 minutes on wardrobe. Jennifer styles them right, showing different ways and looks to help with her new wardrobe concerns.
Finally, accessories guru Jennifer Errity spends 15 minutes showing her the right way to accessorize her wardrobe. A little accent here and there goes a long way and rounds out the 2-hour beauty and style session.
When it’s all done, we take pictures and give them gift bags filled with goodies from our donors. We also provide baby-sitting service for those who need help with child care during those 2 hours.
It’s days like this that speak the truth about how life can be so rewarding yet so humbling and precious. I am so very grateful to be part of days like this and having the opportunity to give back.
If you are or know of someone battling breast cancer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your or their full name and phone number. One of us will reach out to you to discuss your beauty session.