CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL IS BACK! SUPPORT MY RIDE AND THE CANCER CHARITY MAKING A MAJOR DIFFERENCE

by Marisa Marcantonio

This Sunday, I ride in my 6th Cycle For Survival, a national charity event to raise money for rare cancer research that benefits Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This annual spin event is like nothing else-- it is a moving day of hope (watch the video above to see more) and creates possibilities of living in a world where cancer is a thing of the past. I ride in memory of my father, and for friends that have dealt with this devastating disease.

I adore this charity, and what they have been able to accomplish, raising over $27 million dollars last year alone, is truly awe inspiring. Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of founder Dave Linn, who lost his wife Jen to rare cancer 12 years ago, this organization raises a jaw-dropping amount to fund rare cancer trials. Jen lost her battle to cancer six and a half years ago, but her memory lives on and inspires others. Won't you support me in my ride, and help me reach my goal of raising $12,000 this year?  Please click on this link to access my CFS page to donate. Sadly, Rare cancers touch most of our lives. Each and every one of us has the power to make a difference, so spread the word, join the battle, and let's beat rare cancers! 

PRESENT PERFECT: THE LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Short on time to shop? When things are down to the wire and you need a gift (like now) here are some suggestions to check those last minute gifts off your list. You can print out the gift certificates, or email them to the recipient, and it will look like you planned the prefect gift with time to spare. 

 Photo courtesy of Margaux 

Photo courtesy of Margaux 

The E Gift Card from Margaux is available in different dollar amounts, so you can give the gift of comfortable flats available in a rainbow of hues. I love these shoes, I have several pairs of these, in suede and hair calf, and have worn them into the ground. 

 Photo courtesy of Everlane

Photo courtesy of Everlane

Give the gift of elevated basics from everyone's favorite transparent direct to consumer clothing company, Everlane. Choose from cozy cashmere sweaters for $100, or leather goods at half the price in minimal label free designs. 

 Photo courtesy of Away

Photo courtesy of Away

Have a jetsetter in the bunch? The E Gift Card from lightweight luggage brand Away is arranged by the price of a bag-- a foolproof way to get that gift in a jiffy. 

 Photo courtesy of Birchbox

Photo courtesy of Birchbox

For beauty product obsessives, Birchbox offers subscription beauty boxes in a 3,6 and 12 month timeframe.