When many of us live such privileged lives, we often can be at a loss for how to help those who are in need of our emotional and financial support. However, there are many ways in which we can easily give to those who are less fortunate than us in terms of money, relationships, and health. Sometimes there are even opportunities in which you have a little fun while contributing to charitable causes!
When I was given the chance to work with Fortune Cellars by sampling their The Girls wines, I was immediately on board with the idea of dressing and drinking up for a good cause. This Canadian organization, which carries wines made by TIME Estate Winery in southern Okanagan, gives 100% of its profits to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in order to help researchers and doctors find a cure for this terrible disease. Additionally, The Girls Rosé won the gold prize at the BC Okanagan Wine Festival this past fall. As a result, purchasers of these quality wines can drink in complete contentment knowing that they are helping to fight one of the more dangerous cancers in our present day society. So why not buy a bottle or two for a fun girl's night in and create more awareness for this worthy cause in the process?
While wine has been an acquired taste since I reached legal drinking age a few years back, I certainly have gained an appreciation for it since I have a fiancé who is obsessed with the stuff. In this post, I was permitted to try both The Girls Red and The Girls Rosé, both of which were fabulous in their own way. The rosé is a wonderful mix of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc; meanwhile, the red is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. If these names are meaningless to you, fear not-- it's not nearly as confusing as you might believe.
For wine newbies, rosé is generally known for being a lighter wine with a "clean, pure, vibrant mouthfeel." The Girls Rosé possesses "a soft pink colour with an intensely fragrant, floral nose of raspberry and wild strawberry." So, if you don't feel like hitting the liquor hard, you can refresh yourself with just a 12.3% alcoholic content. On the other hand, the red variety seeks to provide "youthful fresh notes of raspberry, red cherry, cloves, and anise" and contains 14.2% alcohol. Furthermore, check out the absolutely chic design on the bottles: those corsets and iconic pink ribbons make it irresistible for the girly-girls out there. Don't forget that you can also use wine to cook delicious meals-- it's just one more reason to make such a win-win purchase.
If you wish to participate in this cause, visit Fortune Cellar's website here for a full list of stores that will be carrying The Girls wines. Both wines are available for affordable prices: The Girls Red is offered for $24.99 while the The Girls Rosé is priced at $19.99.
Headpiece + Sweater // H&M
Dress + Hand Chain
+ Rings // Forever 21
Fur Stole // Topshop
Necklace // Banana Republic
Because I wanted to do something a little special for this post, I decided to shoot these photos indoors in a more dressy (yet still moderately casual) outfit that I could wear for a stylish yet comfortable girl's night in. After finally finding a headpiece for myself (I'm still on the hunt for some gold headpieces to complete my burgeoning collection), I was happy to finally wear it here with a suitably fancy outfit-- a gold party dress that I bought in Las Vegas covered by a cute sweater from H&M. I actually wore a pair of sexy BCBG Max Azria heels for this post; sadly, all the photos containing the shoes didn't turn out well so I'll have to save them for a future outfit. I won't lie: it was tricky to set up the shoot indoors when I had to think about lighting, setting, and how to pose with the wine bottles and glasses. Let's hope I didn't completely fail in my ambitious endeavour!
Do you think you could drink a few glasses of wine for a good charitable cause like this?
Note of disclosure: While this post has been generously sponsored by Charitable Wines and Town Hall Brands, all opinions voiced within this blog are exclusively my own.