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National Wear Red Day

Today is National Wear Red Day. This is part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. This is a matter close to my own heart (no pun  intended).

The goal of the Go Red for Women campaign is to "...reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20% while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020," according to the American Heart Association's website.

I've got on my red earrings, a red cuff bracelet and ring with a red rose today in honor of this movement. If you have been reading Chic & Green for a long time, you might remember my post nearly 2 years ago about a health issue that caused me to change a great deal in my life. I had already made the healthy eating and exercise choices before then, but the event caused me to look deep within myself and start listening to my heart. This ultimately led to me closing my skin care business a few months later and embracing each day with all of my heart.

In honor of Wear Red Day, I'd like to share some of my favorite red finds--all by Rochester area artisans:

Scarf by the lovely Tanvi at Excessary

Domino pendant from Irondequoit's In My Head Studios

Valentine's card from Irondequoit's 3Crows


I love this piece from Refashioned!

These are my Heart to Heart earrings from my line, Loubird Handmade.

I'd like to also take a minute to say something to you. I cherish each and every person who reads Chic & Green. Without my readers, there would be no reason for me to blog. I care about all of you and want to say that if your gut--that inner voice we all possess--is saying that something is wrong, please listen. Do not ignore it. I ignored that little message for too long and it impacted my health. At the very least, please get your blood pressure checked. Know your family history. Several of my family members needed to begin medication for high blood pressure in their 30s and 40s. We have a history of strokes and heart disease. It is so important to know your family history so you can take the best care of yourself possible.