If it's October, it must be time to shop pink: Here's our pick of products that aim a percentage of your dollars toward the fight against breast cancer.
HOLY GRAIL OF THE GARDEN
This dusty-rose beauty has been in the works for years, and it's something gardeners have longed for: a hardy Annabelle hydrangea that, at long last, takes a star turn in pink. Bred by Tom Ranney, a North Carolina breeder whose student tripped upon a native pink hydrangea while hiking in the Appalachians, this Proven Winners Invincibelle Spirit explodes into hot-pink buds that fade into dusty-rose mop heads that somehow feel antique. Grab 'em while you can. Come springtime, there's sure to be a rush as they come to market in a big, pink way.
$20, includes $1 donation; gardencrossings.com
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NEVER MIND THE NAME
OK, so let's dispense with the nasty part, the name (and the labels, too, please): Cleavage Creek winery. But its heart is in the right place. Budge Brown, who owns the joint, lost his wife of 48 years to breast cancer. So, in 2005, he set out to make sure no one else would suffer the same dread disease. His wines have been winning awards ever since.
$18 to $50, 10 percent donation; cleavagecreek.com
WHAT'S THAT ON YOUR HAND?
Gotta love the ruffles. And hot, hot pink in the dead of winter is a breathtaking thing. Even if - maybe especially if - you're merely dashing out to get a jug o' milk. These White + Warren cashmere ruffle gloves truly make us smile.
$75, 50 percent donation; whiteandwarren.com
PUT IT IN PINK
Long as you spend your life leashed to your datebook, might as well make it a pretty one. And this hot pink one is pretty, all right. Designed for the mom on the run, this MomAgenda desktop in fuchsia is packed with Mom Essentials: favorite Web sites, go-to numbers, and, get this, each kiddie gets his or her own space on every calendar page, so you can overschedule the little darlings but still keep track of it all.
$42 - during October, 20 percent donation; momagenda.com
IS THAT HOPE IN THE AIR?
Well, actually this Charlotte Moss candle was inspired by the haute designer's trips to the Left Bank of Paris. What you're inhaling is her version of "the mystery, romance and sophistication" of the Rive Gauche. According to Moss, those olfactory top notes in the Left Bank Perfume Candle are lemon grass and crushed pink peppercorn blossoms. The midnotes are frankincense and patchouli. And that's "cashmere wood" in the background. But you can call it hope. Porcelain pagoda lid with silver glaze included. During October, 10 percent of proceeds are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Cost: $55 - during October, 10 percent donation; agrariahome.com
- Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune