*Junebug Weddings is now accepting submissions for their Best of the Best 2012 Collection. [Junebug Weddings]
*European fashion designers look to Nigeria. [AP News]
*New Jersey residents displaced by Sandy will be able to vote by email or fax on Tuesday. [The New York Times]
*Jobs in the US Leisure and Hospitality sector (which the event industry falls under) increased by 28,000 in the past month. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]
As anyone who has been through a hurricane knows, the aftermath is when it really all begins and "getting back to normal" is a long road. Many people on the East Coast and in the Caribbean are still without electricity and officials are saying that many will be until at least November 11th. With below freezing temps in the evenings, no electricity means no heat. Because of this, many have been using their non-electric ovens to heat their homes, which has led to carbon monoxide poisoning and additional deaths. It's estimated that only one-third of gas stations in New York and New Jersey currently have fuel (and the lines for it in Brooklyn were 22 blocks long in some cases), so people are also running low on gas for back up generators. Also, it's estimated that about 96% of people hit by Sandy won't be covered by their homeowner's or renter's insurance for the damages.
If you had the luxury of talking or blogging about ombré or glitter anything this past week, please donate to a charity helping with relief efforts. There are many: the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the United Way, AmeriCares, the NYC Hurricane Relief Fund, the New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund, church-sponsored relief funds, among others. You can also donate blood, which they are still in need of. Many relief centers are also in desperate need of diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, and feminine products as those were ruined by the storm.
It's been said that a crisis reveals true character, and I am so grateful for and proud of so many colleagues and friends who have put people ahead of profits and stepped up in a major, life-giving way this past week. It really is a privilege to know and work alongside people of such integrity.