Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Courtesy Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

Courtesy Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

When October rolls around, we see the world pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the disease will affect one in eight women and is the second leading cause of death in women, following heart disease. With the goal in mind to eventually make breast cancer a thing of the past, the community in South Florida is rallying together for fun, inventive and inspiring ways to get involved in the fight.


Get Your Run On

Huizenga Park in Fort Lauderdale will be abuzz with pink for the Making Strides Broward 5K on Oct. 11th, with funds going to the American Cancer Society. Join a team or create a new one to join in a noncompetitive atmosphere to run, walk or skip through the 3.1-mile course. Down south in Miami, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is hosting a 5K/fitness walk in Bayfront Park on Oct. 18, fit with a procession and ceremony to honor survivors of breast cancer. Then, a timed and untimed 5K run and walk will follow through the park, so whether you’re a competitive runner or just want to join in the fun, there’s something for everyone, including little ones, who can participate in the Tot Run.

Huizenga Park, 32 E Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale

Sips For Support

Furthering the cause doesn’t only come in the form of a sweaty 5K – head over to the Shore Club in South Beach and order a round of Raspberry & Rose Gin Rickeys at the bar. At $14, 20 percent of proceeds from each cocktail will go straight to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. At the W Fort Lauderdale’s Living Room, its Blush Cocktail will be raising money for the Broward Health Foundation. The concoction of rum, vermouth, honey, muddled strawberries, and honey is sure to hit your sweet tooth for a good cause.

The Shore Club, 1901 Collins Avenue, South Beach, 305.695.3100

The W Fort Lauderdale, 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Ft Lauderdale, 954.414.8200

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Celebrity Hairstylist Ted Gibson and Partner Jason Backe are the ‘Dream Team’ of Hair

Ted Gibson - standing

He might be gay, but he certainly has all the ladies calling his name.

Hairstylist Ted Gibson rose to fame as a celebrity hairstylist and has worked with the tresses of leading ladies such as Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, and others. After working three seasons on TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” where family and friends nominate a hopelessly unstylish person for a makeover, Gibson became a rockstar in the beauty biz.

“Being a celebrity hair dresser, it’s not necessarily expected that you would see someone that looks like me that would be the top of the game,” Gibson said. “I contribute that a lot to my Mrs. Obama.”

That would be his husband of 18 years, Jason Backe, an ambassador for L’Oreal and a hair colorist. Together, they’re the “Dream Team” of hair.

“I always say my first day in beauty school was like when Dorothy’s house landed in Oz and everything went from black and white to Technicolor,” Backe said.

Not only did he finally get to learn the ins and outs of the business (he laughs about previously turning his friend’s hair green and giving his mother the “worst haircut of her life), but it was in beauty school that he was hot for a teacher and met Gibson — an instructor.

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Shaken Up

James Bond, the original smooth guy, is notorious for his drink preference: martini, shaken not stirred. Well, if he knew all the options he had out there he may have ventured out further on the bar menu and possibly enjoyed some of South Florida’s most creative drinks.

Read more at Where Traveler online.