Walk for HAWC

Lace up your sneakers and join HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) for the 25th anniversary of The Walk for HAWC, on Sunday, April 30th in Salem, MA with honorary chair Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.  On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States and HAWC, the longest-standing domestic violence agency on the North Shore, is entirely dedicated to supporting victims of domestic abuse. Beginning and ending at the beautiful Salem Common, the annual 5k is HAWC’s largest fundraising and community event, attended by over 1,000 people each year. Their goal is to raise $115,000, and all of the proceeds from this event will go toward HAWC’s programs and services, which support over 2,700 clients annually.

Community members and supporters are invited to volunteer, sponsor, create or join a team for the 25th anniversary of the Walk for HAWC. There will be music, food and exciting activities available in the Salem Common before the Walk kicks off at noon. Walkers are encouraged to return to the Common upon finishing to enjoy a complimentary lunch graciously provided by Kelly’s Roast Beef.


“The Walk is such an important community event and we rely on our supporters to come together and raise funds for HAWC’s efforts to reduce domestic violence in our communities, as well as support and empower survivors,” said Paula Herrington, HAWC’s Executive Director. “HAWC has been providing critical domestic violence services for nearly 40 years and that is made possible in large part by the funds and awareness raised by the Walk.”


“I am honored to march in the Walk of HAWC and serve as honorary chair alongside the survivors of domestic abuse, and all those who are fighting to end it,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “As chair of the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence I look forward to working with everyone involved to continue improving prevention and support for all those affected by domestic abuse in order to ensure that every Massachusetts resident is safe and free from violence.” 


HAWC is dedicated to supporting the victims of domestic abuse and working to change social norms and behaviors that perpetuate violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to victims residing in 23 cities and towns on the North Shore, including offering a 24-hour hotline, Emergency Family Shelter, a Parent-Child Trauma Recovery Program, individual, legal and hospital advocacy, and dedicated support groups to assist victims of domestic abuse.


WHO:                    Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, community members, volunteers and supporters of HAWC

WHEN:                  Sunday, April 30, 2017, Registration begins at 10:30am | Walk begins at Noon

WHERE:                 Salem Common, N. Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970

COST:                    Registration fee is $10 for adults (18+) and $3 for children. Pre-registering online is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, please visit: www.hawcdv.org/walk

Fashion or Flop: Take the Plunge

We aren’t even going to argue whether this is fashion or a flop: It’s fashion, but only if you have the body (and plenty of double-sided tape) to pull it off.

Few do.

Alas, the stunning woman in the photo was not named in the caption, which simply states: A guest attends the After Party of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France.

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

Fashion or Flop 25: Big Bikini Bottoms

OMG…are those Granny Panties?

OK, they may not technically be big old undies, the bottom half of this two piece swimsuit, unveiled at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid back in Feb 2017 certainly leaves a lot to be desired I terms of beachwear fashion.

No wonder the model wearing them has such a sour puss expression on her face.

Seriously, would you ever consider wearing that bikini – more specifically, the bottom half of that bikini – to the beach? Why? john@bostoneventguide.com

Ellie Goulding Drives a Car

How famous do you have to be to have your photo taken alongside a car in a strange fashion/automotive advert?

The answer, it seems, is as famous as Ellie Goulding.

Who, you ask? (Don’t worry…we had to look it up, too.)

A quick perusal of elliegoulding.com revealed (in almost every sense of the word) that Ms. Goulding is a singer. You can click here if you need audio/video proof. 

Anyway, here’s the caption sent with the photo” The all-new Range Rover Velar made a spectacular U.S. debut with an exclusive live performance from pop star Ellie Goulding at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center, which was broadcasted live online to a global audience on April 11, 2017 in New York City.

 (Photo by Handout/Jaguar Land Rover via Getty Images) 

Art for Your Feet

The classic Vans Slip-On is the perfect canvas (ha!) for the MFA exclusive hand-painted sneakers. The Gallery Wall design in bright teal, yellow, orange, and purple on a background of crisp white make this design your go-to shoe for spring and summer...compliments are sure to follow wherever you go.


•  Women's US size 6.5/Men's US size 5

•  Acrylic paint on canvas.

•  Due to the handmade nature of the product, designs may vary slightly from those pictured.

•  Ship time: 2-4 weeks





How do I take care of these amazing shoes?

They are easily cleanable with warm soapy water—just wipe them down with a cloth or sponge!


I'm unsure of my size—help!

If you're fortunate enough to live in the Boston area, stop by the MFA and try on a pair for sizing purposes in our Gund Exhibition Shop. If you can't make it to the MFA, Vans Slip-Ons are a pretty popular shoe style that are available in a number of retailers across the country/world.


How long until I receive my shoes? I'm can't wait!

Since these shoes are lovingly handpainted one pair at a time (by an actual human being!), expect to receive your shoes in 2-4 weeks. It'll be worth the wait, we promise!


Who paints the shoes?

Glad you asked! Boston-area artist Joan Ganon created her handpainted shoe business quite by accident. Inspired by a poster in her bedroom, she used leftover acrylic paints from her husband's prop business, compliments and requests followed...and thus, Painted by JDG was born!