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Monday, July 21, 2014

7/16 & 7/17: Phoenix & El Paso

It may have been 108 degrees in Phoenix yesterday, but that did not stop the girls from coming out to the boutique! We started the morning by being interviewed for the FOX 10 Morning Show by Kristy Siefkin. We woke up super early to get the boutique set-up for a live segment. Click HERE to see the clip. After that was finished, around 8am, we went back up to our hotel room, to rest a little bit before the girls came down to shop. We were parked at the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. They were kind enough to donate our hotel stay and host the event. We were excited because our room had great air conditioning! The day was ultimately extremely successful because we set our tour record with girls served. 70 girls came to the boutique!!!


Claire’s Accessories sent out an AMAZING team of volunteers to the boutique, which included an adorable girl named Katie. She was such a great little helper, and was so excited to be there because she had heard of Threads for Teens on the Disney Channel in the past. All in all, everyone who came was a real trooper considering the heat.

El Paso was also an awesome event, which took place the next day. CPS hosted us in their lot, where they brought in food, a DJ, and books for all the girls who came. We were actually short on volunteers, so several CPS workers helped us out, which was incredible generous. The girls had an amazing time once again. The energy at the stop was great.
In the picture with the heart silhouette, the girl Aleea was so excited to receive her brand-new floral maxi dress from Maurice's. The colors were fabulous and looked absolutely amazing it it. 


Stay tuned for our next update from New Orleans!

<3
Allyson Ahlstrom

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Threads for Teens and Coco Jones Team Up!

Threads for Teens will be hosting our third annual back-to-school backpack drive on Thursday, August 7th with the help of the most fabulous Coco Jones! We are so excited at Threads for Teens for this event because while collecting school supplies to distribute to girls in need, the first 100 people to stop by will also get to meet Coco AND eat FREE CHIPOTLE! Coco is a talented musician who will be playing at the Sonoma County Fair the night of August 7th, along with Cody Simpson. Furthermore, at the event, there will be giveaways for awesome seats for the show. How can you participate!?

Threads for Teens is collecting BRAND-NEW school supplies. To be able to meet Coco, you must choose five of the items listed below to bring to the event and donate* to Threads for Teens.

Acceptable School Supplies:
Notebook
Paper
Pens/pencils
Backpack
Loose-leaf binder paper
Graph paper
Eraser
Pencil case/pouch
Highlighter
Water Bottle

*All donations are tax deductible

Full Details:
When: Thursday, August 7th 2014
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Threads for Teens – 925 Corporate Center Parkway, Suite D

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

7/15 Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas was a fabulous second stop to our Threads for Teens tour. We were fortunate enough to park in the SAFY (Specialized Alternatives for Family and Youth) parking lot, which is an organization in Las Vegas that provides a variety of social services to at-risk youth and families. As was the case with LA, there was a large line already waiting when 10am rolled around. Today, two wonderful women, Kathleen and Ashley, helped us to set-up and style the girls. 

The first girls to come in, Ines and Amber, were shy and excited as they first walked into the mobile boutique, but quickly warmed up to the shopping experience. This trend continued throughout the day, as we continued to make our way through the line of girls. One comment from a girl was extremely sweet, she wrote in the Threads for Teens guestbook, “Thank you so much for the clothes! It’s nice to know that there are organizations like this, who want the best for us.” Another girl said, “Thank you for everything, this means so much to me.”

All of us were truly humbled and blessed to be a part of today’s shopping stop in Las Vegas. We are now off to Phoenix. As I type this, we are driving through the desert and see many different cacti along the way. We just had to stop so that I (Allyson) could take a picture! Some of them are so tall. We can’t wait to see what tomorrow is in store for our stop in Phoenix. 

P.S. Make sure to continue solving hunts at TheHunt.com/threadsforteens! The charity challenge launched today, and as of now we need to solve about 13,500 hunts a day to ensure that Threads for Teens receives a $15,000 donation! Keep up the good work!

XOXO
Allyson Ahlstrom

Monday, July 14, 2014

TOUR DAY 1: LA


WOW! What an amazing day in LA. This morning at 10am, Threads for Teens On Tour 2.0 kicked off. This year, the tour is a little bit different because we are going to fewer stops, but packing a ton of girls in at each stop. So today, over 60 girls received a brand-new outfit. We drove the truck/trailer to LA last night, and parked at the Hilton Universal City, where the event was held today. The Hilton Universal City hosted us last year for our event and were extremely generous to welcome us back this year. Once we pulled in yesterday, my mom (Amy) and my Uncle Allan (truck driver) and myself all crashed.

This morning, we knew we had a lot of work to do to get the trailer ready for the first day of appointments. We all woke bright and early to hang clothes on the racks, and get ready for our first girls of the tour. To help us out, Wendy Nguyen of Wendy’s Lookbook (www.wendyslookbook) came to help, along with Sydney, who donated her Bat Mitzah gifts to Threads for Teens a while back. For Wendy, this stop was personal because she grew up in the foster care system, so she was extremely grateful to give back. Both of them helped a ton with organizing the clothes to get ready for the girls.

The event was set to start at 10am; however, girls arrived early and by the time we were supposed to open, we had a huge crowd of girls waiting in line outside to come into the boutique! We started by welcoming our first girl into the boutique, Dominika. She ended up taking a super cute baggy beach jumper from Wildfox Couture, a cute tank from Lucky, and earrings from Claire’s! Also at this time, Aneesha (PR Director) from Wildfox Couture was at the trailer to check out the event, so she super excited to see one of their items that was donated be taken. The rest of the day continued to progress smoothly, with Wendy, Sydney and I getting girls in and out, while choosing items of clothing that made them feel confident. I cannot stress enough how big of help Wendy and Sydney were!

One happy shopper excited about her
Wildfox Couture jumpe
After the girls chose their clothing items from the trailer, they were able to go outside and choose either a pair of shoes or an accessory. Outside, my mom (Amy) and a wonderful volunteer named Mary, from Diamondale Adolescent Care Facility, helped the girls ‘check out’ when they were all ready to go.


As 1pm rolled around, we were all shocked because the time went by so fast. We are currently en route to Las Vegas and can’t wait to meet all of the girls tomorrow. Make sure to keep checking back for updates. Also, follow Threads for Teens on Instagram (@threadsforteens), Twitter (@threadsforteens), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/threadsforteens).

Threads for Teens Teams Up with The Hunt!


We have some super exciting news to share! The Hunt (thehunt.com or The Hunt on the app store) is teaming up with Threads for Teens to donate up to $15,000! What is The Hunt? Well, it is where you go after you have been on Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, or really anywhere on the internet, and you find something that you want to buy, but there is no link directed to where to go. That’s where the Hunt comes in! They have a thriving community of people who might see a perfect formal dress, spring break bathing suit, or really any item and not know where to buy it. On The Hunt, you can post a picture of what you are searching for so that others, who may have stumbled across this item before, can tell you where to buy it. This also works the other way around. If you are browsing through different items, and see a Hunt that you know where to find on the internet, you can add the link as a Find. Whenever you add a Find, you have the chance to earn Gem badges, which makes the experience fully interactive. The Hunt is also backed by some pretty cool supporters, including Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher.

So, how can you help Threads for Teens!?!?! Here's how you can get involved, all for free!

1. Create an account on The Hunt App or Thehunt.com
2. Browse the feed of coveted items
3. Solve someone’s Hunt -- Show them where to buy it by adding a link

Solve as many Hunts as you can from 7/15- 7/29! For more info check out www.thehunt.com/threadsforteens

If 100k Hunts are solved, The Hunt will donate, $5k, 150k Hunts $10k and if we can get to a total of 200k Hunts they will donate $15k!

This awesome partnership came to be when I (Allyson), applied for an internship for this summer with The Hunt. I am constantly on Pinterest looking at clothes and get so frustrated when I click on a 'dead' link. Randomly, I saw an ad for them on Facebook, checked out the website, and became addicted. After applying for the internship, The Hunt expressed interest in working with Threads for Teens! The Hunt is all about helping girls through fashion, which is essentially the same as Threads for Teens, which makes this partnership extremely well aligned  Definitely check out their website, because it is awesome and extremely useful/helpful. In the process you will be helping Threads for Teens!

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to answer them!

XOXO
Allyson Ahlstrom

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hello from the Boutique!

This was sent to me by Ashton Smith, who is taking over the Threads for Teens boutique for the next year. I am so excited to have Ashton running appointments during the 2014-2015 term. She is such a responsible girl and has a great heart! Please stay tuned for a full blog post about Ashton and her plans for Threads for Teens. For now, here is a quick blurb about a recent appointment she conducted.

"Today at the Threads for Teens boutique I had one appointment scheduled. The bubbly girl arrived along with her younger sister and mom, all of whom seemed excited for this shopping experience. The younger sister did not know she was eligible to shop until she came to the store, which was a happy surprise for her! She was a little bit shyer than her older sister, so she followed her sister around the store until she warmed up to the new environment. After settling in, the sisters and mother moved their way through the store laughing and enjoying the experience. It warmed my heart to see the family interacting, bonding, and appreciating the moment. This was not only because they were receiving clothes, but also building better relationships with each other."

The Threads for Teens Tour kicks off on Monday, so keep checking back as we will be doing daily blog updates while on the road. I can't wait!

XOXO
Allyson Ahlstrom

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Threads for Teens, Pastry, and Coco Jones!

Coco Jones and Threads for Teens Founder Allyson Ahlstrom
I am excited to announce that this year Threads for Teens and Pastry are teaming up for their 1-U campaign to raise girls' confidence. This partnership was announced this past weekend at the SLS Beverly Hills at singer/actress Coco Jones' Sweet 16! To start off the campaign, Coco asked all of her guests to bring a clothing donation for Threads for Teens rather than gifts for her. This extremely generous requested garnered a ton of awesome clothing for Threads for Teens. Make sure to keep checking out what is going on this year for the campaign, as we have a lot in store! Also, Threads for Teens will be going on tour this summer, so make sure to stay tuned for more details!

XOXO
Allyson Ahlstrom