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Plenty of celebrities are willing to donate their money to green causes, but this week, you can catch up with others who've agreed to donate their time by offering up lunches, set visits, and front-row tickets in auctions for two different celebrity causes. Bette Midler enlisted plenty of her big-name friends to shell out auction items that raise money for New York Restoration Project; bid on lunch with Jann Wenner, a tennis lesson with John McEnroe, a vacation at Sir Richard Branson's eco-friendly Necker Island, a walk-on role in Steve Carrell's next film, and other meet-ups or ticket packages and the funds go toward planting trees and developing community gardens in New York. And if you'd rather direct your money toward education, then check out the highlights of the Chevy Chase GREEN Auction, which offers the chance to meet Chase, Oprah, Howard Stern, Stephen Colbert, and Joel McHale on the sets of their shows, spend a day at work with Dustin Hoffman, and travel to the Galapagos Islands, all while funding sustainable schools.
Paris Hilton's Spoiled Pups
Most of us consider "sleeping in the doghouse" a bad thing--but not if you're sharing a space with Paris Hilton's pups. The home, a 300-square-foot version of Hilton's own house, got its look from decorator Faye Resnick, who included hot pink paint, a crystal chandelier, and Phillippe Starck furniture. The pricetag? A cool $325,000. (Just to put that in perspective, the median home price--for human homes, that is--in the US in September ranged from $147,600 in the Midwest to $234,700 in the Northeast.) Hilton also included heat and air conditioning in the house to keep her pets pampered, though we imagine there's plenty of space for them on cold nights in the heiress's own 7,000-square-foot home. (Via Modern Urban Living)
Elizabeth Hurley's Organic Snack Attack
Actress Elizabeth Hurley may not seem like the farmer type, but she and her family own 400 acres of certified organic land in Gloucestershire, England, where they raise cattle, pigs, sheep, and oats--and from which they've launched a line of organic snack bars with British store Harrod's. Varieties include Strawberry & Cherry and Orange & Cranberry fruit and oat bars (with oats from her farm; she plans to grow fruit next season) and MSG- and nitrate-free beef jerky for people on the Atkins diet--all with fewer than 100 calories per package. FitSugar quotes her as saying of the nutrition facts, "It's compulsory portion control. I've never been able to chop a Jaffa Cake in half and just eat one piece." (Note to non-models out there: One Jaffa Cake--an English snack cake--contains 45 calories, so you're probably okay to eat the whole thing.) (Via Fit Sugar)
Angelina and Shiloh Shop Stella
We expected plenty of cute, cuddly designs from Stella McCartney's new cruelty-free line at Gap Kids, and the collection doesn't disappoint--even famous mom Angelina Jolie picked up some pieces for her brood while shopping with daughter Shiloh in Santa Monica. StyleCaster reports that the actress bought two outfits, head to toe, right off the mannequins, and then stocked up on watches for the rest of her family. Sure, she may be an international superstar, but she's also a mom who appreciates durable, sustainable style when it comes to shopping for her little ones. (Via StyleCaster)