Despite my serious-artsy dress sense, I’m a girly-girl at heart. If you doubt me, may I suggest that you take a peek into my purse? If you could, you’d notice that nearly everything in there is pink. Besides making me squee with happiness like my seven year-old niece, there’s also a practical reason for this: since most of my purses are black, with black innards, it’s a lot easier to find what I’m looking for if it’s not black. I don’t try to match my pinks — it’s a riot of shades and prints in the depths of my black-hole-with-handles — and I like it that way!

This time of year, especially, pink has yet another purpose — to remind us of those brave women who are fighting breast cancer, and to remember those who have lost their fight. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and a lot of retailers will be making additional contributions for purchases that are pink. Here are a few suggestions for your shopping amusement:

E-bags is one of my favorite online retailers, and they have an year-round policy of making a 10% contribution to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Denver Affiliate) for any pink item purchased.

After much searching for a case for my iPhone 4 that will work with the new model dock, I just found this adorable version from Hard Candy on e-Bags. I love the grippy-but-not-slimy texture, and even though the pink is a lot more bubblegum and a little more matte IRL, it’s a keeper. The bottom is removable, so you can put it into a dock, or attach a charger or other accessory. You have to doctor the inside edge of the flash opening with a black Sharpie so your photos don’t get burned out, but that’s an easy fix. (And if you accidentally get Sharpie where you don’t want it, a q-tip dipped in a little acetone will make it as good as new.)

My favorite pink glasses case is showing its age, so I’m on the lookout for a new one. Because I also pop my Bluetooth earbud into my glasses case — it’s much easier to find that way! — I prefer a hard-shell case. This one from Vera Bradley, in the “twirly birds pink” print, will fit the bill nicely. And VB is another retailer with a strong commitment to breast cancer research. If you find her prints too twee for handbags, consider them for accessories.

Even though I’ve retired my Filofax in favor of my iPhone, I still love their old-fashioned note-taking flexibility. Every year, they do a special edition of their pocket-sized organizer and donate 10% of the profits to breast cancer research. I don’t see this year’s version on the Filofax website (it may not debut there until after October 1st), but there is one for sale on Amazon that looks just like my lizard-print version from two years ago, and has current year inserts.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, my wallet is also pink. I bought the small one that I carry every day when I was in Spain, which is why USD don’t quite fit (Euros are a little shorter, apparently). But if I were in the market for a new wallet, this one would be on my short list for sure. This style is often called a “taxi wallet” and it’s perfect for the minimalist who wants to go with just the essentials. That big change purse is a wonderful thing, especially if you have to feed meters or coin-op washers on a regular basis, and there’s still room for an ID and one credit/debit card. (These days, dear ones, who’s using credit cards?)

And what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t need to perk up her purse, but still wants to support her sisters fighting breast cancer? Head on over to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website and find a way to get involved. Remember, this is a battle that requires all of our efforts, all year long.

By the way, have you had your mammogram yet?