2/24/14

Fashion for Social Good

fashion, social good, causes, eco-friendly, style

My friend, Natalie, is the West Coast Lead Rep for Serengetee. Every fabric pattern featured on Serengetee is teamed up with an amazing cause located in the same area of the globe. This way, you give back to the communities that inspired your Serengetee purchase. Proceeds from this American flag pocket v-neck benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves U.S. military personnel wounded or injured in service to the U.S. and their families. Supporting Intrepid's collaboration with Serengetee helps repay heroes for the sacrifices they have made. 

Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires high potential women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams. These sandals are completely customizable (ribbon, base color, lacing), and the perfect footwear for concert season this summer.

Handmade with recycled silver, copper, and brass beads (melted down from bullet casings), this necklace from Raven & Lily's Ethiopia collection transforms what was once meant for harm into beautiful jewelry. Raven & Lily prides itself in employing marginalized women around the world at fair trade wages to break themselves (and their families) from the cycle of poverty. Their products are handmade, fair trade, and honor the company's environmentally friendly commitment. 

TAHOEMADE was created from a deep appreciation of environmental beauty; particularly stemming from the Lake Tahoe region. TAHOEMADE products are handmade in California, and the company is a huge participant in environmental activism campaigns. 1% of TAHOEMADE's profits go toward environmental conservation, protection, and education. 

These Moroccan inspired crochet wedges are summer-made. With every pair of shoes purchased from TOMS, TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need.

Inspired by Indian textiles, these pointed toe flats add a touch of artistry to any outfit. Remember, with every pair of shoes purchased from TOMS, TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need.

This carry-all tote is ruggedly cool in distressed leather and two front pockets. This tote is crafted in partnership with a newly formed business focused on supporting at risk women in Addis Ababa. 

This leather clutch handbag with woven textile front comes completely lined with a removable leather wristlet and two interior pockets. Crafted in Africa, this clutch supports employment and scholarship opportunities for women to pursue their dreams and overcome poverty.

Inspired by the Swinging 60s, a fashion era made famous for its progressive mod and beatnik style, these shades feature a striking mixed-material design with a bold, iconic browline. Each pair is meticulously hand-finished so you look your sharpest in this daring style. With every eyewear purchase, TOMS will give sight to an individual in need.

These druzy stone earrings are naturally sparkly and framed in 18 karat gold plate. Made by artisans in Brazil, these earrings are simple yet stunning. Druzy is a natural coating of fine crystals that forms on rock surfaces or geodes. The sale of these earrings helps create jobs for artisans in Brazil.

2/10/14

Liebster Award


I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by Glam4Glam

Liebster is a word with German origins meaning dearest, sweetest, kindest, and beloved. The Liebster Award exists only on the internet, and is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. The award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers. The purpose of the Liebster Award is to recognize and discover upcoming talent in the blogosphere through a Pay it Forward initiative. 

The Rules:
  • You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  • You must answer the 10 questions given to the nominee before you.
  • You must select 10 blogs with under 200 followers to answer your 10 questions.
  • You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
  • You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated.

Questions from Glam 4 Glam:

1. Who is your current style icon or obsession?
Emma Watson.

2. Who is your favorite designer?
Marc Jacobs.

3. What is your favorite online store?
Anthropologie.

4. Why did you start your blog?
As a creative outlet to express myself (thoughts, stories, passions, etc.) as well as a platform to showcase my graphic design capabilities.

5. What are your plans for growing your blog in 2014?
In 2014, my goal is to have 200 followers on my blog. To do so, I intend on executing continued social media marketing as well as attending the San Francisco Altitude Summit for networking opportunities. 

6. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be and why?
Robin Roberts. I think she is such a kind-hearted, inspiration and would love the opportunity to have a conversation with her.

7. Have you followed my blog?
Yes.

8. What is your dream job?
Leadership position in a company that marries technology with social causes. 

9. If you could only wear one accessory, what would it be and why?
A toss-up between a heart-shaped infinity necklace my boyfriend gave me for our two year anniversary, because it makes me feel loved whenever I wear it. Or, the Citizen watch my parents bought me for Christmas this past year because it makes me want to be the best woman I can be whenever I wear it.

10. What is your least favorite fashion trend?
Fur coats (real or fake).

My Questions:

  1. If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? Why?
  2. Why did you start your blog?
  3. What story does your family always tell about you?
  4. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
  5. What is one of your favorite sounds?
  6. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  7. Who are your top three style icons?
  8. What was the best thing that happened to you last weekend?
  9. What is your favorite song to sing in the shower?
  10. What is something adventurous you intend on doing this year?
Nominees:

2/4/14

10 Apps You Didn't Know You Needed


1. Waze 
My dad introduced me to Waze, and I haven't looked back (sorry Google Maps). If you are a passenger in my car, you will undoubtedly hear me rave about this app. Waze is a fun, community-based mapping, traffic, and navigation app. Users report live traffic conditions (i.e. cops, road hazards, traffic jams, etc.) to earn points. The combined information makes Waze one of the most up-to-the minute GPS apps on the market and has saved me from countless would-be speeding tickets throughout my drives.

2. Paper
Created by Facebook, Paper enables users to explore and share stories from friends and the world in immersive designs and fullscreen, distraction-free digital layouts. Paper connects to your Facebook newsfeed and allows for customizable news content. This app is really intuitive, seamless, and re-simplifies your Facebook and news content to be much more streamlined.

3. Lumosity
Lumosity is a workout for your brain. The app creates a personalized training program to better your brain's memory and attention abilities. Lumosity uses neuroscientist-backed games to help improve your brain's cognitive functioning by way of a three-game sequence played once daily. I have used the app for a couple of months now and can attest to my Lumosity score going up and up. This daily-use features fun (sometimes challenging) games that give your brain a good 3-5 minute workout.

4. GroupMe
GroupMe is the best way to text. You can organize your texting conversations by name, and can participate in individual or mass group texts. GroupMe is Android and iPhone friendly, and even imports initials/photographs to distinguish individuals in your group conversation. In other words, no more confusing SMS mass texts with indistinguishable phone numbers and confusing repeat sends or error messages (sound familiar?). GroupMe makes texting, whether to one person or an entire organization, super easy and an overall enjoyable user experience.

5. Gyft
Gyft enables you to upload all of your plastic gift cards so they're all in one place: your phone. All you do is enter the gift card's scratch-off code, and start redeeming via the app's barcode friendly scanner. I have used this app for well over a year now, and I do not miss carrying around my post Christmas/birthday wallet-full of gift cards from loved ones. Download it now and Gyft will even reward you with some gift cards of your own!

6. Smiling Mind
You have already heard me rave about Smiling Mind on my The Art of Unwinding post, so just think of this mention as a refresher. Smiling Mind is a free, daily meditation app targeted towards 20 somethings. The app gives you a sense of calm, clarity, and contentment through its 5 minute daily meditation sessions. You can program Smiling Mind to send you push notifications to meditate for certain days at particular times, so you can always fit a moment of peace into your day.

7. Uber
I first heard about Uber while visiting my sister in Washington D.C. When not using the metro, she and her friends used Uber to hail taxis in the D.C. area. Uber's prices were competitive to surrounding taxi services, and the experience was exceptional. Since then, I have used Uber in San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Basically, you open the app, request your car, confirm your GPS location, and bam your driver arrives in minutes. Uber even shows you a photo of your driver and gives you their overall driver rating. Cool, right? When you download the app, be sure to Google local promotion codes so you get the best pricing deals for your first time using their service.

8. SoundHound
Tap the orange SoundHound button and the app instantly listens and identifies the song playing around you. You can then read the lyrics on the app as they're playing aloud, download the song on iTunes, watch the band's music video, etc. I have used this app while standing in line at a coffee shop, grocery shopping, or riding shotty in a friend's car with the radio blaring. SoundHound is really handy when you hear that awesome song whose artist you can't quite remember, or when you discover a new track that merits an immediate music download.

9. Venmo
My friend, Brittney, introduced me to the wonders of Venmo. Venmo is the #1 rated app to pay your friends back through Venmo's fast, secure, and free payment platform. Just tie your back account to the app and you can hit the ground running. Tap the name of the friend you need to pay back, enter the dollar amount and reason for payment, and done! Your friend receives the payment within 24 hours. Plus, your other friends can "like" and comment on the expenditure if you choose to publicize it. Venmo also has an "I.O.U" feature that you can send to your friends who owe you moola.

10. Clue
This app is for the ladies, and errr, their nosey boyfriends. I recently read an article that said today's modern women have no excuse for not knowing their period cycle. But actually. You can download this app for free by clicking here. Clue predicts your next period, fertile window, PMS and features easy-to-comprehend graphics, calendars, and reminders so that you never stress about Uncle Charlie again (sorry, too much? haha).

Photography courtesy of iTunes & Kawaii Case

2/3/14

Valentine Gift Guide for Her


1. Make sure she never loses her way with this Urban Outfitters compass watch ($32).

2. Surprise your girl with breakfast in bed!

3. Sweet-smelling candle from Anthropologie ($12-$28)

4. LUSH's Sex Bomb bath bomb is jam-packed with jasmine, sage, ylang ylang, and other powerful aphrodisiacs that are known for their relaxation and heartwarming capabilities ($7).

5. Make music together with this personalized stainless steel harmonica from Etsy ($20).

6. His (Good morning, Handsome) and Hers (Good morning, Beautiful) large mugs from Etsy ($30).

7. Delicate, gold heart ring ($41).

8. Red and white heart bow headband ($12).

9. The gift of chocolate without the guilt. Box of chocolate candles from Arhaus ($21).

10. Emma Lace Pushup Bra from Aerie ($25).

11. Paris was Ours is a collection of memoirs written about the city of love. For purchase at Barnes & Noble ($13).

12. Set of 3 organic, herbal lip balms in Wild Mint, Cloven Hoof, and Wild Rose packaged in eco-friendly paper tubes. Sold through Etsy ($20).

13. No girl doesn't like Gilmore Girls. Purchase each season, or the entire series ($17-$120).

14. Let your girl hold the stars with this constellation clutch from Fossil ($40).

15. Surprise her with a once-in-a-lifetime road trip!

16. Free People's "Lots of Love" anklet socks ($12).