Friday Favorites: TOH Fall 2020 Collection

I am a partner with Trades of Hope which is a beautiful company that uses fashion as a force for good to empower women around the world out of extreme poverty and human trafficking.  We partner with artisans in 19 different countries including right here in the US through job creation.  We believe that business, not charity, is the long-term solution to solving the global poverty crisis.  Our artisans are given a job creating gorgeous, handcrafted, artisanal jewelry, handbags, home décor, and more.  They are paid a fair and living wage through fair trade, which allows them to provide for their family’s basic needs, get access to health care, job training, and therapeutic services. The work that we do is really making a difference in the lives of women all over the world. It is giving women the opportunity to truly change their lives. I am very passionate about my work with TOH and like to share some of my favorites each season because I love the beautiful work our artisans do so much.  Our fall collection, entitled Renaissance of Thought, was released last month, and I am so in love with the jewel-toned colors and the uniqueness of each piece.  Check out some of my favorites from this collection.

Bijou Bracelet

The Bijou Bracelet is made by women in Haiti who are now able to keep their babies instead of turning them over to orphanages because they can’t provide for them.  This bracelet is made up of hand-rolled and painted Haitian clay beads, natural sodalite stone beads, steel beads, and hand-rolled cereal box beads. That’s right, our artisans take discarded cereal boxes and turn them into something unique and beautiful.

Makensia is one of the artisans that creates the Bijou Bracelet.  Here is her story of hope.

Surrounded by the tropical beauty of Haiti, Makensia is also surrounded by extreme poverty. But neither poverty, nor the death of a child, nor domestic abuse have defined her. She has persevered through many challenging seasons and continues to pursue good things for her family.

 

While many mothers in her village have been forced to make the heartbreaking decision to give up their children to poverty orphanages to save them from starvation, this mother of five has been able to earn enough income to keep her family together by hand rolling beads and making jewelry from discarded cereal boxes. Your purchase helps Makensia continue to keep her family together. 

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Zanmi Earrings

These beautiful Zanmi Earrings are also created by women in Haiti who are working to be able to keep and feed their babies. They are made from lightweight, upcycled aluminum with hand-tied navy tassels. I love how they recycle items that we often discard.

Ismaella is one of the artisans that creates the Zanmi Earrings.  Here is her story of hope in her own words. 

“In Haiti, life is difficult. In an unorganized society, men often don’t respect women, and fathers often do not take responsibility for their children. Women have to become strong to survive and to support their children. 

 

We are a small community of strong women. We share good and bad times, and because we spend so much time together, we have become a second family. The opportunity to earn money allows us to become better than we could have imagined. We can go farther, and we can understand that we have potential for great things. We can take care of ourselves and our families.” 

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Amara Necklace

This gorgeous necklace is created by women and men in India who are now able to provide for their families. Yes, we do sometimes have men that work alongside our women artisans!  The Amara Necklace features a paper clip linked adjustable chain, a handcrafted gold-toned filigree charm, and a genuine labradorite gemstone charm.  

Dulal is one of the men who helps to create the Amara Necklace.  Here is his story of hope in his own words. 

“When I was 19 years old, I wasn’t interested in further studies. My life was just sad. I was not aware of my abilities and was just in search of some work. I was depressed due to economic conditions. Then my friend introduced me to this work. My previous boss used to treat me very badly. Now, I enjoy my work! It’s helping my family and me. I’m capable enough to fulfill my needs, and I’m making all types of handmade jewelry. So overall, it’s a big achievement for me! I’m happy to be an Artisan. I have hope for a good life in the future!”

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Aura Earrings

The Aura Earrings are created by women in the Phillipines who are rising up out of extreme poverty.  These elegant earrings are very lightweight and are created using natural capiz shells that are hand-cut by these women to create these geometric shapes. 

Emelyn is one the artisans that creates these earrings. Here her story of hope.

After financial struggles forced Emelyn and her siblings to drop out of school during her first year of college, Emelyn went to work at a fast-food restaurant. At the restaurant, she met the granddaughter of a local businesswoman who taught women how to make jewelry and art from capiz shells. Amazed by the Artisans’ creativity, Emelyn eagerly learned each step of the production process. Now, this twenty-four-year-old is able to support her parents, send her younger brother back to school, and buy land to build her family a home. She even co-manages the workshop’s entire capiz production process, along with the owner’s granddaughter! 

Trades of Hope

Rita Scarf

This intricate scarf is handcrafted by artisans in India using ancient Bagru block printing techniques and natural indigo dyes. It features a multi-color border with shades of crimson red, emerald green and gold. It is very generous in size and can be used in the traditional way around your neck, as a headwrap, as a vest, or even wrapped around your waist! The possibilities are endless. 

The Rita Scarf is created by women like Babli.  Here is her story of hope. 

Babli creates traditional Bagru block-printed scarves in a quaint family workshop in India. Her family takes great pride in being one of only a few workshops in their village who are able to create these unique designs without the use of machines.

 

Babli’s husband learned these skills after his income as a manual laborer wasn’t enough to provide for their essential needs. As their family grew, Babli wanted their children to be able to enjoy a good education. So Babli and her mother studied and practiced until they became master craftswomen.  

 

Babli’s work empowers her to send her children to school and save toward her family’s dream of owning their own home. 

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Everyday Crossbody

The Everyday Crossbody is handcrafted in India by women who have gained freedom from sweatshops.  It is beautifully handcrafted from ethically sourced leather and features an expertly hidden exterior slip pocket, an adjustable strap, and an adorable cotton-lined interior with an additional zippered storage pocket.  

Women like Rafiqan work to create this beauty. Here is her story of hope.

Rafiqan lives near Jaipur, a city renowned for its legendary artisanal workshops. Extreme poverty in many of the surrounding villages often results in the exploitation of vulnerable Artisans – especially women – in sweatshops with unsafe workspaces, unreasonable hours, and unfair wages. Committed to empowering Artisans, this workshop trained Rafiqan in the art of leather crafting. She began as a materials cutter and can now make an entire bag – from start to finish – by herself! Now Rafiqan is able to earn a living wage in a safe clean workspace. Your purchase helps Rafiqan earn enough income to provide for her family’s needs and send her children to school. 

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Aren’t these all so amazing? Not only are they beautifully crafted, but the stories behind them are truly inspirational.  To shop for these gems or any of our other pieces or to learn more about our mission at Trades of Hope, you can visit my website here.  Every purchase is empowering women (and men) around the world to become the heroes of their own stories.  

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Fashion Finds: Boots

As I have mentioned about a million times, I have an obsession with the fall.  Not only because of the perfect weather and gorgeous colors, but I really love all things fall clothing.  I have an obscene collection of jackets, boots, scarves, and sweaters, and I can’t stop buying them! I am definitely a shop-a-holic when it comes to fall clothing. I just love it all so much.  You also know that I have an obsession with Target.  It is by far my favorite store.  I think Target is a great place to shop for affordable and adorable boots for fall and winter. They recently released all their new fall shoes and some of them are so good.  A few of them were repeats from last year that were favorites.  I love Target for boots because they are affordable, and they typically hold up really well for me.  I tried to pull a few that I really like this year, but there are many more of all different styles available online and in stores. I also tried to include all the color options for you as well.  Seriously, how cute are these? I am really trying to practice some restraint! 

Amalia Fashion Boots

I bought these Amelia Boots last year in Cognac and was obsessed with them.  I wore them like every day.  I am seriously considering getting them in black and taupe this year! 

Katherine Lace Up Wedge Fashion Boots

I almost bought these Katherine Lace Up Wedges several times last year in Taupe (They have a slight olive green tint to them to me, which I like.).  They are super cute and trendy. 

Cianna Heeled Slouch Bootie

Jayden Double Zip Ankle Bootie

I am totally obsessed with these Jayden Booties in the snake print, which is super on trend right now. 

Briar Block Heeled Bootie

Laniee Heeled Scrunch Fashion Boots

These Laniee Boots were super popular last year and were another one I almost bought several times.

Marlee Knee High Heeled Fashion Boots

I am not sure I love these Marlee Boots in the animal prints but the solids are great options! 

Beatrix Cut Out Heeled Bootie

Cari Cut Out Ankle Bootie

Calyn Puffer Collar Winter Boots

Lilyan Platform Bootie

Callie Lace Up Lug Hiking Boots

These aren’t exactly my style, but I just thought they were fun.

Jayla Heeled Tall Fashion Boots

Gretal Faux Leather Over the Knee Fashion Boots

Happy shopping!

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Fashion Finds: Fall Purses

I know that people aren’t really going many places still, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a cute fall purse anyway. LOL! I can come up with a reason for just about everything when it comes to shopping! You have to be ready when the time comes that we can venture out again, right? Plus, I firmly believe that you can’t have too many bags. Who cares if people call you the crazy bag lady? I certainly don’t. Anyway, I found some super adorable bags that are perfect for fall and on into winter, including animal print and plaid!  For the past couple of years, I was on a big crossbody kick. While I still do love all my crossbody purses, I am starting to love some of the bigger tote bags again. Really, though, I just love them all!

Monogrammed Classic Plaid Tote/Magnetic Closure Handbag/Cheetah Print Tote Bag (+20% off with code FALL20)/Reversible Tote Bag/Soft Tote Handbag

All Over the World Animal Print Tote/Monogrammed Cheyenne Purse/Eperia 3-Piece Tote Set/Everyday Crossbody/Oversized Clutch

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Fall Target Style

Leaves are starting to turn, the temperature is dropping, and I am in heaven! I know it isn’t officially fall yet, but, in my book, fall is here! It is my most favorite time of the year.  Beautifully golden leaves, pumpkins, cozy sweaters, jeans, boots, warm jewel tones, plaid, the start of school…I love it all! I especially love fall clothes.  I may even have a slight obsession with sweaters, boots, and jackets.  I can’t help it.  I just love how cozy they make me feel.  To get all of you in the fall mood (I’m already there!), I have chosen some of my favorites from Target’s new fall releases.  Some of these are just too cute to pass up.  I actually had to limit myself or this post would go on forever.  I left off shoes and jackets for now.  However, if you love those two things like I do, I highly recommend checking them out on Target’s website because there are some adorable ones available right now, and I don’t think they will stay in stock for long.  

Dresses

Mixed Print Short Sleeve Dress/Floral Print Long Sleeve Babydoll Dress/Long Sleeve Tiered Dress/Short Sleeve Waffle Knit Babydoll Dress/Puff Long Sleeve Sweatshirt Dress/Long Sleeve Babydoll Dress

Tops

Long Sleeve Lace Detail Knit Top/Ribbed Long Sleeve Knit Top/Puff Long Sleeve Blouse/Striped Bishop ¾ Sleeve Blouse/Long Sleeve Waffle T-Shirt/Animal Print Cami

Bottoms

Mid-Rise No Gap Waist Twill Skinny Pants/High-Rise Corduroy Skinny Jeans/Alligator Pattern Faux Leather Pencil Midi Skirt/High Rise Wide Leg Pants/Super High-Rise Skinny Jeans/High-Rise Full Skinny Jeans

Loungewear

Cropped Hoodie/Animal Print Pajama Set/French Terry Crewneck Pullover/Buffalo Check Cozy Pajama Set/Tie-Dye Lounge Joggers/Tie-Dye Lounge Sweatshirt

Seriously, how cute are these? Fall style is definitely in the air!!! I think I NEED that faux alligator skirt and lace detail top! I may or may not have just added them to my cart. <wink, wink>

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Fashion Finds: Boots

You all know that Target is one of my favorite places for so many reasons, but it is also my favorite place to get affordable shoes that are cute and on trend. We are smack in the middle of fall, and winter is just around the corner, which means that it is boot wearing time.  I love boots of all kinds. Tall, ankle, winter…you name it! I love them all.  I long for the days when I can wear a cute sweater and boots because those are my two favorite things.  Oh, and did you know that Target gives all of their shoes a real person’s name? I think that is so funny! Anyway, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite boots at Target this season. Any of these would make a great addition to your Christmas wish list.  A few of them are definitely on mine (Katherine, Jamison, and Lanae).  Some of them are out of stock in some sizes online, but they are expected to be restocked so keep checking back or visit your local store. 

Ankle Boots

  1. Dylan
  2. Nora
  3. Carmelo
  4. Abiee
  5. Valarie
  6. Jamison
  7. Katherine

Tall Boots

  1. Brisa
  2. Sidney
  3. Lanae

Winter Boots

  1. Ruthie
  2. Susan

Happy shopping!

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Fashion Finds

Because I look and feel like death and have for several days, today’s style post will be a little different.  I didn’t get to do my shopping photo shoot like I had planned because I have felt so bad. I am fighting some really nasty stuff. I ended up at an urgent care place on Saturday because it had gotten pretty bad.  They thought that I might have the flu based on how I looked and felt, but they did not test me for it because it was too late to start meds for it at that point.  Instead they are treating me for an upper respiratory infection, but I am pretty sure the meds aren’t working and it might actually be the flu.  I don’t think I slept for more that 5-10 minutes at a time last night.  Despite taking prescription cough meds, I was coughing ALL NIGHT LONG.  Every inch of my torso aches from coughing so much over the past few days.  Needless to say, I have been miserable.  I almost gave up on posting altogether today, but I just couldn’t do that.  I decided that instead I would share with you a few items that have been on my shopping wish list that may or may not end up in my closet in the weeks to come.  I would like to try some of them on before buying, but it doesn’t look like I am going to get to do that any time soon. Maybe a little online retail therapy is just what the doctor ordered! LOL! Anyway, here are some things I am eyeing right now!

Target-Leopard Slip on Sneakers/Wedge Sneakers/Microsuede Heeled Scrunch Riding Boots

I have actually tried these leopard ones on and almost have bought them twice.  I am obsessed! They are so cute! They really need to be mine! All Target shoes are currently 20% off with Target Circle.

Target-Ribbed Knit Dress (currently on sale)/Hooded Tunic Sweatshirt/Hooded Camo Sweatshirt

Amazon-Color Block Striped Cardigan/Quilted Pullover/Fall Graphic T-Shirt

Amazon-Crossbody Saddle Purse

Old Navy-Sherpa Pullover/Long Cardigan

These two pieces are 40% off TODAY only with code STYLE.

Old Navy-Flannel Shirt/Oversized Scarf/Crewneck Sweater/Diamond Quilted Vest

These pieces are all currently on sale. The Crewneck Sweater is only on sale in certain colors.

Aren’t these all so cute? It did make me feel a little better just looking at them! I haven’t pulled the trigger yet on any of them, but I have a feeling it is coming soon. Here is to hoping I am back to 100% tomorrow! Happy shopping!

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A Look in my Closet:OOTD

Fall is finally here where I live.  We experienced some really hot days at the end of September and beginning of October, but we finally cooled down towards the end of last week. I couldn’t be happier! In case you forgot, fall is my favorite season.  I love the cool, crisp air and the gorgeous changing leaves. Cooler temps means a change in my wardrobe.  It isn’t cool enough yet to pull out my sweaters and stuff, but it is cool enough to wear more than shorts and a top.  Today, I wanted to show you how you can take a plain t-shirt from your summer wardrobe and spruce it up for fall. I did this by adding things I already had in my closet.  It is a peek into my closet but with a theme today.  I took a navy, black, white, grey, and olive green t-shirt and turned them into cute fall outfits.   All I did was add some accessories and cute shoes. 

Jeans(Similar)/T-Shirt/Shoes/Necklace(Similar)/Earrings

Jeans(Similar)/T-Shirt(Similar)/Shoes/Necklace/Earrings/Bracelets

Jeans(Similar)/ T-Shirt(Similar)/ Kimono(Similar)/Shoes/Necklace/Earrings/Bracelets

Jeans(Similar)/T-Shirt(Similar)/ Vest(Similar)/Shoes(Similar)/Necklace/Earrings/Bracelet

Jeans(Similar)/T-Shirt(Similar)/Scarf/Shoes

Jeans(Similar)/T-Shirt(Similar)/Scarf/Shoes(Similar)/Necklace/Earrings

I hope you can get some ideas of how you can take a simple summer t-shirt and turn it into a cute fall outfit by adding accessories and a pair of jeans. 

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Looks for Less

I don’t know about all of you, but sometimes I will find a shirt or a skirt or other piece that I fall in love with, but then I will not know what to pair it with.  It will often end up sitting in my closet unworn for a while until I can find something cute to pair it with.  I love when I can walk into a store and see an outfit put together on a mannequin and can just buy the whole outfit.  Well, I have taken the guesswork out of it for you today and put together 10 fall outfits from two of my favorite stores. The clothes come from the The Loft Outlet (50% off online purchase + addition 15% off with code CYBER15 today only), and the shoes and accessories are from Target. They are all so cute, and I am working really hard to resist ordering some of them for myself! I did a little pattern mixing, added touches of animal print, and found some of the cutest accessories.

Top/Cardigan/Jeans/Booties/Earrings

Poncho/Pants/Booties/Crossbody

Top/Skirt/Blazer/Flats/Earrings

Dress/Shoes/Earrings

Top/Jeans/Flats/Necklace

Dress/Hat/Mules

Top/Jacket/Jeans/Mules/Necklace

Sweater/Jeans/Mules/Earrings

Top/Pants/Mules/Earrings

Cowl Neck/Leggings/Sneakers/Bracelet

Happy shopping!

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Style Trends: Animal Print

Last fall I did a post on the ever-popular animal print trend.  I am happy to report that this is a trend that is still going strong and can be seen all over this fall too.  One of the most popular is leopard print, but this season snakeskin print is making a strong showing as well.  I have also seen some giraffe and zebra prints floating around.  Now, I am not saying that you should go head to toe in animal print or that you should even mix animals into one outfit.  In fact, I would go as far as telling you not to do that. There are many different ways that you can follow this trend and add it to your wardrobe without looking like you stepped out of a safari.  Adding a pair of animal print shoes, a belt, earrings, bracelet, or scarf are all ways you can subtly be on trend. You can check out my previous animal post here for some looks that I put together with pieces I already had in my wardrobe last fall. Today I have scoured my favorite stores for some new animal print pieces that I think would make a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe.

Dresses:

  1. Target-Tiger Dress
  2. Target-Leopard Dress (See it on me here.)
  3. Loft Outlet-Snake Dress
  4. Target-Snake Dress
  5. Loft Outlet-Leopard Dress
  6. Amazon-Leopard Dress

Tops:

  1. Loft Outlet-Leopard Top
  2. Loft Outlet-Zebra T-Shirt
  3. Target-Zebra Sweater
  4. Target-Leopard Blouse
  5. Target-Leopard T-Shirt
  6. Amazon-Leopard Top

Skirt:

  1. Amazon-Leopard Maxi Skirt

Purses:

  1. Loft Outlet-Snake Purse
  2. Target-Leopard Crossbody
  3. Target-Leopard Purse (This purse is on the pricier side, especially for Target. I couldn’t resist how adorable it is.)
  4. Target-Snake Purse
  5. Amazon-Leopard Tote  

Shoes:

  1. Loft Outlet- Snake Mules
  2. Target-Leopard Slip-Ons (See them on me here.)
  3. Target-Leopard Sneakers
  4. Target-Cheetah Wedges
  5. Target-Snake Wedges
  6. Amazon-Snake Bootie
  7. Amazon-Leopard Toms

Accessories:

  1. Loft Outlet-Leopard Scarf
  2. Loft Outlet-Snake Scarf
  3. Loft Outlet-Snow Leopard Earrings
  4. Loft Outlet-Snake Cuff
  5. Amazon-Leopard Belt
  6. Trades of Hope-Trove Cuff
  7. Trades of Hope-Trove Earrings
  8. Trades of Hope-Giraffe Handbag Charm
  9. Trades of Hope-Zebra Handbag Charm

I could keep going because there is just so much out there that I love, but I have to make myself stop. Some other pieces to look for are sweatshirts, utility jackets, denim animal print jackets, and more. If you go to any of your favorite online stores and type in “animal print” in the search box, you will find tons of cute things. Plus, you can find it in most stores as well. I don’t foresee this trend going away any time soon. Happy Shopping!

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Fashion Finds: Walmart

I have told you all many times before that Walmart is really trying to step up their style game.  You really have to take your time and look to find them, but you can find some really cute pieces there for great prices. I did a little dressing room photo shoot for you guys with some of the adorable pieces I found over the weekend. I will say that the photo quality is not that great.  My Walmart’s dressing rooms are super small and dark, and the mirror is right next to the wall, so it was hard to get good pics.  I tried to edit them to brighten them a little bit, but they still aren’t great. Oh, I can’t forget to mention the multiple layers of dust on the mirror, which makes the pictures look grainy too. Sorry about that! I just had to go with it.  As you will see from the pictures, plaid, camo, animal print (especially snake print), and shades of cranberry, mustard, and olive are really popular for fall. While I did find some cute clothes, my favorite finds were in the shoe and purse departments. Check them out below.

Top/Pants (Olive Reach)

Top/Pants (Olive Reach)

Sweater

Top/Pants (All Spice)

Sweatshirt/Joggers

These two pieces are both soooo soft. The sweatshirt is lined with fleece inside. 

Top

Top

Top

Sherpa Pullover (This particular one is not available online, but others are.)

Tote: Pink/Camo/Mustard/Grey

Crossbody: Camo/Cranberry

Hobo

Mini Backpack

Ankle Boots

Grey Wedges Booties/Buckle Booties

Snake Print Booties/Red Booties

Snake Print Mules

Flats: Pink/Leopard/Mustard

Quilted Slip-ons/Leopard Slip-ons

Grey Flannel Slip-ons/Corduroy Slip-ons (not available online)

Don’t count Walmart out when it comes to shopping for clothes, shoes, and accessories.  You can really find some hidden gems if you take the time to look.  Happy shopping!

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