Hope Fregerio Pottery {Product Spotlight}

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Hi all, and happy April!

I hope your week is off to a great start. Around here, we’re excited about all things Spring, and that includes our gorgeous new pottery collection! These beautiful soap and ring dishes are made to order in Charlotte, North Carolina. The artist, Hope Fregerio, draws inspiration from the colors and shapes of the natural world. She often relates the glaze colors on her pieces to the organic inspirations around her: the mountains and beaches of the Carolinas. Her background in ceramic art and passion for pottery allow her to add beauty and fulfillment to her life and the lives of others through her pieces. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Aren’t they lovely?

I think any of these pieces would make a wonderful and unique Mother’s Day or bridesmaid gift. From the custom color-block initial ring dish and personalized wedding ring bowl to the personalized initial soap dish, each would be a welcome addition to a loved one’s home. Check out the rest of the collection!

You can read more about Hope and the inspiration behind her pottery here. And feel free to browse our other Mother’s Day gift ideas!

XO!

Casey

Handcrafted Wall Clocks {Product Spotlight}

Hopefully the sun is shining where you are, but if not, I’ve got a fun new collection to share with you today that brings the bright!

Our whimsical new wall clocks are here just in time for Spring cleaning. Handcrafted from recycled metals in Bogota, Columbia, these little beauties are totally unique. It’s fun to be able to purchase an affordable home update that can’t be found at Target!

Check them out below:

Oxidos Sailboat Clock in Blue

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This sailboat clock pays homage to afternoons spent on the water. Beautifully hand painted, this ornamental timepiece is the perfect addition to any room.

Oxidos Sailboat Wall Clock in Teal

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Same fun piece in a bright teal! I think this would be great in a child’s playroom or a screened-in patio.

Oxidos Crab Wall Clock in Orange

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I think this one is my favorite of the bunch. It reminds me of being on the beach, which is always a good thing!

And finally:

Oxidos Lighthouse Clock in Blue

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This one is perfect for a home on the coast, or for that someone in your life who loves lighthouses!

I love finding little home updates that can change the look and feel of a room without breaking the bank. Which clock is your favorite?

XO,

Casey

TOMS Launches Bag Collection!

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Happy Monday!

I’ve always been a big fan of TOMS shoes, as I’m sure many of you are. That’s why I was so excited when I heard they just launched a brand-new bag collection! From bright purses to striped travel bags to free-spirited backpacks, there’s something for everyone in the bunch.

The travel bug always hits me hard in the Spring, so it’s not easy to resist shopping online for new fun ways to cart my stuff around airports (and hopefully on to sandy beaches!)

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The best part about the collection is, of course, the lives it changes. This is why I love TOMS and it’s great to see them getting even more creative with their giving! When you purchase a bag from the new collection, you’re helping to support a safe birth and delivery for mothers and babies across the world. From the TOMS Website:

Safe Births

Infection is a leading cause of death for mothers and newborns worldwide. By providing clean birth conditions and skilled attendants, nearly half a million of lives can be saved. TOMS Bags purchases support our Giving Partners in delivering the vital materials and training needed to help provide a safer birth, regardless of the facility.

(Source: UNFPA & Every Newborn Action Plan, 2014)

What your purchase supports:

  1. Delivery of safe birth kits
  2. Training for skilled birth attendants
  3. Healthy delivery for new born baby and mom

With the training and proper materials to provide a safe delivery, mothers are up to 80% less likely to develop an infection and almost half of newborn deaths can be prevented. (Source: UNFPA, 2015)

It’s wonderful to see a huge company like TOMS highlighting the simple fixes that can be made to make birthing conditions safer around the world. So often, I know I personally take healthcare for granted and wish everyone could say the same.

Let’s get a glimpse of the gorgeous designs!

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TOMS5Natural Chevron Straw Islander Tote

Are you excited about the new TOMS collection? You can check out the rest of the bags here!

XO,

Casey

Batik Boutique {Product Spotlight}

Searching for some fresh new Spring products to brighten up your closet? Look no further than our new Batik Boutique!

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This gorgeous new line is hand crafted in Malaysia and features items ranging from passport holders to nursing covers to diaper bags! The vibrant prints and bold colors make each item perfect for sunny days ahead.

Here’s a little bit about our Malaysian partners:

About the Project:

This social enterprise empowers women and impacts the community through hand-dyed textiles. In addition to providing training and fair wages for women, an additional 20% of the profits from these goods go to charities in Malaysia. With your support, we have helped facilitate a financial literacy program in the government-subsidized housing, have provided healthcare for refugees, and supported an English learning center. Now, we are opening a sewing center to teach new women sewing and business skills.

Check out some of my faves from the line below:

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1. Batik Nursing Covers
2. Batik Diaper Bag
3. Batik Passport Holders
4. Batik iPhone 5 Cases
5. Batik By the Sea Infinity Scarf

Check out the whole line here.

And don’t forget! Our Pin It to Win It contest is still going on, featuring a way to win a clothing item of your choice from our new line of Passion Lilie tops, scarves, and bottoms! Check out the details here. You can enter through the end of February, which is approaching quickly!  (We’re ready for you, Spring!)

XO!

Casey

 

Passion Lilie Collaboration {Fair Trade Clothing!}

I have some really exciting news to share with you today!

Even though the fair trade movement has gained so much steam over the past few years, it’s still been a little difficult to find fun, fashionable fair trade clothing items. They haven’t seemed to be as plentiful as fair trade jewelry and accessories. But happily, that is no longer the case—introducing our brand new collaboration with ethical clothing company Passion Lilie!

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We will begin carrying items from this fair trade, high-quality clothing line this month. From the ladies at Passion Lilie themselves:

Passion Lilie began with a desire to change the fashion industry, so that ethical fashion is affordable and accessible for everyone. We are a New Orleans based women’s fair trade clothing line that gives individuals, mainly women, in remote villages a unique opportunity to live a dignified life.

Mission: 

Our mission is to empower artisans across the world by creating dignified employment opportunities that give fair wages and safe and healthy working conditions. We believe that these positive job opportunities lead to sustainable societies and a better world. 

By purchasing fair trade garments, you are helping to reverse the cycle of poverty and to improve the world you live in. And the best part is that neither Passion Lilie nor our artisans are asking for a penny of your charity. We just want you to make a conscious purchase when you go to buy your next outfit.

Our product is for those who want to make a global impact while looking fashionable!

We are committed to:

  • Supporting fair wages, and safe and healthy working condition
  • Preserving the environment through the use of natural dyes and energy and water reduction in the production process
  • Creating stylish and affordable women’s clothing
  • Revitalizing ancient artisanal dyeing techniques
  • Providing new opportunities for community development

Not only does the company have a wonderful mission and focus, but the designs and patterns of their items are whimsical and beautiful. Check out a few of my favorite pieces below:

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That’s the Bahia Dress, Fleur de Lis Scarf in White, and Breton Shirt in Blue. Aren’t they perfect for Spring?

You can purchase the full line of products from our Website here, but before you go on a buying spree, why not try to win your fave item? Over the course of this month, Seven Hopes is doing a Pin It to Win It contest with our Passion Lilie products, and you’re invited!

PassionLilie1During the entire month of February, pin on Pinterest as many Passion Lilie products from 7 Hopes as you would like with the hashtags #7hopesunited, #pinittowinit, and #ethicalfashion. We will choose one winner on March 1st, 2015, to receive the Passion Lilie product of their choice!

Are you excited about our new collaboration? Good luck pinning! :)

XO,

Casey