Summer Vacation, Fair Trade Style!

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It seems like everyone I know is getting ready to jet off to a fun, beachy destination this week. If you have similar plans in the works, how about a little packing inspiration? I’m headed for Hawaii soon (so excited!) and plan to bring along some fair trade goodies in my suitcase. Here are some of my favorite picks from the Seven Hopes site to make your vacay extra stylish and fun:
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1. Marbella Dress: This breezy, summery dress is perfect for daytime exploring and transitions beautifully for a night out. Made in India, this slip-on style has adjustable ties at the neck, an elastic waistband with a detachable fabric tie and front pockets!

2. Soft Gray Tagua Chip Earrings: Handmade in Ecuador from tagua nuts found in South American rainforests, these neutral, sophisticated earrings will go with a variety of outfits for multiple occasions. Tagua nuts are popular for use in accessories as they resemble ivory in texture, but do not harm animals.

3. Cotton Travel Wallet: Hand-crafted in Cambodia, this wallet is lined with multiple credit card/ID pockets, and the middle pocket zips closed to store all that loose change. Designed to “carry a cause,” the wallet’s profits support the fight against human trafficking.

4. Coral Pink and Key Scarf: This cheery, lightweight scarf is the perfect addition to your carry-on bag as well as an eye-catching accessory. I love to cover up with scarves on planes and in airports that are just a little too chilly!

5. Batik Passport Holders: The social enterprise in Malaysia where these beautiful passport holders are made 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.

6. Spinnaker Mint Pants:  These super comfy, chic pants feature a flat front waistband in the front and a gathered elastic waistband in the back with a side slit. The side slit allows the pants to flow in the wind as you walk. Plus—added bonus, if you are at the beach, the slit makes it easy to tie up the pants on the bottom!

Are you going anywhere this summer for vacation? Will any fair trade items make their way into your suitcase? Would love to hear in the comments below!

XO,

Casey

Batik Diaper Bags {Product Spotlight}

Are you a mom of a new little one (or a few little ones)? If so, I think you’re going to enjoy this post!

When my daughter Grace was born back in March, I knew I needed a diaper bag to cart her and my various essentials around, but I didn’t want it to scream “diaper bag.” Maybe you can relate. Luckily, Seven Hopes has the perfect carry-all that was designed with moms in mind but is still super stylish and can double as a small overnight bag!

My little one and I own the Soho Green print:

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Isn’t it beautiful? The bag also comes in a vibrant Moon Cake purple shade and a bright Soho Coral. These bags are quilted, with two outside side pockets for bottles or sippy cups and three outside front pockets for keys or other small items. Everything you need is easily accessible. Inside the bag are two additional pockets perfect for diapers or wipes as well as a coordinating changing pad!

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The social enterprise in Malaysia where the bags are made 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, Seven Hopes has helped facilitate a financial literacy program in the government-subsidized housing, has 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!

If you know a mom who could use a new, fun diaper bag, Mother’s Day is right around the corner! And we have lots of other great fair trade Mother’s Day ideas that give back—take a peek at our favorites here!

XO,

Casey

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