Category Archives: empowering

Market37 – Things we love!

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1. Pillow + Patterns

2. Coffee – it’s a must!

3. Simple design – Packaging

4. Artistans – Artists – from all over the world!

5. Pottery

6. Handmade – Knitting

7. Plants

8. Traveling

Ideas are brewing:) Stay tuned! 

Image created by Hannah Eloge

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Recycling my Leather Bags! FOR SALE

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For those of you that don’t know yet, I decided to eliminate the use of any animal products in my life.  So my recent dilemma has been this: what in the world do I do with all the leather I have in my wardrobe?   I think that throwing away each piece would just be counterproductive and wasteful.  I do, however, feel that walking around with a leather bag in tow while claiming to live a ‘kind’ life feels very hypocritical.

After much consideration, I have decided that I want to recycle each piece. I want to sell each bag and donate 100% of the proceeds to a wonderful organization, The Gentle Barn. The Gentle Barn’s mission is this: ‘To rescue, rehabilitate and give sanctuary to abused animals. Through the interaction with our animals people learn reverence for all life’. TGB is located in California and houses over 130 rescued farm animals that were abused, neglected or ready to be slaughtered.

Each bag is used, but loved none the less. If you are interested in purchasing one, please email me at Laura.anne.hebden@gmail.com.  I plan to ship for free, all I ask is that I receive a check made out to THE GENTLE BARN for the selling price and an address you would like me to ship it too!  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me as well!

These make wonderful gifts as well:)

I got this bag when I lived in Italy. It is hand crafted and an 'Il Medici'. It has gold buckles and a british racing green interior. Asking price $40.00 SOLD!!!

This is probably my most favorite one. It is mint green with a cream interior. There are tons of compartments inside and is large enough to cary a laptop in. It was purchased at Anthropologie and made by Nest. Purchase Price $35.00! SOLD!!!!!

Never been used Coach Wristlet. It is light lavender and I am including a Banana Republic credit card holder with this purchase. Purchase Price $25.00 SOLD!!!!

This Banana Republic bag is a beauty and in fantastic condition! It can fit SO much, I was able to carry text books around in it. Purchase Price $40.00 SOLD!!!!!

This Miss Albright clutch was purchased at Anthropologie. It has have a few water stains in the base of the bag. It is fairly large and works a great summer everyday clutch. Purchase Price $25.00

This pink clutch was purchased at Anthropologie and is made by Nest. It has been used maybe 3 times and has bright yellow interior. Purchase Price $15.00

I love this bag. It is shiny maroon rust red color. It can hold a laptop and my favorite part is the owl interior. See image below. Purchase Price $40.00. Check out the owls! SOLD!!!

I LOVE this clutch! It goes with everything and you can dress it up or down. Perfect for those city date nights:) Purchase Price $20.00 SOLD!!!!!

Empower Women this Holiday Season

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With the holiday season less than a month away our minds are consumed with buying the latest and newest products developed.  Let’s be honest, there is something about coming down the stairs Christmas morning and finding beautifully  wrapped gifts under the tree with your name on it.  The mystery and wonder of what might be wrapped ever so perfectly for you is alluring. Sure, getting the iPhone4s would be a great present to receive, but like with most gifts,  the initial excitement soon wears off and it becomes just another ‘thing’  incorporated into your everyday life–one that seems to become a necessity. Something you couldn’t live without. In modern America, we’ve seemed to confuse our ‘needs’ with our ‘wants’.  While the first few days would be extremely difficult, I could actually survive without my iPhone (and honestly, I’d definitely welcome the break from the communication overload).

So this Christmas, I’ve decided to reevaluate my needs vs. my wants, and seriously consider how I can transform my wants into providing needs for others.  This doesn’t mean I’m swearing off Christmas gifts all together, but I’m going to try to be much more socially conscious about what I give and what I ask for. Instead of fighting crowds at the mall so mom can get another set of her favorite bathroom towels, why not give a hand-crafted gift that is providing a job for a woman who needs to feed her family? Did you know that woman make up of 70% of the world’s poorest people, and 2/3rd of them are illiterate.  Mothers, daughters, sisters without a jobs, lack of education, little food, and no shelter for their families.

This holiday season lets commit to supporting those woman who need it most!   Check out these social enterprises who are dedicated to supporting underprivileged entrepreneurs and artisans around the glob by providing them with an education, training, and the resources needed to create a sustainable lifestyle.

I love this piece. and made by HIV- positive women in Ethiopia using beads formed from melted down bullet casings and recycled metals (brass, silver, copper).

Perfect beauty care gift! Helping indigenous women of Morocco who harvest and produce the Argan Oil.

From Rwanda to Anthropologie! Hand knit through Rwanda Knits.

"Women use the oldest form of crochet known on earth to create the jurab, a brightly colored, soft, extra warm and toasty winter stocking." -The Bootstrap Project

This clutch is $450, however " Each clutch sold will provide 1,000 school meals for children through the UN World Food Programme's School Feeding initiative - the largest donation to date for one of our FEED products!" - Project FEED

31 Bits! Love their stuff!

YALA - Handmade by Indian women formerly trafficked in the sex trade.

Ralph Lauren Sells Fair-Trade Bracelets! Hand-made by the Twiyubake Family of Kayonza, Rwanda. After the 1994 Genocide, these master weavers were determined to lift themselves out of poverty with spirit and dignity and did so their craft!

Raven + Lily Journals! Only $18!

Hand-woven Ikat Fabric. Sold by: The Bootstrap Project

Perfect stocking stuffer! Handmade by HIV-positive women in Ethiopia out of genuine leather cord and recycled metals. Raven + Lily

Sites worth checking out for holiday gifts: The Bootstrap Project, Indego Africa, Raven + Lily, Yala Design, FEED projects, 31 bits, Rwanda Knits

Batik

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batik |bəˈtēk| — a method of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed.

While traveling to Tanzania, Zambia, and Zanzibar I fell in love this vibrant textile design method. I remember spending my afternoons walking through markets and discovering the most hidden shops in search of finding my favorite pattern. In many of these countries woman create batik businesses as a way to provide a livelihood for their families. These artisan work with minimal resources and materials but are able to create such beautiful pieces! They are not to go un-noticed, check out their creations!

Batik Print Pillows

Created by Aklala

I wish I could wear something like this, she is owning this dress!

Aklala

The perfect floor pillow!

I love this robe!

Amazing! and check out those earrings!

Fashionably Faux

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28 days ago marks the beginning of my vegan (aka ‘kind’) lifestyle.  I will be honest with you and say that eliminating leather products from my wardrobe was a huge fear of mine.  So many “vegan friendly” shoes absolutely terrify me, but I am determined to find fashion forward shoes, purses, belts, etc. where no animals had to die for a new trend. After doing a little research, these are some of the amazing vegan pieces I found.

Check out this awesome faux leather bomber Jacket from Target! Only $39.99!

Aren't these awesome!!! Novacas (vegan) ankle boots!

Okay, this brand is seriously gorgeous and SO reasonable. Every purse is under $100 and it looks just like leather:) Melie Bianco

Melie Bianco bag!

Matt & Nat. One of my new favorite brands:)

And I'm in love! Cri De Coeur

Obsessed! Another Matt&Nat

Vegan Coat?! How awesome is this!!!

My new winter boots! Steve Madden has as line called Madden Girl, all man-made products!

ANIMALS ROCK! 

Monastiraki Flea Market

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While in Athens, I was able to go to the famous Monastiraki Market. It was my idea of a perfect Sunday. We woke up early, took the metro to the Monastiraki Station, woke ourselves up over a cappuccino at an open air cafe while watching the hustle and bustle of the market enfold right in front of us.  People watching is one of my favorite past times so I felt right at home. Every Sunday at around 6am, antique dealers and local vendors arise early to fill the streets in hopes to sell their most treasured possession. It’s simply amazing. You will find the most intricate turkish rugs, pocket watches, candle stick holders, light fixtures, flower-pot,  handle knobs, and the list just goes on and on. While meandering around all morning, I made note that the Monastiraki Market would be a perfect place to find those ‘rare finds’ when T&M takes off.

Just the most beautiful pottery

I wonder what is inside?

I was obsessed with these. simply gorgeous.

Welp, I won't be learning Greek anytime soon:)

It would take a lifetime to get through all these

Only a matter of time

So many wonderful trinkets!

The perfect daybed

I really wanted this but the guy was charging 40 euro!

Lusting over.

I would love to put this in a child's room someday:)

obsessed with this pattern

Trunks!

I will be back, just wait!

besos:)