Category Archives: textiles

Spring is coming!

Standard

Today is supposed to be ALMOST 60 DEGREES!!! And for those of you who know me, you know that I looooove warm weather and sunshine. I woke up at 4am today, maybe because I am so excited for this little glimps of warm weather, and thought I should spend my early morning  blogging about spring and sipping coffee:)

I have a feeling that bright colors, such as orange&neon yellow, will dominate this season. Here is some inspiration:

Image

Image

Image

ImageImageImage

Advertisements

Empower Women this Holiday Season

Standard

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

Standard

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

Standard

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

Standard

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:)