The Shine Project

 

With Spring inching closer we’re leaving our warm coats behind us, but dainty jewelry is here to stay. I have never been a huge statement jewelry type of person, small and simple is the way to my heart. Especially if there is a little pink in it…I found an amazing company that not only makes gorgeous simple jewelry like the necklace I’m wearing, but they do it with a purpose.

 

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The Shine Project is a nonprofit started to give college scholarships to inner-city youth in Phoenix. Shortly after starting it, Ashley the founder, discovered the harsh living conditions of some of her students and decided to do something about it. Ashley taught herself to make bracelets and bought a bunch of jewelry supplies. She then employed some of the people she gave scholarships to so they could earn money while still going to school.

Now the students who are given scholarships are then given jobs making bracelets and handle everything from customer service and sales, to jewelry design and events. Currently 11 students are employed at the company and all donations made through the non-profit are given directly to the students! How awesome is that?!

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Outfit Details:

Badgley Mischka Blush Coat // J. Crew Button Up // Edie Smoking Silver Flats ( Thanks to my sister!) // Kate Spade Purse

It’s so easy to buy from big brands that we know and love but step out of your comfort zone and check out The Shine Project. Their amazing jewelry and story just might surprise you!
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5 Gifts that Give Back

The holidays are coming up fast!  What better gift to give someone than the gift of helping others. For the family and friends you struggle to buy for every year, I found your solution. I put together a list of my favorite companies that not only sell great items people will love, but stand for something much greater than any physical gift you could receive.

1. The Home T

This company makes apparel and home decor from each state.  Their items super cute and for those who like comfort – their shirts are insanely soft. The best part about this company though, is that 10% of their proceeds go to multiple sclerosis research, a disease that affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. Click on the image below to get this shirt from amazon or head to their website to learn more: https://www.thehomet.com

2. Bloom & Give

This company sells adorable clutches and scarves while donating 50% of their profits to support girl’s education programs in India. No that wasn’t a typo, I said 50%!! This company is making strides in one of the world’s most impoverished countries. You can get your friend a cute bag and help support India’s gender equality in education at the same time. Who wouldn’t love to get that gift during the holidays?! Shop their bag selection here: https://www.bloomandgive.com/collections/bags

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3. Bird + Stone

This jewelry company gives opportunities to widowed Kenyan women who aspire to be independent.   This opportunity helps to bring these women out of poverty.  You can learn more about it and purchase this cuff here: https://shop.birdandstone.com/bracelets/dreambuilder-cuff

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Image from birdandstone.com

4. Toms

I’m sure most of you have already heard of Toms, but did you know they make super cute wedges and booties now?! I’m serious – they have some shoes that I mistook for Steve Maddens the other day. Toms has always had the motto One for One. For every pair of shoes purchased they give a pair to kids in need. For every pair of glasses sold, a person in need receives an eye exam and treatment. For each bag of Toms coffee sold, 140 liters of safe water is provided to a person in need. Toms is doing some really amazing things, so why not join in this holiday. You can purchase a pair of Toms booties by clicking on the image below or head to http://www.toms.com to see what other goodies they have in stock!

5. Alex and Ani

Charity by Design is a segment of this jewelry company that gives back to organizations that mean the most to you! This bracelet in particular is of a Lotus Blossom which symbolizes beauty, strength, and grace. 20% of the purchase price for every one of these bracelets sold goes to Women & Infants Hospital, one of the best hospitals for women and newborns. You can purchase this bracelet by clicking on the image below or go to their website and see what other charities/bracelets someone would love to get this holiday season: http://www.alexandani.com/collections/charity-by-design.html

What our some of your favorite companies that give back?

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Boxfox – The Ultimate Gift Box

Running out of gift ideas this holiday season? No need to stress about getting that perfect something anymore. With gift boxes, you get to give a whole box of goodies! At Boxfox they have adorable pre-curated boxes for you to choose from and their holiday themed boxes are amazing! You can also design your own gift box out of their wide variety of items. These boxes are the perfect gift for both men and women.

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I designed this particular box for a girlfriend of mine. It’s packed with a cute little notepad, well-kept wipes, caramel popcorn, matches, and a candle from the little market. They also provide you with the cutest little cards that they will handwrite for you or you can do yourself!

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My favorite part about BoxFox is that it incorporates The Little Market, an online fair-trade shop that sells beautiful products by artisans all around the world. There are many Little Market candles to choose from but if you head to https://www.thelittlemarket.com you can read more about it and see that there is more than just candles to choose from!

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A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

Not only does this candle do a lot of good for the artisans and their families, but it also serves as a reminder that lifting others up is never a bad thing. Try and light up someone’s day today whether it’s simply with a compliment or by helping them accomplish something and tell me about it below!  screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm