Friday, April 27, 2018

OLORI // Handbags to Educate Every African Girl


A shocking 17 million young girls across Africa do not have access to education. From the tuition fee's, social conflict, child-marriage, child-labor and lower social status, a variety of heartbreaking reaons prevent these girls from ever reaching their full educational and life potential. Tomide Awe (pronounced "toh-mee-day ah-weh") grew up in Nigeria, a place where girls have a 73% chance of never attending school. Although she was extremely fortunate to have parents that could afford her education- the disparity did not escape her. As a result, Tomide dedicated her life to finding a way to make sure that every girl would some day have the same opportunities she did.


While finishing her Masters in Business, Tomide was inspired to use the beauty and cultural richness of her African home as a way to help provide an education to girls around the world. After many months of planning, traveling, and prototyping the product, Olori was born. The handbags are made to make women feel strong, confident and secure. They work with artisans and women-owned, local businesses to help preserve unique craftsmanship and regain influence in a woman-driven industry. Every product sold provides tuition fees for an underprivileged girl. Olori continues to sponsor girls in the program until they graduate high school, through their partnership with Bridge International Academies.


Olori brings function and elegance together with their timeless, classic shoulder bags. Their commitment to quality starts with sourcing their materials, remains through the production process and ends with awarding scholarships to young girls in developing areas of the world. In the Yorban language Olori means "Queen". The brand is proud to provide empowered women like you and I an opportunity to support girls through each purchase, because real queens fix each others’ crowns. Olori believes every girl is born with an invisible crown and should be treated accordingly. Millions of girls around the world will never enter a classroom, but educating a girl creates a lasting impact on the world’s economics, demographics, and health. Together we can bring awareness and create amazing opportunities for the women of the future across the world.

See all the styles and read even more at
BeOlori.com if you decide to support them,
Use code: ERINE at checkout for 10% OFF <3
( I am not receiving any commission from your purchase)
You can find them on Instagram too!
@BeOlori

Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
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Friday, April 20, 2018

SYNERGY CLOTHING // Sustainable, Ethical, Organic Clothing

Ethical, sustainable, organic clothing by Syngery Clothing. From activewear to evening wear, it's ethical shopping made easy for everyone.
Synergy clothing was born when Kate Fisher first visited Nepal in the fall of 1993. She returned home to California inspired by the amazing fabrics and beautiful textiles of South East Asia and began her designs. In 2006 Kate and her husband Henry formed a family operated business and began focusing on eco-conscious clothing production. Together, they committed to making clothing with the highest environmental and ethical principles with minimal environmental impact. It was also their mission to empower their employees through ethical employment practices.

Synergy Clothing's Urban Zen Leggings in Blue Bird
Synergy believes it matters how your clothing is made, that you deserve the choice to buy clothing you can feel good about wearing with the knowledge of where and how it was produced. It all begins with certified organic cotton grown and loomed into fabric in India and Nepal. Synergy uses only organic seeds that don't require harmful pesticides or chemicals to grow. All of their fabrics are also made with low impact, water-based dyes with high absorption rates, which decreases the use of rinse water and produces less waste.Every piece of clothing is ethically sewn in a GOTS certified factory by adult men and women who are paid a living wage for their hard work. By treating their employees with respect they create clothing that are not only high quality, but that are empowering the people who make them.
Synergy is an ethical, sustainable, organic cotton clothing company that's committed to reducing their impact on the environment in every way possible. Part of that commitment is an unheard of  responsibility for their clothing, even after it's been sold. When you're done with your Synergy clothing (no matter its condition) you can take it to their retail locations or mail it back to them to be recycled. For every garment you send back you will receive a voucher for 20% off a single Synergy Organic Clothing item.  If the returned clothing is in good shape it's donated to local Santa Cruz non-profits and women's shelters. Any clothing that is no longer wearable will be donated to environmentally responsible textile recycling programs. Synergy strives to empower people to make more purposeful choices. They believe ethical fashion is about more than just clothing, it is casting a vote for the type of future you want for the world and the people who live on it.

They have mens and womens styles in a variety of colors for literally every occasion.
See all the possibilities at SynergyClothing.com
and find them on Instagram @SynergyClothing

Thank you for reading along,
I appreciate your time and support SO much <3
Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
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The Synergy Infinity Dress is one of their BEST sellers, it's super soft and incredibly versatile. See more ways to wear this look below!


Friday, April 13, 2018

LaVIDA GENERATION // Biodegradable Bamboo Sunglasses


LaVida Generation Biodegradable bamboo sunglasses
If you know anything about me by now, it's that I love a great pair of sunglasses. I live in Los Angeles, where on average there are about 284 sunny days per year. I know I'm not the only Californian that says a pair of shades are my go-to, on-the-go accessory. I'm so used to wearing them all day, every day that I can hardly keep my eyes open outside without them. They are apart of me and my daily life. NO SHAME! Needless to say, I quickly learned that like sunscreen for the skin, sun protection for your eyes is equally as important.

All pink- all day in these Black framed Bella LaVida Generation bamboo sunglasses with pink polarized lenses.
I found a wonderful sunglass brand to share with you called LaVida Generation. These sunglasses are crafted using highly-sustainable premium bamboo. LaVida Generation uses bamboo as an alternative to other waste-producing materials that take significantly longer to biodegrade. Did you know sunglasses made of metal can take 300 to 500 years to biodegrade and plastic sunglasses can take 450 to 1,000 years!? I can't help but think of ALL the plastic sunglasses I've ever owned, or that I've ever seen at the mall- season after season. Every single pair, out-living me somewhere in a giant trash heap, or even worse, floating around forever in the ocean.

The complimentary LaVida Generation case, made of bamboo, that comes with each pair or sunglasses ordered
LaVida Generation sunglasses and the bamboo cases they come in, break down naturally in just 4 to 6 short months making them 100% biodegradable. By using biodegradable materials to make their products, they help to minimize the energy used for production, decrease waste in landfills, and protect our beautiful oceans from pollution. In their commitment to social and environmental responsibility, LaVida Generation also donates 10% of their net profits to leading Nature & Wildlife Conservancies to help protect the planet for generations to come.

Lavida Generation's neutral tone lens and natural bamboo frames
LaVida Generation makes sunnies for men and women in a variety of frames and styles. The lenses come in both neutral and vibrant colors. They are also polarized, meaning they significantly reduce the effects of glares by blocking bright and blinding reflections. This helps ease your eyes and allows you to see clearer without squinting.

Check out all the styles and colors they have at
LaVidaGeneration.com
and on Instagram
@LaVida Generation

Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo




Friday, April 6, 2018

MAERI DESIGN // Contemporary bags with a recycled twist


Maeri Design is a fair-trade textile brand that has revived a nearly extinct hand-weaving technique in a very unlikely location. Maeri produces these high quality, minimalist handbags and totes in India using non-degradable, recycled plastic. Every morning groups of people in the slums of India sift through piles of industrial trash looking for materials that can be salvaged and sold. The recyclable plastics they pick out are then purchased by factories or recycling plants, where it's reformed and recycled into anything from pipes, tubes, window frames, plastic sheets, etc. A similar process creates the recycled plastic wires that eventually become the heart and elegance of every Maeri bag.


Maeri stands at an intersection of culture, change and opportunity. Inspired by sustainability and the revival of a mesmerizing and nearly forgotten century-old technique of knotting. Each handbag is meticulously hand woven by less-privileged women in the insurgent areas of India. They use a collection of recycled plastic called Polyethylene, in a variety of chic color ways. Every woman artisan spends between 8 to 22 hours weaving a single product, depending on the design and the size. Each bag is seemingly perfect and feels like it will last forever- and quite frankly it will.


Maeri encourages less privileged women, from the disabled to the elderly and empowers them with the opportunity to work from the comfort of their homes. They only collaborate with partners that practice and respect Fair Trade Principles to ensure the women are paid a fair income that improves their livelihood. Maeri encompasses the sprit of real craft and community. With styles ranging from totes, satchels, cross-body bags, laptop sleeves and evening clutches, Maeri has a bag to suit your every outfit and outing.

Take 25% off at MaeriDesign.com on me!
Use code ERIN25 at checkout <3
You can find them on Instagram
@MaeriDesign

Thank you for reading along,

Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo