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Weekly Style 12

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After a long hiatus Weekly Style is back! I was in Northampton last weekend for the Women’s March (post coming soon) and I saw this sign and I knew that this week’s post would be another fair trade post. That is something very important to me and even though Dressember is over, I need to keep shopping consciously at the forefront of my mind. It’s so easy to buy clothes and jewelry from anywhere, but once we start questioning where our clothes come from we can change how they are made. And it is not something that will happen overnight. I’ll be honest I love saving money and clothes that are made by underpaid women are going to be way cheaper than clothes made following fair trade guidelines. If you want to read my Dressember posts they are (here and here) and if you would like to donate to my campaign to help empower women follow this link.

Since it’s founding in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages has paid it’s workers more than 140 million dollars. That money has helped children go to school, workers feed their families, and allowed families to stay happy and healthy in their home. Ten Thousand Villages in committed to paying their employees a fair and livable wage because without it people would be either unemployed or underpaid. They are taking action against the cycle of oppression! Dressember put this fact on their Instagram today: “There are over 40 million garment workers in the world today. They majority making less than $3 a day.

I am going to refrain from writing the prices because they may vary from online and in store but everything I picked out ranges from $8.50-$30! Without further ado, today’s pieces:

Stitched Succulents Necklace

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I am a huge fan of succulents and statement necklaces and I just think this necklace is so fun! I think it would look great with a camel colored or a matching green sweater. Because this piece makes such a big statement, in my opinion, I would go for a crew neck sweater but if you’re more adventurous than I am I would love to hear your thoughts! This necklace was made in India!

Merlot Jewel Necklace

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This is definitely closer to my typical statement necklace! This piece is also from India and I love the red and pink accents. It is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Dot of Daisy Pendant

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If you aren’t a statement necklace person here is a simple pendant for you! Spring is coming and this is such a perfect, simple touch to any outfit. This necklace was also made in India.

Golden Leaf Bracelet

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This bracelet is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors! My Nana gave me a love of ginkgo trees and gave me a necklace with a ginkgo leaf and I immediately thought of that when I saw this! This is such a simple bracelet but it is so beautiful! It is made in Nairobi, Kenya.

Golden Thread Necklace

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How could I pass this up it’s a gold triangle (bonus points for being balanced on the point)?! No further explanation needed. This necklace is made near New Delhi, India.

Last but not least, Three Points Capiz Necklace

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This piece screams Great Gatsby to me, which is perfect because that is one of my favorite books and movies! I would wear this necklace with a black sweater but I think it would look perfect with any color! This necklace is made in the Philippines.

Stay stylish!

xox,

Marissa

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Dressember Round Up!

Donations are open until the end of January! I’m halfway to my goal, help IJM rescue exploited women and donate here!

Due to the fact that I reused a lot of dresses and just swatted out accessories I do not want to bore you with all the repetitiveness so I picked a few that give you a look into my crazy life.

Here’s me in my classic black t shirt dress powering through the end of the semester. On the left I used a maroon plaid scarf to add one color to a long day locked in a study room. The walls are whiteboards how cool! Then on the right I’m filming my ASL final. We picked a cartoon (I did Garfield) and we had to write a story in ASL and then film ourselves doing it.

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Same dress different scarf! I’m in the meditation room at school and trust me the outfit looked better when the socks were scrunched down a little.

My Elegantees dress was so perfect for Christmas shopping and New Year’s Eve! This dress was from their Dressember collection and it’s no longer available but they have so many other gorgeous dresses.

Some more pictures by the tree!

My Christmas Eve look!

There are no skirts allowed in Dressember so I am actually wearing a dress under my skirt! The skirt is from J.Crew Factory and you can find it here. I’m obsessed with their sidewalk skirts this is my second one!  The socks are also J.Crew Factory and you can pick them up here. I love their camp socks I have light blue, dark blue, and now red! The scarf is from Banana Republic Factory and it was one of our doorbuster on Black Friday! It’s no longer online but a few stores have it left in their clearance section.

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I wore that Loft dress I love so much for Christmas. In reality I didn’t get dressed fro Christmas but I did go to Midnight Mass!  You can see more pictures in this dress here.

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You really can do anything in a dress! Like donate blood!

So that’s my round up! Here is proof that you do not need anywhere close to 31 dresses to participate. I wore that black t shirt dress from Marshalls probably close to half of the days. I hope everyone reading this post considers participating next year I’d love to get a team started. This is such a fun way that makes you look at what you own and how lucky you are.

And now I want to close with one more thought. I felt this a little past halfway in the challenge and I saw other people voicing this same opinion on Instagram. Some days the last thing you want to put on is a dress. And that’s saying something considering all summer long I’m only in dresses. It’s cold, I’m running from dance class to give a tour to physiology of exercise lab and I needed to carry a change of clothes with me all the time. While I was running around I would wear my dress and as soon as I got to my destination I would change. There was a lot of planning ahead and arriving early but I wanted to stay as true to this challenge as I could. So sometimes wearing a dress felt like a hassle. But then you have to really stop and think, how lucky am I that this is a hassle. The women who I am standing up for do not even have the choice to put on what they want. And that thought alone is a very humbling experience.

Here’s another thought. A lot of people may be thinking well what can I really do. I personally did not really want to ask my friends for money, it’s the holidays, people are already spending a ton of money. But it made me mindful. I thought about these women every day during the month of December, which is more than I had thought about exploited women the rest of the year. One of the reasons I decided to join was because a friend of mine had said something along the lines of “you can’t do that” and I’m so glad I’m competitive because that gave me the internal fire to sign up.

Dressember has also raised my awareness of shopping ethically and fair trade certified. I dedicated so much time to looking up facts about trafficking and companies that are ethical for my blog posts and I learned so much about the world around me. While exploitation happens abroad it also happens in right here in America, a country we call the greatest in the world.

It’s overwhelming to think about so I will leave my thoughts at that. But if you’re sitting at home thinking how can I make a difference… wear a dress.

xox,
Marissa

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Weekly Style 10

Hello friends! This is the last weekly style post of 2017!

Still keeping with the Fair Trade theme, today’s post is all about Trove! All of their designs incorporate the cultures where the clothes are made. They follow the Fair Trade Federation and pay their workers based on the actual cost of production and the cost of living. They also make clothes from size 0-20, most U.S. clothing companies stop after 14.

Just a heads up I took screenshots of all of the clothes from Trove’s website but they didn’t come out too well. I suggest you all click on the links because their clothes are gorgeous!

The first few items are from their holiday collection.

First up is the Blair Skirt in white birch:

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This is the first item I saw from Trove and I fell in love with it! I think this is such a perfect skirt for any occasion. I love the pattern and fit and it is made in Rwanda by Claudine.

Next is the Hattie sweater:

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I love sweaters so much the pom pom details on the bottom are perfect. This sweater coms in black, cream, and eggplant and I love them all so much it’s hard to pick a favorite. This is made in India.

Then the Anastasia Skirt:

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Normally the only loud patterns I wear are Lilly but how fun is this skirt?! It is even embroidered with Shisheh, or small mirror pieces. This is also made in India.

Up next is a piece from their usual India collection.

The Nora Caftan:

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This gorgeous ankle length dress comes in blue and white, I personally would order the blue but they are both beautiful. As I’m sitting inside while the temperature keeps dropping outside this has me dreaming of summer days.

This last item is from their Nepal collection.

The Caroline:

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I’m a big fan of peplum and this is adorable! I love the pattern at the bottom. The pattern is called Aztec- Peach and there is only one left so if you’re as in love with this as I am head on over!

Hope you enjoyed this weekly style, comment your favorite piece below!

xox,

Marissa

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Weekly Style 8

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: It is estimated that 1/6 of endangeredd runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were sex trafficking victims. (information was found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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If you missed my first Weekly Style this December, here’s a heads up: all Friday style posts are about ethical/fair trade companies. Here’s week one all about Athleta. My next fair trade clothing company is Noonday Collection! I found out about them through Dressember (surprise surprise!) and their jewelry is adorable! Noonday Collection partners with artisans across the globe to support local communities and create jobs in places that need them.

Amity Necklace

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I love all the charms on it! This is such a unique piece and it would look great with a sweater. This necklace is created in India.

Geo Bangles

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As I’ve said before, I love geometric jewelry. These bangles would be the perfect touch to a little black dress on New Year’s Eve! These bracelets come from Kenya.

Deluge Earrings

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How fun are these?! If I had to pick a favorite piece from the Noonday Collection these would be it! They’re so unique and would be great statement earrings. These earrings are made in Peru.

Modern Leather Tote X

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This bag is so classic! It is simple enough to not take away from your outfit but cute enough that everyone will be asking where you got it! This bag comes from India.

Sageflower Shawl

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How gorgeous is the shawl! The color is so beautiful. It is also 100% alpaca! This shawl comes from Peru.

La Navidad Nativity Set

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This may not be clothing but it certainly gets you in the holiday spirit! This gorgeous nativity set is handmade by 9 people and each one takes 2 days! This is handmade in Guatemala!

Peruvian Pom Garland

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The last item I’m featuring from Noonday Collection is this garland. It’s also a wonderful addition to any home or dorm room! This garland comes from Peru.

I hope you loved my picks from Noonday Collection! It’s a great company that gives opportunities to artisans all around the world.

xox,

Marissa

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Weekly Style 7

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: “Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises because it holds relatively low risk with high profit potential. Criminal organizations are increasingly attracted to human trafficking because, unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly.” (quote from here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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Coinciding with the Dressember values, all of my Weekly Style posts for the month of December will be focusing on Fair Trade companies! Fair trade companies use open communication to ensure the people that make their product are not being exploited. It also keeps environmental impact in mind.

First up is Athleta!

As I’ve mentioned, I’m a group exercise instructor and right now I am focusing on my 200 hr yoga certification. I have a lot of cool workout clothes but my Athleta items are my favorite! I am a certified yoga teacher but I just feel a little more om when I put on Athleta.

As of right now, they have 40 products that are Fair Trade certified. By the end of the year, Athleta’s goal is to have 270 Fair Trade products. By 2020, Athleta also wants to accomplish having 80% of their products from sustainable sources and 25% of products will be made with water saving techniques (found on their website). You can read more about their Fair Trade products on their blog.

The first thing I’m loving from the Fair Trade Collection is the Stealth Mesh 7/8 Tight:

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One of my favorite things about Athleta’s leggings are that they are high waisted. It helps me feel a little more covered when I’m in Down Dog and my shirt starts sliding up. What I love about this pair in particular is the mesh! I’ve been looking for a pair of mesh leggings for so long and these are perfect!

Up next is the Inversion Tank 2.0:

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I think the cut is super flattering! I also love the color (also available in black, white, or lilac) and the details along the back. For me, exercise clothes are all about the details. Don’t get me wrong, I’m obsessed with my Lilly leggings and I would wear them all the time if I could, but there’s something special about the small things.

Next is the Stripe Mesh High Neck Chi Tank:

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I’m obsessed with the dusty plum color but you can also find it in mint, white, black, espresso, coral, light blue, and dark blue. I love the mesh panels! I think it is such a nice touch that really ties the whole look together! The high neck is also perfect for those Down Dog moments when you feel like your shirt is hanging really low.

Last but not least is Chi Top:

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This top is perfect for running in cool weather. It has key holes in the sleeves for you to slip your thumb in. This long sleeve comes in black and white and is perfect to pair with leggings that have loud patterns.

Do you see that icon in the bottom right corner? If you find yourself on the Athleta website look for this to pick out Fair Trade items!

Whether you love bending into new shapes or running for miles and miles you can certainly find something on the Athleta website!

xox,

Marissa

All photos are the display photo on Athleta’s website, I do not own any images!