The Ethically-Made Tunic

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Tunics are a wardrobe staple for me. I can pair them with leggings, skinny pants, or jeans. A tunic can be dressed up or down easily with the right accessories and shoes. And tunics are oh-so-comfy!

Yes, I love tunics, but I’ve discovered one stands above the rest for an important reason: it is ethically-made and provides meaningful employment for women rescued from sex trafficking in Nepal!

Elegantees is a favorite shop of mine because of their mission AND gorgeous designs. Elegantees designs are what I would consider “basics with a flair.” Their tops and dresses can be worn so many ways. I was so excited when they asked me to share one of their latest designs which just launched today!

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The Madeline is a fabulous dropped shoulder, a-line tunic. It is both comfortable and classic. The navy will transition so well into all the fall outfits I have planned, particularly with boots and skinny pants!

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One of my favorite things about the Madeline is the length. Some “tunics” these days are not quite long enough to cover my behind, but the Madeline does so quite well. I am 5’6″ and wearing an XS, so I think you’ll be quite happy with the length no matter your size!

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It may seem weird to be excited about this, but the Madeline tunic is also MACHINE WASHABLE! As a busy mom, I do not do well with “hand-wash only” items. I just can’t do it. I need pieces I can wear and wash and wear over and over again!

The Madeline tunic also comes in beech (olive green) and marsala (soft rose/pink). I am seriously considering adding both to my fall wardrobe because I LOVE THIS TUNIC.

Elegantees has so many great fall pieces in their line right now – you MUST get to shopping. I even have a discount for you – use “homewiththeboys” to get 10% off your entire order! Please let me know if you have questions about sizing, etc. I’m happy to help because I am happy, regular Elegantees customer! It’s pretty amazing to know the clothes you love to wear are also employing women who have been freed from the sex trade. When you get your first piece with this tag, you’ll know how I feel:

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Which Elegantees items will you be adding to your wardrobe?

What are your favorite ways to wear tunics?

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Valentine’s Day Style with SoloHope!

It’s time for another installation of my collaboration with Shannon from The Simple Moms! She is a fellow fashion lover, but she is a mom to four girls and, as you know, I’m a mom to three boys! We thought it would be fun to show you how we view style from two different perspectives – a girl mom and a boy mom. Be sure to check out her fabulous post today as well!

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I love a good reason to get dressed up. And I really, really love red. Valentine’s Day is the best of both worlds. This year, I’m adding one more love to my Valentine’s Day style: fair trade jewelry!

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The Red Cheer set from SoloHope is THE perfect set to add a pop of red to your Valentine’s Day outfit. I love the jewelry and I love the story behind Solo Hope!

SoloHope’s founder, Emilee, fell in love with the people of Honduras on a missions trip at age 16 and, on her subsequent trips back to the country, learned of the need for many women to provide for their families as well as the lack of jobs for these women. Emilee dreamed up a jewelry design, partnered with these women as artisan designers, and started selling the jewelry here in the United States. And SoloHope just keeps growing! I love it all.

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The Red Cheer set – a necklace, bangle bracelet, and earrings – is part of the Luxe 2.0 collection just launched this winter. Each piece is beautifully handcrafted in Honduras with pine straw and thread. It is the perfect blend of fun + glam. Can you tell how much I love it?!

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I went for a dressier look with this fabulous asymmetrical dress, red skinnies, and short black boots. You can’t go wrong with black and red on Valentine’s Day!

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I also wore this set out on a more casual date night with The Hubby last weekend with a white button-down and distressed jeans. I changed up the length of the necklace by doubling it over and tying the ends with ribbon around my neck. If you want just a little pop of festive red, this is the way to go!

My friend and fellow fashion-loving mom, Shannon, is styling the In The Rough necklace from SoloHope over on her blog today – you have to check it out!

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We’re sending a little Heart Day love from SoloHope to you! Use the code VDAYFORMOM to get free shipping on your order until Valentine’s Day! If you want your pieces by Valentine’s Day, make sure you order now!

Do you have Valentine’s Day plans? Dressed up or more casual? How would you wear the Red Cheer set?

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The Root Collective: Spring Line + Important Work

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I’ve been a huge supporter of The Root Collective since I happened upon them over a year and a half ago. One look at their shoes and you’ll see why I love them so much, but the love goes much deeper than that!

The Root Collective partners with small-scale artisan businesses in marginalized communities to promote change through dignified jobs. The artisans own their own businesses and set their own pricing, but partnering with TRC enables them to sell to a larger market. Take a look at this video which share more of the TRC vision:


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My favorite part of the whole TRC story is Otto. Otto lives in the La Limonada ghetto of Guatemala City, Guatemala, an area plagued by gangs and violence. Instead of falling in with the gangs like many men in his area, Otto started learning to make shoes at age 10.

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These skills allowed him to rise above his circumstances and go into business for himself. He now employs former gang members, teaching them business and shoemaking skills so they can leave their old ways behind.

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The Root Collective founder, Bethany Tran, just returned from a trip to visit the artisans and I have a huge smile hearing about the way their lives have changed because of this amazing partnership. I just love this quote from Bethany…

This is important work. Not because we are saviors to these communities, but because we have committed to partner with them and uplift the people of La Limonada (and the rural areas). Without jobs, there is no way to provide for themselves or their families. Because many of these men are former gang members, they cannot find employment elsewhere because of their gang tattoos. This is important work.

This is why I buy The Root Collective shoes. This is why I share the shoes and the stories with you.

Wear cute shoes, change the world – it’s a real thing.

And the cute shoes just got even better with the new spring line that debuted TODAY!

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You’ve seen my green flats enough and I will never stop wearing them because GREEN IS MY FAVORITE. But look at these beauties. The coral striped ballet flat is just the right mix of spring color + neutrals.

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I’m thrilled to have these coral striped ballet flats in my spring shoe rotation to wear with maxi skirts and dresses and leggings…basically everything! Today was still a little chilly, so I paired my new flats with a sweater dress and skinny jeans, along with a few other fair trade accessories.

And I can’t wait for you to add a beautiful pair of TRC shoes to your spring wardrobe! From now through Sunday, March 8th, use the code SPRING to get 20% off your own pair of flats or peep toes! Did you see the lime peep toe?! I’m dying…

Did you ever think buying adorable shoes could be important work?! Well, it is. Thanks for being a part of this beautiful partnership. And when you buy yours, please share them on social media with the hashtag #ottomademyshoes!

Which pair of The Root Collective shoes are you buying first?

 

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