What I Wore: Uncommon Goods

I’m a stay-at-home mom. I like fashion. A lot. Getting dressed – a full outfit – each and every day is one of my ways to take care of myself and put my best self out there for my family. But if we’re just going to be home all day, I like to be comfortable. And warm. Wearing something like this…

Uncommon Goods Outfit

Flannel shirt, comfy jeans. Fall + winter perfection. And while I spent the day at home, a little jewelry was in order because I have a new favorite bracelet and I want to wear it all the time…

Uncommon Goods Bracelet

That gorgeous bracelet right there? That’s from the lovely people at Uncommon Goods, a company all about unique gifts at great prices. I could spend hours over there looking through all the beautiful accessories and home pieces, but the handmade items at Uncommon Goods are really where it’s at. And when I scrolled past this bracelet, I didn’t need to look any further.

Uncommon Goods Handmade

The Love Birch Cuff, handmade by Nancy Nelson, is just the right mix of glam and casual for me. This week I wore it church and at home. It works for jeans + a flannel or with a date night dress. And it celebrates the blessing that is my best friend, partner in life, husband. That’s my favorite part about it. Oh yeah, and I’m pretty sure my kids can’t break it. Solid brass for the win! {You can order it with or without personalization}

The handmade section of Uncommon Goods is treasure chest of beautiful gift idea, and even includes a recycled items section! How adorable is this necklace from the recycled collection?!

Mother Nestling BirdsI mean seriously with this Mother Nestling Birds necklace. So gorgeous and meaningful!

You’ll find so many things to love at Uncommon Goods! You HAVE to go look around for yourself! Send a few links to your loved ones for gift ideas – you will get the best, unique presents ever!

Have you had a look around at Uncommon Goods yet? What caught your eye?

 

*I’m linking up with What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy!

*I received this bracelet to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own!

 

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What I Wore: #JEANuary

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Some sweet friends of mine took on a challenge in December – wearing a dress everyday in order to raise awareness about human trafficking. I found out about Dressember late and so wished I would have joined in, so I was thrilled to learn of another opportunity to use what I wear to bring attention to a worldwide problem.

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#JEANuary combines two things I love: denim and Freeset. For the whole month of January, I’m wearing jeans or denim of some form every single day, posting on social media, and encouraging YOU to buy from Freeset, an organization I adore that rescues women from the sex slave industry and provides jobs for them to support their families.

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I want you to know about Freeset because you don’t have to start a charity or go to India yourself to help end the horrific reality of human trafficking. Organizations like Freeset are already doing this and need your support – all you have to do is purchase their beautiful, handmade products! And telling your friends would be great as well. Imagine the impact – I told you, you told some friends, they told their friends…and so the ripple effect goes!

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Freeset’s rockstars are their sturdy, beautiful bags of all sizes. I use them for EVERYTHING – groceries, beach bag, traveling, library. But they also have awesome bangles and tees and everything you buy provides income for the women who have been rescued from slavery and are now making doing beautiful work with their hands.

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#JEANuary isn’t about wearing denim. It’s about spreading awareness. It’s about not ignoring the problem of human trafficking anymore, but doing what we can right where we are to give a voice to the women and children trapped in slavery.

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I put on my boymom shirt with jeans yesterday to celebrate the launch of my dear friend Brooke’s Praying for Boys {affiliate link} book launch, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the boy moms in other parts of the world who have been forced to sell themselves to feed and support their sons. My heart ached for them all day. So I pray and spread the word and ask God to use me in His will to make a difference for these women.

Even if it’s just wearing jeans every day of January or buying a bag.

We’re a few days into #JEANuary, but you can still join in!

THE RULES:

~Sign up using the linky on Coffee With The Mrs. so everyone can follow you and see what you’re doing!

~Wear jeans {or your favorite denim piece as mentioned above} during the month of January, posting a picture to {at least} instagram to help raise awareness. {have fun with this!!}

~Tell your friends and family about what you’re doing and encourage them to shop from Freeset to help support the women they’ve freed and make room for more women to join them.
~SHOP! Go buy something from Freeset to feature in your pics.

For now, the only way to help Freeset raise money right now is by shopping from them….and we ladies know how to get that done, right?!

FOLLOW JEANuary on Instagram & Twitter as well as @FreesetUSA on Twitter so you can keep up with the good word!
*I’m also linking up with What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy!

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What I Wore: Lavished Grace

Just because the days are cold and gray doesn’t mean I have to be, right?!

Lavished Grace Outside

I picked up a soft, comfy gray sweater dress at the GAP Outlet this weekend. It is heavenly, but it is just gray, so I wanted to add some color and brightness! I turned to my newest set of jewelry – a necklace and bracelets from Lavished Grace!

Lavished Grace Bracelet

These beautiful recycled beads, shown above in three stacking bracelets, were handmade by women in Uganda. The sale of these beads helps feed and house their families, send their children to school. receive medical care, and find hope for the future.

And because these beads came through Lavished Grace, the sale of these beads also helps my friend Rebekah’s family raise money for their adoption from Uganda!

Lavished Grace Necklace

This necklace is so fun because it is SUPER long, so you can wear it many ways! I have it doubled here, but I also love it tripled up!

Lavished Grace Boots

And I added magenta tights. I had to. They are just too fun. I should wear them more often, right?!

Please take some time to visit the Lavished Grace shop to buy some gorgeous handmade products and support this lovely family of six as they look to add one more from Uganda! Get 20% off your order with the code homewiththeboys as well!

And we’re giving away one necklace and bracelet set here today! Just enter below!

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Thank you to Rebekah for telling me about Lavished Grace and sending me the beads to wear and review! I love them and will pray for your family every time I wear them!

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What I Wore: Johari Creations

I have a new favorite necklace, friends.

Johari Necklace

Oh. My. Stars. This Picasso Necklace is just gorgeous, made by artisans in Vietnam from handcrafted African horn.

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And it is from Johari Creations, a new shop that launched this fall with an amazing mission…

Johari Creations is a marketplace for handcrafted products made by artisans in developing countries around the world. We seek to come alongside our artisan partners with sustainable incomes, holistic development and shared work and responsibility. We believe amazing beauty can come from poverty and while the artisans handcraft stunning products, it is the artisans themselves we celebrate as “johari” – the Swahili word for jewel.

I connected with the ladies of Johari Creations through the Influence Network, and I couldn’t be happier to share their beautiful hearts and products with you!

Johari Creations is founded on and empowered by the biblical mandate to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are compelled by our love for Jesus to set right the injustice of poverty whenever it is within our power.

Johari Creations has beautiful accessories for women and children, handmade by artisans in developing countries all over the world – everything from necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to bibs, headbands, and scarves! Their Johari Jr. line is totally adorable. They even have toys and Christmas ornaments!

Johari Creations is offering 20% off to all of my readers with the code homewiththeboys20 right now! And make sure you order by December 16th to get your items in time for Christmas!

I also wanted to mention that there are ways for you to partner with Johari! In addition to providing jobs for women, Johari also donates a portion of all sales to families in the adoption process! You can be a part of this by becoming a Johari ambassador and hosting trunk shows!

You can also connect with Johari Creations on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

 

*I am linking up to What I Wore Wednesday over at The Pleated Poppy!

Thank you to Johari Creations for providing me with this fabulous necklace to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own!

 

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What I Wore: Layla’s Shop

I love this crazy social media world because you never know who you’ll end up connecting with! Several weeks ago, I discovered Layla’s Shop through Instagram, and today I get to show you some of their fabulous AND affordable wardrobe pieces and accessories!

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The lace tunic was exactly what I had been looking for – a nice, long, feminine top that covers my rear! I love the antique gold buttons, and although I’m not usually a huge lace fan, I adore the lace detail at the bottom of this top…

Layla's Shop Lace

Layla’s Shop has a little bit of everything – great tops, pants, coats, bags, shoes, scarves, and jewelry, like this gorgeous piece…

Layla's Shop Necklace

I love this metallic statement necklace! It goes with so many different outfits and can dress up even a basic solid tee. I thought is was fun that it matched the buttons on the tunic!

A few things you need to know about Layla’s Shop: they find GREAT deals for you and offer them at GREAT prices. They host fun deals on Instagram every day. And everything goes fast! So if you see something you like, get it now before it’s gone!

There are still a few carryover $5 sale items left from Black Friday and there are fun new arrivals added all the time! Seriously, go follow them on Instagram NOW to keep up with the fabulous deals!

AND…wait for it… You can get 20% off your entire order with the code Homewiththeboys now through December 10th!!!

Now, head on over to Layla’s Shop and find something you love! And come back to tell me what you ordered!

 

I’m linking up with What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy!

**I was provided these items to review by Layla’s Shop. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own!

 

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Outlet Malls + Mustard Pants

This past weekend, a big outlet mall opened here in Nebraska. My awesome hubby suggested I invite my mom and sister for an opening weekend shopping extravaganza while he watched the kiddos.

He’s a keeper, that one.

The nearest outlet mall to us before was over three hours away, so I was a little giddy about this one opening up a whole lot closer. And I was even more giddy about a girls’ day shopping with my mom and sister!

Girls at Outlets

We did Christmas shopping. We found clothes for our kiddos. We had fun looking at cute maternity stuff for my sister, who is due with baby #2 on Big J’s birthday in April! Isn’t she cute?!

Maternity Outlet

Of course, I had to do a little looking around for myself! I will definitely be back to the Nike store for some running gear. That place was huge!

Nike Outlet

The only thing I snagged for myself was on clearance at J. Crew! I had no idea I wanted mustard pants until I tried these comfy corduroys on…

Mustard Pants and Stripes

These are the matchstick style and ended up only being $18! Those are the kind of deals I love at outlet malls! I paired with a new clearance top from DownEast Basics, a necklace from Charming Charlie, and some low pointy heels {but I will probably switch to flats by the end of the day}!

Mustard Pants and Pointy Shoes

I’ve been pinning outfit ideas for these mustard pants over on my In My Closet board and there are more ways to wear them than I would have thought!

Are you an outlet mall shopper? What’s your best find at an outlet store?

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What I Wore: Fall Church Outfit Inspiration

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Pinterest has once again given me lots of outfit inspiration lately! I’m having absolutely no shortage of outfit ideas! My fall church outfits the last two weeks were inspired by pins…

Church Outfit #1:

Inspired by…

My take…

WIWW Leopard

green cardigan – Target; black dress – GAP Outlet; suede riding boots – Lands’ End; leopard scarf – Amazon, similar to this one which is just $3.59 + free shipping!

Church Outfit #2:

Inspired by…

My take…

WIWW Orange Dress

denim jacket – Old Navy {thrift store}; orange floral dress – Charming Charlie’s; maroon jeggings – Wal-Mart; brown cowboy boots – Target

And a few other highlights of what I wore this week…

WIWW Fall Collage

1. new striped maxi skirt from DownEast Basics, taken right before The Hubby shave off the beard he had been growing for a few weeks {I should have been wearing a sweater}

2. dusty green military jacket {thrifted} + new black/gold/white necklace {Charming Charlie’s clearance}

3. my Genet scarf from fashionABLE as we headed into the library

Do you have a fall outfit inspiration Pinterest board? Share it below so we can all follow along! You can find mine here.

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What I Wore: The Root Collective

You know I love fashion, and lately that interest in fashion has taken a new turn as I’ve discovered some fabulous fair trade and ethical fashion companies with missions as fabulous as their products.

One of my newest favorites just launched this weekend…

TRC Shoes

The Root Collective features beautifully crafted items made by artisans in Guatemala, Kenya, and Peru. The mission of The Root Collective is to provide a broader market for these artisans, as well as turning 10% of each purchase back to a nonprofit that helps in the communities these artisans call home.

I love this statement from Bethany, owner of TRC…

As a consumer, you hold the reigns. You ultimately decide where your money goes and who it goes to. By shopping ethically, you choose to support the individual artisans who handcraft the products you purchase. The artisans whose hearts and livelihoods are financed by your decision to research and better understand the world you live in.

At The Root Collective, we shop ethically. We hold intentional relationships with the artisans who craft our products. We create ties with the communities in which they live. We connect shoppers with makers. We remind each other of the humanity that goes into the goods we buy. We shop smart.

I get goosebumps reading that. It may seem like just shopping, but it is SO much more.

The scarves, jewelry, and bags are lovely, but I fell immediately in love with the shoes. These shoes in particular…

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Green. Handwoven material made by indigenous Mayan women guatemala. Made into shoes by Don Otto and former gang members  in La Limonada, Guatemala. Did I mention they are green?!

TRC Flats Feet

I love the story, the mission, the love behind them. And my feet loved them right away, too! I usually wear a size 8.5, but ordered a size 8 and they fit perfectly. And they are GREEN!

TRC Full Collage

 

top – GAP Outlet; cobalt blue skinnies – CHAPS {Goodwill – 99¢}; necklace – KraftyKash; cuff – Kitsy Lane

Even though the temps dropped significantly yesterday, I had to wear these. My feet may have been a little cold, but it was worth it for the major cute factor AND knowing these shoes are helping to support several artisans.

As I mentioned before, The Root Collective has partnered with two non-profits and 10% of every purchase you make will be donated to the non-profit of your choice.  Lemonade International provides education, food, and health services to the residents of La Limonada, a slum in Guatemala City. Come Unity works to provide education, clean water, and self-sufficiency to communities in Africa. Through TRC, your donation to will help their efforts in Kenya.

I want to congratulate Bethany and the whole TRC team on their launch this weekend! I LOVE what they are doing! I hope you find some time to browse their site and do some of your Christmas shopping with The Root Collective!

You can also connect with The Root Collective on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Go ahead! Click on over to The Root Collective! Fall in love with the products AND the stories, then come back and tell me what items you love! I’m thinking a pair of striped flats are next for me…

 

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I received this pair of shoes from The Root Collective to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.

 

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What I Wore: Red + Olive

A few months ago, I scored an olive military jacket at Goodwill for 99 cents. I was looking for different ways to wear it, so I, of course, scoured Pinterest and happened upon this idea…

I knew I had a red dress so I pinned it to my “In My Closet” board and left it there while I waited for cooler weather.

I finally decided to give the outfit a try for myself this weekend, but the temps were cool enough that sandals weren’t an option. I ended up with this…

Olive Green + Red

jacket – Target {Goodwill}, dress – GAP Outlet, booties- Old Navy

I would have never imagined these pieces together but I love how it worked out! And the booties were a big step for me this year – and now I want to wear them all the time!

This is just one of the red + green outfit combos I’ve discovered lately! I’ll share the other soon and neither one will make you think of Christmas!

Have you ever found an outfit on Pinterest and tried it for yourself? How did it turn out?

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What I Wore: The Summer-Fall Transition

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If your weather is anything like ours, we’re in this in-between pattern where the mornings are cool and crisp, but the afternoons can get pretty warm. I always struggle with how to dress while transitioning to fall because I really just want to be wearing my jeans and boots and sweaters all the time, but I know I will be quite uncomfortable later in the day.

A few wardrobe staples become my best friends during this summer-fall transition:

  • layering tees + tanks
  • denim jacket
  • cropped leggings
  • lightweight scarves
  • maxi skirts + dresses

My outfit today is an example of my typical summer-fall transitional outfit…

Summer Fall Transition Outfit

Each of these items on their own are very simple, so you can’t go wrong throwing them together to layer for the cooler mornings. The maxi skirt won’t let me get too warm when it reaches 80 degrees this afternoon, and of course, the denim jacket can be removed as the temps heat up!

I really like the color white, but wearing a plain white t-shirt is pretty boring, so I love to spice it up with a lightweight scarf or a statement necklace like this one from Cents of Style…

Statement Necklace

Cents of Style has TONS of cute statement necklaces at really affordable prices and shipping is always free! Get one in a bold color because statement necklaces are supposed to be fun! Oh, and my set included matching earrings, so no extra thought required there!

And shoes…somedays I stick with flip flops because they are easy, but I use ballet flats and TOMS to keep my toes warm for the cool mornings. These are my fave…

Sparkle TOMS

I got these emerald sparkle TOMS during a zulily sale {so they were a STEAL} and I can’t even tell you how much fun they are! And they are great for everything I have to do mom-related – running errands, chasing an 18-month-old, going to the park…

If you’re looking for a lightweight scarf to pair with your basic summer-fall look, don’t forget the Stars + Stripes Scarf sale at Cents of Style is only through the end of September! The scarf is only $9.95 and $1 of each scarf sold will go to help female veterans through Final Salute, Inc.! The code is FALLSCARF at checkout!

What are your favorite clothing items for this summer-fall transition?

What I Wore link-ups are happening over at The Pleated Poppy right now, so head on over there for some style inspiration from lots and lots of women!

 

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