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!

I received this jewelry to review. I was not compensated in any way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.

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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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5 Must-Have Dresses for Dressember!

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I’m going to be wearing a dress every day in the month of December. Dressember, actually.

Dressember is a fashion movement that has women all over the world wearing dresses for all 31 days of December to raise awareness and money to end human trafficking and sex slavery. We need to be talking about the reality of these things happening in our world. Dressember is making that happen.

I formed a team – TRUE Dressember – just for us to band together to raise money as a part of Dressember. The money will go to several anti-trafficking organizations. Our goal is $1,000 by the end of December – I know we can do this as a community! Just sign up to join the team and start spreading the word! You can also just donate if you don’t want to sign up for the team – $1, $5, $100 – every donation counts!

You can also join us by wearing a dress every day in December! It’s going to be lots of fun, but it will also take some creativity! That’s why I’m planning ahead and giving you some ideas for having your dress game ready for Dressember! With these dresses, you could make it all the way through, no problem!

Here are my 5 must-have dresses for Dressember:

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The Dressember Dress

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Yes! There is an actual dress made just for Dressember this year in partnership with Elegantees! The Dressember Dress is ethically made in partnership with the Elegantees sewing center in Nepal, designed with locally available fabric, and sewn by women dignified by fair wages. They are available exclusively as a pre-order for Dressember in black and wine, so grab yours before they disappear! Use the code HOMEWITHTHEBOYS to get 10% off your Dressember Dress order or anything your order from Elegantees!

And I just need to add one more bonus dress idea from Elegantees!

Samarthya Dress

The Samarthya dress has the most flattering silhouette and could be worn so many ways for Dressember! It comes in charcoal heather gray and indigo blue. Yes, the HOMEWITHTHEBOYS code will get you 10% off this dress, too!

The Short-Sleeve Shirt Dress

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I’m a sucker for chambray, so a denim dress was a must for my Dressember wardrobe! The Everlane short-sleeve shirt dress is perfect because it is versatile AND ethically made! For those cold days of December, I’ll be pairing it with leggings and a leather jacket or a big scarf and dark skinny jeans!

The Go-To Dress

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I didn’t know how much I would love the Go-To Dress until I tried it on and then I fell in love. This is a great date night dress when paired with boots, but can also be worn as a day look with leggings and a fun hoodie. This fun + funky dress from Noelle Mae Boutique will be a fast favorite! Get 10% off when you order here!

The Convertible Dress

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Wearing a dress for 31 days straight requires some creativity. The convertible dress gives you lots of options! Henkaa offers several styles of convertible dresses – maxi, midi, mini, with sleeves, without sleeves, and so many gorgeous colors! I have the Iris Midi Dress in Charcoal Grey and it is super fun to style! The sleeves make it a great winter choice.

The Sweater Dress

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Dressember obviously happens in December which gets quite chilly here in Nebraska! A classic sweater dress is a necessity. Gray is my go-to, but a black sweater dress would be equally versatile! With the right accessories, a sweater dress can be worn for any occasion! I love several from Target right now, including this cable knit one (in several beautiful colors) and this more feminine v-neck sweater dress.

Who is in for Dressember with me? Which dress is your favorite? What dresses would you add as must-haves?

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These Boots Were Made to Fight Human Trafficking

I was loaned these boots by Colette Sol to style for this post. I was not compensated in any way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own. I have included affiliate links below. When you purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting this site and our sponsorship of our Compassion child, Samson!

You know when you find something you think is probably too good to be true? That’s what I thought when I heard there were boots – handmade leather boots – being sold to fight human trafficking.

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect ankle boot and I’ve found a few I like, but none I was in love with…until now.

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Colette Sol is women’s shoe brand that came from the heart of one woman who wanted to better the lives of young women impacted by human trafficking. Colette Sol shoes have become very popular in Europe over the past few years, well-known for their elegant look, durable construction, and comfort.

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What sets Colette Sol apart, however, is that they currently donate 100% of their net proceeds to anti-trafficking partners. They also use the sales of their shoes to raise awareness about human trafficking. Their mission is stated strongly on their website:

Colette Sol operates as a for-profit business with a strong social mission – namely, to fight human trafficking using proceeds and awareness generated by the sale of our shoes. This mission has, and will always be, more important to Colette than returning profits to shareholders. As a small but growing company, we strive to be both: (1) generous with our partner organizations, and (2) prudent in investing to build a sustainable business.

I think this is amazing. And to make it all better, Colette Sol has now expanded to the United States! That means we now have the chance to purchase some gorgeous boots AND fight human trafficking at the same time!

Colette Sol sent me their James Biker Boot in both brown and black to try out. Remember how I was looking for that great ankle boot? These are the real deal – very comfortable, versatile, and classy. Here’s just a few ways I’ve been wearing them…

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Casual look with the black James Biker Boot: buffalo check flannel shirt {Target}, black puffy vest {Old Navy}, cuffed skinny jeans {old from Target}

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Dressy look with the black James Biker Boot: black sweater dress {Target}, maroon fleece-lined textured leggings {Target}, gold feather necklace {The Root Collective}

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Casual look with the brown James Biker Boot: Agatha beanie {Krochet Kids International}, ABLE scarf {fashionABLE}, Sophie hoodie {Evy’s Tree}, dark jeggings {WalMart}

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Dressy look with the brown James Biker Boot: Kissing Elephants tunic {Symbology Clothing}, black jeggings {WalMart}, Selam cuff {Johari Creations}

I’m head over heels for these boots and Colette Sol as a company. Real leather boots do not come at a small price, but buying these boots is not just about buying boots. It’s also about joining the fight and spreading the word about the horrors of human trafficking. Your purchase DOES make a difference.

I’m not offering a discount on these boots today because Colette Sol USA is just getting started and wants to continue making the biggest impact possible, but if you use the code HWTB now through December 31st, you will get free shipping on your order!

Tell your friends, put these boots on your Christmas list, use your Christmas money to treat yourself – these boots were made to fight human trafficking!

There are four Colette Sol USA styles right now! Which is your favorite?

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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…

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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?!

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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!

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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…

 

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

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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