Classic Black Flats Made Even Better!

I’m really excited to bring you the first installation in a collaboration with my friend 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 because we are BOTH doing a fun giveaway!

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

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I am not a heels girl. I can hardly last more than an hour in a pair! Flats + boots are my best friends when it comes to footwear and they work best with my busy mom lifestyle.

I’ve had one pair of black flats for years, but they weren’t my favorite – not very comfortable, a little big, and very plain. They were just sitting in my closet and I was missing classic black flats I could actually wear.

Ja-Vie Flats to the rescue!

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Ja-Vie Flats was a new brand to me, but it didn’t take me long to fall in love with them! The story of how they came to be was the first thing to love:

Natalie and Eric are high school sweethearts,who have been together for over 18 years.  When pregnant with the couples’ first child, Natalie had a very difficult delivery and could not walk for several months due to severe pelvic bone separation. She was literally walking in pain for months. It was during this time that she and Eric saw the opportunity to make pretty, comfortable flats using socks!! “I couldn’t find pretty flats that were comfortable enough to wear day in and day out” Natalie said. Being a fashion girl, she didn’t want to sacrifice looks for comfort.

Leveraging their expertise in R&D/supply chain, they spent two years developing a better shoe and finally perfected the prototype. They named the brand “JA-VIE” – after their 2 beautiful children Javier and Viera.

Isn’t that so wonderful?! I didn’t have a difficult delivery, but I remember my feet begin very uncomfortable during pregnancy and I wish I would have had Ja-Vie Flats! I DO have my own pair now and they are magical for so many reasons!

Black Flats Sitting

The actual Ja-Vie flat is amazing. The knit lining is made of 100% soft, breathable cotton, the insole features leather padding for great arch support, and the jelly outsole makes them durable, flexible, and slip-resistant!

Black Flats Shoes

A really fun bonus feature: these flats are machine washable! How cool is that?! Just remove the leather insole, put the shoes in a laundry bag, and wash on cold. Let them line dry, re-insert the insoles, and they are ready to wear!

A special note about sizing: Ja-Vie Flats are standard European sizing, so take a look at their sizing chart for help in choosing a size! I wear an 8.5 in tennis shoes and went with a 39 in these flats. They are just right with a little room to spare. I may have been able to do a 38, but I’m afraid they would have been a little tight in the toes.

Black Flats Full Outfit
With over 20 colors + styles to choose from, I had a hard time picking out just one, but I knew I desperately needed wearable, comfortable black flats, so I picked the black/white baby dot flats. They are so wonderful and I will be wearing them whenever the weather allows!

I know you want your very own pair of Ja-Vie Flats now, so I’m giving away a pair of your choice! Just enter below to win!

And don’t forget to visit The Simple Moms for another to chance to win! Follow The Simple Moms on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great fashion + family fun!

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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…

 

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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