ETHICAL JEWELRY – BATEY GIRLS

ETHICAL JEWELRY BATEY GIRLS

It’s #WomanCrushWednesday fashionistas!! Today, I am sharing not only an adorable casual outfit that’s super affordable, but also I wanted to share with you a bit about a wonderful ethical jewelry company called Batey Girls. I came to know about this company through a women’s business group called FemCity and then it turns out the sustainable fashion company, Deux Mains Designs in Haiti, that I worked with earlier this year, is going to partner with Batey Girls for a 2018 collection. I knew this was a company I wanted to get on board with because of the impact they are making in women’s lives in the Dominican Republic. Most of us don’t really think too much about whether the products we buy are helping other people, in the sense whether they are feeding a family, or creating jobs. This is really what Batey Girls is about, so let me share their story with you!

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Photo Credit: Batey Girls

This begins in Barahona, which is in the south of the Dominican Republic. 8 years ago Katie Morales visited the DR while in college for a mission trip. While she was spending time with the families of the Batey communities, she purchased two jewelry pieces made by a local man named Alejandro. She purchased a coconut cross and a pendant made from Larimar, her small purchase began her creation of Batey Shop. The designers and artisans behind every piece you purchase from Batey Girls, are all women who have been rescued from trafficking in the DR. These women have been able to rebuild their lives through this fair trade and have a purpose for themselves every day. 50% of the jewelry profits go directly to the artisans so that they can provide for themselves and their families at a rate slightly higher than minimum wage. Then, the other 50% goes into the Batey Rehab Project for building homes within the region.

ETHICAL JEWELRY – LARIMAR

ETHICAL JEWELRY BATEY GIRLS

Larimar is a rare and commonly blue stone, which is only mined in the Dominican Republic. Larimar can also be found in red, black, white and green, and within those colors, many different shades. There is red Larimar which is actually copper. Some stones are silky in texture and some have pronounced patterns of blues, greens and whites.

The beautiful blue Larimar is considered a healing stone, providing increased speech and communication skills and helping the body heal. Many people believe in its spiritual qualities and wear the stone as jewelry, put pieces of the stone in their pockets and even under their pillow. Some never leave their homes without it, as it is their good luck charm. Larimar is also an active throat chakra stone, meaning that it’s vibration assist with clear communication. This energy may soothe your emotions and help to alleviate stress. It helps to remove emotional barriers and to release any negative emotions you may be holding in.

ETHICAL JEWELRY – JOIN THE CLUB

ETHICAL JEWELRY BATEY GIRLS

When you join the Batey Girls Monthly Club, you will help empower women and girls to fight against the cycle of sex trafficking and domestic violence within the Dominican Republic. For only $22 a month you will receive two bracelets made from the unique Larimar stone, plus a hand written postcard from one of the girls. Be a part of their movement of empowering women and girls! The more you receive, the more you can mix and layer. Plus this makes a great gift for your girlfriends, or family members.

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*Photos taken by Tiffany Brown.

SheIn Top | Jeans | Converse | Similar Pink Purse

Sunglasses Similar| Bracelets | Watch Similar | Earrings | Necklace

This top was sent to me by SheIn in order to review and I am in love with it! Now, you can purchase SheIn products through Amazon, which if you have Amazon Prime is awesome! I chose to dress the top down for a girls brunch, but you can easily dress it up with a pencil skirt! I paired it with neutral whites and a pop of hot pink, which also went with my Batey Girl bracelets!

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DRESS LIKE A FASHIONISTA – FASHION & FINANCE FRIDAY

DRESS LIKE A FASHIONISTA - FASHION & FINANCE FRIDAY

Happy Friday Fashionistas!! Today I have a great Fashion & Finance Friday guest post for you from Patricia Sanders who is a financial writer. She is sharing some great tips for how to be fashionably savvy and to dress like a fashionista! One thing I love is finding amazing items for affordable prices. I love showing how you can chic without breaking the bank.

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*Photos by Tiffany Brown

HOW TO DRESS LIKE A FASHIONISTA WITHOUT SPENDING A FORTUNE

Style has nothing to do with money. It’s all about being creative and having an exquisite taste. It’s about honing the skill to create a sexy look on a budget.

Next time you see a woman who looks fabulous, don’t think that she must have spent a fortune to get that look. It’s all about being shopping-savvy, knowing what suits your body and complexion, and knowing where you can get such a dress.

So how can you dress like a fashionista without spending too much money? Let’s find out.

1. Buy the basics: Planning is important when you want to be stylish on a budget. Take care of the basics first and this includes:

l  A pencil skirt

l  A white button-down blouse

l  A well-fitted jeans

l  A black jacket

l  A black dress

l  Dress pants in solid colors

l  A v-neck sweater

l  A pair of black pumps

These clothes look fab in every season and you can wear them for several years. Just play with the accessories and use the right makeup. You’ll be ready to steal many hearts.

Tip: Don’t follow fashion blindly. Skip the trends because they will die soon. I hope you remember hammer pants and butterfly hair clips. They came, they ruled the fashion world, and then they vanished. Always try to buy classic pieces that are less likely to go out of style in the next few decades.

2. Buy proper accessories: Investing in good accessories is a must. I’m not asking you to spend a fortune on branded bags. You can get interesting DIY bag ideas from the Pinterest. You can give a new look to your ordinary bag just by doing a few stitches or using placemats. Yes. I’m not joking. Buy a good watch, a cocktail ring, dynamite earrings, beautiful scarves, a handsome belt and chunky bracelet. These things can help you look trendy. Read the fashion magazines. You can get a better idea about how to coordinate the styles with the proper accessories.

3. Buy good shoes: Shoes can change your look to a great extent. They can make you look either sexy or a plain bore. Moreover, shoes get worn the fastest. So it is wise to wear good shoes. But how will you get good shoes on a budget? You can get cute little flats and sassy heels at an affordable price online.

4. Find a good tailor: Many women hesitate to have their dress tailored. They feel that tailoring is expensive. But this is not the truth. A simple nipping in a waist or letting down the hem can cost you maximum $20 – but this can make your dress look fabulous.

You know why models look so sexy? This is because they wear well-fitted clothes. Usually, models have one specific size and shape. Average women have differing measurements. Quite naturally, clothes are seldom a perfect fit.

An expensive dress that is too large for your waist won’t look good. Likewise, pants that are too loose and long would look drab and shabby. Invest $20 on tailoring. Your dress will fit your body better. It will highlight your assets aesthetically. You’ll look classy.

5. Buy a slip: Cheap clothes often don’t have a lining. A slip will help you avoid wardrobe malfunctions. Moreover, it will also help your clothes fit your body properly and elegantly.

6. Choose the right fabric: Choose your fabric wisely. Linen, cotton, and tweed look costly and classy, even if they’re not.

7. Select the right color: Choose a color that will highlight your complexion. With black and white you usually can’t go wrong. Rather, the black color hides the signs of being a budget piece.

8. Get rid of plastic buttons: Plastic buttons look cheap. Replace them with expensive looking Celtic Knot Buttons on your coat or a blazer. You can easily get these buttons from local shops or eBay.

9. Use your needle and thread: Are you good at sewing? If so, use your needle and thread to turn your old clothes into new ones. Do you have pants that fit great on your waist but has become too short on your legs? Well, use a pair of scissors to cut your pants into shorts.

Wait! I’m not finished yet…

You don’t need money to be fashionable. This is a misconception and a section of fashion bloggers are to be blamed for this. Many fashion bloggers talk about the expensive brands on their blogs since they don’t have time to explore thrift stores, sample sales, and local markets. Top-notch brands have more advertisements and press releases. So it is easy to get information and write blogs on them. Moreover, some are forced to promote expensive brands due to ads. Fortunately, the The Fashionable Accountant is an exceptional blog where you find posts like DIY pom clutch and top or no hair tie braid tutorial. I love the braid style and the clutch, they are chic and stylish. I would love to try them out. 

This post is contributed by Patricia Sanders from Debtconsolidationcare.com.

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INVISIBLE BRACES: SMILE CONFIDENTLY WITH SMILE DIRECT CLUB

INVISIBLE BRACES: SMILE CONFIDENTLY WITH SMILE DIRECT CLUB

Happy Tuesday babes!! I have a bit of a girl talk Tuesday post for you all today, topic, self confidence, which is something many of us women struggle with. I may seem confident in my photos, but I don’t always feel that way. One thing that I have always been overly conscious about is my smile. Yes my top teeth look fine. Normally, when I smile, you wouldn’t think that this girl has always wanted invisible braces. However, when I talk, laugh, or smile wide, you can see that my bottom teeth are very crowded.

INVISIBLE BRACES: SMILE CONFIDENTLY WITH SMILE DIRECT CLUB

Perhaps this isn’t something that most people notice but because I notice it, I can be very self conscious when I eat, or when I talk to people. My Dad never got me braces growing up even though I wanted them because we were always moving around and then he didn’t have dental insurance for me in high school, so I actually went about 10 years without seeing a dentist before I got my own dental insurance after college. (Thank goodness I took good care of my teeth haha). My teeth were crowded on the bottom due to my impacted wisdom teeth, which I finally got removed a few years ago. Removing the wisdom teeth will not make my teeth shift though, so I had been hemming and hawing about getting invisible braces in order to achieve the smile I have always wanted. I found Smile Direct Club through the founder of Style Collective, Annie Spano, and knew that this was exactly what I was looking for!

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There are two options with Smile Direct. You can do an impression kit at home, that is then sent off to an Orthodontist to review and create your trays from. Or, the super fun way, is to go into a Smile Direct Club location and get a 3D scan of your teeth! This was such a fun experience since the Orlando location had just opened and all of the women there were so nice, and super excited to take part in me documenting this on my blog haha!

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Dress | Earrings | Hat | Wedges | Purse | Watch | Sunglasses

Once your 3D scan is complete it’s sent off to the Orthodontist for review and they create not only your trays which will straighten your teeth, but a progression chart of how your teeth will shift and how long it will take. Mine will take 6 months to straighten and I have to change my trays every 3 weeks.

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Here is what one of the kits will look like when you receive your invisible braces. it comes with one of your trays, chewies so that you can get used to having the braces in your mouth, teeth whitening treatments, and a little tool that helps you take the trays out so that you don’t damage them during removal every day. This entire process costs just around $2000 which is less than half the cost of Invisalign! There are multiple ways to pay as well. A lump sum of $1850, pay with your FSA, some dental insurance covers a part of it, and finally if needed you can pay $95 a month for 24 months to break it up into payments. PLUS, my readers get to use the code FASHIONABLE to take 50% off either your 3D scan, or your at home impression kit.

INVISIBLE BRACES: SMILE CONFIDENTLY WITH SMILE DIRECT CLUB

I knew this would be such an amazing company for me to share with other women out there because it’s so much more affordable than any other braces and you don’t have to be constantly going to dental appointments! This is so revolutionary and I can’t wait to share my journey with everyone I know!

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Smile Direct Club, but all opinions are 100% my own!

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