Character is habit long continued.
Character is habit long continued.
Buy a Bag! And, help combat child labor and trafficking….
Buy a Bag! And, help improve the quality of learning in girls education…..
Buy a Bag! And, help reduce the prevalence of forced or early marriage in target communities around the world….
Their goal: Three women who wanted to do something tangible in the name of girls, for other girls far away, who face far greater challenges.
Their idea: To work on a collection of artisanal bags to raise funds for girls’ education. The bags, made by socially responsible artisan groups that are woman-owned, woman-managed, or that predominantly employ women.
Their amazing success-story: Although dubbed impossible, these ladies were able to design and produce 10 bags in 10 different countries in under 10 months.
Their Partnership: All profits from all bags sold through April 13, directly funds 10×10. 10×10 is a social media campaign that aims to change minds and inspire action to support girls. At the heart of the campaign is a feature film, narrated by a host of stars, that tells the stories of 10 girls in 10 countries who have risen from extreme poverty to new hopes and dreams, because someone helped them go to school.
How to buy: Alisa Ng, the Founder & CEO of L-atitude became the online retail partner. All bags are available in their (Shop for Good) “Global Give” section.
Excerpt from the Catrinka Web site:
Meet Mabinti from Sierra Leone
Mabinti Conteh, 19, from Freetown. She missed out on an education during the civil war and its aftermath, and had few marketable skills. She gained sewing skills in a training program and then work with our artisan partner, NearFar, which keeps her off the streets and making an income. Here is Mabinti with the Catrinka Sierra Leone clutch!
You are here to enrich the world.
The trickle up theory is easy to put in place when you have a book like, “The Care & Keeping of YOU,” (The Body Book for Younger Girls) published by AmericanGirl.
This new edition was written by Dr. Cara Natterson who firmly believes in empowering children to make wise choices, which they teach to you (in lieu of parent “helicoptering” and trickle-down parenting). Give your daughter the book to read, and then watch the magic of the “trickle up” theory when SHE reminds YOU not to slump while you are walking.
Does this actually happen? Yes!! Girls LOVE this book and read and re-read it. It explains pretty much everything to them about their body in an interesting, accessible, fun way. It’s smartly written and does not talk down to them.
Let your daughter explain to you the importance of sleep. It’s not going to thwart every bed-time battle, but it will help abate quite a few.
This is a book for you to read first and then let her read it on her own. Help bring out points with her, but let her do the teaching to you and feel like the confident leader.
It’s loaded with tidbits and advice that she can (and WILL) remind you about. Some of my favorites, explained by girls who have read (and re-read) the book:
—Getting gum out of your hair with peanut butter
—Post pool ear treatments
—Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Of course, it deals with the subject of pimples and puberty too in the most friendly, unthreatening and understanding way.
If you’re based in Los Angeles, Dr. Cara Natterson will be at The American Girl Store (at the Grove), Saturday, March 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to sign books, answer questions, share her wisdom, etc. Don’t miss it!!
The Care & Keeping of You, store.americangirl.com, $12.99
There’s something about these shoes that catches our eyes again and again. The concept is amazingly simple…a replica of a toe-shoe that you wear everyday.
Everyday Ballets, sundancecatalog.com, $130.00
Here’s how we pair them:
Chloé Ananas Printed Cotton T-Shirt, net-a-porter.com, $420.00
St. Tropez Skirt, banjoandmatilda.com, $189.00
Victoria Beckham Printed Satin Shift Dress, shop.nordstrom.com, $875.00
Chloe does their own take for Fall 2013:
Chloe Leather Ballet Flat, saksfifthavenue.com, $485.00
Chloe Metallic Leather Ballet Flat, saksfifthavenue.com, $485.00
Female friendships that work are those in which women help each other belong to themselves.
Follow this path to dressed up tresses and chintzy chic chignons!!
These stunningly ornate headpieces complement any simple up-do or loose waves. The key is to keep the hair style simple, unfussy and with a wispy, tousled effect. Like you rolled out of bed and casually reached for your trusty tiara.
Maxi Zari Headband, boticca.com, $137.00
Ann Taylor Embellished Feather Headband, anntaylor.com, $55.00
Milou Embellished Gold-Tone Headband, net-a-porter.com, $388.00
Eugenia Kim Parker Paper-Flower and Crystal Headband, net-a-porter.com, $310.00
Gallia, bottica.com, $358.50
Here Noir There Headband, modcloth.com, $11.99
Apt. 9 Crochet Lace Headband, kohls.com, $6.00
The “Forehead” Headband—
You don’t have to be a tennis champ to pull off this look (perfected by John McEnroe and Björn Borg in the 70s).
Deepa Gurnani Open Link Headband, shopbop.com, $62.00
Leather & Chain Headband, juicycouture.com, $24.99
Headchain, rutihorn.com, $59.00
Head Wraps and Scarves Abound
—If using a rectangle scarf, fold it horizontally as often as you prefer, based upon the thickness you desire
—If using a square scarf, you must fold it into a triangle first
Place the scarf on your hairline and knot it in the center of your neck, or side-of-neck based upon preference.
Gigi 2, eugeniakim.com, $150.00
Koi Fish Wrap, figue.com, $395.00
Soft Bands and Head-Wraps
Silk Brocade Turban Headband in Cobalt Blue, boticca.com, $64.00
Missioni Rainbow Crochet-Knit Headband, net-a-porter.com, $120.00
Daisy Headband in Gold, boticca.com, $106.50
The Tiara-Effect that You CAN Do!
ASOS Jeweled Flower Headband, asos.com, $20.35
Dauphines of New York The Crowning Glory Headband, shopbop.com, $220.00
This Secret to An Effortless Updo comes from InStyle magazine:
“We’ve seen stylists use this simple method to whip up a chic chignon in seconds. First, rough up strands with texturizing spray, then gather hair together as if making a low ponytail. Fasten an elastic three or four inches from the ends, “then roll hair up and pin the knot in place,” says Redken creative consultant Guido Palau, who crafted updos for Marc by Marc Jacobs. You can secure it high on the head or low along the nape.” Colorful hairband, wrap, scarf, tiara is icing on the cake!
Pony Tail 101:
In lieu of an elastic band, try this InStyle tip, cutting elastic straight from a spool and tying it super securely like they do on the runway.
Stretchrite 144-Yard Black Round Elastic Cord Spool, 144 Yards, amazon.com, $14.49
Our first teacher is our own heart.
Cheyenne, Native American Proverb
Spotlight: Rachel Riley
Metallic Button Strap Slippers, rachelriley.com, $149.00
Polka Dot Beach Onesie, rachelriley.com, $89.00
Girls Sailboat Print Sun Hat, rachelriley.com, $35.00
Sailor Shorts, rachelriley.com, $89.00
Ribbon Trim Frill Top, rachelriley.com, $95.00
Anchor Print Cardigan, rachelriley.com, $189.00
Strawberry Print Dress, rachelriley.com, $159.00
Polka Dot Dress, rachelriley.com, $159.00
Patent Button Strap Slippers, rachelriley.com, $149.00
If you have not previously heard of Shiatzy Chen, don’t worry, now you have!!
This fashion house, based in Taipei, combines traditional Chinese culture with modern aesthetics and Western craftsmanship. Their designing goal is to interpret Chinese history and culture to create unique, avant-garde silhouettes and styles that will prevail through generations.
Shiatzy Chen prides itself on the movement of fabric, luminosity, embroidery and texture.
At the moment, the designs are not available through the traditional fashion outlets, the likes of: net-a-porter, Barneys, Saks, etc. But in the interest of diversifying if you are traveling to any of the following cities stop in to a boutique!
Zhongshan Flagship Store
No. 49-1, Sec.2, Zhongshan N. Rd. Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104
Other stores are located in:
China, Hong Kong, Macau, France, Switzerland and Malaysia