Reasonably​ priced Jewelry with a purpose

My friend took me to a store that is in Shay’s Studio and I found the cutest earrings and was shocked that they were under $20. The brand was Mata Traders.  My first purchase was the time and space gold earrings. I have worn them at least once a week since I purchased them. Screen Shot 2017-12-31 at 9.59.59 AM

I wore them so much and loved the price that I wanted to get more and maybe some earrings for my nieces as Christmas presents, but I had recycled the tag and couldn’t remember the company name. So when I returned to Nashville for Christmas I went back to the store to see if they had any more. They only had a couple of pairs so I bought them for myself since they were long and my nieces prefer little earrings.

You could purchase the same pairs of earrings on their website. Now that I had the brand name I immediately hopped on my phone to see if there was a website so I could purchase something from them any time my little heart desired. I was ecstatic to learn that I could and that they had dresses too! Jewelry and dresses are my favorite items to purchase. I will wear a dress before anything else and Matra’s dresses are as reasonably priced as their jewelry.

The reason I am asking you to switch and support Matra Trades is that Matra Traders is Ethical Fashion.  What is ethical fashion you may ask? Ethical fashion means that the items are made by artisans in their local villages or cities and they are paid a fair wage for the items in order to help end poverty in those areas.  Matra Traders currently works with artisans in India and Nepal. Matra Traders explains that when you purchase their jewelry and clothing instead of non-fair trade items you are: “Preserving an art form, fighting gender inequality, empowering women in Nepal and India, make an impact on global poverty, combat child labor and score serious Karma points.” So the next time you need a piece of jewelry or clothing check out Mata Traders first and let your dollars make a difference in someone’s life.


Holding in your warmth

Love YOUR melon will cover your head with cozy soft hats and scarfs. I am beginning my love YOUR melon collection with a hunter speckled infinity scarf. I had a hard time picking between all their color options, and finally decided upon the speckled hunter green between by winter coast are olive green, pink, black and navy blue, and I feel like it will look best with all those colors. When I opened up the package with my new scarf, I immediately rubbed my hands all over it and then my face because it was so soft. I laid it on my dining room table, and it is about the same length as the width of it. I love their label because it is so recognizable. When I was in Iceland this past week I saw two people with love YOUR melon hats on.

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I am not a huge hat person which is why I started with the scarf, but I recently returned from a vacation in Iceland where I wore a hat almost every day. Now I remember how cute hats are and that they don’t mess up my hair too much, so I am about to order a pom beanie to match my scarf. I realized I should write about them before I buy the hat so here I am finally writing about another awesome company.

As you can see in the picture of the bag their products arrive in this company has made it easy for you to understand their story. I love joining stories and not just buying a product. My scarf helps explain a story; how cool is that? This story I am helping to tell by purchasing a product from love YOUR melon is a company providing every kid with cancer a hat. They also support non-profits that lead the fight against pediatric cancer by giving away 50% of their profit. As their website states “Fifty percent (50%) of profit is calculated after taxes and fees are paid.” Check out love YOUR melon website for more details of their story and mission. If you are a college student, then you can become a member of the Melon campus crew and make an impact by distributing beanies to the 15,000 kids who are diagnosed with cancer every year and being involved in raising awareness.

Back to the scarf that is super long and soft. I will probably wear it most by wrapping it around my neck twice (top left picture below). On frigid days you can wrap it three times around your neck (bottom left picture below) or wrap it twice around your neck then with the third wrap put it on your head, if you don’t have a hat. I would take a picture of this, but I am not a professional blogger so I’m writing this in my PJ’s and took these pics in it too. The scarf is gorgeous, so it will probably stay on my coat rack with my other favorite switch outs.

I hope you check you this cozy company love YOUR melon when you switch to support your next purchase. They have a ton more products than beanies and scarves. There are three types of beanies: cuffed, pom or regular. In their accessories section, you will find mugs, caps, sun hats, headbands, athletic bands, fanny packs, bandanas, tumblers, bucket hats, totes, other accessories, while in the apparel you can uncover knitted shawls, t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces and such. I should mention this small business companies products are made in the USA!

Socks can be better

Imagine the world in which no needs socks; I know socks seem like a clothing item you might not think about as being an important part of your wardrobe. What if your socks were invisible while supporting your foot? Or how about a pair of socks that coordinate with your outfit or add a hint of color? Well, the people at Bombas thought real hard about why shoes have changed over the years, but socks had not. They have created better socks for us that also gives back. Take a minute to read over Bombas webiste and learn why their socks are superior to the ones you might be wearing right now. I’ll, of course, give you a peek at the way they have changed socks for the protections and comfort of your foot: extra long staple cotton, performance footbed, stay up technology, blister tab, Y-stiched heel, honeycomb support system, and maybe my favorite one, the invisitoe (no toe seam). When you put on these socks your feet will thank you. The extra long staple cotton makes them so extra soft, almost as soft as LuLaRoe leggings. They hug your foot in the arc (honeycomb support system). Like I mentioned, what was most impressed by was the fact that there is not seam around the toes, so there is not a line on my feet when I take them off after a day of wearing them. Now, like most well-made items, you pay a bit more; a pair of socks costs $12. Know that the more you buy at Bombas, the more you will save. The first Bombas socks I bought were the solid mixed no-show four pack which provided me a pair of black, white, tan and gray; they cost me $45. I was hoping they would not show with my TOMS as I don’t have comfortable no-show socks for them yet, but they show just a bit at the corners. I am happy that I purchased the colors I did because those are the colors of my go-to TOMS, so I still wear them together as the Bombas socks are way more comfortable than my other no-show socks. Now, if only they can make some that don’t show with my TOMS or ballerina flats I would be a super happy completely satisfied customer. I have begun running again, so the next set for me will be the bright ankle eight-pack and those will run me a $86.

Why am I willing to pay so much for a pair(s) of socks? Well, Bombas socks are not only superiorly made socks, but they also have a purpose behind them. While for many of us socks are an accessory, for many it is a piece of their wardrobe that is vital. Imagine trying to walk around the town in a pair of socks that have holes in the and not get sore; impossible. Bombas founders learned that socks are the number one requested item from homeless shelters and they decided to do something about it. Take a minute and watch their video explaining their original goal of giving away 1 millions pairs of socks in ten years. They have surpassed that goal and have donated 3 million pairs in less than ten years. Bombas is a one-for-one company, so every pair you purchase gives a pair to a homeless shelter in the United States. They have partners in all 50 states and if your company works with people who are homeless, then you should sign up and partner with Bombas. One of the coolest things about Bombas is that they created socks specifically for people who are homeless. The socks they give away are darker in color, have anti-microbial treatment, and reinforced seems. These three things mean that they don’t need to be washed as often, prevent the growth of fungus, and are more durable.

How cool is Bombas?! Now go get some socks that help someone out! We should all switch to support when we have the opportunity. I’m not saying buy all your socks from them, even though that would be totally cool even if you just do it once, then you might spend a bit more money than normal (or not), but you would be supporting someone else. Think how much nicer our world would be if we all helped each other out when we could. Don’t you want to help make it a better, nicer place? “Bee Better” and buy Bombas socks. 🙂

Thistle Farms

Do you use soap, lotion, lip balm, candles, bath salts, oils? Well then, Thistle Farms is your place to switch to support! All products are naturally produced by the women of Magdalene. Women of Magdalene is an organization which teaches women who are getting their life on track the skills needed for gainful employment. The women of Magdalene have survived prostitution, sex-trafficiing, addiction, etc.

I was first exposed to the items at Thistle Farms a while ago by my bestest friend, Sarah. We are both from the Nashville area where Thistle Farms is located. Sarah still lives in Nashville, while I have moved to the biggest city in the south, Atlanta. This past year I was reintroduced to Thistle Farms through my friend Amy who gave us the lip balm and soap from Thistle Farms as our hostess gifts for her baby shower.

I love the products and the purpose behind the company even more! You should try them out for yourself and then give the products as gifts! Check it out here

the Mocha club and fashionABLE

Do you need or want a scarf, jewelry, tote, wallet, blanket, clutch, etc? If so shop at fashionABLE or the Mocha Club store! Purchase items which will add stares, compliments, and color to your wardrobe and house! Switch where you shop to support a cause!!!

The first companies I will promote are the Mocha club and fashionABLE I can’t talk about one without the other since I had the pleasure of learning about and working with fashionABLE when I went to Africa on a humanitarian trip with the Mocha Club.

Mocha Club raises money through small to large donations to fund projects (clean water, education, economic freedom, orphan care and healthcare) in Africa. They suggest a donation of $7 or what you spend on your normal cup of coffee for a day/week/month. Their small suggested donation reminds you that you can help! Even if you are in high school or college, you can still give a small amount away and IT makes a difference!!!

The first time I heard about the Mocha Club I was home in Nashville, TN visiting family and friends. My friend took me to an art action. The artist had created all the painting pieces based on pictures from a trip with Mocha club. My eyes were captured by a painting of a tree. After looking at that painting for years, I went on a trip with Mocha Club. I learned “I need Africa more than Africa needs me” (a theme for the Mocha Club). The Mocha Club and fashionABLE were started by the same person, Barrett Ward, who saw paths he could maneuver to help others.

fashionABLE is making a difference in Africa by using fashion to able people in support themselves and their families. “They find business parterres who have fair wages and hiring practices for women and strengthen the.” When you purchase from fashionABLE you will be supporting women who are trying to make a better future for themselves and their family. Every item you purchase comes with a tag which tells you about the women who made the item and their story.  “Your purchase of fashionABLE product creates sustainable business in Africa”.

Why not shop where your dollar gives you a gift and supports someone too? Purchase something for yourself, a friend or family member at or your support of the Mocha Club can create Clean Water, educate kids, provide economic freedom or orphan care or healthcare .