Sunday, October 18, 2015

Denim + Booties + Scarves = Fall

I love this little Gap shirt dress -- if a denim button-down and cowgirl-inspired booties doesn't scream October, I don't know what does. But tonight, the Colts are on, I have a little drink in my hand, and I'm getting ready for Monday morning. So check out a few of my other denim pics below, and enjoy the last few hours of your weekend! 

Photography: Caroline Grace

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Anchal Project


I enjoy clothes and blogging and having "things." And while I genuinely strive to be grateful, first and foremost, for my health, my family, and the other relationships in my life, it's not lost upon me that I sometimes lose focus on the things that truly bring meaning. I can get caught up in what all the other bloggers are wearing...and I am guilty of looking in my closet at a long row of clothes and complaining that I have nothing to wear. 

That's why stories and organizations like the one in this blog post are so important to share. Because it is easy to get caught up in the obsession over material things. But all of that comes into focus when you hear about the amazing women who have so much less materially, but so much more in strength, bravery, and determination. 

I'm not going to pretend that I won't keep posting pictures of new trends, or talking about style as a hobby that I genuinely enjoy, but in each post I try to link back to a bigger meaning and purpose. And in this particular post, it's time for that to be front and center.

I was contacted by a friend about helping to share the mission of the Anchal Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing "the exploitation of women around the world by using design thinking to create employment opportunities, services, and products that support empowerment."Anchal Porject works with organizations in India to provide opportunities for women who have fallen victim to the commerical sex trade due to societal inequalities that have left no other options for providing for themselves and for their families. Anchal designs solutions for global needs, focusing on women's exploitation and industrialized textiles systems.  

Women are offered skills and design training that allows them to create beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces with Eco-friendly textiles. Over 150 women have been trained and employed by Anchal, not only receiving sustainable employment, but also access to educational workshops, health services, a strong community, and access to US markets. In short, "Anchal helps meet this need by providing seed money, design guidance, and access to U.S. markets. In exchange, our partners recruit Anchal artisans and provide a local project manager to oversee the operation."

In addition to the beautiful scarves and bags available on Anchal Project's website, this month the organization launched its "Living in Color" collection, featuring beautiful hand-made quilts, pillows, duffel bags and scarves. Co-founder and CEO Colleen Clines says "When we were conceptualizing the new collection, we wanted the challenges our artisans overcome to be tangible. With continued use of vintage saris and the addition of overdyeing, we can honor another Indian textile tradition and explore new unique goods that give incredible impact to these brave women."

The image above is Seema, the artisan who made my beautiful fuchsia infinity scarf (graciously provided by Anchal Project). She is able to send her daughter and son to school through her employment with Anchal. Check out the organizations website for information on more of the amazing artisans, as well as information on how to sponsor an artisan, an educational workshop, materials, or dyescape. 

I am so fortunate to live the life that I have been granted. And I am humbled to partner with an organization like Anchal to bring more awareness and opportunity to those who have not been granted the same opportunities. Please take a moment to follow Anchal Project on twitter, Instagram, and Facebook; take a look at the website to learn more. And at the very least, go support the venture by purchasing a beautiful scarf or throw that you can use throughout the cooler seasons. I love the quality, design, and story behind my infinity scarf -- it certainly won't be my last.

Images: Anchal Project
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seven of my favorite pieces from the new collection:
black cross-stitch pillow cover // large indigo throw // indigo grid square scarf // small fuchsia pouch // large black pouch // violet infinity scarf // teal & indigo weekender

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

B & W

It's really hard for me to justify buying clothes lately unless they are work-appropriate. Does that mean I'm adult?! Is financial responsibility taking over my online shopping habit? Am I becoming one of those girls who wears pencil skirts and blouses out to the bar? (that's assuming JR and I make it off the couch and out to a bar on a weekend night...)

Okay, so maybe I'm not THAT bad with work-only wear, but I do love when I can get a lot of use out of one item. This little black dress has fit that bill.

I bought this Kate Spade dress on final sale and wore it all summer with flat gladiator sandals for work and pretty wedges for Friday dinners out. I was super hesitant about stashing it in the back on my closet until next spring, but threw a white button-down underneath for an easy layered look. Takes it from summer to fall very easily! And these absolute FAVORITES. More to come on those later this week...

For now, Happy Wednesday!

Photography: Caroline Grace
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Anthro Fall

This season, as work gets more and more consuming, and as many friends are getting married or starting their own families with little babes, I have thought a lot about how much things have changed since college. I remember during my junior year at IU, I commented that I couldn't imagine NOT inviting every single one of my pledge sisters to my wedding (I know, I know, I was THAT girl). And now, I'm happy to say I will invite a special handful (when that day eventually comes). And that's okay.

I have moved and had many different experiences and have grown closer, and further, from lots of people. But that's life. And just as the seasons change and summer must give way to fall (no matter how long it tries to hang on to its influence on the sun), there are seasons of life. Beautiful seasons of winters, and springs, and summers, and falls. And one is not necessarily better than another...just...different. 

So if you ever find yourself feeling sad or nostalgic about the friends that have come and gone, just be grateful that they left a tiny footprint on your path for the time they were there. And look ahead to the untrudged road and smile knowing there will be many more footprints to come.

This little getup is perfect for walking the actual, and metaphorical, paths of this season. Ch-check it out below. 

Photography: Caroline Grace

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I think I need to start wearing more green...
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