Posts Tagged: handmade

This Week I Love …

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Fair Anita. (Post discusses sexual violence.)

I met Fair Anita founder Joy McBrien at a a women’s mentorship event that she organized back in April. Nearly 200 women attended and the entire experience was affirming and inspiring. Joy herself was also inspiring. Her passion for creating conversations around and opportunities for women leaders is shines out of her when she speaks, and her dedication to helping women overcome sexual violence is intense.

Joy is very open about her own experiences with sexual violence, and makes it quite clear that her own life events inspire and drive her work. As a student at the U of M business school, she designed and took a self-directed study abroad trip to Chimbote, Peru, a town of nearly 400,000 people, where 80% of the population lives in extreme poverty and 70% of women report having experienced domestic violence. She helped build a battered women’s shelter there, and then realized that helping these women reclaim some of their agency through economic empowerment could be even more valuable. read more

This Week I Love …

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Lockhart Wrks.

A month or so ago, I was on the hunt for some matte gold or brass jewelry. Etsy is always my first stop for jewelry, so I tootled around in there a bit until I found Rebecca’s shop. And friends, if I had bales of money I would’ve bought every single piece. Really. Her design style is such a marvelous mix of edgy and delicate, tough and feminine, and the pieces are beautifully made. I know because I’ve ordered three so far, including the Ring & Brass Dagger earrings shown above. And I’m sure I’ll order more in time. Here are a few of her recent creations: read more

Fascinating and Fashionable: Samantha the Eclectic Clothing Designer

I met Samantha Rei several years ago when I attended a fantastically fun show she put on at Hell’s Kitchen with an amazing live band and endless stellar looks. Her steampunk-influenced line was called Blashphemina’s Closet back then, but she’s moving forward with an eponymous line and the descriptor, “Beauty. Strength. Rebellion.” Her bio closes with the line, “Samantha strives to help women feel confident, strong and comfortable in their own skin. She believes they can all be beautiful warriors.” Can you see why I adore her? read more