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Gilmore Girls

I must admit, I was pretty bummed to have to roll out of bed for work this morning.
Chad pokes fun at me, because I still hold out hope for snow days.
We went to bed thinking that we just might have a snow day, so of course, I was up at all hours of the night checking the weather and peeking out the blinds.
I’m serious.
It’s a problem.
My kids are going to love me one day, though, when I am as giddy as they are over a snow day.

Sadly, no snow. So, here I am at work.
Fortunately, I had just the thing to wear for this unfortunate situation.
My friend Meg (who is seriously amazing in every way and who I have mentioned before here), also has a little side business called Arsenic & Lace.  I love her t-shirts and especially love this sweatshirt. And, really, I love her too. You should definitely follow her on Instagram and all things social media. She is doing some amazing things with that big heart of hers!

With all of that being said, I’m going to let my sweatshirt do the talking today.

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Coat: Gap
Sweatshirt: c/o Arsenic & Lace
Jeans: Gap
Headband: c/o Monroe & Harlow
Necklace: c/o Chain Crochet

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Also, psst! This amazing, one of a kind Chain Crochet necklace?
It is a part of a wonderful giveaway that will be up on the blog this week.
So if you want a unique piece like this one, you should definitely keep an eye open!

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Okay, one more thing. If you love hair accessories as much as I do? You definitely need to check out Monroe & Harlow.  I absolutely love the celtic knot headband that I’m wearing today, but she also has a variety of so many cute styles!  Not to mention her baby headbands.
Don’t even get me started.

Friday, I’m in Love

This week has just been so long.
It’s Friday, which means date night.
We are going on a double date to see the movie “Gravity” and then have drinks after.
I couldn’t be more excited about that.
Something about winding down after a stressful week.

Friday, i’m in Iove.

Dress: c/o Savoir Faire
Shoes: Forever 21
Necklace: c/o Riffraff

 

 

 

free trade love

First of all, thank y’all so much for the well wishes about the house!
We rain into a few snares after we closed on Friday, but as of yesterday, we are officially home owners! We changed the locks and jangled the keys and did a little dance last night while we finished removing the wallpaper from the living room. (Which, by the way, has officially taken about 4 days.)  Taking down wallpaper is equivalent to peeling the sticker off of a piece of fruit. Without fingernails. Times a million.

I’m just saying. If you are taking down wallpaper, let me know.
We have mastered the art of wallpaper removal.

After the past few days of grungy, messy outfits and no showers, getting dressed up for work was a nice change.
I am seriously in love with this romper.
Something about wearing all white, especially with the flowing fabric of this romper makes me feel so ethereal.  It’s just the perfect combination of simple & pretty.
I pulled these booties from their summer slumber as yesterday was a bit cooler than normal.

The clutch I am featuring is from a dear friend in Arkansas. She is the manager of a little Fair Trade boutique in Fayetteville (my college town) called ”The Global Shoppe“.  The Global Shoppe was formed to use everyday commerce in Northwest Arkansas as a means of enhancing the physical and spiritual wellbeing of people in underdeveloped communities throughout the world.

This particular clutch is a product from JOYN. JOYN is a producer of hand-woven, handmade cotton textiles. What I love about both the Global Shoppe and JOYN is that the products are handmade by artisans to help support those in underdeveloped communities.
Melody Murray founded JOYN in 2010 - and The Global Shoppe was her first vendor. Since then JOYN has grown to produce for 150 vendors in the United States. Mel oversees the entire line of production. All the way from fabric being woven in the leprosy colony to items being hand block printed by street children.

JOYN also recently landed a partnership with TOMS — they just block printed several thousand bolts of canvas for them. What an awesome, awesome company.

You guys must go learn more about JOYN here and also The Global Shoppe here.
If y’all are passing through or live in Fayetteville, you must stop by and support this amazing company and shop around for some beautiful Fair Trade, handmade goods!

 

 Romper: c/o Riffraff
Clutch: c/o The Global Shoppe
Necklace: Milk & Honey Boutique
Wedges: Forever 21

 

art feeds moore

It’s my first day back in the blogging world after quite the European hiatus.
And I am honored and humbled to write about something today that is very near and dear to my heart for several reasons.

First, let me introduce Art Feeds. Meg, (the founder) and I know each other because we run in the same friend circles. And, although we don’t “know” each other, I feel confident in saying this is one selfless, amazing woman. Meg founded art feeds at the age of 19. Yes, 19. And continues to work to expand her non-profit company to reach out to more and more children. Art Feeds provides healing to children who have faced any kind of trauma using painting, drawing, music, photography, and art.
What an incredible idea.
I can just imagine the healing, the laughter and the complete joy they get to experience because of this amazing program.

When Meg reached out to me, I knew that I wanted to share Art Feeds with you all. Amidst the fun clothes and outfit posts, there are more important things to write about.
And this is one of them. 
 God has specifically placed children on my heart. They hold a very special place, and programs like Art Feeds and people like Meg make my heart swell with joy.

Now, lets get to the real nitty gritty.
As many of you know, terrible tornadoes have ripped through Oklahoma the past few weeks. Growing up in Arkansas, I have experienced several of these dangerous storms. And it can quickly become a very scary and devastating situation to be in.
With Art Feeds operating in the heart of Oklahoma, they have been quick to respond to the needs of the people effected by this awful tornado season.

 Following the tornado in 2011, Art Feeds programs were and are still instrumental in helping the children of Joplin dance, draw, paint, sculpt, design and heal past the horrific trauma they had faced. They are now looking to do the same for the children in Moore, OK. To date, Art Feeds has impacted 14,500 children with their free therapeutic art and creative education programs, reaching over 3,000 children in 13 schools and 3 children’s organizations weekly in Joplin. 

 They are committed to bringing these same programs to Moore to help the little ones heal from the tremendous trauma they have faced and will continue to face following this disaster. At the launch of their programs, they give each child an art pack filled with all the essential supplies: markers, crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, a sketchbook and in the case of the Moore students, super hero capes. These art packs will provide comfort for students who have lost everything, allow them to express themselves and the capes will help them feel invincible in a world that seems like it is falling apart. 

This, my friends, is where you come in.
We live in a fast paced, material ridden world.
And sometimes it’s easy to forget to slow down and pay attention to what really matters.
If it is on your heart to help these families and children who have lost everything (and there are many, trust me) this is an amazing cause to give to.

 An art pack costs $10. Just $10 to provide the first steps of healing for a child.
Art Feeds is raising funds here:
http://shrnk.co/artfeedsmoore 
And asking for supplies in partnership with Do Something (all specifics) here: 
http://www.dosomething.org/ok

I love that this organization is helping children and families in need of not just building a new life, but repairing and rebuilding emotional stability and healing. 
It  is my hope that you will feel the need to help as I have.

Feel free to also spread the word about this incredible program.