Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide: Jewelry

This holiday season, you can purchase gifts from the mall. Or you can support organizations that are working with artisans worldwide and are changing the world with every purchase.

1 – Light Give Heat, 2:Toned Sunset Necklace or purchase from Roozt
Why? Light Gives Heat works to create world-changing opportunities in both Africa and America. In Uganda, they partner with local Artisans to create consistent incomes where there once was none.

2 – Noonday, Ripple Bangles
Why? The passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. Their artisans span the world, including Uganda, India, Ecuador, the US, among others. They also help families raise money for their own adoptions by giving 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host one.

3 – Noonday, Evening Horizon Necklace

4 – Noonday, Cut Lace Earrings

5 – Epic Timepieces, The Catalyst Droplet in Plum
Why? For every Epic timepiece sold, Epic will provide clean drinking water for an individual in a developing country for an entire year through the distribution of ceramic water filters. The water filters that Epic distributes are capable of eliminating 13 diseases, thus making their current water source drinkable.

6 – Noonday, Half Moon Necklace

7 – Rural Revolution, Loyola Necklace or purchase from Roozt
Why? As a company, Rural Revolution believes in the power of employment and self-expression as a means for women to help sustain themselves and their communities culturally, economically, and physically. Each sale from our NOLA collection goes back into the Redeemer Presbyterian Rebuilding Fund of New Orleans.  Over 500 post Katrina homes have benefited from this fund and over 3,000 volunteers have donated their time and skills.

8 –Rural Revolution, Nina: Set of 3 Wood and Gold Bangles
Why? These bracelets are handcrafted from locally sourced woods and leathers by marginalized Muslim women in Northern India and designed by our partners at Raven + Lily. Proceeds from this collection go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.

*I highly recommend joining Roozt (it’s as simple as putting in your email and making up a password). Joining will not only feed a child, but they sell some of the products above at a discounted member price.

 

Shop with your heart Holiday Gift Guide: Women’s Accessories

This holiday season, you can purchase gifts from the mall. Or you can support organizations that are working with artisans worldwide and are changing the world with every purchase.

1 – Krochet Kids, The Marie Infinity Scarf (also available in Deep Green, Butterscotch and Black) Handmade in Peru
Why? Started by three guys who took their love of crocheting (that statement alone is reason to support them) to Uganda and Peru to help create sustainable employment and empowerment. Today, over 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future.

2 – Toms, Windward Sunglasses in Tortoise with Light Blue
Why? With every purchase, Toms will help give sight to a person in need, in the form of a pair of prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery or medical treatment (in partnership with Seva Foundation). And in addition, they are donating $10 for every eyewear and $5 for shoe purchases to Save the Children to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

3 – Rural Revolution, Jaya Lemon Clutch from Indonesia or purchase from Roozt.
Why? As a company, Rural Revolution believes in the power of employment and self-expression as a means for women to help sustain themselves and their communities culturally, economically, and physically. We believe in partnering with established co-ops when possible and forming new ones when needed. Currently they are working with artisans in Ethopia, India, Indonesia, New Orleans, and more.

4 – Noonday Collection, Zip Up Wrap
Why? The passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. Their artisans span the world, including Uganda, India, Ecuador, the US, among other. They also help families raise money for their own adoptions by giving 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.

5 – Roma Boots, Glossy Navy boots or purchase from Roozt.
Why? Roma Provisions combines fashion with charity to fight the cycle of poverty afflicting street children and orphans by bringing them hope, love and lasting change in the most sustainable and practical way. For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a brand new pair is donated to a child in need.

6 – Out of Print, The Great Gatsby eBook cover
Why? For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.

7 – IndoSole, Women’s Pantai Beach Shoe in Marigold (also available in natural, cobalt blue and black) or purchase from Roozt.
Why? Each pair of sandals/shoes is hand-made with love, using old motorbike tires, and possess a charm which is synonymous with the Balinese craftspeople who create them.

8 – Better Life Bags, The Alicia Clutch (you can customize with their huge fabric selection)
Why? Located in Detroit, they hire women, who otherwise cannot get jobs, to work for BLB. From the beginning, Better Life Bags has given 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country through Kiva.org.

*I highly recommend joining Roozt (it’s as simple as putting in your email and making up a password). Joining will not only feed a child, but they sell some of the products above at a discounted member price.

 

Purposeful shopping ~ Noonday Collection

After visiting Rwanda to adopt, Founder Jessica Honegger and her husband visited friends in Uganda who were working locally to help create sustainable jobs. Her friend asked her if she wanted to bring some jewelry created by local artisans home to sell in order to help cover the adoption costs. And so Noonday Collection trunk shows began. (Read more about their story.)

Many are familiar with Stella & Dot and other similar home sales parties. But Noonday Collection is different in that it promotes shopping with a purpose. Every sale helps support families in developing nations by providing jobs and fair wages. Every sale helps families hosting the trunk shows afford pricey adoption costs. Every sale supports orphan care. And not to mention the pieces are gorgeous and beautifully made!

Just a small sampling of some of their pieces. (The Half Moon necklace below is going on my Christmas list…)

   

   

But the best way to understand what the company is all about is to watch their video. It is a beautiful thing to see how many lives are touched by Noonday.

Noonday Collection is:

Gorgeous jewelry, accessories, home goods & gifts.

Made by artisans worldwide.

Providing jobs for the artisans, and in turn providing for their families.

Honoring and supporting orphans by providing 10% of trunk shows sales to parents raising money for adoption.

Giving additional money towards orphan care.

How you can help?

  • Shop their beautiful pieces here. These make perfect holiday gifts, hostess gifts, etc.
  • Follow them on Twitter #NoondayStyle, Like them on Facebook
  • Become an Ambassador! You can host your own trunk shows. Do you like to gather friends together? Do so for a great cause. And did I mention how gorgeous the pieces are??