Ethical Summer Outfits: Jump!

(The following is part of an Ethical Summer Outfit blog series by Bevy Goods intern, Grace. See more outfits here and here.)

Ethical Summer Outfits: Jump!

I must say, jumpers are a favorite of mine right now. They are timeless, especially this one in black. Our black and white clutch adds a nice print to this outfit, and we love how chunky,but classy, this necklace is. If you’re out for a stroll in the park, no necklace needed, and these strappy black sandals go with everything. 

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Necklace from Jessica Faulkner 

Jumpsuit from Reformation 

Clutch from Bevy Goods 

Sandals from Everlane 

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How my career started at age 5.

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When I was a little girl, around 5, I had an idea that I wanted to make and sell my own perfume. My mom lovingly gave me some of her little perfume sample tubes (probably some Liz Claiborne, Opium and Giorgio) and a few old glass bottles. I mixed and mixed all these smells, and probably threw in some water. But it needed a name (Princess Buttercup! I was 5…) and a label, so out came the construction paper and glue. Then I sold the bottles, that probably smelled like The Golden Girls, to my moms gracious friends.

It was that moment, that creative process of taking a product through the lifecycle of design to sale, that I would uncover 30 years later as the thing that satisfies my soul. The thing that makes everything make sense about how I was created. We all are made with different gifts, different talents, different things that inspire and bring us great joy.  (How was this uncovered? Go read – and answer the questions in – Jon Acuff’s Quitter. Life changing.)

So now, instead of designing perfume from samples from the 80’s (you’re welcome), I design handbags. Bags that are focused on supporting US makers and giving back in our own communities. Sign up to stay up to date on our launch (and Kickstarter!) at BEVY Goods and follow us on Instagram to see what we’re working on, vote on color choices, etc.  A bevy of people – a community – can do great things and impact lives for good.

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A year and a gift for you

(psst….there’s a gift from me to you at the end of the post)

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One year ago today, my husband and I and some friends were sitting at the Rend Collective/Tenth Ave North concert when I felt a tap on the shoulder. The woman behind me wanted to see my bag. One that I had just made a few hours earlier. She passed it to her friends, gave sweet compliments and said she needed one just like it. At the next break, she handed me her card and asked me to make her one.

Then one of the lead singers came out to discuss Compassion and child sponsorship and everything just clicked. God answered all of my questions and prayers together in one instant. Personal relationships and connecting with people is where my heart is. Yes. It just made sense that we would give back by building relationships with children all over the world.

Our sweet girl is in Rwanda. It is such a joy to learn all about her. She wants to be a businesswoman and a great preacher. She knows about you all, how you are praying for her and supporting her. I have huge dreams about expanding the sponsorships, but until we can, we are also giving a portion of all proceeds to Compassion International. Please consider sponsoring a child.

I am overwhelmingly grateful to all who have been part of this Ginger Lane journey over the past year. I never would have dreamed that it would be a real business with and hundreds of bags sewn and photoshoots and customers and goals and trunk shows.

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The morals of the story? 

God likes to surprise us. Be patient and Trust. His plan for launching my business was a thousand times more fun and encouraging than if I pushed my way and tried in vain to make something happen on my own.

The best free and lasting gift? A genuine compliment. It is selfless for the giver. And highly encouraging for the receiver. Just her words and excitement have carried me through the past year.

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As a THANK YOU, go to GingerLaneGoods.Etsy.com and enjoy 20% off for the rest of April.

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(All photographs were taken by Cara Soulia Photography. Read more about how gives back with her photography. All of the models are my friends. To whom I am so grateful for their support on this Ginger Lane journey!)

Sak Saum

The End it Movement has declared today, February 27, Shine Light on Slavery Day. Love the concept and love that they are raising awareness and money for some incredible organizations to end slavery. But they make a great point that “awareness must lead to action”. Ending human trafficking needs more than drawing a red X on your hand one day out of the year.

“This is how the battle against human trafficking will be won – one person, one family, one community at a time.” (Sak Saum, About)

Sak Saum, located in Cambodia, restores the physical, emotional, spiritual, social needs of those rescued from human trafficking. They are “dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men.” Daily life includes housing, medical attention, vocational training, counseling, studying, worship, community, friendship. In addition, they run a vocational training center that employs, trains and then sell their bags and handmade goods worldwide to support their ministry.  Shop their beautiful products!

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Leap Tote (it’s even on sale!)

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I am in awe of the women God called to Sak Saum to love and restore the exploited.

BeCause ~ Beautiful Jewelry for a Cause

I received the most wonderful Mother’s Day gifts from my family. Beautiful jewelry from BeCause that provided 66 school meals for children. Sixty-six meals! That’s incredible!

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(She even included a note from my boys…so perfect!)

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(Let’s just focus on the earrings, and how these provided 33 school meals through WFP,  and not my eye wrinkles…)

Sarah Manthey started BeCause with a heart for giving and a talent for jewelry design. A grant writer for World Food Program USA (WFP USA) and an avid jewelry maker, she combined interests by giving school meals with every purchase. In her own words:
 “After I had been with WFP USA for a few months, I thought that there might be a way to merge two of my passions–handmade jewelry and giving back.  I started brainstorming and came up with the idea of BeCause.  With lots of help and support from my friends and family, I launched my Etsy page (www.etsy.com/shop/smanthey) in November 2012 and then officially launched BeCause in December with a Trunk Show.
With each sale, I donate 15% of the proceeds to fund WFP USA.  I translate each purchase into the amount of school meals that it would provide to give my customers a lasting understanding of the real difference they are helping to make.  As of April 23, 2013, BeCause has provided 1,691 school meals!  This number gives me hope that every piece sold makes a difference because it means another few meals that we can provide–another future we can brighten.”
In just a few months, she has donated around 1700 school meals! That is amazing. And her jewelry is gorgeous and beautifully made. Here are a few beauties, but be sure to check out her entire collection on Etsy!

Once Was Lost {Funding Adoptions}

Once Was Lost is a non-profit that is overflowing with love and compassion, not to mention a generous and brilliant fundraising model. Families looking to raise money for their adoption processes apply to become affiliate. Then when you and I make purchases through the Once Was Lost shop, 50% of the sale will go directly to the affiliate family of our choice! And on top of it, for every $25 you spend you will also being feeding a hungry child for a week.

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Once Was Lost was created as we were trying to raise money for our own adoption and we were noticing a lack of adoption fundraising opportunities for Canadians. We knew that we wanted to help others raise support for their adoptions and after some brainstorming Once Was Lost was born.

We are currently helping Canadian and American families fundraise for their adoptions but have dreams of expanding in the future.

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Start by putting a name and face with the cause. Read these beautiful adoption stories here.

Then shop! 50% of designated sales will go to an affiliate family. If you have the name of an affiliate, write it in the Notes to Seller box when you check out. Check out some products you can find in their online store

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Want to learn about more ways you can help others by Shopping with Your Heart?

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She Does Justice ~ hope giving, handmade goodness

She Does Justice is an advocate for those who need one. How beautiful is that.

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She Does Justice offers gorgeous handmade designs online and selects a cause every month to highlight and donate at least 10% of their profits. The shop is filled with beautiful bracelets, scarves, headbands, hair elastics and prints of biblical verses. The funny thing is that I made a bunch of infinity scarves for friends and family to give as Christmas gifts, so was immediately drawn to the scarves on this site. But I’ll be honest, my beginning sewing skills do not begin to compare to the quality of the scarves on She Does Justice. And they are affordable! Check it out.

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Peacock Infinity Scarf

Birds Drawing Infinity Scarf

Yellow burnout Infinity Scarf

Teardrop Flower Headband

Psalm 30:5 Print

Blessed Bracelet (Silk wrap bracelet with Blessed charm)


The She Does Justice January featured cause is Holy Yoga, a non-profit which combines “world class yoga with a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect with God”. 100% Yoga, 100% Jesus. Love it. And the giving back continues! Holy Yoga is launching their second annual campaign, ONENESS, which supports their Holy Yoga India ministry. Check out the She Does Justice January featured cause page to learn more and watch a video from the Holy Yoga founder.

You could buy one of the She Does Justice infinity scarves, of which 10%+ of the profit is given to Holy Yoga ONENESS campaign, who is giving back to Holy Yoga India, money from which goes towards projects such as buying & distributing blankets for homeless. (For $50, Holy Yoga India can provide 10 blankets.) Be part of this chain of giving and impacting lives worldwide!

Psst, I have more posts about Purposeful Shopping…have a look!

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