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    Ready for Valentine’s Day

    Photos by: Laura Veyna

    Outfit Details:
    H&M Dress (old)
    Asos Leather Belt (old)
    Franco Sarto Pumps (old, and I got them on super sale!)
    NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick
    This year I decided that I wanted to wear something subtle and romantic for my Valentine’s Day outfit. I always think that wearing the traditional combination of red and pink makes me look more like a cupcake or dessert, rather than giving my outfit an air of romance. Therefore, instead I opted to wear a simple blue dress which I dressed up with heels and accessories. After all, we all have our own way of expressing love and romance.

    I wore my Valentine’s Day outfit a few days early this year because I have a special event at work today and have to dress appropriately. However, I’m not bummed about that at all because the special event I get to participate in is One Billion Rising, a global movement which seeks to empower victims of violence to speak out and demand justice. The event is held in conjunction with V-Day, a movement created by feminist activist, playwright and performer Eve Ensler to promote an end to violence against women and girls. I truly cannot think of a better way to spend a holiday that celebrates love, than by showing support to survivors of violence and teaching the community about healthy relationships and respect for one another.
    Needless to say, I am very pumped about V-Day and having the opportunity to do something that I love. I hope that you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day filled with love and friendship as well.
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    February Picks: Brands That Give Back

    Brands that Give Back 

    Brands that Give Back by sweet-helen-grace featuring sparkly necklaces
    As many of
    you already know, when I’m not working on this blog I work for a
    nonprofit doing marketing and fundraising. Based on my choice of career,
    I think that it’s needless to say that making a difference in my
    community is something that is very dear and close to my heart. 

     For that reason, I am always excited when I find brands that are dedicated to giving back. I find that I feel so much better about spending money on myself when I know that I’m still doing something small to help communities in need. In order to inspire my readers to make more mindful purchases, I wanted to dedicate my February Picks to brands that I feel are doing amazing work in the community:

    1. Angela & Roi is a brand dedicated to promoting and giving back to important causes through simple and classic handbag designs. I first heard about Angela & Roi while I was browsing through Fab.com and was immediately intrigued by the brand’s tagline “Angela & Roi: Where Fashion meets Philanthropy,” because it demonstrates their commitment to making products with a purpose. For every handbag that Angela & Roi sells, the company donates a portion of each sale to nonprofit organizations specializing in widespread health issues.

    What really makes Angela & Roi unique is their “Donate by Color” concept which links different nonprofit organizations and causes with a specific color. In addition, every Angela & Roi handbag comes with a different color ribbon representing a specific health issue. Therefore the “Donate by Color” concept basically means that when you buy a bag in a certain color you are not only donating to a specific cause, but you are also taking the initiative to promote awareness about a particular health issue in your community. 

    I love that Angela & Roi is dedicated to promoting awareness about a variety of health issues. I’m really looking forward to purchasing their Square Gray Tote to promote awareness about Diabetes, and their Classic Red Cross-Body Bag to promote AIDS Awareness, in the near future. 

    2. 31 Bits is an awesome jewelry company that uses fashion and design to empower women in Uganda to rise above poverty. In order to accomplish this goal, 31 Bits offers a 5-year program to women in Uganda, which allows them to earn income while teaching them to create beautiful quality jewelry. While participating in the program, women are also able to have access to several services provided by 31 Bits including mentorship, counseling, and health education. The overall purpose of 31 Bits’ program is to help women graduate with their own business, and give them the skills they need to feel empowered and become educated. 

    I recently bought some bracelets from 31 Bits this summer while I was at the Make Music Festival in Pasadena. Aside from the amazing work that is being done by this company, what really caught my eye was the unique designs and vibrant colors used in each piece. I was also fascinated to learn that each piece of jewerly is made from recycled paper which makes them very eco-friendly.

    3. UncommonGoods is a shop dedicated to not only giving back to a variety of causes, but also selling products that are environmentally friendly and socially responsible. What is great about UncommonGood’s online market-place is that they sell a variety of products, making it easier for you to purchase with a purpose; the marketplace includes everything from art to clothes, and their products come in a variety of prices. UncommonGoods is great place to buy gifts for friends and family, because you are bound to find something for every special person in your life.

    Products bought on UncommonGoods support the following nonprofit organizations: American Forests, Women for Women International, City Harvest and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

    That’s it for my February Picks. I hope that they can inspire you to make more meaningful purchases in the future!

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    Weekend Attire

    Outfit 1 Details:
    H&M Lace Shirt (old)
    Ruche Eventide Marled Cardigan 
    Paper Bag Trousers (old)
    Lotta from Stockholm Peep Toe Clogs
    Anne Klein Satchel
    Outfit 2 Details:
    Madewell Sweater (old)
    H&M Shorts (old)
    White Mountain Heels (old)
    All that I want to do every weekend is just lie around in my pajamas and do absolutely nothing. However, I know that if I do just that, I will regret not having done something fun and exciting later in the week. 
    I always find that the earlier that I manage to get dressed, the more likely that I am to get out of the house and actually do something. Even though I want to feel comfortable throughout the day, I also want to make it seem like I actually put some effort into my outfit. Luckily, over the years I have been able to
    find clothes that are both comfortable and stylish at the same time. This makes getting dressed and out the door less challenging. Check out some of my recent weekend outfits:

    I wore this outfit to brunch while my best friend Laura was in town last weekend. After brunch in Hollywood, we went on a mini excursion and made stops in Silverlake and the Griffith Observatory, before we got back to Pasadena. I wore these paper bag trousers because I wanted to be as comfortable as possible while we were running around town; these trousers are structured, but loose enough to be comfortable. I also wore this lace tee from H&M because I often feel that incorporating lace makes a casual outfit look just a bit more dressy.

    This weekend was much more laid back for me, and I spent most of it in a coffee shop working. I wore these trouser shorts from H&M and a sparkly sweater from Madewell on one of my coffee runs. Even though this sweater is very sparkly and flashy, the fit is casual enough that I can pull off wearing it at various times of the day.

    What do you all like to wear on the weekend? Do you have a go-to outfit when you want to feel comfortable without sacrificing your personal style? I’d love to hear from you.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!