Archive | June, 2016

Real Women, Real Beauty, Real Impact

Real women. Real Beauty. Real Impact.

At Bought Beautifully, we believe in God’s amazing ability to create beautiful things.

This belief inspires all that we do, including how we design our photo shoots and the social media we share. It’s also one of the reasons we are so passionate about, and committed to featuring real, un-photoshopped women who embody real beauty.

Bought Beautifully’s Spring/Summer 2016 photo shoot was tangible of true beauty; people coming together to use their skills and gifts for a greater good!  Not only was it a celebration of beautiful women making beautiful impacts, but it was also a celebration of the beauty and strength of family as it brought together a few of the most influential women in my life: my mother, my grandmother, my sister, my cousin, and beautiful sisters in Christ. Three Real Beauties

These women might be natural beauties in their own right, but we know it is their INNER beauty that radiates outward, and that is what Bought Beautifully strives to celebrate and honor! So, I wanted to take a minute to introduce you all to the hearts behind these pretty faces, and pay tribute to the legacy of love that they are creating.

Rosemary Rusing - Real Beauty

Rosemary Rusing – My grandmother (94.5 years old). Yes, you read that right. She is turning 95 in October!  Mother to 5, grandmother to 22, and great-grandmother to 7, Rosie is smart, sassy, and thoughtful.  This woman has taught me countless important life lessons, but perhaps the thing that has left the biggest impression on me is how she continually and sacrificially cares for others – and has FUN while doing it.

Mom

Julie Ann Acklin – My mom. As a mother to 4 daughters and grandmother to 4 grand-darlings, this woman is pure gold with a spirit that is humble, selfless, hard working, creative and inspiring.

Brittany Real Beauty

Brittany Ann Winslow – My youngest sister ♥, who also happens to be a brilliant human rights activist, social worker, deep thinker, and BIG lover. This lady inspires me daily by her ability to see things from different perspectives, and her commitment to fight for life for all – from the children in our welfare systems, to those forgotten behind bars.

Real Beauty, Amanda

Amanda Bazzell – My dear cousin, and mother to 2.  She is a sincere and caring friend. She is open and honest, always striving for genuine and authentic relationships. This lady has a servant heart. From teaching special-ed, providing awesome life experiences to people with disabilities, to spending her days and nights caring for two little ones, this mighty woman constantly cares for others.

While the ladies in front of the camera radiate true beauty, the women behind the camera do so equally as well.

Carrie Zimmer and Sharon Carlson are the beautifully talented woman responsible for composing and capturing these faces.

While there is definite beauty in blood family like my sisters, Carrie demonstrates the beauty of the body of Christ coming together in love by using one of her many talents to capture the mission of Bought Beautifully through the lens of her camera. Thank you Zimmer Photography!

While Sharon, master curator of the antique pieces at One Hundred Chairs, has the magical ability to bring out the beauty in everything she touches.

From the beauty of the women captured on camera, to the beautiful impacts represented through the pieces adorning them, we are truly inspired by the hands and hearts that came together to make this shoot happen and thought you would be too!

xoxo,

Emily & Rebekah

 

 

 

 

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Live Out Love

Buy Beautifully | Live Out Love

We are regularly asked a similar set of questions about Bought Beautifully – what we do, why we do it, and how our faith/Christianity plays a role in it?

Over the last year, as we answered these questions, we discovered one simple line that helped us explain what we do and why:

#liveoutlove

Bought Beautifully exists to provide an alternative shopping experience, one that better aligns with our faith and allows us to use the financial blessings that God had given us for His glory and for the good of those He loves.

We are about more than just “fair trade” or “ethical” practices.

Our “niche” or calling is to partner with  people/entities who are living out Christ’s call to love through their work.

live out love

Discovering amazing people and organizations, and the unique ways that God has called them to love and serve a hurting world is the best part of our job!

Our partners are not necessarily evangelical or international or all focused on development type issues, but they are all living out God’s call to love through their work, which results in some pretty amazing and diverse IMPACTS:

 pathways out of poverty.

fighting human trafficking.

spiritual encouragement.

caring for widows and orphans.

health and educational.

sustainable development.

and more.

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We are reminded daily of the honor it is to partner with such incredible vendors, and the opportunity we have to further their efforts and join them as they #liveoutlove.

Every product we sell, and every purchase made is part of a global love story.

When you shop Bought Beautifully, you are part of the movement to #liveoutlove.

Shop here!

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