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Everyday Ethics: February Collection

Everyday Ethics: February Collection

It’s time for our February favorites! We are using or dreaming about this month’s collection of everyday ethics, and think you will love them too!

Katelynn’s Picks

The Luke Fedora – Clothe Your Neighbor

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Hanna’s Picks

Better Life Bags

All of us here at Bought Beautifully can’t live without an everyday tote. Better Life Bags are at the top of my wish list. The best part is, you can design your own to fit your style.

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BB Tees – Glorify Apparel

Black T-Shirt’s are essential to my wardrobe, and what better way to spread the love than through the encouraging messages on Glorify Apparel’s shirts? Even Tori Kelly sported these tees while on her #whereibelongtour. Love it!

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Emily’s Picks

Krochet Kids Beanie

This February Favorite was bought locally AND give back globally. Best birthday find ever? I think so.

Bakara Spoon Rest

I love how the Bakara spoon rest adds a touch a style and functionality to my kitchen. Thanks to it, I’m keeping the oven top clean, the soup stirred, the space looking good!

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Rebekah’s Picks

Sustainable Boyfriend Jacket – Nena & Co

Nena & Co designs are handmade in Guatemala – employing beautiful women with beautiful work! Nena jacket? Yes please!

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TuesDIY : Sustainable Fashion

Happy TuesDIY!

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Stumped on how to get your sustainable fashion kickstarted? Look no further!

Tip – Use what you already have in your closet:

We love using the old favorites in our closet as the building blocks for our ethical wardrobe! What’s next? Adding in new staple pieces as you go!

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Skirt

Start with an old classic that allows for endless style possibilities.

This classic skirt has been in my closet for over 10 years! I wasn’t always into sustainable fashion but I lucked out when I made this purchase buying a well made piece that has and will last for decades.   Now when I am looking to buy classic pieces (pencil skirts, black heals, leather jackets, etc.) I look for items that are ethically made, well made, and truly speak to my sense of style, so that I can be confident I will continue to wear them in the future.

Shoes

Your favorite pair of shoes are the perfect addition to your sustainable outfit!

These shoes have been a part of my collection for 5 years.  Another classic piece that fits my style and was made well. I love buying items to last!

 

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Top

Tip – Add a top to give a pop! No favorites to use here? Find a new piece for your collection!

This top is made in America, AND bought locally at one of our downtown boutiques!

 

Jacket

Final touches = your favorite go-to jacket. Old or new, this piece is sure to be worn again and again.

This jacket? Thrifted! Repurposing clothes is one of our favorite things to do! Visit a thrift shop, and add a vintage piece to your sustainable collection.

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Accessories

Our final (and easiest) tip for growing your sustainable wardrobe… Bought Beautifully accessories!

Accessories are easy to add to any outfit – AND – make for easy gifts for any wishlist. Find hundreds of options here!

Ready? Set, STYLE yourself sustainably!

 

 

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Valentine’s Day is near, fair trade chocolate is here

Valentine’s Day is near, and fair trade chocolate is here!

Give true love to your valentine this year with

chocolate that is making world-wide impacts.

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While we love to enjoy delicious chocolate, it’s important

to know who’s producing it.

In recent years, the widespread use of child labor, and in some cases slavery in the chocolate industry has been exposed.  We shared about some of the issues here and here, and you can find even more up to date information at: Food is Power.org

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Fortunately, we don’t have to dwell on the problems of the chocolate industry when so many great ethical options exist.

Here are our top chocolate picks for this valentines day:

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1.) We think Barefoot and Chocolate sounds heavenly.  They use fair trade chocolate and DO NOT use any GMO’s, artificial ingredients, hydrogenated and solvent extracted oils in their chocolate sauce. Our V-day pick: Dark Chocolate Almond

2.) We love that Equal Exchange works hard to ensure a fair trade production model that benefits each of their employees while also creating tasty chocolate!  Our V-day pick = Organic Dark Chocolate with Raspberries

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3.) Riot Bars are fair trade and organic, making it a delicious option when you’re looking to make a difference this Valentine’s day. Our favorite? Dark chocolate with a bit of Kickin’ Coconut.

4.) We are swooning over Divine Chocolate‘s worker owned philosophy that gives workers  a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace. Our V-day pick, a classic: The Belgian Chocolate collection.

P.S. We also love their 3 minute guide to Mindfulness and the Art of eating chocolate

This Valentine’s day, purchase ethically made treats, and give love to more than just your sweetheart.

Want more fair trade love? Try this sweet treat from our friends at Equal Exchange!

Spiced Chocolate Oat Cookies

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Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Equal Exchange Organic Spicy Hot Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup turbinado or demerarra sugar (regular white will do in a pinch)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups oats

Directions 

In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.

In the bowl of a double boiler, melt butter and water together. When butter has mostly melted, add sugar, brown sugar, molasses and chopped chocolate. Stir just until everything is melted you don’t want the butter to separate or the chocolate to get chunky, so remove the bowl from the heat when everything has melted, even if the sugar granules haven’t fully dissolved.

Off the heat, whisk in the eggs one at a time, whisking each time to incorporate. The mixture will start to look shiny. Add the dry ingredients, stirring just until they disappear. Add oats and mix just to incorporate. Scoop your cookies (by the tablespoon) onto parchment- or silicone-lined baking sheets, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, up to several days. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes until just done (they’ll still look quite soft when you pull them out). Use a wide spatula to transfer cookies onto a rack, and cool to room temperature.

 

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Everyday Ethics: The January Collection

Living consciously is an everyday commitment.  The BB team has been striving to live out everyday ethics for quite some time now.  This journey is becoming easier and more exciting as the demand for ethical products increases.  We want to bring you all on our journey and share the items we love, use and are dreaming about every month.

We’re bidding January farewell with our favorite ethical finds!

 

Rebekah’s Picks:

Parker Clay leather tote

This bag is handmade in Ethiopia, transforming communities with social and economic empowerment.

I had been dreaming about this bag for a while when it appeared under the Christmas tree this year. Everyone needs an everyday leather tote, and this is one of my favorites.

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The tassel

Our tassel necklace is handmade by artisans who are receiving dignified work and education in Costa Rica and Rwanda.

This necklace is my go-to accessory. It pairs well with both black and brown, while also adding a pop of color to any outfit.

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Fair Trade Footwear: Fortress of Inca

Footwear and accessories ethically produced in Peru.

I love the unique detail in Fortress of Inca’s booties. This pair is definitely on my wishlist.

 

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Hanna’s Picks:

Sasa Designs by the Deaf Wraps

Handmade bracelets by deaf artisans in Kenya

These bracelets have quickly become a favorite BB item for everyday wear, special occasions, and gifts.

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Everlane Tee’s

Ethically produced apparel from Peru

Your must-have striped shirt just got better with Everlane’s ethical production model.

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Jacob’s Hat

Accessories from Jacob’s Scarves support education for children around the world.

With its style and grace, this plum colored hat has stolen Hanna’s heart.

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Emily’s Picks:

FashionAble  Ring Bar

Customizable rings from Fashionable invest in women around the world.

I’m drooling over the customizable ring bar from Fashionable. So many rings, so little time.

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Etiko Shoes

Fairtrade footwear, YES please!

I finally found a pair of casual fair trade sneakers! I am dreaming about chasing my kids around this summer in these adorable tennies.

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Rooted Beauty Moisturizer

Empowering women to escape extreme poverty and trafficking through natural skincare

Winter moisturizing is a must in my book. I can’t say enough about Rooted Beauty’s organic line of beauty products. This moisturizer is lightweight, non-greasy, and the perfect way to keep my skin hydrated.

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What Ethical Products are you loving?

Let us know in the comment section.

We love finding new brands to support!

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Holiday Pop-Up Shops

‘Tis the season to shop BEAUTIFULLY!

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Bought Beautifully products are here for the holidays, and we’re coming to YOU!

Invite a friend, and join us for our holiday pop-up markets!

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November 6th – 8th | First United Methodist Church

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November 12th |Park City Baptist Holiday Dinner

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November 21st | 10 am – 3 pm | Shall We Dance Ballroom

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December 5th | 10 am – 2 pm | District Coffee House

Prescott, AZ

December 12th | 2 pm – 6 pm | 5ive A Vintage Market

 

Can’t join us for one of these pop-ups?

Shop online now!

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This or That – Holiday Style with Impact

‘Tis the season for holiday style!

We compared some our favorite BB holiday must-haves with brand name pieces.

Look great and impact artisans all over the world with your style this season!

Plaid scarf – Anthropologie: $325.00

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Support artisans in Honduras with a handcrafted scarf.

Teal Topaz Scarf : $40

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Statement Necklace – J. Crew: $148

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Empower an artisan in Uganda with this statement piece.

Alice Necklace: $46

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Gold bracelet – Nordstrom: $190

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Provide dignified work, education, and spiritual investment for artisans in Costa Rica.

Maria Elena Bracelet: $32

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Festive earrings – Kate Spade: $58

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Partner with us to create sustainable jobs in Uganda with these earrings.

Marcia Earrings: $10

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Give back in style this holiday season.

Your purchase on Bought Beautifully empowers others around the world with opportunity, education, and discipleship.

Shop now!

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Flora Stationery – Funding Futures

Flora Stationery

Funding futures in Kosovo

Women in Eastern Europe, specifically Kosovo, lack the resources to fund a university education because of high unemployment, low economic development, and societal mentalities that discourage this access to higher education.

Flora Stationery works to support women in developing countries in Eastern Europe, specifically Kosovo, by providing financial assistance to pursue higher education. Scholarships are funded through the sale of stationery products to consumers who desire to be invested in the future of these women.

Our goal is to support women pursuing higher education in Eastern Europe through the sale of journals and stationery products.

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1.) Tell us about the history of your organization?

The idea of Flora Stationery started after co-founder, Ashley VanBuskirk, studied abroad in Kosovo. When she returned to the States, she decided along with her sister to create an organization that could sustainably fund college scholarships for young women in Kosovo.

The idea became a reality about 7 months after when Ashley and her sister jump started the team at the university she was attending, Miami University. The first semester, 12 women were supported, 15 women the next, and now 18 women are supported on full-scholarships to attend the national university in Prishtina, Kosovo.

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It was definitely a “God thing” that Ashley met Ema, the young woman who inspired Flora Stationery. Ema is a Christian and was attending a church service at the same church Ashley was visiting. After meeting briefly, they both decided to connect at a coffee shop later that week. Learning more about Ema’s struggles and daily life, Ashley saw not only her strong faith but her passion for earning an education. However, because of her economic situation, Ema could not afford to attend university full time. This inspired Ashley to support Ema through Flora Stationery.

2.) What are some of the trials and triumphs you have faced in bringing your organization to where it is today?

One trial has definitely been balancing the time put into running and growing Flora Stationery along with our lives both socially and professionally. However, it can be nice to have a lot of things to do with very little time to accomplish them, because it creates a laser-like focus on the most important tasks to finish first.

A triumph is most definitely all of the support we have received and continue to receive from individuals who hear about our work and want to be involved. Most notably, our collaboration with Keds, to create shoes featuring Flora Stationery designs!

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3.) How have you seen God provide/move/blow your mind?

Growing Flora has been a lesson of letting go of control and allowing the Lord to lead the organization where He intends. From day one, both my sister and I created the organization to champion not our own names, but His alone. Placing a focus on working towards His will for our lives and the organization places both trials and triumphs into perspective.

4.) As an organization what are you most excited about right now?

We cannot wait for the shoes we collaborated with Keds on to come out in Spring 2016!

5.) We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. What are some of your hopes and goals for 2015?

For the rest of 2015, our goal is that individuals will see Flora Stationery as an incredibly thoughtful gift to give their friends and family to share the message of hope and help us continue to fund futures. In the future, we’re working on developing new products with new designs from our artists in Kosovo as well as we’re continuing to build a mentorship and job training program for the women we currently support in Kosovo. Our ultimate goal is to expand and replicate this model to another country.

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Join us as we fund futures through Flora.

Shop now!

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Rooted Beauty – Project Rena

Project Rena

When you purchase Rooted Beauty skincare products, you provide vocational training for a specific woman through theWoman2Woman Project. This August, Rena’s project was completed!

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Meet Rena

Rena’s husband passed away just a few months after their baby was born. Without a job or formal education, Rena was left in a very difficult situation. In order to survive, she moved in with her husband’s mother, who is 65 years old. Rena’s mother-in-law was not able to take care of herself anymore, and Rena was left responsible not only for herself and her baby, but also her mother-in-law.

Rena desperately wanted to learn a skill so that she could provide for her family and after connecting with one of our partnering organizations, this dream has become a reality for Rena.

Thanks to all who purchased Passionfruit Lip Butter from November 22, 2014-August 31, 2015, Rena was able to open and operate her own shop to sell vegetables in the local marketplace. Thanks to your help, Rena will now be able to provide for herself,  her child, and her mother-in-law!

Play a part in completing a woman’s project!

Shop now!

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Rooted Beauty – Skincare with Impact

ROOTED BEAUTY

This week’s featured BB vendor works to positively impact customers, the environment and women around the world with innovative and healthy natural skincare products.

Each Rooted Beauty skincare product helps a woman escape from extreme poverty and trafficking through the Woman2Woman Project.

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1.) Tell us about the history of your organization

Rooted Beauty started in late 2012 as a different business called Ripe Naturals. In early 2013, the Rooted Beauty brand was born and shortly thereafter, we started selling our first lip butter products. In 2014, we launched additional facial care items and were looking for a warehouse. Through a casual conversation with a friend, we were able to find a great warehouse partner, locally in the Western, PA region. This partnership has been a huge blessing as well as many other partnerships we have had throughout the Rooted Beauty journey!

2.) What are some of the trials and triumphs you have faced in bringing your organization to where it is today?

Trials: My founding business partner decided to move into a different direction. I moved 4 times in the first 2.5 years of the business and I got financially taken advantage of by a sales rep.

Triumphs: Empowering 32 women to escape a life of extreme poverty, trafficking or abuse, getting products into regional and national chains, creating healthy products that are frequently met with “this is the best I have ever tried!”

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3.) As an organization what are you excited about right now?

Following God’s leading, helping as many women as possible, continuing to work on creative projects that promote positive, gospel-centered change.

4.) We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. What are some of your hopes and goals for 2015?

I am trying to live one day at a time. The first 3 years of the business, I was trying too hard on my own strength and getting too caught up in my own plans for the business. My goal for the rest of 2015 is to take some steps back and let God guide the strategy over time.

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We love being able to connect with the women behind Rooted Beauty’s skin care products, and help complete their projects!

You can play a part, too!

Shop Rooted beauty here.

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Fashion with Impact – Fashion Week

Happy fashion week!

It’s our turn to share our ethical style with you!

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WE ♥ PRODUCTS WITH PURPOSE

These Bought Beautifully products each make a unique impact on the person who made it.

Keep scrolling to see our friend Emma showcasing some of our favorite BB products!

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Omiyo

The Isabella necklace from Omiyo is ethically made in Uganda. Not only does it provide a week of school for a child, but it also provides work for the woman who made it.

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Sasa Designs by the Deaf

Emma’s Merina Earrings and beaded wrap bracelets are handmade by Sasa Designs by the Deaf. The focus at Sasa Designs is helping the Deaf use their hands to speak louder than they ever have before. Each piece they create allows them to share their story, and in turn, change lives. Deaf women have faced a lifetime of discrimination, being told from a young age that they are “worthless”. As fully employed women, they learn their true value.

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 Want to see more fashion with impact?

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Style Wise tomorrow morning!

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