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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Everyday Ethics: May Must-Haves

Everyday Ethics: May Must-Haves

Everyday ethics are here just in time for sunny-day musings! Check out our top picks, and kick off your summer style with a bang!

Keep Company Tennies

Keep Company shoes are made with love in ethical working conditions. Built with the help and support of our extended families, colleagues, friends, neighbors and customers, Keep works with people they respect and love.

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Unlock Hope Tees

Looking for a new favorite tee? Unlock Hope has you covered. Not only are these tees cute and comfy, they also make a difference! When you purchase from Unlock Hope, you provide food, shelter, tuition, healthcare and more for girls in Uganda.

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Sseko Slide Sandals

Favorite summer shoes = Sseko slide sandals! Suit up in style this summer with these gold slides from one of our newest vendors!

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TuesDIY: Closet Challenge

Happy TuesDIY!

A few weeks ago, we shared a few easy tips on how to jump-start your ethical wardrobe. This week, we challenged one of our own BB team members to put those tips into practice using her own closet!

 

Tip 1: Use what you already have!

Our first and most basic tip – using the old classics in new ways to liven up your closet! This adorable red dress is timeless, and is a great staple for any season! By adding new (Bought Beautifully) accessories like this necklace from Haiti, you can give your classic clothing a fresh trendy look and while supporting entrepreneurs in Haiti!

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Tip 2: Thrift, Thrift, Thrift!

Purchasing a new-to-you piece from your favorite thrift store is an excellent way to find fresh pieces for your sustainable wardrobe. Hanna found this olive jacket (and the hat in the picture above) at one of our favorite local consignment shops – we instantly fell in love!

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Tip 3: Swap & Share

Next on our list for an easy and ethical closet makeover? Swap a piece with one of your besties! Sharing old favorites with friends is an AWESOME way to keep your closet fresh. This cozy sweater was swapped between BB team members last fall!

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Tip 4: Re-purpose

Re-purposing puts a fresh twist on an old piece. Like this floral headband? It was re-purposed from an old dress made by Hanna’s mother!! (It doesn’t get any better than that!). We are smitten!

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Tip 5: Ethical Accessories

Last but not least on our list? Bring in NEW ethical accessories from Bought Beautifully! When you choose to shop Bought Beautifully, your pieces make a difference around the world!

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What ways are you making your closet more ethical?

Share your tips with us!

 

 

For other outfit inspirations, check out The Pleated Poppy’s What I Wore Wednesday.

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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!

DIY _ Sustainable Fashion

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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Real Women, Real Beauty, Real Impact

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Phew! Thank goodness for January with cold temps, dark nights and slower paced living, we are finally getting to a few things that went undone during the last few months of holiday craziness…like this blog post which was originally  planned to share in October!

When Bought Beautifully was still in the dreaming and planning phases, I would spend hours thinking about the more subjective aspects of the organization: how it would be and feel, what our guiding philosophies would be, etc.

One of the few thing we knew from the beginning was that we wanted to be about the things God was about (faith in action, justice, mercy, and LOVE), and we wanted to celebrate the things He loves and creates…like you, in all of your everyday, un-Photoshopped glory!

No Photoshop. No reshaping. No conformity.

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Based on our belief that we are all “marvelously made“, and our desire to celebrate and honor real people, making real differences, through our seemingly ordinary lives:

Bought Beautifully is committed to featuring real women.

We want you to know that we love your real natural beauty. The beauty that comes from your soul and radiates out. The beauty that is a result of your life story – scars, stretchmarks, imperfections and all!  We will not reshape or Photoshop (unless a model requests something like a small blemish to be adjusted so that she feels a little more comfortable …because we all know acne can still be hard!). We want to celebrate the real deal!

Last September, we had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with 7  amazing women from our community:

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Instead of embracing the world of editing and air brushing, we embraced THEM.

There were no professional hair dressers or make up artists on site – just real real women!

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We are each a unique creation – the handy work of the creator God himself – and we love showing off his work!

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So cheers to you, real women with the power to impact others around the world with your beauty, your lives and your purchases!

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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

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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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Motherly LOVE

Mother’s day is on the way…

What better gift to give the woman who gave you life than a gift that gives life?

Here are a few of our favorite Bought Beautifully products that we think would make great mother’s day gifts!  Bonus: each product has a tangible impact on the life of another woman.

Something trendy:

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This fabulous serving spoon set will add a little style to even the simplest meal  and purchasing it provides single mothers in impoverished communities training and job opportunities. Give this gift now!

 

 

 

 

Something Classy:

HPH Necklace

 

 

 

This beautiful gold necklace pairs perfectly with any outfit, and was hand made by Costa Rican women who have been empowered to rise above poverty. Give now.

 

 

 

 

 

Something Simple:

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These simple earrings from Badala add an understated pop of color, and enable women to rise out of poverty in Africa. Give this gift here.

 

 

 

 

Something to pamper:

RB Lip Butter

 

 

Rooted Beauty is empowering women around the world to escape extreme poverty and trafficking through innovative natural skin care. This lip butter comes in 3 flavors, and makes the perfect addition to your mother’s day gift! Shop now.

 

 

 

 

Something blue:

Badala Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

This colorful bowl from Badala was hand woven in Rwanda, and adds a pop of color to any kitchen! When you purchase this bowl, you give single mothers the ability to pay their living expenses, and send their children to school. Shop now.

 

 

 

Something for a hostess:

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Every hostess needs serving trays, these stacking banana leaf trays are great for indoor or outdoor use, and are creating sustainable development opportunities in Africa. Purchase this here.

 

 

 

 

Something Elegant:

Turquoise and Gold Hoops

 

 

These elegant earrings from Sasa Designs give a unique twist to the classic hoop – the perfect combination of gold, turquoise, and texture. Purchasing these earrings also supports the future of a deaf artisan in Kenya. Give now.

 

 

 

 

Something Unique:

Necklace and Earring Set

 

 

 

This necklace and earring set from Guardian Village Handicrafts makes for a perfect gift – unique in style and in story! GVH jewelry is handmade by a community of women in Nepal who have been taught a skill that will provide their families with sustainable income for the rest of their lives. Shop now.

 

 

Still looking for the perfect gift? Check out the Bought Beautifully site for hundreds more products!

And follow us on Pinterest to find more life-giving ideas:



 

 

 

 

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Sole Hope – sharing love & spreading hope, one {less} jigger at a time

Today we have the awesome privilege of hearing from Asher, one of the founders of Sole Hope.

 

Sole Hope is a non-profit organization working in Uganda to prevent and combat jiggers (diseases that enter through the feet) and to create a positive physical and spiritual difference in the lives of individuals in impoverished communities.

Sole Hope came into existence a few years ago, after Asher and Drü saw a video on the devastating effects that jiggers have on lives of children.

Soon, God place a burden on their hearts to become part of the solution. Watch this video of Asher to hear the details about how it unfolded:

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Wow!  Pretty moving, right?  I absolutely love Asher’s words about making the problem “personal”.   I spent the entire weekend with this thought echoing in my mind

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I couldn’t stop thinking about how these words can be applied in my life, and how they would change my response to “hard things”.   Thinking about issues like poverty, human trafficking, child labor, forced prostitution, etc.; when I look into the eyes of someone who has been in one of those situations (whether this happens in heaven or on the street) I want to be able to say, “I cared, and, more importantly, I acted”.

 

There are so many ways to act. I am thankful that one of them doesn’t require me to move to a foreign country or even leave my comfort zone. I can take action simply by using my purchasing power to shop beautifully and support organizations, like Sole Hope, that are doing good work. (You can find Sole Hopes products here and here).

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Asher isn’t done inspiring us yet! She also answered a few questions for us about the history and future of Sole Hope:

 

Can you describe a few of your biggest trials and triumphs in making Sole Hope what it is today?

Some of the biggest trials that I have faced since starting Sole Hope have usually been with people. When you have a dream that seems crazy or insurmountable, there will be many people who are critical or not supportive. At times, for a split second this has challenged the dreams in my heart that I feel so strongly about. At the same time these people have also opened my eyes to my strength and ability to continue ahead when I know something is right.

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We have been blessed to have many triumphs since 2010. As Sole Hope grows, the triumphs that stand out the most to me are those that involve 180° life changes for the thousands of people we get to treat at Sole Hope. Some of these changes are more drastic than others. For some, washing their feet and teaching them that there is no shame in having jiggers is enough to brighten anyone’s day. And then there are other life changing stories that we get to witness where children who literally had no future because of a pesky little parasite are given a new hope, the ability to take back their childhood, become free from a horrible stigma and learn about their true identity that was given to them by their maker. These people feel pride in the new start they have in life. I’ve seen it reflected in a 1-year-old’s eyes and I’ve heard it spoken from an 83-year-old man’s mouth.

 

How has Sole Hope seen God provide/move/blow your mind?

To see how far Sole Hope has come in just a few short years is a sign of his goodness! Being able to say that in 2014 Sole Hope gave out over 9,000 pair of shoes and removed over 60,000 jiggers, that to me, is mind-blowing!

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As an organization, What are you most excited about right now?
Stateside there are a couple new projects we are getting ready to launch that will give people other outlets to help out Sole Hope along side shoe cutting parties! Sorry, no details. You’ll have to stay tuned for updates!
Follow Sole Hope on Facebook to be the first to know about these exciting happenings!

 

We all can’t wait to see what the future holds for Sole Hope. What are some of your hopes and goals for 2015? 

We are hoping to expand in 2015 by purchasing land. This will help by being able to build a larger outreach house so that we are able to treat more children and have more workroom for the tailors and shoemakers so they can produce more shoes.

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Dear Asher, Drü, and Sole Hope:

Thank you:

for caring and acting,

and inviting us to be a part of the change you are making.

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