June Wish List

You know how they say you should dress for the job you want? Well, my spin on that adage is that you should dress for the life you want. Which in my case is a life somewhere in the tropics. A life unfettered by responsibilities, where I sleep in gloriously late every day, spend my afternoons lounging on the beach, and my biggest worry is whether or not there will be fresh mango at the local fruit stand. Until that becomes a reality, I’ll just have to do some wishful shopping…

June Wish List

 

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I am so in love with that red dress, even though it’s not terribly appropriate for my current life. But don’t worry, I won’t let that stop me. What’s on your wish list right now?

♥ Mil

 

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May Wish List

Man, this year is flying by! May is already upon us, which is basically pre-summer. Or at least that’s how I like to think of it. I’m currently planning my wardrobe for my imaginary summer vacation to the Amalfi Coast. The dress code I’m envisioning is white sundresses, off-the-shoulder tops, sexy sandals, and the biggest, most glamorous sunglasses I can find. It’s going to be the best imaginary vacation ever! Meanwhile, back in reality, I’ll be dressing up in my vacation outfit and heading to the Italian restaurant down the street to sip wine on the patio.

May Wish List

 

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I especially love #3, which is basically a lip gloss in a cocktail shaker. And I’m completely head over heels for those red sandals! What’s on your wish list right now? More importantly, where would you go on your imaginary vacation?

♥ Mil

 

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April Wish List

Who else is overjoyed that spring is finally here? We had temps in the 70s in Seattle this weekend, and for a hot minute it almost felt like summer. It was glorious. I’m so excited to dump my winter clothes into storage and start wearing lighter, brighter colors again. Dressing for warm weather is just so much more fun!

April Wish List

 

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I’ve been living in my lightweight army jacket lately, and the drapey version above offers a cool feminine twist on the classic. Other than that, I’m craving blush pink everything…I’m also a bit of a candle hoarder, so I’m looking forward to bringing out my springtime candles. Diptyque’s Figuier really embodies the freshness of the season. Sniff one and you’ll see!

What’s on your wish list these days?

♥ Mil

 

Image via With Love From Kat

Brands We Love: Raven + Lily

raven + lily brands we love south by northwest @mrsmalinowskiI’m a big believer in the saying “practice what you preach.” Lately it has me thinking about where and how I choose to spend my money.

A few months ago I stumbled across the company Raven + Lily and was immediately taken by both their mission and well as their beautiful jewelry. In addition to jewelry, they also offer women’s clothing, bags, and home goods. Raven + Lily’s mission is to empower women through skill development and design. They employ over 1,500 women in more than 8 countries and their employees receive fair trade wages and are given access to health care and education.

CEO Kirsten Dickerson was quoted in the Baylor Magazine saying “I think the most effective way to alleviate cycles of poverty is through the education of children as well as the empowerment of women through skills training and sustainable income opportunities.” All I can say to that is YES. This is a company I wish I was smart enough and cool enough to have created. Since that’s not the case, I’ll just have to satisfy myself with wearing their jewelry!
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Kirsten posing with a few of her craftswomen

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I particularly love that Raven + Lily is B Corp certified. Cause marketing is a growing trend. So many companies know that “giving back” is a great selling point for the millennial generation. However much like the difference between “natural” and “organic,” there’s a whole spectrum of companies that fall into the socially responsible category. B Corp status provides third party validation that Raven + Lily is committed to not only talking the talk, but walking the walk.

Their jewelry is modern and generally minimalist, but incorporates traditional artisan crafts and techniques. I’m a particular fan of their Kenya Collection, which features a lot of bold brass jewelry. I’ve shared a few of my favorite pieces below. You can learn more about their work in Kenya and shop the entire Kenya Collection here.
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Isn’t that last piece, the Dani Statement necklace, just gorgeous! I love that these days it’s pretty easy to find socially responsible brands committed to sustainable sourcing and making a positive impact on the communities in which they work. The Ethical Fashion Forum is a great resource for finding brands that fit this mold.
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What do you look for in a beauty or fashion brand? Mil and I are both suckers for beautiful packaging.
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XOXO,
Jules
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Photos sources: Raven + Lily

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