Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Peace for Paris, Peace for the World


It's not the fear or the hatred that defines the aftermath of terrorism,  it's the love we see afterwards It's the love we see from our next door neighbors and from our  neighbors across the world. Terrorism is defined by humanities ability to explain to a child what is good and what is bad. It's in the comfort of knowing that flowers  and candles  can be redefined as protectors. And it's in ability to recognize what's most important in life like family, love, education, resilience, and home.

To all those suffering, may France always feel like home.

Beacoup d'amour,

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

SEQUENCE JEWELRY: Disrupting the Sequence of Violence

As someone who was raised in the Silicon Valley I absolutely love when technology meets global good and fashion.

SEQUENCE is a collection of beautifully crafted knotted jewelry designed with the powerful message of nonviolence.
PHOTO CREDIT: SEQUENCE
THE STORY
SEQUENCE was founded by designer Ariela Suster beginning in her homeland of El Salvador. Experiencing firsthand how violence affected lives, Ariela made it her life goal to create a brand that not only fulfilled her passion, but also created positive change for her country, and her country's people.

With help from two artisans from the local village of Tepecoyo, Oscar Bautista and Natali Orellana, the SEQUENCE family continued to grow through discovering, designing and producing their signature knotted bracelets.

Through their bracelets SEQUENCE is able to create impactful change in El Salvador by creating jobs, cultivating professional development, and improving the livelihood of individuals in a country challenged by violence.

SEQUENCE X MICROSOFT
Through a collaboration with Microsoft, SEQUENCE has crafted special edition bracelets that combine both fashion and technology.

The collection includes 3 new bracelets designed with an NFC chip that, when tapped against a smartphone, (Windows, Android, or Blackberry) the phone will play a short video clip of how the bracelet you're wearing was made.

This initiative was created to provide an innovative way to communicate powerful messages through socially conscious fashion brands.

The message is simple, yet powerful:
"SEQUENCE is set out to disrupt the sequence of violence that limits at risk youth"
PHOTO CREDIT: SEQUENCE
PHOTO CREDIT: SEQUENCE


#Selfless: A Social Media Movement

Wether we like it or not, we're a very self-centered society. We're obsessed with ourselves, and who can blame us? Self promotion can open doors for individuals in this day and age. Sometimes it generates income, but mostly it cultivates validation in a world longing for it. But...what if... what if we flipped the script? What if instead of the focus being on us the focus is on the selflessness of others?

In an article written for the Huffington Post Impact, SydneyAnne Stone proposes a new movement entitled the #Selfless. 

Stone writes: "The #Selfless is simple. You take a picture of someone (other than yourself) doing something selfless for someone else and post it on social media with the hashtag selfless."

It's genius! How many times do you see good deeds happen on a daily basis? The kind of good deeds that make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside? A lot, no? So why not share the warm and fuzzies? Gimme those warm and fuzzies!

So, with one simple hashtag lets start this movement of sharing the beauty of humanity, and capturing what we typically don't see when our lenses aren't too fixated on us. 

See something uplifting, share something uplifting, and use #Selfless.

For more information or articles by SydneyAnne Stone follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SidneyAnneStone
Monday, November 2, 2015

UNICEF Kid Power Band


Beginning November 29, 2015, Target will be selling Kids Wearables in partnership with UNICEF.

UNICEF has designed a child-friendly fitness band that will not only monitor a child's fitness activity, but also provide powerful teaching tools with an accompanying mobile app. The app will allow kids to set goals and learn about different cultures around the world. When the child meets certain fitness goals, it "unlocks" and provides children in developing countries life saving nutritional food packets (previously mentioned in another post)

This partnership is an extension of a pilot program that started in 3 selected cities. Approximately 12,000 kids were given fitness bands walking more than 500,000 miles. This provided 188,850 food packets for 1,259 malnourished children.










I love the dual-idea of teaching children to take care of themselves, while teaching them to care for others around the world.

The bands will exclusively sell at Target and will come in 4 different styles, 2 of which are Limited Edition Star Wars Edition. Pre-orders are available now.

LIMITED EDITION BLACK & WHITE STAR WARS BANDS





Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Global Goals

We live in a society constantly fighting for the betterment of the world... I know it's hard to believe sometimes, but I've seen the very best in people and trust me... the world is a whole-hearted place!

The Global Goals is a compilation of 17 goals made by a committee of 193 world leaders. Through these 17 commitments the goal is to accomplish the end of extreme poverty, combat inequality and fix climate change in the next 15 years. 



While trying to fix the world's problems may seem like an immense task, the 17 commitments outlines the world's challenges so beautifully that it makes anyone want to get up and start making a difference. 

THE GOALS NEAREST AND DEAREST TO MY HEART!
IT'S ALL OF THEM! SURPRISE!
Changing the world is one thing, but knowing HOW you want to change the world is the game changer. I love these goals because it makes global change more tangible, and when things seem more tangible change feels less impossible. 

So with that said, I hope you choose what change you want, know it, understand it, and let that passion set you on fire.

Guys, I am so excited for the next 15 years!



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

KROCHET KIDS: Name your price


A company that I have been following for a very long time is one that I use to live blocks away from!

Krochet Kids is a non-profit organization centered around empowering women around the world. Their headquarters is located in Newport Beach, CA but their impact reaches all the way from Uganda to Peru. Carefully crafted by three friends with one similar dream, Krochet Kids is a company that not only makes apparel but changes lives, specifically with their knitted hats. Each hat is meticulously handmade by women in Uganda and Peru and labeled with a handwritten tag by the woman who put it together. Outside of providing fair wages, Krochet Kids teaches life skills to their employees giving them hope for a better future for both them and their families.

THE WHAT'S IT WORTH? CAMPAIGN



 For 24 hours only Krochet Kids is allowing customers to "choose their price" on a handful of their products asking the question "WHAT’S IT WORTH TO KNOW YOUR PURCHASE GENERATES EMPOWERMENT?" This campaign will start 9am PT on 9.30.15 and end 9am PT on 10.01.15.

As someone who owns a few of these incredible hats it's such an incredible feeling knowing that someone who made something I wear is living with similar hopes and dreams to the ones I have myself.

If I had to ask myself how much MY education, financial stability, housing and food for myself and my family would be valued at, it's definitely difficult to write up a price tag.





Even if you don't purchase anything, I think it's important to ask yourself how much is empowerment worth to you?