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Fashion Forward Friday: Fashions for Freedom

Posted in: Blog, Details, Fashion Forward ♦ Friday, April 13th, 2012, 9:00 am ♦ 1 Comment

We believe that supporting charitable organizations is always on-trend! Amani ya Juu, meaning “higher peace” in Swahili, is a project for marginalized women of Africa. The women learn practical skills (from sewing to marketing, purchasing, bookkeeping and more) as a way to improve their quality of life. Sara, one of our Fabulette’s, had the pleasure of attending this fabulous event last weekend, which combined a fashion runway show with music, dance and narrative to tell the powerful story of refugee women’s lives being transformed through the ministry of Amani. The 27-garment collection that was featured was created expressly for Amani Liberia by international designer and Bravo TV’s Project Runway Star, Korto Momolu.

If you would like to learn more and support the work of Amani, please visit www.amaniafrica.org. You can make a donation or purchase from their online boutique, where proceeds go directly back to the women of Amani, affording them a dignified, self-sustaining lifestyle. Go shopping for a good cause!

D.I.F.Y. = Do It For Yourself – London Style

Posted in: Blog, Do-It-For-Yourself, Inspiration ♦ Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, 9:59 pm ♦ 1 Comment

It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of life, and we so often forget to D.I.F.Y. (Do It For Yourself). Although we were brought to London for work, we made sure to take some time for ourselves. Below is our mini-iterinary of some of the D.I.F.Y.’s we did while in London. If you have plans to travel to London anytime soon – or if it’s on your wish list to visit in the future – these experiences exceeded our expectations and we hope they will exceed yours too.

D.I.F.Y.:

1) Laura Welsh – Music always sets the mood. This amazing up-and-coming British singer/songwriter is going to be the next UK sensation. It was such an opportunity to spend some time with Laura, not only is she a rising star on the music scene, but her and her family are some of the sincerest and sweetest people we have met. If you are unable to catch one of Laura’s shows in London, be sure to check out her music on her tumblr site!

2) Jersey Boys – The theatre scene in London is a must-see. With so many productions to choose from, there’s sure to be something for everyone. We loved seeing Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre. Not only was the show outstanding, but you can’t beat the atmosphere.

3) For the foodies – Not that we don’t love a good fish and chips at the local pub (yum!) but we’d like to share our favorite restaurant worth the reservation wait:

- Kensington Rooftop Garden: While we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience, we are clamoring to return in the Spring so we can enjoy their three themed gardens and flowing stream stocked with fish and their resident flamingos. (By the way, they have one of the best cappuccinos we’ve ever tasted).

4) For the shoppers – Oxford street is a must-go, be sure to stop by Liberty for fun and unique fabrics and fashionable trends. Portobello Road – the world’s largest antiques market – is another great shopping scene, if you love vintage wears this is the perfect spot.

5) High tea at the Savoy -  Being fortunate enough to stay at this beautiful hotel for the week, we took full advantage of all that it had to offer, high tea being one of our favorite highlights. Having received the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Tea Guild, this experience lives up to the hype. (Side note – we heard from our waitress that Victoria Beckham had visited a few days prior.)

After this whirlwind trip, we realized how important it is to D.I.F.Y. – our creative juices have been flowing ever since!


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