Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fall Style + JORD Wood Watch Discount

Huge thank you to JORD watches for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

Okay, so start this out being completely honest, I haven't worn a watch for the better part of 5+ years because...well, iPhones are to blame.  But truth be told, I'm a girl who loves accessories and over the past few years, it's become trendy to wear cool watches.  The analog watch is a trend that I hope stays forever because they have this classic, chic, old-school feel about them.

When JORD reached out to me about collaborating this season, I was over the moon.  JORD watches are hand-crafted from 100% natural wood, creating refined and unique watches.  No two wooden watches are exactly alike, and there's something special about owning a one-of-a-kind piece.  The company focuses on creating timepieces modeled after a modern lifestyle while valuing efficiency, sustainability, and experimental living.  Not to mention, JORD is based here in St. Louis, MO so supporting a local business is an awesome bonus.

After a long debate (since all of the JORD wood watches are absolutely amazing), I decided on the women's watch Frankie 35 in Zebrawood and Champagne.  The natural minimalism of the wood watch paired with the right amount of metallic gleam effortlessly transitions with day to night outfits.  This watch wears well with monochrome and colorful outfits alike and has quickly become a piece that I reach for every day.

With the cooler temperatures that finally hit St. Louis, it's time to bust out the sweaters.  This fuzzy, short-sleeved sweater perfectly pairs with a jacket for the chilly mornings, then 75+ degree afternoons (who really knows what to wear when it's October-November and temperatures are acting crazy like that!?), then back to cooler evenings.  Skinny black pants are my wardrobe staple and throwing on a pair of flat mules creates a casual, yet put-together look.

Not to freak anyone out, but we're probably all well aware that the holidays are quickly approaching.  From the vast array of women's and men's wooden watch options, there's something for everyone.  JORD offers custom engraving, ideal for adding a little something extra special to an already special timepiece.  Gifting idea, anybody!?

JORD and I partnered for the season with an exclusive early holiday 25% OFF discount offer.  Don't miss out on JORD's biggest deal of the year by saving money on a gift for a loved one or a present for yourself!  Share this post with friends so they can also take advantage of this incredible offer!


Offer ends at 11:59 CST on December 19, 2017

I'm going to end this post with a quote from the JORD company website that I completely related to:
"The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count.  Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time."

♥ always

Wooden Wristwatch

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

11 Eco-Friendly Fall Fashion Items to Celebrate Fair Trade Month

October is Fair Trade Month, so why not celebrate by shopping ethically?  You're updating your wardrobe for fall anyways and with choosing sustainable fashion, you're choosing to help create better lives for Artisans around the world.

Wrap yourself up in the bold patterned Kaylana Scarf, handmade in India.  The perfect transitional fall accessory for those gloomy, damp, and chilly mornings.

The Peten Clutch is handmade from traditional Mayan blouses.  Each one is unique, so you'll be guaranteed that no one will be seen with the same clutch.  Made in Guatemala, the artisans are able to invest their earnings in things we take for granted such as smokeless stoves, organic farming, and water filtration, in turn improving the entire community.

Nadi Ring 

The Nadi Ring is made in India.  Modern straight lines, the Nadi is distinctive with its open design and brushed silver metal texture.

Shop the Nadi Ring:  Nadi Ring - Allison Young, Threads Worldwide

Nakki Earrings

The Nakki Earrings, also created by Artisan Partners in India, feature the Lotus Flower, a symbol of patience and calmness. 

Shop the Nakki Earrings:  Nakki Earrings - Allison Young, Threads Worldwide 

The gorgeous teal blue and grey Tarqui Necklace is a stunning accent piece for fall.  The blue beads are sustainably made from the tagua seed and are secured with slate grey leather.  Created in Ecuador, artisans are able to make a living for themselves without leaving their villages, keeping their families together and allowing them to invest in education for their children and themselves.

Pangani Keychain

Add some flair to your keys or clip on your handbag!  The Pangani Keychain is made in Kenya from sustainably-sourced leather.  Female artisans in Kenya are able to earn a living wage to provide their children with a healthy nutrition and education.

Shop the Pangani Keychain:  Pangani Keychain - Allison Young, Threads Worldwide

Nisolo Frida Loafer

Classic, chic, the loafer is currently one of the hottest trends (and may never really go out of style).  The Nisolo Frida Loafer is handcrafted in an ethical factory in Leรณn, Mexico.  

Shop the Nisolo Frida Loafer:  Nisolo Frida Loafer


You can't get by without a go-to basic white tee.  The Vee Tee from SLUMLOVE is the perfect shape for everyday wear with favorite jeans or throw on a leather jacket the casual-cool look. 

Shop the SLUMLOVE Vee Tee:  SLUMLOVE The Vee Tee - White

Krochet Kids Naomi in Organic

Classic on the front, cute cutout on the back.  The Krochet Kids Naomi, created from 100% organic cotton in Peru, is a staple long sleeve top perfect for cooler temperatures. 

Shop the Krochet Kids Naomi:  Krochet Kids Naomi in Organic

Alternative Apparel Fifty Yardliner Printed Burnout Vintage French Terry T-Shirt

I'm crazy about camo this fall, so this Alternative Apparel French Terry T-Shirt HAD to make the cut.  The athletic-inspired, ultra-soft crewneck sweatshirt is a great option whether you're hitting up a yoga class, relaxing with friends, or watching Sunday football.

Shop the Alternative Apparel Fifty Yardliner T-Shirt:  Fifty Yardliner Printed Burnout Vintage T-Shirt

Everlane Mid-Rise Skinny Jean (Ankle)

Remember those loafers from above?  Cropped denim jeans are almost essential for a pair of loafers and this pair from Everlane is designed with ease from premium Japanese denim with a touch of stretch for a flawless fit.

Shop the Everlane Mid-Rise Skinny Jean:  Everlane Mid-Rise Skinny Jean (Ankle)

Which items are you adding to your wardrobe this month?  I'd love to know!

♥ always

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fair Trade Fashion: Mangal Bracelet

The Mangal Bracelet is the Threads Worldwide piece featured in this post and let me tell you, this thing is gor-geous.  The Mangal Bracelet is a Threads Exclusive and features 3-strands of multicolored beads with soft yellow tassels. The colors are PERFECT for fall, but the section that completely drew me in was the turquoise-green square beads in it. They seriously had me mesmerized.  This bracelet is also adjustable, so it'll fit wrists of all sizes! It's a great piece to layer with others or totally makes a stand-out statement on its own. 

Handmade in Guatemala, our Artisan Partners use techniques inspired by Mayan culture to create fascinating beaded jewelry.  With the income that they earn, they're able to invest in smokeless stoves, solar technology, organic farming, and water filtration to benefit their entire communities.

Mangal Bracelet 1

Mangal Bracelet 1

The Mangal is a great accent to a mustard yellow toned blouse, really highlighting the tassel detailing.  Throw on your favorite jeans, and a pair of booties and you're good to go for those still sorta warm, not really sure how to dress fall days.  Featured here with the Toluca Stud Earrings, which you can shop here:  Toluca Earrings - Allison Young, Threads Worldwide

Mangal Bracelet 2

Mangal Bracelet 2

Add a pop to a solid colored dress with the Mangal Bracelet.  Throw on a pair of flats, crossbody bag, Mulki Scarf, and you're all set for a day at a festival, whether it's a Craft Fair or Oktoberfest :)
Shop the Mulki Scarf here:  Mulki Scarf - Allison Young, Threads Worldwide

Mangal Bracelet 3

For a night out, add a splash of color to a monochromatic look with the Mangal.  Featured here with the stunning Indravati Necklace, three strands draping of gold-tones glass beads.
Shop the Indravati Necklace here:  Indravati Necklace - Allison Young, Threads Worldwide

Shop the Mangal Bracelet here:

Photo Source:  Threads Worldwide

♥ always