Friday, September 4, 2015

#ChicFriday with Chureca Chic

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Recycled paper products and jewelry
Earth Education Project Nicaragua
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Nicaragua, recycled paper jewelry
How to Casually Style a Maxi Dress 
Rose Maxi Dress and Bodycon // Free People
not ethically made
Beige Shawl // Urban Outfitters
not ethically made
Handmade recycled paper earrings, providing skill training and basic education to women in Nicaragua

So a few months ago, before Peru, I was contacted by the not profit organization Earth Education Project(EEP) which creates Chureca Chic, beautiful jewelry created from recycled paper and silver plated metals. They asked me if I would be interested in joining their #ChicFriday campaign. After I received more information, I really loved what I learned about the work EEP does. They approach the problems that surround poverty with a solution that not only provides wages and community growth, but also empowerment. Looking at the issues of unemployment, waste and the challenges for women to obtain an education in Nicaragua, EPP created an integrated work-learn program through the jewelry label Chureca Chic. 

EEP was founded by Andrea Paltzer on La Chureca, the largest dump site in Central America. In this underdeveloped area employment is low and poverty and unemployment (or solely employment in the informal sector) is high. EEP offers more than job opportunities but weekly health and social workshops (empowering women to take a stand against domestic abuse), school courses (literacy) and healthcare support (covering 50% of medical costs). Something that I specifically was drawn to is their commitment to women and education. By working with women, EPP empowers the community and helps fill in the educational gaps to the women in their program. Also, through the literacy courses, the women become better equipped to find employment after graduating from the program. 50% of EEP participants begin illiterate and 100% graduate literate. 90 cents of every dollar earned by these women is committed to their own health, nutrition, and their children's education. Moreover, 100% of the profits made from these colorful jewelry sales go back into funding the EEP program! 

"The CHURECA CHIC label is part of the Earth Education Project (EEP), a UK charity working in Nicaragua since 2009. The charity aims to empower Nicaraguan women living in impoverished and isolated communities with education and social skills so that they acquire the necessary abilities to enter the labour market in Nicaragua. 100% of CHURECA CHIC sales go to EEP (EEP 2015). "

"Women are catalysts for positive change. We see this every day in our work. Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies and achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability (EEP 2015).

Hope you have a smiley Chic Friday,

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Summer Romance at LACMA

LACMA Los Angeles photoshoot
hovey lee ethical reclaimed jewelry
LACMA photoshoot fall summer
beyoutiful hope ethical fashion blogger USA
End of Summer Maxi Look
Grey Organic Cotton and Recycled Blend Grey Maxi Dress // Threads 4 Thought (similar here)
Ethically and sustainably made in one of the world's most advanced water recycling programs in the world.
Nude leather heels // Hand me Downs from my Mom (Clarks)
Recycled Brass Eco cuff and bangle // Hovey Lee (similar here)
Handmade in Los Angeles, sourced and made in the USA, all of the metals used in Hovey Lee jewelry are from recycled metals
Torquoise and Brass Earrings // Hovey Lee (similar here)
Love that this is handmade and reclaimed so I actually bought these for my BFF, but borrowed them for the day... without her knowing. hehe.

I'm going to take a wee break from my Latin American adventures to this throwback photoshoot from last year (thanks to my friend Jackie who snapped the shots)! You know those times when you draft a blog post and then forget that it existed? Well, this archive was one of them. hehehe. 

When I first moved out to Los Angles, I made it one of my goals to visit the light poles. I had no idea where they were or what they were, but after a bit searching, I emerged victorious in my hunt! And so, where was this taken? At the most awesome art museum in Los Angeles.  To be honest, this was actually the only one I went to and I didn't have a chance to actually enter, so I can't give you an actual opinion on which is the best or even what this one is like inside. Here is a list of actual museums to visit in Los Angles.  Anyhow, if you are wondering why this post is titled the way it is, it is because LACMA is known for couple photoshoots. Since I am one of those "all you single ladies," I decided that my romance was with summer. ;D

Aside from my romance with summer and all of the lovely things that come along with it, something I have actually been struggling with recently is competition. I don't know what it is, perhaps starting graduate school is solidifying the idea of me actually stepping into the "adult world" which kinda FREAKS ME OUT, or that I am realizing that my gifts and talents are so varied that I don't know what to choose and really focus on. My point is that I am now reevaluating myself and reminding myself that I need to know that my wonderful, beautiful talents were given to me by God for a reason. I need to take pride in them and use them to further His kingdom and support my brothers and sisters instead of comparing myself to them. Easier said than done. I hope this passage from Romans below helps you too, like it helped me!

"3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: 
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, 
but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance 
with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these
 members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we,
 though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. 
If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 
if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 
if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; 
if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; 
if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

Warm Hugs,

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fashion Show Ticket Giveaway!

Are you in the Southern California area? If you are, or a friend is, you definitely want to enter this giveaway to the Bead and Reel fair trade benefit show! I am actually in SoCal right now, but leave tomorrow to start my master's degree. (Happpy/sad emotions occuring)

 Evening includes a reception, a brief panel discussion with several fair trade experts and the show, inspiring women of all body types and styles to find ways to work fair trade into their wardrobe! Also, tickets are $10 (with 100% of the ticket price going to The Peace Exchange's continued effort to help women in the Congo). CONTEST ENDS 11pm EST 8/27/15. Winner to be contacted through Instagram.

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