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SUN_01 SUNSHINE TOTE aqua (2)Momma’s got a brand new bag! Yes, “Mom” has a serious crush on the new summery canvas and cork totes from Pelcor®! Lightweight, versatile and available in bright, beautiful summer colors to make any outfit pop, we think you will be crushing too! Fresh and unique, the Pelcor® Sunshine Capsule Collection combines summery canvas with genuine water-resistant cork skin for breezy, effortless style. With an added removable zippered pouch inside the tote, this new bag has become “Mom’s” stylish purse and diaper bag for the summer – from travel to playdates it is holding up to day to day life as a busy mom! We also love the distinct use of sustainable cork on the totes – adding a very unique element to the bag.

Pelcor’s Sunshine Capsule Collection is available in four cheerful colors, including Hot Pink, Lemon, Aqua and Raw. “Mom’s” favorite is the Aqua – so fun!

This gorgeous collection is available for purchase online at PelcorUSA.com, Pelcor uses the highest-quality luxury cork in making its range of handbags and accessories for work, travel and leisure.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

3Strands ImageWhat’s hot this summer in eco-style? 3 Strands Global! The woven, fashionable bracelets not only complete your summery, boho beach chic look, but they convey a deeper message – one of freedom, love and empowerment!

3Strands Global is an eco-friendly fashion brand created in 2012 working to fight human trafficking around the world. With the sale of every 3Strands handmade bracelet and gift box, money is raised to help empower, teach and employ young women who have been rescued from the evils of human trafficking.  Profits from 3Strands helps to support organizations like Agape International Mission (AIM), based in Cambodia, that help to rescue and restore these young victims.
 
3Strands bracelets are handmade by rescued young women in Cambodia. The bracelets are made from wax-cotton cord that is dyed with eco-friendly chemicals and materials for treatment, processing, coloring and finishing.

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The woven bracelets each feature a signature 3Strands metal closure with the words “freedom, love and empowerment” appearing on the closure made to purposefully remind the wearer of the trafficking survivor who made it. The incorporation of a single red string, barely visible inside the center of each bracelet, illustrates the souls of these women and how they are practically invisible to those who have bought and sold them in the past.

Every bracelet displays one fragile, red seed from the pods of Sandalwood trees, native to Cambodia. The discovery of seeds from the native Sandalwood tree were literally underfoot.  From this litter of dry, colorless pods, the women select a fragile red seed to include in each bracelet they make.  The natural beauty of this glossy, recycled, scarlet seed represents the beauty in each of the women who have been freed and empowered with a hope for the future.

Mom” is loving the bracelets she received from 3Strands Global. Reminscent of the friendship bracelets worn when she was young, these handmade bracelets make you feel proud to wear one, knowing the story behind them. What a wonderful fashion statement to make!

To learn more about 3Strands Global, please visit 3StrandsGlobal.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Mom” was simply delighted to learn about JousJous, an eco-fabulous company who uses recycled materials to craft gorgeous jewelry pieces and accessories! Playful and fun, all of their jewelry is not only sustainable, but it is chic and fashionable for the modern, eco-conscious woman. In addition, “Mom” loves how durable the My Jelly Coins bracelet (pictured above) is – it is perfect for beachgoers or moms with busy toddlers! Handmade in Argentina, it is available in 5 bright colors to complement any sundress you may be rockin’ poolside this summer!

JousJous also offers a wonderful way to find the perfect accessory for any outfit through their handy “Shop by Occasion” tab, making it a breeze to locate that “must-have” item! Choose from “Night on the Town,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Lunch with the Girls,” or “Weekend at the Beach” to find stylish, eco-friendly jewelry for your next occasion.

Not only are their pieces beautiful and unique, they are affordable, as well! Whether you are boho or glam, the price is right on all of their gorgeous accessories. A couple of beauties that “Mom” is lovin’ at the moment include the Boho Necklace and the Rosario Bracelet.

For more information on the entire JousJous collection, or to learn more about how the company gives back to breast cancer research, visit www.jousjous.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Elegance and whimsy grace every piece of wearable art in the Leakey Collection™! Zulugrass™ jewelry specifically offers the modern woman versatility in the gorgeous and bright strands of color that can be worn separately or together to compliment any look. Handmade by skilled Maasai artisans, each bracelet, necklace, or pair of earrings captures the spirit and essence of the Maasai, and feels as though you are wearing a part of history itself. Brilliantly colored beads made from readily available and sustainable grass are hand-dyed, and then strung together with hand-blown Czech glass beads, and the outcome is simply gorgeous! Not only are the pieces truly one-of-a-kind, but the women crafting these pieces are given a chance to provide for themselves and their children through their natural talent and abilities. To learn more about the story of the Maasai, click here.

The Zulugrass™ Collection is simply beautiful! You can create your own look by twisting various colored strand necklaces together, wearing a bracelet as an anklet, or adorning your wrists with a variety of bangles! The possibilities are endless for this eco-chic collection. Plus, with every purchase, you are supporting an amazing cause by helping the Maasai women empower themselves by providing an opportunity for them to care for their families with grace.

To learn more about the Leakey Collection™, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit www.leakeycollection.com. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to find a stunning, eco-fabulous gift for the special Mom in your life that also gives back!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

As parents and designers of the haute, eco-friendly line REVEAL, Terry and Jiaying Omata are truly an inspiration to all! Founded in 2009, REVEAL is already making a statement in the fashion world, and “Mom” was thrilled to be able to glean some insight into their planet-conscious pieces. Take a peek at their collection online at www.revealshop.com.

An Interview with the Designers Behind REVEAL Handbags & Accessories

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

In 1999, REVEAL’s founders, Terry and Jiaying Omata, backpacked throughout Asia, South America and Africa. As they journeyed through some of the world’s most beautiful developing countries, everywhere they saw people working hard to escape poverty and give their children a better life. Realizing the common desire for people to attain a higher standard of living would ultimately lead to our planet’s deterioration, they created REVEAL to reinvent fashion in an eco-friendly and viable way.

Naturally, our beautiful handbags and accessories are made with the most innovative recycled and sustainable materials available. And our devotion to preserving the planet’s resources is shown through every aspect of our business, from our earth and animal friendly materials and manufacturing processes, to the corporate practices and causes we support.

REVEAL means being true to ourselves, our customers, and the world around us. We design for you – so that being socially responsible, like fashion, is fun and attainable. We design for today’s men and women, with the planet’s future in mind. And we do as our name suggests – we reveal how our products are made, empowering you to make well-informed choices. Finally, you don’t have to choose between fashion and a better planet.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I avoid driving as much as possible. I make sure to live in a neighborhood where I can walk to work, do my errands, shop and dine. When I absolutely have to drive, I drive my hybrid.

Guilty green pleasure?

Definitely the local farmers market- it’s so great to walk through our local market and connect with the artisans and farmers. Also, since I just had my first baby, I can’t resist purchasing cute little eco-friendly goodies for my baby girl. Seriously, who can pass up those cute little onesies?!
Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

I would just say that we are all in this together and our common goal is to protect and preserve our environment for future generations. Sometimes it’s not easy to design and develop sustainable products and often times it is very difficult, because it isn’t the mainstream way of doing things. But I would like to encourage others to persevere and know that our efforts will pay off and our planet will thank us.

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Touted as the line for those who are “sexy with substance,” REVEAL offers a full line of sustainable, earth-friendly, and 100% cruelty-free handbags, wallets, messenger bags, and accessories for both men and women! This is one company whose mission is to blend fashion with their commitment to the planet, and they do it with panache. Innovative and fashion-forward, REVEAL’s bags and accessories are created with a variety of eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo, hemp, 100% cruelty-free vegan leather, and recycled polyester made from plastic water bottles. The quality is truly unmatched, and their whole line just glimmers with personality down to the very last detail!

From their Quilted Collection that has made its’ debut at select Nordstroms nationwide, to their sporty Vegan Superstar, (“Mom’s” favorite!) eco-fashionistas everywhere will agree – REVEAL has designed one incredibly hip line! From clutches and satchels to bamboo cuff links and luxury bamboo watches, REVEAL offers something for every planet-conscious soul.

Just in time for the holidays, a gift from REVEAL would make the eco-conscious mama on your gift list incredibly pleased. For those watching their budget, REVEAL’s totes and handbags are affordably-priced, and there are many stylish options under $50, such as the Ivy Quilted Wallet!

What is even more amazing about this company is that for every purchase made, REVEAL will plant a tree! They have partnered with American Forests, the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in the U.S., and a portion of their proceeds will go towards replanting native trees in damaged ecosystems around the world.

To learn more about this fantastic environmentally-conscious company, or to order one of their chic purses or other accessories, please visit www.revealshop.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*