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Ethical Giveaway: Dunitz & Company Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace

Ethical Giveaway: Dunitz and Company Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace

GIVEAWAY

The Fair Trade Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace, made in Guatemala by Dunitz & Company. 
Details: Czech & Japanese glass beads and crystals, leather cord. $60.00 value.

See yesterday's post to learn more about Dunitz & Company and read my review! 

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The Fine Print: Open to international readers. Your information will only be shared with Dunitz & Company for entry confirmation purposes. Ends Wednesday, December 14th at 11:59 pm EST.


Ethical Giveaway: Dunitz and Company Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace

Ethical Giveaway: American-made Denim & Leather Clutch from Hem + Haw

Hem + Haw Conroy Clutch ethical giveaway, made in USA
This post was produced in partnership with Hem + Haw.

When Hope, founder of new domestically produced purse line Hem + Haw, initially reached out to me, she had no idea we shared the Charlottesville connection. It amazes and sort of baffles me how many people in the ethical consumerism space have lived for a time in Charlottesville. I'm grateful to be able to live in a relatively small town with all these interconnected, well traveled people. It makes it a heck of a lot easier to feel like you're a part of something, and to challenge yourself to be the best you can be.

Anyway, Hope lived here for several years while working for a local marketing agency, but she recently took a leap of faith to become a small part of the American manufacturing revival by producing high end clutches and purses with upcyled denim and American-sourced, new materials. In her words:

Here’s the thing that’s true about a good pair of jeans—they hang in there. It’s part of why we love them. We’ve worked to make our designs nimble, to maximize the material in a single pair of jeans as well as make use of the wide variety of washes available. 
Having seen firsthand what happens in communities when economic livelihoods disappear, we’re committed to U.S. manufacturing. We’ve sourced materials from all over the country and learned from a variety of local craftsman. We’re pretty thrilled that Hem + Haw bags have have been put together by hands that have been working in their respective fields for years.

Now Hope lives in Louisiana, but I had the chance to meet her at the Hem + Haw Launch Party she threw in downtown Charlottesville a couple months ago. Hope is one of those people who greets you like you're an old friend, and she's truly passionate about ensuring that every component of the line is traceable. She's also worked hard to ensure that the profit margin on each product is fair (a subject we ethical marketers and writers don't talk about enough, in my opinion).

The Goods...

Hem + Haw Conroy Clutch ethical giveaway, made in USA


Hem + Haw currently offers a mini collection of denim and leather clutches and convertible bags, available on their website. Today, they've offered to give away one Conroy Clutch in the color of your choice to a StyleWise reader, just in time for the Holidays.

The Conroy Clutch, valued at $95.00, is made from upcycled denim, American-made vegetable tanned leather and cotton, and Charlottesville-made antique brass hardware. Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. Either way, you'll have a good story to tell about where the item came from and how it was made.

Hem + Haw Conroy Clutch ethical giveaway, made in USA

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, December 6th at 11:59 pm EST. By entering through the form below, you agree to allow Hem + Haw to add you to their email list. Open to US readers only. 


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giveaway: Malia Designs Pleated Crossbody + Matching Wallet ($80 value)

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Malia Designs has partnered with Style Wise for an Instagram giveaway, happening now:

Win a Pleated Crossbody and Matching Wallet from the Spring '16 Collection!


To learn more about the Pleated Crossbody, ethical guidelines, and the spring collection, see my review post here. To enter, check out the Instagram post. Best of luck!

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ethical giveaway: celebrating 1,000 followers


I'm celebrating 1,000 Instagram followers with a BIG giveaway on Instagram, running for the next week. Click on the embedded post to enter. If you don't have Instagram, simply use the form below to enter instead. Thanks for following along; I'm happy to be able to give something back to you all in the form of a non-sponsored giveaway.

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giveaway: win a set of Bracelets 2 Educate friendship bracelets

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Happy fall, y'all. Charlottesville got the memo about the season change this year and is keeping things cool and sunny this week.

And now for a giveaway! Bracelets 2 Educate is Education and More's bracelet line that gives back 100% of profits to education programs in Guatemala. Check out my last post for more information about the company. Today they're offering a set of friendship bracelets in shades of blue to one lucky Style Wise reader! My birthday is Saturday, so think of this as a party favor!

You can enter two ways...

Option 1: 

Subscribe to the Education and More newsletter (find the subscribe box at the bottom of the homepage here), then come back here and leave the email address you signed up with in the comments.

Option 2: 

Find the above graphic on my instagram and follow the entry instructions.

The Fine Print: You can enter using each option once. Open to US readers only. Giveaway will end Wednesday, September 30 at 11:59 pm EST. 

Best of luck to all of you.

If you have more than one friend you want to give a bracelet to, you can use code, birthday, for 26% off your purchase at Education and More!

giveaway: Win $100 to MadeFAIR!

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My excitement over new ethical boutique, MadeFAIR, still hasn't worn off and I've been wearing the heck out of my gold loafers, so my eyes are bulging out like a hyped up rodent over today's giveaway (I know this visual is weird and not particularly flattering to me, but I'm typing this while gazing lovingly at my pet rats, so the simile came easily).

Founder, Tavie, is offering a $100.00 gift card to MadeFAIR to be used at the winner's discretion. Just use the entry form below to enter and make sure to check out my giveaway announcement post on instagram for additional ways to enter.

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Open to international readers. Contest will run from Tuesday, September 8 to Tuesday, September 15 at 11:59 pm EST. Additional entry available on instagram. This contest is not affiliated with instagram. 

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Get 15% off at MadeFAIR anytime using the code, STYLEWISE15.
Visit MadeFAIR on facebook, instagram, and twitter


giveaway: $50 Liz Alig gift card [Ended]

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Ethical Details: Robyn Shirt - c/o Liz Alig; Shorts - thrifted; Earrings - handmade by Hannah Naomi; Glasses - Warby Parker

This shirt was made from recycled t-shirts, just like the Ada skirt I reviewed Monday. Check out that post for more about fair trade brand, Liz Alig

Liz Alig is offering a $50 gift card to one Style Wise reader. To enter:
  1. Follow @liz_alig on instagram.
  2. Comment below with your instagram username for entry verification. 

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, July 22nd to 12:00 am EST, Monday, August 3rd. Open to international readers.

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Follow Liz Alig on twitterinstagram, and facebook. Check out the Fall '15 line, too.

giveaway: $25 Amani ya Juu Gift Card


Did you see Friday's post about fair trade organization, Amani ya Juu? If not, make sure to read my review of their beautiful Olive Branch spoon set and then head back here to read more about the company and enter a giveaway.

(Coincidentally, Friday's post fell on Daniel's and my fifth wedding anniversary. We didn't realize it then, but it's traditional to give your beloved something made of wood on your fifth anniversary, so it was rather fitting that I chose to review the most beautiful wooden spoons on that day.)

And now for the last two interview questions and responses:

Do employees "graduate" from Amani or do you find that many of them stay on long term?


Amani is committed to holistic development. Women gain experience in stitching, quality control, purchasing, bookkeeping, management and design. As new women enter the program they are mentored in quality workmanship with strong emphasis on ethical business practices and harmonious relationships with people of different backgrounds. 
Due to the circumstances affecting marginalized women, the ladies who come through our doors are in a very transient stage of life. They often move to to another city or return to their home country. Those who stay often move up in the ranks, training others, begin to oversee a certain department, or earn an administrative position. Some receive loans from us and start their own small businesses. Others apply for our scholarship program and further their education.

Besides making a purchase, what are the best ways for us to support Amani ya Juu?


Spread the word. Following us and sharing about us on social media is huge.  Introducing us to new people means more opportunities for consistent, sustainable livelihood for the ladies in Africa. Signing up for our e-newsletter blasts is also a great way to stay connected if you think you might want to purchase from us in the future (Christmas is only 165 days away!).  
Volunteer.  Host an Amani Box Party in your home, church, school or other community event.  Box Parties play a vital role in sustaining the women of Amani and in spreading God’s peace in your community.  Contact: volunteer@amaniafrica.org. 
Pray.  [If you're the praying sort,] join with us in praying that God’s peace will reign in Amani communities everywhere. 
Donate.  Support Amani’s work in extending God’s peace beyond her walls.  Donate online.
Amani is offering a $25 gift card to one lucky reader. Just enter via the form below!

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The contest will run until 11:59 pm this Sunday, July 20, 2015. 
Open to US readers only.

giveaway: $50 Synergy Organic Clothing gift card

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Synergy Organic Clothing is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky Style Wise Blog reader. With $50, you could get this cool muscle tank or a fun high low skirt (and dozens of other things). Or, you could get a significant discount on the Beatrice Dress, which I wore in Monday's The Moral Wardrobe post.

To enter, just complete the form below. Note that the first entry is mandatory, but all other entries are bonuses! Plus, you can come back here and tweet about the giveaway once a day for extra entries.

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Open to international readers. Contest ends at midnight Saturday, June 27. Winner will be randomly selected and notified by Monday, June 29. 


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Check out Synergy Organic Clothing on facebook, twitter, and instagram. Visit their website here

giveaway: Win a Shalom Necklace from Hands Producing Hope


Hooray for a giveaway! Hands Producing Hope has graciously offered a Shalom necklace to one lucky Style Wise Blog reader. Complete the entry form below to enter. The giveaway runs until Friday, June 19 at 12:00 am EST, so share it with your friends.

I also wanted to share the remaining questions from my interview with Hands Producing Hope founder, Rebecca Gardner. You can read the first couple of answers on Monday's post.

What are the long term goals for the organization? 


Long term we would like to be working in multiple countries around the world with women in remote communities who lack the opportunities needed to provide for themselves and their families. One next step is growing our Costa Rica program by hiring a local woman to help manage our work there. One goal that we are very excited about seeing come into fruition is launching a program in Rwanda, something that is currently in the works! Be sure to sign up for our email list to be the first to know when we launch! Other goals include wanting to see women leave our program because they have the training, skills and education needed to pursue other work that they have dreamed of doing. We also hope to continue to increase the number of scholarships and life skill classes that we have available for our artisans!

Besides making a purchase, how can we get involved? 


While purchasing products is key to HPH being able to grow our impact, there are many other ways people can get involved!

Social Media: Follow us on social media, share our page on facebook, share your favorite posts to your wall, and snap a picture of you wearing your HPH jewelry and tag us on Instagram and use #wearinghope! You can find us on social media here: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Volunteer or Intern with us: We have a range of internships available for college students who are wanting to get experience in their field of interest while also being part of a growing social enterprise! View internships here! We also welcome help from professionals wanting to volunteer their time to help see HPH flurish. Whether you are a lawyer, accountant, designer, marketer, business owner or a jack of all trades --we would love to hear from you! Email rebecca AT handsproducinghope.org if you are interested!

Become a Campus Ambassador: Another opportunity for college students is to represent HPH on their campus through our Campus Ambassador program! Host events, engage your community and earn free jewelry! Learn more here.

Host a Trunk Show: An HPH trunk show is a great time to gather with your bible study, co-workers, classmates or neighbors. Have an evening of hanging out, yummy food, sharing about the importance of who made your goods and a time to shop!! Interested? Learn more here.

Recommend us to your favorite retailer: Is there a shop in your town that you wish sold HPH? Shoot them an email recommending us or simply send us their contact information and we will let them know how we found out about them! If we end up working with them, we will send you a gift as a thank you!

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The Shalom necklace is available for sale online at Hands Producing Hope.

the moral wardrobe: Greenola Style (and a giveaway!)

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Greenola Style uses "fashion as a tool to create positive change in the world." The company provides a global platform for artisans in Bolivia and Kenya through their website, offering accessories and jewelry that adhere to fair trade guidelines as defined by the Fair Trade Federation. They also donate a portion of profits to Solidarity Bridge, which helps Bolivian artisans access quality healthcare for both themselves and their families.

They sent me a beautiful necklace and bracelet set made of dyed acai seads and sparkling beads. It's not something I would normally pick out for myself, but I've worn it a lot since I received it. It adds a graphic touch to simple outfits and works well with a variety of colors and patterns. Plus, it's affordable - this is something I could have purchased for myself without stretching my budget.

the moral wardrobe: Greenola Style (and a giveaway!)
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After a week of under-dressing for cool, early spring weather, I finally gave in and wore leggings. But then it was humid and 75, so I was uncomfortably warm! This season would be unpredictable anywhere, but I'm told Charlottesville has a mind of its own when it comes to weather. 

Greenola Style acai seed necklace

Greenola Style is offering a pretty sweet giveaway! Enter to win their Mavia Earrings and 2 Elizabeth stacking rings on instagram! Click this link or find the graphic shown below on instagram (@stylewiseblog) and make sure to follow the entry steps.

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The giveaway will go live on instagram at 8:30 am, April 8 and will run until Wednesday, April 15 at 11:59 pm EST; the winner will be announced by Saturday, April 18 on instagram. Open to readers in countries where Greenola Style ships.

giveaway: Ecouture Twist Dress in the color of your choice [closed]

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Today's post concludes Ecouture week, but the giveaway has just begun! Thanks to the Ecouture team and especially coordinator, Helene, and founder, Johanne Helger Lund, for your input. To read previous posts in this series, follow the links for the Interview and The Moral Wardrobe.


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I'm very pleased with the flattering cut and quality of construction on the Ecouture Twist Dress I received. As previously noted, it's made out of silky soft organic cotton-jersey with pretty polka dot trim.

Ecouture is offering readers a chance to win their very own Twist Dress in the color of their choice: red, grey, petrol, or black (not shown). To enter, simply complete one or many of the tasks in the giveaway form below. You can tweet about the giveaway through the Rafflecopter form once each day for extra entries.


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an ethical outfit: 9th & Elm giveaway

9th & Elm is a curated marketplace for all things "handmade, independent, or otherwise cool." Their focus on small scale businesses and independent designers makes it easy to find ethical pieces. I made an outfit out of a domestically produced dress, handmade beret, vintage bag, and sustainable espadrilles.

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In celebration of Cyber Monday, 9th & Elm is running a giveaway. Enter to win up to $100.00 in store credit! You could buy more than half of the outfit pictured above with that amount of money.

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sseko designs: a review & giveaway

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After searching far and wide for a versatile, relatively simple summer sandal, I decided on Sseko Designs. The sandals come in two parts: a leather and foam base and a ribbon strap. You can lace the strap up in more than a dozen ways to achieve different looks and you can purchase more straps in a variety of styles and fabrics to match any outfit. As long as they hold up, I could wear them forever without getting bored.

Sseko Designs was born when Liz Forkin Bohannon traveled to Uganda on a post college adventure. Once there, she realized that she could use her communications background for good, so she sought out Ugandan suppliers for her unique sandal design and trained young women to make them in exchange for fair wages and the funding necessary to receive a college education in Uganda.

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I like Sseko Designs' structure because it takes the fair trade concept one step further. It provides a living wage and a good work environment, but it also encourages women to move forward and improve their communities in more substantial ways by going to college to pursue their passions and perfect their unique talents. The system is less likely to succumb to a white savior complex so often present in such models because it enables women to work for themselves and for their futures; they effect change in their own communities. Sure, I might buy the product, but I'm not put on a pedestal by doing so and I'm not led to objectify workers to appease my first world guilt (this is something that's quite hard to achieve in the fair trade model; I can think of a handful of companies who don't do a great job with this).

But here's the real question: do Sseko Sandals hold up? I really like them. The sole is sturdy and quite comfortable, comparable in comfort to Reefs. To test them, I wore them to my five hour shift at the coffee shop and my feet weren't killing me by the end of the day. The only downside is that I got my cotton straps wet in the rain and they ended up wrinkling, which makes it difficult to change the strap arrangement; I need to iron them out again. I should also mention that some styles feel less secure on my foot than others, so I don't have as many wearable options as the website suggests. This could be a personal issue based on the shape and width of my foot, though, so I wouldn't let that discourage you. Overall, for the price and quality, I would recommend Ssekos.

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You can enter to win a pair of Sseko Designs' new t-strap sandals on instagram. Just click on the contest image to be redirected. It ends soon, so I'd enter today if I were you!
*I did not receive any compensation for writing this post. I paid for my own Sseko Designs sandals. I did receive access to press kit photos via Sseko Designs representatives.