Tag Archives: Accessories

Fashion That Makes a Difference … Bit By Bit

USING FASHION AND DESIGN TO EMPOWER WOMEN TO RISE ABOVE POVERTY.

I found out about 31 Bits on the good old news. (Finally, something positive to report on!) I made a bee line for the computer to see what they were all about and I was excited by what I saw. 31 Bits purchases handmade jewelry from women in Gulu, Uganda, which provides them with an immediate, consistent, and fair income. The profits made from the international market place go towards programs run by 31 Bits that provide the women with numerous development programs, equipping them to develop a career, earn an instant income, and provide a home, food, and education for their families. So, next time you wanna shop, shop with a conscience at 31 Bits. It’s stylish, it’s affordable and most importantly, you’ll be helping empower women on the other side of the globe!

Pixie Rowe - WC1137PXR

Razzle Dazzle - SR1211RAZ

Blossom - WC1109BLM

About 31 BitsKallie Dovel, traveled to Uganda in the summer of 2007, getting a first- hand look at life in Northern Uganda. While she was there, she met women making paper beads but who lacked a plan to market and sell them. After spending time in their homes and hearing their stories, Kallie knew there had to be a way to give opportunities to her new friends. She brought a box of jewelry back to the U.S., and spent the next year finishing her degree and dreaming up the concept of a development organization. She brought a few friends on board and her ideas quickly evolved into 31 Bits. The girls traveled back to Uganda in August 2008, and selected six women to begin buying jewelry from on a monthly basis. Since then, we have grown to 99 women; each with a unique story of suffering that has been overcome with joy and liberation.

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All photographs in this post provided by 31 Bits ©2012 31 Bits

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You Style The Day – Jennipher: Pretty in Purple

When the “long in the back, short in the front” dresses first started making an appearance on the streets I wasn’t sure I liked them, until this one…

Today, Jennipher ( with a “PH” ) is showing off a piece that is so sheer, light and loose-fitting, perfect for those hot summer days (which we’ve all been experiencing in excess lately)! This piece could be used so many different ways. Here it’s show with a similar colored longer tank underneath, but I would also love to see it as a sheer bathing suit cover up! I love the combination of Jennipher’s red hair and the purple of the dress. The gold sparkly belt ties the entire look together and the shoes give it a little extra umph! Beautiful!

Jennipher, Pretty in Purple

Jennipher, Pretty in Purple

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Ascot Scarf As Wrist Wear

Ascot Scarf As Wrist Wear

There are tons of fun ways to tie, wrap and wear an ascot. I always find them slightly uncomfortable to wear around the neck so I wrap mine around my wrist!

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This Outfit 3 Ways – Stripe dress & Accessories

I’m starting a new category called “This Outfit 3 Ways”. I’ll take one piece from my closet and show you 3 different, simple ways to change it up!

Over the weekend I was inspired by a striped dress I saw with a yellow belt. I headed into my closet to see what I could find and voila! I had all the right pieces all along and never thought to put them together. Here’s the final outcome along with 2 other fun ways to change-up a striped dress.

Belt Stripes

Yellow belt accessory

Blazer Stripes

Blazer and scarf for work

Layers and Stripes

Layers to keep warm for the weekend.

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You Style The Day – Carrie’s Silver Accessories

Today, Carrie from Canada (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to be exact. Say that five times in a row, I dare ya!) is show casing beautiful bracelets and necklaces that she’s hand crafted. Love the initials in the necklace and those bobbles on the bracelet are fantastic. I think I speak for all of us when I say “Where can I pick myself up one of these?!”  Great designs! Thanks for sharing Carrie!

Carrie Says: I’ve been making jewelry for years, but this year I finally found someone to teach me how to solder silver! It’s pretty easy & brings a new dimension to what I can make (in past I used silver wire & just twisted – also fun, but I need to keep learning). 

I love working with silver & gemstones & I like the imperfect look (imperfect just like me). It looks handmade & I think it has a little personality (aka mistakes…). 

In any case, I love doing it & the results are fun too!

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You Style The Day – Rhea’s Cool Cherries

Love it! Today we’ve got Rhea, from Regina, rocking some super cool cherries. Love the entire look from head to toe. Check out those booties! Thanks for sharing Rhea!

Rhea's cherry dress

Rhea's booties

Rhea's bracelet

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You Style The Day – Elaine’s Jewels

Today, Elaine from New Hampshire is sharing some of her fun jewels. She even made the earrings below (which doesn’t surprise me because I know she’s an artist!) Love these fun accents. Thanks for sharing Elaine!

Elaine's Earrings

Elaine's Necklace

Elaine Says:“Black is always a great accent to dress down or dress up an outfit. The earrings were made from black coral found at the Grand Cayman Islands.”

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You Style The Day-The Many Looks of Goff

Time for our next “You Style The Day“:
Sara Goff Roiko, lead singer of LA indie band The Elizabeth Kill, has got some truly rock ‘n’ roll style. When she takes the stage, she commands attention, not only with her voice, but also with her look. I love the combination of her gold tights and chic white blazer, accessories fit for a rock star and her steampunk vibe. Everyone’s got that inner rocker. Be sure to bring that persona out from time to time and rock your style like Sarah does. Thanks for sharing your look Sarah!
Sarah's Steampunk Vest
Sarah's White blazer and gold tights
Sarah's kick-ass rocker ring

“Happiness is a Warm Gun”

Sarah Says: “I’m a tom boy, always have been. Caring about what I was wearing only came about when I started wanting to get people’s attention on stage.  Suddenly my old jeans weren’t the only item I was into showcasing; gold, spandex and silver scream louder than my denim sometimes. My spandex makes it a lot easier to stretch and move on stage. 

Amber has always been encouraging, not only by cheering me on through the years off stage, but now as our photographer for The Elizabeth Kill. She encourages me to continue to take chances in visual ways.  I love her eye for fashion and it inspires me to bring more of me to the table! Thanx girl! 

 My gun ring is my most favorite accessory right now, this is a piece of my onstage persona that I can bring with me anywere…welcome to the gun show.”

You might be asking yourself: “Self? How can I incorporate these rocker looks into my own wardrobe?”  There are tons of great ideas Sarah is using here. We all can’t wear gold spandex to the office but we could certainly all use a kick-ass white blazer like hers, or some unique accessories. Don’t afraid to be different! Stand out in the crowd! You’ll have much more fun that way.

Feeling inspired to share a look of your own? Anyone can participate in the “You Style The Day” category. Email a photo, brief description and tell me which look from my blog you were inspired by! Click here for more info.

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Color Invasion

If you haven’t noticed, my wardrobe has been invaded by persimmons (1, 2, 3, 4) this spring. Not only does this bright concoction make me feel alive when I wear it, but it also caught the eye of a photog over the weekend shooting “street style” for an online Japanese magazine (If I make it into the magazine I’ll let ya know). Infuse your wardrobe with a little color this summer. I guarantee it will help brighten your day.

Persimmons Head To Toe

Persimmons Head To Toe - Shoes

Persimmons Head To Toe - Belt

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So-Cal

Something about this outfit just says Southern California to me. Maybe it’s the hat, maybe it’s the colors, either way, it’s a super comfy way to wear this skirt. I’m not one to always wear tight clothes BUT paired with this light, simple top the outfit becomes much more about casual than sexy.

I was wearing this same sweater in Friday’s post but I layered it over a collared shirt. I love how versatile it is! Both looks are pretty casual, but in very different ways. Try mixing and matching items in your own closet. Sometimes the most unexpected items create the looks you would have never thought of!

Casual top and skirt

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