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ABLE Upping the Ante

I’ve been a huge fan of ABLE for years. I have accrued many of their scarves over the past few years (psst – this is one of my very favorite scarves of all time), but up until recently, my purchases have been accessories-heavy.

However, now? Scarves are just an itty bitty component of the ABLE collection. We’re talking jewelry, bags, shoes, and oh yes, apparel. If I’m totally honest here, when I heard about the launch of apparel, I wasn’t sure if it would be up my alley, but HELLO, can we talk about this ensemble?

White wide-leg jeans FTW

ABLE alvarado pullover, ABLE wide leg denim, kelsi dagger sandals

They are so flattering and yet ridiculously comfortable at the same time. A rarity, in my opinion. And the paprika pop of this tee is so fun…the material feels almost like a thin sweatshirt. Love it.

Speaking of tees, I’ve been singing the praises of this ringer tee for months.

I wear it all the time, and I’m hot after the mustard yellow version as well.

These earrings are gorgeous.

And it doesn’t stop there. Bags, bags, bags, my friends. Tote-wise, I have two in my collection. First, this lovely nude pink tasseled gorgeousness.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a complete sucker for a good nude pink shade (which is actually not the easiest to find!), and this bag fits the bill perfectly. 100% supple leather and the perfect size to throw everything in for a day out and about.

rag and bone blazer, citizens of humanity jeans, madewell pumps

The above bag is great for running errands around the city, but for traveling and/or toting my computer around, this bag is my favorite. The key, for me, is all the pockets and the zipper top. Keeps me super organized while traipsing around airports. I have the cognac color and it goes with everything.

Some really lovely items, yes? Well, not half as lovely as this company’s mission, which is ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. They manufacture directly in the communities they wish to impact, both locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency. Through your purchase, you are able to empower women and give them a job with dignity.

ABLE has seen tremendous support over the years, growing from producing a single collection of hand-woven scarves to now offering leather goods, hand-made jewelry, apparel, and footwear. Whether your purchase is produced in Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru or at the headquarters in Nashville, TN, each item has one thing in common: through working with women, it is leading all of us a step closer to the end of generational poverty.

I truly am such a fan of this company for so many reasons. Hope you will become a fan too!

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Odds and Ends

1. Did you read about the Boston Marathon women’s 2nd runner-up? Amazing.

2. We should all really watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory again. Creepiness abounds!

3. No one really talks about the alcohol/breast cancer risk.

4. You can now give your car keys to Amazon. What the WHAT.

5. Now that I’m a pool owner, I’m in the market for a wide-brim hat. This one fits the bill.

6. Will this jumpsuit replace clothing as we know it?

7. So incredibly moving and so needed. We need to remember these atrocities.

8. Such an interesting read about high-paying trade jobs sitting empty while young women and men pursue college degrees.

9. Why is everyone so exhausted? Could it be adrenal fatigue?

10. What your favorite TV characters would actually pay in rent.

11. In this week’s Selfie Podcast, we talk about the Starbucks debacle and interview Leroy Barber about racial bias and what we can do about it.

Happy weekend to you all!

image credit: sarah meyohas

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Vapour Beauty Limited Edition Discovery

Friends! Listen up. I’ve got a limited edition steal for you that starts today and is sure to sell out quickly. We all know that I love Vapour Beauty…in fact, Vapour was the first green beauty cosmetics line to make my Best of Best series. So I don’t want to beat a dead horse…all of my favorite Vapour products are reviewed here, but this limited edition discovery is the perfect introduction to those of you who have been wanting to try the line. (Or those of you like me who purchase and repurchase.)

This month, Beauty Heroes has introduced the Vapour limited edition discovery, which contains the Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer, the Lux Organic Lip Conditioner, and the AER Next Level Deodorant. This is a $94 value for $55. These three products are a perfect introduction to the brand and are everyday essentials, whether or not you even wear makeup.

The primer appears translucent on the skin but is totally complexion-enhancing, color-balancing, and line-diffusing. Your skin but better, essentially. The lip conditioner is the very first thing I put on my lips every day when I sit down to put on my makeup. It primes and moisturizes my lips while getting them ready for my lipsticks and lip pencils. I always have two on hand, one on my vanity and one in my purse.

As for the deodorant? Well, you can read my full thoughts here, but I will just tell you this. This is hands-down the best natural deodorant out there and I wear it every.single.day. I have no need for other deodorants – this one does the job like no other. I’m particular to the ginger grapefruit scent, but I’ve smelled them all and you can’t go wrong. (Plus, the smallest amount goes the longest way. When I first got mine, the amount of product seemed less than expected, but mine have always lasted for months. It truly is a godsend in the green beauty realm.)

This discovery just launched today and I wanted you guys to be the first to know! Check out all the details here.