DEUX MAINS DESIGNS & ETHICAL FASHION

Have you ever truly thought about where your shoes come from, or whose two hands made them? Well that’s exactly what Deux Mains (french for two hands), is bringing to the table. Lets learn a bit about the people of Haiti and the sustainable employment that Rebuild Globally a non profit company has created through Deux Mains Designs.

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On March 30th, I attended an annual fashion show hosted by Rebuild Globally and Deux Mains Designs. A way to show people how fashion makes an impact. It felt good to give back by wearing ethical clothing and to assist with such an amazing event.

Check out my two blogger babes who also have a heart for a good cause and modeled in the runway show!

Laila: Laila’s Little Finds

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Fiorella: Metanoia Living

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Rebuild was founded by Julie Colombino after a disastrous earthquake hit Haiti and she LISTENED when a woman told her all she wanted was a job. These people in Haiti wanted a way to provide for their families and feel good about themselves again, so Julie sold everything she had, moved to Haiti, and began teaching refugees a skill. From an idea she had seen in Malwai Africa, creating sandals from tire scraps, she and the people of Haiti were able to create sustainable employment. “The people we work with don’t just want to be handed money, they want to work for it and feel they are supporting their family on their own,” says Isabel Walker, Director of Impact Partnerships. (Source: Artborne Magazine & Laila Silva)

CEO and business woman Julie Colombino, has partnered Rebuild Globally with the United Nations to provide job training to the refugees of Haiti so they can learn the skills to eventually work at the Deux Mains shop in Port au Prince. The magic happens inside the Deux Mains workshop. This is where amazing artisans craft hand made sandals all with locally sourced materials. All the profits from these unique designs go directly back to these wonderful people, so you can see what you buy really matters. Rebuild Globally and Deux Mains Designs have created a footwear brand that every man, woman, and child can be proud to own.

Two of the new sandals launched just in time for spring!

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Gorgeous clutches in a variety of shapes and colors.

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The jewelry collection has been expanded as well. Earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in an array of colors and textures.

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“Every step you take in deux mains sandals turns poverty into prosperity.” – Deux Mains Designs

MIXED DENIM FOR SPRING WITH NORDSTROM RACK

Hey there fashionistas and Happy Friday!! Do you remember when it was a faux pas to wear mixed denim? Especially two different colors of denim, or even to wear a denim jacket with a pair of jeans? I feel like it was also around the time, when it was not cool to mix brown and black. Luckily trends change, and trend setters rule! Therefore, really now that we are “grown” and finding our own styles, we can mix and match to our hearts desire.

I feel most at home in a good fitting pair of jeans, but sometimes I really want to mix it up and feel a bit more girly, which is where this awesome denim skirt came into play. I wore this mixed denim combination to the Makeup Show the other weekend and got a lot of compliments, so I thought I would share great combo for spring with all of you! Speaking of the Makeup Show…I am in the process of putting the detail together from my awesome haul to share with all of you!!

Guess how much I got this 7 for all Mankind skirt for??? *Drum Roll* $14.97 at the opening of the Nordstrom Rack in Winter Park! Also, I did not break my no shopping rule for the year. I simply happened to win a $100 gift card during the raffle they had and then I used that to purchase a few items!! Heck yes!! With this mixed denim combo, I really wanted to stick to neutrals, so that this jean skirt would be the focus. These playful gray lace up pumps that I purchased during the Nordstrom Annual Sale, and this Versace 19.69 purse I found at TJ Maxx finished off the look.

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Lipstick – Mac Velvet Teddy

Sunday, April 2nd, also happens to be Autism Awareness day. Since it falls on a weekend though, my office is all celebrating it today. It’s also casual day, so this mixed denim outfit is making a second appearance, since this skirt is office appropriate in length! Bah Bham, casual and work wear. Are you going to be wearing blue in support for Autism? 1 in 45 children aged 3 to 17 are diagnosed with autism, and its hard to target the cause. I work for a company that supports adults and children with disabilities, so this is a cause near and dear to my heart.

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SAVING MONEY BY SHOPPING AT NORDSTROM RACK!!

Everyone knows that Nordstrom rack is the more affordable sister of Nordstrom. It’s already very affordable to find great items, and luxurious brands there. However, I have a few extra tips for ways to save more when shopping at Nordstrom Rack.

  1. You can find more than just items that came from Nordstrom. A lot of items are purchased just to be sold at the rack, so you can find items that are not just last season passed down from the big sis. Look for high end brands like Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and much more.
  2. The clear the rack sale happens several times a year and this is when you will get an extra 25% off already reduced items!! Here in Winter Park I was told we have one coming up next month. As soon as I know the date, I will let you all know.
  3. Have you ever gotten an item for $0.01 cent when out shopping at a department store?? Well, at Nordstrom Rack this happens more often than you think. My friend just got a necklace there during the Rack opening for just a penny. We were both in shock!
  4. You don’t have to get a Nordstrom credit card to save money. You can earn Nordstrom bucks by signing up for Nordstrom rewards and earn extra rewards and discounts by getting a Nordstrom debit card. This way you aren’t spending money you don’t have, and can stick to your budget.
  5. If you can’t find an item in your size, then there is a good chance you can have it ordered online and shipped to you. Also, if you download the Nordstrom Rack app, then you can scan the item in the store and find out whether its online for purchase and in your size.

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SAVE MONEY TEETH WHITENING AT HOME WITH SMILE BRILLIANT

If you know me well, then you know I am an avid coffee and red wine lover. I drink at least 2 cups of coffee every morning and a glass of red wine most evenings. Even drinking colored drinks with a straw, will soak those colors into your teeth and stain them. Even though I love my cherry coke and coffee, I want to keep my teeth as white as possible. Therefore, starting from a young age I attempted the use of Crest white strips, so I could do my own teeth whitening at home. They are just so hard to use though, and teeth whitening at the dentist takes so much time and is way more costly. I have never had dentist teeth whitening done because I couldn’t afford it and I always felt there were more cost effective options. Due to this I have partnered with Smile Brilliant to bring all of you an amazing product that will give you whiter teeth and keep your wallet heavier.

Disclaimer: I am not a dentist and you should always check with your dentist first before trying something new on your teeth. You should also discontinue use of any other whitening products while using this kit. 

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What made this product so amazing for teeth whitening at home, is that they send you all the materials to make your own teeth whitening molds and then you simply have to fill out your information card and send them off in the mail. (Shipping both ways is included!)

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Smile Brilliant keeps you updated about your whitening trays throughout the entire process. You get an email when they receive them and when they are shipped. I received mine back about a week and a half after shipping them to Smile Brilliant.

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Most people need 7-14 applications once a day for about 1 to 3 hours for each application. This does depend on how severe the stains are on your teeth and how sensitive your teeth are. If you have sensitive teeth you may want to do shorter application times, but this will lengthen the time it will take for you to achieve stain free teeth. Each syringe also has 3 to 4 applications worth in it, which includes both the top and bottom trays.

Are you skeptical? I certainly was when I first decided to try this product. However, they really exceeded my expectations! I took both of my photos using my light ring for perfect even lighting that would be the same for both photos, that way you could see a real before and after effect. What do you think? Do my teeth look dramatically whiter?

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This was with 14 applications for 1 hour each time, except there were I think two times that I kept them in for 2 hours. I am so in love with this product and I know you will be too if you try it!!

A COUPLE QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY SMILE BRILLIANT

Will whitening damage my teeth/gums?
No! Enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body and consists of tiny microscopic tubules or pores. Even though enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, the layer of tissue beneath the enamel, called dentin, absorbs the majority of stains. During the whitening process, the pores open in order for the whitening gel to reach the inner tooth tissue and diffuse the stains.

Gum irritation is common when whitening, but there is an easy solution! If your gums are becoming irritated, you may need to use less whitening gel. If whitening gel does get on your gums, simply wipe it away with a Q-tip or tissue. Another solution: spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly or coconut oil on your gums prior to inserting your trays. This will act as a barrier between your gums and the whitening gel.

I have white spots on my teeth after whitening! Why?!
The whitening process temporarily dehydrates the teeth, which may appear as white spots or “patchiness”. Although it can take a very short time for teeth to become dehydrated, re-hydration of the teeth can take up to 48 hours. As the tooth becomes re-hydrated the white spots will disappear. The desensitizing gel actually speeds up this natural process, so be sure to use it!

If you go to the Smile Brilliant website, you can shop their products, read reviews, and check out their backed by science guarantee. It’s nice to deal with a company who has wonderful customer service.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!

And now for the best part! Smile Brilliant is giving away a FREE teeth-whitening kit for one lucky reader domestic and internationally! Yay! This is an awesome opportunity (a $139 value!), so totally check it out and enter, using the instructions below! Plus here is a coupon code for 10% off your purchase: THEFASHIONABLEACCOUNTANT10

In order to enter:

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*This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant, but as normal all opinions are completely my own. I want to bring you products that you will love and will save you money. 

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