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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Earrings / Bel Nanm Sandals / Julie Clutch

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

MAKEUP HAUL | THE ORLANDO MAKEUP SHOW

Hey there gorgeous fashionistas, I have another beauty Tuesday post for all of you!! Have you ever been to the Orlando Makeup Show? I feel so blessed that I attended this year. It was a great opportunity to hang out with my makeup loving blogger babes, meet new lovely ladies, and mingle with some really cool people within the fashion and beauty industry. I was lucky enough to be included as press for this event, and when you are press, you are gifted a goody bag to take home. So, I thought I should probably share my Orlando Makeup Show haul with you, before I start using all of these fabulous products.

Orlando Makeup Show Haul

THANK YOU ORLANDO MAKEUP SHOW:

*Disclosure: I was press for this event, which granted me free access to the event all weekend and free products. All opinions on this event and the products are my own though. 

I also, went a little bit over board purchasing some new items for myself, but everything I bought was at least 40% off, so The Orlando Makeup Show was a great place to buy your makeup for an awesome price. Also, they have Makeup Shows in 4 other cities, so check and see if there is one near you!

Orlando Makeup Show Haul

WHAT I PURCHASED:

Can you have too many beauty products? I think my beauty junkie girlfriends Lucielle Salomon & Kay Del Valle would say no. Check out their makeup hauls too, if you are also beauty product obsessed like us! Has anything here caught your eye?

P.S. I think my favorite products I received were from Mindful Minerals, which a blog post is coming soon about them. I wanted to make sure I had been using the products for enough time to give an honest review. I have had a lot of hormonal acne, which has driven me crazy because I never had acne growing up. I have bought all kinds of expensive products, but I didn’t feel like I was seeing any results. This product really has helped me, so I plan on sharing my skincare routine with all of you, best of all it’s all natural and organic.

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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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Mixed Denim for Spring with Nordstrom Rack