Curator Spotlight: Dena

“I'm working to uplift someone's spirit whether it's a smile when they wear their "I Thought of You" piece and also helping work with this company in getting artisans a sustainable income with the pieces they create.”

 

 

Dena joined our team in 2016 after seeing our Made From Fruit products. “I had never seen jewelry like that before and instantly loved it.” Her personal mission was to have fun and spread the mission she believed in so much.

 

 

“I became a Curator because I really like what they stand for and the mission, I love the fact that they are working with artisans directly and promoting Fair Trade, love the stories behind the artisans who make the pieces.”

 

Being a Curator has helped her to get out and meet new people. She doesn’t really like to get out and socialize but the unique styles draws people in and helps to start a conversation. “We all have to get out of our comfort zone now and then.”

 

Her favorite styles are our Relang Necklace, any of the Made From Fruit Necklaces, and her Kitty Hawk Wayfarers which she bought to sell but ended up keeping for herself because she fell in love with them instantly.

 

 

She enjoys showing customers how versatile the different pieces are by pairing together unexpected styles that work really well together and by dressing styles up and down to create the perfect look. Even if her customers don’t normally wear really bold styles, she loves showing them how they can create a new look they’ll love!

 

 

“I'm not a pushy person, so my first Pop-Up Shop, I was quite nervous because I don't like to give long talks about why someone should purchase something from me, but what I found was that the jewelry sells itself. I also have a friend, who equally loves the line as much as I do and continues shares her story with others and tells me about how it never fails that when she has an "I Thought of You" piece on, she always gets compliments. So it definitely makes you feel good. It's a great opportunity to spread hope!”

 

 

When she’s not styling her customers, Dena works as an instructional designer, spends time with family, travels, and loves to be outdoors. This summer she plans to go to Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C, Minnesota, and New Zealand.

 

Have you been wanting to try a style but aren’t sure how it would work for you? Click here to shop with Dena and find a one-of-a-kind piece that speaks to you.

 

 

“I love the idea that these pieces each have different stories to tell and by sharing them - the story continues.”

 

July 16, 2017 by Mandy Nagel

This process matters.

Remember the #whomademyclothes movement? I made your jewelry. We’d like you to get to know some of our artisans who love making the pieces that make you feel beautiful.

This trend started an important conversation with our global community and sparked consumers to ask the tough questions. Its impact was felt, but we want to keep the conversation going. Take a look into the workshop and see the process used to create our latest arrivals.

Every detail of our new tassel necklace styles is handcrafted. The cord is loomed to create a durable foundation for the knotting process.

A hand-tied knot is placed between each bead. This is an important detail to craft a product designed to worn and enjoyed for quite a long time. It also allows light to pass around each bead, producing a shimmering eye-catching statement piece.

As the beaded strand grows, the pattern emerges. This tutorial shows the making process of our our Tua Necklace, a customer favorite style that features real pearls.

Next comes the tassel!

Durable threads are wrapped around blocks to create a consistent length for each bundle. Artisans carefully cut the threads to create the dangles.

The head of the tassel is gathered and bound, then secured to the beaded necklace.

Are you ready to create your own style revolution? Pick up your next favorite piece from our new Beach Vibes summer 2017 collection to see the love and care that goes into each style for yourself!

July 02, 2017 by Mandy Nagel

#SolsticeGoals

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and is a tipping point for days to get shorter and night extensions. It’s the first day of summer and is marked by warm days and summertime memories.

But we like to think of it as a new time for new years resolutions. This halfway point is a great time to reflect on where we are and where we want to go. Use the 5 tips below to start valuing your time to get the most out of each day.

1. Use map apps on your smartphone no matter where you’re heading. Not because you don’t know the route, but modern map apps can alert you to traffic delays and provide an alternate route. Key in your destination a bit before leaving to see what time you’ll need to depart. Then, add 15 minutes padding to play it safe. Some even find it helpful to set their wall and car clocks ahead by 10 minutes.

2. Prep for tomorrow by getting essentials ready the night before. Whether it’s packing your bag, getting your outfit ready, or getting the kid’s gear organized, you won’t waste time in the morning hunting for your wallet that you know you left right here last night.

3. Schedule mindfully. Don’t overextend yourself by committing to back-to-back events or meetings. Document every commitment on your calendar so nothing falls through the cracks and to allow yourself to plan accordingly.

4. Start the day on time. You’ll feel more refreshed in the morning by getting up at your first alarm instead of snoozing it 6 times in a row.

5. Respect others’ time, including your own. If a commitment isn’t running to schedule (or a friend isn’t allowing your graceful, timely exit), assert yourself to stay on time for things later in the day. Have a line thought up that allows you to depart without appearing rude or uninterested. Something simple like, “What an exciting thought! I actually have a meeting to get to shortly, but let’s continue this conversation later.” will always do the trick.

June 18, 2017 by Mandy Nagel

What is a Curator?

Our Curator program is a simple way to have a big impact.

1. Get your Starter Kit
This sample kit contains best selling styles of handmade accessories. Wear them yourself and show them off to start a conversation about Fair Trade.

2. Go Digital
We’ll setup a free website for you with no charges to maintain it, ever. When people love your style, point them to your website so they can shop. We’ll ship what customers order, you’re never required to carry inventory.

3. Get Social
Keep the Fair Trade conversation going by posting your favorite styles on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can even host small get togethers to show off the styles as well.

4. Make an Impact
Every purchase empowers people in developing countries. And since our pieces are made with sustainable materials, they’re good for the earth, too.

Earn up to 50% commission on each sale and start your own Fair Trade business today. We’d love to have you join our team. You can learn more about our program on our website. Apply today to see if we’re still accepting partners in your area.

June 11, 2017 by Mandy Nagel

How to be authentic.

Focusing on self-improvement is vital. The list below can help create stepping stones to shape the path of your life. And although you’ll likely see improvements in your relationship and others’ perception of you, your focus should be on making these changes for yourself alone.

Don’t focus on trying to make people like you.
If your motivations are simply for others to like you, they’ll see right through it. Let people get to know you for who you are. This will help you to cultivate a close group of acquaintances rather than a large network.

Don’t pass judgement.
Everyone is fighting a battle you may know nothing about. And even if they aren’t, appreciate the path others choose for themselves.

Define your own path.
What are your goals? Write them down in a place you’ll see them often. Embrace them. Make decisions to work towards them.

Be generous.
Generosity doesn’t have to be a monetary commitment. Be generous with compliments, favors, offers to help, and compassion.

Treat everyone with respect.
If you seek respect, you should practice it, too.

Find your motivation.
What’s your drive? What gets you excited about the goals that lie ahead? Discover what makes you want to get out of bed each morning with excitement and find ways to weave it more into your life.

Be trustworthy. Be reliable.
Keep your commitments. Be on time. Be the friend that others can count on.

Be present.
When you’re around company, put down the devices. Play a part and be present in your relationships. Give your whole focus.

May 28, 2017 by Mandy Nagel
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