Shop Local. Holiday Wrap-Up In The #Roc .

Sara Silvio Earrings from Trunk Show at Peppermint.
Momsly loves them & they are one-of-a-kind gorgeous!!

Where did I shop this holiday season?? I shopped #Roc . I shopped local, & I shopped the specialty shops, boutiques, & bizarres of Rochester, NY. I found gifts for my brothers, pets, roommate, Aunt, Momsly, & even Da’ Moe. I found gifts that are unique, affordable, memorable, and that support our local Rochester community & economy. I bought 0 gifts from the mall, though–I admit–I did buy Orly nail polish c/o Marshall’s, an Amazon gift card for my Kindle-loving big bro, & American Eagle jeans for my stylish (though he’d never admit it) younger bro. But mall? Nope. Not even at all. Want to know how much I spent?? See below. …

Craft Co. No. 6’s Handcrafted “2nds” Vase.
Flawless to us & seriously discounted by the artists.

#ShopLocal 

#ThinkGlobal
I know it’s tacky to shop & tell. But look how little I spent
for incredibly unique (and thoughtful) gifts from our local #Roc shops.
 
Sara Silvio Jewelry c/o Peppermint                                                                                $65
     *handmade earrings
Peppermint                                                                                                                    $15
     *handmade journal
Craft Co No 6 (all handcrafted American Artisan items)                                               $48
     *3 ornaments
     *doggie treats
     *vase (2nds)
Archimage                                                                                                                     $23
     *men’s wool socks
     *bandana
Abundance Co-Op                                                                                                         $10
     *1 lb. Equal Exchange Fair Trade Organic Coffee
Peter Lazarski Comics                                                                                                   $25
     *”Imaginary Monsters” vol. 1 & 2
     *“Imaginary Monsters: Eat World 2”
Little Bleu Cheese Shop                                                                                                 $38
     *1 lb of VT & NY made gouda & cheddar
     *Finger Lakes pre-packaged cheddar
     *Brooklyn made dill pickles
Heifer International (Feeds & funds families/businesses in developing nations)              $31
     *as-needed donation for in-need-livestock such as chickens, rabbits, goats!
Total: 6 adults & 1 dog at                                                                                                $255

Tips & Tricks
It’s hard to say best deals & even harder to call favorites, 
but if you’re at all worried about finding a diverse array of quality gifts 
at absolutely affordable prices, check out these 
Tips & Tricks.

Full View of Handcrafted “2nds” Vase.
(Cost the same as a pair of wool socks at Archimage!)
Diverse-Array-of-Gifts Tips:
*Archimage: Diverse selection of clothing, jewelry, & home goods. I am in love.
*ParkleighBest of Rochester Gift Shop 2012. From high-end lines, such as the eclectic McKenzie Childs, luxurious Crabtree & Evelyn, and iconic Vera Bradley, to affordable gift cards, home goods, & trinkets: a holiday favorite and year-round mecca for so many of your shopping needs.


Top-Quality-Gifts Tricks:

*Craft Co No 6 2nds: Craft Co. also spans the price range gamut. Best kept secret? Artisans handmade “2nds,” with “imperfections” on pottery pieces like vases and bowls almost invisible to the eye. Frequently marked over 50% off.
*Local Artisans: Go to your local markets like First Friday. Shop at boutiques when they feature artists who have trunk shows. Check out bizarres like Last Minute Market by reading their blogs & following their vendors on Facebook. When you find emerging artists who handcraft items like jewelry or comic books or beads, you find high-quality gifts, brimming with character, at more affordable prices than you’d ever find retail.
Peter Lazarski Original Comics.
www.peterlazarski.com . www.imaginarymonsters.com .
Let’s
#ShopLocal
&
#ThinkGlobal
this
Happy New Year.
#2013 .
♥.

Shop Local. Think Global. Nicole France-Coe for Noonday Collection.

I learned that entrepreneurship was sustainable and aid was not.
Fair Trade. Female Entrepreneurship. Shop Local, Think Global. Beauty. Sustainability. Faith. Handmade. Noonday Collection & The Noonday Story tell the story of one woman’s, Jessica Honegger’s (co-founder), love. Love for family & faith. Love for sustainability. Love for beauty. To read about her transformation into globally-inspired humanitarian, businesswoman, and Noonday Founder, read About the Founder. An intricate relationship between creativity, business, & faith, it is absolutely evident that the Noonday Fair Trade Trunk Shows extend from “family, community, [and] intentionality.”

I played soccer & attended primary/secondary school with Nicole. One year older & generations wiser (than everyone), always she was a rock within our team and throughout our social circles. A paradigm of strength, beauty, & inspiration, I know there is not one person who has crossed her path who could say differently.

A mother and Noonday Ambassador, herself, I encourage you to begin your holiday shopping here. In her own words, Nicole describes Noonday and it’s Fair Trade policy as such:

 we develop relationships with the artisans behind the jewelry and accessories we offer, paying a fair and just wage, collaborating and learning their stories to share with the customers here in the US…it is certainly a more just way to shop and be fashionable!

 

Absolutely, this could not be closer to the truth. While these jewelryprices surpass those of anything offered, say, Forever21, they also trump the originality of, say, Anthropologie. The richness of Home & Gift and Accessories is unparalleled. Both in story, quality, & in beauty, Noonday is richer. For anyone—mother, daughter, friend, wife, girlfriend, grandmother–interested in inspired jewelry with equally as inspired stories, both steeped in fairness & sustainability, you must contact Nicole. Her Noonday Collection speaks the language of 10,000 lives changed forever.  
Jewelry
Dainty Everyday
 
Mediterranen Sea Necklace 
 
Light Layers Necklace (Seagreen)
Evening Horizon Necklace
Bone Carved Polygon Necklace
Inca Steps Necklace (Coral)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Angular Earrings
 
Bengali Sunset Earrings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blooming Chandelier Earrings
Crocheted Juxtaposition Earrings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Looped Drop Earrings
Mediterranean Sea Earrings
 
 
 
 
Carved Cuff
The Louvre Bangle
Tagua Seed Bracelet (Seagreen)
 
Escalera Block Bracelet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Embira Seed Bracelet
Crocheted Bracelet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Animalito – El Pollo
 
Handmade Stationary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ruffles iPad Cover
Cups: Fiesta (White + Red); Gallina (Blue) Set of 2
Nahuala Oval Tray
Wola Nani Bowls (Set of 3)
 
 
 
 
 
Accessories
 
Phuket Shoulder Bag Sale (Purple)
 
Patchwork Clutch
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hamaca Scarf
 
Grey Whispers Cowl
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cuzco Wrap
 
 
Fireside Hand Warmers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Not Pictured: Belts, Sandals, Hats)
All orders placed by Dec 16 will make it in time for Christmas!!
Shop Local. Think Global.
Nicole France-Coe for Noonday Collection.
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Shop Local. Think Global. Traditional Glass Beads from Ghana.

Traditional Glass Beads from Ghana.
Last month, while shopping in Magix (vintage boutique of new & thrifted trends) during South Wedge-Ucation, I spotted the most brilliant blue beads, brazen against the back wall. Miniature dinner plates of zig-zagged-black, enshrined by lightening-bolt-yellow and cast against an inky blue sky, donned earring posts to mingle amongst the bead’s stentorian swag. The price tag? Barely $8. As I gushed to the sales women (both very trendy, knowledgeable, and nice) over these incredibly well priced, handmade Ghanaian beads, a moment of serendipitous sweetness poured over me. There she is, in unison, they chimed. In walked Amy Shema. Purveyor of these creations.
In short: They are Traditional Glass Beads made in Ghana, by-hand using traditional methods, from recycled glass. All proceeds go to fund the education of Ghanian children.
Pictures of the Ghanian Beads
taken in Ghana.
 
Traditional Glass Bridal Beads Made in Ghana.
Stentorian Swag. 

Traditional Transparent Glass Beads Made in Ghana.
Look for First BarbaraEllen Give-Away to Receive a Necklace!
(See Below)
Traditional Powdered Glass Beads Made in Ghana.
Notice the layers and the opaque colors.
A few weeks ago, Amy and I met at Dark Horse Coffee (one of my most favorite coffee shops) so I could learn more about these beautiful creations and this beneficial cause. I learned about the 2 different types, transparent and powdered, how the beads are made using recycled glass and traditional methods, and the cultural significance of the elegant and elongated bridal beads. Below is a Guide:
Bridal Beads: Smaller beads arranged in long strands that women wear over their hips. Not to be seen by the public.
 
Transparent Beads: Use a tool to create the bead’s hole. (Often shinier and more round.)
Powdered Beads: Do not require a tool to create the bead’s hole. Different powders add layers. (Often more matte and less round)
Hand Made: Broken and found glass crushed into powder and placed into clay molds. Each bead is shaped by hand, the artistry and technique passed down generationally. Once cooled, artisans string beads and merchants sell them at market, either raw or as jewelry.
Amy has created booklets aptly titled Bead Making and The Children of Ghana to outline the process and the cause. Aside from Magix and a few other ventures that she has endeavored upon, Amy mostly sells these traditional creations to friends and family. If you would like more information–to access these booklets or to be in contact with Amy because you are interested in viewing or buying from her collection (beads and bags!)–please send a comment below, via Twitter, or Facebook. I will send you all necessary information.
Pictures of Ghanian Beads and Cloth Bags
taken at Dark Horse.
Top: Mix of Traditional Transparent, Bridal, and Powdered Beads.
Bottom: Handmade Cloth Bags with Zipper in Array of Colors.
Strand of Traditional Transparent Glass Beads.
Handmade Cloth Bag in Vibrant Colors.
Rows of Bridal Beads, Worn Around Women’s Hips.
Great Gift for Bridal Showers!!
Top: Transparent Glass Beads.
Bottom: Powdered Glass Beads.

Shop Local, Think Global: If these beads come from Ghana and the fiscal resources, directed back to Ghana, How is this shopping local? you might ask. Local because you aid a local, grassroots cause, with a Think Global component. When you support this local cause, 100% of your resources support the environmentally friendly industry of a village and the education of deserving children. I look at it this way: Buy the beads at Wal-Mart or Michael’s … Or buy them from a local source.

Shop 
Local.
Think
Global.
Get
Beads.
 
♥ .