As many of you know, my birthday is April 10th- TOMORROW! Every year around this time, I receive literally thousands of thoughtful messages from friends, fans and family alike, all filled with warmth and good wishes. As you might imagine, this kind of outpouring of love and support is very humbling, and sincerely appreciated.
So, this year, when they bring out my birthday cake, I want to share with all of you what I’ll be wishing for, and how you can help me to make this wish come true.
One of the things that is most dear to my heart is The Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF). This is an extraordinary organization that is dedicated to eradicating the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls, and empowering survivors as part of the solution. During the trip that I made to Cambodia, I have witnessed, first hand, the incredible work that SMF does, and it is life-changing for all involved.
This year, as I celebrate my birthday, I would like to ask all of you to find it in your hearts to give me the best birthday gift ever, and make a donation to The Somaly Mam Foundation. Whatever you can contribute would be greatly appreciated, both by me, and the women and children whose lives you help save.
There are other great ways to donate to this extraordinary cause and treat yourself with something beautiful at the same time. Below are some Somaly related items making beautiful handmade jewelry and giving back at the same time in more ways than one.
Silk Empowerment Necklace:
Slavery survivors often create beautiful works of art as part of recovery therapy. The repetitive nature of stringing jewelry, weaving fabric, and embroidery provides these embattled survivors with a sense of comfort and security in structure and routine, engendering a feeling of pride and accomplishment.. These exquisite pieces reflect the strength, beauty, and resilience of each survivor. Wear yours in solidarity with our survivors, as a symbol of each step they take on the difficult road to recovery.
Like the survivors who create these necklaces, each is unique. Color and design vary from necklace to necklace.
The Brave Collection:
Each piece in this collection is handmade in Cambodia, providing a job opportunity to an underprivileged artisan, and serving as a token of freedom to dreamers and change-makers across the globe. The signature bracelets say “Brave” in Khmer, the language of Cambodia. With each purchase, a donation is made to fight human trafficking.
I want to thank EACH and EVERYONE of you in advance for every penny you have contributed to this cause. Wether it is $5 of $100 every bit counts.
On your way to work today forfeit your $5 starbucks latte to help aid a victim with food, shelter and even more. All of your notes with your donations are truly touching. I couldn’t do this without you guys!
It’s back to the grind for both of us and thoughts of travel and venture are in the forefront of our minds. We keep stumbling across pictures of far off places that make us want to jump into the image and escape to some place magical.
During recent brainstorming and cooking up some inspiration for (spoiler alert!) our new blog design - we have been thinking about everything we love most. One of those being Shay’s love for Italy and the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun.
With my minor detective skills and the world wide web, within minutes we found we could live out our “own Under the Tuscan Sun life” by renting the actual Villa from the movie itself.
Recently restored and ready for occupants, Villa Laura is located in Cortona, Tuscany. See the beautiful pictures below and be carried off into the Tuscan Sun with us:
It’s a jungle sometimes in the fashion world - so it’s key to keep it simple. You can’t go wrong with a LBD (little black dress) that has the perfect fit, form and is functional.
By adding the right accessories the LBD goes from drab to fab. Pair a chunky statement necklace with a chic clutch and a simple shoe. Sometimes less is more and in this case it only takes a few items to nail the perfect look.