The Giving Keys

Hello friend! Hope your week is going well! I had a busy weekend in Boston. Tomorrow will be traveling to New York City for a Copywriter’s workshop. I’m very excited to see what kind of skills they will be highlighting.

Packing for New York City got me thinking about the necklace I constantly put on. You may have noticed this dainty necklace in many of my outfit of the day posts. For example, here are four of my most recent outfits where I wore this necklace:

 

Outfit 1, Outfit 2, Outfit 3, Outfit 4

This necklace is from The Giving Keys, a small company based in Los Angeles. The Giving Keys is a pay it forward company that employees people who are transitioning out of homelessness. They live with a three-word philosophy: dream, create, and inspire.

Each key is labeled with words such as, “dream”, “believe”, “brave”, “hope”, “let go”, and “love.” These words are meant to be a reminder that you can carry with you throughout your daily life. Personally, I decided to pick a small, tiny necklace that reads “dream.” I picked this word because I believe that one day I will be able to make an impact in this world whether that be through my words or my actions. I want to dream of endless opportunities and situations where I can achieve that goal. Wearing this necklace is a constant reminder to make an impact on today, tomorrow, and all the days to come. It’s a touch of inspiration every day.

They have many necklaces and some are a little bit more of an eye-catching statement. I personally want a big silver necklace like the necklace one or the exact same necklace I have in silver. Some of my personal favorites that I’ve been eyeing are the following:

 

Necklace 1, Necklace 2, Necklace 3

As you may have noticed, I’m starting to write more about pay it forward companies that help other people in their daily lives. I recently did a post on socially conscious tees and want to continue bringing this idea into the fashion world. Fashion can be so much deeper than a pretty pair of clothes or jewelry. With the right plan or idea you can help so many different people just as The Giving Keys. I hope to take you on my journey of finding more and more products that help give people opportunities to thrive in this world.

What is your opinion on companies that pay it forward? Do you know any companies in mind I should look into? Let me know in the comments down below.

P.S. Dream on.

As always,

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Chole & Isabel

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My friend’s mom, Michelle Fusco, contacted me and asked me what I thought about Chloe and Isabel. Chloe and Isabel is a company formed by the idea of friendship. Two best friends, who were completely different from one another, created this brand and started selling jewelry of all different kinds. Chloe’s inspiration comes from the season’s hottest trends and Isabel’s inspiration is inspired by timeless pieces. They like to explain their inspiration as “Provence meets Paris”, which is my opinion the best explanation for this company.

My favorite qualities of this brand follows:

  • Each piece is hand-designed in their NYC studio and are branded with little Chloe and Isabel closures.
  • Every item comes with these adorable little pouches. They also come with this little felt bird. Mrs. Fusco gave me a three chain necklace last winter from Chloe and Isabel. I put the bird on my bulletin bored with a pin and clip my pencil on it for my calendar.
  • All of the pieces are a hypoallergenic, nickel-free, and lead safe.
  • The company offers a lifetime replacement and 30-day money back guarantee on every piece. It’s kind of the same process L.L.Bean does. (For all those who do not know L.L.Bean offers a lifetime guarantee for all their items… including shoes!).

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The first item Mrs. Fusco sent me was this Sculpted Feather Leather Wrap Bracelet. The feather charm is wrapped with a dark brown leather cord that loops to fit the little Chloe and Isabel charm. It’s about 6.5″-7.5″. My favorite part about this necklace is the signature button. I really like how there are three little gems in a triangle. It gives the bracelet a special touch. The charm is also a vibrant gold that can easily be paired with a bunch of different gold bracelets.

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She also sent me a matching necklace that is the same color. I really like how the set goes so well together. This necklace would also be great to pair with a bunch of different sized necklaces. The necklace I received previously also had a lot of similar boho qualities.

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The necklace’s signature closure is this little bird that has a little gem for both eyes. Each side either says Chloe or Isabel. The personal touches Chloe and Isabel puts on the jewelry is my favorite part because it’s something most jewelry doesn’t come with.

I recommend Chloe and Isabel to anyone who really enjoys either boho jewelry or glamorous statement jewelry. This post was a lot of boho pieces, but Chloe and Isabel has a long list of statement earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

Shop with Michelle Fusco and see her long list of beautiful jewelry. 

As always,

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Juicy January Favorites

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I’m in love with this Cinnamon Sugared Donut Candle from Bath and Body works. This candle isn’t as strong as the other Candle I mentioned last month, but it fills the room up with a sweet, fairytale smell. It reminds me of a fair (Durham Fair) and freshly baked food from a bakery. I especially like how the lid is old fashioned and rustic. But I think my favorite part of this candle is the fact that I got it for $9 instead of its normal $22 price range because it was on sale. Hello bargain!

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My brother, Nathan, got me this necklace from J.Crew for Christmas. Since I’ve been wearing it I have gotten a compliment every single time. I really like pairing it with different textures like cashmere shown above and silk it makes it sparkle a little bit more. What girl doesn’t love sparkly things!

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I have two movie favorites for the month of January. I went to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay in the beginning of the month and loved it. I had to explain a lot of the movie to Rob when we went because he had never seen any of the movies. He ended up liking it despite not really knowing what was going on.

My new favorite song, The Hanging Tree actually comes from this movie by Jennifer Lawrence. She has such a wonderful voice and the background music fits in perfectly.

The second movie I saw was American Snipper. Rob and I went last night with two of our friends and it was such a great movie. You really connect with the patriotism U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) depicted in the movie. I had goose bumps at various times throughout this movie. This is an outstanding movie that I think really needs to be viewed. When we were all leaving the movie the whole room was silent.

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My brother’s girlfriend, Heather, got me these Hair Ties made by Loft. I really like the different patterns and how well they stay in my hair. These ties are specially made so that they don’t leave creases in your hair after you take them out. It’s really nice on a Friday where I already did my hair and have to go do the gym before getting ready to go out. That way after I go to the gym, I don’t have to spend a lot of time fixing that annoying hair crease in my head. These are a must when it comes to working out and getting ready to go out later.

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To add to my sparkling water addiction, Golden Peach by Clear American is by far the closest thing to soda without it actually being soda. It tastes just like a normal soda but without that gross sticky feeling in your mouth after. Yet again, it is sparkling water so it is 0 calories and 0 nutritional information. They do only sell them at Walmart and they are very cheap so definitely look into this brand.

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I have met the most comfortable moccasins and fuzzy socks known to man. Once you put on the Wicked Good Moccasins by L.L.Bean you’ll never want to take them off. They come in five different colors (Blue, Brown, Chocolate Brown, Natural, and Vintage Red). I obviously got the Vintage Red color and it’s the most perfect shade of existence. The fuzzy sides make your entire foot feel like it’s inside a cloud. Legit, go into an airplane and think of touching those awesome puffy clouds and thats pretty much what my feet have been in the past month or so. My roommate also got a pair but in the blue and she agrees with me. She’s actually worn them out and about to class and to the dinning hall. These amazing penguin socks that, my best friend, Micky, got me them. I oddly collect everything penguin and she got me these socks to join my creepy collection. I love these socks. Is it weird to be in love with an article of clothing because I fell hard? Aeropostale/Micky you did good.

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Since it around that time where everyone at college gets sick, I needed to stock up on my antibacterial soap. Bath and body works makes an array of delicious smelling hand sanitary soaps, washes, and basically anything that can help make sure you’re not going to catch a cold from the person three doors down the hall. They even have these adorable covers for the antibacterial hand sanitary. It is perfect for me, who wishes this -6° will go away soon and head quickly over to spring. The blue one is called Cocktails and Confetti and this man came into my work and told me I smelt like candy. It was sweet but a 50 year old man should probably not be saying that to a 20 year old. But if you want people to smell you and perhaps even tell you that they want to eat you up, stop into Bath and Body works and get a bunch of these crazy, delicious smells.

As always,

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December Favorites

Nail Polish

First Row from left to right:

  • Revlon Parfumerie in the color Bordeaux. I know these perfumes are supposed to smell good, but it really does not smell like anything other than nail polish. I really love how well this color shows up on the nails its a very bright and rich color.
  • Maybelline Color Show in the color Gilded Rose. 
  • Maybelline Color Show in the color Neutral Statement. In the month of December, I used these two Maybelline colors to the extreme. I typically put the gold color on my ring fingers and the neutral colors on the rest of the fingers. It makes your nails look so polished and clean. Clearly one of my favorites.
  • Nuance Salma Hayek in the color Prickly Pear. This has always been one of my favorite colors because of the brand. I don’t know how Salma Hayek does it but this brand of nail polish always is perfect. I honestly barely even need to put two coats on my nails because it glides on so well.

Bottom row was a gift from my brother’s girlfriend, Heather. I have no idea what the colors are called but I love how vibrant the three of these are. My favorite one is the middle one, which is currently on my nails.

Purse

I finally did it! I finally gained enough courage and bought a Kate Spade bag. I was deciding between this bag, Cassie, and the Southport Avenue Carmen. I’m so happy with my choice. This bag is so perfect for what I wanted. I needed a bag that I can put on my shoulder and can also hold with just my hand. Since I always cary a water bottle, I needed something durable to withstand that weight and big enough to hold it. Thats why I picked this bag. The bag originally sold for $335, but I actually got it for $93.50! It was 60% off and then an extra 30% off because my friend’s mom works at the store. I’ve never been happier with my first real bag.

Candle

This candle, Cinnamon Caramel Swirl, is from Bath and Body Works and it is by far one of the most heavenly smells I have smelt. Before you even light the candle, the whole room smells of Cinnamon, which happens to be one of my favorite aromas. Definitely a smell you need to stop by and enjoy. Plus look how cute the lid is!

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I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews of the Clinique Take the Day Off makeup remover so I decided to to try it out. And let me tell you, it works wonders. I was breaking out pretty bad at a school so I needed something to help me fix my skin. I received this present when I came home, so I’m not quite sure if my skin started to clear up because I was finally home or because of this product. However, it did clear up my skin and it didn’t dry it out like normal products do to my skin. Definitely recommended.

Earrings

I received these pearls by the Honora Collection from my parents for my birthday. I love pearls because of how classic they look. These pearls are a little bit different from most pearl earrings because they come with what Honora calls “Happy Backs”. The backs are more secure and comfortable than other backs because they’re slightly bigger.

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I received the Miss Dior perfume for christmas and it smells exactly like my perfume… well in my mind. Miss Dior created this perfume for an, “elegant and spirited young woman in love. She personifies the spontaneous joie de vivre of today’s young women, representing a particular type of freedom and seduction. The fragrance is characterised by an instant and captivating charm.” I couldn’t agree more. This perfume reminds me of someone just becoming an adult but not quite there. Personally, I can’t read descriptions and smell the perfume so if you’re really curious take a trip to Macy’s. When you buy this perfume you actually get a cute little leather bag filled with extra samples and a little Macy’s mirror.

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This beautiful Burnish Angel Wing necklace is from Rob. It’s handmade in Alaska and I think thats the coolest thing ever. He often calls me his angel, hint at the wings. He wrote a letter that came with the necklace, which plays a big part of why I love this present so much. I’ve been wearing it practically every day since I received it.IMG_0556

I am officially obsessed with this delicious Perrier sparkling water. It has a hint of grapefruit so it’s not just drinking carbonated water and let me tell you… I found heaven. I’ve drank 10 of these just today. But no worries, its just water so no calories like soda. I love squeezing lemon into it so it gets a little bit more flavor. Plus lemon is great for your skin and your liver so its a win win.