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market colors

Let’s kick off this week with something uplifting, shall we? I’d like to introduce you to Market Colors, a nonprofit organization that’s bridging the gap between quality handmade products from skilled African craftsman and American buyers. Here’s how it works: (1) Market Colors orders products from groups of African craftsmen (everything from scarves and jewelry to tech accessories, and lots in between). (2) The craftsmen make products from native materials. (3) Market Colors purchases the items. (4) Products arrive to MC headquarters in Orlando, FL — just a hop, skip and jump from my hometown! (5) Market Colors markets and sells the products on their website. (6) All proceeds are reinvested in Africa as the cycle repeats. Each product is beautifully packaged, and includes a postcard that introduces you to its creator! This is an extra-special touch that makes you feel connected to your accessories in a whole new way. I’ll wear this scarf and bracelet proudly, knowing that they were carefully handmade in villages far away by Samson and Kolida. They’re gifts I’ll treasure for …

tuesday*

Well, I’ve spent the entire amount of time I allotted for writing this post reading Suri’s Burn Book, so uh… there’s that. Add to that an empty stomach that’s yet to have lunch (or breakfast, for that matter) and my brain is pretty much mushy-mush. So um, this is what I wore today. And that, my friends, is all I’ve got. * It took at least three minutes of brain-dead staring at the screen to come up with that award winning post title… Today is Tuesday, right?

and summer faded into the fall…

There’s the tiniest hint of crisp coolness in the evenings, my Facebook news feed is filled with stories about Starbucks pumpkin lattes, and my allergies have waged a full-on assault from the neck up… and I couldn’t be happier about it. Scarves and boots are just around the corner! Right behind them are hearty crock-pot comfort dinners, football parties, colorful tights, pumpkin everything, cinnamon brooms, tailgates, lazy weekend afternoons with all the doors and windows open, autumn crafts, and — perhaps best of all — the end of swimsuit season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

this is BIG: 100-winner INPINK Jewelry giveaway! {CLOSED}

So, I’m pretty ecstatic to share this huuuuuge giveaway with you guys! A Pretty Penny is partnering up with INPINK — an on-trend online jewelry retailer that offers quality boutique jewelry at affordable prices — to offer 100 APP readers a $40 voucher to shop INPINK’s adorable selection of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. That’s a whole lot’a cute jewelry, my friends! To enter: “Like” INPINK on Facebook. Then fill out this entry form, and tell us your favorite way to accessorize with jewelry. Stacking up an arm party, layering on necklaces, dressing up a t-shirt and jeans with chandelier earrings… whatever. Inquiring minds want to know: How do you style up your baubles?! The deets: – This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers. – Only one entry per email address, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted. – All entries must be received by Wednesday October 3, 2012 at midnight EST. – 100 winners will be selected at random, and will be contacted by INPINK via email to claim their prize! {This giveaway is …

tailor-made

Fit is always a challenge for me. I’m little, but curvy: 5’4″ with a 27″ waist and 37″ hips. This often leaves me perplexed and frustrated in the fitting room… I can wear anything from a 2 to a 6, depending on the garment and designer.  Petite sizes are the perfect length, but are often too narrow across my hips and derriere. Average sizes fit my curves but are too long. The ideal solution would be to bring everything I buy to a tailor and have it custom-fitted. Or take up sewing. But time and my bank account don’t allow for such extravagances, so I just make do. eShakti contacted me a few months ago and offered to send me a piece of my choice from their dress collection, customized to fit my size and my style. I was intrigued; could this be an answer to my fit conundrum? I was surprised to find a really wide selection of apparel and super cute handbags. Each apparel item is available in ready-to-wear, but for a small fee of …