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Market Colors Scarf

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.Market Colors Packaging

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 always.

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Each purchase from http://store.marketcolors.org/ helps a craftsman to provide for his or her family. Check out this video for details (and when you have a free moment or two, I encourage you to watch the others as well).

Market Colors Promotional Video 2012 from Market Colors on Vimeo.

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{ Classic St Andrews Lady watch c/o Daniel Wellington. Order before the end of November and save 15% with the discount code “Pretty” }
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{ LOFT sweater; DL 1961 skinnies; Amrita Singh handbag; Stampede boots c/o Wanted }

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…

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{ Metallic Stripe Dress c/o London Times; Big Buddha bag (Hautelook); LC Lauren Conrad ballet flats (Kohl’s clearance) }

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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!