WHAT I'M WEARING :: Top // Old Navy :: Chambray // Target :: Scarf // c/o The Breezy Room :: Jeggings // Old Navy :: Bracelets // Target :: Bag // Timbali Crafts :: Boots// Maurices
My fashion must have for absolutely every season has always been and always will be pretty scarves. Recently, my friend Kala opened up a boutique called The Breezy Room where she sells the softest, prettiest, and most unique scarves...scarves that I obviously MUST add to my growing collection of 40+. (I know...it's a problem!)
When I laid eyes on this yellow beauty, I knew I had to have it. Yellow is my favorite color and it's super versatile for brightening up drab outfits. Plus, it's perfect for so many seasons! It's soft and warm, but it's still relatively lightweight. I wear it at least twice a week and I'm not even sorry 'bout it. The next two I'm eyeing up for my collection? A little burgundy chevron and two tone gray action. Getcha some!
Can we also discuss this adorable bag? When I was in Swaziland this summer, I had the opportunity to meet the beautiful woman behind Timbali Crafts. I especially adore their headbands and bags...but what I adore even more than that is the story behind the company - I know you'll love it too, so here's a little blurb about their mission:
The women who create Timbali Crafts are all volunteer cooks at community based feeding centers, called carepoints, throughout Swaziland, Africa. In this tiny nation with the highest HIV/AIDS rate and lowest life expectancy in the world, the needs are immense. In spite of their own hardships, the Timbali women help to feed more than 2500 children each day. They are incredible!
Timbali started in 2006 to reach out to the physical and spiritual needs of these hard-working women. At the request of a local pastor, we started a Bible study with some of the women to encourage them in their volunteer work. It quickly became evident that something more needed to be done so that these ladies, who were serving their communities in such a vital way, could also provide for their own families.
So we started praying...and we made some really ugly greeting cards (blessings to any of you that bought those!). We didn’t have any start-up money, but a friend heard what we were trying to do and gave us $150 to buy our first little batch of fabric. Eventually we started making handbags (which also had some issues at first!) that have evolved into the beautiful products we produce today. What we first thought would just provide a little income here and there for a few women, has become a major source of income and outreach to 100+ Swazi families!I figured it would be the best time to brag on these two friends of mine as we just celebrated small business Saturday this past weekend and are rapidly approaching the holiday season. And to top it all off? Kala wants to giveaway one of her scarves + offer a discount code to you guys! KENZ15 will get you 15% off your purchase!
Good luck, ya filthy animals! :)
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Because Shanna Said So, Get Your Pretty On, Tucker Up, & Fashionably Employed!