Lab-Grown Love: An Eco-Friendly Guide to Valentine’s Day

**Editor Note: Thank you MiaDonna & Co. for your ongoing support of our BSB Mission, as a National BSB Partner! **

Lab-Grown Love: An Eco-Friendly Guide to Valentine’s Day

Give and go green this Valentine’s day with MiaDonna & Co.’s ethical, beautiful and affordable conflict-free jewelry.

 

Get this! Their diamonds are made in a LABORATORY and are optically, chemically and physically identical to earth-mined diamonds! This lab-grown process guarantees that no product purchased from MiaDonna will support the conflict-diamond industry. In fact, for each product they sell, 5% of the proceeds are invested back into diamond mining communities where locals are taught to farm rather than mine for diamonds.

 

As if that’s not enough, these stunning lab-grown diamonds can cost up to 40% less than traditional earth-mined diamonds, making them the more affordable diamond option! Learn more about these man-made diamonds here.

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Diamond Halo Earrings, 14K White Gold

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 Hope Wedding Band, Willow Wedding Band, Drew Wedding Band, all in 14K White Gold (top to bottom)

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Amore Text Necklace, 14K Rose Gold

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Diamond Hybrid® Eternity Bands, 14K White and Yellow Gold *Contact MiaDonna if interested*

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Antique Halo Pendant, 14K White Gold

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Basket Earrings set with Lab-Grown Diamonds, Platinum

 

Check out some more of their most popular ringspendants and earrings during the season of love.

Happy Birthday Heartful.ly

On November 29, our friends at Heartful.ly celebrated their first birthday in the most stylish way they know, by giving back. Over 125 D.C. influencers and friends of Heartful.ly joined together at The Loft at 600 F for an evening of fun festivities and well beyond the legal limit of junk food. Their objective: Serve the DC homeless community and raise funds for Martha’s Table and their glasses to a year of exciting milestones! Heartful.ly has an amazing platform devoted to connecting our life’s milestones (such as weddings, birthdays, etc) with charity project and giving back! Their birthday celebration was able to provide over 700 hot meals to Martha’s Table, devoted to serving DC’s growing homeless population.

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Visit Heartful.ly today and start your own registry for your upcoming wedding or birthday today!

 

Event Sponsors: The Loft at 600 FIda Rose EventsGSP ConsultantsMission Man MediaJason Martin GroupTD Bank&pizzaAmavi Sweets, and Tickled Photo Booth and flowers by Stem and Thistle.

2016 Gifts that Give Series: Oliberté

Editor Note: Black Sheep Bride is excited to continue our 2016 Holiday – Gifts That Give Series devoted to sustainable, charitable, eco friendly and/or artisan made products to gift your friends and family this holiday season! This December we will be sharing various product sponsored features devoted to products that value supporting others and/or the environment. (BONUS: COUPON CODE AT THE BOTTOM)

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Oliberté is a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. They believe in empowerment, transparency, and doing right by all. This means making premium quality products with a lifetime warranty, and it means treating every employee, everywhere in the world, with respect. In 2009, Oliberté started off as a small footwear company partnering with factories and suppliers in Africa. Since then, they gained enough momentum to launch their very own factory in 2012. They make every single pair of Oliberté shoes at this factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In September 2013, they also became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory.

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In 2016, Oliberté embarked on a project to combat the debilitating disease Podoconiosis, a condition that causes swelling and extreme discomfort to the lower extremities due to constant exposure to irritating dirt. This condition is very widespread in areas with volcanic soil such as Northern Ethiopia. Treatment is as simple as covering your feet to limit exposure to these soils, so they took their successful factory model to a small town 300 km north of Addis Ababa in the hopes of strengthening a local economy, and providing a steady supply of reliable shoes to limit the spread of this terrible condition. Oliberté is still very early in this project, but they are proud to say this project currently employs 10 workers from the area and creates 900 shoes a month for local distribution.

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And they don’t just offer gnarly leather shoes, they also make leather bags, purses and wallets for everyone in your inner circle! 15369204_10154791639898624_8667466310308272519_o

They even have your baby covered with a selection of colorful moccasins and artisan made toys too.

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Go grab some sustainable kicks today and make sure to use the code: ‘holiday15′ to save 15% off your order! VISIT THEIR SHOP and you will be blown away with all of the amazing options to choose from! They would be even be the perfect addition to your engagement photo outfits or wedding day style planning!

2016 Gifts that Give Series: New Wash by Hairstory

Editor Note: Black Sheep Bride is excited to continue our 2016 Holiday – Gifts That Give Series devoted to sustainable, charitable, eco friendly and/or artisan made products to gift your friends and family this holiday season! From now throughout Mid December we will be sharing various product sponsored features devoted to products that value supporting others and/or the environment.
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Little known fact: I am the daughter of a hair dresser. The picture above is of me and my, beautiful, hard working, kind-hearted, Momma, you just can’t see me yet, cause she is pregnant (this was taken in 1985). I was also practically raised in a hair salon from birth till early adulthood. Folding towels, sweeping up hair, cleaning color bowls, and chatting with older ladies as they waited for their perms to set is large part of my work ethic and personal development. I’ve watched women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds walk into those salon doors with one thing in common: They want to be understood and they want to look nice. Something I noticed early on was how each person’s hair experience was different. Some had long, thin, oily straight hair and they were shampooed with this product, some had course thick, dry, kinky hair textures and they received another product, and that was the way I assumed it had to be, up until now. We’re really excited to share today’s highlighted Gifts That Give feature product, New Wash by Hairstory.
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Hairstory.com is a new way to see hair. New Wash is a new way to clean hair. It allows people (with all types of hair) to discover their hair for the first time – probably since childhood. Hairstory designed their three styling products to encourage hair to do what it wants to do, not force it. They make one New Wash instead of dozens of shampoos, and they make no conditioners. Less is More.  13735607_1723617927654854_1592462320412699838_o
Did you know: Shampoo can contain the same detergent found in industrial cleansers. When you put it on your head, what happens (aside from sudsing up)? Do you break out? Perhaps. Do you itch? Quite likely. Does your hair get dry and frizzy? Of course. Does the color that you just spent a lot of money on wash out? Absolutely. Your scalp feels under attack because it is, and it pumps out oil to protect itself, and your hair doesn’t behave well. It’s no big mystery why hairdressers advise their clients to wash less often.The evolution of shampoo and hair products in general has been so painfully slow that Hairstory decided to launch a full-scale revolution.10557505_1239815052701813_2021997801536095477_oSay no to shampoo. New Wash is the new way to clean hair with aloe and essential oils – instead of detergent – to respect the natural moisture barrier. New Wash works on EVERY type of hair, and you’ll never need conditioner again to mask the damage that shampoo and detergent cause. Rediscover your hair, restore its vitality, and prepare to be amazed.1473873421986 1473948318528

The best part about buying Hairstory goodies for the holidays, aside from giving your hair a new life and purpose, is their devotion to giving back. When you add a second bottle of New Wash to your order through December 18th, Hairstory will be contributing half of the proceeds of the second bottle to three organizations: The American Civil Liberties Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Human Rights Campaign. They also have some fun plans and future involvement in place to work with 1% for the Planet.

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For those who are fans of New Wash, they even offer a re-fillable subscription service (called the New Wash Club) that delivers the product in a much larger quantity (20oz vs 8oz). You can set the frequency at which the product is auto-shipped to you and it includes a 20oz Aluminum New Wash Bottle, so you that is less shipping and more awesome. This program is offered in an attempt to lower the carbon footprint of the brand and consumer, by decreasing the frequency of shipping.
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For more information about purchasing New Wash and other Hairstory products, visit their shop HERE.

Introducing the Largest Grown-in-the-United States Lab Created Diamond, by MiaDonna

Ethical Fashion gets even bigger!

Today we are excited to announce something huge! Ethical and eco-friendly jewelry company, MiaDonna, celebrates the announcement of a modern-day scientific breakthrough: The unveiling of the Largest Grown-in-the-USA Laboratory Diamond at 6.28 carats! Humanitarian Ambassador and Muhammad Ali’s daughter, Khaliah, along with MiaDonna & Company and The Greener Diamond CEO, Anna-Mieke Anderson, launched the 6.28 carat laboratory-grown diamond at the company’s Portland, Oregon showroom along with a global initiative to give back to those negatively impacted by the blood diamond industry.

Five percent of all sales fund educational, mentoring and agricultural programs in diamond-mining communities with the goal of preventing blood diamond orphan-victims from living a life of poverty.

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MiaDonna offers a large variety of conflict-free diamond engagement rings and accessories that make the perfect gift for this holiday season. Their lab-grown diamonds are not only socially conscious, they are also amazingly affordable–especially in comparison to earth mined diamonds! This 6.28ct, J-Color, VS2 clarity, cushion-cut diamond costs just $52,000 while an earth-mined equivalent can cost upwards of $100,000.

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In lieu of this groundbreaking news, we feel it’s only right to share some of our favorite MiaDonna lab-grown diamond engagement rings… just in time for engagement season!

Hope Accented Engagement Ring | $4,247

Diamond Specifications: Round cut, 1.07ct, K color, SI1 clarity

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Heroine Accented Engagement Ring | $6,276

Diamond Specifications: Pear cut, 1.20ct, I color, VS1 clarity

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Traditional Solitaire Engagement Ring | Cost: $4,910

Diamond Specifications: Oval cut, 1.0ct, G color, SI1 clarity

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Grace Vintage Engagement Ring | Cost $2,151

Diamond Specifications: Round cut, 0.72ct, K color, SI1 clarity

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Frost Engagement Ring | $1,903

Diamond Specifications: Princess cut, 0.50ct, H color, SI2 clarity

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When you’re ready to find the ring of your dreams, visit miadonna.com and let your love be a part of the solution.