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A common response from some of my new friends learning about what Black Sheep Bride is all about is.. ‘Wow! Thats a very disruptive concept for the wedding industry!’ … At first I wasn’t sure how to receive this common reply I was receiving, but then the more I thought about it… the more I realized its true! Black Sheep Bride is pushing the envelope in a new way, It is requiring  a conscious mindset for wedding couples to not just go through the motions of their planning process, but actively be present in their decisions, so they can advocate for others that can’t!  You can imagine my excitement when Kira Hug of Bridal Rebellion emailed me and wanted to interview me for her podcast series, based out of NYC, showcasing the industry’s most disruptive wedding leaders… How FUN! Listen here : http://bridalrebellion.com/024-how-to-create-mega-impact-through-your-wedding/

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Spotlight- Preserve.us

So often we hear the negatives in the news about celebrities.  And if it’s a positive, it’s the birth of a baby or a wedding…. which are great things!  But what about celebrities that are using their status to give back in amazing ways? We are so excited to share about one of those today.  Blake Lively, known as Serena on Gossip Girl or the beautiful wife of Ryan Reynolds, is so much more than a face on the big screen.  She is the heart behind Preserve.us, an avenue which showcases handicrafts designed and produced in the US by skilled artisans.  In the first year of operation, Preserve will donate 5% of each purchase to the Covenant House, which protects and serves homeless, trafficked, and abused youth.  The goal is to provide 5,000 meals, 2,000 blankets and 2,700 sweatshirts to children in need.  As the business grows, Preserve will increase their percentage donated. Preserve is loaded with gorgeous home decor and pieces you can incorporate right into your wedding day!  Enjoy shopping knowing that your purchases support a great cause and are made by artisans right in your backyard! This hand carved porcelain vase would make the perfect centerpiece at your reception. Preserve vase Your groom will love you extra when you present him with this timeless watch on your wedding day. 😉 Preserve Watch Start your honeymoon off right, stirring your coffee with these matching hand-engraved Mr. and Mrs. spoons. Preserve Milk Honey spoons So check out their awesome shop and do good!

Fair Trade Friday- Wedding Gifts that Give, V2

Happy Fair Trade Friday!  Last week we shared some of our favorite Fair Trade or socially conscious home decor picks, perfect for wedding gifts.  Today we round out the 2 part series with a few more beautiful bits and bobs for your new home. Wedding Gifts that Give   1. All Modern– Heather Napkins, $32.  Hand woven on bamboo looms by indigenous women weavers in India.  These napkins provide now opportunity for business and growth in the community. 2.  SERRV– Acacia Wood Plates, $45.  Handicrafts improve the lives of women and youth in the Philippines. 3. – Macy’s– Rwanda Jewelry Box, $50. Hand woven in Rwanda and sold through a partnership with Full Circle Exchange. 4. – Modern Tribe– Whale Pitcher, $95.  Designed in America and produced by skilled artisans in Peru, found through the Aid to Artisans program which promotes fair trade in developing countries. 5. – Jonathan Adler– Metallic Gourd Vase, $98. Designed in America and produced by skilled artisans in Peru, found through the Aid to Artisans program which promotes fair trade in developing countries. 6. – SERRV– Carved Floral Trays Set, $68. Handicrafts improve the lives of women and youth in the Philippines.

Fair Trade Friday- Wedding Gifts that Give, V1

It’s Friday, it’s Friday!  I know we all love Friday, but it’s extra special here on the blog because it’s FAIR TRADE Friday!  We will be highlighting some awesome Fair Trade and socially or environmentally conscious home decor the next 2 weeks.  They make the perfect wedding gift…. hint, hint, Aunt Martha! 😉 Fair trade home   1. Cultural Elements– Mango Wood Tea Light Holders, $35. Made from Mango wood of trees that are no longer sustainable for commercial use.  These trees are replaced with newer, younger trees.  Fair Trade and handmade
When a mango tree reaches 20-30 years, its fruites are no longer suitable for commercial use. Older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that protects the mango forests. – See more at: http://www.culturalelements.com/set-of-2-mango-wood-bark-decorative-tea-light-candle-holders-honey.html#sthash.aqoktaBq.dpuf
This product is sourced from controlled, sustainable mango plantations. When a mango tree reaches 20-30 years, its fruites are no longer suitable for commercial use. Older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that protects the mango forests. – See more at: http://www.culturalelements.com/set-of-2-mango-wood-bark-decorative-tea-light-candle-holders-honey.html#sthash.aqoktaBq.dpuf
This product is sourced from controlled, sustainable mango plantations. When a mango tree reaches 20-30 years, its fruites are no longer suitable for commercial use. Older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that protects the mango forests. – See more at: http://www.culturalelements.com/set-of-2-mango-wood-bark-decorative-tea-light-candle-holders-honey.html#sthash.aqoktaBq.dpuf
This product is sourced from controlled, sustainable mango plantations. When a mango tree reaches 20-30 years, its fruites are no longer suitable for commercial use. Older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that protects the mango forests. – See more at: http://www.culturalelements.com/set-of-2-mango-wood-bark-decorative-tea-light-candle-holders-honey.html#sthash.aqoktaBq.dpuf
2. Canvas Home– Soapstone Placemat/Charger, $8.  Produced under Fair Trade principles in India. 3. One World Fair Trade – Alabaster Lamp, $150.  Handmade by Fair Trade artisan partners in Cairo, Egypt. 4. The Spotted Door– Teak Side Table, $225. Work with eco-conscious designers, artisans, craftsmen and innovators who capture landfill-fated materials and give them a new purpose, a new life, a new existence! 5. Indego Africa– Cow Horn Vase, $75.  Profits fund educational training programs for the women who hand craft the products. 6. All Modern– Organic Silk Table Runner, $74. Hand woven on bamboo looms by indigenous women weavers in India. 7. Indego Africa– Copabu Wooden Bowl, $55. Profits fund educational training program for the women who hand craft the products.

Product Spotlight- Be Lovely- Makeup that Gives Back

So awesome to meet up with founder, Rachel, of Be Lovely to talk about the impact her makeup is having in the world of sex trafficking.  This super hip chick spent some time in LasVegas connecting with women in brothels and strip clubs, taking meals and eventually doing their makeup.  She has a huge heart for the women in the sex industry and wants each of them to know that they are lovely, loved, and have a purpose.OPEN EYES 2012 - 13   BSB:  What led you to start your own makeup company? Be Lovely: I didn’t know much about makeup, but found that it gave me a way to connect with the women in the brothels I visited.  After I moved to Minnesota from Las Vegas, I went to school for makeup artistry and decided I would use my business as a way to give back to my passion, human trafficking and the women involved.   BSB: How does the makeup business impact the women you work with? Be Lovely: I work with women in 2 different settings.  When I do home parties with several women, I do their makeup and they have the opportunity to purchase my products.  I educate them on the world of sex trafficking and how they can be involved with the solution.  On the opposite side, when I do makeup for the women in the sex industry, it gives me the chance to connect with them on a more intimate level.  I do not preach to them, but listen and make sure they feel loved and beautiful.   BSB: Explain how the 10% of your sales gives back to human or sex trafficking. Be Lovely: Since this is my own business, I choose which organizations the money is donated to.  Most often, I donate to Breaking Free, an organization based in the Twin Cities.  Each year they help an average of 400-500 women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education.   BSB: How can Be Lovely benefit brides?IMG_6571 Be Lovely: Locally, I am available to makeup the bride and bridal party on the wedding day.  Nationally, brides can purchase wedding day or honeymoon makeup, knowing that their purchase is ultimately helping women escape the sex industry.