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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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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.

Jewelry with Purpose- Inspiration for Weddings that Give Back

Every bride needs a little bling to fancy up her wardrobe.  These beautiful accessories are fair trade or socially conscious so you can wear them knowing that you are making a difference in the world. Jewelry Inspiration   1. Collective Habit– Leather High Contrast Necklace, $69. Offers a variety of fair trade products. 2. Fashion Conscience– Aqua Petal Ring, $12.  Committed to offering only fashion forward, ethical designers. 3. People Tree – Taja Crescent Earrings, $12.  Pioneers in the fashion industry for fair trade and environmentally sustainable fashion. 4. Fair Indigo– Brass Chevron Necklace, $35. Sells a collection of accessories that are stylish and sustainable and the means to a happy, healthy life for many. 5. Alex and Ani– Whole Heart Charm Bangle, $28.  Committed to building a culture that focuses entirely on mindful actions, selling products made in the US. 6. Ethical Gifts- Silver Spiral Bracelet, $68. Sells Fair trade and eco friendly products.

Fair Trade Friday- Inspiration for Engagements that Give Back

After the proposal and before the official ‘I do’s’ comes a time in every engaged couples lives… Engagement Photo time! We all want to look stylish and hip for the camera, so why not do it up right! Here is a super awesome way to take your engagement photo day and make it fair trade! engagementclothing
Ladies:
Connected Fair Trade Goods (www.connectedgoods.com), Amazon Tribal Statement Necklace, $120. Handmade in Ecuador by Fair Trade artisans.
Invisible Children (shop.invisiblechildren.com), Kaleidescope Ring, $19. All donations and purchases fund Invisible Children’s mission of civilian protection and rehabilitation of children abducted by the LRA.
Raven + Lily (www.ravenandlily.com), Taupe Short Dress, $57.  Socially conscious, lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design with sustainable employment opportunities.
TOMS (www.toms.com), Black Crochet Wegdes, $69. One pair of shoes is donated to a child in need, with the purchase of every pair.
Guys:
Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com), Garrett Glasses, $99. For every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
Pitico, (www.pitico.com), Green T-shirt, $19. Supports fair trade
People Tree (www.peopletree.co.uk), Ewan Trousers, $80. Pioneers in fair trade and environmentally sustainable fashion.
TOMS (www.toms.com), Black Paseo-Mids, $69. One pair of shoes is donated to a child in need, with the purchase of every pair.