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In this day and age, we don’t often give much thought as to where our clothes and housewares come from. Or who made them. Or under what conditions. It’s something I’m absolutely guilty of myself, and while I try to stay away from big box retailers when possible, there’s definitely a lot of room for improvement. Let’s face it – it can be really difficult to figure out what is truly ethically made, and even harder to find ethically made items that actually suit your taste. Luckily there’s a store out there that’s got you covered on both fronts!
Accompany is a gorgeously curated boutique with a core belief that the fashion industry has the power to promote economic development and social responsibility on a global level. Instead of focusing on donations (which can be a temporary solution to an underlying problem), Accompany connects with like-minded artisans and partners worldwide to promote the economies of low income areas – often travelling to chat with them and check out work spaces in person! All of the store’s merchandise meets high standards in one or more of these 3 key areas: handmade and artisanal goods, fair trade practice, and humanitarian/philanthropic causes. This model makes it possible for people in poverty stricken areas to gain self-sufficiency, preserve local cultures, and develop a higher quality of life. Pretty incredible, right?
And while Accompany is passionate about its values, just a quick look around proves it never loses sight that it’s a super chic shopping site! The folks there have such a great eye for design that it was hard to pick just a handful of items to feature in the image above. There’s even a “boutique” section that displays items by theme, so there’s something for everyone whether you’re adventurous or preppy!
Now who feels like doing a little bit of shopping? Accompany is generously offering one lucky Little White Whale reader $200 in store credit (yay!), so go and enter using the Rafflecopter below! Even if you don’t happen to win, I hope you’ll leave their site a little more mindful that every purchase you make can have a real purpose, as I have.
*** This giveaway open to readers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. It will close on Tuesday, May 21st at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck!!
Movie screenshot from The Other Woman
Popsugar invited some NYC bloggers to a screening of The Other Woman this week, and it was such a fun event to attend! In the movie, Carly (Cameron Diaz) discovers that her perfect boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau AKA Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones) is married to Kate (Leslie Mann), and when the two of them discover yet ANOTHER mistress, Amber (Kate Upton), all the ladies team up together to take him down. I’m not really one for super sappy chick flicks, so I was happy that The Other Woman didn’t veer off in that direction. It was straight up hilarious and showed the special bonds we have with our girlfriends in a very sweet but real way. One of my favorite scenes was when Carly and Kate drink the night away and play dress up in Carly’s incredible closet in a drunken laughing stupor – I couldn’t help but smile and think about all the absolutely ridiculous moments I’ve had with my own girlfriends over the years. Watch the trailer below at the :45 mark to see a snippet!
And of course, the wardrobe choices in the film were nothing short of fabulous. I found myself oohing and ahhing over Kate the housewife’s outfits the most. Her style had a very feminine and slightly retro look that I actually found really wearable. Does this mean I’m bound for the suburbs of Connecticut?! Carly, on the other hand, worked as a high powered attorney who wore lots of sleek and classic looking pieces, and Amber’s outfits had a young beachy feel consisting of a lot of denim cut offs, casual tees, and tank tops. Oh yes, and bikinis…I mean you gotta work that in when it comes to Kate Upton, right?
When the movie ended and the giggles subsided, there was a Q&A session with the movie’s legendary costume designer, Patricia Field. This lady is responsible for dressing the casts of Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada, and my personal favorite, Ugly Betty! She talked about her secret to creating believable characters on screen (finding common ground between actors and their personas), and focusing on creating an authentic look rather than picking pieces in the hopes that they’ll become the next big fad. Interesting stuff!
The Other Woman opens on April 25, so round up your ladies for a fun night out!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Fox through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about The Other Woman, all opinions are my own.
The shampoo mavens over at V05 have been working hard at developing a new scent for their line, and I was lucky enough to be invited to give some feedback at a luncheon they hosted last week at Back Forty West! We learned a bit about the history of the company, which was really interesting – I had no idea the brand was nearly 60 years old, nor did I know that the name V05 comes from the “5 vitamin oils” that are included in all of their products. The more you know!
The highlight of our luncheon was smelling the samples (obviously)! I had never participated in anything like this before, so the whole process was new and exciting to me. We were given small bottles one at a time, which we sniffed and tried our best to decipher what the heck we were smelling. It was so funny to see how the fragrances impacted everyone differently: “This smells like the color pink! This smells like when you walk onto an airplane!” After jotting down our notes, the experts revealed the breakdowns of each scent, which were surprisingly complex, and we could see if we were close with our assessments.
Our session was dessert themed, so everything revolved around sugary goodness. Which one sounds like it would be your favorite?
Scent #1 was light and sweet, with hints of citrus, vanilla, and almonds
Scent #2 had a fruity candy scent that remind me Swedish Fish!
Scent #3 was the most decadent with strong notes of coconut and caramel.
Welcome to Day #18 of 24 Merry Days, folks! I have an incredible giveaway lined up for you today – a $150 gift certificate to Oh Hello Friend, which you can use online OR at the brick and mortar store in Fullerton, CA. Danni’s store has a charming vintage feel to it, and it’s absolutely chock full of carefully curated goodies for crafters, decorators, and antique seekers alike. Her custom designed rubber stamps and wooden gift tags are a must-have in my book!
This giveaway ends on December 25, 2013 at 11:59PM PST and is open to readers worldwide, so there’s no excuse not to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and contacted by email – good luck!!
And of course the fun doesn’t end here :-) Be sure to check out 24 Merry Days for more awesome giveaways leading up to Christmas. Some fab prizes up for grabs right now include some fab shoes, a stunning necklace, and gifts from The Land of Nod and Baba Souk, just to name a few!
I first discovered Baba Souk a few months ago when I stumbled upon the cutest watermelon tote bag from their store, and it was love at first sight when I started perusing the rest of their wares! The Montreal-based store stocks a mix of in-house designs and unique handmade creations from indie designers, so you never have to worry that two other people are going to show up to your holiday gathering toting the same exact gift…awkwaaard.
Here’s a gift guide of some of my favorite Baba Souk goodies! I’m more than ready to grab a book and snuggle up under that cloud blanket right now. And as an added bonus, you can use the code littlewhitewhale to get 15% off your order from December 5 to December 10 – happy shopping!
* This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are based on my personal views.
It’s time to kick off the merriest month of the year with some 24 Merry Days action! 24 bloggers have come together once again to host a giveaway each day in December all the way up to Christmas. I’ve given the site a cozy winter makeover, and the prizes are bigger and badder than ever thanks to Audrey from This Little Street!
My giveaway will take place on Dec. 18, so mark your calendars and be sure to check 24 Merry Days daily to win goodies from Anthropologie, Poppin, The Land of Nod, and even an amazing bike from PUBLIC – wahoo! To say that I’m a bit jealous of you all that get to enter to win these incredible prizes would be quite the understatement.