On Purpose – From Rwanda with Love @ Kate Spade

Kate Spade has launched On Purpose line of items made by 150 women artisans of Masoro in Northern Province, Rwanda.  All pictures below are courtsey of katespade.com

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The BrandOn Purpose for Kate Spade

The IT Factor: Handmade items by artisans from Rwanda

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The Inspiration: Provide means to these enterprising women so that they may work and feed their families.

Country of origin: Rwanda

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Where to buy: Katespade.com

Sissi’s Notes: Am sure Kate Spade is making money somehow but it warms my heart to see the women being given an opportunity to work at whatever their talent and feed their community. Please check out the items over at katespade.com

Review: Aria Pumps by Tory

WhatAria Jeweled Pumps by Tory Burch

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Season: Winter 2014?

Material: 100% satin upper, leather lining and sole

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Quality: Excellent! The heel is manageable (had them on for over four hours and felt just fine), the pointed toes scream sharp and classy while the crystal bow is a sweet addition for sparkle without being tacky.  Perfect! I’ve worn with a dress and a skirt so far, and received lots of compliments.

Fit: True to size

Sissi’s verdict: Keeper!! The pumps definitely elevate your outfit, and your feet ;)

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Weekend: Green and jewels

Sunshine after the mix of rain and snow! A review of the pretty pumps tomorrow ;)

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OI: Snow and rain

Hi all, some outfit ideas from this week.  Lots of rain and snow/sleet here…and it’s getting even colder…I miss Spring! Hope you enjoy the outfits below, and let me know which you like best.

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top/sweater/skirt(J.crew, old)/boots (RL, old) — top(J.Crew)/skirt/(H&M)boots(Cole Haan) — top(Gap)/cords(J.Crew)/boots(Hunter)

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top(J.Crew)/sweater(Madewell,old)/boots(TB) — skirt(eBelandi)/belt(J.Crew) — top/necklace/skirt(J.Crew,old)

Africa & Fashion: Nana Wax

Designer of the week: Nanawax.  All images below are courtesy of nana-wax.com.

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I found this fashion house while perusing instagram for inspiration on wax-made clutches. The good news: the store is located in Cotonou, Benin but ships worldwide.  The sad news: there are only eight items listed now on her etsy store. There may be more coming…:) Also, her website needs to upgrade, but she definitely has some interesting accessories to offer :) Will keep you posted if I get more info on this store.

 

Review: Leopard Loafers

I was so excited to get these loafers when they went on sale. Though the quality is good, I was a little disappointed by the off sizing. My full review below.

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What: Collection Sofie Calf Hair loafers by J.Crew

Season: Winter 2014

Material: 100% calf hair outer, leather lining and sole.

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Quality: Very good! The calf hair and loafer style are all nicely done, but the sizing is off.

Fit: I’d say the shoes run half a size bigger than normal.

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Sissi’s verdict: Return. I’d recommend half a size down if you are considering.

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