My five favorite accessories add an extra spring to my step. Literally, from shoes that started a movement to the original high fashion house committed to sustainability – these accessories make a statement. They never fail to start conversation…if you decide to rock any of my Five Faves, be prepared to share the story and be a part of a movement for change.
The Shoe that Started a Movement – TOMS
Why: Because they are so comfortable. They don’t give you weird toe blisters like new flats can, they come in a million colors and are somehow unquestionably acceptable to wear in pretty much any social setting – weddings, boardrooms, boats and…
These shoes helped jump start the One for One movement. With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. TOMS works with Giving Partners around the world to distribute shoes, plus they pick Giving Partners who are sustainable and have the greatest impact possible in the regions they serve.
Hottest Chain in the Game – Falling Whistles
Why: Because it can be worn alone or layered with other chains. It also adds so much style to the equation and the whistle actually works!
There is an ongoing, seemingly never-ending war going on in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Falling Whistles founders don’t claim to have all the answers, but the have taken a stand to raise awareness and elevate conversation. The whistle is their symbol of protest and they ask us to join them and “be a whistleblower for peace”. The profits from whistle sales go toward rehabilitating and advocating for the freedom of children who are victims of the system in Congo.
The Essential Everyday Tote – Stella Fallabella
Why: Because Stella McCartney is siiick (in a good way)! The bag is expandable and versatile – for both day or night. The hardware makes a statement, making the bag easily recognizable. By paying the (hefty) price of this bag you are not only getting a workhorse product, but also a symbol representing the fact that stylish accessories can stand for something. *These bags can often be found on designer flash sale sites at a discount.* And…
Stella is a figurehead for eco-fashion. She doesn’t necessarily claim this position, but by sticking to her beliefs she has in many ways pioneered the animal-free accessories movement, bringing awareness to animal activism in fashion. She’s admitted that her business is not perfect, but she is one of few luxury designers that offer leather alternative bags and shoes. She uses her celebrity and position to give a voice to organizations like PETA and Vegetarian Society.
My Inspiration – Malaika for Life
Why: You can never have too much wrist candy for your arm party! These bracelets come in a rainbow of colors so you can add one to the mix to compliment pretty much any outfit theme. They are so wearable since the beads are hand-wrapped around very flexible plastic tubing. They can even slide up the arm so they don’t interfere with typing and…
Every minute a child dies of Malaria, one of the top 3 killers of kids worldwide. This is a preventable and curable disease. Every 60 seconds a child dies from this preventable and curable disease. The cost to treat malaria can be as little as $1. Every bracelet purchase saves a life by providing crucial malaria treatment. Each bracelet is handmade by a group of women in Africa, providing them with a source of sustainable income.
More Arm Candy – Me to We Wrap Bracelets
Why: Wrap bracelets are here to stay! They are comfortable and bring an instant effortless style to any look. These wrap bracelets are just perpetually hip. The natural elements used in the Poa wrap bracelet look great worn alone or layered with other bracelets. And…
Each of these accessories are handcrafted by artisans around the world and are sustainably produced. As a result of Me to We Artisans, 800+ Maasai mamas are now employed full-time in Kenya. Every Me to We product makes an impact in a Free The Children community, (Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Rural China, India).
Who knew that accessorizing could not only look good, but do good?! These five do double duty as conversation starters raising awareness for various worthy causes.
Photos: Jarrett McGovern