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10 glittery makeup ideas for your new year’s festivities

We could all use a little extra sparkle in our life from time to time, and what better occasion to throw some glitter on than for New Year’s Eve!  Keep it subtle and simple with a shimmery liner, or go all out with firework glitter – from the simple to the complicated, we’ve got 10 glittery makeup ideas for your new year’s festivities below.  If anything, this is definitely THE night ( other than Halloween, of course ) that sky’s the limit when it comes to shine, so don’t be shy and ring in the new year with serious sparkle!

xx Sabina & Valerie

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gifts that give back

I love giving gifts, but what I love even more is a gift that keeps giving.  There is no better time than Christmas to do good – as author Washington Irvin said, “Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”  And so, we have rounded up a few of our favorite charitable gifts that give back:

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1 – Symbolic Animal Adoption – A $55.00 symbolic adoption supports WWFs global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats.  Choose your favorite animal and recieve a plush version of it, accompanied by an adoption certificate, a species card, and a WWF gift tote.  Not only will your little one receive an adorable toy, but will also learn about animal conservation, and caring for our planet.  It’s a win-win in my book!  Find your favorite here

2 – Black Striped Basket – This basket is made by a group of 30 women for whom basket-making has become increasingly important in the past years, as crops have been destroyed by elephants migrating through their fields to the Tsovo East National Park.  Far and Wide Collective partners with super talented artisans in post-conflict and emerging countries, providing them with a platform to reach the international market, promoting the growth of a more sustainable infrastructure of these communities.  $70.00

3 – Tiny Brass Cube earrings – by Nisolo, a company who, according to their website, “want to do fashion in a way that connects and benefits both consumers and producers. We operate a hand-up model that empowers makers in emerging economies by connecting them to the global marketplace in a responsible manner.”  What’s better that a gorgeous pair of delicate earrings that not only look good, but do good!  $34.00

4 – Horn Line Ring – Brought to you by Soko, another forward thinking company connecting and training artisans, who are mostly women,  in emerging markets with the global marketplace, helping to drive local economic development.  $54.00

5 – Porcupine Naibor Earrings – Tanzania.  Another beauty brought to you by Far and Wide Collective.  $55.00

6 – Vacuum Insulated Bottle (17oz, 23oz) – $28.00.  Every bottle purchased helps give one person in need clean water for one year.  Made by Miir, who “redesigned a timeless object with the mission to provide clean water to those without. Through this we have built wells, started a bicycle line providing transportation locally and globally, and we continue with a bag line empowering education.”

7 – Benedict the Bunnie by Cuddle + kind – $55.00 – adorable, handcrafted, knit dolls that help feed children in need.  For every cuddle+kind doll you purchase, they will provide 10 meals to children in need through their partners World Food Program USA* andChildren’s Hunger Fund.  ( Due to the overwhelming demand, their dolls won’t ship until the end of January)

8 – Friendship Pouch – this $25.00 bag by FEED provides 10 school meals for children around the world.  Doing good and looking good?  That’s twice as nice if you ask us! 😉

What are your favorite ways to give during the holidays?  Share with us below!

Happy giving!

xx Sabina & Valerie

Favorite Finds, Sabina's Life

Top knot + favorite find

Half top-knot, half bun, half up half down, half updo…whatever you call it, I’m crazy excited that my hair is finally long enough to do it!  I used to live in top knots when my hair was long, so this feels sort of like coming home after a very long trip – easy, familiar, comfortable…yes!  And so nice to finally have a quick dirty-hair solution ( don’t judge 😉 and don’t judge the roots ;))  Speaking of excited, I’m super thrilled about my new necklace from Chrissy and the lovely gals at Layered + Long.  I’m not much of a jewelry kind-of-girl, but I wanted to something to wear, something close to my heart, to show my love for my little ones.

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I’ve been searching for something delicate for ages, but haven’t come across anything that spoke to me, that is, until one day when I was browsing Etsy and stumbled upon Layered + Long.  I found myself oohing and aahing over all the beautiful, delicate pieces.  I was (barely) able to narrow it down to two – a personalized Extra Small Skinny Bar Necklace and a Tiny Gold Triangle Necklace

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I wear the pieces 24/7, and am absolutely in love.  And, fyi, they are the perfect gifts for baby showers!  Want to snag one for yourself?  Of course you do!  And you’re in luck, because they have so generously offered a coupon code for all BLANQI girls!  Just use BLANQI10 upon checkout for your special discount, and enjoy your own piece of Layered and Long.

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About the mama behind Layered +  Long:

“My name is Chrissy Lavdovsky, and I’m the designer of the jewelry brand Layered + Long. I live on a cliff overlooking the ocean in the historical town of La Conner, Washington. My jewelry line focuses on delicate, minimal necklaces that look elegant on their own or layered with other pieces. I like to play with the juxtaposition of feminine and edgy and combine strong geometric forms and clean lines with touches of sparkle and color.  I’ve always had a strong need to create; my primary inspiration is making things that people love. I was that kid who would make the teacher some crazy over-achieving present (that she had no idea what to do with, I’m sure). I graduated with a degree in art history, then ended up at Goldman Sachs selling bonds in Chicago. It didn’t take me long to realize I should be pursuing a more creative path…It all began on my living room floor with my 2-year-old and dog beside me. I found selling on Etsy to be the perfect outlet for me, and Layered + Long quickly grew into what is now: my dream come true.”

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Etsy love

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Obsessed with the following art pieces we found on Etsy.  Be sure to check out their shops to show them some love!

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1.  Baby Girl birth announcement by inhauspress

2.  Dark blue silk dress by Lennyfashion

3.  Vintage illustration wallpaper by anewalldecor

4.  Concrete Icosahedron Planter and Sculpture by Pasinga

5.  Knitted badger head taxidermy by sincerelylouise

6.  Think twice fabric money wallet by AIYshop

xx Sabina & Valerie

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5 reasons for kids to wear cotton in the summer

I have a confession to make – I love, love, love cotton! ( I’m pretty sure it has something to do with growing up with a mother who shunned all but natural fibers – I can still hear her voice echoing down the hall, telling me to always wear cotton underwear 😉 )   As it turns out, mother knows best – there are many great reasons for kids to wear cotton, especially during the warm summer months!

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1.  Breathable – Cotton allows better air circulation, which helps in absorbing and removing body moisture caused by sweat.  It breathes better than oil-based synthetic fibers like polyester, and keeps sweat and moisture out to minimize fungal breeding ( yep, fungal breeding!)

2.  Cool – Cotton is light in weight and in color unless it is dyed. Being light-coloured will help the light to pass through instead of being absorbed and hence we will not feel the heat as much. If you wear loose clothes instead of tight fitting clothes, there will be ample of space for the air to pass through. ( The Human Touch of Chemistry )

3.  Tough – Summer is for climbing trees, building forts, rolling in the grass, and playing in the mud.  Cotton is as tough as your little one and will hold up against warm weather antics and super heavy washes.

4.  Sensitive – Cotton is soft, doesn’t trap moisture, and doesn’t irritate delicate skin like synthetic fibers.

5.  Odorless – Cotton releases sweaty, stinky odors more easily than other fibers.

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It’s actually not that easy to find clothing made of 100% cotton, so I was super excited when I came across Marya’s store, Swallow’s Return.  Beyond adorable designs for the little ones and mom!  I fell head over heels for this modern-yet-girly flutter sleeve dress.  It satisfies both my modern aesthetic with the geometric print and Sienna’s princess aesthetic with the blush pink flutter sleeves and long length.  She twirled around in excitement and lit up with joy like a little firefly!

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  If you haven’t already, do yourselves a favor and go, no run, over to Mayra’s store and get your hands on one of these cute creations, then sweat, rinse, and repeat 😉

 

xx Sabina

 

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5 cool last-minute father’s day gifts

Just because he’s pushing 40, 50, 60, and on, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t still like to play.  And what better way to show your appreciation of his juvenile side than to get him his own, grown-up version of a lego kit.  We’ve scoured the web for the 5 coolest DIY kits that will have him forever singing your praises 😉

 
 

For the Crooner

Homemade Gin Kit.  $49.95, Crate & Barrel.

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For the Botanist

Makerskit DIY Hanging Air Plant Terrarium Kit.  $24.00, Urban Outfitters

 
 

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For the Gastronomist

Cuisine Molecular Gastronomy Kit.  $49.00-$65.00, Uncommon Goods

 
 

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For the Technophile

littleBits Deluxe Kit, $199.00, Adafruit

 
 

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For the Cultivator

Mini DIY Farmer’s Cheese Kit 3-5 batches.  $12.00, UrbanCheesecraft

 
 

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girl Friends to Follow // June Edit

We thought we would start sharing a selection of some of the talented, creative and inspirational women currently wearing and sharing their love of BLANQI. We streamlined this selection down to two with JUNE in mind. Click on their photos to go follow these girls on Instagram. You will become as obsessed as we are.

xo, Valerie & Sabina

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Grace of Camp Patton || Due this JUNE with baby #5 , she’s witty and all together lovely.

“One of thee only reasons I stay on top of the laundry these days is to keep one of these [BLANQI Bodystyler Belly Support Tanktops] clean at all times because I’ve become sadly dependent on it. If I go hours without wearing it and then I put it on it’s like that feeling you get after standing all day and then finally sitting, if that makes sense.”

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Amy of JUNE and january [formerly Little Hip Squeaks and formerly pregnant] || She just said goodbye to LHS and hello to a new brand name, june and january– the months in order in which her beautiful babies arrived on this earth. We think it’s truly perfect and are fist pumping for her continued success!

“BLANQI leggings have been my go-to. The best part about BLANQI leggings is their pieces can be dressed up or down, and give a great amount of supper to your growing bump. They’re not too thick and not too thin, so I feel like my lumps are covered, but I’m not overheating. “

 

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Sun protection for little sun lovers – our top rash guard picks

We can’t tell you how excited we are about these adorable rash guards!  Not only are they super cute, but they’re also incredible time-savers –  greasing up little wriggly toddlers can be quite the exercise in patience and time management!  These triple threats make a fashion statement, save your time & sanity, and most importantly, save lives:

Zebra print by GAP – your future zoologist will love this monochromatic geo print.

Nautical stripes by Hanna Andersson – faux elbow reinforcement for your little bruiser.

Taylor 3D Sea Print by Stella McCartney – does she makes this in adult sizes?  Love!

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Sunny stripes by Hanna Andersson – she’ll light up the beach in this bright top.

Sharks by Boden – understated, yet fun for your little swim shark.

Neptune Swimming Tigers by Molo – for the kiddo who wants to make a serious entrance to the pool.

“Bon Voyage” by Osh Kosh – sweet and simple.

Racing Stripes by J Crew – for your minimalist with an edge.