Hey Fashionistas! This behind the scenes making of a “sexy” ad is eye opening t say the least !
This holiday season (RED) products make a red hot gift list while offering a great way to really make an impact with your purchasing power. When you choose a (RED) product proceeds go directly to The Global Fund where 100% of that money is used to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
These are fabulous finds you would want to give anyway because (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands to produce super cool products, that happen to save lives. Here are a few of my favorites:
UncommonGoods is based in Brooklyn, NY, and supports artists and environmentally friendly products, always finding unique items that take gift giving to a new level. You can Follow UncommonGoods on Pinterest or on Instagram to keep track of all their fabulous finds!
As I pull my mail out of the mailbox my pulse quickens… I see my new UncommonGoods catalog sticking out between the rest of the mundane mail items. Oh, come on, you know you have one too! What is it Williams Sonoma? B & H? We all have that one catalog…and this is mine. I prepare to dig in and check out what’s new, knowing I’ll find some great ideas among the pages, witty, whimsical, or creative, this is my go to shop for unique gifts. I tear out the things circled for my wish list, or the perfect gift for a friend. This catalog is always fun to look through because UncommonGoods supports artists and environmentally friendly products keeping its inventory fresh and innovative. I know I can always go online to order through the website, but I like the little paper reminders on hand to flip through when I am stumped for a present. Inevitably in a few days, when I’m going through my desk papers a tiny shred from the catalog will flutter to the floor. It might be the picture of the eggs in a nest necklace I’ve been pining for, or the Mathematical necktie for my husband that I know he’ll love.
Of course it’s the great selection they offer, but even more so I feel passionate about supporting companies that make giving back part of their business model. Not only has Uncommon Goods managed to curate a collection of items to find the perfect give for the perfect person, but while doing so their business has donated over $700,000 to non-profits as part of their Better To Give campaign over the past 12 years. The Better To Give program connects customers with charities around the globe, and with every purchase made a dollar is donated. Customers can choose to which of the Uncommon Goods non-profit partners the donation goes. Through supporting the arts community, the environment, and non-profits while providing a fantastic gift selection to us, the Brooklyn based company fulfills their goal to collectively “support the planet and to make it a better world for the people who live on it”.
“As an independently-owned business, we have the freedom to support causes we believe in and to impact the world in a positive way. Giving back is important to us and we want to share that passion with you, our customers. Through our Better to Give program, we’ve been able to build a better business by connecting our customers with charities around the globe. With every purchase you make, we’re proud to donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice.”-Uncommon Goods
They had been my favorite gift source before I learned about the Better To Give Program. I have often included items from their store in documama gift guides in the past. Now that I am aware that every time I shop with UncommonGoods, I am also donating to a charity I care about, I am thrilled to spread the word. UncommonGoods is donating $50.00 to Women for Women International , one of their partner charities, on my behalf in return for doing so. Women for Women International provides women survivors of war with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.
Along with my humanitarian interests, I am a big fan of design meets function. I strive for that in any purchase I make, and design meets function is just one of the philosophies I share with the folks at UncommonGoods. The goals of documama and those of UncommonGoods overlap; share great finds,support the arts, take care of the environment, and give back.
With everything that is going on in Turkey these days, the country and our family members there have been in the forefront of our minds. I decided to re-post this post I did a while ago on the symbolism of the evil eye. The people of Turkey could use some protection from ill will about now.
In the midst of exploring the magnificent architecture, history and culture of Istanbul,Turkey it was hard not to notice the tiny blue evil eye icons glinting at me throughout the city. It was on that first visit to Istanbul in 1997 that I learned the significance of the evil eye in the region. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica “Belief in the evil eye is ancient and ubiquitous: it occurred in ancient Greece and Rome; is found in Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions and in folk cultures and preliterate societies; and has persisted throughout the world into modern times.” The symbol of the blue eye is meant to ward off the “evil eye” look given intentionally or unintentionally of ill will, usually due to dislike or envy. The charm serves as protection by deflecting bad luck back at the offender or absorbing it. Word is that if your talisman cracks or breaks you know it worked to protect you. Speculation is that long ago due to the rarity of blue eyes in that area of the world, the color came under suspicion as powerful in some way.
By the time we returned home from that first visit we had acquired numerous evil eye souvenirs from our trip, items I looked at as beloved travel memorabilia and cultural artifacts. Two years later we went back to Istanbul with our infant daughter. Before we left for Turkey my husband’s sister gave us a tiny safety-pin with a plastic blue evil eye dangling from it. It was meant to be pinned to our baby’s clothes for safe travel. At night I would remove the tiny pin and place it on the dresser, but put it back on her each morning as we got dressed. The earthquake hit on our third night there, it registered as a 7.6 on the Richter Scale and when it was over our room was a jumble of toppled furniture and broken belongings. No one in our apartment had been injured, so we considered ourselves extremely fortunate. As we straightened up the mess in the room, atop the dresser sat the tiny plastic pin exactly in the spot I had set it the evening before. Nothing had fallen on it, in fact it had not moved at all, but it was cracked down the middle in a sharp jagged line. I gasped when I saw it, in my mind the superstition had been proven true. My baby had been protected by it. Sometimes a moment can alter your perception of something, consciously or not, when that internal shift takes place, the seed of that idea is planted. Rationally I remained skeptical, but spiritually I became a believer in the evil eye in that moment.
My father-in-law and husband tell the following story: For scientists, science and superstition are mutually inconsistent. A neighbor visiting Niels Bohr in his country home found the great Danish physicist (recipient of the 1922 Nobel Prize) nailing a horseshoe above the front door of his house. The friend laughed, “Professor Bohr, I cannot believe you believe the old superstition of horseshoes warding off bad luck!”
Bohr quipped, while continuing to fix the horseshoe in place, “I don’t, but this is just in case”
To this day I wear evil eye jewelry whenever I think of it, we have evil eye house wares throughout our home, and my car keys dangle from an evil eye key chain. Do I believe in the evil eye? I suppose I do, and I display it everywhere….just in case.