Friday, October 17, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Link LLLove

     October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is a cause that means a great deal to us.  We lost our Grandmother to breast cancer in 2007, and just this last year we lost a dear friend of our family, and mother of one of our closest friends.
     Breast Cancer has taken too many lives, and it's time we all did what we could to stop it.   Here are some brands that are showing the power of pink by giving a portion of the proceeds from these apparel lines to breast cancer research.  

Until there's a cure, let's keep the fight alive.

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Evite's Magical Masquerade Ball

    We love this chic and sparkly Halloween party idea!  This whimsical twist on the classic Cinderella story, is perfect for Halloween, a birthday party, or a fundraiser gala! Create or buy a gorgeous mask, and dress up for Halloween this year.  You don't need a fancy ballroom, this party shoot was created in an apartment and a rooftop! ;) To see the full details including a drink recipe for a "Glass Slipper" cocktail, visit Evite Gatherings!

Jen & Jess

Photography: Alice Hu Photography
Design + Styling: Jessica Bailey for Evite

Friday, October 10, 2014

Krochet Kids

This week's give-back post is nothing but knit.  (That was a very bad basket ball joke, incase you missed it.)  But seriously, we are proud to turn the spotlight onto Krochet Kids Intl.  This non-profit organization works with highly vulnerable women who live in the most poverty stricken regions of the world, and empowers them to not only survive, but thrive.
How?  By providing a job so that women can meet the present needs of their family.  Then educating them, so that they can develop beyond the need for outside aid.  And then providing mentors to help each lady plan a unique and sustainable career path for the future.
The progress they have seen since starting their non-profit: Income of the women working for them has increased 10 times, savings has increased 25 times, their families are 5 times healthier, physical abuse is down 40%, and children are 25 times more likely to attend high school if their mother participates in Krochet Kids' program.
They also have a men's, children's, bags, apparel, and accessories line...all knit, all adorable.
Every product made, is signed by the woman who made it.  Adding ownership to their product.  
 Thank you Carmen, my beanie is beautiful, and I love it!

Abby Beanie: Krochet Kids

Help give women in extreme poverty a chance to not only survive, but to provide for their families in a sustainable way, and create a life they are proud of.

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kid's Halloween Costume Link LLLove!

It's time to find a costume, and these ones are pretty darn adorable!

Could these kids BE any cuter?...answer: nope!

Dumb and Dumber // Where's Waldo? // Curious George // Do you Want to Build a Snowman? ...Yes I do! // Baby Audrey

Pint sized costumes that you can make at home, and are adorable!  Happy Halloween! 

Jen & Jess

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


October means Halloween craft idea time!! Though I am, in every way, a chocolate lover, sometimes you just need a healthy option.  One of our wonderful readers, and friends, inspired this idea, and we LLLove it! 

Boo-nana Needs:
 1) Bananas
2) Cupcake decorating kit (I got this one at Ralph's, but any sugar eyes would work for the ghosts.)
3) Tangerines
4) Toothpicks with cellophane tops.
 Peel a banana, and cut it in half.
 Add eyes.
 The cupcake kit was to make spiders, but I cut the toothpicks  down to make a centipede. 
Peel a tangerine and use a cut down toothpick for the top, to make baby pumpkins.

Oh my gosh, they are so adorable it's scary! ;)

Jen & Jess

Friday, October 3, 2014


It's time to get FashionABLE!  We have featured this give-back-brand before on the blog because they also have a custom shall line for weddings (see post here).  We have loved their scarves, and their mission to employ and rehabilitate women in Africa who are facing desperate circumstances...and now there is more to love!!

FashionABLE has launched a line of leather goods!  All of their products are hand crafted in Africa and signed by the artisan, with a note of what they are ABLE to do with your support.  It was high time for another purchase, post, and wave of support for this wonderful, world changing, organization. 

Mamuye Leather Tote: FashionABLE // Selam Scarf: FashionABLE // "Cindy" Skinny Boyfriend Jeans: Articles of Society

Create sustainable business, empower women in Africa, and buy really cute things = win, win, win!

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy Socktober!

Happy October everyone! It's time to "take back the internet and do something great!"  And we happen to know how...

FACT! Kid President is partnering with Soulpancake, Smartwool, and Cole + Parker to bring you #Socktober!

FACT! On any given night in the US, around 600,000 people are homeless.

FACT! We can all do something to help them.  

Step 1: Watch this video. 

FACT!  Linen, Lace, & Love and Charity Girl Problems are jumping on this bandwagon of awesome by donating one pair of socks, to our nearest homeless shelter, for every like on instagram, twitter, Facebook, every comment, every retweet...any way you know of to tell us that you saw, heard, and are ready to help, we will answer!  You can make a difference by just clicking a button. 

Click here for more information.

"The time to be awesome is now!  1 month.  1 million people.  All helping the homeless."

Jen & Jess, and Charity Girl

image via here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Be YOU tiful

Today we, once again, get to feature Sevenly!
Sevenly was founded in 2011 by four people who shared the mission of leading a generation toward generosity. Based on a core belief that “People Matter,” they began a journey to do their part in helping to change the world for the better. 
Activating the “cause art” movement worldwide, Sevenly creates 7-day cause campaigns, inviting customers to purchase products that gave $7 to a weekly charity. 

This shirt in particular supports Made In A Free World.  Which is a movement committed to using the power of the marketplace to disrupt the business of slavery.
I was drawn to the message.  It reminded me of a Coco Chanel quote that we posted last night on our instagram, "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself."  and another quote by Theodore Roosevelt, "comparison is the thief of joy."  I try to live by these two principles in so many ways.  Fighting to find, and hang on to, the girl I am, was, want to be, and constantly having to stop and remind myself that I only see what others present about themselves.  I don't see the struggle, and the hurt.  Their story is theirs and my story is mine, and unlike anyone elses. 
Happiness begins when you are beautiful to you, and that joy feeds other peoples stories.  It doesn't compare, or exalt, or diminish, it gladly and eagerly encourages, loves, motivates.  When you are "be YOU tiful," you are filled with a beauty that gives.  (It's a tall order I know.  And one that's nearly impossible to meet all the time. I'm far from it, but maybe just acknowledging it, is the start of something beautiful? Maybe?)
Top: Sevenly // "Cindy" Jeans: Articles of Society // "Strength" Key Necklace: The GIving Keys

I know it's just $7, and it never seems like enough, but it's an introduction to the change makers who are out there, and a way to stay inspired and encouraged until maybe you become one yourself. 

Jen & Jess