Friday, May 13, 2016

Every Woman Deserves an Education


It is our pleasure to introduce you to Fatim Bahh. A woman's clothing line with a big mission. 

The Republic of Guinea has one of the worst literacy rates in all of Africa.  Out of a population of 11.75 million only 34% of girls in this rural community complete their primary school and only 22.8% of the total Guinean female population above the age of 15 can read and write. 

Primary school in Guinea is 8 years and most of children do not complete it.  Many females are kept out of school to help their mothers take care of the family or help with domestic work or agriculture.

One Girl At A Time Foundation is working with an elementary, public school in Kassa, Guinea one of the poorest rural area of the country to help provide education for young girls. 10% of each purchase from Fatim Bahh clothing line is donated to One Girl At A Time. In addition to financial contributions, they send school supplies (purchased and donated) to their team in Kassa who ensures proper distribution of funds and supplies.

There is a quote, “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation)” 
-Dr. James Emman.

I'm not sure if I completely agree with that, but I do appreciate it's sentiment. I think men, and women, have an incredible potential to lead, create, raise, teach, change and they both should be given the opportunity to see that potential realized.
 
Thank you Faitm Bahh, for allowing us to partner with you to share the work you are doing to give hope, knowledge, and empowerment through education to one girl at a time. 

Shirt: Fatim Bahh (*giveback) // Earring and Ring: Rocks Box (use code: Linenlaceandlovexoxo to get a free box) // Tote: Live FashionABLE (*giveback, also available in more colors) // Bracelet: Beyond Beanie (*giveback) //


LLLove,
Jen

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Top 4 Wedding Dress Trends



When I dip, you dip, we dip: The V in the back, or the front, is a flattering favorite this year. (But maybe pick one or the other.)




photos from here & here.


The shape of things: For shape the winners are trumpet and A line, or you can go with a dress like this, and have both.

Photo from here.


A subtle change: If you want an nontraditional color, dove grey is a popular choice this year, and looks to carry it's rein into next year as well.



Photos from here.


Feeling the chill?: Long sleeves and lace have brides in love. 





Photos from here & here.


We need to go try all of these dresses on and drink Champagne immediately!



LLLove,

Jen & Jess



Monday, May 9, 2016

Mint Julep Bar

     Whether you are toasting the Kentucky Derby or looking for a refreshing spring cocktail, a mint julep is an excellent choice.  Put together a simple mint julep bar like this one Jess worked on with Evite.


     For a simple bar, set out a tray of glasses (mint juleps are typically served in silver cups) and all the ingredients you need.  For an extra measure, try using decorative straws and festive drink stirrers.


     To make a mint julep you just need a few key ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
  • Crushed ice
Directions
     Muddle fresh mint on the bottle of your cup.  In the same cup, pour in crushed ice, bourbon, and simple syrup.  Garnish with mint leaf.



See the rest of the this Kentucky Derby party from Evite.

LL&L,
Jen & Jess

Photography: Alice Hu Photography
Styling: Simply Something Creative
Signage: Jess Bailey

Friday, May 6, 2016

DIY Loose French Braid + Giveaway!

We have teamed up with lunchbox to bring you free stuff! We love playing dress, and that all starts with the hair and makeup. Your sweat pants can look dressy if your hair looks good. So, the generous people at TRESemme are doing this month’s First Friday Giveaway and they asked us to take part! For the first time ever, TRESemme Botanique products are available at Family Dollar, and you have the chance to get a coupon for a free bottle of shampoo (made with no parabens or dyes for healthy looking hair).

How can you qualify for the free product? It’s simple, just be one of the first 5,000 people to sign up. That’s it!

Visit the Family Dollar Value Meets Beauty Facebook tab today through May 12th to sign up for the giveaway and for the Value Meets Beauty email, where you’ll receive exclusive savings on the beauty products you love.

Even if you're not one of the first 5,000 to sign up, you’ll still receive a coupon for a $1 off TRESemme Botanique shampoo or conditioner at Family Dollar. Score!


Ever since I posted this photo on instagram people have asked about the hair (and the dress ;)).  It's very simple:
1) Start an inside out braid at your part. (don't know how to do an inside out braid, click here to learn.)
2) Once you get about 3 braids in, start to bring the hair around from the far side of your head, so that you are bringing all your hair from the left over to the braid on the right, and not braiding just the one side of your head.
3) once you hit the nape of your neck, stop and rubber band it.
4) This is the most important part! Pull on the braid, working your way back up the braid to loosen and fan out the hair that's there. This gives the braid a looser, fuller look.
5) Lastly I put what was left into a loose bun, and I was ready for the night. 

Don't forget to enter to win a free shampoo, here, and have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.


LLLove,
Jen

Post sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"I want to work with you."




I just got back from a wonderful visit to San Diego, and it was just as magical as it was when I left it. Sometimes I look at things that are so beautiful, so inspiring, and my negative side gets the better of me. 


Sometimes I feel like I can't keep up.  Like I have nothing to offer. I am intimidated by how easy everyone else makes it look. How creative and talented the world around me is, and instead of letting that creativity fuel me, I let it tear me down and make me feel like I'm not good enough. 


I take in all that is good and am overwhelmed by the possibilities, and completely defeated by them at the same time. 



Then at church the other day, our pastor was talking about offering and said it was God’s way of letting us be part of His miracle.  God doesn't need us.  He can do whatever He wants, He's the creator of the universe, but He let's us be a part of His miracle. 



Well! That got me thinking! After the service was over, while I sat on a slow moving A train to work, all I could do was write down the out pouring of my heart as God spoke healing and encouragement into it. “I want to work with you.”



God. God, the creator of the universe, the stars, the flowers, the sunset, THE artist to end all artists, wants to work with me. Wants to let me be part of His work, His miracle!  He chose me to be a collaborator. 


I had never thought of it like that before. I know God leads us, and I’m always praying for His guidance to be strong as I “Mr. Magoo” my way through this life, but I love the idea that God wants to work on projects with us. I love the idea of sitting at a table and brainstorming with the omniscient, creator of the universe!  It certainly puts a new spin on my morning devotional time.


And if that wasn't enough, God gives us the credit! Our name is on that miracle. That music. That piece of work. forever. 

Wrap Skirt: Cielo Boutique  // Bralette: American Eagle // Sandals: Nisolo (ethical/fair trade) // Basket Tote: Ten Thousand Villages (ethical/fair trade) *Use code: LLLOVE25 for 25% off at check out // Cuff Bracelet: Half United (Giveback) *Use code: LLLOVE25 for 25% off at check out // Earrings: Rocksbox (fill out a profile and they send you amazing jewelry every month, buy what you want, send back what you don't. Reduce, Reuse, Rocksbox) Use code: Linenlaceandlovexoxo for your first box free! // Sunnies: Planet Blue Eyewear (old but also love these) (Giveback) // Location: Carlsbad Flower Fields

So now my heart is open.  I have the single best collaborator in the universe, and He wants to work with you too.


LLLove,
Jen