This past month I participated in the Bling in the New Year gift swap, which was all about accessories you could use for a New Years Eve party and beyond. I got paired with Allie, one of the organizers, and sent her a box of goodies earlier this month (even though I was tempted to keep some of the pieces myself!). Head on over to her place to see what I gave her! (erm, I may have forgotten to take a pic before I sent it off to her).
And here’s what she got me:
A very pretty beaded necklace! It’s a brass chain with champagne colored beads, and can be worn double-layered or as a longer single necklace. I don’t own anything like it yet and it will be super versatile, so it was perfect! And aside from just sheer pretty factor, it was also from iSanctuary, a company that helps survivors of human trafficking reintegrate into society. So, my necklace was handmade by a woman or girl rescued from slavery, and the proceeds go directly to her bank account to help her build a new life. If I’m reading the signature on the tag correctly, her name is Seema. Allie got a gift not just for me, but for this woman halfway around the world working to start over. That is pretty awesome.
Sadly, we had to cancel our New Years Eve party since Ian is still fighting off shingles, but I’m sure I’ll find occasion to wear this soon! Thank you, Allie! 😀
Happy New Years to all of you! What are your plans tonight?
I thought it’d be fun to do a little review of things that have happened on this here blog over the past year and see what’s what. I don’t generally pay too much attention to my pageview stats, so some of the selections for the most popular posts were a bit surprising. And some of the ones I’d really liked from earlier in the year I had forgotten about, so it was nice to revisit everything. 😀 Most Popular Posts of 2012 based on page views Outfits: Mustard & Stripes and Olive & Mustard. You guys were as much […]
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