{Disclosure: I was sent a pair of earrings for free to review for this post. My thoughts are my own and are my honest feelings about the product.}

I’m so excited to tell you today about Kilee and her new business. Some of you know her on Instagram as onelittlemomma and her belt business One Little Belt. I’m super excited to tell you about her newest venture – Nickel & Suede.

nickelandsuedelogoNickel & Suede is a shop full of wonderful accessories, most made of leather. From their website:

Kilee is a style and DIY blogger who will often alter an existing item or make something herself to get just the right look. One Saturday while getting dressed, she was looking for the right color of gold earring; everything she owned was too yellow. She remembered she had picked up a piece of gorgeous gold textured leather the week before and thought maybe it would work for earrings. She traced her favorite pair of silver teardrop earrings and cut them out.

OLB5As she attached the hooks, she could see that the look was perfect; what she didn’t expect was that they felt even better than they looked! The leather was so lightweight, flexible, and comfortable. They didn’t pull on her ears, cut into her neck, or even make a sound. Soon, Kilee started wearing these leather earrings exclusively. When she realized she was even wearing them to mow the lawn because she couldn’t even feel them, she knew she was onto something.

In 2013, Kilee started selling leather earrings and eventually leather cuffs, which had also been spontaneously created as the perfect accessory to one of her outfits. Her business expanded from leather belts for babies and toddlers into leather accessories to keep women feeling stylish and comfortable for everything from errand runs to date nights.

n&s3I was sent this amazing pair of weathered turquoise earrings in size 2.5″ – aren’t they fabulous? I love how light they are, despite being leather. The leather is so soft and I hardly notice them when I’m wearing them. Kilee sent them on a really unique wooden earring card in a Nickel and Suede jewelry box. Every detail was so well thought out. I’m so impressed and can’t wait to get my own slit leather cuff!

n&s2Kilee has generously offered to give away a $50 gift certificate to Nickel & Suede. You can follow her via social media: website | facebook | instagram and enter to win the $50 gift certificate below.

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cadorah-giveaway-header I’m so excited today to tell you about Jennifer and her amazing jewelry shop called Cadorah. Jen has been so sweet in our encounters over email and sent me this wonderful necklace from her shop to review AND there’s a sweet little treat at the end of this post for you all!

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One of the things that I love about this necklace, and all of the jewelry in the Cadorah shop is the use of color. I love how the colors are so well paired and seem to go together perfectly. The beads are gorgeous and a great weight and the necklace has an extender so I can adjust the length according to what I’m wearing.

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Jennifer opened her Cadorah Jewelry shop on Etsy in January 2012. She says, “I love helping women to feel beautiful. Adding a little sparkle to your day is my main focus. Every bead, finding, etc. is hand selected by myself and handmade with love by ME!” I love like-minded people! In December, Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, she’s doing well thanks to early detection (get your mammogram’s ladies!!) and is in the process of creating a line called Cadorah Can. 10% of each Cadorah Can sale will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to directly fund mammograms for women in need. Love that!

Jennifer has generously offered to give away a $25 gift certificate to her shop! You can enter via the Rafflecopter App below and entries will close on April 1st. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, April 2nd.

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photo 3When Jess contacted me to do a review & giveaway, I have to be honest that I had never heard of Trades of Hope. Once she explained it to me, I was immediately on board. This sounds like such an amazing organization, leading women out of poverty around the world (which is so near to my heart). I love organizations that teach women a trade so that they can start their own businesses and sell their wares. Amazing. I truly believe this is the way to break the cycle of poverty. Teaching a woman to fish instead of just giving her fish.

Jess sent me this beautiful scarf from Trades of Hope. One of the things I love about it (besides the story behind it) is that it’s so light, but not too light. It’s perfect for this time of the year and I can see it easily transitioning to spring and even summer on those cool nights. The colors are beautiful and the texture of it really makes it unique. It’s a perfect length and the tassels at the end are a nice touch. Basically, I’m smitten with it and am so excited to have my own Trades of Hope piece to wear.

scarf2I wanted Jess to tell you more about Trades of Hope since I’m a TOH newbie, so here she is…

Hello!  My name is Jess and I am am a grateful wife, momma, friend, teacher, and learner.  I am passionate about my family, faith, serving others, and living my life in a way that Jesus may be glorified!  Since the adoption of our daughter from Colombia in 2012, I was excited to learn about a missional business that is committed to empowering women out of poverty. Finding it has recently made a difference in my life and, more importantly, in the lives of countless women whom I may never meet. I am grateful for every day we have with our daughter but I know if there could be fewer orphans in the world, than that would be a great thing. I believe Trades of Hope is doing just that. Trades of Hope partners with missions, co-ops, and organizations from all over the world to help desperate women {victims of abuse, addiction, illness and disease, trafficking, etc.} market and sell their beautiful handmade products through fair trade to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Empower Definition I first noticed the beautiful jewelry, home décor, and handcrafts this company offered for purchase in the U.S through home/online parties, but as you read about where and how each piece is made you realize these products and this company are helping improve the lives of women all over the world through parties with a purpose. Since becoming a Compassion Entrepreneur in February 2013, I have gained the ability to share and help others realize the power of their purchases could support and meet the needs of these women artisans.

Many of these women are not in poverty because they lack abilities, but they lack opportunity. They do not want charity…they need an opportunity. Every purchase through Trades of Hope helps provide women and their families with clean water, medical care, schooling for their children, food, and a second chance at life! Women in Uganda can now send their children to school and pay for their HIV medical care by making bracelets; victims of acid attacks in Cambodia are learning the trade of crocheting and knitting while gaining dignity and healing; Haitian women are keeping their babes instead of giving them to an orphanage because they’re making beauty out of cereal boxes; girls in California are learning they are cherished and redeemed while making recycled glass necklaces once they are rescued from sex trafficking in our own country.

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In September 2013, I had the privilege of meeting three of the artisan groups we work with in Haiti. I saw firsthand how they make beauty out of cereal boxes and clay, old oil drums, and burlap. These talented women are able to keep their babes in their homes because of the trades they are taught and it was a gift to learn from and spend time with them.

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You are invited to take a look around my site, view the accessories, and read the artisan profiles. You are welcome to host a party with a purpose or purchase a fair trade product and make a difference for a positive change in the world — one accessory at a time. Or you can join me in changing this world by becoming a Compassion Entrepreneur.

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scarf AND I’d love the opportunity to GIFT you with a beautiful Nepali Aqua scarf that is providing freedom for girls from Kathmandu! Did you know that Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world with an unemployment rate of 42%? Many girls are lured into the sex trade to survive. Every year approximately 10,000 girls from ages 9 to 16 are sold, stolen, or forced into brothels. Parents are even afraid to send their daughters to school for fear they will be taken for the sex trade. The girls making these have been given an opportunity to earn a fair wage by making handcrafts which allows them to have hope and dignity. They are being trained to own their own businesses and take pride in their work. That is a pretty powerful scarf!

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I am so excited about this first giveaway for 2014. When Kristi and Robin from Barn Owl Primitives contacted me about doing a review & giveaway, I didn’t even have to take a second to think before saying “YES”! I’ve loved Kristi’s signs for such a long time and am so excited that I now have one of my own.

BOPOur new home doesn’t look too much like a cabin, but we feel like this is our own little retreat. Kristi has made what I think is the perfect sign for our place. The Cabin Rules Sign so perfectly lays out my dreams for our home: relax, read a book, take a nature walk, play games, listen to birds. The sign encompasses my dreams for our home – it’s like it was perfectly made for me! I couldn’t wait to find a place in our home to put the sign. I love how each of Kristi’s signs are handmade and roughed up for a look that’s just perfect for the decor in our house. Another great thing is that you can choose the colors for your sign to match the decor in your house. Perfection.

photo 1Barn Owl Primitives has so many different styles and sizes to choose from. Every time Kristi posts a new one on Instagram I’m instantly smitten. Which is your favorite? Use coupon code AMYCORNWELL15 to receive 15% off your order in the BOP shop (through 2/8/14).

BOP2Enter to win a $75 credit to BOP so that you can choose your own! You can enter via the Rafflecopter App below and I’ll choose a winner on 1/29/14.

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Today I’m so excited to tell you more about the new business of my friend Amber. I love Amber and her sweet family. She’s kind, hospitable, smart and loves to make things. Whether that be noodles for her family to enjoy for dinner or quilts to keep people cozy and warm. She is an inspiration to me and I love that I get to share her with you today. She’s been doing what she does for a long time but just recently started selling her creations. She’s jumping into her business head-first and I hope that you’ll go on over and see what she has to offer. I’m doing a Q&A with Amber today, so let’s get started!

1002357_10151721060734192_1325302323_n Tell us about yourself.
I’m Amber Pierre, married to Stev and mom to Claris, Chester and Electa.  I stay home with my little ones and work part-time for a mission organization translating curriculum into Haitian Creole.  I’ve made quilts for years, but only recently decided to sell them when I realized my own kids probably didn’t need more than 3 quilts each!

1004547_10153467823985366_1043955720_n(1) How did you come to start Handmade by Madame Pierre?
My grandmother always made quilts for the little ones in our family, and when she couldn’t make them anymore, I started making them.  I really had fun with it. liked carrying on that tradition, and really liked having a practical/useful hobby.  I make rag quilts, which are very soft flannel.  I also make tie quilts, probably how people picture quilts – squares on the top, and they’re tied at each corner.

quilts1What is your favorite Madame Pierre product?
A few years ago, someone in our family passed away, and I was asked to make quilts from his clothes for other family members.  This was such a bittersweet experience for me, but one I truly cherished.  I saw how much they were appreciated and how meaningful they were to people, and those Memory Quilts have since been my favorite.  I make Memory Quilts from outgrown baby/children’s clothes as well.

The Claris and Doll Baby EvelynHow can we find you and your shop?
I have a Facebook page – Handmade by Madame Pierre, or I can be reached by email at mme.stev@gmail.com