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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lately Loving: The Little Market

Remember Lauren Conrad "LC" from Laguna Beach and The Hills? Well, she has had a lot of different projects going on since finishing up her 'reality' series. From her LC by Lauren Conrad line at Kohls to her Paper Crown collection, as well as her XO(eco) by Blue Avocado designs and her book series, she has been quite busy!

The Little Market Guatemala from Jacob Taylor on Vimeo.

One of her more recent projects is The Little Market. I first read about this project in the July 2013 issue of Marie Claire magazine. The premise of this venture is simple, fair trade e-commerce. The Little Market's mission states:

Our mission is to build sustainable partnerships with artisans from around the world, by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace. We seek to empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families. Our handmade goods showcase the artisans’ traditional skills and their dedication to preserving their artisanal techniques. We source all of the artisans’ products ethically and practice fair trade principles. We acknowledge the interdependency of people around the world and our responsibility to help others.

Since The Little Market's launch in September 2013, it has grown in terms of items offered in the online store as well as the press coverage of the business itself. What I love about this company is that it offers a wide range of items in varying styles, colors, and personal tastes. You can have bright, vibrant pieces or more delicate neutrals. Everything is so beautiful. Check out my favorite pieces below:


Soy blend lavender and chamomile candle, from Prosperity Candle (Massachusetts), where female artisan refugees from Burma, hand make all of their products, $24.

Rectangle hand painted tray in turquoise, from Handmade Expressions (India), a fair trade company, $18.

Overnight bag in Newport, from Maya Traditions (Guatemala), an indigenous female fair trade company, $240.

Alpaca scarf in mocha, from Asociacion de Artesanos Andinos (Bolivia), a traditional female weaver-artisan company, $100.

Sweet rose quilt, from Community Friendly Movement (India), supporting marginalized artisans, $180+ ($200 for king size).

Clear bureau recycled glass pitcher with drinking glass, from Rose Ann Hall Designs (Mexico), supporting disabled artisans while promoting traditional Mexican arts, $68. Drinking glass does fit over pitcher.

Seaside tagine, from LeSouk Ceramique (Tunisia), a handmade ceramics company for artisans, $84

Striped towel in natural, from Woven Promises (Ethiopia), an artisan-friendly Fair Trade Federation company, $60

15" Macbook jacket in gray, from Nappa Dori (India), an artisan-supported fashion boutique, $180

Olive wood rustic board, from LeSouk Olivique (Tunisia) (a sister company of LeSouk Ceramique), which produces olive wood kitchen tools, $38

I hope you all check the website out - no paid affiliate links here - I just wanted to share this amazing business with you all in case you hadn't read about it yet. Perfect place to find a neat gift for someone in your life, or to get cute items for yourself! I think my favorite may be that tagine... what about you?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sponsored Post: Riviera Spas available for purchase at JoPa Company

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Maryland-based Riviera Spas have been available exclusively at JoPa Company for the past ten years. Spas, or hot tubs as many call them, have vastly changed as technology has improved in the past twenty years. No more do you have the bulky, ugly eyesore hot tubs of the 1980s. Today an outdoor spa can be an elegant addition to any property – whether on a reinforced deck or ground-level patio.

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JoPa Company has three remaining Riviera Spa 2013 models on the floor but they'd be happy to educate you on the sizing, options, and colors – yes colors! – available for purchase through their vendor. Most Riviera Spas hold 5 – 8 adults, with a galvanized steel frame, solid polyethylene bottom, stainless steel jets and insulated cabinet. Consider the benefits of hydrotherapy with Riviera's ergonomically designed seats and the warm heat easing your aches and pains. Enjoy a Riviera Spa year-round in your outdoor space, unlike your swimming pool!

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Each spa has digital controls and an LED lighting system for fun, personalized touches. Rest easy with the low-maintenance design as every Riviera Spa includes an ABS floor/pan system to remain impervious to water, dirt and bugs. Riviera Spas have environmentally-safe acrylic shells; you no longer have to worry about fiberglass in your outdoor spa. The previously-mentioned galvanized steel frame is 30% lighter than former hot tub models, preventing any warping, rotting or rusting with your system. These spas meet or exceed California's Title 20 energy efficiency regulations, keeping your spa cost-effective.

Riviera Spas are modern, sleek and elegant additions to your home, visit JoPa Company today to explore your options!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Alton Lane of Richmond 12 Days of Christmas promotion


Have you ever shopped at Alton Lane in Richmond, Virginia? If you haven't, be sure to check out these local news features from the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Richmond BizSense before reading below, as they will fill you in on everything about the local Richmond location!

WHAT IS BESPOKE CLOTHING?
The term “bespoke,” dating back to 18th-century England, literally meant that a selection of fabric was ‘bespoken for’ a customer. Today, the term refers to a garment that is custom made for a customer without the use of a pre-existing pattern. At Alton Lane, we begin cutting the fabric for your garment only once your order is placed and your specific measurements are confirmed. {via Alton Lane website}

On Saturday, December 13, Alton Lane will start their 12 Days of Christmas promotion, with a new promotion announced everyday for 12 days. These promotions will be a great time to shop for yourself or that gentleman in your life, with an average percentage of 30% off or higher on each of the days that the sale occurs. Look at those gorgeous tweeds and plaids below - know anyone who needs a Harris tweed suit or maybe a sport coat for these cooler months?

If you are more pressed for time, consider browsing the Alton Lane online shop for basic, off-the-rack clothes in some of the finest global fabrics. While not providing the full shopping experience you get in-store, you can still make some custom choices. For example, under a dress shirt you can pick between full spread, medium spread, straight down, and button down collars. You have nine shirt cuff options, center/side/no shirt pleats, accent/complimentary fabric options, shirt pocket, and hand stitching and monogram options. Shop here

What are the benefits of Alton Lane? The best in menswear technology and a fun, modern shopping experience. Alton Lane allows customers to book appointments and fittings online. All clothing can be purchased individually, without any package deal or minimum order obligation. Alton Lane tries to have all custom orders completed within 4-6 weeks, except for peak ordering seasons when it could take 8-10 weeks. Alton Lane utilizes a 3D body scanner to capture your measurements in 30 seconds, ensuring the right balance of garment and fit with each piece made by their tailors. Accuracy is of great importance to the sales staff at Alton Lane.


These special holiday promotional discounts will include suiting, shirting, entire wardrobe orders, accessories, and other items throughout the stores so it is certainly worth checking out! You cannot go wrong in making an appointment and visiting their Richmond showroom.


Alton Lane currently has showrooms in Richmond, Virginia, New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Dallas, and Chicago. If you are interested in visiting their store, make an appointment here.

{all photos courtesy of Alton Lane©}

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sponsored Post: JoPa is Richmond’s Exclusive Firetainment Vendor

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JoPa Company in Richmond, Virginia, is introducing a fun, new and creative group activity to the Holiday Season. Firetainment is a luxury fire table company based out of Orlando, Florida, and JoPa is the exclusive vendor for their “Firetaining” centers. These beautiful pieces have already made such a strong impression on regular clients shopping at JoPa that one of the three floor models has already sold in the first few days!

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Since 2011, Firetainment specializes in fire tables – a unique name play on the traditional fire pit. These tables are an entertaining center, with the functionality of a grill plus the charm and warmth of a fire pit. You may be thinking of a generic fire pit and how it functions as a camp grill, but Firetainment takes these concepts to a whole new level.

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You can prepare an entire meal for your family while enjoying the outdoors (or semi-outdoors) at your own home. JoPa has two full cooking sets from Firetainment to go along with your fire table purchase from their floor – these include a 14” cast iron griddle, universal cooking mount, oven mitts, two Himalayan salt blocks, and a surface thermometer. Imagine preparing seafood, meats or vegetables while also having shared family time around the fire table – no need to sit inside while one person grills – the whole family can participate!

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Firetainment provides a selection of designs to complement the décor for any home. JoPa’s sales assistants can help you decide between an in-stock model, or a special order direct from Firetainment with a two-week turnaround period.

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The table surfaces can be granite, concrete or quartz, table edging with a rock face or buffed rounded edge and a copper or hammered aluminum top. Fire glass can be chosen in a variety of colors to coordinate or contrast with your tabletop selection. You can even purchase a matching lazy susan to cover the fire glass and make the tabletop an outdoor dining table.

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Firetainment fire tables are designed to be connected to a gas line or a 20 lb propane tank. 40,000 BTUs will power many a special evening outside with family and friends! The bases are typically powder coated aluminum so you can easily access the hookups whenever needed for maintenance. The two height options of 21” or 24” tall easily accommodate a lounge setting or meal dining height for whatever purpose you dream up.  Think about the benefit of no ashes or dirt! JoPa’s staff will be happy to provide input and guidance during the selection process.

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Come visit JoPa Company this holiday season and give the gift the entire family will enjoy 
– a Firetainment fire table!

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By the way, have you liked the JoPa Facebook page and followed our Twitter account?

{all photos property of Firetainment}