GRL Collective

I got a pair of earrings from my friends over at GRL Collective and I AM SO IN LOVE! When I say friends that isn’t just a nice formality, the founder of GRL Collective, Kristine, is one of my sorority sisters, we were actually in the same pledge class and it is so amazing to see what she had created.

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GRL Collective has a ton of hand made jewelry, I believe mostly earrings, but they are so much more than that. Kristine, a survivor of child sexual abuse, wants to help educate young girls on how to prevent this type of abuse. Through research she found that one in every two girls in India is sexually abused. She got the idea for the brand when she went on a 40 day volunteer trip to Jodhpur, India, where she got to volunteer at the Sambhali Trust which runs a “no bad touch” program. The trust has two guest houses and several empowerment centers that help young girls with medical care, have a place to live, and access to schools, tutors and education.

“Education is empowering and it is the key to escaping poverty. GRL Collective is a for profit company that has partnered with non- profit, The Sambhali Trust to provide these young girls scholarships to continue their education,” -GRL Collective

A portion of every item purchased goes to funding girls at the Sambhali trust. Through GRL Collective you can also get the chance to volunteer, whether locally in Los Angeles where they work with the Downtown Women’s Center, or internationally as there is a three week trip to Jodhpur, India coming up in October. Seeing everything that Kristine is doing and knowing her story literally gives me chills. Reading her page (and I have done so many times) fills my heart, I am so proud to see her doing such good. Also all of the styles are named after different women, how fun is that! This is not just a fun brand with cute jewelry, this is a brand that is changing the world and I fully support them.

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Check out the GRL Collective website here – GRL Collective. My earrings are the “Nellies” and are part of their Palm Springs line, linked here (if you know or follow me you know how obsessed I am with Palm Springs!). My next will definitely have to be these flamingo ones linked here, *insert heart eyes*! Please check them out, you will fall in love I promise you, and if you get yourself a pair, know you are helping to make a difference. These young girls need us!

Statement Earrings

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have all been well and had a great weekend. We had my older sister’s surprise party for her 30th birthday. Let me tell you, surprise parties are hard to plan especially when you live with the person you are surprising! Plus she is crazy in the best possible way and insisted on throwing her own party thinking we were not going to do anything anyways, so all of her friends were getting so confused keeping the fake party and the real party straight. By the time it came around she was very suspicious of the surprise, like I am pretty sure she knew, but we all had a great time and she got very drunk so all was well!

I have been SO obsessed with statement earrings. I am sure this is a common obsession since they are very popular right now, but I love adding them to everything as a fun pop! I feel like they are a way to get extra creative, like you can get brave and wear fun and funky ones. I love adding them for a pop of color especially with a darker or a plainer outfit. Here I added them to my black and white striped one piece bathing suit and it completely changed the look. The suit is cute by itself but there is only so much you can do with a one piece, it is just one piece so it’s a little plain. The earrings actually made it a look and is so fun for a weekend by the pool or a pool party.

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 earrings | bathing suit | shorts

Right now my favorite place to get fun earrings is Target. I am so obsessed with the Sugar Fix by BaubleBar line there. BaubleBar is so cute but I can always justify the price for earrings, but their line at Target I think is just as nice as their normal line. Most of the styles by Sugar Fix are around $12-$15, totally affordable! I think I have like 6 pairs so far! If you have any suggestions for fun earrings please send them my way!

Have a great week and the 4h of July is just around the corner!

“Casual” Backyard Graduation Party Look

I have probably said it before but I love wearing fake casual looks. I guess it is not necessarily fake, I mean I love dressing casual looks up. This way technically you are still casual, but you are also still undercover over dressed. Yesterday was my youngest sister’s graduation and grad. party. To the graduation I didn’t know what to wear so I went safe with my “blogger dress” (you know the perfect dress all the bloggers have, posted here on insta) and wedges. The graduation party was at our parents house in the backyard. I had been trying to figure out all week what to wear. I know our backyard parties are not a dressy thing, but I wanted to look cute and I knew I wanted to wear high waisted shorts (that were not denim) and a crop that only showed like not that much of my stomach. After almost three different options, I found the perfect shorts at Target and the perfect simple cropped tee at Nordstrom. Together these two made a pretty simple and casual outfit but I wanted to dress it up a little. I paired the look with my favorite tan wedges which I think make everything look better, and added a pair of summery gold statement earrings. The crop top was a pretty long one but I bought it with the intention to tie up the front, so I made sure to get a size up. I just love the tied look right now. The shorts also have a matching belt that is supposed to tie in the front but that was too much with my little knot so I tied a bow in the back instead. It all came together really well and I got a lot of compliments, especially on the shorts!

Shop the look here: Top | Shorts | Earrings | Wedges and be sure to follow me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app where you can shop your screenshots!

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 This is how I plan almost every outfit, I use Pic Stitch! 

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Rocksbox #2

My Rocksbox this month may have been even prettier than my last! I got two pairs of earrings and another GORGEOUS statement necklace. I am not going to lie, I was very close to wanting to buy all three items but had some self control!

First up, these perfect Ava Rose Austin Earrings in Gold and Mother of Pearl. Did I say they were perfect already? The color lets them go with SO MUCH and can be worn with a dressy or casual outfit. I wore them to dress up my slightly dressed down work outfit. What is also great about them is they are not too heavy. I love statement earrings or dangly ones in general but I usually cant wear them all day because my ears start hurting. It is funny, I used to never think I would like earrings like these, who knew?!

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Second! These fun Aster Linnea Earrings in mixed Metal. I feel like I had fireworks hanging from my ears! These are really an eye catcher, I got a lot of compliments on them. In my option they are a bit more edgy, which I try to do sometimes… but doesn’t always work out for me. I’ve said before, my coworkers are always ALL in black and I’m over there in our meeting in like bright pink LOL! These earrings are a little heavier than the first but still weren’t bad.

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Lastly, the beautiful necklace! Again it is by Perry Street, like the last one that I ended up buying, and the other one I got on clearance from Rocksbox (for $19!) that I haven’t showed you yet… Clearly Perry Street is my favorite. This one is called the Vega Statement Necklace. All of the statement necklaces are just so sparkly and I love me some bling. It makes your look that much better. This necklace had a sort of star look going on too, do I sense a theme of this box? I wore this necklace a couple times, once with a normal simple top and the second tucked under a collar. I love that kind of look for work, it is so preppy and cute.

If you still want to try out Rocksbox you still have a little time to use buy code THEBLAWXOXO to get your first month free. It is fun and lets you try stuff you normally wouldn’t!

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Enjoy and thank me later, happy Friday!