Eco-Friendly, Vegan & Small Shop Style Finds: From Queens Knits to Global Jewelry 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Christine Gibson, founder of Queens Knits.   All images courtesy of Christine Gibson.

 

Featured Small Shop ▶️ Queens Knits 

Creating and running a business while raising kids is challenging, but certainly possible. And I admire my fellow creative Mamas, who juggle so much and remain committed.

I met Christine Gibson, founder of Queens Knits, on Instagram and was immediately drawn to not only the beauty of her handmade knitted pieces cowls in vibrant colors, coffee cozies (check out the adorable Mom one I linked to), scarvesturban style earwarmers, and hats – but her warmth and down-to-earth personality.

Like many mompreneurs, Christine began her business for a simple and quite practical reason:  “I was seeing adorable kids accessories on blogs and online that I couldn’t afford so I made them myself !” Her business continues to grow, and now you can outfit your whole family in Queens Knits from hats to cowls and stylish hair accessories.

Alongside merchandise, you will find photos of her fresh-faced kiddos and happy customers rounding out this creator’s  IG feed, and immediately it feels like you’re in Queens, baby!

The lovely hair clips below are made of felt and ribbon, and attached to a metal clip. The cost for these is $3 each, or two for $5.
Keep up with all Queens Knits is doing on IG and Twitter, and of course visit her shop.

Ten Thousand Villages

I discovered Ten Thousand Villages in my early 20s in Baltimore’s historic Fells Point, and was later thrilled to learn their stores are all over the country.

You can find everything from products for your skin to jewelry, home decor, clothing, home decor and skincare. The artisans, who come from all over the  world (Nepal, India, Kenya, etc.), are paid fairly and customers can learn about who created what they wear on product tags. There is also  an opportunity to go in depth by visiting their blog .

The pieces below are my new favorites:

 

Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages

Find these heart inspired earrings here (handmade in Kenya).

 

Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages
Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages

Find this stunning jewelry set here (handmade in Guatemala).

Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages

Step out in style with this ornate evening bag. Find it here (handmade in India).

Have an amazing weekend, lovelies!

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Don’t be shy! Tell me what stylish clothing or jewelry (eco-friendly, vegan, or small shops) you’re wearing these days. Know of a small shop or product  I should feature? Feel free to leave the info.

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: New Music from Corrine Bailey Rae to Women & Girls Following Their Hearts

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Corrine Bailey Rae (photo via her Twitter page)
Corrine Bailey Rae (photo via her Twitter page)
Corrine Bailey Rae took a 6-year-break from music, but she’s back with a hot single I can’t stop rocking, “Been To The Moon (music video)” (full album is expected to drop March 13).
We tell girls they can accomplish anything, and then expect them to deny adventure in adulthood.  Caroline Paul’s new book, while written for tweens, can speak to all of us – stop playing it safe and start living. ▶️ Read Maria Popova’s excellent review of it here.

She worried about being a “disabled” Mom until a woman spoke a sentence she never forgot (featured on the amazing website The Mighty).

Great tips for women on setting personal and professional boundaries for ourselves.

We can dwell on what we don’t have, or we can proclaim our blessings! Nina Simone reminds us all with some powerful words – “Let me tell you what I got… my brain, my smile, my heart, my soul…”

Gregory Porter’s voice is utterly divine! I love this stirring song about a pivotal point in American history – 1960s.  And his classic piece, “Be Good,” is worth playing again and again (the music video was shot in my hometown of Baltimore).

Rockin’ Out to British Band the Noisettes!

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Noisettes (Dan Smith and Shingai Shoniwa)Photo & Artwork Credits: Danny Baldwin and Pierre Christophe 

Yes, lovelies, it’s Monday, and if you are like me, you would rather pull the covers over one last time before facing work deadlines and real life drudgery. Insert a collective sigh here. Well, cheer up, because  Mondays on Live In Color blog are a celebration of music – the kind of beats and lyrics moving us to dance and sing along loudly!

Today we’re highlighting the the Noisettes, a British indie-rock band. What immediately resonates with me on a visceral level is seeing a beautiful brown woman, Shingai Shoniwa, singing lead. We definitely don’t encounter enough of us in rock music, despite our deep roots in this genre. Shoniwa also has such phenomenal style.

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Shingai Shoniwa
Photo Credit: WENN

Her fashion sense is nearly as eclectic as the duo themselves who met years ago while in a music class together; their personalities are often described as opposite, but somehow her charismatic charm and his steadfast love for the blues connect in song.

For nearly seven years, they have captivated audiences, first with live performances all over the United Kingdom, and then through smash singles like “Never Forget You” (see video below) from the CD Wild Young Hearts (2009).

There is an amazing band live session on YouTube filmed at the Lightship95 in East London, too.

Have those Monday blues left yet? Rock out some more with us! We’ll chase them away.

Live In Color! – Emelda

Talk Back:
What’s your favorite music for chasing away the Monday blues?