Monday, August 29, 2011

Fresh Produce Fashion Giveaway

In 1986, Thom and Mary Ellen were brainstorming at The Spot, a famed La Jolla, California pub, looking for a company name that was catchy, memorable and evoked a sense of something different - and Fresh Produce was born.

Soon, Mary Ellen's twin sister Jennifer Haney abandoned her day-job and joined her sister designing Fresh Produce clothing. Two years later, Fresh Produce started selling in Nordstrom department stores and by 1990, the beach life relocated lock, stock and sunscreen to Boulder, Colorado - home of the Rocky Mountain Ocean.

Now in its third decade, Fresh Produce continues to be primarily Made in the USA and has grown into a $50 million company with one of the most original, refreshing and captivating casual, resort and sportswear lines in America. Be sure to check out both the Daytime Dresses and the Party Dresses

Known and loved by women ages 6 months to 60-plus for lush colors, year-round sensibility, simply inspired design and coastal comfort, Fresh Produce continues to delight customers around the globe. Fresh Produce can be found in Nordstrom, Walt Disney resorts and stores, and over 800 specialty boutiques and resort retailers. Plus, company-owned stores and factory outlets are scattered throughout the country, including exclusive seashore resorts in North America and the Caribbean.

 This is me in the Rio Malibu Maxi Dress they sent me for Review. It is so comfortable, a perfect fit! So artfully beautiful. I have been a fan of their clothing since living in San Diego!

 It is like wearing a work of Art!

Now for the Giveaway!! The Wrap Me Up dress is one I chose in Truffle. It is not a color I wear a lot, however I wanted a transitional dress that could go from casual to business and be dressed up with jewelry, scarves etc. I wore it recently with a fabulous turquoise  necklace and earrings! Again a very comfortable easy to wear dress.

Wrap Me Up Dress

This is a Giveaway Open to Everyone. No Anonymous Entries Please! To enter for a chance to win the Wrap Me Up Dress :

1) Be A Follower of Art by Karena

2) Go to Fresh Produce, then come back and tell what you really love from their great clothing lines.

For extra Entries: 
1) Become my Facebook Friend

2) Follow Art by Karena on Twitter

3) Post about this Super Giveaway  on Any of your own sites!

Please make separate entries as the winner will be chosen by on Midnight Eastern on Thursday September 8th. So hurry and enter!

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Some Images and text courtesy Of Fresh Produce

Recently I won a wonderful Giveaway from Vicki at Curly Willow
Vicki and her friend for 20 years, Barb have this special blog and I won my choice of cards from Vicki's Etsy shop, and I chose her Be the Change set! She also included a $50 certificate to ANY Etsy Shop. How great is that! Thank you so much Vicki and Barb!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ten Thousand Villages

A story of Ten Thousand Villages

Do you Recognize her precious Face?
She lives in Famine Stricken Somalia

The Kansas City area where I live,  has a Ten Thousand Villages shop in Historic Downtown Overland Park, Kansas. Ten Thousand Villages is a Global Fair Trade Organization supporting artists and artisans in over seventy countries.  It is a Non-Profit Organization.

Their mission provides under- and unemployed artisans with an opportunity to earn vital income and improve their quality of life by establishing a sustainable market for their handcrafted products. Ten Thousand Villages is a founding member of the WFTO - the World Fair Trade Organization, a global network of more than 350 fair trade organizations

Downtown Overland Park Historic Location of Ten Thousand Villages
 I reading one of my very favorite blogs From the House of Edward, Pamela was telling, in her most unique way, a story you will soon find out about.

 Pamela had been reading a newspaper article one morning about a tragic situation and could not shake the feeling it gave her. Later that same evening she opened an email article from another blog, Style Blueprint which is written by Liza and Elizabeth, two women in Nashville, Tennessee.

Have you ever wondered  how to help, where to start, how to make a difference?  This is an easy solution that you can accomplish today, or any day this month.  Ten Thousand Villages in Nashville, is collecting new pillowcases to be repurposed into simple dresses for African girls who have not much else.  These dresses are more than a piece of clothing; they represent hope and a better life. 

Watching quietly as another child receives a dress
 As so many children have been orphaned in the huge AIDs epidemic in Africa, many young girls are parenting the younger siblings. Little Dresses for Africa was started to show these girls that they too are thought of, and that someone, somewhere in the world cares.

A Yellow Dress to Brighten a Little Life
 Volunteers from all over the world are assisting in this effort. Sometimes the best way to take our minds off of our own  problems is to do something, anything, however small for others.  

Buy a pair of new pillowcases, or as many as you can afford  and send them to the location listed here. Trust me it will make you feel good.

Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 20
Nashville, TN  37215

Volunteers and Villagers

Images Courtesy of Ten Thousand Villages, Style Blueprint and The House of Edward

The Winner of The Giveaway from Dr. Perricone valued at up to $150 is Linda of Lime in the Coconut!! Congratulations Linda and send me your mailing information!!

Thank you to all who entered, commented and to all of my friends and followers!!


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