Before completing her junior year at Yale, Ruth DeGolia pursued her idea to help the indigenous women of Rue, Guatemala overcome the poverty and oppression they faced as returned refugees. She created a market for these artisans by selling their handwoven handbags and clutches right from her dorm room. 11 years later, Mercado Global has created job opportunities for over 300 Mayan women and has been recognized by the World Bank, the UN and the Clinton Global Initiative. Not bad for a young undergrad with such mature vision! In addition to continuing to sell beautifully crafted bags and accessories, the organization offers ways in which you can get involved as a Mercado Global ambassador or a participant in one of insight trips to Guatemala. Check out their gorgeous fall collection below and help support this ever inspiring social enterprise.
It’s been 2 years since our home renovation was completed and I’m already scheming to refit our powder room with brass fixtures. I’ve always loved brass fixtures but when it came time to pull the trigger, I hesitated and then backed out of the decision. I blame it on being 7 months pregnant at the time! Nevertheless, these incredible bathrooms are inspiring me to just go for it. It’s never too late, am I right?
Holy moly, I’m obsessed with South African artist Kurt Pio‘s larger than life diamond paintings. Many moons ago, while enrolled in the jewelry design program at FIT, I spent hours upon hours learning how to paint diamonds using gouache on paper – and let me tell you, all those fragmented facets are extremely tedious and nearly impossible to create. Needless to say, I’m blown away by how realistic and dynamic each piece is. Love!
With 10 years of jewelry sculpting under her belt, Joy Sangalang uses the lost wax method when creating each of her stunning talisman-inspired rings, earrings and necklaces. Each piece is carefully hand carved in wax, casted in 14k rose or yellow gold, and then set with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, moonstones and pink sapphires. Her rings are especially spectacular – they’re like ancient, spiritual artifacts, specially uncovered just for you. And stacked together? Even better . . .