Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ethical OOTD from Singapore + Ecojewelry Instagram Giveaway

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A Traveler's Look
Oatmeal Netted Cardigan // Older than dust from Urban Outfitters
not ethically made, but I'm not tossing it until it's a rag
Grey Tank Top // Aerie
 not ethically made
Sky stretch denim, Stevie Ankle Jeans // AG Jeans via Ebay
Sustainable fibers, vertically integrated factory and excess fabric upcycled
Tripple Wide Runners Sneakers // New Balance
not ethically made, I haven't found any high quality super wide running shoes yet
Beaded Necklace // Upcycled
I took apart and old American Eagle Necklace to make this one
Upculed Leather and Denim Messenger Satchel // Jesslyn Blake via Anthropologie
Indonesian designer, LA Based; purses made from upcycled leather and scrap/new fabrics
Silver Plated Triangle Earrings // c/o Alora Boutique
recycled brass, handmade in a family workshop

Hi ya folks! Happy Tuesday. It's crazy how time flies by when traveling around with your family. Sometimes it seems like the summer can be more hectic than the school year. So, to describe Singapore in a few words... it's one huge humid island city which is made for shopping. It feels like the only things to do in Singapore is walk around and spend money. I've recently become more and more interested in hiking and just walking around parks and am seeing myself less and less attracted to the city and consumer-based activities like shopping. So, this makes Singapore a nice place to visit but I would never see myself living here. On the plus side, I did love Singapore's parks which are specifically dedicated to sustainability, beautifying the country, and biodiversity research. (More of that to come soon).

So now for the giveaway...

 Today I am giving away the beautiful ecofriendly earring set from today's OOTD! I have one to keep and one to give away! This earring set is from Alora. Co-owner Jameela first approached me last year, interested in hosting a giveaway for you all. After exchanging a bunch of emails back and forth with Jameela, I (of course) liked that the materials they use are recycled or upcycled. For example, the earring I picked out are made from upcycled brass and are silver plated. Alora also has other jewelry that is made from upcycled glass sourced from Ghana. Over email, Jameela shared a bit about their sourcing process,
"The women we work with for the recycled glass beads are in Ghana. We work directly with them when we buy colours and styles. It is actually my sister who buys from them. My family is originally from Ghana so it makes it easy for us. Basically the bead makes are independent. As for the brass pendants we design them and they are all made from recycled brass. My mother and I make the jewelry in our home in Calgary, Canada. :) "
 Aside from the environmentally friendly aspect, I really like how it's a family business which works not only with their immediate family but their communities, by sourcing from their home country (Ghana) and their new home country (Canada). Jameela and her mom work on the pieces for their online store from their home workshop in Alberta, Canada, pictured below. It's so great to see mother-daughter teams, it reminds me of the relationship I have with my mom. :)

Okiedokie now! To enter the giveaway, hop on over to my Instagram account, @beyoutifulhope:
  1. Follow me on Instagram
  2. Follow @Aloraboutique on Instagram
  3. Tag three friends in my giveaway photo on Instagram
  4. Comment on this blog post or my Instagram, sharing a favorite or funny mother-daughter (or mother figure) moment you have. :)

...and that's all!  This giveaway is open internationally and it ends next Monday, June 27th at 1pm EST. :) See you there!

See you at the IG Giveaway,

Monday, June 13, 2016

Spinning Above... A Turn in the Singapore Flyer

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Need a list of top things to do in Singapore?

Well, a ride on the Singapore flyer is definitely on it. It is one of Singapore's main attractions (for tourists). Following this post, I'll be posting much more about my travels through Singapore and Indonesia, so stay posted! ;) And now to begin - here are a few photos from our ride and a short review on the Singapore flyer! 

The Singapore flyer is the second highest ferris wheel in the world. It was the tallest until 2014, when it was out-constructed by the High Roller in Las Vegas, USA. So how tall in the Singapore flyer? The Singapore flyer stands at 165 meters (541 feet). There are 28 air conditioned capsules, which is really great because Singapore is very humid (in June is was around 80% humidity). The ferris wheel travels at 0.76 km/hr so it is very slow and if you are motion sick, you won't be on this lift. If you are afraid of heights, it may be an issue, but the capsule is big enough for you to sit in the center without feeling like you are at the ledge of a death fall. All in all, I'd say it was a great one-time experience and I'd suggest it to those who like landscape views and like to situation themselves geographically (and hide away from the humidity for 30 minutes)!

Next stop... Singapore's Chinatown!

Got that Travel Bug,

Have you been to Singapore before? What are your favorite spots?

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Summer Trance

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summer sunset photoshoot
dandelion photo
buffalo  ny senior portraits
sunset photoshoot in the park
indian girl at sunset

You don't always have to travel far or spend a lot of money to experience something new. Perhaps it's finding a new place to relax or taking up a new hobby. Whatever it is, go on an adventure this summer and don't be afraid to spend a little money and time to do something new and out of the ordinary that will push you to think a bit differently or meet new people. 

Photos taken at Taughannock State Park in Trumansburgh, New York.

God Bless,