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GIVEAWAY: Mujus Jewelry. These Sustainable Accessories Empower Women

Almost four years ago, while attending an Accessories Council holiday gift ideas event, we were first introduced to Mujus Jewelry, a stunning handcrafted jewelry brand with sustainable connections.  We were so captivated by these gorgeous jewelry pieces, we highlighted their eco-friendly jewelry again the following year.  That was too long ago, so we’re back to share some more of our favorite pieces from Mujus Jewelry and offer you, dear readers the CHANCE TO WIN a piece from the jewelry brand that empowers women.

Mujus Jewelry pieces are handcrafted in Ecuador by artisan women who are either single mothers or heads of household. Mujus Jewelry Founder, Paola Delgado created the brand to reconnect with her culture and create a more meaningful life for both the women in Ecuador and for herself. By making these beautiful pieces, these women gain financial independence, strength, and an amazing sense of self. Mujus Jewelry’s Working Mother’s Program not only teaches these women the art of jewelry making, it allows them to work from home to spend more time with their families.

As we’ve mentioned before, the jewelry pieces are carved from Corozo Nuts, seeds from the South America tagua palm tree that are known as vegetable ivory. It is incredibly durable and lightweight and boasts the same luxurious smooth texture as ivory, giving you the same luxury without having to harm any Elephants. Doesn’t that sound like a must-have for your jewelry box? Well, here’s your chance to win. We are happy to offer you the opportunity to win one of our favorite pieces from the collection, the Gema Bib Necklace ($69.00), in one of the following colors – Monaco Blue, Teal, and Yves Blue.

The Gema Bib Necklace is versatile and has an aura of its own. The 18″ eco-friendly necklace with 3″ extender, can be worn with an evening gown, or can chic up a basic summer tee shirt. Paola named this necklace Gema, which in Spanish means gem because let’s face it, the necklace looks like it’s made with raw gems. Each piece of tagua nut is hand-sewn together to create this beauty. It takes months to master the art of placing the tagua nut pieces at the right angle, to create the perfect collective shape. So, ladies, are you ready to win? To win the blue color of your choice, enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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You’re Invited to Experience TechStyle NYC During NYFW

Hello fellow fashion lovers, ever wish you could participate in at least once new york fashion week event? Thanks to TechStyle NYC, you can. TechStyle NYC opens its doors to an all-day, influencer, media, and select guests-only event, on September 12th, a perfect event to help close out NYFW. This amazing brand showcase promises 3D printed garments, fashion forward apps, and new ways to accessorize your favorite wearables.

Located in a fashion-week friendly venue set suitably between Skylight Clarkson Square and Milk Studios, several very cool brands will highlight their goods and services at TechStyle NYC under the theme of sustainability.  Attendees will be enlightened to the likes of such innovative brands as Venia Collection, a contemporary design studio leveraging advancements in Virtual Reality and 3D Printing. They are the go-to for popularizing the possibilities of creating clothing using only 100% sustainable fibers to curate the best possible product for you and the environment. Guests are encouraged to interact with featured brands at the event, and via social media platforms. There will be plenty of activities to Instagram, Tweet, and Snapchat about.

Now in its 7th year, TechStyle NYC has always celebrated the New, Now and Next in the fashion, beauty, tech, and lifestyle industries. With tech fully immersing itself into the fashion realm, TechStyle NYC event is a must to attend, especially if you love innovation.

All these good things will take place at the lofts at Prince Street (177 Prince Street) in the Penthouse and Roof Deck. The open showcase of the brands will be held from 12-7pm on Tuesday 9/12/17. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://txtyl.nyc/sustain.  For more go to www.techstyle.nyc, follow the feed at #TechStyleNYC, @TechStyleNYC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and share your experience on Snapchat at TechStyle_NYC.

Will you be attending this innovative event during New York Fashion Week?

FREE NYFW EVENT: CARAVAN X TABII Collection Pop-Up

Claudine DeSola of Caravan Stylist Studio has teamed up with conscientious-chic designer Tabitha St. Bernard to create a small capsule collection, the CARAVAN X TABII collection, launching with an interactive pop-up atelier at The Gregory Hotel. The NYFW pop-up will allow fashionistas the unique opportunity to purchase a garment they help bring to life. By selecting their fabric of choice, they will watch as their outfit gets created right before their eyes. This unique pop-up is open to the public (NO RSVP is required!) allowing the general public to experience a bit of the wonderful excitement of NYFW.

The CARAVAN X TABII collection consists of two zero waste designs and takes the emerging “see now, buy now” trend one step further with a “made now” option. The CARAVAN X TABII collection seeks to make women feel good about what they are wearing. The streamlined, zero waste designs will be made with surplus fabrics, with every square-inch being used in the collection. Any fabric that is not used for the design of the garments will be later turned into sachets and scarves.

The conscientious-chic CARAVAN X TABII Collection is not only waste reducing, the experience will also serve as color therapy for consumers, who are given the opportunity to select the fabrics and colors that are meaningful to them. The CARAVAN X TABII collection is supported by NYC Fashion M.A.D.E., (Manufacturers of Alliance of Design Educators), which will enroll a candidate from the factory where the collection will be produced in their educational program.

The CARAVAN X TABII Collection Pop-Up opens for two days only at the very fashionable, 132-room boutique The Gregory Hotel, located in midtown Manhattan at 42 West 35th Street, on Friday, February 10th, and Saturday, February 11th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you love one-of-a-kind pieces and want to support reducing fabric waste, head over to The Gregory Hotel for this great event. We will certainly be stopping by. Will you be attending the open-to-the-public pop-up event for this sustainable fashion collection? What garment are you interested in having made? Share your fashionable thoughts with us.

Nau Clothing Holiday Pop-Up Grand Opening in NYC

Is it too early to think about the holiday gifting season? We don’t think so, especially when the items we’re highlighting today are essential to the cold temperatures and wet weather we’ve been experiencing this fall. We had the pleasure of being introduced to the refined Fall/Winter collection from Portland-based apparel brand, Nau Clothing (pronounced now). The event was to celebrate the return of Nau Clothing to the East Coast and the opening of their New York pop-up shop.

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Founded in 2007, the Nau Clothing fashion label creates premium apparel for men and women that blend technical performance and modern design, crafted from sustainably sourced materials. The sustainable fashion brand, whose name means “Welcome”, offers rain jackets, insulated and recycled down jackets, trench coats, dresses, shirts, pants, and skirts. The fall/winter collection boasts sustainable basics and outerwear essentials. Some of our favorites include incredibly soft and cozy alpaca cardigans, structured Merino wool jackets, warm and travel-friendly down pullovers, modern and ultra-soft down stoles, moisture wicking and thermal regulating pants, comfortable, easy wool dresses, and much, much more.

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We love the design aesthetic and silhouettes from Nau Clothing because of its versatility, its classic looks, and its ease of travel anywhere pieces. Pieces from the Nau Clothing collection will last you multiple seasons for many years without losing its innate style. It’s no surprise to know these pieces will seamlessly take you from season to season, year to year. Many items will easily become favorites you’ll be pulling out of your closet to wear time after time.

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The event’s music was provided by Kristin Kontrol, the newest musical endeavor from Kristin Welchez of Dum Dum Girls, while Megan Morrison, fashion illustrator from TravelWriteDraw, captured guests sporting their Nau favorites with custom artwork. Guests also enjoyed complimentary farm-to-table bites and craft beer and wine from Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Company and Union Wine Company.

The Nau Clothing pop-up shop is located at 262 Mott Street in New York. Hours are Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. For more information, call (212) 334-3343.

Final Two Photos by MJ Romero-Clark