I'll admit, I've always been a jewelry gal. I'm known for it. It's one of "my things." But jewelry has become a bit of a struggle for me since motherhood. The things that I have no longer fit the lifestyle I am leading.
Let's be real: most jewelry feels dressy. And moms, we don't get many chances where we need to be dressy. Right? So when my daily uniform changed from casual professional to leggings and tees, my jewelry was stuck. I just couldn't wear much of it without feeling ridiculous.
Then I discovered fair trade jewelry. Forget fancy gems, think leather, beads, and metal. Fair trade jewelry just works with mom clothes.
Can we talk about this whole process of buying stuff for a minute? I don't think I really understood the pressure and impact of buying stuff in our culture until recently. I love fashion, but so much of fashion is just one perpetual cycle of buying stuff, getting tired of stuff, getting rid of stuff. Much of this stuff is pretty much meaningless. Here one day, gone the next.
So I've been working on being thoughtful about my stuff purchasing. I don't want to buy stuff because I'm bored. I don't want to buy stuff because someone tells me I need it. I don't want to buy stuff to fill a void that can only be filled by the stuff of God.
I'm not here to tell you that you need more stuff. When I buy stuff now, I've decided I want it to be meaningful. I want clothing I buy to support local or women-led businesses. I want gifts I buy for others to be something more thoughtful than just another piece of stuff. I want the jewelry I buy to support people in poverty and oppression.
Enter Work of Worth. I've never partnered with anyone or shared any products before, but I want to share them with you. What they are doing is more than just creating stuff. It is meaningful. "Work of Worth exists to connect ethical entrepreneurs in developing countries to the US marketplace. These efforts are combatting poverty and human trafficking through providing the opportunity to have what we all desire – a job that brings dignity." That's their mission statement, and I love it. This jewelry is meaningful stuff. Every piece I purchased is a piece in the puzzle of bringing dignity to those in poverty or freedom for women in human trafficking.
I've joined up with Work of Worth to create a curated collection: basically the pieces that I have all the heart eyes for from their website that's totally mom-life approved. If you buy all four of these items, you would only spend $70 and you would basically have a whole new jewelry wardrobe. Amazing!
Aren't they all so pretty?
Let me break it down for you:
- Leather Leaf Earrings, $15
- Beaded Bracelets, Set of 3, $15
- Summer Orchard Earrings, $15
- Summer Orchard Necklace, $25
Here's how I wear them in real mom life:
Everyday Mom Life: Easy Bracelet Stack. I say easy because these aren't bangles getting caught on everything and slipping all over your arm. They are so comfortable and the perfect way to make it look like you put some effort into that t-shirt + shorts uniform you'll be wearing all summer. If you're not a bracelet gal, or it's winter, you can do those metal leaf earrings. Warning: these are only every day mom life items for moms with little ones past the grabby hands stage. Proceed with caution.
"Fancy" Mom Life: Fun Leather Earrings. Like maybe you're going to leave the house today, and maybe even meet a friend for a play date. Ooo, so fancy! Some of the leather is even a gold metallic, and if you've followed my home building process via my @bravenewfarmhouse instagram, you'll know I can't turn down gold. Bonus, even if you have kids with grabby hands, they are soft leather that won't be bent out of shape if they come in contact with the grabbers.
Girls Night Out/Sunday Morning Church: Long Necklace + Pretty Metal Earrings. There's something slightly sophisticated about this combo that feels like you have time to care about what you wear.
Date Night: Go crazy here. Do all the things. Wear the fun leather earrings because they are flirty (and dare I say a little sexy?) for the hubby. Add the pretty long necklace. Then don't forget the easy bracelet stack. Wearing all three items will make any simple outfit (like jeans + plain white tee) totally date worthy!
I just love my Work of Worth curated collection items. They've really become my go-to pieces for everyday mom life. But even more importantly, they are more than just stuff. They bring dignified work that helps the least of these out of poverty and supports women finding freedom from sexual trafficking.
Hey Mommies, don't forget--Mother's Day is coming! If your husband needs a little push in the right direction, just send him the link to this blog post. Oh, and don't forget to put Unsupermommy on your Mother's Day list if you haven't gotten it yet!
I was gifted these items so I could share them with you, but I wouldn't think twice about buying more for myself or others.