Sunday, September 13, 2015

JoyBound Apparel Sucre Clutch

How often do we stop to think about what goes into the things we buy?  Who made it and why?  The why may seem simple: for profit.  But, what if it was done at the expense of someone else?  If we knew the truth, how many of the things we wear would we be proud to own if we knew what went into it?

JoyBound Apparel is one such brand.  It's name alone conveys it's mission.  Intention.  Optimism.  Empowerment.  Started by Mia Eliza, a wife and mother, determined to inspire others to seek joy in everyday life, her line reminds you to take deeper look at life and beauty.  

Inspired during a missions trip in Bolvia, Mia collaborates with local artisans to make this lovely clutch.  Made with beautiful handwoven aguayo fabric, I love how it's helping women across the world earn a fair wage; a portion of sales also supports a number of charities.  And the quality is better than things I've seen in the store.  It's a piece that's more than just a fashion statement.  It's a piece that reminds me to make the most of every moment, to seek joy, to share joy, to choose joy.

I began following Mia and JoyBound Apparel on Instagram over a year ago when it was just beginning, and it's been amazing to watch her small company grow.  With new products, including the launch of "Abode," a home decor line recently featured in West Elm (popup shop here and here), this is only the beginning for a brand I can say I'm proud to wear.  Rooted in equity and philanthropy, sharing joy through opportunity and style.  

Learn more about the company here, and be sure to preorder your sucre clutch here...they sell out fast!  

 What are some of your favorite fair trade shops and businesses? 


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What's in My Bag? Second Year of Medical School

While most people consider Labor Day to be the end of summer, my summer ended weeks ago with the start of my second year of medical school.  To kick off what is considered the official back to school season for some, I'm sharing some everyday favorites, a few of the things I usually carry in my bag.  

In terms of the actual bag I carry, on light days I can be found with this nylon carry-all tote.  After nearly four years of use, it's still going strong.  It's water resistant, lightweight, and folds up into a neat little rectangle, perfect for travel.   Here's a slightly more budget friendly option; however, when I consider how much I carry it (nearly daily), if you can splurge it's worth every penny.  You really do get what you pay for.  When I'm carrying my heavy laptop or binder full of notes for a long day, my go to is this.  It's not the prettiest backpack, but the quality is great and it has lots of pouches, so I'm sure I'll be carrying this for years, through rotations and beyond.

Being that my regular bag has no internal organization, pouches like these are essential.  One often serves as a pencil case, while I use another for personal items.  A multi-section zip wallet with plenty of room for coupons in a bright color makes it easy to find.  Bobby pins, hair elastics, tissues, lip balm, lip tint, travel lotion and hand sanitizer are just a few essentials.  I'm always sure to include tea bags (the markup is crazy, so I only ask for hot water!) and a few snacks to get me through morning classes as well.

As for the "doctor stuff," I only bring my stethoscope and gadget kit for the occasional patient exam, but come next year I'll be using them much more often!  

Here are some adorable pouches to add a little organization to your bag:
What are some of your everyday bag essentials?

P.S. I'll be doing a separate post on this, but it's so helpful I can't help but share now.  Other than my phone and wallet, the most important thing in my bag is this.

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