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Throwback Thursday Feeling in the Pink!

Throwback Thursday Feeling in the Pink!

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Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all you may know that when I first moved to America from China I lived in a pretty small town about an hour’s drive outside of Detroit, Michigan. Small town life, like many things has its share of good and bad. On the bad side is the lack of great shopping, a large selection of restaurants and my husband’s long commute. On the plus side is a more relaxed and friendly vibe. People stop and say hello and when they ask how you are it seems that they really care about the answer. We don’t live in that town any more but we still visit fairly often. Our town actually does a pretty good job with providing things to do and see throughout the year. One event that has been happening every year for as long as I’ve been in this country is what they call the Pink Party. As you might guess it’s an event that raises money to support the local hospital and their efforts in supportive care and breast cancer research. This is a pretty serious topic but this community addresses it with lots of laughs and tons of fun.

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

They fill up the entire downtown area with displays, demonstrations, music, dancing, food and drink and pink, pink, pink! Everywhere you look people are dressed in pink from their hats to their shoes. Even pets get into the spirit and it’s not at all unusual to see a dog with pink dyed fur or pink polish on their nails. Pink ribbons, pink cars and pink flowers are everywhere. This year’s party was Thursday, June 11 and after my husband finished work for the day we made the drive back to our old neighborhood to participate and celebrate. He’s a big supporter and has no male hang-ups at all about putting on a bright pink shirt. He even wore it to his office all day to get in the mood. He likes to use a line he heard on a popular sit-com when he says not only does he like pink but “pink loves me!” Being a work day the party is always an evening affair. It started at 5PM and went to 10PM. We walked through the town watching and listening to all the sights and sounds. There was a DJ playing music while belly dancers demonstrated their art. I’d love to learn that but I don’t think my hips have EVER moved like that!

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

We listened to a vocal a Capella group, a saxophone quintet and a pop trio among others. We ate dinner at a local restaurant and had never seen it so packed! One super fun thing they do is have local men volunteer to be escorts for groups of 8 or more women who go in together as a group. These guys wear pink tuxedos as they follow around their assigned group and carry all their bags and generally take care of them. Everyone really gets in the mood of the event and they raise a lot of money for a great cause. If that’s not a win-win I don’t know what is! When we were walking around I actually started to miss our little town and the cool things they do. That is at least until we got in the car and drove the hour back to our home. That reminded me how much I don’t miss that drive on a regular basis! Anyway, it did give me a great excuse to wear my pink blouse. And made me realize that I don’t have nearly enough pink in my wardrobe! Luckily, I know exactly how to treat that problem! Gotta go!

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//
Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//

Pink top with white skinny jeans
Pink top with white skinny jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:
Pink Top @Old from China//White skinny jeans @Max Studio similar here//White flat sandals similar see below//gold bag similar here//Necklace similar here//My Arm Charms Teal bracelet same here It’s only $8.99 now. Use code GRACE to get extra 20% off when you spend $15 or more.//


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Cheers!

Grace

Graded by Grace Ikwetta – African Handmade Leather Sandals and Belts

Graded by Grace Ikwetta – African Handmade Leather Sandals and Belts

Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals

When Sheeni approached me with a very touching email, I was not sure what this Ikwetta project was all about. But after I watched that short 3 minute video below, I was tearing up and getting very emotional. I am from China and I had a pretty rough childhood, often without enough food. During my middle school years, the place we lived was very similar to the slums in the video. I spent a lot of time daydreaming that someday, I would change my fate and have a better life.

Maybe because I am a teacher, I always believe that old saying “give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” So I am so happy that I can be a part of this meaningful project on Kickstarter to help African artisans build their own workshop. Hopefully someday they will get back on their own feet and move out of the slums.

Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals

How can you help with this project on Kickstarter? This is a Kickstarter campaign and if you are not familiar with them, they work a little bit differently. This campaign will last till July 6th, by which time Sheeni has to complete their goal of raising $10,000. How they reach is by people who are interested in their products coming online to their Kickstarter Campaign page and pledging an amount. Depending on your pledge, you could be given a Reward. All the rewards are listed out on the campaign page. If they reach the goal of $10,000, they will use the money to build a new workshop for their African artisans, where they will make the rewards for the backers/supporters. If they do not reach the full $10,000, those who pledge don’t pay anything.

Here are the rewards if you decide to pledge:

$10 reward

$25 award

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Ikwetta’s Sandals are handcrafted using Genuine African Leather by Artisans who are living in slums. As you can see, they are very unique and well made. The bonus? They are very comfy!

Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals

This project will only be funded if at least $10,000 is pledged by Mon, Jul 6 2015 11:59 PM EDT.

And in case you were wondering, YES, I made my pledge and hope you make yours! Together we can take a small step (wearing very cool and colorful sandals!) to help end poverty, a few people at a time.

Below are more photos of me wearing Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals.

Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals
Ikwetta African Handmade Leather Sandals

Cheers!

Grace

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