This week at my book group, we discussed Kisses From Katie, a story about a young woman who is devoting her life to helping orphaned children in Uganda. What she has accomplished is nothing short of a miracle. Davis’ nonprofit, Amazima Ministries International, connects 600 vulnerable children with sponsor families worldwide and feeds 1,500 kids a week. Davis herself has adopted 13(!) daughters, ages 4 to 16—which we learn more about in her memoir. Katie was named the Reader’s Choice Award Winner in 2012 by Glamour magazine.
Another way the ministry raises money and supports the locals is by selling jewelry the women there make. Our book group loved the jewelry, and many of us placed orders for the colorful necklaces and bracelets. To shop her website, go to www.amazima.org. (The purple necklace, featured above, is called Victory and is $19.95. Very colorful..)
If you look around your hometown, chances are you will find similar business ventures from women around the world who make jewelry, baskets, clothing and other articles that are native to their country. Tribal touches are on trend right now in fashion (just look it up on Pinterest), so why not make a fashion statement and support other women.
While I like exotic additions to the wardrobe, I caution you to just use a few and not too much. If your dress is a bright, pattern, tone down the jewelry. Case in point, Zooey Deschanel, who recently launched a new line of clothing with Tommy Hilfiger never wears jewelry with her over-the-top, cupcake feminine dresses. It’s too much. I just had to feature the colorful black and white skirt I found on The Loft website: It is perfect to dress up or down with a T-shirt, jacket or even sweater. Just might have to snag it. I think it is a good way to celebrate the trend!
Beth Divine, Indianapolis Personal Stylist