Close Up - Rocksbox

rocksbox
rocksbox

I'm sure you've seen Rocksbox featured on Instagram on some of your favorite bloggers lately, which is part of why I was so jazzed to try it out too. (Shoutout to pal Lauren for rocking her pieces so beautifully.) Rocksbox is a subscription based jewelry loan system. It takes the guesswork out of shopping for jewelry. Since you get new pieces every month it's like having a giant jewelry box at your disposal at all times. Plus, you are able to tell your stylist exactly what kinds of pieces you are looking for, and save a "wishlist" where you can add new items. 

TRY YOUR FIRST MONTH OF ROCKSBOX FREE, USE "WHOISAPNEETXOXO" AT CHECKOUT! 

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I buy my coffee on a subscription basis, my metrocard, and dog food, so it was easy to see the perks of a jewelry subscription as well. When you're finished with your pieces, you simply send them back in a shipping label that's provided to you, and just wait a few days for your next box. Look out for how I style my Rocksbox pieces in upcoming blog posts this month!

Close Up - Same Sky

Same Sky bracelet

Shop my Look: Bracelet / Coat / Blouse / Skirt (on sale)

Recently my friends at Matte Black introduced me to Same Sky, a jewelry brand that helps women in Rwanda, most of whom were affected by Rwandan Genocide, to rebuild their lives. Same Sky gives stable and sustainable jobs to women and empowers them to be independent and strong. That's something I can get behind - fashion for a cause. 

Poking around the website, I found some stories about the artisans themselves. I encourage you to check it out. Here's a quote I found particularly compelling: 

"In 1996, Brigitte had just found out that she was diagnosed HIV+ and was experiencing debilitating migraines from an intense head injury she received during the Rwandan Genocide. When we met Brigitte, she was living as an orphan. She had no family and no siblings. She had survived rape, borne children from it, and had difficulty nurturing them in the way they neededβ€” she had no means to provide for them, and struggled daily with finding her purpose as she reconciled the horrors of the genocide.
Same Sky began employing Brigitte in 2008, and she has since told us that she feels employment gives her reason to live. She can provide for her children, has a new life and family, and her health has drastically improved. Brigitte now has health insurance, is able to visit the doctor regularly, and no longer gets headaches. She recently moved out of public housing, bought her own house, and can afford electricity, a true accomplishment. She is proudβ€” strengthened by her independence and ability to care for her family."

What a truly remarkable story. It is a tremendous achievement that a small company like Same Sky can employ upwards of 80+ women in this way and improve the lives of those that are far from us, but yet, live under the same sky.

Close Up - Springsteen Tee

springsteen tee by trunk ltd
springsteen tee by trunk ltd

Shop my Look: Tee /  Lipstick

I wanted to share this tee by Trunk, they reprint vintage band tees from concerts passed. Here, I'm rocking Springsteen's tour merch from '84-'85. I saw his show a couple years back in Philly, and it lasted a whopping three hours. He has a reputation for putting on crazy long shows, and he was "on" the entire time. I love Springsteen, my favorite record probably being "Nebraska." The soft and inward examination on that record is a departure from "Born in the U.S.A," though I will admit I've danced on many a bar to that tue blasting from the jukebox. On that note, I hope you have a rock 'n roll weekend! Cheers.