Today’s Style Notes is a major treat for me. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile (see here and here) then you already know that I’m a serious fan of Ashley Pittman. (I wear these bangles non-stop, and I would like nothing more than to see these earrings under the Christmas tree this year.) Originally from my hometown of Dallas (!), Ashley now splits her time between California and Kenya. (That’s right: Kenya. How cool is that?) After volunteering for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Rwanda, Ashley decided to build a sustainable jewelry company that would provide employment and business training to local artisan groups there. The jewelry collection is all handcrafted in Africa and features natural materials such as horn, fair-traide semi-precious gemstones, and bronze. Ashley also donates 10% of all profits to help fund a Kenyan health center and primary school. I love knowing that each of my purchases (and there have been quite a few!) has contributed to such a worthy cause.
Today, the designer is letting us in on all of her favorites – including her signature accessory (horn bangles! no surprise there.), the shows she’s always got on her DVR, and an at-home beauty secret that you can be sure I’m going to try ASAP.
You can shop the Ashley Pittman Collection here.