Let’s be honest, after 22 days on the road with a little one I think I need this shirt as a reminder to take a moment and just breathe! From traveling all over the place and either forgetting to pack or losing things along the way (seriously where do bobby pins and pacis go to?!), it’s been fun, but hectic to say the least. These cute shirts and many others from Sophie (@sophieshoesjoplin on IG) look great with a ripped up pair of skinnies and cool fringe coats from Lotus!
I also want to take a second and talk about the amazing jewelry line Béljoy – not just because of its unique designs, but also because of the purpose behind them. Bèljoy is handmade, fashionable jewelry constructed by women in Haiti. Years ago, owner and creator Abby Clevengear was doing mission work with her husband’s family there and after taking some time to raise her children, she really felt God calling her to help people in Haiti to have dignified jobs.
“Béljoy exists to give the people of Haiti opportunities to earn money through honest and dignified work, creating sustainability, restoring dignity and inspiring change,” Abby states about the purpose of her company. The jewelry pieces are her vision, and then they constructed by a team of women in Haiti where they are currently being sold in over 60 boutiques (including Sophie).
When asked what she wants people to know about her brand, Abby shares this powerful message, “I want people to know that Béljoy jewelry is made with love. The ladies are so thankful to be making it; they love having the opportunity to earn money and love the idea that people are wearing their creations. I want people to know that their purchases are directly improving lives in Haiti. Not only the five full-time ladies we have and their families, but we have had many opportunities to help children with medical needs, their education and nutrition. The love of Jesus is our inspiration. All of the creativity and beauty in this world is a gift from God, and Béljoy is just one more expression of that love.”
I am happy to share these small businesses with you and hope you love them as much as I do!