New This Week: The “Moses” Sweater

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Cuddle up with this cozy new arrival straight from Peru made from 100% Alpaca.
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Gift Ideas: For The Kids

Copyright Sarah Lane Studios 2011Kids are high spirited and love even more than ever to play outside during a time of year when most adults would rather be snuggled up inside.

We make keeping them warm easier with  stylish beanies made from super soft alpaca for that rambunctious bundle of joy.

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Hand Knit This Week: The Camilla Shrug

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The “Camilla” Shrug was hand knit this week and is available in store only!

Only a handful were created for this autumn season.  You can visit the Our Hands For Hopes retail store Fridays from 12:00-4:30 or Saturdays from 10:30-2:30. Or shop online 24 hours a day!

We are located in downtown Napa Valley, Ca.

Our Hands For Hope

303 Post Street St.

Napa, CA 94559

Game Day Glam!

By: Cinthya Rubio, Marketing and Communications Director @ Our Hands For Hope

The 2014 World Series is the 110th edition of Major League Baseball’s championship series. This year two amazing teams, The San Francisco Giants and The Kansas City Royals, are facing each other to see who takes the title and bragging rights of being Champion.

Today game 7 will be played and the team that wins takes it all!

Usually when attending a baseball game or party, it is customary to wear the team colors that you are cheering for. If you have a team t-shirt or jersey, that will definitely score you some extra fashion points. Showing off your fashion sense at these events is usually not a prerequisite to attend, but have fun with it, it is “America’s Pastime” after all!

I have put together two looks for todays World Series. The name of the game is “Game Day Glam“!

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 Dress up that team t-shirt! One of this seasons trends is leather or pleather. Dont want to look like you arrived on a Harley Motorcycle?
Soften up the look by adding a lacy “Greta” Scarf!

 

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Blue Jeans are always a great go-to wardrobe piece but for some extra glam look for some that have a metallic finish, glitzy and shiny accents are coming strong this season. Add some extra texture to this sleek look with a “Luchita” Sweater and a “Mirna” Beanie.

Visit www.OurHandsForHope.com to check out our Fall/Winter collection and stock up on must have items for your wardrobe.

Fall for Fashion with Our Hands For Hope

By: Cinthya Rubio, Marketing and Communications Director @ Our Hands For Hope

Fall is finally here and pumpkin spice is in the air! We were anxious to bust out our new line of ponchos, sweaters, hats and scarves to walk the streets all bundled up in comfy warmth. (Check out our Fall/Winter 2014 collection!)

While some know exactly what to wear, others are wondering what the trends are for this year, and if they should even attempt to follow them. We think trends are not rules set in stone, but more like guidelines that you can decide to follow. Just remember: “Fashion” just like art is a means to express yourself; don’t be afraid to add some of your own personality to your look!

Here are four major trends for this Fall 2014:

  • Ponchos– We saw them early this year at London Fashion Week and haven’t stopped seeing them yet! This great outerwear piece compliments all body shapes and can be worn with a variety of outfits.

Burberry poncho, Our Hands For Hope ponchos, handmade, alpaca

  • Hosiery, Leggings & Tights– with patterns, texture and variety of colors they add an extra wow factor to outfits this Fall.

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  • Leather or Pleather– the sleek look of this material has come back this year. The natural black and brown tones are always welcome, but don’t be afraid to navigate towards colors like oxblood, forest green or yellow for the more audacious crowds.
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​The soft, cozy texture of alpaca knits compliment the sleek, cool texture of leather accessories.

  • Metallic– bling will always be a girl’s best friend, but this season metallic accents are completing looks left and right. Silver, platinum, gold and copper are not just for jewelry; consider using these tones for nails and even makeup!

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Incorporating all of these things to an outfit might seem daunting, but it can be done. Just remember to always add your own personality!

#FallForFashion with us and discover new trends on our Instagram and Pinterest.

#FallForFashion and discover new trends with us on our Instagram and Pinterest.

Pull out your light, feminine favorites for spring

by Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope

Springtime is the perfect season to bring our your most feminine pieces for an elegant yet casual look. Pair your favorite, light blouse or shirt with a high-waisted skirt that cuts at the knee for a sophisticated look that can be worn day or night.

Throw on a few accessories like our popular yet versatile Flor scarf to add some layers and chunky jewelry with some color to tie it altogether.

What pieces are you most looking forward to wearing this spring?
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Calvin Klein Sheer Lace Blouse, Lord & Taylor, Moto Denim Midi Skirt by Topshop, Flor Scarf by Our Hands For Hope, Coppelia T-Strap Sandals by Anthropologie, Stone Frontal Necklace by Lauren Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom, Aztec Bangles by House of Harlow 1960, Nordstrom

A Very Fair Holiday Season

 

by Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope

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Many of us feel that the holidays should be a time of giving. Sometimes, we can lose sight of that among the wrapping paper and doorbuster deals featured in every storefront window. For those that need some help taking a step back and refocusing on what matters during the holidays, here are some companies that make great gifts while supporting an even greater cause. They are all fair trade businesses (or feature fair trade products), so they are sure to continue giving throughout the year, even after the holiday lights are stowed for next year.

Take a look at some items to make for a very fair holiday season.

For the Indulgent

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TCHO New American Chocolates is a fair trade chocolate company based out of San Francisco, California. Their business is fueled by TCHOSource – their practice of working directly with cacao farmers in Ghana, Madagascar, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru to create the best, sustainable chocolate out there. While they specialize in the natural flavors of dark chocolate, they also sell milk chocolates and their newest addition, TCHOPairings.

For the Caffeinated

For those that like a little pep in their step, two tea makers – Numi Teas and David’s Tea – have some great options no matter what flavors you’re looking for.

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Numi Tea is based out of Oakland, California and features 100% organic, no GMO, and (of course) fairly traded teas. They have a wide range of flavors, from your typical holiday chai and green teas to some savory options like Broccoli Cilantro and Carrott Curry.

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David’s Tea is a company originating in Vancouver, but has grown to open up their unique tea shops in many major cities across the US and Canada. While not all of their teas are fair trade, they do distinguish which ones are and even sell a fair trade tea gift box including some of their most popular fair trade creations.

For the Relaxed

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There is a company based out of Southern California called Heritage Link Brands. What do they do? They’ve made it their mission to product sustainable, socially responsible wines from vintners throughout Africa and bring them to the rest of the world. So here you have the best of both worlds: the ability to support some of the most ethical and socially responsible vintners of Africa, and some amazing wine to boot.

For the Fresh & Clean

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One company wanted to do more to help the world and created a product that helps in more ways that one. Hand in Hand Sustainable Soap provides soap and one month of clean water for every bar of their sustainable soap purchased. Their soaps come in a wide range of scents and are 100% eco-friendly, biodegradable, and fairly traded. It is definitely one gift to give and feel good about.

For the Bold & Glamorous

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Similar to Our Hands for Hope, 31Bits is a fair trade fashion business helping women help themselves. Their efforts are focused in Uganda, and the women there are making some truly fantastic pieces of jewelry from the simple and classic to bold statement pieces. Perfect for the person on your list who stands out from the rest!

For the Urbanite

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For those who don’t want to forgot style but just don’t want to feel girly, make sure you introduce them to Oaklandish. A local Oakland, California retail shop, this company doesn’t only put out trendy t-shirts and hoodies but also gives back to their local community, donating 10% of proceeds to artists and other nonprofits who are doing pioneering work within the community. Check out a list of where the proceeds go here.

For the Fashionista

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You didn’t think we’d forget us, did you? For some incredibly soft, trendy, effortless pieces to wear year-round, check out some of the latest styles in knitwear from Our Hands for Hope.

Happy Holidays!

Our Hands for Hope Pop Up Shop

by Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we set up shop at the CornerStone Sonoma along highway 121 in Sonoma, California. We were stationed at Potter Green & Co showing our knits in all their wonderful colors, displaying how to wear them, and telling the story of how  they are created and brought to you straight from Peru.

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There was a great response to the event, and even made a second appearance the next day! Check out some photos around the beautiful CornerStone Sonoma and see how our knits blend in beautifully to complement the scenery.

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Terisa manning our table and telling the history of our knits.

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Some great shots of Tom, who works with Nina, owner at Potter Green, showing off how his personal style blends with some of our knits.

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Want us to host a pop up shop in your area? Get in touch with us if you think your community would benefit from some soft and cozy alpaca knitwear for this chilly winter season.

Happy Holidays, and stay warm!

Stay Warm!

by Cinthya Rubio, Marketing and Communications Director

With love from Our Hands For Hope

so when you are cold from the inside out, and don't know what to do, remember love and friendship, and warmth will come to you.

It’s #CinplySaturday