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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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Holiday Extravaganza

Art by Katie Rogers, Paper Fashion

Art by Katie Rogers at PaperFashion.net

Come join us as we kick off this season with a

Holiday Extravaganza

Saturday, November 21, 2015
10:30am – 4:30pm

Our local showroom is located at:
303 Post Avenue in Napa, Ca.

(Silverado Trail and Post St. Napa. across from Big D Burgers)

We have wonderful Holiday Gifts each hand created from alpaca and pima cotton: ponchos, sweaters, hats, scarfs, gloves and jewelry.

Each item is honestly sourced ethical fashion.

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“Give the gift that gives back” this season and empower a women in an

“at-risk” community because,

“The success of every single woman is the inspiration for another”.

Let Our Hands For Hope make your gift giving easy.

We would also like to thank Katie Rogers for her allowing us to use her beautiful artwork and allowing us to add our text. We are a huge fan of her work and her generosity. See more of Katie’s art here.

3 Strands Break Free Run

Our Hands For Hope takes every opportunity to partner up with 3 Strands Break Free to raise awareness and education to combat trafficking.

Since we work directly with women in “at risk” communities to offer job mentoring, training and opportunities, we look forward to our booth at events like these to showcase our items.

We will have a booth at the Lake Merritt run with great gift items for this holiday season.

Break Free Run proceeds go to educating youth and adults about what to be on the look out for. They go into high schools, colleges, communities, corporations, non-profit and faith-based organizations across the U.S. to increase awareness and prevention efforts.

The next 5k and 10k run is scheduled for November 7th, 2015, in Oakland, California.

To register, volunteer, or to donate click here.

 Join us for this great event!

The Gift That Gives Back

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Our Hands For Hope is built upon empowering women all over the world in at-risk communities.  One cause we are most passionate about is helping the girls and young women who have been rescued from sex trafficking.  One organization we have teamed up with this holiday season is a New Day For Children based in California.

A New Day For Children offers safe houses, education, medical and therapeutic help to American young girls ages 10 and up who have been rescued. They also offer mentorship, job placement, and support to furthering their education.

They are currently working on building two new facilities. One for girls from 10-17 and the other 18 and up who don’t have safe homes to return to after rehabilitation.

So for this holiday season, “Give the gift that gives back”.

A portion of all purchases from Our Hands For Hope now until December 31, 2015 will go to

New Day For Children.

SHOP NOW on line 24/7

Show your support and use the code: NEWDAY when you check out.

Our warehouse location is OPEN UNTIL December 19, 2015:

Fridays 12 – 4:30

Saturdays 10:30 – 2:30

303 Post St. Napa, CA USA 94559

Good Work…

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Each knit is hand made by women in “at-risk” communities who are redefining their lives.

Every purchase made at

Our Hands For Hope

directly supports independent, entrepreneurial, women artisans.

Hand Knit This Week: The Camilla Shrug

Hands of Hope Charity Commercial Shoot

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!

 

KC Royals GameDay

 

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.

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Dr.Maya Angelou

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

On May 28th 2014, at the age of 86, Dr. Maya Angelou became “a rainbow in the clouds“. Like most beloved leaders, her passing has created a movement of sorrow but has made us remember the many lessons she shared with the world through her beautiful smile, unforgettable voice, and wise words.

Maya Angelou

Most see her as a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, dramatist, filmmaker, historian, and civil right activist; amazingly enough she was also San Francisco’s first African-American female car conductor, single teen mother, waitress, and cook. She traveled the world and mastered languages such as Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish and West African Fanti. She emerged from struggle and bloomed to become a beautiful, strong, wise and confident woman. It is exemplary people like her that give humanity hope, hope to transform ourselves and bloom as well.

Maya Angelou

Her words and teachings went beyond race, gender, age, sexual preference, and religion. Her desire for humanity to unveil itself to show compassion, tolerance, and love broke barriers in the minds of many and freed us from hate and ignorance.

“I am human being, nothing human can be alien to me”. We need to remember this at all times, we need to empathize with those around us, care about the well being of all people and not only of those we know.

To me, Maya Angelou was one of the most inspiring figures that crossed many generational gaps. When reading her poems, and listening to her words, it almost seemed as if she knew who I was, as if she could feel the inner struggles I fight with. The resonance with which each syllable is written was strong enough to create a change within me, and I thank her for that.

Her love for humanity was amazing, but even more so was her love for being a woman. She did not hide behind stereotypes, she did not shame her body, she embraced every inch of her womanhood and the power bestowed upon her. I end this tribute for the woman I wish I had met, the woman I look up to, the woman I will never forget.

Phenomenal Woman
By Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou

Celebrating Inspirational Women: The Men That Inspire Me…

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

When we started this adventure of Celebrating #InspirationalWomen I immediately knew which women in my life have had a strong influence on the kind of woman I have become today. Being such an easy task to identify them does not remove the merit and acknowledgment they should receive, but easy has never been my profile. So how about honoring the men that stand beside, support, cheer on, challenge and inspire women? Yeah that sounds more like it.

To my demise when  I googled things like “men that stand beside women, men that support their strong woman, men that cheer on their woman, men that challenge and inspire women” everything had a “sentimental relationship” connotation!  Here are just a few of the many things that I found:

Yup, that’s just a small taste of what I found on the surface… then I saw this article on Forbes titled: “Suzanne Venker: Men Aren’t Mad At Women’s Success–They Just Don’t Want To Help”. I must say it still wasn’t what I was looking for and it touched the evidently inevitable sentimental relationship aspects between men and women but it did have a more professional setting sprinkled here and there throughout the article.  There was a quote on there that did get me thinking:

“One of the reasons men are less successful today is because women have been insisting for decades [that] they don’t need a man!” she says. “So men stopped reaching as high as they used to.” But as women continue to reach higher and higher towards success, will men reach lower and lower? Will they even be able to lift a finger? –Excerpt from Meghan Casserly’s  Forbes article.

WOW really?!? Maybe this general feeling is why the search for stories of women honoring the supportive men in their lives has been hard to find! Do I feel like this? Should I? HECK NO!

I might be one of the select few to have great men that are inspiring and have been influential in who I am today, or maybe “Strong, successful, inspiring” women just aren’t as willing to share the platform with men. Now I am definitely more eager to share!

No doubt that my father has played a big role… He’s not your typical “Mexican Macho Man” but does have cultural characteristics of a Mexican Gent. I’m certain that my Grandmother played a big role in him not doubting the strength of a woman…  He also found a woman that was not your typical housewife, the interaction between my mother and him has always portrayed a feeling of “we are in this together, we will both push forward”- so clearly I am looking for the future man in my life to have that mentality as well.

Father with baby daughter

Dad with baby girl #3 (me)

What surely made my father become a supportive man was the fact that he had three daughters.  He could have taken the easy route and let girls be girls, but he challenged us to help fix things at home- not just clean, to explain sports and invite us to watch games with him- not just shoo us away to play with our dolls so we wouldn’t interrupt, to learn basics of car maintenance should we ever get stranded- not just rely on AAA.  He went that extra mile to make sure that the girls he would send out to the world would not only be caring but independent should a man not be present, knowledgeable beyond caregiving and cooking, and strong should they have to face adversity in life.

Because of the things dad exposed me to, it has always been easy for me to have guy friends. These friends have always told me that my lack of an extremely “girly attitude” helps them be able to talk and share more openly what they think. The simplicity and ease of these friendships with men have taught me how to avoid talking behind the backs of others and simply say what roams in my mind without sentiment getting in the way- and that has helped me in the business environment. Curiously, when I have had doubts regarding big steps in life, it has been my guy friends telling me that I am more than capable, worthy and strong enough to do it, whereas most of my girl friends have instated doubt and at times fear to move forward, always with the idea of helping me avoid grief of possible failure and safeguard my feelings. Without a doubt I have studied, traveled, loved and even jumped out of planes because I am more than capable, worthy and strong enough to do it… but I know failure and have felt the sting of broken feelings, but I too am more than capable, worthy and strong enough to endure those.

The best friends a girl can ask for!

The best friends a girl can ask for!

Last but not least, the amazing men that have served as mentors while in college and during my career must be mentioned. I have been blessed to have professors that bluntly expressed that my worth as a professional would be undermined simply for being a woman; therefore mediocre efforts in their classroom would not be tolerated in order to prepare me for the real world. Their words of encouragement, not sugarcoating what to expect in the jungle, and even that one professor that flunked me and made me retake his class because he felt I did average instead of exceptional, have opened many doors in my professional life, giving me the opportunity to venture into many fields of work and “mostly” enjoy every moment of it… I have learned to gain respect of my coworkers, and have received advice from businessmen, that in my mind will forever be priceless.

So to all the  men out there, go beyond the feelings that Suzanne Venker mentions in that Forbes article, please don’t stop reaching as high as you used to… because girls, and women like me, need challenges! Let’s both continue to reach higher and higher towards success to inspire generations of both girls and boys to come.

The James Brown “It’s A Man’s World” became the soundtrack to the writing of this post.