{Raven + Lily}

Raise your hand if you are a fan of helping empower women in other countries? I want to introduce you to Raven + Lily; an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand created to alleviate poverty among women. Currently, they employ over 1,500 women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, and education. All of their products are made by hand and follow fair trade standards. As of 2016, Raven + Lily employs women in Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, Kenya, Guatemala, the USA, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Haiti. They were even named Best for the World in Community Impact and their clothing is pretty dang cute too!

Each season, Raven + Lily creates a lifestyle collection that really reflects each culture of the women who handcraft each piece. For the Fall 2016 collection they took inspiration by Japanese minimalism. The designs are meant to complement and not distract from a women’s natural beauty. Each piece is modern and refined, using sustainable textiles such as alpaca, organic denim, silk/wool blends, mohair and many more. They have also expanded into accessories and home goods; which if you didn’t see my interior shot of their Austin store on Instagram, you need to check it out. Major GOALS!! Each accessory follows their ethical standards and include upcycled horn, brass jewelry, and vegetable tanned leather accessories.

I partnered with Raven + Lily to show everyone that ethical fashion should make an appearance in everyone’s wardrobe, especially if you are a fan of having a capsule wardrobe. Each and every piece in this collection is so unique yet classic enough that you can wear anything with each main garment. And of course, I chose the dress that will literally go with anything and everything; grey.

A couple weeks ago Grayson and I stayed at Lone Star Court and thought it would be the perfect time to pop my head into Raven + Lily at their new store in the Domain Northside. Immediately, I was smitten with everything in the store and knew it was going to be a major challenge to just stick with one look! I decided to go with a grey long sleeve, silk shirt dress that would be easy to pair with anything in my closet; shoes, jewelry, coats, bags, etc. As a stylist, even working with personal clients, I always stress the importance of keeping key pieces that you can make 10+ outfits with without thinking twice. This dress is definitely one of those pieces. It’s a great transitional piece since the Austin weather is in the 60s in the morning and 90+ in the afternoon. Once the weather gets a little chillier, I will easily be able to throw on tights and OTKs and be good to go!

As I mentioned above, Raven + Lily has branched out into accessories and home goods and I couldn’t be more excited. I absolutely fell in love with the cutest black leather lunch-sack clutch that was designed by my good friend Kim Lewis and produced in Ethiopia. Again, this is a piece that will go with anything and everything, dressy or casual.

Let’s talk jewelry. The store is filled with gorgeous, hand crafted pieces that I literally wanted all of! I chose the prettiest Horn + Brass necklace and the simplest brass bangles. The necklace was handcrafted in Kenya and is made of upcycled brass and horn, and literally made the entire outfit. When I look at these photos my eyes immediately go to this necklace. Not only is the prettiest thing ever, but the detail is out of this world!

The one thing I love about looking at pieces that are handmade all over the world is that when you really think about it, each and every piece is handmade which makes them one of a kind. No two pieces will ever be the same. How cool is that??

Outfit Details –

Dress – Raven + Lily // Handbag – Raven + Lily by Kim Lewis Designs

Necklace and Bracelet – Raven + Lily // Shoes – Lulus

Hat – H&M // Sunglasses – ILY Couture

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37 Comments

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    alisha
    October 18, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Thats seriously amazing babe!!!! You also look so pretty as usual!

    Alisha

    saffrononrose.com

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    Adaleta Avdic
    October 19, 2016 at 12:14 am

    These photos are ridiculously beautiful, I just love the entire outfit as you look fabulous! Your hat and sunnies are rocking this look but I just love how you pieced this all together. This sounds like an AMAZING company, so I’m checking their site out now. I love a good cause! xx Adaleta Avdic

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    Maggie
    October 19, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Oh my gosh I’m going to definitely check them out – these pieces are stunning!

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

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    Pam Dorrell
    October 19, 2016 at 12:35 am

    What an amazing ethical company that promotes women. I love the look. I’ll be checking out their products.

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    Veronica
    October 19, 2016 at 5:46 am

    You look stunning as usual!The outfit is absolutely adorable.
    http://www.dvfdressoutlet.com/

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    Whitney
    October 19, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Wow this dress is amazing on you! The necklace pairs perfectly with it. We love all the dark shades paired together. Flawless as always!

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    Cathy
    October 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Love the opportunity this company is to women and love the dress!

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    Bailey
    October 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I loveee this look on you! The silk texture of this dress is so delicate and feminine. Gorgeous as always!

    xoxo,
    Bailey
    Here’s The Skinny
    @baileyschwartz

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    Nina
    October 19, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Sounds like a great company! I’m loving all of the accessories!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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    carrie
    October 19, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Look at you strutting! Such a babe. 😉

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

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    Kimberly Clifton
    October 19, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I always love a company that has a purpose and gives back! This dress is so perfect and I love the shoes you paired with it!

    Kim
    http://www.mrscliftonscloset.com

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    leah
    October 19, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    WOW! What an amazing organization. And can we talk about that dress?! Totally need it!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

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    Lawren
    October 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Sounds like such an amazing company, and I’m loving all their pieces! You look fab!
    Lawren
    http://www.saltwaterandstilettos.com

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    Brooke
    October 19, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Such a chic effortless look! Love learning about new brands too!

    Xo,
    Brooke || http://www.kbstyled.com

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    monic
    October 19, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Sounds like a great company I love when companies give back!

    you look amaze

    monic

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    Shannon
    October 19, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Sounds like such an amazing company! I’m obsessed with that handbag and you styled this dress so perfectly.

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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    jenna
    October 20, 2016 at 1:17 am

    What a beautiful mission!!! Looking so chic as always!

    Jenna from http://www.visionsofvogue.com

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    Nicholle Brainard
    October 20, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Shopping with a purpose! Love this entire look babe!

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    Dani
    October 20, 2016 at 3:09 am

    You are so stunning babe! I love this whole look, esp. those sunnies! You are a show-stopper for sure! xoxo
    Dani // http://www.daniellealexandra.com

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    Greta
    October 20, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Such a great dress and necklace! I love when a store gives back and is for a great cause.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    Sara
    October 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    You look so chic! And I love your necklace and sunnies!

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    Alicia Chew
    October 20, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I need to check out this brand — I love it when brands empower other women, I think it’s so important!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

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    Lauren
    October 20, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    This brand sounds seriously awesome. I love this look too! So cute!

    Fizz and Frosting

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    Brooke
    October 21, 2016 at 12:18 am

    In love with those shoes – you look fab girl!

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    Rita
    October 21, 2016 at 12:30 am

    That dress looks amazing on you. Love how you styled it. Beautiful necklace and sunglasses.
    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

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    Mandy
    October 21, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Love this look! So great for fall, and loving those shoes!

    xoxo Mandy
    http://www.sparkleshinylove.com

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    Anna English
    October 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Love the story behind this brand!

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    Sarah
    October 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Cute dress doll and I really like your necklace as well

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    cristin
    October 22, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Love this! I have never heard of them – will def check it out!!

    Cristin | http://www.thesouthernstyleguide.com

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    Kasey
    October 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I love your style! Those accessories are the cutest, I love that lether lunch sack, and hooray for empowering women!

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    Nataly
    October 22, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I haven’t heard of them before, but it sounds awesome! Your look is fabulous!

    Nataly || http://www.beautifullyelegantblog.com

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    Katie Ann Lehman
    October 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    This is FIERCE! Loving the all black. And that necklace!

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    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    October 24, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Love this pretty dress on you! And this sounds like an amazing company!

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    Chloé
    October 24, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Absolutely adore this look!!! I love all black and these boots are everything!!

    http://beyondblessedblog.com/

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    Cece Lam
    October 25, 2016 at 3:07 am

    How lovely babe!! Thanks for sharing 😉

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    Lavenda Memory
    October 27, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Adore this satin dress and your killer heels!

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    Megan
    October 19, 2017 at 7:04 am

    This clothing brand sounds AMAZING! Love standing behind good causes.

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

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