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Top 5 Pieces of Handmade Jewelry from UncommonGoods

Handmade Jewelry from UncommonGoods (A Westervin Sponsor)

 

Every year, Brian and I look forward to the UncommonGoods holiday catalogue. Whenever it arrives, we stop what we’re doing to look through it together. No joke. It truly is full of uncommon goods! And, truth be told, we’ve bought many a gift from them. Not only do they have a large and well-curated selection of items, but they’re also a founding member of B Corporation (if you haven’t heard of B Corps, learn more about this awesome not-for-profit organization here), and they’re committed to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. 

So, believe me when I say we are genuinely thrilled to welcome UncommonGoods as our latest sponsor. They’re a perfect fit, no? To thank them for supporting Westervin, I’ve put together a list of my 5 favorite pieces of handmade jewelry currently available from UncommonGoods. 

If you know me, you know I have a thing for handmade jewelry. From ceramic statement necklaces to glass-blown earrings to each set of specially crafted wedding bands we get every year on our anniversary, my jewelry box is bursting. If you really know me, you know that I actually haven’t worn a piece of non-handmade jewelry in years. (Excluding the occasional vintage pieces, of course.) There’s just something so special about a piece of wearable art that’s one-of-a-kind or made in small batches by someone who’s honed their craft and whose work truly fulfills them. I want to support those people! I want unique jewelry that stands out! And there are plenty of other reasons to love handmade jewelry. UncommonGoods put together a beautiful blog post of their own about the value of handmade jewelry. Check it out here

Hopefully you, dear reader, have joined me on the handmade jewelry bandwagon long ago. But if not, there’s still time! All aboard! Check out my top 5 handmade jewelry picks from UncommonGoods, and see the rest of their jewelry offerings here. What are your top 5?

5. Acquamarine Branch Ring made by Nancy Nelson 

4. Gold Dipped Vine Lace Necklace made by Tulianna and Alejandra Garces 

3. Gold Astrology Cuff by Julie Nolan

2. Diamond Cobblestone Wedding Band by Emilie Shapiro

1. Sterling Silver Diamond Studs by Christine Street

This is a sponsored post. Though we have been compensated for sharing this content, all opinions are our own. 

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Sponsored Post: Blake Brody Flats

Westervin Sponsor: Blake Brody Ballet Flats

A lovely lady named Christine recently saw my Bustle piece on ethical shoe options and reached out to me to tell me about Blake Brody‘s line of ballet flats. According to Christine, Blake developed these shoes in consulation with Dr. Louis Gally, the podiatrist to the Rockettes and an expert in dance health.

The resulting product line is a “luxe version of a wellness shoe.”

As a vegetarian, Blake has chosen to use only environmentally conscious and humane (vegan) materials that do not include any animal products or toxic chemicals. These cute little kicks are both good for your feet and eco-friendly! The anti-microbial, moisture-wicking ultrasuede lining is made from 100% recycled post-industrial matter, the fully padded footbed is composed of soy-based recycled Poron, and the recyclable rubber for the soles is specially prepared for re-use in secondary compounds.

Westervin Sponsor: Blake Brody Flats

Christine and Blake were kind enough to send me over a pair of my choosing to try out. I opted for the “Kate” flat in the “Nude Lizard” option.

For the outfit above, I paired these high-end shoes with an almost completely second-hand outfit (save for my undergarments!). The top and skirt are from my latest trip to Goodwill, courtesy of a gift card from my sister-in-law (she knows me well). The belt came with a vintage dress I bought many moons ago, perhaps from the Goodwill outlet store in St. Louis, where you pay by the pound (!), but I can’t remember for sure. On my wrist is a collection of slinky bracelets, handmade and gifted by a couple of friends (Dotter Studio and AHC), as well as a vintage watch from my grandmother.

Westervin Sponsor: Blake Brody Ballet Flat in Nude Faux Lizard Skin

When my chosen flats arrived, I noticed that the color wasn’t quite the bright, creamy ivory pictured. They turned out to be a bit of a darker, grayer shade, which I like better anyway.

But how comfortable are they? One word: wowee. They are truly 100% comfortable—so soft, smooth, and cushiony on the inside. Slipping them on for the first time felt like a gentle hug on my feet. The first day I wore them out was a scorcher, terribly muggy and hot, so my feet got a little sweaty after a while. But I’ve since worn them around, indoors and out, and haven’t experienced that problem again. I even wore them out for a long walk in the park down by the Arkansas river, which featured some mixed terrain and which usually makes my feet a little sore if I’m not wearing my athletic shoes. These felt great the entire walk, and my feet weren’t sore afterward!

I’d say these would be perfect for a vacation where you’d be doing a lot of sightseeing, shopping, and generally walking around all day. If, that is, you can afford the splurge. At $275, these aren’t your average throw-away flats.

Westervin Blog: Faux Lizard Skin Flats from Blake Brody

Blake’s in-studio footwear is considerably more affordable, though. Seems like these soft, elasticized ballerina flats would be perfect for regular yoga practice! Please check out Blake Brody’s ethical wellness flats, and let me know if you get a pair for yourself!