Giveaway :: KiraKira

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


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Every now and then something comes along that just plain makes you want to be better, to do better. (Really, these opportunities are always around us; we just need to recognize them.) Here at the BSP, we are so lucky to be presented daily with brands and artists that do more than mass produce products. We seek out artists who bring pure beauty into the world and share their vision with us through their work. We take pride in finding artists who also use their position to do more.

Suz Somersall’s life has been spent surrounded by art and design. After traveling and studying form and shape, Somersall moved to New York and (with partner Whitney Blake) and grew her business into KiraKira. While KiraKira has a wide range of gorgeous jewelry to choose from, we are terribly excited to shine a spotlight on the piece featured in today’s giveaway. This locket was co-designed with Orange is the New Black actress Alysia Reiner. As stated in the Wall Street Journal:

Ms. Reiner teamed with Suz Somersall, founder of KiraKira jewelry, to design a limited-edition locket for the WPA. All of the proceeds from sales of the locket go to the service and advocacy organization. Among its many programs, WPA runs a family reunification center for formerly incarcerated women, in-prison HIV prevention programs, and the recently launched alternative-to-incarceration program called JusticeHome.


One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of this piece go directly to this organization. You can feel good about where your money goes. And look good in the process. Talk about doing more.

KiraKira is giving away one WPA Limited Edition Celestial Inspired Pave Sapphire Locket co-designed with Orange Is The New Black Actress Alysia Reiner and a signed copy of Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman (signed by Piper Kerman and cast members of OITNB) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, January 28th.  Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit KiraKira and tell us: How do you practice the art of giving in your life?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, February 3rd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Deborah f says:

    I am a volunteer with medical teams international and I have worked with many marginalized women especially in Haiti. The locket is really beautiful and I applaud your program and your goals.

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    natalie says:

    We set aside a small part of our monthly budget to give to people or causes about which we care.

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    shanley says:

    we give from every paycheque to both local and international organizations.. i also volunteer teaching baking to adults in a supportive housing complex, and i am a board member at the same organization. more generally – i try to give of myself every day.. more or less successfully, but i try!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    To be honest I don’t do to much as I am not working with a young child at home.  But I do volunteer at my older children’s school as able.  I do plan to increase my volunteering when my children are grown and have they come with me to share in the experience.  Once a year I do volunteer with one of my older child at a local fair event.  It has been a very pleasant experience for both of us.

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    Elizabeth says:

    This is a difficult (and I think important) question.  Because I want to be a PROFESSIONAL giver.  That is, I want to make it my full time MO.  How I give changes with my context.  I’m a daughter, but I’m also a teacher, but I’m a also a neighbor, but I’m also a mother, but I’m also a volunteer, but I’m also a social advocate for single mothers and domestic violence.  Across the board, I’ve found: I can only give if I don’t panic.  I can only give if I am thankful for what I have and practice thankfulness every day, rather than fretting over what I don’t have or haven’t done.  
    There is a great quote from St. John of the Cross:  “Where there is no love – put it, and you will find it there.” I believe that deeply.  But to be able to put love ANYWHERE, I’ve found I have to accept love and I do that best by practicing thankfulness intentionally.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i am not rich, so i try to give in other ways. i walk my friends’ dogs, smile at strangers, donate books to the library, and give pet food to a local animal shelter. 

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    Kate B says:

    I’m a freelance graphic designer and my current client is a non-profit for whom I’m creating materials for a fundraising event at a very reduced rate. It’s important to me to support women’s health and spread the word about heart disease, which is the number one killer of women. If my designs for the event help the cause stick in people’s minds a little longer (or attract their attention in a newspaper ad, etc), then I will feel great about my efforts!

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    sam says:

    As a Stay-At-Home-Mom I have always volunteered in my children’s classrooms, as they have gotten older it has changed – now its more fundraising and transportation that is needed for the various activities that they participate in in and out of school. 
    We also volunteer at a local Church on Saturday mornings to prepare brown bag lunches that are distributed later that day to the homeless in the city.  Throughout the year outgrown clothing is donated to various organizations in and around our town. We also give to the food pantry at our Church as well as the one in town.  I hope that my children continue to give whatever they can – be it their time or even their talent – when they are grown.

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    Lauren P says:

    I am fortunate to have chosen a career as a clinical social worker that allows me to give every day. Of course, thinking and acting as a social worker does not end when I leave the office. I try to extend empathy and care to everyone with whom I interact. I may not have money to offer, but I do have the ability to listen and provide support. 

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    Jennifer says:

    My dad died about a year ago, and we were amazed at the stories told us of kind things he had done for them without telling anyone or with no recognition. If you knew my dad, you wouldn’t be surprised at all. Since hearing those stories, I’ve made a point of carrying on his legacy by trying to do the same for people. I’m fortunate to have the financial means to be generous and whenever I think I have the ability to help someone, I try to do it. I believe this is the last lesson that he taught me, and I know it would make him proud.

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    Samantha S says:

    I don’t have a lot of money to play with, but I’ve been lending with Kiva for the past three years, adding a little more every year on my birthday. I just moved to a new area, so I’ve been looking for ways to volunteer–so far it’s been just a couple of projects that have fallen into my lap, but I’d like to get involved with a reading-mentoring program in elementary schools this spring. And finally, as a grad student who appreciates the value of hospitality (and free food!), I try to practice generous hospitality as well.

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    Valerie C. says:

    I do at least one random act of kindness daily.  I’ve helped many, yet, I get even more out of it 🙂

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    Courtney J says:

    It depends on the type of “giving”. As an art teacher, I give my total attention and knowledge of art to my students every day. Literally everything I do, what I give to my job, is for my job (students/parents/art curriculum/lessons/my ability to teach). Other times, I “give” by helping others…holding open a door, giving room for someone to pull out their car in front of me, etc.

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    cindy says:

    I practice the art of giving by trying to constantly pass it on. If I receive a care package, I put half the items in my car and hand out to the homeless along my drive to work (specifically the off ramp exit for my office). Any time I am the recipient of something, I actively give something else to keep the circle going. JOY- pass it on!

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    Rod Jackson says:

    I give to children in our school district by providing glasses for students who can not afford them mrsrodjac at hotmail.com

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    Rod Jackson says:

    I give to children in our school district by providing glasses for students who can not afford them mrsrodjac at hotmail.com it is not entering

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    Jasanna says:

    Every week I try to do something special for my husband, out of the ordinary. 🙂

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    Suzi C says:

    Oh. My. GOD. 

    A) LOVE Orange Is The New Black
    B) Think Piper Kerman is a goddess
    C) How do I answer this when my hearts racing so fast!!!???

    OK. I’m a 22 yr old single mum in NZ, and I spent my pregnancy mostly alone which was horrible. No one wanted me to have her especially my dad and babies father. 

    She is now 3.5 and is my best friend, my motivation and my soulmate. She is my inspiration for getting up in the morning and my motivation to help other single/young mums in need.

    I volunteer for PCS (Pregnancy Counselling Services) and that means I am “on the phones” every few nights; ready to take someones call. I also have my own FB page on how to help young parents (even solo dads) on budgeting and getting through each day. 

    I wish I had me, now, as a friend, when I was pregnant. I am dedicated to spending my life saving these girls from months of hell. It IS entirely possible to have your baby AND have a career (down the path). So basically… What I give, is my heart and soul.

    I am so passionate about helping these girls find their confidence and empowering them to own their decisions- even if that means not continuing with the pregnancy or adopting their baby out; as long as whatever choice they make, they do it properly and with support.

    One day when I’m old enough to be taken seriously (lol) I would love to start my own “house” where these girls could spend their pregnancies… 

    OOhhh I’m excited just thinking about it!!

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to enter- how exciting and what a wicked motto to live by- how very fitting!


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    jane says:

    to be very honest i don’t think giving is a big part of my life, just small acts of service for housemates eg. washing their dishes, doing chores so my parents don’t need to do them, stuff like that. as a poor college student, giving financially isn’t necessarily something easy, so for me acts of service are the way to go. in this new year i’d like to be able to give ppl more of myself, be it through service or time, just to let them know that someone cares for them. a friend of mine just shared this message on her facebook and i did the same, maybe you too should start so we can pay the love forward!

    “Got this off a friend’s wall and I honestly think it’s a pretty brilliant idea: To start the year off in a loving way I’m participating in this Pay-It-Forward initiative:
    The first five people who comment on this status with “I’m in”, will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year – anything from a book, a ticket, a visit, something home grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise!
    There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.
    These five people must make the same offer in their FB status and distribute their own joy. Simply copy this text onto your profile, (don’t share) so we can form a web of connection and kindness.
    Let’s do more loving things for each other in 2014, without any reason other than to make each other smile and to show that we think of each other. Here’s to a more enjoyable, more friendly and love filled year!”

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    Sparrow says:

    What a beautiful mission and beautiful craftsmanship. As a side note, my uncle attended RISD and as a kid I went to his graduation ceremony and it was the wildest, raddest thing I have witnessed to date. Totally creative and hilarious.

    The art of giving. My husband recently joined the military and we are currently stationed in a little, isolated town in OK. We made a decision that we would extend ourselves as a family and be friends with people, regardless of how long they would be in our lives (as military living is a bit transitory). Our base is a training base, so often people are here for only a couple of weeks for training, generally living in tight quarters with sad kitchen facilities. We invite families over several times a week so that they have a home-cooked meal and some connection while they are away from their homes. We’ve seen a lot of people come and go in the few months we have been here, but we feel like our lives are richer by opening our home and hearts to people who are displaced and often lonely. I know it’s a little thing, but all it takes is one friend to dispel the gloom.

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    Diana McHugh says:

    On behalf of the Women’s Prison Association, I thank The Bright Side Project for this feature and all of the individuals who have commented above with such beautiful sentiments. WPA works to empower, strengthen, and connect women to the community – and this seems a lovely community with which we have connected. Thank you for your support of our work and all of your generous giving! You’re all winners to us and we hope you will stay in touch with WPA. 

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    Thank you everyone for sharing your stories! We are so excited to be working with the Brightside Project and the WPA! xoxo Suz

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    Nikki says:

    Giving of any sort is part of what defines us as people.  I truly believe in the “art” of giving and that it should be done whole heartedly.  Aside from time & money, years ago I made it a priority to thank people for their time, for their help, and for their contribution to the world–I make sure that the people who work in businesses and restaurants that I use are sincerely thanked for their time even if I am frustrated, I let them know it is the situation and not them personally.  Feelings matter, and I believe in showing consideration!  Also complimenting people for their smiling attitude, pleasant voice, adorable children–whatever is true and meaningful.  I am grateful in this from others, and I believe in sharing the love!

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    Joren Robles says:

    I try to look for special ways to give back. Try to be extra thoughtful and observant to what others need around me. Only takes minimal effort, but it means so much in the lives of others. Happiness is truly contagious and giving of yourself and your time is truly the best gift.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I love being able to help people out without them knowing. I just drop a card in the mail or get something they really need delivered. It’s so nice to hear they’ve received it without knowing it was me.

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    Heather N. says:

    I work full-time as a women’s shelter as my career right now. Giving of myself is a part of my everyday life at work – remembering that every person I encounter is fighting a battle that I know little about, and to treat every individual with respect and dignity. It can be exhausting, but incredibly rewarding. 

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    Nicole H says:

    I’m a working mom… A CPA during tax season.  I find it easy to feel overwhelmed and struggling to get even the bare minimum accomplished, especially at this time of the year.  My time becomes my most valuable asset, and I protect it with all that I have.  However, I find that when I give of my precious time, everything around me becomes a little brighter–picking up a phone call to help a friend through a hard time, sitting down and reading a book to my toddler, turning off the phone and the computer to talk to my spouse about our days, doing some pro bono tax preparation for a needy family, rocking my infant to sleep–these moments complete me.  I feel lost in the busyness of my schedule, and found in the giving of my time.