Giveaway :: Raven + Lily

Thursday, August 29, 2013


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Every day here at the BSP, we strive to live life with beauty and purpose and compassion. Our entire mission here is to make you feel good, to make you feel inspired to live a brighter life. Inherent in this mission is our own inspirations. We are always in awe of the stories behind our contributors and learning about the ways in which they work to make their own lives brighter. Today’s contributor is no exception.

Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin founded Raven + Lily as a way to empower women through sustainable economic opportunities. Partnering with women in need, Dickerson and Lin create a tangible way for these artisans to make their lives better by offering thier handmade goods in an online market place. From the United States to Ethiopia, Cambodia to India, marginalized women are given the opportunity to have a job with a fair trade wage, healthcare, and education. And they are getting noticed. . (You may have seen them on Elle.com). Forget the fact that the pieces are beyond gorgeous. This Alem Triangle Necklace, Bizualem Scarf, and Uzma Travel Journal are at the top of my list.  Raven + Lily is a brand with a social conscience, bringing beauty into the world on a daily basis. What’s not to love?

Raven + Lily is giving away one Tasha Leather Clutch in Bronze to one lucky winner AND one Tasha Leather Clutch in Steel Blue to a second winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, September 5th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Raven + Lily and tell us: (For those of you that have already entered before a question was available, your entry still counts! For the rest…) Who is the most influential woman in your life?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 9th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    that’s a perfect size clutch for most outings. I love the luster of the leather!

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    Jenni says:

    I don’t see an official question, but I have to say I LOVE the detail on those beautiful clutches! I clicked over to the website and everything on it is just as beautiful! The styling between the clothes and jewelry is impeccable and each piece is so special! They seem to radiate a warmth that speaks to the approaching fall season and I can’t pull my eyes away!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i would LOVE the steel blue clutch!

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    jane says:

    since there doesn’t seem to be a question, i’ll talk about what i do on a dreary day. kirsten talked about snuggling with her kids/pets and even how working brings her joy. i think the chance to create new things with the people you love is indeed fulfilling and rewarding. when it’s a dreary day, i like to cook dinner and garden with my mother, although most of the time she ends up doing the gardening and i’m just standing around talking to her while she potters about the herbs! then i’ll make dinner and she’ll stand around talking to me while i cook 🙂 it’s really relaxing to just be able to do what i enjoy with my loved ones helping each other out 🙂

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    Aleta says:

    GORGEOUS clutches! Not sure what the question is but I wanted to put my name in the drawing. Thanks!

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    Marta GM says:

     I really like the “meet the artisan” section. It’s a very good project. this is a great giveaway, both prizes are really beautiful and the lining gives them a very delicate touch I love. Thank you!

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    Janet B says:

    No question?? No problem! I checked out Raven & Lily and have to say I’m always impressed when artists can combine their love of art with a passion for helping others. Good job on it all–Beautiful products and taking care of the world.

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    Heather P says:

    Love the gold brushed scoop neck tee and the uocycled skirts. I did not see an official question either. Thank you!

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    Nikki says:

    It makes my heart feel full to read about Raven & Lily:  thankful for the opportunities and impact that you are committed to; overwhelmed by the fact that there is so much need for what you are offering women around the world–not only a chance to be employed in a caring environment working and given the ability to better their lives and those of their families, but also offering through your beautiful goods and message an AWARENESS to women (& the world) which is also empowering in that it opens minds and hearts in compassion and stimulates positive reaction to the situation of other women that is often allowed to recede in the bustle of every day life.  thank you

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    Rachel S says:

    These clutches are absolutely gorgeous!  I love the detailed interior lining; beautiful and well made. <3

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    Lindsay says:

    i love raven and lily and think these clutches are absolutely beautiful! i think the bronze may be my favorite. it looks great paired with the lining!!

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    Amy says:

    Awesome clutches and their Fall look book has me craving some cooler temps. How awesome are those red shoes?

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    ren says:

    wow! rarely do i find a website that has so many items that speak to me. usually there is a necklace, or a bracelet or ONE thing i like, but raven & lilly has really got my number. and it makes me happy that they are more than just an “item” and that they actively help another woman. i see most of my christmas shopping happening at raven & lilly this year!

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    ren says:

    sorry, that clearly should be “lily”…oops!

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    Emily says:

    I don’t see a question above, so I’ll just say that I love both of those clutches.  I also love the large wood-printed journals.  The gold pinwheel design is beautiful!

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    Emma L says:

    I do not see a question either, so I will just say that I find those clutches absolutely stunning: the proportions, cut and angularity are all spot-on, and screams of a razor-sharp, super-creative designer. Well done! I would pair it with dark skinny jeans, tall skinny boots, and a slightly oversized felted sweater in bronze, teal and cream.

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    Kate B says:

    These bags are gorgeous! I’m not generally a clutch girl, I like to have a strap to hang onto, but I’m trying to push myself with my opinions on fashion this year. So far, I have bought tall leather boots (I kept talking myself out of the expense before! This is the first pair I’ve owned and I *adore* them!), wide waist-cinching belts (I was a “belts go through pant-loops” gal before I started buying dresses that could benefit from the contrast, and THEN learned about how belts could go over cardigans as well), and earrings (okay, I’ve had earrings for ages, but I haven’t worn them with regularity since I was about 16, so I’ve been building a collection slowly and encouraging myself to wear them as much as possible, since my everyday jewelry is minimal to a fault). Would love to add one of these beautiful clutches to my wardrobe!

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    Jennifer says:

    I love, love, love the wooden bangles with leather. So modern and yet timeless!

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    Jenny Ballard says:

    I didn’t see a question either but I love these clutches along with the matching wallets! What an amazing company! I also love their scarves that are made here in the US! They are made be refugee women in Austin TX and the women receive full wages and empowerment to live a sustainable life. 

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    Lynda Del says:

    I’ve check out the site and I absolutely would love to own any one of those clutches! They’re all so beautiful and all look so well made!

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    Valerie C. says:

    Beautiful clutches! I went to the site and also loved the skirts and jewelry, especially the tribal cuff…..very cool!

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    EMcB says:

    Hi – just wanted to say that I love the clutches.  More importantly, in checking out your website, I got seduced by the ‘Kaleidoscope’ necklace. Which led me to read about the bullets-to-beads process, then watch the video and see the lovely women of Entoto Mountain.  And then I fell down the Google rabbit hole, exploring the prevalence of HIV in Ethiopia and some of the recent successes in combatting it.  Raven + Lily, you rock.  What a hopeful and inspiring enterprise.  You must be so proud…

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    Courtney J says:

    No question? Well, I love the “Upcycled Long Skirts” because I could easily wear this while I’m teaching. I love the colors because they’re easy to match with many different styles of tops. They also look very comfortable and casual. Definitely my style.

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    megan says:

    My grandmother was the most influential woman in my life. She was the first woman in my family to graduate from college. Her love of education is something I carry with me. 

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    Pumpernickel says:

    My husbands grandmother is vivacious and generous. Aside from the fact that she is just a generally sweet woman, she is also the most accepting person I have met. The first thing she ever said to me when I first met her was “I don’t know you yet but I just love you!” I was 16 at the time and painfully shy. I absolutely aspire to be a leader and matron to my family like she has been and one who can encourage confidence in the future generations of women to come.

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    Elizabeth says:

    How can I answer this question honestly? The truth is, I’m a single mom and I haven’t had a lot of brave women in my life that have taught me how to live. The woman that has made the most difference to me is the woman that my own daughter is going to become. That sounds hokey. I’m sorry about that. But having a daughter and my husband leaving us has changed my life completely. Before that, nothing seemed to matter. It was all a game. Now, the woman I am responsible to raise matters more to me than anything. Eye on the prize, baby.

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    Jen says:

    I suppose the woman that I hope to become has the most influence on me. There are bits of pieces of both various women and men that have come and gone throughout my life that I hope to emulate during my time. Too many amazing people are roaming the world that it’s difficult for me to choose just one. So, I choose future me.

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    Maddie says:

    My biggest woman role model is Alice Waters – American chef, restaurateur, activist, and author.  She always maintains composure and grace was advocating controversial issues like GMO labeling, Health Reform and Organic Movement. I had the chance to meet her in person last year which re-confirmed my awe of her. 

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    My mom – she is amazing and so helpful. There isn’t anything she can’t help me with.

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    Jan Stanfill says:

    Easily, my mom.  She is not intimidated by much and she is as tender hearted as they come

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    My mother…..she was a fabulous woman

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    Peyton D says:

    The most influential woman in my life (even though are many) would have to be my best friend, sister, and partner in crime, Victoria. She inspires me to ultimately be myself – original, the crazy person that I am. She influences me in the art work she does, as well as more simple things such as her work ethic. Without her I wouldn’t be the person I am today. 

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    Charlotte D. says:

    My mother. My mother taught me what unconditional love is. She did not tell me what unconditional love meant. I learned it from her action. I knew I was loved unconditionally before I even knew the word existed.

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    Sydd says:

    The most influential woman in my life? My Colombian mother when I lived in Ecuador. She took me under her wing as her own child, taught me how to love with no end, and worked with me daily to improve my life in more ways than one. Te quiero muchísimo eve. te extraño cada día. 

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    Sparrow says:

    Not surprisingly? My mother. She is a gorgeous woman who has allowed herself to age gracefully (she’s got stunning silver hair. We call her the silver fox), she’s an active cyclist, and she sacrifices everything for her family. I want so much to be the mother that she has been to me and to exude the kindness and love she does for everyone around her. She’s positive, uplifting, and gracefully embraces the chaos of her family with acceptance and quietude.

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    Anna L says:

    The most influential woman in my life has got to be my mother!  She gave up everything she had in her homeland of Vietnam, leaving all that she knew including her family, for a better life in the U.S.  Entering a world she did not know a thing about, with not a single cent to her name, she ventured into the unknown.  She then proceeded to continue to work very hard, even to this day she holds down two jobs to support her children, who are soon to be college graduates!  I appreciate my mom so much, and I can’t wait to be able to retire her and take her on vacations!

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    Charlene says:

    Mercedes Lackey, her books have shaped the person I am today

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    Jenni says:

    I believe I already answered this before there was a question, but I love this question and couldn’t resist answering.

    The most influential woman in my life is my grandmother. She was so full of light. She would walk into a room and every face on it would have a smile. She laughed at life’s silly moments with reckless abandon (dribbled food on her top, a little bought of the toots, a surprise snort while laughing…she knew how to laugh at herself. She always had a smile, a kind word and a warmth. She loved to bake cupcakes and take them to the center, she lit up when we would get vanilla shakes from McDonalds and she never failed to tell everyone how nice they looked.

    She left us about a year ago after a terrible battle with cancer, smiling through the entire ordeal, but she will always live on in my heart and will always be the person I look to for inspiration through the hard times. The person I remember in fond memories of love, reminders to forget trying to be cool. and instead just show unconditional love every day.

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    Cat says:

    My mother . . .seems like the obvious answer but it is true

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    Regan says:

    The most influential woman in my life is really my sister, although Mom is incredibly important to me as well. My sister, although 6 years my junior, is a role model for me. She’s incredibly intelligent, talented, and compassionate, and I strive to be like her everyday.

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    Brittany K says:

    definitely my mom. she lost her father (my grandfather) at 21 and i can’t even imagine how hard that must have been for her. i couldnt live without either of my parents. she is an amazing inspiration and role model!

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    amanda uber says:

    My grandmother Louella who lived a long fantastic life where you dressed up to get on an airplane. She had all her suits made for her either at Bullocks or when they would take trips to Cuba. Hats galore. I inherited all her jewelry and wear a different piece everyday. What a fashion role model!

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    Lexi says:

    The most influential woman to me was my great grandma. She was really the type of person I want to be. She was loving, kind, and fun. She could beat anyone in a game of cards and she had a wonderful mind! I miss her everyday and I hope I got a little of her in my soul!

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    Bethanni says:

    My big sister, because even though we fight at times I always know I can go to her for help and advice. We have shared laughter, tears, and many hugs in our time. Without her I probably wouldn’t be the person I am today. 

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    Chryselle says:

    Right now, if I were really honest with myself, the most influential woman (or ‘women’ to be correct, because there are more than one) are a group of fellow freelance journalists who constantly inspire me to do better, write more, pitch to the best. The funny thing? I’ve never met these women – they are all online, in various parts of the country and the world. Yet they are the closest things to role models for me. And a good reason to wake up every morning!

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    cindy says:

    My best friend. She has taught me to be fearless and follow my dreams no matter what anyone else says!