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Thursday, September 19, 2013


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Sometimes the journey is really the lesson. So often, I find myself wishing for an adventure, a vacation, a journey. I don’t dream of this merely because I need an escape, but more because I find that travel of any kind (even traveling around your own city) teaches us something. Whether we need the free time to decompress from a stressful day to day life or we want to get ourselves out of our comfort zones and head into the great unknown, the journey is usually the answer. You’ll forgive the philosophical rant when you learn more about today’s contributor.

Liz Forkin Bohannon took a journey to Uganda after graduating college. Her intention was to help a youth organization, utilizing her journalism and communications backgrounds. But, as well all know with most journeys, our intentions merely get us on the road. Sometimes the journey has other plans. For Bohannon, her journey culminated in Sseko Designs, a brand employing Ugandan women so that they can earn money to pay for higher education. Sseko Designs provides these women with “An opportunity to work. An opportunity to succeed and earn and save. To work in a place that was dignified and honoring. To work in an environment and with people who see beyond the now and have a vision for what they will become.” From unique and beautiful sandals to hobo bags and scarves, each handcrafted piece is simply stunning. It’s all about the journey. Indeed.

Sseko Designs is giving away one $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, September 26th.
em>Please visit Sseko Designs and tell us: Imagine you are taking a quick weekend journey; what Sseko item would you pack and where are you headed?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 30th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Trisha says:

    I’m heading to Montreal , and I’m taking the earl gray scarf and the jade hobo bag. Or maybe the macchiato scarf and the dove clutch. There are two days in the weekend though, so why not bring all of them?

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    heather f says:

    I love the jade hobo bag. gosh, I would love a weekend away anywhere, but I would like to try Victoria BC by ferry

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    rachel says:

    I’d head to Bali and pack the Jade Hobo.

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    Kate B says:

    I actually already OWN the Sseko sandals and adore them so much that I replaced the soles this summer when the previous pair wore down after 3 summers of near-daily use. Knowing how versatile they are (in one trip to Colorado, I wore them both to a wedding and then to hike the Great Sand Dunes), my beloved sandals would certainly end up in my bag, along with an assortment of straps to coordinate with my outfits (I have, like, 8 sets, hee). If we’re playing total fantasy “what would I pack” though, I’d be adding the Dove Clutch to my suitcase, because that is just spectacular! (I’ve always been partial to the design of the Arrow Clutch, but the addition of a wrist strap would be a big deal for me.) As for destination, it almost doesn’t matter, because I’d feel so stylish, but I would love to go visit my friend in San Francisco and see what fall is like out there!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i would pack the Earl Grey scarf and head to the beach. 

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    Emily B says:

    Ever since I became a mom four years ago, I have only hauled around a massive diaper bag. In my dreams, I would go to Paris for the weekend (sans children) and I would carry a leather (be still my heart! Oh, sweet leather!!!) black (oh, so, sexy) Hobo bag (they are beauty incarnate… along with the saddle bags). It would perfectly fit my camera and the essentials for wandering around a big city and eating as many pastries as possible.
    On a side note, I’m really inspired by your cause. I often worry about the women of the world and feel depressed at the challenges they face to overcome poverty and obtain education. What a beautiful thing you are doing.

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    Jenni says:

    I would pack the Ivory Square Scarf and head to the airport to pick a random location i’ve never been to. If I got a little cold on the plane I could cover my legs with the scarf, or wrap it tight around my neck and shoulders to keep all the heat in! Once I got to my location I could quickly use it to change up my look without having to have packed a lot of clothes. Bunched around my neck with a white tee and jeans for a laid back look. Tied on the handle of my bag for a splash of softness and sophistication. Used to wrap around my hair and hold it back off of my face in case it got hot. Or used to flash in the air to catch the attention of a passing cab! The possibilities would be endless would my little travel companion!

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    Tiffany says:

    I would pack the Macchiato scarf and head to a secluded beach.

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    Heidi says:

    I’d grab the Espresso Accent Tote: Blue and head to Boston to visit family!

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    Aleta says:

    I’d definitely grab one of their hobo bags and road trip out to CA! Love their classic shape and beautiful leather!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I’d head to Hawaii with the Espresso Accent Tote and the travel wallet. I’d put my suit, money, water bottle, sunscreen, and whatever else I may need. Love the bags and scarves.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I love this question! I have two very different scenarios. If I am thinking practically then I would take my two sons on a train ride for the first time to Seward, Alaska so they could see the harbor and some animals…of course I would have to use the Carmel Saddle Tote instead of our hideous diaper bag.

    In a fantasy world I would take a trip to Mission Bay in Auckland New Zealand to visit the fountain where I made a big wish three years ago. Beach combing in a pair of Mint Silk Sandals, Eggs Benedict, and a Silverlake Silk Scarf would complete the dream weekend.

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    megan says:

    I’d take the Macchiato Scarf to Dublin!

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    Marilyn says:

    I love the dusty purple square scarf! I’d grab it & go to the coast! 

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    ren says:

    i’d sling that earl grey scarf around my neck and take a drive down  PCH.

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    I would bring the Safia Sandals when our family heads down to Chicago to meet up with other adoptive families (we all adopted our kids from Ethiopia 3 years ago, and we like to get together a few times a year so the kids can continue to see each other and grow up together!).  I love that the sandals are African-inspired … my daughter always beams with pride anytime I wear something representing her original home!  I’m sure her friends (and the other moms!) would love them, too!

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    Ashley C says:

    I am visiting Destin FL soon and I imagine myself wearing the black sandals with a maxi skirt along the boardwalk!


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    Zandile Ncube says:

    I am taking the Purple square scarf to Concord, Mass. It would be the best accessory to any outfit in New England !!

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    Rachel S says:

    I would grab the Espresso Accent Tote and head to Seattle. It would be the perfect companion for a coffee along the wharf <3

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    Anne H says:

    I would pack the apricot scarf, as a scarf can be used in so many ways to change an outfit! My trip would be to Quebelc City in the fall as it is beautiful and a fall tradition that had to be missed for the first year in many 🙁

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    Valerie C. says:

    I’d bring the black hobo with me to the White Mountains for fall foliage!

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    Courtney J says:

    I’d be heading to San Francisco, and I’d love to take the Woven Voyage Blush Clutch to carry my change, money, ID, little items I may need as I walk around the city. The clutch is a great alternative to a large purse.

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    Jenn says:

    We are finally headed to Seattle! We keep putting off this trip even though we are only roughly 3 hours away! My new Grey Shibori Hobo is swung around my shoulder makes it easy for my Husband and newly walking 15 month old Daughter to watch fish fly at Pier 52, see the views ontop of the Space Needle and perhaps spoil my Daughter even more at the Archie McPhee toy store. No one would even know that my deliciously elegant, soft leather bag has taken the place of my ugly polyester diaper bag.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Monocca! The carmel leather obi accent tote bag! Are you kidding me? What else??!!??!? Perfection. (Unless you add the Earl Grey scarf. Then it’s uber-perfection.)

    (Okay. So I’m in the middle of taking my comprehensive exams in my graduate program. I needed a break. I might have a had a small freak-out when I saw the images on your website. It helped me remember life is beautiful. Took my breath away. Honestly)

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    Cindy A. says:

    I would visit the Chichi market in Guatemala while wearing the Kikoni sandals and Apricot square scarf.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I’d take the jade hobo and pack it with a few weekend essentials and go antiquing with some friends of mine. 

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    HNR says:

    Wow, I love all of your stuff! Gorgeous and awesome mission. I would take the coyote clutch and the apricot square scarf….and use the caramel studded tote to keep my bits and bobs together 🙂 I would take these on a road trip down the California coast, stopping in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur, and pausing at all of the scenic bends in the road.

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    Nikki says:

    In my fantasy I am driving up California to San Fransisco and I’ve packed the Macchiato Scarf to wear.  I’m picturing a winter trip, and I can see myself walking into the War Memorial Opera House with the scarf over my head and I’m going to watch the Nutcracker (which I haven’t seen since I was a little girl).  I would love for this to come true!

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    Kadi says:

    The White Arrow Clutch in Espresso nearly gave me a heart attack! What a beauty! I think I’d want to pack it with a few essentials and take it a big conference coming up in Orlando. I volunteer with a local non-profit and they’re having tons of speakers who are pretty big in the community-at-large fly in… I’m in charge of their travel arrangements and helping with the event coordination, so I want something beautiful, functional, and somewhat small to keep by my side. Just because you’re in a room full of intellectuals doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or sophistication! 

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    cindy says:

    I would put a few necessities in the Grey Shibori Hobo and hit the road! With no real destination in mind, I would crank up the tunes and just start driving and stop at all of the places along the way that look interesting. No time table and no agenda. Wanderlust.

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    sam says:

    I would pack the Dove Clutch along with the Earl Grey Scarf and head to the mountains of NC. The Jade Hobo would be perfect to carry them both in : ) 

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    Emily P. says:

    I would pack my sseko sandals (LOVE THEM) with the Sheba Triangle accessory to make them pretty for going out!  Grab the Dove Clutch and head to Seattle to visit my friend! 

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    Anna L says:

    I would pack the Royal Blue Silk Sandals and head anywhere and everywhere! With these comfy, yet stylish sandals, I feel like I can trek across the world in them!  With the secure straps, I wouldn’t have to worry about them falling or failing on me either.  Having already volunteered in the Dominican Republic, I would take a weekend getaway there.  To relax with the people I miss and enjoy, and by doing service for an underrepresented community, I know these sandals would stick by me while building a fence or relaxing on the beach.

    Someone did once say, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world!”  I would definitely conquer with each step in these sandals!

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    Jennifer says:

    I’d grab the espresso tote with the blue accents and head to the ocean for a quick recharge. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, the Atlantic always sets everything right.

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    Brittany K says:

    Definitely the Caramel Accent Tote: Bronze for a weekend home upstate to visit my family! I wouldn’t need to bring too many things, but this bag is perfect for anything like a laptop, extra pair of shoes, change of clothes and my makeup!

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    Jan Stanfill says:

    I believe the turquoise hobo bag would be my choice. I love the splash of color it would give to any outfit. 

    How lovely to capture the talents of these lovely women.  I believe we all have something to share!

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    Sharon says:

    I am heading to New Orleans with the Annaberry Silk Scarf.

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    I’d head to my secret place tucked away in Jamaica, and dance in the sand in nothing but a swimsuit, my new Sseko red sandals, and the peachy Hazelnut scarf tied around my waist or in my hair.

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    Kristen H. says:

    I would be heading up into the mountains with one of your gorgeous hobo bags to do yoga, meditate, and connect with myself. I need to remember to say “hello” to my own needs every now and again!

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    Tiffany says:

    I kid you not I’m known as the bag lady at work. I come into the office with my computer bag, my lunch bag, my gym bag and my big ol’ purse (sometimes with little bags hiding in it). So when the weekend rolls around and I get to go explore the local sites I want to be as close to bag free as possible. That Alder clutch wants to go on my next ” bag free” adventure, it told me so.

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    Ann Rishell says:

    I would pack the Earl Grey scarf to match my hair for a quick weekend trip to Chicago.

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    Nicole Friedrich says:

    Heading to South of France….black hobo bag and ANY sandals – I can’t pick one – they are too cute!!