|Photos taken by Jenna Colgrove|
|Bracelets: c/o The Shine Project|
Shirt: Nordstrom (under $45)
Lace Up Flats: Nordstrom
Bag: Saks Off 5th
I came across The Shine Project randomly on Instagram. I was intrigued by its beautifully curated feed, positive message, and gorgeous jewelry collection. I wanted to learn more about it. I checked out their site and that is when I learned that just like their Instagram, they are all about creating a positive community by helping others.
The owner, Ashley, was a mentor in preparing inner city high school students for college. Some of these students didn't think college was an option. As she became closer to them, she learned that they would be the first one in the family to consider going to college. Unfortunately, these students lack the financial resources and adequate advisors to get them to the next level. Therefore, she turned to social media to raise money for a group of seniors to go to college. At the same time, she started a blog called The Shine Project. After successfully raising money for scholarships, she started the nonprofit organization, The Shine Project to continue to raise donations for inner city seniors.
Later, Ashley learned of the students' living conditions. The entire family would be sleeping on a tiled floor, barely any food in the fridge, and kids missing school due to the lack of money. This makes it difficult for students to dream about their future. Therefore, she wanted these students to learn life and business skills in order to sustain themselves.
That is when the The Shine Project jewelry collection started. The goal of this jewelry line is to employ these students so they can have real life job experience that can set them up for a more successful future. Ashley used her social media influence to get the word out about these beautiful handmade jewelry. Now, The Shine Project is a place for high schoolers to come after school and create these jewelries. They run everything from customer service, jewelry design, shipping, sales, and events. The students who are given the scholarship through the nonprofit organization have been given the privilege to be mentored and guided every step of the way.
I am wearing the 'Twist Me Pretty Stack' bracelet. I love the concept and style of stacking bracelets while still looking very cohesive. Which this set nails it! My favorite feature of this bracelet is the personalization on one of the charms. If you look closely, one of the charms has an 'R' on this. You have the option of having your initial on the bracelet. Anything customized, wins my heart. Even though these bracelets were created by high schoolers, the bracelets are well made with great quality!
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