The Shine Project

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Photos taken by Jenna Colgrove











Bracelets: c/o The Shine Project
Shirt: Nordstrom (under $45)
Jeans: J.Crew
Lace Up Flats: Nordstrom
Bag: Saks Off 5th
Sunglasses: Loft
One of my favorite things to discover is finding brands that give back to the community and support a great cause. If you've been following this blog for awhile, you've probably noticed that I collaborate with brands that give back from time to time. I'm all about fashion doing good!

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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xo RD
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  1. Absolutely love your bag in combination with your casual look!! Love your style! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

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  2. Such a pretty look!! Happy Thursday! xo
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  3. great classic combo - love it

    xo
    tessa
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  4. Good for you for supporting such an amazing cause! And such a perfect fall look. Also love this shooting location!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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  5. I too love fashion with a cause and organizations that give back. Not only fashionable, but you're changing the world. Thank you for spreading the message! (:

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  6. Love being introduced to companies that give back!

    xx,

    Alecia - La Joie de Vivre

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    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by Alecia!

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  7. Cute pair of jeans.

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  8. I love the simplicity of the whole look.The denim pants and shirt is a perfect combination.I love your sling bag.
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  9. Hey hun, your back again yey :) Need to catch up on your posts :)

    Love your blouse and the shine project sounds like such a good cause :) xx

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  10. That's such an amazing project and the bracelets are cute too! Will definitely check them out. Happy to see you looking well--those sunglasses are so cute on you!

    xx freshfizzle

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  11. This is such a great initiative and their story is so inspiring. I wish these kids all the very best. The jewellery they make is so beautiful!! On a fashion note you look dashing!
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    1. I completely agree. I do hope these kids end up having a great future!

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  12. I love a pretty bracelet especially if it has a pretty good cause!
    Happy Weekend,
    Katelyn
    www.theyellowspectacles.com

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    1. Thanks Katelyn! Hope you have a good one too!

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  13. That's a great initiative. It's not easy finding a job and balance school. Love the arm candy. You look great!

    Xo,
    Miki
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  14. It inspiring and encouraging to read about someone working to help improve the quality of life of others. Sounds like a good project, and the bracelets are really pretty.
    This is a really lovely look Rach.
    Have a nice Friday :)
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

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  15. Amazing photos ! And i really love your top. So lovely.
    Many kisses
    Marie

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  16. Such a cool company. I so stand by their mission after being in education and seeing the importance first hand in a low income school. Love your pieces. Also, so fun Jenna took these photos. Guessing you all got to meet up and talk blogging. Love it! Have the best weekend.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. I love when companies give back. It is such a great cause. It was so fun meeting up with Jenna!

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  17. This is such an inspiring story. I love her case and I wish her all the success.
    I also love your outfit.
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  18. So cool! Love a brand with a great mission! The pieces are beautiful and how fun that Jenna took the photos of you! LOVE IT!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    1. I totally agree! Jenna was so kind enough to take photos!

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  19. I love this outfit -- jeans and a button down are totally my uniform. The bracelets are so cute, and it's so great to find a brand that gives back.

    x Diana // http://www.dianapearl.com

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  20. This company sounds so amazing. I love that mission and the jewelry is so gorgeous. Jenna did a great job with the pics!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

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    1. They really are a great company. She totally did!

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  21. I love what the Shine Project aims to support. It's so great when brands focus on giving back to the community- definitely something I want to support too! Love how you styled them with this casual look too! Perfect for the upcoming weekend!

    xoxo Rina
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    1. I totally agree! I really do hope these kids have a good future. Thanks Rina!

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  22. Love the look! Perfect match accessories! The bracelets are gorgeous!

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  23. Simply chic! Love all the accessories too!

    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

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  24. It's so inspiring to hear about The Shine Project, what a wonderful idea and worthwhile cause. There are so many good people in our world, it's nice to hear about them and what they are doing so that we can support them too.

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    1. I am so with you! I love seeing brands give back.

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  25. So cute in this casual look! Doll!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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