Wheels up and I am and off to the first trip of 5 trips every woman should take every year. First up…. the couple’s trip to St. Lucia where the plan is a mix of relaxation by the beach and excursions through the rain forest. As a reformed over-packer, I had to review my go-to tips for packing light to ensure I wouldn’t be a victim of extra fees for heavy checked luggage. Coming in at exactly 38lbs in my is my pink DVF luggage. Mission accomplished and money saved!
I received a free bag from Mato Naturals in exchange for sharing it with She Makes Cents readers like you.
Travel Bag For My Island Excursion
When I was packing, I was inspired by all of the vibrant colors of the island so I packed colorful accessories that correspond to the activities that we have planned. Sneak Peek Alert: Follow @shemakescents and @sheslivingthefablife on Instagram for OOTD, travel hacks, and behind the scenes videos. For the off non-resort activities like a rainforest ATV tour, I knew I needed durable crossbody that would survive my extreme tourist behaviors but I knew I wanted something with a pop of color or print. That’s where the Mato Boho Crossbody from Mato Natural comes in handy. This handmade bag is made from eco-friendly canvas and unique handwoven Aztec patterns by local women from Nepal. It features every island color that I was looking for AND it’s the right size to ensure that I am not taking unnecessary items off of the resort, although it is smaller than I expected. Mato Natural is a sustainable lifestyle brand founded with the main goal to make available Eco- friendly products at very affordable prices so it is right with me!
She Makes Cents Giveaway
To kick off summer, She Makes Cents is hosting a giveaway to one lucky reader from the United States. To enter, follow @shemakescents and @sheslivingthefablife on Instagram and leave a comment with the hashtag #SMCtravelcontest. Entries will be accepted until July 15, 2017 at noon (EST). The winner will be announced via a Instagram story on the She Makes Cent Instagram page. Retail value $49.99.
Meet Abi Ferrin!
Abi Ferrin is a fashion designer, humanitarian, a woman who uses her “cents” to ignite awareness in global issues and define what that success means to her… oh and did I mention that she is our November Woman to Watch (#w2w). She defines success as “a moving target”, explains Ferrin in an email interview with She Makes Cents. ABI FERRIN, the company, is the versatile and sophisticated fashion brand that offers easy-to-care-for fabrics providing a chic solution for women of all ages and body types; remember the 5- Way Nikki Dress? Each of her Made in the U.S.A. garments feature hand-crafted adornments made by women rescued from the sex trade and other forms of abusive employment in Nepal and Cambodia. Ferrin adds, “My idea of what [success] is always moves ahead, so I can never seem to quite feel like I am there yet. Ten years ago the company I have created today would be a huge success in my mind, but now that I am here I have so much more I want to do! I think being successful is an ongoing project, measured by reaching certain benchmarks along the way. If you can see that you are impacting people’s lives in a positive way as a result of your daily existence and making a difference in this world, then you are successful”. Yes, there are plenty of successful women to watch in business, but it is Ferrin’s impact on others that I find compelling.
About the Freedom Project
The Freedom Project is the branch of Ferrin’s business that focuses on giving back by incorporating vendor businesses that are created for and by marginalized people. For example, all of the buttons and most accessories are from Sak Saum in Cambodia, which rescues, restores and rehabilitates trafficked people. These people then become a part of the Sak Saum business once they are healthy, and as a vendor she gets to be a part of supporting their ongoing success and empowerment through their own efforts and responsibility! Ferrin explains, “Freedom is the most important thing to me. I knew I wanted my fashion company to have substance that went past making people look good. I wanted to empower women to step up their daily style and feel good about themselves, while still living their lives”. Congrats Abi Ferrin for being our November Woman to Watch.
For more information about The Freedom Project, please visit www.abiferrin.com or www.saksaum.com.
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So I took a little hiatus…okay, well a longer one than expected, but I am back with a vengeance. I needed some time to have new experiences so that I can have something exciting yet honest to write about. To be honest, the original idea behind this site was to inform and inspire ways to use your “cents” to live a fab life. Along the way, I believe I got off target. So as we prepare for our upcoming one year mark (March 1stJ), I want to take things back to basics. To do so, I’ll start with a simple question; what is the fab life? My answer could be ever-changing, but at the moment, great people, great food, great fashions, great adventures, great love, great leaps of faith, and a greatly styled place to come home to.
So that is what I’m going to write about…how to get the fab life without breaking the bank, my budget, or my financial integrity. I hope you join me along the way and learn from both my successes and my failures. That’s life and sometimes, you don’t learn the lesson until you fall on your face and have to get back up.
Talk to me! What is the “fab life” to you?
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