PLACES TO GO // SHARE + DO GOOD

Share & Do Good

Share & Do Good

{ Get $10 for every $50 you spend on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30th!  Spend $50 and get $10 credit in January! }

Share + Do Good is a giving boutique located in Downtown Fullerton, here in Southern California. Every item that is sold in this shop helps empower people all over the world by creating jobs, telling their story, and giving you a labor of love in the form of a beautifully designed product.

My friend Kristen told me about Share, who is owned by her middle school Cabin Leader at Youth Group Camp, Lilly Tokuyama!  They serendipitously bumped into each other after 10+ years in downtown Fullerton which is when Kristen learned about the shop.  She thought it was right up my alley and gave me a postcard and of course I had to go visit!

Kristen was definitely right because I LOVE everything about Share!  From the products that are design-driven, unique, and fashion forward,  to the decor of the shop (love her chalkboard cash wrap!), to the warmth and cheer Lilly brings to this boutique– it’s the perfect place to go shopping for interesting gifts this holiday, or to splurge on something for yourself and know that by doing so you are supporting a great cause (guilt-free shopping)!

Here is a peek at her shop as well as some of my favorite items that is currently in stock and what their cause is!  Don’t forget to make plans to go visit this lovely space in real life as well :)  All the details are below including ways to keep in touch!

Share + Do Good Boutique
Located in the SoCo District of Downtown Fullerton in the Carpe Diem Experience Complex
115 South Harbor Boulevard Suite F Fullerton, CA 92832

Monday – Saturday, 11AM – 6PM

There is free parking behind the store or in the big parking structure right next to it.

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Carpe Diem Experience ComplexLook for this sign as you are driving on Harbor!

Share & Do Good

P1050244These ADORABLE teddy bear ears beanies are by Krochet Kids whose mission is to empower people to rise above poverty.  These beanies are made in Northern Uganda, and help lift over 150 women and their families out of poverty by creating jobs for them.  KK commits to working with each crocheter for a minimum of 3 years to ensure they provide the highest quality of training and mentorship through personal budgeting, savings, loaning and business management topics.  Their goal is to equip the women of Northern Uganda with the financial assets and knowledge to enter into the local economy and thereby end their dependence on humanitarian aid.

iSanctuary necklaces available at Share & Do GoodGeometric brass and silver chevron necklaces by iSanctuary that are handmade by survivors of human trafficking.  iSanctuary products provide rehabilitation options for
survivors of human trafficking, both domestic and abroad.

fashionABLE

fashionABLE‘s mission is to create sustainable business for Africans so they aren’t dependent upon charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job.  They offer opportunity to everyone, with a primary focus on empowering women.  I really love that each scarf comes with a handwritten tag from the woman who made it, completing the sentence, “Because of you I am ABLE to…”

Robots

These adorable Kauzbots are perfect for any kid and anyone who is a kid at heart!  There are 10 different handcrafted, colorful and lovable Kauzbots robots, each created to inspire kids and adults to change the world. 10% of the retail price of robot plush toys and accompanying apparel is donated to the kauz (aka cause) close to the robot’s heart.

The Giving Keys

The Giving Keys helps to provide jobs for those who are looking to transition out of homelessness.  Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE.  When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward.  This is a great gift that keeps on giving.

Tshirts

Share also carries great tees and tanks with wonderful messages to share and do good of course! :)

puravida

These colorful puravida bracelets are perfect stocking stuffers!  Each bracelet purchased helps provide a full time job for local artisans in Costa Rica!  The phrase “Pura Vida” (pu·ra vi·da) means pure life in Spanish. Enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted embodies the Pura Vida Lifestyle. It’s about being free and living life to it’s fullest with no regrets or taking anything for granted; it’s an attitude. Pura Vida directly translates into “Pure Life”, simple as that.

There are lots more amazing items that benefit wonderful organizations at Share!  Plan a visit and spend a day in lovely downtown Fullerton.  Don’t forget if you spend $50 you get $10 on Small Business Saturday, November 30th!

UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND TOWN

There are a lot of fun happenings around town from Santa Monica to Eagle Rock to Anaheim!  Mark your calendars and check them out!

Fuurst Friday at The Charleston Benefiting The Lange Foundation
Friday, Oct. 4th @ 8PM

Have drinks and raise money for The Lange Foundation‘s surgery fund so they can rescue more dogs and cats from the shelters, give them the medical care they need, and find loving homes for them! 

Furrst Friday at The Charleston 10/4/13

Help dogs like Snowflake and Kyle by having a drink with us!  Both are available for adoption at The Lange Foundation.

Furrst Friday - Snowflake

Furrst Friday - Kyle

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Patchwork Show Edible Edition- Saturday, Oct. 5th (11AM – 8PM) + Oct. 6th (11AM – 5PM)

Support local artisans and pick up some delicious treats!  Our friends from Preservation Society will be there!

Patchwork Edible Edition!

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Art Gallery @ Leanna Lin’s Wonderland:
Crowded Teeth & Friends presents A Magical Land + Bored Inc. Presents: Snack Attack!
Show Runs through Oct. 27th

A Magical LandSnack Attack!

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Dia de los Muertos Festival at Community
Friday, Nov. 1st from 5PM – 10PM

Dia de los Muertos Festival at Community

PLACES TO GO // ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL 9/29

If you haven’t been to the Abbot Kinney Festival and you are a Southern California native, you should check it out!  It’s a HUGE street fair where they close down Abbot Kinney to fill it with booths from local vendors, designers, businesses, and food trucks!

I will be there at the KidsQuad, manning the little hummingbird‘s booth with my business partner, Archna!  (the little hummingbird is a girl’s apparel line which I am 1/2 of :) We will be making awesome bird feeders and will have our collection there for some back to school shopping.  The KidsQuad is tons of fun for the entire family– there’s face painting, a photo booth, gardening, bean bag toss, entertainment, and much more!  We were a part of it last year and made super hero and animal masks with our new friends :)

Get all the details on The Abbot Kinney Festival website.

Stop on by, we’d love to see you!

PS: It does get CRAZY crowded so be prepared to look for parking and rub elbows with your neighbors!

Abbot Kinney Festival 2013

LET’S EAT // SAGE ORGANIC VEGAN BISTRO + KINDKREME

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

Pasta

Tacos

It was actually an accident that I ended up at Sage Organic Vegan Bistro + KindKreme the first time I ate there.  My friend and I were on our way to a fundraiser and couldn’t find it! This showed up as one of the closest restaurants to where we were and I am SO glad we decided to try it! I absolutely LOVE this place.  It’s always awesome to find a delicious restaurant with SO many vegan options and an extensive dessert menu as well!

It’s located at the corner of Sunset and Logan Street and there is street parking as well as a lot (that is free on Sundays!) next to it.  I am so excited that they will be opening up a location in Culver City which is even closer to me, although it is definitely worth the drive there for brunch or dinner.

A peek inside the Sage location on Sunset

Here are a few dishes I have tried that I give two thumbs up to: the Spinach Avocado and Walnut Sausage Florentine, the Gluten-Free Spinach Potato Quiche, the Baked Artichoke Spinach Dip (this was a hit with my non-vegan friends too), the Mushroom Steak Dinner (amazing and served with rich mashed potatoes and colorful seasonal veggies), the Vacation KindKreme (banana flavored with cocoa nibs, coconut flakes, and I think caramel swirls), the Superfood KindKreme (chocolate with goji berries and other good stuff), and I have had it on the waffle!  Next on my list to get is a banana split :)

Stop by and let me know how you like it!

kindkreme logo

waffle ice cream

banana split

Photos courtesy of Sage’s website and Facebook page

PORTLAND // TREES, DOUGHNUTS, + DOGS

Keep Portland Weird

Voodoo Doughnuts!

Timmie, Hotel Monaco's resident pup!

Unfortunately I didn’t really get any pics of the dogs with my real camera!  This is from Instagram of Timmie, Hotel Monaco’s resident pup!

There’s nothing more exciting to me than going somewhere that is lush and green and full of trees! It makes it even more exciting if there are dogs everywhere and vegan doughnuts readily available. Apparently, Portland is the perfect mix of all of my favorite things!

I wish I had more time to explore the outdoors but I was there for a wedding and could only bear to leave my loves for a short weekend trip.  It was actually the first time I left them for more than one night and only under the care of my dad and brother which made me a little nervous.   I am glad to report that everyone survived, including me who was probably the only one who was even worried.

But during the time that I was there I was able to visit Voodoo Doughnuts and satisfy my donut cravings, saw beautiful scenery with lots of trees (and dogs everywhere!), watched ducks feeding in the river while the sun set, got really excited by seeing a nutria aka a big rat that looks like a beaver because I thought it was a beaver, and attended a beautiful wedding!

I got a taste of Portland and definitely want more!  I hope to make it back there again and enjoy more of the great outdoors (and more doughnuts).

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Prasad was little eatery located in a shared space with a yoga studio.  Their “Mighty Bowl” is sold on a donation basis only, and given to anyone who may be hungry because they believe everyone deserves a warm meal.  I love it!

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Two things I wanted to notate about this picture above, #1: check out the line to Voodoo’s! I later one got the scoop that the other location not too far from this one (which was by China Town) is much easier to get into.  They were worth the 30 minute or so wait! #2: I wanted to capture this act of kindness.  There was a man singing and playing his guitar right outside of Voodoo for tips and a group of folks came up to him, offered him a slice of pizza and gave him a bottle of water.  I thought it was great that they shared a meal with him and got a chat with him as well.

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I loved all their signs and decor on the inside of the shop as well as this beautiful glittered out wall!

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My box of vegan donuts!!! All was delicious, especially the one with the fruit loops which had Bavarian cream in it.  I never knew how much I loved donuts until I couldn’t have them anymore!P1010885 (1024x766)

PS: Portland natives / those who have been, please let me know what are must sees and during what time of the year!

PLACES TO GO // CRAFTED AT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES

Crafted This WayCrafted at The Port of LA

Home to one of a kind treasures and handmade creations!

Loved these hanging origami cranes

If you are in the South Bay and love things that are handmade by local artisans, you MUST visit Crafted at The Port of Los Angeles!  Crafted is an old warehouse turned awesome space that provides a place for designers, crafters, artists, and food vendors to share with you their wares.  It is a permanent craft marketplace and features the work of over 100 artists and craftspeople.  Head on over to browse through all kinds of products from clothing to cookie cutters to terrariums to one-of-a-kind jewelry and much more!

Crafted is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11AM to 6PM at 110 E 22nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731.

While you are heading over, follow the signs and directions with their bee logo to help you get to their location and parking lot.  Admission and parking is free!

Follow the signs!

My friend Amy from Campy Crush currently has a pop up gallery at Crafted with the artist collective, Studio 2 Street!  It’s their last weekend at Crafted so be sure to stop by and take a look!  I am excited to be a part of it along with artists Let’s Die Friends, Juna Amano, Esther Kim, and more!  Their gallery has original paintings, sculptures, and photographs all available for you to make your own.  Find them at market stalls A167, A166, A168 A169 until June 2nd!

Studio 2 Street

Crafted Booth curated by Amy of Campy Crush

Art by Esther Kim and Let's Die Friends

Thanks Amy for displaying my artwork!

"Green Thumbs" filled with seeds to be planted!

Part of their Earth Day Project with notes and drawings from little ones :)

Amy's creation made from beach finds

Crafted also hosts fun DIY workshops, has delicious food trucks stopping by, and live music and entertainment!  Visit their calendar for info on upcoming and special events!