Here is what happened: I published that question-master reader appreciation post and you all started linking me to amazing independent businesses right and left. Enter: the amazing Lydali – an online store that I have been pouring over for the last few weeks. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Lydali works with local artisan groups on a global scale. Would you like a beautiful, soft infinity scarf? How about one from the Indego Africa and Ingenzi Knit Union? Because that is exactly the kind of thing Lydali does best. The two ladies who run this fabulous online shop work to highlight amazing hand made goods sourced from developing countries and often disenfranchised groups of people (like women!). The artisans behind the beautiful handcrafted statement necklaces, earrings, unique housewares, and textiles receive fare wages for their products, are able to develop skills and a community they may not have otherwise, and now thanks to Lydali, can share these products with you.
Now, here comes the exciting parts! (Did you catch that pluralization?)
Lydali is not only rocking a sweet giveaway for you all, they are offering a 10% discount for 7 days (starting right now!) with the code: BETTERINREALLIFE
Um, hi Valentines Day gift to myself! Circle scarf you will be mine! (And spoiler alert… I’m probably going to stock up on some insanely affordable jewelery for some of my friends’ birthdays coming up. Because…. awesome.)
Oh, yes and the giveaway. FREE STUFF FOR YOU! Because spreading the love is my favorite thing, because you guys totally deserve it, and because I get the biggest joy out of promoting products that 1) are incredibly well made, 2) are sassy and 3) come from amazing globally conscious indie shops (who also happen to be local to San Francisco!).
Up for grabs is a set of 3 wood and leather bangles handcrafted in Northern India. They are made from locally sourced wood and are brought to you by Ferdoz (pictured above) from Raven + Lily (who also give proceeds from this collection to fund literacy programs for women artisans and their children in the community).
To win: Leave a comment telling me about 1 adventure (big or small!) you are actively planning or have recently participated in. Make sure to log into comments with your email so that I can contact the winner. A winner will be chosen by random.org and comments on this thread will close at noon on Friday Pacific Time. So tell me some stories! I can’t wait to read what you have been up to!
And let it be known: Lydali did not pay for this post and I did not receive any products for this write up or give away. The bracelets in the photos are the bracelets the giveaway winner will receive. And because the two women of Lydali are amazing, they threw in the 10% discount totally unprompted! So please help me in thanking them by supporting their small business and the amazing organizations they support in turn. Yay!!
**Photos by Kamel Perez Photography