Support Surfrider Foundation When You Give This Thai Coral Ring

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This Live Thai Coral Ring is the perfect accessory to add a little color and style to your outfit this season. And if you have a case of the holiday blues, coral has actually been said to dispel fears, panic and depression. You can also feel good knowing that your purchase helps to support the Surfrider Foundation which is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s beaches, waves, and oceans. So go ahead, rock that coral.

Live Worldly Give Worldly Day 2: Be Magnetic! Building Blocks Support Education in Honduras

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Tegu building blocks bring a new twist to the classic children’s toy by adding magnets to their blocks, but that’s not the only thing they are doing differently. Tegu is also dedicated to providing education to underprivileged children in Honduras and changing the country’s high unemployment rate.

With every Tegu purchase, you can choose to donate a portion of the purchase to sending a child to school for a day or planting trees in the Honduran forest. With a focus on education and sustainability, Tegu is building a brand and a foundation for the future.

Live Worldly. Give Worldly.

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As we kick off the month of December, the holiday season is already in full swing. Colorful decorations line the streets, party invitations are in the mail, and malls are packed with holiday shoppers. Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of our Live Worldly Give Worldly campaign!  The holidays are a time for giving and gifts can come in all sorts of packages so we at Live Worldly want to share with you unique ways that you can make a difference today. We’ll also highlight some of our favorite Live Worldly products that will make great gifts for your friends and family this season.

Since we also want to share in the fun, we’ll be giving away cool products each week to our awesome followers! To enter, just like Live Worldly on Facebook where you can stay updated on our newest products from around the world. Next week we will select one lucky winner to receive our Ipanema Beach Bag (pictured here), which is featured in the most recent Winter 2012 Collection. In case you missed it, check out the video from the photo shoot — Fall In Love With Live Worldly.

Make sure to check back for gift ideas that also give back to a great cause. We hope that you’ll be inspired to be a part of something bigger, to Live Worldly. From the Live Worldly team, we’d like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Day 1: Give A Goat (Seriously, not kid-ding).

Your $50 gift to Oxfam America will supply a goat to a rural community in need, bringing food and fertilizer to local families. Want to see the gift of a goat in action? View this Oxfam video:

Founder Kael Robinson Featured in Fox Business News

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Did you know that Live Worldly started with a layoff, $40, and three wishes? Read Kael’s story, covered in Fox Business News, about how a trip to Argentina inspired her to build a business that has grown to over 30 countries – with no signs of stopping.

 

“When people say, ‘you sell bracelets,’ I say, ‘no, I sell wishes.’”

This is what 29-year-old Kael Robinson tells me in our recent interview. She is the founder of Live Worldly and when she says those words I am smiling from ear to ear. Yes. Wishes. Brilliant.

People love that about birthdays, she points out. Or, I think, when pitchinga penny in a fountain. Or creating a vision board. The life coach in me comes alive.

There is something particularly compelling about a 20-something who starts a business, period. But this one figured out after just a short time interning and working in public relations during and post-college that self-employment was a much more preferred route.

“It’s the rebellion side of me,” Robinson says.

Having seen her mother in action as an entrepreneur, it didn’t seem daunting. And, well, after a layoff, an idea had sprung from a pleasure trip to Argentina and her purchase of a Brazilian bracelet or Brazilet. The idea is to tie it on your wrist with three knots, making a wish for each, and when it falls off naturally it is said your wishes will come true.

It was such a fun concept Robinson bought 100 bracelets wholesale for $40 with the idea of sharing it with friends.

“It sort of spiraled out of control from there, in a good way,” she says.

With the economy we’re living in now and unemployment rates hovering in scary places, we’ve begun to hear the ambitious mantra, “if you can’t find a job, create one.” While Robinson’s case is one of willfully choosing to work for herself, it is still a great example of this spirit — if you can’t find a job, create one that is based on a simple concept, is globally and socially conscious, and captures a sense of spiritual whimsy in its customers.

Live Worldly began in August 2008. The Brazilets are still a best seller, but mentions in media — as diverse as CosmoGirl, US Weekly and the Wall Street Journal, just to name a few – have helped grow the business to 20 countries contributing more than 400 products. In addition, Live Worldly can be found in Barney’s and other major retailers and has recently struck deals for 2012 with Macy’s and Diane von Furstenberg.

Wedding Bells with Brazilets

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Summer is the peak of wedding season which leaves every fashion-saavy guest wondering: “Whatever will I wear? And how will I accessorize?!” As multiple nuptial festivities approach in the upcoming weeks, Live Worldly is a fabulous resource to bring unique accessories into your ensemble as a guest.

Featured recently on NBC Philadelphia, Brazilets in the bangle form are a colorful addition to any frock being worn this season. Besides on your wrist, these bracelets would make wonderful bridesmaids’ gifts, or a meaningful gift to the new couple. What better way to offer your best wishes than with Brazilian wish bracelets to be worn into their first year of marriage.

Brazilet's Wedding Pack includes all 28 colors

But back to you, the effortlessly fabulous wedding guest. Besides Brazilets, LiveWorldly has a whole world (teehee!) of other jewels and baubles that will make you shine at whatever soiree you attend this summer.

Vibrant beaded earrings from Tibet

Argentine Coin Necklace

Pearl jewelry from China

Arm Candy

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Every girl knows one of the best ways to jazz up an outfit and express your style is with bracelets. The latest trend to hit the nation? The “Arm Party,” a term coined by hilariously frank and chic blogger The Man Repeller (see definition here). This trend involves using your wrists to display a multitude of stacked bracelets. Our favorite personal touch? A little bit of Brazil.

Brazilets (Live Worldly’s most popular product) are a 200 year-old tradition from mystical Bahia, Brazil. Worn throughout Latin America, they have spiritual significance for all who wear them. The custom involves tying the bracelet in three knots, and making three wishes.  Through the power of positive karma, Brazilet bracelets have been embraced throughout North America and abroad. They have quickly become one of the most popular, fashionable ways of making a difference in our world while reinforcing the hopes and dreams of their wearer.

Besides their wish power, brazilets major claim to fame as of late has been its celebrity fan club.

   MTV’s Lauren Conrad

                                                                             Model/Actress Brooklyn Decker

          Broadcast Journalist Katie Couric

Actress Camilla Belle

Who else to invite to the Arm Candy Party? Decenarios, also from Brazil, are handwoven in the style of a rosary. Each color supposedly represents an emotion or spiritual force, so pile them on and give Lady Luck a little hand.

 

Shakira

You can start collecting more arm candy like brazilets and decenarios here.

Costa Rica Joins Live Worldly

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The newest addition to the collections at Live Worldy? Purses of all colors and sizes hand-woven in Costa Rica. These bags come in a variety of vibrant colors and styles. From neutrals to bold hues, cross bodies to hobos- you’re bound to find the perfect bag to use this summer and transition right into fall.

These darling bags are priced at $45.00, and portions of the proceeds will be donated to Challenge 21, a unique organization providing clean water around the world.

Handwoven fabric combined with leather base and handles in many versions make for a sturdy bag for all seasons. In all shapes and sizes, these bags are a great statement to add to any outfit- be it office-bound or beachbound. We love ours with jeans, a tee, and an armful of bangles!