October 22, 2009

TBS The Ambassador: The Path To Peace Initiative & My First Giveaway!


AskWifey, The Chatterbox's Christie Crowder and I sporting our O Bracelets at Blogalicious.


No pomp and circumstance necessary (OK...maybe a little will do).

I'm not that kind of ambassador...yet (and only in my head).

If you hadn't noticed, TBS is sorta peculiar. I have a mind of own and simply do what I want. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. Whether it's a product review or tips and tricks, I very rarely hold my tounge. I rarely align myself with causes and make announcements about them. But recently, I was approached to become an ambassador for the Path To Peace Initiative. At first I couldn't believe that little old me was invited to participate but when I engaged in an informational chat about the campaign, I was more vested.

It's as simple as this: girl power.

One component of the Path To Peace campaign is the O Bracelet...(yes that O). Imagine this. A woman in Rwanda weaves a medallion for a bracelet and another brilliant, woman artisan in New Orleans creates the beading that secures the medallion which lends to a completed piece of wearable art. Isn't that awesome?! The initiative speaks to the power in economic development and partnership between women whether next door or around the world.

Recently featured in O Magazine, these bracelets are being sold in Macy's, the bracelets are the part of a project spearheaded by Willa Shalit nearly three years ago. Path to Peace developed an American market for Rwandan women’s crafts. It creates trade partnerships with artisans in recovering regions to bring the power of change to Rwanda and Indonesia. Shalit believes that women helping each other can change how Rwanda rebuilds its society, empowers women and sustains economic development beyond traditional development assistance.

Now ain't that grand?!

I was so pleased to receive my Path To Peace bracelet. Each bracelet has a handwritten note from the woman in Rwanda and the woman in New Orleans who pulled it together. There is something electrical and energizing that happens when I wear it.


Me sporting my O Bracelet!!! immediately after receipt
Photo credit: Lorraine Sanabria Robertson

I am truly humbled to be involved with this project and would like to offer one of you the same experience.
If you enter a comment for this post, you will automatically be entered in a drawing for your own bracelet.  All entries must be received by October 30, 2009 at 11:59 PM EST.

In the meantime, engage on Facebook and Flickr!

44 comments:

  1. Those bracelets are beautiful and carry such a wonderful message with them. Congratulations on becoming an ambassador for this initiative! They chose well.

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  2. So fabulous! I would love one!

    savingforhome at gmail dot com

    P.S. I love the black wrap dress!

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  3. love it, love it, love it! The bracelet is absolutley beautiful and the cause is even better! I want in :-).

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  4. How lovely! I just adore your blog- it always makes my day. :-)

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  5. I love this concept. Wonderful and the bracelet is fabulous as well!

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  6. BTW Where did you get this wrap dress? FAB

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  7. What a great honor to be choose as Ambassador for a great cause! The bracelets are beautiful.

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  8. Beautiful bracelets...for an even more beautiful cause.

    ~ L. J.

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  9. It's gorgeous. I don't have adventurous enough style to wear one. But my 76-year old mother does:). And she would wear it with pride and tell all her Santa Barbara volunteer friends about it, I'll betcha. And maybe even some Smithies...Not that I'm trying to rest on her laurels or anything.

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  10. The bracelet is beautiful. Congratulations on becoming an ambassador! The program sounds wonderful.

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  11. Seriously, your dress in that picture is to die for. I have a brown one just like it - proving that we are long-lost sisters and BFFs, and thus you should give me a bracelet. :)

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  12. Yes, this is a great and fashionable way to make people aware of the injustices around the world. I would wear the bracelet with pride.

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  13. What a differene it would make if more of us made the time to make a statement. Global impact comes in all shapes and sizes. I would to wear this piece and be spokesperson for what it represents!

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  14. Sorry for the typo's. Got a little excited. LOL

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  15. Broke Socialite, we love you. We love your style. And we love the fact that you support the #path2peace cause. Sorry i missed meeting you at blogalicious.

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  16. The bracelets are beautiful. Good for you for supporting a great cause.

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  17. How great! Beautiful bracelets, a beautiful ambassador for a beautiful cause!

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  18. Broke Socialte, from the women of Rwanda, we want you to know what a difference you're making. Love the bracelet with the black dress, definitely a fashion statement. Blessings from Rwanda and New Orleans,

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  19. The bracelets are breathtaking and what a wonderful cause!

    I am definitely going to put these on my gift list for the women I love this year.

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  20. I am overwhelmed by your comments and compassion for this cause! Please continue to keep them flowing.

    TBS

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  21. Beautiful bracelet and you are rocking it fabulously in that picture!

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  22. You look divine with your awesome O bracelet. Happy Ambassador-ing! ; )

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  23. great bracelet...greater cause!

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  24. Thats a fab bracelet on a fab person!

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  25. Those are gorgeous. Thanks for the chance!!

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  26. These are beautiful and totally my style.

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  27. Beautiful! Congrats! #Path2Peace has found a dynamic spokeswoman with you! Path 2 Peace is such a wonderful ogranization. For the past few years we've been in love with the pieces they offer each holiday season at Macy's, and they are a great value, too!
    I'm in agreement with all of the above posts - beautiful bracelets, beautiful dress, beautiful spokswoman, beautiful inspiraton.

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  28. Thanks for sharing! These bracelets are awesome and inspiring.

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  29. I love these bracelets -- and the cause! Thanks for sharing! erobin12 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I have seen these bracelets in person and they really are awesome! You wear it well.

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  31. Simply Fabulous. Would love to have a bracelet like that.

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  32. Those are so nice!!! I'm going to have to check them out at Macy*s. :-)

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  33. "Little old me" what a wonderful cause you are sponsoring. It is such a touching story.

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  34. Tiffany In HoustonOctober 28, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    I simply want the whole ensemble!

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  35. Would love to win one.

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  36. These bracelets are just exquisite! Congrats to you on your new role as Ambassador and Kudos for spreading the word on such a worthwhile & inspiring cause.

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  37. This is truly an amazing cause!

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

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  38. i'm excited!!! here's my entry!!!

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  39. These are GORGEOUS!!! I love great ideas.

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  40. @curet1diabetes What I love with this initiative is the coming together of women to create something magical and empowering. We must continue to support women around the world to have sustainable income and to know that they are supported, valued, and appreciated as well. Thank you for spreading the news about them.

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