Friday, April 24, 2015

Meet: Fetch - Eyewear for a cause (+a reader discount!)

Look Good, Feel Good, and Do Good with Fetch Eyewear

Fetch Eyewear is proud to be among this movement away from the "bigger is better" mentality and has a unique philosophy that makes it stand out in the crowd--combining fashion, philanthropy, and animal rescue.

As an independently owned company, Fetch Eyewear makes fashion affordable by selling frames, reading glasses, prescription glasses and sunglasses directly to customers and through independently owned optical shops. This freedom allows Fetch to source the best materials for their designs and keep costs low by working directly with manufacturers and suppliers. In addition, Fetch donates 100% of its profits to animal rescue and adoption. Corporate profits are donated to The Pixie Project, a Portland based animal shelter that provides rescue and adoption services, accessible veterinary efforts, pet education products, and more.

Independent companies such as Fetch Eyewear are setting the new precedent for business practices. By donating profits to animal rescue, Fetch has proven that fashion can be affordable and philanthropic, allowing customers to look good while doing good.
From left to right, Alexandra, Taylor and Sophia.

About The Pixie Project:

The Pixie Project is a non-profit animal adoption center and rescue. They offer a variety of services to the public including but not limited to: pet adoption services, pet owner education and support and low cost and free spay and neuter and veterinary services for homeless and low-income pet owners.
 
The Pixie Project ‘s adoptable animals come from a variety of places but the majority are from surrounding over-crowded county shelters and rescues located in more rural areas of Oregon.  As many of these areas are not served by a local shelter they provide an urban outlet where the animals can have maximum visibility and exposure to potential adopters.  Animals that come to the rescue also have access to veterinary and training support to meet any and all needs.

The Pixie Project focuses on finding life-long matches between pet and adopter and for that reason the adoption process is a bit more in depth than some other shelters. They appreciate the opportunity to sit down and talk with any person or family looking to adopt a new pet so they can best help them find an animal that suites their home and lifestyle.  They have a variety of animals of all ages, sizes and breeds and so if you are considering adding a pet to your home please start the process by filling out an application!  Once that’s complete, they will make an appointment with you to make sure that you get the personalized attention and service you and your new pet deserve.

From left to right, Einstein, Pepper and Dash.

A Discount and Finding Your Perfect Pair:

Fetch Eyewear has a great tool to help you find your fit. If you're like me, I wasn't sure which style would compliment my face shape. They break it down by face shape, skin tone, hair & eye color and size. Click here to find your fit!

Those interested in the mission of Fetch Eyewear and their designer frames can visit www.fetcheyewear.com to sign up for news and updates through the Fetch mailing list, learn more about the "paws behind the cause," or even choose up to 6 frames to try out at home!

Fetch Eyewear has been kind enough to offer an exclusive discount to the readers of Swell and Stylish a 30% discount on their entire purchase from their site. Use code: SWELL30 *expires July 1st, 2015*



Thank you to Fetch Eyewear for your great work in the animal world and also for stopping by Swell and Stylish.

Happy Friday, friends!

xo, Rachel

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Let’s Party on a Budget


Don’t go in debt to throw a party. If there is something really worth celebrating in your family or if you just like parties, create memories and remember that the event is about the people not the party. Restraint is difficult when everyone is clamoring for you to throw a big bash. Just stick to your budget and throw a great party that is creative, memorable, and awesome.
Probably the best way to get party foods, drinks and favors is via coupon codes and great deals found online. You can subscribe to a website like Discountrue, a promo code service, or use discount companies like Groupon.
Other ways to save on your weekend party include picking a theme for your party. This is a great idea to keep the costs low. You will stay focused on what the party is all about, and your planning efforts can be focused. Keep your ideas centered on a central theme and don’t deviate.
Make sure your guests are having fun. You just need to be a great host by personally welcoming each guest, introducing them and giving them the opportunity to mingle. Play ice-breaker games that cost nothing to get things off to a great start. Offering a little friendly competition will get things moving. Give out prizes. Prizes don’t have to be expensive or wonderful; just a little something that livens up the party.
Make sure you have enough food and drink. If you have awesome decorations, no one will notice them if your guests are hungry. If you are not having a party that includes a sit-down meal, have finger foods and munchies placed strategically around the room. Crockpot Meatballs, Buffalo wings, pizza fingers, hot crab dip and easy vegetarian quiche are just a few wonderful finger foods.
Ask for help from your guests. Have them bring a dish to share. You might request an appetizer, dessert or even a bottle wine. Most guests won’t mind a bit, in fact, they will appreciate being helpful and knowing what to bring.
Use email, social media or text messaging to send out invitations. Most of your guests will not read a paper invite anyway, so do yourself a favor and use a free online invitation service. Evite is great for email invitations, but you can also use GreenVelope and Punchbowl. It will take the hassle out of managing your guest list.
Be crafty and make your decorations. Put your thinking cap on and stretch your party budget dollars. Forget commercial decorations and just make your own. Adorable and crafty ideas can be found on Pinterest or by searching Google for party ideas.
Keep your food homemade, too. Homemade food and desserts are much better tasting than store bought appetizers. Use a unique beverage recipe and keep guests guessing what the ingredients are.
No party is an event without music. Have someone burn you a CD of your favorite songs or use your MP3 player or iPod. Make sure the music you play has enough variety for everyone.
If that little voice in the back of your head is starting to let you know that things are getting too expensive, listen carefully. Do what you know is right and make sure you stick to your budget. If you go too far overboard, YOU won’t enjoy the party. You will resent the money you spent. Your guests will know that something is wrong, and they will go home questioning the time they had at the party.
If you'd like to get more advice on how to save money, please visit Discountrue's blog and you'll won't be disappointed.
Happy Thursday! What tips do you have for creating the perfect party?
 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tea Time! A review of Dandelion Root Tea

Ever since I gave up my best friend coffee, I've been into tea so much! I actually axed caffeine out of my life. Decaffeinated drinks are my jam and I was thrilled when Kiss Me Organics sent me this Dandelion Root Tea with Hibiscus and Cinnamon to try out!

I've been interested in trying out a dandelion tea because I've heard of the many great benefits of dandelion root. Kiss Me Organics Dandelion Root tea is Organic and infused with hibiscus and cinnamon. When I prepared my tea I added a dollop of coconut oil and a little bit of honey to sweeten it up. Pure deliciousness!

Some of the many benefits of Dandelion Root tea include:

  • Aids in detoxing the liver and kidneys from toxins that can build up over time.
  • RAW & ORGANIC Raw Dandelion Root is extremely nutrient rich and provides more vital minerals and vitamins to your body when compared to roasted Dandelion Root.
  • Healthy digestion helps the body to absorb more nutrients and improve physical and cognitive functions.
  •  Raw Dandelion root is rich in Vitamins A, C, D and B-complex plus Iron, Potassium and Zinc. A diet rich in these nutrients can help treat mood disorders, liver disorders and boost a weakened immune system.

If you're a tea lover, I'd suggest checking out this one! You can purchase a 5 box pack with 20 bags in each box for $19.70 on Amazon.

A special thanks to Kiss Me Organics!

xo, rachel

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