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We’re getting Halloween-ready this week at Dogeared (big party on Friday!) so we put together some of our spooky seasonal favorites. Whether you plan on dressing up or not, edge up your look with spikes, spears, leather and black pearls!

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Travel Diaries: Cambodia

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Merlin Clarke, Owner and Head of Happenings at Dogeared, and his daughter, Grace, recently took a give-back trip to Cambodia to spend time at Hope for Justice, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and slavery among young women around the world.

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Sightseeing near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

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Their journey began before this trip was even planned—70% of Dogeared employees are currently supporting Hope for Justice by personally providing monthly donations that are matched by Dogeared. This sponsorship has completely funded 2 of the newest girls to the program and provides them full access to therapy, education, medical care and more.

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Receiving blessings bracelets after visiting the Temple at Angkor Wat.

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Our travel diary: My daughter had the week off from school and wanted to go somewhere and do something good. It makes me proud as a father that she wants to do more. As part of our commitment as a certified B-Corporation and the community at large, Dogeared employees participate in charitable services through investment and volunteer work. Hope for Justice is one of those foundations, and I was compelled to visit them and see the amazing things that they’re doing for these young women.

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Working directly with the girls was incredibly rewarding, but also the most difficult part of our trip. Our goal was to share some love, joy, fun and build connections with these inspiring young women.

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Merlin was moved when one of the girls talked about their visit:

“This week was very special to me.  I wish we could do this all the time with different projects. It would be so fun!  My favorite thing this week was drawing and painting pictures.  I painted birds and a house… the house I will live in one day.  It’s so pretty!”

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Despite the language barrier, it really felt like we were able to communicate with the girls on an emotional level . We also had the opportunity to visit a non-profit sustainable jewelry company, Penh Lenh (meaning ‘whole and complete’). The company works with the girls as therapy to provide a valuable skill they can take out into the world. There’s so much opportunity for Dogeared to train, help and mentor this business  as we continue our partnership with Hope for Justice. It’s such a natural fit for us and we’re excited for what’s to come.

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After returning, Merlin and Dogeared were compelled to do even more. Dogeared has decided to sponsor the school’s Kamir (language) teacher for an entire year so that he can continue working with the girls on communication skills. We always believe good things happen when people are able to be courageous and help one another.

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For more information about Hope For Justice and how you can get involved click here.

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What Every Woman Should Own: Fall

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When co-workers turn into great friends….well, that’s a good thing! Meet Tania, E-Commerce Operations Manager, and Rebecca, Design Manager. We asked these two for their fall essentials….here’s what they said:WEWSO-Fall-Update-Blog-Post

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Playing Favorites: Balance

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It’s hard not to play favorites around here. Especially when it comes to our customer-favorite, best-selling balance collection. The minimalist designs create clean lines and evoke that effortless chic blogger-worthy vibe. New balance bar rings round out the collection with single, and double-finger stackables. And just wait until you see the balance Y necklace, guaranteed to be your go-to layering piece this fall!

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#goodthingshappen

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When we launched #goodthingshappen in August, we asked you to share your stories with us of your favorite dogeared and why you love to wear it. We received SO MANY amazing entries, stories & photos and wanted to share some of our faves with you! Share yours on social with the hashtag #goodthingshappen!

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Back to Basics

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Eternal island hopper, Colby Milano of Moeh Fashion, just put down roots in Sydney, Australia and is starting to settle into her style staples. Going back to basics, Colby sticks to a LBD and distressed denim jacket to show off her Dogeared essentials. We covet this type of effortless vibe moving into fall and her simple gold balance and karma layers complete the look. Plus, the added balance bar earrings give that touch of minimalist chic with the perfect amount of edge.

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Bright Pink

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This year, Dogeared is honored to support Bright Pink, the only national non-profit focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Focused on education and support programs, Bright Pink has made a commitment to enlightening and empowering young women to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health. We love their focus on the power of connection; the Bright Pink community provides trusted and unconditional support to young women taking on a proactive, preventative lifestyle while also providing the same to those in high risk situations.

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Knowledge Is Power

Bright Pink provides prevention methods through easy-to-access educational workshops, like the 20-minute Brighten Up Your Community workshop lead by a certified Bright Pink Education Ambassador. Striving to continuously educate the youngest generation of women, Bright Pink connects generations of women through support programs such as Pink Pal and Experiential Outreach.

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Awareness To Action

Knowledge is a powerful tool, but it doesn’t stop there. We really love that Bright Pink is not just about being aware, it’s about being bold and taking action! The Bright Pink community provides a checklist of proactive steps, including risk reduction, early detection and breast health reminders – sign up and you’ll receive a monthly text reminder to remember to be breast self-aware.

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Dogeared will donate 5% of every I AM Brave purchase between October 1-31, 2014 to Bright Pink. Proceeds will benefit education and support programs.

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Bright Pink photos courtesy of Erica Gatmaitan

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Day To Night

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Fall is all about easy transitional style that can effortlessly go from day to night. A great statement piece can instantly dress up a look, and because BIG necklaces aren’t really our specialty, we went big on the earrings this season. The new Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful earrings collection was designed with the modern woman in mind, one who wants to make her own rules, be her own kind of beautiful. The sleek geometric designs in muted metallics are super chic on everyone, they’re sure to emphasize you individual style, whatever it may be.

Cali blogger Honey & Silk shows us how she styles her Pyramid and Moroccan pairs. The Pyramid earrings add just the right amount of edge to loose-fit tank and leather pants. And a bold red jumpsuit is exactly the type of outfit these earrings were made for! Throw on a pair of statement earrings to complete the perfect look whether it’s date night or Sunday brunch. You can’t go wrong. (trust us)

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#goodthingshappen: A Bent Piece of Wire

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Justina Sharp of A Bent Piece of Wire is living proof that when you live with clarity of purpose and positive intentions, good things happen. Graduating from high school a year early this past spring, was just one of many accomplishments this teen blogger can already check off her list (featured in Teen Vogue? check. Contributor to the Huffington Post? check.). We’re pretty sure that this young entrepreneur has a ton of good things coming her way.

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Sharp is a big Dogeared fan: “Every piece represents a different quality, and they’re very helpful reminders of what you want to see in yourself.” She wears hers to be reminded of all her favorite “good things.” Some of which she listed for us (books, glitter, instagram), but also took a fresh approach to spreading the #goodthingshappen message by reaching out to her fans! Sharp asked them to share some good things happening in their day, and got some very happy news. Check out their answers + read the full story here.

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shop the look:  1. rise above flamingo necklace  2. happy buddha necklace

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Good Things Are Happening at Dogeared! This month, we unveiled #goodthingshappen, a new logo & fresh updates to dogeared.com! Our brand has always been about more than just jewelry. And because you and our customers have inspired us with your stories, happy moments and milestones, we’ve created a new way to celebrate and connect with you! Share your #dogeared stories with us using #goodthingshappen.

To kickoff our new brand campaign, we are giving away a weekly prize and one grand prize winner will receive a $250 Dogeared Gift Card. Tag your #dogeared with #goodthingshappen + why you love wearing it… for a chance to win! Get more giveaway details here.

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