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A lifestyle blog for the conscious consumer


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Blogs and Business Cards

There are three things that are important when making a first impression in business: a good attitude,  firm handshake, and business card.

Luckily, I learned about handshakes in college. Only at a business school, amiright? But apparently I missed out on Business Cards 101. So when I decided to make business cards for my blog, I was totally overwhelmed. Rectangles or squares? Glossy finish? Rounded edges? Two sided? Font size? Pictures? Logos? Wording? Oh my!

I wanted them to be different, but not obnoxious.Memorable, but for the right reasons. So I bounced around the web for some tips and tricks and came across this website that really simplified the process for me.

As I was searching for card companies, I came across moo.com, which offers business card templates or gives you the freedom to design your own cards. After looking through all the templates, I decided to design my own cards. The templates served as great inspiration, but I really wanted to make the cards my own and I am very happy with how they came out.

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When I saw this quote I KNEW it had to somewhere on my card. I feel like it fits perfectly.

It would only be appropriate that my business cards were made out of 100% recycled paper and I love that moo.com had this option. I’m glad that I did not have to sacrifice quality or my vision for a product that’s better for the environment.

I think business cards are a great way to increase your reader base. You can give them to friends and family and ask them to help spread your message by giving them to their friends and family. You can also leave them at the gym or a coffee shop in your town. Get the word out about all of the cool things you’re doing! A business card is the great opportunity to make a strong first impression.

And don’t you just love the idea of saying, “I’ll give you my card”?


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The Most Fashionable Of Foundations

Everyone comes to crossroads throughout their lives. Crossroads are inevitable. Whether it’s choosing what to have for dinner or what career you want to pursue. You can play it safe and order pizza or go wild and try a new, complicated recipe. You can choose a career in fashion or decide to start a nonprofit.

That is exactly the crossroads Amanda Munz ran into (the career one, not dinner). After spending years interning with various fashion designers, one day Amanda realized she needed to do more. She wanted to inspire people, help those in need, and make a difference. Combining her knowledge of fashion and her desire to make an impact, she created the Fashion Foundation and started her mission to help students in need.

The Fashion Foundation is an online store that sells donated new and gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories. The money that is raised through sales helps purchase various school supplies for students and schools that can’t afford them.

I had the opportunity to ask Amanda some questions about her nonprofit, how she got started, and what inspires her. Her story is inspiring and she gives great advice.

How did you come up with the idea for the Fashion Foundation? What inspired you?

I was interning at one of the top designers in the world, and one day I had to throw out boxes of shoes, right into the dumpster.  I thought “there has to be something we can do with all these shoes instead of throwing them out”.  Months before graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, I decided to turn down the job offers I received and start a nonprofit that could eliminate fashion waste and enhance education.

One problem with my new found idea… what if I can’t get designers to donate their samples they don’t want?  So I thought, everyone always has an item in their closet they don’t wear.  What if I can get individuals to clean out their closets and donate their unwanted clothing to us.  After months of brainstorming, the vision of The Fashion Foundation started to come together to have designers, individuals and people who don’t even care about fashion, come together and support education.

We had a ton of individuals clean out their closets for us, and now designers are starting to get involved.  We had jewelry designer, Jacqueline Rose, donate 11 pieces from one of her collections, which was really exciting for us.

Has education always been a cause you’ve been passionate about?

Yes, I personally loved school when I got older, not so much as a kid though.  I don’t think kids realize how important education is.

When we were partnering with our first school I asked their Assistant Principal “What do your students need?”. I was expecting them to say ipads, computers, or new technology systems.  She responded, “Art supplies”.  Their students didn’t have access to basic art supplies like glue, markers, paint, paper and more, because their budget was so tight.  It’s crazy to think that some students don’t have basic education necessities that some of us take for granted.

What has been the hardest part of starting your own nonprofit?

Spreading the word about The Fashion Foundation.  When people hear about us, they love the concept.  What’s better than shopping for a new outfit that actually provides school supplies to students?  It’s hard to reach a broad audience that isn’t connected to our friends, family, friends of friends, coworkers, etc.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give other aspiring nonprofit starters that you wish you knew when you started?

Honestly, don’t be afraid to google a question you don’t know the answer to.  Everyone does it, but no one admits it.  There were times I didn’t know the answer to a question, and I spent time researching on google. 99% of the time, you’ll find the answer you were looking for, and if you don’t, there’s always someone you can find that knows the answer.

And don’t underestimate the power of networking. Making strong connections with people is essential to growing.  People are always saying “You should talk to my … “, people really want to help connect you to others.

What has been your favorite moment since starting The Fashion Foundation?

At our first school partnership, we donated $1,500 worth of art supplies to PS 325 in Harlem, NY. We got to spend a day with their students to see all the artwork they created with our donation.  A few weeks later I went back to PS 325 for their Field Day, and a handful of students ran up to me and hugged me because they remembered me from my last visit.  In that moment, I knew I made the right decision to start The Fashion Foundation, because our donation brightened these student’s school days.

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On top of the interview, Amanda has put together some snazzy outfits using clothes that are currently available on the Fashion Foundation website.

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Armani Exchange Jeans ($118.00) $10.00 / H&M Sweater ($24.95) $10.00 / Aldo Black Suede Boots ($129.99) $8.00 / J*V Black Leather Bracelet ($75.00) $7.00

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Dolce & Gabbana Top ($975.00) $98.00Forever 21 Faux Leather Skirt ($15.00) $5.00Unknown Black Booties ($25.00) $6.00 / Jacqueline Rose Earrings ($18.00) $12.00 / Unknown Black Clutch ($20.00) $10.00

See anything you like? Get it quickly because there’s only one of each item and once it’s gone, its gone for good.


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Monday Motivation

Because Mondays are hard and sometimes we need a little inspiration.

Emerson Quote

This is what I needed to remind myself this morning. When I came into work I had a bunch of emails that took me from 0 to stressed in 5 seconds. I may not be excited about all of it, but I know I will get through it. And a positive attitude can only help on days like these.


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Conscious Box #1

About a month ago I found a deal on Ruelala that offered a 3 month Conscious Box subscription for 40% off and I couldn’t say no! A Conscious Box is like any other subscription box where it sends you a bunch of product samples once a month. The only difference is all the products are conscious/organic/natural/good for you. So it is only fitting that the conscious blogger tries and reviews the Conscious Box.CBox 1

Last Wednesday I got my first box and I must say I wasn’t disappointed. I got about 15 samples in my box, which I thought was a lot! So rather that go through every single product, I’m just going to touch on 4:

Runa Energy Drink– I will admit I was skeptical about this one at first because energy drinks can be really bad for you. And their “clean energy” slogan and the fact that there are no carbs, sugar, fat, calories, anything… seemed too good to be true. But alas. I did some research and it seems to be legit. The drink is made with a leaf from Ecuador called guayusa and it is brewed in the same way tea is and from what I’ve read it is as safe as drinking tea. In fact, it tastes pretty much like tea, but with some added carbonation. Since even the smallest amount of caffeine can make me the most obnoxious, jittery person in the world, I can’t really comment on the caffeine level. Let’s just say there is definitely caffeine in this.

Dr. Jacobs Naturals Soap– This stuff smells so fresh and crisp and pure and natural! This soap (I keep wanted to type soup, I think I need some soup) is made with olive oil so it locks in moisture and doesn’t dry your hands out. It is also very versatile. The packaging claims you can use it as: shampoo, body/face wash, toothpaste, dish soap, and laundry detergent. And it comes in so many lovely smells like lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus.

Wipe’n Clear Biodegradable Lens Wipe– I tried these on my glasses and they work exactly how they should. It cleaned them up real good and didn’t leave any streaks. The only difference between these and other lens wipes is the biodegradable cloth, which is an extra thumbs up in my book. Usually to clean my classes, I’ll just wear them while I shower… So you could say these wipes are definitely a step up.

Recycled Paper Greetings Card– The company behind these cards has 2 missions: 1) help save the environment 2) save the world from boring greeting cards. Can I get a hallelujah? When I look for cards, I feel like the good ones are few and far between, but these cards are actually funny and clever and edgy and good. This is actually one of the best cards I’ve found in a while.

CBox 2A few of the other things I got in my box were: an iron supplement, dog treats (which I can guarantee are doggy approved), a chocolate nutritional drink, moisturizer, and soooo many coupons. Can’t wait to get my next one!


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Trend Tribe: Doing Good While Looking Good

Today I am excited to introduce you to Samantha Cooper. She is a former Babson classmate of mine and is currently a trendsetting entrepreneur. She started her own company called Trend Tribe, which aims to sell the trendiest jewelry at affordable prices.

Believe it or not, at one point Sam struggled to get a job. The summer after her freshman year in college she attempted to get an internship without any luck. But rather than giving up and taking any old summer job, she took the entrepreneurial approach and decided to design and sell her own jewelry. Now Samantha is on a mission to help other women going through the same struggle she did.

Her group of college campus ambassadors, also knows as Trendsetters, sell jewelry on their campuses at trunk shows they organize and host. The goal is to provide these lucky ladies with hands on entrepreneurial experience.

Trend Tribe also believes in giving back! Portions of trunk show sales are donated to a philanthropic cause chosen by the Trendsetters. And along with that, Trend Tribe is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating $5 for every purchase of these hot, hot, hot, pink studs.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Trend Tribe is donating $5 for every sale of these hot pink studs.

So I reached out to Samantha for an interview and here is her inside scoop on fashion, starting your own business, and giving back.

What is a typical day like in the shoes of Samantha Cooper? Walk me through a typical day in the life…

As they always say, no day is a typical day. I have a joke that I hardly sleep in the same bed for more than 3 nights in a row because I’m always traveling. 

On days I’m not traveling, I start my day by checking in with our Trendsetters and providing one-on-one mentorship, training, and support. I make sure not to schedule any meetings from 9-11 so that I can focus on the Trendsetters 100%. 

After that, it’s all up in the air! I’m usually on the phone with our team of interns and freelancers – mostly everyone works remotely. At night, you can find me at networking events or grabbing dinner with other entrepreneurs. Building relationships is essential when you’re starting a business.

What have been your most and least favorite parts of starting your company?

My favorite part is seeing Trendsetters succeed on campus. One of our Trendsetters did over $1,000 in sales at her very first event and we were able to raise $300+ to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

On top of all that, she now has a killer resume with tangible results that not just shows, but prove her skills in fashion and business. It’s a huge confidence boost and at the end of the day our mission is to empower young women while giving back. 

It’s a win-win and nothing is more exciting than seeing your vision come to life.

My least favorite part is dealing with the legal and accounting side of the business. Boring, but so essential. Having enough discipline to deal with the things you don’t love is not easy! 

What’s one piece of advice you would give to budding entrepreneurs?

“It may not all happen today, but it’s all going to happen” is a quote I came up with when I realized I was beating myself up for not having everything “perfect.” 

When you have so many ideas, but limited time and resources it can feel like you’re chasing your tail. No matter how many hours a day you work, it’s impossible for everything to be perfect. Beating yourself up about it isn’t going to help either. It sucks the fun out of living your life’s dream. 

Now, I focus on putting one foot in front of the other and taking everything one step at a time. Have faith that it will all happen, even if it doesn’t all happen today.

Why did you choose to make giving back to philanthropic causes a part of your business plan?

It actually wasn’t in the original business plan, but once I started bringing on Trendsetters and working with them to plan their monthly events, it was clear that philanthropy was something that was near and dear to all of their hearts. Of course, I’m all about giving back and I was inspired to see that Trendsetters were more passionate about donating their commission than keeping it for themselves. 

Now, we donate 10-20% of all product sales to the different philanthropies that Trendsetters choose to work with. I’m so proud to say that it was our Trendsetters who sparked this crucial element of our business. No matter what everyone says, millennials are passionate about giving back and they’re going to change the world. I believe that 100%

How would you describe Trend Tribe’s style?

As the name says, our style is trendy! We’re all about bringing the latest fashions to the mass consumer at a super affordable price. Everything in the collection is $50 and under. Oftentimes people say our jewelry reminds them of Kate Spade or J.Crew which is a huge compliment!

Finally, what is your favorite accessory?

Is this a real question? I can’t pick! Hmmm, I guess I would have to go with statement necklaces. They’ve become my signature. When I traveled to Boston for a big trip I had so much jewelry with me that I couldn’t bring clothes. I wore an outfit and brought an outfit and just rotated the statement necklace. It does the trick! Statement necklaces are also great for networking – people are always complimenting my jewelry which gives me an opportunity to talk about the company and spark up a conversation. 

And there you have it! Great advice, great prices, great deeds, and great jewelry! Does it get any better? Why yes it does.  My lucky readers can use the code forthegreatergoods25 to receive free shipping on orders over $25. So head over to trend-tribe.com and pick out some stylish pieces. You know you want to. I’ve already got a few on my wish list…

Trend Tribe Wish List

Black Cord Layering Bracelet / Deco Blush Statement Earrings / Tortoise Statement Necklace

If you’re a college student and interested in becoming a Trendsetter, you can apply here. And if you still haven’t gotten enough fashion and entrepreneurship inspiration, you can head over to the Trend Tribe blog to get more career, life, and fashion advice.