That's right, Elva Fields is officially a teenager, and to celebrate we created a special, limited-edition collection of vintage brass wire bangles featuring some of our favorite beads.Pre-order now on our site and have a few shipped to you later this month…OREnter to win one of thirteen that we're giving away in the next week on Instagram by sharing the above pic (you'll find it on our Instagram)AND
We'll randomly select 13 lucky winners from all who spread the word about our birthday fun following the rules above. Contest ends Tuesday, October 25th at 11:59:59 pm EST and birthday bangle winners will be announced on Wednesday October 26th!Live it up, friends!
- tagging a few friends
- tagging us @elvafields
- including #ElvaTurnsTEEN in your comments
When I was nominated for an award this fall (of the fashion sort, no less) I was completely surprised and deeply honored...especially because the recognition came from a group very near and dear to my heart, The Younger Woman's Club of Louisville.
I joined the YWC in 2006, following in the footsteps of my grandmother, who had entered the Club nearly 60 years earlier as a newlywed (her invitation below,) and my aunt, who had done the same in the early 80s. My hope was to connect with interesting and accomplished women in town, as I was new to Louisville, and to learn more about giving back to the community with a known and respected group that had been making a difference locally since 1921.
What I found exceeded all expectation. I've made friends I'll know and love forever, who have seen me through some dark days and celebrated readily on bright ones. I've met remarkable leaders in our community who run some of the most incredible charitable agencies in the nation, changing lives and the local landscape with their tireless efforts and enthusiasm, and I've had the privilege of raising funds to help these organizations continue their missions with some pretty amazing women by my side.
In fact, my connection to The Cabbage Patch, the wonderful spot where I teach monthly jewelry classes to underprivileged children, grew from a YWC volunteer opportunity in my first year as a prospective member--I helped peel what seemed like 400 pounds of potatoes as part of The Patch's Thanksgiving dinner for the kids and their families.
As a way to honor and give back for what the YWC has brought to my life, I decided to create a capsule collection--styles in small quantities and available for a limited time only--that contributes to the Younger Woman's Club Charity Fund. Half of each design's retail price will be given to the YWC to help them help others in our community.
My hope is that as you wear (or give!) the jewelry, you'll be reminded of the great beauty in giving, the many incredible organizations in Louisville that do such meaningful work for those in need, and that there is nothing more fashionable than making a difference.
We've been partnering with The Southern Coterie for the past few months, selecting and writing inspirational quotes for their Instagram account that speak to transformation and finding a path amidst change.
When they first contacted us about the project, we were surprised and honored--after all, they're an inspiration to us with their wonderful way of bringing together makers, owners, thinkers, and founders from the entrepreneurial South and their encouraging attitude about how to make meaningful impact in connection and collaboration.
Each Sunday, they've posted one of our hand-written quotes, and this week they were kind enough to share the deeper story behind them: our own journey of transformation when life took an unexpected turn three and a half years ago. We've never been asked to write for a larger audience, and, though hesitant at first, we're incredibly grateful to have been given such an amazing opportunity to tell a bit about life's unfolding in our own words. All of this has been such a reminder that beauty can emerge from even our most difficult times.
We hope you enjoy the article...and so much thanks to Dominique and The Southern C team for including us in their awesomeness.
What started as a nickname for our own daughters (who spend many an afternoon in our jewelry studio playing with beads) grew to an idea for a collection of necklaces for little ladies (and gents!) of all ages.Combining vintage trim with a unique assortment of beads from our years of collecting, each design is made by hand and is entirely one of a kind--just like you!
The best part? A portion of proceeds from each necklace provides materials for another little lady or gent to create a necklace of their own in monthly classes we teach to underprivileged children in our local community.
By partnering with The Cabbage Patch, an amazing 106-year-old organization that reaches at-risk families and youth through recreational, educational, and service-based programs and opportunities, it is our deepest hope that this jewelry brings a bit of beauty to all, one bead at a time.