I meet a lot of people between the store, the shows, and the Rolling Shack. There has been a reoccurring theme I keep hearing over and over that I want to debunk right now! You are beautiful. Period. You guys constantly beat yourselves up. Stop it. I mean it!!
Do you know why I design clothing? Because honestly I am sick of some of the stuff out there. Some clothing barely covers things that need to be covered. Or it's made out of cheap material that would not stand up to a couple of washings. But the real reason is I want you guys to love yourselves. I want you to put on the Hepburn dress and say, "Wow I look great!"
You know when we got invited to the Embassy party in La Paz Bolivia, we didn't have the dress fully completed yet! YIKES!! I tried it on in the workshop with socks on and I was freezing! So as I was getting ready for the Embassy party and threw the dress on, put on jewelry, and put my sling backs on, I really saw it for the first time stylized. I have to be honest. I started crying. I felt beautiful. I wanted everyone who put this dress on to feel beautiful.
I have watched woman after woman try this dress on and smile at herself in the mirror. We hit a home run with this dress. People hear me- when the world tells you that you are not enough - tell the world to shut up! You are the daughter of the one true King and He loves you even if you have a couple of cookies too many. Life is too short to be miserable!
The Hepburn Dress by SutiSana is now back in stock! Put it on and be amazed!!
I love how God creates a team YEARS in advance for a time such as this! I have felt this year that God was getting ready to launch The Marketplace to the next level. A bit frightening since I was already working 7 days a week just to keep up! When I was in Bolivia last February, He gave me Exodus 31...yet again. I had a missionary from Brazil pray that over me 4 years ago. God was bringing me the right team at the right time, divine enablements. I could make myself appear super spiritual right now but let's get real, I was kicking and screaming the whole way. He had to make the changes because I sure as heck wasn't going to make them!! At one point, I was the only person on staff at The Marketplace. Really, I am not kidding! When God took my current team away from me and I quit whining about it, He said, "Let's build you a new team, for a new season, with a new twist." I was good with all of it until I heard 'new twist'. What God created was my Retro Team! You heard me, people from my past were linking arms with me to run into the future! These were people who gave of their time even when they didn't get paid. Yes people- there was a time we did this, spent tremendous hours of time, and never got a penny. Haha, it actually cost me money to volunteer! But it was when we were in the trenches that we discovered why we believed in it so much!! God was going to give me people who complemented me, who had skill sets that were different from mine. He reminded me that I didn't have to do everything, I just had to know people who did it well and equip them. The Marketplace has a new team, a new assignment, and a renewed focus. It's time to move forward!! Ya with us?!?!
Mumbai has one of Asia's largest red-light districts.
Trafficking of minor girls is a $1-billion-a-year industry in Mumbai.
The average price of sex in the red-light district is $8.
These statistics are rather chilling. I know sometimes when you hear such daunting figures your 1st reaction is to shut down. “What can I do?” Actually, you can do quite a bit. You can partner with organizations that are on the ground. International Sanctuary (ISanctuary Mumbai) is a group that goes into Mumbai and meets the woman where she is at. They walk alongside her as she begins her long journey towards restoration. They offer shelter, training, counseling, employment, and more importantly they love her as Jesus would. Purpose is the income generating project that helps build dignity and empowers her to start re-building her life.
So, let me tell you about the beautiful jewelry that they make. It’s simple. It’s timeless. It’s elegant. I love how the pieces are understated and would be something that I would wear for a long time to come. You have been asking for rings and know that I have heard you! They make a beautiful ring called the Current. You will definitely want to own one in silver and gold.
We are excited to announce our new partnership with Purpose! Now available at our Oak Street location and online.