If you’ve followed my blog very long, you know that I love good fashion, and that I totally LOVE people who do good things for others! When those two passions collide, I find myself in a blissful place that I just HAVE to tell you all about! (See my previous article on the opening of Boise’s first Apricot Lane, for another great example of this!)
Recently, a brand new boutique opened in Eagle, Idaho, and I had the privilege of attending their grand opening festivities. The store is called “Full Circle Exchange,” and I truly believe it represents not only the future of responsible shopping, but also that perfect blend of fashion and humanitarian conscience!
Full Circle Exchange was launched by Mark & Jeanette Priddy, and Mark’s brothers John and Ed Priddy, whose goal is to “work with women entrepreneurs from around the world to bring their artisan goods into the western marketplace.” From purses, to tablecloths, to jewelry, everything in their boutique tells a story, and has a personal connection. For example, the beautiful necklaces made from bullet casings that Ethiopian women gather from around their villages, literally forming beauty from violence; you can’t help but reach out and touch this gorgeous jewelry, and marvel at its’ tragic origins.
One of the store’s products, in particular, instantly touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Nomi Network is a line that produces handbags and accessories that boast “Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body.” Their items are hand-crafted with pride by women who have been rescued from sex trafficking & exploitation, and receive training, support, and economic empowerment through the Network. To hold in your hands an item made directly by a woman who has been set free, learned a trade, and has a chance to create a new life for herself is both humbling and deeply moving!
Shopping in Full Circle Exchange is an all-around lovely experience, both visually and emotionally. The shop space itself is a stunning blend of rich architectural construction and bright, joyful decor. If you are in the market for unique gifts, gorgeous accessories, or Eco-friendly housewares, Full Circle is your one-stop shop. The prices are comparable to to the items you would find on other stores, and it’s an amazing experience to know your dollars are bringing freedom, empowerment, education, and economic independence to women and their families all over the world.
I love this store! Friends & families, take note; many of your future Christmas & birthday gifts will have a Full Circle Exchange tag on them! 😉
This last month, I had the privilege of working with Belle Boutique (Boise) and Tan on Demand to open a new little clothing boutique in downtown Eagle! We’ve brought in some fabulous Spring styles; dresses by Theme, Miss Me jeans & shorts, and a colorful array of cute tops, tanks, & blouses!!
Hours vary daily, depending on tanning appointments and staff availability. Call/text 841-9606 for hours. COMPLIMENTARY private shopping appointments are also available, for you or a party of friends!! To book, call 991-8250 for airbrush tanning appointments, or call/text 841-9606 for shopping appointments.
Last weekend, I was invited to participate in First Friday ART IN EAGLE, as Villa Decor & Design‘s in-store style consultant. I was very honored! This tiny boutique packs a shopping punch, above and beyond your typical home decor store! I enjoyed meandering through the store, meeting fabulous & friendly people, and letting my eyes absorb all the sumptuous paintings, giant candles, light-up bonsai trees, and unique wall-hangings.
Besides the unique & colorful home decor items, Villa’s owners Beth and Sandie have stocked the shelves with gorgeous purses, hats, scarves, jewelry, and shoes.
They are the exclusive carriers in this area of the amazing OneSole shoes, an item every oft-traveling woman should own! Click on my video below to see how amazing these shoes are!
In the wintertime, Villa carries designer “animal” hats; the same ones seen on celebrities in Hollywood, Sun Valley and Aspen!
In the summertime, tempt your toes with sparkly BSU sandals, and shade your tresses with a tough-but-girly studded hat! Villa Decor also has your perfect purse, whether you crave rhinestones, logos, leather, or studs – they have styles in every color to suit your whimsy! They also carry a lovely, local jewelry line, called Arrista Accents – Jewelry For The Discerning Woman. Check out their website at www.arristaaccents.com, and stop by Villa Decor to see their fabulous jewelry pieces in person!
Villa Decor & Design has something for everyone – stop in, check it out, and be sure to sign up for email alerts of seasonal sales & special events!!!
Villa Decor & Design123 E. Aikens St, Ste 115, Eagle, ID 83616(208) 869-5055, Open Tues – Saturday, 10-4