• Raleigh News & Observer Style Watch Feature: Chapel Hill mom creates tween fashion label Calzico

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    When shopping for clothes for her 11-year-old daughter, Chapel Hill mom Shannon Tennyson found the choices for tween-age girls to be a bit lacking. So, though she had no fashion industry experience, Tennyson decided to create her own line of clothing aimed at her daughter’s age group. Find out why here. 


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  • Volunteering In Haiti - One Mom's Story

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    "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."  - Muhammad Ali

    The value of serving others is that you get to truly see them. To do that often requires a breakdown of every comfort, every assumption, and every reservation, stripped away to nothing but the human heart. I was reminded of this while serving as a volunteer in Haiti in 2012.


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  • Morocco with Kids: A Guide to Visiting Marrakesh

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    When it comes to visiting Marrakesh with kids, there are two wildly different experiences you can have; braving the Medina for a truly local experience or basing yourself outside. The ‘new’ part of the city offers quiet resorts and hotels (such as this one), some within walking distance to shops, gardens, and other attractions. While this experience has a lot to offer, it differs greatly from staying inside the Medina, which provides the most authentic Marrakesh experience with its kaleidoscope of sounds, smells and colors.

    For families visiting Marrakesh, opting for the local experience is a must. Immersing yourself and your children in the Moroccan culture is a true eye-opener; the bartering, the hustle and bustle of the market, choosing places to eat and picking up a few words in different languages provide invaluable life lessons.

    To continue reading, head over to Globetotting for my guest post.

     

    Shannon Tennyson


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  • A Durable Textile Gem of South Africa: Shweshwe

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    Calzico is inspired by prints around the world. One of those is called Shweshwe (~Sh-weh-Sh-weh), a beautiful, strong cotton fabric, famed for its intricate patterns, traditional indigo color, and rich in history. Read more about it's rich South African history here.


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  • It’s Getting Real at CALZICO!

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    Whether you have been following our journey from the beginning or are just joining, we're excited to share a bit about what we've been working on in preparation for launching CALZICO for Tweens.


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  • Ife Medow: Sustainable Style Meets African Prints

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    At Calzico, we get excited about the use of interesting fabrics from around the world. In fact, some of our own styles feature fabrics that are inspired from around the world. So, when we heard about Ife Medow bags and accessories, we knew we wanted to share more about their product line and it's unique African influence.

    We caught up with Ife Medow Founder, Toyin Ajayi, who shared some insight into the use of African Ankara fabric in her new line of sustainable bags and accessories. 

    ST: Can you tell us about the meaning of your brand name, Ife Medow?

    TA: I wanted Ife Medow to be a personal brand that paid tribute to the places that have made me who I am. Ife means "Love" in Yoruba, my Nigerian tribe and language. My dad's side of the family is Nigerian. Medow is a phonetic version of "My Love" in Fanti (Fante), my Ghanaian tribe and language, which comes from my mother's side of the family.  

    ST: You use Ankara textiles to line your products. Can you tell us more about how you decided on the textiles you wanted to use?

    TA: There's been an exciting rise in Ankara fashion, which is introducing people to various African textiles. When I decided to start Ife Medow, I knew I wanted the brand to have an African influence, but not be narrowly defined as purely an African brand.

    African prints from different regions and countries have different names. In Ghana, "Kente" is a well known type of cloth, but there are many others such as Batiks and wax print fabrics. In fact, many of the wax print fabrics made in Holland showcase designs from Ghana. In traditional Nigerian attire, it is common to see lace prints or prints on silk and women wearing intricate head wraps, called a "GELE". 

    So, I decided to line each of the Ife Medow pieces in this collection with African prints from Ghana or Nigeria. It's my hope that people will enjoy the pop of color inside and will want to learn more about this culture along the way.  

    Ife Medow is available now on Kickstarter through May 16th. You can learn more about Toyin and this vibrant collection by visiting her website, here.


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  • Incredible Tween Profile: GABBY GOODWIN, GaBBY Bows

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    Gabby Goodwin is a 9-year-old entrepreneur with a fantastic head of hair that led her to a great idea, and in-turn, a booming business. Read the full interview to learn more about how she got started and why. 


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  • Incredible Tween Profile: HALLIE TURNER, Climate Change ADVOCATE

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    Hallie Turner is a 14-year-old climate activist who has been taking steps to change the world since she was just 9 years old. Find out how here. 


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  • Incredible Teen Profile: MILES TAYLOR of Brown Water Design MERMAIDS COLLECTION

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    Miles Taylor’s family owns Brown Water Design (“BWD”), and she is the creative force and teen designer behind one of BWD’s latest releases: the Mermaids Collection, which has sold more than 10,000 pieces since April 1 2016. 

    When Miles Taylor, 14 yrs, isn’t busy with the Jackson Academy Dance Team, Student Council, show choir or practicing guitar, piano, ukulele, singing and writing her own music (phew..!), she’s a teen designer. Read more about how she got started, here.


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  • Incredible Tween/Teen Series: QUINCY REATH, WRITER & KIDPRENEUR

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    Quincy Reath is a pint-sized powerhouse – at just 10 years old she’s created her own business, written an e-book (and is currently writing another one), and been invited to speak in front of large crowds. She’s the ultimate kidpreneur!  


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