Mood of the Day: Maasai Inspiration

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The Maasai people are native to Kenya and Tanzania. I had the wonderful opportunity of experiencing a bit of their culture during a trip I took to Kenya and Tanzania a few years back. Their lives are very humble but at the same time very complicated… There really is nothing 6584d6c7db9388d8a918da4e63c62e58more stressful than having to live with the worry of Lions or other animals from the wild African plains attacking you, your family or community. It was very interesting talking to them and learning a bit about their lives in the wilderness.

One of the things that I remember the most is the jewelry. I remember I found it so beautiful. What I find amazing is how although there are many countries/societies that use beads to make jewelry they are all completely different. Mexico’s beaded jewelry is completely different form that of a Maasai or a South African. Everything is different, the patterns, the colors and even the jewelry in itself. The Maasai jewelry is spectacular, the accessories in general are amazing. The designs are extremely unique but they are designs that could easily be worn by anyone anywhere, not only by the Maasais.

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The Maasai inspired jewelry has been seen in the fashion world countless times. I love it! I really enjoy their whole concept and the colors, therefore I really appreciate fashion pieces when you can see they have a Maasai influence.

Oliva Palmero, a fashion icon for many, is the ambassador to a charity called The Maasai Project started with a company called Pikolinos. This charity is amazing and it supports the Maasai as well as gives people the chance to learn more about them. You can see Olivia Palmero wearing a lot of the Massai pieces and looking fabulous. You can read more of The Maasai Project here: http://www.oliviapalermo.com/the-maasai-project-a-charity-catchup/.

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Style of Jolie… Yes Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie is already perfect in so many ways: she’s the most beautiful women alive, her career and family are perfect, and she’s a wonderful humanitarian, yet somehow she manages to add something else to her resume…. Jewelry designer!

Two years ago she came out with her line Style of Jolie, an extremely expensive collaboration with the jewelry designer Robert Procop (who is also the designer of her engagement ring to Brad Pitt). What is amazing about Style of Jolie is the fact hat 100% of the proceeds go to her charity that builds schools for girls in impoverished countries. I don’t know whether I like the pieces or not to tell you the truth. I think that on her they look great, but then again I feel anything could look amazing on her. The pieces are simple but big, very much in your face. I think that for me to know if I like them or not depends more on who is wearing them and how that person styled them.

You can see the rest of the pieces here: http://www.robertprocop.com/index.php?page=jewels&catID=3

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