Sometimes I have trouble finding the right accessory for an outfit. The necklace is too chunky or too small. The earrings are not blingy enough. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. But, the item I have the most trouble with is belts. I'm very particular about what goes around my waist. I have a muffin top, but I also have curves. I want to draw attention to those curves without making my muffin top stand out. One way I found to do that - a strategically placed scarf. I have a variety of scarves sitting in my closet now.
Not only do they help in acting as a belt, but they are also great as an accentuating piece for your bust, your hair. Gotta love them scarves! And the Etsy shop Smiles By Jem has a variety of scarves to choose from! The shop was launched at the beginning of this year by owners Janelle Sisting and her friend Megan.
"[We] have been talking about starting our own business centered around fashion and giving back since we were in high school," said Sisting.
But, they were unsure what to do until they took a trip to Thailand to design scarves, pick out stones for jewelry and meet with different organizations. They will make a return trip to Thailand next month to design their fall line and donate to SOS Children's Villages.
Sisting gets her inspiration for her scarves from various fashion icons - Brigitte Bardot, Edie Sedgwick, Kate Moss and Bianca Jagger - and also from the children Smiles By Jem supports. It is hard work, but worth it in the end.
"One evening after a long day at the farmer's market, I was feeling tired and discouraged," Sisting recalled. "My grandpa said, 'At the end of the day, no matter how tired you might feel, you are doing something good for someone else. That makes what you are doing always worthwhile.'"
Not only do some children benefit, but the customers do as well. Sisting said their best selling scarves include the sky scarves and the bamboo scarves. Particular favorites include the Unbluievable Blue Silk Sky Scarf and the Grey Ombre Scarf.
If you are looking for a stylish scarf to go with your outfit, head on over to Smiles By Jem. Not only will your wardrobe thank you, but you will help out others as well!