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East Coast vs. West Coast Spring Trends: Gingham + Yellow

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This week I'm so exited to collaborate with Dani, the creator and beautiful woman behind Drafts and Crafts. Dani is a lifestyle blogger in Northern Virginia and has a super cute Esty shop that you should totally check out! Blogging has connected me to so many amazing people - and crazy enough Dani and I actually went to high school together in South Florida and have reconnected through our blogs. We're both now married and enjoy fashion, crafts and baking so this collaboration made total sense. After all,  it's always nice to see a familiar face, even when your thousands of miles away! 

Gingham is the hot topic today, which is why we put our heads together and decided to show how the east coast and west coast wear gingham print with a pop of yellow. You'll notice that the east coast is more preppy and polished while the west coast is more relaxed and edgy. I'm really digging gingham for spring, the checked cotton fabric was popular in the '50s and '60s by icons like Audrey Hepburn and has finally made a comeback. Gingham is easy to wear and can be feminine, flirty, and worn so many different ways: loose-fitting dress, full skirt, cropped top, and matching separates to name a few.

Be sure to check (pun intended) out how Dani styled our gingham print with a pop of yellow on the east coast, and then how I went about it!  How do would you gingham?

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 Jcrew Gingham ShirtYellow Skirt | Jcrew Bracelet (sold out, similar here)| Kate Spade Purse | Jcrew D'Orsay Flats ( on SALE now - 25% off)

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Zara Gingham Top | Yellow Bubble Bib Necklace | Zara Pants (old, love these) Gorjana bracelet | Black Target flats (old, also love these) | Lips

With Love, From Haiti

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Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was down in Haiti last week with New Story, a nonprofit that my husband and his best friend, Brett launched 4 months ago. New Story is a crowdfunding charity that builds houses for homeless families living in dangerous situations around the world. Their first location: Haiti, as it holds a special place in their heart from a mission trip they took a few years back...and now I understand why.  

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

As I sit here writing this post back at my desk in San Francisco, I am dumbfounded at how much I learned and grew from the experience; sitting here smiling at how much Haiti surprised me. In Haiti, I don't have to think about what I'm wearing, or who I'm going to run into, heck, I don't even have to shower (but I did because I've never smelled so foul - sorry TMI).

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. Majority of people live in inadequate and unsanitary housing conditions, and are at high risk for infectious diseases like food or water-borne diseases, typhoid fever, and malaria.

We've been back almost a week now and if I'm being honest, I've struggled to write about my experience from this trip. It's not that I've become numb to the shock of how poverty exists, but I have come to unexpectedly fall in love with the people who live within it. Here is a journal entry I wrote about my first trip to the village of Leveque: 

The day started both calm and crazy, if that's even possible. The local pastor prayed over the village and for the families recieving the homes; followed by the New Story team (plus the rest of the village) walking house-to-house giving each family the keys to their new colorful home. The children playing and sounds of Creole echoing in the village - still unsure if they're yelling at each other or just passionate talkers. The general vibe of the village is filled with so much hope and excitement. The kids are jumping all over us, just wanting to play, be held and to feel loved. I spotted this little girl who was standing barefoot wearing a pair of dirty pink Tinkerbell overalls. Her eyes meet with mine and she flashes a bright smile which shields me of our surroundings. I am no longer standing in Leveque, but I am standing in her world. She reaches up signaling me to pick her up. Between the language barrier and her young age, we couldn't speak to each other, but that was more than fine with me. I spun her around to hear the most pure and sweet laugh come out of her mouth. We played and I repeated the gibberish words coming out of her mouth, as I carried her around the village until I had to put her down as we were leaving, she started crying and yelling - it was so painful to walk away to that sound. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

The New Story team has opened their hearts and lives to helping others. I pray so many sweet blessings on them and what they are doing to help these homeless families. So when I found myself 3,500 miles away from home, sitting in a hot van, cruising down a dusty road from Port-au-Prince to rural Leveque with the New Story team, I find myself very, very blessed. 

If you would like to help support New Story, please click here to make a donation. Or better yet, give up your birthday, Christmas or start a campaign just because. Every penny helps give these families get a new story. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

This is one family's tent they've been living in since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed their home. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

The family below just found out that a house has been funded for them on New Story. Soon, they will no longer be living in a tent and into a safe home. And the kids will be able to go to school. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

I was obsessed with all the vibrant colors of the houses. This color is my favorite! 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

The whole village supported each other and watch each family get their new home. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

We got to experience real creole food and a beautiful Haitian sunset during our last night in Haiti. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
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Textured Sweater

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Top: Gap | Bottoms: Joes Jeans, old (similar hereBoots: Vince, old (similar here|Sunglasses: Ray Bans | Necklace: J.crew Factory, sold out (similar here| Purse: Rachel Zoe, old Lips: Combined both True Pink by Bobbi Brown and Rouge Allure Velvet in L'adoree by Chanel 

Happy hump day and thanks for all the support with Four Threads so far! I've been on the prowl for a textured sweater for a few months now and stumbled into Gap while I was waiting for my iPhone to get fixed at Apple (but that's a hole other story!) and found this perfect moss-stich sweater. I immediately loved the color, different textures and how it can be worn both dressy and casual. I went for a more laid back look for church and brunch last Sunday.

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FourThreadsTexturedSweater