Tips on How to Style with Scarves

I tend to always be cold in the fall and winter months, so I love it when I can find a way to incorporate a stylish scarf into my outfit.  Being a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope has given me a lot of opportunity to indulge in finding new ways to do so.  I’ve found that, in addition to adding extra warmth and design to an outfit, you can also create multiple looks with the same scarf by just wearing it different ways.  Below are some tips I’ve found useful, and wanted to share them with you.


scarf european loop



loose cascade scarf



infinity scarf


Another great idea is to turn your favorite scarf into an amazing belt!  Wrap a longer scarf around your waist, and then twist it until the scarf starts to curl around itself. Keep twisting and place the twisted sections around in a flower shape. Tuck in the ends and you are ready to shine!

I hope you enjoy trying out some of these looks and let me know your thoughts on the #StyleSlowlyGratitudeCollective facebook page here.  Feel free to share your own tips with our Style Slowly Sisterhood!  You can browse & shop Trades of Hope’s beautiful collection of Fair Trade handmade scarves here.

Sparkle & Shine!

~♥xo, Ruth~




3 TOH pieces, 5 Sisterhood Arm Parties

I love Arm Parties, especially when they are done TOH Style!  So much positive energy, hope, and inspiration from around the world shines through our Sisterhood Arm Parties.  After all, each piece is handcrafted by women that have been empowered and are now able to share their special talents and stories with us.

The 3 pieces I’ve chosen to inspire you to create your own Sisterhood Arm Party are:

Jubilee Bracelet Set made by Empowered Artisans in Haiti

~Handmade Beads made out of Haitian Clay~

Pure Love Bracelet made by Empowered Artisans in Haiti

~Handmade Beads made out of Haitian Clay & Cereal Boxes~

Imani Necklace made by Empowered Artisans in Uganda

~Handmade Beads made out of Magazine Paper~

If you would like to familiarize yourself more with the empowering stories behind these groups, please check out my blog articles on our amazing artisans in Haiti at this link and in Uganda at this link.

Let the partying begin…..

Sisterhood Arm Party #1: Jubilee Bracelet Set & Pure Love


Sisterhood Arm Party #2: Pure Love Bracelet, Imani Necklace, & Jubilee Bracelet


Sisterhood Arm Party #3:  Pure Love Bracelet & Imani Necklace


Sisterhood Arm Party #4:  Jubilee Bracelet Set & Imani Necklace


Sisterhood Arm Party #5:  Pure Love Bracelet & Red Jubilee Bracelets


Please share your inspiring #StyleSlowlySisterhood ArmParty here and join in the Sisterhood & fun!  You can always shop these looks at my online shop – you’re just one click away from inspiring hope here.

~♥xo, Ruth~




Some Thoughts on Styling with Authenticity

If you are working on clarifying and defining your “Style,” it can feel like you are in a true battle each day.  You may feel that those around you will judge you either to have lost or won depending on your choice of outfit or accessory.   As women, we need to work to turn this thinking upside down!

“Style” should not have winners or losers.  “Style” should be seen as an expression of your Authentic Self to the world around you.  If thought of in this way, we are raising each other up and celebrating individuality.  This is one way women can Empower each other.

One of the reasons I love Trades of Hope and enjoy styling with their products is that each piece makes an Empowering Statement.  It Empowers a woman to be her Authentic Self, the Hero of Her Own Story.  At the same time, I’m able to express my own Attitude of Authenticity while sharing their stories with other women.

“Style” can be Beautiful, Empowering, and Change Lives!

I hope that today’s post encourages you and inspires you to Listen to Your Own Stylish Voice.  And, as always, feel free to reach out to me to style yourself with our Fair Trade handcrafted products that Empower women around the world!

Inspire Hope. Create Change. We Dare You!

Trades of Hope’s Revive Necklace crafted from recycled steel oil drums & accented with pink thread tassels; made by Empowered Artisans in Haiti.  In Haiti, mothers are often forced to give up their children because they cannot afford to feed them.  By crafting jewelry such as the Revive Necklace, a mother or father now earns an income and a family can stay together!