Every day we have a choice. We can let others dictate the way we see beautiful in ourselves and the world or we can see the beauty we inherently possess, do something to help someone else, make a person smile, lend a helping hand, change someone's world. We're committed to making this world a better place.


The purpose of this blog is to invite readers to see beautiful. See Beautiful is a lifestyle brand that creates more beautiful in the world by giving back to you.


See beautiful in yourself. See beautiful in others. Create more beautiful in the world.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

For Baby Ellis

When Baby Ellis' mom, Sarah Rodriguez, was decorating her daughter's room she adorned it with the saying, "When she wakes she will move mountains." And that is exactly what beautiful Ellis has done. At exactly one-month old (12/6/14), suffering from meningitis, she was taken off a ventilator that was breathing for her. All other wires and beeping and medical support keeping Ellis alive was removed. Doctors told Sarah it was time to say goodbye to her daughter. Her brain and body had put up a valiant fight, but it could no longer do so. And so her strong Mommy held her daughter in her arms and rocked her back and forth and told her how much she was loved and then Ellis did the unthinkable, unfathomable, the seemingly impossible. She breathed. And kept breathing. And breathing and breathing. And then she ate. And then she cried. And then she slept. And then she started doing things all newborns do, except Ellis did something else: She moved mountains. With her heartbeat and her breathing and her sleeping she told the doctors and nurses to have faith.  She told them that God really does have the whole world in His hands and modern science and logic don't hold a candle to His grasp. Now over one month removed you can continue to follow precious Ellis' story with her Mom, Sarah. We cannot begin to imagine they ways she will continue to move mountains with her story and her life and her fight. She has much to teach the world, but in her short time on earth, she's already done more than doctors have ever read about in all their years of medicinal studies.

But Ellis needs your help, and that's where the Ellis Cuff comes in...

We're donating $5 from every sale to Ellis and her family to help cover her medical expenses and on-going appointments with doctors and physical therapy. As you glance at your wrist, you'll be reminded of Ellis and her fight. You'll know that you made a difference in their lives and you'll be reminded that you have a whole lot of strength in you. A one-month old moved mountains. When you wake, you can move mountains too. 

The Ellis Cuff Specifications (Important): This is our Special Edition, hand-stamped, ELLIS CUFF! The full cuff is 100% recycled aluminum and is hand-stamped with the saying, "When she wakes she will move mountains."  The choice of recycled aluminum vs. silver means the bracelet is virtually weightless, but the reminder to see beautiful is strong.  

Don't want the bracelet, but want to donate to the family? Cool, you can do so HERE.

Want our traditional "See Beautiful" bracelet instead of this one, but still want to give to Baby Ellis? Cool, just select "Baby Ellis" from the dropdown box on our See Beautiful Cuff HERE.

Want to follow Ellis' story? You can do that with her Mom, Sarah, HERE.



Monday, January 19, 2015

Count Your Blessings

"The life that counts blessings discovers its yielding more than it seems." ~ Ann Voskamp

There it was, a message written to passerbys on an old country sign, "Count your blessings, not your problems." And there it was, the message I needed to see, right at that moment. It was a beautiful day for a hike and a disengagement from phones and facebook and televisions and, gasp, even books. I was looking for the mountains to find grace and peace and in a small sign, miles from many who would or could see it, the words spoke to my soul far more than the mountains ahead of me would. Count your blessings, not your problems. 





It was half a year ago when I passed that sign on a sunny, summer day, but every day since I see the sign. I apply the message to my life in the darkest of hardest of saddest of moments and I realize while problems are plenty to count, my blessings far outweigh the bad. And in a time that is hard when the problems are real, seeing and seeking beautiful in the blessings of this moment, this day and this life is the way to embrace each second that will never repeat itself again. You are surrounded by blessings. You are a blessing.

Friday, January 16, 2015

See Beautiful Club


I feel so inspired by the incredible 4th & 5th grade girls who make up our Inaugural See Beautiful Club at Cheatham Hill Elementary School. When asked to finish the sentence, "I am..." they said, "I am

ME.
BRIGHT.
LOVELY.
IMPORTANT.
SUPER.
A READER.
SMART.
TOUGH.
STRONG.
GOOD.
BEAUTIFUL.
A CHAMPION.
PERFECTLY BALANCED.
QUALITY.
FRIENDLY.
WONDERFUL.
CREATIVE.
GENIUS.
KIND.
SPECIAL.
MAGIC.
GOLDEN.
FREE.

These ladies have a lot to teach the world about how to see and create beautiful. I hope we listen to their voices.








 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ottomans are Beautiful

These may just look like normal ottomans to you, but there's a lot of beauty to be seen in these new seats for the First Grade students in Mrs. Sheivelhud's classroom at Beaver Ridge Elementary School. We are over half way through funding her See Beautiful Giving Initiative and she was already able to purchase comfy seats for the tiny learners in her class. When you purchase products from See Beautiful we are honored for the many ways they give back to teachers, adoptive families, schools, animal advocacy groups and more! Want to help April meet her goal? Select "MRS SHEIVELHUD ROCKS" at check out and you'll forever see beautiful in ottomans.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Unwind and Celebrate Your Vibrance

While unwinding and celebrating your vibrancy are two actions we want you experiencing, they're also two new See Beautiful scarves that we're thrilled to roll off the shelves. January is the perfect time to bundle up with something warm and cozy while also dedicating the year to creating more beautiful - just like the amazing women who make our scarves at Colors; Freedom In Fashion.

Introducing our Unwind and Vibrant scarves. Each scarf was handmade by women in Atlanta recovering from homelessness, domestic abuse and/or drug addiction.

See Beautiful UNWIND Scarf

See Beautiful VIBRANT Scarf

When you purchase a See Beautiful COLORS scarf you give women an opportunity to become more empowered to fight injustice and grow their ability to recover, succeed and grow more beautiful in the world.  One employee reflected on her opportunity to create these scarves for others that, "Working with y'all is God's way of showing me that instead of destroying things with my hands, I can create beautiful things." 

Your purchase provides another with the opportunity to see beautiful in places they didn't think it existed. What a wonderful reminder to see beautiful as you wear, or give, one of our See Beautiful scarfs. 

There is life-changing freedom in fashion, and that my friends, is beautiful. 

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ready. Set. Go.

Short and sweet, because you have some sparkle to spread. Happy seeing beautiful...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

525,600

In this final stretch of the 525,600 minutes of 2014, we ask, how do you measure a year?


In daylights? 
In sunsets? 
In midnights? 
 
In cups of coffee?
In inches?
 
In miles?
In Laughter?
In strife?
 
In smiles?

How do you measure a year in your life?

How about love?

Let's celebrate. Let's remember the love. Let's remember all those opportunities to see beautiful. Let's use these finals minutes of 2014 to see and spread as much see beautiful as possible.

Thank you for making this such an incredible year for See Beautiful.

Cheers to the next 525,600 minutes of seeing beautiful!

P.S., If you don't already have the tune of this brilliant song running through your head, here ya go...