Medellin, Colombia 2018

On April 12 - 15, 2018, Style Saves and Miansai, along with a team of 13 volunteers, headed to Medellin, Colombia for our 5th annual service trip. 

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Our volunteers- Lauren Eggersten from Who What Wear, Jose Forteza from Vogue Mexico and Latin America, and Eliza Jordan from Whitewall magazine, all came together to join forces in making an impact on lives of kids and to spread the word about Style Saves mission. 

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We had the opportunity to visit two different orphanages, public and private. Casa Maria y El Nino, government owned and funded, cares for about 40 kids all under the age of 9 years old. Their mission is to be the hope for a better future in caring for the holistic good of children who have been mistreated and abused. 

We spent the day painting a new mural at the house, playings sports, having lunch, and enjoying quality time with our new little friends. 

Casa Hogar Nazareth, privately owned and funded, cares for a total of 50 kids ranging from 5-12 years old from underprivileged families and families with only a single mother parent. 

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Style Saves brought 20 duffel bags of donations including clothing, shoes and accessories, hygiene items, toys, brand new book bags and school supplies. 

The sweet children here have known us since we began serving Colombia, they have such a special place in our hearts. We loved getting to spend the day together making more memories, playing soccer, making arts and crafts and putting smiles on their faces. Making a difference is always in style. 

We can’t wait to go back! 

If you’re looking to get involved with Style Saves Internationally, email info@stylesaves.org

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Style Saves & Museum of Ice Cream Social

On March 4th, we teamed up with Museum of Ice Cream for the sweetest collaboration where Ice cream and philanthropy truly came to life! 

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A dedicated day of ticket sales was organized, where 100% of proceeds from the day would benefit our students and help support our future initiatives. Within 24 hours, it completely sold out, raising an incredible amount of $25K! 

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Additionally, MOIC generously hosted 70 of our students from the Guatemalan Mayan Center for a complimentary guided tour. Founder of Style Saves, Rachael Russell Saiger, and well-known Miami philanthropist and board member of Style Saves, Isabela Rangel Grutman, led the activities for the day. 

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The Guatemalan Center has been serving the immigrant community for more than 20 years. The organization helps with job-training for parents, as well as educates families on how to gain access to medical care and social services. The Guatemalan Center also provides after-school help for children and loving environment for a better future.

We had the best day ever and couldn’t be more grateful. The sky is the limit and in the words of MaryEllis Bun, Founder of MOIC, “anything is possible.” 

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Style Saves X Topshop Topman

For all the times we’ve endlessly searched for Topshop stores in Florida, our moment is finally here! This year, the brand has just opened their first store at Aventura Mall. 

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Pioneering their entrance into the vibrant and beautiful city of Miami, Style Saves had the honor of partnering together into the new territory. We joined forces and launched a pop-up shop during Miami Art Week. 

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We kicked off the week on Tuesday, December 5th, with a shopping party hosted by the lovely Alina De La Vega and Ayana Rodriquez. Our friend DJ YSL kept us entertained with the greatest 80’s hip-hop music, while Harmless Harvest brought coconut water to keep us hydrated and enjoy. A personalization station was open with a local artist ready to create unique designs or script on denim jackets and tote bags. 

What better way to have fashion meet philanthropy, all during the heart and soul of the funnest week of the year. Art and fashion lovers in Miami- rejoice! 

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Hosted at our newly renovated, Style Saves HQ in the heart of Wynwood, the curated selection of beautiful clothes and accessories was everything we needed, with just enough time for the holidays. For each sale made, 20% was donated to help support our students. 

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Closing out the pop-up on Saturday, December 9th, we raised an incredible total of $6190.30! We’re so excited to be able to use this towards the upcoming needs of our students in the community. A huge thanks to everyone that came out and shopped- we were able to raise almost $7,000 from this event, and can’t wait for the next! 

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Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief

Early on Wednesday, September 20th, Hurricane Maria, one of the three most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the US, made direct landfall on Puerto Rico. Maria pounded the island and left it completely devastated. The category 4 hurricane, which had gusts of up to 150 mph, drenched the island with multiple feet of rain, destroyed buildings, paralyzed communication and left over three million residents without power. All this destruction came after hurricane Irma’s eye, a category 5 hurricane, had passed north of the island a couple of days before. 

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These past few weeks have truly been catastrophic for Puerto Rico. This natural disaster has left 3.4 million US citizens living in extremely poor conditions; some of which have not been able to communicate for over 11 days with their loved ones, which has kept their whereabouts unknown. The government has been trying to supply basic services such as fuel, roads and communication, but it hasn't been easy. Half of the population still has no water to drink, bathe or flush toilets. There is a scarcity of food and medical assistance. Buildings are missing walls. But worst of all, the conditions of the diseased has worsen. 

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The Puerto Rican authorities have been informing the press of their current situation hoping to get as much support and help from the rest of the country as possible. In return, a surge of fuel, food supplies and federal government personnel has begun to arrive to the island, but many of the supplies have been hung up in distribution centers. For example, in the San Juan port, many crates of supplies are stuck due to difficulties and lack of transportation. The situation in Puerto Rico is far from being over, schools may not reopen for weeks and people are losing hope.

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Style Saves will be collecting donations in a full effort to help the people of Puerto Rico. Donations being collected will be delivered on site. 

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FL Keys Hurricane Irma Relief

On September 9, 2017, Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, directly hit Florida. With sustained winds of up to 165MPH, the category 4 storm was catastrophic. 

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Among other parts of FL, the Keys was an area that was almost entirely left devastated in the aftermath of the storm. Left without power several days after the storm, the hard work and long road to recovery began immediately once power was restored. 

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Under a mandatory evacuation, FL Keys residents began coming back to see what devastation Irma had left in their homes. The results were unimaginable: homes completely destroyed, unsalvagable, and flooded with water, trees and debris scattered everywhere, missing parts of homes, roofs torn apart, boats and parts of homes and cars floating in the water, and the list goes on.

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On September 30th, members of the Style Saves team visited the Keys to help clean up the community, still left struggling and in deep need after Irma. Most houses were devastated and many had lost everything they had. Our team will begin collecting donations and planning volunteer trips to help those families in need- we're better together!

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