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Elephant Be Strong Yoga Set

Hey Buds, We released an awesome new be strong elephant set last week modeled here by our bud Goldie. It is a 50% organic cotton, 50% Recycled Plastic blend. Yep, using plastic water bottles! And 100% made right here in the USA. Take a look buds, we hope you love the energy of it – it helps remind us to always be strong.

Note: even tho we no longer carry this elephant set, you can find some pretty amazing elephant clothing and accessories on our website. We suggest starting with this blog post: Gifts for Elephant Lovers everywhere!

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The Art of Detail: inspired by the outdoors

Two new designs for spring 2014 are the women’s recycled t-shirt, Roam, and the men’s organic pocket tee, Paddle On. They were designed together, so they coordinate beautifully with their outdoors-inspired, detail-filled, earth-toned goodness. If you’re antsy to get away on your next camping trip, mountain hike, or Saturday afternoon at the lake, these tees are for you! (more…)

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Elephant Charms: Love & Protect

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The attributes of Ganesh

Elephants are a symbol of great strength, gentleness and knowledge. Due to their majestic beauty and symbolic meaning, they make wonderful gifts. So, if you have a friend or family member who absolutely adores elephants as much as we do, you’ve hit up the right place. 
Here are some of our faves:

Elephants by soulflower featuring an elephant charm
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Ganesh Tapestry
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Shiva Tapestry Dress

This maxi length tapestry dress has a subtle elephant print  that is extremely lovely and eye-catching in combination with the floral vines and calming colors. 

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Tusk Earrings 

Hand carved from salvaged and recycled wood, these Tusk Earrings are faux gauges for normal, pierced ears. They allow you to get that rad tribal look without the commitment of gauging your ears. SAweet!

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Stampede Purse
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Arabian Nights Tapestry

And this isn’t even all of the elephants Soul Flower has to offer – we have even more hanging out in the warehouse taking up all kinds of space! 😉 lol

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Utopia Tapestry Pants

Vacationing in a tropical purple paradise, that’s what these pants do for me! The ornate design of the Be Striped Tree Tapestry has been a soul-flower favorite for quite some time and if you love the look of the tapestry like I do, you’ll love these pants, too! How smart are they, aye? I mean, when something is a SF  favorite, why not make it available in another form? Ok, pants please! Walla! So, when I get the urge for a getaway, I throw these purple tapestry pants on and utopia awaits me!

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Purples aplenty! 🙂

It’s easy to see that these pants will trip the purple lovers radar!! My undying love for the color had me practically salivating over these pretty purple pantalones!!

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Utopia Tapestry Pants

Even the lovely Jacqui from Soul-Flowers noted on my invoice, “More purple for you, Woo!”  Yes, it’s a fact, where there is purple clothing to be discovered…there I’ll be!   And I do believe that these purple puppies are pajama pants in disguise! Yes they are tapestry but they don’t fail at being completely cozy and fun to wear. It’s also kinda neat that they are fun yet dressy enough for work. I find by slipping into this utopia a day at a job can magically be transformed into a fantasy land of purple play for the day!

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These pants have the same print as the five star favorite Be Striped Tree Tapestry!

The only dilemma I had when choosing these purple pretties was size. I wanted to make sure I got enough length. Sometimes worldly clothing runs a lil’ funky so I decided on the medium for my 5’5” frame. They are great! Not too short, too long, too tight, or too baggy. The elastic tie waist is nice and stretchy; the overall cut is beautiful and flattering with a slight flare at the bottom of the leg. I hand wash most things that are ornate or delicate which is recommended on the tag for these anyway. They have a great weight and are nicely lined, too. Can’t forget these are fair trade and made in Nepal, giving me a warm fuzzy feeling about my totally cool purpley pants!! A great addition to my plethora of purple!!

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Kindness Matters : Friendship Bracelets for Haiti

So I’m sure all you Soul Flower lovers have been hearing all about National Volunteer Week, and Soul Flowers Kindness Matters Giveaway. If you haven’t shared your story, be sure to do so before the 31st! I have loved reading about the other volunteer experiences, it’s nice to be reminded that in a sometimes “every-man-for himself” world, in a day of crisis and hard times, people are still willing to step outside of their everyday life and do something good. Even though it isn’t required, it might not directly benefit us, and sometimes it isn’t asked for or even appreciated, regardless people find the need to serve, and help, and make the world a better place when they really don’t have to. It is inspiring.

Well, I heard about the giveaway, and I didn’t have any volunteer ideas in mind. I used to help out at a retirement/ rehabilitation center, which was so much fun, but having a little baby, and not feeling so great, I needed to think of something that would work for now. The beautiful thing about volunteering is there are so many options, there are millions of ways you can help, if you search around a bit, you really can find a opportunity that you will enjoy and that will really use your talents to help others. I find everything happens for a reason, and while I was at church Sunday a friend mentioned that her and her sister were collecting friendship bracelets for orphans in Haiti.

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My Kindness Matters Organic T-Shirt and some friendship bracelets I made 🙂

This was a perfect opportunity for me, something I had the stuff for, something I could do, and although its something little, the fact that a bright colored bracelet could mean so much to a little kid who has hardly anything in terms of family, food, and circumstances, means alot to me. It was something I was excited to do.

These kids have nothing, one pair of clothes, only one meal a day (no snacks) and just really hard circumstances (over the weekend they even ran out of formula for the babies, so just had to feed them water,) Some of these kids are orphans because their parents abandoned them, couldn’t afford them, died or are missing. The last visit they didn’t have enough bracelets for everyone, the ones who got them just thought they were the coolest things, the ones that didn’t get one were pretty sad. Their goal is to make 250 bracelets so everyone can have one.

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Soul Flower’s Kindness Matters Tee 

I have already made 30, and am trying to get as many done this week as I can, my goal is at least 50, hopefully 100, that way I will be sure everyone gets ones, and gets to choose the one they want. I mentioned this to my family, and Sunday we are having a family dinner, where my brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends said they would also pitch in and make some to send. Although this is something very minimal in terms of making a difference in the world, I most likely only spent $8.00 on supplies, and they are after all just bracelets, I think it is the little things that count, that matter, the effort, the gesture, the fact that you did it, even when you could have said no.

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I like pairing this top with Soul Flower’s Night Nomad Hemp Satchel 🙂

When I first saw the Kindness Matters Organic Tee, I instantly loved it, The color and style are perfect, but the saying really stuck with me. I could use a reminder. I think at times I can be a little shut-off, I am warm and loving and .kind to my friends and family, but maybe I stop it there. Do I build up a hard shell around strangers, if someone doesn’t mean anything to me, or I feel like I wont see them again, so I even acknowledge them? Do I not smile, when I should? Are strangers to me just props and scenery when really they could be so much more, complex, beautiful, struggling  eating breathing human beings like everyone else? I think we forget that, I know I do. The other day I was moving some things, and one of my bags broke, this kind stranger quickly jumped up to help me, asking if I needed help to my car. She helped me carry all my bags, and wished me a happy day. Her smile and positive attitude just made my day. Why am I holding back, when I can make someone feel how she made me feel, why not?

Hopefully you all got a chance to have a wonderful experience, but if not, remember, the little things matter too, smile at someone, try not to honk at the driver who cuts you off, surprise someone with a note or cookies, be kind. Kindness does matter.

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