Akola Project turquoise necklace with gold pendantAkola Project turquoise necklace with gold pendantAkola Project turquoise necklace with gold pendant Akola Project turquoise necklace with gold pendantAkola Project turquoise necklace with gold pendantI always love working with companies who give back to charity. I do my best each year to donate my time and/or money to a local charity. I’ve worked with several in Dallas, and when the Akola Project reached out to me I absolutely wanted to feature the charity and these amazing necklaces on the blog.

Brittany Merrill Underwood started the Akola Project after a trip she took to Uganda her sophomore year at Southern Methodist University (yay SMU alum!). She saw how much of a struggle it was for these women to take care of the children there which is what inspired her to raise $1 million to build an orphanage for these children. In 2010, the Akola Project Jewelry line was created to ensure a reliable income for women in the project. Today the jewelry is sold in over 250 boutiques and 100% of the profits are sent directly back to the women. What an amazing charity!!

THE OUTFIT: Akola Project Drape Necklace in Aquamarine // Floral crop top (similar) // J Brand jeans (old – similar here) // Vince Camuto nude pumps // Gorjana gold cuff ring (c/o RocksBox)

photo by: Meredith Braden Design

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