Camilyn Beth is an independent clothing line based in Sarasota, Florida and founded by fashion designer, Cami Beth Leavitt.

Known for its classic style and unexpected details, each piece is handmade locally. In an effort to bring attention to independent women designers producing their pieces in the United States, we reached out to Cami to learn more about her refined, feminine brand.

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Thanks to technology and today’s relative ease of travel, the world is becoming smaller than ever. Far-reaching places are becoming more and more accessible, spurring on daydreams of travel, vacation, and exploration.

In turn, many of us are checking travel-related dreams off of our bucket lists. For a lot of explorers, that entails planning a trip to Africa. As we would for any trip, we plan extensively, crafting packing lists and itineraries, researching sightseeing opportunities, restaurants to enjoy, and places to play.

However, there are also some things that are specific to Africa that may help as you plan a trip, whether you’ll be perusing spice markets in Morocco or serving at an orphanage in Uganda. I’m sharing a few of those things with you, below.

During this time of year my Instagram feed is filled with photos of friends relaxing by the pool, barbecuing in the backyard, going on vacation, and brunching in sunny cafes. School is out, and even for those of us no longer living in terms of semesters, summertime can be one of the most difficult seasons in which to stay focused on our work or goals.

I don’t know about you, but seeing everyone else having an amazing summer often leaves me feeling like my life is rather stagnant. I get caught up playing the “If” game. I could go on an awesome vacation IF my boss finally gave me that raise he’s been promising. I could make some progress on this project IF I could just gather up some motivation. I could reach my fitness goal IF I had a gym membership and didn’t have to run in this heat. On and on it goes. My goals and aspirations die a slow, painful death via the big “If.”

A Note From the Editor: As we’re inundated with news headlines with every passing day, hour and tweet it seems, we thought it would be helpful to begin curating select news stories here for you that bear particular importance about the world we live in and the people who shape it. It’s easy to consume; it’s a lot harder to stop, process, and think critically about what’s going on around us.

We hope this series opens the door for conversations to develop and for voices to be heard. We encourage you to share your own thoughts on the stories shared and suggest new ones for us to feature in the comment section below.

Accompanying summer’s hot weather is often a decided lack of hair inspiration. Spending hours blow-drying or curling our hair can be unappealing when really we just want it up and out of our face. Because the Glitter Guide is one of our go-tos for easy hair and beauty tips, we asked them to share this simple braided crown tutorial below. It’s perfect for getting the best both of worlds, summery and stylish.

Who knew that a braided crown hairstyle could be so much easier to achieve than it looks? Cara McLeay is breaking this boho style down into six simple steps. 

There are certain foods that capture their season. Rhubarb and strawberries are full of sunshine. They taste like picnics and feel like warm grass against your feet. In Scandinavia, these fruits are local and taken very seriously; it’s hard to find a grocery store not proudly stocking boxes of Dansk jordbær (Danish strawberries).

Here’s how to take advantage when you see those ruby-red colors in your produce section:

If you’ve ever been frustrated by the negativity of traditional news media, you’re not alone. Yet now, more than ever before, we have the freedom to choose the media we most want to consume. Podcasts are a great choice; they make informative, positive, and interesting content readily accessible. If you haven’t indulged in this popular practice, log onto iTunes and find a wide array of Podcasts you can personally subscribe to, creating your own collection of hand picked media.

You can listen whenever you want and even listen to something again if you didn’t hear it the first time. Even better than the radio, you won’t miss a podcast’s content if you aren’t tuning in.

Here are a few worthy of your subscription. They’re sure to create great conversation amongst your family and friends the next time you jump in the car and take a summer road trip.

A Note From The Editor: We are big fans of Pons Avarcas and their sister line, Laro. We firmly believe that they are the perfect summer shoe. In addition to offering you a chance to win up to two pairs of the sandals for yourself (see the giveaway we’re kicking off today over on our Instagram account!) we asked Noelia to share how to best experience the tiny region in northern Spain where the Laro espadrilles are made.

We moved to California from Barcelona in 2004 when my husband, Jose Fuentes, accepted an engineering position in San Diego. Among many packed possessions were a few pairs of Pons Avarcas, which we both grew up wearing. It only took a couple dozen compliments to realize there was an unmet demand for the Mediterranean product in the U.S. market, and that is how our adventure began.

We have since launched a sister line of classic and traditional espadrilles, which are also from our Mediterranean summers growing up in Barcelona. We work exclusively with the company Laro Espadrilles for its timeless, handcrafted artisan methods. Laro Espadrilles is a family run business located in La Rioja (the smallest province in the north of Spain) and is operated by the original founding family who has continued the family tradition generation after generation.

While La Rioja is a region well known for manufacturing artisan espadrilles, it is especially recognized for its world-class acclaimed red wines and rustic farm-to-table gastronomy.

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When the Darling team first watched this film, it stopped us in our tracks. Though we’ve been long aware of fast-fashion’s negative environmental, cultural, and economical implications, The True Cost educates and pinpoints the problem in such a way that we can’t not give a second-thought as to what we purchase.

It’s a film that will make you question the difference between a need and a want, possessions and materialism, and what’s truly behind a desire to consume.

We had the great pleasure of asking the film’s director, Andrew Morgan, a few questions about his documentary and we encourage you to read his thoughts (then watch, ask, and act) below:

Summer introduces the perfect excuse to take that well-deserved break we’ve been meaning to grant ourselves. We’re conditioned to associate this season with chatoyant skies and clement after-hours. Blushing swells. Flower moons budding alive. At night the stars sit like white wood asters, reflecting a new truth: everything will be simpler for the next few months. Roseate and warm.

It’s a time for barbecues and sundresses. Bare feet and daisy chains. All the things that say, “Hey, let yourself breathe again. You work hard, you try, you take on more than you should. Have this smile, feel something like happier. Be alive. Be gold.”

There’s magic in that, in letting go.

A Note From The Editor: Changing the world, wherever we are, starts small. As individuals, before we can think about excelling at our careers, in our relationships, or with our art, we need to take care of ourselves. It’s surprising how so few of us really know how to do the simple things anymore, so we’ve set out to change that with Kara Elise.

I love having friends over for lunch. There is something so special about welcoming someone into your home and into your space. As a confidant, we can practice this art of intentionality when we choose to invite others into our lives. This salad is an easy, quick, and colorful lunch to help create that space.

In between the end of one school year and the start of another are three months of opportunity, excitement and growth for interning college students — if pursued!

Internships serve as a prime opportunity for students to get a glimmer at a day in the life of their desired position or industry, and can play a key part in a student affirming their passion or bringing to light that their strengths would be better suited elsewhere.

In a number of industries, students are only able to earn academic credit for their internship and are not paid monetarily; they work long hours for numerous months with no paycheck. But, no pay doesn’t necessarily mean no gain.

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A Note From The Editor: Changing the world, wherever we are, starts small. As individuals, before we can think about excelling at our careers, in our relationships, or with our art, we need to take care of ourselves. It’s surprising how so few of us really know how to do the simple things anymore, so we’ve set out to change that with Kara Elise.

Avocado and egg toast is one of my favorite breakfasts. Its satisfying, beautiful, and so packed with amazing things. I love adding variations and changing up the condiments and spices. In a culture that is so fast paced, it’s often difficult to intentionally slow down and enjoy the morning. This breakfast is one that I love to make just for me, to remind myself that hosting myself is one of the most refreshing and life-giving activities that sets my intention for the entire day.

If there’s one downside to the outdoors during summertime, it’s those tiny little friends that we can pick up along the way. Bug bites easily zap the calm, serene feeling fresh air affords us, and remedies can sometimes feel (and smell) like more trouble than they’re worth. But of course the all-natural gurus over at The Chalkboard have us covered. No pun intended. Below they’re sharing a DIY recipe for all-things-bug-bites with activated charcoal.

CHARCOAL IS HAVING A MOMENT, for sure. We love the crazy Japanese charcoal toothbrushes and we’ve been drinking charcoal in Pressed Juicery’s new green juice. We’re no strangers to drinking or bathing in clay either, which can draw toxins out of the gut. Stephanie at Hello Natural is walking us through a DIY for a traditional skin-healing remedy called black salve. It’s strangely gorgeous and surprisingly effective…

There’s just something about that golden hour, when the sun starts to sink just below the horizon, illuminating everything around with its blanket of deep, golden light. Then, when the setting has passed and the sun has gone to rest, that’s when summer really comes alive.

Free to still roam without chilling to the bone, a freedom awaits in those wondrous midsummer nights. This month’s playlist is created with just that in mind. Gather round the bonfire and throw this puppy on the ones and twos for ultimate summer night bliss.

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I started Slumlove* Sweater Company as a way to help improve the lives of people living in the place that I love. I began traveling to Kenya when I was just four years old, and the beauty and magic of this wonderful country seeped deep into my soul; I’ve never been able to let go.

Over the years, my love for Kenya led me to begin working in Kibera. It’s one of the world’s largest slums located in the country’s capitol of Nairobi. Some friends and I spent the summer of 2008 volunteering there. We developed strong relationships in the community and after seeing a need for educational opportunities for students, we developed a long-term plan to help provide high school scholarships to the children of Kibera.

It’s been seven years since that summer, and each year that passes my love for the people and my desire to see real change grows.

When I decided to try my hand at freelance work earlier in the year (Goodbye, Boring Cubicle was really helpful), one of the first things I did was reach out to other young women in the area who were successfully doing it.

I met up with a smart, friendly woman named Rachel who runs a business that focuses on freelance content creation. Of the many things I made note of during our coffee date, one of the most interesting and helpful was the importance of identifying and overcoming my “Imposter Syndrome”.

I had never heard of this physiological phenomenon before. Original studies have found it to affect women more often than men, though nobody is safe from feeling it regardless of sex, race, or background.

So, what is it?

A Note From The Editor: In Darling Issue No. 10 we announced a new partnership with International Justice Mission (IJM), specifically partnering with their work to eradicate sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic. We’re excited to introduce the third in a series of update posts, taking you along and behind-the-scenes for a deeper look at how exactly that is being accomplished. 

IJM’s team has come alongside local Dominican authorities since late 2013 to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore sex trafficking survivors, and strengthen the justice system so it can protect its most vulnerable children. By the end of May, we have helped rescue 20 victims and restrain eight traffickers and pimps in 2015.

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Leaving the fun and worry-free lifestyle of a college student to start your next chapter in the real world can be overwhelming and scary, especially since the hunt for that perfect first job can be tough and often intimidating.

When it seems almost impossible, however, remember two things: Don’t give up and have an open mind! Customer service might not sound like a dream job, but it can be and that is where I got my start. Below I’m sharing a bit more about my story, and if you are looking for a job where you can have a direct and positive impact with endless possibilities, customer service might just be the career path for you, too.

Let’s face it. One of the best things about winter is indulging in hearty comfort food and snuggling up inside. But months of fondu and hot cocoa without access to the great outdoors can lead to a little softness – often conveniently shielded from judging eyes by equally soft and snuggly sweaters.

As the seasons change and sweaters yield to swimsuits, many of us get the itch to get back out there and exercise. Running! Swimming! Biking! Suddenly, so many activities are available to us again, but after months of lethargy it can be difficult to know where to start. Yet, building a workout routine, whether for the first time or just after a long time, doesn’t have to be daunting.

To get the 411 on getting fit, we asked fitness guru and creator of VIPE, Marlies Korijn, to share her motivational secrets. Check out Marlies’ simple suggestions for kick starting your fitness routine this season. Then, stop reading and get out there!

A Note From The Editor: While in the past it hasn’t been our policy to promote Kickstarter campaigns on Darling, we’ve been receiving so many amazing and inspiring product pitches that we’ve decided to open the door for submissions, and will be selecting one campaign to feature every quarter! If you have an upcoming Kickstarter campaign that you’d like to submit for our fall selection (September – November) please send an email to blog@darlingmagazine.org with “Kickstarter Submission” in the subject line.

Quite possibly one of the most darling toys we’ve encountered since we’ve last encountered a toy. We’re so excited to share and introduce you to Mister Alphabet™, a figurine that does more than add character to your shelf. He helps teach children how to understand and form letters. Read on below to learn more about how you can take part in the journey of Mister Alphabet and share his story with family and friends… of all ages.

A Note From The Editor: Changing the world, wherever we are, starts small. As individuals, before we can think about excelling at our careers, in our relationships, or with our art, we need to take care of ourselves. It’s surprising how so few of us really know how to do the simple things anymore, so we’ve set out to change that with Kara Elise.

With her we’re excited to launch a series of videos that highlight one easy recipe to work into your regular routine, whether you’re a Dreamer, an Explorer or a Stylist. We hope by that spending 1-2 minutes with us you’ll learn the language of food by welcoming beauty into your own life and allowing your kitchen to become a canvas for creativity. Let’s cook!

Happy 4th of July!

It’s the perfect summer holiday, which means it’s also time for the perfect summer treat: homemade berry pie. Hibiscus and olallieberries are a match made in heaven. If you can’t get your hands on some olallieberries, feel free to substitute your favorite berry (raspberries + blackberries would work fabulously) into this recipe instead.

Top with homemade ice cream, and you’re in for a treat.

I recently returned home to the U.S. after spending two weeks in Ghana, West Africa. As the Director of Project Development for the Touch A Life Foundation, I have traveled to Ghana a dozen times, but each time I’m there, I’m captivated by the innate beauty of Ghanaian women.

They are gorgeous on the inside and out, to be sure, but what I observe and relish in each time is a different kind of a beauty, one that results from a culture that is less influenced by the media than my own.

Let me explain.

Gossip. Spreading rumors. Name calling. Criticizing. Cruel teasing. Intentionally excluding someone. Breaking confidences. Eye-rolling. Manipulation.

These are all forms of relational aggression that the majority of women have been a recipient of and/or have engaged in at some point. As you read this, has an experience of relational aggression from your own life come to mind? Amazing how those instances stick with you, isn’t it? I still feel a pang of embarrassment and disappointment with myself over harshly criticizing a girl in the 6th grade! And, I can clearly remember every instance throughout my life when I found out that another girl or woman had been gossiping about me or purposely excluding me from their social circle.