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Best Friends with Heart of Haiti

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with a product for review for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. This post also includes a couple affiliate links, meaning if you chose to purchase a product via my link I may receive a small commission.

Best Friends Love with Heart of Haiti

I met Samantha Hooper in 2004 in the rush line at Emory University. She was “Hooper” next to my “Hogan.” As the days of rush progressed, we both ended up in Kappa Kappa Gamma. Thanks to the alphabet I met a best friend and true sister for life.


When she asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, I knew I needed to find unique an untraditional presents to accompany our long friendship.

We’ve been together through good times and bad. Across states, cities, jobs, boyfriends, you name it.

And thus, the quest to find something that expressed our friendship, expressed our uniqueness, and had heart was born.

Thank you Macy’s Heart of Haiti campaign for fulfilling part of this wedding present quest! You’ve provided a perfect gift that gives back!


Not only does Macy’s Heart of Haiti campaign make gorgeous products that fulfill our Boho Chic looks (or as *I* like to say “Yoga Chic” tehehe), but the organization has, yes that’s right, tons of heart.

With the news on Nepal (which I will talk about later this week, including ways to help this important cause), we can forget other areas that have been ravaged by earthquakes. Places like Haiti where the estimated family income is only $400. The Haiti 2010 earthquake injured 300,000 +, killed 250,000 + dead and rendered 1 million + homeless. These people still need help today. Out of 10 million in the Haiti population, over 400,000 persons maintain their lives as artisans. And these artisans work with  the support of Heart of Haiti to make money and share their product with the world.

I chose this Yellow Striped Papier Mache Vase (available on Macy’s.com or at the following Macy’s locations: Herald Square, Brooklyn Downtown, Metro Center, State Street, Northland Center, Seattle Downtown, Portland Downtown, San Francisco Union Square, Biltmore Fashion Park, South Coast Plaza Home, Mission Valley Home, Dallas Galleria, Lenox Square Mall, and Dadeland) because of our love for interior design and home decor:


Why did I choose it? Because Sam and I love bright colors, we love flowers and succulents, and this vase is made from dried tobacco leaves and hand-painted by a Haitian artist. Plus, the artist receives 50% off the wholesale price for each jug sold. And it just looks gorgeous!

The photos don’t do it justice–this is what it looks like from the top:


Each Heart of Haiti product includes information on the artisan that made it, which made us both smile!


Here’s Sam taking it out of the box:


And here she is smiling and loving it!


Thank you Macy’s for supporting wonderful causes like Heart of Haiti with “gifts that give hope!” It feels good to know that our home style can benefit a good cause–and that I could find a present with heart to pass along to one of my best friends for life.

Learn more about Heart of Haiti on their Facebook page, on youtube, on their twitter page, or on the Macy’s website.

Congratulations again Samantha and Marshall on your wedding! I hope this vase brightens up your home together and makes you smile every time you think about it’s origins! Thanks again Heart of Haiti!

Love you Sam!



  • Lauren Spann

    May 4, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Such a cool and thoughtful gift!

    Southern Elle Style

  • Nichole

    May 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I love gifts like this – so thoughtful and for a good cause! I also love the photo of you two in 2004 and now – so sweet!

  • BellaVidaLetty

    May 4, 2015 at 9:46 am

    That’s a great cause. The gift that keeps on giving.

  • Rachel Fuller

    May 4, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Beautiful gift!!! And the cause it stands for!