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Our Girls are Graduating! Help us see it happen

Posted on February 25, 2016 by Michelle Blue | 0 comments

As most of you may already know, we started this business as little over two years ago from a desire to help educate and empower young ladies in Ghana. We are so overjoyed to announce that our girls, Felicia, Munira, Esther, Abigail and Rebecca- the girls that started it all will be graduating in May! We've been with them since the beginning of their Secondary School journey and we couldn't be more proud of them and appreciative of you for helping us to help them.
Sasha and I (Michelle) would love to be there to witness this milestone. With our commitment to expand our reach and educate more girls next year, we are seeking outside assistance for travel expenses. If you or anyone you know are willing and able to help Bene go Back to Ghana click the link below to our "go Fund Me" page. Any, and we mean any little bit helps! 

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Benè Named 1 of "11 Black Owned Businesses That Are Changing The World"

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

It's a great feeling when you wake up on the right side of the bed and greeted with great news. Last week yours truly had the complete honor of being named one of the many Black Owned business that are changing the world! Michelle and I literally had a mini freak out moment when we saw it that morning. We are in such good company listed among other awesome businesses that are using their platform to help others and make an impact in the world we live in. Educating young women is a cause that is truly near and dear to our hearts and there's so much more work to do within this space. Thanks to all of you for helping us on our mission and thank you Mashable for adding even more fuel to the fire!

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Wish Dish x Benè : Partnership

Posted on January 15, 2016 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

Two weeks ago, Wish Dish and Bene Scarves had the opportunity to join in partnership and celebrate women empowerment through the sharing of four different stories by very successful women. The founder of Wish Dish, Bryan Wish approached Michelle Blue, co-founder of Bene in early October about how both brands could work together to create opportunities for women to express themselves around Bene’s core values. Michelle thought of the idea of creating #beneboss and before we knew it, we were off to work to showcase four amazing women.


The four stories generated 2,500+ views and the authors received amazing feedback about how they were an inspiration. Through the partnership, a $500 sponsorship was given by First Heritage Mortgage  to Sista Works, Bene’s non-profit partner. First Heritage’s generous donation benefited  girls in Sista Works providing tuition, books and school supplies.

          

To highlight the stories, the first story was Call Me Crazy, How Bene Started , by Michelle Blue. She discussed how she came up with the idea for Bene on a trip abroad and pursued her dream after graduating when the majority of students went into the corporate world. The next story, Being a Mom and Forming my Business , was written by Altrichia Cook. Altrichia became pregnant in college, was working multiple jobs, and then started a business to support herself. Her journey is a testament of her willpower to see a better life for herself. The next article featured Amanda Boleyn, called She Did it Her Way . Amanda discussed how she was unhappy with the corporate world at Target, left her job, then found an amazing company that she does consulting work for while traveling the world. Our last article in the series was written by Kelsey Ehlers who created a foundation called the Ab Fab girls  that helps girls with their physical and emotional health through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

The story series between Bene and Wish Dish wouldn’t have been possible without these four amazing women who have a desire to influence the world in a better way and inspire others to do the same. We cannot thank our sponsor First Heritage Mortgage for their generous contribution to benefit the SistaWorks cause.

If you have a story to share, please visit www.thewishdish.com and to learn more about bene scarves, please visit benescarves.com.

 

Bryan Wish

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Sweet Sunday

Posted on December 20, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

We hope you have the sweetest Sunday. Take some time out for you and read a book or journal. Have the extra cup of coffee. If you're feeling super sweet make these gingerbread cookies--just think you could munch on them all week or give bags of them away to friends! Christmas is around the corner! 

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Natalie Hemmati

Posted on December 16, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

We love women that celebrate other women and that's what the new magazine, Darling, does as it takes the world by storm. We've had our eyes on Darling for a while. Unlike so many magazines, they don't paint unrealistic images of women in their pages. The magazine celebrates all types of women and never uses photoshop to alter women's faces or bodies. Whoa! How cool is that!

 

The magazine's fashion is always on fleek so this week we're crushing on fashion editor, Natalie Hemmati. 

Natalie brings so much life to Darling's photos with her creative styling and she inspires us to do the same with our outfits and scarves.

According to Natalie, "My zest for life and inherit curiosity, have instilled in me a lust for wanting more and leaving no stone unturned."

We love that. Be curious this Wednesday. 

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Style Tip Tuesday

Posted on December 15, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

 

Let's talk about the infinity scarf. We are big fans over here at Bené. There are so many ways to wear this coveted accessory. Most often it's styled with the double loop, but we also love it in it's most simple form: the single loop. With the single loop it covers more of your shirt and you get a nice pop of color. 

Here the Abigail infinity scarf is looking chic with a black moto jacket and hoop earrings. We love how much fabric you see with the single loop because this pattern is one of our favorites. This outfit is perfect for date night or lunch with your squad. 

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Friday, let's sleep!

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

It's the weekend! Why not get enough sleep for once this weekend? During December life seems to move faster and it's easy to blow off sleep in favor of wrapping presents, planning the best party ever, or studying until your head hurts. Let's make a pact this weekend to get enough sleep. We promise you that you won't regret it. Here are five of the benefits of sleeping enough. 

1. Brain PowerFor all you test takers out there, one of the best things you can do for your gpa is to get enough sleep. Sleep improves memory through a process called consolidation. 

2. Less Inflammation: Inflammation in the body can lead to all kinds of illnesses we don't want and has most recently been linked to depression. It also has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and premature aging. Sleep can curb inflammation, so basically it makes you more healthy. 

3. Get Creative: Studies show that the process to help your memory also makes people more creative during the day. Perfect if you want to make things and get enough sleep. 

4. Stress Less: Getting enough sleep can help to lower your stress level. Who couldn't use that this time of year?

5. Be Happy:  Studies show that naps can improve your mood by releasing serotonin. 

Have a good weekend and get some good sleep! You just might be happier. 

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