How many of you love when you come across a brand that loves Jesus almost as much as you do? (I’m raising my hand pretty high right now!) This was my exact experience as I walked into the new Altar’d State store in my home town. I fell in love with their boho-chic threads. But I was whisked away by their passion for community and their God honoring mission statement.
As I entered the store, I was greeted by the biggest smile and friendliest greeting. Even though it was five minutes past closing, I was encouraged to stay and peek around. I instantly gravitated toward their broad collection of distressed jeans, bell sleeved blouses and bohemian inspired jewelry. The store has an Anthropologie feel but at half the price.
Each section of the store hosts a cohesive color scheme and includes accessories. One of my favorite sections had “The Giving Keys.” Giving Keys is a company out of Los Angeles, CA. Their business, employees those transitioning out of homelessness. Each key at the end of the necklace has an inspirational phrase. The company encourages you to then hand off the key to someone in need of the inspirational word.
This pay it forward act is just one of the many ways that Altar’d State reaches those around them. Many of the brands that are found in this shop give back to their communities in monumental ways. Giving is not only a kind thought, it’s something JESUS encouraged us to do freely and generously. Giving seems to be a core value at Altar’d State.
On top of collaborating with brands that give, Altar’d State gives back in their own unique way. Every purchase made helps charitable organizations locally and internationally. Each of their stores sponsors a child in impoverished areas around the world. They provide to them clothes, food, education, shelter, and counseling support. Besides monetarily giving, they encourage their employees to get involved in their give back mission through paid volunteer hours.
Their generosity doesn’t stop there. Every Monday they take part in what they like to call, “MISSION MONDAY.” Ten percent of Monday’s net proceeds are donated to a local non-profit charity selected by each store team. Which means 10% of their proceeds will be seen locally in your city. This gives this large store chain a small town feel.
This has to be one of my favorite aspects of the store. PRAYER! We all know the power of it and Altar’d State believes in it as well. Each of their dressing rooms has a specific area for you to place your prayer requests. These prayer requests are then prayed over by their team of associates and managers.
Every aspect of this sweet place screams encouragement. Their Christian devotionals (and even newlywed cookbooks) endorse marriage and healthy womanhood the way God created it to be. The walls are plastered with quotes on true beauty and loving Jesus. Two things that I believe go hand in hand.
Modesty is displayed on every square foot of this space. There was not one article of clothing that made me question whether I needed to alter the style. This is huge, considering we live in a culture fixated on cleavage and daisy dukes. When visiting other stores, there are sometimes limited options that I feel comfortable wearing.
I also loved that their clothing wasn’t just targeted towards a young audience. They carried everything from bell bottoms to cozy cardigans. Their demographic ranges from a stay at home mom to corporate diva. This is a store for YOU!
Everything about this store makes my heart happy. Their mission statement “SERVING as an inspiration, EMPOWERING others by GIVING more than we receive, we stand out for good to glorify GOD” is exemplified in how they conduct every aspect of their business.
Here is the good news! Altar’d State is currently in twenty-six states. Which means there’s a good chance of finding a store near you. You can search their store directory here. But here’s even better news…If you aren’t lucky enough to visit a retail store, you can always do all your shopping online. Their website is just as fabulous as their stores. Be sure to check out Altar’d State.
For those of you that live in the Albuquerque, NM area Altar’d State is hosting their Fa la la Fall event. This event will be Sunday, August 13 from 5pm-7pm. Be sure to attend as there will be food, snacks, and amazing GIVEAWAYS! During this styling party, Altar’d State associates will be teaching:
- The fine art of layering
- 7 ways to tie a scarf
- Fashion how to’s
In a world filled with immoral taste, let’s be intentional on declaring the beauty of modesty. Our husbands, brothers and even dads are counting on us. Most importantly, we have a father in heaven who loves to see his daughters displaying his character. I’ll leave you with this awesome quote that left me smiling as I exited the store…
“She was beautiful but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful for the way she thought. She was beautiful for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad…
She was beautiful, deep down in her SOUL.”
Be blessed sweet girls,