Even with the most meticulous planning and preparation, life may not always look the way you expected. The world has a way of throwing curveballs but even in the midst of changing situations, you still have an opportunity to bloom.

Life is filled with twists and turns that take us down unfamiliar roads. While you may not be able to direct the route, you can control how you navigate it. Your attitude, your mindset and your choices are all within your control. So be mindful in choosing how you react to life’s circumstances. This spring, we’re urging you to make the choice to find beauty and opportunity in the place where you have been planted. That may look like a change in your career path, heading back to school, or forming new relationships.

Psalm 37:23 (NLT) says, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” God has planted you in this place for your good and His glory. So, trust that there is an opportunity to grow and ultimately bloom.

This month’s Ivy Box has you ready for the showers of spring in your new AKA Color Block Cropped Trench. Slip on this versatile piece, and get ready to bloom while looking gorgeous in green. Let us know how you’re loving March’s Ivy Box down below!

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The legacy of sisterhood is the very foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as generations of women have used their strength, intellect, and wisdom to come together and make history of both the past and present. The Founders passed on the value of sisterhood, trusting us to follow in their examples of selfless service to one another and the community. 

Our shared experience have weaved together an unbreakable bond and allowed us to form a community of love and support. It is our sisterhood that fill our cups with courage and coat us with the love that we need to continue walking in excellence. Our Sorors cheer us on, validate our feelings, provide encouragement, and lend us protection. We are our sister’s keeper, and this sisterhood is an honor and a privilege like none other!

Sisterhood will always stand as a pillar of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This month’s Ivy Box pays homage to the tradition of sisterhood with the beautiful “Generations” Quilt by world-renowned artist, Sherry Shine. The famous quilting of Sherry Shine had been exhibited across the country in galleries, colleges, and museums. 

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This month commemorates 114 years since nine Howard University students transformed their vision into what would become a history-making sorority of nearly 300,000 members around the globe. Hundreds of thousands of women bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership. This month, take some time to celebrate!

Celebrate 114 Years of  Excellence! Some of the most accomplished women in the world have committed themselves to the sisterhood of AKA. From fierce celebrities and politicians to the dedicated teachers and healthcare professionals that pour into communities each and every day, you consistently exemplify excellence.

Celebrate 114 Years of Service! With countless initiatives at the local, state and national levels. AKAs have partnered with numerous organizations to solve problems within their communities and provide services to those in need. Initiatives like Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns have worked to promote health and wellness among communities of color. College admission campaigns have helped underrepresented high school students traverse the landscape of college admissions. From HBCU backing to support for the arts, AKAs have a proven history of community service.

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Celebrate 114 Years of Sisterhood! AKA’s have shown up for one another for more than 100 years, creating a solidarity deeply rooted in the bonds of sisterhood. Whether it’s to straighten a sister’s crown or applaud her successes, AKA represents more than a century of intelligent, innovative, and beautiful queens celebrating and supporting one another.

This month’s Ivy Box will have you showcasing more than a century of excellence, service and sisterhood with your new AKA Tweed Tunic and AKA Tweed Carryall Bag. It’s time to celebrate!

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Christmastime is here! It’s time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, fellowship with your loved ones, eat a little too much, and reflect on the past year. Sometimes it felt like your health, your wealth, and your family were relentlessly under attack. But even during uncertainty and worry, God’s blessings have consistently shined through.

As we took steps to fight the pandemic, many of us also took steps to make ourselves healthier and happier individuals. From therapy to gardening to virtual dance parties, we found ways to preserve our physical, mental, and emotional health.

2021 was also a year of family and fellowship. Maybe you rediscovered why you fell in love with your spouse or made some lifetime memories with your kids. Maybe the risks of the virus brought you closer to an elder or gave you the time to finally reconnect with your dearest friends. Even while socially distanced, family took center stage, and this is the perfect time of year to celebrate them.

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The holidays may not look the same this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be filled with joy. Your health and your family make you wealthy beyond all dollars and cents. So, hold on to your loved ones extra tight and have yourself a ‘Pearlfect’ Christmas!

Your December Ivy Box will keep you warm and fashionable in your Tweed Color Block Varsity Cardigan-customize it your way with the 1908 pearl broach, your favorite AKA lapel pin, or patch! And finally, make plans to build your wealth in the new year with your AKA 2022 Planner.

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The season of gratitude has arrived where you reflect on the many blessings within your life and express your deepest appreciation for them. It’s a worthy tradition that focuses your thoughts on positivity, fills your heart with joy, and even improves your health with lower stress levels. But why keep all of those benefits to yourself? You can actually share the positive effects of gratitude by passing some of that lovely positive energy on to the people and causes that enhance your life. Here are a few ways to make that happen in this season:

With simple actions, like sending a heartfelt note to a friend of treating your favorite colleague to a brunch, you can put your gratitude out into the world for your friends and loved ones to experience.  Who knows? You may even set off a chain reaction of thankfulness by inspiring them to pass their feelings of gratitude on as well.

As you give thanks for what you have, you can also use this season to help someone in need. Through volunteering and charitable contributions, you can give the incredible gift of gratitude to countless others.

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When was your last random acts of kindness? If you cannot recall, there is no greater season to get on that. Buying a stranger a cup of coffee or complimenting the woman behind the checkout counter… these are simple acts that can spark feelings of gratitude within total strangers.

As you take the time to consider all that you are grateful for in this season, think about spreading your gratitude with others. Not only will you bless them, but you will also gift yourself with even more to feel grateful about. This month’s Ivy box will have you enjoying family and good food in style with your Ivy leaf Pointelle Cardigan and Ivy leaf Pointelle Tank. You can also send some love and gratitude this season with a 3-pack set of Holiday Cards!

How did you rock your November Ivy Box? Let us know in the comments below!

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Fall has arrived and the air is crisp with excitement and plans for annual homecoming celebrations. Whether you’re traveling for an in-person experience or opting for a virtual reunion, here are five reasons why you need homecoming in your life this year:

Reason #1 Fellowship – Homecoming is all about the connections that add value to our lives. It’s an annual opportunity to reconnect with old friends and connect with new ones. We’ve had to spend a lot of time away from the people we love lately, why not partake in some much-needed fellowship?

Reason #2 Music – It only takes a single song to transport you back to those college days. Homecoming is filled with those melodic memories. Even if opting for a virtual homecoming, several schools are offering streaming concerts and other musical events… or you can throw on that college playlist to create your own gym jam right at home.

Reason #3 Good Eating – If you are choosing to head down the road, you can look forward to a weekend filled with some good food. From your good old favorite greasy spoon to the parade of grills outside the football stadium, there will be no shortage of delicious calories.

Reason #4 Supporting your School – The financial challenges of the last few years have also impacted higher education. Your beloved alma mater needs the influx of money that homecoming brings each year. Think of it as a party with a purpose. Support your school while enjoying yourself.

Reason #5 Speaking of Joy – You can never have too much of that in your life. Take the weekend and return to a time when your biggest worry was making an 8am class or getting a ride home from the club. We are all going through a lot right now and you absolutely deserve to feel a ridiculous amount of joy.

This month’s Ivy Box will help you make some decisions about your homecoming outfits. As you get your fashions together, don’t forget your new AKA Salmon Pink Jogger Set. Let us know in the comments if you loved your October Ivy Box!

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As the balmy days of summer transform into the chilly evenings of fall, be reminded of God’s amazing blessings. He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. – Daniel 2:21

God is the consistent changer. All times and seasons fall under His sovereign and absolute control. Just as He changes the seasons from summer to fall, He can also transition the seasons of your life. Even in your most challenging of times, have confidence that God will guide you in all of your decisions and order your steps according to His will. Remember that, in the blink of an eye, the most powerful can be overthrown and the most meek elevated to the greatest of heights. God changes times and seasons, and you can experience divine evolution in the transitions of your life.

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When you humble yourself and ask for God’s guidance, He will grant you with the wisdom you seek. Even when the world feels chaotic, don’t place your trust in what you physically see and hear. Instead, place your trust in God and trust that He will provide all of your needs. When you keep your focus on God, you will feel the peace and blessed assurance of His promises.

This month’s Ivy box will get you ready for blessings of autumn with your new tweed jacket and tweed hat. Show your support for women’s breast health with your new breast cancer lapel pin. Let us know how you styled the September Ivy Box in the comments below!

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“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14

God designed and crafted ever single fiber of your being with purpose, care and incomparable love. Though the basic blueprint of mankind remains the same, the details of your uniqueness were constructed by the most high. He created you with great intention and wants you to be your authentic self as you navigate this world.

God sees you as worthy of His love, grace and blessings. So, why would you ever question your own worth and value? His works are wonderful, so the uniqueness He placed within you can also be nothing short of wonderful. Self-doubt creeps in sometimes, making you question your use and value, but God values every single part of you. Even your shortcomings are fearfully and wonderfully made. What you may perceive as a defect, God sees as an opportunity for your good, as well as the good of others. Your weaknesses keep you humble so you continuously lean on God’s strength.

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Recognize the incredible attributes and qualities that He placed inside of you and live your life accordingly. Your uniqueness is your superpower, so use it to bless the world as God blesses you. In your “fearfully-made” existence, always maintain your admiration and respect for the Lord. Recognize the magnitude of God’s work all around you and never stop thanking Him for all that He has placed in you.

This month’s Ivy Box will have you living your life in style and ready to take on the world in your new Denim Dress and Silk Chain Link Scarf. Let us know down in the. comments how you rocked your August Ivy Box items!

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As we prepare to enjoy a Summer Olympics filled with the best in Black Girl Magic, let’s think about what it took for those outstanding young women to reach that level of success. Hours upon hours of training, unwavering commitment to their sports, and the courage to take a chance. After all, that’s what winners do – they take chances. In fact, they often take the chances that others aren’t willing to take.

The dictionary defines chance as the possibility of something happening. A lot of people dwell on that word “possibility”, but for two different reasons. For some, possibility represents all of the negative things that could result from their taking a chance. They let those negative thoughts consume them to the point where they become paralyzed by fear.

For others, possibility represents all of the incredibly amazing blessings that could flow into their lives if they just step out on faith and take a chance. That’s not to say that they don’t think about the risks, or even fear failing. They do, but they know that the only way to guarantee failure is not trying at all.  2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” When you rely on your faith, you know that God is in control no matter what. So, why wouldn’t you give dating a try, or start that business you’ve always dreamed of, or get serious about your wellness by joining that fitness group?

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Winners don’t sit idly by waiting for that big opportunity to knock at the door. They go out and take the chances necessary to create the opportunities they desire. So, stop with the waiting. Take some chances and be the winner you were meant to be!

This month’s Ivy Box will have you looking like a whole Olympic champion with your AKA Floral Athletic Leggings AKA Floral Athletic Tank and AKA Athletic Short-Sleeve Shirt.

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Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” Oprah Winfrey

What are you preparing for? Not the small things like preparing for work tomorrow or prepping your meals for the week. What preparations are you making towards that huge goal or dream that may seem unattainable? Maybe it’s a trip around the world. Maybe it’s your dream home. Maybe it’s turning your passion into a career. Whatever that incredible dream looks like in your life, now is the time for you to put a little prep in your step and get moving in its direction.

Every act of preparation brings the seemingly unattainable closer within your reach. How are you going to take that trip around the world if you don’t even have a passport? How are you going to buy that dream house if you haven’t started improving your finances? How will you turn your passion into a career if you don’t know what you’re passionate about? The road to your dreams is a journey and – just like with any trip – it requires preparation.

Vision boards have become a customary part of ringing in the new year, but an important aspect of the vision board experience is what you do with it afterwards. Take a good look at your vision and identify places where you can make small gains right now. Take tangible actions towards your dreams, so you will be in the best place when the opportunity arises.

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This month’s Ivy Box will have you stylishly preparing for the greatness before you. Slip on your new 20 Pearls Cable Knit Tank Top and 20 Pearls Cable Knit Shorts, topped off with your exquisite Emerald and Pearl Drop Earrings. Enjoy!

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