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Dress Well, Do Good has moved!

evan-brooke-ethical-clothing-braided-inifinity-scarfDress Well, Do Good has outgrown our britches here at ThinkLiz.com!

So we moved Dress Well, Do Good from ThinkLiz.com to DressWellDoGood.com! If you are an e-mail subscriber that subscribed within that least year, we have moved your subscription over to the new blog, but if you are reading this on a blog reader like Feedly or BlogLovin’, please update your reader to our new URL so you can keep following along with our ethical fashion journey and company giveaways!

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LuLaRoe Giveaway: Completed

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mitla-moda-giveaway-chickadee-dress-completedWe really enjoy introducing you all to the varied options that can be considered ethical. We hope you enjoyed learning a little about mostly USA made company LuLaRoe. We think they offers a great variety of flattering styles in a wide variety of sizes that are comfortable and affordable.

The winner of this giveaway for a pair of LuLaRoe leggings is Dawn M.! Be looking for an e-mail from us so you can pick out your leggings and we can get your address!

Follow us over on Instagram at@DressWellDoGood. We post ethical outfits of the day, questions to our followers and more. We would love to have you join us as part of the conversation over there!

Company Profile and Giveaway: LulaRoe

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lularoe-dress-well-do-good-pop-upThis past December, Ellie and I attended an Allies Against Slavery Christmas Market where you could shop companies that are working to empower their workers and ensure that they are paid a fair wage. We met up with our friend Cynthia, who is a LuLaRoe consultant and got to have our first experience with this clothing line. We loved how affordable, comfortable, versatile, and fun their clothes are! We were even more pleased to learn that the majority of their clothing is printed and sewn here in the United States.

We recently hosted a LuLaRoe pop-up and had so much fun trying on all of their different styles and patterns! Did you know they only print 1,000 of each pattern? There are so many fun options! They also do a great job at providing a wide variety of sizes that suit all body types.

They recently made this announcement:

“LuLaRoe is excited to announce that in our commitment to improving lives we are growing our production internationally. We cannot wait to see our hopes and dreams extend across borders and into the lives of many who are seeking the kind of freedom and abundance that LuLaRoe has already helped thousands realize. We have carefully selected a few factories to partner with that meet our standards as a company for fair pay, good working conditions and strong ethics. We currently provide thousands of jobs to those working on your behalf here in the United States and will continue to produce as much here in the United States as we are able to. We are excited about this as it will allow us to continue to ensure that we have enough inventory for you at all times and allow others outside of America the chance to provide for their families and achieve their dreams. Tears of joy come to our eyes when we realize that we have such an opportunity to love and serve others not only in our country, but in other countries as well. Join with us in celebrating our continued growth as this sets our stage as an international company! Here’s to many more lives being blessed!”

We are giving away a pair of their most comfortable leggings! If you win, you will get a choice of patterns from our friend Cynthia!

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Please enter to win a pair of LuLaRoe leggings of your choice by using the giveaway interface below. You can enter once a day with the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter entry options, so come back and enter again to raise your chances of winning! Contest ends at Midnight CST on Sunday, January 30th. Good luck!

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Dressember in 7 Dresses

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Dressember 2015 is over and our #DWDGDressember team raised over $18,884 for social justice non-profits IJM and A21 and was 3rd in team fundraisers out of 630 teams. Ellie and I are honored and humbled that we got to partner with such amazing women to raise enough money to fund 4 IJM rescue missions. If you are so compelled, you can still give to our team through the end of January.

We love supporting ethical fashion because of the empowerment it gives those making our clothes. The reality is that the global garment industry is a huge source of human trafficking. The synergy between raising money to free people from trafficking/exploitation and the world of ethical fashion was part of the reason we started Dress Well, Do Good.

For my second year of Dressember, I thought it would be fun to take the creative challenge of limiting my wardrobe to 7 dresses, styled differently throughout the month. This was very enjoyable for me and it also reinforced how little I really need in my wardrobe as long as I have versatile pieces that can be worn many different ways. The dresses I selected were either very old, thrifted, or purchased from an ethical brand.

Thrifted Blue Dress

I ordered this dress from ThredUP* in anticipation of Dressember. The main motivation was the sleeves, basic style, and solid color.

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Thrifted Chambray Shirt Dress

This is another ThredUp* purchase that I reached for the most out of all my dresses for the month. This basic chambray dress was easy to style many different ways and is one of the most versatile dresses in my wardrobe. I still had 2-3 more ideas for wearing it even after the 10 times I wore it in December.  And I know I will be wearing it with my hand knit Miranda sweater again in the future – that was my favorite combination!

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Fair Indigo Shirt Dress

Fair Indigo is definitely a favorite around here. Their simple styling allows for much versatility in making the piece fit your own personal style. Ellie wore her princess seam pocket dress almost every day for Dressember!

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Green A-Line Dress

This dress is an oldie by a goodie. I have owned this dress since 2006 and it is from Target long before the idea of ethical fashion entered my mind. I hold to this as ethical because I will keep wearing this dress until it falls apart – it is a color and style that I love! Livia Firth of People Tree has issued a #30wears challenge to never buy something you can’t see yourself wearing less than 30 times which goes directly against our ‘never be seeing wearing the same thing twice’ culture. I think this is a helpful way to look at clothing shopping because it has the long term usage in mind which will save you money and make getting dressed easier.

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People Tree Striped Dress

This simple People Tree dress was a lot of fun to style in multiple ways! The stripes worked layered like a mini skirt, or a striped tee, or simply as a dress.

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Thrifted Striped Maxi Dress

I felt like I needed a maxi dress in the rotation because they feel almost like you are wearing pajamas! Since this ThredUp* Thrifted maxi was so casual, I wore this mainly on the weekends when I felt the need to slum around a bit.

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Synergy Striped Dress

I bought this Synergy dress on sale for a steal to replace a teal polka dot dress that I thrifted many years ago. I know I will be reaching for this cozy dress this summer as I feel very put together when wearing it.

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I walked away from this year’s Dressember with a new sense of hope. This world we live in is infinitely complicated, but I am encouraged by seeing women band together with the common cause of ending modern day slavery and social injustice. The team element has changed the experience for me. I am so encouraged by the hearts of these women, the words of wisdom they have, their willingness to be a part of a team and to celebrate each other’s successes and talk through the challenges. Joining together as a team for Dressember has built an unexpectedly beautiful sense of community and the sense of being part of something much, much bigger than ourselves. And for that, I will be grateful.

Ethical Workout Gear for the New Year

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We know that a lot of you are making workout resolutions for the New Year and with those resolutions often comes the realization that new gear is needed! We wanted to give you a list of some of our favorite ethical workout brands to check out as you are shopping with your new resolutions in mind. We were particularly happy to find an ethical sports bra that is suitable for up to a C/D cup that is made from recycled materials, and TWO different running sneaker options! Be sure to dig around on each vendor’s website to see the full offerings of their activewear – you may be surprised at the fun variety each brand has to offer!

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Also, our friends over at Purse & Clutch did a ‘This not That’ workout edition that you may find helpful!

Mitla Moda Giveaway: Completed

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mitla-moda-giveaway-chickadee-dress-completedWe enjoyed getting to share a little bit about Mitla Moda with you! We love our local Austin small businesses and hope you were encouraged to learn about how Mitla Moda is increasing economic development in artisan communities and preserving traditional artisan techniques through ethically made and fairly traded clothing, accessories, and jewelry.

The winner of this giveaway for the Chickadee Dress in Red is Amy! Be looking for an e-mail from us so we can get your address!

Follow us over on Instagram at@DressWellDoGood. We post ethical outfits of the day, questions to our followers and more. We would love to have you join us as part of the conversation over there!

Company Profile and Giveaway: Mitla Moda

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IMG_1311You know we love our local Austin ethical businesses! We are so lucky to have so many to choose from with more popping up all over the place. We recently met Dusana of Mitla Moda at an event where we spoke on a panel regarding ethical fashion. She was kind enough to donate a dress for me to wear on my birthday during Dressember, so that we could then give it away in January!

Dusana has had a love of Latin American artisan goods and clothing for as long as she can remember, a love she credits to her father, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, who filled their home with handmade items he had purchased from artisan friends while abroad.

Dusana fell in love with the artisan traditions in Mexico while living in the beautiful country for ten months on a Fulbright grant. With a passion for social justice and sustainable fashion, she enrolled in an entrepreneurship class at a Mexican university during her time in Mexico, creating the business plan for Mitla Moda. Through her market research, Dusana saw a gap in a platform that offered traditional yet stylish artisan apparel in a manner that also benefited the artisan communities that craft each item. With a BA in Spanish and a BS in Marketing, Dusana decided to create the platform herself – a shop centered around fair trade and ethical manufacturing.

Mitla Moda, is a fair-trade, social entrepreneurship startup that focuses on increasing economic development in artisan communities and preserving traditional artisan techniques through ethically made and fairly traded clothing, accessories, and jewelry. She is committed to purchasing directly from the artisans in Oaxaca, one of the poorest states in Mexico, using fair trade principles, which provide sustainable, living wages that directly benefit each artisan family and the surrounding community.

We are so excited to give away this Chickadee Dress in Red with Gold Embroidery in Medium (fits a 6-10). This bold Mexican embroidered dress is perfect for the beach in summer or with leggings + boots in fall/winter! Wear it loose as is, or belt it at the waist. The blouse base is 100% cotton and is hand woven, on a traditional wooden loom. The top features beautiful Oaxacan flower embroidery, and is a sure conversation starter!

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Please enter to win the Chickadee Dress by using the giveaway interface below. You can enter once a day with the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter entry options, so come back and enter again to raise your chances of winning! Contest ends at Midnight CST on Sunday, January 17th. Good luck!

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Giveaway ends Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST. Open to Residents of the US only. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. Our opinions are our own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to thinkliz.com and thinkliz.com alone. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

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Shine Project Giveaway: Completed

shine-project-necklace-stackWe are so glad that you joined us to learn more about the work The Shine Project does equipping inner city students in Phoenix, Arizona to become first generation college students!

The winner of this giveaway for the Sparrow Stack Necklace is Michelle! Be looking for an e-mail from us so we can get your address!

And of course, don’t forget to sign up to receive our posts by e-mail (upper right side of blog) and follow us over on Instagram at @DressWellDoGood. We post ethical outfits of the day, questions to our followers and more. We would love to have you join us as part of the conversation over there!

Company Profile and Giveaway: The Shine Project

the-shine-project-necklace-stackDuring Ashley LeMieux’s senior year of college, she was an aid at an inner city high school in Phoenix. She was involved in a program called AVID which prepares students to enter college after high school graduation. The problem she noticed, was that most of the students didn’t feel like college was on option for them. Many of the students Ashley began to mentor and grew close to would be the first in their families to consider college, had no financial resources, and didn’t have adequate mentorship to help them get to the next level in their lives. Frustrated, Ashley turned to her social media influence to raise money to send a group of seniors to college.

After giving 7 scholarships away, Ashley knew that raising money for these inner city youth needed to be more than a one time thing. She founded a non-profit organization, The Shine Scholarship Project, to be able to keep getting donations for the students. Every single student who received a scholarship would say something along the lines of, “Miss Ashley, it’s not even about the money for me. It’s the fact that people actually believe that I am worth something, that I can do it, and that I have a great potential inside of me. That motivates me more than anything.”

Several months after founding the non profit, Ashley learned of a student’s living conditions. The entire family was sleeping on their tile floor, without blankets or pillows, and the kids were missing school frequently because of a lack of money for bus tickets. Their fridge was empty, their plumbing hadn’t been working, and there was nowhere for the kids to turn for help. Ashley realized that it was hard for a lot of the students to dream about their futures when they were unsure how they would live through the day. She knew she needed to take her passion for these youth one step further and create a for profit business that could employ them, so they could learn important business and life skills, be able to sustain themselves, and have guidance throughout their college experience. She wanted a product that people could wear as a daily reminder that they directly impacted someone’s life, and created a positive change.

In May 2012, Ashley taught herself how to make bracelets. Her goal was to be able to employ the first few students that had received scholarships so they could keep earning money to stay in school, and have real life job experience that could set them up for success in the future. Ashley invested $500 in jewelry supplies and teaching the students how to hand make the jewelry out of her small two bedroom condo. One month later, in June 2012, Threads by The Shine Project launched. Ashley used her social media and friends in the blogging industry to help spread the word about the bracelets that the youth made.

“I prayed and prayed and prayed that at least my mom would buy something so that I could tell the students that we sold product that they made”, Ashley said.

After the first week, all the bracelets were sold out.

Since then, The Shine Project has opened their headquarters in downtown Phoenix. It’s a place where students come after school to hand make your jewelry. They are involved in running everything from customer service, shipping, jewelry design, t-shirt design, new product design, sales, and events. The students who are given scholarships through the non-profit are then given jobs through Threads, so they can be mentored and guided every step of the way.

Over 40 scholarships have been given since 2011, and 100% of donations given to the non-profit go directly to the students. The Shine Project currently employees 11 inner city students. Be sure to read the stories of the students too!

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We are very excited to give away the Sparrow Necklace Stack, which is three necklaces that can be worn all together or separately! It consists of a 17″ crystal quartz pixie, 17″ silver teardrop druzzy and 15″ sparrow necklace. These delicate necklaces make great gifts so be sure to keep them in mind when you are finishing up your holiday shopping!

Please enter to win the Sparrow Necklace Stack by using the giveaway interface below. You can enter once a day with the Facebook and Twitter entry options, so come back and enter again to raise your chances of winning! Contest ends at Midnight CST on Sunday, December 20th. Good luck!

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Giveaway ends Sunday, December 20th at 11:59 PM CST. Open to Residents of the US only. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. Our opinions are our own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to thinkliz.com and thinkliz.com alone. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

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Mata Traders Giveaway: Completed

Mata-Traders-Shirtdress-SittingWe love Mata Traders for so many reasons – their mindful fair trade practices, the beautiful vintage silhouettes that inspires their styling, and all the beautiful handmade details that sets their clothes apart! We hope you enjoyed learning more about them and want to remind you that all Dressember participants get 20% off regularly priced items with the code ‘DRESSEMBER’.

Now, what you all have been waiting for!

The winner of this giveaway for $100 gift card to Mata Traders is Crafty One! Be looking for an e-mail from us so we can get your address!

And of course, don’t forget to sign up to receive our posts by e-mail (upper right side of blog) and follow us over on Instagram at @DressWellDoGood. We post ethical outfits of the day, questions to our followers and more. We would love to have you join us as part of the conversation over there!