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My Experience with Dressember 2014

This past December, I participated in Dressember, where I pledged to wear a dress each day of the month to raise money for International Justice Mission to stop human trafficking and end sexual slavery in the world. Far more women and girls are shipped into brothels annually now, in the early 21st century, than African slaves were shipped into slave plantations each year in the 18th century. (Half the Sky) And this isn’t something that just happens overseas. I know of 3 brothels within a 5 miles radius of my home. Dressember was my small way to begin to take action.

I set a goal of $500 and raised $900 $1000 – double my goal! A big thank you to the 28 29 people that contributed to my campaign. (Although you can give through the end of January if the desire strikes you.) I find myself pondering each person’s small decision to contribute what they can towards the greater cause of fighting injustice. It makes me think about how the little things really do add up to something that matters. And it reminds me that our lives are thousands of these small, seemingly unimportant decisions strung together. The small decisions make us who we really are and can cause positive change in someone else’s life if you choose to do it. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” (Arthur Ashe)

Each day I spent time thinking about the injustices of human trafficking. It did bring about my age old struggle with the ‘cosmic lottery’ – why was I born to a life of privilege when so many don’t have access to clean water, food, jobs, education, healthcare? And I don’t know that I will every find peace here because I doubt that there is an answer to this terrible question, but I know that taking action helps quell the tumult that the question brings about. I can choose to use my privilege to help.

I recognize that fashion seems an unlikely way to create action and provoke change, as it has its own fair share of injustices. But it also offers its own special solutions. This is where my love of Noonday Collection enters – they use fashion and style to empower. They pull people out of injustice – with a focus on those that society deems unloveable, incapable, worthless. People’s lives are changing for good because of their model. And below, you can see I donned my dresses, wore my Noonday, took selfies (ugh, that word), and learned many things, two of which are 1) I love wearing dresses and 2) I have a dress thrifting problem! I hadn’t realized the extent of my dress collection until I began this challenge… But I was inspired by the founder of Dressember – Blythe – who wore the same gray, ethically sourced dress from Fair Indigo all month long, styled 31 different ways. Maybe next year?

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#StyleForJustice

Y’all, I just took a risk and entered a contest to go to Rwanda and meet the artisans there that sell to Noonday Collection. You guys have heard me speak loads about this company and the good they are doing in the world. Here’s the thing – I need you guys to vote to get me to the second round, only the top 7 entries get to move on! Will you please help? You can vote once every day! Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 8.11.27 PM

Please vote for me here (you have to scroll all the way to the bottom) and take it one step further and ask your friends and family to vote for me as well? You don’t have to like any pages, you don’t have to give your e-mail, just click the vote button. You can even watch my video explaining ‘why me’ for to go on the trip!

Please vote for me (once every day)! 

 

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new sponsor: Noonday Collection

::Giveaway is now closed.::

I’m excited to announce that I have another new sponsor! I’ve talked about them several times before because I really believe in what they are doing – providing sustainable ways for women in developing countries to support their families. They work intimately with the artisans to create jewelry lines to sell through the Noonday Collection –  because “… when you satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your night will become like the noonday,” Isaiah 58:10. If you haven’t had a chance to check our their new spring collection, I would encourage you to do it!

Now here’s the exciting part – my good friend, Krista Box is a Noonday ambassador and you may remember we did a giveaway last fall when she finally got to meet her adopted son. Well, now she is partnering with me to sponsor my blog and I get to giveaway one of my favorite items in their new line, the dulce necklace. Check it out!

I love the one hexagon that is tan and especially that it is asymmetrical. And really, this color goes with just about everything. It’s a great addition to anyone’s jewelry collection.

A little more about the necklace:

“Tagua seeds are carved and polished to create these perfect hexagonal shapes. The chips are strung together to create a geometric bib necklace and finished with a leather tie. 18-24 inches long. Bib portion is 2.25 inches tall and 6 inches wide. This piece is handcrafted of sustainable seeds by artisans in Ecuador. It takes 3 months for the seed to become a bead. The artisans have been able to rise out of poverty and now employ other community members with the same vision for them!”

Do you want to win this beautiful necklace?

  • Please leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is on the Noonday Collection’s website.
  • A winner will be chosen using a random number generator.
  • Please only comment once – multiple entries will be deleted.
  • The giveaway will end next Friday, 6/8/12 at 10 pm.

Good luck!

 

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Giveaway:: Kampala With Love

The giveaway is now closed. 

You guys, I cannot tell you how excited I am to get to give away this item. There is so much that this item represents and today is a very special day.

First of all, let me tell you an amazing story about some faithful friends and their pursuit to “love them, and love Him”. There are a couple of Bible verses that directed this story: Matthew 25:40, which says, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”; and James 1:27, which calls us “to look after orphans and widows in their distress”.

Because of their practical application of these verses, my good friend Krista, her husband Jake and their son Camp (one of Jude’s closest friends) are bringing home the newest member of their family, Enock Austin Box from Uganda as you are reading this right now. The journey to bring their second son home has been a long one, filled with much waiting, longing and trusting that God would provide finances and line up all of the thousands of details just so.

Today, they were awarded legally guardianship! You can read more about their story on their blog.

Why do I bring this up? Because Noonday Collection helped them bring their sweet boy home. Noonday Collection partners with families looking to raise money for international adoptions through jewelry trunk shows. And Krista is one of their newest ambassadors.

Cool, right? But it gets even better.

The artisans that Noonday Collection purchases their collection through get paid a fair and competitive wage for the skilled work of their hands. By purchasing these beautiful items, you enable them to earn more than what they would in another job. Their family eats, their children go to school, they employ other women. . . the benefits just compound over time. You know that I get excited about things like this!

So in celebration of Enock’s new family, Krista has graciously donated a Kampala with Love necklace for a giveaway. It is near and dear to her heart because it is made in the same place the Enock was born. This necklace has layers of red paper beads that dangle from twisted African fabric. It is handmade by African Style, a group that Noonday Collection helped launch in Uganda. Headed by Jalia, the lead designer and organizer, she and her husband mentor and teach the men and women while they create exclusive pieces.

I’m pretty excited about doing a little shopping at Noonday – their items make great presents, I mean, Christmas will be here before we all know it! And I feel good about spending my money in a way that I know is improving someone’s life.

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I love this necklace – it’s super light weight and is easy to wear with so many things. I’m going to enjoy wearing it around while waiting for you guys to comment and win it. You guys don’t mind, right? 🙂

Would YOU like to win this stylish necklace?

  • Please leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is on the Noonday Collection’s website.
  • A winner will be chosen using a random number generator.
  • Please only comment once – multiple entries will be deleted.
  • The giveaway will end next Friday, 10/28/11 at 10 pm.
Good luck! And while you are commenting – run over to their blog and tell them congratulations!

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