Monday, December 15, 2014

Fashion Bloggers Who More Than Blog: A Dressember Link-Up

ethical fashion, sustainable, eco, vegan blogger
fashion blogger new york, buffalo
winter wonderland, winter, christmas snow
snow, fashion blog, style blog, beyoutiful hope
Dress: Ethically and sustainably made from c/o Gaia Coture
winter wonderland, snow, style blogger
winter wonderland, snow, fashion, style, blog
fashion bloggers, latina, asian, pakistani
My friend Safra and I went for a winter adventure in the woods, just for today's DRESSember pics! ;)
best friends, snow, buffalo, new york

dressember, snow, buffalo

How to Dress Warm and Look Cute:  

Chunky Knit Creme Hat and Sweater  || Free People
 Creme and Gold Blomma Glovelettes || Anthropologie (similar here)
Handmade by a women's group in Nepal
Eco Ethical Sustainable A-Line Dress || c/o Gaia Coture
Low-impact dyes, and ethical sourcing and labor used
Deep Purple Fleece Lined Tights || Marshalls
Brown Leather Heel Boots || Clark's Shoes


Leading anti human trafficking organizations estimate that there are estimated 20 - 30 million people trapped in slavery in this very moment. The United Nations estimates that an estimated 79% of people currently trapped in human trafficking are sexually exploited and and estimated 18% are exploited for labor. Human trafficking touches all regions of the world. Human trafficking is not confined to developing areas and red light districts. Human trafficking can also be found in the suburbs and rural areas. Depending on the area, the main form of forced servitude may be labor, as is the case in Western New York. Be aware of the signs of human trafficking, and what it means to be groomed, can help bring an end to this horrific trade of people! 

Today I am coming together with other bloggers(listed below) and we are all posting about DRESSember together! Each of us has registered on the DRESSember website and has been participating in DRESSember. But now, we are all linking our blogs together to help increase visibility and raise awareness of this event so that we can raise more money to help International Justice Mission continue their abolition work! They all posted AWESOME DRESSember looks today, so don't forget to hop on over to their pages. Some of them are posting later today, but please be sure to come back and check them out! ;)

Here we go...

photography blog, uplifting
Life Unscripted is a blog about living life first, then writing about it. It's full of life lessons, DIYs and tips, style, and photography.

uplifting blog, 30s 40s women
To Live Beautifully is an inspirational blog about focusing on the uplifting and the beautiful things in life. Started by Kynley Michal as she sought after a happier and healthier perspective on life with posts about life lessons, fashion, beauty, decor, and local explorations around Denver, Colorado. 
To Live Beautifully's Dressember Fundraising Page

California photography blog
Cozy Reverie is an art and style blog. It features Amy Watkins's personal style, original artwork, and occasional adventures in sunny Southern California. 

safra, poetry blog
Tea n' Hunny is a poetry and lifestyle blog. It features Safra Bacchus as she relays cultural fashion, emotional experiences, and her struggles as she tries to pursue her goals. 

Noonday Collection, cute fair trade jewelry
Styled by Laurajane is a personal blog featuring Laura's outfits, photography work, and occasionally reviews of various ethical fashion companies. A lot of the post revolve about Noonday Collection, the fair-trade jewelry company that Laura is an independent ambassador for. 
Styled by Laurajane's Fundraising Page

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

What Do You Wear for DRESSember? 2 Dresses, 6 Looks

The Goods

LOOK 1 || Grey Classic A-Line Dress (c/o Gaia Coture, here), Black Cardiagn (HM Conscious, collection here), Long Necklace (c/oRaven & Lily, here)
LOOK 2 || Grey Classic A-Line Dress (c/o Gaia Coture, here), Chunky Knit Sweater, Pom Chunky Knit Beanie
LOOK 3 || Grey Classic A-Line Dress (c/o Gaia Coture, here), Patterned Blazer, Statement Necklace

LOOK 4 || Bright Flare Dress (c/o Shop Indigenous, here), Bright Patterned Zawadi Clutch (c/o Mam Africa Designs, here)
LOOK 5 || Bright Flare Dress (c/o Shop Indigenous, here), Chunky Neutral Cardigan, Neutral Waist Belt (thrifted)
LOOK 6 || Bright Flare Dress (c/o Shop Indigenous, here), Loose Button Up Blouse, Gold Dangle Earrings


I was inspired by Blythe, the founding president of DRESSember to do this video. Blythe has been wearing the same grey dress (styled different daily) this whole month of December, to show how you don't need many dresses to participate in this advocacy month! :) (You go girl!) I just hope she doesn't wash it too much so that it can last super long. hehe.

On the topic of styling for DRESSember, in the beginning of November I saw all of the DRESSember images in Instagram and thought to myself, "Where are all of the fashion bloggers?" I searched and searched until I found a hand full... to my surprise there are not many fashion bloggers participating. I thought that there needed to be a way to get attention of more fashion bloggers which is faster than individual contact, like I did with the few I found. And so, I am excited to be participating in a collaboration post tomorrow with the other fashion bloggers I found!

Check back in tomorrow for an awesome blog post with awesome bloggers who are using their platforms to raise awareness and funds to help end human trafficking!

Happy Advent Week 3,

P.S. See you tomorrow, oh and don't forget to follow me on Youtube,  Instagram and Facebook! ;)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ethical Fashion Haul: Fall, Winter & Holiday 2014

After a suggestion on my last ethical fashion video from 2013, I decided to create one for 2014! I hope you enjoyed learning about the great social good enterprises that are out there. Below I have listed out the details of these ethical fashion, eco fashion, and sustainable fashion companies. Let me know what you think and if you have heard of any of them before!

Companies Featured:

SALVATION ARMY || Clothes donated to the Salvation Army are then sold. Proceeds from these sales go towards their Adult Rehabilitation Program which "provides spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves"
PUNJAMMIES™ (International Princess Project) || Employing survivors of sex slavery in 4 sewing centers in India and providing them with an empowering work environment and above fair trade wages. Each PUNJAMMIES™ is named after one of the women who sew the pants.
ELEGANTEES || Employing survivors of sex slavery in NYC and Nepal, reinforcing independence and confidence. Interviewed here.
RELEVEE || Employing survivors of sex trafficking in India in their studios that are led by the women who are part of the program. Handmade by these women goldsmiths who, through this, break gender barriers and are paid high wages. (Rebranded from "Made By Survivors")
PURPOSE JEWELRY || Employing and empowering survivors through employment and financial stability in Mumbai, India and Orange County, California. (Rebranded from "iSanctuary")
SHOP INDIGENOUS || All fair trade and ethically sourced, boho inspired women's apparel and fashion
GAIA COTURE || All eco, sustainable, and consciously produced women's apparel. Store based in Portland, Oregon.
SEAMLY.CO || 100% made in the USA women's apparel. Consciously packaged and created from deadstock (excess waste fabric from a company's production). Based in Denver, Colorado.
HM CONSCOIUS COLLECTION || Sustainably created and consciously created with respect to their workers. Spring and Summer lines released.
MIPACHA || Sustainably created, inspired by the people that handweave and create them in Cuzco, Peru. Economically empowering marginalized women and communities. Interviewed here.
SIMPLY SUSTAINABLE || Direct sourcing, handmade, and fair trade jewelry and accessories.  Interviewed here.
RAVEN & LILY || Consciously and locally sourced, Handmade in India by marginalized, at-risk women, Corporation B Certified
KURANDZA || Empowering and educating HIV-positive women in Mozambique through entrepreneurship and creative design Interviewed here.
HOVEY LEE JEWELRY || Eco jewelry, handmade in Los Angeles, California from reclaimed brass and vintage gems

Happy Advent Week 2,

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