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Dressember : 31 Days 1 Dress Challenge

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and we have a lot planned to share how our BSB Vendors are using their businesses to serve others on one of the BEST DAYS of the YEAR! In honor of that we’re a few days early with this post, but we wanted to give everyone a head start to giving back and DECEMBER and introduce you all to what’s in store with Dressember this year! finny-hill-photography_travel-photographers_bsb_189 finny-hill-photography_travel-photographers_bsb_039 finny-hill-photography_travel-photographers_bsb_087 finny-hill-photography_travel-photographers_bsb_121 This will be my (Danielle here, Black Sheep Bride Founder) second year participating in Dressember and challenging myself to wear the same dress the entire month of December to help advocate and fundraise for human trafficking initiatives! Dressember is also a personal challenge for me, because as you might notice at the photos above (courtesy of Finny Hill Photography) I am a bit goofy and do much better taking photos vs. being the subject. HAHA! It also challenges me to be intentional about getting dressier than usual, because my normal everyday ‘uniform’ consists of jeans, t-shirt, messy-unbrushed-top-bun, and no makeup. I love participating in this event because it gives me an easy, ethical fashion-centric, opportunity to bring up a very touchy and hard topic: Human Trafficking. We have over 27 million people in bondage across the globe, with the average age of 12. Over 300,000 of those in bondage are children in the US, stolen or sold into the sex/slave trade right here on our own turf. My goal is to spark conversation and bring awareness to the amazing organizations fighting this battle on the front lines, like A21 Campaign and IJM. So for every day in December I am seeking out 31Day Sponsors, willing to support my #31Days1Dress Challenge. All you have to do is donate $20 to this fundraising page and I’ll be sure to tag you in my daily FB or IG post and thank you for your day sponsorship! Will you help me reach my goal of $650?   For only $20 Donation to my Dressember Fundraising Page you can SPONSOR A DAY in my #31Days1DressChallenge and receive a sweet air-hug, and gratitude-filled message on my social media posts for that day! DONATE $20 HERE! This year I was able to snag a fantastically ethical, and buttery soft, Carly Dress from LulaRoe and couldn’t have been more stoked about planning how to style this simple set up with a few creative add-on’s. Grateful to Heather for the dress and dotted leggingsKristen for the purple leggingsOliberte for the artisan made leather boots from Africa, and How We Soul for my favorite diamond shirt and plaid leggings. I also incorporated a few ethical and/or socially conscious items: black paper bead necklace from Take Heart, earrings from Meyelo, wooden accent necklace from Mata Traders, purple paper bead necklace from Watoto, and Tom’s Wedges. And all of the other remaining wardrobe add-on’s were already in my closet—> It’s amazing how creative you can get with a few basic pieces you already have. And I was taught by my dear wedding blogger sister-from-another-mister, Anna, you can never go wrong with a fat black buckle belt to bring it all together (including your post-childbirth waist line). Also incredibly grateful to Liz, of Finny Hill Photography, for capturing these images and encouraging my awkward silliness to shine through. I’m normally behind the camera, not in front of it, so you can imagine the struggle was real, for HER, and me.

Weddings that Give Back- Jen & Rishi

A few months ago we featured an amazing engagement session for a couple of love birds looking to show love to others and with utmost excitement… TODAY… We get to share their awesome 2-day long wedding festivities! Check out what the bride had to share about her wedding planning process and how she conscious incorporated vendors and products that gave back! ‘The Sangeet (night before the wedding) was held at a local venue, sponsored by an organizations called Source MN, whose goal is to bring hope and opportunity in the city. They work with homeless people and do anti-trafficking awareness and education. We love being able to use a space that is doing good in our community.’ View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi I bought my wedding dress from a local consignment shop (in an effort to be more eco-conscious) called Bridal Aisle.  View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘My engagement ring + both of our wedding bands: Blue Nile which has a  zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds.’ View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘I worked with Gracie over at Miriam Designs {who we sell at Paisley + Sparrow} to get rings and necklaces for my ladies. Miriam Designs works with women who have overcome addiction. My sister (MOH) wore the Kana necklace directly from my shop. It is made by Purpose Jewelry who works with women who were formerly trafficked. Bridesmaids also received lip balm from Honest Company who makes sure they make sure every vendor operates according to GMP standards which mandate fair labor wages and working conditions. Their products are good for your body, the environment and the people making them!’ View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishiView More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘We had leftover envelopes from our invitations so I folded them over and wrote numbers on them for table numbers! The envelopes otherwise would have gone to waste. We also used succulents paired with candles (from the consignment shop) for half of our table centerpieces instead of flowers. We hated to throw away beautiful flowers after only using them for a day! I found pots at local thrift shops and painted them gold so they all matched. We gave away some and the rest are in various places around our home! :)’View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘For our wedding favors we decided to gift each guest with a bar of Hand in Hand Soap – For each bar of soap we give, one bar will be given to a child in need. {also found in my shop!}’ View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘However we did registered for some gifts, we also gave the option to donate to International Justince Mission – a human rights agency that is bringing rescue and freedom to victims of slavery, sex trafficking and other forms of violence. We raised over $300!’ ‘The rest of our vendors we went with small locally owned businesses rather than larger corporations. My Hair/Makeup was done by Jen Santoro Rotty, Invitations and Programs were done by Libby Design , Photography : On3Design for Photography and our videography:  Acowsay‘ To find out more about Jen and her amazing socially conscious boutique, visit: Paisley + Sparrow.