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Happy Dressember to you all!

We couldn’t be more thrilled for today to come, for a few reasons: 1. It’s Giving Tuesday! We have been waiting all year for this day, so we can send all of our love and financial support to the handful of non-profits we have connected with over the past 12 months! AND We are launching our Brand Spanking New Black Sheep Bride Market site!!!! 2. It’s the start of Dressember? It is a 31 day Dress Challenge- devoted to advocating and fundraising to stop human trafficking! What is Dressember? (From their Mission Page)

Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. Dressember is a month of wearing dresses, but it is so much more. At its core, Dressember is an embracing of the inherent freedom and feminity of all women.

In 2013, Dressember took on new meaning: opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women. In its first year as a fundraising campaign, Dressember aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Those who participate in Dressember are supporting the abolition of modern day slavery. Beginning in 2015, the Dressember campaign will expand to partner with other anti-trafficking organizations.

Our Dressember Fundraising Page can be found here. On top of that, we are offering the next 20 vendors to donate $50 to our Fundraising Page, 50$ off our annual vendor membership to join Black Sheep Bride, annual 300×100 side bar ad space and/or feature posts prices, the month of December. dressember We are also so excited to share we have teamed up with California based wedding gown designer, Lindee Daniel, and will be taking the Dressember Challenge to the tenth power and wearing her exclusive Little Organic Black Dress everyday of December. We will be a walking billboard for this cause and be ready to chat with folks in person and over social media everyday about why we have chosen to join the fundraising efforts/dress wearing efforts for those without a voice. ld   Go check out their website for more information and take a look at their partners page, as well. We are so thrilled to have 4 of our very own vendors representing the Dressemeber Mission as well: The Giving Keys, Mata Traders, Sseko Designs, and Flourish Art and Gifts ! Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 11.04.55 PMdressember  

Traveling in Ethical Style to NYC’s Bridal Fashion Week – Day 1

We are here BSB friends! This year’s NYC Bridal Fashion Week is officially pumping and Black Sheep Bride is so honored to be in attendance with so many amazing wedding peers, bloggers, and featuring some of the best ethical/socially conscious/locally made wedding gown designers. With each day I will be posting the outfit I will be sporting to the festivities and chatting about ways to be a conscious consumer traveling to the Big Apple. I will be adding recaps at the end of the day to each post as well- so keep those eyes peeled! Today’s outfit choice is a thrifted black top and midi skirt, with Sseko Vintage Gold Lalibella Loafers, Buy the Change- MOWI Paper Bead Necklace, Meyelo Spear Earrings and Market Colors clutch. IMG_4405

Ultimate Black Sheep Bride Wedding- Lauren & Brian, Colorado recently featuring a wedding couple that used One, along side of other charities, in their wedding day details. Naturally, Black Sheep Bride needed to find out more and we were pleasantly surprised to see it didn’t just stop with supporting One… The amount of thought and love that went into to incorporating socially conscious products on their Big Day is so overwhelmingly amazing! See for yourself! Photo’s Courtesy of Lisa Anne Photography 2014-09-23_0002 Lauren and Brian are both teachers for at-risk students and had huge passions for supporting causes near and dear to their hearts! The invitations were the catalyst, they wanted something eco-friendly, and then saw that they could also help other people in the process, when they came across Cards for Causes. From there it was ON! They began brainstorming ways to incorporate causes into almost every facet of their wedding day! It made their BIG Day even more worth celebrating! 2014-09-23_0003 2014-09-23_0004 They had a board showcasing each cause represented and provided their guests with information about ways to help. The list of causes/products represented on their big day is awe-inspiring: Bead for Life, TOMS, Sseko, Endangered Species Chocolate, Peru Paper, To Write Love on Her Arms, One, Feed, Unicef, Live Strong, White Knot, Big Hearts Fund, Charity Water, The Alzheimer Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Wildfire Relief Fund. 2014-09-23_0005 2014-09-23_0006 2014-09-23_0007 2014-09-23_0008 2014-09-23_0009 2014-09-23_0010 2014-09-23_0001 2014-09-23_0011 2014-09-23_0012 2014-09-23_0013 2014-09-23_0014 2014-09-23_0016 As if that wasn’t enough awesome do goody’ness… they took it up a notch further and spent a week of their honeymoon volunteering at an animal sanctuary… These are the kinds of friends you need in your life, right?? Such an amazing example of using love to love others! 2014-09-23_0015