Pen to Page (sort of), featuring a Very Special Dress

So, this is my first blog post. Or, to be totally honest, my first blog post on this particular blog. Yes, I had a Xanga page back in the day (does that still exist? I’m afraid to look. 15-year-old me was so full of angst) and I blogged about my time in Costa Rica with YWAM in 2013. But nothing since then.

I have some ideas for things I’d like to write about, but starting is scarier than I thought it would be.

The original idea was a fashion blog, a place for me to channel my love of personal fashion. I see fashion as art. A fun way to express yourself.

But after I had that idea, I started to worry. What if…people think I’m frivolous? Writing about what I like to wear when there are people in the world who have no options as to what to wear? What if…people think I’m self-centered because I post pictures of myself? Don’t we have enough narcissistic millennials as it is?

But after worrying about these things for awhile, I remembered. This is 2017. This is the internet. If someone comes across this page and doesn’t like me or what I have to say, I’m sure he or she will let me know. And it doesn’t matter what people think. I know who I am.

So without further ado, here is my first OOTD…

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This is the first time it’s been warm enough (and sunny enough–hence the squinting) to wear this dress since I bought it.  It may look simple in design, and it is, but it’s actually very special.  It’s made by Juana Sanchez, a woman who works with an organization called Krochet Kids Intl.

Here’s a statement from their website:“Empowerment is the reason why we exist. Our products, our programs, and our community work in unison to help people accomplish this goal. We believe in the capabilities of people. Our goal is to holistically equip people living in poverty with the skills, education, and resources to change their circumstances forever. Work provides worth. Education breeds innovation. Mentorship nourishes relationships. Through this multifaceted and measured approach we work with each beneficiary to create a path toward independence.”

Every single piece of clothing that they sell is signed by the woman who made it.  You can even go on their website and find a picture of her and write her a thank you note.

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Like I said, very special.

I’ll end there for now. That wasn’t so scary. This is kind of exciting.

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