Meet the Ethical Souls Dressember Team – Luisa Kearney from Online Personal Stylist

This year I decided to take part in Dressember. Dressember has become a global movement to help aid the fight against slavery and sex trafficking of women and children which exists in every country all over the world.
The idea is simple, you as an advocate of dressember wear a dress every day for the 31 days of December. Your journey can be shared on all social media platforms to help raise funds and awareness of the fight against worldwide slavery and sex trafficking.

Instead of doing it alone, I decided to reach out to the world via social media for wonderful ladies who would like to take part with me and form the Ethical Souls Dressember Team. The response was great with lots of interest but in the end we formed a group of  amazing women and I would love the opportunity over the next few weeks  to introduce you to some of them.

If you would like to donate to our Ethical Souls Dressember Team and support these wonderful ladies just click here

 Meanwhile, let me introduce Luisa Kearney

Tell us about yourself?

I’m Luisa Kearney, a professional fashion stylist and blogger, animal lover, and advocate for sustainable and ethical fashion.

Why did you decide to join the Ethical Souls Dressember Team?

I noticed the advertisement on the Ethical Souls Instagram page and thought that it looked really interesting. This was the first time I’d ever heard about Dressember.

How did you prepare for Dressember?

I went through my wardrobe and pulled out all of the dresses that I own. This was about 3 days before challenge started. It suddenly occurred to me that most of the dresses I own are summer dresses – very light and cool. Just looking at my dresses, wondering how I was going to make it through 31 days wearing summer dresses made me feel cold! I’m also in the middle of a ‘1-year no clothes shopping challenge’ so I had to just use what I had. I realised I had enough dresses to see me through the month but I didn’t know how I was going to make them wearable for winter. So next I got out all of my winter jumpers and cardigans, as well as leggings, tights and patterned jeans that could be worn underneath. I began to pair up different winter sweaters with a compatible summer dress, folded them together and stacked them at the bottom of my wardrobe for me to simply take out and wear each day.

What have you learnt about yourself since starting Dressember?

For me personally, Dressember has definitely strengthened my belief in my own Wear Not Waste ethic, proving that clothes are very versatile and can be upcycled and revamped to suit your needs. Who’d have thought that the dresses we were wearing back in the summer months on the beach would be December wardrobe staples?! I’m a firm believer in buying less but buying better and preventing textile waste, so it’s great to be acting upon that along with other Dressember participants.

In terms of the cause, I feel that Dressember is a fun and creative way to highlight the issues for which we are campaigning. Through participating in Dressember and reading the information on the website, I definitely feel more aware of these issues and the importance of raising awareness.

What have you learnt about your personal style?

Interesting question! As a professional stylist I spend most of my time styling myself and other people, so you’d wonder what I could learn? I’ve actually learned quite a lot! I like dresses during the summer time but not during winter, as I don’t like winter style dresses on me. I’ve recently found that layering summer dresses can be much more flattering and versatile.

Have you found the experience difficult?

Initially, I was wondering how I was ever going to create 31 different dress outfits from the few summer dresses I have in my wardrobe. The second big issue for me was staying warm because 31 days is a long time to be cold, uncomfortable and miserable, not to mention potentially unhealthy. What I’ve found is that layering thick jumpers and chunky cardigans, or adding a shawl or dress gloves can really help to keep you feeling warm and comfortable. The benefit of dresses is that even at their shortest they still sit no higher than on your thigh, which means that you have the extra length that you don’t have when wearing a simple top and jeans. Team a dress with a warm jumper, a pair of decent winter leggings and boots, and you have yourself a cosy, warm winter outfit!

What would you like to be your message to others?

I’ve had so much fun styling my dress looks each day, which goes to show that all of your clothing can be transferred around from season to season. It’s very important to wear what you have and learn how to work with the clothing you own rather than constantly buying new. Everybody should learn the true cost of clothing production and be more mindful when shopping irrationally!

Would you do Dressember again?

Definitely!

Website: https://onlinepersonalstylist.com/

Meet the Ethical Souls Dressember Team – Dottie Sebez

This year I decided to take part in Dressember. Dressember has become a global movement to help aid the fight against slavery and sex trafficking of women and children which exists in every country all over the world.
The idea is simple, you as an advocate of dressember wear a dress every day for the 31 days of December. Your journey can be shared on all social media platforms to help raise funds and awareness of the fight against worldwide slavery and sex trafficking.

Instead of doing it alone, I decided to reach out to the world via social media for wonderful ladies who would like to take part with me and form the Ethical Souls Dressember Team. The response was great with lots of interest but in the end we formed a group of  amazing women and I would love the opportunity over the next few weeks  to introduce you to some of them.

If you would like to donate to our Ethical Souls Dressember Team and support these wonderful ladies just click here

 

Meanwhile, let me introduce Dottie Sebez

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Dottie Sebez, and I’m a writer. My husband and I live in Colorado with our beautiful 10 month-old son and gentle giant doberman.

This past year, I underwent two significant life changes: I became a mother, and shortly thereafter, I adopted a vegan lifestyle. These two events have introduced me to the true meaning of compassion, and I simply thought I’d burst if I didn’t do something with all the love and blessings I’ve been experiencing.

I became an animal rights advocate, and then I came upon the Dressember Challenge, and I just knew I had to be a part of this fight as well. Who knew that personal style and dresses could be so powerful?

Why did you decide to join the Ethical Souls Dressember Team?

Thanks to scrolling through Instagram at the right time, I discovered Ethical Souls Boutique’s post seeking advocates. I was moved by Dressember’s mission and wanted to participate, but I also knew I couldn’t go about fundraising by myself so I joined the Ethical Souls Dressember Team.

How did you prepare for Dressember?

With only a few dress outfits in mind, I gathered my most basic, comfortable, and versatile dresses  along with some accessories and jewelry. I also shared Dressember and my fundraising plans with my network, including my social media savvy sister-in-law who became my first donor.

 

What have you learnt about yourself since starting Dressember?

I learned that, more than ever, I love my community of women. I realized that I want to become even more involved in ending voilence, and I need to learn more about fundraising.

What have you learnt about your personal style?

I once considered myself a chameleon when it came to style; however, these days I desire more of a uniform look that is both functional, classic, and sleek. With the Dressember Challenge, I’m realizing that I’m more of a minimalist dresser than I’d thought, and I desperately need to learn the art of layering and accessorizing.

Have you found the experience difficult?

As of now, I’ve hardly raised any funds, and I’m far from reaching my goal. I’m quite embarrassed. I’ve found it challenging asking people for donations; however, the most difficult part has been realizing that the people in my network are slow to take action.

What would you like to be your message to others?

Wear compassion. Bring it everywhere with you, and let everyone see it.

Would you do Dressember again?

Absolutely. Without hesitation.

 

 

Meet the Ethical Souls Dressember Team – Smriti Rai from iamsmritirai.com

This year I decided to take part in Dressember. Dressember has become a global movement to help aid the fight against slavery and sex trafficking of women and children which exists in every country all over the world.
The idea is simple, you as an advocate of dressember wear a dress every day for the 31 days of December. Your journey can be shared on all social media platforms to help raise funds and awareness of the fight against worldwide slavery and sex trafficking.

Instead of doing it alone, I decided to reach out to the world via social media for wonderful ladies who would like to take part with me and form the Ethical Souls Dressember Team. The response was great with lots of interest but in the end we formed a group of  amazing women and I would love the opportunity over the next few weeks  to introduce you to some of them.

If you would like to donate to our Ethical Souls Dressember Team and support these wonderful ladies just click here

      Meanwhile, let me introduce Smriti Rai

 

 

Tell us about yourself?

I am Smriti Rai originally from Nepal and now residing in the UK. I blog about travels and fashion. I love making videos too.

Why did you decide to join the Ethical Souls Dressember Team?

I was always interested in organic skincare products and recently turned to vegan. I studied Culture at Uni and learned about the brands that practises sweatshop so I started to become more conscious about where I shop. I found Ethical souls on instagram and read that the boutique stocks Elegantees brand who employs women rescued from human trafficking in Nepal. So at first, I wanted to sign up for this reason and now it has introduced me to a lot of other brands. So I am very glad to be part of this team.

How did you prepare for Dressember?

For me I planned to wear the old dresses I have. So I am trying to stick to minimum amount of dress and control the consuming habits that is quite apparent in our Western society here. Also I printed my handcrafted Christmas card to post to anybody who donates more than £10 as a thank you gift.

What have you learnt about yourself since starting Dressember?

Truly supporting the message although even on the days I don’t feel like it I try to motivate myself saying that it is not about me and it is about the message which puts me on a whole different place.  So, I learned that I can get really motivated.

I am so thankful for Dressember I got introduced to brand like Elegantees through Ethical Souls, so it has been quite a journey and I am grateful for all of it.

What have you learnt about your personal style?

Comfort, I cannot let go of my trainers. I am wearing dresses with my trainers! hehe

Have you found the experience difficult?

It is not difficult but it is not as easy as it sounds cause people might think ‘ah yeah wearing a dress!’ but you actually have to think ahead as you have made a commitment. But I am loving the challenge so far.

What would you like to be your message to others?

My main message will be “do not underestimate yourself thinking you cannot make a difference because these small steps and small amounts that you actually donate makes a huge difference in someone’s life. So they are actually not small at all! They are just steps and amounts that makes difference.”

Would you do Dressember again?

Dressember? Definitely 🙂

 

http://www.iamsmritirai.com

instagram: iamsmritirai

 

Meet the Ethical Souls Dressember Team – Julia Brown from Tattymoo.com

This year I decided to take part in Dressember. Dressember has become a global movement to help aid the fight against slavery and sex trafficking of women and children which exists in every country all over the world.
The idea is simple, you as an advocate of dressember wear a dress every day for the 31 days of December. Your journey can be shared on all social media platforms to help raise funds and awareness of the fight against worldwide slavery and sex trafficking.

Instead of doing it alone, I decided to reach out to the world via social media for wonderful ladies who would like to take part with me and form the Ethical Souls Dressember Team. The response was great with lots of interest but in the end we formed a group of  amazing women and I would love the opportunity over the next few weeks  to introduce you to some of them.

If you would like to donate to our Ethical Souls Dressember Team and support these wonderful ladies just click here

Meanwhile, let me introduce Julia Brown

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Tell us about yourself?

Hi! I’m Julia. I left my job in fashion after more than a decade back in august, moved to our first home with my husband and son. I’ve been able to focus on my own business TATTYMOO.com where I design and make/photograph and model all products myself . I use factory Fabric waste, donated or thrifted clothing.

I keep all of the threads I trim off during sewing, and keep even the smallest of scrap fabrics so that I can remake it into new textiles. I urge my friends and family to give me textiles they would normally think about throwing away. I would like to be able to support more ethical initiatives through my work – I have pledged to donate 50% of the profit on one of my recent fully recycled styles to Labour behind the label.

Why did you decide to join the Ethical Souls Dressember Team?

I saw the post on Instagram and asked to be involved as it’s such a great cause

DressemberHow did you prepare for Dressember?

Reorganised all of my clothes- dedicated a rail just for dresses!

What have you learnt about yourself since starting Dressember?

I am feeling more myself again.. see next answer!

What have you learnt about your personal style?

Since we moved and I’m not at work in an office full of young fashion types, I’ve fallen into the sweater and jeans mum! It’s made me plan my outfits again and gives more thought into what I’m wearing. I am having more fun with my clothes again and just having a  “I don’t care what the locals think I’m wearing a see though dress over my jeans and a pair of pom pom earrings like a boss” moment every day!

Have you found the experience difficult?

Some days are harder than others but it isn’t about me is it? It’s about helping those in need so I just get on with it!

What would you like to be your message to others?

Think about the world you want to live in and how you want your children and the younger generation to see it too. It’s totally insane that sex trafficking & slavery still takes place in 2017.

Would you do Dressember again?

Yes!!

 

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We need you! For Dressember

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Ethical Souls Founder Liz O’Meara has been providing  Fair Trade Clothing to the people of Ireland and beyond since early 2016 through www.ethicalsoulsboutique.com.  The primary goal of Ethical Souls, is to ensure that all factory workers are paid and treated fairly in happy working environment and help reduce modern day slavery.

One of the brands which Ethical Souls collaborates with is Elegantees who make beautiful cotton pieces and provide work and a safe place for women who were involved in sex trafficking in Nepal.   Elegantees have partnered with a global non-profit organisation called Dressember.

What is Dressember?

Dressember has become a global movement to help aid the fight against slavery and sex trafficking of women and children which exists in every country all over the world.

The idea is simple, you as an advocate of dressember wear a dress every day for the 31 days of December. Your journey can be shared on all social media platforms to help raise funds and awareness of the fight against worldwide slavery and sex trafficking.

More information on Dressember can be found here: http://www.dressember.org

How to get involved?

Liz O’Meara wants to create an Ethical Souls Team and would love YOU as a team member?!

All you need to do is wear a dress every day in December and share on social media your dress journey using the hashtags #dressember #dressember2017 & #ethicalsoulsdressemberteam. Don’t worry if you don’t have 31 dresses it’s time to be creative!

Liz says “Let’s see what powerful women can do, if we work together to fight for a world without slavery“

If you would like to get involved please get in touch with Liz on info@ethicalsoulsboutique.com or 085 1537084 and she will do the rest. Once a team is finalised prior to the 1st December a funding goal will be set.

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