Good morning! Welcome to December, folks! For the Pie Queen, it's also known as Dressember, and I have been SO anxious for this month to get here so I could tell you all about what that means! Hint: it means the whole world to me.
Dressember is something some of you may have heard of already, but I am super honored to share with those whom are unfamiliar. Most importantly, why this foundation, and time of year, mean so much to me. Remember that to me, it's Bigger Than a Dress.
My Slice of the Story:
The first couple of years of Dressember were just us gals who were connected to the creator Blythe Hill, whether it be real life friendships or Instagram-based relationships. It wasn't raising money for a cause just yet, it was a fun fashion challenge and a way to connect with others.
The very first post on Instagram, made in 2011, was all because I wanted to post the pictures to Instagram during the challenge. I participated with two lifelong friends of mine, Jen & Amy Hood and their friend, Blythe (does that name sound familiar?) and a bunch of other awesome ladies.
When I posted the photo, it received two "likes". CHECK OUT WHO ONE OF THE LIKES WERE!
These are my dear friends, Jen and Amy Hood. I love these fierce women and loved joining them in doing our part in changing the world for the better!
It wasn't until 2013 when Blythe decided to go bigger than the dress and start a movement by basing the challenge on raising money to fight Human Trafficking. Since 2013 the Foundation has raised over 3 million to help raise awareness and save lives! (AMAZING RIGHT?!?)
I also met my sweet friend Melissa; a bestie of Blythe, through the challenge. We started following one another on social media and that turned into emailing, after Mel found out she was moving to NASHVILLE! Luckily for me, the social media friendship turned into real life besties, and one that still brings me to tears to think about. And it's all thanks to Dressember!
She has since moved back out to California, but GAH-LEE, I love her.