/\/\ Dressember: Days 4-10 /\/\

Happy Wednesday! Just quickly sharing my various Dressember outfits from this past week!

It’s been so great being a part of Dressember! It’s so much bigger then a dress. By day 9 the funds raised for IJM had already surpassed last years amount raised. Today, day 10, over $180 million has been raised. Amazing. So much good will come from those funds. And so much awareness has been raised because of Dressember. Love that. If you haven’t donated to Dressember/IJM yet you can do so on mine & my friends team page here! And thank you!

Before I get to the clothes, I just want to share what’s on my heart today. Which to be honest, feels heavy. It’s been some hard days in our house. Tears. Shouting. Messes. Lots of apologies. Forgiveness. Love. And yet, I know God is working in my heart, my husbands heart, in my kids’ hearts. His love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), and friends, I’m guilty of a multitude this week and it’s only Wednesday. I’m guessing someone out there feels the same. When my heart is weary and heavy, I’m in need of truth and perspective. The Word offers both. But then comes the time when I need to stop wallowing in my sin, confess, ask forgiveness, and focus outward. Dressember has been good for that.

Every morning I wake up and stand in front of my closet trying to decide which dress to wear, how to make it warm enough, how to make it look fresh/cute/functional. Then the purpose of the daily dress hits me and I realize today, right now, so many women (and men & children) do not get to make these choices each day. They are in bondage. Their freedom has been stripped away because someone did not see their dignity. Their humanity. They are made in God’s image and for that reason, they deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and justly. The dress reminds me to pray. For the victims. For the survivors. For the traffickers. For the workers, missionaries, and volunteers around the world who are in the trenches of this battle.

I go about my day. I step outside. It’s so cold it stings. The discomfort reminds me to pray. For God to do His mighty work of rescuing victims and protecting potential ones. For Him to call and raise up workers, missionaries, and volunteers to minister to those affected by human trafficking. For Him to soften my heart and clearly tell me what He wants me to do once Dressember is over. For me to be ready….for others to be ready. “The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few.” (Matt. 9:35-38) It’s so much more then dresses. It’s about Jesus and His work on the cross. We can rescue victims, prosecute traffickers, train survivors in fufilling, fair-wage earning vocations…but if they are not given the opportunity to meet Jesus, the Rescuer, it’s all in vain. We can do really good things and help countless people. But without sharing Jesus and His work on the cross, we only treat the symptoms, not the root issue. Without His grace and forgiveness, victims will not be fully rescued and traffickers will not have a reason to treat all life with dignity. Only Jesus can truly bring healing, forgiveness…freedom. Freedom from the bondage of sin. (Gal. 2:19-21) That’s the kind of freedom we all need and crave.

 

Now I’ll step down from the pulpit and get to the clothes 🙂

I’ll admit…I’m cold. Like. all the time. I also haven’t felt the best lately either. I had strep over Thanksgiving and I’m still congested and coughing almost 2 weeks later. Lame. All that to say…I’ve had to get…creative with my dresses in an effort to get warm 🙂

 

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T-Shirt dress: Wal-mart

Belt: Vivo

Brown tights: Nordstroms

Boots: Zulily

Denim jacket: Old Navy

Scarf: handmade from an adoption fundraiser

 

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Bird dress: Fred Meyer’s (included the belt)

Gray tights: Wal-Mart

Boots: Zulily

Scarf: handmade from an adoption fundraiser

 

I wore this outfit to church:

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3/4 sleeve dress: gap outlet

Green tights: Wal-Mart

Heels: Payless

Necklace: boutique in Washington

I love this Gap dress! So soft, warm, and versatile! Best $20 I’ve spent in a long time! Later that day I switched up my accessories to go to the grocery store and look a little more casual:

 

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3/4 sleeve dress: Gap outlet

Green tights: Wal-Mart

Boots: Zulily

Gray & Black striped cardi: Gap outlet

Belt: Rue 21

Chunky infinity scarf: H&M

Bracelet: 3Strands

 

This is something new to me…layering a sweater over a tank dress…and I like it! I’m not much of a skirt girl, because I feel like I’m not so good at pairing tops with skirts well. So I like this kind of gives the impression of a skirt, but it’s not 🙂

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Oatmeal/cream elbow patch sweater: TJ Maxx

B&W stripe pointe dress: Old Navy (it’s a tank/summer dress)

Black tights: Kohls

Brown booties: DSW

Necklace: MERCYiNK Shop

 

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Long sleeve tunic dress: Gap outlet (love this dress too!)

Blue tights: Wal-Mart

Boots: Zulily

Boot cuffs: handmade from an adoption fundraiser

Scarf: boutique in Washington

Bracelet: 3Strands

 

Another adventure in sweater+dress layering!

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Black jersey knit dress: Old Navy (summer tank dress)

B&W stripe 3/4 sleeve sweater: TJ Maxx

Black tights: Kohls

Boots: Amazon

Necklace: Light Gives Heat

 

That’s all for now. If you’re participating in Dressember, I’d love to meet you! If you’re not, I’d still love to meet you! 🙂 Any tips or tricks you have when wearing dresses in the cold weather?

Linking up with the Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Press on!

Jaimi S.

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