Sparks of Hope

Monday, May 19, 2014

Had an amazing time at the Sparks of Hope Gala and Auction the other night. There's always something that feel guilty in me when I get all dolled up and go to a charity gala like this, we were there to raise money for children who are victims of violence and need a spark of hope. It's not about what you wear or who you know, it's about making a change in the lives of these amazing children.

The founders of the event, Lee Ann and Chris Mead, had me to tears a few times with their incredible stories and hearing about their plans of the organization. I felt honored to be sitting there, felt honored to be able to contribute, even if I couldn't afford the African Safari in the live auction. Team Portland Fashion Week had a blast and can't wait contribute to the cause on a bigger level in the future.

Here are some pics from the event and my dress compliments of my friends at SWAK Designs :).
xo
jess


With Tod Foulk, founder of Portland Fashion Week and my business partner of Portland Fashion Council. We were missing our 3rd owner, Sarabeth Chambers!! We miss you SB!
(L) Kevin and Barbara Heck, Hope the Hippo, me and Megan Graves



Outfit Information
Dress c/o SWAK Designs - Tamara Ruched Dress - I have to tell you, of all the LBD's I've worn, this one was one of the most flattering and comfortable. The rouching is absolute GENIUS for a big girl wanting to wear a body con type dress. Plus, I love unfinished hem, I felt so sexy!! I do wish the bust was a deeper V and more flattering for larger breasts, but even though not perfectly what I wanted - still loved this dress.
Shoes from Lane Bryant a while ago.

ABOUT SPARKS OF HOPE
Sparks of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization geared toward children who are survivors of physical or sexual abuse. We help these hurting children see a brighter future filled with joy. Simply, a life of hope.
We work to help empower abused children to thrive by providing special services to encourage hope, healing and trust. Sparks of Hope advocates for these children to know that they are more than the ugliness they’ve experienced.

To accomplish this mission, we begin by granting wishes to these children. Abused children typically only wish for the simplest gifts. The simplest things most people take for granted can be the very things these children have never had the opportunity to experience- life was more about the abuser than the child’s needs or wants.

To encourage continued healing and success, Sparks of Hope offers camps and mentoring to help these children move from brokenness into wholeness.

The healing process will teach these children to move in their healing journey from victim to survivor; from survivor to thriver; and from thriver to mentor! These life skills will allow them to achieve life-long success and will equip them to someday be mentors, themselves.

www.sparksofhope.org

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STATS Which are important so you can gauge if these outfits will look similar on your body.
SIZES: Size 24 on top, Size 26/28 on bottom, 11W Shoes
I have been every size from 12 to 32 in last 12 years.
MEASUREMENTS: 5'8", 50" Bust, 48" High Waist, 60" Hips

HEALTH: (since it's an inevitable conversation, here are the facts) 310lbs as of Jan 2014, normal blood pressure + cholesterol + sugars + etc, no PCOS, no thyroid problems, I think my metabolism has completely left the building however, I absolutely believe the human body was meant to move and exercise is important! Get those endorphins baby! Afterall, happy people don't kill people, right? :D

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• being a working mommy wifey doesn't mean I have to dress the part *wink*
• black, white, red and grey for life
• no matter what size I am I will dress this body to the nines
• Size and age are just a numbers

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