Dress For Change

Dress For Change

Inspired by: “The Uniform Project

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“How many of you have ever said, “ Ugh, I have nothing to wear!” I sure am guilty of it. When reality is, most of us have a closet full of clothing but our lack of accessorizing and realization of our closet’s potential forces us to believe our closet is empty. While we are all coveting over the latest trends and designer collections, there are little girls in foreign countries who cannot afford a dress for school, forcing them to stay home and continue to stay uneducated. Do not get me wrong; staying up to date on trends and latest fashions is definitely not a bad thing. Being the fashionista I am, I encourage all of you to be your own little fashion icons but I have developed a project that can benefit not only you but underprivileged girls as well.”

-Sheyanne Root

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Sheyanne (left)  and Me

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Sheyanne Root, a close friend and fellow fashionista, has always dreamed of being a fashion designer and making a change in the fashion industry. Well, she is getting a head start on making a name for herself. Her senior project called “Dress For Change” will be her first step in making a difference in the “Fashion World”. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Sheyanne  about her project and how you and I can make a difference.

Q: Sheyanne, tell us about “Dress For Change”

A: Dress for Change is a fashion consumerism project which will raise funds to create dresses for little girls in Africa.

Q: Where did your inspiration come from for this project?

A: As I was brainstorming on the possibilities I had for my project, I came across the Uniform Project, which is a fashion consumerism project that raised funds for education. A girl, (Sheena Matheiken)  vowed to wear the same Little Black Dress for 365 Days. She changed up her outfit everyday by accessorizing differently. Burns High School took part in this project for the first time last spring. I was fortunate enough to participate and had the opportunity to be a guest blogger and wrote a few pieces for newspapers about the project and my personal experiences. The project taught me so much about my closet’s potential and accessorizing and I only wore the same dress for 7 days.

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Q: Wow! 7 days I think I could manage but 365 days, that takes dedication. How did you switch up your outfits?

A: Well here is a photo journal of my experience last spring of the Little Black Dress Project. 

 
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Here is my Little Black Dress. This is Day Number One. Today I am wearing just the H&M Dress without any accessories! 
 Day Number Two!
I added a Forever 21 Polka Dot half shirt, red Hollister cardigan, Old Navy cream scarf, black nylons, and silver Marc Fisher ballet flats. My friend to the left participated as well. She did not have a black dress so she sported a black pencil skirt all week.
 Day Three
Today I added plum colored tights from Gap and a floral scarf. The three ladies next to me participated as well and give great example on how to add scarfs, shirts, belts, and footwear to add to your blank canvas of a dress!
Day Four
Today I added a red pencil skirt from Maurices over my dress. I paired it with a metallic belt! I also added some vintage square earrings for an extra touch! 
 Day Five
Today I added an a-line grey skirt from Gap over the dress. I also paired it with a leopard print eternity scarf and a red lip! 
Day Six
Today I added a leopard print cardigan from old navy as well as a red scarf from Down East Basics. I decided to pair this outfit with an American Eagle Outfitters fedora to give it a little extra touch.
 
Day Seven
The Final Day! Today I added a forever 21 striped tee and hot pink hoop earrings!
 I am loving every single one of those looks. They are all so unique and creative. Accessories really can make an outfit!
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Q: How Can I Get Involved?

A: All you have to do is visit lbddressforchange.blogspot.com to register. Steps to register are on the site. You will pay a $5 pledge and vow to wear a little black dress for a week. By wearing your dress for a week, you will be raising awareness for these underprivileged girls in Africa. Your goal is to accessorize differently throughout the week to create the illusion that it is an entirely different outfit. By doing this simple task, you will be changing the life of one little girl.

 

Q: When is Dress for Change?

A: Dress for Change week will be held April 1st- 7th. You can join in with many other girls from all over the world. From the United Kingdom to Virginia and Oregon to Dubai.

 

Q: Who is making these dresses?

A: I, Sheyanne Root, am the founder of “Dress For Change.” I am a senior in high school in Burns, Oregon. I vow to make a dress for every woman who signs up. So far, I have made  just over 30 dresses to make and am eagerly waiting to make many more.

 

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Sample Dress Pattern

For more information visit lbddressforchange.blogspot.com or email Sheyanne at lbddressforchange@gmail.com!

 

Join In & Let’s Make A Difference Together!

$5.00

ONE WEEK

ONE BLACK DRESS

ONE CHILD’S EDUCATION

ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Join Me &Participate in “Dress For Change”

 

One Final Word From Founder, Sheyanne Root:

“Accessorizing for a week was challenging at times but very fun! I enjoyed the experience and I feel confident you all can do it! As you can see, It doesn’t take a plethora of clothing to do this. Adding simple pieces can entirely change your outcome! I hope this gives you hope and you now feel more confident about the Dress For Change Week!”

XOXO

The Passionate Fashionista

P.S.

I will be keeping a photo journal of how I accessorize my LBD during “Dress For Change” Week

****For More Information On The Uniform Project, visit www.theuniformproject.com***

TGIF

Thank God It’s Friday!

Today, I felt like I was in my car driving around town all day so I am happy that it’s the weekend. I can’t believe that tomorrow is December 1st! I feel like just yesterday it was summer and I was laying poolside…mmmmmm I’m closing my eyes and imagining…eyes open, it’s cold and December. BUT today, the last day of November, it was nearly 50 degrees! I was so excited at the thought of not having to bundle up and wear a winter coat.

 

Outfit of the Day

 

 

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I started  with a basic item, like a short sleeve V-neck tee; try one in a fun color. Then, added a light jacket.

I love the color of my t-shirt; I think it looks great on blondes or “blondes”; I fall in the “blonde” category. I have been dying my hair blonde since I was 11 years old, so for half my life(shhhh)

I decided to add a military style jacket to give my plain tee some edge. I love all the details of the jacket such as the zippered breast pockets and the shoulder detail.

***If you want to try the military trend, look for items such as jackets with details like large buttons, zippers, etc if these accents are gold, even better.; I also think certain silk button down blouses like the ones we all have seen at H&M and Forever 21 are edgy and utilitarian

Add a neutral colored scarf to your jacket for a little extra warmth.

I decided to dig deep in my closet and instead of pulling out a pair of jeans, chose these distressed brown skinny cords

*I feel like people forget about corduroy pants but the Gap makes great skinny cords in good colors

Next I accessorize with gold bracelets. Mines don’t match and range from a $5 Forever 21 bracelet to a David Yurman bracelet (21st BDAY gift!)

I love mixing high-end clothing or jewelry with less expensive pieces, which will give you a unique look

****I am obsessed with my gold spiked bracelet from H&M, (only $4.95); I love how edgy it is

My New Obsession

Bolo Vero Cuoio Lace Up Booties

The things I find in my closet! I had totally forgotten about these Italian leather booties; how is that possible?

Bolo Vero Cuoio describes their boots as punkish and gothic; yes they are different but I think I am drawn to their edginess. Plus I am in love with their color!

Like I have said before, I am usually drawn to classic items with a modern twist but these are anything but classic. I even think they would look great worn with a skirt and brown tights.

*I can think of 2 skirts in my closet right now; one a feminine and romantic blush color skirt that could use a little bit of “punk”

***Question to my readers how would you best describe your style and do you always stick to that style or mix it up?***

Final Look

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sans handbag

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Fendi vintage crossbody

(Mom I can’t believe you never use this bag)

One Last Thing….

As I first told you, I don’t want this blog to just focus on fashion because fashion is everywhere and achieving true style is more than just having the right clothes. There’s hair, makeup, accessories, etc., and I want to write about all of these things.

In addition to just putting together this outfit, I also tried a current makeup trend because I was curious if I could pull it of

I’m sure everyone has heard, seen or even tried the dark lip color trend. Maybe you have seen it in a magazine but are afraid to try it? Or maybe you have tried it and it was a disaster! That’s where I come in…

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The Before Look

*I am fresh-faced wearing mascara and a little bit of concealer

AND after applying my new COVERGIRL BlastFlipstick blendable lip duo in Glimmer

(I only used the darker lip color)

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The “After”

*Color is slightly darker than it appears

I love this look. Now I have a “going out” look that doesn’t involve heavy eye makeup!

**Keep in mind that I have only have on mascara; keeping my eyes makeup, natural and simple so it doesn’t overpower the look I am trying to achieve or look like I am wearing too much makeup**

Also, do a little research in order to find what is the best dark lip color for you. Try InStyle magazine. And I would recommend using a lipstick rather than a lip gloss so that your lip color appears more dramatic and lasts longer.

So, those are my latest outfit and makeup looks. Let me know if you have any questions or comments, I always love feedback!

It’s supposed to be 50 degrees again tomorrow, yay! Enjoy your weekend, I know I will.

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

P.S. I would like to thank my stand-in photographer, Adair Kornman. My photographer, McKenna Kornman will return to the Midwest next week

Clothing

V-neck T-shirt- Target

Jacket- Free People

Pants- Gap

Booties- Bolo Vero Cuiolo

Vintage Crossbody- Fendi

Scarf- Local boutique

Earrings- Forever 21

Bracelets- Spiked: H&M, David Yurman, Others: Forever 21