Thursday, September 13, 2012

Purchase with Purpose



Today I have the honor of introducing you to an organization that is doing amazing things for women all around the world.  Fashion can be a very "self-centered" industry and I believe it's so important to take a step back and realize how fortunate we are & to reach out to those in need.  My personal goal is to do this more often here on PPF, because I began this site to help other women...and because I never want it to become all about me.



Did you know?  More than 800,000 people are trafficked every year (some right here in the US, including girls as young as age 5) and sex trafficking is the #2 largest source of profits for international organized crime...second only to drugs.  iSanctuary (stands for International Sanctuary) is a company that helps women who are survivors of human trafficking.  Their goal is to end the cycle by providing self-sufficiency options for girls who are rescued from these horrifying situations.

Since it's inception in 2007, iSanctuary has employed over 200 women & has provided them with a safe place where they can earn a living & reintegrate into society.  "When a young woman walks through the door at International Sanctuary, the label of "trafficked victim" is removed and she is immediately treated as an individual."  


Each item of jewelry on their site is hand-made from a trafficking survivor.  When they sent me this bracelet earrings, I literally cried as I read the label attached to each piece, which was signed by the girl who made them.  Not only is the jewelry beautiful & unique, but every single purchase made helps benefit these young women who have had their lives nearly destroyed from being sold into slavery.  

I personally can't think of a more worthy cause or a better gift to give.  Take a look at the pieces on their site (I'm loving this statement necklace, this stone bracelet & this cutout cuff) and read more about the great work they are doing here.


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jenn~the stylish housewife said...

wow...you look SO beautiful. and the bracelet you received is just gorgeous. i am off to check out the rest of their jewelry right now!

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Katie said...

Wow. Thank you so much for sharing!

I'm off to check out iSanctuary.

Amy said...

What a great cause! I definitely think that things like this are great for the fashion industry. I know I am a lot more willing to spend more money on something that goes towards a good cause. I love that necklace!

xo,
Amy
itwasloveat.blogspot.com

Kellee said...

What a great cause! I will definitely have to keep them in mind once I get my next paycheck!

http://www.pirateandlilac.com

Natali said...

Thank you for sharing this story and info, I'll definitely take a look now.

http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

Styleclouds said...

This is a very beautfiful post! And I love the little bracelet! It becomes even more special since it is helping for a good cause! Thanks for sharing this! xo, Christina

www.styleclouds.de

Laura said...

The bracelet is beautiful, and it's such a great cause! Will be sure to visit their site :)

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

OMG, this is for such a wonderful cause! i'm definitely checking out their site now! thanks so much for introducing them to us!

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

Victoria said...

You look beautiful! :)

- Victoria
www.VICKITAS.com

dreamingincashmere said...

This makes me so sad. I think it is clearly something that seems to be overlooked. What a wonderful organization & what strong women to survive such awful things and stay strong. Going to their site right now:) Thanks so much for sharing this!!
xo, amy
www.dreamingincashmere.com

Sandy a la Mode said...

you look amazing! love the story behind it~

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

For All Things Lovely said...

Awesome reason to purchase this beautiful jewelry. Thanks for sharing! xx.
Megan

www.forallthingslovelymr.blogspot.com

sarahsreallife said...

Thanks so much for introducing us to this cause (although it's not hard to catch our attention with pretty jewelry). These would make great, meaningful gifts too. AHEM, hear that everyone?! The holidays will be here before you know it!!!!

Sarah's Real Life

Laura @ Chaotic Domestic said...

Wow, thank you for sharing. What a wonderful cause... it's great that you're raising awareness. I'm definitely going to check out their website to learn more!

Alyson said...

absolutely love the beautiful pieces, the meaning behind them and that you took the time to share this with readers. These reminders are so important.

Basically B said...

great cause! great outfit!
thank you for showing me this...

http://frenchpresstights.blogspot.com/

Monica Rose {finer feelings} said...

Love the beautiful simplicity of your outfit. What a wonderful company & mission, I'm so glad you shared!
finer feelings

huongie said...

Thank you SO much for sharing this great organization. Definitely will be looking into them soon for sure. You look beautiful as always!

Amy said...

this is an amazing site. I am def. going to pop over and check out their stuff.

p.s. love your look today!

http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

Sam, Leave The Nest Up To Me said...

LOVE the barbed wire bracelet and the mission behind it! Just bought one for myself :)

Mrs. A said...

Thank you for bringing attention to this great cause. Awareness brings change! AND this outfit is gorgeous!

xo emily, www.bupster.blogspot.com

Rachel @ Making Life Fabulous said...

I love this post, such a great reminder for all of us. The jewelry is beautiful, definitely a special work of art!

CP and KW said...

this is absolutely beautiful. the blouse combined with the skirt is just so feminine.
kw, Ladies in Navy

Lindsay Patrick said...

Thank you so much forsharing. Love having a piece that makes a difference and has a story.

LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

Chelsea Davis said...

I love this look! That skirt is so prefect for the transition into fall!

XO http://shesaidhesaid-fashion.blogspot.com

Kendrra Thoms said...

That long flowy dress is beautiful!
kendrrat
kendrrat.blogspot.com

Meg @ write meg! said...

So nice -- and what a worthwhile cause. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Seeking Style said...

What a wonderful cause - thank you for writing about it!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Stephanie Lam said...

I always love fashion that is for a great cause!! :)

-Stephanie
@LaminLouboutins.blogspot.com

rdelayo said...

I really enjoy your blog! I just finished a very good but heart wrenching book (although ficton) on this topic... A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison...I highly recommend it. Also, check out the site of Elegantees.com. This company is doing incredible things to help...with lovely, high quality clothing.

Gigi said...

I think a lot of people assume that human trafficing is something that happens overseas or in other countries,not in the US or Canada. I'm glad you are sharing and shedding light to such a meaningful cause.

Gigi xoxx

Tiffany M* said...

First- these photos of you are absolutely stunning! You look gorgeous.

Second-love this company and what they are doing for woman. It's great to know that there are people out there trying to help people in unfortunate situations better themselves. Truly empowering!
beijos,
Tiffany
www.beijostiffany.com

RoselyC said...

They have beautiful pieces and the fact that by purchasing something you are helping out such a great cause, is amazing.

3d7ec592-fb7b-11e1-b9b5-000f20980440 said...

What a great company doing great things for women! I hope to see more and more companies do things like this. xo
Best, M.
http://fadedmstyle.com

Jeans and a Teacup said...

Awesome! This company had a booth set up at our church's christmas market and I bought two necklaces. I couldn't remember the company name though and have been looking ever since! They were beautiful pieces and I loved being able to help out women by purchasing them.
~Jessica
www.jeansandateacup.blogspot.com

TaraMixandMatch said...

sounds like a truly amazing organization! you look so pretty

Christine said...

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
work-it-blog.blogspot.com

Marissa at Style Cusp said...

You look absolutely beautiful in these photos! Such a simple outfit with little to no accessories, yet it looks so pulled together. Bravo :)

Trafficking is an "industry" that has always intrigued me and I've always been interested to learn about it's tragedy. It's so terrible that we have it right in our own backyards here, more than we even know.

Alice Warren said...

Thank you for sharing. I am glad there are organizations such as this to help these victims. It is so sad that it happens right in our own backyard too.

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Amy said...

such a fabulous cause. i have a dear friend who works in nepal who works to stop child trafficking, it is a real problem all around the world. i will definitely be purchasing a bracelet.

xx amy
Leopard and Lillies

Clara Turbay said...

You know how to combine: strength, style and classy.

Xoxo Trishelle said...

you look gorgeous and what a great cause!!!
www.xoxotrishelle.blogspot.com

AnnChic said...

Hello!
I just discovered your blog, I love your look, specially your skirt so nice!
I didn´t know about this Ong they are doing a good job.

xoxo

http://annchic.blogspot.com.es/

Anthea Lau said...

love this outfit for summer, your hair is perfect, so as your pink lips with the denim jacket and white maxi xoxo
would you like to follow each other?

P.S. $100 Giveaway from Boticca on my blog until end of Sept:
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Cat Arenzana said...

What an amazing organization! Thank you for sharing. I'm off to visit their site. . .

Courtney Starr said...

You look beautiful! And what a great cause.

xo, Courtney
girlavantgarde.com

styleonthecouch.com said...

I think as bloggers it is really nice when we share causes we feel passionate about. Well done you - what a great idea for a worthy cause.

www.styleonthecouch.com

ssprings said...

I teach 8th graders and touching their lives through literacy is difficult. There is one book, however, that gets the attention of both boys and girls every year...Sold, by Patricia McCormick. The story of a young girl who is sold into the sex trade industry by her stepfather is one that gets under the students' skin and really makes them think. I am now planning to add a spark of total reality to the book by introducing the iSanctuary website and making sure the kids know that this is a REAL issue...not just something in a book.

thespringsspot.blogspot.com

Sal said...

Pretty Pretty! I love that knotted brass bracelet- very fun =) xo Sallie

www.bluebonnetsforsal.com

Sarah said...

Very pretty look, the denim and skirt are a great combo xo

http://girlcrushblog.blogspot.com

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