Dressember 2017: Week 3 and 4

As you may have noticed, the rest of December kind of got away from me.  Tis the season, right?  I still wanted to share all the rest of my Dressember pictures though.  This year ended up being pretty tough.. a few days before Christmas, almost all of us came down with a stomach bug and I didn’t wear the dress one of the days.. mostly because I could barely move.. and yet still had to feed and care for a toddler and a pre-schooler haha any extra energy I had went to that, and not into getting dressed and taking a photo 😉  But I wore it the rest of the time, and here are the last two weeks (plus) of The Dress.

cardigan: thrifted // mug: Starbucks

shirt: second hand // leggings: thrifted // socks: Joe Fresh // necklace: Whimsy & Wild

socks: American Apparel // shirt: Bluenotes

sweater: second hand // socks: American Apparel // Necklace: King Renly’s Loot

sweater: Winners // tights: American Apparel // Necklace: Prairie Wire Designs

shirt: thrifted // socks: Target // necklace: KR Loot (please note, I didn’t leave the house on this day haha these bare legs would have froze!!)

Socks: American Apparel // shirt: Tharnzie

sweater: thrifted // tights: Joe Fresh //

sweater: thrifted // tights: gift

shirt: American Eagle // headband: Lanie’s Closet //

this is my *sad Christmas is over* face 😉
scarf: H&M // socks: American Apparel // shirt: thrifted

sweater: thrifted // leggings: Sweetlegs

shirt: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // scarf: Alysalovely Littles

​LAST DAY!! socks: American Apparel

And there you have it! Another Dressember wrapped!  Though the dress has been put away (for a while), you can still donate until the end of January (my page is here!) and please think about participating next year <3

xoxo.
Alysa

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Dressember 2017: Week 2

dress: Forever 21 // sweater: thrifted // hairband: Aldo Accessories // necklace: KR LOOT

skirt: Le Chateau // cardigan: thrifted // belt: thrifted // necklace: Wild & Whimsyy // shoes: Target

socks: American Apparel // shoes: thrifted // scarf: Alysalovely Littles

leggings: sweetlegs // shirt: thrifted // bow: The Bowed Doe

shirt: thrifted

sweater: thrifted // leggings: Sweetlegs

shirt: thrifted // socks: Forever 21

leggings: Sweetlegs // sweatshirt: thrifted // necklace: Prairie Wire Designs

This week was a little bit rough. I was sick, babies decided to wake up super early and be super fun very early a few mornings.  It feels like Christmas is tomorrow and I’m not ready yet. You know… mom stuff?
But I continued to wear the dress.  It’s a simple thing, and a choice that I have the freedom to make.  Continuing to wear the dress is my way of standing up for what is going on all over the world.  To put a stop to the thousands and thousands of women and girls (mostly) who are being taken from their homes and forced into sexual slavery.

This week, I read a story about a little orphan girl who was adopted legally into a family in North America, only for the family to find out later that this little girl was not an orphan at all.  That the little girl was taken from her family and held in what was described as a jail and given very little and kept hungry.  And when her parents tried to get her back, they were told they needed to pay a ridiculously high fee for how the “orphanage” cared for her/room and board.  None of the kids in the orphanage were actually orphans. They were just being kept from their parents who could not afford to pay an exorbitant fee to get their child back.  This is a new kind of human trafficking that I hadn’t heard of before, but it is going on all over the world.

I will not sit down until this isn’t happening anymore.  please consider donating to the cause here!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016: An Update

Though Dressember ended almost a month ago, we’ve still been fundraising all of January.  So, there is still time to get involved and donate to the cause!

As of now, as a large group, we have raised $1,453,968USD!! That’s SO amazing!! It’s SO close to the goal we set out of $1.5million USD.  SO CLOSE!  If you’d like to donate to my campaign page, you can find that here.  If you donate $30 or more, I will send you an exclusive bonnet just for this Dressember campaign.

And if you have already donated, I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart: Thank you!  It means so much more than I can say when the people around me support the things I find important. <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016: Week 4

And just like that, Dressember was over and everyone was wearing pants again.  But just because the dress-wearing is over, doesn’t mean the fundraising is!  If you’re still interested in donating to the cause, you can find my campaign page here.  We will still be raising money throughout January.

Here is how I wore the dress for the last week of Dressember

Dress: Tharnzies // tights: gift // necklace: Finity Handmade on etsy

necklace: Finity Handmade on Etsy // leggings: SweetLegs

I don’t have a picture for the 28th but there’s a boomerang on instagram!

Going simple for the last few days. These socks are from Target

Sweater: gift // socks: Forever 21

Hat and Mitts: Out of the Blue on Osborne // and I’ve had these boots and coat for so long I cannot remember where they’re from.

So there you have it!  Another Dressember done 🙂  As a group, at this point, we have raised over $1.3MILLION USD!! It’s pretty exciting.  We’re going for $1.5, so if you still want to donate, you can till the end of January!

Love,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016: Week 3

The third week of Dressember was last week, and I must say, it’s getting harder to style this dress differently! You might notice that I am an outfit repeater in this post.  Or, in the very least, I am an item repeater.  I just know what I like I guess!

sweater: thrifted // socks: Forever 21
This day was a pretty rough day.  I believe the night before, my children decided against sleeping.  So it was a cozy day of rest.

sweater: thrifted // socks: American Apparel

This is one of my favourite sweaters.  I am pretty sure that it is handmade, because it doesn’t have any tags or anything.  I also love these socks.  They go up pretty much all the way, and they are super thick and warm which is perfect for cold Winnipeg winters.

skirt: thrifted // socks: Forever 21

I got Aiden in on the fun this day!  I did the classic skirt-over style.  Makes it feel like I’m wearing something different, when really it’s the same dress 😉

sweater: thrifted // leggings: SweetLegs // necklace: gift

This was Christmas Eve Eve! I wore this to spend time with our friends, as per tradition <3

ugly Christmas sweater: gift // socks: American Apparel

Christmas eve!  We did our Christmas eve at my aunt’s house, so that’s why it’s a different tree!  Usually, everyone wears the “ugly” Christmas sweaters that my mom made.  I didn’t actually wear this for that long there, though.  It’s very interesting for little baby hands to grab and pull at the strings on it haha

sweater: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // scarf: gift
At the end of Christmas day! I was pretty tired 😉

Hope your Christmas week was fantastic! <3

If you’re interested in donating to Dressember, you can find my campaign page here.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016: Week 2

The second week of Dressember went by, mostly, without a hitch.  We celebrated Festivus with our family, and generally stayed the heck inside because it was C-O-L-D COLD outside. That random cold snap has now seemed to pass (for now), thankfully! Hoping Christmas isn’t too cold.

Here’s how I wore my dress this last week:

plaid shirt: thrifted // necklace: Finity Handmade

sweater: thrifted // tights: Black Milk

socks: American Apparel

sweater: thrifted // leggings: Romwe

shirt: Bluenotes

shirt: thrifted // tights: Target // belt: thrifted

sweater: Billabong

scarf: gift // leggings: SweetLegs

Dressember 2016 has been flashing by.  There’s about a week and a half left of it.  So far, as a collective group, we’ve raised over $700kUSD!  It’s so amazing to be part of such a great organization, and I’m so happy to be able to contribute a little bit.  Wearing a dress is the easy part, the work that IJF and A21 do, that’s the hard part.  And the money raised will go a long way to help women who are stuck in human trafficking.

If you have it on your heart to donate, my campaign page is here. <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016: First Week (& a bit)

It’s a week and a half into December (already), and so I’ve been wearing the same dress for a week and a half! I thought I’d share my Dressember progress every Monday, so as not to post too much (however, if you like seeing my #Dressemberootd on the daily, you can check out my Instagram @Alysalovely, I share the outfit every day there!)

Here’s how I wore my Dressember dress so far:

Day 1 // Necklace: c/o The Vintage Honey Shop

Day 2 // Cardigan: Thrifted // socks: American Apparel // necklace: finity handmade on etsy

Day 3 // Scarf: Out of the Blue

Day 4 // shirt: Bluenotes // necklace: The Vintage Honey Shop (see link above) // socks: dollarama

Day 5 // scarf: Little Stitches By Brandi Little  // socks: Target

Day 6 // apron: gift // skirt: thrifted // tights: Target

Day 7: Cardigan: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // necklace: The Vintage Honey Shop

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Day 8 // shirt-dress: thrifted // tights: Target

#dressember #youcandoanythinginadress #itsbiggerthanadress @dressember

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Day 9 // cardigan: thrifted // tights: thrifted

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Day 10 // This is when I was on ~the news~ delivering the mail with my babies! haha

A photo posted by Alysa Friesen (@alysalovely) on

Day 11 // And yesterday, when I wasn’t feeling all that well so I didn’t take a picture. But I did wear the dress!!

If you’d like to donate, you can find my campaign page here!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016 – Join Me!

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It’s almost December (yay!) and that means that it’s almost DRESSEMBER!  I’ve been participating in Dressember for a few years now, this year will be my fourth year participating and I love it.

Basically, you wear a dress every day for the month of December, and raise money to stop human trafficking and sexual slavery at the same time.  As a collective group, we’ve raised over $1.5 million (USD) in three years.  I believe the goal for this year is to reach another million!

So where do you come in?  There’s a few things you can do:

  1. Participate!
    It’s so easy.  Sign up here.  You don’t need a million dresses to participate, just one.  This year I will be wearing the same one dress all year, and you can, too!  It actually makes it more of a challenge that way, because you need to find ways to keep your one dress stylish and fresh (as in, non boring 😉 )
  2. Join a team!
    Here is the link to my team, Dresses in the Snow! You are more than welcome to join my team, even if you don’t actually have snow where you are.
  3. Donate!
    If you aren’t sure about actually wearing a dress all month, or you know you wouldn’t want to participate, you can always donate to the cause!  Here is my personal Dressember campaign page. I would love a donation <3
  4. Share!
    Not sure about participating, and don’t really have the money to donate?  I get it! Another way to help is to share on your social media! Tell your friends about my campaign or my team, and maybe they’ll want to join or donate.  Spread the word 🙂

If you have any questions, such as “I’M A MAN!” or “I HATE DRESSES” or “BUT I HAVE A WORK UNIFORM”, check out the official FAQ here!

SO excited for Dressember this year!
And be sure to check out my instagram, @Alysalovely!  I’ll be updating daily with my #ootd/#dressemberootd (that’s outfit of the day ;))

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2015: the last few days

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dress: Sirens // tights: Joe Fresh // sweater: Old Navy

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shirt: Bluenotes // socks & hairband: Forever 21 // necklace: gift

last day of Dressember 2015

tights: Karmaloop // hairband: Simon’s // top: thrifted

Well, another Dressember campaign is over!  I think that it went pretty well this year.  I wore the same dress all month, and mostly managed to wear different accessories with it! By the end of the month, I was getting pretty tired of wearing the same thing every day, and I have a feeling I probably won’t be wearing that dress again for a good long while.  And, seeing how I felt at the end of the month, I’m pretty sure that means I’ll do the same thing again next year and only wear one dress all month.  Though, next time I’ll choose a dress that doesn’t tie at the neck.  I found it really dug into my neck by the end of the day and it wasn’t super comfortable.

I’m still raising money as well, you can check out my fundraising page here.  We’re still collecting money until the end of January, so there is still time to donate if you haven’t yet! <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2015: Week 3

Another week of December over, AND it’s now the week of Christmas!! Time to get all the last minute stuff done (or, time to give up on the fact that the things you thought you were going to have done by now are never going to get done… you know, one or the other 😉 )

Here’s how I styled my dress this past week:

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dress: Sirens // shirt: Wet Seal // tights: Joe Fresh // hairband: Forever 21

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scarf: gift // cardigan: Thrifted // socks: Joe Fresh

Dressember: 31 days, one dress

shirt: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // scarf: gift

Dressember week 3

leggings: Romne // socks: Target // tank top: Forever 21

socks: Forever 21 // cardigan: thrifted

scarf: Wet Seal // tights: Joe Fresh

Nice but busy week though! We celebrated Festivus with my husband’s family, and I had a lot of running around to do all week.  I feel NEARLY ready for Christmas.  Not quite, but nearly.

If you’re interested in learning more about Dressember, check out dressember.org, and if you’d like to donate to my Dressember campaign, you can check out the link here!

Hope you’re having a lovely week <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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