Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap™ Blog











Thanks to all of my generous and huge hearted frugal fashionistas, my husband and I were able to help about 100 homeless people in DC this morning. It’s all because of YOU that we were able to do our part in our little corner of the world! You are all amazing and I am so proud to be your leader!

We passed out coats,hats, gloves, scarves, bottled water and cigarettes. If you don’t smoke, you won’t get how important this was to them! I purchased a carton of cigarettes and divided them into sandwhich bags with 3 cigarettes in each. I think they were more excited about the cigarettes than anything else! LOL

I had several conversations with some of the folks there and learned some heart breaking stories. I also found out that the homeless shelter they stayed at was more like a prison than a shelter. They are only allowed a certain amount of items so they had to sneak the clothing in under their coats! I was told that the people that run the shelter are very mean and disrespectful towards them -making them feel less than human just because they were homeless! I was appaulled at what I learned. So in the spring and summer they have to get rid of their winter clothes if they want to bring in summer clothes and then the shelter sells them for profit! I am disgusted with their situations. Several of them told me they would rather be outside weathering the cold and wind then be inside with these nazi’s who were running the place. It was trully heartbreaking.

So, this is what I propose. Since there are a lot more men than women there – I am going to ask that for the next two swaps you bring in your regular 5 or more items PLUS any mens clothing you can get your hands on…shorts, jeans, t-shirts, etc. Please rummage through your husband’s closets and bring whatever he does not wear anymore. We’ll do this for the next two swaps so we have plenty of men’s items. Belts, sports jackets, sweatshirts -all good! Instead of taking the next two loads to Mary’s Center I will bring them to the homeless. All left over women’s summer clothes will not go for domestic violence, but to the homeless. I posted some pics from todays event and will post some more later tonight or tomorrow.

Again, I want to thank you all for your support and love! You ladies ROCK!

Kim (Frugal Fashionista)

Dates for the next 2-3 swaps will be posted hopefully this week!

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The Bravelets™ Story:

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Mom and me – wearing our braves

I will never forget the day my mom told me she had breast cancer. When I heard the news I held back tears, and tried to sound calm. I knew that I needed to be brave for my Mom. She was trying to be brave for me and my sister, as she didn’t want us to worry. We were trying to be brave for her. Out of this process, Bravelets™ was born.

I wanted to make something that my sister, my mom, my dad and I could all wear in the weeks leading up to her Mastectomy – a symbol that we could all look at and remember to be brave.

There are times in all of our lives where we need to be brave – whether for ourselves, for our family, for our friends, or even for a complete stranger. Bravelets™ bracelets are more than just something to wear on your wrist. They are a symbol of hope, strength and courage. They are designed to help you be brave in the toughest of times.

 

Why the Triangle?

 

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The triangle is the strongest geometric shape. Bravelets™ bracelets are worn to help you be strong and brave in tough situations. Therefore, Bravelets™ and triangles are a perfect pair. The triangle is incorporated not only in the Bravelets logo, but also in every item’s single design. Plain and simple, the triangle represents strength, just like Bravelets™.

 

Our Giving – Upfront and Honest

Bravelets™ is not a non-profit organization. We are a for-profit company with giving at our core. We believe in transparency. We believe in making a difference. We don’t believe in the phrase “a portion of proceeds will be donated….” What does that mean? Is a portion $.01? Is a portion 1%? That kind of giving is confusing and un-fulfilling to the purchaser. We want you to feel good about your purchase. We want you to know, when you look down at your wrist, that $10 was donated to your cause. We want you to know that you helped make a difference.

So now you know a little bit about Bravelets and are hopefully interested in purchasing a piece of bravelets jewelry for yourself or a loved one!

As you know, the Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap supports Domestic Violence Awareness and we raise funds for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) We also support local military veterans groups through All Media Linked and “Vets Group”.

Our main colors are purple, violet and black so if you go to our site, all of the jewelry will be in those colors.

$10 from EVERY sale is donated to RAINN if you order from our page – which is HUGE! It’s a very measurable way to see where your hard earned dollars are going!

I ordered my first bravelet last week – here is what mine looks like:

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Be Brave and show your support for the causes YOU believe in!

Join me in showing the world, that you too, are “BRAVE”.

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 
― A.A. Milne

 



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