The Dandelion Pendant April 10 2019
The dandelion is a symbol of healing, survival and overcoming emotional hardship.
As someone who has battled depression over the years, I know that I am not alone in this, but at times it sure can feel that way. That is why I created the Dandelion Pendant. I wanted to make a piece of jewelry that you could give to someone who has been going through a hard time. Something they could wear everyday to remind them that they are loved and they are not alone.
And because the dandelion can survive through rough conditions, I felt it was also the perfect symbol for someone who has come out of the other side of hardship. This necklace can be a celebration of your overcoming challenges, and a reminder of your strength and perseverance.
Also, 10% of the proceeds from the Dandelion Pendant go to the Black Women's Health Imperative and Black Mamas Matter Alliance (5% each). “Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. [They] center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.” and the Black Women’s Health Imperative has, “been the only national organization dedicated solely to improving the health and wellness of our nation’s 21 million Black women and girls – physically, emotionally and financially.”
I chose these two organizations in part to help raise awareness about the black maternal health crisis that is happening in the United States. As Sister’s Keeper reports on the CDC’s findings, “Nationally, Black babies die at over 2 times the rate of white babies, and Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy related causes than white women. In places like New York City, Black women are 12 times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy related causes. These trends are present across class lines.” And from this in depth article in the NYTimes, “a black woman with an advanced degree is more likely to lose her baby than a white woman with less than an eighth-grade education.”
As reported by the Root, “The potential causes are numerous, including lack of access to health care and attention and prenatal resources to disenfranchised and disproportionately of color communities, a lack of attention given to health concerns expressed by black women, and even psychological stress and PTSD caused by racism.”
Please consider donating to an organization working to address this issue or other issues affecting BIPOC. Below are a few suggestions, but before giving money to any organization, I encourage you to do your own research.
Brides for a Cause October 05 2018
We recently had the honor of participating in a beautiful styled shoot at Ray's Boathouse, organized by event and wedding planners The Eventists, and wanted to highlight one of the cool businesses we got to work with!
Brides for a Cause is a nonprofit organization that collects and re-sells wedding dresses, donating the funds among various local and national women-focused charities, which allows them to have a greater impact on a wide variety of charities and causes (rather than being tied to just one!).
Their gowns are donated by high-end designers, boutiques, and generous brides all over the country and are available in a wide range of sizes, styles, and designers. Select discounted accessories—like veils, slips, and headpieces—as well as bridesmaid and flower girl dress are also available.
While they have permanent locations in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland, Brides for a Cause also offers road shows in select cities to offer brides the opportunity to shop their stock. Their permanent locations are open seven days a week on a walk-in basis—no appointment needed!
If you're not looking for a wedding dress, consider donating yours to give it a new life and to help out a really cool, charitable organization!
Happy Pride Month — How You Can Help Effect Change June 01 2018
“How long have you been together?” I asked David and Patrick who were in for a wedding ring consultation. “About 22 years,” David responded, and I felt my eyes water hearing this. It was 2012, the year that same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington. That year I met with so many couples who had been together for decades and were finally able to marry the person who they loved and wanted to spend their life with. During each of these consultations that year, I was touched by their stories. It meant so much seeing the joy and excitement in their faces, and imagining what those rings meant to them. But, legalizing same-sex marriage was just one step. We still have a ways to go towards equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Right now, in 31 states, it is legal to deny someone housing or employment, or even fire someone from their job, because of their sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is still not a protected class under federal anti-discrimination laws. Many states have sexual orientation as part of their anti-discrimination laws, but the majority do not.
But—You Can Help Effect Change !
- Give to non-profits that are working to secure equal rights for LGBTQ people, like Lambda Legal and Freedom for all Americans.
- If you live in a state that does not have LGBTQ non-discrimination laws, contact your senator and representatives to let them know that this is an important issue to you. Find out if you live in one of those states here, and find out who to contact here & here.
- Patronize businesses that support full rights for LGBTQ people. Check out Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index to find out which business support LGBTQ equality.
- Get to your nearest pride parade. If you’re not queer, you can still go and be a straight ally. Last year, riding in the Seattle Pride Parade, I was touched seeing so many straight allies in the crowds. I can't tell you how much it means just to feel accepted.
I don’t normally use this space to get this political or personal, but I believe so strongly in equal rights for everyone. This is a concern and a driving force for me every day of the year.
Thank you for reading this.
Human Rights Campaign National Dinner Auction 2015 September 04 2015
These beautiful Silver and Alexandrite engagement rings will be included in the silent auction at the nineteenth annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, DC. These rings are our interpretation of the rainbow, as the alexandrite changes colors from bluish-green in daylight to purplish-red in artificial light.
"The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. It is organized and will be operated for the promotion of the social welfare of the LGBT community. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all."
Human Rights Campaign Silent Auction 2014 August 15 2014
These lovely silver and diamond engagement rings will be included in the silent auction at the eighteenth annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, DC. The dinner is sold out, but you can bid on them online here.
"The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all."
Love is Love February 10 2014
There is this great project, going on on Kickstarter right now (with only 4 days left), by Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew - The Love is Love project. Their goal is to capture the relationships of LGBT couples/families around the country. The goal is to raise enough funds to travel to all 50 states photographing couples. The end result of the project will be a book of their beautiful and touching photographs.