Tuesday, November 22, 2011

coloured tights: purple for awareness

Dress & Tights-Gap; Blazer-BCBG Maxazria; Heels-Andrew Gellar (Thrifted); Earrings-Thrifted; Nail Polish-Violet Frost by Sally Hansen & Purple Diamond by Santee; Bracelet-Giveaway prize from Brooke
November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario and Friday is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  Ending violence against women is a cause that I am very passionate about advocating for, educating and informing.  As you may know I have my Social Work degree and after my first year of university I was offered a student position as a Front Line Victim Support Worker with Ottawa Victim Services.  I was responsible for performing intakes and providing crisis intervention to victims of crime and tragic circumstances.  I worked on many stalking, domestic violence and sexual assualt cases, the majority of which were crimes against women.  I really connected with these women, their stories were horrific but yet they stayed so strong.  I couldn't imagine what they had experienced and began to identify them as 'survivors' rather than 'victims'.  They were warriors, mothers, professionals, daughters, sisters, friends and they changed my life.  

{My earrings weren't photographing too well so here they are along with my sparkly purple nails}

{Just like Lyddie Gal said-well made garments have beautiful linings}

I have stayed on with Ottawa Victim Services as a volunteer and am constantly amazed by these woman who have been through so much and the importance of female empowerment through advocacy, education and information.  Wear purple or join the white ribbon campaign to create awareness and join in the movement to end violence against women!

Violence against women is an appalling human rights violation. But it is not inevitable. We can put a stop to this.
-Nicole Kidman


  1. I love this post. What you do is so amazing and I am glad you wrote about it! I am going to wear purple and totally gonna give a little shout out to you on the blog!!


  2. I wish I had something purple to wear in support of this...such an important issue. And love the jacket and dress combo.

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  3. That sounds like a job worth volunteering for, and certainly a cause that needs awareness.

    Love your purple dress and gorgeous blazer with it's fab lining!

    Chic on the Cheap

  4. That color is gorgeous on you and what it represents is even more beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Oh and I agree - I love a garment (or purse) with a pretty lining :)


  5. Sounds like a great cause to volunteer for! And you're looking mighty cute doing it- love those heels!!

  6. You look beautiful in purple and grey, and what a strong stance behind the outfit. Thankyou for writing about it.

  7. Awesome! I love this post. Mental and physical abuse is more prevalent than what people think. It's sad that this is an ongoing issue. It affects different classes, nationalities and economic backgrounds. It is so disheartening to hear what these ladies go through and sometimes the fear the children witness. I applaud you. I love your dress. It's a gorgeous color and style. And I love your tights. The pairing with grey is impeccable. Your shoes are fab! Thanks for bringing attention to this issue. ((HUG))


  8. love all this purple! I just bought a purple dress in the same shade as yours at the mall yesterday :)

  9. it's great and so important that you support those women!
    btw, the thrifted earrings are really cool and totally stand out next to your lilac nails.

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  10. You're such a great person Em. Such a great cause.

  11. What a wonderful cause Emily. We're lucky to have caring and devoted people like you working with the fellow members of our community. On a more frivolous note, I love those earrings!!!

  12. What a wonderful post and such a wonderful cause you are involved in! You are awesome :)

    And, love the purple outfit! It is my favorite color in the whole world, lol! Heather

  13. Well made garmets do have beautiful linings! Love that blazer. My friend had a similar career path as you (she's currently on mat leave). great post for spreading awareness, sometimes movember dominates November.

  14. Good for you. An important cause. And those tights are gorgeous.

  15. what a FANTASTIC purple outfit to support such a worthy cause!

    dash dot dotty

  16. Violence against women always strikes a chord with me...and I've donated to several of these related efforts. The inside of your blazer is beautiful!

  17. This is a really inspiring post and accompanying outfit. As a woman, thank you for your work to help other women! Love your earrings, tights and those fierce pumps!

  18. Lovely look!! And a wonderful cause, too!

  19. Amazing blazer and amazing dress! You look really lovely!
    I like your post very much, against violence (against women). It's time to stp this, in the whole world!
    Great post and great outfit!

  20. Great cause. Amazing outfit. You look fab.


    Happy Thanksgiving, Emily.

  21. Great look for a great cause! I love your little floral button rings too!

  22. You look so pretty! and what a great cause with a great color to match! I also really like those earrings. They are just absolutely gorgeous.

  23. I love the quote and I love the cause - we have a local thrift store here whose donations go towards preventing domestic violence in the community.
    AND I love this outfit! The purple-on-purple is such a great idea and I love the simple accessories of blazer and those super-cute post earrings :)


One of my daily joys is reading the lovely comments you leave. It may take a day or two (or three, depending on how hectic life gets!) but I will stop by your slice of the blogosphere soon! xo Emily