What I'm Wearing: Socks: Stand 4 Socks, Blazer: Apt 9, Shirt: Apt 9, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Giorgio Brutini
“Safe & Sound (feat. Stand 4 Socks)”
Throughout this whole story i’ve talked about finding yourself, loosing yourself, rebuilding, loss, acceptance, love, and life in general. These are themes and subjects that I will continue to talk about as my story goes on. This page is new for me, I’m going to talk about a subject I didn’t think I would really ever touch base on. As you know from previous pages, Stand 4 Socks approached me in July to collaborate with them and share the story of their brand and socks within my story. I love what Stand 4 Socks stands for. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again. In case you need a refresher, each of their unique socks help give back and are linked to a specific United Nations global goal, delivering a tangible impact in developing countries. This pair here, the Paisley Pink Gender Equality Bamboo Socks, will help pay for a woman and her children to be placed in a safe house. This woman will be able to rebuild her life, a life free from violence. I’ve talked about safety before, i’ve talked about rebuilding a life and starting over. Each of us go through phases in our lives, we build up until we reach the best version of ourself. These woman and their kids who are placed in these safe houses will be given that opportunity, their best chance, for their best life.
I thought to myself, how do I put together an outfit with such standout socks. Honestly, I’m so impressed by Stand 4 Socks and their lively designs. They have so much fun written within them, but they stand for something more serious, than the design. As I walked through Little Italy in San Fran I saw many business men with wild sock designs, and I knew I had to dress this pair up. The contrast of blue and pink made me think of the woman and children being placed in the safe house, safe and sound away from the hurt and violence. A place to recover from their pain. You see the dark blue is the mother, and light blue is the children, the bright pink, now that is the fire that surrounds them. That is the pain they have experienced, it is the light that will get them out alive, it is their drive to live a life away from the violence. People may see a loud sock design, but I see it from a perspective. I repeat countless times, fairytales have darkness in some way. We are all looking for that shimmering light at the end of the tunnel, to guide us to our happy ending, safe and sound. The socks had to be styled with blue and pink to continue the theme, no exception. I paired the socks with shoes from Giorgio Brutini. I felt as if the brown of the shoes was the safe house protecting the woman and children, as they get the help they need to stand back up from the burning hell they have faced. I thought of the woman and children a lot while shooting this look. I can’t relate to them like others may, but I can understanding wanting and needing some safety away from troubles and pain. I do understand what it’s like to want the best life for yourself and for your children. I get it, it may not seem like I do, but I get it. If I ever had a loved one go through what these women have gone through, I don’t know how I would handle that. I would be so hurt. But i’m glad a company and brand like Stand 4 Socks steps up to the plate to raise awareness on these issues woman and their children face today.
Safe and Sound. I can only imagine the relief they feel when they reach the safe home. I’m proud to stand by a company that helps raise awareness to these brave woman looking for a better life for themselves and their children. I know what it’s like to feel stuck, I know that all too well. But don’t ever forget it’s possible to move again, to move forward. My thoughts and prayers go out to the woman and children affected by violence and any hurt or pain. No one deserves that, you don’t deserve that. Don’t ever give up hope and always keep the faith, I swear to you, “Paradise” is out there somewhere, and god will lead us to whatever destination we may find that, one day.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
Every post I will include the song that inspired me to build a post around it's title.
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