Each year for my birthday (which is today!) I ask family, friends, and total strangers to donate money to very deserving dog rescues instead of buying me gifts. Over the past two years, I've raised over $1600!
You can read more about Dollars For Doggies 2014 here!
You can see the donation page here.
[UPDATE: we raised $995!! Thanks to all who donated!]
To give a bit more incentive to donate, I created a spoken word video last night to highlight the dogs who really touched my heart this year. Please note that dog rescue is not always a pretty sight and there are some upsetting photos and stories included (also a curse or two). Fair warning before you watch. That being said, I DO encourage you to watch. As artists, it's our job to use our talents to bring light to important issues and there is nothing I'm more passionate about. At nearly 1,000 views, I couldn't be more proud of this little video.
I had a great time modeling for a feature on The Every Girl! One of my favorite online sites, The Every Girl is meant for, well, every girl :) When we shot outside it was pouring rain and so cold, but we still had the best time. Any time I get to be creative, I feel like the luckiest person in the world, and this was definitely the case on this shoot. Check out some of the final shots and some behind the scenes instagrams!
Full list of credits:
Photography: Kate Ignatowski http://kateignatowski.com Instagram: @kateignatowski
Styling: Mandy Forlenza Sticos http://mandyforlenza.com Instagram: @littlevintagerentals
Hair: Andy Tseng http://hairbyandy.carbonmade.com/ Instagram: @theandycane
Make up: Anny Chow + Jha Villanueva
http://annychow.4ormat.com/ Instagram: @annychow
http://jhavillanueva.com/ Instagram @xo_jha
Venue: Top of the Garden http://www.totg.biz/ Instagram: @totgeventspace
Cinematography: Mae B. Films http://www.maebfilms.com/ Instagram: @maebfilms
Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress http://www.littleborroweddress.com/ Instagram: @littleborroweddress
Hair Accessories + Belt: Hushed Commotion http://hushedcommotion.com/ Instagram: @hushedcommotion
Jewelry: Nina Shoes http://ninashoes.com/ Instagram: @ninashoes
Balloons: Brooklyn Balloon Company http://brooklynballooncompany.com/ Instagram: @brooklynballooncompany
Paper Flowers: Balushka http://www.balushka.com/