– Outfit #10 to stand up against modern-day slavery/human trafficking & promote modesty!

If you’d like me to borrow your clothes to spread awareness against human trafficking and promote modesty, please E-mail me: marvelousthingsphoto@gmail.com

Thank you, thank you Rachel of The Etiquette Eccentric for such a sweet and lovely vintage polka dot dress! I had fun wearing it. I’m not really one who enjoys polka dots, but I loved how large they were (and oval)! Very fun. I love pleats. Below I’ll be talking about a certain way that people fuel up! No not gas. . .COFFEE (which I’ve never tried before. I’m weird and like it that way)!

Reason why I’m doing this #10:
Slightly over two years ago, I was able to listen in on a few days worth of live video streams where you could ask questions regarding a collaboration between International Justice Mission (mentioned here before) and a coffee company run in Seattle, WA called Storyville. They sent all their money for a month to IJM. Storyville grows their own coffee beans and sells them in their shop and on their site. While most beans tend to lose flavor through the process of shipment and more, the freshness of the coffee in stores are missing out which is why they ad so many flavors (but in reality they shouldn’t have to if they had it truly fresh). Storyville sends you your coffee to be consumed within two weeks’ time so it is super fresh & tasty. I told my husband about the coffee a few months ago when searching for fair-trade coffee for him to switch to. Most coffee is slave picked by people who are abused, underpaid (especially considering the large profit made off of it), and often enough in bondage of slavery and on farms where laborers never see “a dime”. We hear of fair trade coffee many times, but they aren’t always slave-free (I recommend watching a documentary at http://blackgoldmovie.com – It’s on Netflix too, not instant play though – I reviewed it in December). Storyville made it known in their video stream Q&A that they hate slavery (and they wrote my husband a nice email after they were wondering how he heard about them since we’re from across the country, and they explained their distaste for human trafficking in the world).

Some semi-recent news. . In April, Kauai Coffee Co. & Del Monte (and others) had a huge suit against them for having US coffee fields filled with slave labor. Did I mention this was in the US (not just SA and African countries known for their coffee)? Too many times I hear people say “not in the US”. . yes in the US! These were people brought in from Thailand, all promised paying jobs, but of course big business operations don’t really pay enough attention and it’s usually about making money, not about the little people who get them that money.

My husband has a french press to drink Storyville and he says it is the best coffee he’s ever had (he’s had it black and also with cream & sugar). They only have regular and decaf. We receive a bag every other week delivered to us about two days after charged for it (If you live closer to WA, you’ll get it faster. Originally he signed up for a package deal of receiving it every week for a month until switching to every other week). My husband is the only coffee drinker in our home, so he gets through this one bag within the two weeks’ time. Although it costs $24 a month ($12 per payment), it is worth it to us considering how most coffee is created or planted/picked. We highly recommend you give it a try (get a grinder and french press if you don’t have one first though).

We went to a Yo Gabba Gabba birthday party for this little sweetheart named Delainee who turned 2.

Our boys had a lot of fun. Here’s Micah in some “DJ Lance” glasses and Leto as he was playing in a sand/water combination box.

Join the conversation! 15 Comments

  1. I can not say this enough, your kids are just gorgeous!

  2. The dress looks great! The oval polka dots were what caught my eye when I bought it. I am a big coffee drinker, so I am definitely going to be ordering from them. I will also see if my inlaws know about Storyville. They drink a lot of coffee too, and live in Seattle.

  3. Your dress is so gorgeous! Love those pleats. Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge Vintage ROAD TRIP giveaway

  4. Yikes. I don't drink coffee that often (it's my *maybe* once-a-week treat; I used to drink upwards of 3 large coffees a day, so I have to be careful I'm not drinking too much caffeine! lol.), but will definitely be looking into Storyville. One thing that has bothered me over the years is the lack of companies being up front about whether their coffee is sourced from places run under humane conditions and not slave labor. Love your outfit–the polka dots are so fun and pretty!!!! 🙂 

  5. that dress is incredible! and it looks stunning on you! The pleats make me squeal! And again, I really love what you're doing here, bringing light to a very important issue in an unconventional way.

  6. These photos are awesome ! I like this dress !:)

  7. Nice style. Saw you on hype. Im a youth leader as well! God bless with your ministries!gingerrrtea.blogspot.com

  8. I can't wait to check out Storyville coffee! I've been buying fair trade for awhile, but it's never as fresh as I'd like. p.s. you look fab in polka dots!p.p.s. happy birthday to that adorable little girl! My daughter loves Yo Gabba Gabba too. I'd love to find that t-shirt she has on…

  9. The pictures at the petrol station are amazing – you look gorgeous :)Sweet photos of your little ones as always! I generally drink rocket fuel (Taylor Harrogate Hot Lava Java) which thankfully seems to be ok on the ethics front *sigh of relief* I got a bit scared looking them up then 😀

  10. Yeah, I'm not sure if Storyville is one who ships internationally. Didn't think about that one. Anyway I am glad that you probably use a fair-trade company's coffee. usually the UK is good with that stuff, although once in a while I read some farm issue with some sort of crop over there involving slave labor.  Thank you!

  11. Oh, they are super fresh, so if you try it out, let me know what you think of it.  THanks!!

  12. P.S. I think they got her shirt from vans.com for kids or something. 

  13. aw. Thanks!!! Yeah I like the pleats in it too!Posting photos of myself in one of your dresses next week Tuesday (already have the photos)!! Also, I noticed the white dress needs lots of stitching (loads of pieces were coming apart when I looked at it the other night. I was thinking about hand stitching the small sections before wearing it. Is that okay with you? I really love it and look forward to photographing that one. Then I'll be sending it back to you! Yey!

  14. Yeah, you are one of those grey earl tea drinkers right? I'm just really picky about things that I drink. . .which is why I've only really had things like water and chocolate milk. I'm odd like that.  Caffeine freaks me out so I stay away from it other than the tiny bit that is in chocolate! haha.  I think a lot of companies are too into the amount of money they make where they don't want ot htink about the ways that they get it. . as long as they get it so they can get money!  Thanks!!!

  15. awesome. I'm glad that coffee was a part of your outfit then!!! Perfect!


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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).


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