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give. shop. fashionable’s birthday sale.

October is coming to a close all too quickly. While many are adding cobwebs to their décor, I’m dusting off the virtual ones here to share something important.

After watching The Impossible last fall, I wasn’t sure I would recover. The tsunami of Boxing Day 2004 might as well have happened that day and in my back yard. To say it was difficult to watch… well, it’s just too little to say. My every muscle was taut with the terror and pain. My every thought was of this story. And, as it gripped me for weeks, I continually came back to a single moment.

Maria has against all odds survived and found her oldest son. She is injured, barely putting one torn leg in front of the other. It is too much to bear, but by some miracle of body, mind, and spirit, they find themselves in the company of some other native survivors. The current and debris left their bodies tattered and torn, just like the little clothing they had left. Then, a single gesture of grace and compassion gives dignity and ushers in hope. Maria is wrapped in a shirt. There is no strength left and she falls into the arms of strangers with gratitude far greater than her whispered words: thank you.

I felt it then – relief in gift of dignity.

It may seem silly to you at first for me to liken this moment, based on a true story, to another in a completely different world, but bear with me.

He turned to go.

“Come Dobby. I said, come.”

But Dobby didn’t move. He was holding up Harry’s disgusting, slimy sock, and looking at it as though it were a priceless treasure.

“Master has given a sock,” said the elf in wonderment. “Master gave it to Dobby.”

“What’s that?” spat Mr. Malfoy. “What did you say?”

“Got a sock,” said Dobby in disbelief. “Master threw it, and Dobby caught it, and Dobby – Dobby is free.

“Harry Potter freed Dobby!” said the elf shrilly, gazing up at Harry, moonlight from the nearest window reflected in his orb-like eyes. “Harry Potter set Dobby free!”

“Least I could do, Dobby,” said Harry, grinning. “Just promise never to try and save my life again.”

The elf’s ugly brown face split suddenly into a wide, toothy smile.

At the conclusion of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, this house elf, a bottom-rung creature forced for years to do the bidding of any master that happened to own him, was set free by a piece of clothing.

And I felt it then – joy in the gift of dignity.

That same joy is visible on the faces of the women who work weaving scarves at fashionable.  You may remember I visited them last summer. The sweet smiles I saw and shared face-to-face told yet another story of how a piece of clothing gives dignity. In this case, it’s not the wearing that brings relief or the receiving that brings the joy. It is the employment, the contribution, and the provision that add worth to their day and shout into the lives of these women that they are worth so much more than they believed.

Take two minutes to watch this.

FashionABLE is celebrating its 3rd birthday this week! For 3 days (2 more) everything is 30% off! By purchasing a scarf or other accessory from them, you are helping to sustain this company and the life-altering, hope-giving opportunities it provides. Give your friends and family gifts from fashionABLE and you’ll be giving dignity.

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Spread the word. Share the video. Pick your favorite social media platform or hit them all. Just keep telling people about the gift of dignity.

Click here to start shopping and giving. 


eat. some kind of butterbeer.

Though not as bittersweet as cracking the spine of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the first time, anticipating this final movie has a poignancy about it. I want to see it, but I do not want it to end.

What would make us feel better at a moment like this, aside from a bit of chocolate to restore the joy of life the dementors drained? May I suggest Frosted Butterbeer Cake/Cupcakes.

I haven’t made it to the World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando yet, but in my imagination, I know what butterbeer tastes like. I began experimenting with a semi-homemade cupcake last August for my mother’s birthday. After all, she is the one who introduced me to J.K. Rowling and her wizarding world. Whether you are a fan of HP, butterscotch, or sweet treats, this is something to try.

  1. Start with a yellow cake mix or recipe.
  2. Substitute the liquids called for with cream soda.
  3. Place a few whole butterscotch chips in each cake mold. (These will sink to the bottom and create a butterscotch layer on the bottom of each cupcake. Just don’t let them burn.)
    Chop butterscotch chips finely and fold in to the batter before baking.
  4. Top with buttercream icing and butterscotch chips or syrup.

Shortly after I made my first batch, I found this recipe by another Amy which is I’m sure is incredibly tasty. It takes none of the short cuts I took. Try it out as well, and let me know what you think. Keep experimenting until you find your favorite combination.

Not in the mood for too trendy cupcakes? Try a frosted butterbeer float by combining vanilla ice cream and butterscotch syrup. Top with cream soda and enjoy.

watch. the players say goodbye.

You’ll have to bear with me while I join in the Pottermania this week. To start, I’ll just share what those who created and helped take us to this magical place had to say at the London premiere of the 8th and final movie. If you are a fan and you don’t shed a tear, you may want to check for kitten plates on your wall.

Take this with you: “The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwart’s will always be there to welcome you home.”

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