On Sunday, Austin and I got to attend the annual March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Gala. This was a special evening for so many reasons. If you’ve been following along here for the last few months, you know that I have gotten more involved with the efforts of the March of Dimes here in San Diego. Sadly, I haven’t donated my time or energy to any causes- in my life! Besides little one- offs like a walk for charity here and there. I’m embarrassed to admit this but it’s true…but this year feels very different.
I feel like I’ve finally found several amazing causes I can get behind and March of Dimes is one of them. If you didn’t know, March of Dimes advocates for policies that find solutions to stopping premature births and deaths and for the health of all Moms. Complications from premature births is the #1 cause of death in babies in the United States. In the United States, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year. The preterm birth rate (the percent of babies born before 37 weeks each year) is 9.8 percent in the United States. This means 1 in 10 babies is born too soon. The U.S. preterm birth rate is among the worst of high-resource nations. This is NOT OK. I went into pre-term labor twice with Griffin and it was one of the scariest times of my life. I’ve had several friends who have had premature births and struggled through long, stressful NICU stays with their little ones. Too many women I love have gone through the heartbreaking loss of babies due to miscarriage and 3 of my girlfriends have gone through the unthinkable: losing a baby after 30 weeks. Needless to say, this cause speaks to my heart and soul. If you or someone you know has gone through any of these things, or if you or they are pregnant, tell them about the March of Dimes. They are advocating for people just like you and have TONS of information online about how you can take care of yourself and your baby during this time. You can also reach out to me directly with any questions about the March of Dimes, what they do and how they can help you or someone you know.
In other news, I got SO many questions about the dress I wore that evening. I found this dress when we were in Ojai over the Summer. Always a sucker for a fabulous hotel gift shop, I tried it on and just couldn’t resist. It fit like a glove, I loved the unique neckline and the fabric was so beautiful. It replaced my other LBD which I’ve had for over FIFTEEN years (the brand was Necessary Objects- who remembers that brand?!) and was starting to look a little dingy. There are COUNTLESS times you’ll need a dress like this…it can be your go-to for so many different occasions! I’ve linked mine, along with a few other favorites for you here! As always, thank you so much for following along. xo