Towards the latter half of my recent illness, I really started questioning my wardrobe.
During the actual puking/sleeping/hallucinating/begging God for it to end, I didn’t give a shit about what I was wearing. I can puke just as easily in a towel, a robe or a ballgown. I’m talented that way. But as I started to recover I looked down at my outfit-of-choice: boyfriend’s sweats, tee with a hole in the armpit, paint-stained hoodie. I almost started barfing again.
I’m not knocking sweats or cheap trashy pajama pants. I spend a large portion of my weekend life in both. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to make like a Hepburn and wear super glamorous sleepwear ALL THE TIME? And wouldn’t it be EVEN BETTER if you could support an awesome organization at the same time? Because I have got you COVERED.
A friend led me to Punjammies this holiday season. Punjammies is part of the International Princess Project, which advocates for women enslaved in prostitution. Read all about them here, because they are doing awesome work. Here’s the story on Punjammies:
Each Punjammie™ is created in an after-care facility for women who have been rescued, released or escaped from a life of forced prostitution. Their lives have been marked by a message – you are a commodity – to be used for other’s gain.
Whether sold by her own family, trafficked from another country or driven by desperation, she was a slave to this life. Each story is as unique as each girl.
When one manages to escaped from this life of horror, she has few options where to turn. Aside from the emotional and psychological trauma, women formerly working as prostitutes cannot easily enter schools, return to family systems or secure jobs to support themselves in India. A high quality after-care center is one of the best options a woman has at rebuilding her life.
Holistic aftercare involves quality medical care, emotional safety, education and the tools to create a new way of life for herself.
Empowering each woman with an opportunity to learn a marketable skill and become a part of a viable business is the purpose of Punjammies™. In providing for her basic need to support herself, she sees that she has value far beyond what the lies have told her. She begins to see her rightful place of value – a princess.
Every Punjammie™ purchase creates
A fair trade wage
Financial support for holistic care
Capacity building for more women to enter the after-care center
Every Punjammies™ tells the story of a girl who was once voiceless. You can be a part of re-building lives shattered by modern day slavery.
Wear Punjammies™. Wear hope
Pretty fantastic, right? And the pajamas are amazing. Comfy and cozy and really, really pretty. I should state for the record that I have no financial stake in Punjammies or anything like that–I just think they’re great and I want to spread the word.
I mean, just look at these!
And these! I have these!
And you can also get coordinating tops.
So the next time you’re looking to GLAM UP your sleepwear game, look up Punjammies. Do some good while you glam.