Fashion Beauty LIFESTYLE TRAVEL Motherhood Video

Exclusive content, features, promos, gifts and direct access!

Shop
Shop

12 Days of Chriselle 5 months ago

Wonder Women

Happy day 11 of the 12 Days of CHRISelle!

This is probably by far my favorite day of the 12 days of CHRISelle! Last Friday, the CINCteam and I spent the day volunteering at a women’s shelter in LA called Alexandria House which is a transitional home for women who are trying to get back on their feet and it was a day to remember!

This year, I wanted to do something really special for 12 Days where we physically gave back and did something together. Jane, from my team, found the Alexandria House through her friend’s organization, We Are Lightwork, and came back beaming after she volunteered earlier in the year. She was raving about it for months so I knew that this was the house we would end up volunteering for.

When most of us think of homelessness, we generally think of people living the streets, but what I’ve realized is that homelessness can really happen to any of us. All of these women are unique and have their own life story. Being able to sit down with them was such an enlightening experience for the whole team and myself.

I was able to spend some quality time with one woman in particular, who was kind enough to open up to me and share her story. For her privacy, I won’t mention her name or any specifics, but she told me how basically overnight, her life changed. From living a totally normal life to separating from her husband, losing her job and having no place to live with her three children, she told me how she’s been staying positive through this extremely dark time for her. She tells herself every morning how lucky she is to have all of her kids together and a roof over her head thanks to the Alexandria House. She knows that this is only temporary and that she’ll get back on her feet in no time.

 

It was so inspiring to me to see how uplifting and positive she is. She kept telling me to tell my husband I love him when I got home, and to be thankful for my kids even on the tough days because that’s all that really matters.

Even though I went to the Alexandria House hoping I would help someone, what ended up happening was that someone helped me.

A lot of the women had children, so the team and I were able to play and entertain them too! A special thanks to our favorite fried chicken spot in DTLA, Birdies – for providing some delicious breakfast sandwiches and donuts while we got to know each other in the morning!

A huge thank you to all of the brands who contributed and donated for a great cause! The women were beyond excited and thankful for the goodies. Below is a list of what each woman was able to receive that day:

  • Loq Shoes – each woman received 2 pairs of shoes. One fun shoe for everyday life and another pair to help with interviews/more professional settings.
  • Lait Candle – to promote peace, a sense of calmness and self-love/reflection. I love that these candles are made in LA and hand-poured.
  • Anese Beauty Products – Each woman got to pick out a couple items they needed to update their beauty regimen. We also love Anese for their inspirational woman power messaging.
  • Floral bath soak – we can all use a little R&R – especially during the holidays.
  • Kate Somerville Cleansers – for healthy skin/self-care because we all know skincare is an important part of taking care of yourself.
  • $50 Target gift card – to buy what they need for themselves and their kids this holiday. We thought it would be fun to let them pick out things on their own plus there’s a Target nearby the house.
  • $50 Lyft gift card – the gift of transportation and freedom.

To see these women light up with these things that we sometimes take for granted was such a great reminder that no matter what circumstance we’re in, we should always be thankful for everything we have and to give back when we can. I’m so impressed with the Alexandria House – mostly because there was truly a sense of family and community there and you can tell everyone really loves each other and is looking out for one another. From helping with doctor’s appointments, camaraderie, to sharing food with each other- it’s such a nurturing environment for the women.

I hope that this post has inspired you to give back this holiday season and if anything, to reflect on everything that’s happened this year.

To learn more about the amazing things the Alexandria House does, be sure to click here!

See you guys tomorrow for the final day of 12 Days of CHRISelle!!!

Photography by Karla Ticas

What do YOU think?

0 CommentsShow All

Related

Related

Why You Should Care About Clean Beauty

Biossance is one of my absolute favorite clean beauty brands, and this post is very special to me because it’s something that I’ve been thinking about even more so since Colette was born!

12 Days of Chriselle 5 months ago

Dear Santa

Allen and I were talking to Chloe about what she wants to ask Santa for Christmas and it occurred to me how much my "Christmas Wish-List" would have changed since the last time I sent a letter to the North Pole.

12 Days of Chriselle 5 months ago

Get Your Best Holiday Skin

Happy Day 10 of the 12 Days of CHRISelle! During the first trimester of my pregnancy with Colette, I had terrible hormonal acne. It went...

12 Days of Chriselle 6 months ago

A Day in My Shoes

To be honest, as much as I love Colette, it feels like my life has been flipped upside down.

12 Days of Chriselle 6 months ago

Best Holiday Pieces for $60 and Under

Now that the holidays are in full swing, I know you all are shopping for a new wardrobe.

12 Days of Chriselle 6 months ago

The Gift of Memories

After I graduated college, my mom passed down one of her family heirlooms to me to celebrate a huge milestone in my life.

12 Days of Chriselle 6 months ago

Wonder Women

comments 0 Comments