Cleaning Up a Storm


Gap Sweater, Chambray Shirt (similar)
Forever 21 Jeans
First Boots c/o Jellypop

Looking at my shoe collection, I decided these Jellypop boots, as fashionable as they were, would be the best choice when it came to cleaning out houses that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Sure enough, they did the job despite suffering some rough scratches and stains. Things are better once they're worn in though, right?

Actually being in New Jersey, seeing all the damage first hand, and meeting some of the hurricane victims, definitely put everything in perspective. When you're just looking at pictures online, of course things look bad. But things are even worse at ground level. We traveled from house to house to see who needed help moving furniture out, removing flooring/carpeting, and more. It's incredible how grateful these people are, even if you only help move two to three pieces of furniture. Just knowing that strangers are willing to lend a hand is so appreciated. One woman had lived in her home for over forty years and she had lost her home, her car, and had no money for repairs. Although there was nothing we could do to help her, she hugged each and every one of us for just offering. Hopefully I'll be able to go back down again later this month because there is so much more to be done. If you guys would like to help out from afar, consider donating to Red Cross!


15 comments

  1. I am impressed by your pictures ! :)

    They are just awesome ;)

    I adore your blog !!! :D

    RUNWAY JUICE

    xoxo

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  2. So sad! Glad you could have the experience of serving and helping others! There's nothing better.

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  3. So great of you to help out. Crazy how much damage was done.

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  4. it's really great you were able to help - and those boots indeed must have been perfect. i like worn in boots like that anyhow :D it's crazy to see all the damage up close and piled up like that - i can't imagine that being my house and how awful that would feel

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  5. So wonderful that you could help everyone out. The last few photos are devastating in a way, but so hopeful.

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  6. that's so amazing that you're helping. I can only imagine what those scenes look like in person- i don't know how i'd bounce back from losing my whole home. and i love your classic, clean style. you look super chic cleaning! haha

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  7. Way to go! Wish I lived closer and could help! And you look super cute doing it!
    Ashley

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  8. I'm so humbled to read that you were able to get out there and help. If I lived in NYC I would have done the same. Fortunately, donating is a way to help from afar!
    xo,
    nancy

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  9. So amazing that you are helping out (plus looking cute while you're at it)! I am from New Jersey and my home town right a long the coast in Monmouth County got pretty devastated. My mom has been helping friends clean too, its hard to be so far away when something like this happens! So thank you!
    Hope you're having a beautiful day!
    xo Hannah

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  10. how awesome you helped to restore what sandy did...you are an encouragement!

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  11. This is such a noble act! It always feels good to volunteer. Helping people in your own little ways would definitely give impact to them. This is so sweet, Jenn! Kudos to you :D

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  12. I FINALLY BOUGHT A CHAMBRAY TOP (FROM MADEWELL FOR $25!!!!!!!!). AND NOW I CAN RECREATE ALL YOUR CHAMBRAY-OUTFITS BECAUSE I LOVE THEM. ALWAYS. And you're absolutely amazing for doing this Jen<3

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  13. You are amazing. I really, really admire you for doing that; such a wonderful, generous way to help out. You're brilliant.

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  14. Thanks for the Red Cross, link! I haven't seen that before - gotta get on this and give home some needed loving.

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