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BC: This red dress traveled to Emily from Southern California, sent by a total stranger named Karla in the hopes that it would help make Emily "furiously happy" during a challenging time. Dan, Sherri and Kristin joined Emily for a special photo shoot at Vasona and Oat Meadow Parks. The photos were taken by Gladys White Scott of "The Naked Artisan". The dress then continued on its magical journey- next stop, Kentucky! February, 2012

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1: The Traveling Red Dress is a project about generosity...both to others and yourself. From Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess): The traveling red dress was born in 2010 when I wrote about wanting "just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies. I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be. And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”. Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better. Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you’re worth it." I got my red dress and it was exactly as freeing and magical as I thought it would be. Then I sent it on a journey across the globe so that others could experience it. People celebrating joy, people fighting deep tragedies, people who needed a moment to mark for their own. In 2012 we revived the #travelingreddress as thousands of men and women vowed to go after whatever their "red dress was" and hundreds mailed total strangers red ball gowns to celebrate each other. And it was amazing. The Traveling Red Dress. Take one, then pass it on. It's magical. The Traveling Red Dress is a project about generosity...both to others and yourself. From Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess): The traveling red dress was born in 2010 when I wrote about wanting "just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies. I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be. And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”. Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better. Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you’re worth it." I got my red dress and it was exactly as freeing and magical as I thought it would be. Then I sent it on a journey across the globe so that others could experience it. People celebrating joy, people fighting deep tragedies, people who needed a moment to mark for their own. In 2012 we revived the #travelingreddress as thousands of men and women vowed to go after whatever their "red dress was" and hundreds mailed total strangers red ball gowns to celebrate each other. And it was amazing. The Traveling Red Dress. Take one, then pass it on. It's magical. About The Traveling Red Dress is a project about generosity...both to others and yourself. Description The traveling red dress was born in 2010 when I wrote about wanting "just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies. I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be. And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”. Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better. Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you’re worth it." I got my red dress and it was exactly as freeing and magical as I thought it would be. Then I sent it on a journey across the globe so that others could experience it. People celebrating joy, people fighting deep tragedies, people who needed a moment to mark for their own. In 2012 we revived the #travelingreddress as thousands of men and women vowed to go after whatever their "red dress was" and hundreds mailed total strangers red ball gowns to celebrate each other. And it was amazing. Now I'm flooded with pictures of people in their red dresses and people who want to donate red dresses and stories of victory that can't NOT be shared. So this is why this page exists. You can share your red dress pictures. You can offer up red dresses for total strangers. You can keep an eye out here for when the red dresses I'm buying come in to pass on to others. The Traveling Red Dress. Take one, then pass it on. It's magical. About The Traveling Red Dress is a project about generosity...both to others and yourself. Description The traveling red dress was born in 2010 when I wrote about wanting "just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies. I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be. And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”. Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better. Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you’re worth it." I got my red dress and it was exactly as freeing and magical as I thought it would be. Then I sent it on a journey across the globe so that others could experience it. People celebrating joy, people fighting deep tragedies, people who needed a moment to mark for their own. In 2012 we revived the #travelingreddress as thousands of men and women vowed to go after whatever their "red dress was" and hundreds mailed total strangers red ball gowns to celebrate each other. And it was amazing. Now I'm flooded with pictures of people in their red dresses and people who want to donate red dresses and stories of victory that can't NOT be shared. So this is why this page exists. You can share your red dress pictures. You can offer up red dresses for total strangers. You can keep an eye out here for when the red dresses I'm buying come in to pass on to others. The Traveling Red Dress. Take one, then pass it on. It's magical. | From Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess): The traveling red dress was born in 2010 when I wrote about wanting "just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies. I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be. And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”. Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better. Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you're worth it." I got my red dress and it was exactly as freeing and magical as I thought it would be. Then I sent it on a journey across the globe so that others could experience it. People celebrating joy, people fighting deep tragedies, people who needed a moment to mark for their own. In 2012 we revived the #travelingreddress as thousands of men and women vowed to go after whatever their "red dress" was and hundreds mailed total strangers red ball gowns to celebrate each other. And it was amazing. The Traveling Red Dress. Take one, then pass it on. It's magical. | The Traveling Red Dress is a project about generosity...both to others and yourself.

2: This is the story of Emily's "Red Dress" moment

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