Today on the blog, talking about a miraculous jeans shopping experience.
Chris Welch, the founder of new online ethical retailer, @groveandbay, is best described as a pragmatic idealist. He wants global change in the manufacturing industry as much as the next conscious consumer, but he knows that simply slapping some fair trade goods up on a website is not enough to create a sea change. It has everything to do with the foundational questions. Instead of asking, how can I convince people that fast fashion is bad? Chris asked, what makes educated, empathetic consumers choose fast fashion over more conscientious retailers? Let me unpack that a bit. I think that most of us in the conscious consumer community are preoccupied with that first question. We think that if we just provide enough detail about the state of the fashion industry - about sweatshop labor, factory collapses, deforestation, and widespread pollution - that people will obviously change their shopping habits. We push brand stories, even to the point of selling narratives more than products...READ more about @groveandbay on the blog!
What I'm wearing today (full post going up Thursday): @everlane tee, #thrifted belt, #madeinusa @karenkane jeans
Recently, I was visiting with a friend who I hadn't seen in awhile and she said something regarding my blog that has stuck with me: -------------- Maybe it would be a good idea for you to move somewhere where people are less concerned with being intellectual so you can know what it's like in the real world. ------------- I'd taken this to mean that my approach on this blog can seem inaccessible, even judgmental, to those living outside of my specific social circle. To give you some context, I had just been complaining about the Type-A, aggressively driven culture of UVa and Charlottesville, how it exhausts me while also pushing me to strive for more. In many ways, it's a great thing to be surrounded by people who are obsessed with going after their dreams. But it inadvertently creates a culture of judgment and misplaced expectation because it assumes that anyone who isn't doggedly pursuing something important (it's easier to tell what's not important than what is important around these parts) is lazy, or maybe not very smart. And those things, in this context, are very bad words. -------------- When I first moved here, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life (now, I think we're fooling ourselves if we assume that there is only one thing we're supposed to do). When people asked me, So, what do you do? I couldn't give a satisfactory answer. I'm a barista or I work at a screen printing company were not adequate in the eyes of these driven, high-minded people. I'd get a blank stare and then a follow up, Oh, but what do you want to do? I wanted to yell That's not what matters! I matter! See me for who I am, now....READ the rest on my blog and tell me what you think. 📷 Unsplash
🐝🐝🐝 From today's photo walk
I gave up makeup for #lent and literally no one noticed. I'm beginning to love my skin for what it is, how it reddens when I'm embarrassed, the dark circles that remind me to sleep more, the sunspots and pores and everything else. It's all very human, and I realize I was never asked to be anything else. (Wearing the Pursuit Top by @fibreathletics and leggings by @soulflowerbuds)