39 weeks today! (whoa)
Ugh, I tried so hard to find a Bao Bao messenger bag secondhand when I was looking and never did, and NOW one pops up (actually I think the secondhand one is a bit smaller than the one I have)! At least you get to benefit from my loss, if you’re so inclined. I couldn’t be happier with this bag. I’ve had it for a month or so and carry it every day. It’s super lightweight, entirely vegan, and holds a ton.
I am basically trying to wear as little as possible lately; I’m starting to feel hotter than usual. Which is a very odd feeling for me since I seem to ALWAYS be cold. One thing I wish I had for these last months is at least one or two sleeveless linen dresses that fit. I probably should have invested in the Elizabeth Suzann Isadora tie dress a month ago, but wanted to wait to buy until after. Anyway, I’m surviving fine making do with what I have already. It would feel pretty good though, to feel just a little more comfy right now. haha. I do love this linen gauze though, if I don’t love this dress.
I mean, I do love this dress – it’s serving an amazing purpose for me now, and has the best pocket, but I don’t LOVE THIS DRESS, if that makes sense. I’ll wear it at home, all the time, but I don’t want to wear it out; it’s an odd length, it’s too big, and I am annoyed slightly by the sleeves. BUT, it seems to be exactly what I need/want to wear right now. So, I am making do. (see reading material below LOL)
Freedom from Consumerism : eh, I’m sort of ambivalent about this piece by Maxine Bedet, whom I admire greatly. I guess I appreciate the angle (that we shouldn’t feel pressured into consumerism for the sake of consumerism – and the origins of that consumer culture), but something is missing. After writing about “buying better” for so long, I’ve learned that it’s not as simple as just finding and buying THE ONE thing you think you love and wearing it forever; you change, circumstances change, life happens, and that THING may no longer fit your lifestyle the way it once did, so you will have to pass it on and find another thing.
I didn’t feel like she was necessarily advocating for not buying anything at all, which would be the logical conclusion to her argument. But when you argue for buying better, or buying secondhand, you are STILL BUYING. And there’s the rub.
6 outfits from LaTonya Yvette and why she photographed them – I 1000% appreciate and agree with this:
I think the photo provides a sense of internal evidence and validation, that I not only tried, but I did what I could for my body, mind, and day. And it isn’t about then displaying it on social media or work, but rather, an inner-self that wants to enjoy her wardrobe and body, even in 90 degrees.
And another perspective: Are OOTD’s sustainable?
There’s a lot to unpack in Archana’s essay on OOTD and I disagree with some of it, or more likely it’s that I take slight offense, since I’ve basically been posting OOTDs for 15 years, and think “I’m different.” But it’s true that posting OOTDs CAN encourage more consumerism, as opposed to less, for those who are already inclined towards consuming. They can also be inspirational for people who may have similar things in their closets to wear things in unexpected ways. Depends on how you approach things – always.
It’s worth thinking about WHY we post outfits, and what we look for/appreciate when we view others outfit posts. I have always posted my outfits to share my feelings on the actual outfit/garments and how they make me feel. Why I chose to wear them, what I was doing in them, etc. And to give an example of how items of clothing look on a body that’s not a “typical” model size. Nowadays there’s a lot more of that, and I don’t stand out as much for doing it, but I take her point and agree that the focus “should” be more on garments, and how and who made them, what is their provenance, etc., than on the styling.
Which is good, because I don’t tend to focus much on styling anyway; I don’t think I’m very good at it. haha.
I really enjoy thinking about these types of things and writing about them, then hearing your thoughts on them, but I haven’t been able to focus my brain on long-form writing on subjects like this much lately. I miss it. I’d like to devote a whole post to this one day, but can’t think of when that might happen honestly. Do let me know your thoughts about it though; I’d love to hear why you look at outfit posts and what you hope to get out of them.
trying to GET THIS BABY OUT!!! I’m going to eat spicy food this weekend, walk ALL AROUND IKEA (it’s air conditioned! And there are lots of places to sit when I get tired!), and all the various other things one does to get babies to come.
What are you doing this weekend??