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the moral wardrobe: tree mourning

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Ethical Details: Skirt - secondhand via thredup*; Sandals - Betula; Earrings - c/o Bario Neal

About a month ago, the land lady emailed us to let us know she would be hiring an arborist to do some "tree work" on the property. I didn't think much of it; I knew we had some overgrown bushes and a tree on the side of the house that was growing dangerously close to the foundation. But when I got home from work on the day the arborist came, I found they'd taken down the lovely, sprawling, flowering tree that had lived in the center of our yard. I was devastated; in fact, I cried. And I didn't feel like spending time in the back yard being constantly reminded of what used to be. 

Over the years, I'd made a habit of observing the way the light shone through its leaves and branches every time I walked to and from my car, and for days after it was gone, I kept glancing over expecting to see something beautiful, instead seeing only a scattering of orange dirt. One can grow quite attached to something and not realize how important it was until it's gone. 

RIP, tree. You were my second favorite tree in the world.

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the moral wardrobe: after the storm

Ethical Details: Top - thrifted; Skirt - secondhand via ebay; Sandals - thrifted; Earrings - handmade by Hannah Naomi via Ash & Rose

Man, the past couple of weeks have been rough. So much being-a-grown-up required at every turn. Difficulties at work, last minute deadlines, flights to schedule, complicated talks with the duplex mates. It's one thing after another. When it all piles up at once like this, I often do two things: shop and have a crisis of self esteem. Though, as expected, these things did happen, I managed them a little better. Instead of spending money on fast fashion (or even slow fashion), I bought myself some Chik-Fil-A and got a hair cut. Instead of angrily picking my pimples, I put on a little extra makeup and got on with the week. I'm trying to go easy on myself without throwing in the towel and it's helped immensely to just simplify my routine and put on things that make me feel comfortable.

I know I've been an adult for several years now, but 26 has been the transformative year of actually feeling like one. It's not always good, but I am managing. And I think, more than anything, it's the confidence that I can manage it that makes me feel grown up.

an ethical outfit: lunch with parents

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I finally get to visit my parents for the first time in nearly two years! Their life was in upheaval when my dad lost his job last year and it's taken awhile for things to settle back down. Now they live in Cincinatti and we get to spend some time hanging out and exploring the city together. If the weather was mild enough, I'd wear this comfortable, sophisticated outfit for lunch and afternoon thrift shopping with my mom. 

I had resigned myself to never getting proper vacation time again, but I'm pretty fortunate to work at a job that is primarily staffed by volunteers. Since our staff refuses to volunteer during Christmas break, I don't have to be there either! I'm looking forward to getting a chance to travel without feeling guilty that I'm missing work. Today is my last day until 2015! Hooray!

the moral wardobe: edge

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So, the fashion show went well. It was a crazy, fun, stressful, exciting experience and I'm glad I participated. I learned I can, in fact, walk a runway with ease and I made lots of new friends in the process. I encourage all of you to take a small step outside your comfort zone to see what you can achieve if you allow yourself to go with the flow.

I'll post photos from the show as soon as I have access to them.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - H&M

  • Dress - secondhand via Thredup

  • Flats - Blowfish, last season

  • Earrings - handmade via ofmatter on etsy


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