winter

the moral wardrobe: all the stripes that we can see

multi stripe casual dress
fall outfit inspiration
ethical personal style
striped dress
Ethical Details: Dress - secondhand via consignment shop; Earrings - Mata Traders; Cardigan - old

My car was due for a safety inspection last week and it just so happens that the garage I go to is across the street from a shopping center, so I dropped off the car and walked over to see what I could see. I'd been in local consignment shop, Rethreads, before and hadn't really seen anything I liked, but this time around, I struck gold. This dress is everything a stripes-lover could ever want, plus I've been on a black and white kick for several weeks now (to the point that the volunteers at work are remarking on it), so I snatched it up. They have great prices and a reasonable consignment structure, giving back either 50% of the sale price in store credit or 25% in cash to the original owner.

When the weather gets cold and dreary, I try to make sure I'm wearing something that makes me happy. As a result, my cold weather wardrobe is a lot more varied than my summer one. That and afternoon tea are the only ways I get through winter here. Fortunately, it's not that cold yet, but we haven't seen the sun here in about 5 days. Suffice it to say there was no lunar eclipse viewing party at our house this weekend. 

the moral wardrobe: the biggest parka


Ethical Details: Parka - thrifted; Sweater - old; Jeans - Levi's*; Boots - thrifted; Earrings - Mata Traders

Best. Coat. Ever. I love being swaddled in pockets of faux goose down. 

The thrift shop determines snow days by county school closures, so I've been off all week. I went in today anyway and tinkered around for a bit, but I have lots of laundry and packing to do at home because we're headed to Florida on Friday! There's really no better time to flee south.

In other news, I updated the Resources page to include a few more shops, so check it out. And if you're looking for a specific item, feel free to email me at leahcwise@gmail.com.

*Levi's is taking steps to improve working conditions at their factories. Though not quite there yet, they're doing more than most global brands. I bought these more than a year ago and I wouldn't put them on an ethical brands list yet, but it's a step forward, at least.

the moral wardrobe: a blustery day

j crew camel sweater
j crew camel sweater
j crew camel sweater
Ethical Details: Sweater - secondhand via ebay; Skirt - thrifted; Earrings - Ten Thousand Villages; Socks - SmartWool

Winnie the Pooh: Happy "Winds-day", Piglet.
Piglet: [being blown away] Well... it isn't... very happy... f-for me.
Winnie the Pooh: Where are you going, Piglet?
Piglet: That's what I'm asking myself, where?
[he is lifted into the air by a gust of wind]
Piglet: W-Whoops! P-P-P-Pooh!
Winnie the Pooh: [grabbing Piglet's scarf] And what do you think you will answer yourself?

A volunteer at the shop died on Monday. I didn't know her well, but she was a part of the thrift shop family, so it's been a hard week for everyone. You never get used to death. You never get used to seeing someone alive and animated, getting into their car, saying "See you next week," and then never seeing them again.

snow day

warm&fair



Items pictured: Ten Thousand Villages neck warmer, gloves, and gray hat; People Tree checked sweater; Krochet Kids teal hat, circle scarf, and sweatshirt; Sseko Designs gray and white scarf

Winter is coming! I no longer watch Game of Thrones because I found it both disturbing and misogynistic, but alas, winter is coming. With a winter storm watch in effect beginning this evening, I have to face the grim truth that the cold is here and it's not going away anytime soon. Fortunately, fair trade companies are awfully good at making lovely winter knitwear and cold weather accessories.

On an unrelated note, I really love my job. Sometimes I find it overwhelming, but it never stops feeling like meaningful work. I've got great volunteers, great customers, and I get to work at my favorite place in the world: a thrift shop. I valued my coffee shop job, but it's nice to take on more responsibility. When I moved here two years ago, I said I wanted to work in retail or at a non-profit and now I'm doing both! I'm surprised and relieved that I found something I truly enjoy.

the moral wardrobe: paisley

threadsence paisely dress pa6mod look

I often use polyvore to create outfits out of things I already own. When I combined this dress with these ruby red sneaker wedges, I knew I'd come up with something I would love to wear. And sure enough, the pair worked just as perfectly in real life as it did on my computer monitor.

I've wanted red boots and sneaker wedges for a few months now, so when it dawned on me that I could combine those two things into one pair of shoes, I got busy searching through ebay for a great secondhand pair. The ones I ended up with are by Skechers and they're really comfortable.

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

  • Dress - made in USA, won in Threadsence giveaway

  • Black top - H&M

  • Leggings - Old Navy

  • Earrings - handmade via etsy

  • Shoes - secondhand via ebay


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