I am not a huge shopper - while retail therapy runs in my family, it seems to have skipped a generation (fingers crossed two). Lucky me, I guess. When I do decide to throw down coin on products and services, social impact, social consciousness and of course, beautifully design utility are my buying criteria. I am not frugal, rather intentional in my purchases. This manifests in delaying my gratification in buying, looking for quality over quantity (with the exception of Prada shoes - hey, I'm human), upcycled and recycled items (i.e. those Prada shoes), finding a useful sale, and spending with "investment" as opposed to pleasure seeking in mind. With all that said, here are a few of my mindful and sustainable edits.
Do you recall the closet hijacking scene in the film “Working Girl”, when a very young and big-haired Joan Cusack held up an even now covetable black beaded cocktail dress and exclaimed in horror, $6,000! And it’s not even leather!”? It was every newbie fashionista’s exact private thought.
Having spent almost all of my adult life vegetarian, I value, appreciate and even admire designer’s eco-chic stance, but when it comes to plopping down close to a grand for vegan booties, even I wonder why it’s not leather. As progressive as our perceptions of sustainable style may have evolved, I still wonder where being eco-sensitive begins and luxurious wellness ends? And how I really feel about this.
Hello! My name is Cheyenne and I’m a doula in Richmond, VA. When I tell my friends and others in my community, “I’m a doula. I help women create their birth plans and support them as they give birth to their child,” I often hear a chorus of responses something like this:
“Oh, wow! I’m terrified of birth!”
“How many babies have you delivered?”
“People plan their births?”
I would have given some variation of these same responses a few years ago, before I knew what a doula was, and before I’d explored the realities of birth in this country. But now, being in my role instead, I often answer something like this:
“Birth is definitely hard work, but there are lots of ways to support women coping with contractions and to make labor manageable until baby is born and the ecstasy-inducing hormones take over. Plus, believe it or not, there are some women who’ve felt little pain or even a lot of pleasure during birth. Kind of surprising, I know!”
Tis the season to give and receive, and if you are reading this post, this year you want to give mindfully and ethically. We asked Judith Treanor, founder and curator of TEMPLES and MARKETS, a super chic one-stop shop for all things exotic and sustainably-made to be our guest style and shopping editor and she happily obliged. Yay! Her generosity extended to an added perk just for our readers - a juicy promotional discount! (see below) Here are her gift-giving suugestions for practically everyone on your list; including yourself.