5 Ethical Style Things I Did This Month: March

I am crankily awaiting spring, under the willing delusion that work will be less busy then and I will get to have a real life again one day and I'll no longer have to be an adult with responsibilities. (And I mean real weather-related spring and not just this calendar BS.) If I enjoyed the look I might think about joining a krishna cult in California to get away from it all. But I don't. It's one of those months where I'm not sure if I'm drinking too much coffee or not enough coffee. In all fairness, I've also had a few really decent slices of vegan cheesecake, did some introductory bird watching walks (nerdatron) and my frail and sickly cat is still hanging in there and wants to give us as many cuddles possible so I can't say life is bad.

5 Ethical Style Things I Did in March:

1) Almost got rid of these shoes at the swap but then realized that I was okay with them for short time periods and that I could just keep them in my office at work. You know, for those days I show up with Keep mid-top sneakers on but then need to not look like I'm trying to dress like a 17 year-old girl when I'm really 40. So I kept them. And I've worn them.

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2) As predicted, wore that Everlane striped shirt millions of times. I am wearing it right now, as I type. And I held off on the urge to buy a second duplicate shirt.

3) Diligently updating my "Things I'm Considering Buying Right Now" Pinterest board so I can weigh what purchases I should actually make. This hat ended up on the "Things I Bought" board as a kind of impulse buy (thanks for nothing, Streets I Know! *shakes fist at Melanie*) but hopefully I'll get use out of it. Usually pinning stuff to consider buying it later alleviates the itch so while it doesn't work all of the time, it works better than not doing it at all.

4) I put my tax refund right into my savings account and it wasn't until I saw someone else mention that they were struggling with not spending it on clothes that I realized I don't even consider doing that any longer. But once upon a time, I did.

5) I have stayed a larger size. I'm so hesitant to buy new (to me) things when my size might be changing again. Since I recovered from being sick and did a really excellent job of force-feeding myself, my metabolism is still kind of off and I'm just getting back in the hang of remembering how to eat normal amounts and not feel like a pre-teen with a mean mom who put me on a diet. My plan is to wait a few months to see if it evens out and if it doesn't, then I can add more pieces to my wardrobe at a new size. We'll see. I might have a breakdown about not having any summer clothes.


February Petit Vour Beauty Box Review

It's that time again. Our monthly "what the heck did I get in this vegan beauty box" post. Bought the box. No freebies so I'm not blogger-beholden to anyone. First of all - the item card in this box had a helpful pronunciation tip for us on Petit Vour. I have no roots in French so I had no idea it was pronounced "petty vohr"! Go figure. I was pronouncing it "petite vore" all this time.


Lily Lolo black mascara: I already posted about this on Instagram here, complete with creepy eye photo. Quoting myself:

While the application feels thicker/slower than other mascaras, this stuff certainly builds up some drama layers. This was a regular application and my lashes look so long and built up that they look fake. If you want a natural look, this isn't for you. This is, however, for me.

Harvey Prince perfumes - Damask Rose & Imperial Gardenia: I will say I've received Harvey Prince perfumes in beauty boxes before that I would not wish on anyone. I'm not really a spray perfume type of person. I prefer solid perfumes. These are sprays. I tried the rose first, because I kind of love rose although I know most people hate it and consider it grandmotherly. I liked it though, for a rose spray perfume. It wasn't overpowering but probably not what I want to wear. I was afraid to try the gardenia because I hate "floral-y" florals and boy, was I right! I tried it on before going to sleep one night and it made me nauseous. I had to wash my wrists a bunch of times to stop the olfactory assault. The rose, however, wasn't so bad. For point of reference and so that you don't think I hate all smells - I'm a big fan of Pacifica's solid perfumes like Mexican Chocolate, Tuscan Blood Orange and Hawaiian Ruby Guava.  {Update: I hated the Gardenia so much that I left it on the free table in my building with the hopes that ones of the little old ladies in my building will like it!}

ellovi butter in Mint Chocolate: I frickin' love the smell of this. Truly. It smells like chocolate chip mint ice cream and I find myself huffing my own hands after application. However, if you apply too much you look like you slathered your hands in Vaseline. A little goes a long way. It's not the most absorb-able and can be slightly slippery for a while. I don't think this is my favorite lotion/butter consistency although I love the smell so much. Like, so much. Other people seem to really love everything about this stuff, though.

Balanced Guru's ScrubMe Nice & Gritty body scrub: I liked this one. I like the scrub consistency - it's fine but not so fine it isn't somewhat abrasive (as it should be). It didn't smell overwhelmingly like coffee but of something else that I kept thinking was bergamot. I checked out the ingredients and maybe it's the spearmint and lavender together with the coffee? Anyway, I enjoy it. It's an invigorating smell. Application is nice as well - it's not overly oily or packed together like old brown sugar like some scrubs you get, nor does it have to be mixed with anything to use. Too bad it's $23 for 8oz or almost $3 per ounce or I'd consider buying a full size version.

Yay - mascara, scrub
Meh - body butter (smell is great, consistency is meh); rose perfume
Bleah - omg gardenia perfume


5 Ethical Style Things I Did This Month: February

In January I tried my hand at ripping off another blogger's concept of listing 5 ways I had ethical style habits. (The Non-Consumer Advocate does 5 Frugal Things, which I read both as a voyeur and as an "eco" reminder from time to time.)  I figured I could at least commit to doing this monthly.

5 Ethical Style Things I Did in February:

1) I mended or fixed 3 things: a skirt, shirt and bracelet

2) I ordered clothes from People Tree when they had a sale and returned everything that didn't fit well or I didn't love (People Tree is "sustainable" and has decent labor practices, so that part is good as well -- but this is more about being a selective shopper than where I shop.)

3) Co-hosted a vegan ladies clothing swap. Unfortunately the snowy weather meant it was under-attended but some swapping was done, indeed. I ended up with 1 dress, 2 shirts for the gym/yoga (striped pullover hoodie & tank), a scarf, pleather leggings and a black shirt with sheer inserts. I unloaded a bunch of stuff, including shoes. Leftovers are being picked up by an area thrift store.

4) Purchased something I think I'll wear all the time -- an Everlane long-sleeved striped top. For better or worse (whether trite or not), I have a fondness for stripes. As far as long-sleeve striped shirts go, I have ones of the tighter variety, which I only wear with a more voluminous bottom to balance how tight they are. That means I have nothing to wear with jeans (which are always skinnies - sorry, trends). So, this fit the bill as I know I will wear it to death and it's a decent company. I was surprised by how sturdy it is and I've worn it a bunch already.

5) I finally wore the Betina Lou bamboo/acrylic sweater dress I got this summer. I bought it and then suddenly decided I was only ever wearing leggings and tent dresses or jeans. Hoping that the more I wear less-worn pieces, the less bored I'll be with my wardrobe and less tempted to buy more.

^ betina lou dress ^
^ golden ponies shoes ^
^ maggies organics tights ^
and O'timothy the cat, rescued from outside 
in Park Slope on 11th St., over a decade ago