Sometimes you do things even when you know it's not the best decision. Most of the stuff in this picture comes with no ethical labor standards or eco brags attached to it. (Aside from being animal-free. Which, granted, is my #1 requirement, but still.) I did get the navy anchor scarf secondhand in Vancouver but that's about it.

The coat? An acrylic sweatshop car coat I bought on my way between appointments one cold, blustery, under-dressed day, even after I'd read about plastic fibers in our waterways due to washing. It ticked all the boxes of what I wanted and had been looking for and I was freezing that day. I wear it a lot.

And my ubiquitous black jeans are BDG - previous versions I had were made in the USA but then they switched manufacturing. However, I knew they worked for me and I wear them so frequently that I just kept replacing them with the same exact brand and the same exact cut.

Sauconys? Helpful when I was in treatment for PF and have a lot of vegan options. I know they work and I don't need to worry about breaking them in or whether they work for my feet. I know they will work. I've been wearing this brand for about 20 years now.

Polarized Polaroid sunglasses? Impulse buy at the eye doctor. Previously a pair of found polarized Ray-Bans impressed me enough with their polarization but the giant scratch in them tested both my patience and eyesight so I stopped wearing them. When I saw these, I picked them up and we've been together ever since. (I also have some promo sunglasses that I wear from time to time as well.) 

These are the kind of buys I'm more at peace with these days, though they make me feel a little defeated and embarrassed given that I have the means to try better. I will work on finding replacements for the jeans and the sneakers at some point (I've been through a bunch of jeans and sneakers already to no avail). But I also hope that I'll wear these all to death and hopefully that will be years from now. 


Where to buy leggings now that American Apparel is sunk

I know American Apparel had a lot of issues but I did still use them for some basics (explained here back in 2011).  It took them 6 years to officially sink. And now I find myself down to just one option for leggings (and bike shorts, to wear to my acupuncture and chiro appointments) so I'm sharing it with you guys since a lot of us are probably in the same boat, though you guys probably wear bike shorts for less geriatric reasons. 

I don't need to replace bike shorts or leggings that often, but when I do, I use Maggie's Organics. I find most of their apparel not something I'd wear. Too many ruched things and skirted leggings for me. But! Their basic ankle-length leggings and bike shorts are good. (You guys are on your own with the printed leggings and calf-length leggings, though.) Also their cotton socks are great. 

I have all the reasons I'm happy to shop at Maggie's Organics on my "Where I Buy" page here.

If you shopped at American Apparel for your basics (or non-basics), what did you guys buy there and where are you planning on getting those things instead?


Nowadays: Matt & Nat, Petit Vour lipstick samples, '90s music

For some reason (definitely wanting to crawl back in time), I've been into listening to a lot of 1991-1997 music. The same music I listened to between the very first Lollapalooza and 5 years after that. Recently I've had Longtime by EMF stuck in my head. It starts with a sample of a guy talking who says, "This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. Not with a band." Apropos. Now, excuse me while I regress a few decades. 

It's still winter here (obviously) and I'm trying to make sure I wear some of the stuff I normally pass over in my closet. This past week it was these Matt & Nat shoes that slip off my heel and make me feel like I'm wearing slides. They're real shoes - they just don't fit like real shoes so I had to put those little heel bumpers in. It's fine but I get a little dramatic about having to purchase shoe aides from the drugstore. There's something really...human about it? 

Last week I was back to wearing my Vaute Couture Emily coat and my daily Matt & Nat cross-body bag. Adding the Matt & Nat shoes in made it a little matchy-matchy, brand-wise. And thankfully my shoulder is still messed up so I could selfie in my chiropractor's full length bathroom mirror. *insert praying hands emoji* also #oldpeople.

The bag is my go-to and I use it daily but it is PVC (albeit with a recycled plastic bottle liner). M&N's site says they use both PVC and PU but that PU is "definitely preferred" but then they don't label which bags are PVC. They only seems to label the bags that are PU. (Or they don't label either at all. I can't tell.) As you might imagine this grinds my gears and led to a purchase I probably would have skipped. But I bought it, it's here and I'll use it. 

I'll try to wear these suckers more often and if I can't, it probably means they don't belong with me. Unfortunately Oona got her claws on them, literally so I'm sure anyone else who might want them would consider this a significant deterrent if I need to rehome them. 

I mean, this is how much she loves shoes so I can't be all angry at her:

In other news, did you guys know you can order lipstick samples from Petit Vour? It's a little extra plastic but I find it helpful in knowing what colors I might actually use. And less packaging than if I'd purchased a whole tube I won't use. I struck out on both the reds here, but I don't mind the purple layered over a base pink. (I tend to layer Lush's Santa Baby under everything because it's got sick staying power, though it's too bright and pink for me on it's own. You're welcome for knowing that level of detail about my lipstick regimen.) Yeah, I know I swore off buying new lip stuff until I used what I had but...there we are.


Mostly Trash.

Okay, as a distraction for the frightening consolidation of power happening in American politics, as well as the shock-and-awe strategy that #45 has barfed out the first few weeks in office, I'm going to start blogging about what I used to blog about. Clothes - which now seem to be incredibly surface and unimportant though, ironically, there is so much lip service in #45's administration to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US. It feels weird to me, as someone who has tried support USA-made stuff for years now, knowing that #45's businesses outsourced their own stuff with no mention of labor standards and yet this was a successful campaign platform. Sadly, US manufacturing is the least of our worries at this point, though, now that basic civil liberties are on the line again along with undermining honest media.

Facebook recently gave me a "friend anniversary" reminder for someone I've known longer than I've been on Facebook and when I did the math I realized that I've been friends with him for over 20 years. Where did we meet?  A pro-choice protest in DC where Fugazi and Bikini Kill were playing. I've literally been showing up for demonstrations for women's right to choose for over two decades. Looking forward to the next two decades of fighting back, I guess. Hope to see you out there. (Speaking of -- thanks other countries! I think this is the first time a president of ours has literally been protested publicly by multiple other countries!)

Anyway -- clothes, makeup, cats.

For a while now, I had soured on scouring thrift stores for stuff. I think everyone's noticed that most of what can be found is fast fashion with a bad fit, made of bad fabric or is just poorly constructed. Longevity of a q-tip, but still $15. (I know it retailed for the same price, thrift store!) But I do still believe that reusing what's here is best ethically (though I limit my finds to vegan ones) and I finally jumped back in at a local Goodwill.

I found 3 tops -- one of which didn't work out and is getting donated, this cotton Madewell sweater and another black/gray geometric (and synthetic) sweater. And a small yellow Pyrex dish for $.99!

So I guess not every single thing is literally trash these days. Just most of it.