If you’re anything like me, your work/ school calender is out. of. control. Every single day is packed with meetings, events, be there’s, do that’s, etc. I think that’s why I love this free download from jas + mine (via A Pair and a Spare). A beautiful design with no room for notes . . . no boxes for appointments, no 15 minute delineations. Just a beautiful reminder to appreciate every day and to look forward to those ahead.
I don’t know about you, but recently I have become so overloaded with fashion blogs, stories of binge-buying, on-line-sample sales, Birkin-blowouts, [insert brand]“60% off TODAY ONLY use code:TODAYONLY!” emails that I’m over it. Seriously. I am not a big New Year’s Resolution person, but 2014 for me is going to be about down-sizing and simplifying.
I have enough clothes.
There is an absolute psychology behind on-line sample sales:
The Psychology Behind Gilt Groupe’s 36-Hour Sale by FORAtv
It’s a great business model that I have succumbed to many a-time… but there comes a point when it’s like… “do I really need another DVF dress at 50% off?” Even when I’ve logically convinced myself that I don’t need any more “stuff,” it’s hard when I get that weekly (or daily) email promising graspable Gucci and reduced Rachel Roy.
So, my simple solution is to unsubscribe. From everything. Goodbye J.Crew. Au reviore, Rue LaLa.
Downsizing my consumerism is a primary goal. In fact, I haven’t bought anything “consmery” yet this year. (I did go a little crazy buying up discounted work clothes during all of those after Christmas sales but I also got rid of a lot things– tossed the super old stuff and donated the rest).
Plus, with Pinterest, there is enough of outfit-inspiration to be creative with what I have.
I still plan on reviewing emerging designers, because for me, fashion blogging is about the art. About people being creative, making beautiful things, and aspiring to live a life devoted to design. Recently, I’ve become so bored with the whole concept of fashion blogging. It’s like anything, once it becomes about the money it loses a bit of it’s soul. I was making a pretty decent amount of money from this site at one point… and getting tons of free stuff, but right around that time, it stopped being fun. There was all of this pressure to write about things I wasn’t really in the mood to write about. So I opted out of all sponsorships, commission programs, and advertisers as well.
So I will continue to write about things that I enjoy, but with less focus on buying and more focus on appreciating art, fashion, design, and creativity. I will definitely try to have more DIY’s and focus on the sort of thing you and I and everyone can enjoy without getting swept up in mass-materialism.
I blame Miami.
Miami is a beautiful place but there is just so much excess here. Back in Boston, things were just less about what you had and more about what you did. Each emphasis comes with it’s own set of pitfalls.
Miami: “Oh… you drive a 3-series, how unfortunate.”
Boston: “Oh … you went to a state school, how unfortunate.”
Personally, I prefer the Boston-based snobbery, because at least on some very attenuated level it’s about substance. Here, no one really cares how you got the money for your Aventador, they are just impressed you have one.
Anyway, thanks for reading my rant. I hope to contribute more substance to this site in the New Year. Hopefully you’re down the for the journey. Happy New Year!
OMG, how cute is this USB hub? I totally need this for my office.
Be sure to check out my sister site OMMiami.com for all that’s actually worthwhile in Miami. Case in point? Jodi, the yogi whose classes actually changed my life. The power yoga class she teaches at Exhale is totally an excuse to book a flight. Meanwhile, check out links to tons of great events, including art exhibits, fashion shows and yoga discounts. Love this place!
So… it’s been a while since I’ve updated the site. Moving almost half-way across the country was enough to stress me out beyond the point of wanting to write about fashion. In fact, the whole process involved a serious closet downsize (5 contractor bags to Boomerangs) and some serious thinking about why I have (or shall I say had) so much stuff. It’s my serious hope that in leaving behind the cold, I also left behind some bad habits including, but not limited to, my tendency to excessively acquire materialistic things I don’t need. I think I may have moved to the wrong place for that, but only time will tell. In the meantime I thought I’d share a quick review of blo.
With literally everything I own (with a couple of brought-on-the-plane-exceptions) moving slowly across the country on it’s way to me, I found myself in a new place without my blow dryer and flat iron. Yes, I know natural hair is gorgeous and I do love my curls, I am just too lazy to deal with them right now. Anyway, I wandered over to blo because a few friends back in Boston swear by the place in the South End. I was met by a very petite stylist who seemed to lack the upper arm strength generally required to tame my tresses. I actually expressed my concerns to her.
45 minutes later, my hair was super straight (like almost too straight, but that’s what I get for telling her she wouldn’t be able to tame it!) and really soft. Blo specializes in drying and styling. No cuts, no color, no fuss. I highly recommend this place if you need a style or blow-out for a special event, or if you can afford the $35 flat-rate blow-out on a regular basis. The best part is, for gals with a lot of hair (me) or really long hair (there was a girl in there who had hair that super thick and reached all the way down her back) the price is always the same. One of the best blow-outs I’ve ever had (and that means a lot because my hair is easy to get wrong).
Visit blo: California, North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas.