Weekly Rundown

the Weekly Rundown: Post-Dinner Thanksgiving Activities + How Ethical Fashion Can Improve Your Style

November 19, 2017

Seasons and salt blog

STYLE:

My very smart and clever friend Dacy shared this on her Instagram page a few days ago. It’s a piece by Arianna Huffington championing for women to stop worrying so much about repeating outfits. Huffington contends that we are wasting valuable time/energy/money when we spend hours deciding what to wear. She also decries 5 inch heels as the “power shoe” of women. I have been waiting for someone to say that for a very long time. Men, at their professionally-dressed best, wouldn’t dream about tottering around on toothpick heels, and a woman shouldn’t feel like she has to put herself on that perch to feel professional. (Though if she likes them, more power to her.) But my favorite part about this article is the way Huffington showcases through collage after collage her shameless outfit repeats. And she is not repeating your basic black dress, but instead, intricate and beautiful designs. A great inspiration to be an unrepentant outfit repeater!

It’s no secret that I’m a clog-lover. This is probably the most comprehensive review I’ve read on all things clog. If you’re in the market, no doubt you will find this immensely helpful!

5 Ways Shopping Ethically Can Improve Your Style – Yes! I have found these to be so true for me, particularly #2 and #3.

SUSTAINABLITY/MINIMALISM:

Want to make one decision that could have a huge impact on how sustainable your wardrobe is? Perhaps setting a minimum price for what you pay for clothing (as in one high enough to make you feel the pinch of spending your money) could shift the entire course of your closet. OneΒ fashion reporter did just that and it changed everything for him.

LIFE:

A little S+S throwback. I wrote this post two years ago, and I’ll be referencing it again this week, when I’m coming out of my turkey coma: 9 Things To Do After Dinner on Thanksgiving (Besides Shop)

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  • mjd November 19, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Kudos to Ariana Huffington for celebrating outfit repeating! With regard to the 5-inch heels, though, I will say that increased height is directly correlated with increased social stature (and salary!), so there is something to the “power shoe” concept. Especially since women tend to be shorter. I’m not a heel-wearer myself, but I thought I should just point that out. I could see in a boardroom where you have an abundance of men between, say 5’9″ and 6’2″, and a woman who is, say 5’3″, the heels could go a long way for her to bridging that gap. It’s stupid, but apparently it’s human nature. Until we evolve more. :-)

    • Andrea November 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      That is really interesting! I suppose I’m a bit biased on this topic because I’m slightly taller than average (5’7) so I don’t need the vertical leverage as much. That reminds me though, I can think of a few distinct times of hanging around with women who were a few inches or more taller than me, and it’s always an odd feeling. I’d love to know more about the psychology behind it all. So interesting!

  • Krystal November 19, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing the Arianna Huffington article – I am a serial outfit-repeater. I will definitely be using the #reindossalo hashtag!

    Also, thanks for the after-Thanksgiving dinner suggestions. My Black Friday outings ended a few years ago after an aggressive fellow shopper purposely rammed her shopping cart into my back, as apparently I was walking too slow for her taste. This was like, two hours after finishing Thanksgiving dinner, too. I’m looking forward to cozying in with a good book (and maybe peeking to see if any awesome ethical brands are doing a sale!).

    • Andrea November 20, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Ugh, I went Black Friday shopping once or twice, and it was NEVER good! No ‘good prices’ are worth that experience. Yes to books! I just grabbed a few new ones from the library today. I can’t wait!

  • Kalee J. November 20, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Isn’t that clog review fantastic?! I stumbled upon it a couple weeks ago as I was doing research into clogs. Looking to buy my first pair of Sven clogs 😊

    • Andrea November 20, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      I’m really liking Sven clogs too! I wish their website was easier to navigate though. It’s hard to get a good sense of their leather offerings. Keep us posted if you end up with a pair!

  • Anne November 20, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I like that GQ article and agree with it. I feel like $50 is my “ouch” threshold although I don’t usually hesitate at $70-80 if it was something for work. There are obviously times like when stocking up on layer T’s at Everlane wouldn’t meet that threshold, but I think the idea of forcing ourselves to save for clothes rather than “see how much I can get for $20 every week” takes us back to times of even 50 years ago (I wasn’t around then obviously don’t hate me if I’m wrong lol) where closets were smaller and fabric had to be saved for, bought, pinned, cut, sewn, and altered. Even using my small closets in my current home as opposed to the ones in my childhood home that took up an entire wall makes me rethink how much I need. There’s probably a good reason why I can only comfortably view about 10 articles of clothing at one time inside my 1936-era closets, and the rest live on the dark ends of the rack until they get rotated through for seasonal or special occasion needs!

    • Andrea November 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      I TOTALLY used to be the ‘see how much I can get for $20 every week’ kind of shopper. I was so addicted to that high of ‘new, new.’ It’s a hard thing to divorce from. But yes, I am always preaching to people about how we used to view clothing in the past. We spent proportionally more of our income on clothing, and owned fewer (but way better) items. I wish I could time-travel back and study what it was like first hand!

  • ThatGirl November 21, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Thank you for the clog review! I’ve needed one. I have a kind of silly question: can you source vintage Levi’s online? I’m struggling with how exactly to shop eBAY for exactly what I need. I don’t have the time to scour thrift stores for Levi’s these days but I adore the ones I recently stumbled upon and would like to find more!