Weekly Rundown

the Weekly Rundown: Slow Fashion October + Blogging Ethics

October 1, 2017

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LIFE

Do you build a day of rest into your weekly routine? We have done this in the past, but more recently have fallen out of the habit. I read Beth Watkin’s piece on a New Sabbath Practice (hint: this works even if you’re not a person of faith) and it has left my mind spinning with ideas. It ties in well with the idea of slower-consumerism and examining our pace of life.

Now that we are in the thick of the school year and all that comes with it (homework, sports, music) our days feel faster than they were in the summer. And that means I often neglect taking the time to do what I need to do to prevent clutter. I’m reading and re-reading this 5-Minute Decluttering list, that promises 7 things you can do in 5 minutes. (How do you stay uncluttered?)

STYLE

Slow Fashion October is here! I don’t know a lot about this movement, but it really intrigues me. I followed along with the hashtag last fall and was really inspired to love what was already in my closet and love it well. Some of the participants have wonderful stories and many of them make their own (amazing) clothes.

There are few things better than putting a face behind a name. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Styeline’s interview with Lauren Winter, a Portland-based designer I love to follow (and who happens to have created my favorite wide pants). Her passion for life, style and the environment is invigorating. I love how clothing comes alive when part of the back story is filled in.

ETHICS

How do the ethics of ethical-fashion bloggers stack up? And should there be a code of conduct? Leah over at Style-Wise asks this and more. I love that Leah is asking hard questions and, while I may not always eye-to-eye (we have differing opinions on investing in expensive pieces), all of these points are worth considering. I am always trying to be as authentic and transparent as I can. If you ever have questions, I hope you’ll always ask.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Leah October 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Yeah, the expensive pieces thing is really more of an “I really don’t know” issue for me, based on my own income level and on trying to find a middle space for people who have been trained in a “the cheaper the better” culture. I have splurged on several pieces recently that cost $100 or more, and that still feels terrifying to me, but it’s just as much a socio-economic and cultural thing as anything. Once I have them, I love them and see their value, but how do we move everyone to that mindset without accidentally creating an aspirational dynamic? Also, it has a lot to do with what blog demographics we already attract and who we’re ultimately trying to attract. Sigh. It’s complicated.

    • Reply Andrea October 2, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Great question Leah! And yes it is complicated. I really appreciate your mind (and honesty) about this stuff.

  • Reply Beth October 2, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Very touched that my piece resonated with you! Thank you! This stuff is so hard to wrestle with, and even live out, alone. In all manner of slower living, intentional life, and neighbor-love (including, by way of buying ethically!), it is much easier when others talk about it and embrace it too. It all feels a bit more attainable! Here’s to just trying to live toward a better world. As ever, I appreciate your space here so much.

    • Reply Andrea October 2, 2017 at 8:29 am

      It’s an honor to have you say that Beth! I appreciate what you do so much. You challenge me and make me think. I respect your depth of skill, intellect and spirituality so much!

  • Reply Shelbi October 2, 2017 at 9:26 am

    The 5 minute decluttering list is awesome. I might need to do this more than once a day though…

    ;)

    • Reply Andrea October 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Ha! Me too Shelbi!

  • Reply Anne October 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Now that I’ve caved and am on Instagram, I am looking forward to following along with Slow Fashion October. I will probably splurge on a sweater or two, maybe a couple supplemental tee shirts for cold-weather layering, but other than that I try not to buy too much fall-specific apparel, because here in Michigan, it’s pretty much summer until it snows :p

    • Reply Andrea October 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

      I hear that! It feels like summer here till it rains. The ‘transition’ seasons often feel short!

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