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I break for turkey

Yes, Blogger spell check, I know it should be brake, but that wouldn’t have the same effect!

I’m taking a short break and not posting again until Monday. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday!


Say cheese!

This past Saturday, my husband, puppy, and I had family Christmas pictures made. Yes, we took the puppy. Yes, we’re those people that say fur child. There’s no shame here.

Say cheese: full body
Saying cheese makes my eyes close
Say cheese: swoonish
Swooning or protecting my face from the sun?

Say cheese: face shot
What I would look like with a bit of a tan…
Bow tie
Puppy in a bow tie!!
That’s about all I’ve got tonight. It’s been a rough evening between the snow and crazy puppy. Tennesseans aren’t well equipped for the white stuff or the freezing rain stuff or anything other than sunshine.

What kind of animal is that?!?

Today I’m linking up with Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose for hehr Third Thursday Threads: Animal Prints feature. I have a pair of leopard print flats, but I wanted to wear a new-to-me pair of black wedges that my boss gave me earlier this week. I don’t have any other animal print clothes, so I went for something that looks animal print-ish.

What kind of animal: Full body
I’m still getting the hang of lighting when I take outside pictures, so hopefully this isn’t too over-processed! 
Here’s a close-up of the print of the shirt:
What kind of animal: Shirt close up
It’s kind of leopard-y, right? It also reminds me of our puppy’s fur, so I could say I’m puppy-printed! 
I also wore actual animals with my elephant earrings, so I’m good to participate, in my opinion! =)
What kind of animal: Earring
(How did I just find out about Flickr’s photo editing software? Prepare for my future postings to have an onslaught of edited pictures. Focus + blurring, ftw!)
Finally, here’s my “model pose”. I always enjoy seeing some of the faces I make!

What kind of animal: Drama pose
Watch out, Zoolander! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! It’s only supposed to be 38 degrees on Sunday! I want to hibernate!!

Would You Wear That Wednesday: Keep or Quit?

In light of last week’s thoughts about recommitting to shopping more ethically, I’m wondering if I should continue this feature. I’m still trying to figure out where to shop, but I know that I don’t want to shop at places like Target or Walmart anymore, so I don’t know if I should still feature items from those places on here. I’m thinking about tweaking my Wednesday postings to something like “Whatever Wednesdays” (clever, right?) and posting fashion/shopping related stories, an outfit posting if I have it, stuff like that. Obviously, I haven’t thought this through completely, but I welcome any thoughts that any readers have!

Style Imitating Art: What’s Black and White and Re(a)d All Over?

Does anyone remember the old joke about what’s black and white and red (or read) all over? There were a couple of different answers- a newspaper, a zebra with a sunburn. I think there was another one too, but those were the only ones I could remember on this crazy Monday!

I’m excited to be participating in Jen from Librarian for Life and Style’s first Style Imitating Art selection. You can read more about the selection and why she chose it here, but here’s the inspiration:

Here’s my interpretation:

SIA: BWR (What I Submitted)
I tried to take pictures outside this morning, but the light was too bright, and they kept being washed out. Instead, you get to see my after-work blah hair and part of my bedroom, including the Employees Only sign on the door. 😉
I went with a black, white, and red (more maroon actually) color scheme. No stripes on this outfit, but the flowers on my cardigan kind of echo the wallpaper behind him. Clearly, I excelled in my art appreciation class in undergrad!
Here are a couple of closeups of the cardigan:
SIA: BWR (Back of Cardigan)
SIA: BWR (Sequin Closeup)
It should be fun to see how others interpreted this painting! 

Awkward pictures and weekend plans

This title is in honor of my patented Friday blogging formula! 😉

I took these shots during the Pantone challenge week but I was still in my swamped/life funk phase so these were never posted. When you have pictures this awkwardly charming though, you can’t keep them to yourself! This is the first time I’ve put this cardigan and dress together, and I liked it! I’ve also never worn this dress with tights and boots, but I’ll be trying it again with this one and the other two I have (in green and black). I’ve actually shown this dress on the blog before too, so yay for remixing!

Awkward pictures and weekend plans: Side shot
I don’t even have an explanation. Maybe I was showing the cardigan’s shape?
Awkward pictures and weekend plans: Showing the ring
Attempting to show the ring and tights at the same time…
Awkward pictures and weekend plans: Full body
Enjoy the luminescent counter shot, free of charge
And, to talk about the second part of the title, what are everyone’s weekend plans? =) I’m going to spend at least a few minutes cleaning out ill-fitting clothes and planning next week’s outfits. Also, it’s going to be close to 80 here on Sunday! Hope it doesn’t make the ladybugs and wasps attack our house again. EEK!! 

It’s a long fall from the top of my soapbox

I started to post a “Would You Wear That Wednesday” entry today, but something is weighing heavily on me again. Thanks to my Facebook news feed, I discovered the rabbit hole that is Upworthy and all of the videos posted on it. As I was skimming through them and deciding which ones to watch, I started seeing a lot about the fashion industry, particularly about the Bangladeshi tragedy and the use of child labor, and quite honestly, it made me so mad-  at the industry,at consumers, and at myself. I made two commitments in May and July to only shop thrift stores and then to stop shopping from August until the end of this year. I haven’t kept either of those commitments, and I’ve completely buried the anger that I felt that this “hobby” of mine is killing people. It’s not just garment factory collapses, fires, etc, but it’s also the pollution from the chemicals used to dye garments and the ruin of land/water in places like China. Also, people in these countries don’t have hope. I can’t imagine having a child who only has the option of working in a garment factory for the rest of her life and earning something crazy like $45 a month for working 6 days a week, 12 hours a day. This injustice has just been weighing on me.

I am blessed. I was blessed enough to have been born into a loving family, marry a wonderful man, and have fantastic in-laws. My husband and I aren’t rich by any means, but even our worst day is probably better than some of these people’s best day. (I know I’m making a huge overgeneralization here, and I can’t even begin to know about their happiness levels, but this is just my perspective). I’m a Christian, and I’m trying to live my life according to biblical principles, and yet I support this industry that literally kills people. What Would Jesus Do, indeed?

I didn’t mean to get on a soapbox here or go off on a complete rant, but I think that it’s past time that I fully commit and dedicate myself to this cause. I want to do so many things to help balance the scale of injustice, and this is a great place to start since this is my hobby and passion (to a certain extent). I don’t quite know what my next step is, but I know I need to do some restructuring and go back and see what else I said I was going to do so I can recommit myself to it. Also, I don’t want to completely give up the fun aspects of this blog or quit enjoying reading other people’s blogs or become a comment troll who quotes horrifying fashion industry statistics on people’s blogs (the Internet equivalent of throwing paint on a fur coat…ha ha). I just want to be a more socially responsible consumer and help make a difference in these people’s lives however I can.

Does anyone have any suggestions of where I can start? As a librarian, I’ve already done some research and have ideas about where to look for more information, but any information that people have already gathered would be really helpful!

Also, if I haven’t lost you yet, thank you for reading. I may have gone a little overboard here, but I just wanted to get everything out. I’ll be back Friday with more awkward pictures and references to the weekend. =)