color pop

When you wear mostly black, when it’s your “base layer” so to speak, what do you do if you want to splash around with a bit of color? You go for the pop. You can do it with almost any article of clothing.

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Scarves are a common way of adding color to any basic outfit, but you can also use tights, like I did here.

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women working, meat-cutting

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There’s a new restaurant in the neighborhood, White Gold Butchers, “a full-service whole animal butcher shop and eatery.” This is not the place for anyone who resolved to go vegetarian or vegan starting January 1. “Whole animal” here means whole animal: hearts, tongues, livers, marrow and all. 

This is a slow food establishment, the meat is local, and ethically raised. White Gold is a sister restaurant to the beloved restaurant the Spotted Pig, located in Greenwich Village. Recently, I had my first bone broth at White Gold. I also had some of the best prepared vegetable dishes I’ve had in a long time. So, just as long as  your vegetarian friends can deal with the carcasses, they can accompany you to White Gold.

The woman working, in the green touque, is doing a very difficult and dangerous job. I think she looks like an elf, but I’m sure she’s as tough as the bones she deals with. 

Anita

consuming less fashion, my way

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Happy 2017, everyone! Even though I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions, I know many of us today are taking a hard look at how we consume everything from food to entertainment to… fashion. Beyond the usual watchwords (shop vintage, buy less but higher quality, just say no, etc), I have some specific suggestions about how to become a more conscientious fashion consumer. Let me explain.

I spend a lot of time in the kinds of stores that sell fast fashion, the kinds of stores I urge others not to even enter.

They’re big, cavernous spaces, filled with racks and racks of tightly packed, trendy garments, garments that will be worn a few miserable times, then end up in a landfill, or on a barge bound for a third world country.

I’m doing research. If someone were to observe me on CCTV, I would either look like I was doing research or casing the joint. I enter with purpose. I look far, then close. I scan the racks, reach for random garments, pull them out and assess them for: hand, silhouette, and craftsmanship

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women working, Patagonia

 

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You may know of the Patagonia company as the purveyor of high priced outdoor wear for the seriously out-doorsy. Or perhaps you have one of their fleece pullovers like I did for many, many years? They’re much more. 

Recently, Patagonia has been in the news a lot, Patagonia and it’s founder, the environmentalist, climber, millionaire, surfer, reluctant business man, friend of Tom Brokaw and more, Yvon Chouinard. Chouinard is very real. If you haven’t heard of the man you can read this New Yorker article and you’ll see what I mean. 

The Patagonia store in Soho in New York is also very real and certainly ahead of the curve.

The young woman working is fixing what’s broke.

Patagonia is the epitome of a slow, sustainable, and ethical, green company. They recycle old gear, they’ll mend your torn jacket, and they care about both people and the environment. So much so that all of their stores were closed on election day last year. Walking the talk.

In this New Year, I’m happy to say that this is the future. I’m happy to embrace and be a part of an inter-generational community of people who want to fix what’s broken. Happy New Year!

Anita