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meditate first, then drink


Third generation hatmaker, Layce Cates Heaton, in one of her beautiful hats. Beautiful women working.


In the spirit of the “wild west” and Godless, the Netflix series I just binged on, this look from Matthildur. The top is called the Sand Shirt, and the cut definitely has something of the west about it.

The wide legged pants are like the pants that Michelle Dockery wore throughout the show.

The most wonderful thing about this ensemble, is that it’s %100 pima cotton from Peru! And if you don’t know pima cotton, you should. It’s the highest quality cotton, it’s soft and durable.    



this is not a sale

40%, 50%, 70% off?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember when we were thrilled to get 10% or 20% off at any SALE, even at Christmas? So why the change? A skirt was originally priced at $200, and now it’s down to $60? Wonderful, you say? 

Not so fast, think about it.

Think back to when you bought a blazer, a blazer you may still have, it cost you more than the schmatte you can buy today at H&M, didn’t it? But you still have it, and, you love it and get compliments every time you wear it.

The blazer may even have been made in America!

But even if it wasn’t, even if it was made in Italy, it was quality.

The price of clothing has been going down for years. People today, from most demographics, shop for clothes on a weekly basis. It’s just what we do, and we can do it thanks to fast fashion.

I’ve talked about my own dilemma before, (more…)


unusual business


I love seeing things like this, it’s proof that recycling is becoming a thing in mainstream retail. This sign was in front of a Lululemon store.

I’m assuming they donate the mats to non-profit organizations, or perhaps give them to people who actually recycle them to make new mats. I didn’t ask this time, but I’ll find out.

Given how widespread the popularity of yoga is these days, the thought of all those old mats going into landfills—that’s scary!

Scandinavian Style

These little crossbody bags are from COS, the “Collection of Style” stores. COS is part of the huge, and I do mean huge, Swedish, H&M comglomerate. There are some 200 COS stores in 30 countries!

But unlike the usual H&M fast fashion offerings, COS clothes are infinitely more sophisticated. 

This is not your granddaughter’s thing.

COS garments are minimalist, classic in style, and generally pretty well made. There collections usually come in interesting and unusual colors.



the frontier is female, godless

No Man’s Land

I have so much to say about this picture, I hope I can get it all out. Godless, is a new Netflix drama that’s going to air this Wednesday, the 22nd. “The Frontier is Female,” is one of the show’s slogans, and I love it because it seems ever so appropriate given the times we are living in.

Other than that, all I really know about Godless is that it’s a “Western,” about a town that’s populated solely by “badass” women, and two of the cast members are Michelle Dockery and Jeff Daniels.

You may want to watch it.

A couple of days ago, to promote the series, Netflix did a popup in Soho. The space was set up like a market, where craftswomen were selling and demonstrating their work.

There was a third generation hat maker from Colorado, Layce Cates Heaton, from Cates Custom Hats, whose hat I’m wearing in the picture.

I own a couple of nice hats but this one made mine feel a bit, well, forlorn.

Just the feel, the “texture” of the beaver was wonderful, and the silhouette was clean and elegant. You have to love small makers and crafts people who take the time to make beautiful, quality things that will last.

This women working is Miranda Hope, from Los Angeles, she was there making jewelry, pieces like these.