‘Tis the season to be green

08 Dec

{ shopping: }

Daily outfit wearing burgundy boyfriend sweater, navy pencil skirt, black booties

Things that are green: Christmas trees. Also, cash money. I’m a consumer, a machine that uses stuff up and then buys more. While my heart may lie somewhere more utopian I cannot lie about my habits. I consumed when I had very little money. Hello, consignment shops and second-hand stores. I consumed even more when I had more money to burn. Blouses from Paris whose cost I could only justify by wearing year-round for four years in a row. And then there’s that place in the middle where I landed comfortably with time, (still consuming.)

As an idealistic teen entering her twenties, I had a set of core beliefs that I firmly put into action. I recycled years before my city had a recycling program, I adhered firmly to a plant-based diet, I passed on my used goods and gave them a second life elsewhere. I shopped locally with a strong emphasis on shopping. Herein lies the weakest link. As much as I wanted to love the organic cotton t-shirt dress and socks whose story pulled on my heart strings, I admit the styles left me yearning for more.

Through time, I’ve had to re-examine some of those core beliefs out of necessity. While my heart liked being vegan, my body did not. Having celiac along with being soy and dairy intolerant left me with difficult decisions to make, I made them mindfully. I’m proud of the way I have managed most of my life choices but I’ve always felt I could do more. How does a woman manage her idealistic fantasies after years of brutal reality, challenges, and sometimes, a primal desire for things to just be easy?

When I started blogging a year ago I quickly realized that I am on public record for my compulsive consumption. I’ve gone cold turkey a few times by participating in Kendi’s 30 for 30 remix challenge. It proved to be easier than I thought but my interest in bringing new things home to adorn myself never waned. I did, however, start to think longer and harder about the choices I was making. To be clear, I have no interest in stopping. I like clothes and accessories. I like new things. What I want is to make decisions around what I’m already doing that feel stronger. I want to live harmoniously with my youthful ideals.

I’m going on record here to say that I will be making more of an effort to pay attention to those purchases, to be more mindful of who and what I’m supporting. My goal is to participate in a cycle that feels good rather than one-sided. I’m not here to preach, I’m more interested in sharing what I discover on this journey. I’m more interested in getting your suggestions and recommendations. Do not expect an overnight revolution, I make my changes at a comfortable pace because I like them to stick. I give a lot of credit to the bloggers out there who have inspired me by shopping second-hand, altering vintage pieces to fit and creating their own fashion such as Bella, Michelle and Anika.

If you follow The House in the Clouds on facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I’m plugging local and eco-chic options during this holiday shopping seasons. If you haven’t looked recently, check it out.

Feeling good on the inside makes you beautiful on the outside; this I believe with all my heart.

{ hat love: }

Daily outfit wearing navy blue and cream baby doll dress, black cloche hat, over-the-knee snake pattern boots

Daily outfit wearing blue bows dress, black Versace for H&M bolero, black Victor Osborne handcrafted hat

{ deets: }

1: Burgundy boyfriend cardigan/Urban Outfitters, vintage pins/gifted, infinity scarf/hand-knitted by me, black skinny belt/Nordstrom’s, navy pencil skirt/Show & Tell, black tights/unknown, black leather ankle boots/Munro.

2: Blue and cream babydoll dress/ModCloth, black boyfriend blazer/Urban Outfitters, nude floral fishnets/Nordstrom’s, black snake pattern over-the-knee boots/Kelsi Dagger, cloche hat/Goorin Bros. Heritage Collection.

3: Blue bows dress/ModCloth, black multi-colored bolero/Versace for H&M, swirl cap/Victor Osborne.


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  1. Ofelia

    December 9, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I’m with you with in many of the ways that you choose to live your life!
    I also was a vegetarian for about 4 years but my body was not made to handle a plant base diet. I had horrible craves for fish and cheese because growing up in a Caribbean island I used to have fish and seafood at least 4 times a week and we used to eat fried white cheese and bread for breakfast.
    So after 4 years I gave up and even though I’m not a vegetarian anymore; I do eat a lot of locally grown products.
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  2. Shybiker

    December 10, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I applaud your eco-consciousness. (When I started practicing law, I was an environmental lawyer.) We should all be aware of the effects our actions have on the world.

    That said, don’t be too critical of your consuming choices. In the big picture, they affect very little in comparison to industrial operations and commercial activity. If buying a new blouse gives you pleasure, that’s justification enough for the purchase. Your act is hugely eclipsed by the daily operations of a single coal-plant.

    Shifting to fashion, I love your choices. I really adore them. Your clothes are beautiful and interesting. They are all things I’d wear if I had your talent. The blue babydoll dress made me swoon.
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  3. Franca

    December 11, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I am thinking a lot about ethical living just now. I have barely been shopping at all, or even spending much money on anything other than food, because my husband is about to be unemployed again, we are saving up like mad. Environmentally speaking, actually stopping consumption altogther would be the best thing. But I don’t think this is the way to live for everyone, or for us in the long term. I have a lot of friends who are etsy sellers, and they do rely on people buying things. And purchases do provide satisfaction, and are an outlet for creativity. I wish I could think of an answer!
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    December 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I say hats off to those who live a solely ethical lifestyle. For me, I try to shop and be sustainable in various elements of my choices, however I also know for my lifestyle I will still acquire new things, and I love to shop, etc. I decided to utilise my skills to design & create items that I wanted. Thankfully it have saved loads of money. There are so many ways to be ethical, not just in fashion. I also believe that shopping local and to support independent sellers is amazing. The Bay area is so good for eco-awareness … I’ve learnt to appreciate that particularly, & recently since I’ve been travelling in cities where people hardly even recycle, so sad.
    Beautiful first outfit, love all of those colours.
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  5. Fashnlvr

    January 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    You are so adorable! And beautiful and smart and conscientious! The list goes on…
    I definitely buy more things locally than I do online. I believe in supporting local business as well. If I see something I want online, i then try to find a local store that sells it. Plus, I am impatient. :)
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