Donate stuff. Create jobs.

As a devoted Goodwill Industries lover, I’ve had many special moments while shopping there by myself, but also with family and friends. When I remember the afternoon I crooned to the oldies with an older employee there, it brings a smile to my face. So this just happens to be #GoodwillWeek with this short (and unpaid) message that when you donate to Goodwill and many other thrift stores, you are funding opportunities for many people to be employed or better prepared for the workforce.

Find your nearest Goodwill store HERE. The Goodwill about page states “Maximizing the value of your donations is important to us. In 2015, we used 85 percent of the revenue generated through your donated stuff to support and grow programs that result in significant social impact for your community members in need of work.” Their page that connects you to those job and career tools is HERE in case you know someone that may benefit from their services.

Shopping responsibly and consciously links

Links posts are a dedicated space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and consciously.

This is me trying on the satin jumpsuit I regret not buying at the thrift store AND then I remember it had stains and I feel better 🙂
Thrift Eye

Put Your Credit Card Away & Try These 7 “Shop Your Stash” Tricks Instead
The trick is to learn how to shop your own closet so you can curb your cravings and spend less.

American Apparel was the original brand for the perfect basics from literally every category, and in every color imaginable… but it was never boring. Their basics were just the beginning. Their (at times) raunchy and (always) sexy ad campaigns made hipsters mainstream — and uncomfortably seductive as a new “real”, less skinny idea of the model emerged.

Is this why your Zara shopping habit drops off when you reach 30?
The company studied social engagement to assess how women feel about the Inditex-owned brand and found that engagement is at a high between ages 23 and 27. By the age of 33, engagement is rock bottom (around 1%).

Thrift Store Hauls
A subreddit for people to post all the stuff they find at Thrift Stores. Some are really random or strange, but some people share really awesome things they find!

Here are 5 (of many) reasons I no longer shop at Urban Outfitters. Hopefully you’ll join me.
People like to shop at places with cool stuff. And for that mildly obvious reason, Urban Outfitters’ popularity makes sense. But how many fans of Urban Outfitters would continue their patronage if they found that behind the scenes, the company was the stark opposite of cool?

Made in USA Monday

Welcome to Made in USA Monday’s – where I’ll be exploring trends that caught my eye in small doses, but supporting sustainability and Made in USA!

I did the BIGGEST load of laundry ever this weekend. It made me realize one thing – I own several what could be considered “luxury” tees and tanks and…I hate them. Many years ago, I was able to buy several Alexander Wang T’s at a very discounted price. I own 4 different ones and guess what? They suck. They’re just poorly made and after many wears and washes, they basically turn into these wide shirts that shrink. So it looks like you’re wearing a box. All these shirts have been banished to pajamas now. I would hate to be that person that paid full price for these tops. If you asked m, is buying these really expensive shirts worth your money? I would definitely say no, a very large no!

What has held up though? My moderately priced Made in USA tees! I feel like they’re such great investment pieces. They’re more expensive than you’d want to pay for something on the high street shops, but those fall apart immediately. And I can see that the really expensive ones aren’t worth it in the long run either! Spend a little bit more, but not too much, and you’ll end up with some pieces that will live in your closet forever! (or just about) and won’t end up in the shame pile.

New darkness

I’m gravitating towards wearing a lot of black again, drawn to the dark side once more. Even though in my heart I really love to be polar opposites. Sometimes I wear all black and then neon brights, I like to be dressed up and can rock the casual like nobodies business!

This is an outfit I learned to be comfortable with because it was indeed out of my comfort zone of what I typically wear and how I typically wear these said things. It’s a little masculine, it’s a little modern, I don’t know how to frame this outfit! It’s just edgier than I normally wear my clothes!

Item From Made in… BUY
Everlane tank thrifted USA HERE
Issey Miyake pleated pants thrifted Japan
Freda Salvador flats Spain Similar

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Issey Miyake pants

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Issey Miyake pants

The fact alone that I found these pants at a thrift store still amazes me!