Monday, February 28, 2011
Hoodie , Skirt and Leggings Target
Bangles Alex and Ani (handmade in US)
Earrings Gift they were handmade by a NY woman)
Necklace belonged to a grandmother that has passed.
Forgot my camera and with the rain everything took on weird hues.
As some or possibly no one? noticed I went MIA last week. I got the plague that was going around. OK not the plague but it was pretty icky. Then I had a very bad reaction to Claratin D and it caused me to be up for 40 hours total. (I am NOT even exaggerating) I was a very unhappy camper the first half of the weekend until I went to bed at 9 pm on Saturday. (Which I probably haven't done in 20 years. in 1990 my bedtime was moved from 9pm to 10pm so I could watch Seinfeld and that was probably one of the last times) I wish I could go to bed earlier. I fight myself like woah.
I try not to get political on here too often but every once in awhile I am willing to show my true feelings on some events that could be controversial. I try and have party manners on here. If I would bring it up with a stranger at a party I don't mention it here but sometimes I just need to get it out. Have you heard about the Galliano rant in Paris last week? John Galliano for anyone who doesn't know who he is, WAS the head of Dior. Dior is known for being insanely chic and CLASSY (and expensive). I think of Dior and I think of the beautiful dresses A line full skirted dresses they popularized in the 50's. Last week Galliano was arrested for an Anti-Semitic rant. Dior reacted immediately suspending him. They made the smart moved and are trying to distance themselves and have a no tolerance policy for that kinda of behavior, as well they should. If they hadn't it probably would of changed my mind forever as what Dior stood for. Today a video was released not of the rant but of some of the other things he said that night. He is obviously intoxicated but does that pardon anyone's behavior? If anything I think it allows your hidden thoughts to come to the surface. That said... about 10 years ago I saw a documentary about Bayer and their hand in WW2 and concentrations camps. (Just google it if you are interested. It is horrific and they were deplorable.) I have been avoiding any Bayer products since then. I will ask for an alternative than anything made by Bayer. I understand they make many lifesaving drugs and am not suggesting others stop using their stuff but if I can avoid it I would like to continue. Last night Dave and I watched a documentary on Wal-Mart The High Cost of Low Price. You have all already know how Wal-Mart killed the mom and pop shops but the actual facts and the numbers is SHOCKING. The amount of businesses they ran out of business than force people to work there because everything else closed and they offer such bad insurance that the number of employees on public assistance is mind boggling. All that is bad enough but the lack of caring and trying to correct it on Wal-Marts behalf is disgusting. They had some figures about how much money their employees have donates to help one another out and the Walton's donations. The employees gave something insane like 10 times more money. The Waltons are some of the richest people in the entire world. They got rich by some pretty shady practices. The factories overseas were highlighted in the video. Sad. We have all heard about it before but have you done anything about it? I want to but I am not sure where to start. Well first thing. I'd like to avoid Wal-Mart which is pretty easy since we don't have one here but when I go to other places. The local stores going out of business hurt your heart. I have had some personal experience with this and it hurts. Not only financially but the fact that people would prefer cheaply made low prices over local well made products. Yes I know Wal-Mart has helped some out and all that but the amount of people they are hurting is far surpassing the good 100 times over. (another awful statistic was the amount of crimes in the parking lots. The numbers were staggering)
Are there any companies you boycott or avoid? Who and why?
I will give a I Care button to two responders to the question I will choose tonight. I'd like to become much more of a conscious consumer (I am a bit of one now but I want to become more so) and would like to hear others thoughts on the topic. What is the price you put on your goods? I know money is always a concern with everyone. Hell I know what it is to grow up on welfare and I know what it's like to be able to afford to buy organic local. I know what it is like to pick up the free groceries and to count pennies to pay bills. I know what it is like to buy all my clothes at a thrift store and my mom to alter them to look designer. (she used to sew alligator on shirts for me when I was little pretending they were Izod, now Lacoste) I don't know what it is like to be well off, that is one thing I haven't experienced. But I do know what it like to be able to pay all my bills and have money left over. One thing I have never ever done is missed or paid a bill late in my life no matter what my circumstance. But I'd like to believe that in any situation I could be a much more aware consumer and make wiser choices. Yeah a $10 dress is great but is it worth the sheer hell but is it putting the factory workers through? I don't have the answers nor do I pretend I do. I am sitting here and all my clothing is from a big box store. But I did just notice my jewelry I wore is from small handmade companies in US.