I love the hunt and it’s great when you find something at a thrift or consignment store that are still in their original boxes or with tags on; or on some occasions an item considered pre-owned was worn 3 times just waiting to be taken home.
So, let me break it down …
1) Buy NAME BRANDs & Designer… when possible
2) Some things look great but may have been on a recall list …ask questions, do research and keep your internet near you
3) Check everything, pay attention to seams, stains and buttons for damage or possible replacements, which may not be an option in most cases
4) Jewelry: Vintage and even some costume look amazing for evening
5) Kitchen: Vintage Pyrex, Depression glass, fine china, cast iron, and Corning ware just to name a few
6)Tools: Vintage and thrifting is also a great cheap way to replace old lost or damaged
7) Mirrors and Glassware are the first things I look for … Vintage and the more unusual is sometimes better for great center pieces,trays, coffee table toppers
8) Fabric or reclaimed wood&metal etc. for upcycling projects
9) Bedroom: Look out for novelty items, popular characters or vintage posters, which are all great, but PLEASE do not buy pillows bedding due to bugs etc.
10) Try to negotiate
Summary:For Clothes, Handbags & things: Buy designer, Jewelry: made from Bakelite, buy leather goods and always look for damage ~ some dress designer fabrics can be upcycled …especially if you know how to sew
– Buy Authentic leather only … try to avoid knock offs
Remember … recycle reuse reclaim reduce
waste from going into our landfills
Jeans – I prefer skinnies but do not forget to include Levis’ (boyfriend jeans ~ buy 501’s)my fav since forever
Tights(dance) for winter or Jeggings,Black Velvet cigarette and a tuxedo pant are great too
my LBD is by Ann Taylor
Skirts of all lengths
Pumps, Flats, Sneaks and Boots
A Trench, Scarfs ,Hats, leather gloves
Basic Black Pants – Fitted & Trousers
Outer wear: Cardigan, Parka and Leather in a colour of your choice, get a Moto for sure & Blazers
A dress shirt/blouse:Crisp White, Black , a soft Beige &Boat Neck tops and denim Shirts
Camisoles & Chunky Sweaters, Turtle Necks
Your closet of Dress(s) should include some colourful Sheaths you can also wear over a fitted blouse or top and sweater
handbags & cross body bags
The not so plain White T that teams up with so many things! like: under a Suit, tops off a Cut Off and or a high Waist Skirt or Pant
oh and a great lipcolour /balm – my favourite is Neutrogena – anything by Neutrogena
First posted in 2012
Have you started reclaiming, reusing, recycling, repurposing and or reducing items from your life that will cut the amount of material going into landfills or buying locally to hopefully reduce your eco-footprint as well? I’m in; even PBO alluded to a big change being needed for the next generation.
Now, well, lets say again we all need to worry about the fishing in our oceans, lakes and seas which sadly is on a path toward collapse as overfishing, polluters. plastics and the corporate fishing industry need a refresher on regulatory rules least we remind them to protect our wild and marine life for the next generation
It’s a rant
Unfortunately, Congress, is under Republican control in both chambers, the House, where legislative purse strings are under stress and if you listen closely, they sound like they had different school books, syllabus and teachers, so, the path
to sustainable 21st Century living was is going to be a struggle.
Though after NAFTA the struggle for American workers was bad it also made most us all rely on goods made in foreign lands with questionable ingredients and on the cheap; I for one have looked at my clothes and sighed after finding brands that once sold mostly “made in the USA” went to the dark side. I guess cheap really is not only addictive, cheap labor and cheap material affects and effects the quality of our lives
Addictive, but the question is – will authorities at the top recognize that NAFTA needs reforming due to an increase of carbon foot-print, allowed foreign companies to possibly use toxic chemicals, use less than 100% organic and in some cases, let our children play with toys made with excessive amounts of lead. We need a quick acceptance an apology and a big change implemented in every state regulating not just what comes into the US of A, but how, what is dumped, recycled and where; it makes sense on so many levels given what we now know about pollution, climate change, landfills and the effects on Americans …and our at risk population, whether folks want to admit it or not a reality check is needed. Washington State, along with a few others decided they are all in on banning plastic bags though the effort needs to be much more vigorous as cooperation from big corporations who do not always implement the process fast enough, but we have to start somewhere right.
However, it is obvious that as those at the top debate and delay changes in our man-made and natural global warming experiences, they are leaving minorities and the poor out of the conversation of sustainable living, let alone offer up alternatives or commit to viable restorations of communities most impacted by bad urban planning. We have all heard or know that certain populations are definitely unable to control the negative impact that some big corporations are having on their communities or environments as more and more cases are revealed, aired and reported. It is disturbing to know that some cases are over twenty – thirty years old or older, the sad truth that there were are too many middle class, minority and poor communities built on or near freeways, landfills, gas lines, ex-chemical plants, manufacturer plants or smokestacks with dirty air while providing jobs at those same facilities though the people had no idea that they and the lives of their families could be negatively affected and life in some cases probably cut short. The abuse of land in rural and or urban settings is not just offensive it is still unchecked and just one more thing the EPA needs to revisit.
The idea of sustainable living is not new, yet, it means something different depending on what State you live in and how your officials deal with the agencies we are supposed to trust whether the issue is about fracking, housing,ground water, GMO ,salmonella etc. or bird flu. Most people I know love all kinds of food and are careful about at home preparation, but I do believe that the way food is inspected, accepted and processed is still suspect and an update in federal laws regarding food inspection are overdue. I hope we all agree that our food should not be considered a state’s rights issue; it is a keep the American population safe& healthy issue. I come from a fishing based family that believed in staying away from so-called store freshly caught and to always smell the fish, ask if wild or hatchery and if it’s wrapped in plastic question it all because it may look like the real deal but … I will admit I remember when most if not all seafood caught, was “bought and sold fresh” and or” wild” but not farmed because my family preferred to buy at the market or buy at the pier, but mostly from my family fishing for it. When farm fisheries started popping up my family felt it might be a good way to keep wild off the endangered list, but unfortunately some collateral damage was created when some reports of nasty toxic developments at some not all farmed hatcheries were found .
folks did not know in the early stages the influx of farmed fish to grocery stores and restaurants meant insufficient labeling or the profound lack of available information for consumers to make independent and or intelligent decisions by leaving out info whether it’s about fish, beef, chicken, clothes or toys they are selling comes from the most “environmentally friendly” way possible instead of taking risks that could hurt lives
Compare contrast what he said 9/15 and today
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump released his tax plan today and—shocking no one familiar with American politics—analysis by the Center For American Progress Action Fund shows the plan would be another ‘uge windfall for the wealthiest few. In fact, Trump’s family stands to gain more from his plan than almost anyone, with the elimination of the estate tax giving the Trump family a tax cut of up to $3.48 billion, and the dramatic cut to the corporate tax rate also benefitting the family.
The “losers” under Trump’s plan will be anyone that relies on Medicare, Medicaid, or investment in things like infrastructure, education or job training—in other words middle class families. Like Jeb! Bush before him, Trump makes the tired argument that his tax plan is focused on the middle class, when in fact it is a big, beautiful tax cut for the wealthy. Here are three ways the plan favors the wealthy few at the expense of the middle class:
A simply tremendous gift to his kids. Among the biggest beneficiaries of Trump’s pitch to eliminate the estate tax? The Trumps themselves. The estate tax only applies to estates worth $5.43 million, and only two out of every one thousand estates pay any estate tax at all.
The best, most luxurious tax plan for those living in luxury. Trump’s tax plan would slash corporate, individual income, and capital gains and dividends tax rates—three moves that give bigger boosts to the nation’s richest.
A ‘uge increase to the deficit. Trump claims that his plan “doesn’t add to our debt and deficit,” but any reasoned analysis of the plan suggests that it would be extremely costly. The plan jeopardizes programs that working and middle class families depend on for economic security, like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
BOTTOM LINE: Despite Trump’s populist rhetoric, his tax plan would only be the best, most luxurious tax plan for those already living in luxury. It gives his own family a potential $3.48 billion tax cut, jeopardizing programs that middle class families depend on for economic security along the way.