I had a great time sharing ponchos at my Harriet and Alice trunk show last weekend, and now I am looking forward to selling ponchos at the Edina 5-0 Mall in the 50th and France shopping area Saturday, December 1, from 12-3.
Contrary to how it might sound when I write about buying less and reusing more, I do enjoy shopping. I can be drawn into the delights of holiday shopping just like the next person, sometimes even relaxing and enjoying it. Who doesn't want to experience a little holiday magic, sweetened with some gift-wrapped goodies?
I used to have a closet full of beautiful shirts. Silky camisoles, cashmere tees, even a suede halter top, beautiful with heels and good denim. I also managed to acquire other fun fancy items over time, like a vintage Pucci dress and some amazing Bottega stilettos. I hardly ever went out, since I was teaching full-time while also attending graduate school. But if the call came to hit the town feeling festive, as it did once in a blue moon, I was ready.
Recently a friend told me that she thought I handled stress better than she did. I was surprised, and not at all sure that was true, but it got me thinking about the ins and outs of how I handle challenges; about which things are working and which habits have room for improvement.
I try not to buy clothes that I don't need, and I try not to buy clothes that are made in unhealthy working conditions and/or of environmentally-suspect materials. But I love clothing...messing around with it...using it to feel great...attempting to make garments I love. These two diametrically opposed positions create in me a strange feast-famine shopping cycle, and have also in the past also led not only to budget disaster, but also to spending money on clothes that disappoint or frustrate me. In the last few years, however, I have been fighting that powerful feast force, using a few simple pre-shopping habits.