Good Clothes + Free Clothes + Get Rid of Your Old Clothes = WIN!
(I know, I know… no math)
Did I mention that a party is involved?
If it doesn't look like this - you're doing it wrong! Photo: Jane Boles
Last spring, a friend invited me on a Friday night to a clothing swap party at her house. Everyone brought clothes that they hadn’t worn or were ready to part with (all in great condition), laid them around the house, and when everything was set up, the host released the hounds. It was all very casual, very fun, and, did I mention…
For one, because of dignify’s Bangladesh connections, I am obviously wary of fast fashion. So, I think that creative options like this are a fantastic way to continue in a lifestyle we like – ie. wearing stylish clothes – while trying to muddle through priorities when it comes to ethics & expenses. The simple truth is: usually, doing the right thing costs more money. Oftentimes, I need a little time to figure out how to arrange my spending to match those feelings of conviction that grab me with the headlines.
Furthermore, some of my favourite clothes have come from that party or from other friends’ exchanges – including a long, hooded cashmere cardigan that actually overcomes the winter, a cute wedding-appropriate dress, and some staple outerwear. Originally, I thought it would be awkward, especially to wear your new clothes around the friend who spurned them. But in reality, everyone is just happy for you to wear & enjoy them!
A final reason is, well, it’s a party! Any excuse, right?
Now is a great time to spend 5-10 minutes unsubscribing to email lists you belong to.
Promotional emails are distracting, and form a lot of noise in these next couple of months (yes, I know — my weekly Keep Up email contributes, too!).
Do a scan of the regular emails you receive & ask: can I stop receiving this? Will I miss anything that I will actually suffer for not receiving? Is the content providing value to me, or is it just noise?
As this summer neared its end, Wayne & I began talking about a radical idea: quitting our Netflix subscription. I was feeling anxious about the transition from summer's never-ending days to the routine & rhythm of fall. Our kids would be in school all day (the girls, at least; our son is just half-days), and then have activities, chores, & piano practice, not to mention squeezing in their accustomed 8 hours of daily free play into what was left!
The truth is that I didn't want their extra time to be spent prioritizing shows, I wanted them to spend it with me. I think this is the kind of sappy feeling parents begin to get when they've left the all-consuming pre-school years and they glimpse how quickly time will pass before the kids are grown up.
We've listened to the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman countless times in my house (or, as my music app tells me: around 30), and the chorus of this song — "Never Enough" — keeps ringing through my head.
The song itself is about love (ie. without you, all the amazing things in the world will never be enough), but as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year, I feel like "Never Enough" is the battle cry of retail marketing.
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