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?
Every month, we need to put a category in our personal budget for gifts. There is always an event or occasion that is calling for a gift: Christmas, anniversary, birthdays, retirements, graduation, sympathy, gratitude, and on. And, like most people, we want to make the gifts that we give count! So how do we choose a gift that will be meaningful to the recipient?
Giving a gift is, of course, a subjective exercise; there is no perfect formula that will help you reach the “perfect gift”. However, there are certain questions you can ask that will help you choose a meaningful gift for your gift recipient:
Let’s look at these questions, some common gift-giving mistakes, and, finally, some meaningful gift ideas!
Our production partner, Basha, began in one little office in Dhaka, Bangladesh — the most densely populated city in the world. Over the many years they have been in business, creating kantha textiles & jewelry, they have expanded: both in number of staff, and also locations.
It was helpful for some women to leave the norm of their old life environment, to get away, to start fresh in a new city. So, Basha created different offices in varied locations. They established a girls' home to safely house daughters & other vulnerable young women as they come of age.
As Basha has continued to identify the great need of women in Bangladesh, there is another area they have expanded: actively seeking women in brothels & whispering the potential of a new life.
As I was packing for our first family international flight (to London UK), I wanted to make sure that we had everything we needed to make our overnight journey the most comfortable. As you know, those flights can be a little chilly - so I wanted to bring blankets for all of us. Naturally, I wondered...
Can I bring a blanket onto a plane?
In short: YES! According to the TSA you are allowed to both check a blanket in your luggage and to bring a blanket on a plane within a carry-on (and this also includes electric blankets). You can even bring your own blanket in your arms as you would a jacket or hat, without it counting towards your carry-on or personal item limits or paying any extra fees.