Have you ever really looked at Etsy? Spent hours looking through pages upon pages of goodies for the mind, body and soul.
I’ve always been living in another decade. I was raised at the New York Renaissance Faire and since then I’ve yearned for a bygone era. It is no wonder that when I finally found myself it was in an era more than 60 years ago. I’m not looking to ressurect the Titanic. There have been a lot of great changes, necessary changes since the 1950s. The end of segregation, womens’ liberation. We’ve learned a lot. Smoking is disgusting and unhealthy. Drinking, not healthy either. Steak and potatoes, not be an ideal dinner. I’m not going to dwell on all of the improvements we’ve made in our society. We know we live much better lives now than we did then. But we have lost much in our improvements. We’ve become a society based on consumption. We’ve become a society living (in some cases) entirely in a digital world. So, maybe there are a few things to hold on to for dear life.
- Style is Eternal
“Don’t you know that you are working at the place that published some of the greatest artists of the century? Halston, Lagerfeld, de la Renta. And what they did, what they created was greater than art because you live your life in it.”
– Nigel, The Devil Wears Prada
I used to rail against the fashion industry. I thought the focus we put on what we wear was an embarrassing sign of the decline of our society into the depths of our consumerism. And then I listened to that quote and I realized that what we dress ourselves in, how we express ourselves to the world and how we choose to have others interpret us as is incredibly important. I still think there are problems with the fashion industry (the loss the a healthy body image on all sides of the argument for one thing), but at the same time, I cannot condone the appreciation for and dressing of the human form. When fashion is done right it represents timeless elegance and beauty and that is a wonderful thing.
- Quality not Quantity
Oh, the allure of Wal-mart. So lured are we by a low price tag, we fail to realize that we could be spending so much more on replacing that press-board TV stand, coffee table, book case, vanity when it starts falling apart. Scour your flea markets, your thrift stores, your junk yards for quality vintage pieces, inspect them well for critters or safety hazards and fall in love with something someone took pride in producing. My vintage clothing has lasted more than half a century, and save for a little loss of elasticity in the waistband, is still perfect when properly cared for. Wal-mart has its place. Drain cleaners and paper towels.
- Waste-not, Want-not
On the opposite side of the of our consumer culture means that unfortunately, we dispose of just as much as we consume and it is killing our planet. Plain and simple. If I love something it will last forever, in some form, because it is not made of cardboard. If a board falls off, if the nails fall out, I can turn it in to something else because that is what comes of quality materials. Whenever possible, I’m able to avoid adding to the mountains of refuse.
I truly do my best not to judge others, but I can’t help but feel we’ve lost a little something in how we present ourselves to others, how we take pride in ourselves, and what is appropriate as personal expression. My line isn’t with tattoos (I hope to some day be covered in them), it’s not with style of dress (goth, preppy, haute couture, gangsta, rockabilly, a combination of them all), but really being inconsiderate of what others are looking at and having a little class. By all means, accept yourself and show yourself off, but have a little consideration, and do it with taste.