{eco lifestyle} junkyard planet: accessible + robust resources

The paradox of life lies exactly in this: its resources are finite, but it itself is endless. Such a contradictory state of affairs is feasible only because the resources accessible to life can be used over and over again.
— I.I. Gitelson

textiles are a robust resource meant to be used again + again {gently used bedding + towels can be donated, and pre-loved clothes can be sold, traded or donated}. 

in the u.s. consumers recycle or donate only 15% of their unwanted clothing to charities {with the rest ending up in landfills}. the average american tosses 80 pounds {36 kilograms} of textile waste each year. every year.  that's 13 million tons of clothing. 

over the years, i've learned of inventive + thoughtful ways textiles {including shoes} can be transformed: 

paint it black:

following the assassination of president kennedy in 1963, jacqueline kennedy sent bill cunningham, fashion writer, photographer + milliner, her red balenciaga suit which she had previously purchased at chez ninon to dye black. she wore this suit to the funeral. 

art imitates life:

american graffiti artist jean-michel basquiat used his then-girlfriend's newly thrifted gold lame jacket as canvas. she recounts the story of waking up the following day to find her new coat painted over. all is fair in love and art.

a changed man:

a co-worker's grandfather took out his grandmother on their first date, and at the time he only owned one pair of shoes, so he dyed his shoes a different color each time they had a new date, rotating the colors to change the look + style of his outfits. the rest is history. 

eight is enough:

a friend who is one of eight siblings comes from a modest background; her mother recycled her satin, ivory wedding dress by cutting + sewing the white fabric into petite frocks for each of her brothers + sisters to wear in church at their christenings.

hidden treasures:

both in america + europe there are lots of wonderful thrift shops + consignment shops to buy pre-loved clothes + accessories and to sell/donate clothes that are no longer wanted or needed. crossroads + buffalo exchange are good places to start if you're stateside. chine machine + chercheminippes are great places in paris. craiglist is the place to sell household textiles in the usa, and boincoin is the place to do it in france. this is a great way to give pre-loved items a new life.

caring for your clothes extends their life. both new and vintage items sometimes need a little tlc: if you don't sew, find a local tailor {or take a class if you're truly inspired!}. i love to sew, and i enjoy the relationship i have with my clothes which involves simple fixes + mending {cutting loose threads + snipping off pills is also part of keeping clothes in good condition}. simple fixes might also include:

1/ securing + replacing buttons

2/ mending loose hems

3/ sewing small tears + pinholes

4/ replacing stretched-out elastic + bringing in over-sized pieces {i save these tasks for tailors}

before donating apparel, author + slow fashion activist elizabeth cline shares useful tips on how to properly donate clothes

the less we purchase, the less to discard + the fewer textiles we need to organize into piles to donate. before you make your next purchase, here's a great video from erin at my green closet, sharing 5 simple factors to consider to reduce consumption + to help you decide whether you truly need to make that purchase.

{don't forget the tip} each and every one of the pieces pictured here today - all are vintage + secondhand piece - have been cared for via alterations + mending. my capsule wardrobe takes summer pieces into the winter months: transition warm-weather apparel to fall + winter by layering! on warm weather days i'll pop summer dresses + skirts on with sandals + a jean jacket, and as autumn settles upon us, i'll layer the same pieces under a jean jacket or faux leather moto jacket {sometimes both} + add black stockings/tights and my animal-friendly kicks including wedges. sneakers and booties.

until next time, stay green dear hearts!

{header image by a. demt}

{simple pleasures} rébellions quotidiennes: everyday rebellions

In fact, everything we do counts.
— Gloria Steinem

in fact, it does count: journalist, political activist + feminist organizer gloria steinem said, "the problem is the feeling that we're divided from politics, that our vote doesn't count or what we do doesn't count. in fact, everything we do counts." 

this summer, boys + girls, remember to pack a reusable water bottle because plastic is not the ocean's friend, and we like the ocean; if you have to purchase a disposable water bottle, be sure to recycle your empties. if you'r adding new summer apparel to your wardrobe, definitely shop off the beaten track + pop into a thrift shop or vintage boutique to get some of that pre-loved style that is kind to the environment since it'll end up as a part of one of your fine ensembles, and not in a landfill. ready for a thrifting adventure? paris thrifting starts here, chicago thrifting starts here.

little deeds + big deeds alike count, if you're interested in learning more about the american government, don't feel overwhelmed, click on over here for more info; want to learn more about current bills in congress in the u.s.a. and the simple actions you can take to become involved? dive in to issues big + issues that don't have vast media coverage here. for those that have the opportunity to have their voices heard by legislatures, there's a way to find information + become an engaged citizen. 

{eco apparel: wearing an entire ensemble pieced together from vintage + pre-loved items, all for less than $10; all thrifted pieces, all vegan ensemble. mint green halter dress circa 1960's, $4; woven straw clutch, $3; stacked resin tortoise shell bangles, $1; all from st. vincent depaul thrift in chicago + an oversized wooden ring found at a paris flea market, $2.}

{simple pleasures} non incliné: unbowed

Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come.
— Wangari Maathai

float on: this little floating house docked on the chicago river + this solar-paneled home {click on image for a peek into chicago boat living}; both enlarge my imagination. here's a fantastic documentary directed by justin cerone: a peek into the world of sustainable energy + solar power{sustainability is defined as the endurance of systems + processes}. learn how the wave of the future is actually the ray of the future {get it?!}

whether we're harnessing the power of water, wind + solar energy; propagating the importance of planting trees like humanitarian + environmental activist wangari maathai; or reusing pre-loved clothes, our decisions matter.

{eco apparel: wearing an entirely thrifted outfit here. chambray top {you'll see this top again + again} that is a part of my capsule wardrobe with pre-loved striped terry cloth shorts + a woven straw clutch {this clutch will be making many an appearance this summer on f+d as the oversized design fits my books, snacks, phone + more inside and it adds the perfect pop of texture to my summer outfits}. military green canvas platforms from vegan brand olsen haus. walk for miles + miles in these comfy bad boys}

{eco style} vintage paris: for the thrifters at heart

i've been perusing some of paris's best vintage boutiques + thrift shops. this, eco boys + girls, is the way to pre-loved {aka, pre-worn or gently used apparel}. here we go, being green made easy:

chine machine

buy, trade or sell at chine machine. expect a rad selection, a line for the fitting rooms, and crowded quarters on top + bottom floors {because they know where to find the good stuff in paris} 

montmarte // 100 rue des martyrs, 75018  // 01 80 50 27 66

second location // 10 rue des petites ecuries, 75010 // 01 77 17 03 62

vintage system

the owners of pretty box {a swanky, by-appointment-only vintage boutique that opened in 2002} have now brought us vintage system. expect a quaint atmosphere + unique items scoured from far ends of the earth. 

le marais // 17 rue barbette, 75003 // 09 80 79 95 05

mad vintage

expect ample room to stretch out at mad vintage {this place is extra large}, a well-organized selection of every possible style of clothing you can imagine {arranged by color, style + season} and no waiting in lines for the dressing rooms. this is a place you'll score at. every single time.

le marais // 66 rue st denis, 75001 // 01 40 39 06 14

le marais // 46 rue st denis, 75001 // 01 49 27 09 44

le marais // 139 rue saint martin, 75004 // 01 44 59 38 18

le marais is calling

vintage désir

looks like a hair salon, acts like a vintage shop. don't mind the "coiffeur" sign out in front. they know what's going on inside this svelte venue. vintage landslide within. 

le marais // 32 rue des rosiers, 75004 // 01 40 27 04 98


kilo shop

choose, weigh, take away. verrerie locale: someone with a passion for organizing is in charge over yonder because this is one mighty tidy shop. mix of new labels + vintage labels. big space, big selection: beautifully + systematically organized {with super signage}. saint germaine locale requires imagination: put your latent anthropology skills to work by digging for a would-be treasure; don't expect fancy digs there. ready, set, thrift.

125 bvd saint-germain, 75006 // 01 43 26 00 36

69-71 rue de la verrerie, 75004 // 09 67 13 79 54

39 boulevard saint-michel, 75005 // 01 43 54 15 03


staff is fantastique here: they are multilingual, multitaskers + multifriendly {i just made that word up}. verrerie locale is jam-packed with great vintage finds + eager vintage hunters on the prowl in this slender space, and they mean business. be strong, the selection is worth it. itsy bitsy upstairs space hold more bins with more treasures {priced as marked}. keep your eye out for the bin at the front of the shop filled only with $1 finds. only the brave may approach this highly-trafficked area.

52 rue de la verrerie, 75004 // 01 42 76 03 72

61 rue de la verrerie, 75004 // 01 42 78 00 76

20 rue de rivoli, 75004 // 01 42 77 63 43

a r o u n d   t o w n

espace kiliwatch

something old, something new. this sizable space mixes threads from new designers with vintage treasures. 64 rue tiquetonne, 75002 // 01 42 21 17 37


this dutch vintage apparel chain has finally landed in paris. the folks at episode want you "be responsible + get used."  i suppose we can acquiesce. 12-16 rue tiquetonne, 75002 // 01 42 61 14 65

vide-greniers the empty attic

these vintage menageries came highly recommended by a fellow lover of rummage sales + antiques, and now i'm in, too. clothes, books, toys, furniture: everything vintage under the sun in one place, and on many dates. check schedule + locations for some of that antique lovin'.

remember, eco friends, only shop when you really need something, and try finding a pre-loved piece at thrift shops + second-hand stores. otherwise don't shop at all: get outside + explore this great, green planet of ours. 

until next time, stay green dear hearts! ♥