dressed up like a lady: These boots were made for stomping.

Jan 14, 2013

These boots were made for stomping.

After roughly a THOUSAND YEARS of waiting, I finally have a new camera in hand, and MANY things I can't wait to show you, from progress on our house (yummy Arts and Crafts colors!), to new fashionable exploits. 

Meanwhile, it's winter in Michigan and this shit just got real. By which I mean, a snow dump, followed by an unseasonable rain/thaw (aka, Mud Everywhere), followed by a drop back down to well below freezing, with predictions of another snow dump. So here's a cold weather outfit to keep things honest and seasonal:

Ribbed, boatneck sweater: JCrew, thrifted
Tights: Bamboo fiber, Sockdreams
A-line mini skirt: Vintage via the Getup
Stylish cold weather boots: Sorel 

Back to blogging full force! What a nice feeling. :)


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    1. Yes, they are. I do openly own second hand leather goods, as well as wool. This is a decision that I am very conscious of.

      Buying these goods second hand does not support the industry that actually supports slaughter. More importantly, I DO NOT support buying artificial leather products made from synthetic materials like polyurethane. These petroleum based materials may technically not contain any animal products, but manufacturing them has such a directly detrimental impact on animal life in our environment that buying these products yields ZERO net advantage to animals.

      This is why I prefer to buy products second hand -- be they leather or not -- as buying new petroleum based fake leather products is simply a panacea for vegans to feel better about themselves, because it is easier to feel disconnected from the animal suffering associated with them than it is when buying actual leather. But the impact on animals is the same, and to me, it is hypocritical to ignore that fact. So I buy almost all my shoes and boots second hand (which is easier and easier these days), and look forward to a day when technology enables us to purchase new fake leather products that are produced in a way that does not so negatively impact the environment and the animals that live there.

    2. Cammila, I couldn't have said it any better myself! (And believe me, I've tried.) I buy as much as I can second-hand, and I actually buy wool sweaters from thrift or consignment shops so that I can repurpose the yarn for knitting. When I started researching what goes into manufacturing synthetic yarns I was appalled. If I can convince my husband to let me adopt a couple of alpaca for our farm, I'll probably start spinning, too.

      Anyway, back to what you said. I am teaching my daughter (who just turned six years old this month and is adamantly/fiercely vegan) about why I buy what I buy second hand, and why I don't buy them brand new. You sum it all up so succinctly. Thank you!

      (Also - if *this* is the reason you refer to yourself as vegetarian and not vegan, I think that's too bad. You seem to be one of the most mindful people blogging these days!)


    3. Aw, thanks, Monika! Your daughter sounds very, very smart and full of conviction -- I hope you're incredibly proud! :D Buying second hand wool sweaters to harvest the wool is such a fantastic idea. I wouldn't be surprised if the fibers you yield from that process are even better than ones you could buy new anyway. I'm always hearing how textile production has gone down in quality over the past few decades (along with most consumer goods, but that's another story).

      Language is so inconsistent, it really can be hard to figure out the best word to describe one's diet. When I was a kid, saying you were vegan just meant you didn't eat meat, dairy, or eggs. But these days, it often implies a more extensive set of affiliations, like the aforementioned stances on wool. And more than that, "vegan" is often meant to describe the reasons behind your choices as well. When the fact is, I personally decide the ethical implications of each of my choices when it comes to my consumption, and I apply the scientific method to the effective outcome of my choice (i.e., examining the environmental impact of synthetic leather production and deciding it's not a better ethical option than buying actual leather). A blanket ideology seems to me like dumbing down of that process. Like "Hey, you don't wanna do all that pesky work? Well then here, just follow this set of Vegan Rules."

      And of course, folks who follow said rules are quick to pipe up and cry "If you wear leather, you are not vegan!" which is why I tend to couch my use of the word. But you're really making me reconsider that. Maybe we should reappropriate the word in the blogosphere by explaining how we go about making these choices. :)

    4. Having Nina forced me to reappropriate the word, to teach her not to doubt the decision-making process that leads her to every one of her individual acts, whether it's collecting the eggs that our pet rescue hens lay, wearing a pair of second hand leather boots instead of sending them to a landfill, or accepting honey from our neighbor who keeps hives for the bees that pollinate all of the farms in our little town. I want her to be the opposite of a vegangelical!

      I hate doing things strictly out of convenience, but living in the South makes it almost necessary to fall back on the word 'vegan' when eating outside of our home.

    5. Oh, and I meant to include "Yes!" to your statement about reappropriating the word in the blogosphere and explaining the hows and the whys.

    6. They're second hand? That's great! I also own a few leather second hand things, however I always feel uncomfortable wearing them :/ Thankfully things I buy (non-leather shoes or bags) last years before I wear them out.

    7. Yes indeed! I don't always attribute second-hand items on the blog to Ebay or consignment shops, because it's not really the same level of "accomplishment" as thrifting, and there's a certain level of wanting to keep the best sources on the DL (heh) but it can be a great way to pick up items at a minor discount, in addition to not being part of the direct chain of supporting the leather industry. :)

  2. nice boots:)
    I could use them here, it is snowing 24 hours and it doesn't seem like stopping..

  3. Your cold weather outfits are decidedly less "puffy" than mine. Color me impressed.

  4. Your cold weather outfits are decidedly less "puffy" than mine. Color me impressed.

  5. Cammila and MC! Pretty much half my family is becoming vegan or vegetarians (yay), I know you post about things you make to eat and have talked about this before, but could you suggest any favorite cookbooks/recipes to try? Also I'm sooo happy you got your camera! Lookin good lady! Although, you're one tough motha to wear a skirt and tights :)

    1. Woohoo! Good for you guys! Now that I've got a decent camera again, I will begin posting about food more extensively.

      What I can recommend for a straight-up newcomer to veggie life whose main interest is in food that's similar to what they ate before, I'd recommend Isa Chandra Moskawitz's books Veganomicon and Vegan with a Vengeance.

      And I don't know for sure if you're into my whole healthy-natural-rabbit-food-makes-you-pretty perspective, but there's a great blog called Choosing Raw with great recipes that are more health-nutty. But I'll also be bombarding you guys with plenty of that stuff myself soon enough. ;)

  6. i love your hair color! I bet you get that all the time. I'm sorry about the nasty weather you have been experiencing, I'm really looking forward to warmer months too!



  7. Yayyy! It feels like it has been a while since you've posted an outfit post.

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  9. love your skirt and your boots!
    lovely winter outfit!


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