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So, as you probably know, Pantone (they are the official, world-wide gods of colour trends) have declared the colour of the year to be Emerald Green. Congratulations, Emerald Green– you deserve the honour!
If you have been following this blog, then you may have guessed that I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER.
I love this colour. I wear it every chance I get. It is one of my favourites. EVER.

Which brings me to this blazer. I love love love love it.
I love the inside (black cats on the lining!) and I love the outside.
I love the fit, the fabric and the way it feels when I wear it.
I love that I can put it with pretty much anything (yes, I do think that bright green is a neutral– don’t you?)
and I do wear it with pretty much everything.

Last week, I had one of those days when you get up in the morning and have no idea what to wear. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, the best outfits are born that way.
I have to say, I am pretty smitten with this one. I want to wear it every day.
It’s comfy, it’s cute and it involves my green blazer!

fashionisdanger

Blazer & Trousers: H&M
One-Shouldered (you’ll have to trust me) Top : Jacob
Blue Suede Shoes: Globo

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Did Somebody Say…

…SALE?!

orangeshoes

Okay, I was at the Dufferin Mall in search of paint chips for LHR’s cousin’s house (I’m helping her to do a bit of updating) and I ended up at H&M.
As you do.

And it is their mid-season sale.

And I am only human.

And these trousers were only $15!

sale

And the adorable-but-impossible-to-see-in-my-lousy-photos black, Swiss-dot chiffon, PEPLUM-ed shirt was only $20. And the hot pink little fitted blazer was only $30.

That is all.

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It’s March Break! (cue sound of angels singing) Which means a LOT of errands. Which means comfy shoes.

idareyouThe first time I wore these shoes, no one said a word about them. Not one person. Not one word. It freaked me out a bit. I mean, they sort of make a statement, don’t you think? I thought the statement they were making was along the lines of, “Holy crap! COOL.” But then, when no one had anything to say about them, I began to wonder whether what they were really saying was, “The woman wearing these is a certifiable fashion victim.”
In the end, I decided I didn’t care because what matters is what  think and I still think they rock.

I wear them all the time.

It was love at first sight for me when I saw these shoes. After all, they are an unholy marriage of all that I love: patent leather, Oxford brogues, black & white, STUDS! And I was not deterred at all to learn that the person behind them (okay, maybe it’s just her money is behind them) is none other than Madonna.

truthordare

That’s right, Gentle Reader, my shoes are by Madge.
The line is called “Truth or Dare.”

 

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Well, actually Sweden, but I thought the quote was apropos.

I’m sure you already have heard this story. However, I thought I would add my two cents to the rant about the Swedish fashion retailer too….


When I bought a handbag for $19.99 Canadian, I pretty well knew the manufacturer  must have been employing some rather questionable practices somewhere in the world. However, I closed my eyes and handed over my Yuppy foodstamp just the same. Hey it’s so fun! It’s orange and funky AND it only cost $19.99. What a deal! (photo taken from a post in the summer) I loved H&M!!

The Orange Handbag

However, when I read this article yesterday about H&M tossing out NEW – yes NEW – clothing in the rubbish bin, I had to stop and reconsider. What is  the most upsetting is that not only did they toss out perfectly good, desirable clothes; they slashed them first making sure if someone fount them they would be completely unusable.  That’s deplorable.

While I may not be an ethical shopper or choose to pay double for organic spinach, I absolutely HATE the idea of landfill and always try to reduce my own contribution to it. I hate waste so much I keep clothing way past the “still cool date”. In fact, YYZ is always yelling at me saying “it’s time! You’ll never wear that again. Get rid of it.” Or, ” Jeez, didn’t you have those undies in 10th grade?” But it pains me to think of perfectly good clothing going in to the landfill (even if they are dated). So, you can imagine how upset I was when I found out H&M purposely destroyed new, fashionable clothing just so someone couldn’t get their hands on them. I’m sure they could have easily thought of many other uses for these clothes. Here are a few to start:

  • if they were so worried about losing money off the merchandise, they could have them sold them on eBay, Vente Privee, Brandalley or Cocosa to name a few liquidation sites
  • they could have offered them for free on Freecycle (if you aren’t familiar with Freecylce, it’s amazing. It’s local and specializes in getting rid of your *crap*  to someone who wants it and will actually use it)
  • they could have donated to women’s shelters or homeless shelters (to name a few charities who always need clothing)
  • the good old Oxfam or Value Village (if they want cash)

While I can’t guarantee I’ll never buy from H&M again, I am going to commit to a H&M embargo for 6 months. This commitment reminds me of two other best friends (like YYZ and me) who have given up shopping for a whole year. Perhaps I should think about this.

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