Monthly Archives: January 2015

My first photoshoot: An American made (winter) outfit

I’m so lucky, one of my friends happens to be a hobby-photographer! She offered to take some pictures of me for the blog, and though I am a bit rusty when it comes to standing infront of the camera… I thought this is as good a time as any, and I decided to take my new 7 for all mankind jeans out for a spin behind her house.

I paired them with my Richter Goods made in Texas tee and Canada Goose jacket. I’ve had this jacket for 6 years, I still love it, and it kind of looks brand new. Great quality indeed.

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Look at them American tags!

These are the modern straight 7’s – made in USA of imported fabric. I wouldn’t go as far as to call them a bargain, but I did get two pairs for 207 dollars at the outlet! Which is about half price compared to retail. Outlets are my friends.

The boots? “Model’s own”. Isn’t that what they say? Actually, I bought them in Europe in 2010, and I don’t know where they’re made or what brand they are. They’re warm and I like them a lot!

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Made in Canada parka, Made in USA jeans & Made in USA t-shirt.

These pictures came out so beautiful! Thank you Shutterluv by Ashley photography!

It’s about time you reduce your (merchandise) calorie intake

As of Sunday January 4th I’ve completed my first year of my “not made in China challenge”. And with that, this one year commitment has officially made me consider this my new lifestyle.

Still, living a not made in China life is like being on a constant diet, you always have to consider your options and read tags. There’s no getting around that.

Let’s say Chinese goods are like carbs… People will tell you; “Not all carbs are bad!” “Carbs won’t hurt you.” They’ll say that they manage to lead a healthy lifestyle while including carbs. Still, cutting out carbs completely, seem to help people get healthier and reduce their overall calorie intake. They may spend more money on healthier choices but their overall grocery bill stays the same, since all sugary, carby things (read cookies, candy, soda, cereal) actually add up quick! We can all live without such foods – so why spend the money?

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Not made in China is a diet that has reduced my overall consumption drastically.

There are many want-to-have-products without a domestic or not made in China alternative. It’s unfortunate, for me, but ultimately that means zero merchandise-calorie intake. Yes, I may spend more on one specific item than what a China-shopper would spend, but add up all my spending and it’s nowhere near what I spent the year before (the challenge).

It’s like I’m buying the fruits and veggies of merchandise, the stuff that’s really nutritious for our country; supporting small businesses, US entrepreneurs and locally made products. And the fact that very often these local products are organic or eco friendly, well that’s just a bonus.

Nothing or no one will convince me to change my view on this!

Enjoy the blog in 2015!! Let’s all shop local and reduce our footprint!

First there was a pug, then there was a baby, then there was a pug

Baby Ella is not only beautiful, chubby and the happiest baby I know, she is also an expert poser. Posing in her “Pug Life onesie” that is, which auntie got her for Christmas. Why Pug Life? See, her mom’s got a pug. (A pug that is most definitely enjoying less attention since baby Ella made the scene in late July).

It might have been the case, that Ella’s mom really wanted something different Christmas morning, like a made in China binky with an animal attached. Sorry, I only give Anna-proof gifts (her words – not mine). So as you probably know, there is something in it for me (and our economy) to go with a pug life outfit instead.

Morado Designs, out of Vermont, make handmade baby gifts using US-sourced organic cotton and simple, colorful prints. Looking to shop online, quite a few styles are sold out (like all of their baby blankets), so the strategy would be to get what you want, when you see it. I also fell for the adorable box, no need for gift wraps.

Supporting companies that make things right, that is how I roll, and it makes it so much easier to be me when I find some things that are cute as hell, just like Ella deserves. Yay.ella2