[Fort Worth, November 27. Image via Getty]
When I was a teenager and I didn't have much money, and things were generally more expensive, I remember the excitement I get when I purchase something new. Despite the fact that we had a lot less than we do today, I feel we had way more style back then. Today, shopping is such a sick hobby, I see fancy things for cheaps everywhere. The news programs here are blasting scenes of shopping mania from the Thanksgiving weekend and calling it the greatest news of the year or such nonsense and I wonder, how did we get here?
After becoming a vegan, of which I am very proud, the next big step for me is to drastically reduce my consumption. It makes sense right? First no violence, then love life, preserve all life....preserve the environment....see things for what they are....see people for what they are....question everything....no more denial....fear a whole lot less....lead by example....act on principle...live with a purpose and so on it goes.
See this is what I love about veganism, once having reached it, all those other good stuff follows and aligns....naturally.
I have recently seen this excellent video called The Story of Stuff, it perfectly describes our obsession with material goods and the damage it has cost us. Please please please watch it. This video brought me to my next goal: To reduce consumption to a point I find acceptable. So far, I have mixed success since I have yet defined where to draw the line, unlike veganism, I will have to make compromises with this one.
It is impossible to completely stop all purchases, but at least I can shop responsibly. As a family we have already made quite a few changes to become more eco-friendly, I have cut back a great deal on shopping, and we try to buy only when absolutely necessary. But I have made exceptions. Recently, I allowed myself to justify some purchases to replace my old clothes which are made with animal products such as: leather, sheepskin, fur, silk, wool, cashmere, angora, and down.
You may think this is extreme, but the idea of killing the innocent for looks is simply unacceptable to me these days. I have continued to use some items, but I have replaced most of my leather shoes and my sheepskin coat. I know it isn't perfect, those animals are already killed on my account, but there are certain things I just cannot bring myself to wear anymore, so I donated them and purchased cruelty-free stuff.
Strangely, I find shopping meaningful under my current circumstances. It is fun to look for cruelty-free things because they are rare (isn't it sad?), it is like a treasure hunt. I have found some beautiful pieces out there by laudable vendors and when I wear them, I feel very unique. That's the point of fashion ain't it? To make people notice me, the woman, and not just my clothes.
Here are some of the things I bought:
|Audrey coat from Vaute Couture|
|Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart|
Vaute Couture is a small design house in New York City. They make the most beautiful coats from recycled materials. I have met the founder Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, she is one amazing young lady.
I found some awesome boots too, I intend to wear them for life. Vegan shoes and handbags are actually quite easy to find, for example, check out this Site. I am totally done in the shoes department.
But of course, the best part about buying tall boots is that extra long shoe box. In the end, I think we should learn from kitty cats, it takes so little to make them happy.
Well, there you have it. A work in progress.