Why I hate “ugly sweaters”

As the month of December approaches, the algorithm for social media begins serving festive holiday content. Lattes, peppermint candies, greenery, red berries, and other markers of the season flood our feeds. One seemingly ubiquitous element of the winter holidays is the so-called “ugly sweater.” We’ve all seen these garish garments, which seem to compete to …

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Holiday Gift Guide

Now that Halloween is safely behind us, the advertising hamster wheel has spun to the winter holidays. Tinny music wafts through stores, red and green decor takes center stage, and glittery cards and baubles stock displays. Whatever holiday you choose to celebrate this time of year, there’s an aggressive marketing campaign directed at you. In …

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Haul Videos

Excessive consumption serves as a marker of status, while attracting attention, displaying wealth and power, and differentiating the conspicuous consumer  from the rest of society. This phenomenon may be observed throughout history in expansive estates, gilded chateaus, elaborate garments,  and lavish banquets featuring delicacies like stuffed peacocks. While it looks different today than in past …

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Make It Last

Now you have picked out some fabulous second hand fashion, what next? How do you keep that amazing wardrobe working for you for as long as possible? Nothing is more tragic than shrinking a beloved garment or realizing that you simply can’t get more life out of a piece of clothing. Nothing lasts forever, but …

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Microplastics

When we think about plastics in the oceans, I think many people think first of those profoundly dark images of sea turtles choking single use straws, fish stuck in the plastic rings from bottles, fish calmly floating along through water filled with garbage. These larger pieces of waste do not belong in bodies of water …

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