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Fell Into the GAP – Cathy August 26, 2010

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I haven’t shopped at GAP for a solid decade or so. Now, I can’t love their tee shirts any more.

Soft. Loose. Cute. I’d only suggest sewing in their cuff one more fold up as it tends to stick out.

Happy Shopping. Cathy.

No Shopping for 46 Days – Cathy April 1, 2010

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I gave up shopping for Lent.

Ok, disclaimer… I did purchase food as well as gardening goods. I know you’re thinking food is ok, but gardening goods?! My boyfriend gave me the same raised-eyebrows look you probably are. But, I gave myself this exception with the idea that we’re fortunate enough to live in a climate that allows early planting, so I should take advantage of it. And it’s only brought positivity in awareness of how we eat, what we eat, and more physical activity into my life. I recently canceled my gym membership and gardening has had me working my butt off daily with watering, weeding, planning, and planting.

Forty-six sweaty days later (really), this Sunday ushers in the end of Lent. Initially, I thought I’d celebrate by speeding to the closest mall to reward myself with a Spring white mini-dress. But as Sunday approaches, I realize that my desires have changed. The days of planting in the sun have brought me outdoors to cherish  watering  my plants and walking my cat. I’ve been inspired by color combinations in my garden (pale silver, purple, and white from my lavender if you’re wondering). All the time outdoors has also influenced my first purchase to probably be a pair of orange crocs – cue gasps. =) Most importantly, it’s given me more still-time to reflect on ClosetCat and pursue how we want to grow.

Our ClosetCat blog and our online shop have been such a positive aspect of our lives. It’s thrilling to share our posts with y’all, read other blogs, and create an interactive online shop filled with our clothes and stories.

Whether this Sunday brings to you a chocolate rabbit, an overindulgence of an old habit, or a lazy day, I hope some of it is spent outdoors and soaking in your surroundings.

love love love, Cathy.

Defining a Closet – Cathy September 25, 2009

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I am a shopaholic. I’ll spend time after work sifting through thrift stores and Lazy Sunday’s perusing the malls. It’s great for my closet, bad on my budget. Worse yet, my boyfriend’s a shopper too. So instead of a battle on whether or not to go shopping, it’s more a question of how many stores can we fit in before dinner?

To thwart an ungodly percentage of our income to clothing, I’ve been trying to define what my look and style is so I would no longer get great items that just don’t suit me outside of the store’s doors. For my work self I’m going for sleek, comfort, layers, with a hint of flair through color. I’m thinking Banana Republic meets Anthropologie.

Cathy's Work Closet Inspiration
Cathy’s Work Closet Inspiration

For my lazy Sunday weekend wear I tend to go for sandals with shorts and flowey tops or t shirts. Basic cotton, comfortable goods with whimsical embellishments.

Then for nights out I’m all about heels and short shapely black dresses or fitted colorful playful numbers.

When I get my closet up in about 6 weeks expect a lot of the same. Loved items that I’ve simply outgrown.

A great idea Allan had (suggested by a friend of his) was to be more socially aware and only purchase clothes that reflect that. That’ll surely change our spending. By taking away demand for generally sweatshop made goods it reflects in sales to upper management and supply readjusts itself accordingly over time in the marketplace. In response, some manufacturers have either brought their plants to the US or held their foreign plants to higher ethical standards. A great example of how mainstream fair trade clothes is getting is American Apparel (though I’m not a fan of their founder and his shady advertising practices, but that’s another story).

Check out this link for ethical consumer tips from the magazine bearing the same title.

They suggest buying less, buying local and buying used, among a few other things.

If you’re interested on learning more about fair trade read Naomi Klein’s book, No Logo.

Happy shopping.