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I Like You Just the Way I Am | Jenny Mollen

I Like You Just the Way I Am | Jenny Mollen

She’s hella crass and Jason Bigg’s main squeeze. I find unending joy in following her Instagram feed.

..reading your ex’s horoscope every week isn’t going to help you control his life. No, you need to hide in his bushes, break into his email, or kidnap his dog if you want to effect any real change.


Indulge your inner sociopath.


The majority of our relationship took place over the phone, saving me tons of calories in unswallowed semen.


“Crazy” is just a word boring people use to describe fun people. And I am really, really fun!


It’s always just a matter of what someone is willing to see and what someone is willing to ignore. I think we are all guilty of overlooking things if it suits our own agenda. But whenever we do, we are always setting ourselves up for disappointment.
Tell this guy to eat a hundred-calorie pack of dicks.

OVERDRESSED: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

OVERDRESSED: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

cLothing production is one of the leading causes in the decline of our environmentwe are caught in a cycle of consumption and waste that is unsettling at best and unsatisfying at its core::

Watch out. If you read this book you will never look at buying clothes the same, but I suppose that’s the point. And if you do indeed change your buying patterns after your perusal, then it did its work. And if you don’t change how you consume fashion post read, then you have a cold black heart that will forever be void of love.Read it and weep.
Footnotes for the busy set:
China, where most of our clothes are now produced and where the population is gaining a taste for fashion, is in environmental crisis and on track to gobble up more fiber and fashion-related resources than we do. The problems created by the fashion industry in the West are quickly being matched and multiplied in other parts of the world. Buying so much clothing, and treating it as if it is disposable, is putting a huge added weight on the environment and is simply unsustainable.Americans buy an average of 64 items of clothing a year, a little more than one piece of clothing per week.The United States now makes 2 percent of the clothing its consumers purchase, down from about 50 percent in 1990. We have chosen low-priced clothes made in other countries, and the loss of our garment trade has contributed to a decline in domestic wages, the loss of the middle class, and the problem of unemployment, especially for those a the bottom of the economic ladder.Most of our lives are spent in clothing. Clothes are an essential part of the economy and easily the second largest consumer sector, behind food.

Multi-Fiber Arrangement – China

Clothes are an essential part of the economy and easily the second largest consumer sector, behind food.

Clothes could have more meaning and longevity if we think less about owning the latest or cheapest thing and develop more of a relationship with the things we wear.

In the age of cheap fashion, you just need it to last until the next trend comes along.

The average home in 1950 was 983 square feet, compared to the 2004 average of 2,349  square feet.

Retailers today are now forced to sell exactly the same product for less than they did 15 years ago.

“The most general consumer would rather buy the cheap stuff because they don’t want their clothes the next season. They will spend twenty dollars on a garment, so they can buy sixty of one hundred pieces, but they will not spend one hundred and fifty dollars on one garment and buy fewer pieces. It’s very wasteful.”

Chinese labor is still around a dollar an hour.

A Bergdorf saleswoman told me directly that quality was not at all what was motivating her consumer. It was prestige.

I intentionally avoid buying plastic products such as bottled water because they are oil-dependent and not biodegradable, yet here I am with a closet full of the stuff.

“The sewing is what matters when it comes to whether or not the garment falls apart and becomes garbage.” Cheap clothing skimps on labor-intensive details such as lining, gussets, stronger seams, and apparently sometimes forgoes sewing altogether.

“There are very few high-quality garments being produced at all. A very, very, very, small amount. So small that most people never even see it in their lifetimes. People are wearing rags, basically.”

What’s alarming about the quality fade in mass-market clothing is that with the cost of labor and materials going up and consumers’ price expectations going down, our clothing supply can only get shoddier from here. Quality fabrics and sewing are increasingly becoming a losing game in the era of cheap fast-moving fashion.

Most mass-market clothing is now so poorly made and ordinary that many consumers intuit that it’s not worth much money. In 1997 Consumer Reports did a cross-comparison of polo shirts from different brands and stores, giving a $7 polo from Target a higher rating than the versions from Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, and Gap based on durability, fiber content, and wear.

We are being sold ostensibly on good design, typically at the expense of craftsmanship or quality.

There’s an equally large disconnect between expanding wardrobes and the additional demands for fossil fuels, energy, and water.

China, where 10 percent of the world’s textiles are now produced, is an environmental disaster. When I traveled to Guangdong Province in 2011, the air pollution was so thick I couldn’t photograph anything a quarter mile off the highway-it was lost in smog. As I drove along the expressway between the industrial cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan, I inhaled unfiltered exhaust not just from unseen polyester plants but also from electronics factories, which are highly concentrated in this part of China. My throat ached instantly, my eyes burned, my nose drizzled, and my head pulsed. I had a sinus infection for months after returning home.

UK journalist Lucy Siegle found that the natural resources that go into fiber production every year now demand approximately 145 million tons of coal and somewhere between 1.5 trillion and 2 trillion gallons of water.

By one estimate, used clothing is now the United States’ number on e export by volume.

We own more clothes than we wear, the quality and craftsmanship of our wardrobes are at an all-time low, and the U.S. manufacturing base can’t compete on wages with the developing world, costing countless domestic jobs.

Nike could afford to double the pay to its estimated 160,000 shoe factory employees without raising the consumer price at all.

One of the tools we have to change these dynamics is not just to demand that clothing companies stop using sweatshops, but to set the bar much higher and demand they pay those who make our clothes a living wage. Raising wages abroad would be good for the U.S. economy, as it would give our own industries a much-needed change to compete. It wouldn’t be easy or simple, but it’s achievable and the benefits far-reaching.

Since the Multi Fiber Arrangement expired in 2005, China has become the colossus in the field. Chinese apparel imports to the United States have more than doubled since 2005 and now account for an astounding 41 percent of imported clothing. In certain categories, China totally dominates, making 90 percent of our house slippers, 78 percent of our footwear, 71 percent of our ties, 55 percent of our gloves, and roughly 50 percent of our dresses.

Yes Please! | Amy Poehler

Yes Please! | Amy Poehler

Portland Hair: Haircuts and Color, Mandy Zelinka best fashion hairstylist in Portland, Oregon. Travel, lifestyle, and beauty blogger.

Amy P0ehler. Peter Yang

“Hopefully as you get older, you start to learn how to live with your demon. It’s hard at first. Some people give their demon so much room that there is no space in their head or bed for love. They feed their demon and it gets really strong and then it makes them stay in abusive relationships or starve their beautiful bodies. But sometimes, you get a little older and get a little bored of the demon. Through good therapy and friends and self-love you can practice treating the demon like a hacky, annoying cousin. Maybe a day even comes when you are getting dressed for a fancy event and it whispers, “You aren’t pretty,” and you go, “I know, I know, now let me find my earrings.” Sometimes you say, “Demon, I promise you I will let you remind me of my ugliness, but right now I am having hot sex so I will check in later.”
― Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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The Woman I Wanted to Be | Diane von Furstenberg

The Woman I Wanted to Be | Diane von Furstenberg

Portland Hair: Haircuts and Color, Mandy Zelinka best fashion hairstylist in Portland, Oregon. Travel, lifestyle, and beauty blogger.

Portland Hair: Haircuts and Color, Mandy Zelinka best fashion hairstylist in Portland, Oregon. Travel, lifestyle, and beauty blogger.

Portland Hair: Haircuts and Color, Mandy Zelinka best fashion hairstylist in Portland, Oregon. Travel, lifestyle, and beauty blogger.



“Early on I decided that if I could not be a pretty blonde like the other girls, I would accept being different, develop my own personality, and become popular by being funny and daring.” -Diane Von Furstenberg


I always thought DVF was pretty kick ass.


I even asked for her Barbie for my birthday one year. (I was an adult.) Anyone who could make a dress that could expand and contract the way her wrap dress does is an absolute genius, and I always admired the prints in her famous dresses.


“That confidence didn’t stay with me all the time. My hair became a barometer for my self-esteem, and in the early nineties I started to straighten my hair again. Those were not great years. I was yet again in search of myself and was a bit insecure. As I regained confidence I let the curls come back. I learned how to master them, how to use them and let them be a part of the true me. I even started to welcome humidity because it adds so much volume to curly hair.”
-Diane Von Furstenberg


Besides being a business dynamo, she’s also REAL, and her journey is far more interesting then I anticipated. I highly recommend this read  – especially for any woman who is looking for serious female centered inspiration.

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