why do new-to-you?

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On Thursday, February 18, the documentary The True Cost will be screened at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University. A panel discussion, including the film’s director Andrew Morgan participating via videoconferencing, will follow the screening. And I am thrilled to be a part of the live panel!

This powerful film embodies why I am passionate about new-to-you clothing and why I want to share that passion with my clients at ndwc, readers, and anyone else who will listen.

here’s why

The “cradle to grave” cycle of a garment illustrates the impacts, environmental and otherwise, of that garment – beginning with its manufacture, its transport and use throughout its lifespan, and then in the waste stream. In each step of this cycle, a single garment – just one of the billions of garments created every year – has impact. Even when we throw a garment away, it continues to have lasting impact. Out of sight is not really out of mind.

The True Cost takes an eyes-wide-open look at the implications of “fast fashion” in particular, and the human rights and environmental impacts that result. I won’t spoil the film with too many details, but it is a compelling call for change in how the fashion industry operates, and how we as consumers participate.

That’s where I get up on my ndwc soapbox and shout it out to the people!

Feeling good about how you look is important. Really important. Remember, my tagline is style for everyday: new to you, true to you. The true-to-you part is all about feeling good (more on that). And feeling contemporary and polished contributes to feeling good. Which means that you do need to replace clothes that are worn out, don’t fit well, or are outdated.

So how do you do that, and be a sustainable consumer at the same time?

Shopping new-to-you.

New-to-you clothing at consignment stores = gorgeous, high-quality clothing. Clothing that is not fast fashion, meaning it is made to last. It is being kept out of the waste stream, prolonging its useful life and, at the same time, reducing demand for the manufacture of new garments.

The power of numbers! The more consumers shop new-to-you, the less demand there will be.

Join me in watching The True Cost. You will be inspired.


The True Cost, a film by Andrew Morgan

Thursday, February 18, 7 PM

O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Catherine University, St. Paul

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Presented with St. Catherine University’s Social Events and Experiences for Katies (SEEK), Fashion Association, Alumnae Relations, Biology Club, and Dept. of Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Read more about The True Cost in my guest post, Nancy Dilts on Sustainable Style, on Already Pretty last summer.

do new year’s resolutions make you go UGH?


Everybody makes them. We all read about them (like right now), talk about them, plan them. We all have the best of intentions. Clean slate! Fresh start! Everything will be different this year! Until it’s not.

New Year’s resolutions are kind of like diets for me – they tend to have the exact opposite effect and end up being a huge exercise in shame and guilt. NOT helpful.

Instead, I’m trying something different. I am looking at the beginning of the year as an opportunity for mindfulness and self-care. What do I want for myself this year? And what are some ways to accomplish that?

Taking the approach of self-care is a good one in just about every situation. Self-care doesn’t mean being selfish. It doesn’t mean not considering others’ needs. It means caring for yourself with the same intentionality with which you care for others.

I have learned that being mindful of my big-picture outlook is crucial for my wellbeing. I am a detail-oriented, mostly linear thinker, which serves me well much of the time. But sometimes I lose sight of the “why” of what I’m doing, which – of course – is the point, right? The “why” is what drives your motivation and passion, and is the reason it’s important to pay attention to all those details. Sometimes that gets lost in the busyness and lists, and I can get overwhelmed, discouraged, or both.

So this year, one of the things I want for myself is to celebrate the “why” in my life more. And deliberately stepping back from the details (not abandoning them – my personality type would never let me do that!) is a way to accomplish that.

That means actively taking time to STOP. To stop thinking so much, to stop fretting over the details, to stop worrying about whether the goals have been met. And then, to enjoy the purpose of whatever I’m doing. To remind myself of why it’s important. Why I’m dedicating myself to it. Remembering the big picture is what makes the details, with all their ups and downs, worthwhile.

How will you practice self-care this year? What do you want for yourself, and what are some ways to accomplish that?