Friday, March 15, 2013

Perpetual Care:

Sunglasses- YSL, Necklaces- Self Made (shark tooth featured here)
Leather Jacket- Vintage, Scarf- Alexander McQueen, Top- Rodarte for
 Target, Bag- Marc Jacobs, Watch- Michael Kors, Bracelets- Coach
Skirt-BCBG, Booties- Via Spiga

      In Friday's post I shared an image of one of my favorite purses perched on a gravesite etched with the words "perpetual care" and I blogged jokingly about how with a little perpetual care, perhaps I would take that bag to my eventual grave. But in all seriousness, no jokes, couldn't that same phrase be applied to nearly everything in our lives? People, the beautiful items we bring into our lives (and closets), and our surroundings could all use a little more tender consideration don't you think? Did you know that around 12 million tons of textile waste is generated each year.... in North America alone? I believe that if we each practiced the simple acts of quality over quantity and also shopping the second hand market that this number could easily be reduced. The idea of buying items that will last and last thru the seasons seems like it may have been forgotten while we were busy purchasing each new trend that emerged. And whatever happened to repairing things instead of replacing them? I encourage you to get to know your local tailor and cobbler, they are essential for maintaining your wardrobe over a long period of time and in the long run... saving you money! And treat them well for doing you such a kindness, infact, we could treat everyone a bit better couldn't we? I think sometimes so many of us wake up wondering what the day will bring us (myself included), instead of asking what we can bring this day! Isn't it true that the more consideration and kindness you bring to the table the more you are served in return? And as long as we are being nice to our fellow man why not our planet? I mean after all.... we haven't really gotten a good grasp on how to sustain ourselves, it's the earth that sustains us. No matter the object, place, or creature they all deserve a bit of perpetual care. No one, and no thing wants to end up in a early grave after all, right?!








      I love this vintage jacket that I found second hand at Crossroads. After trading in some clothing that had either stretched out or shrunk over time I managed to scoop up this jacket at no extra cost to myself. I love the idea of pairing a leather jacket with lots of leather accessories like my studded bag and these ornate gold and black booties that I got over four years ago. They are surprisingly comfortable and after wearing them down to the bone I finally had to take them to a cobbler (I almost threw them away!) where my beloved shoes were rescued by the geniuses at The Cobbler's Bench in San Jose. Do you have any favorite items that you either purchased second hand, had repaired, or maybe a favorite item that you splurged on that you have gotten to love and wear for years?

Yours,
Nico


30 comments:

  1. Love the outfit and the sage message imparted via this post! Quality over quantity, buying vintage, wearing quality things for years to come=the kindest thing we can do for our planet. I have a number of quality pieces I've worn for years now. My favorite is a leather jacket I bought in 1988 for $300 (felt more like $3,000 to me back then). I still wear it (wore it yesterday--in fact). :)

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  2. The jacket is pretty!!-New post on my blog urbanfashionstylee.blogspot.com !!

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  3. My favourite item is a leather jacket too!!! It was a present for my mother and I love it!!!
    Your look is very nice!!!
    xoxo
    www.donkeycool.blogspot.com

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  4. This makes me want to go to a cobbler. I have a few pair of boots I want to get resoled! :) Good post.
    ME

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  5. You are def right! I usually boy thrifted / vintage clothes rather than new ones, the reason being exactly that we are pretty much overconsuming. And recycle my old stuff instead of ditching them.
    Love your outfit!
    xo,L
    http://rrv12.blogspot.fi/

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  6. That is so true!! We are all becoming far too materialistic. I always try to keep that in mind when I'm out shopping and try not to buy much, but sometimes I go through crazy phases where I can't stop... Though I'm doing more thrifting now, which is good :)
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com

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  7. You´re so right and I try really to reduce what I shop or to buy vintage things or to buy quality. What makes it a little bit more easy for me that my daughter have the same size like myself so my clothes always have a second owner ...

    xx
    Rena
    http://dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  8. Hello from Spain: nice outfit. I also spend a lot of my shoes but I always compromise. The photos are original in that environment ... Keep in touch

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  9. Really great outfit!
    xx
    www.clothesandcamera.com

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  10. I am definitely more aware of the quality of the items I have been buying lately. No more crappy quality!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  11. Mysterous post!

    aliceinbo2.blogspot.com

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  12. totally adore the jacket
    i like the vibe

    i have just followed your blog
    follow mine if you like it <3
    xoxo
    style frontier

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  13. Well written hun, i completely agree with you. I've recently swapped over to this shopping stance and its working well. You look so elegant in this outfit. beautiful dress!Hope you're having a great weekend hun!

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  14. Beautiful outfit! So incredibly chic!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  15. Like your look and what you're say in this post!


    http://lowbudget-lowcost.blogspot.it/2013/03/mixing-colors-my-outfit.html

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  16. Great outfit and a lovely post.

    I checked you blog with the result I like it. What do you think about following each other with GFC and bloglovin? Le me know
    I follow back

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  17. It is hard to think that there are some people who never buy second hand! clothes does not need to be new. my mom takes things to the cobbler to keep items alive but I tend to wear them until they are so dead they can't be fixed:P I adore the ombre of your hair and the alexander mcqueen scarf:) I look forward to your blog posts as well:)

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  18. Well said Nico, I also agree with you!:) Plus love your look, great vintage jacket, on you is very cool!:) Happy Sunday dear, kisses! xo

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  19. You look very beautiful, great post!:)))

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  20. You look amazing! and cool location
    http://namelessfashionblog.blogspot.it/
    http://www.facebook.com/NamelessFashionBlog

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  21. Hey! Sorry I have been MIA :(

    I agree... quality vs quantity is key. I am also really starting to think harder about my "wants" vs "needs" and curb impulsive buys. I get rid of so much stuff (sometimes with tags still on)... it makes me sad and its such a waste of money.

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  22. Un look muy bonito. Muy guapa
    Besos

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  23. That jacket was a great find! And you look so tall and beautiful in these pics - the all black edginess totally suites you!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  24. Nico, I could read this over and over again. I love it! So many people do not think about this. I try to hold onto a garment for as long as possible. I also re-sell most of my clothes on eBay. Somebody gets clothes they love and i get extra cash. People are not taking care of the world. They laugh when the topic of the environment comes into topic. I love that you buy second hand. You always look fabulous doll. Sorry it took me so long to read this. I had a super hectic week last week, so blogging this weekend was no where on my list. HAHAHAHA
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  25. This is such an awesome post, and we need more like it! Today, our economies are meant to run on overconsumption because it has been embedded that economic growth is related to the continuous sale of products. However, with a significantly overpopulated planet and overconsumption, we have already wasted 1/3 of our planet's resources. Products need to be made to be more enduring, and not grow out of fashion ever year...iPhone 5 anyone?

    http://www.themirroronthewall.com/

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  26. I totally agree with you... and really love your skirt btw!

    Baci
    Sarah
    My Blog♡Marshmallow Skin

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  27. Agree with you doll, we need kindness to all things because we are a part of all things!! You look gorgeous, love that jacket!! We do waste so much. I've tried harder this year to buy more thrifted items and wait longer to see if I really want something before I buy it. It's also why I've set up a website and ebay account as well, so that I can sell off some of the items I don't need and others can enjoy them. I hope you are well doll!! xx

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  28. I love the first picture, you and flowers seem to be a great combo! Great message, too!

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