The Roundup

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It’s a beautiful day here today, much like it was on Monday when I took this picture of the Bear and the Cub at the playground. The Bear is really starting to interact with the Cub. He talks to him, asks if they can play together, and also wrestles toys out of his hands, as brothers do. It’s an amazing transition to watch. Unfortunately, I have a terrible cold today, and I fear these two probably have caught it as well. We’ll probably just be hanging out, playing with Play-Doh and watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown for the 900th time. Hope you’re all sniffle free and enjoying a lovely day wherever you roam.

I love Garance’s essay about being kind to yourself and your body. It’s important to feel comfortable in your skin, even if you’re the only one who really notices.

Ilk is on a mission to create outerwear for women that is both stylish AND functional (as in, it keeps you warm and protected from the elements). I love the look of their inaugural cardigan, the Hepburn. You can help bring this beauty to market, and support Made in the USA fashion, through Ilk’s Kickstarter.

Speaking of outerwear, The Arrivals, launched their first collection of beautiful, American made, fashion forward outerwear this week and all of it gorgeous.

This article about the origins of Madewell has been making it’s rounds over the last couple weeks. It underscores the fact that we too often wear rose colored glasses when we think of American manufacturing and brands of the past. It was not all honesty and integrity. It was competition, money, and exploitation of workers not unlike what we see in the current retail model today, particularly when it comes to fast fashion.

Lisa is an artist, and so am I.

Have a great weekend!

PS: I put some things on sale in my Etsy shop. I’ll be spending most of this weekend working on new merchandise that I hope you will love. In the meantime, treat yo’self to a luxurious, wooly hat.

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