April 11, 2021

Weekend Update: A Balancing Act

Weekend Update: A Balancing Act
A casual summer look with white jeans. Most items on sale! Details at une femme d'un certain age.

More than almost anything else, what writing this blog for over 13 years has driven home is that trying to please everyone is a fool’s errand. 😉 Still, it’s my goal and hope to be helpful to as many of you as I can while staying true to my values and principles.

Necklace (similar)| Top | Sunglasses | Jeans | Bracelet | Sandals | Bag

Some of you reading this blog are looking for items to update your wardrobes. Some are looking for outfit ideas to help you “shop your closet” or for sewing projects. Back when we were still traveling regularly, many of you were looking for help with travel wardrobe planning and packing.

On yesterday’s post, some of you expressed, well…dismay at the cost of some of items shown. I get it, and have been trying to feature as many budget-friendly items and looks as I can in recent months. (Of course, the concept of what’s “affordable” will vary from person to person.)

I’m also trying to balance clothing cost and quality, as well as take into account sustainability, and ethical manufacturing practices. No company is perfect, I know. And it shouldn’t just be incumbent upon us as individuals to figure out who is using sweatshop labor or polluting local rivers. But common sense should tell us that if a top costs $5 at full price, we should be suspect of the conditions under which that top was made. (And of how long it will last.)

But I’ve also had feedback from some of you that you’d like to see more options from smaller, US-based brands. (Which tend to be inherently pricier.) So I’ve been making an effort to search out those that might be a good fit. And I’ve been trying to “walk the walk” of buying fewer, better pieces that I’ll be able to keep and wear for years.

I will try to remain cognizant going forward to balance more spendy items with more budget-friendly ones whenever I’m able. As I mentioned in comments yesterday, the quality and uniqueness of some items just can’t be replicated at a lower price point.

Recent posts featuring budget-friendly pieces…

Affordable Tees For Women

Casual Summer Look With A Linen Jacket

A No-Iron Linen Shirt

And I’ll continue to let you know when more popular items go on sale…

Chico’s – Semi-Annual Sale, up to 70% off

J.Crew – up to an extra 60% off with code SUMMER

J.Jill50% off summer favorites, 30% off all other full-priced styles, code 50SUMMER

Lands’ Endup to 60% off your order, code FLAG

Madewellextra 30% off sale with code GIANT

Nordstrom – Clearance Sale, up to 60% off (extra 25% off for limited time)

Talbot’s – Summer Sale, 40% off everything

Stay in touch.

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