There’s something in the air…

Maybe it’s because school is starting up again. (Although it’s been many a year since there was anyone in my household going “back” to school.)
Or because the days are getting noticeably shorter.
Or because it’s been a year since there was any remodeling mess in my home.

But I’m feeling, well, nest-y recently. Which means, natch,

I get to haunt my local resalers, recyclers, and re-imaginer places.

What can I do, economically and sustainably, to make my home more me? Here’s an article which got my imagination twitching. A DIY in Kentucky. (And here’s the blogger whose home it is.)

And here’s our resale mavens’ Home with a History Pinterest Board, and ideas for painting your thrifty finds or even taking it a step further….

And here’s the idea I’m jonesing on right now….

or maybe this….

But here’s the point I want to make!


Happy birthday Coco Chanel!

Happy birthday today, August 19, to Coco Chanel. Still a fashion icon 130+ years after her birth and 45 years after her death.

If you open up your closet right now, there’s probably at least one item in there that pays tribute to Coco Chanel’s classic vision.

Chanel in Chanel.A short list of things that are a part of our fashion world now, introduced and/or popularized by Coco Chanel:

Knit jersey material as suitable for womenswear. “I make fashion women can live in, breathe in, feel comfortable in and look younger in,” Chanel said.

Menswear “borrowed from the boys”, from polo shirts to pullovers to trousers. Include boater hats and pea jackets too.

The Chanel cardigan jacket, with its stunningly original tweed, braid, and simplicity.

The Little Black Dress. “While Chanel might not have invented the little black dress, she certainly did popularize it. In the early 1920’s, black was a color strictly reserved for mourning, considered indecent if worn anytime else. But …in a 1926 edition of American Vogue that Chanel published a sketch of a simple, short all-black dress. Vogue deemed it “Chanel’s Ford” because, like the car company’s Model T, this little black dress was effortless and women spanning any social class could easily wear one, and look good in it.” —

The Chanel bag, of course… but did you know that until its first iteration in the 1920s, there were no shoulder bags? Every bag was, literally, a hand bag?

Chanel No.5, possibly the first designer scent. Marilyn Monroe, when asked by LIFE magazine what she wore to bed, famously replied, “Just a few drops of Chanel No. 5.” It’s claimed that Chanel No. 5 is the best-selling fragrance in the world.

Costume jewelry as an accepted and even coveted accessory… think ropes of pearls!

Slews of fashion quotes... and quotes on other subjects as well. My favorite? “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

And, alas, sun tans.

Many of these were designed in the 1950’s, when Chanel was in her 70s.

She refused to follow trends, preferring classic, elegant styles. And THAT is the best thing Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, AKA Coco, ever did.

Need a social media hook today about Coco’s birthday? See this blog post.

My favorite Chanel history video, by Karl Langerfeld. This is a true birthday treat; don’t miss it!

Want more? A brief video biography of Coco.  Inside Chanel’s apartment. Visit the Chanel website.

The photograph is from here, posted without credit.


Save money in the fridge. Spend it on resale.

Don't waste money on wasted veggies. Save the veggies AND your money for a scrumptous gentlky-used designer handbag!

USDA report (Released in February 2014) “In the United States, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten. The estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion using retail prices.”

How much food does your household throw away? Mostly because it was stored incorrectly (well, then there’s those weird vegetables that no one would eat. Kale, we’re looking directly at you.)

Think how much healthier your wallet would be if you didn’t waste food. And how much nicer your wardrobe or home decor would be, if you didn’t throw away money on food you throw away.

Here’s how to store, where to store, and how long your groceries will keep if you do it right.

Remember, a broccoli saved is a designer handbag earned!


Photo from, and more amazing foodie fashions at, Urban Gardens Web.

Amaze & Astound a Kid Today

Amaze & Astound a Kid Today… or even just a kid-at-heart.

Did you know you can mail just about anything if it weighs under 13 ounces? A pair of rubber flip-flops, a dollar-store plastic ball… or a plastic bottle full of art supplies?

You can mail a soda bottle full of fun!

Click the pic to see more fun Pins from HowToConsign

Not only will the kid love it, but hey, it’ll remind him or her that

mail can come not just to their iPad, but right to their door. And isn’t THAT amazing!

Photo from coolmompicks

Care what you wear: An Earth Day message

feel good in your clothes

This graphic was inspired by this message on Organic Consumers Association. The full text of their 10th reason to care what you wear is:

The choices you make regarding your clothing are not only expressions of style or identity, but are vital to personal health as well as environmental and ethical responsibility.You should feel good in your clothes. Good about the way your clothes were produced and made. Good about their effects on your health. Good about the way they make you feel. Consumerist culture is toxic in the way it encourages people to constantly buy and replace clothing produced through unethical conditions. It can be difficult to divorce yourself from this toxic culture, to establish your clothing choices outside of this pressure. To not care about clothes is not the solution. The solution is to care how fibers are produced and processed. To care how your clothes are made. To care what’s in the garments you wear next to your skin, and ultimately, to care how you feel wearing them. The solution is simple: Care what you wear.