Conscious Consumption

The average article of clothing is worn about 3x before it’s donated. That made me reflect a lot upon my own purchases presently and in the past.

green tulle top made by choosy overlay

Purse: YSL / Bracelet: Estate Sale / Top: Choosy (sold out) / Under tank: Forever21 / Pants: Mango (old) / Name necklace: Etsy

listened to a Charish podcast recently, and it was so good and about how quickly our culture goes through clothing – average times a piece is worn is 3 times before it’s tossed or donated. Yikes. Also how furniture is easily replaced. It was an interview with the Levi’s team which specializes in repurposing used Levi’s and I listened and thought, I think I’m changing a bit too.

I shop a bit less, significantly less because I like a lot of the pieces in my closet and I want to rewear them! I want to stop impulse shopping and buy quality and that takes time, it’s slow, and also just knowing who you are which also comes with eh-hem, age.

^^ The leopard print bracelet I picked up at an estate sale that was in Sun City. I saw it and it was worth buying, there was also a brooch I should have got that too but you know, maybe one is enough I have a lot of things. But maybe it would have been a nice gift, shoot. Well, it’s time I keep my eyes open now anyway with the holidays coming up!

I wore this outfit to my friend’s birthday dinner at The Glady. That chopped salad is amazing by the way. I’m craving it now!! One of my top three colors to wear is green – the other colors are white and blue. I also love to decorate with those colors so I guess the home decorating tip is true – look at your closet for clues.


I have also realized I do not like an overload of basics. Now basics are necessary to not look all over the place, just like interior decorating – not everything needs to be a statement piece. But, I am gravitating toward unique pieces that stand out, at least to me.

You can also rent clothes too if that helps with feeling like you have fresh new things, I think some monthly subscriptions are only $100 a month and you get 3 pieces – like Rent the Runway. That way you can feel like you are getting something new on rotation and it doesn’t take up so much room in your closet.


I hope you had a great week. We’re managing a lot of home projects around here I’ll write up another post to share with you.

Diana Elizabeth is having a Club MED weekend with her friends Melissa and Emily (and Diana) hence the name. Friends for almost 20 years, time to celebrate birthday milestones together and have a spa weekend! Yay!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


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