My thoughts on social media?

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I took a month long hiatus from this blog and… basically all social media. I don’t necessarily group the two together (though I know many do) but I thought it would be a good rest for my spirit and give me time to nurture myself in real time, allowing for true presence of mind, body and soul in each moment. It’s so important to do, especially in today’s crazy, chaotic, over-stimulated world, and honestly, I do it often.

The truth is I just can’t stand social media. I suppose I can add it to the growing list of other un-popular opinions I hold, like my aversion to rollercoasters and my utter indifference to Beyoncé. (Seriously, I don’t get it??). I used to use instagram all the time and I actually really enjoyed it! I loved seeing photos of my friends and their children (pets and human ones too!) and I really liked snapping moments from my own life to share as well. However, as time went on and it has grown into yet another one of these *things* that becomes some sort of extension of the self – which it is NOT, by the way – I quickly became less and less interested in using it. In fact, it becomes almost disturbing the way people use things like instagram as an identity.

It’s the same way I feel about Facebook… first of all, at this point the majority of the world just sort of assumes you have one before they even ask and assume you use it. It’s assumed… which is actually really, really creepy isn’t it? Other than perhaps an ID or a cell phone, I can’t think of another single thing that we assume most people to have… and it isn’t even real. It serves as an out-of-body extension of the ego and to me, that is just dangerous and incredibly damaging.

I understand that in today’s culture it can feel like social media is your best connection to the rest of the world. But… the world is actually surrounding you, right now, every second of every moment and it’s always been there. Our evolving perception of our own “existence” troubles me, to be frank. Maybe it’s because I’m an old soul or because I often feel like an outsider looking in, but I just don’t see it as a positive influence on human kind – though in some ways it has proved to be an incredible way to spread word about current events to those who don’t actively seek out information on their own!

I should add that I do in fact have accounts with various social media platforms like instagram, facebook and twitter and I hope I don’t offend anyone who actively uses these in their daily lives, because I sometimes use them myself! I just feel like it’s so important that we begin to re evaluate the way  we hide behind these platforms and depend on them for our own validation and self-worth. Try stepping away from facebook for a day, then two, until you realize you actually don’t need to use it at all, because your friends and family are all out there in the real world for you to connect with. Take time to re-connect with your self. Your true self.

I did miss blogging so I hope to jump back in! I do love that the internet has made the world a bit smaller and allows us to make connections with people across the globe. I love that I get to find others out there with similar beliefs, discover new ones or even share my own. In this respect, it’s an incredible tool and I plan on continuing to use it that way. I feel myself pulling more and more inward these days so in full disclosure, this may not be the last rant of its kind here!  But, anyway, my original intention for this post was to share a simple OOTD and a quick catch up… so, I had a great halloween, hope you all did too! I dressed as Lorelai and Britt was Luke, and that was followed recently by an awesome vegan Thanksgiving that I thoroughly enjoyed. I work in retail so life has been chaotic but exciting all the same… For my day off today I went straight for my basics with a thrifted pleated skirt, black bowler hat, black high highs, thrifted black ankle boots and an old blouse. Also can’t leave out my cozy oversized cardigan and thrifted plastic-snake-skin purse. I love it. I have this bizarre affinity for faux snakeskin that I just can’t shake!img_0771img_0846img_0819

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OCTOOTD: 10/23

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It’s been so long since I’ve had the time to sew up a new dress! I’m so, so happy to say however that I was able to steal away a few hours the other evening to put in The Craft (1996) and finally put this great teddy bear tapestry fabric to use! I was torn between making a two piece cropped tee and aline skirt and a pinafore but ultimately, as you can see, the pinafore won. Fall and winter are obviously the greatest seasons for layers and (in my opinion) a pinafore just begs to be layered with a good button up.

The amount of fabric I used probably cost me about $6 and it took under 2 hours to make! As you can see I haven’t hemmed it quite yet but I just got too excited to be bothered with it… I had to throw it on right away and snap some iPhone photos. Just look at it! The teddys! In clothes! and hats!

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OCTOOTD 10/20

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I just can’t get enough of the warm golden glow that incapsulated my tiny home today. Walking around over crunching leaves with Archer while more fell down gently on our heads and sipping coffee between bites of snickerdoodles while the autumn-sun gently beat down on my cheeks… these are the moments that matter.

I get so swept up in all the bad in this world… the cruelty and selfishness that exists, peering behind so many of our everyday luxuries. I don’t walk by fast fashion retailers and see fun, cute dresses. I see sweatshop labor, wasted resources and growing landfills. I can’t walk by packaged meat or gallons of milk at the grocery store and see “dinner”. I see the pain and suffering of thousands of farm animals every day that are enslaved and tortured by humans for our selfish gains.

These are the harsh realities behind so many everyday things. I have always had a problem with feeling things too much. Though my diet has only just gone fully vegan this year (finally!) and my shopping fast-fashion free, I have struggled my entire life with allowing the pain and suffering of this planet and its  many diverse inhabitants just WEIGH DOWN on me. No one is perfect, least of all me, so inevitably there is the pangs of guilt and frustration that creep in upon the self-scrutiny of my own bad habits and mistakes.  I can’t seem to un-see things and I can’t seem to keep them to myself… I start telling everyone I know about all the injustices in our world and how we’re the problem and I just get so overwhelmed and impassioned and I can’t seem to stop. That’s actually a big reason why I started this blog… It’s been a good outlet for me to share my love for slow fashion though I’ve been able to keep it relatively low-key. Mainly out of fear of offending anyone or coming off too strongly but the truth is I am FILLED with passion for our planet, our people and our creatures.

However, today I’m thankful to have been reminded of the good in this world and my life. The gift of nature, of safety, of health… I’m grateful for my awareness and compassion for those who suffer and endure hardship but I also need to be grateful for my own “blessings” and simple pleasures. I’m thankful to be able to walk around my own backyard with my sweet dog Archer who unlike so many poor pups has a warm bed and a family that absolutely adores and spoils him. I’m so thankful for the peace and quiet of a day off, especially on a day as beautiful as this. So, overall today I am just feeling thankful and while it’s important to care and take action, you can’t lose sight of the good and important aspects of your life and your day. Even the smallest most insignificant moments and feelings of joy matter.

So, I apologize for the length of this blog post and it’s likely that many of you didn’t even read this far but I hope this was a good chance to get to know me on a bit of a deeper level and if you can relate, hopefully serve as a reminder for yourself as well. So here’s to keeping a balanced mind and a balanced heart. Thanks for reading. ❤

 

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OCT-O-O-T-D: 10/3

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HELLUR! Again! As you may or may not have noticed by the title, I’m going to try my hand at infusing a little EXTRA EXTRA into this blog this month, my very favorite month, with more activity chock FULL of outfit posts. Welcome to OCT-O-O-T-D #2! I’m not going to pretend like I’ll be doing this every day, because while I would LOVE to have the opportunity to share my outfits on the daily, that sadly would not be realistic for my busy/boring/but busy adult life. I will definitely be trying my best to post every other day or atleast every other-other day, that ok? Good. I also thought this would be a really good opportunity to see how often I repeat and remix certain pieces without actually devoting an entire post to it, ya know?

So, moving on to the actual outfit, I guess you may have caught on by now that I have a rather dark wardrobe but I LIVE for pops of color. One of my very favorite trends I spotted on the F/W runways this year were the bright opaque tights, always in the most  unexpected colors that just made the look. These have already been a favorite accessory of mine so I have been jumping at the opportunity to incorporate them as much as possible! So, today I’ve got some neutral staples like my vintage lace up boots, thrifted blouse, black pleated skirt and black bowler hat with some bright yellow opaque tights (from Gap probably 6 years ago??) and some blue liquid lipstick. Yasss. Oh, and of course my black cat  novelty bag for some spookfactor.

In other news, I’m heading to Philadelphia for a few days with my guy on Wednesday but I hope to continue OCT-O-O-T-D while I’m there, though the photos may be a bit less formal and more camera-phoney. We’ll see! Also, snapchatters out there, find me on snapchat at jackiezulli for more snips and snaps throughout the day of my animals and vegan food, mostly, if you’re into that sort of thing. Thanks for reading! ❤img_9246img_9298

LOOKBOOK LOVE: GOLDEN PONIES

Hooray, I almost didn’t make this in time for August but voila! I have a new brand to share with you all for this ol’ LookBook Love series: Meet GOLDEN PONIES. A Mexico-based shoe & handbag company providing you with handmade, customizable footwear at a highly affordable price.

 

With most styles offered between only $30 – $50, looking through the GoldenPonies website is a little TOO much fun. They have everything from brogues to ankle boots, all handmade to order and with a great variety of customized options.  I have GOT to get my

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hands on a pair of the adorable Biba Glitter Mary Janes heels (found pictured above in an adorable hot pink) and I’m like, pretty positive these black and white monk strap flats (pictured left) were created with ME in mind. Love them! The simple, classic designs matched with their unique choices of fabrications and colors make them the PERFECT accessory for a vintage-inspired wardrobe. I love that they offer classic neutrals alongside more daring and unique colors, like their holographic and glitter options. You can still get that great vintage-inspired shape with a little modern twist.

il_570xN.790538711_dyeoOf course my favorite part about this brand (which probably goes without saying if you have been following along for any length of time), is the ethical piece. While they may have a pretty unbelievably fair price tag, these are truly handmade to order and if you’re a vegan in need of some more options, they have tons of styles completely free of animal products. Leather is used in some of the styles and you can of course find more details on the materials used through each individual listing on their Etsy page , but overall this is a great resource for unique, vintage-inspired vegan footwear (for vegans and non-vegans alike!)

So go ahead and check out this awesome brand, either at their Etsy page or their website! When I finally narrow down my choices I’ll be making my first purchase here soon, so look out for a review hopefully some time soon! ❤

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OOTD Handmade No.2

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So as it turns out, learning to make my own clothing has become one of the most rewarding experiences! I’ve been trying to sew for most of my life but somehow it has only just recently clicked for me… I think my growing awareness of ethical fashion has been the catalyst I’ve been needing to properly motivate me. When you begin feeling the weight of guilt from the mystery that surrounds so much of our clothing it feels great to have actually been so intimately involved for once.

Through this new journey I’ve learned 3 key things:

  • Materials are everywhere! You just have to keep your creative senses tingling. The BEST way of sourcing fabric for me so far has been from upcycling curtains, sheets, etc. Both the outer and lining fabrics for this dress were vintage 1970s bedsheets that I thrifted for under $4. I also used vintage thread that my mom acquired for me from a yard sale YEARS ago. I hoard everything.
  • Patience and accuracy are crucial. I’m a bit all-over and everywhere when I’m deep in a creative frenzy. If I’m crafting or drawing or even playing music I don’t focus on perfection, I move intuitively and often quite messily, following whatever feels right. Sewing does NOT work this way! It requires precision, lots of measuring and the patience to execute with accuracy. While it’s freeing to create without worry, it’s also healthy to practice a more disciplined craft and honestly I think it’s been good for me.
  • Have some really good music to sew to! Seriously, as soon as my favorite songs came on I was doing my best work. Sometimes I need a really good distraction to help me get laser-focused. Sort of counterintuitive but it works for me!

So, here is my second dress that I have made. It cost me probably around $4 to make (with enough fabric left over to make several more skirts or tops) and it allowed me to up cycle materials as well as practice a new craft. Win / win / win!