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Today’s outfit: June 6, 2013 Weather in Oxford, Oh: cloudy, chance of rain, H 75/ L 57
Polka dot 3/4 sleeve blouse (Goodwill, 2012) 
Camisole (Kohls, 2011)
Grey shorts (Forever 21, 2008) 
Adidas tennis shoes (Kohls, 2008)

Today’s outfit: June 6, 2013
Weather in Oxford, Oh: cloudy, chance of rain, H 75/ L 57

  • Polka dot 3/4 sleeve blouse (Goodwill, 2012) 
  • Camisole (Kohls, 2011)
  • Grey shorts (Forever 21, 2008) 
  • Adidas tennis shoes (Kohls, 2008)
» 450 Bangladesh garment factory workers fall ill

AGAIN! When are we finally going to get angry about this stuff?

See related posts: June 2013: My 365 day no-clothes-buying challengeMay 2013: Obama’s Need to Help Fix the Fashion Industry, April 2013: Scores Dead in Bangladesh building Collapse; July 2012: Overdressed

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Today’s outfit: June 5, 2013 Weather in Oxford, OH: Mostly sunny, H 81/L 63 
Yellow sundress (Kohl’s, 2008)
White cardigan (NY&Co, 2013) 
Gold & brown gladiator sandals (Kohl’s, 2011)

Today’s outfit: June 5, 2013
Weather in Oxford, OH: Mostly sunny, H 81/L 63 

  • Yellow sundress (Kohl’s, 2008)
  • White cardigan (NY&Co, 2013) 
  • Gold & brown gladiator sandals (Kohl’s, 2011)
Announcing my 365 day no-clothes-buying challenge:
Last night I decided that I will not buy any new clothes for a year: not until June 3, 2014. There are a few reasons for this endeavor. In 2012, I vowed to by my clothes only in thrift/resale stores—and I did really well; even for this first half od 2013, almost all of my clothing has come from thrift/resale stores. Although I’ve been buying better quality clothing (usually) and things I really like (as opposed to trends), I’ve also really just been accumulating more and more. For the past five years I’ve been moving at least once a year — between college and home; between residence halls; and near the end of this summer across town — it is at these times that I realize most fully how immense my wardrobe is — and how little of it I get around to wearing. 
In addition to that practical observation, I’ll also say that I have a credit card debt that I am not very happy about. It’s hard to live on ~$15,000 a year in grad school. Although I know many have to support whole families on that amount (or less) and that many would be really happy to have a credit card debt of less than $2500 like mine, I still would like to feel comfortable in my finances without this constant worry hanging over me. Being a graduate student for the most part means I live a really middle-class lifestyle, even though I don’t have a middle class income whatsoever. But, in order to reign in that credit card debt, pay all my bills, and support my social habits, I really do need to reevaluate my discretionary spending. What I spend on my clothes seemed like a great place to start. 
Over this year-long endeavor, anything that never get worn will be discarded —and each day I will provide a photo of what I wore so that I can visually see what I do wear, what I wear the most, and what I don’t wear at all. On days that I don’t quite leave the house (basically wear workout clothes or sweats all day, don’t expect a photo update). 
Other discretionary-spending reforms I am making include: no fancy lattes, etc. at the coffee shops (the coffee shops seem unavoidable, but the $4.95 latte is totally avoidable); stop ordering off the specialty cocktail menus/be thriftier about happy hours). 
Finally, just maybe, over the next year, I will figure out how I fit into the global fashion industry as a complicit consumer, even if my money doesn’t go directly into the hands of stores like Forever 21, H&M, etc. (even American Apparel, who exploit poor, predominantly people of color in the U.S. instead of doing it in the Global South or Asia). For one year, my abstinence from buying clothes might not make much difference to these conglomerates, but I will be reflecting on myself and my role and what I can do to stop contributing to that exploitation of garment workers. 
Today’s outfit: June 4, 2013Weather in Oxford, OH: Sunny, H 75/L 54
floral print dress (from Suey, 2013)
lace chambray long-sleeve shirt (resale shop, 2013)
black gladiator sandals (no pictured, from Mom, 2011)

Announcing my 365 day no-clothes-buying challenge:

Last night I decided that I will not buy any new clothes for a year: not until June 3, 2014. There are a few reasons for this endeavor. In 2012, I vowed to by my clothes only in thrift/resale stores—and I did really well; even for this first half od 2013, almost all of my clothing has come from thrift/resale stores. Although I’ve been buying better quality clothing (usually) and things I really like (as opposed to trends), I’ve also really just been accumulating more and more. For the past five years I’ve been moving at least once a year — between college and home; between residence halls; and near the end of this summer across town — it is at these times that I realize most fully how immense my wardrobe is — and how little of it I get around to wearing. 

In addition to that practical observation, I’ll also say that I have a credit card debt that I am not very happy about. It’s hard to live on ~$15,000 a year in grad school. Although I know many have to support whole families on that amount (or less) and that many would be really happy to have a credit card debt of less than $2500 like mine, I still would like to feel comfortable in my finances without this constant worry hanging over me. Being a graduate student for the most part means I live a really middle-class lifestyle, even though I don’t have a middle class income whatsoever. But, in order to reign in that credit card debt, pay all my bills, and support my social habits, I really do need to reevaluate my discretionary spending. What I spend on my clothes seemed like a great place to start. 

Over this year-long endeavor, anything that never get worn will be discarded —and each day I will provide a photo of what I wore so that I can visually see what I do wear, what I wear the most, and what I don’t wear at all. On days that I don’t quite leave the house (basically wear workout clothes or sweats all day, don’t expect a photo update). 

Other discretionary-spending reforms I am making include: no fancy lattes, etc. at the coffee shops (the coffee shops seem unavoidable, but the $4.95 latte is totally avoidable); stop ordering off the specialty cocktail menus/be thriftier about happy hours). 

Finally, just maybe, over the next year, I will figure out how I fit into the global fashion industry as a complicit consumer, even if my money doesn’t go directly into the hands of stores like Forever 21, H&M, etc. (even American Apparel, who exploit poor, predominantly people of color in the U.S. instead of doing it in the Global South or Asia). For one year, my abstinence from buying clothes might not make much difference to these conglomerates, but I will be reflecting on myself and my role and what I can do to stop contributing to that exploitation of garment workers. 

Today’s outfit: June 4, 2013
Weather in Oxford, OH: Sunny, H 75/L 54

  • floral print dress (from Suey, 2013)
  • lace chambray long-sleeve shirt (resale shop, 2013)
  • black gladiator sandals (no pictured, from Mom, 2011)
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» Why Sexual Violence on “Law and Order” Represents No One

I admittedly watch SVU on Netflix and am currently in the midst of season 8. I completely agree with this smart piece on SVU’s inaccurate portrayals of rape culture as it really happens — especially on college campuses. Whenever a victim on this show is a student at Hudson University, a fraternity with deep pockets is always somehow involved. It hardly gets at the acquaintance-rape/assault reality. But, kudos to SVU in the most recent season for making a number of allusions to prominent cases/news from this past year, including Miami University’s “Rape Flier Fiasco” (Oct. 2012).

I want to see a victim/survivor represented in the media as a fully fleshed out character. I don’t want other victims/survivors, fictional or not, to all be put under the same theme of the Broken Woman, and have other characters use their trauma to emote and grow. I’m tired of victims/survivors being portrayed as the frightened, wide-eyed innocent girl. Right now, that’s all we’re really getting, and it does nothing but feed into harmful stereotypes in rape culture.

List of Resources: The Problem of Sexual Assault at USC

hungryfeminist:

“Complaints filed against USC, UC Berkeley over rape reporting” – Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0523-college-rape-20130523,0,106833.story

 

“Sexual Assaults Mishandled At Dartmouth, Swarthmore, USC, Complaints Say” – Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/sexual-assaults-mishandled-dartmouth-swarthmore_n_3321939.html

Website of the Student Coalition Against Rape

http://studentcoalitionagainstrape.wordpress.com/

 

RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES - Gloria Allred YouTube Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy4L2HG3mBU&feature=youtu.be

 

AFTER BEING FAILED BY MY COLLEGE’S ADMINISTRATION, I POSTED MY RAPIST’S NAME AND PHOTO ON THE INTERNET

http://www.xojane.com/issues/tucker-reed-outs-rapist-at-usc

 

AFTER BEING FAILED BY MY COLLEGE’S ADMINISTRATION, I POSTED MY RAPIST’S NAME AND PHOTO ON THE INTERNET

http://www.xojane.com/issues/tucker-reed-outs-rapist-at-usc

 

 

 

The SCAR Defense Fund

A trust which will be used to ease the burden of legal fees accrued by students pursuing recourse for sexual violence that occurred while attending USC.

 

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-scar-defense-fund

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/APd2ab1e3237a44fd98145bd0e70b19e90.html

 

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-05-22/four-colleges-hit-with-federal-sexual-assault-policy-complaints

http://www.policymic.com/articles/41749/usc-rape-administration-sweeps-assault-claims-under-the-rug

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/8874517-usc-students-protest-handling-of-rape-allegations/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zlO_Bx08bIY

 

http://dearusc.tumblr.com/

 

http://www.neontommy.com/news/2013/05/rape-goes-unpunished-usc

May 25-May 30
  • Advising meeting with Anita
  • Findlay Market & Iris Book Café
  • Pool playing with Akï and Tyler
  • Northside studying, cupcake date with Brittney at Megabus stop
  • Annie’s Birthday dinner at Cumin, drinks with Jason 
  • Pool-side studying
  • Inside-out cheeseburger dinner by Tony!

Weekend wishlist:

  • Cincinnati studying
  • Farmer’s Market 
npr:

(via How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy)

Here’s the thinking behind bulk buying: Purchasing goods in volume is cheaper than buying them one at a time. You save on transaction costs like driving to the store. If your money in a savings or checking account is losing value to inflation — as it would be right now — why not spend some on everyday items you know you’ll need?

Photo: Mary-Elizabeth Berliner

npr:

(via How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy)

Here’s the thinking behind bulk buying: Purchasing goods in volume is cheaper than buying them one at a time. You save on transaction costs like driving to the store. If your money in a savings or checking account is losing value to inflation — as it would be right now — why not spend some on everyday items you know you’ll need?

Photo: Mary-Elizabeth Berliner

Masterchef’s Krissi/Natasha Rivalry: A case in point on foodie-classism

This summer’s Masterchef hit us early with the constructed rivalries for dramatic effect. Most notably, it’s Natasha (a stay-at-home mom) and Krissi (a single, working mom and paralegal). Already this rivalry is boring because it’s so obvious. Joe asks Krissi why she thinks Natasha picked the langoustine to “trip her up” and she says “because she hates me,” but can’t answer the obvious follow-up “why?” from Joe. The answer is obvious, but the answer is also taboo and it has everything to do with the class differences between a conventionally “pretty” and thin stay-at-home mom who regularly wears high heels for cooking and the single mom who works, is overweight, and who is saavy on a kitchen budget. Natasha picked the langoustine because she hoped her “biggest competition” Krissi had never seen a langoustine before and, thus, wouldn’t know how to cook it. And when the judges like Krissi’s Langoustine Mac & Cheese (a dish that Natasha and others guffaw about although Lobster Mac & Cheese is a regular $15-25 dish at any number of restaurants across the nation), what does Natasha murmur? “I can make mac & cheese, too.” Well, Natasha, you didn’t; you wouldn’t; and since you sat this competition out with immunity, no one cares about what you can do because this is about what everyone else did do. 

And, it was true that Krissi had never cooked langoustine before — actually that many of the home cooks had not ever worked with this expensive, delicate ingredient before. And while some treated it like a run of the mill shellfish, the ones to watch have instincts—that includes Krissi, who cooked the langoustine’s meat perfectly and made a delicious mac & cheese with it. So, although, Natasha, you claim you can make mac & cheese, too, the “hero” is the langoustine. 

What it seems to be is that even with experience at all the high-end restaurants Natasha’s eaten in, with the high-end ingredients she’s had the privilege of using, and all her technique as exhibited in the single dessert she’s made so far under pressure, Natasha is afraid of being overshadowed by a boisterous underprivileged woman who can’t possibly know food better than she does. Food being defined in the classist-foodie way, not the “things I have in my own fridge” way. But, think about this: Krissi can, and perhaps does — cause she’s in tune with the food people want to eat, to be able to cook themselves; she’s exhibiting the kind of creativity that people have access to. That is, spicing up the everyday-ness of eating.

Have you ever looked through a cookbook (remember, that’s one of the prizes for the winner) and hoped to find a new twist on langoustine? No. But you have looked through one and hoped for an inspiring way to do something new with your mac & cheese. 

I must have these cupcakes. 

I must have these cupcakes. 

» My 2012-13 Miami Cupcake Datebook

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! 

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