This post was inspired by my over-all goal of trying to live more waste-free, especially during Plastic-free June and July. Check out this list of all the areas I’m working on in a previous post, if you are interested, and join me on Plastic-free Thursdays in my Instagram stories.
Some people don’t consider clothing as part of being waste-free, or think that if they did try to limit their consumption in this area they would have to look lame, or wear the same thing everyday and deny fashion completely… However, my friends and family can attest to the fact that after making this one change in my life, I have never looked more stylish!
But Aren’t all Artists Naturally Stylish?
I can personally answer that as a No. I am a professional artist and up until a couple months ago, I did not consider myself stylish at all. I dabbled, but no one would really describe me as always looking put together or fashionable. I didn’t have a lot of passion for shopping, though, and if I did like something I had trouble finding multiple ways to wear it once I brought it home. I still somehow accumulated plety of clothes since I was 15, and just held on to whatever worked... forever. It was really time to purge some of my crazy art teacher, maternity, milk-stained, and no-effort outfits to decide how I wanted to represent myself as a professional artist and ocean-enthusiast. Just like with most things I do, I went a little extreme. Within 4 weeks, I had completely revamped my entire wardrobe. I donated, or cut up (for rags) 75% of my clothes, bought some new quality items, and ended up with 33 items of clothing accessories and jewelry! Best part was I could actually style my own outfit in minutes every morning. I did it through googling (as per usual), and with the help of my good friend, and fashion blogger, Blaire Rogers.
I’ll give you a little background on what brought me to this point, and then with Blaire’s help, I’ll explain the meaning and process of creating a capsule wardrobe.
Let me just preface with the fact that I am by no means a fashion blogger. I am an artist, and this blog's sole reason for existence is to share my thoughts for inspiration and some behind the scenes of life in general...
You may have already seen the catalog, or some of these photos on social media, but I wanted to just brag on the brand a little in this blog, because I had such a fantastic time working with Vineyard Vines in all aspects. They really made a lifelong customer out of me. (This post is not paid for, or an Ad in anyway... though maybe I should have tried that angle... ha ha, oh well).
I didn't know there was a plastic- free July when I decided to set out on a plastic-free June. I just knew that World Oceans Day and my birthday were in June and I wanted to make a bigger difference this year. I am going to participate in both, and needed some direction!
The more I researched, the more I realized that I didn't want to reinvent the wheel with this blog post. There are so many great ones out there, and I'd rather just make a jumping off point to those, and all the useful products that I've found. I am just trying to figure out how to go plastic-free for a month, or two, or more, to the best of my ability. I know it is going to look different for each person, but the categories will be pretty much the same. I decided it's easiest just to give you a set of links, so that when you're ready to find alternatives in one area, you have someplace to go for reference.
Remember that going plastic or waste free is about reducing, so don't think that you need to buy a bunch of stuff to do this. For example, I will not throw away my shampoo before it's all gone, even though it might not be gone this month. I will, however, choose something from my new list of resources when it has run out, to avoid plastic consumption for the next shampoo purchase.
Swordfish Snacking was a challenging and rewarding painting for me. I grew up on the ocean, mostly surfing and snorkeling, and even though I had fished several times, I wouldn't have considered myself someone who fished. After we bought our own boat 2 years ago, now with two young boys who we wanted to share the ocean with, my husband and I took up fishing. Diving would have been too much time in the same place, while waiting for mommy or daddy to come back up, and though I can't wait to eventually surf with them, they're really not quite ready for that.
So, the last two years have been youtubing, learning from friends, watching Local Knowledge, and experiencing it for ourselves as often as possible. Many people have commented on the change in subject with my artwork to more fishing related material, but like most artists, I paint what is going on in my life- and right now that is fishing! (The bird phase seemed to happen because I was so big and pregnant, mostly driving for friends while they dove, or just planting myself in a bean bag on the boat watching birds).
Carly Mejeur is a floridian artist, inspired by her ocean hobbies and travels. This Blog is for news, events, and just for fun. Click here for the artist's Bio.