Thursday, September 29, 2011
By now some of you have heard about the Occupy Wall Street (NYCGA.cc) protests
going on in NYC. Unfortunately, some of you have not heard about it or have been severly
underexposed due to the lack of the major media's coverage. It was bewildering to Rachael
and I why this was overlooked in the major news outlets. The reason was really quite simple.
This is an anti-establishment movement. The major media is the establishment and they are
funded by the establishment as well. So is NPR, which has become increasingly conservative
in the very recent past, so don't expect anything more of them than to toss you a bone of a story here or there. The organization and protest are still forming and their/our goals and objectives are changing like a living organism. That is good because it is going to take a lot to get things in this country the way they should be. The main motivation of Occupy Wall Street is to remove Washington
and all politicians from from the pockets of the investment firms and banking institutions that
are almost soley responsible for and profiting from the US's financial meltdown. If you don't agree with that, it would be hard to argue against it.
Right now the mass of people is not that great. I hear there are roughly 2,000 protestors
in the Wall Street vicinity at any given time. However, I feel the ball is just starting to roll. All across
the country in major cities the frustration is coming to a boiling point. There are Occupy Atlanta's,
Occupy Boston's, Occupy Philidephia's popping up everywhere. This could be the revolution
99% of us need so badly.
It is becoming more serious everyday. Yahoo! has admitted to blocking emails with links to the
Occupy Wall Street website. They claimed it was an error, but what a laughable excuse. (Do they
mean to say someone went into their software for blocking emails and typed in links for
Occupy Wall Street by accident?) Twitter has apparently removed it from their "trending now"
topics, even though releated topics are there, but Occupy Wall Street is mysteriously absent.
The NYC police were told by somebody, somewhere higher up to quash this early on. However,
this has backfired. There are so many videos on the web now of the infamous Inspector Anthony
Bologna pepper spraying two women who were already barricaded in, defenseless and cooperating.
There are also documented cases of police arresting reporters for videoing the protests and civilians for simply taking still shots with a camera. The police brutality has subsided and the way they are handling the protestors appears to be improving, but I do not know if it will hold. I don't think it hurts that the occupiers started chanting "We're fighting for your pension!" to the police.
We personally can't afford to join the people on the front line in NYC (ironically, I was laid off during
the housing market crash), but we are making it known to our friends on Facebook and blogging. If
you can't join them, at least be in the know, spread the word, say something to somebody somewhere! What we can do is send some help through the mail. We are sending some supplies that were listed on the New York City General Assembly website (link).
Having said all that, the point of this post is if you can't participate, if you can't help out in any way,
if you can't spread the word...please just be aware!
Power to the People!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
this day i took the opportunity to model a few of the pieces leftover from my last show so i could list them online. black things are always a challenge for me to photograph - especially if they're hats or headbands that just don't contrast enough with my dark hair to make a decent product shot. think these turned out ok though. also, i reopened my softspoken etsy for a brief time. while i do have some issues with some things at etsy - i feel i should take advantage of all the traffic i can get now that my busy season is arriving. my prices are a little higher there than at bigcartel though, since there are more fees involved. so for the best deals, shop my bigcartel site!
wearing: faux leather jacket from ross, space dress from pack rats, black leggings, black oxfords from f21, feather earrings and extensions from beauty stop. i must say- i didn't think i'd be one to succumb to the feather trend, but i have enjoyed it. especially going overboard with lots of colors and clips and pieces.
available in shop:
chunky ribbed scarf in taupe (i think this yarn color is discontinued so this may be the last one. i'm somewhat debating keeping it for myself because i like it's weird in between brown/green color and i hardly ever get to keep any pieces for me. even when i say i am i usually end up giving them to friends.):
betty jane circle scarf in olive green (i have the geraldine circle scarf which is named after my paternal grandmother but made in a bulkier yarn. this one is named after my maternal grandmother and is a vegan option):
have you guys seen those sonic commercials for all their new hot dogs? i know piled-up fancy dogs is really nothing new, but they've had me itching and craving to try out my own veggie versions. this one's pretty simple - trader joe's italian veggie sausage with green peppers, onions, and some cabbage from a bag of cole slaw mix browned together in a pan. horseradish sauce and a few crumbles of goat cheese added to the bun. yummmm.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This was what felt like the first really cool day of the year. Cool enough, obviously, to break out my jacket. It's not heavy, but it's no lightweight either. Later we went out to a house party, the first time we've been non-hermits and around people in a few weeks, and I actually felt a few chilly air goosebumps. So refreshing when the seasons change though. Anyhow, liked this outfit better IRL than I do in these photos. The dress I found in the Goodwill bins and chopped shorter but was too lazy to hem. I'm no longer into minis the way I used to be and this just above knee length is my new favorite. I used to be fine in 31" length dresses and even 30" sometimes (yikes), but now it's 34" or 33" at the absolute shortest. The boots are also thrift store finds from a few years ago. Tights - F21, Jacket - Ross or TJMaxx, and the belt came with another dress.
Must say I'm not really feeling my twee frilly clothes anymore. Tried to do that whole toughen it up thing, but still... I've been wanting a denim vest for a while now and the night before came to the realization that I had this jacket that I never wore much because the sleeves were so tight on my chubby arms. So a few chops away and here we are. Then later I saw a photo of some fashion bloggers at a meet-up and 8 out of 10 of them were wearing denim vests. LOLZ. Joke's on me.
an Indie Craft Parade tee:
and a tote bag, too! Plus a scarf from a post-show trade with super sweet seller, byerinelizabeth, who was such a pleasure to meet:
a ring from my neighbors, Maie Dae:
My event badge:
And a bar of peppermint rosemary soap (the best for waking in the morning!):
M took some photos of me shopping at my neighbor's booth, Maie Dae, while he watched my booth a bit so I could walk around and stretch:
More photos of downtown Greenville by Milton on his journeys out. He has a tough time staying indoors all day, so he'd take short walking breaks in between helping me out at my table and giving me bathroom breaks now and again.
This is what their park in the middle of town looks like. Amazing, right?
M also came across this guy on his venture out. Such beautiful colors:
And finally me, worn out at the very end of this 3 day fest. A pretty successful show considering that it was only September and the signs of winter air haven't quite shown themselves entirely. The end of October is when things pick up for me fully, so I felt like it was a bit of a gamble to spend so much on an out of town show - but happily I did come home making a profit.