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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

'Do you realize that you have mostly been writing about wedding dresses and baby things since I asked you to marry me?' M.A. commented the other day. I was shocked, but realized it was true: my time of eco fashion adventures seems light years away. Nowadays, I wash cloth diapers instead of blouses made of peace silk. And travelling to yet another city to discover ethical boutiques is replaced by pushing around a buggy in our neighborhood. It is a different life and maybe not as exciting to blog about.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Lately I have been suffering from ethical anxiety: I doubt what effect my efforts to live green really have on the wider world. Maybe it is the falling leafs, the darker days and a cold that keeps on bugging me, but I need some reflection. What have I been doing lately that is supposed to make a positive contribution?

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Whenever we have something that we are good at - something we care about - that experience and passion fundamentally changes the nature of our first impression. When we are outside our areas of expertise, our reactions remain shallow, they are hard to explain and easily disrupted. They aren't grounded in real understanding.

Friday, 15 October 2010

M.A. and I have several disagreements when it comes to his wardrobe but one is the biggest. It's called fleece. Ever since I know him, his fleece-fetishism has really bothered me. Because fleece is ugly, unflattering and not eco at all. At least, that's what I reckoned with my limited knowledge of how this material is produced.

Tuesday, 05 October 2010

Lucky me that I had become iPhonized just one day before our baby was born! It allowed me to send instant messages to those close including images of the wonder that had burst into our world. In the past few weeks I have developed a clear addiction for the gadget that personifies individuality. I use it as a nightlamp when breastfeeding as not to wake M.A. Notes on what new things he explored, I type in the middle of the night and when planning to take him for hikes, quickly checking the weather forecast is easy. The camera comes in handy capturing those cute smiles and some of his other 1.000 facial expressions. Images and videos that I then directly email to family and friends. Because each minute with our son, is as unique as he is.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

I have a confession to make: I bought a new knit today. It was the first time I was in town after the birth. I was only there to buy these special eco diapers when it suddenly attracted me like a magnet. I had just admired the window display of the boutique, but realized I would probably never in my life be able to afford anything they sell. But then I saw the sale rack and this gorgeous piece of knitwear simply put a spell on me. It is in my favourite color (brown), is knitted in a stunning big loop and has a front and back cleavage. I could not resist but go inside and try it on.

Friday, 24 September 2010

What do you do when you marry a girl who is a passionate eco fashionista? Who gets you a second hand shirt as a very first present and believes she has treated you? Who convinces you that it's better to buy tomatoes that are three times as expensive simply because they are organic? Who destroys all your boyhood dreams about cars by stating that public transport will do? Who brainwashes her friends in such a way that they come to see your newborn son bringing carefully purchased baby clothes apologizingly saying 'organic cotton, you know…'.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

'My big example is my aunt because she is a topmanager in Holland, is married to a handsome, succesful doctor, has three great kids, has always been able to negotiate a four day working week in which she fits all the tasks her senior - male - colleagues need five days for and last but not least, she is approaching fifty and always looks FABULOUS!'

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