How many CEOs does it take to change a lightbulb?


While the NYC skyline is still awe-inspiring, some other aspects of this place leave me scratching my head. Truly.

What will it take? Read it and weep here…

And feel free to weigh in. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Hope your week is moseying along to your contentment…


  1. I can’t really weigh in, other than to say our need (or is entitlment?) for cheap goods has gotten out of hands. I am just as guitly as the next person, all the while moaning how it was so much better when we used to invest in pieces that would last more than a season. Or two. Or three. I am not sure the clock can be turned back now that most women buy with a click, after having been hypnotized by endless fashion blogs/digital magazines/one day only sales and the likes.

    • I think Vivienne Westwood’s latest mantra: “Buy less and buy well” could become a grassroots campaign. I really do. Like Bernis Sanders’ Feel the Bern (oh well). There is always a backlash to everything and currently the earth is submerged in a sea of clothes. I purposefully don’t go into a H& M or Zara anymore. It’s like buying organic grapes over pesticide-laden regular. When it gets in your brain, there’s no going back. Now I have to work on my husband and his Gap sale habit 😦

  2. It’s greed pure and simple without thought for the consequences. Over heightened sense of entitlement is the disease we are constantly feeding. You voice it much better than I but I keep coming back to a saying I was bought up with…. Good things are worth waiting for….

  3. Ain’t that the truth? And there are so many vintage beauties to give a new home to. And designer consignment stores. And once in a while treat yourself to a well-made item. Who needs H&M? Not me! X

  4. Jackie, please bear with me — my mind went a different way. The truly creative dressers seem to be able to work past season pieces in with fabulous results — waiting is part of the game for them. I had an Italian friend tell me that when you purchased something from Prada/ Miu Miu/ etc., it was to be used for that season — then you had to tuck it away for 3 years until it could see the light of day, again. I found that sad, limiting…

    So, how does one work it when they can only spend on classic pieces and then supplement with less expensive trendy pieces. I can’t wear Dries everyday…I’m not wealthy enough. I’ve kept things for 5 years before I finally wore them. Can I tell you one of my most favorite t-shirts came from Wal-Mart? It disintegrated with use. I wear my fast fashion….

    I guess what I am saying is that educating the consumer as to how, where and the cost ($ and emotional) of fast fashion might be the best plan. Help them become conscientious shoppers. That will hit the educated masses….but…will leave a large number untouched.

  5. I think the bottom line is I don’t really believe we should have $5 t shirts. Walmart unfortunately has been been associated with some of the worst violations. The race towards the cheapest product has too many casualties and led to an entitlement among us that we should automatically get offered three for the price of two, BOGO etc. I don’t think anyone can feasibly wear daily Dries but there are many options if people take the time to research. A fair price for a fair product plus selective conscious shopping and valuing what’s already in the closet, restyling, and vintage shopping are all worthy alternatives to new disposable stuff. I think the best response I could make would be to watch the documentary The True Cost…

    • Hi, I missed your replay. I came looking because I was thinking of you. (I’m still a bit off topic, sorry.)
      I do have to say that Wal-Mart T-shirt was bought in the area of the country that had no other stores (literally) and I was substitute teaching in the poorest schools. No internet shops (showing my age), I was living in the swamps of GA. Getting a kid breakfast was much more important.
      Now, for me, T by Alexander Wang is possible and my choice. Hopefully a more fair choice for the fashion/humane factor. (Let me know.) I’ll buy it when it is offered and just buy one white and one black. No need to buy early or many.
      No easy answer — I’m just try to see all sides. We have poor Americans, too. They won’t be racing for fast fashion, I don’t think.
      Happy Easter. XO

  6. I don’t have the fashion credentials to comment, Jackie, but all I can say is that from a corporate perspective, the mere mention of a management consultancy group – and let’s just say some in particular – is enough to send eyes rolling, mouths foaming and fists clenching, not least because we know what spectacularly high payments for spectacularly meaningless services will do to the wallets of ordinary staff in the seasons to follow. In fact, if we had fewer consultants, some of us would have more cash to make more considered buying decisions.

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