It's alarming that it''s going to be over 100 degrees tomorrow in Washington, DC. The heat index there will 115 tomorrow. The storms that routinely hit our farm now take out one or two trees each time. This my friends is the new normal. Climate change is an alarming development that we need to accept and not ignore. While it will take the nations of the world to come together to effect significant change (if it's not too late already) we as individuals should do our part.
So what can we do?
1) Conserve Water Wars are going to be fought over water. In India, regions now have no water at all. I am lucky as I have a well and don't pay for water but what happens if my well goes dry? Don't water the lawn, wash your car as often, take fewer showers and baths. Don't leave the water in the sink running ever (guilty here). Run the dishwasher only when full and save the laundry for full loads.
2) Pay Attention to What You Eat Americans are ignorant about what it costs to produce food. It takes 80 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Really. We cannot sustain the amounts of meat we eat in the US if we are to bring down emissions that are changing our climate. The emissions created by growing cows and and other farm animals are immense. I will only eat organic chicken and refuse to support the poultry industry's inhumane methods raising chickens in football field long indoor houses. It takes massive amounts of water to grow chickens this way. Where does your food come from? How is it produced? Is is adding to climate change? We all need to start asking these questions every single day and act accordingly. Think what would happen if all supported only sustainable farming (for the planet that is).
3) Buy Less of Everything Our consumer culture needs to stop. So you shop on-line - your purchases are trucked in massive tractor-trailers down some interstate to a UPS depot where it's trucked again to your doorstep. Factor this time millions every day and you get the picture. We don't need all this stuff. You can't even drive down the major interstates anymore due to all the trucks. And the waste. What happens to that?
4) Quit Buying Bottled Water Why do we have to buy huge cartons of bottled water? What happens to all of those non-biodegradable plastic bottles? A hundred years from now they will still be here. Put a filter on your tap water and learn to love it.
5) Plant a Tree Trees produce oxygen that we need. Now if those storms will just quit taking them out.
6) Turn Out the Lights Why do you need lights on in a room that you are using? Turn them off! Use energy efficient light bulbs in every lamp, every fixture. When I visit my parents I turn off 10 lights each visit - every room in the house is lighted but they only use two rooms. It makes a difference if we all do it.
7) Walk, Bike, Run, or Use Public Transport Most Americans don't get enough exercise.Walk to the store instead taking the car. Don't circle the parking lot 10 times to get a closer parking spot. Take public transportation in lieu of taking your own vehicle. Think about the best way to get there that's best for the environment and your bulging waistline. It's a win-win.
8) Turn Your Computer Off If you turn your computer off every night it will save you an average of $14 a year in electricity costs. Not a lot of money but if we all do this, think of how much less our utility company will earn?
9) Donate Your Outcasts I donate a lot of stuff each year to the local Goodwill. One man's trash is another man's treasure. And have you ever shopped there? Recycle your clothing, your old furniture, books, CDs, etc.
10) Use Your Local Car Wash Did you know that if each of us used the car wash once a year it would save 8.7 billion gallons of water a year? Car washes tend to be masters at knowing how to conserve water, many recycle it. So instead of washing your car at home this weekend use the local car wash instead.
Are you a fan of the infamous Christopher Spitzmiller lamps but not the price? If so, you can still own a piece of his handcrafted wares - plates. He makes beautiful plates with his signature swirl in two sizes. I have seen the blue ones and the blue really pops but all the colors are unique. Maybe mix and match?
Whatever happened to playing games? Do we just have our heads embedded in our phones 24/7? I remember when we used to play backgammon, Rook, Monopoly. My mom played Bridge all the time when we were young.
And don't you love these needlepoint backgammon boards?
And what about Monopoly? When was the last time you played that game?
Did you ever play Balderdash? Or Pass the Pigs?
Do you know how to play Bridge?
Have you ever played Rook? Years ago I played it once a week and it was tons of fun.
If you love race horses, Kentucky Bourbon, Belgian Loafers, Hermes Bags, and Dogs then you'll adore these fun designs from Buxton Designs. They make the cutest pads, stationary, trinket trays, and other paper products that are sure to be big hits for Christmas giving, birthdays, special events or just to add to your own stationary stash.
Golf is not my sport but I love golf clothing and often wear golf tops for riding or just with shorts in summer. But the reality is you can wear cute golf skirts and tops every day - you don't need to be a player to enjoy the great tech fabrics especially in summer. I love this top from Greg Norman. This would be great to wear with shorts and sandals for a casual summer afternoon. See it here.
We all want to look stylish but let's admit some are better at the "look" than others. The chicest people are just always "put together" no matter what they wear. So how do they do it? What's in their wardrobe and what should be in yours? So I put together a casual outfit that anyone (any age or location) can wear right now.
Let's start with a great pair of white jeans. I wear mine all year long. Love these from J Crew (they are 40 percent off right now) and these fit great. Learn what style suits your body type best and show it off.
Always wear a little heel. Kitten heels are my favorite (not too tall and easy to walk in) but just that little bit of elevation elongates your legs, shows off those ankles. Love these from Altuzarra in black. You can't go wrong with black ever. And a chic pointy toe is "in" right now. These are classic and chic for any age.
Have the right handbag. Like shoes, a handbag can make or break an outfit. You don't need a ton of bags, but a cute small bucket bag will work. And I love a mini bag for going out. There are tons of these out there but I love the shape of this one:
There are so many options with shirts and sweaters. I love this black top that you can wear now and the sleeves make this so different.
1) World's Cutest Horse Wreath A picture is worth a thousand words, well, maybe a hundred. Santa? See this one here, but hurry!
2) Malin and Goetz Peppermint Shampoo I love this shampoo and was reminded so during a recent business trip - my hotel provided Malin & Goetz products. Love them! But this shampoo is my favorite. Picture washing you hair with the smell of peppermint candy, not to mention that it leaves your hair soft and fluffy.
3) Vintage Lilly
The newer Lilly is just not the same as the old stuff. The fabrics are poly, not cotton and it does not seem to hold up after washing. My really old skirts and shifts are much nicer, and are also fully lined. See this cute Kentucky Derby shift on Poshmark.