My Big Plans

Have you noticed that I haven’t posted with the same frequency lately? It’s not that I’m disinterested or that I’ve stopped wearing clothing. I’ve been busy working on a big project for the past several months.

I’m opening an eco boutique in Seattle!

After watching The True Cost and reading Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion I decided to change my buying habits. I love to thrift and swap, but I’m also guilty of getting sucked into fast fashion trends. And while an $8 skirt is hard to resist, as soon as I realized why some apparel is so cheap—and that someone somewhere is paying in blood, sweat, and tears—the urge to buy, buy, buy went away.

I started looking for places to buy clothing that are gentle on the environment, are sweatshop-free, and aren’t made from animals, and I realized there’s no place like that in Seattle. Was I supposed to provide this store? I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. For the past year, I’ve been researching and planning.

Last week, I signed the lease on a space in Capitol Hill and I quit my corporate job!

I have a lot of work ahead of me. I’ll be getting the store space ready for a grand opening in May 2016. If you’d like to follow along with my new adventure, check out www.drizzleandshine.com or @drizzleandshine on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

I’ll still be posting on this blog, but you’ll likely see a lot more eco brands and local designers in the mix.

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My new mantra is to buy less, shop mindfully, buy high-quality, timeless items, and mix thrifted and swapped clothing with new investment pieces. After I make a purchase, I’ll wash cold, hang to dry, and mend instead of toss.

11 Comments

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11 responses to “My Big Plans

  1. Sooo excited for you and for the people of Seattle – yay! Way to go. xo

  2. Congratulations Jean !!
    Your store sounds amazing I visited your web site and I am pretty sure your store will be a real successful, because you take care of people (both customers and workers who made the clothes), the environment (vegan clothes, recycling, swapping) and responsible eco friendly suppliers. In fact I wear most of my clothes and flats from discounted high end stores or second hand stores, and I love to recycle clothes and shoes (my best friends Jenna and Sandy along with me, as we wear same shoe size then we swap flats, sneakers, slides and sandals to save money and avoid over shopping) cause we think that we can save a lot of raw materials and unfair labor abroad. I wish you the best in you wonderful business !

    Have a nice day !

    Ivan

    • Thanks Ivan!

      Second hand and swaps are such a great way to get “new” clothing and help the environment (and wallet). So lucky that you have the same size shoes as two of your friends–triple the shoes!

      Fair labor and proper treatment of animals and the environment is all important to me and I hope I’m creating a store that people can feel good about supporting 🙂

      Enjoy your day!

  3. That is so awesome. Congrats!

  4. Jean, this is so exciting! I’m so happy for you and will definitely keep my ears out for news about the grand opening!

  5. Congratulations on your upcoming opening and new store!! Your idea sounds absolutely fabulous and will be a wonderful inspiration for Seattle and those who read your blog. I wish you great success in influencing people’s hearts and minds for the better of themselves, our communities and our beautiful planet.

    Blessings

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