1 Jun 2020

Has A Spell Been Broken?

Has A Spell Been Broken? on vickiarcher.com

 


Some would describe it as a spell.
I’m not talking magic but how changes in our behaviour during the pandemic is as if a “spell had been broken”.

I didn’t come up with this myself and I wish I had because I am wondering if it is not a very apt way of describing many of our feelings right about now. As we prepare to re-enter and face our world, I think we feel differently – about many things.


This particular reference was about consumption. Referring to the “how much” we have consumed in physical items and the question of will we be prepared and responsive when it comes to consuming less? My feeling is many of us want to buy less and be more creative and sustainable in how we live our lives. My instinct tells us we will forgo constant and irrelevant shopping for an investment strategy which, finds us spending in a more considerate manner. Will we fall in love with vintage all over again and focus our attention on recycling? This would be most applicable for home wares and fashion and the philosophy behind THE EMPORIUM, my online showcase.


It’s not hard to accept many of us were over-consumers and probably have much more than we need. Of course, I do when it comes to fashion and beauty. Honesty would make me admit this to you and while I won’t be giving up this passion anytime soon I will be deeply thinking about what I do choose and also what we speak about here.


 

I have always written from the heart and found VA a wonderful platform to share my ideas – my instinct is telling me we are thinking and feeling very differently right now.  We have covered many subjects in the last ten years and they all connect back to an aesthetic basis and my love for beauty in all avenues of life. That will never change but how we approach this, might. I’m asking myself these questions – what am I reading, where do I want my focus to be? How do I want to communicate?



Has a spell been broken? Do you agree, do tell? xv

 

 

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29 Comments

Georgia

Life will never be the same. I have always been thoughtful about buying and preparing food. No convenience items, cooking “from scratch,” making one dish for the freezer … I think I appreciate fresh produce and have restructured grocery shopping days. Like so many, I have gone through my closet to decide what stays and what can be sold or donated and am happy with less. Have held onto some of my mom’s things and I will consign them now as I will only be able to wear one winter coat, which I will continue to love and enjoy. I’ll consign the suits and “toppers” so that someone else will enjoy those 1940ish garments. Thanks V and be well.

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Vicki

Cooking and baking have been a focus of mine too… it’s been such a pleasure and I will stay with it… My wardrobe needs the biggest tidy up… and I feel it’s coming!

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Michelle à Détroit

My love of beautiful things has not diminished. It’s a big part of my profession. However, I am focusing even more than I ever have before on the plight of others. I am very eager to get back to my volunteer work.

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Beverly Rogers

Yes, Vicki,
I so agree with the value of your reflections on this timely topic. During this time of “cocooning” I have been mindful of how seemingly little I can thrive on, recently having the time to recreate a soup I remember my grandmother made when I was a little girl. I didn’t actually have her recipe but went only from memory what the ingredients were and the taste of her delicious outcome. It reinforced for me how truly special memories are and experienced that as well in having missed the cuddles with my grandchildren during the time of enforced physical contact. In having that lifted recently where I live, I will never forget the tightest squeeze my youngest granddaughter gave me when we hugged. And because the relatively new vintage business my sister and I have is based on repurposing found goods, it has bolstered in me to continue in that with renewed passion! …Beverly

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Vicki

Memories are everything and yes, vintage is the best. What are you and your sister re-purposing? We might all love to know :)

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Beverly Rogers

Hello Vicki. Thank you for asking.
We are using textiles, linens and lace, and repurpose pre-loved clothing as well. These all show up in items such as angel wings, banners (buntings), bed skirts, candle rings, and adornments for vintage and antique mannequins. We continue to evolve in our creative endeavors and find inspiration in our travels and visually from what captures our imagination. We also love antique European grain sacks, using them for items such as pillows, banners (buntings) and for reupholstering vintage and antique furniture…

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Vicki

Sounds wonderful Beverly.. I hope you take off on your travels and the creations are happening again very soon :)

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Beverly Rogers

Thank you Vicki,
I’m so missing the freedom to fly to favorite places in France and England (some family live in London) but for now I’m enjoying what is close by to visit.
St. Remy (and Provence in general) is one place I would love to return to.
Sigh – – – One day.
… Beverly

Deborah

I thought the spell was broken until I saw those gorgeous green vases/glasses in your photo. Are they vintage finds?

Lately I have been consuming again–sometimes out of necessity (blow dryer gave out and tennis shoes are giving out)–and sometimes to treat myself during lockdown (new makeup to brighten my face and spirits). We have been saving my not having meals out and cooking in since restaurants are closed. The clothing I’ve purchased online since lockdown has been casual since I am working from home so I’ll likely be spending less on business attire over the next several months. Time at home means there is more time to clean out and organize my closets. My goal for spending is to purchase classic pieces that will endure and pieces that I absolutely love that are good value.

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Vicki

They are vintage finds and part of a new collection from THE EMPORIUM coming once I am confident about the postal situation… I was taking the photos for the site and couldn’t resist sharing a sneaky one :)

Yes, I think our fashion purchases will take on a new persona and we will either make the big investment leap or focus on the relaxed clothing… our middle favourites may well be a thing of the past… Time will tell :)

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rena.spain

Either you allow to carry away and get drown in that Pandemic or you see the beauty
in everything even in your difficulties. Easier said than done. Of course it depends on
ones personal situation. I understand that people act very considered and apprehensive and don’t spend money for not absolutly necessities In their situation the meal for the next day or the rent for the next month is their priority and not a new dress e.g.
Anyway it’s better to enjoy the little things everyday, be it the tweet of a bird, the special colour of a flower or the unexected kindness of your cashier.
Vicki I like to read your thoughtful topics which you depict so sensitive, carry on….

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Vicki

Thank you Rena… I try to see the beauty in the everyday and I think that is what sustains us when things are out of the norm..

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Susan

I agree. In many cases, new merchandise/clothing is not the quality nor workmanship that was once provided. With the virus, I am revisiting what I already own. I gauge I will not buy anything for 5+ years. When I compare items of the same brand bought over a 8 year period, even within a brand I notice changes. For example, 100% cotton made in the USA to cotton blend made in China. Blazers fully lined to partial lined. Prices increased, yet quality declined.

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Vicki

So true Susan… as one who speaks fashion here, I struggle to make the suggestions I want and find pieces “to love” within prices that are acceptable. I imagine those designers who focus on quality now will be the ones we seek when we make any investments.

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Linda B

I definitely am finding that in this time at home I am going through and letting go of little-used possessions (well, they are still here in my house, boxed up, but now the place I like to donate these things to is reopening!) At the same time, I have made very few purchases–and have totally loved those sweet new wardrobe items. . . I am going to continue with this more purposeful way of consumption. I was already going in that direction when the pandemic hit. I want to totally love each piece I “adopt” into my closet.

At the beginning of the shutdowns, there was talk about how the skies were bluer, and the wildlife more active. The pandemic was a partial yet temporary help in the fight against the even bigger danger of global warming! This won’t fully continue with the reopenings. . . but we have been reminded that it us up to us to eliminate consumption, or at least do it as carefully as possible, from here on out.

Finally, I want to add something from another human perspective. The pandemic has reminded us that there are those who are much less fortunate than we are, and for them, the loss of jobs and income is way harder than for many of us. But also, the lowest paid service workers who still are employed as “essential workers” are getting sick in disproportionate numbers, vulnerable because they are in contact with so many people! It is tragic that people who have lived hard lives are even more likely to die of the coronavirus than those of us with adequate resources. . . And this also drives me to consume way less, and share much more.

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Lynda Seglias

I can’t help it. I love fashion. I will be consuming less that’s for sure as I look in my closet and see many things I won’t be wearing. I’m not an over consumer and I try to get value for my money, knowing trends go in and out. Yet, I can’t help getting one trend a season. I’ll see how it goes. The pandemic has certainly shed light on how little we really need and how we can get by more simply. That is a good thing.

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Melissa

I have changed very little. I always made homecooked meals and was a real homebody. I am, however, more aware of taking care in buying quality and buying Australian made, owned, or produced where possible. (I am an Aussie). I have been shocked at how the World has come to rely on cheap products made in China, and the extent of the essential products such as anaesthetic drugs and PPE that is only made in China. I will be focussing on ABC (anywhere but China) in what I buy. I have continued to buy clothes online from small companies as they still need to kept viable and not go into receivership.

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anitapelayorivera

Good morning Vicki! I am late here….

I think that a spell has been broken OVER us, like a potion over our heads. I am speaking from a point of view tainted with the developing situations occurring in our country and which actually started in the city I love, Minneapolis. Yes, a spell has been broken over us like a bottle containing a potion that releases the worse in humanity. But there is a solution…

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Lynn Ballard Gosselin

The various meanings of time have changed so much for me during this pandemic. Yes I think a spell has been broken, but a deep, deep seated wound has broken open as well. I have re-evaluated everything, including my privilege. I hope less will be more, spending will be more thoughtful and purposeful, time spent will be more meaningful. I do my best to buy local and from small companies. I will now be even more selective than before and really be specific as to where my dollars are going.

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Vicki

Wonderful thoughts Lynn .. particularly the words, thoughtful, purposeful and meaningful resonate.

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Elizabeth

Vicki, I think you absolutely right. I think for many the time at home has made us more aware of what is most important, it has given many the opportunity to take stock of what they have, what they use, how they use it and if they even want it. Myself included. I cleaned every drawer, closet and room and donated so much stuff I was surprised I had anything left, I do. I have decided that I can do without so much less, especially as I have no plans to go out in public or travel for a bit longer.

I have seen so many silver linings in this pandemic, perhaps more so because I did not loose my job or have any financial hardship.

One thing that I had already known of but that really started to bother me each time I turned on the new was the amount of food waste in the world coupled with the number of starving people in the USA. I am making it my mission this year to spend more time finding ways to change this if only in my own town.

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Vicki

Wonderful objective Elizabeth… waste is so frightening.. and not just food… we have eliminated so many wasteful practices in our own home.. and once you start it’s horrifying how wasteful we really were…

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Ann Townes

I unsubscribe from your blog because of the fact that I was spending to much time on the internet.
I’m trying to re-subscribe if possible.
Please help. Thanks

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Vicki

Hello Ann,
So lovely you are re-subscribing :)
I have sent you a link and all you need to do is click that and you will receive my emails.

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