The end of year is always a tough one in the entertainment business, holiday gifts and all. Leaving me less time to think and blog, this also made me realize that sometimes, an idea needs time to silently blossom into my mind before things actually start to make sense. I also happen to close this busy work period with an actual holiday travel, so here are a few floating thoughts I'd like to leave you with before I leave sans le laptop.
Some articles that made me think
"Why Not Admit We Didn't Wake Up Like This" on the Cut - This article addresses specifically the question of the "effortless look" and how some celebrities appear like their life is put together without specific effort, which can make the rest of us feel inadequate for not being able to do the same (without effort). It poses the question of the image we send through social network - but it also made me think of the journey to simplicity, and the effort it also requires. Do minimalist blogs make it look effortless? Does it discourage readers when they realize it isn't that easy to make it simple?
"Perfect Item #9" on The Beauty and the Geek, and subsequent comments - this one is in French, and I stumbled upon this blog via a link to this article. To summarize for non-French speakers, this French style blogger has a small boutique where she promotes local creators by buying their stock and selling it online, making them benefit from her visibility and readership. This latest object she put online is a hand-sewn wool cardigan costing 380€, and that price generated an amount of comments from disgruntled readers who can't afford it and find it indecent to propose that kind of prices.
It reminded me of a post on Empty Emptor about middle class women angry at Céline's price rises (which I can't link to as the posts are now down). I found these reactions interesting to read, as it says a lot about people's values and world views - even if it only concerns a piece of clothing. It is also an interesting starting point to discuss what an "adequate price" is. Is 380€, "the price of a washing machine" as some commenters put it, an indecent price for a knit, even though the wool is sourced in France and the piece itself made in France as well, in ethical working conditions? Did the high street prices distort our vision of how much a piece of craftsmanship should cost? Is it possible to access ethical options without spending a washing machine's worth of money?
As a side note, stumbling upon this blog again (which I briefly followed back in 2011) made me realize the "simplicity" bug is catching famous French fashion bloggers as well. Which makes the "Is minimalism a trend or a wake-up call" question all the more relevant.
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I heart Intelligence. I discovered this site via a facebook share, and I really like the editorial so far - on growth, self actualization, an alternative vision on things that matter. Not without reminding of Huffington Post's Third Metric.
Speaking of new metrics of success, this TED talk about the "Social Progess Index" is awesome. If only we could generalize that type of metric instead of obsessing about GDP...