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I mean sure, when you think about it, none of us are getting out of this thing alive, so we might as well have a bit of fun while we're here.  Highland Fashionista is first and foremost all about fun. Isn't that what really motivates those of us who love clothes? Yet there has always been a stigma that follows-around women who blog about such perceived "frivolities" as fashion, beauty and pop culture. Perhaps the most predictably annoying of these is that the enjoyment these things is somehow at odds with being a fully realized, intelligent human being. Or that it can't be for a woman of a certain age. Or that because it's fun, modern, commercial or constantly evolving, it's not to be to be taken seriously as an art form or a business model. This, as they say where I come from, is bull crap. 

There's also the hard to ignore fact that as a species, we humans need to make some changes, and fast. The "fast fashion" boom of he 90s-2000s accelerated our metamorphosis from a culture that appreciates craftsmanship in clothing and curates our wardrobes over time to one that produces 400% more clothes than we did 20 years ago, yet only wear our garments an average of 7 times! In the US alone, 35 kg (that's 77 pounds) of textile waste is generated per person every year! One of the aims of this blog  (as well as my Etsy vintage shop) is to celebrate a more sustainable means of curating ones wardrobe; to enjoy the process of cultivating something truly unique, shopping small, and finding unique beauty in preloved pieces.

So here's what you need to know about me: Wisconsin "Cheesehead", child of the early 70s, currently lives in Scotland and also sometimes in Florida, writer, blogger, ex professional saxophonist, current once in a while saxophonist, sometimes actor, Air Force veteran, nurse, massage therapist, unapologetic horse person, small business owner and advanced-level thrifter. So far. I like to change it up every now and again. You know, keep things fresh.



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