A Dose of Color Therapy: Marigold Madewell Top
This lovely, deep turmeric, or marigold, shade is such a beautiful complement to the variety of blues in my closet. I found this top secondhand on Ebay initially, but when I saw it was from Madewell, I headed over to their site to check out sizing information. It turned out to be $20 less expensive (on final clearance) at Madewell, so I went ahead and purchased it without a second thought.
Well, that opened up the floodgates. Madewell was offering a 40% off everything sale (undoubtedly, to entice customers to buy during a time in which sales are likely under projected values) and I ended up buying a few pieces of jewelry, some tops, and a pair of sandals.
I wondered what was compelling me to take the plunge into buying from a brand that has never been high on my list when it comes to ethical standards. Part of it was a recognition that leaving Everlane behind as a primary source of wardrobe building blocks created a vacuum of options. Part of it was thinking ahead to pieces that would work in work and internship environments. And part of it, to be honest, was sheer stress shopping (the “stimulus” check and my tax refund were compelling justification). Exhausted from the world’s upheaval, I wanted to be able to buy something I actually wanted rather than overthink my purchase for once.
There are a lot of relevant judgments that could arise from this admission. But the reality is that, as I realize how complicated the system is, I also realize that my continued attempts at ethical purity even after a declaration that I wouldn’t be a purist were actually creating more confusion in myself rather than “building a better world.”
Overconsumption and unthinking consumption are dangerous. Buying from Madewell a couple times a year is, arguably, not. As someone recently commented on a post: “stop taking yourself so seriously.”
In other news, the state of Connecticut is set to open some places – like restaurants and hair salons – on May 20th (the northeast has been “ahead” of much of the country as far as the curve is concerned, so I don’t think this is premature, though I do expect some new cases will emerge as a result of decreased social distancing). I’m supposed to start my hospital chaplaincy internship on the 18th. To be honest, my excitement about being able to DO SOMETHING is far outweighing my fear of contagion at this point, but I am still trying to think through the steps I can take to stay safe and healthy. The hospital, of course, has rigorous protocols and won’t be having students or other chaplaincy staff directly interact with Covid patients, but we’ll still have to do our best to socially distance in shared office space.
If anyone has worked at a hospital before, let me know your recommendations for footwear! (Danskos do not work for me.)