*vintage wizard tank from Prism of Threads, BAD VIBES holograph space shorts [coming to Tunnel Vision soon], vegan crocodile bag c/o Heather Belle Co.
LIFE! i lost my camera charger, have driven to SF three times in the past month, have been working like crazy, and am now in the central coast at my parent's place for the holiday- exhale.
i have about a million things to photograph; i've been sent some really incredible vegan clothing and accessories that i'm excited to share, including this absolutely PERFECT vegan crocodile bag from Heather Belle Co. i've never in my life owned a "nice" purse- i usually carry a beat up army bag or something similar to a duffle bag, for convenience and comfort purposes only. however, this one is large enough for me to still cram a good portion of my life into while still being ridiculously beautiful and cruelty-free. WIN.
okay, i guess it's time to address the psychedelic astronaut elephant in the room. besides my instagram, this is the first peak of our Bad Vibes shorts collection. we finally found a wonderful seamstress (cough thank you miracle eye cough) and these along with a few other styles will be available really soon via Tunnel Vision (i mean it this time).
last but not least, as i was walking around downtown san luis obispo today, i was extremely pleased to see anti-fur protesters (very kind, non-confrontational people who were holding signs and handing out pamphlets very politely) dedicating their time and energy to spreading important information on the busiest shopping day of the year. i'd like to spread some of that knowledge and close this post with a few bullet points from a pamphlet i received from them. ignorance is not bliss, please remember that.
-more than 2 million dogs and cats are killed annually for their fur. they are used for everything from fur-trimmed garments to toy stuffed animals.
-the number of animals killed for fur trim is expected to exceed the number of animals killed for full-fur garments.
-on fur farms, life in a small cage leads animals to self-mutilate, frantically pace, and cannibalize their cage mates in response to their crowded confinement.
-animals on fur farms are killed by cruel slaughter methods that keeps the pelts intact such as gassing, electrocution, neck breaking, and poisoning.
-animals caught in steel-jawed traps can linger for days or weeks before a trapper comes to kill them. one in 4 animals- often mothers desperate to return to their young- chew off their own limbs to escape only to die of blood loss predation.
as beautiful, fashionable, and powerful as these women are... it absolutely blows my mind and confuses me to no end how they are so willing to participate in such horrendous acts of ignorant self-indulgence such as covering themselves in and designing clothing and accessories using fur of countless different species of animals (like this $17,000 bag they designed using foxes, calves, and alligators). if i had the opportunities and connections that these women do, i would do everything in my power to change the industry and make beautiful clothing and accessories that did not involve the torturing and murder of innocent creatures... but, i guess i would do a lot of things differently than most people.
i apologize if this post came off as preachy, but it's been awhile since i posted and i've had a lot on my mind. i need to be able to speak freely about things that are important to me in order to keep blogging and not feel like it's a waste of my time. my aim isn't to make people feel bad or guilty or stupid, but hopefully to open the eyes of some people who just weren't aware of the information and inspire small or big changes in their lifestyles. also, the link above references PETA. please know that i do not 100% support PETA and many of their past and present actions are not how i would personally handle things. i do not subscribe to any type of extremist group, i simply live by by own ethical standards.