Dress: thrifted Gap | Denim Jacket: thrifted via Downtown Threads | Shoes: ASOS (similar, similar, similar) | Polaroid Bag: Urban Outfitters | Sprinkles Pin (on the left): Museum of Ice Cream (similar) | Women’s March Pin: The Outrage (similar) | 100% Human Pin: Everlane
photography by Kathryn McSherry
I’ve had my polaroid for a few years now, but I really didn’t use it much until I got to college. It comes with me to camp each summer, and it survived my road trip to New Mexico, but I’ve always struggled finding a bag for it to fit in. So it’s safe to say I just about died when I saw that Urban Outfitters sells cute bags specifically meant to hold polaroid cameras. My polaroid is white, so as much as I loved the white case, I didn’t necessarily want both to match. But deciding between this palm printed case, the plain white one, and a clear case with bananas printed on it, the white case was clearly the most versatile. I love it.
I have also been super into pins lately. I got this 100% Human pin when I bought a 100% Human tee-shirt from Everlane and that definitely sparked my interest. The next pin I got was the female sex symbol pin with the date of the women’s march and “march on” engraved in it. From there I’ve gotten buttons, pins, patches – everything and anything you can stick on a denim jacket. My latest pin purchase is the bottle of sprinkles, which I got at the Museum of Ice Cream.
I’ve also re-fallen in love with tag sales. Every single weekend that I’ve been home from school I’ve gone to at least two tag sales or estate sales. I got this barely worn Gap dress for $3 at a tag sale, I scored incredible Aldo booties for $8 and a Badgley Mischka leather jacket for $20 at an estate sale! I honestly have way too much fun digging through piles of other people’s clothes and bartering for the best price, but it feels great knowing that I’m shopping sustainably and finding some really unique pieces. In a time like this where the President of the United States has chosen not to participate in the Paris Climate Accord, it is more important than ever to take fighting climate change into your own hands. While your own personal impact may not be as large or effective as our entire country participating in a worldwide initiative to lower carbon emissions, starting small is better than not starting at all. Summer is tag sale season (and flea market season and closet clear-out season, for that matter) so take advantage of these opportunities shop second-hand first!
Tunes: I can’t talk about polaroids and not immediately think of OutKast’s “Hey Ya!”. Fun fact, though, you aren’t supposed to shake polaroid pictures!!!