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Where the heck is Imported?

Today I’m wearing a T-shirt from Robert Redford’s Sundance catalog.  It was Made in the USA.  I’m guessing that my T-shirt was made under good working conditions.

The reason I’m guessing is that I don’t have a whole lot to go on.  Sundance doesn’t have a code of social responsibility that I could find — unless, you count this stuff about the environment.  I’ve mentioned before that companies often shout from roof tops about the steps they have taken to ease their environmental impact (We care about the footprint, but what about the foot), but when it comes to social issues, their voices are mere murmurs if audible at all.

Still, I will give Sundance the benefit of the doubt that they do things right or at least…

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Blog post past: Hot Girls Make Great Clothes

Is there anything sexier than women working in a garment factory?

Apparently there is: Women wearing revealing bikinis working in a garment factory?

This is perhaps the most offensive ad campaign ever, not to mention, just plain dumb.

Ecko’s Mission Statement:

At Ecko Manufacturing we do things differently, we make jeans with love.

And just look at our employees! This is manufacturing on an entirely new level. We only hire the sexiest women on the planet because as everyone knows, hot girls make great clothes. Ecko MFG supplies the world with denim of unsurpassed quality. Every pair of jeans comes to the customer from the gentle, smooth hands of a highly skilled employee, who has injected every…

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iPod giveaway update

iPod giveaway update

Don’t forget the second step of the contest where you have to email some friends about the contest and cc me.  You’re not eligible to win the iPod unless you do both steps.  I’m getting a big kick out of the submissions so far.  Here’s one from Matt Barhorst  that about made me pee my pants laughing:

By the way, where did you get that shirt? That is the ugliest shirt I’ve ever seen. You look like you’re wearing a shirt that was destined for either the Beach Boys or Peter Brady.

So, maybe you’re dancing to Kokomo, or When It’s Time To Change (look up Peter’s rendition on Youtube)

And I guess, it’s time to change that shirt.

Here’s the video Matt is referring to:

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So You Want to Be A Writer

I wrote a piece – So You Want To Be An Author – for The Traveler’s Notebook outlining my eight year path to becoming a published author and sharing a few tips I learned along the way.

I’m always happy to help – the best I can – writers trying to find there way. I’ve been and still am on the receiving end of such help and like to pay it forward. Email me if you have any questions: kelsey@travelin-light.com…

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Blog post past: Mrs. Butterworth's boobs

(From November 2007. Although this post has nothing to do with globalization or garments it is one of the most viewed in the history of this blog.)

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Where did Mrs. Butterworth’s boobs go?

When I was kid she was much shapelier. Now, she’s as flat as a pancake.

There are only two reasons why they could have disappeared (none of which is that she is old and gravity plays on such things – because Mrs. Butterworth is ageless):

1) Economics – Pinnacle Food Company, which produces Mrs. Butterworth, decided that they could make a greater profit if they flattened her out, thus robbing consumers of two D-cups of her sweet nectar.

2) Prudishness – After decades of children and adult alike fondling…

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Book signing vs Book Club

This video is based on true experiences (even the bra lady!) at book signings and book clubs.  If you have a book club, I would love to come visit it, especially if you’ll be discussing any or all of the following: strawberry pie, cheesecake, margaritas, beer, and (oh, yeah) my book.  I would prefer to come in person, but if the distance is too great, maybe I can be there virtually (Skype, chat, phone). Email me: kelsey@travelin-light.com

(a big thanks to the book club cheerleader for this video’s inspiration)

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The Official Relaunch

This video discusses why the heck I’m relaunching the site 6 months after the release of my book.  It also covers some of the new features, and most importantly discusses how you can win an iPod.

Plus, there’s a very special guest star — little Harper Willow Timmerman.  When I watched this video, I barely paid attention to what I was saying.  Instead I just stared at Harper.

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Ehrenreich on "Recession Porn" and poor still not getting by in America

Recently Author Barbara Ehrenreich revisited some of the people she wrote about in her book Nickel & Dimed to see how they were faring in the current economic climate. She writes about them in a recent Op-Ed in the NY Times:

The current recession is knocking the working poor down another notch — from low-wage employment and inadequate housing toward erratic employment and no housing at all.

She says that the media is obsessed with “Recession Porn.”

the story of an incremental descent from excess to frugality, from ease to austerity. The super-rich give up their personal jets; the upper middle class cut back on private Pilates classes; the merely middle class forgo vacations and evenings at Applebee’s.

Yet the story of the poor getting poorer isn’t reported on. …

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