Shoppering! I am usually not one for emblazoning my veganism on my clothes or across my chest (why is it that activism is so often advertised via T-shirts on the chest? I am yet to see a "Nuclear Free" pair of jeans utilising the more readable space of the derriere. I think I will call this Chest Activism). As a rule I find it a little earnestly weird, kind of like wearing a wardrobe comprising exclusively cause/protest/eco-worrier-warrior t-shirts: just not my thang. Also, I am yet to find anything all that palatable and un-patchouli-ish (with the exception of my Herbivore T-shirts from Moo Shoes, but even then I have to be in the mood for chest-wearing activism).
Before Christmas I received an email from Alternative Outfitters that highlighted the jewellery (or jewelry if you're from America, North) of Christy Robinson of Dallas, Texas. Christy has made a range of vegan jewellery which is cute and sweet and totally something I'd be happy to wear over my chest.
Is this not the sweetest thing you've ever seen? It's handmade to order and I put it on my chest immediately and have not taken it off.
The nicest thing, however, was Christy. As soon as I placed an order I got a super friendly email back, thanking me for my order and confirming the length of the chain I had asked for (she is very happy to discuss customising pieces), and just a few days later another one letting me know that it had been sent. Speeeeeedy!
And today it arrived - only about three weeks after I ordered and over the holiday period no less - wrapped up in a lovely box with ribbon, care instructions, business cards and a lovely handwritten note from Christy. Is that not the way every transaction should be?
So thank you Christy: I love the necklace and it was a genuine pleasure to work with you.
Christy can be found at: www.christyrobinsondesigns.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edit: Christy is at etsy as julep115.
In fact I am off to order another one right now ...