Archive for November, 2006

An Anti-Fur, Pro-Cute-Lambs Gal Bought Shearling: Am I Guilty?

November 29, 2006 at 6:40 pm by Designer Ella

Since the cold of last winter in my cute beret hat, I’ve wanted earmuffs, but good earmuffs are hard to find. Burberry had ones to match my cashmere candy check scarf, but they were expensive … and had shearling lining.

Shearling is like fur from lambs - cute lambs. They’re farm-raised, but babies, and they’re not necessarily from free range farms (the only meat I’ll buy from the market, although I’m not too wealthy, is free-range all natural). Still, shearling is not the same brutal thing as fur. I can be anti-fur and okay with shearling, maybe, right? …

J. Crew Shearling Tweed EarmuffsA trip into J. Crew browsing scarves led to me amazing earmuffs, grey to match my coat, or a tan plaid to “go” with Burberry, sophisticated … shearling lined.

I touched them. Nice. I put them on my head … and felt murder. Or really what I felt was the guilt of loving them sooo much. So soft! I put them down to ponder them for one day.

I ended up thinking about them nonstop for two weeks. Until I couldn’t wait to get them, no matter my morals. Until they nearly sold out and I snatched the last grey pair. Merchandise credit + $9 and they were mine. I wore them out of the mall (tags and all).

And my guy best friend approved okay but teased me, “go on, say f*** you to the sheep.”

But I love them, I can’t get enough of them, they’re the warmest earmuffs could possibly be - which practically is reason enough, right? And I rationalize that sheep are farm-raised, it’s not at all the same as fur. It’s just … lambs are so cute! I couldn’t eat something like that (or I hope I couldn’t), what am I doing?

My BFF also called me an eco-poser. I have been slowly declining in my environmentalism for years. I hated wood until I wanted to get a guitar (okay, I was a nutty little 12 year old), then leather until quality shoes and luxury bags (ooooooooh, leather so soft!). I’m a hypocrite when something I stood against suddenly and selfishly works for me.

Here I am again, unraveling in my identity over fashion.


Operation: Sandbox Last Grain

November 25, 2006 at 10:51 pm by Designer Ella

Operation: Sandbox - Last Straw Grain = Pursed Lips was sandboxed after it moved, even though it was an older site. This does not need to happen! It just doesn’t! One needs to do a 301 redirect.

I did the ol’ “We’ve Moved” message you see everywhere. Well don’t do it! Look up 301 redirect on Google and follow instructions.

But when the ‘we’ve moved’ didn’t do it enough and there were many hits and links to the old home, I took down content and within the Word Press admin, pointed pages toward the new home.

Finally, I did the one thing that probably really killed Pursed Lips. In my htaccess file I blocked /pursedlips from being crawled.

Soon after was in the sandbox.

Well, now I’m about to do the last thing I can (before waiting) to get it out. To get that PR 5 back (and hopefully then some somewhat after).

I put the content back on ol’ /pursedlips, and now I’m about to link to it again. After a while, I’ll put on a 301 redirect.

Help me in my project, link to!

And even:

Thanks so much!

*Update* I was confused before, but I think I’m trying this method correctly now. One also needs to set the last updated info back with some code. Find the original article at Search Engine Watch.

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