Hello and welcome to Sundaze with Moderas, where I share top-of-mind thoughts, videos, links, interesting reads that I came across during the week, for you to read on your Sunday. They will primarily be centered around sustainability, fashion, and design, but it could be anything, really. BTW, I’m trying out a new format, where I list a few things to try on your Sunday – to read, to listen, or to watch. Let me know if you like this format!
It feels like the week went by in a blur, and I was just writing the previous post yesterday. But it has been a pretty busy week. That didn’t stop me from taking time to listen to music / watch videos / learn new things, so here comes a hot new list of recommendations!
One thing to read: ‘I used to be a human being’ by Andrew Sullivan, NY Mag
An incredibly powerful article on how our constant distractions (namely, social media and our phones) has broken our emotional compass, and made us distant from reality. A long article, but that’s what a Sunday is for, right?
I have had a problem with how much I use my phone. I’ve read up on it, put app timers, but I still feel like my relationship with it is unhealthy, and really affecting my focus. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. I am considering an app detox, much like Casey Neistat has recently announced. It is incredibly annoying how all-pervasive phones are, and how they’re playing with our mental health.
One thing to watch: Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy
I have recently started a course on Circular Economies, and I’m fascinated it. The concept is a model for sustainability at scale, by closing the loop on products, materials, services, ultimately reducing the items that go to a landfill. Many companies are already adopting this way of thinking, and it feels like it may be a scalable, beneficial solution for companies to do their bit to become more environmentally-friendly. Check out the video above – I think more people should know about what’s possible & what’s happening around us.
One thing to listen to: Prateek Kuhad on Audiotree Live
I have to admit, I haven’t been up to date on podcasts (apart from a few), but a music recommendation also counts, right? Prateek Kuhad is now the darling of Indian indie music, and I was only very recently introduced to his songs. Warning, they’re addictive, and beautiful; listen closely to the lyrics. I’d recommend starting with the Audiotree Live session of five songs.
Side-note: YouTube without ads (YouTube Premium) is mind-blowing.
One thing in my cart: The Summer House Boyfriend Shirt
As always, I am constantly looking for new items to peruse, especially from sustainable brands. This doesn’t mean I buy them (because I have no space in my wardrobe, truly), but no harm in looking. This week, it was the Summer House Boyfriend Shirt, in organic cotton. If you’re looking for a staple to add to your wardrobe, this might be it.
Is it an investment? Yes. But my approach is that it’s better to buy less if you’re buying well, and it is also worthwhile to save up to buy. Our consumerist culture has tied happiness to stuff, and if we can look past that and only buy as and when we need, it might be easier.
One outfit idea to try: Simple print-mixing
The most daunting fashion idea of all is print-mixing – and that’s ok, but it isn’t impossible.
This idea [courtesy Pinterest] takes 2 principles of print-mixing to be successful: 1. Mix prints of different sizes – a large stripe with a smaller checked print, and 2. Mix prints from the same colour family – here, we see black + white + grey, primarily.
You can apply these principles to any outfit, not just black and white. Print mixing can really help make your pieces feel fresh, and new. The camel-coloured coat here is definitely optional, but it’s another neutral colour to add on, that lends some visual interest. So if you have a pair of formal pants, in a similar print, try this outfit out over the week!
And that’s all I have! A bit of sustainability, digital wellbeing, and a new playlist for you to play on loop – not a bad roundup. Let me know if there’s anything I should keep my eye on and share next week, in the comments below.