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A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy

Published on January 24, 2015 by   ·   36 Comments Pin It
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This is the book we want to buy for all our girlfriends for Valentine’s Day. It’s delicious and adorable. It reminds us of growing up girlie and ever-shifting in the 80’s and 90’s, and we adored every drawing and word. It perfectly speaks to the evolution (and our movement) of wild child gone eco-conscious glamazon.

Clever, clever Sarah Lazarovic has written and illustrated an absolutely charming book that will help even the most diehard shopper consume more consciously. A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy is a fully illustrated book that combines art and text in a novel way to present a message about slow shopping in a way that made us giggle, relate, and not be able to put it down til it was done.

Lazarovic loves beautiful things and she’s pretty good at finding stuff to buy. At a certain point, she realized that all her stuff was getting out of hand. So she decided to stop buying new clothes for a full year. Instead of swearing off the mall and avoiding online stores, Lazarovic painted each of the things she did not purchase. In the process, Lazarovic came to the conclusion that buying less and focusing on high-quality items is a healthier way to shop.

Sure, there are pages of gorgeous dresses and shoes she wanted to buy, but the book also turns into an education on consumerism and a fun reminder of our youthful decadence. It also gave us a few ideas on how to up the ante with our own crap – how fabulous it feels to have a few gorgeous things and how clear minded (and kind) it makes us feel when we give away what we no longer need.

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A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy chronicles Lazarovic’s journey from thoughtless shopper to conscious consumer.

Here’s a hint of what’s inside;

From A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy by Sarah Lazarovic. Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Sarah Lazarovic, 2014

From A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy by Sarah Lazarovic. Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Sarah Lazarovic, 2014

From A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy by Sarah Lazarovic. Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Sarah Lazarovic, 2014

From A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy by Sarah Lazarovic. Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Sarah Lazarovic, 2014

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    Going to order this from Amazon. I have become more conscious of buying when I realized there is no such place as away, when we throw things away. I will read and then pass on to a friend:)

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