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Last Day of Work

Or: I am addicted to my work.

On their last day, most people leave soon after their exit interview—at like 2pm. Maybe.

I was at work from 8:30 (I was late because I got donuts for my fellow bin management) to 5:25. I think a lot of people thought it just showed my work ethic and appreciated making sure I had things done, but I think it’s more that I get addicted to work and have separation anxiety from it.

I’m going to have to resist the urge to text people every day to see if we get clean….


Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.” 

Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets. 

Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets. 

When she started out, Veronika states,

“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.” 

And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”

Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”

You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.

To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit

For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.

For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness at or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit

Eff yes. I don’t even do outdoorsy stuff and I want to buy this coat.

Bonus is that it supports such an amazing cause and method of production :)


New Music: Bleachers - Rollercoaster

Until 5 months ago, it seemed Bleachers front-man Jack Antonoff was coasting comfortably under the radar as lead guitarist of recent chart-toppers, indie rock band Fun. as well as other half to HBO Girls’ curator Lena Dunham. However, Antonoff had, in fact, been secretly working on a side project in the form of Bleachers.  Though presented as a band, it is truly Antonoff’s solo escapade, written and recorded almost solely by him.

There is something very 80’s about this record—this song in particular, melded with some very experimental audio samples and distortion. 

Bleachers’ debut album ‘Strange Desire’ was released on July 15th 2014 and is enjoying moderate success. The album is a solid, consistently good piece with a few stand out tracks such as the one above, as well as songs including surprising features like Grimes and Yoko Ono.

Give Strange Desire a go, it’s definitely worth your time.

This awesome post was written by sophieloveseverything. Thanks Sophie!

Also fits the definition of AMAZING driving music. Or moving music. I just want to move move move move move!

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