Toronto-based writer and illustrator Sarah Lazarovic, a Tablet contributor, has tackled topics for us ranging from Semiteseeing to grogger fatigue. Last year, she explored the challenge of reconciling the biblical commandments against waste while also partaking in the latest—and likely fleeting—fashion trends. “The Bible has strict provisos against wearing clothes that contain both wool and linen,” she wrote. “But what about hot pink jeggings?”

Lazarovic’s book, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy, an illustrated ode to slow, smart, and sustainable shopping, was published yesterday. The following is an excerpt.

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You can learn more about the book here, and see more pretty things here.

Related: Wrestling With a Biblical Passion for Clothing That Never Goes Out of Fashion