Consumption, Cosmetics

Yearly Use-Up : Skincare Check-In

That's a lot of hyphens for one title. Here's how my skin has reacted to my anti-consumption commitment. I still need to write my May body care post (tomorrow, perhaps?) but my skincare use-up is moving right along. I am down to the last moisturiser in the house, if you don't count coconut oil and… Continue reading Yearly Use-Up : Skincare Check-In

Consumption, Finding Abundance

Finding Abundance: Giving and Getting

In declaring to myself, before God and Capitalism, that I was done buying unethically produced clothing, I did not stop to think about what I would wear in the future. My response to the ethical and environmental nightmare that is the fast fashion industry is far from uncommon. People have always used their money as… Continue reading Finding Abundance: Giving and Getting

Life in Paris, Reflection

Consistency is Key

And other platitudes that I'm not practicing! I'm hoping to get back on track after three missed posts in one week. I visited the lab again this morning to see if my misadventures in microbiology are finally at their end. In equally exciting news, I defended my thesis yesterday, and I am fairly confident that… Continue reading Consistency is Key

Habits, Life in Paris

ALEoVSPaMFMP : Part 2

WOW what an acronym. The follow-up to yesterday's post. As my doctor frowned at the echograph results and my lack of visible appendix, I decided I was done. I asked her if I needed surgery, and she looked at me like I'd grown a second head. It's not uncommon in France, so I re-explained that… Continue reading ALEoVSPaMFMP : Part 2

Health, Life in Paris

A Long Explanation of Very Short Posts, and my First Missed Post : Part 1

It's been a rough couple of days, and while I technically "posted" on my blog every day, until yesterday. And, to top it off, I haven't really said much of anything. I definitely meant to make another throwaway post yesterday, just to have an X on the calendar, as it were. I got into bed,… Continue reading A Long Explanation of Very Short Posts, and my First Missed Post : Part 1

Ethical Choices

The Paris Agreement

I'm staying pretty composed about DT's decision to remove the US from the Paris Agreement for a couple of reasons, but they aren't necessarily good. I'm pessimistic for the US, but not yet so for the planet. I know that this is so, so frustrating for so many Americans. I'm in the sweet spot of… Continue reading The Paris Agreement

Consumption, Cosmetics

May Empties : Skincare Samples!

Things are progressing much faster than I expected, and I'm thrilled. My April Empties post, inspired by Renee at Bad Outfit Great Lipstick, focused on saying goodbye to some staple products. This month, I've finished up a lot of skincare, body care, and samples. I haven't had any issues with my skin yet, although I… Continue reading May Empties : Skincare Samples!

Challenges, Money, Reflection

“Free” Entertainment and Inspiration

I wish some of my go-to blogs and websites for entertainment would stop trying to sell me stuff. I know why the links are there, sitting at the bottom of a blog post or article. Even if I hadn't known what they were doing there, phrases like, "Shop this article!" and "Shop her look!" would… Continue reading “Free” Entertainment and Inspiration