Life in Paris, Money

May Budgeting Breakdown

It's June! Guess who forgot to do their May budget summary? As I noted in my April budgeting breakdown, I have €576 in expenses each month. €350 : rent €60 : electricity + housing insurance (40/20) €40 : transport €88 : health insurance €20 : mobile service + data €8 : aesthetic services subscription €10 :… Continue reading May Budgeting Breakdown

Consumption, Cosmetics, Health

A Tale of Two Sunscreens

Or, the Battle of the French Brands... As I mentioned, my foray into using body+face sunscreen on my face has not been going well. I was mulling either repurchasing a non-oil cleanser, or buying a new facial sunscreen, in the hopes that one of these two issues were causing my closed comedones. That debate was… Continue reading A Tale of Two Sunscreens

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, Life in Paris

Finding Abundance : A Mini Series

I have done a mini-series of my day-to-day life in the last semester of my graduate program, from class days to internship days, to my beloved long mornings. I write them as a time capsule of sorts, to help me remember the rhythms of my life. I noticed myself missing consumption last week. I’m not sure… Continue reading Finding Abundance : A Mini Series

Consumption, Goals, Life in Paris, Money

Electricity Victory!

I got my year-end bill from our electricity provider, EDF, and I was shocked. I wrote about our LED adventure two months ago, when we spent €52 on LED bulbs for the apartment. My goal was to reduce our electricity consumption as a matter of environmental responsibility, and to reduce how much money I pay… Continue reading Electricity Victory!

Consumption, Cosmetics

Noticing “Needs”

I’m out of my face wash, and getting philosophical about it. When it comes to the things I think I “need,” I like to imagine that I’ve cut a lot of things out of my life. Rather than throwing my stuff away, I’m using it up; wearing clothes until they are irreparable, as opposed to getting rid… Continue reading Noticing “Needs”

Consumption, Cosmetics

Yearly Use-Up

I've got a product hit-list that I'm working through. In searching for organic skincare and makeup, I've come across a lot of blog posts and YouTube videos about the anti-haul, i.e. things that people are not buying, as opposed to what they have bought. My favourite of these bloggers is Renee over at Bad Outfit, Good… Continue reading Yearly Use-Up

Consumption, Ethical Choices

Purchasing Prep : Shoes and Denim

I double checked my bank statement, and the last time I bought any clothing (some undergarments) was on January 13th. So, it has been just over four months since I bought any clothing at all! That's pretty cool, considering my commitment to ethical consumption. For me, that means consuming much, much less, and when I… Continue reading Purchasing Prep : Shoes and Denim