Consumption, Ethical Choices

Ikea and the Ethics of Consumption

What's a girl to do? Today on, "Buy Nothing or Buy Better" aka my constant struggle, I'm trying to figure out what it means to buy some stuff from Ikea and whether or not it's ethically sound. After a bit of digging and quite a few puff pieces from the "2016 highlights" section of Ikea's… Continue reading Ikea and the Ethics of Consumption

Consumption, Cosmetics

I Bought the Thing : Skincare

Y'all... I actually purchased some new skincare! I told the tale of two sunscreens earlier this month, so it's not as though I've been on a skincare no-buy challenge. Still, I've been focused on using up my skincare, and I realised a few Sundays ago that I am really out of things. It's a great… Continue reading I Bought the Thing : Skincare

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”