Challenges, Reflection

Delay Delights!

My train out of Paris was delayed for an hour, and it was great. I don't love to waste time. There's a lot to be done and not always enough time to do it. That said, I'm trying to take my happiness very seriously this summer. Instead of feeling some kind of angst or dismay… Continue reading Delay Delights!

Life in Paris, Reflection

Insights on the Eve of a Conference

Last night was the hottest night in Paris since 1872! Shipping items to the grocery store should not be easier than shipping them to my house, and yet... I picked up a package today that is very exciting! I got a letter yesterday from my college roommate, and she inspires me to write to her… Continue reading Insights on the Eve of a Conference

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, 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

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!

Consumption, Finding Abundance

Finding Abundance : Summer Clothing

The temperatures have skyrocketed and I felt like I had nothing to wear... When I started the Finding Abundance mini series, I thought that I would make one, maybe two postings about clothing; day-to-day clothing, and dress clothes. WRONG.  As I began to pull out all of my clothes, I realised that even though I've… Continue reading Finding Abundance : Summer Clothing

Challenges

Why Point It Out?

On rude behaviour and finally learning my mother's lessons. I generally like talking to people. It takes me a minute to warm up sometimes, but I find that the experience of speaking to other humans is a good one. This morning, I was going about my business at my internship, collecting data, talking with clients. I… Continue reading Why Point It Out?