Challenges

On Dealing with Real Life

The universe ceases to amaze me with how complicated life can get in an instant! The French have a saying, “jamais deux sans trois” which means never two without three. You could say that significant (or at least significantly emotional, if also significantly expensive) events piled up, never two without three! Just under two weeks… Continue reading On Dealing with Real Life

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

Habits, Life in Paris, Reflection

Rose Moon : June 9th

I had planned to visit the Jardin de Bagatelle, plan for the future, trim my hair, and dust off my suit! Here's what actually happened. I have to say that I didn't take a minute to remember the moon on Friday. I was recovering from both my food poisoning/stomach drama while going through the revolving… Continue reading Rose Moon : June 9th

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

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

Challenges, Life in Paris

Perfect vs Good in Practice

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Whether it was Confucius or Voltaire, it's good advice and I'm trying to live it this week. I was on the train this morning, jammed into the car and 10 minutes late, and I truly felt like a mess. My hair was flatter than normal… Continue reading Perfect vs Good in Practice

Consumption, Cosmetics

Pondering Presentation : Makeup

I'm making a point to discover my preferences for myself, but I can't seal myself off from the world and think about what I enjoy in insolation. I limit my exposure to trends, and I've been largely successful in doing so by simply freezing my consumption. Still, this is only a recent financial phenomenon, and I'm… Continue reading Pondering Presentation : Makeup

Health, Life in Paris

Little Changes : ‘Wellness’

Resisting the concept of wellness and all of its marketing, yet feeling like I'm workin' on my wellness at the same time. I'm not a paragon of wellness. I go to bed late sometimes, I'd eat nothing but eggs or cereal or veggie purée for every meal of the day, I don't work out nearly enough… Continue reading Little Changes : ‘Wellness’