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

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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”

Challenges

Recap : April 10×10 Challenge

We're at the end of the 10 days! The 10X10 Challenge was really easy. If you have a large wardrobe, then I don't think my experience is necessarily going to be terribly helpful to you, but here's how it went anyway. A very brief diary of the last 10 days : Saturday, April 8 :… Continue reading Recap : April 10×10 Challenge

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

Habits

Pink Mooning

I hit the re-set button on Tuesday and spent some time appreciating my loved ones. I really like the feeling of having a "New Years Eve" feeling in the middle of the month, although it does feel like things are moving a lot more quickly. The sense of urgency and momentum is nice, but I… Continue reading Pink Mooning

Challenges, Life in Paris

April 10×10 Challenge

Is it a challenge if you already live like this? The 10x10 Challenge was formalised by Lee on her blog Style Bee in 2015. The idea is that you pick 10 pieces and wear them for 10 days. I've read about her past challenges and those of other bloggers relatively frequently. In the process of… Continue reading April 10×10 Challenge

Consumption, Ethical Choices

Minimalism : Proceed with Caution

Does opposing consumerism mean embracing minimalism?   I read an article published in The Guardian about minimalism as another form of conspicuous (non)consumption. The author argues that the "pared down" aesthetic, from clothing, to food, to decor, are not only boring, they're classist. Minimalism as a lifestyle is a way to unlock the 'good parts' of… Continue reading Minimalism : Proceed with Caution