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

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

Goals, Life in Paris, Schedule Series

Goals Update, Part 1

I first posted about my goals on February 20th, and I'm checking in with myself about how the last three months have gone. I'm reflecting on my first three goals in this post. I had six goals for the year : Stress less. Sleep more. Use my mornings. Stay on top of my last 5… Continue reading Goals Update, Part 1

Goals, Reflection

Knowing Your Audience

I don't know what I thought would happen, but I feel like I should have prepared for this! Last week, I submitted a Money Diary to Refinery29, and promptly forgot about it. I didn't mention it here, and I assumed it wouldn't be published. I enjoyed the exercise of tracking my spending with a narrative, instead… Continue reading Knowing Your Audience

Life in Paris

A Short List of Good Things

Yesterday's post was heavy, but today I'm posting a brief list of things that have made me very, very happy this week. My dad, his visit, and his special appreciation for small things. A monthly jazz concert where the quartet played one of my favourite pieces. Making a vegetable tart with E. The very pink furniture I saw… Continue reading A Short List of Good Things

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

Reflection

Values and Visions

I'm reflecting on what is really important to me. As part of my internship, I sit in on career counselling appointments. A question often posted to the clients by my supervisor is, "What are you values?" Such a simple question inspires so much reflection and contemplation in the clients, and the moment that this question is… Continue reading Values and Visions