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, Cosmetics

April Empties : Skincare

I'm slowly using up my skincare collection, here's what ran out in April. I mentioned that I'm being careful with what I buy for my skin, yet I somehow wound up with a bit more product on my hands than I needed. As part of my transition toward more organic and fairly produced skincare and makeup,… Continue reading April Empties : Skincare

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

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

Consumption, Life in Paris, Reflection

My Essentials : A Filofax

“I’m late because of who I am as a person” One of my favourites quotes is also something I’m trying to engineer out of my life. I was scheduled almost down to the minute while living in the US, and especially while balancing school, work, leadership positions and memberships in clubs, volunteering, and friendships. France… Continue reading My Essentials : A Filofax

Consumption, Goals, Habits, Life in Paris

Sustainable Self-Care

I'm thinking about old habits, new ideas, and the economic consequences of both. Having marked two weeks at my internship, I'm bouncing back and forth between school, work, and studying, and I'm feeling how lean my free time has become. I knew this reality would set it, and I've tried to prepare for it accordingly.… Continue reading Sustainable Self-Care

Consumption, Cosmetics, Ethical Choices

I Tried : Organic-ish Shampoo

Not exactly a blockbuster title, but I switched shampoos with mixed results. As part of my movement to integrate my interest in sustainability into my daily life, I'm working slowly through my cosmetics and personal care products. Once they're gone, I'm either working through the ingredients to see how "safe" they are, or switching to… Continue reading I Tried : Organic-ish Shampoo

Consumption, Ethical Choices, Money

Denim Dreams

People Tree doesn't carry denim, and I don't know if I can quit my jeans. I'm not exactly cut out for trousers. To begin with an admission of short-and-squat-ness feels like a cop-out, but I look better in jeans than I do in proper pants. As my Zara jeggings near the end of their life,… Continue reading Denim Dreams