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Four things we did before committing to #ZeroWaste2016

While we definitely jumped right in to attempting a zero waste home, there were a few big steps my family took over the last few years that made the transition to reducing our waste a lot easier. We made a lot of changes in our home when we fully committed to going zero waste in 2016, but we weren’t necessarily starting at “square one.”

Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle quote

Here are the four things we did in the past few years that helped our journey to a zero waste home:

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Minimalism and the problem with women's essential wardrobe lists

Minimalism and the problem with “wardrobe essentials” lists

I’ve heard the call for years – from fashion magazines and stylish people – to fill our closets with “high quality essentials” as wardrobe foundations. A quick internet or Pinterest search will bring you hundreds of these lists, compiled by everyone from Tim Gunn and Carolina Herrerra to Lauren Conrad. Long before I knew what minimalism was, and years before I ever heard whisper of the … Continue reading Minimalism and the problem with “wardrobe essentials” lists

What to take on a weekend trip - minimal packing list

Weekend Trip – Minimalist Packing List

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I went to Chicago for the weekend to attend my friends beautiful wedding. I got a few questions about what I brought in my small backpack, so I’ve laid it all out. Everyone’s bag and needs are different but this worked really well for me.

First, a few tips for minimalist packing, no matter how long you’ll be gone:

  • Find out what is available to you at your destination. If you’re staying with family and friends, can you use their washing machine? If you’ll be at a hotel, do they have a washer/dryer or other amenities available to you? For example, I stayed at The Freehand in Chicago which offers a full kitchen (with real, reusable plates/cutlery!) and laundry facilities to guests.
  • Build a miniature capsule wardrobe (even if you don’t use one in your day-to-day life.) Think about what you can re-wear throughout your trip, especially for loungewear and travel days. Think about layering pieces that will work under/over multiple outfits. Unless you’re traveling for fashion week, chances are you don’t need to worry about wearing different looks head-to-toe each day.
  • Shoes take up a lot of space. If you aren’t minimal anywhere else, be ruthless about choosing footwear that is versatile and that you’ll actually use.
  • Focus on multi-use items in terms of toiletries and makeup. If at home you use a day cream, night cream, eye cream, facial oils and more, consider paring down to the most versatile item. I chose to bring a small container of argan oil that I could use on my face, hair and on my hands and body as needed.

Weekend Trip Away - A Minimalist's Packing List

This photo was taken the night before I left, with my phone. Not the highest quality but hopefully it gives enough of a peek at what I packed.

Here are details on what I brought with me for my two night vacation:

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Are you afraid of being a careful consumer?

I’m not ashamed to say that before I took on a more minimalist lifestyle, I had a fear that having fewer, better things would get boring. I love testing out new products, discovering little shops, trying new things. Could I ever tame my consumerist beast? At one point in my life, I really did think it was easier to just buy a new shirt or new socks … Continue reading Are you afraid of being a careful consumer?

Capsule Wardrobe … Wishlist?

I finally built a capsule wardrobe … and now I have a wishlist?! …What? At 30, I really thought I had my “style” nailed down, finally. Years of wearing a uniform I liked but felt a little uninspired by (black dress + scarf, mainly) led me to exploring “colors” in the past few years. I ultimately realized that I just love neutrals and that’s okay. … Continue reading Capsule Wardrobe … Wishlist?

Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

*This post contains affiliate links and I might receive a small commission. Home strrrrrretch! Wahhhoooooooooo! Yes, I think it’s totally okay if you turn into a woo girl at this point (minus the taking shots of vodka part, obvi.) I love the third trimester for lots of reasons not the least of which is that you probably actually look nice and pregnant at this point … Continue reading Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials