Posts tagged minimalism
How To Start Decluttering Your Space When You Feel Overwhelmed

One of my favourite things to do after a significant period of change is a deep declutter of my belongings. I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest hoarder I know, but I often forgo throwing things out or donating them when it feels overwhelming or very time consuming. However, moving back to Toronto gave me the perfect opportunity to go through everything I own and make some cut-throat decisions of what should stay and what should go. I’m saddened to report that a lot of what I decluttered I had been holding onto since high school…more than 10 years ago.

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Why I Thrift Shop (& Stores I Go To In London)

It’s been about a year and a half now that I’ve given thrift shopping some serious consideration and effort as an alternative to traditional shopping methods. It was a bit difficult at first, primarily because I felt uneasy about what others would think if I told them that the sweater I was wearing was from Value Village rather than some high end retail store. How could I ever show my face if people knew that the clothes I bought were worn by someone else at some point?? But the reality is that all our clothes have been worn by someone else, either in the store or by someone who has bought and then returned them.

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Quitting Minimalism For Moderation

Last year I wrote a post about minimalism and why I suck at it and thought I would revisit the notion after a little while of trying to be minimalist. The honest truth is that it's hard and not a lot of people will have you believe that. It's not hard because there are so many things that you can't buy now that you're a "minimalist", but because you have to stifle a certain part of your self-expression since it can no longer come from what you wear or what you surround yourself with.

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Little Loves

I feel like I've barely had any time this month to think up some blog posts. I've been so busy with packing and moving back home that I just don't feel settled enough to start blogging properly, but I do hope to have a good routine again once March arrives. I thought I would keep it simple this week and talk about the few things that I've been enjoying lately from style to beauty to the every day. I love hearing what others are getting enjoyment from, even if they're mundane or "boring", so let me know in a comment. I'm always looking for something new to try out. 

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How To Develop A Minimalist Mentality

I'd love to call myself a full-fledged minimalist, but the term seems to be so severe that I hesitate to pin myself as one just yet. However, for the past year I have made minimalism a priority in my life and how I view my possessions and purchases. Leaving my full-time office job has put a lot into perspective regarding what really matters and what I should be spending my money on instead of what I think I should be spending it on, as suggested by the advertisements were are inundated with on a daily basis. 

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An Updated Minimalist Makeup Routine

September was a month where I took the liberty to try some new products and introduce some new brands into my skincare and makeup routines without the fear of not feeling like myself. I've always said on this blog that I'm not the biggest fan of liquid foundation, but I did my research and picked up a new one that's been working wonderfully for me. So, for today's post I thought I would write out my updated minimalist makeup routine seeing as a fair amount of people enjoyed reading my first one. Most of the products will be the same, but there are some new ones in there that I've brought into rotation and have been using religiously. 

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Going From Shopaholic To Mindful Consumer

For the past few months I've devoted a piece of my blog to talking about minimalism, and that's something I don't want to slow down with even now as I'm writing a few more superficial product posts. I am perpetually in the limbo of wanting/needing to buy things and also feeling guilty that I do, but I know that I can't be the only person out there who lives in a western society and feels this way. I have done some research and looked at the extremes on opposite ends of the spectrum, and have learned that I fall somewhere in between - my ego says yes to frivolous purchases, but my mind knows how to keep these desires at bay. 

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ON BEING A BIT MORE MINDFUL THIS MONTH

This post isn't going to have too much structure to it, but more rambling about how I've been feeling this September and what I want to focus on going forward. Evidently, I've been posting a lot lately and I've stepped away from constantly writing about deep topics to focus on some more lighthearted ones. With that has come a lot of discussion about things. As I've mentioned countless times on my blog, I have been attempting my own version of minimalism and it seems to come into contrast with my enjoyment discussing objects that bring joy to my day to day life. 

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THE LUST LIST

For the past few months I have been trying my best to practice a version of minimalism that I feel comfortable with and, I'll admit, it's been hard. I'd grown up thinking that when you started to make your own money you could buy whatever you wanted and be happy. But, as anyone with money will tell you, it doesn't always make you happy. Once your base needs are met anything extra seems to create a void in people that needs to be filled with stuff and most of the time we yearn for the most satisfying: food and shiny things. 

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HOW TO DECLUTTER A SMALL APARTMENT

I never expected to have the luxury of an enormous apartment, not with the prices in Toronto and my hesitance to move outside of the city. So, for the past year and a month I've had to learn to live on the top floor of an old, re-done house; the front door of which looks like it's about a hundred years old. I am by no means complaining, on the contrary, it was a great change from living within the four walls of my bedroom in my parents' home. It's difficult to explain the transition unless you've moved out, but it feels like I can finally spread my wings a bit farther and really create a space I enjoy living in. 

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HOW TO SLOWLY INCORPORATE MINIMALISM INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE

Minimalism is a word that's been thrown around a lot lately, and to be honest, if it hadn't I would have never been introduced to the concept. My outlook on life took a sudden turn when I realized that the things I owned may actually have just owned me the entire time. A concept as thrilling as an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist. Of course, I was hesitant, even completely dismissive of the topic until I watched the documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things.

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HOW TO MINIMIZE YOUR MAKEUP COLLECTION

Whenever I watch a Youtube makeup tutorial or scroll through feeds on Instagram it seems as though many of the beauty gurus I follow have makeup collections that are overflowing. While it must be glamorous to be able to choose from as many products as you like on a daily basis, it must also be quite intimidating and anxiety-inducing, which is why in the past few months I've decreased my makeup collection as much as I can.

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MY MINIMALIST MAKEUP ROUTINE

I thought I would end this week on a lighter note and discuss my current makeup menu as I trudge through the arboreous landscape that is minimalism. I’ve significantly decreased my makeup collection in the past few months, only holding on to the few things I know I like to use. However, there are a few that I love to use, and those are what I’ll be discussing today. At some point I hope to convert my entire collection over to cruelty free, but there are so many products that I would like to use up (since I’ve already purchased them) before I make the switch.

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