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2018 minimalist gift guide

Overwhelmed by the frenzied buying bonanza that marks the holiday season? Me too. And while the term "minimalism" has gotten a bit of a bad rap lately, living minimally doesn't mean you have to go without; to me, it means living and consuming sensibly. I disagree with shopping for shopping's sake, but I recognize that…

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Thayers Cucumber Witch Hazel

thayer’s cucumber aloe witch hazel

Ok, I'll admit it — I'm a sucker for a bargain, especially a beauty bargain. Don't you feel like you've just won the lottery when you've stumbled upon an affordable, effective, and multipurpose beauty goodie? via GIPHY Well, witch hazel is a beauty bargain for the ages! Witch hazel is a plant whose leaves, bark, and twigs…

Mejuri Olive Leaf Ring

mejuri olive leaf ring

Ahhhh — don't hate me, but this is too cute NOT to share! I wait for months to buy this lil vermeil charmer, and I can unequivocally say that it was worth the wait. This ring is so feminine! DROOL. It's ethically handcrafted in vermeil —a thick 18k gold layer on sterling silver. It doesn’t tarnish…

Mejuri Sapphire Choker

mejuri sapphire choker

I've been on the market for a dainty necklace, and I stumbled upon this adorable choker from Mejuri! If you couldn't guess, I'm absolutely mad for it! Mejuri is a jewelry company whose commitment to ethical practices and outstanding craftsmanship is nothing less than drool-worthy. With the belief that everyone deserves a little dose of…

LemonBalmLavenderTea

lavender + lemon balm iced tea

Looking for ways to stay cool as the temperatures rise? Yeah, me too. Admittedly, I'm kinda bad at staying hydrated in the heat, but this herbal, caffeine-free iced tea is just too delicious NOT to drink. So if you love the scent of lemon and lavender – who doesn't – this might become your favorite…

Oui Shave Kit

low waste/low impact swap: oui shave

I did it. I took the plunge. I bought myself a big girl gold-plated safety razor. And if you're thinking of what to get for the minimalist in your life this holiday season, this little shaving kit from Oui Shave just might be it! Here are a few reasons why: Quality over quantity: While you…

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5 ways to consume less

I was the poster child for consumerism: I was the girl who manically rummaged through sale bins, disregarded my shopping addiction as retail therapy (everyone does it, right?), and shamelessly abused the "one-click" button while shopping online. I soon realized that my consumption habits were contributing to my general discontent. I took “treat yo’ self” to another level; the…

W3llPeople blush

review: w3ll people makeup

Combine a graduate student budget with a consummate tomboy and what do you get? A minimal makeup routine! My journey into green, minimal beauty started several years prior to my journey into a minimalist lifestyle, and it's safe to say that I've tried an obscene amount of green beauty products. I found myself accumulating products that were…

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embarking on the journey to minimalism

What did I just do? Did I just promise not to engage in consumerism for a year? Gasp. I wanted to melt into an Alex Mack puddle: via GIPHY And listening to all of the Beyonce in the world didn't make me feel like this: via IMGUR I found several ways to cope (cue Rocky theme song): Live…