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Minimalism Journey: Tips on Getting Started

Everyone has a different definition of “minimalism” so let’s first clarify what we’ll be talking about on this blog. My definition that we’ll use here is that minimalism is the process of finding freedom in having less. It’s a physical representation of your emotional state. One can tell a lot about someone based on how they mold their physical surroundings.

Over the past few years I have reduced the items in my wardrobe by an estimated 80%. Seriously. This was a long journey that was done through routine closet purges every few months. Minimalism allows you to collect high quality, long lasting articles of clothing, versus an abundance of lesser quality items. I’d rather have one expensive well made blouse than five flimsy ones that you have to replace every season. Another benefit of having less is that it’s way easier to choose an outfit to wear. Every time I get rid of an item that’s not adding value to my life, there is such relief. The feeling is simply euphoric.

An emotional relinquishing has to be provided before a physical manifestation can take place. You can find power and gain control of your life through conscious release of the non-positive. You’re essentially saying, “No, I do not need this in my life. I refuse to give it power. I let it go.” This is the type of paradigm shifting that helped me a lot in the past. Last year, in one of my literature courses we were reading about Oscar Wilde (really fascinating person) and in his piece The House Beautiful, he said something very profound. It went along the lines of “have nothing in your house that is not useful or beautiful.” The truth of that concept really resonated with me because it was rational and sensible. Why own material objects that add nothing of value to your life? Why cling to useless items that aren’t even aesthetically pleasing? Many people hold on to sentimental belongings, but you if you really want to cherish the past, know that the memories you choose to remember will always be with you.

Letting go is so much better, trust me.

A Hint of Millennial Pink

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While the vast majority of my wardrobe consists of black and white, a splash of colour now and again is always fun. Even though millennial pink has been around for a while, I still think that it is a very wearable colour that will add a feminine girly aspect to your look. You can pair it with more neutral shades so that the bright colour will stand out more. This blouse also incorporates an off the shoulder element as well as flouncy sleeves – so adorable!
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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The holiday season in December is my favourite time of year. It’s been so cold here in the city, so lately I’ve been bundled up in sweaters and scarves. No snow yet, but it may still happen. Anyways, here’s a curated list of Christmas gift suggestions if you’re having trouble finding the perfect present. This winter I’m excited to catch up with friends and go to the Christmas market. What are you looking forward to? Continue reading

Liebster Award 2017

liebster awardSo grateful to be nominated for a Liebster Award this year by the brilliant Margaret Holmes from the blog Cady Quotidienne, thank you babe! Check out Margaret’s post and her beautiful Instagram account. For those of you who don’t know, the Liebster Awards are given out to bloggers annually and we can nominate other bloggers in the process. From what I understand, being nominated is essentially the same as receiving an award. It’s a great way to get to know and support each other! Now for the questions: Continue reading

Beautiful Cards with Basic Invite

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Recently I was looking for invitations and came across Basic Invite, an online store that sells beautiful cards and paper goods. Being a lover of cute stationary, I wanted to share some of their amazing card options with you. They sell cards for pretty much every occasion you could ask for: birthdays, parties, anniversaries, baby showers, business and thank you cards! Continue reading

Mexico Travel Diary 2017

IMG_3843This summer I embarked on a trip to Playa Del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico. This was our fourth time in the country because it is only a couple hours flight from Canada so quick to get to. We traveled one day to Tulum, where we visited fascinating Mayan ruins. The ancient archaeological site was so cool to explore and learn the Aztec history of the people there. We got a lot of bug bites that day as it was the rainy season. The tour included riding ATVs trucks to go rappelling into an underwater cave, where we then snorkeled in. Also tried ziplining for the first time through the jungle so overall it was an epic adventure. Continue reading