I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism. I know some of you that ship has already sailed. But honestly, the more I think about it, I believe minimalism can easily be the secret ingredient to living a thriftier, healthier, and happier life. Think about it; the less you own, the less you have to worry about, the less money you spend. When it comes to your house, your closet, even your choices at the grocery store - giving yourself less options can actually open you up to some freedom in the long run.
The other day I was frantically scrolling through Pinterest trying to figure out what the heck to wear to work. I needed something - and something fast. Something that took, you could say, five minutes. As I was scrolling through my boards I came upon an old idea of mine that I published a very long time ago: The Five Minute Outfit Guide.
It was 4:30 p.m. I just finished a shift for work and, after scrolling through my Instagram for thirty minutes, I felt anxious and shameful. Why? Because I wasn’t getting anything done in my to-do list. I mean, I just got off work and spent time to decompress – which in any other eyes seems completely normal. So why in the world was I feeling so shameful for it?
We are only a few days (heck, few hours) into 2017 and I’m sure you’re already feeling a little anxious about those goals you set. How easy let ourselves slip from those goals we set at the beginning of the year. Yes, they feel exciting at first, but even after a few days in I’m sure they can feel tiresome and you question all reasons to why you create new year’s resolutions in the first place. Especially if your goal was to spend less or be better with money. My friend, let me help you out a little bit!
Although right now we’re a bit broke, I have to admit that I have been fortunate throughout my life to travel quite a bit. My amazing parents have taken me to different corners of the world – from Paris, Florence, Munich, the Swiss Alps, and more. We traveled the west-coast taking a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco, hiked the Grand Teton mountains, and have probably scaled the entire east coast. In my years of travel experience, I have picked up a few tricks along the way…ESPECIALLY when it comes to packing. Hope you don’t mind if I gloat, but I have that weekend-in-a-backpack routine down pretty good.
A while back I made a carry-on packing guide that was to help me pack less on a trip to NYC with Oliver (evidently that was the trip we decided to move here), and it blew up on Pinterest! Turns out people want a simple packing guide for weekend trips! Having a small amount to pack in a carry-on back means saving a good chunk of change that would have been spent checking a back.
A few months ago I noticed that trying to commit to good quality pieces that I already owned helped me to save money immensely, which is why I posted my first My 5 Go-To Style Pieces. At the time those were the pieces that I constantly chose to wear with numerous different outfits. I figured it was time yet again to show my readers what my latest obsessions are from my closet. Here are my current five:
Hello, hello! For a few weeks now I've been warning you to keep an eye out for my new home decor series, and here it is! Home Decor Under $20 challenges me to choose a part of my apartment each month and try to transform the space using only $20. The trick is to know exactly what to look for, so after some thorough research on Pinterest and talking to one of my good friends in interior design Michelle, I was able to plan out the perfect entryway/coffee bar for our apartment!