becoming minimalist and why more is just more

May 18, 2015

decluttering and living simply
UPDATE: This becoming minimalist post is back by popular demand. 

Since returning home from my first solo travel trip ever, I immediately fell prey to the "system" yet again. 

This time, the love of my life has seen the light and decided the system doesn't work for him either. So we are off to travel the world, leaving everything behind. This is how my minimalist journey started...


I'm a little fed up. I live in a country where I wake up every morning for the sole purpose of paying bills and taxes. Where my government officials wake up every morning to serve people, so long as those people deal them eight-figure checks under the table. Where capitalist conglomerate CEOs wake up every morning to ensure they're creating the absolute healthiest foods, safest drugs, and the most transparent companies on Earth. If they happen to turn over a tiny profit of 13.6 billion dollars, then hey, that's just a bonus. And who can forget the drones. Oh. No. No no, not the fly by night kind. The 9-5 kind. You know the ones. The sluggish drones who also wake up every morning complacent, fearful, and unfulfilled; plugging in hours at a job they loathe while penning a blog at night they hope will make them rich, perpetuating relationships they dream of having the courage to end, making bucket lists they have no business creating in the first place, and envying the lives of prettier, skinner, more famous [enter names here] while never acknowledging that [enter names here] detests their own lives too. Lindsay Lohan with a side of Amanda Bynes anyone?

minimalist french style basics

Jul 30, 2014

There are many reasons to admire the French. Their very culture seems to exhibit the best in beauty, style, grace, and good taste. I adore the intoxicating incomparable cuisine and sweet little hidden cafes. But most of all, I admire their sense of fashion. As a budding minimalist and lover of travel, it is hard to deny that French women know how to embrace, master rather, a richly simple yet beautiful wardrobe.

In America, we move from trend to trend faster than a frantic crowd on Black Friday. The result? A closet full of trash. Even if you're not a trend whore you probably still own a closet full of trash. If you don't want your closet to look like the bargain bin at the thrift store, it might be time to start thinking like the French. For a start. I admit another country is not the be all and all of solutions to our materialist overcomsumptive ways. So as a run through my minimalist french style series, let's start with some basic principles.

fashion ceo: pascal smits the print guru

Jul 27, 2014

The fashion ceo series has been doing quite well since the inception post found here, about affording your own fashion business which could be anything from blogging full time like me to freelancing while traveling the me. Now remember, keep the envy at bay because the secrets on how all those fabulous fashion bloggers, writers, online store moguls, what have you, they're not really secrets at all. Its just common sense.