Thanks for stopping by! Here on BECOMING LOLA I share stories on becoming minimalist, as well as living a pure clean life as a style-obsessed digital nomad with a no BS approach to ethical fashion + travel. Grab a glass of wine and start here: Building A Minimalist Wardrobe.


Jul 30, 2014

minimalist french style basics

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.

Jul 12, 2014

wardrobe planner moodboard: dark and broody

planning a minimalist wardrobe

I used to be a big believer in frivolous beautiful things. No materialism here, simply visual stimulation shared to the masses, which to me was a gift. Hence my series gift of pretty, may it rest in peace. But don't fret, my half a decade blog followers shall see it resurrected here today in new form:

the wardrobe planner moodboard

Let's rejoice in a new gift where I do all the down and dirty hard work of sourcing, and you recline into your loved seat with a glass or Pinot and enjoy. No drooling aloud. Inspiration only. Until next time.

PS- The photo above is styled and shot by yours truly. I wasn't too shabby as a fashion stylist eh?
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Jul 10, 2014

minimalist living guide: fitness during slow travel

Alright, I suck at multi-tasking. It's time to come to grips with it. I can run a business, freelance, create a fashion empire...but somehow I cannot get myself to maintain the most minimalist fitness regime while slow traveling around the world. As in no 9-5 grind, no bustling NYC city streets, no suffocating political turmoil, just me and the bounty of the world. So seriously, what's the deal? I've been in Mexico for a month now and have price compared half a dozen yoga studios without ever showing up. I've downloaded and stalked the Tracy Anderson Method for weeks, only to quit after five days, well, and then again after five days more. I know I am a group class person, but whilst traveling you can't really rely on that. So what's my simple solution? Find a gosh darn online trainer with the presence of a group class, charisma of Tracy, dietary recommendations of a doctor, and the price of ramen noodles. Okay, maybe like ramen noodles with truffle oil. And dolls, I think I might have lucked out. I was contacted by the handsome better half of the husband and wife duo that is I'm Fit and Happy, and thank goodness because I was all about to give up on fitness during travel. I immediately signed up for their free two week trial, because um, when things are free, why the heck not! So as part of my minimalist living guide while traveling around the world (which I know I owe you tons of updates) I will blog my journey and see what results I muster up. I'd ideally like a flat tummy sometime again this century, a few inches lost in other shady areas in time for a bikini marathon through the oceans of Oaxaca, Mexico, and maybe 15 pounds melted away. A girl can dream. What I love about this particular online training hub versus the MANY many I unfortunately wasted time researching, is that you get a mix of barre, pilates, resistance training and cardio. Like holy smokes, these are my absolute favorite workouts. Talk about a healthy cocktail.

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