5 summer essentials for the minimalist

IMG_3392 (2)Summer 2017 is fast approaching so I thought I’d share my summer essentials with you. I usually see that people have so many items on their list but I just want to keep things simple and on an as needed basis. Here is my list:

  1. Deodorant- You should be using deodorant all year around but summer time is the most important season to make sure you are using it. If you are like me, you sweat like crazy in the hotter seasons and when sweat settles, it smells. So, take my advice and  protect your reputation and other people’s noses. Just kidding.
  2. Sun glasses- Because it’s stylish and protects your eyes. Need I say more?
  3. Body Spray or Perfume- Going with the smelling nice theme. I use body sprays in the summer because it lighter and carries a freshness with it, so it can be used through out the day.
  4. Tumbler cups- Because you need to be hydrated. I love these cups because it protects the cold beverage for a longer period. It’s also nice to have your own cup you carry as you go about the day so you can get a refill of water anywhere.
  5. Make-up removers- This may not apply to everyone but I keep make-up removers around just to wipe the sweat of my face, not make-up. haha. I am sweat monster, hence why most of essentials are chosen to combat sweat.

What is a summer essential for you?

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Minimalism for beginners 2.0

I’m continuing my series on minimalism for beginners. You can read about the first entry HERE. Today, I wanted to continue the topic on clothes and touch on shopping for the season as a new minimalist.

I am a serious lover of fall fashion and I have a second job at the mall so I see clothes everywhere. Clothes I want to buy and wear but I don’t even know if I need. I think that is going to be one of the challenges on this journey to minimalism, wanting things and not getting. AH.

Here are a few tips for how to survive as new minimalist during a change in seasons:

  1. Create a color scheme– I heard about this from a youtuber and I just thought that it sounded really restrictive. But I finally understand what they meant by it. Being a minimalist means living with as little as you possibly can, so the logic behind having a color scheme is that, you will only buy things with those colors. This will stop you from buying a too many clothes.
  2. Select colors that will match with most things– searching through pinterest for minimal style ideas, the majority of pictures you are more than likely to come across are that of clothes that are all white, black or a combination. Most people choose black and white because it is never out of style, it is always on trend, and it just a clean look. I personally I’m not a fan of white clothes, but I do like black and browns etc… So I developed a color scheme around that. My colors are black, grey, tan, dark blue and occasionally white. This does not mean I do not have any other colors in my closet, its just helps me shop little.
  3. Shop through your clothes often– If you are in the beginning stages of a minimalist lifestyle, I assume you still haven’t gotten rid of all your clothes yet. My advice will be to look through your fall and winter clothes first before you go out and purchase new ones.
  4. Shop intentionally– Feeding of my 3rd tip, after you’ve gone through your old clothes and gotten rid of the ones you do not want, make a list of what you need to buy and go to the stores looking for those items only. Also, when picking up clothes, think about the longevity of it, as in quality and usage. Buy something you can wear again next fall and winter and not just something that is trendy only for 2016.
  5. Have fun! I just wanted to add this because the tips I gave appear too serious and I don’t think minimalism should be THAT serious especially if it is what you want.

How are you living simple? let me know

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Minimalism for beginners

Hi Friends,

Remember when I wrote about a wanting a more balanced life? remember? no? read it HERE. I mentioned that I wanted try living a more simple live and check-out minimalism. It’s actually been a lifestyle I’ve been trying to adopt for some years now but I had a few reservation about it. I thought that :

  1. It will involve too much work,
  2. take up all my time,
  3. cost me, and
  4. that I will miss my things.
  5. wait…I thought I will just have to wear black ALL THE TIME!

But I figured I just dive in and see what happens! What better time than the present to begin living the life I want. So I’ve decided to share some tips about how my journey has began. I hope it helps…me and you!

Sort out the less important things

When I was looking for a starting point to begin my minimalist lifestyle, I took the easy route. I know it is said not to take the easy way out but honestly I think in this rare instance, this is best. By easy route, I mean begin with the things you are less attached to. The things that wont keep you up at night because it is no longer there. For me that was my jewelry and make-up. minimalism for beginnersminimalism for beginnersminimalism for beginners

I had a lot of inexpensive, rusted, faded jewelry that I quite frankly knew I would never wear again, but I always kept them, you know, just in case. But when I threw them all down and evaluated them, I realized that I didn’t need all of them and they were actually ruining my fine jewelry.

In regards to make-up, I had way more than I needed. I really didn’t need about 10 tubes of foundation and tinted moisturizer and all those lipstick? there aren’t enough days to wear all of them at least twice. I was actually holding on to a foundation, that I KNEW was not good for my skin and caused me to break out. I have no idea why, maybe I thought the foundation was going to magically change, I don’t know. Also, I don’t really wear foundation often so having that many were just sitting there and waiting to expire.

I have decided to invest in only timeless fine-jewelry that I can wear over the years and put more money towards my skin-care instead of make-up.minimalism for beginnersminimalism for beginners

Reflect on how you feel after your first attempt at de-cluttering

Really think about how not having the things you had has made you feel. If getting rid of them made you feel light, as is in my case, then continue with it. I felt like a load had been lifted of me when got rid of my jewelry and make-up. I actually saw what I had and I was able to use them. If getting rid of your things causes you anxiety, then I would say minimalism is not for you or maybe you should go at a slower pace.

*break for comment about being true to yourself* As much as people are acquiring materialistic things and making that a lifestyle, its the same way people are adopting this minimalist lifestyle. This is to say, many things are “trending” and you should feel free to try it but you don’t have to stick to it if you are not in to. Be true to yourself and own your truth.

Getting rid of clothes

One of the hardest things I had to admit to myself was that I was never going to fit into certain clothes anymore. That the jeans I loved once were never going to get past my thighs and that my stomach was not going to look flat in that dress I bought with a tag on it but never worn. Another struggle was getting rid of items people have bought for me which I kept even when I didn’t like it or was just not my style. I still have a long way to go in terms of my clothes but its been a tad easy because:

  • I’m not throwing my clothes away. I am giving them away so it will get used by someone who can actually benefit from them. *sidenote* Please don’t give your torn or soiled clothes to people, its rude!
  • Having a meaningful goal. My goal in all this is to live a more simple and more happy life and looking at clothes knowing very well I will not be fitting in to them does not make me happy. I want to dress well and in clothes that I fit in that flatters my current body, THAT will make me happy.
  • Not getting rid of everything at once. I still have clothes hanging in my closet that I know I’m not going to wear anytime soon, but they are there because I am not ready to let go.

So I order you to take baby steps in this minimalism journey. Make it worth while and learn about yourself in this process. Don’t rush it and don’t put it off either. Find a nice balance and I think for me, that’s what minimalism is all about. Finding balance!

How are you living a simple life? What do you think of minimalism?