In my recent anti-haul post, I mentioned that I’d be doing a ‘no buy’ for the month of March. I’ve been working to simplify my life over the last year or so and the move towards having less stuff really appeals to me. With goals of traveling more and having experiences rather than things, I know I need to make a lifestyle change to make this a reality. My first step in this direction was adopting a capsule wardrobe, which I’ve loved and am still doing.
I recognize that I spend a lot of money on mindless things, and so am trying to be a more conscious consumer for the month of March. I’ll be spending no money on clothes, makeup, or household items. It probably sounds silly, but I’m always bringing extra crap home whether it’s a lip gloss I don’t need, some cute planter, or new towels. If all goes well, I’m planning on expanding this even further in the coming months. There is one exception to my no buy, which is that I’m able to pick up a new pair of trainers since the ones I’m currently wearing have holes in them and are due to be replaced. I’m also allowing myself to re-purchase anything I run out of.
While I love technology as much as the next person, there’s something about a paper planner that just makes my heart happy. Sitting down to intentionally plan out my week helps me feel settled, organized, and ready to get shit done. I’ve been using some variation of the Inkwell Press Livewell Planner for the past three years now and I really can’t see myself using anything else. Their product line has expanded considerably and includes (among other things) meal and fitness planners, desktop calendars, post-it notes, stickers, and pencils . Not only are the products top notch, but Tonya who owns and runs Inkwell Press just comes across as the sweetest, most genuine person who truly cares about her customers. I get a lot of questions about my planner, so I thought I’d give you a little peek inside. Even if you’re not in the market for a planner, I’d encourage you to sign up for the Inkwell Press mailing list. Tonya sends a beautiful FREE desktop and phone wallpaper every month (did I mention it’s free?). If you want to see inside this pretty planner, keep reading!
Even though I’m not much of a new year’s resolution maker, I do like to take this time to reflect on the year that’s gone by. 2016 was a bit of a roller coaster and ended on a really low note for me and a lot of people I know. There’s been a lot of loss and heartache amid the peaks of this past year, so instead of thinking about what I want to do in 2017, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to leave behind.
Welcome to the first edition of a series I’m calling ‘Latest Loves’. I didn’t want to commit to a monthly favourites post, because some months I just don’t have that many exciting things to share. You’ll see these posts pop up whenever I’ve got something new to tell you about. Want to know what I’ve been into lately? Read on!
Today marks the 3 year anniversary of one of the most horrific workplace atrocities the garment industry has ever seen. On April 24, 2013 Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1100 workers and causing many more to be injured, some having to sever their own limbs to escape. If that’s hard for you to read (I know it was and still is for me), I encourage you to do some research about fast fashion and where your clothes come from. There’s a cost to your $4 t-shirt and it may be more than you bargained for. Having said that, this problem is not exclusive to fast fashion. There are a number of brands with higher price points who also manufacture their goods in factories with less than ideal labour conditions and wages. In fact, a lot of companies are so disconnected from the manufacturing process that they may not have any idea what kind of conditions their products are being made in (ignorance is bliss).
As a consumer I didn’t know and, admittedly, wasn’t doing much to look into it. I was all about my cheap yoga pants, hoodies, and jeans. Sure, they’d wear out in a couple of months but then I’d just toss them and get a new pair! No big deal, right? Wong. I actually cringe at the thought of this now. Brands that I wear, that I’ve promoted on this very site, produced clothing at that factory (I’m looking at you, Joe Fresh). Really taking the time to think about this made me feel sick to my stomach.
Right now I imagine you’re thinking something like “Ok Amanda, I hear you loud and clear from that soapbox, but what can I honestly do to fix this?”
I’m so excited to share this DIY wedding card collage with you. We received so many thoughtful, beautiful cards from friends and family for our wedding, but when all was said and done, I just wasn’t sure what to do with them. I knew that I wanted to hang on to them in some way, but throwing them all into a shoebox just didn’t seem right. I wanted to find a way for them to fit into our simple, moving toward minimalistic decor without screaming ‘hey, we’re wedding cards!’. Enter numerous pinterest searches, a trip to the craft store, an afternoon of wine and season 4 of the Mindy Project and – voila! – our cards are prominently displayed in our living room. This project requires very few materials and you don’t have to be crafty at all to get great results. I used wedding cards but this project would also be perfect for a baby shower, retirement, special birthday, or any other event you want to remember.
It’s been quiet on the blog lately, that’s for sure, but for a good reason! Over the past few months, Adam and I have been busy finalizing plans for our Las Vegas elopement on September 3rd. We had an amazing time with only immediate family and two close friends, and were married in a beautiful, intimate ceremony on West Sahara Lake at sunset. Afterward we returned to our hometown to celebrate with family and friends at a killer outdoor party hosted by my parents.
Having been together for almost a decade, we’ve talked a lot about what we wanted our special day to be like and it often seemed like it just wasn’t possible. We spent a lot of time worrying about what other people might expect from us instead of focusing on how we wanted to celebrate our marriage. We both knew we wanted something small, sweet, and meaningful but we also didn’t want people to feel excluded.