Living Light

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Hello lovers.

I moved in with Mr. P&P recently. So far it’s swell.

That’s not what I’m here to talk about though, I want to talk about living a little bit lighter. Not physically lighter (sadly) but materially. Before I left my apartment I went through all of my stuff methodically and got rid of anything that I don’t need or use or want any more. This included half of my wardrobe. That’s right half. Now all of my clothes fit into one closet and they don’t even fill it up.

Living with a capsule wardrobe for the winter really helped narrow my focus in terms of what I actually wear and define my style clearly. I don’t plan on limiting myself to a certain number of items anymore but I do plan on shopping more mindfully from now on. That means thoroughly thinking through (say that three times fast) any purchases before making them, and investing in quality rather than quantity. I want a well curated wardrobe of classic pieces that all work together, fit properly, and will last. I never want to stand in front of my closet again and think that I have nothing to wear.

Here are a few pieces that I’ll be saving for over the next while:

  1. This classic black bag will see me through many seasons. It’s perfect as an everyday bag and is large enough for me to carry around all the stuff I like to have with me at all times.
  2. This leather jacket is beautiful and versatile. It’s the perfect finishing touch to dresses and jeans and tee-shirts.
  3. These sandals are neutral enough to wear with a lot of different outfits and colours and should hold up well over the years.

If you’re looking for some inspiration on decluttering and/or simplifying, here are a couple of resources that I’ve found helpful.

i. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
ii. Light by Coco
iii. Un-Fancy

Do you like purging your stuff once in a while or do you hang on to everything?

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Origins

I’ve had a revelation my little cabbages. I think it’s a game changer. I base about 80% of my product purchases on scent. That conditioner that smells like pineapple? Obviously! The lotion that is so citrusy and delicious that you can barely stop yourself from eating it? Of course! So my realization is this: life would be much easier if decisions were scented. That first apartment you looked at smells of vanilla, it’s a go! That top that has those weird ruffles smells like cabbage, better pass. Those blue shoes smell like cherries, but the black ones remind you of popcorn, both obviously (when it’s shoes the answer is always both)! I really think I’m on to something, scented choices make all of life’s decisions so much easier! My last boyfriend smelled of sour milk. I should have known.

Anyway, I’m here to talk about a product that not only smells delicious, but is also effective! Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. The ingredient list on the tube reads like a fruit salad and the scent is amazing. To me it smells like fresh peaches. Divine.

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I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been feeling a bit dry as of late. My poor face has been tight and a little painful to the touch. I’ve read a number of rave reviews of the Drink Up Intensive mask and so I bought it in the hopes that it would be part of the solution to my dry skin woes. I’m not disapointed friends. I’ve used it four times now and woken up each morning with vevelty soft cheeks that would put a fluffy kitty to shame. Overall my face feels smoother, softer, and much less tight. In combination with an exfoliant and a good cleanse, this mask is a total win. I love that it’s an overnight mask as well. The fact that I don’t have to wash it off after 5 minutes means that I’ll actually use it! Fab.

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How are you dealing with dry winter skin?

In other news, I have another idea for a series so keep an eye out for that coming up sometime soon!

Stress Relief

Lately I’ve been looney for lip balms (yes, I am pretty nerdy… in a cool way). I don’t know what it is but my skin, hair, and lips feel completely parched right now. Parched my darlings. Maybe it’s the season or maybe it’s that I’m almost 35 .

*gasp*
*sob*
*hyperventilates into a paper bag*

Ahem. Obviously I’m cool with that.

So anyway, what was I talking about? Right, lip balm. I finally picked up one of the eos lip balms the other day. Everyone was hysterical over these a few years ago, but I’ve always been more of a gloss girl. Well. I’ve been schooled. I chose the scent Strawberry Sorbet and it tastes smells good. I have this incredibly strong urge to bite it in half and chew on it.

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It’s very hydrating without being waxy, which is something I often find with lip balms. It’s quite thick, but not in an uncomfortable way. What I’ve been doing is using a stain and then slicking the eos on top of it.

eos Strawberry Sorbet

My favourite thing about this product though is that it’s so satisfying to hold (just when you thought I couldn’t get any weirder). It sounds totally strange but it’s true. It fits perfectly in my hand and it’s just so round and satisfying. It’s like one of those stress release things that you hold in your hand, or the Harmony Balls that were so popular in the 80s or 90s. If I manage to avoid eating it, I’ll definitely be grabbing it on my way to any stressy meetings or dentist appointments.

For about $3 I think it’s totally worth picking one of these up if you’re feeling a little dry.

Have you eaten tried any of the eos lip balms?

Fall Wishlist

I don’t know if you guys are into this kind of post or not, but I always enjoy them on other blogs. So, without further ado, here is my Fall 2013 Wishlist.

Mom – feel free to check this list out for Christmas information;)

*Jazz hands*

1.  Wilfred by Aritzia Free Yasmin Dress

I’ve been obsessed with this dress for a while, ever since it started popping up on all of my favourite blogs. I love it for summer with just a pair of sandals, and also for fall and winter with tights, boots, and a chunky sweater.

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2. Nine West Valcaria Boots

Riding boots aren’t going anywhere this season. I’ve got a busted zipper on my old pair, as well as general scuffs, scratches, and holes so I’m thinking it might be time for a new pair! In the winter I live in my boots.

Nine West Boots

3. A really simple, structured bag.

I just want something that’s a great goes-with-everything bag.Purse

4. Anything and everything from the Body Shop’s Chocomania line because I am ADDICTED.
Chocomania

What’s on your wishlist?

*Disclaimer – no Mother, I haven’t been shopping. I’ve been wishing.

All images from Pinterest.

The Latest and Greatest

This looks like an ordinary workday outfit; however, friends, I assure you it is not! What’s so special you ask? Well, my legs are super warm and cozy because I have on fleece lined tights! Ta da!

Tights

I’m not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. Any time before 10:00 am seems, frankly, very rude! In spite of my own proclivities I know that we North Amercians live in a 9-5 world and so I do my best to conform. Bleh. I wear a dress or skirt to work 4 out of the 5 days a week because at 7:30 am my sleep addled brain is simply unable to comprehend any outfit that requires picking out more than one piece. The problem? During the “cold” Vancouver winters my gams tend to get a little chilly in your typical tights. Enter these Legale Plush Lined tights! With their modest, fleecy lining my stems are warm and toasty and my mornings seem a teensy bit less evil filled.

I snagged mine on eBay for about $10, but I understand that Beauty Mark here in Vancouver carries fleece lined tights for about $40.

Have you been lucky enough to score a pair?

Sartorially Puzzling

Ok my darlings, here’s a puzzle for you. An of-the-moment item I am luuuurving is the cape. I think that the look is trés glam, and makes the wearer look like they just jetted in from Paris.

Here’s the pickle though:  how on Earth do you carry your purse??? These are the things that keep me up at night!

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 cape 2

First world problems. Am I right?

What fashion items leave you scratching your head?

Images stolen borrowed from Asos.