Minimalism and How it Changed My Life. 5 Benefits of Owning Less

We’ve all heard of the phrase “less is more”. After several months of organizing and reorganizing my living space, I can safely say that I am most satisfied with living a simpler lifestyle.

Minimalism…What is it?

An alternative lifestyle where you simplify and downsize to only the essentials. There are different methods of incorporating minimalism into your lifestyle, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Eventually you will find what fits your lifestyle. It may take time to find the right method for you but here are a few benefits on why it is worth giving it a try.

1. You will have a clean, open space. Fewer items, means less opportunity for items and dust to pile up. Let’s face it, cleaning is tedious. One of my biggest problems was getting rid of clothes I no longer use. Some had sentimental value, others still had the tag on them and were never worn so I felt bad getting rid of them. Finally enough was enough. I decided to only keep what I wear the most and everything else was either donated or thrown away if it was no longer in wearable condition.  That means the cleaning process becomes quicker and easier.

2. You will feel a decrease in stress. With clothes everywhere, an unmade bed, and other unnecessary items accumulating all over your living area it can become very easy to feel overwhelmed when getting for work or school. Finding a specific article of clothes, an assignment or even your keys can become a nightmare, causing your day to start off on the wrong foot. When everything is in its proper place, you eliminate the negative experience of running around flustered , by grabbing what you need and heading out to have an amazing day.

3. You will own higher quality items. Instead of buying little things here and there, I saved my money for higher quality clothing, accessories and furniture. This prevents you from constantly spending money and also gives you the feeling of reward when you buy something nicer.

4. You are supporting the environment. Constantly purchasing gadgets, clothing and other accessories impacts the environment. These things will eventually wear out and need to be thrown away, further filling in our landfills.

5. You will start embracing experiences rather than objects. Ask yourself if you really need this in your life or would you rather obtain memories and experiences. An example of this is travel. The moment I started traveling I realized I rather enjoy the memories I make when I travel to a new country and become a part of the culture and environment rather than accumulating objects that sit at home and gather dust.

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Choosing Your Signature Scent and Packing it With You Anywhere You Go

Finding the right scent is not always easy, with so many perfumes and colognes on the market sometimes it’s really hard to choose especially when the prices can be pretty steep. Here are a few tips on how to pick the right scent for you as well as a great accessory in which to store your perfume or cologne while traveling or even on a daily basis.  

Let’s begin with how to choose a scent and afterwards I will give you an example of my favorite one. If you are enjoying this post so far give it a like so I know:) Also just a disclaimer, this is not an ad, just something I wanted to share. 

1. Before you even go into the store, you need to think about what it is that you like. Do you prefer light, floral scents, or do you crave a bit of a citrus. There are many categories to choose from. Once you decide on a starting point you can then begin looking into certain brands.  

2. Next spritz a few samples on bare skin. In order to get the most realistic sense of the scent it must mix with your own skin, the chemicals each person produces is different so it may smell great on paper but you may not like it so much on your skin. Don’t be afraid to test out as many samples as possible. Having a wide variety to choose from is a great oppurtunity to discover something new. 

3. Finally narrow it down to your favorites. It could be one, two or even more. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. If you like something you normally wouldn’t wear, purchase a sample size. That way you have the opportunity to decide how much you really like it and then go back for the larger size.

Now if you can’t quite decide on a scent right then and there here is a tip. Most stores with a perfume department offer samplers. An assortment of perfumes which allow you to test out several for the price of one. What I like about these samplers is that they aren’t too expensive and the containers in which they come are travel size. I always like to refresh my perfume towards the middle of the day because I feel like it wears off and these are perfect to carry with me on a daily basis.

This particular one is from Sephora. It comes with seventeen popular brands and can also be purchased as a gift. withy Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is a great gift to buy. This particular one is $65.00, I would say that is a reasonable price for 17 different scents. However there are other options less expensive and with less options because it can be a little intimidatig deciding between 17 scents. I usually buy them individually and they come out to be pricey per item therefore I prefer to purchase sets such as these. 

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Now in the situation that you choose a scent which you absolutely adore and you want to carry it around with you everywhere but do not have any desire to lug around the whole bottle or constantly pay for the travel size, I introduce to you the Travalo. This accessory has become a must have in my everyday life. A refillable perfume container which is TSA approved and can be replenished directly from the original bottle. It comes in  variety of colors therefore everyone can choose the color that fits them best.  I have to say I am completely obsessed with this item.

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A Few Reasons Why

Just because its wintertime, doesn’t mean you can’t look cute. Sometimes it’s easier to throw on some sweatpants and t-shirt because let’s face it, when it’s cold and dreary outside, all you want is to feel comfortable and warm. But that is possible, all it takes is a little bit of planning. What motivates you to look your best everyday? Comment below, I would love to hear about it. I know I have a much better day when I am put together and wearing something cute. So grab your favorite knee high boots and a warm sweater dress like this one from Fashion Nova, and begin your day of right.

A few reasons why it’s important to dress nice…

1. Life is short. Looking your best =feeling your best and that goes for anyone. Taking care of yourself means you love yourself, and that’s extremely important. No one will take better care of YOU, than YOU.

2. Fashion is a chance to express your inner beauty. Why hold yourself back? Show the world what you have to offer.

3. You ARE beautiful. Why conceal it?

4. You never know who you will run into. I’m not saying you have to wear your fanciest dress, or have a pound of makeup on your face, a cute outfit and put together hair is always pleasant. Be yourself and follow your own standards.

Here are a few reasons I’m obsessed-with this dress. First of all its very form fitting which I prefer when choosing clothing. The fabric is stretchy and non constricting which is great, I feel like I am wearing a second skin. The color is light and easy to accessorize. And lastly the dress is extremely soft. I feel wintertime is a season where wearing soft, comfortable clothes is key. I hate waking up and having to overthink what I will wear that day. So having a few warm dresses makes my life much simpler.

My boots are from Nordstrom Rack. I really love wearing knee high boots because I can combine them with dresses, jeans or shorts. These are by Kenneth Cole and I love the slits at the back giving it an edge. Usually whenever I buy knee highs, I always have a problem with the tops sliding down. But these are excellent in staying up on my thighs.

Since the weather has been on and off here in LA, one day its cold and the next extremely warm, I try and purchase clothing that can be used for a variety of seasons, and in case it is cold, you can always throw on a jacket and you’ll be good to go.

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Keep Your Skin Hydrated with Vitamin E

As much as I love winter weather, cold air always dries my skin out. Finding products that hydrate my skin without leaving it feeling oily or heavy is always a challenge. Luckily, The Body Shop has a skin care line which does both. The Vitamin E has several products which can be used together or separately depending on your needs.

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Let’s begin with the face wash. The consistency is gel like with a light scent. It foams really nicely when mixed with a bit of water leaving your skin feeling soft and dewy. Don’t be afraid of using it daily as the formula is very gentle on the skin.Next we have the Hydrating Toner. Let me tell you, no matter how diligently you wash your face, traces of makeup and oils are still left behind. Toners also assist in shrinking pores, and restoring the pH balance after washing your face. Even the most gentle cleaner have the tendency to dry out your skin so restoring the balance quickly is important so your skin doesn’t freak out and start overproducing oil.This night cream is by far my favorite. Although it has a thick consistency, I don’t feel any heaviness the following morning. It absorbs well into the skin leaving my face silky soft in the morning.Last but not least, under eye cream. I personally have always experienced dark circles under my eyes, whether it is from lack of sleep or I am just genetically predisposed to puffy eyes, who knows. But the fact is they aren’t attractive and applying the cream before bed reduces the puffiness in the morning leaving me much happier.If you enjoyed reading this post give it a 👍

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Find Your Motivation and Run With It (Inspiration)

 

Life changing book leads to life changing actions.

In the past, I would prevent myself from achieving what I want because of two things. One I wasn’t sure what I wanted, and two, I didn’t know how to get there. I would feel uneasy and not follow through with most things, start different projects and then just give up when things didn’t go how I planned. Afterwards, I would feel even worse for giving up. One day a friend gave me a great book called “The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation” This book turned my mindset completely around and let me tell you why.

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After reading the first few pages, I instantly became inspired. The book described all the scenarios I was feeling. I then realized I wanted to better myself, to become a more compassionate person, to feel in control of my life rather than feeling overwhelmed.

Step one, I began by taking a few minutes out of my day to meditate: mediate in my own way, because everyone can take a big idea and apply it to their own lives. I remember many nights I would have anxiety, my mind racing faster and faster, all the worries in the world consuming me. The stress of graduating college, working two jobs,the lack of time to pursue my passion which is dancing and so forth. I would wake up the following morning groggy and sleep deprived, dreading having to face another day.

When I started reading this book, I decided to give the ideas in it a try. What was the worst that could happen? One concept this book stresses is meditation and the benefits it provides. So before bed, I would sit down, close my eyes and attempt to clear my mind. Just sit and focus on my breathing, which wasn’t easy, still isn’t easy. Every second various thoughts would creep into my mind. But I was determined, and although it’s still not easy to completely clear my mind, meditating has helped me relax and feel calmer. Afterwards, any time I felt my life spinning out of control, I would close my eyes and just breath. Shortly after, I began challenging myself to improve the little things which adversely impacted my life. Things I didn’t pay attention to or just chose to ignore. Slowly, but surely things in my life began to change. I began to change. This book did not give me any kind of power or magic. It simply opened up my eyes to the fact that everyone change their life in little or big ways. Its all about finding the motivation to do so. Today I can happily say that I am pursuing what I love no matter how difficult or challenging it may be. I hope you too can find what motivates you in whatever aspect of life you need whether it is to finish school, find a job which will make you happier or even improve your interpersonal relationships. Thank you so much for reading.

Let me know in the comments below what your motivation is, I would love to hear about it.

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Winter Look

Happy December!

Who else loves this time of the year? The weather is finally crisp and cool, the leaves are changing color, and now is the perfect time for hot chocolate and holiday shopping. With that being said, it is officially Sweater Weather. My current favorite are the cowl neck sweaters and here is why…

1. They cover my neck completely so I don’t need to wear a scarf, although scarves are probably my favorite accessory so I don’t mind it at all.

2. They are thick and warm, without the constricted feeling as turtlenecks tend to do.

3. You can pair them up with almost anything, whether you are wearing jeans or a miniskirt, you will look put together while staying warm at the same time.

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This particular cowl neck is currently my favorite. It is super soft and does not have the scratchy feeling some sweaters have. But what I love the most about it, is the slit in the back and the ribbons 🎀 lacing the sweater together in the back. It gives the look a bit more dimension and femininity. The color is a light grey with black ribbons in the back. I combined the sweater with a pair of dark wash jeans and booties for a casual look. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! 💕 Give it a like and comment below what’s you favorite winter look ❄️

10 Holiday Gifts on a Budget

We all know that holiday shopping can get quite expensive. Buying presents for friends, family, and coworkers can be a challenge. Here are 10 gift ideas if you are on a budget this holiday season. After all it’s the thought that matters. 

1. Homemade gifts:

Don’t underestimate the power of a homemade gift. If you have a talent such as soap-making, knitting, baking feel free to use your talent this holiday season. I love receiving homemade candle or homemade baked goods or bracelets. It warms my heart more than a store-bought gifts..

2. Himalayan Salt Lamp

Not only is it a cute decorative piece, but Himalayan salt lamps also cleanse the air you breath. 

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Price: $13.95

3. Toiletry Bag/Makeup Organizer/Cosmetic Bag/Portable Travel 

Holidays=traveling. At some point in time we all travel,  whether it is international or another town keeping your toiletries organized and accessible is  important for a stress free trip. This organizer comes with several compartments allowing you to

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Price: $15.99

4. Aromatherapy

Who doesn’t need a little aromatherapy during the holiday season.? After all, it can get a little hectic with the hustle and bustle of buying gifts, decorating the house making Christmas dinner.  Whether you need sleep, or more energy, these therapeutic body wash and lotion from Bath and Body Works will brighten up your day.

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Price: $21.50/Set of 2

5. Bath robe

Coming down on Christmas morning to open up the gifts in a warm furry bathrobe is the best feeling in the world. After a long night staying warm and cozy is important. This bathrobe is from Forever 21 and I love the little ears on top.

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Price: $24.90

Don’t forget one for your significant other, or friend. This fleece bathrobe from Target is a great option, it is reasonably priced and the quality is great.  

Price:
 $34.99

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6. Planner/ MyLifeUNIT Fineliner Color Pen Set

Right after Christmas comes the New Year. That means planning New Year’s resolutions, making plans and goals, writing down homework assignments for the new semester.  What better way to do that than in a cute planner. With the planner include a few multi colored pens to complete the set.

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Price: $13.49

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7. Storage water bottle

When you are working out, carrying too many items around can be a drag. So why not combine the two. This two in one water bottle includes a compartment where you can store cash, car key or credit card.

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Price: $12.99 

8. Phone charging case: 

A necessity for all those cute holiday selfies you are planning to take. Batteries die quickly especially when pictures and videos are snapped nonstop. It is the holidays after all, you have to snap as many pictures with family members and friends as possible.  

Price: $26.99

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9. Martini maker set

For that friend that loves making all types pf drinks, this martini maker is especially cute because it comes in a red box which will keep everything neat and organized. 

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Price: $22.99

10. AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit

Completely essential item that can be given to virtually everyone. Roadside emergencies happen and having the tools to fix that emergency is vital. I cannot stress enough how many times my car battery died or I had a flat tire and a kit like this saved me from wasting hours waiting for a tow truck. Your friend or family member will not be able to thank you enough when the situation arises and they need to jump-start their vehicle. 

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Price: $25.31

There you have it, ten items you can give without overspending. I hope you enjoyed this post. Please give it a like and comment below what holiday gift ideas you have. 

Happy Holidays!!!