Fasting and a Launch

Really, I wish “launch” was “lunch”, since that’s what I’ll be skipping tomorrow for 19 days. I don’t publicize my religion a lot (I’m a Baha’i) or talk about it too much, even though it’s the reason why I lived in Israel for a year. As corny as it sounds, to me it’s like going…

Post Mortem: Whole30

As promised, here are my notes on the last 8 days of the Whole30: Day 23 – Straight up almond butter with a spoon for “breakfast”. I wanted to quit today and begged Ed to take me with him to the gastropub he was going to with coworkers. I made burgers instead. It wasn’t the…

The Minimalist on Whole30

Keeping quiet about a Whole30 is kind of hard, especially at work when people want to take you out for lunch. I’m also not anal expulsive on social media, and I try not to be on my blog for the most part. I was feeling yucky starting the New Year and figured there’s no better time…

A Fascinating History of Nail Polish

Title and images from Mental Floss. Infographic text by Elizabeth Segran, Illustrations by Julia Rothman. Mental Floss got around to illustrating the history of nail polish long before I even thought of doing it. Wha-bam! Here’s Mental Floss’s infographic on the History of Nail Polish. They explain it much more eloquently than I ever could. Consider this a…

The TPHP Dilemma: A Laquerista’s Nightmare

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading quite a bit about TPHP, or its fun full name, triphenyl phosphate. TPHP is often found in your nail polish; Mother Jones and Elle have both written articles on the subject. Elle’s title is kiddie pool shallow, if you ask me. As a nail polish enthusiast, avid subscriber of Reddit Laqueristas, and lover of natural/DIY…

Oily and Crunchy

Hang onto your knickers, she’s gonna be a long one! For those of you that know me well, you know I’m a bit on the crunchy side. Hence the blog / this post. I’m apologizing right now for the stock photos. I genuinely hate using them, but I’m using the “I haven’t had time to…

No-Coffee Progress III

Yesterday el husbanderino brought home a bag of coffee. It was delicious; I drank it today. Minus 1000 progress points for me 😦 The sacred bean will never let go of me!

No-Coffee Progress Part II

I love coffee. When I drink coffee, I feel like I’m too cool for my life. Like I could drive a motorcycle or get a half-sleeve tattoo (I’m actually 100% untattooed, fun fact). Coffee is like the ex-boyfriend I run back to when life is hard (i.e., cannot wake up in the morning). So far,…

Our House!

You know who’s not a minimalist? My house. As a new homeowner, I would just like to say this: my house is a diva. A demanding diva. Said diva is taking over my life and leaving me with zero blog time. Today, I installed (it took three seconds), a shower curtain rod. Last week I…

I should be blogging, I should be blogging, I should be…

It’s hard to deny it: sometimes, it’s difficult to sit down and start blogging. I’ll keep this post short for today. This week, I’m having an internal conflict with respect to beauty minimalism. How am I a minimalist when I’m touting products left, right, and centre? Am I still a minimalist? What is minimalism? Is this…

The Staples: When I Feel like I Have 30 Seconds to Apply Makeup

Hello World! See, I’m posting regularly now! Okay, we’ll see what happens. I couldn’t be bothered to photograph my own staples today, so I pulled photos off of the Internet and mushed them together for the featured photo. Why reinvent the wheel, right? I had 30 seconds this morning where I felt compelled to apply…