Friends, last week I was a little under the weather. Well that's an understatement, I was quite ill and holed up for a few days in my house watching Parks and Rec on repeat.
The upside of all of this is that I got a chance to catch up on the blogs I already follow and explore some new ones! And I have found a new favorite, Paris To Go. It has everything I desire from a blog: minimalism, useful advice, and gluten-free wonder (the last one is not a requirement as I understand most people in the world don't suffer from my affliction). But since I haven't been doing much and don't have any new posts to share with you, I thought I'd take this moment to shine a light on a blogger who is doing it right and maybe help you find your new favorite blog as well!
Something that turns me off about the lifestyle blogging world is all the "stuff". Sometimes I look at blogs and think, "Ladyfriend, if you really have that many pairs of Jimmy Choos you must be living like a hoarder on a TLC show". I understand many people are being sponsored and whatnot, but still, it can be a lil out of control. It feels excessive and unnecessary and makes me want to go buy a lot of nonsense so I'll be happy like the beautiful girls in the smiling pictures. Okay, that's a horribly simplified version of my subconscious thought processes, but whatever. I've always hated stuff and clutter and mindless consumption and sentences with too many ands.
Ariana and her blog Paris To Go, are a breath of fresh air for me. The blog is all about high-quality, minimal living. All too often I think people associate zero-waste and minimalist lifestyle with living in a yurt in the forest, foraging berries and pine nuts, but Ariana lives a lovely, waste-free life and she does it all from Paris. Très chic!
I came across Paris To Go on the recommendation of another woman who hates stuff, my mom, who used to make me go through my crap twice a year and get rid of about half of it. Bless. She saw this post from Paris To Go on my cousin's Pinterest and recommended I check it out. (I also hate plastic and fear its toxic wrath!)
I was hooked basically from the get go, but Paris To Go really won me over with the post on the minimalist French wardrobe. I've always wanted to capture the simple elegance of French style and while I appreciate fashion as art and love beautiful things, I'm basically a nudist and therefore hate shopping. I abhor spending large amounts of my money on things that make me feel itchy, claustrophobic, and never ever fit right. It's delightful to have someone put in such clear terms how I can look like an adult human woman without going bankrupt and ending up with the overcrowded nightmare that is Carrie Bradshaw's closet (yes that's how I see it).
I'm very inspired by Ariana's waste-free minimalist lifestyle and hope you will be too! Most of us are drowning in way too much stuff and creating incomprehensible amounts of waste, so go, read, and let yourself be absorbed in the wisdom of Paris To Go!
I'm going to get started on making my own perfume, a la Ariana!