I’m a proud dog mother to two fur babies, Toby & Theo. Since moving into my apartment, Toby has been consistently barking at night for no apparent reason. He’s woken me up multiple times in the middle of the night and has caused Theo to start barking as well. I live in a small apartment complex with some students and young professionals and I don’t feel comfortable bothering my neighbor’s sleeping schedules. I tried addressing the problem with treats and basic training, but no luck. So I purchased the No Bark Collar from My Love, My Pet to see if it would really work.
Looking back at 2016, I can’t help but think about how much I’ve learned. I don’t know if 2016 was my most successful year personally and professionally, but I’ve grown from it. These are the big life lessons that I learned last year.
This year I’m stepping into a new chapter of my life as a post-grad adult. I want to make sure this year is successful so I’ve set out 10 goals for 2017. Now here are my goals for the new year.
Anyone can be an ethical fashionista. Yes, it does take time and work. From my experience, it’s a journey – not an overnight success. To get started on your journey, follow my simplified plan.
It’s not always easy to see what’s wrong with the fashion industry during the excitement of holiday season. Sometimes the decorated stores, commercial jingles and online shopping sales make us forget to ask questions and to be conscious consumers. So here’s a brief look behind the curtain of the conventional fashion industry.
I don’t support the traditional Black Friday mayhem. However, I do support small shops, green [i.e. non-toxic & natural] beauty companies and ethical, sustainable companies that are having sales this cyber weekend. I would like to share their sales in the efforts of giving them more exposure to the traditional Black Friday shopper. Shop more consciously through these already amazing companies and get rewarded with a discount and/or free shipping. Perhaps these stores will become your favorites year round.
It’s no secret that rules & policies have to be bent to give you, the consumer, those cheap prices you find at fashion retailers like Forever 21 and H&M. But what does that mean? Well it can be one or a combination of the following: Someone is not getting paid enough. Working conditions are below standard. Non-sustainable material is being used. Ownership of textiles or designs are not being credited. And the list goes on. Unfortunately, when you don’t grow up with a lot of money, as I did, this is not the first thought that comes to mind when making a purchase at the mall. Discovering ethical fashion has given me the language and perspective to analyze my experience with fashion.
Recently, I’ve been wondering: when will I know that I can consider myself a minimalist? I just moved into my new apartment and during that process I have cleaned out my clutter once again. Now I think I’m aware of almost every single item I own, but can I call myself a minimalist?
Moving is packing your belongings and taking them with you to a new place. I had my own run-in with moving this past January when I returned to campus. It quickly became obvious that the amount of items my partner and I owned was a little overwhelming. I remember thinking it would be easier if I could just select my keepsakes, some favorite outfits and be done with mess. As you can imagine, this never happened. The fear of letting go can be so inhibiting. So my partner, massive boxes and I moved into our little studio.