I’ve noticed that there has been a strong push towards minimalism in our culture over the past couple of years and after watching the documentary Minimalism: A documentary about the important things, over the holidays, I started to think about my own purchasing habits and the constant advertising that we are faced with encouraging us to buy anything and everything.
When it comes to makeup I usually like to take a more natural approach to my everyday look but when it comes to lipstick, I gravitate towards bright and bold shades (Nars’ Jungle Red and MAC’s Girl About Town are two of my favorites). A bold lip can be an instant mood lifter but one of the annoying things that comes along with wearing lipstick all day is dry and chapped lips. This has always been one of the problems that has plagued me while wearing lipstick and since i’m trying to incorporate more natural beauty products into my life, I decided to try and create my own scrub from scratch.
I’ve never been one to exercise on a regular basis. I’ve had yoga and cardio salsa spurts here and there but other than that, working out has not been a part of this couch potato’s regularly scheduled program. But, I am making a real effort to change all of this and am also attempting to do it without buying a pricey gym membership! I recently signed up for a couple of classes at the community centre in my neighbourhood (that were all free) but i’ve also started to look into additional options that I can turn to in order to keep my fitness regime fresh. I think that one of the reasons we stop working out is on account of boredom. Attending the same class and doing the same routine at the gym can get old fast. So, here are a couple of ideas that you can turn to if you feel the need to add a new activity to your workout routine (and all it will cost you is a token for the TTC or the gas you need to get there)…
HBFIT aka Health Beauty Fitness, was founded by Hannah Bronfman – a NYC DJ/ /Influencer/Health enthusiast. This instagram account is filled with carefully curated images promoting fitness, beauty and of course… food. The dishes found on this feed are filled with vibrant colours and a wide array of textures. I love that HBFIT not only features items that are good for you, they are also items that you will WANT to eat. Mouth watering images of avocado toast, fresh pressed juice and zucchini noodle soup will have you thinking twice about picking up another fast food meal at your local golden arches. (All images via @hbfit on instagram)
While browsing Youtube this weekend I came across a video on Refinery29’s channel titled “5 days on a $50 Spending budget”. Lucie Fink is the host of this video, and a whole series that revolves around her doing something specific for 5 days (other videos include 5 days without coffee, 5 days of waking up early, etc). I thought it was an interesting experiment that didn’t seem to daunting, as the challenge lasts shorter than a week. I decided that I would try and take on this challenge starting Monday and report back with the results so continue reading to take a look at the original source of inspiration, and check back in a week to see how I did with my own 5 day, 50 dollar challenge.