Category Archives: Lifestyle and Minimalism

One room at a time: My second bedroom

When Jarrod and I decided to move in together, we were pretty determined to find a two-bedroom apartment. We saw ourselves as needing an oasis to occasionally retreat from one another, and to work on our respective hobbies — for me, writing, blogging and food photography, and for Jarrod, working on his model trains and personal IT projects.

And then reality happened. Today, the room sits as a glorified storage space, mostly used for me to shoot my blog and social media photos, and store what train stuff Jarrod hasn’t brought to the club yet.

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My vegan-friendly wedding: Key items

Most people who know me know that I got married earlier this month. It’s been so strange the last few weeks getting used to not thinking about my wedding — even though it was a small event (only 30 people, including Jarrod and I), it was seemingly all that was on my mind, especially for the last two weeks. So not thinking about my wedding has me suddenly a little discombobulated! What do I do with all this space in my head!

JK, work and write, work and write, write and work, work and write! That was a cute little moment where I thought I’d never be stressed again.

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Back to basics: Vegan skincare

Like many women, I’ve strove (hold up — apparently “strived” is not a word??!) to simplify my skincare routine in the last few years. Few people take pride in having a wide array of products that spills out of their medicine cabinet and requires so much liquid that yeah girl, you definitely have to check that bag at the airport.

But the problem (I find) with the much-coveted capsule skincare collection is that so many of us still don’t actually know what products we need the most in order to actually make our skin behave — never mind trying to stick to a budget. It feels like we can either have a $100 moisturizer that actually somehow manages to do the trick, or a $12 moisturizer that leaves your skin with an uncomfortable milky residue so hey let’s also buy a $10 pack of blotting papers and a $20 loose powder and throw in a spot treatment while we’re at it.

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From my closet: Dance class chic/urban casual

Welcome to my first outfit post — something I’ve wanted to get into for a while! As I’ve spent the summer evaluating the Urban Garlic identity and growth plan I’ve realized that I’d much rather be known as someone who provides inspiration for people on all topics, not just food.

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My everyday styling routine

Today I’m going to take my readers (hey guys!) through my everyday styling routine and showcase some of my favourite vegan products.

Feel like you’re experiencing déja vu? You just might be. I did a post like this a little over a year ago, but that was before I was really confident with my photography skills and even had the know-how to actually set up portrait shots. My confidence in my skills has definitely changed drastically over the last year, but so has my makeup routine, so I thought I’d provide a more detailed and high-quality post into what my routine looks like most days!

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DIY post-workout toner

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I always feel uncomfortable when I see posts titled “how to get great skin” or “seven tips to amazing skin!” The fact is, while some of our dietary and lifestyle choices can have some effects on our skin’s habits, you can’t up and change your skin type. You have genetics, hormones and outside factors like the weather to thank for that.

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Seven last-minute Christmas gifts for vegans (that aren’t Lush giftcards)

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Sigh. So here’s the thing: I’m never going to turn down a Lush gift card. I could indeed be pretty comfortable with spending $50 on bath bombs in one go. But sometimes, when you’re taking your third jasmine-scented, deep-green tinted bath that week right after you finished scrubbing golden glitter off of your tub, you start to wonder if there’s more to life than bath bombs, y’know man?

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Minimalist Christmas gift ideas: Orange Christmas spice body scrub

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Here’s a great five-minute project that I created last weekend while I was a bit bored. I’m lucky enough to be one of those people who has a million spices in her cupboard, so this was pretty easy to come by. It’s also a great solution if you’re looking for a good gift idea that is budget-friendly, something for a vegan in your life or just something for that one impossible-to-buy-for person. Trust me, the older you get, the more people appreciate homemade gifts, and the best part of this is you don’t need to be some sort of professional blogging, DIY maven to actually succeed at this one.

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Finding minimalism: How I’m changing my lifestyle

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In my last post I mentioned that I was starting to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle. I thought I’d elaborate a little bit more on what some specific things are that I’m doing, and how it’s benefitted me.

First things first, I don’t call myself a “minimalist” because I find the label more prescriptive than descriptive, however I have been devoting myself to living a more minimalist life in all aspects — not just aesthetic.

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Breeviews: Oh She Glows Everyday

Is Angela Liddon’s follow-up cookbook a tad predictable, or a life-saving, must-have kitchen essential? Short answer: both.

officialcoverosgeverydayWhen I bought Oh She Glows in 2014, I was new-ish to veganism, but not to Angela Liddon’s work. For years, I’d followed her journey from a veggie-curious amateur cook to one of my favourite vegan authors on the web. She could make you feel like she was your girlfriend, your sister, your sweet co-worker who was always bringing oatmeal cookies in.

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