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{eco beauty} bug off: 4 natural insect repellents

Friday, September 23, 2016


while cool weather is settling upon some parts of the world, summer is blooming in other parts like australia + new zealand. i'm devising a way to eventually make my way to all the exotic, warm-weather destinations across the globe, in the meantime, this little nomad is over the moon to be heading to the lush + verdant city of portland, oregon {along the pacific coast}.

while paris + chicago are cooling down, my best friend who lives in oregon happily reports that the weather is mild + temperate: perfect hiking + mountain climbing weather. as we hit the trails, nature will offer all the beauty + majesty that i so love, but it will also offer something else: mosquitoes, ticks + other biting insects. so what are we going to do about it? read on:

{simple pleasures} shakespeare + co. cafe: afternoon delights

{eco brand} bon label: good for womankind

Friday, September 16, 2016

it's that time of year, when fall descends upon us with it's chilly morns + cool nights. i have friends that love this season; my friend christy lauds the many merits of crisp weather: she loves the changing colors of the leaves, she loves warm flannels + snuggling up under cozy blankets in the evening.

me, i'm a warm-weather gal; i like it downright tropical. the hotter, the better i say, and my wardrobe reflects this. each year i poke my head into my wee closet and reappear with the same conclusion: i have a dearth of fall apparel. i've long struggled with what to wear during the autumn months, when it's not quite hot + not quite cold.

confused by the weather's seeming lack of focus, i tarried when it came to clothing purchases, but finding the right options, lightweight + fluid sweaters as well as relaxed organic cotton tops is what this gal has been waiting for. let me introduce you to your new fall wardrobe:

{simple pleasures} la vie en rose: a touch of color

Saturday, September 10, 2016


"why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? can one really explain this?"
pablo picasso


{today's simple pleasures}

{eco beauty} oui shave: the eco way to shave

Friday, September 9, 2016


i can remember the exact day i switched to non-disposable razors. it was a warm + sunny day ten years ago. i walked into my friend's bathroom + saw a metal razor on his counter. i picked it up, handling it with the same curiosity + tentativeness of a child, turning it around in my hand + feeling the weight of it. and a light went on in my head.

you see, there were two concerns nagging me about those bubblegum-pink, throw-away razors i'd been using since i first started shaving back in high school. first: the fact that this product was not made to last was a glaring reminder that grooming was far from a sustainable practice. each time i tossed one into the trash bin, the short lifespan {aka planned obsolescence} of this product seemed grotesquely obvious.