All posts tagged: simple

Adopting a Minimalist Lifestyle.

Originally posted on SHEU QUEN | THE RACONTEUR:
Minimalist living. Credits: Yoga Journal. Let me ask you a question: Would you be able to live in a home like the one above? No, really. Would you? Or will you think that your home is so threadbare that you need to fill it up with all the knick knacks that your family and friends have bought for you over the years? Or perhaps the oriental ornamental figurines that your grandmother bought for you during her recent trip around Southeast Asia? Or the lacy table runners that your mother-in-law has been knitting for you and might disown you if you didn’t put them up? I’ve been doing a lot of research recently, and writing a lot of articles on minimalism. These works were mostly for home and interior design, specifically as a type of home interior design style. But I have often wondered though, is it possible to achieve a minimalist zen lifestyle? Apparently, it is a growing trend now for people to have the least amount of…

When Simple isn’t Easy

Originally posted on Minimal Millennial:
Throughout the past few years, I’ve been moving towards a more simple life. I’m seeking less chaos, less clutter, less shopping, less spending, you get it – I want less so that I can have more of what really matters. More freedom, more mental space, more peace, more time. But that last one is interesting. What if simplifying leads us to do things…that take up more time? How simple can get complicated For starters, let’s make it clear: I don’t have any more hours in the day now than I did three years ago. None of us do. But I have found myself allocating those hours so differently these days, and not in ways you might expect. I clean more often (although it takes less time), I prepare food constantly (or at least it feels like I do), and I spend more time planning days than I have ever done before. So, what changed? Isn’t one of the driving factors of minimalism getting to the point of doing fewer chores? I think I figured it…

A Trace of Teal

Originally posted on The Flower That Blooms:
This is something that you’ll rarely see; us two in colour. But we’ve tried so many different things fashion wise this year already, maybe it’s the start of a new thing? We’re gradually adding a splash of colour to our almost all black wardrobes, hey, you should be proud of us guys! We’re loving the colour teal at the moment. There’s something quite majestic about it, when we think of the colour, the word ‘mermaids’ are instantly brought to our minds! Who doesn’t want to feel like a mermaid? Rachel:  Jacket- Forever 21 Top- Young Guns merch Skirt- Urban Outfitters Boots- Dr Martens Skirts have been some of my favourite items of clothing to buy recently, so when I found this teal A-Line skirt in the Urban Outfitters sale, I didn’t hesitate to order it. I like to make excuses a lot of the time, this occasion being “hey, it will go perfectly with my new docs, so I need it”. I love how it has the buttons at…

Choccy Cake

Originally posted on Face Camera Action:
YUM. Even typing this up now is making my mouth water just thinking about this cake! Chocolate cake with chocolate butter icing! Ingredients For the cake 3 Eggs 55g Cocoa powder 115g Self raising flour 170g Caster sugar 170g unsalted butter Icing 300g Icing sugar 90g Milk chocolate 90g Butter Lets Start! Firstly mix the cocoa powder and the sugar together into a bowl and including the butter and mixing this together to form a smooth paste. Then add 1 egg and a third of the flour and mix together. Once this is mixed add another egg and another third and then repeat with the third amount also. You will know this is all mixed together when the cake mix is smooth and leaves a small peak when removing the spoon. Then place half of the mixture into a 20cm cake tin making sure this is greasy to the cake once cooked removes easily. If you have 2 tins you can do both at the same time but I…

My Daily Bread // Family Chili Recipe.

Originally posted on Ordinary Adventures:
It’s that time of year. Your Christmas tree is probably up, most of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been eaten through, and possibly, there’s a little bit of snow on the ground. For me, two of those things are true,?still no snow days for me yet! But even if none of those things are true, you cannot go wrong with chili. If I thought my last time in the kitchen was bad, then this time is in a category all it’s own. I have to admit, getting the hang of cooking is much harder than it looks! Getting all the right ingredients, preparing the food successfully, everything running smoothly, at the same/correct time, and then coming out deliciously? Much harder said then done. But, I learn something new every time. This time around I found out just how important it is to have simple recipes when you don’t cook often. One reason is, you will waste a ton of money on random ingredients that will end up going bad before you…

What we can learn from Kate Middleton and Amal Clooney

Originally posted on Vogue & Dreams:
There is no sense in denying it; everyone is a little obsessed with Kate Middleton and Amal Clooney. Whether you love them for their sense of style, their public image or the fact that they give you major #relationshipgoals, you can’t deny that you don’t just love them a little bit. I know that I have not hidden my admiration for both women. I feel that they are both good role models, as well as stylish. I feel that we can learn a lot from these two women, if we sit down and think of the ways in which they make our world a beautiful place – both literally and figuratively. Dress classy and simple When looking at Kate and Amal, there are similarities in their style. Both women dress very simple, yet incredibly elegant. Both woman opt for timeless looks and pieces, hence why they are highly regarded in the fashion world. Their styles are not frou-frou at all, yet they are not boring or easy to forget. They make…

the buddha bowl || 5 steps to creating a quick, well-rounded vegan dish.

Originally posted on she be kale-in' it:
i have learned a couple things since becoming vegan. here is what i know to be true: you can not survive without a high speed blender / food processor. seriously, i use it for EVERYTHING you can pretty much get rid of every plate you own, (yes, dramatic, I don’t advise it) but i do feel like everything is in a bowl. or a mason jar if you are anything like me. there is the smoothie bowl. salad bowl. rice and bean bowl….. you will buy bananas in bulk. you will become obsessed with all varieties of seeds. sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, chia. seeds seem to sneak their way into everything. whether blended or as a garnish – these little guys are always welcome in a plant based kitchen. which brings me to the construction of a “buddha” or “glow” bowl. they are flooding pinterest + i love them. colorful + tasty, they combine all the meal essentials you need in one nutritious, filling bowl of flavorful goodness. let…

DIY pencil cup holder (collab blog post )

Originally posted on thetaslifestyle:
Hello readers, welcome to my first collab blog post on DIY  pencil holder. i am doing my collab with paleandinterestingblog, check out her blog post on DIY tea candle. So lets get started Equipment . Glue . A book you don’t read anymore or fashion magazines and newspapers.  .Paint (not water colours) .Thread ( any colour) .scissors . Paint brush ( big and small) . A hard plastic cup    . Firstly, you need to get a hard plastic cup . next, you can use newspapers ,fashion magazines and a book you don’t read anymore. . Rip the paper your going to use in strips or in any shapes and stick it outside of your plastic cup. . Continue to rip and stick the paper on the plastic cup until your done sticking the paper on the cup . . Make sure you over lap the paper to make a little collage. It should look like this .After, get a string or thread and measure the size what ever you want. .Next, make…

Making Scones

Originally posted on auberginereverie:
So the latest baking escapade in our house has been scones, I love a good scone they’re the perfect little Sunday treat. They feel indulgent and rich but aren’t too heavy that you have to feel that guilty. These babies are easy and quick to make but when they’re fresh out of the oven with some jam they aways hit the spot. We mixed this recipe up a little bit, I try not to consume much dairy, so instead of buttermilk, we made our own buttermilk from almond milk which was super easy and it cut down the dairy content a lot. These still aren’t vegan as we did use butter, we wanted to make our own vegan butter but we couldn’t get our hands on the ingredients that day. That is something were going to do soon though, and if you wanted to make these vegan you could easily swap out the butter for your own choice of vegan butters. We doubled the recipe as we wanted to share some…

DIY: Updating Plastic Bins

Originally posted on The HardKnock Diaries:
Last week, I was in the process of moving out of my parent’s home for the first time. With the lack of space in my dorm, I needed drawer space that came on wheels and was easily accessible. To combat my problems, I decided to purchase plastic bins to hold all of my necessities. The only problem was the terribly ugly appearance and lack of privacy of the bins. Watch me transform my bins from… This: To This: What You’ll Need: Plastic bins or drawers Double Sided Tape (or an adhesive) Scissors Scrapbook Paper ( wrapping paper or liner can also be used) Steps: 1.) Measure your scrapbook paper against your plastic bins. I was lazy with this step, but you can certainly use a ruler if you like. 2.) Once, your paper is measured, put medium sized tape pieces along the four corners of the scrapbook paper. I have seen others actually cut a slit where the handle should go, but again I am lazy and this covering…