Monthly Archives: April 2014

project 333: Spring 2014

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In life, I want to continuously question my habits of unnecessary consumption.  By consciously limiting my wardrobe, I am becoming more aware of the juxtaposition of needs and wants – it is eye-opening to see how that dynamic is played out in my closet.  For this project I am choosing to follow the guidelines of Project 333, the main purpose of which is to have a complete wardrobe consisting of only 33 items for a period of three months.  You can learn more about Project 333 here.

Project 333 - Spring 2014
My wardrobe is the smallest it has ever been.  While i haven’t been buying very much in the clothing department this past year, I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of awesome clothing swaps which have helped supplement my capsule wardrobe.  It is a blast to spend an afternoon swapping clothes with friends over a glass of wine.  Swapping instead of shopping is addictive once you get started! Spring coats
Here’s what’s in my capsule wardrobe for the next three months:
11 shirts
3 pair of pants
3 leggings
3 skirts
2 dresses
1 sweater
2 coats
2 scarves
6 pair of boots / shoes
Currently obsessed with these boots currently

How did I end up with so many shoes?   I do find that the better selection of shoes I have, the easier it is to have a very simple wardrobe – changing my shoes makes dressing up or dressing down an outfit so simple!  With the exception of two workout outfits, one pair of pyjamas, some socks and undergarments, these are all the clothes I currently own.  I do also have quite the scarf and shoe collections going currently, and will be hanging onto those items and swapping things out as seasons change.

Are you participating in Project 333 this go round?  It is very freeing to have such a small wardrobe, I highly recommend it!

a minimalist in the kitchen: going plastic free with Chemex coffee

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Last Christmas I was gifted a Chemex coffee maker from a family member.  Turns out it has been one of the best gifts ever!  It’s the simplest thing, a simple glass carafe that has the ability to make delicious coffee.  No plastic, no complicated machinery, no expensive and unnecessarily packaged coffee grinds.  A paper filter, some coffee grinds and some hot water are all I need to make a delightful home brew.  I have written before about the unnecessary evils of a lot of the modern coffee machines out there on the market today.  Plastic pods, aluminum bonded plastic, and excessive packaging are being used to market a sense of simplicity to consumers.  Why on earth do people correlate creating an abundance of waste with simplifying?

Here is my beauty in all it’s glory:

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The Chemex coffee maker was invented in 1896 by German chemist Peter Schlumbohm – the company has a great deal of history and has won a ton of design awards since its creation over a century ago.  Great design lasts, as evidenced by this simple coffeemaker.  I will have to say I prefer the Chemex to the French press method of coffee making – the Chemex filter removes any bitterness in flavour from the coffee (which was an issue with the French press), and it is so much easier to clean!

What do I love best about my Chemex?  I will admit it is the simplicity of the entire process.  I also love that making pour over coffee in a glass carafe requires no plastic at all.  And the fact that it makes a delicious cup of coffee, well, that’s just the icing on the cake.

 All opinions in this post are my own and I have received no compensation for reviewing this product.