Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A challenge...

Peach & Pepper kimono, Skar Designs present moon necklace, Jessica Ricci Buddha amulet ring, AMI Clubwear sandals, casual outfit, spring outfit, sustainable outfit

Do you know what I've always wanted to try, but just haven't had the guts to take a stab at?  

Creating a capsule wardrobe.  

The more I learn about minimalism and the more I think about sustainability, the more a capsule wardrobe makes sense to me.  

But I just can't seem to take the plunge yet.  I don't know if it's because I have fashion ADD and am constantly swapping styles or if I just love searching through thrift stores too much, but I have this epic mental block when it comes to narrowing my wardrobe down to a capsule.  I've done challenges in the past where I've had to go a month without buying anything new.  I've done challenges where I take what I have and have tried to replicate celebrity style.  I'm wondering if, perhaps, my next challenge is to choose 30 items (including shoes and jewelry) and go 30 days with just those items.  

If I did, this tank and these jeans would definitely make the cut!  I seem to find myself in them at least once a week!  

Have you ever tried a 30-piece challenge?  Do you have a capsule wardrobe?  Give me tips!  As the summer draws closer, I'm thinking I might have to have a go at it! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the kimono is handmade
: the necklace is handmade
: the bracelet is handmade and fair trade
: the earrings are handmade and fair trade
: the ring is handmade

Monday, April 17, 2017


Minted Magpie mala beads, MudLOVE be still band, Song Yee Designs turquoise berry ring, floral joggers, casual outfit, spring outfit

In my recent quest to simplify my life, minimalism has played a major role.  I've been trying to break away from my regular mindset: i.e. See something I like?  Buy it.  Let it sit around for ages.  Do nothing about it.  To this effect, I've been going through my belongings and have tried to sell or give away everything that I haven't used in at least 6 months.  In this cleanout, though, I ended up rediscovering something that I'd planned to get rid of years ago: these floral trousers.  

If you've been following : the daily savant : for a while now, you may remember that years ago, I made these trousers, put together an outfit with them and won a screening party of the movie "Epic" because my nature-inspired outfit was so fabulous! 

In Germany, I stashed them away in my scrap fabric pile and promptly forgot about them, but as I dug through my scrap fabric pile a few weeks ago (because, obviously, the minimalist in me just wants to make/sell stuff with the scraps and be done with it!) I found them again!  Fun!  Now... to keep them or to cut them up again? 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the shirt is second-hand
: the trousers were handmade
: the jewelry is all handmade


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hello again...

Goldie's ikat mini dress, Kisii Ethiopian prayer bead bracelets, Amy Waltz Designs stacking rings, AMI Clubwear fringe boots, boho outfit, spring outfit

Hello, again, great, wonderful blog world!  Thank you so much for allowing me the 5 weeks away from the blogosphere.  

When I last signed off, I didn't leave much reasoning for why I needed a break and where I was going and you know what... that's ok!  As I've written here before, my move to Las Vegas was rough, my job was (and remains to be) quite difficult and I was struggling under the weight of it all.  While, I absolutely would have preferred to continue blogging and focus on what may turn into another side business soon (stay tuned), I needed to eliminate excess from my life to focus on the most important thing: my physical and mental health. 

During that time, I discovered a lot of strength that I didn't know I had.  I found quite a bit of independence and faced some fears that I really didn't ever expect myself to face during this lifetime. I've been busy traveling all over the place, spent a ton of time in nature and found a love of plants and I can't wait to share it all with you!  

I may still be tweaking (oh, geeze... I accidentally misspelled "tweaking" and it autocorrected to "twerking."  Glad I caught that one!) the layout here within the next few weeks, but I have all sorts of new content (i.e. travel guides) and I can't wait to get back to work with it!  Thanks again for allowing me the time off that I so desperately needed! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the dress was purchased locally
: the leggings are hand-me-downs
: the earrings are fair trade
: the necklace was purchased at a chain store, but has broken and been repaired (with a paperclip) instead of being thrown away


Monday, March 6, 2017

Taking a break...

My dear friends, I will be taking a short break from blogging to tend to some health/life issues.  During this break, I will continue to discover and connect with sustainable brands, brainstorm new ways to live sustainably and intentionally and I will continue to post periodically on Instagram.  I would love if you would stick around and wait this time out for me.  

When we start up again, things will be better than ever! 


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Just keep swimming...

Emerson & Oliver Dia Bracelets, Ija Designs asymmetrical spiral ring, casual outfit, chic outfit, work outfit

Do you know what's weird about life?  We spend so much time planning for it, but at least in my experience, it almost never goes as planned.  

For most of my life, I've been one of those people who likes to have every last detail planned out and then when life intervenes and nothing shakes out according to plan, I freak out.  I got a little wild with moving to Germany and that actually worked for me and now I've suddenly realized that the one time in my life when I really let go of my desire to plan, life kind of fell together in a way that totally worked.  It was difficult and it wasn't perfect, but it worked and I got to see a huge slice of the world.  

Granted, I knew that it wasn't going to be a place that I'd settle down and stay forever and it all kind of unraveled when my car broke down and I needed to get surgery on another continent, but all good things must come to an end, right?  

Anyway, when I got back to the states, I switched back into plan mode.  I was living at home, working an old job in a former school district and I wanted to get out.  Enter Las Vegas.  I tried to plan out this huge transition from living in the Midwest to living in the West, from living with parents to living on my own, from being an aide to being a teacher, from working part-time to working full-time: the whole adult package.  

... and it's not going well.  

Yes, I have a roof over my head.  I'm not worried about where my next meal is going to come from.  I live very conservatively (thanks to the eco-warrior/super cheap side of me), but if I get cold I can turn the heat on/up and not have to worry about not getting the bill paid.  And yet, it's still not working.  I've been sick for months.  I have no energy.  My bad knee and back feel like they're on fire a lot of the time.

I can't tell if it's because it's my geographic location, my job, the tough time I've had meeting actual people to spend time with (aside from SB) or what, but things just aren't jelling.  

Have any of you ever experience this feeling?  You have everything you could possibly need and more, but the feelings of safety and happiness are eluding you?  

It looks like I may be back at the drawing board and searching for a new adventure.  Or heck, I could pull another "Germany" and quit my job, sell most of my stuff and hit the road without a plan... Until then, just keep swimming... 

Monday, February 27, 2017

The psychic lucky penny connection...

Arrow and Plume fluorite talisman necklace, Arrow and Plume quartz bracelet, AMI Clubwear quilted high tops, casual outfit, weekend outfit

I love snail mail, but what I love even more is when that snail mail has come from another country.   I was super excited a few weeks ago to log onto Instagram and discover that I'd won a giveaway (yes, not only do I post giveaways, I occasionally enter them, as well) posted by Arrow and Plume! I was even more excited when Kristine, the mastermind behind the shop, said she'd send me a few extra goodies to share with all of ya'll.  

But then it got even better.  I was SO excited when the goodies arrived because they came to me all the way from Australia!  I think it's probably because I haven't been traveling as much as I did when I lived in Germany, so I'm currently finding that receiving mail from far away places is kind of the bee's knees.  

Also, an interesting note about this bracelet: it is made from quartz, which is thought to instill feelings of calm and to increase psychic abilities.  While I love to think that crystals have healing powers, I'll admit that there is a part of me that can't totally buy into the whole concept, but for real.. the morning I put this bracelet on, I was walking through the parking lot to my car and had the thought, "Wow, I haven't found any lucky pennies or loose change on the ground lately."  

No big deal, right? 

SB and I hopped into the car and headed to Starbucks for a pre-errands caffeine jolt, but the line was super long.  Since there is a Starbucks in the grocery store on the other side of the parking lot, we decided to take a little walk.  

... and that's when it happened... 

There must have been at lease 35 pennies on the ground.  

I totally freaked.  I started picking up pennies that were heads up and then I had a weird moment of panic where I wondered if someone was filming the area to see if people would walk past the pennies, get greedy and pick them all up, etc.  and I really hoped that no one was filming because, let's be honest... that clip would totally find it's way back to me and then I'd be mortified.  

SB kicked a few coppers my way and I pocketed a handful of them, leaving the others behind for other people to exclaim over/supplement their income with.  

What do you think?  Did I do the right thing?  Did my quartz bracelet awaken my psychic abilities?  I found another lucky penny in another parking lot on our second to last errand... coincidence? 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the t-shirt was thrifted
: the necklace is handmade
: the bracelet is handmade
: the ring is handmade

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nothing, AZ...

Choies tribal poncho sweater, Layers of Earth crescent moon ring, Emblem Eyewear sunglasses, casual outfit, travel outfit, Nothing AZ

One of the things I love about going on adventures is stumbling upon things that are silly and new.  On my recent, totally random, adventure to Arizona, I did just about no planning.  Quite literally, my mum texted me a hotel address, said "Get your butt out of bed," and an hour later, I'd thrown a few things into a suitcase, made some coffee and had hopped into the car.  

I didn't study the route map closely.  I glanced at it to ensure that my end point was actually in the city in which I'd expected it to be and I noticed some town names that I thought could make for fun photoshoot spots if I could find signs (Bagdad, for example), but that was really it.  I happened to notice that "Nothing" was a town name on the map and on my way to Arizona, in the rain, I happened to whiz past a sign that said "Nothing," but I thought nothing else of it. 

... until I was on my way back to Vegas.  

I'd been in the car for several hours, again, with a big coffee and was really getting antsy to find a place to pull over and stretch my legs.  And that's when I found it: Nothing, AZ.  Once again, I didn't do much research, but if there is any truth to these photos, Nothing, AZ has a population of 4, an "All-Mart" that does not allow trespassing, and a small field of solar panels.  

I'm ok with it.  

It's all in the spirit of adventure! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are handmade 
: the ring was handmade
: the top was thrifted