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20 Dec 2016

Zero Waste Gift Wrapping


Whether you're having a zero waste Christmas or are looking to minimise your waste by cutting out the massive waste that is gift wrapping, these eco-friendly wrapping techniques are here to give your holiday a green touch... and look beautiful, too!

6 Dec 2016

How to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder


Firstly, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is more common than you think and you are not alone. The sudden lack of sunlight, the cold mornings and the natural instinct to retreat into your space battles with what's expected of us in modern society – to get up when it's still dark, work through all of the light hours and keep the same routine all year round. This isn't natural to human nature and our instincts go against everything we're taught. Knowing this should bring you a sense of harmony – there's nothing wrong with you. You're perfect. And society has it's standards set against our natural rhythm. But there are ways to cope with seasonal affective disorder. Here's what helps me on a daily basis:

29 Nov 2016

Apple Pie Porridge | The Recipe Book


The cooler months are rolling in and my morning routine is changing from smoothies for breakfast to more porridge oats. I love the creaminess and thickness of porridge as well as it being a blank canvas for me to add any taste I like to. The world becomes my oyster (well, the porridge does anyway). Because it's Winter I chose a delicious seasonal version... the apple pie. Classic, simple and tasty. So here's my recipe:

3 Nov 2016

6 Underrated Everyday Things


Minimalism is about slowing down and finding joy in everything around you – okay, this may not be everyone's experience of modern day minimalism, especially if you're in it for the aesthetics, but at the heart of the concept is mindfulness. And this is where we find joy in the simple, everyday things that we perhaps normally take for granted. For me, the world is a much happier, more synchronised place when we take the time to appreciate what is around us.

28 Oct 2016

10 Uses for Castile Soap | Home, Body, Pets and Plants


Castile soap is a staple in most eco-conscious, green-living, zero-waste home. It's uses are seemingly endless and it's a 100% natural product so no bad chemicals are being spread around you home, body, or flushed into the ocean. I love the stuff and have used it for pretty much everything you can think of. Here are 10 ways you can use the Dr. Bronner Castile Soap:

14 Oct 2016

6 Ways to Positively Change Your Life


Living the life you want starts with taking steps in the right direction. It can seem daunting at first but take a closer look and choose what is right for you today. Make positive choices and decide what you need in every moment. Here are 6 things to keep in mind to enhance your life and get you living healthy and happy today.

10 Oct 2016

11 Things I Don't Buy | Zero-Waste


Since transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle I have noticed the huge amount of waste products I get through. I've always seen myself as an ecologically minded person, but the little things that go unnoticed add up over time and create a huge amount of waste. So I dove in head-first and took a hard look at what I consume that I can switch up for more eco-friendly options. And here's what I no longer buy:

7 Oct 2016

6 Steps to Digital Minimalism


When we think of minimalism most of us conjure up an image of a white room or a neutral palette-ed wardrobe, but minimalism extends to every corner of life and somewhere that I find needs a bit more attention is the digital side of minimalism. This means decluttering your online space so that you can focus more on what's important whether that's writing an essay, spending more time on your blog, constructing an inspiration board or whatever it is you want to spend more of your precious time dedicated to.

12 Sep 2016

Why I Began Weightlifting


There's a lot of stigma around the female body, particularly in the way we, as females, are 'suppose' to view ourselves. We're meant to aspire to skinny (but not too skinny) with just the right amount of curves (not too many) in only the right places (careful where) – it's a mind-fuck! The female form, for centuries, has been seen as weak, frail, passive. But we're women – we grow small humans for 9 months, birth them, feed them, carry them... all with our bodies. These strong, resilient bodies are neither frail nor weak. They're made to withstand this life and all it has to throw at us. We're women and we're strong.

5 Sep 2016

The Bucket List


If you know me, you know I'm a big lover off all things lists – to-do lists, shopping lists, daily lists, goal lists... the list goes on. But now the list business is expanding to bigger and bolder things; my bucket list. This is always something that's grown inside my head and never made it onto paper. There are things I've always known I've wanted to do, see, achieve in my lifetime but they've been fanciful and put on the back-burner because, well, I've got the rest of my life to do them. And that's just not good enough. I don't want to be waiting around to do the things that I really want to get around to doing... this is life and I'm no longer going to wait around to live it.

29 Aug 2016

Finding Your Passion


Finding your passion isn’t as easy as it sounds… or at least not as easy as we are lead to believe as children. As a teenager I thought it would just land in my lap, as if my passion were something external just waiting for the right time to land. Then, as got a little older and time got a little more crowded with obligations, panic began to set in and slowly but surely I began to feel like I had missed the boat. Queue feelings of inadequacy, regret, and a lost sense of self. 

26 Aug 2016

Reasons Not To Go Vegan



Here are some reasons not to go vegan [DEBUNKED].

22 Aug 2016

Get In Shape For Free


Getting your mind and body in better shape simply means moving a little more and eating a little better. We're bombarded with ads that tell us we need the latest technology in order to reach our health targets. In actual fact, health is not a destination, it's a way of living... and it doesn't need to cost the earth.

19 Aug 2016

11 Introvert Myths



Introverts get a bad wrap. Not the sort of prejudice that brings uprising (which wouldn't happen anyway... it's against the very nature of being introverted), but the quiet, deep-seeded prejudice that comes from a long history of being misunderstood and misrepresented. For as long as I can remember I have been told I'm shy, passive, weak, moody, and all-around not the life of the party. But maybe I don't want to be at your party... or any party for that matter. Maybe I want to be at home with my cat reading a book and eating grapes. Or maybe I want to be sipping coffee with a good friend, talking about the meaning of existence. Or maybe, just maybe, I want to be dancing my ass off at a party but as soon as it comes to socialising or meeting someone new I'd like to call it quits and get out of there as quickly as my legs will take me. Maybe I just charge differently to you, or maybe you're like me and want to set the record straight for the introverts of the world. Either way, this post is for you.

15 Aug 2016

Vegan Fast Food [+ Recipes]

*all photos taken from my instagram (@sophschoices)

Recently I've been getting comments from people saying that eating a plant-based diet takes time to prepare and cook and is something of a luxury. Well, I'm here to tell you that vegan food is simple, quick, and easy to prepare and can take as little as 3 minutes to get from fridge to plate (and that doesn't even include raw meals that take no time at all).

12 Aug 2016

Life Of Pie-Chart



Life is a balancing act. Some days I feel like superwoman, some I feel like a sloth. Sometimes we go through hurt and disappointment, other times life is a series of elation. Sometimes we're fuelled with energy and light, sometimes all we need is a foot rub and Netflix binge. And although life is inevitably filled with ups and downs, keeping an eye on your priorities and making sure your overall health and wellbeing are taken care of means that the bumps in the road are smaller, shorter, and more easily managed.

29 Jul 2016

Finding Your Workout Motivation



Working out sounds like a great idea (and it is) and lots of us imagine ourselves slipping in an hour's workout into our day without much thought. While this sounds idea, it often is too good to be true. While the first few weeks of a workout routine may be met with drive and excitement, soon you'll probably be finding all sorts of excuses not to do it (that's okay, it's human nature). Whether you're too tired after a day at work or school, you're feeling under the weather, or you double-booked and hanging out with friends sounds like a lot more fun, there's an excuse for every occasion. So here're a few of my favourite tips to keep those of you in the 'walking-to-dinner-still-counts-as-excersie' category motivated to get back on your best workout game!

25 Jul 2016

Minimalist Skincare Regimen


I'm on the path to living more minimally and mindfully and whilst I'm pursuing this lifestyle I come across new areas of my life that could do with a little more editing. And recently my skincare regimen has been under the microscope.

4 Jul 2016

(Selfish) Benefits of Going Vegan


Being vegan is one of the best things I've ever done. But it seems to get a bad wrap amongst a lot of non-vegans, so aside from the ethical and environmental aspects, I'm going to share just a few (selfish) reasons I love being vegan.

1 Jul 2016

Being Authentic (and a Strange Epiphany)


I recently spent the afternoon with someone I hadn't met before. Everything seemed to be going fine (which is a massive relief to the heart-thumping-out-of-my-chest-at-meeting-anyone-new introvert I am), that is until I noticed what I was doing, and had been doing this whole time. I was self-deprecating. It wasn't as obvious as listing reasons he shouldn't be friends with me, but it was definitely in the air and I was certainly not showing my true colours. 

27 Jun 2016

Things to do Less of Every Day


I've collated a list of things to do more of every day – have a peek here – which lets me consider what is important and what needs more attention in my life. Now here is my list of things to do less of in my every day. We're all on a journey and I'm paying more attention to how I spend my time which, in the end, is all I have and what defines me as a person.

24 Jun 2016

Vegan vs. Plant-Based


"Vegan" is being bandied around the internet recently, which means the movement is spreading like wildfire. But because it's been catapulted into the mainstream with such velocity, it's starting to cause confusion. What is veganism? What is plant-based? Are they the same thing? No.

20 Jun 2016

Avoid The Wellness Debt Cycle


With the increase of people taking better care of their health and wellbeing, companies have inevitably grabbed the opportunity to pump sales to those who are searching for products to enhance their experience. Couture leggings, powdered proteins, supplements you never knew you needed but now can't live without, step-counters that also tell you what you ate, drank, and did that day – incase you forgot – you name it, someone sells it... for a mean profit. 

23 May 2016

Minimalism and the Sentimental


The image of living minimally paints a picture of tranquility, peace, and freedom from all things valueless. But the tricky part is getting to that point. How do we detach ourselves from the items that hold sentimental value or we've cathected through the years? As a concept, minimalism seems pretty idyllic and easily-attained, but when it comes down to it, the things we've stash away in our cupboards and boxes have more of a hold on us than we first imagine.

6 May 2016

Improve Your Sleep


We can't survive without sleep and yet most of us aren't getting enough of it. We know it's good for us but the draws of modern technology (YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Netflix, I'm looking at you) are strong. If you can get off your computer that's great, but for those of us who find it hard to rip ourselves away, we can still infuse our bedroom with relaxation and calm to grab those extra winks.

25 Apr 2016

Zero Waste Decluttering | 5 Ways


When transitioning to a more minimalistic lifestyle it can be daunting to start the process of getting rid of your possessions for good. You've made piles of things to go out (and probably a 'maybe' pile, too, to soften the blow on your nervous system), and now it's time to decide what to do with all of this... stuff.

22 Apr 2016

How to Clelebrate Earth Day


Today is Earth Day. It's a great opportunity to spend a little time thinking about the greater world and all that live here. Being mindful about my daily choices and the impact they have is something that's very important in my life. Everything we do has an impact and so to be aware of that can be very educational, humbling, and empowering. Being sensitive of my impact on the Earth is a lifestyle choice, but it's also great to have a day in the year to maintain focus for 24 hours and celebrate the wonder of the world with... the world.

15 Apr 2016

30 Things to Remove | Minimalism


If you're following my 30-day minimalism challenge, or if you just want a Spring clear-out but are  a little stuck, here are 30 pretty common hidden hoarded items we either can't bare to tackle or don't remember are even right under our noses. I hope this helps you get started / keep on the right track!

8 Apr 2016

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Today is my birthday.

4 Apr 2016

Scheduling for Creativity


As complex humans with a multitude of ever-changing goals, habits, and priorities, we often find ourselves in a creative slump. This can be especially true when you're expressing yourself through creative mediums on a weekly or daily basis, like blogging. When creativity drifts, we can easily find ourselves pulling from thin resources – a habitual 'monthly favourites' post, a review of something we don't really feel passionate about, or another copy-and-paste tag post. When this happens, it can be deflating as our previous zeal dwindles.

1 Apr 2016

30 Day Minimalism Challenge


I love the minimalism movement that's sweeping social media at the moment. I listen to podcasts on it, watch videos about it, read books describing it – I'm a girl obsessed. But just knowing about minimalism isn't the same thing as implementing it. This can manifest it's self in many way throughout your daily life from creating a capsule wardrobe and organising your fridge to devoting more time to your family and friends, hobbies, or alone time. Minimalism is about getting rid of the things in your life that don't really matter in order to free up time and space to do the things that do.

21 Mar 2016

ACV Rose Toner | DIY



I am a confessed lover off all things skincare; from diet and exercise to lotions and potions I'm fascinated by how our largest organ (our skin) is affected. I've always enjoyed the process of washing my face, especially after a day in London or when I've worn makeup, and after opening up my pores with warm water I feel it's important to keep my skincare simple, gentle, and nourishing.

18 Mar 2016

Oils, Oils, Oils


Oils are a point of contention for a lot of people, often hailed as faultless holy grails and amongst others get a bad rap. For the sceptics out there, let me just start by saying: oils will not make your skin oilier (in fact, they balance your skin oils out by sending signals to your glands saying "there is enough oil... don't send any more!"). Now that's out of the way, we can talk about the good stuff.

14 Mar 2016

The Spring Clean | Declutter Your Space


Spring is approaching and we've finally got some warm(ish) weather breaking through in the UK – my hands may still be blue but the sun is making it's annual appearance. Not only am I on a sudden impulsive mission to clean every surface in sight, I'm starting to feel the signs of the declutter bug. This time of year always makes me want to refresh and revamp my space, not only for the aesthetics but to defog and recharge my mind, too.

11 Mar 2016

The Bookshelf | Current Reads


I love to read. It does, however, take a seat on the back-burner when I've got my laptop and good wifi. It's a shame, but I feel this is true of a lot of us. So I am on a little mission to read more. I have recently been on a book binge and have filled my shelves with inspiring books that I cannot wait to plunge into. Having them on display, peering at me from the sidelines is a great reminder to pick them up and delve in.

7 Mar 2016

Bullet Journaling | The Beginning


Last week I began bullet journaling. For those of you, like me, who're organisation, stationery, and goal-setting obsessed you've probably got a bullet journal of your own. For those of you still in the dark, a bullet journal is a system designed to be flexible and adaptable to you.

4 Mar 2016

Things to do More of Every Day


Every day starts with open eyes and a fresh slate. But then, if we're not careful, life can quickly descend into something a little more chaotic and before we know it our day has run off with menial tasks and monotonous to-do lists. There always seems to be things to be 'getting on with', but entwined with the chaos are unseen moments of potential we can grab and take as our own. Even if that's just a moment to breathe and reconnect. So here's my list of some things to do every day to be happier, healthier, and brighter.

29 Feb 2016

Minimalism as a Lifestyle


Minimalism is on the rise and I love that people are becoming more aware of their daily contribution to the world as well as living their own lives to the full. However it's often portrayed as a 'fashion trend' or a temporary decluttering.

15 Feb 2016

40 Days of Meditation


Last week I posted about switching up giving up something for lent and instead adopting something into my every day for lent (see said post here). One of the things I decided to take on is meditation. And so I wanted to share with you why I want to meditate more and incorporate it into my daily life.

9 Feb 2016

Empower Yourself This Lent


Lent is traditionally a time of fasting and in popular culture has become a time of giving something up like chocolate, alcohol, or swearing for 40 days and nights. It's become so wide-spread that it not only reaches the religious communities, but has become a popular yearly tradition for pretty much everybody in the western world.

8 Feb 2016

Care-Free Parisian Hair


As someone who is pretty lazy when it comes to hairstyles (much to the bane of family, friends, and ex hair salon coworkers), it comes as a surprise that I'm now sitting down to write an entire post on it. However, given the recent fad for free, untamed, and even unruly Parisian-esque hair,  I find myself in my natural element. 

1 Feb 2016

The Neti Pot


You might be asking 'what is this miniature teapot and how on earth can I use it on my face (and why would I want to)?'. I'm glad you asked.

25 Jan 2016

What's In My [Minimalist] Handbag?


If you follow me on social media (TwitterInstagramPinterestFacebook... even Snapchat @sophieollis) you will have seen me ranting and raving about my Matt & Nat bag. It's simple design is beautiful and also incredibly practical (don't believe people who say you can't have both). A minimalistic lifestyle isn't just about having a monochrome wardrobe, it's a lifestyle that prioritises space, function, and necessity so that life can run smoothly and attention can be placed on what is important. This extends to every aspect of life... including your handbag.

18 Jan 2016

Morning Rituals To Get Motivated


I have convinced myself that I am not a morning person most of my life when actually I have just never given myself a productive morning routine. I've recently taken steps to remedy that and now I look forward to my alarm. Sound crazy? I wouldn't have believed it either a few months ago.

11 Jan 2016

Feeling Isolated As A Blogger


Sitting at home in front of a luminous screen, whether it be your job or hobby, isn't the best way to make real-life friends. In fact, it can eat into your social time and become quite isolating. I'm sure anyone who has a blog, or similar online presence, knows this feeling and how tough it can be to meet new faces.

4 Jan 2016

A Case For Binning Your Concealer


Whether it's a cream, powder, mineral, or liquid concealer, I always feel like it just doesn't blend perfectly. There's always a giveaway that screams "I'm trying to cover up a spot!" which often draws more attention than the blemish itself. So I've been doing without concealer for a fair few months now and have, contrary to my predictions, felt more confident in my skin. This has been a very welcome side-effect and has made me make the decision to abolish concealer for the long haul.

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