{simple pleasures} junkyard planet: accessible + robust resources

Saturday, September 16, 2017


“the paradox of life lies exactly in this: its resources are finite, but it itself is endless. such a contradictory state of affairs is feasible only because the resources accessible to life can be used over and over again.” 
i.i. gitelson

{today's simple pleasures} 

{eco travels} sustainable belgium: brussels eco fashion landscape

Friday, September 15, 2017


when an airline recently lost all my luggage {somewhere in the beautiful country of iceland they surmised}, i knew i wasn't going to purchase new clothing + shoes. first of all, the optimist in me hoped they would find my belongings {after all, i don't own a lot, and the suitcases contained, well, everything i own}; secondly, as an ethical consumer + minimalist, i understand our constant demand for new goods has implications.

in the u.s. consumers recycle or donate only 15% of their unwanted clothing to charities {with the rest ending up in landfills}. the average american tosses 80 pounds {36 kilograms} of textile waste each year. every year. that's 13 million tons of clothing. 

i know i don't need a lot, and what i do need, i can find in secondhand/thrift shops + vintage boutiques. as i traveled through brussels, i had the opportunity to explore the eco fashion landscape of pre-loved apparel. this is what eco brussels has to offer:

{simple pleasures} world of wonders: monde des merveilles

Saturday, September 9, 2017


“a truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.” 
robertson davies


far from the simple geometry of downtown chicago's highrises wearing their mies van der rohe + frank lloyd wright influence proudly like a royal cloak; and a mere two-hour train ride from the elegant cityscape offered up by haussmannian paris, lies the fine art nouveau architecture of victor horta + henry van de velde and the grandiose castles of yore in belgium. architecture from all genres, both secular + religous, is indeed just as enchanting by day as by night, at dawn or at dusk. this is belgium:

{today's simple pleasures}

{eco travels} sustainble belgium: brussels vegan café guide

Friday, September 8, 2017


before embarking on my journey through belgium, i read about its rich history, its florid architecture, its diversified culture and its golden waffles, of course. i also read about the adventures in veggie restaurants that await intrepid travelers. what does the vegan restaurant scene look like and does a crispy vegan version of the legendary belgium waffle really exist? today we explore the eateries that offer healthy fare to keep voyagers' energy levels naturally elevated + spirits skyhigh:

{simple pleasures} falling off the map: tomber de la carte

Saturday, September 2, 2017


“and if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. that is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” 
pico iyer

{today's simple pleasures}

{eco eats guide} conscious eating: 6 new paris vegan cafés

Friday, September 1, 2017


british prime minister, writer + orator winston churchill once proclaimed that "healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have." staying healthy means paying attention to what we put into our bodies so that we may thrive physically and emotionally. conscious eating is here at your fingertips with a sequel to my first paris vegan café guide of 14 vegan + vegetarian eateries in the city of light. hungry? meet the new plant-strong kids on the block. look no further for decadent, delicious healthy eating options in paris:

{simple pleasures} amoureux: love birds