October 8, 2017


Minimalist Baker Vegan Pulled Pork Recipe Blog Post

So you're in the mood for something comforting and hearty... Something that makes you feel good – emotionally. But you also want to feel good, physically. Because we all know how eating an entire pizza might not leave feeling so great. What do you do? You eat something delicious of course! Like any of the things on this list. I want them ALL right now. I haven't tried any of them but I really want to! Yum. 

Healthy Comfort Food

  1. Zucchini Breakfast Brownies, right?
  2. This vegan sandwich is on my "to make VERY soon" list
  3. And this vegan beetroot brownie recipe? They look so fudgy aaaah
  4. this looks very easy: crustless veggie quiche
  5. sloppy joes, the vegan way - I've made something kind of like this and it's SO GOOD
  6. A healthier version of sticky buns – can it be!?
  7. ohh fennel & goat's cheese, can't go wrong with this!
  8. when you want a burger but even more delicious
  9. not sure how healthy this lobster & avocado panini is buuuut maybe a little??
  10. healthy cinnamon roll oatmeal

August 21, 2017


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Hello lovelies! In this post, I thought I'd dive into fashion a little bit more. Here's a little reminder of what I took with me on our 20 day trip to Liverpool, Barcelona & Mirabeau (French countryside):

4 tops (one black, one black/white, one blue, 
1 skirt
1 pair of light trousers
1 pair of denim shorts
1 dress
1 light windbreaker
1 denim jacket
1 light scarf
2 bras
3 pairs of socks
4 underwear
1 one-piece swimsuit + 1 bikini top (for tanning)
set of pjs
3 shoes: pink sneakers, black Birkenstock sandals & thin dark brown leather sandals

+ 1 gym top, sports bra and gym shorts. 

It was hard packing for Liverpool as well. The weather was definitely not as warm and I was chilly on more than one occasion. I'm glad I took the denim jacket! I used it every day there, and only twice since we left, and only in the evening. I think it shows that even when you're going somewhere warm, it's a good idea to take something to cover up with in case it's cold. 

The sneakers were a great idea for the cold weather as well as all the walking, hiking and cycling we've done in the countryside. And for working out, obviously! The Birkenstock sandals (even though some people think they are ugly) are a godsend and I'm so happy I own a pair. 
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  1. a trick to traveling light is to try on all your outfits, and see if you can wear most tops with most bottoms. I really love how versatile this skirt is! I'm super happy with it. When I was trying out my outfits, it looked great with 3 out of the 4 tops. And the top looked good with the shorts and the pants... so it was a yes for both!
  2. create a color scheme. This can make things easier when choosing your clothes to take with you. I chose blue, white & black. 
  3. going off of that: limit patterns. they might not be easy to mix and match with. Solid colors are your friend.
  4. light packing means less, sure. But this doesn't mean it has to be boring and repetitive! Bring a few necklaces or scarves to change things up. Find your creativity in different ways since it is inevitable you will wear outfits more than two or three times depending on how long the trip is. 
  5. Take your favorite items! If you take things you don't really love, you're not going to enjoy wearing them. It's pretty simple... 
  6. if you need something fancy (or think you might), take ONE item and try to make it a lightweight one. I took a dress that I wore to a get-together bday party and that's it. It's fine, it's so lightweight!
  7. take quick drying items if you can. I can a pair of quick drying underwear, all the sports stuff, a windbreaker and a towel. 
  8. get in the right mindset. See it as a challenge if you have to. It can be fun! 
  9. take comfortable shoes! if you're taking sneakers, either wear them or back things inside each one. 
  10. wear any bulky things on the plane if you're only taking one carry-on bag. 

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July 31, 2017



Hey beautiful souls! Today  I thought I'd come back to share my packing list for my next holiday. Peter and I will be going to Liverpool, Barcelona and the south of France for about 20-25 days. I'm only taking my new 22L Patagonia bag (this colorisn't it beautiful!?) and my Madewell leather handbag (this one - oh how I looove it).

I've been slowly reducing my belongings over the years. I try to only buy things I need, and if it's clothes then I reeeeeeally have to love the item. I've started online clothes shopping almost exclusively which is a great way to try things on with all the clothes you already own to see how many outfits you can get out of each new item. I ordered 9 things the other day and returned 5. I kept a pair of black high waisted denim shorts, a lightweight grey and white crop top, a set of pjs, an a white skirt with vertical black lines. And I am taking all four items on our trip. 

First things first...

how do you travel like a minimalist? 

Well, I'm sure there is no ONE way. Each person is different. It depends. 
I think it takes a bit of prep if you're not used to it. I used to travel with SO much. It has taken YEARS to learn from my packing mistakes. There are a few things you should have in mind while packing: 

  • you should be able to carry your own luggage. If you can't, you've packed too much. 
  • you will have to do laundry. Don't bring a pair of underwear for each day of the week. Just start washing them in the evening; you'll get into the rhythm pretty quickly and voilĂ , you can take 4 pairs of underwear for 3 weeks of travel. 
  • pretend you're only packing for ONE week...
  • plan outfits in advance. Think versatility. While I was packing, I made sure to take tops that go well with the shorts, the pants and the skirt I'm taking.
  • don't take too many "just in case" items. You don't need a second toothbrush or a million different creams.
  • don't pack multiples.
  • think essential. What do you really need
  • be organized. I recommend packing cubes. they are life-changing! (see in post)
I have decided to take a couple more things than I thought I would. Instead of taking three tops, I'm taking four. I have room for one more lightweight top, and it means I get one more outfit during my trip. Find your own balance because maybe you don't feel comfortable taking three pairs of underwear and washing a pair each night...

Why travel like a minimalist? 

You might ask yourself why you would do this. Who wants to spend their evenings doing laundry!? I get it. You're not though. Even at home, I've gotten into the habit of taking whatever underwear I'm wearing into the shower and washing them then. I've started washing sports bras and tops during the shower after the gym. It takes 1 minute in the shower. It would take one minute doing it at the sink right before bed. So back to the question: why?

  • to travel faster and easier. No waiting at the airport for checked luggage. You can even do a bit of wandering around a city with a backpack before a check-in. 
  • to feel light. It's so nice not to have so much stuff with you that you dread moving around with them. Your stuff is literally weighing you down.
  • to spend less time going through your stuff trying to find things!

Obviously if you're a fashion blogger, maybe it wouldn't be ideal. I've been with fashion bloggers. My friend came from Barcelona to Paris for one week and had sooooo many outfits to shoot, her suitcase was stuffed like you wouldn't believe. 


I have had a loooot of practice with this one. Every time I've traveled, I've learned that I need less and less. I think I used to just try to pack a different outfit for each day or something. Honestly, I don't even know. There were always things I didn't wear at all. But I've learned along the way that I can just hand-wash a bunch of things each night and I'll be fine with very very little. Without really thinking about it, I picked a color palette for my clothes. I'm taking blue, black and white. It's just easier to make several outfits using all the clothes if they all match each other.

I've read many "Minimalist traveling" type articles and I often see hiking/backpacking clothes. Special super-fast-drying clothes, very sporty. I didn't want to do that. I am taking quite a few things that dry fast but they're still fashionable. I didn't want the backpacker/traveler look. I want to dress like I normally dress. 

4 tops
1 skirt
1 pair of light trousers
1 pair of denim shorts
1 dress or jumpsuit - I'm taking a very thin lightweight dress. 
1 light windbreaker
1 denim jacket
1 light scarf
2 bras
3 pairs of socks
4 underwear
1 one-piece swimsuit + 1 bikini top (for tanning)
set of pjs
3 shoes: pink sneakers, black Birkenstock sandals & thin dark brown leather sandals

+ 1 gym top and gym shorts. I do want to workout so I'll be taking these, but they are an extra.

* I am counting what I'm wearing in here. So I'll be wearing underwear/bra/socks & a top, the trousers, the denim jacket, and the sneakers.


Women and men take a few different things. This will reflect a woman's toiletry kit. Peter's toiletries bag is basically a toothbrush and deodorant. He wants to just buy face cream there and all. I put in two mini bottles of sunscreen because he had the space and we have so much sunscreen here that we need to finish. I wrote about beauty essentials to take while traveling here.

Deodorant – I make my own out of baking soda, coco oil & essential oils.
Facial moisturizer
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Floss – a must in my book
Tampons – obviously men don't take this
tea tree oil – so many uses: treat acne, as hand sanitizer, to fight fungus, clean minor cuts, repel insects, fight bad breath, in deodorant, ease bug bites, in mouthwash, as a toothbrush cleaner, fight food odor...
oil absorbing sheets – these are great, especially in the summer when you sweat.
pain killers
hydrocortisone cream
mini mirror
a few Q-tips 
make-up removal wipes
dry shampoo – I'm taking homemade. It's cocoa powder and mainly cornstarch. It works!

extras you might want: body wash, sunscreen, face wash, soap, body lotion, hair spray, pack towel

*Coconut oil is a really good moisturizer. It also has multiple uses which you might want as well instead of having many little bottles. It can be used as a body lotion, face lotion (I can't because my face would break out), in deodorant, as makeup remover, in toothpaste, as conditioner or hair mask, etc.


This is where it's easy to be a minimalist for me. One or two lipsticks for variety and then just the same I usually do. I've never been too into make up.

lipstick – luckily I have these tiiiiny samples so I'm taking 4 or 5 with a lip brush. 
liquid eyeliner – same as always, black.
silver glittery eyeshadow pencil
mini perfume


Patagonia 22L Toromino backpack – it's so pretty!
Madewell medium sized handbag – I'm taking this one
mini Colombian purse – for a quick night out or something.
tote bag – for grocery shopping or other
reusable cloth bags – if we guys things in bulk
3 packing cubes – the most useful things eeeever! I recommend packing cubes (these are mine) to anyone who wants to travel and stay organized. 


And for the random things with no specific category or that I just thought of...

notebook & pen
watercolor & moleskin – best brand ever
reusable water bottle
protein powder
energy bars
iphone + iphone charger
3 bracelets
sleeping mask

And that's my list! This is a summer travel list. Winter would call for different clothes. I think I'd struggle to get it all into a 22L. I could go even MORE minimalist but I'd say this is still pretty good for 3 weeks of traveling. Any questions or suggestions are welcome :) Thanks for reading.


February 4, 2017


art making

Painting, even though I don't seem to find that much time for it these days


purple kale!

kombucha karma paris

kombucha - love this stuff (not just this brand, but their ginger one is reaaally good)

raw vegan not gross

Laura Miller is one those people  I know little about but I would love to meet.. I love what she wrote about her dog in her book, and about social anxiety, and how truthful and open she is. She's herself and she's trying to give people some nice recipes that she makes to make herself feel better, in the hopes that they might help others too. 

caesar salad

homemade caesar salad with smoked salmon. the best


a thousand layers for winter

sushi boat

that time my dad and I shared a sushi boat!!! so cool

welcome bio bazar

anything copper, I love. This is at Welcome Bio Bazar and I see it every day and I want it every day haha


was talking to a friend about the cholados we made at my mom's wedding. Even though it's cold outside, I've been wanting one!? especially one with extra vodka ;)

granola bars

making some extra delicious granola bars at work these days!

ethiopian dinner

that time we got ethiopian food... it's so delicious!

January 27, 2017


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Helena Adentro

Back in October 2015, I surprised my mom with a visit to Colombia for her birthday. I stayed the whole month! My friend Kady came for two weeks as well, and we traveled a bit to show her some other parts of our beautiful country. We went to the Quindio and learned how coffee goes from plant to your cup. Not too far from where we were staying was a charming little town called Filandia, and there was the most random amazing restaurant. 

It just looked completely out of place, because the town was so small and traditional and empty, and the restaurant was big, lively, artistic and so so good. 

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There was cool art and weird things everywhere and on every wall. If anything, you couldn't get bored of this place! There was always something to look at. 

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The people there were so nice and the food and drinks were excellent. They had an outside area that was for parties which looked amazing. We went twice and it was so worth it. I realize not many people live near Filandia, in the Quindio, so it's a bit of a random review but Colombia is the most wonderful place on earth, and if you decide to go there, then, hey, why not come here? 

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January 26, 2017




This past November my housemates told me I should get a puppy. For some reason, I decided to look online. This actually isn't that strange because I've looked at websites for adoption in the past "just for fun" and this didn't feel that different. I even looked on Facebook of all places. But what would you know, I came upon a photo of three adorable puppies with a caption that said "paris region" and included a phone number. What the hell, I thought. I messaged him that night, sure that the puppies would be adopted by then or that it was a fake (oh yes, I messaged two other people who turned out to be scammers, the world is creepy) but I got a message not an hour later with info on the puppies and photos of each one. We exchanged messages and set a time the next day to go meet the pups. However he was also traveling a bit so he wanted to make sure I would actually leave with one. I got cold feet that first day and asked for a few more days to think about it. We met on Sunday. That Sunday I got a puppy. 

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Her name is Simone. We thought of that name on the train ride back home, I didn't go there with any ideas in mind. She is a wonderful, beautiful, kind, playful, smart puppy. She is also a ton of work. Especially the first few months. She peed everywhere. Unfortunately she still has an accident here and there (she's five months old now) and when it happens I get quite angry but it's not her fault, she is still learning. She has learned so much already!!! You can check my Instagram to see some of the videos of her. She's amazing. 

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This baby girl is the best. She's the highlight of my year (LIFE?!)


January 22, 2017

SUNDAY LINKS: January 22

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