With the rise of websites like Black Minimalist, TV shows like Tiny House, and social media accounts like afrominimalist which showcase how us brown folk do minimalism, it’s becoming obvious that this isn’t a trend that’s going away. Minimalism is a lifestyle. Gone are the days when we were all about adding more to our already hectic lives. We’re now practicing intention, doing more with less, growing our own food, downsizing our homes and closets, and simply doing all the things that helps us slow down and refocus on the things that really matter.
Instead of looking at minimalism through a lens of restriction, we like to think about it as a form of luxury. Practicing minimalism can give you the time and space to explore the things the things that mean the most to you.
Minimalism isn’t boring, it’s luxurious.
So how do you trim the fat and still live a luxurious life? You cut back on day to day things that you don’t need so you can enjoy a trip to Paris, take Kayaking lessons, and buy a road bike to hit the trails in your local park. The way we see having minimalist lifestyle is simply an ode to experiences. Our luxuries lie in the experiences and the space we have to explore them. Because, honestly, how much stuff do you really need? Not to mention, it’s been proven that material possessions doesn’t equate to happiness in one’s life.
I’ve embarked on a minimalist life myself and I’ve found it quite pleasing. Getting rid of my car and expensive rental costs allowed me the freedom to launch 2 businesses, travel often, eat organic, and spend my money supporting fellow women building their dreams. To me that’s winning! Making moments and challenging yourself seems so much better than a closet full of stuff you barely wear anyway. Minimalism as a lifestyle allows you to live an absolute life of luxury because you deliberately choose the specific areas of your life to devout your priceless time and hard earned money and live in those areas to the fullest.
In a nutshell Minimalism is Fabulous! Happy composting, bike riding, carefree living, and lime water drinking. You deserve it.
Hey Belles! We’re so excited to tell you guys about our newly launched Youtube channel, Belle Marron TV! We have so much in store for you including beauty tutorials, interviews of fellow brown girl bosses, candid behind the scenes things with Cortnee and I, vlogs, wellness tips, and whatever else we can dream up for you! First up, we’re answering a question we’ve been getting a lot.
If you’re following us on Pinterest then you know we’re kinda obsessed with Solange. She’s one of our muses for more reasons than we can list in this post. So in honor of our number one love…we wanted to take a moment and share all the reasons we LOVE Solange! (more…)
In order to keep your skin clean, clear, and healthy, it’s super important to keep your kabuki brush squeaky clean. If you absolutely loveeeee your Melanin Rich Foundation as much as we love ours then we are pretty sure that you are using your kabuki brush every single day to apply your makeup. And I mean honestly we get it…the brush is super soft and ahhhhmmmmazzzing. (more…)
So just like that 2016 is in the books! We’re just a few days into 2017 and I don’t know about y’all but, these years are whizzing by at lightning speed. What I can say though, is that each year continues to bless us with experiences, adventure, and growth. So cheers to all the amazing things we encountered in 2016. Here’s a look back at a few of our proudest moments: (more…)
‘Tis the season Belles! The countdown is officially on. Just a little over two weeks to finish your holiday shopping. If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve waited to the last minute so far. Don’t judge. But, we’re looking out for you with a black owned holiday gift guide with handmade, natural gift guide that are worthy of your holiday coins. Check it out and shop black this holiday season…and everyday after that because #doitfortheculture! Happy shopping!
Okay, so I know I’m not alone in this veggie Thanksgiving life. Cue Shirley Caesar “I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, ain’t messing with the lamb, ram, hogs, dogs, chickens turkeys, rabbits! You Name it!”. So many people have decided to become vegetarians for tons of reasons.The first time I decided to eat Thanksgiving as a vegetarian was an amazing experience. Basically, I just ate all the sides. It wasn’t until later that I discovered the wonders of “Tofurkey loafs”. For those who don’t know, that’s a popular dish around Thanksgiving and Christmas which caters to vegans and vegetarians who are want a bit of that turkey texture.
It happened to us the moment we met some odd number of years ago at Temple University. You know that moment you connect with another sista and before you know it you’re finishing each other’s sentences, planning nail salon visits, and gabbing about make-up routines at your favorite restaurant. It’s nothing like having a friend who just GETS YOU. (more…)
Hey Belles! Like we promised, we’re taking you into the real life journey of Belle Marron. So let’s take it back to the beginning and fill you in on why we chose to create natural cosmetics for our brown girls.