Why Ethical Fashion Matters

There was a time in my life when I owned flip flops in every color of the rainbow and then some. Every single pair was approximately $2.50, purchased from Old Navy, and I had to replace at least two or three pairs every single year.

On a similar vein, I had the same t-shirt from Target in eight different colors and, like the flip flops, at least one or two of those shirts wore out every year — some after just a few months.

I was caught in a cycle of consumerism, buying cheap items to fill a perceived need for variety in my wardrobe, never stopping to think about why that was the case, and what or who my excess of cheap clothing items was costing.

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Sarah Anne Hayes
What Fashion Taught Me About Minimalism

Nearly three years ago, my simple living journey started with my closet.

I'd never considered myself a "fashionable" person before, but after I started on a path toward minimalism and simple living, I spent months researching capsule wardrobes and decluttering techniques and guides for finding your style.

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Sarah Anne Hayes
The Intersection of Minimalism and Sustainability

If you've been on a simple living journey for longer than a few months, it's probably taken a few twists and turns you didn't expect. I know that's certainly been the case for me.

When I started researching minimalism nearly three years ago, I never would've anticipated I'd be here three years later regularly blogging about it, seeking to simplify more and more areas of my life, and — the most surprising — becoming an advocate for not just simple living, but sustainable living as well.

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Sarah Anne Hayes
3 Ways I've Simplified My Life

When it comes to simplicity, it's easy to talk about things in the abstract. It's a personal journey and simplifying looks different for everyone, so it's often difficult — nigh impossible — to give hard and fast rules for the "best" or "right" way to simplify.

In fact, I'm a pretty firm believer that there is no "right" or "wrong" way to simplify. But the abstract only works for so long. Sooner or later, it's the concrete ideas and examples of how others have done this whole simplifying thing that are what helps us figure out what does and doesn't work for us.

So in the spirit of tangibility, I'm sharing with you three ways I've simplified my life — tangible, practical, (sometimes very) specific changes that I made in my own personal life that have led to a simpler, less stressful life.

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Sarah Anne Hayes
a mid-year reflection

Even though it happens every year, it's still a little bit crazy to me how fast time seems to fly by. I feel like I blinked and here we are, halfway through the year already, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. I don't know if it's just a side effect of a fast-moving, instantaneous culture, of getting older — because the more time you spend on earth, the smaller percentage each year becomes of your total life — or something completely different, but time really feels like it has flown.

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