New Year Essentials25 February 2016
So rather than set New Year's resolutions, I'm focusing on being more mindful about minimalism and zero waste. For starters, there's quite a simple learning curve to minimalism, and that is being more thoughtful about what I bring into my life, investing only in things that reflect my needs and values. Let's take, for example, the handful of essentials I carry with me every day. I selected them with care, knowing that these are items I truly love and am willing to invest in for the long haul. These are my New Year essentials.
|Michael Kors Jet Set chain crossbody, exclusively at Nordstrom | made by Freskko RUSH flask | Lost Little Things handkerchief | Feel Better tea by The Jasmine Pearl Co. | Smith's Rosebud Salve|
Recently, I've started carrying handkerchiefs. A bit old-fashioned, right? But rather than waste paper tissues, I purchased a few of these to swap in and out of my handbag. They're made by a local Idaho creative; she screenprints them herself, and her Etsy shop is swoon-worthy.
Freskko RUSH flask. It's made almost entirely of bamboo and stainless steel, two materials that will certainly stand the test of time (and travel). It's also crafted with consideration for our planet, sourcing it's materials from sustainable resources. I love that it looks like a work of art, yet it's practical for daily use as a cold brew/coffee insulator, tea infuser, and water bottle at home and on the road. (Pro tip: I leave the filter in even when not steeping. It keeps me from getting a mouthful of ice or too much coffee/tea at once.)
Last on the list is a seasonal pick, but I've fallen in love with it. Feel Better tea blends chamomile, mint, ginger, and lemon myrtle for one tasty herbal tea with calming benefits to boot. I carry a small pouch of it in my bag for natural aromatics and steep it on the go in my RUSH flask. Like Fressko, The Jasmine Pearl Tea Co. is all about sustainability—the packaging is eco-friendly and the teas are Certified Organic. Like I said, back to the basics!