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AsianCajuns.com: Downsizing my Purse - I’ve always carried around big purses – like the Baggu tote bag on the left. I don’t know when or how it started, but I can’t imagine not carrying around my wallet, makeup, coin purse, sunglasses, hand sanitizer and lotion, meds, a pen, and any other items that seem necessary. But I’d like to try to minimize what I’m toting around every day. For one thing, I know that I don’t use all of the stuff in my purse every day. Plus, it probably doesn’t do my s...
I’ve always carried around big purses – like the Baggu tote bag on the left. I don’t know when or how it started, but I can’t imagine not carrying around my wallet, makeup, …
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AsianCajuns.com: Cath’s in Seattle! - Hi Lovely Readers! Cath and Troy are here all weekend! We’ve been painting the town red (eating and eating and eating). So please forgive us if things go quiet here this coming week. We’re planning lots of fun posts after we eat ourselves silly. In the meantime, we’ll instagramming (click here for Cath and here for Lar) and Snapchatting (AsianCajunsCath and AsianCajunsLar) frequently. Hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend too! xoxo, Lar
Hi Lovely Readers! Cath and Troy are here all weekend! We’ve been painting the town red (eating and eating and eating). So please forgive us if things go quiet here this coming week. We’…
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AsianCajuns.com: Quality over quantity? - One minimalist maxim is idea of buying “quality over quantity.” The idea of saving up for one really good thing rather than lots of cheapie versions of that same thing, totally rang true to me when I started curbing my consumerist habits. Now after nearly five years of being a more conscientious shopper, I still agree with the idea, but I’ve changed my expectations a bit. Let me explain: When I first heard the idea of buying less, but buying better,...
One minimalist maxim is idea of buying “quality over quantity.” The idea of saving up for one really good thing rather than lots of cheapie versions of that same thing, totally rang true to me when…
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AsianCajuns.com: Tip #3 Living with Less - You’re out shopping and you see something that catches your fancy. Even before trying it on, you think, “I must have this thing!” Now, pause. Take a hard look at it, that thing you must have. And now imagine it rumpled and crumpled in your laundry basket. Or how about how it will look after a few washes — hanging forlornly in your closet with the hem slightly askew and the color dulled. Do you still love it? Or was it just the “new car smell” that ...
You’re out shopping and you see something that catches your fancy. Even before trying it on, you think, “I must have this thing!” Now, pause. Take a hard look at it, that thing yo…
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AsianCajuns.com: One In, One Out - The one in, one out policy is not a new concept for minimalism. I always admired the idea of not increasing the amount of things you own, but didn’t think it was really possible. Now that I’ve minimalized my closet, it’s pretty easy to keep a handle on what I have, what I need, and what I need to get rid of. So when my beloved Feiyue sneakers bit the dust last month, I replaced them with a shiny new pair of Stan Smiths. I know, I know. Stan Smiths are ever...
The one in, one out policy is not a new concept for minimalism. I always admired the idea of not increasing the amount of things you own, but didn’t think it was really possible. Now that I&#…
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AsianCajuns.com: Living with Less is a Luxury - (Above: our Aunt Nancy, grandfather and Dad in the mid-1940s in Chinatown D.C.) Having the choice to live with less (paradoxically) is such a generous idea, don’t you think? Choosing to get rid of what you own because you have so much, is a luxury — a generous lifestyle of surplus. Cath and I have been so lucky to have always grown up with enough, and then some. We’ve never been truly hungry or without basic comforts. And I do see the minimali...
(Above: our Aunt Nancy, grandfather and Dad in the mid-1940s in Chinatown D.C.) Having the choice to live with less (paradoxically) is such a generous idea, don’t you think? Choosing to get r…
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AsianCajuns.com: Change in Style (aka I went shopping) - See that t-shirt I’m wearing? And those shoes? And that bomber? Alllll new! And I blame my shopping on the seasons. Namely, spring and summer. Who would have thought seasons could be so complicated?! I mean, I grew up in D.C. and we had four solid seasons. 8 years in Atlanta – there were also four seasons with a blink-and-you-miss-it winter. But after just four measly years in a place with 1.5 seasons (yup, I’m talking about you, Scot...
See that t-shirt I’m wearing? And those shoes? And that bomber? Alllll new! And I blame my shopping on the seasons. Namely, spring and summer. Who would have thought seasons could be so compl…
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AsianCajuns.com: My Spring Capsule Wardrobe - I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of a capsule wardrobe but felt like I needed to purge my closet before I could focus my brain on a set wardrobe. It’s been over six months since I KonMaried my closet and I’ve gotten comfortable with having a paired-down selection of clothes. Now I’m ready to figure out what I really have left to work with. A few weeks ago I pulled out all of the spring items in my closet, photographed them, and then too...
I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of a capsule wardrobe but felt like I needed to purge my closet before I could focus my brain on a set wardrobe. It’s been over six months sinc…
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AsianCajuns.com: Minimalist Target Challenge - I just made up this challenge in my head this weekend (I’m trying to look defiant in the photo above, btw). I was thinking about how I need to save money and buy less, but how I also needed to make a trip to Target to get a lamp for my living room. Even though I love me some Target, I’ve been putting off the trip because I know as soon as I walk into the store, I start realizing all the things I “need” or get distracted by a cute bag or decide ...
I just made up this challenge in my head this weekend (I’m trying to look defiant in the photo above, btw). I was thinking about how I need to save money and buy less, but how I also needed t…
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AsianCajuns.com: Moment of Zen - I think one of the reasons I’m sometimes tempted to buy things is because my brain is going a mile a minute. It wants to be soothed by something/anything! And shopping can seem soothing: you see pretty things you love and you have it within your power to obtain that thing. Such a wonderful, though sadly, temporary feeling. Well, what if we soothed those feathers in other ways? Usually my other way would be food, but I just cut out my ultimate soothers out of...
I think one of the reasons I’m sometimes tempted to buy things is because my brain is going a mile a minute. It wants to be soothed by something/anything! And shopping can seem soothing: you …
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AsianCajuns.com: Tip #2 Living with Less - Take a trip to the library! Now, I know that might not sound exciting to all of you (and, full disclosure, I’m the bookiest of book worms), but hear me out. The library is not just good because you will buy fewer books (keeping a library of just books you absolutely love — not just keeping books that you feel you should read at some point in your life), but also, because it’s like shopping! No, seriously, it is. Not only do you get to browse a huge...
Take a trip to the library! Now, I know that might not sound exciting to all of you (and, full disclosure, I’m the bookiest of book worms), but hear me out. The library is not just good becau…
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AsianCajuns.com: A Mini Spring Closet Clean-out - For the past few weeks I’ve noticed that there are a handful of items I no longer wear in my closet. After my thorough KonMari-ing and inventory-keeping, it’s become easier to see which items aren’t making the cut (items I only reach for when I haven’t done laundry in a while). It only took a few minutes to clean out the following: 1 workout tank that I’ve worn for the past 7 years. It’s gotten so stretched out that I have to wear a sports b...
For the past few weeks I’ve noticed that there are a handful of items I no longer wear in my closet. After my thorough KonMari-ing and inventory-keeping, it’s become easier to see which…
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We (Cath and Lar) created AsianCajuns in April 2007 as a creative outlet to share all the things we love: style, fashion, art, food, literature etc. We're twins - part Chinese American and part French Cajun and love Peking duck and gumbo with equal fervor. In September 2011, Lar moved to Edinburgh, Scotland officially made AsianCajuns an international blog! In addition to sharing things that inspire us, we now use the blog to stay in touch with each other.