Travel

Slow Travel in St Lucia

10.19.17

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St Lucia has been on my to visit list for so long. Ever since I visited Antigua in 2011, I’ve seen the Caribbean islands as something of a checklist – I plan to tick off seeing each and every one. You could say I’ve got a taste for the islands. In terms of minimalistic slow travel, it doesn’t get much slower than the Caribbean and St Lucia is no exception. One lady I met put it perfectly when she said ‘time moves slowly on the island’ – it sure does, and there’s nothing else to do but slow down with it. It’s a good job slow lazy days are my idea of heaven.

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Minimalism

Why minimalism appears to be a man’s world when women need it more

10.13.17

Why women need minimalism white peonies - Jessica Rose Williams

I’ve had a theory for some time now that the minimalism movement favours men. If it’s a topic you’re interested in, you’ll have no doubt noticed that the vast majority of leaders in the field are men. Being the type of person who loves to know the why of everything, it’s a theory I’ve given serious thought to. My question is why are all the thought leaders and loudest voices men when women have the most to gain from living with less?

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Travel

A Carry-On Only Packing List For St Lucia

10.02.17

Carry on only packing list St Lucia - Jessica Rose Williams

We’d driven halfway to the airport, an hour and a half from home, when I realised I’d forgotten my suitcase. I was 11 years old at the time and clearly the responsibility for my own case was too much to handle. Perhaps I’ve always been a light traveller at heart, secretly knowing I didn’t need all the stuff I thought I did. That being said, I still needed fresh clothes to wear and so we promptly turned the car around, went back for my case and miraculously still made the flight. Happy to report I didn’t forget my case this time.

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Minimalism

Why we need creativity and why our creativity needs minimalism

09.25.17

Why we need creativity and why our creativity needs minimalism - Jessica Rose Williams

I never thought I was a creative person. I wasn’t very good at art when I was at school and for some reason, this is the creativity test we put ourselves through. The general consensus is good at art = creative and bad at art = not creative. This is a terrible way to measure creativity. The truth, is that we’re all creative in some way because as humans we’re designed to be creative, and if we weren’t we’d still be living in caves.

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Travel

Slow Travel: A Beginner’s Guide

09.18.17

A beginner's guide to slow travel. Practical tips on how to slow down and make the most of your next trip.

What on earth is slow travel? It’s a question I get asked and one I realise I’ve never explicitly answered in a blog post before. I write about slow travel because it’s had such a positive impact on my travels, and I wanted to create a beginners guide for anyone who isn’t sure of its meaning. Slow travel is a term that was born out of the slow living movement. If I could sum up slow living in one definition it would be that used in Kinfolk:

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Capsule Wardrobe

A Minimalist Fashion Brand Directory

09.11.17

A Minimalist Fashion Brand Directory. Where to turn to and what to turn to them for.

Shopping for shopping’s sake and buying clothes we just don’t need is the easiest way to end up with an overflowing wardrobe that makes us feel like we’ve nothing to wear. That being said, we all need clothes and we want to feel good in them. Minimalist fashion brands are the answer to this dilemma.

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Capsule Wardrobe

A Minimalist Autumn / Fall Capsule Wardrobe

09.04.17

Minimal Autumn Fall Capsule Wardrobe - Jessica Rose Williams

I love September! I turn 30 next year,  but I still get that back to school feeling every time Autumn (Fall for my American friends) comes around because it feels like another January. I can still remember how excited I used to get about new stationary, textbooks and a fresh school uniform. You’re either completely on board with my nostalgia or thinking what a geek! Either way, you can’t deny September is the time for a fresh start. It’s also the time when my favourite kind of clothes start coming out to play. There’s nothing quite like Autumn / Winter fashion. Sprinkle some minimalist style in there and we have a match made in heaven.

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Travel

A Slow Travel Journal – Cannes

08.29.17

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Slow travel has completely changed the way I plan and enjoy travel. I used to spend hours researching endless travel guides and planning how I could cram in as much as possible on a trip. It was exhausting. Now, I attempt to do less but better. My aim is to soak up as much of a place as possible by paying attention to the little things, as opposed to racing round to see all the sights. It’s a much more relaxed and enjoyable experience once you realise you don’t have to see and do it all.

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Minimalism

Fancy A Minimalist Challenge? I Made You Something…

08.21.17

Free minimalist challenge - Jessica Rose Williams

A minimalist challenge is something I’ve wanted to create for a while and I feel really excited it’s finally here. That back to school season is fast approaching and personally, I love it. It feels like another January and it’s a really motivating trigger for change. With that in mind, I thought this was the perfect time to tempt you with a bit of fun and help apply a little minimalism in the process.

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Living

Saying “NO” Without Guilt and How to Do it Gracefully

08.07.17

How to say no gracefully - Jessica Rose Williams

Learning to say no hasn’t been easy but it has given me more time, and in a lot of cases more money, to do the things I really want to do. That tiny two letter word NO is one of the smallest, yet most empowering words in the English language. It can take courage to use, but when used to our advantage, saying no allows us to sculpt our lives by rejecting the things we don’t want to do and gifts us the time we would have lost by saying yes. It allows us to take back control. Our time is the most precious resource we have, using it wisely makes sense.

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Travel

A Slow Travel Guide To A Weekend in Copenhagen

07.31.17

Slow travel Copenhagen - Jessica Rose Williams

Slow travel is still my favourite way to travel. I love not having to rush around trying to see all the sights. It was exhausting. A long weekend in Copenhagen has been on my travel bucket list for a while now. Denmark constantly ranks as the happiest country in the world and I kept this notion on my shoulder the entire time I was there. Ever the people watcher, I wanted to draw my own conclusions based on what I saw first hand. Unlike my recent slow travel trip to Paris, I had an itinerary this time. I’d planned a loose 3 night itinerary that allowed us to take things slow and really explore the parts of the city that interested me, instead of rushing around trying to cram everything in – I even managed a few naps in the afternoon. It doesn’t get much more slow travel than that!

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Travel

A Carry-On Only Packing List For A Weekend In Copenhagen

07.24.17

Carry on only packing list Copenhagen - Jessica Rose Williams

The hours I spent thinking about what I should or shouldn’t take away with me pre-capsule wardrobe don’t bear thinking about, not to mention all the laundry I used to be slave to when I got home. A complete waste of time and genuinely unnecessary. I’ve been strictly carry on suitcase only for a year now and I’d never go back. I wanted to share what I packed from my minimal capsule wardrobe for the entire year for my trip to Copenhagen this weekend, so you can see how it works in practice.

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Minimalism

Why A Minimal Skin Care Routine Could Be The Answer To Your Skin Problem

07.17.17

Minimal bathroom sink - Jessica Rose Williams

A minimal skin care routine was something I’d never considered. I like to think my values align to those of the French when it comes to skin care; it’s important, much more important than make up. My theory is that we get one face and consequently it’s worth spending the necessary time and money it takes to look after it. I’d happily go without other items in favour of skin care products as they were a priority for me. Over the years I’d created a strict 5 step morning routine and 7 step night time routine for myself, following all the advice I’d read for my combination skin type. I thought I was doing a great job and I was mostly pleased with the results I got. Notice the past tense here? Everything came into question recently when I found myself face to face with a dermatologist diagnosing me with Rosacea and Perioral Dermatitis. The cause? Too many products!

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Living

Becoming Self-Employed: Quitting My 9-5 and Never Looking Back

07.10.17

Becoming self employed - Jessica Rose Williams

Quitting my 9-5 salaried job for self-employment was the most terrifying, liberating thing I’ve ever done. I made the leap two years ago. Fed up of hating my life Monday to Friday, I talked my husband into expanding his financial management business; consequently creating space for me to come on board. I’d always struggled with working for someone else because I hated everything about it; the commute in the morning, having to be there for a set time, managers breathing down my neck, having a set workload, the lack of flexibility, knowing that no matter how hard I worked I would still earn the same amount at the end of every month. The list goes on. I knew there was more than that 9-5 slog that I found so soul destroying. I felt chained to that desk and I resented it. I hated it.

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