Hi! My name is Vina, the author of Pretty Simple Thing.
I enjoy food, new experiences, fashion & beauty, crafting, homemaking, decorating, design and giving back. I believe growing up shouldn’t be a struggle but rather a great adventure!
Life shouldn’t be complicated
There was no guideline or handbook given to us when we entered the adult life so we’re out here trying to fend for ourselves. I started Pretty Simple Thing as an outlet or resource for others to use as they start living on their own. Pretty Simple thing is here as your support system, a safe place to learn “how to live life” without judgment.
The theme of this blog is “_______ is a pretty simple thing” to help you see that nothing is too hard once you put your mind to it. I will help simplify them so you don’t have to.
I will be sharing with you all the fun things in life but also have the serious conversations of how to deal with the complexities of it all.
I will be posting about my learning experiences, the advice I wish I could give myself in the past (now passing on to you) and tips for anything helpful in navigating adulthood.
Being a millennial today means being the new generation that’s making major life decisions in the market: having careers, getting married, buying a house, buying products and items for the house, etc. We make up for most of the population today. This also means being the main marketing target for most companies. That being said, it’s kind of ridiculous and infuriating to see all the negative connotation around the millennial generation.
Pretty Simple thing is also a platform to turn that negative mindset around. This is a place where millennials can support and empower each other. Discrimination will never have a place here. Love, happiness, compassion, and respect lives here.
Other things I stand for
I believe in providing a safe environment for generations to come. It starts with how we impact the environment now. I try to be aware of the waste I create and the ethics of manufacturers I support as a consumer. I encourage my readers to be aware of how they impact the environment and how they can contribute to its preservation but it’s never with the intention to judge anyone’s journey or lifestyle. I only try my best to help as well.
With that said, you can expect some eco-conscious driven posts in this blog. All in the tone of a beginner documenting her journey, not as an expert. I will be sharing with you what I learn along the way, recommending products and lifestyle tips on starting your zero waste lifestyle journey.
Dress to impress:
I love the show QUEER EYE. They boost confidence by encouraging self-love, self-care and living authentically. That is what I really live by and encourage others to do as well. I imagine the fab5 guys telling me this:
It all starts within and then you’ll be looking great on the outside in no time. Treat yourself how you want others to treat you.
You’ll see all the fashion+beauty posts in the adulting simplified section of the blog. I want to help guide you and inspire you. Dress up, feel fabulous, feel confident, take over the world!
Safer beauty/house products:
I attended a Young Living (ID number: 14484308) class once and learned so much about all the chemicals in products nowadays. Sadly, I couldn’t keep up with the cost of buying all of their products to replace what I have at home. So I stopped my monthly subscription but I still practice diligence in looking for affordable products that are safe for my body and the environment.
Not only do I advocate for how we treat the earth, above all, but I also advocate for self-care and surrounding yourself with products that are safe for you.
I try not to let items/things define me. I am an over-thinker and constantly stress over everything. I found myself to be so much more at peace once I started decluttering and living a minimalist lifestyle. This helped me to start to declutter/reevaluate my home, relationships, how I’m spending my time and how I’m managing my financial life. I am learning every day and I will be posting all about this topic.
I remember the college-life struggle of making ends meet and living paycheck-to-paycheck. Although the zero waste lifestyle sometimes does not agree with my budget-friendly ways, I still get creative in other ways to continue my mission to care for the environment. Remember that quality of life is also important so don’t lose sight of that in balancing your compassion for the earth and self-care.
For example I can’t always find everything at the thrift store. Buying cheap clothing to get me by will override my ZW lifestyle principle because I need it at the moment. I try to have a balance between the two. If the clothing breaks because of its poor quality, for example, I turn this item into a bag that I take to the grocery store or a rag. For my minimalist lifestyle: If the quality is still good but I know won’t wear it again, I’ll donate it.