The red cover of the captioned book belies the standard white barren aesthetic of mainstream minimalism.
Christine Platt received 4.8 stars out of 5.0 on Amazon for this Avant Garde rendering of Living with Less.
The book is only 207 pages.
Everyone should read it when you want to attain a minimalist lifestyle. In the face of temptation to bow into consumer culture and spend spend spend.
I’m impressed with Platt who is an Advocate and Storyteller for her peers in the African diaspora.
Proud of my Italian heritage I get empowered by Platt’s adoration of her culture. To advocate for what I called in here and use as a blog Category Conscious Chic.
At the same time I read the Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less I watched a Suze Orman retirement planning TV show on Channel 13.
Orman told her audience to cut down spending today to be able to live on less money after you retire.
This advice to live on less right now resonated with me.
As hard as it is to do this I’m going to nix buying a fab cashmere sweater that’s on sale.
Christine Platt copped to owning 53 pairs of jeans.
Reading that she had 53 pairs of jeans put my own clothes collection in perspective.
I have 6 pairs of jeans. Two of them I wear in the summer. The others I wear year-round.
What I do have in bulk are warm sweaters. New York City is cold for 8 months of the year. One sweater I’m donating to charity. Another I’ll pitch in the garbage because it has a permanent stain.
Unlike the white influencer minimalists who champion a barren aesthetic of (costly!) furniture in neutral colors Platt endorses living with less in terms of having an Authentic and Intentional life ethic.
Her wardrobe palette is colorful and reflects her African roots.
In the October Allure magazine Ariana Grande is quoted on the cover:
“You can never have enough music or makeup.”
The superstar vocalist is bringing out her own beauty line.
In truth music and makeup have been healing modes of expression for me.
First in the 1980s when I was a disc jockey on FM radio.
Throughout my life listening to music even today.
Fugees are on the Post Modern Music Box channel with “No Woman No Cry” as I type this blog entry.
I recommend going on Audacy to listen to 100s of music stations.
My favorites are the Punk Party channel and the Post Modern Music Box channel. There’s also a channel for The Cure and for New Arrivals.
The link to Audacy will be at the bottom of this blog entry.
Elsewhere what brightened my day was cashing in my 1000 points in the Sephora Rewards Bazaar.
My Benefit brand gift was a water bottle inscribed with We Dream in Pink that changes color. A white tote bag with pink letters chiming: Laughter is the Best Cosmetic. A tube of They’re Real! Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara.
In the October Allure there was a review of the They’re Real! Magnet Mascara.
Smitten I was with this lash-defining product. So I will keep using it.
Music and Makeup.
I find myself listening to music at all hours of the day and night.
Lining my eyes with black eyeliner. Or using silvery-white eyeshadow.
Going through a struggle I feel good when I make others feel good. There’s a lot that’s not right in the world. So injecting humor and hope into everyone’s lives is called for.
Sephora now sells a haircare line by Tracee Ellis Ross called Pattern. Definitely worth checking out and the packaging is gorgeous too.