Let’s face it: a simplified, streamlined life is a better one. Of course no life is perfect, but there are some things that we can make to create a life that suits us better.

Imagine a life that is aligned with your values, effortless, no distractions and no heavy thoughts that weight you down. You think this is impossible, right?

Well, trust me, it isn’t. Just make sure to follow your own rhythm during the process and to not rush things up. Here’s 9 simple ways in which you can achieve this:

  1. get rid of everything that you don’t need or like. It may seem obvious, but decluttering is an essential part of the process when you want to embrace a more minimal, simple life. Decluttering allows you to eliminate distractions, to no longer have around you things that you don’t like, use or need, that maybe you’re keeping because you’ve spent money on and feel bad about getting rid of.  –> important! do not start organizing your stuff BEFORE the decluttering process has been finished! Purge first and then start organizing the things you are left with.
  2. choose quality over quantity. Choosing a minimalist lifestyle doesn’t require a humongous budget. Instead of purchasing many things at a lower price but more often and of a lower quality (that need to be also replaced more often),  choose to invest in fewer but better quality pieces that will be long-lasting (think longterm!!)
  3. learn to say no. Prioritizing is important, to make sure that we reserve enough time for what we love doing and to maintain our mental clarity, but also because we should be able to do what we want to do and follow our heart, rather than doing things because we have to. This includes things to do as well as people we surround ourselves with
  4. Be mindful and practice mindfulness. Live this moment, right here right now, and experience it to the fullest because once it’s gone, it’s gone. Be aware of what’s going on around you, be focused. Instead of focusing on what is missing or not working in your life, stay focused on what is instead present in your life and works great. Be thankful for this.
  5. Disconnect. Internet is a great tool, but just because it’s always available in these days, anytime anywhere, this doesn’t mean that we have to be 24/7 connected. Taking some offline time is a great way to recharge our brain and energies, to keep it simple. Do we really need to be constantly online? No, we don’t, at least in my opinion. That’s why I like to stay disconnected for at least the first hour when I wake up in the morning and for the last hour of my day before I go to bed.
  6. stop telling/thinking how busy you are. I’ve learned how important this is and big of a difference this makes when I made the Busy Boycott Challenge by Courtney Carver, the owner of the Be More With Less blog and creator of Project 333. Keeping on repeating to ourselves and to those around us how “busy” we are, how many things we did already and how many yet to do, is it really going to help us in any way? Staying focused, slowing down, prioritizing and doing one thing at a time can make things easier, lighter.
  7. replace shopping with other activities. Cutting down on your shopping sprees is a great way to cut down on your belongings and to keep it simple. Go shopping only when needed and replace the emotional shopping with other things: hobbies, sports, friends… the possibilities are endless! Keeping on piling up stuff (and taking care of that stuff later on) requires more time, more space and more energies.
  8. create routines. In my opinion having a routine or a set of small routines to follow depending on the occasion doesn’t sound boring at all. Everything goes smoothly, without thinking to much about it.
  9. create a capsule wardrobe. Having a small collection of clothes that you know that you like, you look good in and you can easily mix and match to create plenty of outfit combinations is a life savior. No more time wasting when getting ready! If you’re not ready to brunch out with a capsule wardrobe, try to create smaller capsules (for work, for travel, etc.) to get familiar with it.

As always, I discuss a bit into depth these 9 points in the video I made on my Youtube channel:


I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in which ways you keep you life simple!




When I was younger, I definitely wasn’t a fan of autumn: autumn usually meant a) back to school; b) days getting shorter, colder and darker.

I don’t know what changed but… I LOVE autumn now. It’s just so beautiful. The lack of sun may be indeed challenging, but there’s a lot of autumnal rituals and sceneries that make everything brighter: pumpkins flavored cakes and lattes, colorful trees, a huge scarf wrapped around my neck, warm drinks in my hands while I’m reading a book. Fall fashion and styles are probably my favorite, I feel that my sense of style pops out more during this season.

New season means a new capsule wardrobe!! I keep on following Project 333, and this is the list of exactly 333 items for this season:

(Please note that all the fast-fashion items that I still have in my clothing collection were purchased before my decision to no longer contribute to fast fashion consumerism. I talk about this into depth in this video and in this blog post )

1) black t-shirt – H&M conscious
2) b/w striped oversized t-shirt – thrifted
3) Harvard t-shirt – Harvard store (gift)
4) white t-shirt – H&M conscious
5) striped longsleeve – Armed Angels
6) bordeaux longsleeve – Armed Angels
7) black tunic top – thrifted
8) plaid shirt – H&M
9) denim shirt – Replay (gift)
10) grey skinny jeans – thrifted
11) black skinny jeans – H&M
12 black leggings
13) green sweater – H&M
14) grey fitted sweater – Combipel (gift)
15) black kimono/cape – Say It Clothing Berlin
16) striped hoodie cardigan – second hand (Etsy)
17) grey dress – H&M
18) turtleneck dress – thrifted
19) black dress – H&M
20) Levi’s denim jacket – thrifted
21) faux leather jacket – Monton
22) black coat – Lindex
23) black vegan boots – Nae
24) brown lace-up DM boots – thrifted
25) black DM shoes – thrifted
26) black slip-ons – Toms
27) black beanie – H&M
28) black leather belt – unknown brand
29) black gloves – thrifted
30) white/grey turkish towel (scarf)
31) ombre cape/scarf – market in Berlin (gift)
32) blue backpack – Fjallräven
33) faux leather backpack – Etsy

Let me know what you think of it!

I wish you an awesome, colorful and cozy weekend!



1 Year of Project 333 + what’s NOT in my capsule wardrobe anymore

Yes yes, I know… you’re right. It’s almost 1 month that I last posted something on this blog, so it’s about time that I get back on track.

It’s October (can you believe it?) and this means that fall is here. Pumpkins, leaves of all different colors everywhere, cozy sweaters and blanket size scarves, warm drinks and wrapping up in our layers while taking a walk in the cold biting air.

For me the arrival of this October also means that I’ve completed a full year of Project 333. It has been an amazing year with capsule wardrobes, lots of things to discover and to learn.

Lessons I’ve learned from 1 full year of Project 333 capsule wardrobes:

  • the perfect capsule does NOT exist!
  • a c.w. makes it easier to define your style and to choose/combine pieces that go along with it
  • it’s impossible to predict the weather (therefore, no stress needed in planning the perfect capsule)
  • a limited number of clothes does not mean a limited number of outfits or options
  • having fewer but better pieces can really boost up our confidence
  • get organized with laundry and you’ll always have something to wear
  • a capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to be 100% complete before the season starts, but adjustments can be made along the way
  • holding onto an item that does not suit our style, does not fit well or is nothing special to us is not going to change anything and to give us our money back

If you want to hear more into details, make sure to watch the video.

This blog post is also going to be about everything that during this year was included at least in one of my capsules, but for some reason didn’t last in my clothing collection (something broken, things I wasn’t happy about, things that didn’t fit etc…). In this way I can have a list of everything I got rid of during this year and maybe this will inspire you to do the same and keep track of things you got rid of (I find particularly helpful to look at “mistakes” to learn something about my style and be more careful in future purchases).

  1. black-grey striped t-shirt (thrifted): used it obsessively for 5 years and I got it second hand so… yes, it did its job! currently using it as a lounging-at-home piece, since it’s too worn out to be worn in public.
  2. yellow long sleeve shirt (h&m): fairly old, got worn out and couldn’t be fixed
  3. white oversized cocoon cardigan (thrifted): it went somehow out of shape and looked weird on me, donated
  4. black skater skirt (h&m): I found out that I’m not really into skirts, donated
  5. grey jeggins (h&m): I worn these A LOT, they wore out and couldn’t be fixed properly
  6. black maxi skirt: I found out that I’m not really into skirts, donated
  7. black hat (thrifted): even though I liked it a lot, I didn’t use it that much, donated
  8. b&w knit poncho-cape (Primark, gift): I had too much knitwear and wasn’t using this one that much, donated (at a clothing swap event, how cool is that?🙂  )
  9. B&W zig zag tee (thrifted): what was I thinking when I got this? Most unflattering t-shirt ever! No, just no. Donated
  10. black maternity tee (thrifted): I wore it for a while and then got tired of it, donated
  11. denim maxi skirt (thrifted): I found out that I’m not really into skirts, I’ll sell this online
  12. army green jacket (Baton Rouge): quite old piece that doesn’t suit my style anymore, I’ll sell this online
  13. black scarf (italian market + DIY): quite old piece that doesn’t suit my style anymore, donated
  14. beige flats (Rieker): got worn out and it’s quite difficult to repair them… unsure if I’ll donate them (I don’t want to donate too worn or damaged items!!)
  15. black chelsea boots (LaSocki): I have too many boots for my needs, I haven’t been using these that much. I’ll sell them online
  16. black sneakers (Dunlop): they broke and cannot be fixed
  17. black lace up boots (Doctor Martens): I really like the way they look and how useful they are during the winter, and how they can make an outfit edgier… unfortunately, this particular model, despite the usage, still hasn’t broken in and this makes them quite uncomfortable, especially considering they are big and bulky… I’ll sell them online

Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of these items, in case you’re interested you can check my previous capsule wardrobe videos here:

I’ll make sure to update this list as the capsules go by. And I know I say this all the time, I’ll try to be more consistent in posting here.



Going Zero Waste: DIY natural all purpose cleaner

By becoming a minimalist I have voluntarily decided to downsize my belongings to have a more simplified but intentional and conscious life. The point is being focused on what is really important to us, to eliminate distractions so we can be open and present for everything that really matters. 

For me this meant to be more careful to – and to have more time for – sustainable and eco-friendly living.

By growing up, I always got more and more interested in different ways in which I could be sustainable, but by pursuing a more minimalist lifestyle I noticed that I could do more about it.

The following recipe I am about to share is something I started doing a few years ago already, and now that I am more careful in producing less waste, I thought it was worth sharing to show people how quick, easy, inexpensive it is to make your own cleaning product that is also 100% environmentally friendly. Plus, if you compost, making this product is completely zero waste, if you don’t compost instead the amount of waste involved is really really low.

The recipe is not originally mine, so I don’t take the credit for it. I made my own modification though, because I’ve substituted the rubbing alcohol with drinking alcohol (non toxic and safer to use, but not less effective).

Recipe’s credit:

This product can be used as a great alternative to those store bought all purpose cleaner: it works wonders, cleans very well and thanks to the ingredients contained can also disinfect, it smells really great and can be done with only 4 ingredients!!


The ingredients you will need to prepare 500 ml of product are:

  • 50 ml of vinegar
  • 50 ml of alcohol
  • 400 ml of warm water
  • orange peels (or any other citrus fruits peels that you have on hand)


  • put the orange peels into a large bowl
  • add firstly the alcohol and the vinegar
  • before adding water, press the peels using a wooden spoon making sure to squeeze as much juice and essential oil out of them as possible
  • after pressing them for a few seconds, add water
  • give the mixture a very good stir
  • leave the cleaner to rest for at least 24 hrs
  • use a strainer to strain the peels out of the liquid
  • transfer the liquid into a spray bottle for a more practical use

Let me know if you’ll give this recipe a try!! Go green and downsize your cleaning routine! Make sure to share this post and spread the word: being eco friendly and sustainable doesn’t require a lot of effort, time or money!

If you prefer, you can watch/share the video I made on my Youtube channel:


Thanks for reading!






Yes, I know. I haven’t been that much around here lately. 

After being quite involved in various things outside of my full time job, I felt like I needed a pick me up. These are the things I’ve been focusing myself on: slowing down, doing what I love with no pressure to do it all, and look at the beauty around me. 

I am always trying to do my own part in being responsible and sustainable as much as I can. Whenever it’s possible, I’ll go zero waste. You have no ideA how much this makes me happy and excited!!! 

I’ve been exploring my beloved Berlin a bit more, by going to a free tour at the Reichstag, by chilling in a couple of new parks, or by enjoying the famous Sunday’s karaoke. 

I’ve been trying to slow down: I’ve applied for the ‘Busy boycott challenge’, enjoying more what the present has to offer and trying to be more focused on what I love and I have around me that I like rather than thinking about what I have on my to-do list  


The weather has been quite crazy and unpredictable lately, at least here in Berlin. It hasn’t really been the greatest summer, so I was already in the mindset (sort of) that I had to start layering up and swap some clothes as a pre-fall prep.

Today it wasn’t exactly sunny, but at least it has been warm enough to wear one of my favorite combinations for this summer.

Of course I’m all about neutrals, so I paired this super comfy and airy printed b/w pant (unknown brand) with a plain black tank (Pimkie). I absolutely couldn’t  resist to wear my trusty black sandals (Birkestock),especially knowing that it’s probably one of the last chances to do it this year. For bag, I went with my black faux leather backpack.

I ‘fancied’ the outfit with my white wooden earrings and my minimal stainless steel pendant necklace

Have a lovely day! Xoxo



I have to be honest. I have been quite busy since I got back from my holiday: people visiting, my social life that is (finally) growing, my Youtube channel which I am dedicating myself with motivation and devotion. I almost forgot how important was for me to go to this building this week and finally phisically get my residence permit in my hands after more than 4 months of waiting list. 

The one pictured is the Foreigners Office, a.k.a. Berliner Ausländerbehörde. 

This is, at least for now, the final point of my looooong bureacratic journey in Berlin. 😊


Getting back to my life after a whole week of holiday. While ‘getting used’ to relax and rest takes us usually no time, it’s a bit harder to get back into the madness of the daily routine… Thankfully, I had the chance to get the visit of two dear friends, which made me do one of my fave things ever such as touristing in my own town. It’s awesome how the excitement of a visit of a dear person makes us see everything in a different perspective and appreciate much more the beauty we have around us. ❤️ 


Incredibly, July is basically over. I almost didn’t even notice it was July, it flew so fast.
This means it’s time for me to make a summary of my month in terms of plastic waste and everything I have learned from my first ever experience with the Plastic Free July challenge.

If you have never heard of it, read this blog post I made at the beginning of this month:

I have signed up to avoid ALL single-use kind of plastic, and I knew already it was going to be hard. I live in a city that luckily gives me plenty of opportunity to avoid plastic if I want (if you check my latest posts on Instagram you’ll see a few examples). Unfortunately plastic seems to be EVERYWHERE nowadays, so I couldn’t keep it 100% plastic free, but this challenge teached me some precious lessons.

  • if you can’t go 100% plastic free, always choose the item with less packaging
  • of course, always prefer more sustainable alternatives to plastic, such as paper/cardboard and/or glass. For example, I recently found at my local supermarket 2 different brands of yogurt that instead of being packaged in plastic small containers covered with a foil and eventually a plastic lid on top of it, they come in glass jars that can be returned to the supermarket once they are empty, such as returning bottles. You pay a small fee when buying them and you get it back when you return the jars. Maybe some research is needed, but it’s totally worth it.
  • local food markets are the best way of buying unpackaged food, especially fruits, vegetables and eggs. Bring your own reusable bags and an old cardboard egg box and you’re done.
  • looking into your plastic trash is an awesome way to learn which is the biggest source of disposable coffee in your home and eventually how you can prevent it/reduce it. Unfortunately, most foods get packaged in plastic here in Germany, and I don’t have the chance to always go to food market or to the bulk store. So whenever I checked my plastic waste this month (which I have keep collecting on purpose to have a full overview of it), I noticed which were the items that kept recurring in the plastic trash bin. I truly suffered a lot when I noticed the amount of waste (especially plastic one) that is surrounding me everyday, but instead of focusing myself on everything I haven’t been doing right or I haven’t being able to do, I decided that it is better to be focused on and proud of what I have done and accomplished. Learn to refuse the plastic sources that can be avoided and, when inevitable, recycle that plastic properly and don’t toss it in the regular trash.
  • look at your daily habits. I have surprisingly found myself astonished when I realized how much plastic gets wasted considering I wear contact lenses on a day to day basis. I have been wearing daily contact lenses for ages (I started at the age of 16, and now I am almost 31…) and I seriously have never noticed what a waste of single-use plastic this is, because this was such a rooted habit for me, that I have never really paid attention to it until this challenge. I need to use two different kinds of lenses (one for each eye), so this means: 2 lenses x 30 days (days of the month) = 60 lenses per month. Switching to monthly lenses would allow me to dramatically cut down the plastic waste: 2 lenses re-used for 30 days = 2 lenses per month. This means using 2 lenses each month instead of 60 (a difference of 58 pcs. each month really makes the difference at the end of the year!!). So that’s why I have decided to switch to monthly lenses as soon as I will use up all of my daily lenses I still have at home. The point is trying to learn from our daily habits, and deeply analyze them to fully understand what can be changed to benefit our environment.
  • drinking less coffee cannot be that bad. I am super guilty of this one. At my work place, we have a Nespresso coffee machine that, of course, works with disposable capsules. I am fully addicted to my morning coffee (sometimes I even need 2 in one day) at work, and I have deeply thought of how that daily coffee can affect the environment. Maybe it doesn’t seem like it can make the difference, but it does. Multiply that daily coffee for 5 days a week, and then for 4 weeks a month, and then for 12 months in one year. That makes 240 capsules a year per person, considered on a daily basis of 1 coffee capsule a day. Making my own coffee at home and simply making a little bit of preparation in advance and bringing my own coffee at work (made with my Italian espresso maker, 100% plastic free), would allow me to be low-waste in the coffee department at work just like I am at home. I totally have to work on this one!!!
  • always refuse the 4 biggest source of disposable plastic: bringing your own re-usables is the way to go!! I took the habit months ago of keeping a re-usable cotton tote in my bag, and I just let it live there. So whenever I need it, I don’t have to get a plastic bag at whatever store I find myself buying something. Consider investing in a re-usable water bottle and carrying it with you wherever you’re going. If possible, ask for no straw when you order a drink (I tried this one and I failed when, for some reason, the waiter didn’t get that I didn’t want a plastic straw in my drink… so yes, I have collected two plastic straws during this month). And finally, take a few extra minutes to drink your coffee directly on spot or, if on the go, ask the person at the counter to fill up your cup instead of taking your coffee away in a take-way cup. These four are the biggest sources of single-use plastic that get wasted everyday and end up junking up or seas and landscapes. Being more conscious of the usage of these 4 items totally makes the difference, and can even positively influence those around you, creating the “avalanche effect”.
  • the menstrual cup is a heaven’s send. I had my troubles in using it and learning how to make it work for me, but things keep getting better and there’s no way I am going back to pads and tampons that are packaged in plastic and pollute like crazy. Investing in an item that can be re-used for years is not only cost effective, but definitely more safe and healthy and, more importantly, much more sustainable and eco-friendly. If getting used to a menstrual cup takes a bit more time and practice for you, consider using organic and natural pads as a “back up plan” to avoid bad surprises (yes, these pads are still disposable, but still better than the regular drugstore ones) or, if feeling more adventurous, re-usable and washable cloth pads. If you end up having some pads, liners and tampons that you don’t need to use anymore (once you are 100% confident in using a menstrual cup), give your disposable leftovers to friends or, even better, donate them to organizations who support women in need that can’t afford basic items such as, indeed, period essentials.
  • Nothing is impossible. A little bit of practice is needed and no big changes happens over night. Be a positive example and be open to learn something new everyday.

What do you do to cut down your plastic use? How did Plastic Free July go for you, if you signed up for it like I did? Let me know, I’d love to read that!!