Can a purple lipstick have a purpose?

carolyn chebaro minimalism, less is more lifestyle

Okay we all have vices; something that puts a twinkle in our eye and a skip in our step. Something that warms our heart.


My vice is luxury lipsticks and nail polish. I think it has always been that way, well at least for as long as I can remember.

Give me a sniff of a Dior lipstick and my mood is elevated [ gosh as I type this I feel like, hiding  my head in shame ] But I cannot lie, I am hooked.

I reckon most people have this “ addiction” be it shoes, chocolate. Starbucks coffee, craft products. golf clubs, you name it.


I have learned over the years to “ curb “ my appetite.

And this is how I do it.

I consider every purchase, every lippie or nail polish [ and there are not many ] and event… something to look forward to. My purchases are never on impulse but they are planned. I consider what goodies [ the lipstick, the nail polish ] I own and if the purchase has a purpose.

Will I use the item.


Will it sit in its box in a drawer or in a closet?

Really you may say…why waste the time. energy and the space in your mind making a silly decision on what to purchase? You see I treat every purchase like a game. A game where I can  add value to my life.


Are you nuts? We are talking about nail polish and lipsticks!!


I sometimes [ more often than not ] think the world has gone crazy, we all rush around and never stop to take a breath. It is so easy when you are caught up in the rush of it all to make impulse purchaseS [ that capital S is on purpose ]

If you stop and consider your next purchase, be it whatever the “ want or need you have “ you will find MORE joy in selecting that perfect item.

Less stuff, selected with a purpose in mind is MORE.


Don’t [ just ] throw stuff away.

Here is the thing.

Less is MORE is not about throwing or giving things away.

NOT at all.

All that happens when you do this is, typically, you buy more “stuff”. It is a vicious cycle. It is like the revolving door at Macy’s or any other big box store… around and around you go…

In the online world it is like HAVING to have an Amazon Prime account  [ or life is not worth living ]. Perhaps it is worse that the big box store.

Enter your credit card number.

Press this button from the comfort of your home, office, car or at the beach.


Buy Buy Buy

More More More

One of the premises of Less is MORE is about purchasing with intention. With purpose. Quality over quantity [ I will go over this in another post ]

This mindset is about discovering what is important to you. What items are worthy of your “space”.

I have found that once my external world is clearer so too is my internal world, my mind.

There is less clutter outside and therefore less clutter inside. My mind is able to think with intention, with purpose or not at all [ which is not a bad thing ].

No fancy beginnings…

No fancy beginnings to this blog.

I simply feel compelled to start putting my thoughts on “paper”. I have nothing out of the ordinary to say, no magical words to save the world, no scientific discovery that will beat cancer and I do not have photographs of the latest must have dress or pair of shoes [ sorry ladies ].

Today, I just have an observation. I question that came to my mind when I woke up.

And that question>>>

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What is success?

So I started to think and I started my day in a different way. Rather than walk Miss Evie around the buildings where I live I grabbed some coffee and sat in the doggie park and contemplated.

Each morning I watch all my neighbors head out to work. They jump into their cars and take that journey to work. Day after day, month after month and well, year after year.

And so many of them count the days to the weekend. To the time they can spend the money they earned in the mall. Endlessly, mindlessly walking from one shop to the other.

Only to be faced with another Sunday evening and the thought of work, heading out to the traffic on yet another Monday morning.

Is this success? For me, far from it.

But… I do realize that success is different to each of us. We all interpret success in a different way.

All too often, I believe, many believe success in a material way. A new this and a new that. But if you have ever purchased that new that or this [ and we all have ] the high, the excitement is short lived…. especially when the bills come in!

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For me the meaning of true success has been a long time in coming, in recognizing.

When I think of prosperity [ success ]  I think of time. Time to do what I want, when I want and spend it with the people that matter most to me.

You know the drill in my world, #lessisMORE …. always.

And so…. what about you?