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Yes I did it again. I was planning to grow it long, but things changed. I blame it on being a busy mom, but I’ve been eyeing this cut for a few years now.

I didn’t cut my hair at all for the past year and a half. I had been wearing my hair in a bun nonstop, and really wanted something a bit more fun. Whenever I do a drastic hair cut, it takes me at least a week or more to get it exactly as I want it.

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Many of know I’ve been doing elimination communication with my son pretty much since birth. Despite all of the effort it takes to do elimination communication, I still feel it’s all worth it. Along with EC we’ve used cloth diapers. I shared the most effective cloth diapering system here. The only thing I would change is DIY wool diaper covers.

There was a moment when my son didn’t mind going to the potty in the night, but nowadays sleep is just more valuable for everyone.

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Minimalist Beauty by Dawn Michelle - 1M ago

A few years ago I wasn’t even aware of modesty. I don’t see women in Los Angeles dressing modestly, and it wasn’t a notion when I was a child. I grew up in front of full length mirrors that extended the length of a room in ballet, modern, and jazz classes wearing dance attire that showed your lines for easy corrections. I’ve always had a different perspective of my body because of this.

The fall of 2017 I had the spiritual conviction to dress modestly.

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Minimalist Beauty by Dawn Michelle - 2M ago

I never expected to be away from Minimalist Beauty for so long. I’ve been enjoying the areas of life which have made me grow and stretch. I’ve been experiencing the pruning process in so many areas. The process is only beautiful when willing to open your hand and your heart and let go. Life changes you.

I’ve been prioritizing home life, carrying for my family, and taking care of my home.

I never understood the challenges of a stay-at-home mother until now.

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If you’ve never tried or stuck to a small capsule wardrobe, then you’ve never watched your wardrobe degrade quickly from weekly wear and laundering.  It’s very challenging to maintain the look of a small wardrobe.  Shopping high quality pieces makes a huge difference, but distinguishing high quality clothing for your daily wardrobe can be challenging versus high quality pieces for special occasions.

I’ve predominately shopped consignment for my capsule wardrobes.  I’ve messed up items in the laundry, and gotten tired of pieces after wearing them day in and day out.  

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I’ve boasted the benefits of using henna for years on Minimalist Beauty.  If you’re going to color you hair, I believe that using organic henna is the BEST way to go.  The damage I’ve experienced using traditional hair color in the past just isn’t worth it.

Unlike traditional hair color full of toxic chemicals, organic henna strengthens your hair, and adds radiant shine while conditioning it.

Another beautiful thing about using organic henna to color your hair is that it looks very natural.  

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I never thought the simple act of decluttering + intentional living could completely change EVERYTHING in my world, but it has.  My home is much neater and cleaner even with a little one, and I have joyfully downsized my wardrobe and personal possessions more than I thought was possible.  Yet these benefits are only superficial.  The amazing thing is I’ve learned a new perspective on life that I didn’t grow up with, learn in school, or discover during my career as a professional dancer.

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I put my first capsule wardrobe together five years ago.  I was tired of never being satisfied with what was in my closet and the constant shopping.  At the time I didn’t understand how to create a cohesive wardrobe.  Instead I bought separates that I liked without much thought or planning at all.  Because of this I didn’t have many pieces that complimented each other, nor did I cultivate a personal style.

My wardrobe used to be packed with eclectic pieces and rarely essentials that would complete my style.

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This year I decided to try the #10ItemWardrobe concept from the book Lessons From Madame Chic versus the traditional capsule wardrobe which can vary greatly in number.  Although I’ve been creating capsule wardrobes for the past five years, I’d complicated the process and began including too many pieces.

With the 10 Item Wardrobe the focus is on only ten core pieces.  Tees, jackets, shoes, and accessories are considered extras.  To maintain a truly minimalist wardrobe, I never go overboard in the “extras” category so no worries there.

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(I’m working on my next long overdue article, yet this is such an awesome reread that I wanted to republish it.  I hope you beauties are enjoying your summer!)  

With every new phase in life, I find it so interesting that friendships can dramatically shift.  I’ve finally learned not to mourn these shifts, and to just roll with it.  I have met so many fascinating people so far in my life, and I know this is only the beginning.  

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