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Paris To Go by Ariana | Paris To Go - 11M ago

Before last year, I never understood why women stayed in abusive relationships. I thought, why don't they just leave? Now I know. Sometimes it feels less painful to stay. After years of feeling like I finally belonged somewhere, it was a shock being back in a place and way of life I never understood or felt comfortable in. I felt like a foreigner in my own country, whereas every door was open to me in Paris (I know it's a rough and unwelcoming city for most people, but that was never my experience). I came back to the US with two suitcases somebody else packed; I had no credit score or job prospects. I was hired to positions in my field, but the sustainability departments at these companies were eliminated before my scheduled start date in late November 2016. I have a new appreciation for people who come to this country with nothing and no one. I at least had good friends and family in Cleveland, though I left the majority of my support system in France.

I finally get why people feel such an attachment to material things. It's not always about stuff. It feels good buying things with your own money that you alone chose after never having a say for however long. It feels powerful having something somebody else told you you'd never have or deserve. And it feels safe hanging on to something, when everything you had was lost before. I shouldn't feel this way, but I understand a little better now.

The everything I own posts are my most popular ones, and people say it's because they can't believe I have so little. It feels like a lot to me, especially after these past few years.



  1. Levi's Wedgie high rise 
  2. Levi's 517
  3. Levi's Wedgie cuff shorts
  4. L'ecole des Femmes Oui shirt
  5. Black H&M tank top
  6. Black Re/Done bodysuit 
  7. Reformation Lozita bodysuit navy 
  8. Reformation Piper top 
  9. Reformation Axel bodysuit 
  10. Dior black dress 
  11. Dior navy dress 
  12. Dior gray dress 
  13. Louis Vuitton black wool skirt
  14. American Apparel grey henley dress
  15. Three Doen t-shirts
  16. Louis Vuitton raincoat and London Undercover umbrella
  17. Camel Dior coat
  18. A Wool Story socks, hat, and mittens 
  19. Pact Organic socks (nine pairs)
  20. Christian Louboutin Simple pumps  
  21. Ferragamo Vara pumps 
  22. Stuart Weitzman boots
  23. Nike Wedge Sky Hi's 
  24. Nike Air Force 1's 
  25. Longchamp Pliage
  26. American Apparel swimsuit
  27. Gucci sunglasses and Rayban glasses 
  28. Dior ring sz 7 
  29. Pansy sets in rose and black (two bras plus enough briefs for the week) 
  30. J Crew vintage cotton pajamas


    Bathroom / Toiletries
    1. One bamboo carrying case, one bamboo toothbrush holder, and six organic Brush With Bamboo toothbrushes
    2. Razor and blades
    3. Cup and carrying bag
    4. Two Gladrags pads
    5. EcoTools bamboo travel size blush and bronzer brush
    6. Elate cosmetics blush and bronzer in bamboo compacts
    7. Ilia Beauty mascara
    8. Eyelash curler
    9. Tweezers
    10. Who Gives a Crap rolls (box of 24)
    11. Tushy bidet
    12. Six bars palm oil free Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve castile soap


    1. IPad
    2. iPhone
    3. Solar charger
    4. Conventional charger 

    1. Vitamix
    2. Vintage GE iron


    1. CNC cut platform bed with two pillows, wool duvet, and mattress
    2. CNC dining table
    3. Knoll Bertoia white chairs, secondhand (four)
    4. Modernica white shell chair (I think I don't want this anymore, I really like the Knoll chairs)
    5. Plywood sofa and mattress
    6. Five Caroline Z Hurley cushions 
    7. Floyd side table, white legs
    8. Copper pipe garment rack
    9. DIY copper pipe coffee table
    10. DIY copper curtain rods (with Caroline Z Hurley throws as curtains and copper clips)


    1. Four Fog Linen bath towels
    2. Four Fog Linen hand towels
    3. Seven washcloths
    4. 1 set linen sheets- vintage flat sheet with duvet cover and two pillowcases
    5. Six Ambatalia bento bags, various sizes
    6. Two Turkish towels (for the beach, picnics, travel, throws)
    7. Four Fog Linen dish towels
    8. 12 Caroline Z Hurley napkins
    9. Two Redecker cleaning cloths cut into twelve 
    10. Three recycled linen rugs / mats (Fog Linen and Caroline Z Hurley, the Fog Linen one might have to go) 

    Kitchen / Garden
    1. Eight sets Arne Jacobsen Georg Jensen cutlery, secondhand (fork, knife, spoon)
    2. Arne Jacobsen salad serving set (fork and spoon), and cake / pizza server
    3. 1 All Clad (I chose All Clad for all my pans because I could buy them 40% off from the factory in Pittsburgh and talk directly to the people who made the pans) long handled saucepan
    4. 1 long handled pan
    5. stock pot
    6. 1 Duralex glass baking dish (these are indestructible, I brought mine from France)
    7. 1 Duralex mixing bowl
    8. 1 set measuring cups
    9. 1 colander
    10. Sori-yanagi metal ladle, metal spatula, metal spoon
    11. 2 Opinel knives (1 chef, 1 paring)
    12. Maple cutting board-  mine is handmade by a friend 
    13. 36 glass Ball jars- 8 for drinking, the rest for storage, all secondhand
    14. 2 mini Weck jars
    15. 8 Helen Levi mugs / cups, various models - I bought one every time I went to New York during her seconds sales
    16. 3 reused kombucha dark amber bottles, used for propagation / clippings
    17. Settle Ceramics plates and 4 each Settle / Colleen Hennessy bowls
    18. Redecker dish brush, pot brush, and veggie brush
    19. Glass sprayer bottle (reused kombucha bottle and black sprayer)
    20. 1 bamboo dish rack
    21. Stainless steel Ecolunchbox bento
    22. Terracotta planters, made in the US from a local shop (I have a lot of plants now that I don't have cats, all grown from cuttings or seed sharing)

    1. Wooden ironing board
    2. Wooden clothes drying rack from the Amish in Pennsylvania (local wood)
    3. Twelve vintage handkerchiefs
    4. Four large art pieces (maybe I'll do a post on this later but not right now- I was happy to be friends with amazing artists in Paris whose names you'll recognize)
    5. One passport with holder, three credit cards, one debit card, one driver's license, one AAA card lol
    6. One Kerfcase phone case and wallet (thanks Kristy)
    7. Cork ipad case (similar)
    8. 30 books and magazines (vintage books and some books and magazines I'm in, and yes I organize by color)
    9. One notebook
    10. Redecker snow brush
    11. Redecker cleaning brush
    12. One folder
    13. One black Caran d'Ache refillable pen (mine was not this expensive)
    14. Two Rimowa suitcases
    15. Two textile wall hangings
    16. A dozen needles and two vintage spools of cotton thread
    17. Personal set of keys and spares

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