Minimalism is More Than Just a Style – The Good Men Project

Specifically, I look at how certain minimalists have increasingly used minimalism as an aesthetic choice over recent years. Ultimately, minimalism needs to be renegotiated as a pro-environment and anti-consumption mindset.

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We need to renegotiate the idea of minimalism
The term was originally coined in the late
1950s to describe the abstract visions of artists like Frank Stella and Carl Andre
But has since been co-opted into an aesthetic that leans heavily on class privilege
And the ability to choose less today
I want to critique what minimalism has become and then point towards a minimalist lifestyle that moves away from
aesthetics and into politics ultimately minimalism has promised for
socio-economic and environmental reasons
but we need to understand that its current state is more an extension of consumer culture than a movement toward an
environmentally and materially conscious society the trend of minimalism as a
Personal aesthetic has spiraled out of control in recent years
Somehow it has become the opposite of what it was trying to be now for certain minimalists
The lifestyle means a tightly curated wardrobe of expensive clothes in an aesthetic of white on white on white
Using the minimalism as a style merely replaces one form of conspicuous consumption with another
Take for example the buy less but buy better mindset that is invaded minimalism
Yes, buying a $400 pair of shoes might in some cases be more environmentally friendly than buying four sets of
$50 shoes because the pricier shoes will most likely last longer and produce less waste than four pairs
However most people don’t have the money for that
So this minimalist philosophy uses the excuse of having little
To buy the most expensive things perhaps minimalists are purchasing less
But they’re still buying into the idea of creating status via
Expensive items thus if you don’t have the means or the money to rid yourself of your belongings and purchase just the right things then
minimalism must not be for you. As Chelsea Fagan puts in her opinion piece in The Guardian the only people who can
quote-unquote practice minimalism in any meaningful way are people upon whom it isn’t forced by
financial or logistical circumstances and
This new trend of minimalism as a visual aesthetic has now been conflated with a surge of self
optimization by using the right technology and
Paring down your life in the right way minimalism can portably deliver happiness
Financial security and free time to those who follow its path
Unfortunately it can only be viewed as a key to happiness by those who already have more than enough for low income people buying
Inexpensive clothing or owning less furniture isn’t a choice
It’s a structural reality minimalism
However can offer so much more than a stylistically slimmed down wardrobe it can instead mean a purposefully
anti-consumerist and
Environmentally conscious lifestyle that works against the power of capitalism. The focused with minimalism
Then is not necessarily working to edit your furniture choices and activewear down to the cream of the crop
But instead on working hard to critically assess your consumption choices. Day to day this looks like choosing not to buy the latest
Thousand-dollar iPhone or if you’re cleaning out your closet choosing not to sell your clothes if you don’t need the money and instead
Donating them to a progressive organization if you do in fact need to get a new pair of pants consider buying
Secondhand the idea is to understand that consumption feeds a system that affects a tremendous harm on the environment and on
Marginalized people minimalism can offer guidance, not as a stylistic choice
But as a mindset that helps reroute our unconscious purchasing habits into a well informed
consumption critical stance
Minimum has slowly grown more popular as it is taken hold of the American psyche and with that transition
Minimalism has become more watered-down and at times the opposite of what it originally
intended to be. So it’s important to remember that as an aesthetic trend and a way to find happiness
minimalism can sometimes be just another
insidious form of conspicuous consumption.
As a pro-environment and anti consumption choice however minimalism can offer a way to navigate an economic system that
constantly pressures us to buy more
Having and buying less do not need to be status symbols or the subject of an Instagram post, they can instead be
radical political and environmental acts
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Joanna Gaines Shares a Sneak Preview of the Latest Magnolia Home Furniture Collection – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines delighted her fans when she posted her latest Instagram update. The former HGTV star announced some new additions to the Magnolia Home Furniture Collection were on the way. Here’s what Gaines revealed about the new collection.

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Gaines shared a few photos of some of the latest additions to the Magnolia Home Furniture collection. She told her followers the Magnolia Home showroom will be open in Spring 2020 in Waco, Texas. Gaines will be sharing more furniture updates in her Instagram stories. Here’s what she posted about the furniture collection:

Finalizing all the details and designs for the next Magnolia Home Furniture collection–here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming early next year. The Magnolia Home Showroom will open in Waco spring 2020. I can’t wait for you to see these designs in person at the Silos! Chk my stories for more behind the scenes. (Rugs are available now at retailers and

Joanna Gaines suggests designing your home in a way that feels comfortable to you

Although it’s tempting to design your living space in a way that will impress others, Gaines says it’s more important to create a space that you and your family love. Doing what works best for you is key. Here’s what she told Elle Décor in a 2018 interview:

In the beginning stages of designing a home, the fundamentals should be your timeless elements. Everything else that you layer in are the pieces that tell your story, are what will make your home feel personal. It’s always good to find a balance, letting some rooms “breath,” so that it never feels too crowded. It also depends on your personality. Some people feel most comfortable in a minimalist space, while others are inspired by having many things around them. That’s what the whole book is about–understanding that there aren’t really any rules–it simply depends on what works best for you.

Where to buy Magnolia Home Collection furniture

Gaines mentioned you can purchase her home products at retailers, but where exactly are these stores? Three retailers that carry Gaines’ furniture are Carolina Pine Country Store, Hickory Furniture Mart, and Living Spaces. The Magnolia Home Furniture collection features everything from beds and sofas to furniture for the dining room and kitchen. You can also search for a retailer near you on the Magnolia Home Furniture website when you type in your ZIP code.

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Peter Fonda’s Gold – Awards Daily – Awards Daily


Peter Fonda may have been the least accomplished of the Fonda film power trio (no shame in that, the bar was high), but his impact on cinema was still significant beyond measure.

Fonda appeared in a number of Roger Corman productions in the 60s before striking out on his own at the end of that decade with his seminal 1969 counter-culture touchstone, Easy Rider. Written by Fonda, along with Terry Southern and Director/co-star Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider was a rambling tale of two motorcycle guys who’d gone to look for America – as the Simon and Garfunkel song goes.

While some found the film dramatically inert and there’s a question about how well it’s aged, Easy Rider was an elegiac thunderbolt that changed filmmaking. Made for almost nothing, the film scored an Oscar for its screenplay, and for Jack Nicholson’s star-making turn as George Hanson, a liberal lawyer they meet on their travels. It also made a ton of money stunning corner-office Hollywood with its budget to profit ratio. It’s significance to DIY independent cinema cannot be overstated.

The ending is a real kicker too. Infused with sadness and tragedy. In its way, it was like the Stones at Altamont. It wasn’t about the beginning of something, it was about the death of it. That thing was innocence.

Two years later, Fonda tried his hand at directing with the criminally underseen western, Hired Hand. It’s all but forgotten by anyone who’s not a dedicated cinephile. It is ripe for rediscovery.

Things got dark for Fonda after that. He went nearly a quarter of a century stuck in B movies and underperforming schlock. He had a nice turn in Michael Almereyda’s vampire film, Nadja, in 1994, but it wouldn’t be until 1997’s Ulee’s Gold that Fonda would make a true comeback.

All but channeling his father’s taciturn, flinty nature, Fonda was perfect as a Florida beekeeper trying with quiet rectitude to hold his family together. The slice of life’s noirish turn at the end is very effective. Fonda earned his only best actor nomination for his work.

I would argue he was even better two years later as the villain dripping with California sleaze in Steven Soderbergh’s minimalist masterpiece of film noir, The Limey. Casual and droll, Fonda had never been better than he was here as the target of Terence Stamp’s vengeance.

The one-two punch of Ulee’s Gold and The Limey would more or less be Fonda’s last grabs at greatness. The remainder of his career was made up of small parts in things you may have seen (3:10 to Yuma) and many that you probably haven’t.

Fonda exploded on the scene 50 years ago. Hibernated for nearly a quarter of a century. He then fulfilled his potential with master strokes in back to back classics. I suppose one could argue his resume is somewhat thin considering how long he was in his field. But oh, how choice those few nuggets are.

Peter Fonda died yesterday. He was 79 years old.



10 Wedding Expenses I’m Not Wasting My Money On – Nasdaq

Y our big day doesn’t have to come with a big bill.

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I’ll be the first to admit: I’m not your typical bride-to-be. Most girls dream of the white dress and the walk down the aisle. I dreamt of a casual courthouse ceremony and going home to watch TV. But my fiance wanted a wedding, so plans changed.

I knew that the average had risen to nearly $34,000, but being rather frugal, I also knew I could get that number way down. We don’t have the bill in hand yet, but we’re estimating our final costs to be around $8,000. Here are some of the expenses we slashed to make that happen.

1. A diamond ring

The Knot estimates that the average engagement ring costs $5,680. I opted for a simple men’s wedding band that cost around $80. I know that’s not everyone’s style, but you have other choices besides that and a jewelry store. There are many online jewelry makers that sell unique, custom rings for far less than you’d pay at established jewelers. Explore those options first. If you find something you like, you could easily save yourself thousands.

2. A wedding dress

Wedding dresses don’t cost as much as engagement rings, but many of them still top $1,000, and some designer brands can cost more than $10,000. If you don’t want to spend that much on a dress you’ll only wear once, consider buying used. There are several sites selling used wedding dresses, or you can buy a white dress from any store for a more casual feel. I scored a simple, but elegant white dress for $25 secondhand, and it’s versatile enough for me to wear again.

3. An overinflated guest list

Keeping the guest list down was the toughest part because my fiance has a big family. It helped that our venue had a 150 maximum capacity, so it forced us to limit ourselves to only close family and friends. We decided to invite some of our local friends to the reception only, which freed up more space for family and guests traveling from far away to attend the ceremony. This also helped keep our dinner costs down, and most of our reception-only guests were understanding of the situation.

4. A plated dinner

We opted for a buffet dinner over a plated dinner, partially because it offered greater variety to our guests and because it was cheaper. The average plated dinner costs about $40 per person, according to WeddingWire, while the average buffet costs $27 per person. Plus, if you don’t get your fill the first time around, you can always go back for more without paying extra.

5. A wedding cake

I attended a wedding a while back where instead of a cake, the couple had a number of family members and friends bake or buy a dessert and bring it to the wedding. It saved them money, and it also gave guests the opportunity to sample a variety of desserts apart from the traditional cake. We intend to do the same thing at our wedding.

6. Professional wedding vendors

Aside from the venue, vendors are usually the most expensive part of a wedding. Fortunately for us, we have a friend who’s ordained, another friend who’s a DJ, another friend with a nice camera who will be taking our photos, and another friend who’s a graphic designer and did our invitations for us. Recruiting our vendors from our social circles helped in two ways. We didn’t need to make extra room on the guest list for vendors because these friends were already going to be invited, and some of them even offered to perform the services for free as a gift to us. You may not have friends or relatives who can fulfill all of these roles, but if you can find an invited guest who can do even one of these jobs, you’ll save yourself money. Even if you pay them for their services, it’ll probably still be cheaper than hiring a professional officiant, DJ, or photographer.

7. An event planner

I have friends who hired wedding planners and were quite happy with their decision, but I didn’t think it was worth spending a few thousand dollars more just to have someone else make decisions I could easily make on my own. But if you find wedding planning overwhelming, this could be money well spent.

8. Transportation

Rather than paying to shuttle the wedding party and guests to and from the reception, we decided to have the ceremony, photos, and the reception all at the same place. Our location happens to be a resort, so guests can also book their accommodations there. Something like this may be worth considering if you don’t want to pay for a limo or bus service, but this isn’t possible with all venues.

9. Bridal bouquets

Flowers and decor can cost a couple upward of $2,400, according to The Knot. To save money, I chose to forgo the bouquets for both myself and my bridesmaids, which will also fit in better with my minimalist style. But if you still want a little something, consider paper or fabric flowers instead or something that’s altogether different, like balloons or wreaths. You could also give each of your bridesmaids a single flower rather than her own bouquet.

10. Hair and makeup

I’ve been in several weddings where I’ve had to pay more than $80 to have my hair done. It’s a small expense compared to all of the other costs a wedding brings, but I’m still going to skip it. I don’t plan on having an elaborate updo, so I’ll just do my hair and makeup on my own, and my bridesmaids will do the same. This will save everyone a little money, and we won’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to start getting ready.

Not all of these suggestions may appeal to you, but implementing even a few of them can save you quite a bit of money so you don’t have to charge expenses to a or take out a . That way, you can enjoy your day without worrying about .

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Don’t throw it away, share it , Lifestyle News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

I dream of leading a minimalist lifestyle, but my home tells a different story.

My wardrobe has one too many ill-fitting dresses bought on a whim from online marketplace Taobao, my pantry is full of expiring pre-mix sauces and my storeroom is crammed with more freebie canvas tote bags, caps and water bottles than I will ever need but which I cannot bear to throw away.

Enter sharing platform Olio, which I latch onto as the ideal way to declutter. To list an item on the app, I take a photo and add a short description. Users get to “request” the item and pick it up from my home or office.

And unlike online marketplace Carousell, there is no need to haggle with low-ballers hankering after a discount.

The app, which lists food and non-food items, was founded in Britain in 2015 and available internationally by the following year. There are about 1.2 million Olio users worldwide, in 49 countries including the United States, South Africa and Russia.

The app is free and users do not pay for posting or collecting items.

Co-founder Tessa Clarke says Singapore is the Asian market where Olio has seen the largest growth.

Between 2015 and last year, there were about 2,080 Olio users here. That number has since multiplied to about 15,000 after members of the SG Food Rescue Facebook group, which “rescues” and redistributes blemished but edible vegetables and fruit, began using Olio to share food.

At first, I gave my cakes to friends and neighbours until they became scared of receiving so many. I might as well bless someone who needs it.


On the app, which lists items such as tea, fruit, vegetables, milk powder and chocolate, I spot some items past their expiry date.

Mrs Clarke says many dry foods such as biscuits, rice and pasta can still be “safely and deliciously eaten” past their best-by date.

However, she adds that products such as fresh meat and dairy should not be listed past their expiry date and users can report such listings to have them taken down.

Although food authorities such as the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore have generally discouraged people from consuming food products past their expiry dates for fear of deterioration in quality, many Singaporeans, it seems, are not too concerned. There are at least 10 Facebook groups for sharing food and non-food items here.

Mrs Jacqueline Koh, who has been a member of at least three such groups for about four years, says she has seen more items being listed and requested over the past year as people warm to the idea of consuming food that is past its expiry date or not in pristine condition.

Mrs Koh, a baker in her 30s who teaches cake decorating, gives away a demonstration cake on a Facebook group called “3R Recycle, Sharing is Caring” about three times a week.

She stipulates in her post that the cake should go to a low-income family celebrating a birthday.

She receives 50 to 70 requests a cake. Requesters sometimes take a photo of their Community Health Assist cards, which offer subsidised healthcare to low-income households, as proof of need.

Mrs Koh, who sells similar cakes for at least $60 each, says: “At first, I gave my cakes to friends and neighbours until they became scared of receiving so many. I might as well bless someone who needs it,” says the mother of a five-year-old boy, who also buys milk powder and diapers for the recipient’s family and delivers them with the cake.

These are the sort of human connections Mrs Clarke hopes Olio will generate.

“We want Olio to connect people who live in the same neighbourhood and bring them together in real life,” she says.

My first attempts at neighbourliness do not go so well. One user bails on our appointment an hour before the meeting time.

Others request multiple items and are reluctant to pick them up unless they can have all of them.

But I take heart that my disused items will finally be put to good use.

Ms Eileen Goh, 29, a polytechnic student, requests a luggage strap for her trip to China because she does not have one and thinks it will come in handy.

A housewife in her 50s living across the street, who comes over to collect a box of Great Grains cereal and some travel-sized toiletries, brings me a bag full of mint and basil cuttings grown in her garden.

I brew a mug of tea with the former and use the latter for a chicken marinade, then text her to say how much I enjoyed the herbs, especially as I have tried and failed to grow mint myself.

“Mint is easy,” she replies, offering to grow me a pot. She invites me to check out her garden where she also grows kale, kailan, rosemary and mustard greens.

I spend a breezy evening on her balcony hearing about her gardening adventures and we make plans to meet up in our neighbourhood for dinner.

Before I leave, she plies me with basil and kale and tells me to come over any time I need fresh herbs.

It has been the most unexpected way to make a friend.

Tips for friendly sharing


Olio co-founder Tessa Clarke says new users often wonder if anyone will want their items. Often, the answer is yes – about 50 per cent of food items are requested within an hour of being listed on the app.


There are at least 10 Facebook groups for people to share or request items, so pick the most suitable one. For instance, Art Don’t Throw (SG) is for craft materials, Free Loved Furniture (Singapore) is for furniture and Freegan in Singapore is for general items.


To increase the chances of your items being requested, include useful information such as the expiry date of the food, make-up or skincare and give an idea of the item’s condition.


Popular items often have several people eyeing them – a PowerPoint clicker I listed received 20 requests. Increase your chances of getting an item with a polite, friendly request and offer to meet at the user’s convenience. Once you have made an appointment, avoid backing out or risk being blacklisted.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 18, 2019, with the headline ‘Don’t throw it away, share it’. Print Edition | Subscribe