Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sneak Peak of My Office and What I'll Be Using It For

Thrifted Ban.do Tee // Previously Owned Jeans //

As I'm sure you've noticed, there have been a lot of additions associated with A Newer Kat in Town over the last few weeks. I've started writing my first eBook as well as officially launching my Youtube Channel. Aside from these additions, I have been keeping a few more secrets over the last few weeks including the reveal of my office and what I'll actually be using this office for. If you missed that I created an office over Christmas break, check out this post before reading further.

First things first, I am saving my official office reveal for a few more months as the finishing touches are not yet complete. I still have to refurnish some secondhand furniture and buy some plants. It only seems fitting that my vegan, earth-loving self should have some plants in my office, haha! The rest remains a secret. However, as you can see in the sneak peak pictures above, I have added a clothing rack (HINT, HINT) which brings me to my second point.

Upon graduating from Villanova University in May, I will be utilizing this office to blog full-time, write my eBook, create videos for my Youtube channel, and most importantly, run my secondhand Etsy shop! I will be launching my shop, With Love By A Newer Kat, at Villanova's Love the Skin You're In Fashion Show in less than one week from today! I have been curating and re-designing thrifted pieces for months and am so excited to launch this collection (I'm smiling so much writing this right now). The mission of With Love By A Newer Kat is to prove that secondhand fashion can be just as trendy and glamorous as fast fashion, without the harmful side effects of pollution, unsafe working conditions, and such. I want to continue to inspire individuals to treat what they wear with love, others with love, and the world with love. I can't wait for you all to continue to follow along on this crazy adventure, and thank you for always supporting my dreams!

Monday, February 19, 2018

DIY Zero Waste Lotion

Thrifted Sweater // Previously Owned Jeans // 

I'm back with another zero waste, DIY recipe! Today, I'm going to explain why and how I make my DIY zero waste, vegan lotion. 

Why: About 6 months ago, I began to transition all of my beauty products to natural ones. This included my shampoo, conditioner, makeup, and lotion. I was shocked at the amount of toxic crap that is loaded in all of these big name products that people trust and use every day. These ingredients include diazolidinyl urea which has carcinogenic properties and causes dermatitis, parabens which possess estrogen-mimicking properties and have been associated with increased breast cancer, and fragrances which are not required to be clearly stated and can include harmful toxins which cause respiratory problems and endocrine disruption. These ingredients are common ingredients in your typical lotion products such as Bath and Body Works, Aveeno, and Cetaphil. For more information on these toxins and common products that include them, check out this article. On top of all of that, I could no longer justify buying these products as they come in plastic packaging and a majority of our plastic ends up in landfills and oceans further degrading our planet. 

How: Now that you're more aware of what's in your typical lotion products, it's time to make your own zero waste, vegan lotion! 

What You'll Need: 
  1. Combine the coconut oil and shea butter into a blender. 
  2. Add vitamin E oil and essential oil. 
  3. Blend until you have a whipped consistency. 
  4. Transfer to a glass mason jar to avoid plastic usage. 
  • If the lotion begins to lose its whipped consistency, simply transfer to the fridge and it's good to go! This may happen if the weather is warm or you store the lotion in a warm room. 
  • You only need to use a fraction of this lotion as compared with traditional lotion.
  • If possible, try to buy the ingredients in bulk or a glass jar as glass supports a circular economy. 
I hope you found this recipe useful, and if you make it tag me or message me on Instagram

P.S. If you're a student at Villanova, be sure to stop by the DIY Lotion and Lipbalm Workshop tonight that I'll be hosting with the Sustainability Club on campus. We'll be making the lotion above and this chapstick. I hope to see you there! The event info is as follows: