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5 Ways To Reduce Waste | Beginners Guide

5 Ways To Reduce Waste | Beginners Guide

Whether it is on the street, TV, or social media, you have probably heard of the tagline "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". If you have not, it is a tagline that encourages everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle all goods to promote a sustainable society and environment. 

We strongly encourage our audience to live a minimal lifestyle at which you only own things that are necessary to declutter your mind and be sustainable. Not only living minimal saves your money in the bank, it also saves the environment!

What many of us see in the mall or online stores are products or "finished goods" that are ready for consumption. What we don't see is that each product requires a lot of materials (including raw materials that are extracted from earth) and energy to produce, which results in air and water pollution; wastes from factories usually ended up in landfills.

If you have always wanted to reduce waste, but you can't get it started because it is "inconvenient". Well let us tell you something -- when habits are formed, they are harder to change. Once you have adopted the habit of reducing waste, you will eventually start to recycle and reduce waste without putting in any effort. 

Okay! If you are ready to make it happen, read on.

Here are the 5 ways to reduce waste as a beginner.

 

1. Refuse to use products that are non-biodegradable

Essentially, non-biodegradable products are products that are inorganic and can not be broken down naturally. Because it can not be broken down into microorganisms or processes over time, non-biodegradable products takes up a lot of space over time and will remain in the environment. 

The most common known fact about non-biodegradable products (ie. plastics), is that it affects the marine life. Plastic containers and bags are commonly found in beaches. Over time, we see that the plastic bags and containers end up floating in the ocean where it suffocates fishes and turtles. Some marine animals might eat them, resulting in digestive issues.

To save the marine life and our environment, you can first start by not accepting plastic bags from the groceries or shopping malls, instead you bring your own net bags and recycle bags wherever you go. 

 

Natural Cotton Crochet Net Bag

 

2. Reuse, reuse, reuse

 

Okay, there are a lot of things that we can reuse. But we are going to use "clothing" as an example, because we know, many of us can get pretty crazy when it comes to shopping! Fashion trends come and go, in fact, to be honest, it is somewhat determined by fashion editors. Think about it. But, style is always constant because it defines you. Your style is exclusively you and you do not need the latest trendy outfit to make you look "stylish". So learn to reuse your old clothes and create a brand new look for yourself. In fact, tailoring old clothing has becoming popular these days.

Another way to reuse is to shop at thrift stores. Someone's trash is someone else's treasure. You'll find gem in thrift stores and the best thing about it is, it is inexpensive!

  

3. Separate your trash bins

Recycle sustainable environment

To make things easier for you to recycle, separate your trash into 3 bins: Paper, Plastic, Cans and Trash (biodegradable items, like food.) 

 

4. Bring your own mug or water bottle everywhere you go

If you have forgotten to bring your water bottle, chances of you getting a bottle of water from the convenient store that is made of plastic is higher. If you needed a cup of coffee at the cafe nearby, offer the barista to fill your mug. This is so you can reduce the usage of paper cups. Remember, start building a habit to reuse, reduce and recycle.

 

5. Plant trees! *Don't worry, you don't need massive space for this

Acacia tree

We have just recently stumbled upon a browser, Ecosia,  that enables you to contribute in planting trees without physically planting it. For an average of 45 searches on this browser, the community at Ecosia will plant a tree for you! Not just any tree though. They will be planting Acacia tree because it was believed that acacia tree makes the soil fertile. According to studies, Acacia tree is valued for their long roots, which helps stabilize the soil in areas that are threatened by erosion.

Our team is currently using the browser and we have successfully planted 11 trees! Join us in creating a sustainable environment for our future!

We hope this article helps you in your journey to reduce waste. Comment down below if you have any questions. We will get back to you very soon!

 

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Liv 

 

What Do We Mean When We Say #livoutloud?

What Do We Mean When We Say #livoutloud?

livlola liv out loud

What are the things that pop into your mind when we say "liv out loud"? Something bright, vibrant (maybe, red), daring and rebellious, perhaps? Well, it's partially right. But what it essentially means is, confidence - a powerful aura that you have that people can feel when you walk into a room, and they can't steal it away. Some people express confidence out loud via their appearance - a louder sense of style, but many express it subtly.

 

1. It means accepting yourself, truly

How long do you spend looking yourself in the mirror vs staring at your phone, scrolling through pictures of your friends, family, celebrities, models, influencers etc on social media? With the rise of social apps (ie. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat...etc), we subconsciously seek validation from others and not from ourselves. 

Have you told yourself that you are beautiful this morning when you look at yourself in the mirror?

You may think you "accept" everything about yourself. But, think again, do you truly accept your flaws, whether it is physical or something you just can't master or change (ie. your parents are separated, you're adopted, or you can never master math...etc). Accepting yourself means acknowledging your flaws and fears, and know what you are good at. You have no idea how confident you will be once you have truly acknowledged all of your flaws and fears and just being you, a vulnerable being in this universe.

 

2. It means you don't give a f*ck

Okay, this doesn't mean being nasty to others. It simply means, you don't seek validation from others. You do you. Because at the end of the day, you are responsible for your own life. And whatever sweet or bitter memories you gathered along the way, it is you that can savour the experience the most, and not others.

But, never ignore advice. Learn to listen and learn to choose the right advice before taking on any action. 

 

3. It means know and understand that you are a human being

be emotionally attached to yourself 

It is okay to be emotional and make mistakes. Cry, if you feel like it. Not everyday is sunshine and rainbows. It is okay to be tired and it is "very okay" to sleep all you want in bed and not feel guilty.

Know that we are constantly evolving as we age. What you love and hate now will be different in 3, 5, or 10 years time. You may hate tofu now and love it in year 2023. So it is okay, to change your style and you do not need to explain to others. #livoutloud

 

4. It means not afraid to be vulnerable - give and show love to others

If you love something, go 100%. Don't be afraid to get hurt over something you love. Our world, our society needs more love now than ever. While the internet continues to tear down the barriers of connecting people around the world, the more it magnifies our differences. And when we are given something unfamiliar, our default reaction to it is to "defend" by giving out negative thoughts about that "unfamiliar thing."

So before getting into the conclusion of "hating it", learn to love and adapt the differences between us humans. Understand that everyone is different in their own way, and we are all kind souls. Show and give care and love to others and expect nothing in return.

Also, never wait to show love till that someone is about to lose their lives. Always be generous with love.

 

5. It means you know your words are powerful

There is a certain power to your words, even if you are a nobody. Give credit where credit is due and speak up when justice is not made. You may have heard about the "butterfly" effect, where small change can create a significantly different outcome. 

 

6. It means you are able to cope with unexpected events thrown at you

The best scenario to describe this statement is, pregnancy. Nobody, no mother, is 100% ready for pregnancy (especially their 1st pregnancy). You may feel that you are ready to be a mom, but you will never be truly ready when you are experiencing it. 

Living out loud is where we (LIVLOLA) stand as a brand and we believe that it is a good principal to live by, to remind yourself that you are human and it is not wrong to live a little to celebrate life. As cliche as it sounds, life is short. We were blessed to be given a blank canvas when we were born into this beautiful world. So paint it however you want, and make sure you priorities your happiness.

 

Till then.

 

XX,

Liv

 

15 Urban Words You Should Know in 2018

15 Urban Words You Should Know in 2018

It started off as a slang. Then, you see it everywhere on social media, hear it all over the radio. But what exactly does these words mean.

We have listed down 15 urban words that you need to know, like yesterday.

 

1. Askhole — an individual who asks ridiculous, obnoxious or irrelevant questions (this is often chronic behavior)

2. Awesome sauce — something that is more awesome than awesome (awesome topped with awesome sauce)

 

3. Finesse — the ability to smooth-talk, persuade, or maneuver something to your advantage

4. Finstagram - a fake/secret Instagram account where people (mostly teenagers) post pictures that they wouldn't want their parents to know, or want them to appear on their Instagram account.

5. Hundo — 100 percent; also, "hundo p"

6. Legendary — a state of extreme awesomeness, popularized by Neil Patrick Harris' character "Barney Stinson" on How I Met Your Mother (often, the syllables are drawn out as in the case of said character, as in "Legen... wait for it... dary!")

7. Lit — previously meant drunk, more recently means awesome, excellent, turned up

8. Netflix and chill — code for having sex with Netflix on in the background

9. Phat — 1) initials for "pretty hot and tempting" (usually relating to a woman with ample assets); 2) awesome; cool [Note: currently considered out of style and only used by "wannabes"]

10. Pregret — knowing you shouldn't do something or you'll regret it, but doing it anyway

11. Ratchet — a diva, especially one from an urban area or of lower socioeconomic status, who incorrectly believes she is every man's dream

12. Savage — someone who has acted ruthlessly (can also be used as a compliment)

13. Skrill — money or capital

14. Turnt — dual meanings, though related: one is drunk, the other is excited or hyped, particularly for a party

15. Woke — being aware, knowing what's going on in the community

 

These words and meanings were derived from the the Urban Dictionary. So if you would like to know other "new" urban words that is not listed in here, search it up at Urban Dictionary. You should be able to get the definition of the word.

Alright! We hope we've clarified some of the words you may be curious about when stumbled upon it on Instagram or articles. Subscribe to our newsletter for more juicy updates and killer deals. 

Till then!

 

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Liv 

5 Top Sunglasses You Should Own in 2018

5 Top Sunglasses You Should Own in 2018

Okay, let's be honest. A pair of sunglasses is not only an accessory to shade away from the blazing sun. We have seen top designers including them in their recent runway shows as essential statement-making elements to their collections.

Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour, and Karl Lagerfeld are the few fashion icons who wears it everywhere they go, whether it is outdoors or indoors. In fact, even the Queen of the United Kingdom couldn't make Anna Wintour part with her sunglasses, as we have recently seen them both sitting next to each other at London Fashion Week.

Anna Wintour and Queen Elizabeth II

Source: The Sun, UK

 

You can now stop googling and watching Youtube videos to spot on the current fashion trends, because we are going to narrow down the Top 5 sunglasses trend that you should own this year!

 

1. Retro Cat-Eyes Sunglasses

Unlike the regular cat-eye sunglasses, the current trend spotted pointy edges and a slightly smaller lens style. This eye wear design is popular with white and red frames as it gives prominent and bold look to compliment your street style.

 

Retro Bae Cat Eye Sunglasses

Retro Bae Sunglasses

 

2. Teeny Tiny Cat-Eye Sunglasses

The 90's fashion is definitely back! Last year was all about choker, this year it's all about that teeny tiny sunglasses. All the cool kids are rocking teeny tiny cat eye sunglasses this Summer. Well, it's true! You've probably seen it on IG.

tiny sunglasses model trends

Akino Sunglasses

 

3. Vintage Jacky-O Sunglasses

We're taking the Retro style up to the next level. Back then, small round frame sunglasses was popularized by John Lennon from The Beatles . Today, small round frames are trending, so are the large round frame.

Own this sunglasses as it amplifies your playful, quirky personality. 

Andie Side Shield

 

4. Tiny Butterfly Sunglasses

Butterfly sunglasses are eternally stylish and elegant. Its unique frame narrows the centre of the nose bridge and balances out a longer face shape, at the same time, softens a strong chin or jawline.

Kendall Sunglasses

 

5. Ski Goggles/ Flat-Top Visors

If you're a fan of oversize sunglasses, you'll definitely love this trend!

The Hot Scientist

 

Alright, that's our Top 5 sunglasses trend in 2018. We hope you enjoy reading this piece and we'll see you the next time!

 

XX

Liv

The Year of The Dog. Predictions of Your Chinese Zodiac.

The Year of The Dog. Predictions of Your Chinese Zodiac.

If you are born in one of these years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, your Chinese Zodiac is a "Dog".

Fun Fact: Kylie Jenner's baby girl, Stormi, and Kim Kardashians'a baby girl, Chicago, were born in the year of the "Dog". Hey! Who would have thought?

But if you look at the technical side of it, both Kardashians' baby girls are a mix of the "Roosters" & "Dog". This is because they were borned before the "official" Chinese New Year 2018.

Kylie Jenner baby girl Stormi

Pretty interesting.

Before we share the predictions of the Chinese Zodiac 2018, let us share a little bit about the origins of the Chinese Zodiac and why it is so popular amongst the Chinese.

The Chinese animal zodiac, or shengxiao, is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years.  Now, it gets a little complicated. Each zodiac year is also associated with one of the 5 elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. This year, we meet the element of Earth. Hence, it is an Earth Dog year. 

Before we reveal the predictions of your Chinese Zodiac, we would like to say that we are not experts in it. We have read many of the Chinese Zodiac predictions this year and would just like to share what we have gathered. So, take this as a little summary and save your time from Googling it all.

Chinese zodiac 

 

1. The Rat

Born in the year of 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

The Rat is curious, charismatic but has a tendency to favour his/her own interest. It is said that The Rat should slow down its pace in the Year of the Earth Dog, looking further into building a long term beneficial investment. His/her can take on new projects but should be cautious when investing in something that is of high risk. 

Lucky colors to wear in: White, Lemon Green, Emerald Green

 

 

2. The Ox

Born in the year of 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

The Ox should never lose sight of its goal and must be patient throughout the rocky road that is set for him/her. One thing for sure, he/she has to control his/her temper and do not rush on things. If the Ox can get through this year without letting emotion gets the best in them, they will have a taste of an unexpected, beneficial fruits.

Lucky colors to wear in: Apple Green, Vermilion Red

 

3. The Tiger

Born in the year of 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

The Tiger is a natural charmer, gifted with an irresistible magnetism. Courageous, often reckless, the Tiger never runs away from adversity.

2018 is a good year for the Tiger. In fact, the Tiger is in the same affinity triangle as the Dog, which means he is immune to issues he could face this year. However, the Tiger should always learn to tolerate issues that annoys him/her and be cautious not to spend too much time and mental strength on something he/she can't fix.

Lucky colors to wear in: White, Light Grey, Ultramarine

Quirky fun casual crossbody clutch 2018

Cristy Crossbody Clutch

 

4. The Rabbit

Born in the year of 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

The Rabbit is conservative, subtle and reserved. Good News! 2018 is a great year for the Rabbit. He/She will have success in everything he/she works on passionately, and when meet with challenges, he/she will manage them with grace.

Lucky colors to wear in: Turquoise Blue, Carmine Red

 

5. The Dragon

Born in the year of 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

The Dragon is always full of energy and creativity. He/She is powerful and magnetic. However, the Dragon is the opposition of the Dog, which means the Dragon may encounter some hardship this year. At this point, he/she should not only focus on his/her finance, but also work on strengthening their relationships with people.

Lucky colors to wear in: White, Gold

YSL inspired side shield glasses

Andie Side Shield Glasses

 

6. The Snake

Born in the year of 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

The Snake is charming, elegant and refined. In the year of 2018, he/she will seek to priorities his/her life, setting the record straight as to how he would like to build his career path, and life in general. He/She may need to distance him/herself from people who prevent him from progressing.

Lucky colors to wear in: Turquoise Green, Cyan Blue

 

7. The Horse

Born in the year of 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

The Horse is an athlete, always in motion and passionate for far away adventures. It is his/her love for freedom that made him/her independent. When the Horse chooses the right path, his adventure is then strewn with brilliant successes. However, his/her love for freedom often times perceived as selfish.  Hence, this year of the Dog, he/she will need to travel less and turn on the needs of his/her family. 

Lucky colors to wear in: White, Larch Green, Blue

 

8. The Goat

Born in the year of 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

The Goat is intelligent, insightful and visionary. In the year of the Dog, The Goat has to learn to say "no", and priority his/her goals without being influenced by his/her friends, or/and partner. It is only when he/she re-assess his/her intention and goals that he/she will succeed in the year of the Dog.

Lucky colors to wear in: White, Prussian Blue

 

9. The Monkey

Born in the year of 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

The Monkey is smart, funny, and skilful. He/she is cunning when it comes to achieving his/her goals. In the year of the Dog, the Monkey may face less growth in the projects that they are passionate in. Some misunderstandings and conflict of interest concerning his/her company may arise, but the Monkey is powered to fight them all while keeping a sharp eye on ambivalent people.

Lucky colors to wear in: Khaki Green, Orange Red

Leather handmade cardholder

Le Jean Cardholder

 

10. The Rooster

Born in the year of 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

The Rooster is deeply conservative, eccentric and flamboyant. He/she is very invested in his job and is a born competitor. This year is a good year for the Rooster. There may be obstacles but there's nothing the well-informed Rooster can't fix. There will be many fruitful encounters and new friendships develop along the way of his/her travels.

Lucky colors to wear in: Klein Blue, Pine Green

handmade saffiano leather in tiffany blue

Le Jean Cardholder

 

11. The Dog

Born in the year of 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

The star of the year, the Earth Dog. The Dog is not a great traveler like the Horse, as he/she prefers to take care of his home. He/she is loyal, honest and sometimes, gets jealous easily. The Dog has been thinking and introspecting for many years, and this year, he/she will finally take action and reveal a solid plan with depth.

Lucky colors to wear in: Red, Apple Green, Sky Blue

 

12. The Pig

Born in the year of 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

The Pig is a fighter. He/she is warm, loyal and enjoys living life to the fullest. This year is all about being aware of him/herself. He/she must be cautious about his/her expenses. Never get into debts because there may be scenarios of scam or betrayal when he/she is not aware or well informed of the situation.

Lucky colors to wear in: Green

 

Alright! That's a little summary of the predictions we've gathered about the Chinese Zodiac in year 2018. Some zodiacs may be performing better than the others, but hey, don't take these predictions too seriously, just take it as a little advise, because we should determine how we want to live out lives. We wish all of you a safe journey back to your home town and have a great gathering with your friends and family! Gong Hei Fat Choi, and have a Happy New Year!

 

XX,

Liv