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Who are you?

I'm a writer living in Paris, France, with my native Parisian husband and two cats. I've written for or been featured in The Guardian, Apartment Therapy, ELLE.com, MIXT(E) Magazine, Buzzfeed, and One Green Planet, speaking at events like COP21 and working with brands like Airbnb, Alcoa, Hilton, and World Wildlife Fund, among others. Since starting Paris To Go in April 2014, this site received over 2 million page views, averaging 120,000 page views and 20,000+ visitors per month. But once I met Raekwon and he said I was pretty, so none of those will ever top that moment.

Are you vegan?

I was vegan for three years until my doctor told me stop, vegetarian after that, and plant based over a year now. I wear secondhand leather, wool, and have a secondhand down coat with a fur collar. I would never buy these materials (the exception being cruelty-free wool) new, but I figure, why should other living beings be killed or exploited for new clothes, when so many garments exist secondhand?

Do you accept guest blog posts / advertisers / link exchange?


I'm currently not accepting guest posts. If your brand is interested in working with me, please email ariana at paris-to-go.com. I don't run ads, but use ShopStyle affiliate links. If you click on a link, I make a commission. I added ShopStyle after a year because many asked for brand information and it took too much time to reply individually. This seemed like a nice way to support this blog without taking your money, since ShopStyle pays per click. I'll focus on featuring secondhand and plastic-free items, and disclose them in every post.

Where do you buy your food / secondhand clothes?

Here is a list of my favorite dépôt-ventes in Paris and here is a list of my favorite food markets by day, including a complete map of all the marché volants by arrondissement. I don't shop bulk bins because of celiac disease. I try not to buy online, but I used to like The Real Real for specific clothing items. When I started zero waste, I lived in a small town with no farmer's markets or bulk stores, so it's completely possible if you don't live in a city! I just went to the supermarket (there was only one) and asked them to put everything in my own containers. They were intrigued and ended up carrying unpackaged soap, bulk options, etc. I'm living proof that the more people are scared of you, the more bulk bins you get.


What products do you use to clean your apartment? How do you manage laundry? 

Check out my zero waste cleaning post here. Here is my laundry routine. All my zero waste posts are written with busy people, who don't have time to make everything, in mind. Instead of recipes, this site focuses on one-ingredient zero waste alternatives working professionals, students, rural residents etc. can buy and use right away. The posts are not necessarily prescriptive- local availability differs from person to person- but I hope you take the principles and adapt them to your own situation. For specific tips on cleaning with pets, click here.


What do you use to take / edit your photos?

All photos are taken via iPad, my phone, or my husband's phone.  I don't stage photos because I'm frankly no good at it and I'm not going to put dirty shoes and bags and stuff on my bed anyways. I want to stay true to my values of sustainability and simplicity, so I don't feel the need to buy a DSLR, or Photoshop graphics, at this time. Also I'm just lazy. I know this because of how frequently I wake up still wearing jeans.


Can you show me around Paris?

Please refer to the Paris link above for recommendations. Click here for my Paris city guide and here for a list of places to stay- I update these posts often. I don't email personalized recommendations. For gluten-free restaurants, see the Gluten-free page or my Gluten-Free Guide Map on Pinterest. I usually can't meet because I don't have much time and I want to spend it with my husband and friends and cats.


What do you do about toilet paper? Floss?

This is a question my husband gets all the time. He uses toilet paper like a normal white person. I use soap, water, and a bidet like any self-respecting Asian. For how I floss or any personal care questions, please check the Beauty category from the drop down menu above.


Why do you eat gluten-free? 

It's not a choice. I have celiac disease. I had it before it became trendy, though (in 1989).


Can you be zero waste with kids? 

Many zero waste bloggers have children. For a list, click here. Additionally, many of these parents work full time. For an example, check out this Zero Waste Kids guest post.



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17 comments:

  1. Love your blog. Look forward to it everyday even rereading old posts. Inspiring. I have noticed that newer post don't allow for post a comment. I'm low tech so maybe I have missed it but just wanted to know.

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    1. Hi Kathy, you are so sweet! I don't deserve it :) If you click on the post title, and then scroll to the bottom, I think you can comment... it's a confusing system though, I definitely made it more difficult than it has to be... I have no idea how to fix it (html is not my strong suit). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Bisous!

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  2. I'm moving to Paris for a year in less than two weeks, also looks like I'll be in the 7th AND I'm gluten intolerant as well. (A search for cheese in Paris for someone who can't eat gluten is what led me here, ha). So, all that said, looks like an interesting blog that I'll bookmark. Thanks for sharing your stuff with the world (especially the gluten part. People who can eat gluten just don't understand the daily, sometimes hourly trials and tribulations.)

    - L

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    1. Welcome to the 7th! You'll love it, especially Malabar and Kozy for their gluten-free chocolate cakes :) And I hear they are making progress towards a gluten-free baguette, finally.

      You are so right- people don't understand! When I was diagnosed, one of my doctors told my mother it was a made-up thing... so much progress since then, although I still can't stand people saying it's a designer disease.

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  3. I just found your blog a few days ago while researching applied minimalism and sustainability, but I've been so engrossed since stumbling upon it. I think I may have read every entry thus far already. I feel very inspired and you have a very enjoyable writing style.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! Are you studying sustainability? I'm relieved you enjoy it :) I sometimes wonder if I should even blog at all because simplicity shouldn't need examination or explanation, you know? But it is really comforting knowing there are people out there like me who are interested in minimalist practices. I'm curious to see if it really is a sustainable way of life or if it really leads to let waste. Please let me know if you find interesting case studies or examples in your research! Thanks again.

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  4. You are my newest source of inspiration for minimalism! :) I am trying to declutter my life and your blog has definitely been helping me!

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    1. Hi Chantal! You are so sweet, thank you! Let me know how decluttering is going :)

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  5. Hi, Ariana! I love your blog. For the past few months I have been making huge lifestyle changes, and your posts keep me inspired to be a minimalist among other things. Thank you for that.

    I wasn't sure where to post this idea--I tried to send an email but when I clicked on the email button on your front page it said it was not properly installed so I couldn't. My question is a little personal, so please know that I tried to e-mail privately but could not. :)

    Have you ever thought about posting about alternatives to disposable menstrual products? I have recently started using reusable products and it not only has it resulted in less waste but I spend a LOT less money. Also, there aren't any harsh chemicals in the items I'm using, and they're pretty comfortable. :)

    Thanks for your motivation,
    Samantha

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    1. Hi Sam, thanks for this sweet comment! I'm sorry the email didn't work. If you prefer to discuss it via email my email is ariana at paris-to-go dot com (trying to hide from spam bots). Thanks for being patient and commenting anyway :)

      The only time I mentioned it was in this post. I've only ever used the cup and never a sponge or reusable pad, if you have any recommendations let me know! I know the cup doesn't work for everybody, but it changed my life :) The livejournal on cups was really detailed and helpful, although admittedly I found it about a year after starting to use the Mooncup. If you had a more specific post in mind, please tell me and I can elaborate! Thanks again for this nice comment!

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  6. Hi Ariana,

    I just wanted to let you know that I am a huge fan of your blog - the delicate and subtle universe you've created inspires and elevates me, and I wanted to thank you for this, for bringing beauty into my world in every article :)

    So - just thank you !

    Best to you,

    Isabelle, from Paris

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    1. Hi Isabelle, wow, you are so nice! I just looked at the pictures on your profile- so beautiful, thank you for sharing. And thank you for your kind comment, I really appreciate this! This made my day :) Love, Ariana... thanks for sharing your city with me!

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  7. Another reader who loves your blog here.

    And, btw, just read your new entry, "Everything I Own." You mention "100 Things." I think that the guy who came up with this concept only counted his personal items, not household items. So in your case, you probably would come up with a count of only around 50 items, give or take. Your clothes, toiletries, and personal electronics would count. Your shared electronics, furnishings, linens, kitchen items, and cat stuff, for example, would be considered household items. So it would appear that you've more than met the "100 Things" challenge. :-)

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  8. Hi Kris! Thank you so much! I should have read it more carefully before posting, that was probably lazy of me. I read a Time article about it, but it didn't link to that post, only his blog, and there were a lot of articles that had nothing to do with minimalism haha. I did find the post eventually but I think I had to go to work and just forgot about it :) thanks for the clarification... And the assurance!

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  9. Hi Ariana!
    I just found you on Tranquility du Jour. Love your blog and your photos. I hope to visit Paris again with my husband and daughter with some of your recommendations!

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    1. Hi Charlene! Thank you, you are so sweet :) I hope you do visit, what a nice family trip!

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