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What I'm Diggin This Week

By: Alena Blanes

Correct me if I’m wrong, but pretty sure this daylight savings time nonsense is a good indicator the snow, wind and ice are heading out. If that’s the case, then I’m definitely diggin’ that. Here are a few other things I’ve been into lately:

1. Black Key’s - Lo/Hi

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After a five year hiatus, I was over the moon to hear the Nashville duo back again with a new psych-rock hit. I’ve been a massive fan of these two since 2010, so after the Turn Blue album dropped in 2014, I was worried they were gone for good. Luckily, Dan and Patrick seem to be picking up right where they left off. If I’m not mistaken, we’ve got some female backup singers on board. I’m here for it.

2. Oregano Oil

Since starting university, it seems every semester my schedule gets even more hectic. I’ve always been one of those people who tries to pile the most onto my plate thinking I can handle it- until I get sick. I’m currently bringing you this week’s list as I sulk in my heavily-diffused room. Seriously, I’ve been inhaling the aroma of oregano like it’s my day job. For when I’m really feeling dangerous, I take shots of the stuff too. Here’s hoping I heal up soon.

3. Vegan Yogurt - Daiya

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I’ve been practicing a vegan lifestyle for nearly five years now (I’m a nice vegan though, I promise). Prior to that I’ve always been super sensitive to dairy. Yogurt was a weakness for me–hard core.When I first went vegan, the dairy-free yogurt scene was pretty pathetic. You either had what tasted like coconut Jell-O or some flavourless fermented soy goop. Thanks to Daiya, those days are over. From what I remember, it’s got the same consistency AND taste of my former favourite back in the day. Now if only I could find a way to make a pack of them last the whole week. Such is life, I suppose.

4. Shampoo Bars

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I like to think that people know me for my hair. What used to plague me in a middle school of straight-haired goddesses is now my favourite physical trait. For all my curly or wavy-haired babes out there, you know the struggle of finding the perfect products. Well sis lemme tell ya, it’s even harder with thin hair. Since the fall, I’ve been all in with shampoo bars. They’re plastic-free, travel-friendly, and last an eternity. Not to mention they take up way less space than those bulky salon bottles. Right now, I’m using Soak n Float by Lush, but I’m open for suggestions.

5. Consuming Less

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Unpopular opinion: I've really been enjoying consuming less overall. As a student, I’m sure we can all relate to the rent, groceries, textbooks and tuition equation. How many times have you checked your bank statement to realize you spent $200 online shopping or $70 at the bar? It hurts. Working part-time doesn’t give me much leeway with disposable income either. That said, since cutting my consumption (clothing, drinking, eating out) almost by 75%, I’ve been able to rack up a pretty nice savings account. I even funded a trip to LA in February solely based on smart spending habits. Not to mention, I feel lighter not having so much STUFF. Marie Kondo would be so proud.

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