Monday, 22 May 2017

Pretty & Affordable Cruelty-Free Accessories for Spring/Summer

Hello lovelies, today I want to talk about one of my favourite things - fashion (cruelty-free and vegan, obvs)! As the days get warmer, my wardrobe's colour palette is less grey and burgundy, and more pink and white. Okay, so I admit that grey may still feature in there. No shame. 

As my clothes transition into lighter colours, so do my accessories. Gone are my black ankle boots and dark coloured handbags (until autumn, at least) and in come the sandals and everything pink. Not even joking, I have three pale pink bags right now (two of which feature in this post!) and I have no idea why.

When I first went vegan I had to get rid of some of my favourite shoes and accessories, and I found it so difficult to find good quality replacements that didn't cost too much money. Whilst I do have some bags and shoes that are slightly more expensive (Matt & Nat handbags, for example), the majority of my collection are from high street brands such as ASOS, Topshop and Zara. I'm also lucky enough to work somewhere that stocks one of my favourite accessory companies, Katie Loxton, so I can easily pick up cruelty-free bags and purses at reasonable prices!

I've put together a few things that I've purchased in the last few months, so you can see where I shop for vegan and cruelty-free accessories; I apologise in advance for the amount of pink items, I just can't help myself.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Pink Soda Sports Summer Collection Review

Hello lovelies! Sorry for the lack of recipes recently - things have been a bit tough lately and it's been hard getting the motivation to even get out of bed most days, let alone create recipes and write blog posts. Today I'd like to share with you a review of some fab workout gear from Pink Soda that I've been trying out over the past few weeks; even though I'm struggling a little bit right now, I find that doing at least 15 minutes of yoga most mornings definitely helps lift my mood a small amount. And what better way to convince myself to get moving than with pretty clothes?


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Beyond Skin x World Animal Protection UK

Hello lovelies! It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted anything - things have been pretty hectic recently and I haven't really had time to create any new recipes or write product reviews. Life just gets in the way sometimes and that's okay!

Today I wanted to share some exciting news with you all; I recently wrote a blog post about some of my favourite vegan fashion companies, one of which was the wonderful Beyond Skin. Beyond Skin are a certified vegan brand who create the most gorgeous footwear which is stylish as well as being cruelty-free. They're currently in the process of launching their new Autumn/Winter 2016 collection (which is insanely beautiful!), including a collaboration with World Animal Protection UK. They've designed two styles exclusively for World Animal Protection to support their 'Wildlife Not Entertainers' campaign which helps end the use of animals in tourism, such as tigers being used as tourist photo props. 10% from each sale of the shoes goes to World Animal Protection, which is amazing and such a good cause to get behind - I don't know about you but being able to help animals and donating to charity whilst buying new shoes is a dream come true for me!

The shoes themselves are absolutely stunning and are made with the highest quality material - and of course, no animals are harmed in the process! Definitely head over to Beyond Skin if you're looking for luxury vegan footwear, and make sure you check out their fabulous new collaboration while you're at it.

Disclaimer: I was not paid or given a free product in exchange for this blog post, I just wanted to spread the word about a wonderful cause! As usual, all opinions are my own.


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Three Fabulous Vegan Fashion Brands You'll Adore

Fashion has always been something that's excited me, and especially so over the last few years. I tend to opt for clothing and accessories that are slightly 'quirky' and my colour palette ranges from pitch black to baby pink (recently I've also been obsessed with mustard and burgundy which aren't the easiest colours to find in the middle of summer, unfortunately!). However, when I went vegan, my once-loved pieces suddenly made me feel extremely uncomfortable. My trusty Dr Martens now had a sinister sentiment behind them and all I could see when I looked at my favourite lilac leather satchel was the life of a beautiful animal, cruelly snatched away just so I could have a pretty bag. I felt sick and selfish every time I looked at all my leather, wool and suede clothes and shoes (although I wasn't purchasing any more animal-derived products, which was a start), so one day I decided to just get rid of them and start looking for conscious and cruelty-free alternatives. Going vegan meant it became a bit harder to find good quality, fashionable clothing, shoes and accessories, but I'd never in a million years change my lifestyle; why should an intelligent, sentient and caring animal be murdered simply for my (and everyone else's) enjoyment? Luckily, vegan fashion brands are becoming more and more mainstream, and eco-friendly clothing isn't the same as it was 30 years ago. It's not all hemp fabric and hippy sandals anymore (although those are totally cool and I'd definitely wear them myself!); you can now buy gorgeous and affordable cruelty-free fashion pieces which - get this - are actually up to date with current trends! Getting the hang of checking labels is difficult if you've just switched to a vegan lifestyle and aren't used to it, so to help you along your way I thought I'd share three of my favourite conscious fashion companies with you all. They're all 100% vegan so you can purchase whatever you like from them without having to double check the details!

Matt & Nat Lawrence Backpack in Petal, Matt & Nat Chubby Wallet in Mist, Beyond Skin Misty Faux Sheepskin Boots in Camel
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