Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Vegan Blueberry & Vanilla Pancakes

It's the last day of February and, in my opinion, the best day of the month; Pancake Day! Although pancakes aren't just reserved for one particular day of the year (I don't know what I'd do without my weekly Sunday brunch!), there's something so nostalgic about Shrove Tuesday. Some of my best memories involve my dad making the most amazing pancakes and flipping them with ease. This blueberry and vanilla variation doesn't really resemble the pancakes of my youth - crepe-style, doused with lemon juice and sprinkled with sugar - but they're delicious, regardless!


Monday, 20 February 2017

Current Lush Favourites & Dealing with Sensitive Skin

Ahh, Lush; the magical place where beauty addicts can go and watch their money miraculously disappear. The combination of cute names, delicious scents and a completely cruelty-free product line means that Lush is a firm favourite amongst conscious shoppers (if only they'd go completely vegan, my life would be complete!). Plus their packaging isn't aimed towards anyone in particular which is kind of revolutionary, so the feminist in me is very happy (breaking down gender boundaries, one bath bomb at a time!). I'd be lying if I said I don't spend a large amount of my disposable income on skincare/bath products, so I figured why not make my obsession slightly useful and share my favourites with you lovely lot? Also, I have super sensitive skin and suffer from eczema so hopefully this post will help those of you who struggle too!


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Cath Kidston Health & Happiness Collection | Chocolate Overnight Oats Recipe

Hello, lovely people - it's been a while (again)! One of my goals for 2017 is to become more consistent with blogging so hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more of me from now on.

Today's post features something I'm very, very excited about; Cath Kidston's new Health & Happiness collection. I'm an avid Cath Kidston fan and have been for a few years now, so when they told me about their new healthy living range I could barely contain myself. Cath Kidston's signature floral prints combined with cute workout gear? A dream come true for this girl! They've made everything from leggings and tops, to gym bags and accessories, all featuring their beautiful Wildflower Bunch print.


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

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Healthy Vegan Blueberry & Banana Flapjacks

Flapjacks have always been one of my favourite snacks and they were the very first thing I learned to bake as a child. The process of making them was very therapeutic; melting the butter and syrup in the saucepan, mixing in the oats, eating the leftover mixture in the bowl and on the spoon, and, of course, tasting the finished product! However, the flapjacks I made all those years ago weren't exactly what you'd call healthy, so I thought I'd have a slight throwback to my childhood and try and create a flapjack recipe that was as similar in method and taste as possible - the only difference being that these flapjacks are plant-based and are full of nutritious ingredients! Oats are the base of the recipe - they're full of complex carbohydrates and fibre, meaning they'll give you long-lasting energy and they'll keep your digestive system happy too! The bananas and date syrup are used to sweeten the recipe, so there's no need to use any unrefined sugar, and the coconut oil helps everything stick together while providing healthy fats. The result is a treat which is sweet and crumbly, bursting with juicy blueberries and finished off with a hint of banana. Believe me when I say that they're definitely my new favourite snack! 


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Vegetable Pasta with a Simple Tomato Sauce

Pasta is definitely one of my all-time favourite foods and I still can't believe there was a period in my life when I refused to eat it, as I now have it multiple times a week! You can create so many delicious meals with pasta, whether you're serving it with a simple tomato sauce or enjoying it with some dairy-free pesto. Pasta gets such a bad rep and is often seen as being the enemy of dieters and health nuts, but if you start off with a base of wholegrain pasta (whether it's wholewheat, brown rice or buckwheat), throw in some veggies and make a homemade sauce, then you'll actually end up with a tasty and nutritious meal! 

This vegetable pasta with a homemade tomato sauce is quick, cheap and easy to make and it's my go-to meal when I don't feel like cooking anything complicated. If you use wholewheat pasta you'll be getting a decent protein hit, but if you fancy bulking up this meal a little bit then you can mix in a can of lentils or beans before you serve it. If you miss having cheese on your pasta then nutritional yeast will do the trick - I add it to most of my savoury meals! 

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