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Cambridge based style, life & travel blogger. I work in marketing and I also write for various online publications. I'm a vegan. You can find a few tips and posts on veganism among my usual style & travel features!

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Style | August Wishlist

Oh hey!

The monthly wishlist is back once again. I *think* I may have missed out on it last month. Quelle horreur! I was a bit wrapped up in my Italy posts it completely slipped my mind. I can't lie I'm already thinking about the next season. I've just about had enough of off-shoulder tops, and I'm ready for those layers, jackets and knits.

I'm definitely an Autumn/Winter kinda gal. Everyone thinks I just say that, but really, I am! The summer is ok but only if I'm abroad or it happens to be a pleasantly sunny weekend. Which lets face it, in the UK, is rare.

I have a strange aversion to polka dots. They usually make me feel really uneasy, as I've always associated them with clowns and kids TV presenters. That being said, I'm kinda liking this cami with the lace detailing from Topshop. Perhaps my hatred of polka dots is over? I've been after some more tee's and this design from Topshop caught my eye. I think it will look nice with a pair of tailored trousers, trainers and my Acne bomber. Which by the way I can't wait to bring out of hibernation.

As I don't wear animal products since going fully vegan, all of the clothing I will feature on my blog will be animal friendly and leather/wool/silk/cashmere free. Unless you think I may have made a mistake! And as I will be cleansing my bag collection of leather, I think it's only right I treat myself to a little Stella McCartney. What do you think...?

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Style | Zara Whatever Shirt

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Zara Shirt / River Island Trousers / Zara Trainers / Zara Bag / Abbott Lyon Sunglasses*

I wasn't planning on blogging this outfit, as to be honest it wasn't really a planned ensemble but I actually love this shirt so hey. Here we are. I'm really into shirts at the moment. I found myself eyeing up about 17 different styles in Zara and had to show some self restraint which was REAl hard. Their new season, as usual, is to die for. How do I save money and keep up my Zara addiction though?!

Sidenote, can we talk about the fact it's mid August? Is this just how fast life goes once you hit adulthood? I'm not keen. I feel it should be around April at a stretch. Whilst I've ticked a few boxes off this year, I'd appreciate if we could have a few extra months. Having said that, I'm one of those annoying people that LOVES Autumn/Winter. Unless I'm abroad, I'm really not fussed about summer so bring on those jumpers, boots & layers. Haha SOZ. 

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Life | My Favourite Vegan Recipe Books

When I made the transition from veggie to vegan I actually came to a bit of standstill. It should have been easy for me, surely? Whilst I haven't found turning vegan hard, it did make me realise how lacking my meals were in nutrition. It's fair to say I'd slipped into a bit of a lazy vegetarian routine. Often rotating my five favourite meals (lots of chilli's!) and relying too heavily on Quorn products. As the majority of Quorn products aren't vegan, it made me stop and think about what I need to do to ensure I'm now eating healthily and putting everything into my body that it needs.

It's made me branch out a hell of a lot more than I ever did when I was veggie. I make at least 2/3 new dishes every week, and whilst not every single one is a roaring success, I feel I've come a long way. I've rounded up my top three vegan cookbooks which are perfect for everyone, whether you're new to veganism or just want to experiment more with a plant based diet.

Now, there are *tonnes* of fab plant based cookbooks out there, I've worked my way through a fair few and for me, these are the ones that I found most useful so far... 

1) Thug Kitchen
thug kitchen vegan cookbook 3 thug kitchen vegan cookbook 2 Eat like you give a f*ck! This book has serious attitude, and it's actually quite hilarious. It's a no-nonse say it how it is kind of book and from what I've made so far - delicious too. The ingredients etc are American so bear that in mind, but I haven't found it an issue yet. The broccoli and chickpea burritos were pretty epic. It's great for smaller dishes, side dishes, dips and street style food. Plus I just love how much they love to say f*ck. 

2) Keep It Vegan
aine carlin vegan coobkook I'm a big fan of Aine Carlin's recipes, literally each one I've tried I just LOVE. They're not too over complicated, and I found Aine's store cupboard essentials list really handy when I first went vegan. It's a book I always find myself resisting when I'm stuck for dinner inspo. I would definitely recommend the stuffed mushroom burgers, they took a while but so worth it! Plus it's only £4.99 on Amazon at the mo so would 100% recommend you buy it.

3) DK Plant Based Cookbook
plant based cookbook plant based cookbook2 I actually find this by accident when I was browsing the book section of HomeSense. It's jam packed with all sorts of recipes for side dishes, mains and quite a few tasty deserts too. It has lots of handy tips and it's very clear and easy to follow. A good one for amateurs like myself! 

Of course, there are millions of recipes online too but I've always preferred to refer to an actual physical book, which I suppose is odd considering I spend a lot of time online! Let me know if you have any favourites in the comments...
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Style | Matt & Nat Trio Bag

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Hello SLEEVES. I'm loving the wide sleeve vibes going on at H&M at the moment. It just adds something a little interesting to what would otherwise be a pretty boring shirt to be fair. I was torn between getting the blue or the white, but seems as 90% of my wardrobe is black/white/grey I thought I'd branch out. Still contemplating getting the white too as it's such an easy throw on piece with a pair of jeans.

I'm a bit obsessed with Matt & Nat at the moment, and I'd been eyeing this bag up for a while on Asos then the worst happened. Out of stock. So like the crazed Asos maniac I am, I kept checking my saved in the hope it would be returned. My crazy ways paid off and I've never clicked through to checkout faster when I saw that amazing little 'low in stock' icon. Woop.

So on a different note, I feel like I've got my blogging drive back a  little bit. I went through a bit of a 'meh' stage where I just felt really uninspired but I feel motivated again and I'm loving producing content and also incorporating a bit of vegan life into my blog too. I'd love to know if there are any posts you'd like to see on here. Whether it be outfit related, interiors, life, vegan food, whatever! I was contemplating a weekly vegan food haul but I'm not sure...so drop me a comment pleaaaase! 

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