A DAY IN MY LIFE: FAIR FASHION SAMPLE SALE IN LONDON & VEGAN DOUGHNUTS

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If you are buying fair fashion yourself, then you might know that it’s super hard to purchase ethically-made clothes and fashion pieces in an actual shop. There are some boutiques here and there but I myself always buy my fashion online. I personally love the convenience of online shopping but it does have an obvious disadvantage: you cannot try on the clothes.

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That’s why I was so excited when Cossac, a fair fashion label that I’ve been loving for quite a while now, invited me to the ECO HOT sample sale in London. Four fair fashion labels –  Noumenon, Cossac, AmaElla and Naida C. Castel – put together a little sample sale in the vegan Canvas Café at Brick Lane London.
I’ve dragged my boyfriend with me and spent a wonderful time talking to the founders of these amazing brands, trying on ethically-made fashion and looking through the beautiful designs. It doesn’t happen every day that you get the chance talk about the origin of fabrics and hear the personal stories behind fashion brands and fair products. The founder of Noumenon talked about the idea of using reclaimed furniture fabrics for her jackets, the creator of AmaElla showed me her GOTS certified organic lingerie and sleepwear pieces, Naida introduced to me her newest handmade jewelry collection and Agata told me the story how she met Naida (Naida was modelling for COSSAC when Agata found out that Naida has a jewelry label) while talking about COSSAC pieces. That’s what fair fashion is about. It’s so much more personal than fast fashion. There are faces and stories behind every fashion item.

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I couldn’t resist taking some pieces home with me and even Max took the opportunity to gift me a Naida C. Castel jewelry piece as a pre-Valentine’s day present.

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After that amazing shopping experience, Max and I had to celebrate with some vegan doughnuts at Crosstown. We had one matcha doughnut but our favourite was definitely the vanilla glazed one which is why Max haaaaad to get two. 😉

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bag by Labante & vegan pink silk scarf by JAN’N JUNE (currently only blue version available)

After our Sunday at Brick Lane we went home and I immediately showed my new ethical fashion goodies on my Instagram story and did a little try-on haul.

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THE FASHION INDUSTRY EXPLAINED – why you support slave labour when shopping fast fashion, why workers don’t get unemployed if you stop and second hand shopping

I’ve made a blog post about my smartphone struggle and how to shop electronic devices ethically and I’ve explained that second hand shopping is a good alternative for buying ethically made items. I want to explain why second hand shopping is the most sustainable and an ethical way of shopping. To explain this, I have to explain how the fast fashion industry works and since I haven’t done that on my blog, I want to take this chance and write about fast fashion 101. So take a cup of tea and take your time to read about this important issue of our century and make up your own opinion about it.

1. How are you supporting labour exploitation
when buying from fast fashion companies?

The supply chain of fast fashion

When you buy a t-shirt from a High Street brand such as H&M the money you spent to purchase it goes to the company. With this money the company is getting profit and are financing their business processes. They use the money to pay for their transport, marketing, design processes, manufacturing and more. When it comes to manufacturing, big fashion companies don’t have their own factories anymore. It is easier for them to give textile factories their designs and hire them to manufacture the clothing for them. This also means that these huge companies can easily shift responsibility to their manufacturing factories when there’s a scandal happening. But that’s another story. When a fast fashion company hires a contractor they tell them how much they want to pay for their order of clothes. They put the factories under a lot of pressure to meet their demands. So to be able to produce clothes so cheaply to please the client (eg H&M), the factory has to pay their employees (the garment workers) very very little. And it’s not just the low wage that the factory owners are forced to give their workers, the workers also have to work very fast and under a lot of pressure too. Why? Because the High Street fashion companies release new clothes every week which is why it’s called “fast fashion”. The fashion brands want their clothes cheap and fast. So the workers are not getting enough breaks, not enough days off and their health is not protected. The reality of this is that workers work for two days in a row without break, are not allowed to take a break to eat or drink, have to work even though they are pregnant and more.
So, when you give your money to the company, they’ll use this money to pay the contractor companies who then pay the people who actually made the clothes.

2. What happens if you stop giving money to fast fashion companies?

The reason why you are not contributing to unemployment + fair fashion explained

Now, let’s imagine that we all stop buying from that High Street brand such as H&M. What would happen? You don’t give them money anymore so H&M won’t use YOUR money anymore to pay their contractors who won’t be able to pay their garment workers anymore. This is the point where a lot of people say: “But this is not good! It’s better that the garment workers have a job than get no money at all! If I don’t buy at H&M the workers will be unemployed!”

Let me address this. Yes, it is true that if you don’t give your money to the fashion company anymore, they factory owners won’t be able to give your money to their garment factories. BUT! What would YOU, as a consumer, do instead? Would you never buy clothing again? No, of course not. You will give the money that you decided NOT to spend on fast fashion, to another fashion company. Or else you would have to run around naked 😉 And this is the point where you can decide to give your money to a company that doesn’t exploit garment workers. Instead of supporting slave labour, you can support a smaller fashion company that treats their workers humanely. In this case, that would be a fair/ethical fashion company. These companies manufacture in different countries: the USA, European countries AND countries like China, Bangladesh, India, etc. So when a fair fashion company manufacture in e.g Bangladesh, they give the people their a job and therefore money just like e.g H&M but there’s a difference: they give them MORE money, don’t put them under pressure, give them enough breaks, protect their health and even support them by e.g paying for their children’s schools, school books, food and more. This means the more and the bigger successful fair fashion companies are out there in the world, the more garment workers work under fair conditions.
One of the reasons why a lot of people don’t shop fair fashion is because the clothing is a bit more expensive than the fast fashion counterpart since the fair fashion company pays their workers more money and because the companies don’t sell as much as e.g H&M. This means, the more people buy fair, the less expensive the fashion will get!

3. Are you giving money to fast fashion when buying second hand?

The reason why thrifting is the most sustainable way of shopping

Besides shopping from fair fashion companies, there’s another way to stop supporting fast fashion without running around naked: Second hand fashion.
Think about it: When you own a piece of clothing and don’t like it anymore (because it doesn’t fit, you don’t like the style, etc) there are two options: throw it away or give it away. What happens when you throw it away? It ends up in a landfill and either degrades (which releases CO2 and combats to climate change) or, when it is made from synthetic materials, it eventually ends up in the ocean (with lots of other trash) and gets smaller and smaller until it’s micro plastic in the sea. Micro plastic pollutes the ocean and gets eaten by fish which – unless you’re vegan – you eat.
On the other hand, when you give it away e.g to a second hand shop, it gets a new chance. Someone else can buy it and wear it. Let’s say you buy a t-shirt from a thrift shop. Where does your money go to? It goes to the owner of the shop who will use it for shop rent, their own profit and to give money to the people who give their old clothes to the thrift shop. Does it go to a fast fashion company? NO! Therefore, you are NOT supporting slave labour and unsustainable fashion. Quite the contrary! Second hand fashion is the most sustainable way of buying fashion because you are saving that piece of clothing from being thrown away! What if you thrift a clothing piece of the brand H&M? Does the money go to H&M? The answer is no. That clothing piece was bought by someone else who you have no control over, and given away. You can’t control where other people give their money to. At the end of the day, it is about that YOU yourself don’t support fast fashion and slave labour. It is about YOUR clean slate. You can’t control what other people do. You can only set an example and influence others to do their best too.

 

What do you think about all this? Do you shop fair or second hand or consider it after reading this? Are there any questions I haven’t answered? Tell me in the comments if there is anything unclear to you!

Find out more in the links below:

The true cost movie

Kristen Leo’s Youtube Channel – including lots of ethical fashion & thrifting videos!

Marta Canga’s Youtube Channel – including vegan & fair fashion videos!

Mia from Heylilahey’s Youtube Channel – including vegan & fair fashion videos! *German*

Kristen Leo’s blog – including fair fashion posts!

Great blog post about thrifting

My favourite fair fashion bloggers

My fair fashion guide

What is ethical fashion by the ethical fashion forum

Ethical fashion explained by Mochni

Fast fashion article by Forbes

Fast fashion explained by Wikipedia

Quick history of fast fashion explained 

30 FACTS ABOUT ME

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Last week I’ve asked you on my Instagram story what blog post you want to see on my blog and the poll concluded that lots of people want to know some facts about me! Plus, I’ve been nominated to do the 5 facts about me tag which you can find when you scroll through my Instagram. I’ve revealed further 5 facts about me 😉
I’m always surprised that people would want to read about me but hey, why not! Some of the facts are answers to questions people asked me. So let’s get right into it – 30 random facts about me:

  1. I’ve been vegan since January 2014.
  2. I have an older brother called Justin (which is short for his birth name Justinian).
  3. No one in my family is vegan.
  4. My boyfriend Max and I went to the same school and were in the same class from age 15-19.
  5. I’ve been in a relationship with Max since 2012.
  6. I’ve done pole dancing once a week for over one year.
  7. I love to eat healthy but I do eat vegan junk food occasionally.
  8. I’ve had long hair my whole teenage years and cut them chin length when I was 20.
  9. I’ve donated over 50cm of my hair to the Little Princess Trust.
  10. I’m 170 cm tall.
  11. I don’t own a scale and only weigh myself once or twice a year.
  12. I’ve struggled with eating disorders during my whole teenage years.
  13. I had 2 hamsters “Phoebe” and “Remi” during my childhood years.
  14. I don’t want to own pets now or in the future.
  15. I’m studying Environmental Science at the Queen Mary University of London (which is the same uni where my boyfriend studies Business Management)
  16. I was never athletic and now that I’m going to the gym regularly, I’m the most athletic I’ve ever been.
  17. I’d rather stay at home and watch Netflix with Max than go on a night out.
  18. I’m a huge procrastinator when it comes to tasks I don’t like/ want to do.
  19. I love Musicals, vintage movies (Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Streisand and Co) and my favourite motivational song is “Don’t Rain On My Parade” by the queen Barbara Streisand.
  20. I’ve always loved fashion but my passion for it has never been stronger than now.
  21. I’ve been struggling with anxiety, depression, social anxiety and mental health issues my whole life.
  22. I’m an introvert and quiet when you meet me and more chatty, loud and passionate once we’re friends.
  23. It takes ages for me to get warm with people and accept them as friends
  24. I love eating vegan food and I never restrict myself. When I’m hungry, I eat and I don’t count calories.
  25. My best friend is Sarah and we’ve been in the same class from 2011 – 2016 as well.
  26. Sarah and I decided to try eating vegan together and are both vegan since then.
  27. I cry easily and often and I love it. 😉
  28. I am vegan because there are too many reasons that animal products harm your health, the environment and the animals. So I don’t see a reason not to be vegan. But I originally became vegan for my health.
  29. For the future I’d like to continue blogging/ Instagram as a part time job on the weekend and during the week I’d like to work for a sustainability consultancy or a NGO.
  30. When I’m done with university, I’d like to move to Germany, Switzerland or Austria with my boyfriend.

How to eat vegan – my starter guide for a healthier, more environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free diet + FAQs answered!

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I’ve been getting lots of message on Instagram since I’ve shared my vegan food pics on the social media platform. The most questions I get are “how can I eat vegan?”, “can you give me advice on what to eat as a vegan” or “can you give me recipes for vegan food”. I love seeing people being interested in veganism and I love when people message me to connect with me on my favourite topics! However, I always find it hard to answer their questions. I’ve been vegan for over 4 years now which is basically all my adult life. I’ve been cooking for me, my boyfriend and my mum since I was 16. Mainly because I knew that veganism was a new concept to my mother and I didn’t want to be burden on her but I also wanted to take the control and cook the food that I researched myself. My mother and boyfriend liked the food that I prepared and we started to cook vegan food together – one of my favourite teenage memories!
After 4 years of vegan cooking, I have my go-to meals that I now prepare for my boyfriend and me and I rarely experiment with new dishes anymore because it makes everyday life just a little bit too complicated. Because eating vegan is actually not different to eating animal products. Yes, you reduce cruelty, environmental impact and negative impact on your health but it is just a diet which means people still have different preferences when it comes to taste, people still enjoy certain national cuisines better than others and people still want their food to be quick and simple.

Therefore, when someone asks me what they can eat as a vegan, I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed. I want to explain that everyone likes different food and veganism is not an exception and that I can tell them what I cook for myself but if they don’t like that, doesn’t mean that they don’t like vegan food – they just don’t like my vegan food. I think people that are new to the concept of eating vegan don’t know yet that there’s actually
A LOT of vegan food in the world:

LIST OF VEGAN FOOD:

all fruits (apple, banana, orange, pomegranate, mango, grape, …)
all vegetables (cucumber, zucchini, aubergine, asparagus, corn, mushrooms, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, paprika…)
lots of types of pasta (spaghetti, penne, farfalle, …)
all types of rice and grains (couscous, quinoa, polenta, bulgur, …)
all beans (kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas,
all types of lentils (red, green, brown, …)
all nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, cashews …)
all seeds (sesame, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, …)
lots of types of bread (baguette, pita breads, naan breads, flat breads, sourdough breads, ciabatta breads, pizza breads, …)
basic staples (like sugar, all types of flours, coffee, cacao, herbs, spices, oats, teas, …)
plant milk (soy, almond, cashew, rice, oat, hemp, coconut)
plant-based non-dairy products (yoghurt, desserts, cheeses, ice creams, creamers, …)
plant-based mock meats
other foods (like corn for popcorn, tofu, seitan, maple syrup, dried fruit …)
sauces and condiments (ketchup, curry pastes, tomato sauces, sweet chili sauces, soy sauces, chutneys, mustards, nut butters (tahini, peanut butter,…), …)
junk food (like oreo cookies, other types of cookies, cakes, chips/crisps, already-made popcorn, pringles, …)
beverages (juices, ice tea, coffee, soft drinks like cola, sprite, …., alcoholic drinks like wines, beers, vodka, whiskey, …)

AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON… These are just the foods I could think of right now but there’s so much more!

So now, can you believe me that it’s difficult for me to tell someone what to eat as a vegan? The possibilities are endless! It is simply not possible to tell you 5 recipes that you can cook so that you become vegan because you probably like completely different foods than I do and there’s too much vegan food out there that you won’t be eating then. It is better to learn what foods are vegan and which ones are not and then figuring out recipes on your own!

Vegan versions

I always recommend people to google vegan recipes versions of their favourite foods:
Do you love hamburgers and fries? –Vegan burger with fries
Do you love Nasi Goreng? –Vegan Nasi Goreng
Do you love indian curries? –Vegan indian curries
Do you love risotto? –vegan vegetable risotto


I think you get the idea. And even if you want to make a vegan risotto, there are hundreds of different vegan risotto recipes out there!
People also get quite surprised when I tell them that most cultures around the world already have their own traditionally vegan dishes :
Middle eastern countries: Falafel pita
Greece: fava, courgette balls, stuffed vine leaves, giant beans, …
India: vegetable curries, Samosa, …
Europe/ USA: french fries/ chips
China: Tofu & vegetable dishes
Japan: avocado/ cucumber/ vegetable maki, vegetable noodle dishes like zaru soba
Thailand: mango sticky rice, coconut ice cream,
Italy: sorbets, the traditional & original Marinara pizza (pizza base+ tomato sauce with herbs), the traditional Napolitana tomato sauce pasta
Morocco: vegetable tajine
…and more!

So here are my tips for getting started with a vegan diet:

  1. research what foods are vegan and which ones are not (by reading ingredient lists on the foods, by using google (or even better Ecosia) to research if a food is vegan) to have an understand of what you can eat and what not!
  2. research what vegan “processed foods” are available in your area (foods like vegan ice creams, vegan milks, vegan meats, vegan sweets, …) so that you can treat yourself with them or even make the transition easier
  3. research vegan versions of your favourite recipes and try them out! Have fun in the kitchen! Starting a vegan diet means that you unlearn what you know about food and relearn your eating behaviour!
  4. get in your new vegan routine: when you know what foods are vegan and when you know what your favourite vegan dishes are, you can now write your grocery lists with all the food that you need for breakfast, lunch and dinner, buy only these foods and get in the habit of cooking your vegan dishes
  5. BONUS: now that you’re in your every-day life routine, you can explore how to eat vegan in restaurants and how to eat vegan when you travel. Researching online definitely helps for finding out the traditional vegan food in foreign countries, the vegan restaurants in foreign countries and the vegan options at your local restaurants. I always love exploring vegan food when I’m traveling (here’s my favourite website to find vegan restaurants all around the world)! And I have a vegan guide to Paris and Cyprus and even a review to a restaurant in Ubud and Vienna.
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I think I’m going to share my favourite vegan recipes with you too so stay tuned for that! But as I said, you can get inspiration for vegan recipes everywhere on the internet!

Karine Jackson hair & beauty salon + hair stories

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Max and I wanted to get a haircut for a while now. But we didn’t get an appointment when we were in Vienna and I just haven’t found a salon in London that I liked. But especially Max needed to go to a salon urgently since his hair was dyed and his roots were showing majorly! Over two years ago he decided to dye his hair and he had grey, white and blonde hair since then. I had my hair cut from super long to super short in December 2016 and donated my hair to the Little Princess Trust. Since then I’ve only been to a hairdresser in summer 2017 because I wanted to let my hair grow a little to see what length I like. In January my hair was a little shorter than shoulder length and had a very blunt and straight cut. Nothing fancy. When you scroll through my Instagram feed, you can see that I didn’t do much to it. I have naturally curly/ wavy hair which I don’t like that much so I straightened it with the blowdryer and maybe my straightener and sometimes I curled it a little bit with a curling iron to achieve more structured curls. It was time for a change – for both of us. That’s why I was so excited when I got the offer to visit the Karine Jackson hair & beauty salon with Max. I got a treatment and cut and Max got a cut and got his hair dyed again. It was very exciting for him since he decided he wanted to dye it brown, his natural hair colour, again.

From my Instagram story, before we went to Karine Jackson hair salon:

 

The salon

Karine Jackson is a hair and beauty salon located on 24 Litchfield Street in London that uses vegan, organic and natural hair care products. I myself only use natural products on my hair so the Karine Jackson salon got me very excited. The Australian founder, Karine Jackson herself, who won the British hairdresser of the year award in 2007, introduced an organic colour range called “Organic Colour System” to her salon in Covent Garden London. This was very interesting for Max since his hair dresser in Vienna was brilliant in his work but never used organic or natural products.

 

The salon has a huge variety of hair services: hair colour, cuts, styling, perming, straightening, volumising, colour correction, wedding hair and male hair services. The salon has two floors and when downstairs they offer a variety of beauty services including face treatments, nails, body treatments, lashes, brows, hair removal, make up, caci and men’s beauty. They even offer packages such as hair and make up for brides or pamper days. The price range depends on the hair stylist you choose and the service you want but it starts at very affordable prices.

Max’ story

As you can see in the video above I already looked like a dying ice-bear and really needed something new. After nearly three years of rocking grey and blonde hair my original colour (brown) would seem like an innovation of my hairstyle, the old-new. Alasdair (what an amazing name!) is a style director at the Karine Jackson salon and is probably one of the nicest people I’ve met in London. Right away I was offered water and tea as well as crisps and a cookie to enjoy the time. After I explained what I wanted to change Alasdair walked me through the whole procedure of colouring my hair and what will happen at each stage. I’ve never felt more prepared at a hair salon. Afterwards, he made a quick hair test to see if my hair needed some nutrients. Alasdair concluded that my hair only needed some protein (because of breakage) which can be supplemented through some hair products. We went down to the floor underneath where the salon has all their washing tables where I received my first hair treatment (washing and supplementing protein). Upstairs, Alasdair began with the colouring process. Since my hair was already bleached it had no pigments and so it was only necessary to colour it. Alasdair explained to me that he will choose a brown colour which will be a nuance darker to make sure that more pigments stay in the hair even after washing them a few times. He used a product from the “Organic Colour System” which basically is a natural way to dye hair. The product stayed in for around 15-20 minutes while I wore a special cap that kept my hair warm and afterwards we went down again to wash it out. The first time I saw myself in the mirror I felt a bit nostalgic. However, that was not it – Alasdair started cutting them right after. I could really feel that his main goal was to make the customer feel comfortable and happy and have to say that the stay at Karine Jackson hair & beauty salon brightened my mood. In the end I was so relieved to have a proper haircut again and the colour of my hair has not weakened in the last ten days.

My story

My stylist Sophia who is a senior stylist started with asking me about my hair. I told her right away that I didn’t want to lose the length of my hair. She suggested me some layers which I was very happy about. Just like Max’ stylist, my stylist Sophia did the hair test on me. She sprayed a few single hairs with water and pulled on them to see how they stretch. She concluded that my hair needs a protein treatment. We went downstairs to wash my hair with the all vegan, organic and natural hair shampoo and conditioner and went back up to put some leave-in treatment as well as a heat protecting spray on my hair – all organic and vegan of course. She cut some layers and did her magic. She told me that she wanted to create some dimension to compliment my face better since my hair was very bluntly cut. After the cutting Sophia blow dried my hair leaving it smooth and straight with a little bit of body showcasing my new cut perfectly. Sophia is a specialist in curling and decided to give my hair some waves using a deep hair waver. After just a few minutes and a bit of hair spray she was done. She gave me the advice to use a hair waver for night outs or even on daytime when I want to change it up a bit. Now here’s the thing: I know so many girls, me included, who had so many bad experiences with hairdressers who cut more of their hair than they wanted. That’s what I loved at Karine Jackson salon, my stylist did exactly what I wanted and more. She really understood what I liked and I can highly recommend Sophia!

I took some selfies throughout getting my hair done since Max was getting his hair done at the same time and was occupied:

The first photo (left) was taken while a vegan and organic product was soaking up in my hair to moisturise. The right photo is me after Sophia washed my hair.

 

The left photo is my hair after the stylist blow dried it. The right photo is the finished style!

 

 

Vegan guide to Cyprus, Limassol

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I’ve spent 10 wonderful days with my boyfriend and family in Limassol, Cyprus during my Christmas break and let me tell you, we enjoyed every single day! The weather was perfect, not freezing cold like Vienna or London. I loved feeling the sun on my face in December and getting some Vitamin D in. The culture there was incredible!

Culture

Kolossi Castle

We’ve been to the castle from 1454 not far from Limassol and I quite liked it. It’s always interesting to see that old architecture and you can go on the roof of the Castle to enjoy a great view!

 

Kourion

A must when you go to Cyprus! Kourion was an ancient city-state and you can still see its remains nowadays. It’s truly inspiring to see it! There is a theatre that is over 2000 years old, a bath complex, a Nymphaeum (monument constructed for nymphs), lots of old beautiful columns and more. Definitely plan lots of time for this one! You’ll need at least 2 hours to soak up all the incredible ruins! Plus, there is a great beach close to it, so make sure to go there as well!

 

Waterfalls and hikes

Cyprus is great for hiking! Choose one of the many waterfalls on Cyprus and hike there! I loved our hike through the forest and the waterfall at the end was the highlight. Although it was not as massive as the Tegenungan in Bali, it was still beautiful and a great day trip.

 

Villages

There are lots of small villages on the island that gave me serious Greece vibes. We went to walk around a village before we went on that hike and it was so peaceful and beautiful!

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Limassol

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Lady’s Mile Beach

A nice beach in Limassol that has lots of Cafés and restaurants is the Lady’s Mile Beach. Make sure to look out for the Flamingos on the drive way to the beach! We’ve been there on the 25th when the restaurants were closed. It was still beautiful and calm in a good way.

 

Columbia beach club

I loved this beach club! There is a pool, chairs and tables at the beach as well as an inside area for when it’s a bit colder. The interior is very nice and gave me serious Bali vibes with their basket style hanging chairs and cool plants. Perfect to have a freddo espresso (vegan since it’s without milk) and chill a bit.

Vegan food

Cyprus reminded me a lot of Greece, especially Crete but it still was a bit different. During my teen years I’ve spent quite a lot of summers and Easter breaks at my godfather’s and my family’s villa on Crete. Even my boyfriend and bestie enjoyed their time their. When it comes to food, Crete has some amazing traditional vegan dishes to offer: fava, courgette balls, salads, stuffed vine leaves, bean dishes and more. So being vegan on Crete was never a problem.
When we came to Cyprus we didn’t know exactly how much vegan food we’re going to find but we knew it would be similar to Greece. It was a good thing that we stayed at my godfather’s and his boyfriend’s place so that we were able to cook at home on some days. For breakfast you have to go and get the amazing produce Cyprus has to offer! We ate sweet strawberries, oranges, apples, plums and more for breakfast and even found coconut yoghurt to change it up a bit. When it comes to dining out we’ve been to a tavern one time which was unfortunately not a good (vegan) experience. Their stuffed vine leaves were filled with pork meat and the only vegan dishes they had was a salad, french fries,  pita bread, houmous and tahini dips. So it was not ideal and Max just noticed that there was meat in the vine leaves after taking a bite (they didn’t say it on the menu) – vegan nightmare am I right?
The best restaurant we’ve been to in Limassol (except the incredible Four Seasons we’ve been to on Christmas Eve that made us a vegan menu) – Wagamama. I know, I know, it’s a chain restaurant that you can go to in London as well. But honestly, it’s perfect for when you travel with omnivores. Their vegan options are great and it’s situated in the nice Marina area of Limassol where you can look at the yachts and have a drink at a nice bar afterwards. We’ve also seen places that offer vegan falafel wraps/ pittas for example. So there are options if you go and look around. But I’d say Cyprus is more on the challenging side when it comes to vegan food.

Overall, I loved my stay in Limassol and I can recommend you going there in December as well since there are less tourists. I think it’s definitely an underestimated island that has lots to offer!

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Vegan guide to Paris

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For my boyfriend and my 5 year anniversary we’ve travelled to Paris for 3 days. Paris was our first journey together back in 2014 and we loved it. It’s a magical city with great architecture and lots of culture to offer. Back in 2014 I  was already vegan and Max was vegetarian. The funny thing is actually that Max wanted to go vegan as well but specifically wanted to wait for after our Paris trip to eat lots of non vegan crêpes. He ate about 2 nutella crêpes a day. After that trip he kept his promise and became vegan. I on the other hand was already vegan – even trying to stay rawtill4 😅. Let me tell you. It was so hard. I basically lived off maki, food from le Pain Quotidien and fruit.

A little more than 3 years later and we revisited the French capital city again. This time both of us were vegan and ready to explore the vegan scene in Paris. I arrived with one goal in my head. I wanted to find vegan croissants, vegan macarons and vegan pain au chocolat. When it comes to sweets I love french patisserie! It’s my absolute favourite! And spoiler alert, I’ve managed to find all 3 of the vegan versions!

*please not that this blog post wasn’t planned and therefore the photos are not the best. They are mostly photos I took for my Instagram Story. However so many of you guys asked me questions of the vegan places I’ve been to in Paris so I had to improvise*

Gentle Gourmet

This restaurant has the best vegan dinner that Paris has to offer. It’s definitely more on the elegant side and the prices are a bit higher. But I love seeing upper class vegan restaurants and Gentle Gourmet is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Europe now! They also offer vegan pastries by day but because of the opening hours, we couldn’t make it there. I’m sure it’s perfect for tea and macarons! But the service was amazing and they gave us a selection of their macarons to go after request.

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Cauliflower soup -one of the best soups I’ve ever had!

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Gnocchi in vegetable soup

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That chocolate sauce was sooooo freaking good! They need to fill it up and sell it in litre bottles!

Of course we had some hot chocolate with a selection of their petits fours 😀

Love Juice Bar

I found a super instagrammable juice bar and it’s fabulous! It definitely reminded me of the places we’ve been to in Bali. Beautiful modern interior and delicious nutritious food that looks straight out of Instagram. It’s small and hidden but it’s still a place I’d definitely visit again.

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I had an acai bowl and a green juice and Max had a chocolate smoothie.

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Hank Burger & Hank Pizza

These two places are close to each other and are fairly new. They are also VERY casual. I appreciate every vegan place out there but I have to say the food is not the best I’ve ever eaten. The pizza is what was served at your school’s cafeteria – but vegan. It wasn’t gross but it’s not a must. The burgers are the same. Not disgusting but also not the best vegan burger I’ve ever had. I guess Paris is not as developed as Germany or Austria or other places I’ve been to when it comes to vegan food and it has not that much diamonds to offer.

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Cloud Cakes

It’s a cute cafe offering vegan sweets like cupcakes, breakfast, sandwiches and salads. They have vegan croissants on the menu but they seem to be sold out all the time. We didn’t have luck to get a croissant when we were there. The salad was good but nothing special and Max’ sandwich was pretty basic as he said. But what bothered us the most was the rude staff at that place. Since my brother works in gastronomy I appreciate good service at cafes, restaurants and bars and I try to tip accordingly. But I also dislike rude people very much when I comes to having food or drinks. So this was a no-go and I wouldn’t come again.

Laelo

Let’s leave the not so great places of Paris behind and move on to one of the best and me finding 2 of my 3 baked goods I wanted to find in Paris. Laelo is a cafe offering juices, smoothies, coffee, turmeric latte, cakes, french patisserie and more. We got a chai latte and a turmeric latte along with a little chocolate cake topped with the most delicious chocolate mousse, pain au chocolat and croissants to go that we ended up eating at the Orangerie looking at the Seine and Eiffel tower. Everything was delicious! I can definitely recommend it!

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Have you eaten vegan in Paris? Are there places you’d recommend?

 

Vegan, fair & sustainable workout outfit

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Pasteur Tank by Science of Apparel $30
Yoga Leggings Plain in Peat Grey by Yoiqi €39.00

The top
This is one of my favourite tops to workout in! I love the look of it and the classic colour but the best part about it is the fabric! The top has silver ions that prevent odor-causing bacteria which keeps you fresh during the workout. It is made from sustainably sourced Lycra that empowers the shirt to move and stretch. “Our trademarked MicroTech Jersey combines the finest Pima Cotton with sustainably sourced Micro Modal + repurposed Lycra for the ultimate in eco-friendly performance. Sourced from responsibly harvested Beech trees in Austria, MicroTech Jersey is built for the street + the gym with powerful 4Way Stretch technology. We use Extra Long Staple Fibers to provide durability and pill-resistance.”

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The leggings
The grey colour of the leggings are a nice change to your regular black leggings (that I own from this label as well!). The material is super soft and I also love wearing them as pajamas, on flights and on chill days at home. Yoiqi is a Yoga wear label that uses organic Egyptian cotton and manufactures ethically. “We care passionately about the environment, as well as our fellow human beings. For that reason, we at YOIQI have entrusted the cultural initiative group SEKEM with our manufacturing. SEKEM is an ecological manufacturing project in Egypt, founded on the principal of establishing a sustainable, reliable, fair and ethical economy for all. The entire production process – from plant cultivation to manufacturing to distribution – is evolved under one umbrella so all of our products are fully traceable and reliably ethical.”

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One week, one look, two climates: vegan & fair winter look that suit freezing & warm weather + discount code!

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Turtleneck by Reformation (unfortunately not available anymore)
Inga high waist denim jeans by Armed Angels €99.90
Vest trench coat by Cossac £160.00
Luxe Derbys in black by Wills Vegan Shoes €90
Alanis bordeaux across body bag by Labante £55.00 (on sale!)
Sterling silver heart bracelet by Labante £29.99 (on sale!)
No Animal Brand grey overknee heeled boots (similar ones here)
old coat

The top
I bought this ethical and vegan top a couple of years ago which is why it is no longer available. But turtlenecks are a fall/winter staple and similar ones are available here.

The jeans
These are my go-to jeans. Perfect for a day in the city. And they kept me warm both in freezing Vienna and warm Limassol. Ethically made from organic cotton and GOTS certified.

The coat
An old camel coloured coat for the freezing winter temperatures in Vienna and a sleeveless black and ethically made trench coat for warm Cyprus. The fair Cossac trench vest is made from Tencel.

 

 

The shoes
The Wills Vegan shoes are perfect for walking through a city the whole day. The androgynous shoes look elegant and match with almost every outfit. The velvet shoe laces add that certain extra. The uppers and linings in these shoes are powered by plants created with bio oil sourced from organic cereal crops in a carbon neutral process. They are water-resistant and breathable and the cushioning insoles are made with recycled rubber. They are ethically made in Portugal under EU health and safety regulations and are PETA approved.
The No Animal brand grey overknee heeled boots are ideal for a chill day in a cold city. They keep you warm while making the freezing winter temperatures look attractive.

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The bag
Another favourite for traveling. The vegan bag has two colours: light pink and bordeaux. I love that you can remove the strap and transform it into a clutch in seconds. I personally removed the strap and put it in my larger purse to organise my airport essentials. It has 3  compartments and is PETA approved.

Use the discount code “livia10” when ordering at Labante!

The bracelet
The vegan PETA approved bracelet looks gorgeous with the nude coloured top. It is crafted from Sterling Silver and 18ct plated gold.

Use the discount code “livia10” when ordering at Labante!

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VEGAN & FAIR FASHION OUTFIT: jeans+t-shirt with a twist & GIVEAWAY!

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Crop top “Lara” by Bayti Hier €19.00
Bag  “Seesack” by Bayti Hier €59.00
Vest Trench Coat by Cossac £160.00 
Belt “Bigbuc” in black and gold by Noani €69.95
Jeans by American Apparel *no longer available (other ethical jeans here, here or here)
White vegan Veja Sneakers €75
Coat old
Barret old

 

The top

The white crop is made from Lyocell and has a black flower on the front and the small arabic words “together united” in black on the back. I’ve channeled my inner Alexis Ren and combined the crop top with jeans and reinterpreted the look with a barret, sneakers and a coat. All garments by Bayti Hier are made ethically in Germany by Syrian refugees that are integrated in the community. The company is lead by students and Syrian refugees meaning that the garment workers don’t just make the pieces but have a saying in what they do. The company helps the workers to learn German and be financially stable so that they thrive in their new home country. I’ll give away 2×1 coupon for Bayti Hier products so if you are interested read more at the end of the blog post!

 

The bag

The “Seesack” is a great example of the company’s philosophy. The design and choice of fabric has been made by two Syrians so they didn’t just make the bag but also had a saying in the process. Plus, the fabric availability is limited which makes the bag limited edition. It can be worn as a backpack, over your shoulder and across the body like I wore in the photos. It has so much room for everything you need which makes it perfect as a travel bag, gym bag or overnight bag. The bag is made from a fabric in a neutral taupe colour and a floral fabric and has two ropes as straps.

 

The belt
Belts are mostly made form animal skin – leather. Leather is not a waste product from the meat production anymore. Animals of all kinds get skinned alive and are held in tiny cages. ” More than a billion animals are slaughtered every year in order to make cloths, accessories, as well as furniture (from their skins). Most of the leather products are tanned with toxic chromium in the tanneries situated in low-wage countries. This does not only affect the production workers, but also the environment at a high level: The ground water is contaminated, and the risk of cancer is increasing enormously for the people who work in tanneries or live nearby.” That is why wearing a vegan belt contributes to a cruelty free world. This vegan belt is ethically made in Germany from eucalyptus and pineapple fibre as well as recycled polyester leather. Noani offers cruelty free belts for women and men in different styles, different hardware and different colours.

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The vest
I’m wearing an ethically made long trench coat style vest underneath the coat to add an extra layer of warmth and dimension. The vest is made from the eco-friently fabric black woven Tencel. I’ve featured it in a previous outfit post. Cossac promotes a minimal capsule wardrobe offering a small selection of high quality pieces for every season. They use sustainable fabrics and keep their business processes sustainable by e.g. using recycled packaging, business cards and tags.

 

The Jeans
Unfortunately, American Apparel is no longer available in Europe. There is only their US based online shop. I got these Jeans when American Apparel had shops all around the world making sweatshop free fashion accessible to everyone. I’ve linked similar jeans alternatives at the top of this post. The jeans are boyfriend-style baggy and I’ve rolled up the ends to give it an edgy, effortless look.

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THE GIVEAWAY

Win a coupon for 1x€50 and 1x€25 for Bayti Hier products! The giveaway will be held on my account @liviavanh. If you want to win the €25 coupon all you have to do is like my Giveaway post on Instagram. If you want to win the €50 coupon head over to my Instagram and like the Giveaway post and finish the sentence “integration is…” in the comments.
I’ll announce the winners on Wednesday here on this post, on my Instagram post and in my Story.

Good luck!

What is ‘zero waste’? + my personal approach to this lifestyle

Recently I’ve written a blog post about the ultimate do-good list. A list about all the lifestyle changes everyone can try to make to make the world a better place. One of the lifestyles I included was the ‘zero waste lifestyle’. However, I realised that the zero waste lifestyle is not very well known as I hoped it would be. That’s why I decided to write about it.

Zero waste – meaning producing no waste at all – is about reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfills and eventually the ocean. What’s bad about waste in the ocean? Most waste takes forever to decompose. Materials like plastic are used everyday globally and thrown away globally. These plastics get smaller once thrown away until they end up as micro plastics. Micro plastic gets ingested by fish which – unless you’re vegan – gets eaten by humans. Bon appétit.
Besides plastic sushi for dinner, plastic forms whole islands in the ocean. Our world is full of waste and everyone who doesn’t want to waste our planet should consider a zero waste lifestyle.

Now, I myself am not a Lauren Singer. In fact, living zero waste is one of my top goals in life (besides the obvious – career and relationship goals).
Zero waste means contributing no waste to the landfill. So first of all we analyse what we throw away: food packaging, food waste, old clothes, cosmetic packaging, coffee cups, water bottles, more packaging and even more packaging. You get there’s a theme here: packaging. You can also sort your waste by material: plastics, paper/ cardboard, organic waste, tins and metals, fabrics and other materials. Some of these waste materials can be recycled and recycling is encouraged.

The zero waste principle is about 5 guide lines, the 5 Rs:
Refuse – refuse single use items such as plastic straws
Reduce – reduce the amount of newly purchased items – don’t shop what you don’t need
Reuse – use the things you have as much and long as possible and always consider repairing instead of buying a new item, use reusable items instead of one-use ones
Recycle
Rot – food waste should be composted

When I think of zero waste my mind divides the waste problem in our everyday life in 3 areas: bathroom, kitchen and on the go.

We eat everyday and our food is *drumroll please* wrapped in packaging. Eating whole foods, buying unpackaged vegetables and fruits and buying grains, legumes and other dry foods in bulk (at special bulk stores) is the solution. Don’t order food online (I’m definitely guilty of that) and don’t buy packaged already-made food on the go. Food waste should be composted.
I did very well the past year when it comes to plastic-free food. However, since my move to another area, the availability of bulk stores and fruit and veggie markets (where unpackaged food is dominating) has been a challenge. I  do always choose the unpackaged fruits and vegetables and try to stock up on bulk dry goods, but there’s still a lot of plastic in my pantry and fridge. 

On the go and spontaneous situations is where lots of unnecessary waste is made. The solution: a zero waste survival kit. A mason jar/ reusable bottle, a reusable cutlery, a napkin, one or more reusable shopping bags, homemade and plastic free snacks and lots of discipline. I’m not doing the best when it comes to this part either. I carry reusable shopping bags with me and have a bottle with me most of the times but I always forget about ordering coffee in a reusable mug and forget to pack lunch and snacks for the day.

Lastly, you can reduce or completely eliminate plastic waste from your bathroom. Solid soaps instead of liquid, packaged ones, solid shampoos, solid conditioners or oils in glass bottles for your hair and body, homemade or plastic-free tooth paste, bamboo toothbrushes, plastic free deodorant, plastic free makeup, wooden hair brushes – the amount of product we use for our hygiene everyday is endless. Thanks to responsible and environmental conscious businesses, so is the amount of plastic free alternatives.
This is the only area where I can say that I’m proud of my progress. I’m still not 100% perfect but I’m consistent when it comes to the products I do choose to purchase plastic free.

There is so much more to zero waste, when put in practice. I encourage you to do more research about this amazing movement! Are you inspired to learn more about zero waste? Read more here:

http://www.gittemary.com

https://www.goingzerowaste.com

https://zerowastehome.com

 

VEGAN & FAIR OUTFIT: Conscious consuming + ethically made KUKLA transformable vest

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Being a conscious consumer means using the items you have to the fullest – for several years, all-year around, until it is at the end of its life. The fast fashion industry offers new clothing items in their stores every day. They encourage people to replace their wardrobe every season with new clothing and for most cases the quality of fast fashion is so bad that the pieces don’t last long anyways. That creates a massive amount of garment waste and the environment is polluted by that fast and huge production of garments. Plus, the garment workers get pressured to work fast for little to no money.
Let’s celebrate conscious consuming! This outfit is all about high quality for a long time. The ethically made Reformation dress isn’t available anymore yet still going strong, the vegan boots have been in one of my first outfit posts, the bag is ethically made in Madagascar and the vest is not just ethically made in Austria, but also transformable in endless ways so you can create an endless amount of new outfits.

transformable vest “no denim no doubt” by KUKLA

navy blue dress by Reformation (similar ones here and more dresses here)

grey overknee boots by No Animal Brand  here and here (similar ones here and here)

embellished bag “Malala” by The Noces

The KUKLA
The star of the show today is the KUKLA vest. The concept of the clothing piece is to get creative with the vest and use a clip (available in a wide colour selection) to transform the piece into shirts, dresses, scarves, ponchos, anything you can think of. I’ve styled it in 3 ways: simply as a vest without using the clip, draping and clipping it so that there is a turtleneck-like collar and clipping it so that it shows off the dress underneath, showing a bit of cleavage. The material soft on the inside yet thick so that it keeps you warm and cozy. The denim colour matches the blue dress and the inner grey side adds dimension to the look. The vest is one size and is available in the long version that I’m wearing and in a short version, as well as several different colours (shades of browns, shades of greys, black and more) and comes with one clip to transform your style. You can buy clips separately in several different colours too.
All their products are made ethically and sustainably in Vienna and Europe.

The dress
Long sleeves keep you warm while wearing a no sleeve vest. The midi length of the dress makes it possible to cover your knees and keep you especially warm or wear it a bit shorter and hide the extra fabric under the vest. Reformation manufactures ethically in the USA and keep their business processes sustainable by reducing carbon, waste and water.

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The boots
The vegan boots keep you warm while looking great. Overknee boots make every winter outfit look feminine and modern. I’ve found a lot of options for different styles which I linked at the top of this blog post.

The bag
The Noces work with family-owned businesses and sole artisans in order to maintain a close relationship with their suppliers. “We pay attention to our impact on the people and on the environment. By employing Malagasy people, we empower them and help ensure decent lives. We also promote environmentally-friendly practices in the supply chain.”

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MY FAIR & VEGAN FASHION DECEMBER WISHLIST ♡

 

 

Armed Angels sweater €59.90
Collection and Co heels £90
Noumenon jacket €370
Closet London dress £85
Armed Angels skirt €49.90
Angela Roi bag $165
Closet London jumpsuit £85
People Tree jumpsuit £89
Ace & Tate sunglasses €98

If you think that buying fast fashion, and therefore enslaving factory workers in poor countries (80% women by the way) is inevitable, then think again. There are so many gorgeous fair fashion pieces that my wish list is on steroids. I obviously can’t go and put all these pieces in my cart but I love sharing my dream items with you and maybe inspire you to get one or two of these gorgeous pieces

The Alani Sweater in black €59.90

This Armed Angels body con top is made from GOTS certified organic cotton and is available in black, red and grey. I honestly can’t decide which colour I love more. They look so cute in every colour! It is ethically made in Turkey and I think I’m going to have to get it! ❤

The Ida Maroon Velvet Vinyl Court Shoes £90

These heels are so extra I love it. They combine bordeaux, velvet and clear vinyl PVC! Plus, I feel like they scream holiday season. Collection and Co is a shoe and bag brand that is all vegan and cruelty free (including the glue used)!

The Bombé Jacket €370

Now, this is more of a splurge fashion item. The price is a on the high side. But man this jacket is extra! And how perfect would it look with the velvet heels! Ugh, need it all. The coolest part: it’s made from surplus furniture fabric, it’s by Noumenon – the all vegan, cruelty free and PETA approved brand and it’s ethically produced in Lithuania,

 

THE ULTIMATE DO-GOOD-LIST

I love changing my lifestyle to help the environment, the animals and the people on this planet. Every day you spend money and almost every decision you make or action you take is about money. And every single time you spend money, you vote. You tell the company you are giving money that you want more of the thing you just bought. It’s supply and demand: if everyone buys an iPhone, Apple will produce more. If no one buys an iPhone, Apple will stop producing.
There are so many different areas in your life where you can live more align your values and principles or simply be a better person. I personally love researching more environmentally friendly, more animal friendly, healthier and more ethical lifestyles because it’s the easiest and way to make the world a better place. Everyone can change their lifestyle and YOU can make a difference in the world! I put together a list of all the different areas of life where you can be more ethically, eco-friendly, cruelty free and healthy. I personally strive to be able to make all of these changes in my life one day – probably later than sooner though.

Tick all of these off and you’re basically a really good person with high ethical and sustainable standards! Plus, if everyone would do this, there would be no environmental pollution, climate change, animal abuse, slave labour and less diseases. Basically this earth would be an awesome place to live on.
No particular order

The do-good list:

🌍🍎be zero waste

🌍🐮🍎👩🏽be vegan

🌍🐮👩🏽🍎buy ethical, vegan & sustainable fashion

🌍👩🏽buy ethical & sustainable or second hand electronics

🌍👩🏽🐮buy ethical, vegan & sustainable or second hand furniture and home items

🌍🍎buy local and seasonal food

🌍🍎buy natural, organic and vegan cosmetics, candles and cleaning products

🌍use the things that you own for a long time vs throwing them away quickly

🌍👩🏽buy second hand and sell your own things so that they get another life

🌍👩🏽stop buying useless, low quality products

🌍only use green energy and electric vehicles

Emoji index:

🌍=good for the planet (sustainable, non polluting, eco-friendly, environmentally friendly)

🍎=good for your health

🐮=good for the animals (cruelty free)

👩🏽=good for the people (no slave labour, sweatshop free, no child labour, ethical, human rights, female emoji chosen because mostly women suffer from slave labour)

Now the version that most people can realistically live with:

reduce plastic consumption
reduce animal products consumption
include ethical & sustainable fashion in your closet
include second hand and/or ethical electronics to your electronic belongings
buy more locally and seasonally
include natural, organic and vegan cosmetic products to your regime
use belongings consciously and think twice before buying something
consider second hand
consider buying electric car or using public transportation more and/or use green energy

 

Is there anything you think is missing on my list? Do you practice any of the mentioned lifestyle choices?

 

 

My fair & vegan Paris look – cold France in November

P1570827I’ve been flying to Paris to celebrate my boyfriend’s and mine 5th anniversary! It was so lovely. I’ve eaten a lot of vegan food, enjoyed the architecture and have been to art and fashion museums. However, it was quite cold in the city so a comfortable and stylish, yet warming outfit was needed. I’ve worn this outfit two days in a row (which I usually never do) because it satisfied all these mentioned needs.

Laila Roll Neck Top in black by People Tree £39
Inga High Waist Denim by Armed Angels €99.90
Luxe High-Heeled Boots in Black by Wills Vegan Shoes £93
Blackberry Maxi tote bag by Alexandra K €269

THE TOP

 

The People Tree turtleneck is one of my new favourite pieces! Elegant, classy, comfortable, warming and timeless. I tucked it into my high waisted jeans and paired it with black heels and my good old coat (not ethical or sustainable – bought it a couple of years ago). Made ethically in India from organic cotton and elastane.

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THE JEANS

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Jeans by Armed Angels

Another favourite of mine: the Armed Angels jeans. An everyday piece that is made ethically in Turkey from GOTS certified organic cotton and spandex. The spandex percentage is very low though, so be aware that it won’t be like your pair of stretchy jeans. They are very old school. After washing them, you’ll probably be dancing around the flat to get them on (especially my fellow big booty girls). I’ve already featured them in a couple of posts including the cossac coat outfit post and the Herbivore t-shirt post.

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THE BOOTS

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Boots by Wills Vegan Shoes

Although they are heels, they are super comfortable. They have that big chunky block heel and 2 big zippers on each side for you to get them on in a second. The Will Vegan Shoes are made ethically in Portugal from Italian faux microfibre materials  and are PETA approved. I’ve featured these boots in a lot of posts as well including the outfit post about my current favourite dress.

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THE BAG

The newest member of my closet and the newest piece of this look. Perfect to hold those croissants and pain au chocolat in! This vegan bag is ethically made and I’ve already featured it in my white blouse post.

I’M A HYPOCRITE or THE SMARTPHONE STRUGGLE – child labour for a blogger’s new phone?

Social media is my thing. I spend a lot of time on my phone. I text, I watch Youtube videos, I scroll through Facebook and Instagram is my passion/ part-time job. I do spend a lot of time on my laptop too. I study for university, I write blog posts and I research stuff online (fair fashion companies, articles about labour conditions and more).
Currently I own a MacBook Air and an iPhone 6s although my iPhone is 2-3 years old and is slowly and painfully dying. I guess I’m a sucker for apple products. I love the design, I love how easy it is to use (the software) and I love that I can send photos from my laptop to my iPhone in seconds using Airdrop.

What I don’t love is the company’s production conditions. Apple is an unethical company and there is no doubt about it. They are violating human rights by supporting child labour and sweatshops. There’s a new video by the one and only Kristen Leo (her amazing blog here and her amazing Youtube channel here – it’s all about ethical fashion, vegan living, sustainable lifestyle and more) talking about Apple’s support of child labour by using unethical cobalt that you need to watch:

I want to write another detailed blog post explaining what exactly tech companies are doing that is unethical, inhumane and unsustainable but let’s keep it as that for now. Because I want to write about my personal decision and struggle here.

You all know that my closet is almost 100% filled with vegan and ethical clothing and that I buy exclusively ethical fashion. You may also know that I ditched chemical beauty products a long time ago and only use natural skin and hair care, as well as makeup products where lots of my beauty products are zero waste or plastic free. I even use mostly natural cleaning products. But what about my electronics? Why am I so unethical purchasing slave labour tech gear? First of all, there are not a lot of ethical tech products out there. A good solution here is definitely second hand (post about buying second hand coming soon!) as Kristen is also mentioning in her video. You won’t support the unethical company since the money goes to the second hand store or the previous owner. However, I am guilty of not buying second hand tech products (yet). The other solution is to buy the ethical tech brands that are available.

A great company for ethical smartphones is FAIRPHONE.

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Their phones have a long lasting design, are made from fair materials, are made under ethical conditions and are sustainable since you can order spare parts and they provide you with videos on how to repair your phone so that it lasts long.  You can buy a fairphone in the colours dark blue, red, white or turquoise here and learn more about the company here.

So what am I doing now since my phone needs to be replaced soon? Will I be like the people I get so frustrated with sometimes. That have the money to purchase ethically and sustainably made clothes but go for designer garments that are made in sweatshops and that pollute the environment. Am I a hypocrite by advertising a sustainable and ethical lifestyle while buying slave labour phones?

That is my struggle at the moment and as much as I hate myself for saying (erm writing?) that, I do have a hard time deciding if I should buy the fairphone or an old second hand iPhone or if I should stick to my bad habits and buy the new iPhone. I will have to decide in the next couple of months and will keep you updated. But I’d love to know what you think! Do you buy second hand? Do you own a fairphone? Will you be buying a new unethical smartphone? And what should I do??

FAIR & VEGAN BLOUSE AND LEGGINGS +my new vegan purse!

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Just like I said in my last outfit post, I love to make the most out of my closet. I’m wearing my comfortable and super soft gym leggings as everyday outfit and dress them up with a beautiful organic blouse and black boots. A big black vegan bag holds my laptop and necessities for work and uni while looking elegant.

WHITE BLOUSE BY MOVINUN (€94)
LEGGINGS BY YOIQI (€39)
HEELED BOOTS BY WILLS VEGAN SHOES (£93)
MAXI TOTE BAG IN BLACKBERRY BY ALEXANDRA K (€269)

THE BLOUSE

I’m currently obsessed with blouses and finding ethical and sustainable pieces that are office appropriate and look elegant with an edge. This white blouse is the classic office blouse new interpreted. It has long sleeves which makes it perfect for the colder months and a comfortable wide fit. The sides can be tied up to cinch the waist which adds an interesting detail. I tied them up to bows for a feminine, more fun everyday look. The blouse is made form 100% organic cotton and I am wearing a size S.
Movinun manufactures ethically and handmade using mostly GOTS certified organic cotton which is sustainable and contributes the protection of our planet. Even their threads are GOTS certified, as well as their zippers and buttons.
The buttons are created by local artist from porcelain, each being unique. The company uses recycled paper and their own scraps of fabric to make sustainable packaging and aim towards a zero waste production.
And if that wasn’t enough, they use green energy like wind and solar energy to power their designing facilities. Additionally, they want to enable opportunities for underprivileged which is why part of our production is made by Želva d.o.o., a company that employs people with disabilities. Movinun is definitely a company that cares about the planet and people and it reminds me every time I wear my beautiful blouse!

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THE LEGGINGS


This comfortable and soft pair of leggings is actually active wear and I love wearing them to the gym. But conscious consumers use their clothing to the fullest. That’s why I wear them to bed, in the plane aaaand paired with this gorgeous blouse. Because -sorry Blair Waldorf – leggings are pants! They make a perfect contrast to the wide and structured blouse and feel like lounge wear while still looking elegant. The organic cotton jersey fabric is soft and warming. They are sustainably and ethically made in Egypt by SEKEM, an economic project that supports fair and sustainable businesses in Egypt.

THE SHOES
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I’ve featured these beauties in one of my latest outfit posts already. I love that large zipper on both sides of the shoe and that chunky heel that makes walking in them so easy and comfortable. They are PETA approved, made ethically in Portugal from breathable microfibre and are water resistant.

THE PURSE


I’ve had my eye on the Alexandra K purses for a while now. I always wanted one of her little bags but when my bestie Sarah got herself one of the Maxi tote bags in a soft blue colour, she convinced me that I need one in my life. So I ranked the Maxi tote bag in Blackberry high on my wish list and on my 21st birthday it sat on my bed in all of it’s beauty – gifted by my perfect boyfriend. My laptop fits perfectly in it, there are a lot of little pockets inside so that everything stays organised, it is structured and perfect for work, uni and traveling – which is basically my life. It has a zipper and a buckle made from gold hardware (you can choose between gold and silver).
It is ethically handmade in Poland from synthetic fabric and has won the Vegan Fashion Award. Other than lots of vegan bags, it is not made from highly toxic chemical compounds like PVC.

FAIR & VEGAN OUTFIT: WHITES IN FALL & ETHICALLY MADE HEADBAND

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A took my white summer skirt out of the closet and decided that I want to make the most out of my clothes by wearing them all year round. I added a classic ethical t-shirt, a pair of killer boots and a headband to perfect the look.

Headband by Mithra
T-Shirt by Vatter (€39)
Skirt by Aware (25€)
Vegan heeled boots by No Animal Brand

The Shirt

If you want to start buying ethically and sustainably, start with the most classic clothing pieces of them all: the white t-shirt. It’s needed in every closet – male or female – and this one has a great fit. The Vatter shirt is made from GOTS certified organic cotton using only  chemical free and sustainable techniques and is ethically made in Turkey and Greece.  Lots of chemicals like pesticides are used growing conventional cotton which is harmful for the environment and people’s health. Additionally, a lot of water is used during the growing process. Organic cotton is farmed without chemicals, using only natural pesticides and fertilisers which is why a lot water is saved using natural techniques.
Vatter doesn’t just use sustainable methods in their clothing production. The company uses recycled packaging and only uses vegetable-based printing on it. The clothing pieces are shipped using DHL GoGreen.

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Headband by Mithra

The headband

My favourite show as a teenager and let’s be real – still is -Gossip Girl. I used to get so excited when people told me I look like “Blair Waldorf”. She is my favourite. If you know the show then you know that headbands are her thing and I get why. They are can add the extra something to your look.
This two-coloured headband is made from soft ribbed Lycra. The fabric is sourced from Malaga. All the Mithra headband’s materials come from all over the world. The designer and founder of the brand travels all over the world and purchases the fabrics. The textiles are from México, Indonesia, California, Berlin, Dublin, and Málaga.
The headbands are all designed and Malaga, Spain and ethically produced in Malaga and Berlin. Mithra is a sustainable handmade brand inspired by nature, travel and people. Mithra emerges from my own passion to wear headpieces, hearties and head-wraps since I was a child. Our products are fair trade and hand crafted with love between Málaga (Spain) and Berlin. We support local and slow fashion. We aim to reuse everything so that we use every fabric left over possible and nothing goes waste.

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Skirt by Aware

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VEGAN & SUSTAINABLE BLOGGING: I’M NOT A FULL TIME BLOGGER?! AM I BECOMING ONE??

I started this blog half a year ago. I wanted my own space where I share ethical and sustainable outfits and clothes and share a little bit of my views about sustainability, ethical and sustainable living and more.
Before I had my blog there was just Instagram. Every project starts small. The outfits were mainly by American Apparel (AA you are missed!), I had no idea about fashion photography (not saying that I don’t still have to learn), I hardly had any followers on Instagram, I had no collaborations with all these great businesses out there. However, being a full-time blogger was not my intention when I started out.
I do believe that it is possible to make a living of being a sustainable, ethical and vegan fashion and lifestyle blogger and influencer. But is that the end goal of my platforms?

What do I do when I’m not writing countless mails with ethical and sustainable businesses, creating outfits, taking photos in my outfits, editing the photos, writing a blog post and searching for new fair fashion?
– I am a full time student at the Queen Mary university of London studying Environmental Science.

Instagram, Facebook and the blog are my hobbies, my free time activities, my passion becoming more and more into a job.
I am in my second year of three years of study. In spring 2019 I officially will have my Bachelors degree.
So what comes after that?
A masters degree?
Working as a full time blogger?
Quitting blogging? Disappearing from Social Media?

The truth is that I have plans. I always have a few plans in the back of my head. Without goals I’m directionless. Even though these plans will probably change a bit or even a lot as I progress and find out more about myself, they are still there.

The truth is I’m not planning on being a full time blogger. I’m not planning on traveling the world with my boyfriend taking photos and recording videos everyday sharing outfits and living without a fixed salary. Simply because my boyfriend has his own journey, his own dreams and goals that he wants to fulfil and they don’t include being a full time Instagram husband. Simply because I want to have a greater impact on the world. Although I love reaching out to people that care about making this world a better place, it’s not enough for me. I want more. I’m not saying that being a blogger is not a valuable job. I simply want to work on other projects.
BUT don’t expect me to quit anytime soon. Maybe the topics on my blog will shift, change and turn this platform in something new. But isn’t change always good? Never settle, always progress. I don’t just care about what I wear. I care about what I eat, what I put on my body, the environmental and ethical impact of every good I purchase, the impacts of the economy and contemporary environmental issues including climate change.
For now, I don’t plan to quit outfit postings. However, I’ve been inspired lately to raise the awareness of sustainability and ethical businesses on my platforms (especially my blog). I want to write about other aspects of life too like ethical & sustainable home products, food, cosmetics – every product you buy can either have a positive or a negative impact on this world. I also want to write more about the issues that the environment and the labour market is facing. Since I am studying the environment I do want to integrate what I’ve learned and I’m learning here. My interest goes beyond the fashion industry (although it’s a big part) and I would like to talk more about the deeper background of this capitalistic system and it’s impact on the world that we experience in our everyday lives and should be talked about more.

I hope you are as excited for the future as I am!

Love,

Livia

VEGAN & FAIR FASHION: SHOES SHOES SHOES!

KINA IN BLACK BY BAHATIKA
INUA IN BLACK BY BAHATIKA
RONNIE BLACK SLIM FIT OVER THE KNEE VEGAN BOOTS BY BEYOND SKIN
MADISON BLACK OVER THE KNEE VEGAN BOOTS BY BEYOND SKIN
VICTORIA BLACK BLOCK HEEL VEGAN ANKLE BOOTS BY BEYOND SKIN

 

  • BAHATIKA 129,00 € & 110,00 €

I haven’t been a fan of sneakers-outside-the-gym at the beginning of that movement years ago but I do like it now! I do own a pair of white tennis shoes that I love to wear on a casual day. However, I haven’t dared to go the extra mile and do the full on sneaker (literally wearing sports shoes as street wear) look yet. These Bahatikas have that sports shoes design BUT Bahatika put sequins on the sides and on the toes which I’m loving! They are glam instead of gym.

The second pair of Bahatika shoes are athleisure inspired too but they have a espadrille rope wrapped platform and glitter stars on them. The stars and platforms give me these iconic Stella McCartney shoes vibes but at a waaaayy lower price point (one day though, Stella). Definitely a pair of statement shoes!

Bahatika manufactures vegan shoes made from vegan leather and microfibre “Made in Italy” and designed in Vienna.

  • BEYOND SKIN £165.00 & £225.00 & £175.00

I love overknee boots! I own a pair of grey heeled one. These two styles look so gorgeous too! Whether you like the heeled boots or the flat boots ones, they will make any outfit look elegant. Both are vegan of course.
The ankle boots with the shiny faux leather details look like the perfect everyday boots for fall and winter! You can wear them for every occasion because of their classy look. Whether it’s dinner, cocktails, a day in the city or school/uni/work, they’ll look good.
They are PETA approved, made ethically in Spain from Microfibre and water resistant!
Is there any more reason to get your hands on them?

 

VEGAN & FAIR OUTFIT: My new favourite dress + choker

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I love dresses. They are easy to wear since you don’t have to match a top with a bottom. You just have to choose shoes and a coat/ jacket when it’s cold and you’re done. Love it.
This glittery dress is simple yet gorgeous and matches the choker perfectly. My good old black coat and my favourite heeled booties make the itsy-bitsy dress fall appropriate.

Dress by Noumenon (€118)
Choker by Noumenon €26)
Boots by Wills Vegan Shoes (£93)

The dress

I’ve had my eyes on this “Carrie” dress for a good year before I decided to buy it with some of the money I’ve earned during my internship. It’s perfection. Wear it for a night out to the club or at the bar, at daytime paired with sneakers or boots, in spring/ summer and fall/ winter (with a t-shirt or turtleneck underneath, a coat or jacket over it and warm boots). The dress is inspired by the one and only Carrie Bradshaw having her very first date with Big in Sex and the city. It’s easy and simple design made me fall in love with it. A new staple in my closet.
The fabric is amazing. It has a glittery sheen to it but it’s actually made from linen and not a plastic fabric which is why it has antibacterial properties. The dress is made ethically in Italy.
The company Noumenon is an all vegan, ethical and sustainable fashion brand based in Amsterdam.

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The boots

These Wills Vegan Shoes black heeled boots look very similar to the ongoing sock boot trend that is happening right now. The add edge to the look while still looking feminine. I’ve been wearing them for a year, especially as motorcycle boots which is why they have a few scratches here and there. They are so comfortable yet stylish and made from vegan leather.

The choker

I bought the choker together with the dress. I think it matches perfectly! The label is Noumenon and you can read more about the brand at the dress section. It’s made from blush pink surplus furniture fabric.

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VEGAN & FAIR OUTFIT: COSSAC COAT & SHINY BAG

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Cossac coat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather gets cooler and everyone is getting their coats out of their closets. A good elegant coat is what I love since it makes your whole look more put together! I do like being comfortable so a nice coat and a good pair of shoes saves me from looking too relaxed.  Read more ›

VEGAN & FAIR FASHION PICKS: JACKETS & COATS FOR FALL & WINTER

MILITARY JACKET BY RIALTO JEAN PROJECT
VEST TRENCH COAT BY COSSAC
JACKET BY MOVINUN
BLAZER JACQUARD BY ALCHEMIST FASHION

  • RIALTO JEAN PROJECT $ 425

This military jacket reminds me of my own original military jacket I stole from my mum who stole it from my grandfather who actually worked at the Austrian military. Mine is vintage from the 60s and the Rialto Jean Project jacket is American made vintage and hand painted to give it that edgy touch. Handcrafted in an art studio at South Street Seaport in NYC. “Rialto Jean Project benefits children through art, with proceeds going to support innovative art therapy programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and New York – Presbyterian Hospital.”
This jacket is making me think about painting my own jacket. What do you guys think? Should I do that DIY?

  • COSSAC £160.00

A trench coat is definitely a must in every closet. This vest trench without sleeves is a classic with a twist. It adds layers to a fall outfit and makes basic outfits look interesting. I picture this with jeans, heeled boots and a basic t-shirt. Made from 100% tencel and ethically manufactured in Poland.

  • MOVINUN 228,00 €

I see this jean fabric coat giving warmth and edge to a girly mini dress in Fall. It says “Our voices speak the future’s path” on the back which is a hidden fair fashion message. Your purchasing choices do determine how our world looks in the future. I love this thoughtful touch. The coat is made ethically by people with disabilities from 100% organic cotton.

  • ALCHEMIST €249.00

This Blazer combines two trends of this fall: blazers and metallics. Apart from that blazers can make a basic outfit look chic. This one could dress up a basic jeans and t-shirt outfit, make your dress or jumpsuit for the bar or night out outfit a little more warm and your office look more fashionable. Ethically made in Macedonia – Alchemist is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation – and shipped in biodegradable packaging.

VEGAN & FAIR OUTFIT: HERBIVORE for life & BIRTHDAY GIRL!

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Shirt by: Boli and Chip
Jeans by: Armed Angels
Boots by: No Animal Brand
Kimono by: Under Protection

Remember when I talked about that I’m seriously lacking basics? Well, here’s a classic “jeans and t-shirt” outfit that has that little something. The star of the show is the Herbivore t-shirt. It fits nicely and has that vegan message in an elegant design.

HERBIVORE SHIRT
The shirt is made from 100% organic cotton and ethically and eco-consciously made just like all of Boli and Chip’s products. Boli and Chip is a spanish brand, created by a vegan mom that offer shirts, sweatshirts, baby clothes, kids clothes and bags, all with a vegan message, simple and minimalistic. I love their prints and elegant yet minimalistic designs and of course, their philosophy! I could also see this shirt dressed up a bit with a blazer or making it more girly with a skirt instead of jeans.

JEANS 99€
The Armed Angels jeans are my number one go-to jeans. They are tight, skinny fit, in a classic colour and a little high waisted. If you are used to High Street jeans, be aware though: these jeans don’t have that high percentage of elastane that makes them super stretchy. So when they come straight from the washing, they are a little bit difficult to put on.

OVERKNEE BOOTS (currently 80€)
You won’t believe these are vegan and made in Spain!
Founded by a model and a stylist, the styles of No Animal brand are contemporary and fashion forward. They’ve received a Vegan Fashion Award by PETA for their design, vegan philosophy and use of high quality materials including anti-bacterial materials.

KIMONO 80€ (on sale)
I’ve been wearing this kimono a lot. At home as lounge wear, when I want to add a little warmth to an outfit or an extra layer an texture. It has tassels all over and a ties in the waist. Under Protection is a Danish brand that manufactures underwear, loungewear, swimwear and more ethically using sustainable fabrics.

Life Update: Today’s my 21st birthday but you won’t be seeing me in London’s vegan restaurants and rooftop bars tonight. I’m at a field trip in the Lake District with uni until Tuesday. I do want to celebrate my 21 years on earth though – next weekend. So be excited for birthday outfits on Instagram next week! 😊

 

VEGAN & FAIR FASHION: SWEATER WEATHER

 

 

SWEATER IN BLACK BY LANIUS
COCO JUMPER IN PECAN BY PRIMNESS
ISADORA SWEATER IN BLACK BY ARMED ANGELS

  • LANIUS €79.90

The sweater I chose is laid back and casual. It’s a bit cropped and hooded and available in black and blush pink (the “MADE FAIR” wording is a t-shirt underneath). I’d wear this to the gym or balance out the casualness by wearing it athleisure style with a tight high waisted skirt and sneakers or heels.

It’s made from GOTS certified organic cotton and is ethically manufactured.

  • PRIMNESS $185.00

This sweater gives me serious Yeezy vibes but with a girly colour choice. I’d wear this one with jeans, a choker and sneakers or flats for a casual day and maybe add a jacket if I’d leave the flat hehe

To spice it up I’d wear heeled overknee boots over the jeans. The sweater is available in 3 other colours is made from 100% organic cotton.

  • ARMED ANGELS €59.90

A classic turtleneck has to be in a list of sweaters and pullovers. It’s timeless. A turtleneck  looks good on anyone. It’s a no brainer. Jeans or black pants and flats, heels or boots will look great with the black turtleneck. Add statement earrings for a little extra touch. The price of this pullover is not scary at all and I think it’s a good first piece of fair fashion in your closet. Made from 100% cotton, part of the Fair Wear Foundation and using Fairtrade materials, Armed Angels is one of my favourite earth and people saving labels.

 

7 FAIR & VEGAN TOPS ON OCTOBER 7th

 

SIMONE TWIST TOP IN RED BY PEOPLE TREE
EGLE TOP BY NOUMENON
NINA T-SHIRT IN BLACK BY JAN’N JUNE
ESME CHIFFON TOP BY ESSENTIALS FOR ZULA
SKINITA BAMBOO TOP BY KOMODO
CAMI CROP IN WHITE BY GROCERIES APPAREL
IVONNE STRIPE SHIRT BY PEOPLE TREE

  • PEOPLE TREE £49.00

Pair this red top with jeans and flats or sneakers for warmer days or change the flats for boots and add a jacket for cooler days and nights. “For over 25 years, People Tree has partnered with Fair Trade producers, garment workers, artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce ethical and eco fashion collections.”

  • NOUMENON 128.00

This top can be worn with a cute lace bralette underneath and some high waisted pants along with a vegan leather jacket and heels and if you want to add a little extra than wear a hat with it. “Every fabric and garment finds its origin in Europe, to reduce as much CO2 as possible. Furthermore the ink used for the prints are environmentally friendly. Also, the brandlabels are made from recycled cotton and the tags are made of recycled paper.”

  • JAN’N JUNE 45.00

This one gives me real Jacky O vibes. A real classic. Put on some black pants, this top, sunglasses, a big structured purse and some slides or loafers and you’ll look elegant af. “The Fair Fashion startup JAN ‘N JUNE was founded by Anna and Jula in Hamburg in 2014. The idea was to create a sustainable, affordable, fair and High Fashion Brand.”

  • ESSENTIALS FOR ZULA €29.16

I love basics with a twist. With this top the little extra is the back. Essentials for Zula also offer bralettes with amazing back details that go perfectly with tops like this one. “All of our garments are made in-house to ensure that all pieces are crafted with the highest integrity and honesty. The garments are ethically produced and locally sourced in Thailand.”

  • KOMODO £45.00

A black classic turtleneck. Timeless and elegant for fall and Winter and definitely a must. I’m really thinking of getting this one since I moved to London and am not able to steal my mum’s turtle neck anymore. “Komodo has been a pioneer brand, promoting the use and development of Organic Cotton, Hemp, Bamboo, Tencel and other natural fibres since the early 90s. Equally important was the welfare of the suppliers and people who work in the small factory units that make our clothes.”

  • GROCERIES APPAREL $48.00

Sticking to the basics. That white slightly cropped cami can be worn under see-through tops like the Noumenon one above or with a cardigan, chunky scarf and thick pants to balance out the winter-bulkiness. “We manufacture in our own Los Angeles, CA factory to ensure our standards are fully executed. Vertically-integrated, local, and traceable production maximizes quality, efficiency, and employee pay, and minimizes redundancy, waste and our carbon footprint.”

  • PEOPLE TREE £75.00

There are a million ways you can wear a blouse. A blouse is your friend, people. This striped one would look so good with a blazer or a coat, jeans, sunglasses and heeled boots. Plus, not just a blouse is a must in every closet but also a piece by People Tree.

What’s your favourite? Let me know what you think of these tops!

 

 

 

6 FAIR & VEGAN TOPS ON OCTOBER 6th

JUNIPER TOP FLAME BY THOREAU

HERBAL TANK BY GROCERIES APPAREL

BASIC LONG SLEEVE TEE BY COSSAC

ORGANIC BLOUSE BY MOVINUN

MARAIS TOP BY THOREAU

MIA TOP MARIGOLD DAISY BY THOREAU

  • THOREAU £139.00

Made from reclaimed crepe and manufactured in the UK this top is the reason why I love creating these fashion picks. The design is so chic and not at all what everyone expects from ethical and sustainable fashion. The label is using sustainable practices like minimal water and energy usage leaving a light carbon footprint.

  • GROCERIES APPAREL $80.00

Groceries Apparel manufacture basics made in LA from recycled cotton, recycled plastic, linen, hemp, eucalyptus and organic cotton. Their off-the-shoulder top is can be casually worn with boyfriend jeans and sneakers or dressed up with a statement necklace, heels and black pants to dinner and bar hopping.

  • COSSAC £35.00

Another basic, another million ways to wear this top. Made from ethically sourced cotton  in Europe making sure that the workers are working under fair conditions. The best part? For just £35 you can have a piece of clothing in your closet that is better quality, does not contribute to slave labour and is saving the environment! Every time you’ll wear this, you’ll feel like you do something to change the world to the better!

  • MOVINUN 94,00 €

A white blouse with a twist. The sleeves are cropped which makes the blouse less stiff looking, the neckline is not daring which makes it work appropriate and on the sides there are decorative bows which I love about this blouse! Made from GOTS certified organic cotton, this blouse is sustainable, good for the planet and made under fair working conditions.

  • THOREAU £119.00 & £149.00

Another white blouse, completely different design. The fabric of this top is a recycled cotton and linen mix which makes the blouse more loose and flowy, rather than structured. The sleeves are long with a super cute ruffle design that screams ‘Livia’. The collar and neckline  is work appropriate yet relaxed. I’m in love with this piece!

The last top I just had to include is another Thoreau blouse. Made from reclaimed crepe, manufactured in the UK and made with a light carbon footprint I fell in love with it immediately. The design is so so beautiful, I’m speechless!

BEST VEGAN & ETHICAL T-SHIRTS (€24-€70)

 

HEDI BASIC T SHIRT BY ARMED ANGELS
DAILY DAISY BY VATTER
OTTO IN WHITE BY JAN’N JUNE
SEVENTH RAY TOP BY GROCERIES APPAREL
T SHIRT IN WHITE BY CLOTH AND CO
WHITE FEMALE TEE BY ORGANIC BASICS

Now, I know that ethical fashion pieces can be a little expensive sometimes compared to fast fashion. I do have to acknowledge that fast fashion won’t last as long as ethical fashion pieces because the quality of sustainable fair fashion is better most times. Therefore, you can buy less and spend more money and you’ll probably even save money in the long run.
However, I do understand that not everyone has e.g. €150 in their bank account for a new dress. I want to show people though that even if your closet is not filled with 100% fair fashion clothing, everyone can at least own 1 item that is supporting ethical fashion companies. A basic t-shirt is a good start! These shirts won’t leave you broke at the end of the month.

  • ARMED ANGELS €24.90

Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, ethically produced in Portugal, Fair Wear Foundation

  • VATTER 39,00 €

Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, made in GOTS certified factories in Greece and Turkey, comes in 100% recycled packaging, using DHL GoGreen

  • JAN’N JUNE 30,00 

Made from 96% organic cotton (GOTS or IVN Best certified) and 4% elastane, made in Wroclaw, Poland (guaranteed full transparency)

  • GROCERIES APPAREL $68.00

Made from Eucalyptus Closed-loop Micro Lyocell, made in Los Angeles, minimising carbon footprint and waste

  • CLOTH AND CO $60.00

Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton jersey, made by a small women’s stitching unit in Southern India, available in 4 other colours

  • ORGANIC BASICS £ 26

Made from organic cotton (eco-certified) and elastane, made in Izmir Turkey,

 

 

 

 

VEGAN & FAIR FASHION PICKS: JUMP INTO FALL!

 

THANDA ROMPER BY GNANA STUDIO
DREW ABSTARCT JUMPSUIT BY PEOPLE TREE
JUMPSUIT BY LANIUS
WRAP JUMPSUIT BY COSSAC
SUNSET JUMPSUIT BY THOREAU

  • GNANA €117.67 (on sale)

Owning two pieces by Gnana Studio already, I know the great quality of their clothing. This jumpsuit is made from organic cotton. I imagine this one-piece with a cool jacket and heels, ready for a night out at the bar. Gnana Studio only uses cruetly free, natural fabrics that are made into unique clothing pieces by hand in the founder Floriana’s atelier. The fabric wastes are send to a recycling company to be recylced.

  • PEOPLE TREE £109.00

This one is very special. The design is definitely unique and for those green Fashionistas out there. Put it on with a heels for the office and add a pair of statement earrings and a jacket for a night out. “How it’s made: Made by Creative Handicrafts, a social enterprise working to empower disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India. Tailors at Creative Handicrafts produce a gorgeous range of cotton garments for People Tree.”

  • LANIUS €219,90

The black Lanius romper has a sexy cutout detail in the back making it look very young and playful. It’s definitely very versatile: pair it with a vegan leather jacket and boots for a cool rocker chic look; a blazer, tights and flats for work & overknee boots and statement earrings for the bar or club. “LANIUS is GOTS-certified and uses materials that are controlled by independent institutes such as CERS and Control Union.”

  • COSSAC £140.00

The neckline of this jumpsuit is so sexy. The piece is available in black (made from tencel) and taupe (made from modal) and is perfectly suitable for an event and nightouts! “Sustainably designed and ethically produced, each quality garment is intended to be transeasonal, with the aim of minimising wastefulness and maximising usefulness.”

  • THOREAU £179.00

There’s a cutout in the back of this Thoreau jumpsuit while the neckline is more covering. This piece looks very timeless and elegant and can be dressed up with unique jewelry and heels and even worn to work or to class when paired with sneakers. Thoreau is a cruelty free label that also produces ethically and sustainably.

 

VEGAN & FAIR FASHION PICKS: DRESS(ES) TO IMPRESS

 

ALONA DRESS IN NAVY BLUE BY PEOPLE TREE

ZOE VELVET PANTHER DRESS IN GREY BY JAN’N JUNE

BELL SLEEVE DRESS BY VETTA

SWING DRESS BY VETTA

DRESS BY MOVINUN

 

  • PEOPLE TREE

This navy coloured long sleeve dress makes organic cotton look so good! I imagine this with a long coat and heeled boots along with a big giant scarf in winter or simply with sneakers and a jacket for fall. People Tree is the mother of all fair fashion brands and it is also featured in THE fair fashion documentary ‘True Cost’.

  • JAN’N JUNE

Do you know that t-shirt under dress trend? Well, this is the dress for you if you love that look but don’t like to exploit Bangladeshi factory workers for it. The dress is made from organic cotton and manufactured in Poland. Jan’n June wants to keep toxicity in their fabrics low and transparency high.

  • VETTA

Dresses are for lazy days: Throw it on and you have an outfit. This is definitely a no-brainer-dress. It’s not tight on your stomach so you won’t be able to see that vegan food belly, it has a lot going on already so you won’t need to put on a lot of other clothes or accessories and it looks super comfortable. The coolest thing about this dress is that the belt can be worn as a choker scarf as well! I see this one with a jacket, casual boots and the belt wrapped around the neck as a choker. “The dress is made of rayon – a natural, biodegradable fiber, which is important because fossil-fuel based synthetics like polyester can take hundreds of years to decompose. The water used to process the fibers is recycled, and a sustainable treatment is used for discarded waste, to reduce any environmental impact.”

Vetta is about making the most out of your closet and keeping the number of pieces you own to a minimum. The black swing dress can be worn like in the photo or with a belt or even with the back side (which is full of cute buttons) as the front side.

  • MOVINUN

This dress makes your office outfit look way cooler. A pair of tights, heels, and a white blouse underneath for the day and without the blouse and wild hair for the night! No one will believe your dress is made from organic cotton and came in a recycled paper package! Movinun is all about fair, ethical and zero waste productions and organic materials.

 

VEGAN & FAIR OUTFIT: White matching set in Singapore

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Top & Skirt by Aware

Sandals by Nae

Sunglasses by Ace and Tate

Bag is thrifted

Location

Singapore was amazing! The vegan food, the modern architecture, the parks and overall green vibe in the city had me really impressed! I’ve been eating so much delicious vegan meals in the city! Burgers, acai bowls, fresh smoothies, dumplings, cake and more (for vegan food porn pics check out my Instagram)!  The weather was perfect too.

Outfit

I absolutely love this set! It’s summary, feminine and fun. The top and the wrap skirt are from Aware. A Spanish label that manufacture in Barcelona. The wrap skirt is so amazing because you can make it tighter or wider (after having that food baby) whatever your body needs at the moment. The top is made from a thin almost lace-like material with flowers all over it. At the back it has two thin strings to tie it.

The sandals are by Nae, a vegan and shoe ethical company. They are an absolute must in every closet since they match so many outfits! I’ve been wearing them almost every day since I got them!

The sunglasses are my favourite pair I own. Because of their clear frame and dark glasses, they match every outfit, lip stick or make up look. Plus, they have a classic (never-going-out-of-style) design.

 

VEGAN & FAIR FASHION: FALL PICKS

 

PANTS STRAIGHT NEOPRENE IN BLACK BY Jan’n June

LAILA ROLL NECK TOP IN BLACK BY People Tree

MINI TOTE SHOULDER BAG IN OLIVE BY Alexandra K

JULIANNE FRILL TOP IN BLACK BY People Tree

MEDINE SWEATER IN BLACK BY Armed Angels

BENETE JUMPSUIT BY People Tree

LÉA BRALETTE BY Noumenon

Now, there are some things in the vegan & fair fashion world I’m completely obsessed about that I couldn’t dare to purchase. An Alexandra K bag is one of them. This green-coloured mini tote bag is literally ‘Fall fashion goals’. It’s made ethically from vegan leather in Poland and the brand try to incorporate organic and recycled materials, as well as support local companies.

A pair of non-jeans black pants is a must in every closet. The slit in this pair is unique and makes them more interesting. The pants are ethically made from recycled material by the sustainable label Jan’n June.

I have a confession to make – a fashion confession that is: I never buy basics. I get so distracted by finding extraordinary fair fashion pieces that I forget about the foundation of the closet: the basics. This black turtleneck is an absolute classic. I always used to steal my mom’s but I think it’s time to get my own Audrey-Hepburn-turtleneck. It’s made from organic cotton (ethically, of course) and I’d wear it with the black pants and some statement boots (I’ve done a blog post about this year’s best vegan boots).

The striped People Tree top is a little more risky but could look cute with a (vegan) leather jacket and black pants as well as boots or heels or even classy flats for those warmer Fall days. People Tree is one of the most well-known fair fashion labels out there. It is ethical and sustainable using a lot of organic fabrics. The design is more classy and work-appropriate.

Another staple that I need to get my hands on: a nice black sweater. This one by Armed Angels is GOTS certified and made from organic cotton.

Now back to the fun stuff. This bordeaux jumpsuit by Armed Angels is for those “don’t know what to wear”-days. Throw it on with a hat, gloves and boots and you’re perfectly dressed.

This crop top from Noumenon would look so cute with the grey pair of boots I included in my Fall shoe list. Noumenon is a Dutch label that produces only vegan, sustainable and ethical clothes (and some beauty products).

 

VEGAN & FAIR BOOTS & SHOES FOR FALL

RHODA ORANGE ZIP BOOT BY Collection and Co

MARION HEELED BOOT BY Nae Vegan Shoes

CARINA MARRÓN BY Mireia Playa

BURGUNDY VINNIE SHOES BY beyond skin

NIGHTFALL BOOTS IN BLACK by Blanch

ELECTRA GREY BOOT BY Collection and Co

The beginning of September means that Fall is just around the corner. But stay calm, I know we all want sunshine and beaches all year round, however those shoes will make you crave brown leaves and pumpkin-spice lattes.

I imagine these orange boots with a pair of black pants and a black turtleneck in Fall and Winter to make a classic outfit pop! Collection and Co is an all vegan PETA-approved shoe brand that produces ethically in Greece and Portugal.

The black heeled boots are a staple in every Fall and Winter closet. They match every every outfit will look stylish for a long time! Nae is a Portuguese footwear brand with a vegan philosophy and concerned with environmental sustainability: it works with alternative materials to leather such as cork, ecological microfibers, pineapple leaves and PET – recycled plastic bottles.

The Mireia Playa boots are another variation of the heeled boot. The design, colour and material make them classy yet extraordinary! It’s a vegan brand that manufactures ethically in Spain. The unique design of Mireia Playa’s shoes is a real eye-catcher.

The burgundy coloured shoes are for those busy running-through-the-city-days. Looking chic while still being comfortable. Beyond Skin is another all vegan shoe brand that manufactures ethically in Spain. It has been awarded by the Observer and is PETA-approved as well.

I’ve seen the style of the buckled black boots quite often on Instagram and on several Fashion bloggers. Their ‘Wild West’ kind of feel make me want to put on a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt and walk through the streets of Shoreditch. I already own a pair of By Blanch shoes and love the quality and comfort! They produce vegan and ethically in Spain.

The last pair of shoes of this blog post is another pair by Collection and Co. They are a grey pair of pointed-toe heeled boots that are a nice change to a black pair of boots everyone is wearing during those colder months.

 

 

ANKÜNDIGUNG + GEWINNE 2 FESTIVAL TICKETS! (ANNOUNCEMENT + WIN 2 FESTIVAL TICKETS!)

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Wenn ihr meine Instagram Story verfolgt (wenn nicht, folgt mir!), habt ihr meine Andeutung vielleicht schon mitbekommen…

ICH GEBE BALD EINEN VORTRAG ÜBER FAIR FASHION!

Jetzt zu den Details. In Wien findet ein richtig cooles Festival namens “feel good” zum Thema gesunder Lebensstil in der Klabundgasse im 19. Bezirk statt.

Und dieses Jahr kommt noch ein weiteres Thema dazu: Fair Fashion. Das feel good Team hat mich deswegen kontaktiert und gefragt ob ich den Festival Besuchern über Fair Fashion erzählen möchte. Natürlich habe ich sofort ja gesagt!

Ich werde auf der “Mind Stage” am Sonntag, den 27. August 2017 um ca. 16 Uhr (Details zu der exakten Zeit kommen noch!) reden.

Das Festival hat neben der Mind Stage auch die Feel Good stage by John Harris Fitness, bei der ihr Workouts von Yoga bis Piloxing von 9:00 bis 18:00 Uhr mitmachen könnt! Dann gibt es noch die Food Area bei der ihr Säfte von Hello Juice, rohe Snacks von Simply Raw Bakery, und noch viel mehr genießen könnt. Außerdem könnt ihr gratis Body Checks durchführen, in der Chill out area dem Live DJ zuhören und auf der Mind Stage Vorträge über Gesundheit, Sport und Fair Fashion hören.

Die Tickets für das Festival kosten 22€ (leider sind die Early Bird tickets ausverkauft, aber Studenten zahlen nur 17€). Feel Good hat mir aber 1×2 Tickets für das Festival 2017 zur Verfügung gestellt, um sie an eine/einen von euch zu verlosen! Wenn ihr also 2 Tickets gewinnen wollt, schreibt mir einfach eine Nachricht auf Instagram und ihr seid mit dabei!

Viel Glück!

 

I’ve given you a little hint on my Instagram Story already…

There’s something very exciting happening soon.

I’LL BE GIVING A TALK ABOUT FAIR FASHION SOON!

Now to the details. There’s that super awesome festival called ‘feel good‘ in Vienna that is all about a healthy lifestyle and since this year: also about fair fashion. The ‘feel good‘ team have contacted me to tell the visitors a little about fair fashion. And of course I said yes! I’ll be talking at the mind stage at about 16:00 (I’ll tell you the exact time when I know it!) on Sunday, the 27th of August 2017.

The festival offers you a variety of amazing workouts from 9:00 until 18:00 (partnered up with John Harris Fitness), as well as a food area including the Simply Raw Bakery and Hello Juice. There will be free body checks, a chill out area with a live DJ and drinks and the mind stage where there will be talks about exercise, nutrition and fair fashion.

The tickets for the festival are 22€ (17€ for students). But now you have the chance to win 1×2 tickets for this year’s festival! If you want to win 2 tickets just message me on Instagram!

Good luck!

VEGAN & FAIR OUTFIT: BRAINS ARE THE NEW TITS

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SHIRT BY No Basics

Some of you may know that I’m not a professional Netflixer (I only wish!). I’m actually a full-time Environmental Science student in London. I’m also not native in English (y’all probably figured that out, ha!). Therefore, I do find uni quite challenging. Sometimes I even think I need more than one brain to eventually get my Bachelor’s degree.

Fortunately, there’s ‘No basics’. Even though the brains on this t-shirt won’t actually make you more intelligent (we can try though, right?), it does make you look very smart. I’ve already gotten so many compliments on it. Everything about this shirt is just right. It’s funny, clever, organic and ethically-made.

I paired it with a body con nude skirt and knotted the shirt to make it cropped or tucked it into the skirt on one side. I either wore this combo with white sneakers or my Nae sandals.

The t-shirt is made from 100% organic, GM-free cotton in a wind-powered factory and it’s low carbon. And if you like simple white t-shirts with clever prints, just check out No basics apparel.

 

VEGAN & FAIR BLING FOR YOUR FEET

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cream burlap w/silver glitter & crystals by JBEEBESHOES

Finding vegan AND ethically made shoes can be tough. Finding cute ones and maybe even trendy ones is even harder. But that’s why I’m here. I’ve got you covered, babes 😉
No girl out there HAS to wear dead animal skin with blood from poor mistreated workers from Bangladesh on them on their feet.

When I came across the Instagram of Jbeebe shoes I instantly noticed how unique these vegan shoes are. They have that stylish slides-design that is huge right now. Plus, an elastic band in the back for extra comfort. My highlight:

The glitter and rhinestones. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? The crystals make the burlap material they’re made of look so ‘summer in Mykonos’. And for all the rhinestone-lovers out there: Jbeebe shoes recently released a new design with even more crystals on the slides! I AM IN LOVE.

Jessica Beebe manufactures the shoes of her label Jbeebe shoes by hand. She even makes you your own custom-made pair of shoes if you contact her. And is there anything more chic than custom-made, vegan, bling shoes?

VEGAN & FAIR OUTFIT: TRAVEL BUDDY (GIVEAWAY!)

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Backpack ansvar III by MELAWEAR

Blouse by HESSNATUR

Shorts by ARMED ANGELS

Sandals BY BLANCH (on sale!)

Vic Sunglasses in Smoke by ACE AND TATE

If you follow my Instagram then you know that I’m always on the go and traveling whenever I have the opportunity. Since my camera is always on my side wherever I go, I’m carrying a hand luggage to put my camera in, even when I’m traveling with a suitcase. For my family visits to Vienna I’m just taking my necessities in a carry-on.

A non-leather, cruelty free and fair manufactured carry-on is hard to find though. That’s why I was very excited to get to know Melawear. There bag is ideal for traveling, as a gym bag or even for getting groceries (refuse those plastic bags!). It’s made ethically and sustainably out of organic cotton and it’s available in blue (like mine), black and pink (so cute as well!).

Now here’s the exciting part: MELAWEAR and I are giving away 3 Backpack ansvar III carry-on bags! One in blue, one in pink and one in black. To participate all you have to do is follow MELAWEAR and me on Instagram and tag 2 friends in the comments. Deadline to participate is on Friday the 18th of August 2017.

Good luck!

VEGAN, FAIR & SUSTAINABLE BLUE BIKINI BY THE LAKE

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BAMBOO COLLECTION TOP & BOTTOMS BY Bare Beach 

Did you know that more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year? Do you know what happens with the plastic in our oceans? Fish eat it (fish that you might eat for dinner!), it kills sea animals and it makes your beach vacay look not so good. So what should we do with all that plastic if not dump into the sea? How about making super cute swimwear out of it!

That’s what Bare Beach does. They recycle plastic and manufacture ethical bikinis out of the created fabric. The produce every bikini in North America. That’s why Bare Beach is not just an ethical company but also a sustainable one. They also use EcoEnclose packaging produced from 100% recycled content and stand up for a planet with less waste!

I’ve certainly enjoyed my day at the lake in my recycled bikini. Laying in the sun feels so much better with a good conscience.

FAIR & SUSTAINABLE OUTFIT: STUDDED VEGAN SANDALS

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PEPPERMINT SANDALS IN CAMEL By Blanch

BLOUSE BY Hessnatur

JEANS SHORTS BY Armed Angels

Did you know that every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals? Did you know that most leather comes from China and along with cattle, other animals—including sheep, dogs, and cats—are killed for their skin?

There are so many unfair actions taken in the leather industry. Plus, once the animal’s skin was ripped off the cow or cat, it is manufactured by modern day slaves under as unethical conditions as the animal was treated.
Just for a pair of cute sandals? I’d rather go barefoot.

Or better: wear those ethically manufactured, vegan sandals. The materials are from Europe and the sandals are made in Spain. They are breathable, eco-friendly (Ecolabel certified) and in contrast to leather, not produced with toxic chemicals that end up in the groundwater, polluting our planet.

They are super comfortable, look amazing and match so many different outfits!

The blouse is perfect for every season and it’s even work appropriate – dress it up or down. Hessnatur is a label that produces sustainable, organic and fair clothing. BUT: Even though it’s made out of cotton, I found out that it says on the website that it contains materials (I’m guessing the buttons) from animals which makes it NOT VEGAN.

The Armed Angels jeans shorts have been a staple this summer. They are high waisted and even though they look horrific on the Armed Angels website, they fit amazingly. Armed Angels is a fair and sustainable company.

 

Vegan food in Ubud at the Elephant restaurant

June and July have been all about traveling. Max and I have been to Thailand, Singapore and Bali. After 2 weeks in Bali, I can say that the island is hands down, vegan heaven.

One of my highlights in Ubud:

The elephant restaurant. The beautiful restaurant in Ubud with an amazing view offers healthy dishes with lots of vegan options. Additionally, it is making an effort to be more sustainable which I absolutely love! The restaurant is trying to be as much ‘zero waste‘ as possible: plastic is avoided at all times, organic waste gets fed to the pigs, reusables gets reused. Lots of ingredients they use are local and organic. They even filter their own rainwater to conserve water. In short, a sustainable restaurant heaven.

When it comes to the food, let me tell you, it was delicious. We’ve had the rice paper rolls,  garlic bread, steamed greens, coconut noodle soup, vegan spaghetti bolognaise and the potatoes along with a coconut and the green juice. As a dessert we’ve shared the mango sticky rice and I can tell you, I’ve never been so full in my life.

The day before we’ve been to their sister restaurant in Canggu, the Green Ginger noodle house which offers similar dishes in a more causal and smaller venue. The food was incredible as well and a must when you’re in the Canggu area!

Simply look at the photos I’ve taken of the venue and the vegan food and I’m sure the elephant restaurant will be a must at your next Bali trip.

Vegan & organic restaurant & shop in Vienna at ELMIRA

If you follow me on my Instagram, you know that I’m spending the summer in Vienna (after my 1 month travels around Asia) which I’m very happy about since Vienna is a great city if you’re vegan. The city offers you lots of vegan shops and restaurants and there are always new vegan business opening up.

Therefore, I was very excited to see that there was a new organic shop & lunch place near my best friend Sarah’s place.

Elmira sells organic, fairtrade and vegan food such as nuts, lentils, rice, coconut oil, protein powder and more and offers organic, vegan and even raw dishes and drinks. The exciting part about the shop is that they have huge variety of bulk foods that you can fill up in your own containers or in the jars or bags they provide you. Plus, the bulk food, jusst like everything Elmira offers, is very affordable!

When it comes to the fresh vegan snacks and lunches they create, I’ve tried the quinoa salad, the lentil apple salad and the bagel, along with a pomegranate lemonade and a turmeric lemonade and everything was not only healthy but delicious. One of my highlights was their vegan homemade ice cream which they sell for only 2€! You can choose between a vanilla or chocolate ice cream base that is made out of rice milk. Then you can choose your ingredients: berries, coconut, fruit or a variety of nuts, whatever you like. The Elmira employee will then put the desired ingredient with the ice cream base into their ice cream machine that they’ve imported from the USA and mix your fresh ice cream. I was stunned. Sarah and I decided to go for a vanilla, berry, pistachio mixture and it tasted incredible!

There’s so much more I could tell you about this amazing place. For example that Elmira sells homemade coconut oil, nut milks  and homemade raw sweets, tries to get as much of their ingredients and products from local farmers as possible or that they also do diet and exercise consultancies. But just go to their website or Facebook page and read for yourself. The owner of the family business Elmira is a very caring and sweet woman who really tries to offer you only the best of the best.

I’m amazed by the shop and will definitely come back many times and hope you’ll give it a try too!

VEGAN & FAIR OUTFIT: WHITE RUFFLE DRESS IN HUA HIN

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WHITE ‘PAMAIKAI’ DRESS BY Gnana Studio

SUNGLASSES BY Ace and Tate

Off the shoulder dresses and tops are huge right now and I love that style too. However, contributing to the unethical and unsustainable fast fashion industry which is one of the top polluting industries of the world, just to own a trendy dress, should not be an option.

This dress by Gnana Studio is ideal for the summer. It’s lightweight and perfect to wear over your bathing suit. It has adjustable sleeves and an adjustable cleavage – wear it loose or tight, off the shoulders or covering your shoulders.

Gnana Studio only uses cruelty free (vegan) fabrics but no plastic materials which makes them a sustainable company. Plus, contrary to companies that offer the latest trend as well like H&M or Zara, the label is sweatshop free, respecting human rights.