Why I Buy Cruelty Free – The Parent company issue

The beauty industry is huge. Everywhere you look, there are brands and products, “must-haves” of the season and “the perfect” lip du jour – which looks suspiciously like that lipstick you bought two seasons ago with the packaging redesigned by some fabulous fashion icon and a brand spanking new fancy pants advertising campaign. 

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RECIPE: Tiny tarts (easy vegan apple tarts to appease your hungry flatmate)

Have you ever bought ready-made puff pastry with no plans or idea whatsoever for using it? My local supermarket doesn’t usually sell the vegan stuff. It’s “all butter” this and “buttery goodness” that. I often entirely bypass the pastry aisle because there’s nothing for me in there. I was doing my weekly meander through the aisles when I found one lone …

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Organ Donation and the Mythical Vegan Handbook

I recently found myself in a debate on a vegan Facebook group. This happens about once a week for me, and it usually involves cat food or omni friendships. The same tired old arguments are rolled out time after time, with photos of someone’s “perfectly healthy vegan cat” from one side and the words “obligate carnivore” from the other, or yet another suggestion …

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If we were having coffee…

…what would I tell you? I’ve always loved this type of post, both reading and writing them. Maybe I’m just a nosy fucker. If I follow your blog, it’s because I’m interested in what you have to say; I want to know the rationalisation behind what makes you…you. Are we alike? Are we different? What are your thoughts, your feelings, your experiences? Maybe …

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Vegan Travel Diaries: Friday in Prague

Prague is one of my favourite places to visit, and every time I come, I wish I could stay longer. I decided to celebrate my first proper holiday in three years by booking myself into a hotel rather than an Airbnb. I love the space and freedom of having a whole apartment to myself, but I just fancied not having …

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Vegan Travel Diaries: Thursday in Prague

About 10 years ago, I landed my first design job. I wasn’t having  a great time in Edinburgh, one of my closest friends had just died, and I’d found myself flunking out of all my classes because I had zero coping mechanisms. When I was offered a chance to go to Prague for a month to overhaul someone’s newly inherited …

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Not a Fashion Blogger: LFW Day 4 (Series 4/4)

As we launched ourselves at full speed towards the last day of LFW’s AW 2017 season in our carefully-selected-for-comfort mismatched velvet brogues, this rookie fashion writer was inspired, excited, and very very knackered. 

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Not a Fashion Blogger: LFW Day 3 (Series 3/4)

Fashion Week brings up all sorts of existential questions. If no one takes a photo of your outfit, did you really wear it? Is the average length of a queue the same as the median length of a piece of string? Do things start to relax by Sunday at LFW, or do they just get more surreal?  In some respects, by Day 3 …

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Not a Fashion Blogger: LFW Day 2 (Series 2/4)

You might know that I was at LFW with Plus Minus Magazine a few weeks ago, because it’s been pretty much my main talking point ever since. Yes, I am a one trick pony. If you’ve been following this series – or just read yesterday’s post – then you’ll have a bit of an insight into how clueless I was …

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Not a Fashion Blogger: Tales of a LFW Rookie Day 1 (Series 1/4)

A few weeks ago, I found myself on a train to London. At least once every few months I make that same five hour trip for work, to visit friends, or to eat my way across the city with dogged determination. This was different. This was the one thing I’d brought up in conversation with every friend, acquaintance and cab …