There is so much beauty in this world. it's so easy to focus on the negative regarding everything you hear through media. But don't forget there is some beautiful things out there as well xx

#nouw30daychallenge, day 26

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THE OFFICE


  1. Refuse, and therefore help stop the madness of the free-pen / free-pencil give-aways.
  2. Use refillable pens, piston fountain pens, mechanical pencils, refillable white board markers.
  3. Start your personal junk mail war, cancel your phone directories, and sign up for electronic bills and statements.
  4. Reuse single-side printed paper for printing or making notepads held by a metal clip, reuse junk mail response envelopes and when buying new paper, choose recycled and packaged in paper.
  5. Ditch the trash can, strive to use your compost and recycling bins exclusively.
  6. Use, Reuse and Request recyclable paper packing material when shipping (incl. paper tape), print postage and addresses directly on your envelopes, use surface mail, use a return address stamp instead of stickers.
  7. Reuse paper clips (available in bulk) instead of staples, or a staple-free stapler.
  8. Use your library to read business magazines and books, sell your books or donate them to your library for other people to enjoy.
  9. Use memory sticks and external drives instead of CD’s.
  10. YOU CAN ALSO… use a power strip on your equipment, refill your printer cartridges, make paper with double-side printed paper, take packing material that you receive to your local shipping center for reuse…

LOTS OF LOVE XX

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Good morning Tuesday! Here is another minimalist challenge for those who are interested. Myself, I am addicted to social media. Social Media can be great! But for most of us it can be toxic. I have already tried to scale down the amount of time I spend on facebook, instagram, youtube and other social media platforms by reading a book, go for a walk, spend time with my boyfriend and family etc. You know, live in the moment in the real world which we most of the time forget about :P

LOTS OF LOVE XX

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DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Remember to bring extra jars to the grocery store when shopping for company (including take-out).
  2. Make finger foods for larger parties and consider serving tap water with lemon slices instead of fizzy water.
  3. Use glassware, ceramic dishes and cloth napkins at all times.
  4. Avoid the use of serving platters/dishes: When serving straight onto dinner plates, it simplifies, saves water from extra cleaning, and it allows for a plate presentation.
  5. Find creative ways to decorate your table with few napkin folding tricks, discarded leaves/branches from the yard, or just seasonal fruit…
  6. Reuse empty votive tins (and the wick base) to make new votive candles for company with bulk beeswax and lead-free wick.
  7. Stop buying CD and DVD’s – Use Spotify or buy music online such as iTunes etc.
  8. YOU CAN ALSO… bring your own container for leftovers when dining out, use rechargeable batteries for those remote controls, try living without TV for a while…

LOTS OF LOVE XX

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So I thought I was going to tell how and when I became Vegan.
On and off I was on a "Vegetarian Diet" for several years. I am calling it a diet as I wasn't 100% committed for the ethical reasons. As I wasn't dedicated enough I used to go back on eating meat out of bad habits. When I was about 12 years old, my mom introduced the family to quorn mince, which we fell the liking of. I stopped drinking dairy products in my teenage years because my stomach couldn't handle it anymore. Back then I was a Vegeterian for like a year, but then I went back on eating meat again from time to time.

Anyways, everything started to take action during my last year as a fashion design student in London 2015. I made a collection that got influences from the North, such as vikings and wolfs etc. So a lot of faux fur and feathers were involved. During my year I had to write a dissertation connected to my final collection. That's where I got more in depth of fur farms and the way animals got treated for the sake of fashion. Now when I am looking back I don't understand why I didn't stop eating meat at that point.. That's just idiotic.


Time went. I still was on a "Vegeterian diet". I rarely ate much meat in the UK to begin with as it was so expensive over there. I usually bought Vegeterian alternatives instead due to my tight budget. I must point out I dislike this new term people use called "flexiterian". There is no such thing. You eat meat but on a smaller scale. You still contribute to the killing of animals. 😭

Anyways, It wasn't until I had a chicken burger from GBK I got food poisoned! After that, I couldn't stand the smell of chicken anymore. Before I even got food poisoned; I remember I had a steak when I was at a restaurant. At that moment I actually focused on the actual taste and I didn't enjoy it anymore. It tasted weird and I felt slightly uncomfortable about it. The taste reminded me of the awful smell of rotten organs from dead animals that was left behind in the lions enclousers, back in 2010 when I was a volunteer at a Lion Breeding reservation in Zimbabwe, Africa.

But it was that chicken burger that food poisoned me, that really made me flip my diet upside down. Next day, I watched Cowspiracy, and I was hooked. I got so emotional for the animals and the negative impact animal agriculture got on the environment. So, I made space in the cupboards, I did research on Vegan recipes and from then on, I continued watching documentaries about Veganism. Let me tell you, I couldn't be happier.


I have made positive impacts on my health since I became Vegan. I have lost weight, I don't feel as tired and bloated anymore. My digestion works perfect, WOHOO! Before I used to have BLOOD mixed in the stool and I had horrible stomach pains. After I became Vegan, it all disappear! I have cleansed my body completely from all the toxic chemicals in my body. My skin has never been better! Everything hasn't been easy, after a few months I started to get tired again and low on energy, but that was all because I wasn't eating enough. Another amazing thing, I can eat more healthy food and not feel bad about it! 😍 #foodoholic

I used to be ignorant, come up with lame and stupid excuses to why eating meat. I was there but I know now what I was doing was wrong. I went back and forth from being a vegetarian for a long time. But now when I went Vegan for ethical reasons, it was the easiest decision I have ever made xx


One thing that does makes me sad is that I didn't become Vegan sooner.
LOTS OF LOVE XX

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Good morning everyone! Hope you are all doing well. Here are a few ideas, or a 7 day challenge, for you who are interested in minimalism but don't know where to start. Always take baby steps in the beginning. If you go all out you most likely will go back to your old habits within one month, as it will become way to overpowering.

LOTS OF LOVE XX

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THE KITCHEN

We consume and clutter our world with trash far too much. There are times I wonder if people believe they have another planet to go to after this one is all done for. We only have one home which we all need to learn to share.
Here are a few tips for a sustainable living. I start off with this first post, about how you can go for zero waste in the kitchen area.


ALTERNATIVES TO DISPOSABLES

paper towels, garbage liners, wax paper, aluminum foil, disposable plates, cups etc... It may seem nothing when you throw all of that from time to time in the garbage, but it does a lot of harm to our nature.
Swap the paper towels for reusable rags, swap sandwich baggies for stainless containers. Drop bin liners altogether, (wet waste is mostly compostable anyways).

BUY IN BULK
Bring reusable bags. If you cannot find it in bulk, find a supplier (bring your jar to the ice cream shop, a pillow case to the bakery for your bread, or your bottles to the winery/brewery)… or make it (mustard, salad dressing, hot sauce, jams, OJ, hummus, cookies, canned tomatoes).


THE FARMERS MARKET
Shop at the farmers market. Not only do you support the local farmers but you most likely can skip all the plastic bags and stickers on the veggies. Just don't forget to bring with your reusable bags!

TAP WATER
Learn to love your tap water! If you think its plain and boring, why not add different kinds of berries? I love adding raspberries, strawberries or blueberries in the water. Or I enjoy some cucumber and lemon in a cold glass of water 😍

REINVENT
Reinvent your leftovers before they go bad. Go thru your recipe binder/box and only keep the recipes that can be achieved with zero waste in mind.

COMPOST
Turn your trash can into a big compost keeper. Use your tiny compost keeper as a trash can (on the market, the sizes for these seem to be reversed).


YOU CAN ALSO… Reuse single-side printed paper for grocery shopping and errands list (or simply use your phone), use your lettuce cleaning water to water plants, open your oven after baking in the winter (cool your oven, warm your house)…

LOTS OF LOVE XX

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And what is Life? An hour-glass on the run,
A mist retreating from the morning sun,
A busy, bustling, still-repeated dream.
Its length? A minute's pause, a moment's thought.
And Happiness? A bubble on the stream,
That in the act of seizing shrinks to nought.

And what is Hope? The puffing gale of morn,
That of its charms divests the dewy lawn,
And robs each flow'ret of its gem -and dies;
A cobweb, hiding disappointment's thorn,
Which stings more keenly through the thin disguise.


And what is Death? Is still the cause unfound?
That dark mysterious name of horrid sound?
A long and lingering sleep the weary crave.
And Peace? Where can its happiness abound?
Nowhere at all, save heaven and the grave.

Then what is Life? When stripped of its disguise,
A thing to be desired it cannot be;
Since everything that meets our foolish eyes
Gives proof sufficient of its vanity.
'Tis but a trial all must undergo,
To teach unthankful mortals how to prize
That happiness vain man's denied to know,
Until he's called to claim it in the skies.

- Henry Wadsworth

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I have previously made two blog post about brands that test on animals (link), and vegan makeup (link). You can also find my blog post with some facts about animal testing which you can find by clicking on this link here: animal testing.

This post will be dedicated to brands that doesn't support animal testing. The brands mentioned bellow doesn't mean they all go under Vegan friendly. If you are interested, I will make a full list of many brands who are vegan friendly, apart from my post about Vegan Makeup. 🐨

MAKE UP

SKIN AND BODY

  • 100% Pure
  • Alima Pure
  • AnnaBelle
  • Au Naturale
  • Bareminerals
  • Beautyblender
  • Bite
  • Blinc
  • Catrice
  • Cantecaille
  • colourpop
  • Concrete minerals
  • cover fx
  • dose of colors
  • Ellis Faas
  • Everyday Minerals
  • Eyeko
  • Face Atelier
  • fairy girl
  • Gabriel Cosmetics
  • Gosh
  • Hard Candy
  • Hourglass
  • Jane Iredale
  • Jordana
  • Josie Maran
  • Kat Von D
  • Lily Lolo
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
  • Marcelle
  • Milk Makeup
  • Milani
  • Nars
  • Nudestix
  • Mineral Fusion
  • Red Apple Lipstick
  • Rouge bunny rouge
  • Silk naturals
  • Sugarpill
  • The Balm
  • Tarte
  • Too Faced
  • Urban Decay
  • Wet'n'wild
  • Zoeva
  • Zuzu Luxe
  • Aesop
  • Avalon Organics
  • Blissoma
  • Coola
  • Derma E
  • Dessert Essence
  • Dr. Bronner
  • Drunk Elephant
  • Earth tu Face
  • Eve Lom
  • Glossier
  • Graydon Skincare
  • Indie Lee
  • Jason
  • Juice beauty
  • Kiss my Face
  • Lavanila
  • Live clean
  • Lush
  • Moew Moew Tweet
  • Murad
  • Nubian Heritage
  • Radical Skincare
  • REN
  • Sunday Riley
  • supergoop!
  • Tata Harper
  • Trader Joe's
  • Wish
  • Yes To

HAIR

NAILS

  • AG Hair
  • Amika
  • Dry Bar
  • Giovanni
  • It's a 10
  • John masters Organics
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Manic Panic
  • Oribe
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Verb
  • Wen
  • Yarok
  • Butter London
  • Deborah Lippmann
  • China Glaze
  • Ciate
  • Ella + Milla
  • Jinsoon
  • Julep
  • Priti NYC
  • Scotch
  • Trust Fund Beauty
  • Zoya

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Good day! Hope you are well.. Yesterday I made a post about animal testing and which companies who support animal testing. For today's post I was going to list a few cruelty free AND Vegan Makeup brands 😍 I know this list is only about make up, but I will make another list in a few days with more than just about make up. Enjoy! xx

VEGAN MAKEUP BRANDS

  • Kat Von D Beauty
  • Too Faced
  • Nars
  • Milk Makeup
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge
  • Elf
  • Hard Candy
  • Au Naturale
  • Alima Pure
  • Everyday Minerals
  • Lily Lolo
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
  • Pur Cosmetics
  • Wetnwild
  • NYX
  • Flower Jane
  • Glossier
  • Bareminerals
  • Cailyn Cosmetics
  • Lush
  • Eyeko
  • 100% Pure
  • The Body Shop (some products contain honey and beewax)

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