When I was a little girl I spent a lot of weekends at my Grandparents house getting spoiled and having sleepovers. I would watch in awe at my glamourous Grandmother Popo getting ready in the morning in a cloud of lotion, powders, creams and perfumes and I would watch as she applied her make up, did her hair, chose her jewellery (including clip on earrings) and I would try and learn how to be a grown up as fast as possible.

A key piece of advice she gave me for being a young lady was to always moisturise my body and to look after my skin. Well, that and drinking G&Ts by 12pm was socially acceptable. Oh and strawberries dipped in sugar for breakfast was nutritious.

I’m afraid to say Popo, I could have done a lot better at the skincare side of things. Gin side, I got you.

Throughout my early 20s applying body lotion was one of those things that came last on my priorities list when getting ready in the morning and was normally an activity saved for when I had a lonnnng time get ready. I found it a drag. Correction, I still find it a drag. It’s something I have to actively remember and it never seems to become part of my routine no matter how hard I try.

So I am always looking for products to make this process a little easier, and that I click with enough that the joy of the product overtakes the drag of applying it.

My beautiful friend Hannah bought me the Sister & Co. Body Melt for my birthday a few weeks ago and it has quickly made the top of the list for products that make the body care process that little bit easier.

It’s a gorgeous silky smooth balm that melts as it is applied to the skin. It’s all natural, all vegan, all cruelty free and you guys know by now, that gets nothing but heart eyes from me. And it smells like a freaking vanilla and apricot dessert. I mean, I could eat it. I’m not guna. But I could.

Sister & Co. offer a unique collection of truly natural skin and body care products made with the finest skin superfoods from around the world, using organic cold-pressed plant oils, raw nut butters and milks, sugars, salts, clays, waxes and pure essential oils.

Their products don’t use any chemical preservatives or fillers, synthetic fragrances or toxins of any kind, or in any quantity and nothing is done to artificially alter the texture, smell or colour of the products. The ingredients are raw, minimally processed and as a result remain as potent and as natural as they are at the source.

Another fact I found out about when I was looking into the Company, is their impressive approach to production. Their production runs in batches every twelve weeks, and those products are brought to market straight away, meaning that every product is at its peak efficacy and it as fresh as it can be.

You’re not going to be getting a product that has been sitting on a shelf degrading before you buy it, or packed full of synthetic chemicals to preserve it.

I think the ethos and ethics of this brand are incredible, and they are true advocates that nutrient-rich natural ingredients in their raw and undiluted state, have the highest levels of intact vitamins, minerals and nutrients, that can heal and nourish the body. They also clearly state on their website that ‘All our formulations are unique, created by us and tested on people — never animals’.

I am truly in love.

I can’t wait to try more products from this awesome brand. They are already helping me fall in love with taking care of my skin, and hopefully this lesson is something I can pass on to my Granddaughter one day too.

Popo, you were right.

 

If you had told me 2 years ago I would be vegan, I would have laughed in your face.

If you had told me 1 year ago I would be about to embark on Rawgust, and try and stick to raw food throughout August as much as possible, I would also have laughed in your face.

Buuuuut, here we are. Laughing in my own face.

Today is the 1st August and I’m joining the Rawgust Movement and will attempt to stick to raw food as much as I can throughout the month! I will be documenting my journey, sharing recipes, tips, struggles and hopefully as much of the experience as possible!

So, what is a Raw Food?

Food is classified as ‘raw’ if it is:

  • Uncooked – never heated above 42 C/118 F degrees.

and preferably:

  • Unprocessed – as fresh (or wild) as possible
  • Organic – no irradiation, preservatives, pesticides or GMO

So, why eat raw food?

It is thought heating food above 115 degrees F (45 Celsius) has a number of impacts to the nutritional value of food, such as:

1. It kills enzymes. Enzymes help digest our food and although our bodies can create enzyme, the process takes a lot of energy and it can leave you feeling tired and heavy after a cooked food meal. In addition, the enzymes that our bodies makes are not as efficient and effective as the ones that are already within the foods we eat but are destroyed by heat.

As a result, food is not broken down as well as it could be and is harder to digest and it is generally believed that the human body has a limited amount of enzymes that it can produce; if the supply is depleted then organs will function less and less efficiently and this can accelerate aging and disease.

2. Cooking food changes the pH of the food and makes it acidic. The human body is naturally alkaline and so eating alkaline foods is essential for optimum health. Eating acidifying food makes the body a feeding ground for disease and can have wider health implications.

3. Cooking food can convert normally easy to absorb minerals into inorganic hard to absorb minerals. Inorganic minerals such as calcium are hard to absorb and might cause calcium stones, whereas organic ones are easier to digest, make you alkaline, help you get rid of too many acids

4. It destroys most vitamins due to the heat applied to the food, so humans have to eat more in order to get the vitamin levels required

5. It is thought to destroys the life force of the food – so in effect eating cooked food is eating dead food which leaves us feeling heavy and tired. Live food has live energy – which is why people often refer to the Raw Food diet as Living Food diet. Living foods can give humans more energy, and when you think about it a raw seed will grow if you plant it, a cooked seed won’t, or when you pick (raw) unripe fruit it continues to ripen for weeks, whereas cooked fruit starts to decay within days – this is because is it living, and this energy is transferred to us when we consume raw foods.

These reasons explain why most people on a raw food diet feel more energetic and have a stronger immune system!

What will I be eating throughout Rawgust?

Good question, and stayed tuned for the answers! I’ll be sharing recipes and reviews as I go and will be providing a weekly update how it has gone!

Generally raw foodists eat at least 75% of raw fruits, vegetables, (germinated) seeds, (germinated) nuts and super foods and sprouts. I will be blending, juicing, dehydrating, freezing and assembling all sorts of raw food dishes.

So yeah, here goes. Let’s go raw and see what happens!

Is anyone else taking part or interested in taking part? If so drop me a line and let’s be RAWESOME together.

I know it’s been a bit of a soggy British Summertime weekend, but I’ve been branching out from the monochrome rainbow recently and I want to share how I’ve been styling my favourite blush button floral dress to try and channel the Summer vibes.

This dress is so comfortable, flattering and easy to throw on. I was worried it was a little bit dressy for day-wear, but after I teamed it with converse I think it toned down the look a bit and has made the dress much more wearable.

The sleeves are cuffed and elasticated, so I prefer to wear them slightly rolled up to make it a bit more casual.

The slight slit in the front also makes the outfit a little edgier and takes away any risk of granny-chic!

I’ve also teamed it with my FAVOURITE ever Raybans that I have been just living in, and I threw on a simple faux leather black choker as well as my everyday silver rings to compliment the look and bring that bit of hippie edge I love.

I can’t get enough of floral dresses at the moment. I’ve put together a little selection of my favourite floral summer dresses below – most of which are currently in my basket which I’m trying to resist. I can’t get enough!

Bad news guys. Maybelline tests on animals and therefore is not a cruelty free or vegan company.

Unfortunately they sell their products in China, where animal testing is mandatory for foreign cosmetics and in addition to this their parent company is L’Oreal, who we are well aware of having a terrible ethical stance with no plans to improve this in future.

As stated on the Maybelline website, they fall under the same banner as L’Oreal’s animal testing policy.

In their FAQs it states: ‘L’Oréal no longer tests any of its products or any of its ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world nor does L’Oréal delegate this task to others. An exception could only be made if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes.’

This is a really misleading and incredibly frustrating that L’Oreal openly deceives its customers with lies of this nature. L’Oreal have confirmed they test on animals where required by law, and as their products are distributed throughout mainland China, where it is required by law, they DO test on animals. Cut the crap L’Oreal.

They also confirm they may test on animals when new ingredients are used in certain circumstances; if a company ‘only tests on animals when required by law’, it is not a cruelty-free company! Animal testing is animal testing.

PETA have Maybelline listed as a company to avoid:

If you’re looking for cruelty free alternatives, make sure to check out the ‘Cruelty Free Brands’ category of my blog!