I’d say that 70% of the reason why I knew I needed to live in my apartment is that fact it has a mint green door. As soon as I saw it I knew I could fully embrace the title of ‘The Girl Behind the Mint Green Door’.

Now ok. I know that sounds little silly, but I just got a vibe. And I knew I had to live there. And sometimes you’ve just got to go with your gut and trust the timing of your life.

That was 2 years ago. I’ve been ‘The Girl Behind the Mint Green Door’ for 2 years and boy, what a 2 years it has been. I think that is why my apartment is so symbolic to me – I have done the most growing in the last 2 years and I feel it has been a constant foundation and witness to that.

My little apartment has seen a lot. Successes, failures, changes, heartbreak, growth, fears, love, laughter, plans, joy, achievements, family, friends, and SO much happiness it’s overflowing at the seams.

I think it’s so important to stop and reflect on where you have come from and to acknowledge the changes that have occurred. 

I’m a big believer in appreciating the small moments of your life, because they add up to something much bigger. 

You are constantly changing and becoming new versions of yourself; I think that is such a beautiful thought, that you’re not done growing yet and probably never will be. 

Mint green will forever be my colour of growth and change. 

It’s true what they say, home is a feeling. 

Happy 2 years to my happy place! Let’s grow some more. 

Just a mini post today guys, but I wanted to let you know in case you missed it (like I did), that on the 9th June the new International Vegan Flag was launched!

I didn’t even though this was a thing, but you know, every important movement in history has a powerful and memorable flag, and it seems fitting that veganism should have one too I guess!

The flag has been designed by Senior Designer and fellow vegan, Gad Hakimi. Gad identified that there were many different logos and materials that are used to represent veganism across the world, and that there was a need to encompass the concept of veganism under one clear brand. So after many iterations of design, this month marks the launch of the International flag for Veganism.

On the vegan flag website it states that the 3 triangles form the core V shape in their inner space, whilst the 3 individual sections represent the core message that veganism promotes the protection of all animals whether they are based on land, sea or air.

So yeah, what do you think?

We’re pretty much going to be intolerable now we have our own flag. You may as well go vegan and make it easy on yourselves.

 

I was feeling a little splurgy a few weeks ago and found myself on the Sephora website (always a dangerous combination), and I decided it was way over due for me to try out some Tarte products.

Tarte is a fully vegan and cruelty free company that sits comfortably in the high end beauty arena and it has made waves over the last few years with their big bold campaigns, bright packaging and ridiculously cute themes. As a Brand they clearly demonstrate exactly how easy it is for a company to be successful in the most ethical way, and sets a really clear example within the beauty industry that brands can do better.

I’ve talked before about natural and vegan deodorants a few times here on my blog, and I’m always on the look out for new products to try, so when I saw this pretty little number, I couldn’t not pick it up.

I’m yet to find a deodorant actually called ‘vegan deodorant’ so that made my heart do a little flutter and I basically fell in love with this product before I’d even tried it, but luckily it completely lived up to the hype I’d given it in my mind. It is bomb.

Firstly, it smells incredible. Floral and musky and romantic – exactly my kind of scent, and I like that it’s a little unusual for a deodorant.

Secondly, it applies beautifully, dries instantly, and provides protection all throughout the day within the need to reapply or worrying about its durability.

 

Obviously I also have to mention the packaging. Because guys. It is so dreamy!! I want to marry it.

In my opinion it is completely worth the price tag, and as you guys know, I’m a firm believer in your pounds and pennies being a physical vote for the way you wish companies, brands and society to operate. You are investing in the future of that brand and their ventures and so I’m more than comfortable putting my dollar towards such a kick ass brand as Tarte.

Have you tried any Tarte products before? If so which ones should I be picking up next?

 

It’s my birthday today! I’m 28.

I love my life. I am so overwhelming grateful for everything I have. Every single part of it. The texture and feel of it. I love the life out of it.

Here are 28 things I have learnt about myself, my life, love, friendship, family, humanity and the universe, in 28 years on this beautiful planet.

1. 1 year = 365 opportunities. Take them.

2. The sh*t that makes your heart beat faster, and your eyes light up when you talk about it, think about it or do it, whether that’s hiking, yoga, art, reading, watching documentaries, listening to music, sex, cooking, helping others, leaving notes for strangers – do it. And do it as often as possible. That is what life is about. Don’t let anyone stop you from doing the things that make you feel alive. Not even yourself.

3. Stop waiting for this big elusive happiness to hit you like a storm. Happiness is in the tiny moments. A secret smile. A touch. Conversations until 4am. A kiss in the middle of the night. Laughing until tears stream down your face. Dancing after midnight. A favourite meal. The feeling of childhood nostalgia. It’s your moments lined up. You’re living it.

4. Spend time absorbing your family history. It’s in your bones.

5. The feeling when you find your first grey hair feels a bit like getting caught stealing something by your parents when you were younger. That freeze on the spot, stomach drops feeling, mixed with assessing how you can talk yourself out of this one. Except, oh. You can’t. It’s a grey hair. Really fun day.

6. Life plans will f*ck you over. So remember, if the door doesn’t open, it isn’t your door.

7. Hangovers definitely get worse. But that could be correlated to being able to drink more. Either way, recovery is a b*tch.

8. Getting bad skin in your late 20s really isn’t cool. I mean, grey hairs and acne? Give me a freaking break here. But it also actually doesn’t matter as much as it did in your teens.

9. You can’t make anyone like or love you. It isn’t personal. It can be hard remembering that, but it’s true. You only have control over your actions and reactions. So act with respect and react with dignity.

10. Only make time for authentic friends who light up your soul when you’re with them. Authenticity is everything.

11. Look after your body. Where else are you going to live?

12. There isn’t just one soul mate for everyone. You can have multiple. And sometimes, in fact most likely the majority of the time, they’re in the shape of your closest friends.

13. Stay close to your siblings. They’ve seen you grow in ways no-one else has. They know the shape of your character. And they’ll make sure you keep that sh*t real.

14. You can reinvent yourself and change your world whenever you want to.

15. Take nothing for granted. Love. Friendship. Security. Trust. Jobs. Health. Family. Appreciate everything.

16. Your friends don’t have to encompass all the qualities you need in a friend; you can have friends for different times and experiences in your life, and that’s absolutely fine.

17. Self love and self care are two concepts that should be embraced. Being the best version of yourself will only bring love, joy, happiness and fulfillment to you, and those around you.

18. Love is love. Love whoever the f*ck you want to love.

19. Live more fearlessly. Don’t wait for approval or do what is expected. People will surprise you.

20. Drink more water.

21. Knowing yourself is a really beautiful feeling. Feeling comfortable in your skin and in your own company is empowering, liberating and takes work. But it’s worth it. There is a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without needing another person to make you whole. Fill yourself up. Live for yourself.

22. Put time into your relationships; you really do get out what you put in.

23. Be thankful for the people who have entered and left your life; those who have brought you pain. For you have grown from those experiences more than you realise. Let go of any anger you may hold and simply think ‘I’m glad you were a part of my life’. And move on.

24. You are personally responsible for improving the society you live in. You have the power to make changes through your choices; so make good choices.

25. Social media is a beautiful and toxic thing. Remember that balance.

26. Piercings in your late 20s are liberating. Don’t take your body so seriously.

27. Things become more scary as you get older. Phobias can come out of nowhere. I’m still learning how to deal with this one.

28. Forgive yourself. Sometimes you break your own heart and others along the way. But forgive yourself, speak gently to yourself, you’re learning too and you won’t always make the best decisions. And that’s ok.

Photo Credit: Hannah Hutchins // A Work In Style