Tuesday, 29 September 2015

VEGAN TOON - The Bohemian


The Bohemian Newcastle Vegetarian Vegan Restaurant

After a quick stop off at our friend's leaving do, on Friday night, Andrew and I headed to Newcastle's newest vegan and vegetarian restaurant, The Bohemian.

Situated on Pink Lane, just near Central Station, the building itself was one I'd eaten in many times before, having been the Stateside Diner in a previous life.

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Pay Weekend Wishlist


Here are the things I've been 'adding to basket' this month in preparation for pay day weekend, and the North East hotspots I've been longing to pay a visit.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

5 brands you thought were cruelty free, but aren't



Yesterday I read a really interesting article in the Telegraph about brands which are commonly thought of as 'natural' which are actually packed full of mineral oils, parabens and other nasties. Often, beauty brands will try and hide behind their branding to appear 'better' than they are, and the same can be said when it comes to animal testing.

Some brands are less than forthcoming with their animal testing policies - this is usually because they don't want to admit that they test. Unfortunately, this reluctance and the confusing semantics that come with it, make it pretty difficult to decipher those who test from those who don't.

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Vegan Kind Subscription Box September 2015 - TVK23

The Vegan Kind September 2015 TVK23

I'd read a lot of mixed reviews about this month's Vegan Kind box. Unfortunately I was a bit late getting mine this month since we were in Berlin, so by the time we got back home it had gone to the Post Office depot. No matter how hard I tried, it was impossible to avoid spoilers on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin', so I ended up just caving and reading reviews before I'd opened my box. Damn you, tempting social media! Here's what I made of it all.
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Berlin Beauty - Douglas Naturals Cleansing Foam

Douglas Naturals Cleansing Foam

After much denial, I have finally accepted that my beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner is running low. So before we headed to Berlin, I had a quick Google to find out if there's a Sephora store where I could stock up. I was pretty surprised to find out there isn't a Sephora in Berlin (but thankfully my sister is travelling the US during September so perhaps I'll strike lucky!)

Google reliably informed me that Berlin's answer to Sephora is a store called Douglas - not quite as well stocked as the almighty S, but still impressive enough to make me waste spend half an hour browsing. We visited the store in Mitte on Unter Den Linden which was over two floors and packed by the most helpful, multi-lingual staff I've ever encountered. Score one for Douglas.

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

We went to Berlin! (Super-long post alert!)

Brandenburg Gate

So it's been a whole month since I blogged. I really needed that month. A month to just concentrate on life and on all of the stuff offline that's been going on. There's been a lot of it. August was hard. I felt like I was forcing myself to blog because I felt like I had to, despite the fact I had a million and one other things going on in my mind and in my heart which were pulling me in other directions.

I took a minute and remembered why I started this blog; because I love to try new things and I love to write. I felt like blogging had become an inconvenience and a chore; something I felt I had to do, rather than wanted to do. I'd put too much pressure on myself at a time when my attention and energy was better focused elsewhere. So that's what I did. And now I'm back from a blogging break, back from a trip to Berlin, and really ready to get back into blogging again. I'm happy to be back.

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