Top 5 Treats for a Vegan Halloween!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

 
As Halloween is just ONE day away now, I thought I'd share my top 5 treats for anyone who might be dashing out later to do a last minute sweet run! It can be a bit of a pain checking labels and googling ingredients when on the hunt for something to satisfy sugar cravings so here are my favourite foods that I know I can go back to again and again!

1) OREOS! Yes, all hail the vegan oreo! As they changed their recipe at the end of last year oreos have fast become one of my favourite snacks and guilty pleasures. There is some dispute about cross contamination with milk but I think most companies always say that just to cover their backs in case of any allergy issues, so they're definitely vegan in my books.
 
2) Starburst - these juicy sweets have always been a favourite of mine and I was so happy when I recently learnt that they were vegan-friendly! The big share bags they do are such a good idea if you want to get a little something in for trick or treaters (or yourself of course!).
 
3) Love Hearts. 'Tease Me', 'Tickle Monster' and even 'Yes Bruv' are just a few of the endearing messages you may find on these iconic treats. I've always been a fan of these and can easily get through too many packets if I'm not careful!
 
4) Sainsbury's Fizzy Fangs - not only are these completely delicious, they're also absolutely perfect for Halloween and any vampires that might be making an appearance. Be careful though, they're devilishly moreish!
 
5) Last but not least, we have Flying Saucers! Who knew that edible rice paper and sherbet made such a great combination, eh? I've loved these ever since I was a kid and am extremely happy to learn that I can still enjoy them as a vegan.
 
I hope someone can benefit from this list, even if I've just saved one reader from tediously google searching ingredients it's been worth it! Let me know if you have any other suggestions to share and have a wonderful Halloween however you choose to spend it!

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Black + white autumn ootd

Monday, 27 October 2014


Dress - ASOS // Shoes - New Look
 
I'm finally home for reading week! This means lots of kitty cuddles (despite the fact they might not be too pleased about it) and home comforts, yay! Today my sister and I spent a bit of time taking the first outfit shots I've done in forever and I wanted to get them straight up here to share them with you. I feel like you can't ever go too far wrong with black and white so I love this cosy stripe knit dress as an autumn piece. Sometimes I get fed up of wearing jeans and jumpers everyday so to have a dress option that's warm enough for this time of year is a lovely change!
 
As you can probably tell I haven't had my hair done in a ridiculously long time (let's just ignore the fact my roots are nearly black and my ends are blonde) so I'm extremely excited to finally have a hair appointment at the end of this week! I'm hoping to share a makeup look with you in a couple of days as well so keep your eyes peeled for that.
 
Hope you're all keeping well and thanks so much for staying tuned and reading my rambles!
 
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Top Tips for Surviving Uni

Friday, 24 October 2014


As I'm in my third year at university now I kind of have an idea of what I think has gone well so far and what I'd do differently, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to join in the Curry's New Student Hacks Competition and share my top tips with you lovely readers!
 
1) Make the most of student discounts and offers.
Students are poor, everyone knows this, so most shops, takeaways and clubs in the area will have some form of offer running to appeal to the student population. Whether it's just 10% discount at Topshop or a bigger saving in a student lock in, don't knock these reductions as you might be surprised at how much you can save yourself! Just as an example, at the start of this year I bought a student pass at my local gym and can now attend unlimited classes for that one off payment of just £50! I'm saving myself a huge amount of money compared to someone paying the regular rate and I will definitely miss these kinds of offers when my time at uni comes to an end!
 
2) Get the balance right.
Play hard, but don't forget why you went to uni in the first place. You can most likely get away with skipping lectures and getting your friend to sign in for you in first year (you didn't hear that from me!), but when it comes to second and definitely third year your priorities should be heavily shifting towards your degree. Equally, don't be afraid to have some fun otherwise you'll look back on your uni years and wish you'd done things differently! Be spontaneous, laugh a lot and make exciting memories with good friends.
 
3) EARPLUGS!
You will need these, especially if you're living in busy student halls. At first the excitement of freshers and constant partying seems like the perfect kind of set up but after a few weeks or months your patience will start to wear thin. When you have a 9am lecture and your friends are too drunk to even understand the concept of keeping the noise down earplugs will be your saviour. They'll probably save you a lot of friendships too.
 
So there you have it! My three top tips for surviving university, and hopefully having a great time along the way! Be sure to comment with any tips you would like to share with my readers and don't forget to take part in the comp if you run a blog yourself.

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Get Prepared with Get More

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

 
As the nights are drawing it and it's almost time to turn back the clocks already, it's at this point in the year when a lot of us start to feel particularly sluggish. I know for a fact that I get extremely prone to prolonged snoozing and develop a real hatred for getting up in the mornings as I feel totally zapped of energy from the get go. It's also around now that winter colds start developing and before you know it that cough that has been passed around the lecture halls has somehow made its way to you, eurgh. As you can probably tell I'm never too fond of these dark autumn months and often feel pretty run down in comparison to summer, so I really want to make an effort this year round to keep my energy levels up as much as possible!
 
One way I try to keep myself in tip top condition is by making sure I'm feeding my body all the nutrients it needs, so when I was approached about these Get More Drinks* I thought they were a fantastic idea and couldn't wait to try them out. I was sent the Get More Vitamin C* and Get More Multivitamins* flavours.

 
Firstly, I absolutely love the design of the bottle as it really appeals to me and would definitely make me want to pick it up off the shop shelf. Straight away you can see that there are very few calories, no added sugar, and the benefits of the drink are clearly stated at the bottom.

 
The Vitamin C drink aims to support your immune system (definitely vital for this time of year!) as well as helping you absorb iron, and the Multivitamins flavour boasts a number of benefits including firing up your metabolism, boosting energy levels as well as maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails - wow!
 
Both drinks are gently sparkling and lightly flavoured - the orange is my favourite as I love all things orange tasting - and make a really interesting change from the plain water that I always take to uni with me. All the flavours are natural as well which I think is great, I'd hate to be drinking something that's full of fake nasty ingredients! I'm really loving trying these drinks at the minute and as someone who is fairly health conscious it feels fantastic to know that I'm supporting my body with extra vitamins and minerals, especially as I've recently upped my exercise to four classes a week! 
 
Do you have any tips for staying healthy throughout autumn? Do these drinks sound like they would appeal to you or do you swear by another product? Let me know!

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I'm a Groovy Food Company Ambassador!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

 
When I got an email asking if I'd like to work with The Groovy Food Company as one of their social media ambassadors I really was over the moon. As someone who's loved their natural, vegan-friendly products for ages and has even featured them on here before it has been such an exciting opportunity for me and I really feel privileged to have been approached by them!

 
Their range of products includes a huge selection of tasty essentials from oils and marinades to salad dressings and deliciously sweet nectars. I can't wait to share how I use these ingredients in my recipe posts and across my other platforms like instagram, so keep an eye out for them to be featured!

 
As a quick introduction to some of their products I thought I'd start by telling you about how I use my favourite items! First up we have the organic virgin coconut oil*.
 
 
This is such a saviour for anyone who suffers with dry and damaged hair like I do! Once a week I slather a load of this onto my mane all the way from roots to ends and shove my hair up in a bun for it to work its magic overnight. It's such a treat and I've really noticed a difference in the condition of my hair since I started doing this. I also love to cover my face in a light layer of this before bed instead of a moisturiser as it really hydrates the skin and is meant to combat any blemishes!
 
 
My next favourite product is the light and mild agave nectar* because it can be used in so many ways and is the perfect replacement for honey! I absolutely love using this in my breakfasts alongside soya yoghurt and berries (such a delicious way to start the day!) and it's great on toast as well as in hot drinks when paired with some lemon. All vegans need to get their hands on some of this!
 
 
I've also been loving trying their cooking oils as an alternative to the regular olive/vegetable oils that I would usually use, especially the high five oil* that I mentioned in my latest recipe post. This nutritious cooking oil features camelina, avocado, virgin olive, oleic sunflower and toasted sesame seed oils so contains a number of essential omega acids and Vitamin E. It goes so well with everything I enjoy making and I'm sure my body is thanking me for using it!
 
I'm so happy to be able to share these fantastic products with you and I really hope you enjoy seeing them on here in future, let me know if you've tried any of them already or are planning to!

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Anatomicals off with their (black and white) head

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

 
Anatomicals products are always a favourite of mine (I recently reviewed their tanning mousse here) and this tea tree face mask is no exception! I'm always partial to face masks that require as little effort to remove as possible so these pre-moistened cloths are just perfect for me. It really is as simple as cleansing your skin, opening the pouch, pressing the mask over your face and leaving it to work its magic for 20 mins - it was such a treat to use while reading a book in the bath!
 
This moisturising and nourishing tea tree mask is aimed at problem skin and couldn't have come at a better time for me because I'm experiencing a few breakouts and blemishes at the minute. I wasn't really sure what to expect in terms of benefits after using this but I actually felt like some of my spots had dried up and were less angry and sore than they had been previously, so I was pretty pleasantly surprised! I would really recommend these kind of gentle face masks to anyone suffering from spots because sometimes I think that the really gritty exfoliating ones can be aggravating and make problem skin even worse, at least in my experience anyway.
 
I hope you don't mind this short and sweet review but I loved the mask so much I couldn't not share it with you! The best feature is definitely the mouth hole as I was able to eat crisps while wearing it too (yes I eat crisps in the bath!).
 
*This product is from a goody bag, though all opinions are 100% honest as usual.

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Compassionate Cooking #9 - Mexican Night!

Saturday, 11 October 2014


One thing I made sure of when I first became a vegan is that I would never compromise on flavour. As someone who loves food I couldn't think of anything worse than eating the same boring meals evening after evening, so I really make an effort to think up as many tasty, fun, and filling dishes as I possibly can! This is one of those meals that just worked so well, and because it's something I would definitely choose to make again I thought it was worth sharing with you lovely readers!

Here's what you'll need:
- 1 onion
- 1 pepper
- 1 clove of garlic
- a few handfuls of vegan mince
- 250ml vegetable stock
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 1 can kidney beans
- spices (chilli powder, paprika, cumin)
- 1 avocado
- 1 lemon
- 1 pack of Old El Paso stand 'n' stuff tortillas
- olive oil
- Any extras you might fancy inc. salsa, vegan cheese/mayo, salad etc.

I know that list might look a little long and daunting at first, but trust me as soon as you get started you'll see how easy these are to make! Okay, so start by chopping up the onion, pepper and garlic and throw into a pan along with the mince.


Add a generous dash of cooking oil - I've been lucky enough to receive this omega high five cooking oil* from The Groovy Food Company and I love it - then stir on a medium heat until the onions start to brown. Next mix one vegetable stock cube with 250ml of boiled water and pour into the pan giving everything a stir. Just turn the heat down a little if things get a tad too bubbly!


Now it's time to add the spices, one teaspoon of each will be fine, then crack open a can of chopped tomatoes and add those to the pan before stirring everything round and making sure nothing is burning onto the bottom.

While you wait for the chilli to cook grab the avocado and lemon and make a start on the guacamole! Making this is really as simple as blending an avocado and some lemon juice together (along with salt, pepper, and even red onion if you fancy) and you can add as much or little of the lemon as you feel like depending on how you like it to taste.


Finally, heat up the kidney beans in the microwave then add all of them to the chilli and mix everything up so that it looks something like this! Just cook for a few more minutes so the juices can dry up, season with salt and pepper, then get the tortillas ready and prepare to get messy.


Shovel in as much chilli as possible then top it off with salsa, guacamole, lettuce, dairy-free mayo or whatever else you feel like! I promise you will not be disappointed with this vegan-friendly flavoursome feast and I would even recommend getting a few friends round to share the tasty stuffed tortillas with - if you're feeling generous! Just make sure you have some napkins at the ready!

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