The New Moon is a particularly special time of the month for me. I use it as an opportunity to give myself a little extra attention, taking a step back from the stresses and expectations of everyday life to just focus inwards for a while. The energy of the New Moon depends on the sign that it’s occurring in, but it’s generally a period fit for setting goals and intentions, nurturing new ideas and putting your mind to what you want from life.
It’s been nearly a month since I took off to spend a week in Hong Kong, and I am still having some pretty major holiday blues around being back. I wasn’t really ready to love it as much as I did, or be completely sucked in by the rhythm of the city. I don’t know if it’s possible to truly get a feel for the vibe of a place until you’re there, and I don’t imagine my words will really be able to encapsulate the experience I had, but I wanted to do a roundup of what we got up to nonetheless. If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong, why not add these into your plans?
Catch up on part one of my mini-guide to Hong Kong here!
When it came to what we’d eat during our weeklong stay in Hong Kong, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I didn’t necessarily think we’d struggle to find vegan-friendly food, but I perhaps didn’t anticipate just how big a part of the trip our (spoiler alert: incredible) dining experience would turn out to be. Armed with a few recommendations and an open mind, I set out with the intention to eat cheaply, authentically and as vegan-friendly as possible: here’s a rundown of how that went, and what I ate as a vegan in Hong Kong.
If you’d told me, even just a few months ago, that I’d soon be boarding an 11-hour flight to visit Hong Kong, I wouldn’t have believed you. Despite always having wanted to take a trip there, my deep-seated and long-standing history of travel-triggered anxiety was definitely a stumbling block. Somehow, though – read: through therapy, lots of yoga, and evenings spent lying in bed listening to podcasts – I managed to overcome my gremlins to join my mum and boyfriend to visit my sister and her boyfriend on their travels for a reunion to remember.
Veganism is having a moment, and it’s proving to be a long one. For months now, we’ve seen supermarkets stocking more and more plant-based food: a pizza here and there, a flourishing free-from section, sometimes even an entire range of vegan lunch options. Eateries – chains and locals alike – are introducing vegan choices and advertising them pride of place. Clearly, businesses really care about being as welcoming to vegans as possible! (Or do they…we’ll get to this later).
I’m not someone who tries out a whole lot of makeup. My daily look uses well under 10 products (I think…) and since I rarely hit pan on eyeshadows, I’ve imposed a palette purchasing ban on myself for the foreseeable future. That said, I did manage to round up a few of my absolute favourite beauty products which I tried for the first time in 2017, and thought I’d share them with you today.
I’ve managed to accumulate quite the skincare collection over the last while – from gifted products to firm favourites repurchased in advance, I seem to have no shortage of cleansers and the like. The collection has reached the point where I’ve decided I won’t buy another thing until what I have is used up – by all means, congratulate me on my inspiring self-restraint! In the meantime, I thought I’d chat to you about my top skincare picks from 2017.
If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know that one of my greatest passions is how leading a vegan lifestyle can have a hugely positive impact on the planet, its people and the animals with whom we share it. Veganism is kinda my thing – alongside ethical fashion, less wasteful living and general sustainable shenanigans, I’m all about that plant-based life and dedicate my blog and social platform to promoting it in a positive, inclusive way.
Ethical warrior? I can feel your skin crawling with cringe as you read that. The alternatives were, though more SEO friendly, rather dull: ethically minded, conscious consumer, sustainably savvy – that last one isn’t half bad. Title aside, I have mustered up just enough festive spirit to produce this slightly last-minute gift guide – less of a guide, more of an introduction to some lovely brands I’ve come to know over the year which might just have something perfect for the ethically conscious vegan in your life.
Festive calendars are great, aren’t they? Whether it’s a chocolate-a-day to count down towards Christmas or a bells-and-whistles set from a favourite cruelty-free beauty brand, there’s just something very special about opening up those little doors and seeing what awaits you on the other side. You can imagine my jubilation, then, when Tropic Skincare’s 12 Days Of Tropic Gift Collection* arrived in the post; I could hardly contain my excitement as I opened the parcel.