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.
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.
For the most part, I feel like I’ve adapted well to a less wasteful life. I’ve been making small changes here and there – from simple daily swaps to assessing my reading and travel routines – for a while now, and most of the adjustments I’ve made have been pretty seamless. That said, striving towards a zero waste lifestyle is certainly not without its challenges and, in the interest of hashtag keeping it real, I thought I’d share some of the difficulties I’ve personally encountered along the way.
There’s something about the transition from spring/summer to autumn/winter that makes me crave warmth and comfort through cosy clothes and seasonal touches around the home. While September is usually a very inspiring and creatively energetic time for me, I also tend to spend more time indoors when I can, curled up on the sofa or pottering about. What better time, then, to put together a little wish list of autumnal pieces!
This post has been brewing for a while. Even so, as I sit down to write it, I remain unsure of my argument or if I even have one at all. It’s certainly a topic with a less clean-cut answer than I’d originally considered, so much so that I can’t be sure that I’ll be able to offer you much in the way of an opinion. Instead, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it – so read on for mine, then let me know what you think in the comments.
I’ve been writing about ethical fashion and less wasteful living for a while now, but I’ve not really considered how the two overlap – until now! With the seasons set to change very soon I have been doing some second-hand shopping and have consequently been connecting all the loose threads – geddit – which entangle the clothes we wear with the impact we have on the environment.
Ethical consumerism is on the rise. Restaurants and food companies proudly emblazon the word “vegan” across their products and menus; wonderful independent cosmetics brands give industry leaders a run for their money with skincare and beauty to meet a range of needs without compromising on animal welfare. In short, we have options – lots of them. So if you thought going eco-friendly was going to limit your ability to buy stuff, you’ll find it’s quite the opposite situation.