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.
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).
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.
Swedish brand Maria Nila offer one of my favourite haircare ranges. They are, of course, cruelty-free; better still, all of the brand’s products are vegan, and they carry several certifications including the Leaping Bunny seal of approval. When it came time for me to pick up some new haircare bits during the summer, I soon found myself perusing Sally’s online, Maria Nila’s UK stockist, where two of their products quickly made their way into my basket.
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.
When it comes to keeping spots and blemishes at bay, I feel like the internet is full of ideas and suggestions. From notorious, acne-fighting prescription meds, through teen skin ranges, to holistic home remedies and dietary changes, there seems to be no end to what you can try in the quest for clear skin. And personally, between the chemical-laden treatments and countless DIY concoctions, I feel a little bit lost.