Not Your typical SugarDaddy’s: gluten-free bakery in Edinburgh

Having a dietary requirement can sometimes make eating out seem difficult. More often than not, restaurants and cafés are happy to accommodate customers with dietary requirements as long as you give them plenty of notice. What about if you have a dietary requirement or two and know that something you can’t eat is a primary ingredient? What if you’re gluten-intolerant or coeliac and/or vegan and don’t know where to go for celebration cakes or cupcakes, just because?

SugarDaddy’s has you covered!


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Introduction to the vegan and cruelty free Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty Company

Before I becoame vegan, I thought buying cruelty free was the way to go. When you’re not sure what to look for, finding skincare, beauty and household products can be a bit of a minefield, but luckily there are plenty of vegans out there who are more than happy to help fellow vegans look for suitable brands. The best way to go about it is to join a local vegan group who will be able to advise you where you can find products that are available in your local area. Sometimes having a friend who has similar interests to you can also give you the same information.

It was a friend of mine who lives in the US that recommended Deciem’s range of products. I was told that the Ordinary range is very affordable and effective, but I imagined it would be a brand based in the US that would cost a fortune in taxes and postage to get to the UK, but luckily it is so accessible you can purchase it from their UK online shop or go in their store in person in Covent Garden or Old Spitalfields Market. Continue reading “Introduction to the vegan and cruelty free Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty Company”

Dinner and a movie: review of Filmhouse Cafe

There is an impression of Edinburgh as a vegan-unfriendly city, but a recent article (here) will attest to the fact that this is entirely untrue. As a the capital city of Scotland, there are a lot of hidden gems that are yet to be discovered. Restaurants and cafes that aren’t vegan can be seen to offer (and clearly mark) vegan friendly options on their menus. The Filmhouse is no exception.


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Leith Vegan Quarter: monthly vegan farmer’s market

There are plenty of farmers markets held all over Edinburgh: there is the farmer’s market held every Saturday on Castle Terrace, and you’ve also got markets held by the same organisers in Fountainbridge on Friday, Grassmarket and Leith on Saturdays, and Stockbridge on Sundays (see here for further information and stalls who will be there).

I had heard about the monthly Leith Vegan Quarter, where the first Saturday market of every month is dedicated to hosting a majority of vegan stalls, but seem to always remember it when it’s finished. The OH and I had made plans to meet friends and finally made it to the one in July and I wasn’t disappointed.


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Holy Cow: review of Edinburgh’s first fully vegan cafe

There are a lot of restaurants that offer vegan options in Edinburgh, but the number of fully vegan establishments still is still trying to catch up to the choice Glasgow offers. There was a lot of talk about Holy Cow on Elder Street, but I didn’t recognise the name of the street and it didn’t fully click how central (and conveniently located) it is until I visited their cafe with fellow vegan blogger friends Emma from Vegan Edinburgh, her husband Mr B and Lucie from Call Me Dumpling. Continue reading “Holy Cow: review of Edinburgh’s first fully vegan cafe”

Review of pub grub at The Potting Shed, Edinburgh

There are plenty of restaurants and eateries around Edinburgh that are picking up on the demand for vegan options. Close to the university, there are already a few to choose from: RedBox Noodle Bar, BarBurrito, The Auld Hoose (all of which I will write reviews for soon) and The Potting Shed on Potterow.


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Welcome to my new blog!

A quick message to say thanks for stopping by my blog! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that for the last 3 and a half years, I was blogging under the name Life of a DIY Shopaholic.

For the last few years, I was (and still am) interested in crafts and sewing and that will never change. I will still continue to feature tutorials and post about craft and sewing projects I’m working on. Since becoming vegan though over 6 months ago, I’ve realised the lifestyle opened up a whole new world for me.

I know how daunting it can be for non-vegans (and new vegans) to navigate around what it means to be vegan, what to buy and what to avoid. Sewing/crafting and veganism are now both really big parts of my life that I feel are important to share, hence why I felt the need to re-brand my blog to become Oh Sew Vegan.

Obviously being vegan, this means that I will be featuring more eco-friendly sewing and craft projects that do not involve use of any animal-derived materials (such as silk, leather or suede).

If you are still interested in reading about my other shenanigans, thoughts on mindfulness and fitness, I will be blogging under A Blogger’s Musings although Oh Sew Vegan will, of course, be my primary focus.

I hope you will continue to support me on my journey through sewing and veganism and thank all of you for your continued support!

Vegan sweet delights: Affogato’s vegan waffles and gelato

Exploring the wonderful vegan offerings in and around Edinburgh can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you’re new like me. I’ve only been vegan for 3 and a half months, but I’ve enlisted the help of fellow vegans and bloggers Emma of Vegan Edinburgh and Lucie of Call Me Dumpling to help me explore all there is to eat (and drink) around Edinburgh! Continue reading “Vegan sweet delights: Affogato’s vegan waffles and gelato”

Pulsin’ and Beond! My review of their Veganuary protein and Beond bar box

I don’t usually eat too many protein products even though I should be diligently consuming protein before and after a workout. Since starting BodyCombat almost 5 years ago (see my previous post about it here), I’ve since also been doing BodyPump (here) and BodyBalance as well as kickboxing classes racking it up to 5-hours of classes a week. I had been making up protein shakes using sachets from my Purition vegan trial box (see my review for it here), but I find sometimes it’s a snack right after class that I need to curb those cravings.

When I realised the whey protein shake powder contained milk, I realised I needed to find another alternative which I did in Purition, but what about snack bars? I now couldn’t just stop in the local shops on my way home to snack on a chocolate bar. Luckily during my Veganuary month (see here), one of their proud sponsors Pulsin’ put together an exclusive Veganuary snack box for participants.


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My favourite vegan surprise: review of The Vegan Kind subscription box

I had been given a themed subscription box before as a birthday present and also subscribed for a short time to a beauty subscription box, but never ended up keeping them for long. I can be quite pernickety and trying to use all the products in the box was something I found difficult. At the time I subscribed to the beauty box, I was looking to be introduced to more products and brands I might not have been aware of, but I don’t use too much makeup and a lot of the products in the box ended up not being something I really was looking for.

When I became vegan, I was tempted by the thought of getting monthly vegan boxes in the post. TheVeganKind offers two different kind of boxes: the monthly Lifestyle Box where you receive between 5 to 8 food and lifestyle cruelty free, vegan products (worldwide delivery available); or the Beauty Box which offers a mix of skin care, cosmetics and beauty products delivered every 3 months (UK delivery only).

Given my past experience with another beauty box, I didn’t want to take the chance that I would be struggling to use all the beauty and skin care products, I decided to go with the Lifestyle Box.


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