Vegan fashion directory part 1: my favourite vegan friendly shoe brands

As vegans, there is an element of personal choice (and what your budget allows) when it comes to throwing out any non-vegan items from your wardrobe. My personal view on this topic is this:

  1.  Not everyone is able to completely overhaul their wardrobe and ensure every item is vegan-friendly, and
  2.  By doing this, you could potentially be creating more waste and adding to the consumer behaviour

My own view is to continue using what you have, even if they’re not vegan, if you’re comfortable doing so until it becomes time to replace them with vegan-friendly alternatives. A lot of people might think that vegan shoes tend to be pricey and that they’re unfashionable to wear, but with growing demand and an ever-increasing vegan population, more and more fully-vegan companies are appearing to fill the gaps or non-vegan companies are recognising the need to offer vegan alternatives to keep loyal customers happy.

The end result? A range of footwear to suit active athletes, smart/formal or work occasions, fashion-conscious and practical comfort vegans. Continue reading “Vegan fashion directory part 1: my favourite vegan friendly shoe brands”

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A vegan journey to Grantham: review of The Recruiting Sergeant

I recently found myself with the OH and in-laws down south on a road trip. We were visiting a garage in Derbyshire and we stayed the night in nearby Grantham. The in-laws had travelled down this way before and had eaten at The Recruiting Sergeant and mentioned that the staff were very nice and when they phoned ahead to enquire, were very happy to accommodate a vegan. Continue reading “A vegan journey to Grantham: review of The Recruiting Sergeant”

Homemade three-layer vegan berry cheesecake: the recipe

A lot of non-vegans are usually worried about missing out on foods they enjoy, “but what do you do about protein?”, “how do you eat enough to feel full?” and “I’ll miss the taste of (insert dish here)”. What non-vegans don’t realise is that not everyone was born vegan and there are a lot of dishes that we missed as well when we decided to make the switch.

This is something I can confidently say whenever I’m told non-vegans will miss out on this dish or that: being vegan and missing a non-vegan dish means that whatever you think you’ll be missing out on, another vegan will have also missed it and come up with a vegan version that tastes just the same, if not better. Continue reading “Homemade three-layer vegan berry cheesecake: the recipe”

Exploring vegan food in Finnieston: review of The Cran

Travelling when you’re vegan can sometimes mean doing some research to find out what’s good to eat where you’re going, and if you’re not familiar with the area, maybe getting in touch with restaurants and hotels to ask about vegan options in advance. One of the best things about having friends living in other areas is making sure they already know about your lifestyle choice and letting them take the lead. In this case, a very good family friend of mine had been to The Cran in Finnieston (planting seeds as I go along!) and kept that in mind as a place to visit when I was next in the area. Continue reading “Exploring vegan food in Finnieston: review of The Cran”

A vegan surprise: review of Indigo Yard

My best advice for anyone who’s thinking about going vegan and is wondering where the best place to eat is to phone the restaurant you’re planning to visit. Sure, you can do your research and look online, there are plenty of resources available online that it’s now so easy to find which restaurants offer vegan options. Sites like my own blog or a good friend of mine, Vegan Edinburgh, review plenty of vegan options in Edinburgh and I’m certain that this will also be available around the world too. But sometimes you get a lovely surprise when you do phone up to ask what options they have available, like our visit to Indigo Yard on Charlotte Lane.


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Fine dining Chinese style: review of The Cotton House, Falkirk

When you live in a different country from where you originated, you’ll know the dilemma with eating out at restaurants serving food supposedly from your own culture. On principle, I don’t usually visit Chinese restaurants much; not that there’s anything wrong with it, but because most of the time they’re not really dishes I crave or recognise. You’ll have probably experienced this yourself, when you’re travelling abroad and a restaurant claims to be serving ‘authentic (insert country) food’ whether it be British, Indian, American, Chinese or Mexican food. This definitely rings true for me.

We (my OH and I) were having a family meal with the in-laws at The Cotton House and I was game to give it a go.


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Review of Akva Edinburgh: vegan options with a Swedish twist

There are still a lot of different cuisines from various countries (especially Europe) that I haven’t explored the vegan options for. With not travelling around the world as much as I did when I was younger, the world is my oyster and I can’t wait to explore it one day. In the meantime, I was delighted to attend a sewing/dressmaking meet up with other fashionable ladies handy with a sewing machine, needle and thread at Akva at Fountainbridge for Edinburgh Frocktails.


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Full Scottish breakfast, vegan style: review of BBL

A lot of vegans had recommended breakfast, brunch & lunch (also affectionately referred to as BBL) for their great vegan breakfast, so when my friend came to visit, I decided we had to try and stop by for breakfast while she was here.


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What do apples have to do with sustainable luxury vegan fashion?

One pervading thought that still lingers in people’s minds about the lifestyle is that vegan fashion is a little behind when ‘luxury’ materials like leather, suede and exotic animal skins aren’t used. This is something innovative individuals who are environmentally conscious and animal lovers are quickly picking up on and filling the gap for. I will talk more about some of my favourite brands later, but walking through Harrods recently, I noticed how apart from Stella McCartney, there were no other designer brands that were vegan friendly and without paying through the nose for luxury fashion. happy genie is looking to bridge that gap in the market. Continue reading “What do apples have to do with sustainable luxury vegan fashion?”

Review of The Auld Hoose: home of the largest nachos in Edinburgh!

Since becoming vegan, I’ve always been a bit sceptical about whether pubs offer vegan options. Years ago, one of my closest friends and her husband decided to go vegan and once I realised how many non-vegan ingredients were in almost everything we buy, I decided to pay more attention to the menus and to see which restaurants had clearly marked vegan options. Imagine my surprise when, by accident, my OH and I stopped by The Auld Hoose for a quick drink and noticed how many vegan options they offered.


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