Switching to a vegan lifestyle: a year after Veganuary 2017

Hello and Happy New Year everyone! Time really flew by quickly, whether you were having fun or not (between Christmas and Hogmanay, I was bedridden with a bad case of the flu and I’m still recovering), but I know this is set to be an exciting year and I can’t wait to see what vegan offerings will be on the table!

So a year on after Veganuary 2017, what does this mean for me? Continue reading “Switching to a vegan lifestyle: a year after Veganuary 2017”

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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”

Shopping edit: choosing sustainable and ethical fashion brands

Since I starting making a more conscious decision to go cruelty free, and vegan where possible (see here), I started giving more thought to what this choice actually meant. It’s one thing to choose products that don’t involve cruelty to animals, but have you ever wondered how your purchase consumption of products impacts on the world? Continue reading “Shopping edit: choosing sustainable and ethical fashion brands”

An unexpected surprise: sewing ideas for the wee ones

If you haven’t already guessed from the subject above, I’m excited about a new baby! I’m sorry to disappoint, but it’s not me that’s expecting. I’m not sure if we’re really at the stage where we want to start expanding our family just yet, but a friend had mentioned she and her husband are expecting and I couldn’t be happier for them! Of course, when I mentioned it to the OH, he suggested that I could sew for the new baby and for the baby boy of friends of ours who was born earlier in the year. Continue reading “An unexpected surprise: sewing ideas for the wee ones”

Shopping for a wedding reception dress!

For the past 2.5 years, I’ve spent most of my efforts (and pennies) on our DIY wedding so I didn’t really think much about shopping for myself. Also having recently made floral pleated tea dress for a friend’s October wedding, I’m trying to find inspiration for a dress for another upcoming wedding and thinking I’d like to buy a dress for a change. Sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy something that’s been made by someone else and that’s where I’m at after spending the first 10 months of this year sewing 7 dresses.

Without further ado, here are my top picks for the upcoming Christmas wedding I’ll be attending.


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Our DIY wedding in photos!

A big thank you to everyone who’s helped make our wedding such a special day, especialy all the family and friends who came from all over the world.If anyone wanted to read about the projects that we were involved in for our wedding, you can click on my blog posts below for more information:

Disclaimer: All photos used in this post have either been taken by myself, family and friends, or our friend Asim of Fuzed Bulb who was our wedding photographer and should not be used anywhere else without prior permission.

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Wedding wardrobe complete: from start to finish!


My 3 dresses for the wedding: the Chinese wedding dress, the white wedding dress, and the evening reception dress


The Maid of Honour (left) and Bridesmaid dresses

I can’t tell you how satisfied (or how relieved!) I was to have finished all 5 dresses for the wedding: 3 of my own, the Maid of Honour and Bridesmaid dresses. Continue reading “Wedding wardrobe complete: from start to finish!”

Goodbye, Miss T; Hello, Mrs C!

It’s official: I’m now the new (and third!) Mrs C!
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A touch of Scots to our Chinese-Scottish fusion wedding

Now that I’ve got more free time at the end of a work day, I’ve been working hard at getting the final details organised for our big day in September. Bridezilla has gone in hiding (for the moment) and the excited bride with the needle and thread has come out to play! A friend recently sent me the link to an article on Scottish wedding ideas and my ears perked up with interest.

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You are a Dancing Queen! Bringing sexy back to your shoes

Last week, I wrote about an unexpected discovery at Sushiya when we were there for dinner. The lady at the table facing me had on the most amazing pair of glitter T-strap heels! I mentioned it to the OH and couldn’t take my eyes off them…until I noticed they had a low, chunky block heel.

I have a thing about the style of the shoes themselves. If it’s a pair of boots, they would be fine with a block or Cuban heel depending on it’s design, but T-strap and Mary Jane heels are something of an obsession for me – they have to come with a tapered/slim or stiletto heel. I scoured high and low for a pair T-strap heels that I can customise into a pair of mood-lifters and eBay did not disappoint.


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