About a Cat

Did I mention our new rental place came with a cat? I’d never looked after or been around cats before but this little one has my heart. I’m now that girl that takes copious, cute pictures of ‘their’ cat and then shares them with people, on their blog.

Vintage Moschino JacketRokit (£85)

moschino-cheap-chic-jacketI have tried to put a green spin on today’s post. I present to you a vintage Moschino Cheap & Chic jacket, complete with a cat in the pocket. I do think someone could pull this look off. It’s probably not me though. I’ll stick with my rental cat, Miss Custard Powder (nickname I have given her because that is the name on the cardboard food box she loves to sleep in).

Who hasn’t had a day when they felt like this?

‘Tis a funny world. The cat world. All the fickleness, preening and purring. If anyone has a cat or has ‘cat whisperer’ abilities and wants to share some tips with me, that would be great because I know next to nothing!

No Plastic Packaging for Takeaway Meals

This is how I picked up a lot of my takeaway meals when I was traveling through the States and New Zealand. I wanted to avoid using disposable plastic food containers, cutlery and carry bags for obvious environmental reasons but also because of health concerns about plastic leaching into food.

Anytime I ordered a meal, I would just hand over my stainless steel tiffin box and ask if I could have my food stored in there (BTW, that’s a lovely Thai meal in the photo). I thought I’d look somewhat dorky but restaurant staff were always so accommodating.

Taking your own reusable containers and cutlery is easy and reduces so much unnecessary plastic packaging. If you can try and do small things such as this, it will make a huge difference.

Review – Carrot Butter Cleanser by The Organic Pharmacy

How to use: Scoop out pea size amount of balm with spatula provided, apply to face, remove with warm muslin cloth.

Feel on skin
: Rich and nourishing

: Natural fragance with menthol undertones

Skin types
: All skin types

Results: Skin appears to have more of a glow

Value for money
: Yes, because you need such a small amount and it lasts months

Who would like it?
Women that like luxurious products with pure ingredients

How to clean muslin cloth
: I thought it would be a pain cleaning the cloth after every use but a few drops of Dr Bronner’s soap cleans it well (then you can machine wash it weekly).

Would I buy it again?
The price did seem a lot at first but now that I see how long it lasts and how good it is for my skin, I would definitely buy it again.
Score: 10/10

More about the Organic Pharmacy’s Carrot Butter Cleanser
One application of the Organic Pharmacy’s Carrot Butter Cleanser and I immediately understood why it was a bestseller, award winner and celebrity favorite.

The nourishing ingredients of antioxidant packed carrots, moisturising shea butter and skin soothing lavender and chamomile combine to cleanse skin thoroughly yet gently. You only need a pea sized amount as it melts wonderfully onto dry skin before being washed off with a warm organic muslin cloth. When you see how much make up and city grime wipes off onto the cloth, you’ll either think, ‘darn, I wear a lot of makeup’ or ‘wow, this cleanser really does the job’.

This is a great first product to try from the Organic Pharmacy if you haven’t already sampled their luxurious products that are handmade in London and free from petrochemicals and artificial ingredients. I picked up this cleanser from their new Hampstead store where the staff are really helpful and friendly. I love having a new one stop shop for homeopathy, organic skincare, makeup and spa treatments.

Carrot Butter Cleanser – £29.95
Organic Cotton Muslin Cloth – £3.43

Green Lashes Budget Cleanser Tip
To save some money you can wash your face with honey. Honey has anti-bacterial properties and works well as a cleanser. I thought it would be way too sticky but it wasn’t and I was surprised at how easily it rubbed into the skin. Give it a try!

Vegan Lipstick – Perfect Organics Lip and Cheek Shimmers

The Green Girls Answer to Nars The Multiple!

Why do I love these Lip and Cheek Shimmers so much? Is it because they contain organic and vegan ingredients or because each shade is named after stylish destination cities that appeal to the global nomad within? Whatever the reason, all vegan girls can get those colour deprived nude lips ready for a make over because the colour range from Perfect Organics is divine.

Choose from pretty pinks (Tokyo and Cairo), peaches (Faz), ‘sparkling swirls of lilac’ (Sydney) or earthy browns (DC and Santiago). Being a former Sydney sider now living in London, I was understandably torn between the lilac of Sydney and the ‘golden burgundy’ of London. London won out in the end as my pale winter skin needed a strong colour to perk my face up.

The ingredient list is fantastically minimal and contains lip loving organic argan, coconut and macadamia nut oils and softening organic shea butter. I particularly love the addition of organic peppermint essential oil which creates a delicious chocolate peppermint crisp / mingle scent!

I wasn’t sure the colour would be strong enough on the lips and soft enough on the cheeks when I read the word ‘shimmer’, but the coverage from the London shade is spot on. Lips are a terracotta shimmery brown and cheeks have a dewy ‘I look like I just did my daily ashtanga class but really didn’t’ kind of flushed look. Perfect!

Purchase online at Naturisimo (£14.99 each – 4 shades available).
Purchase online at Perfect Organics (US$18.99 each – all 7 shades available).

5 of the Best Black Vegan Ballet Flats

Ballet flats are a must-have shoe because they are comfortable and casual but also manage to add a sophisticated and chic touch to any ensemble. Paired with cigarette-leg trousers for the quintessential Audrey look or worn with pretty dresses and jeans, a pair (or more) of ballet flats will soon have you pirouetting down the street in style!
Purchasing a fabulous pair of black ballet flats is a great place to start if you are editing your shoe collection and looking to stock up on quality staples. Black shoes will go with everything, look stylish from daylight to twilight and will probably be worn daily (so you will definitely get your money’s worth). I’ve picked out 5 stunning black vegan styles for you to peruse below (all ethically made with vegan materials). Let me know which ones are your favorite.Joy – Beyond Skin (pictured above)
Handmade in Spain
Also available in red
Beyond Skin £55
Endless Shoes and Handbags $111.07

Audrey – Vegetarian Shoes

audrey-vegetarian-shoesMade in Portugal
Vegetarian Shoes UK £49.95

Ivy – Beyond Skin
Handmade in Spain
also available in a red & pink colour combination
Beyond Skin £55 sale

Ace – Vegetarian Shoes

ace-vegetarian-shoesMade in Portugal, (red and white shoes made in Spain).
Moo Shoes – Available in black, red and white (US $75).
Vegetarian Shoes UK – Available in black, red, white and olive ( £39.95).

Darcy – Vegetarian Shoes
Made in Portugal
Vegetarian Shoes UK £42.95

6 Eco Friendly Fashion Items in Chic Navy Shades

If your closet is starting to fill up with one too many black pieces, perhaps you should venture over to the navy side. Navy is just as sophisticated as black, but less harsh. A dash of navy here and there can soften your look but still keep you looking chic. So take a look at my selection of the best navy key pieces for your eco friendly closet.

The Organic Market Bag – Moop

the-organic-market-bag-moopHandmade in Massachusetts
Organic Cotton and Vegetable Based Dyes
Etsy is my new best friend for finding creative and stunning handmade gems from designers such as Moop. Their large midnight blue bag is ideal for the girl who literally has to cart her life around in a bag. At least now it can be an organic, ethically made bag!
Etsy US$113.
Visit Moop’s Blog.

Karida Coat – Amana

karida-coat-amanaMade in Morocco
Hemp, wool, tencel and organic cotton lining
This sophisticated nile blue coat is on sale and available in a long and short version. Grab your style and size now at such a good price and remember you can’t go wrong with a navy coat in your ethical closet. The colour and style will look good for years to come.
Fashion Conscience £99 (was £165)
Amana £105 (many other Autumn / Winter ’08 items on sale also)

Cheryl Cardi – Frank & Faith

cheryl-cardi-frank-faithMade in the UK
100% Organic Cotton
Bravo Frank & Faith for manufacturing your clothes in the UK and for making them so darn cute! I love a good lightweight cardi to throw on with jeans or over a dress. Frank & Faith are also members of 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of their sales to environmental organisations.
Frank & Faith £52 (Also available in black and green)

Karen Dress – Wildlife Works

karen-dress-wildlife-worksMade in Kenya
Organic Cotton
A stunning shirt dress for those times when you need to look ‘businessy’ and organised. This dress is also extra fabulous because it is helping wildlife conservation in Kenya. Wildlife Works have established a sanctuary and eco factory in Kenya to ‘save endangered and threatened wildlife’ and to also provide valuable employment opportunities for locals. Wow! This dress is going to make you feel really good now! By the way, the dress looks black but is actually a deep navy colour.
Wildlife Works US $150 (was US $300)

Eugina Jeans – Del Forte Denim
Made in the USA
Organic Cotton
Definitely one of the Top 3 wardrobe items a green girl needs to invest in, organic skinny jeans. Del Forte’s Eugina jeans are Equa’s best selling shape and look ultra flattering and comfortable.
Equa £75 (was £135)

Pure Shoes – Olsenhaus
Made in Mexico
Don’t these shoes just scream, ‘don’t mess with the vegan!’ The mock croc style will ensure seamless blendability with the Net-a-Porter set but will also keep your vegan friends impressed as well.
Olsenhaus US $215

Chic Ethical Clothes for Work

Whether you work in an office or just need a chic look for meetings or formal occasions, I have a few key pieces that are perfect for moments when you need to be at your best and ready to ‘impress’.

Anatomy Brown Top
Made in England.
Materials: Hemp, tencel and wool.
This stylish brown top is flattering in both shape and colour. The lapels can be worn in a cute bow or left untied. Pair with black tailored pants and wear with or without black blazer for a glam power dressing, ‘I’m CEO of something but I’m not saying what’ kind of look.
Devidoll – £71.25
Visit Anatomy

Amana Black Suit
Made in Morocco
Material: Organic Cotton (SKAL certified)
Fair Trade to IFAT Standards (not certified yet as company is less than 2 years old)
A black suit is a wardrobe staple and worthwhile investment. Ideal for work with the above Anatomy brown top or other feminine blouses. Can also be worn with tees for a more casual look or pair with a flirty dress for a great evening look!
Fashion Conscience – Jacket £99 and Tailored Pants £89

Olsenhaus Black Vegan Ankle Boots (Truth)

Made in Mexico
Vegan Materials (Patent Mock Croc)
Factories personally inspected by Olsenhaus Founder every 3 months.
I featured these Truth boots in the 6 Best Vegan Ankle Boots recently and had to turn to them again as they work perfectly with the organic black suit and brown top. Stylish and sophisticated with just the right amount of edge!

amazon-life-computer-bagAmazon Life Computer Bag
Made in Italy
Material: Rubber and Organic Cotton Canvas
Fair Trade and Sustainable
Pop your laptop into this eye catching black and brown computer bag and you’re ready to commute and hit the office in style with eco credentials to boot! Amazon Life make their bags from vegetable leather derived from latex which comes from rubber trees in a FSC certified section of the Amazon. And they also provide incomes for South American tribal communities.
Visit Amazon Life.