Three New Eco Outfit Ideas

THE GREEN GIRL
Such a quirky cool dress with buttons, pockets and a design that makes your waist look teeny, tiny. Black vegan booties add a little attitude and the earthy tones in the bracelet and bag mesh well to create an unpredictable but appealing look.

  • Vintage Green Dress – Mime QIQI (Etsy) $59
  • Vegan Boots (Hendrix) – Beyond Skin, £172
  • Ariel Clutch in Espresso/Mango – Mar y Sol, $19.99
  • Vintage Bracelet – Jeux d’Esprits (Etsy) $69.99

Eco 411- Vegan boots are handmade in Spain and the bag is made in Madagascar / Kenya from raffia.

SPARKLY NIGHTS
Shimmer the night away in this decadent silver top and skinny leg, organic jeans. Accessorize in both a girlie and tough way with the pink, cluster bracelet and incredible Cri de Coeur vegan sandals.

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  • Vintage Sequined 60s Top – Lethilogica (Etsy) $125
  • Del Forte Organic Jeans – Fashion Conscience, £135
  • Cri de Couer Sandals – Shop Flick, $221
  • Pink Cha Cha Bracelet – House of Vintage (Etsy) $49

Eco 411 – Denim jeans are made in the USA from organic cotton, vegan shoes are handmade in Europe and the bracelet is made from vintage glass beads.

AUTUMN WARMTH
60s-coat-and-glamorous-knee-high-vegan-bootsStay stylish and cosy in this wonderful 60s coat and glamorous knee high vegan boots. The berry coloured raffia clutch adds a bright pop of colour and the sweet stallion brooch adds a nice equestrian vibe along with the boots.

  • Vintage 1960s Coat – Love Miss Daisy, £75
  • Del Forte Organic Jeans – Fashion Conscience, £135
  • Vintage Brooch – Ritzy Couture Vintage (Etsy) $15
  • Purple Gigi Circle Clutch – Mar y Sol, $79
  • Vegan Boots (Apricot) – Beyond Skin £186

Eco 411 – Gigi clutch is made in Madagascar from raffia and the vegan boots are handmade in Spain.

Vegetarian Soup Recipes, Perfect for Winter

Miso Soup with Sweet Potato Dumplings
– Shawn McClain (photo by Ann Stratton)
This recipe is from the Green Zebra restaurant in Chicago and it is sure to liven up your standard miso soup thanks to the delicious dumplings. This recipe calls for wonton wrappers but if you can’t find these in the shops, here is a link to a recipe for vegan wonton wrappers.
View recipe at Epicurious.

curried-carrot-almond-soupCurried Carrot Almond Soup
– Andrea Albin (photo by Stephanie Foley)
Who knew almond milk could be used in soups? Well, it can and it is sure to create a creamy, light and delicious taste. Perfect for a winter warming lunch!

hot-and-sour-broth-with-noodlesHot and Sour Broth with Noodles
– Olive Magazine
Nothing beats a good noodle soup and vegetarians and vegans (or anyone) will adore this simple yet flavourful recipe.
View recipe at BBC Good Food.

mulligatawny-with-chickpeasMulligatawny with Chickpeas
– Body + Soul
Mulligatawny is an Anglo-Indian soup but this recipe can also be served with rice as it is quite similar to dhal.
View recipe at Whole Living.

mixed-mushroom-soupMixed Mushroom Soup – Body + Soul
Mushroom mania in a bowl! Porcini, oyster, shiitake and the whole gang can all be found in this highly nutritious soup.
View recipe at Whole Living.

spicy-roasted-vegetable-soupSpicy Roasted Vegetable Soup with Toasted Tortillas
– Bon Appetit (photo by Brian Leatart)
You will be instantly transported to Mexico after one spoonful of this wonderful soup thanks to ingredients such as jalapeno and chipotle chilies, garbanzo beans, corn, cilantro and of course, lime!
View recipe at Epicurious.

spicy-coconut-noodle-soupSpicy Coconut Noodle Soup
– Good Food Magazine
Enjoy a luscious and creamy soup the healthy way with coconut milk and other ingredients such as mixed mushrooms, bean sprouts and red curry paste.
View recipe at BBC Good Food.

the-river-cafes-winter-minestroneThe River Cafe’s Winter Minestrone
– Good Food
We all need a great minestrone recipe to turn to, especially during this colder weather. If you can’t stop by the revered River Cafe in London to enjoy their minestrone soup, why not whip up a batch yourself at home?
View recipe at BBC Good Food.

On the Road: Fashion, Food and Beauty

Even though I’ve been back in London for a week now, at least I have some fabulous clothes from LA and many gourmet memories to inspire and remind me of my wonderful holiday!

FASHION
fashion-1I’ve mentioned before my love of It’s A Wrap in LA, and my visit to the store this last time only increased the love! It’s A Wrap have two locations in LA and all their stock comes straight from the sets of the TV and film studios. A few years ago I picked up a jacket from the Gilmore Girls and a skirt from Legally Blonde. This time I picked up jackets, coats, cardigans, a bag and shoes (that weren’t made with leather).

Eileen Fisher Swing Coat – I was worried the colour would wash me out but it was so cute I couldn’t say no.

Majorly discounted black Michael Kors coat from the set of Law and Order (but no fashion crimes will be committed while wearing this).

Green Banana Republic Coat – this helps me build a wardrobe of quality winter coats, plus its in my favorite shade of green.

I had to fill this $6 brown beaded bag with some of the cardigans I bought. I was determined not to accept a plastic bag even though all my reusable cotton bags were bursting from holding the winter coats.

It’s A Wrap
1164 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA (also located in Burbank)

FOOD
urth-caffe-beverly-hillsUrth Caffe – Beverly Hills
I won’t lie, I initially went to Urth Caffe to do some celeb spotting but it was the healthy food and organic tea that made me come back a second time. I loved popping into the Beverly Hills caffe and starting the day with their granola with fresh fruit and soya milk. So good!

Evelyn’s Favourite Pasta – The Cheesecake Factory
Because I was the only vegan travelling we did stop by the Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills. I really enjoyed this pasta and would like to try and make it at home some time. Here is how it read on the menu: ‘penne tossed with broccoli, oven-dried tomato, roasted eggplant, peppers, artichoke, kalamata olives, garlic and pine nuts’.

Vegan Pizza – Auckland
My pizza creation from the ‘Make Your Own Pizza’ night we had at my family’s place in Auckland, along with a yummy rice salad made by my aunt.

Vegetable Terrine – The Boat Shed, Bucklands Beach, Auckland
This dish was divine! One of the best meals I’ve had. It had a pepper coulis drizzled over the artistically wrapped courgettes and eggplants and the balsamic vinegar was heavenly. I’ve never noticed the flavours in a balsamic vinegar before but this was sharp, zingy and fruity. I should have asked where it was from.

BEAUTY
sweet-almond-oil-lavender-essential-oilHere are some of the organic and natural beauty products I traveled with. From left to right:

  • Intelligent Nutrients Aromatics Spray: Nice, natural alternative to perfume
  • Eucalyptus Spray: I filled an old glass bottle with purified water and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to spray in hotel rooms and on the plane. It’s meant to keep the germs away and keep you healthy.
  • Face Spritz: I filled this blue bottle with water to spritz my face during flights but I recently read that this actually dries your skin out. You need a spray with an ingredient such as aloe vera or something.
  • Weleda Everon Lip Balm: Lovely vanilla, rose lip balm
  • Erbaviva Jasmine and Grapefruit Deodorant: A natural deodorant that works!
  • Sweet Almond Oil + Lavender Essential Oil: I made this blend to use as a hand sanitizer. I figured this is as natural as you can get. Lavender disinfects and the almond oil moisturises. It worked well for me.
  • Weleda Skin Food: This ultra thick, gorgeous smelling moisturiser was perfect for my face and hands that were majorly dry from flying.
  • Green People Intensive Repair Shampoo: Such an impressive organic shampoo that leaves hair super soft and shiny.
  • Weleda Plant Gel Toothpaste: One of my favourite natural toothpastes
  • Dr Bronner’s Organic Castille Soap: I didn’t open any toxic hotel toiletries and relied on Dr Bronner instead, using it as a hand soap and shower gel. You can also use it as a shampoo and toothpaste but I’ve yet to try that!

Sorry to waffle on but hopefully some of this info has been helpful! I’ll leave you with this final photo and thought before signing off.

It’s A Tree Thing

Organic Cotton Onesie
The life of a ‘Little Tree Hugger’ starts early. If you know one, I’m sure their parents and them will love this. It’s made with organic cotton and environmentally friendly water based paints. Made in Honolulu.
Purchase – Little Dew Drops (Etsy) $20

Eco-friendly Tree of Life Notebook
eco-friendly-tree-of-life-notebookPrinted on ‘tree-free lokta paper’ and made with recycled chipboard and paper. Available in many pretty colours. Made in Oregon.
Purchase – This Is It (Etsy) $12

Upcycled Maple Tree Apron
For some autumnal cooking, this apron couldn’t be better. It’s made from remnant fabrics and features a lovely tree design on each of the large pockets. Made in London.
Purchase – Green Lashes and Fashion (Etsy) $42

organic-cotton-redwood-tree-t-shirtOrganic Cotton Redwood Tree T-shirt
All green girls should have a fabulous tree t-shirt in organic cotton. Wear with your favourite organic jeans for the perfect casual, weekend look. Made in Chicago.
Purchase – Look for Fiddleheads (Etsy) $26

Vintage Money Tree Handbag
Wonderful kitschy, cool bag that will attract many stares and smiles.
Purchase – Planet Claire Vintage (Etsy) $35

Seven Vintage Zebra Finds

I couldn’t stop myself from finding all things vintage and zebra-related on Etsy today. The zebra is quite often my fashion muse. I just love black and white stripes and anything striking and unique. Here’s what I found.
Zebra Print Top (above) – Fine Feathers Vintage, Etsy ($18)

zebra-print-topWear with skinny jeans or under a jacket for an edgy look.

Chiffon Scarf – Candy Apple Crafts, Etsy ($15)
Perfect for those times when you need to give your basic black outfit a little lift.

Vintage Purse – Shop at Moxie, Etsy ($16)
Animal loving kids and adults will love this sweet bag.

Velvet Zebra – Cottage Farm, Etsy ($46)

velvet-zebra-cottage-farmSo refreshing to see plastic-free toys! This velvet zebra has so much charm and would make the perfect gift for anyone who is zany for zebras.

Safari Mini Dress – Dirty Betty Vintage, Etsy ($30)

safari-mini-dressI could see this dress on Gwen Stefani or Rihanna. It’s a dress that will always look different but will always stay in fashion.

Wood Bracelet – Ditbge, Etsy ($8.75)
Chunky bracelets always look great, especially in a zebra print!

Recycled Zebra Gift Tags – Paper Piggy, Etsy ($2.99)
Forget boring gift tags. Why not use these fun ones made from vintage playing cards instead?

Let me know if you want another animal inspired round-up next week. Meerkats, rhinos… I’ll do my best. It may not be stylish but I’m sure it will be entertaining!

Christmas Green Gift Guide – For Foodies

DIY Cake Stand
You can send several of your favorite plates to Teacup Candles and they will transform them into a beautiful cake stand for you!
Made in Britain.
Available at Not On The High Street – £20

Vintage School House Cookie Jar
Every good kitchen should have a cookie jar. Cute, comical and vintage, if possible. I love this 1970s one from Babylon Sisters (Etsy) – $36.

Fair Trade Recycled Rice Bag Pot
These adorable pots can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen but I think they look cute for planting your favourite herbs. Handmade in Cambodia, fair trade certified by AAC (The Artisans Association of Cambodia).
Available at Not On The High Street – £5.75

Recycled Glass Pitcher
recycled-glass-pitcherServe your filtered water or luscious iced teas in this lovely pitcher that is handmade in Spain.
Available at the Natural Collection – £15.95

Booja Booja Vegan Truffles
For a little chocolate decadence, try the hazelnut crunch flavour. They’re the perfect after dinner treat! Handmade in Norfolk (click link below for vegan ingredient list). Available in health food stores or online at sites such as Riverford – £4.99

Upcycled Apron
I had to include one of our aprons in this foodie gift guide. I know I’m biased but they really are lovely to wear and cook in. Each one is handmade in London using the best remnant fabrics.
Available at GreenLashesFashion (Etsy) – $25 (approx. £16)

good-housekeeping-the-cooks-yearSecond Hand Cookbooks
You can find oodles of good second hand books at Oxfam, either online or in-store. Why not gather a selection of rare and lesser known cookbooks for your gift and stick to a theme such as Italian, Vegetarian, Seasonal or Baking.
Good Housekeeping: The Cook’s Year – available at Oxfam (£3.99)

Goodbye London, Hello Wellington!

I can’t believe I’m moving! In two weeks! It’s all happened so quickly. Our place has sold and now we will be out of England by Christmas! Have I seen all there is to see in London? I’m not sure. I just know it has been an exciting city to live in for my twenties but I’m so ready for something new. A slower, better quality of life. I think New Zealand has that in bucket loads.

london-red-busThis mammoth move will affect this blog – in a good way, I hope. I have to settle into a new city and country I have never lived in before. I have to find a place to live and make it completely eco-friendly from the inside, out. I have to find the best places selling scrumptious organic, vegan food and amazing vintage clothing. I hope to share it all on this blog and I will try to keep it interesting. Let’s be honest, I’m a vegan moving to a country that primarily exports lamb and wool (don’t get me started on the poor possums). There could be a few challenges.

New Zealand is a beautiful place though and I feel really fortunate that I can live there. I wasn’t sure whether to return to Australia or try life in New Zealand but here’s a photo that swayed me towards the land of the kiwi.

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I want to be at that outdoor cafe on weekends. In the sun with those kind of views. It’s actually the Chocolate Fish Cafe and it’s close to Wellington. Or Wellywood, as it is sometimes referred to due to the city being a bit of film hub (Frodo and all that).

Okay, we’ve sold the flat. Booked flights. Packed? Not so much. Must get started and decide what essentials can fit into two suitcases and keep me going for three months (before our furniture and belonging arrive by ship). That should be easy. Maybe, I’ll just do a little research on our stopover city – San Francisco first. I’m so excited to be passing through there. I’ve been once before when I was 13 so I can’t wait to see it again.

Before I say goodbye to Oyster cards in London and hello to Snapper cards in Wellington (seriously), I will try and do a post about some of my favorite things in London, in case you’re stopping by soon.