Top 7 London Vegetarian & Vegan Food Markets

london vegetarian and vegan markets

  1. Broadway Vegan Market

The new Vegan Market is a weekly vegan market open every Saturday from 10 -4pm in London Fields. It includes 30+ vegan food and drinks stalls from a wide range of cuisines so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Website here.

2. Hackney Downs Vegan Market

Previously held monthly, this much loved vegan market is now a weekly thing! Find them at Hackney Downs Studios every Saturday and browse the array of vegan food stalls, art and more.

More info here.

3. Vegan Nights London

An evening market located on Brick Lane at Old Truman Brewery this is a perfect after-work foodie affair. Next event is on 28th November and the entry is free but get there early as there is limited capacity and last event was so popular some didn’t get to enter.

Check their Facebook page to keep track of line-up of traders and for next event https://www.facebook.com/vegannightsldn/

4. Brixton Vegan Market

Although a one-off event at the moment, head to Brixton Market on Sunday 29th October for its first all Vegan Market from 9am to 3:30pm. The market promises to bring a range of food stalls from international street food to sweet vegan treats.

Line-up to be announced but expect so keep an eye on the event page here.

5. VegFest UK

VegfestUK are the organisers of some of Europe’s vegan events with 15 years experience so expect the ultimate vegan festival. The event will take place on October 21st & 22nd at Kensington Olympia and will include over 250 stalls as well as talks, workshops and cookery demos.

More about the event and ticket information here.

6. Greenwhich Market (not purely veggie but with good veggie options)

Although not purely a vegetarian or vegan market, Greenwhich Market offers a good variety of veggie food options from vegan burgers to vegan cakes as well as fresh fruits and vegetables stalls. Open daily but check out the stalls rotation on the website.

7. Kerb Camden Market (not purely veggie but with good veggie options)

A newly refurbished market at Camden Market, this daily 34-trader strong food market is perfect for having a short break from exploring Camden to grab a bite to eat. Vegan and veggie options available, check out their website for more info:

https://www.kerbfood.com/markets/camden/

Why Gucci’s Fur Ban is a Game-Changer

Gucci’s President and CEO Marco Bizzarri announced this week that all future collections starting from next year will be fur-free as well as pledging to auction all past manufactured fur garments and donate the profits to benefit animal-rights charities.

Bizzari said the move represents “our absolute commitment to making sustainability an intrinsic part of our business” and credits the ability to make this move possible to Gucci’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele who was appointed in 2015.

The news comes after fellow Italian brand Armani announced last year to stop using fur in its collection and Gucci will now join 40 other organisations that make up the Fur Free Alliance aimed at putting an end to the animal cruelty in the fashion industry.

This is seen as a game-changer for the fashion industry as Gucci, part of the Kering group that also houses Stella McCartney, is one of the most known luxury brands with stores all over the world. The brand was ranked by Forbes as number 47 World’s Most Valuable Brand and as reported by Kering, Gucci saw a remarkable growth in the first quarter of 2017 with 51.4% increase in sales and 11% shares jump.

Unfortunately the number of luxury fashion houses that are fur-free is still quite low so hopefully as a brand with such high consumer awareness and customer base, this will make a great positive impact in terms of encouraging more consumers to see fur as outdated and cruel, as well as serving as an example to other big luxury fashion houses to join the movement and produce fur-free innovative designs.

Top 13 Travel Destinations for this Fall

best destinations to visit this fall

Fall is one of the best times to travel as the temperatures are pleasant in many parts of the world and the prices much more affordable, especially in Europe that can be extremely pricey in summer. Whether you’re looking for a city break, an outdoor adventure, or a foodie trip, here’s our round-up of best destinations to visit this fall:

  1. Paris, France

Fall is the best time to visit Paris. The temperatures are pleasant for travelling around, most of the tourists are gone, the leaves are changing colour, and there is just something in the air giving Paris that melancholic feel.

  1. Lake District, UK

Almost 5 hours by car or about 3 hours and a half by train from London, you will find one of UK’s most beautiful natural areas, the Lake District. Enjoy peaceful walks, cosy lunches in traditional pubs, and relaxing days at some of the best spa’s in UK.

  1. Vermont, USA

Vermont is one of the best places to enjoy fall colours. There is an abundance of outdoor activities making it perfect for family trips and with Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner it’s the perfect time to visit the area.

  1. Marrakech, Morocco

Weather starts cooling down from the scorching heat of August while still getting some warmth and sun making Marrakech very pleasant to visit. Enjoy shopping, luxurious spa days, or take a trip to the desert.

  1. Hanoi, Vietnam

Autumn and Spring are two best seasons to visit Vietnam. Hotels, transport, and restaurants are very affordable, and there is a plethora of things to do. Depending where you’re flying from it can be a struggle finding direct flights so you might want to make it into a longer trip and visit a few different places in Vietnam while you’re there.

  1. Kyoto, Japan

A short bullet train trip from Tokyo, catch the beautiful colours of fall in Kyoto and escape the crowds usually found during spring and summer. There is no shortage of attractions and things to do in Kyoto with plenty of temples, shrines, gardens, markets and Michelin starred restaurants.

  1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Although a stunning destination all-year round, April through November is one of the best times to visit the Great Barrier Reef before the heat and humidity of December kicks in.

  1. Vancouver, Canada

Often ranked as one of the best cities to live in the world, September through November, when the tourist crowds are gone, is the perfect time to visit this wonderful city and find out why so many people fall in love with it.

  1. Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei has made a reputation in recent years as a foodie destination. The city is clean, safe, modern with great transport links making it easy to get around from one foodie place to another. Night markets are one of the best in Taipei, and a must visit if you’re there.

  1. Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Great for family trips and not only, the Swiss Alps are great for outdoor walks while admiring the leaves changing colour.

  1. Himalaya, Nepal

For outdoor adventure, best time to trek the Himalayans is during fall however this is also when the bulk of tourists visit the region so expect to be sharing that amazing scenery with quite a few others.

  1. Douro Valley, Portugal

Fall is probably the best time to visit Douro Valley as the weather starts cooling down making it perfect for wine tasting and vineyards tours, cycling, restaurants hopping and spa days.

  1. Piedmont, Italy

Piedmont is Italy’s truffle region, famous for the very expensive white truffle. October through December is harvest season for these wonderful delicacies and also when the area is the busiest with tourists however the food in the region is so good, with an abundance of Michelin starred restaurants, that you wouldn’t want to miss it.

Why You Should Repeat Outfits

outfit repeats at work

Outfit repeats at work have been for long seen as something we should avoid and have put a lot of pressure especially on women to wear each day something different for fear of what others might think (“Will my colleagues think I haven’t showered?!”). But repeating looks shouldn’t be something we feel ashamed of and as Arianna Huffington put it “I don’t hide my outfit repeats, I celebrate them”.

This doesn’t mean that you have to wear the same t-shirt for weeks but more about minimising your wardrobe to key essentials that you feel the most comfortable in at work. Steve Jobs had his signature black turtleneck and jeans look, Mark Zuckerberg is rarely seen in something else than t-shirt and jeans, and Sony’s Creative Manager – Matilda Kahl, has been become widely known for wearing the same white top with black trousers to work every day for 3 years.

So what are the benefits of outfit repeats you might ask:

  1. Time saving

Biggest reason most people choose to repeat outfits is the obvious time-saving in the mornings, not having to spend hours each week thinking “what should I wear today?” and having to keep changing each morning till you find that “perfect look”. This means you can spend more time sleeping, having a nice breakfast, or on your business.

  1. Comfort

Being able to decide your work uniform means you can find the items you’ve been wearing to work that you feel most comfortable in which can be a huge relief and allow you to better focus on your job.

  1. You’re in control

Not having to feel the pressure of having to constantly think of what to wear and what will others think of your look means that you’re in control of the image you want to put forward and let your ideas be the key focus in meetings.

  1. It’s good for the environment

A minimalist wardrobe has not only time benefits but it’s also good for the environment. You don’t feel the need to buy as many clothes just for the sake of having something new to wear at work.

  1. Less clutter

Less items in your wardrobe, less clutter and clothes forgotten that you never wear but are sitting there with the tag on because they initially felt like a good choice but then realised you don’t actually feel comfortable in them.

  1. It means you have more fun dressing up in weekends or evenings

Repeating outfits at work doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t enjoy fashion or dressing up, in fact you are likely to feel more energised to dress up for other occasions.

Top 7 Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

tips for vegan diet transition

Although the total number of vegans in the world is still quite low (here stats by country), there is definitely an increase in people adopting this sort of diet due to its health, environmental and wildlife benefits.

Here are our top 7 tips to help you with the transition:

  1. Gather initial info

Research existing impacts on the environment and meat production practices, watch documentaries, read blogs, and articles to better understand the reasons people have for choosing this way of life. Learn about the benefits of vegan lifestyle not only for yourself but also for the environment and the wildlife.

2. Understand where you can get your nutrients from on a plant-based diet

Find out from what products you can get the necessary nutrients on a vegan diet such as protein that you can find in tofu, spinach, nuts & seeds, and many more. Start understanding more what ingredients go into your most purchased existing products. You might be surprised that some of your favourite products are already vegan (looking at you Oreos) and for the ones that you will have to ditch such as milk, cheese, start researching vegan alternatives.

Make sure you do proper research on how to ensure you have a healthy plant based diet and if you have any medical conditions that you are concern about have a chat with a doctor and a nutritionist.

3. Identify local vegan groceries stores and brands

Vegan brands are now often stocked in traditional supermarkets which makes it much more convenient to buy everything at once with your weekly shop. There are also a lot of vegan/ vegetarian specific stores that provide a wide-range of vegan products. These stores might come in handy especially in the beginning when you’re still getting familiar with different vegan brands as you can get to see which ones you enjoy the most.

4. Find local restaurants that offer great vegan options

If this is the first time trying to adopt a vegan diet, especially if you’re switching from a omnivore diet, in the first few days you might struggle coming up with ideas for meals, so trying out dishes from different cuisines can provide some good meal inspiration as well as comfort that vegan food actually tastes good!

5. Start collecting vegan recipes from cookbooks, blogs, social media

Certain cuisines like Indian, Israeli, Thai, Chinese, Ethiopian, Italian have a wide range of meat and diary free options, although you will find that pretty much all cuisines worldwide have some vegan options. Start collecting recipes from blogs, Instagram, cookbooks and start incorporating them into your existing diet. It can be useful to have a range of recipes, from quick meals that you can put together when you don’t feel like cooking, to big pots that you can then split into individual portions for freezing.

6. Take it gradually

Sometimes going first on vegetarian before vegan might be easier if you’re shifting straight from a omnivore diet. It is usually recommended to first add more plant-based options to your diet before starting to gradually remove meat & diary.

7. Keep the motivation up

Don’t beat yourself up if it’s taking you a while to fully switch to veganism, everyone has their different speed and don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by feeling that you need to label your diet. Some people choose to do a mix of vegetarian with vegan, or pescatarian with vegan to start with and then moving from there.

Finding a partner that is also looking to switch to vegan can also make the whole journey much easier and fun as you can encourage and support each other.

Easy Homemade Beauty Products

homemade beauty products

Winter is coming. Here are some of the best beauty products that you can make at home to prevent dry skin and frizzy hair that only require a few ingredients and don’t break the bank.

  • Body Scrubs

Body scrubs are some of the easiest products you can make at home and most likely you already have all the ingredients necessary in your cupboard. Some of the most popular ones are sugar scrubs, coffee scrubs, and sea salt based scrubs. They also make perfect gifts when packaged in a nice jar with a pretty ribbon (don’t ribbons make just everything better?).

Here are 7 all natural scrubs to try out.

  • Hair masks

Coconut oil, honey, egg yolk, olive oil, lemon are great ingredients for quick hair masks you can do at home if your hair feels frizzy or dry, or you just need some extra shine.

Here are 4 simple homemade hair masks.

  • Makeup remover

Michelle Phan has a great homemade makeup remover option based on aloe vera and extra virgin olive oil. Find it here.

  • Face masks

Honey, avocado, pumpkin, green tea, yoghurt, cucumbers are some of the most common ingredients for effective and simple face masks. We wouldn’t recommend falling asleep with them on though.

Check out 12 healthy masks ideas here.

  • Acne paste

Acne always comes out at worst of times. First date? Acne rash. Job interview? Acne rash. Important business meeting? Acne rash. Although there is no magic wand you can try this aspirin, honey, and water acne paste   to help it out a bit. Make sure beforehand though you don’t have an aspirin allergy.

Top 10 Free Apps for Eco-Living

best apps for eco livingAs with any big lifestyle changes, transitioning to a greener way of living can feel overwhelming at first without knowing where to start or even how to achieve it so we’ve rounded up 10 apps to help you through your eco journey:

  1. JouleBug

JouleBug helps make your everyday life more sustainable by organising sustainability tips into Actions that you Buzz in the app when you do them in real-life. The app has a gaming element by allowing you to collect points and badges and share them with your friends.

For iOS and Android

  1. Dropcountr

Dropcountr allows you to connect your utilities to your mobile device to better track your daily water use and set goals to minimise water consumption and save costs.

For iOS and Android

  1. Oroeco

Oroeco helps you understand how every aspect of your life connects to climate change and helps provide useful advice on how to minimise your impact. The app tackles everything from transportation to home energy, shopping, diet, and entertainment choices.

For iOS and Android

  1. EWG Food Scores

EWG scores over 80,000 food products based on their nutrition, processing, and quality of ingredients to provide consumers with a better understanding of what they’re buying.

For iOS and Android

  1. BrightNest

BrightNest is designed to improve efficiency for home tasks. It allows users to set tasks and reminders, and provides custom tips and instructions. The app covers a wide range of areas from cleaning to recycling, fixing, and decorating.

For iOS 

  1. GoodGuide

Another app that lets you search, browse or scan healthy consumer products and gives them a scientific rating. Their aim is to provide consumers with all the product information needed to make better shopping decisions.

For iOS and Android

7. Etsy

A global marketplace for handmade items, vintage and creative goods. You can buy from existing sellers or you can open your own store and sell your items.

For iOS and Android

  1. Commute Greener

Commute Greener is aimed at helping you change your daily commute to make it more eco-friendly by allowing you to collect points and badges every time you leave your car at home for public transport, ride sharing, and cycling. It provides traffic information, as well as map routes, CO2, health and fuel cost visualisation.

For iOS and Android

  1. Stuffstr

Stuffstr helps you recirculate unwanted items such as clothing, accessories, and keep them out of landfills by allowing you to resell valuable items, identify charities and send them for free.

For iOS

  1. Depop

Depop is a community marketplace that allows you to easily sell and shop vintage and second hand fashion, books, jewellery, art, and more from sellers around the world.

For iOS and Android

Top 10 European Green Cities to Visit

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amsterdam green city

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is not only a picture-perfect city with its wonderful canals and houses, but has also always been at the forefront of green living. The city is famous for how bike friendly it is with great infrastructure built around allowing people to get anywhere by bicycle. The city is also one of the best at conserving water and has an array of eco-friendly hotels and hostels. copenhagen green city

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen consistently ranks as Europe’s greenest city and aims to be the world’s first carbon neutral city by 2025. The majority of its residents use bicycles to commute and public transport is great. Over 71% of the city’s hotel rooms are now certified with the official Green Key guarantee so finding a place to stay while travelling that is eco-friendly is easy.

Copenhagen residents are committed to recycling and reusing and the city is home to the world’s first expired foods supermarket – Wefood, aimed at reducing food waste.

stockholm green city

3. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm was Europe’s first Green Capital in 2010 and has been continuously ranking high for its environmental friendliness. All trains and city buses run on renewable fuels and the city plans on becoming fully independent from fossils fuels by 2050. 95% of the population lives less than 300 metres from a green-area. Stockholm is committed to keep improving its sustainability and there are a range of projects planned aimed at reducing waste such as re-using wasted heat generated from data centres, supermarkets and stadiums for households in the city.

reykjavik green city

4. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is renowned for its natural beauty and consistently ranks as one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world. Its capital, Reykjavik is home to only 122,000 people and aims to be fossil fuel free by 2050. The city uses renewable geothermal and hydroeletric energy to power the buildings in the city and only 0.1% of Iceland’s electricity is generated using fossil fuel.

olso green city     5. Oslo, Norway

After Stockholm and Copenhagen, Oslo is now Europe’s Green Capital 2019 which shows the commitment of the Scandinavia region to sustainability. The city has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world and there are plans to become completely car-free by 2050. The city also has a wide range of eco-friendly hotels and meat-free restaurants that focus on local produce.

6. Bristol, UK

Bristol is UK’s greenest cities due to its good air quality, constant increase in cyclists and is investing greatly in renewable energy and has ambitions to become a European-hub for low carbon footprint industries.

7. Essen, Germany

The German city of Essen went from a coal mining city to Europe’s Green Capital 2017 due to its exemplary practices of protecting the environment and reducing waste. This remarkable change is a great example for other cities that change can be achieved. Essen also has a great mix of history, culture and art, making it a perfect city-break destination.

8. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is one of Europe’s most popular city-break destinations due to its colourful streets, great restaurants, and wide range of cultural activities. It has also been striving to become more green by building more green spaces, improving eco-friendly mobility, promote energy-efficiency and waste-management. The capital also has an extensive network of cycling lanes as well as making it easy for people to walk throughout the city.

Ljubljana green city

9. Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana is an affordable European destination with great character. It has managed to preserve its green areas and cars are banned from the city centre making it perfect for cycling or walking. Visitors to the city are often impressed by its sheer-beauty and wide range of outdoor activities.

barcelona green city      10. Barcelona, Spain

Spain’s second largest city and one of Europe’s most popular tourism destinations, Barcelona has a wide network of public transport and 50% of all trips are made by foot or bicycle. The city also offers a bike sharing system to make it easier for visitors to travel around. Barcelona also has innovative plans to expand green spaces and continues to invest in energy efficiency, waste management and reducing emissions by banning the driving of vehicles older than 20 years on weekdays.