Sunday, 18 October 2015

Autumn 15' Mood Boards

I must admit there's always something strangely comforting about the return of the season that makes it acceptable to leave the house closely resembling the michelin man...

As the days become shorter and the temperature drops, what better excuse to spend an unhealthy amount of time scrolling through Pinterest and Tumblr collating a selection of inspirational, Autumnal images to get you in the mood for the change of season. 
Easily one of my favourite things about the cooler months are the ridiculously elaborate hot chocolates; I'm talking: Gingerbread, salted caramel, chilli, peppermint, orange and who could forget the coconut whipped cream?
Prepare to see a lot more plum hues, stews and knitted everything and anything around these parts!
If there are any post that you'd like me to do, wether it be recipes, reviews or rambles, please let me know and I'll try my best to figure something out for you!
                                                                           ~ Lola ~ 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Tips For Sustainable Clothes Shopping!

My first thoughts of 'Sustainable Fashion' evoked images of up-cycled potato sacks and plastic bottle top earrings. Neither of which I can really imagine sitting too well in my wardrobe...
However, after a little research I realised that this definitely does not have to be the case. Although, I applaud anyone who can rock a potato sack!
So, I've come up with a list of my top 7 Tips when it comes to trying to shop a bit more mindfully.

1. Charity shops - These are my absolute go to when it comes to quick and affordable clothes. There's a cancer Research near me where everything if £3 or less. You cant grumble at those kind of prices!

2. Vintage Shops - These can be a bit hit or miss. They are a pain in the backside to look around because theres SO much stuff! But when you find that one item that fits perfectly. Oh my, thats a very, very good day and all the hours rummaging becomes worth it!

3. Online shops - Etsy, Ebay, Depop and ASOS Market Place - These sites are all full of hand made and second hand clothing. Great if you want to quickly narrow down your search by size, price or style.

4. Clothes Swap! - If you've got friends that are a similar size to you then hold a clothes swap were you can exchange clothes that you no longer want. Best part is that its free and you can clear out some space in your own wardrobe. Throw in a quality 90's chick flick and you've got yourself a pretty awesome evening...

5.  Invest - Sometimes its better to just bite the bullet and spend a little extra on something which you think you'll get a lot of use out of instead of buying several cheaper items that you'll need to repurchase within a few months.

6. Do your research - Some brands are more ethical than others; H&M conscious collection or ASOS 'Green Room' are good examples of brands that have really started to think about the sustainability of their clothes (they're not super expensive either!)

7.Check the label. Where is it made? - Usually if something is made in Europe then the workers standard of health, safety and general well being is much better than if something is made in places like Bangladesh, Mexico or China.

Another thing to keep in mind before making a purchase is  - Do you really need it? Or,  have you really wanted it for a long time? -  Asking yourself these questions before buying lots of items that you might only wear a handful of times allows you to not only save money but also reduce material waste!


Sunday, 4 October 2015

4 Ingredient Breakfast Bowl

Really simple, really healthy and really, really quick!
- 1 Banana (The riper the better as they're much sweeter!)
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup almond milk (or any other kind of milk)
- 1 heaped tea spoon of cinnamon
Measurements don't need to be too accurate. The banana adds most of the sweetness and bulk.

Toppings - These are the ones I used, but you can throw on absolutely anything you fancy!
- Desiccated Coconut
- Fresh fruit - Blueberries, Banana and Passion Fruit
- Coconut Yoghurt
(Pecans work really, really well but sadly we didn't have any.)

Optional Extras 
- Spirulina Powder, Chia Seeds or Cacao powder (Or any other kind of super food!)
- Other types of frozen fruits (Mango and raspberries work particularly well)
- Squidgy Dates
- Almond extract
- Nuts or seeds

Chuck your blueberries, Banana (roughly cut in to smaller chunks), almond milk and cinnamon in to your blender and blend!
When everything is nicely mixed together pour it into a bowl, top with whatever you feel like and enjoy!