Some of you might know, but I have been a vegetarian for about two years now. I don’t really miss eating meat and I love getting creative in the kitchen to make beautiful veggie meals. One thing I did miss at first though was buying beautiful cookbooks. It didn’t really make sense when more than half of the meals were based on meat or fish. Gladly, I found a few beautiful (and yummy) vegetarian cookbooks as well. Today, I want to share my favourites with you!
My favourite vegetarian cookbooks
The everyday cookbook: Vegetarisch mit Liebe
I adore this cookbook. I have already tried a lot of the recipes in there (because they actually use normal ingredients) and everything has been delicious so far. Examples are strawberry caprese or homemade pizza with pear and peaches.
By the way, this cookbook doesn’t use the ususal categories like starter, main course, dessert but it categorises the recipes by vegetable. There’s a chapter on apples, a chapter on avocado and so on. I love it because you can actually look at what you have and make something delicious with it.
I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone who actually wants to try the recipes and not just look at pretty pictures! In Germany, it’s published by the Südwest Verlag and can be bought over here. (more…)
Today I am very happy to introduce Maykher to you! It’s a beautiful fair fashion label from England that has been born out of a Crowdfunder not even a year ago. Maykher has vowed to promote makers, instead of machines and thus save some beautiful old techniques. I really love their wonderful clutches, bags and scarves. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift or a little treat for yourself, check out their store!
Heidi from Maykher has kindly agreed to answer a few question about the label and their ideas about slow fashion for us. Enjoy the interview, I definitely loved her answers!
Tell us more about Maykher and the idea behind it!
The idea of Maykher came about as I wanted to find a way to tackle some international social issues that I felt passionate about. I have always been aware and troubled by the negative treatment of women/girls around the world. Opportunities for many women and girls are so limited and their value disregarded purely based on their sex. It’s a travesty for womankind in any time period, but especially in 2017!
I wanted to do something but I had no idea what or how. I had no formal experience in foreign aid, international affairs or social care but I knew fashion well! Therefore I used my knowledge in the industry as my tool for good. (more…)
June is over already, can you believe it? For me, it’s been a good month with a few short holidays and the most beautiful sunny weather. I’ve started running again and spend my weekends in the sun. Not too bad! Now July’s here, my birthday month – I turn 24 in only a week. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to make July a month to strive for slow living goals. I want to implement a few habits I should have started practising already and refocus on my goals for the year. But first, let’s recap my June goals:
+ Have a vegan day: This totally worked! I actually realised how much of what I eat is vegan anyway, so on days I wasn’t eating out/with friends a vegan day was no problem at all.
+ Switch off for one day a week: No comment. This didn’t happen at all. Maybe next month?
+ Turn my home into an urban jungle: Yes! I started growing my own avocado trees (thanks for the guide Siobhan!) and I got some more plants at the nursery. It’s really addicting, so I can’t wait to buy some more. I’ve also gotten into the habit of buying fresh flowers every week and it makes my home such a happy place.
+ Take ill-fitting clothes to the tailor: Didn’t happen. Soon, hopefully!
+ Make my own-iced tea: With the heatwave last week I definitely made some iced tea. Just very simple with earl grey tea and some lemon. Do you have any favourite recipes?
3 out of 5 – not too bad, right? And now: (more…)
If only you could borrow clothes instead of buying new every time…that’s what Laura thought one day, desperate about her full closet and not enough clothes she actually liked. Half a year later, Kleiderrebell was born, an online store where you can borrow clothes as long as you like them. As soon as you’re fed up with wearing them, you give them back :)
I’ve talked to Laura about the story of Kleiderrebell – and how we can all make a change by consuming slower (ps: I borrowed some clothes from Kleiderrebell too – you can see the post here!)
Where do you put the line between slow and fast fashion?
Slow and fast fashion are different in a number of ways. Firstly there’s the working conditions of the garment workers. Are they getting paid fairly? Is their workload doable? Are the factory owners observing the laws? That’s the side of the producers. On the other side there’s us, the consumers. We are responsible to consider the difference between slow and fast fashion. Where do I buy my clothes? Am I willing to pay more than 20 Euro for a t-shirt? Do I really have to buy a new garment every week? Is secondhand a possibility for me as well? If I ask myself these questions, I’ll get a lot closer to a slower way of life.
When did you become interested in sustainable fashion?
I think I first thought about it about 8 years ago. As a part of my fashion degree I was able to go to Dhaka in Bangladesh and glimpse behind the scenes of the fashion industry. It was such a different experience to be in a country, that produced most of our clothes – especially back in 2009 when hardly anyone was talking about fair fashion. We only went to ‚good‘ factories without child labour or 16-hour days. Still, you could see the stark poverty out in the trees. And of course we saw the kind of factories that you might know from TV – the ones where you just know, somethings not right. (more…)
As a ‘fair shopper’, going on holiday naturally means that I won’t head into high street shops just because I’m abroad. Gladly, there’s more and more fair fashion boutiques and vintage stores popping up all over the world. On my last trip to London, I got lucky at a charity shop and actually only brought back secondhand souvenirs. If you’re planning a trip to London soon, here are my favourite London fair fashion shops you need to visit. There’s probably tons more, so tell me in the comments if you’ve got more tips for me!
London fair shopping boutiques
One of the (small) disadvantages of ethical shopping is that you mostly have to order online. There just aren’t a lot of fair fashion labels on the high street! Gladly, there are more and more ethical boutiques popping up – and of course there’s a few cute London fair shopping boutiques as well.
The Keep is a beautiful little boutique in Brixton Village. It’s a really cute store and they stock all kinds of different fair fashion brands from People Tree to Armed Angels and Beaumont Organic. If you only want to get something small, they also stock beauty products and accessories. Little tip: After browsing The Keep you can go to the other lovely stores in Brixton village or go for a coffee just round the corner! (more…)