cruelty free cosmetics:
furless brushes & eyeshadow review

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Did you know that many makeup brushes are still made from animal hair? 

We have been trialling a cruelty-free alternative brand of brushes & eyeshadow for the last few months, and we're delighted to share our review with you, because we're both impressed with the product.


PLANT BASED RECIPES:
Sesame Tahini Oat Crackers

These sesame tahini oat crackers are super simple to make, and are a useful healthy snack to have on hand at all times. They're deliciously crunchy, and pair fantastically with hummus, nut butters and plant-based cheeses.


Fair Fashion:
14 Vegan Winter Jackets To Keep Cosy In Without Down (Women's + Men's)

You don't need to wear animals to keep yourself cosy and warm in the winter months.

If you're in the Southern Hemisphere like us, you may soon be looking for some snuggly jackets, and lots of them are currently on sale!


Eco Fashion:
Pretty Pastels in Organic Bamboo - The Great Beyond's New Cassiopeia Collection

Say hello to beautifully elegant, eco-friendly clothing.

The Great Beyond, an Australian sustainably minded fashion label, has just recently released its new Cassiopeia collection, and I can't get enough of its pretty pastel colours..


The New Vegan Pizza Restaurant in Melbourne You Need to Visit: Red Sparrow

Really good pizza, that just happens to be vegan.

That's the impression you'll get after dining at Melbourne's new entirely plant-based, wood-fired pizzeria in Collingwood: Red Sparrow.


Fair fashion:
What Bead and Reel Founder Sica Keeps in her (Ethical Handbag)

When you're the founder of an ethical, vegan & eco fashion boutique, what do you choose to carry in your own handbag? I chatted with Sica Schmitz, an LA costume designer turned ethical fashion advocate, to get the inside scoop.


DAIRY-FREE BAKING:
CHOCOLATE, CARAMEL & COCONUT CREME SLICE

One bite of this slice will transport you to a tropical island with the luscious coconut creme filling. But then, there's more, with a second layer of caramel almond, flanked with deeply delicious oat chocolate base, and smooth dark chocolate on the top.  


plant based recipes:
Vegan chickpea "tuna" salad (oil-free)

It really is amazing what you can do by combining plant-based flavours and textures.

I love recreating classic dishes I used to eat into vegan versions, and this creamy chickpea 'tuna' salad is something I've been meaning to try for a while now.


DAFFODILS IN MARCH:
BIRTH FLOWER OF THE MONTH

With their cheerful little cup and saucer anatomy,
the cheery Daffodil is the traditional Birth Flower for this new month of March. 

Symbolising the arrival of Spring,
they are one of the first flowers of the new season
in the Northern Hemisphere; 
while here in the Southern Hemisphere, now that's it's Autumn,
March is the time to order and begin to plant this old-fashioned bulb. 
 


fair trade fashion:
made from seed to garment

I want to introduce you to one of my favourite fashion labels, which is ethical and sustainably-minded through and through.


If we want a kinder, better world,
we can make it happen as consumers.

We have the power of a King & a Queen
each time we choose to eat, to dress, to live.
— Henrietta & Virginia - the FKQ




feature series:
What's in my (ethical) handbag?


Oh the things you can find,
if you don’t stay behind.
— Dr Seuss

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Some favourites from the archives:


 

A dress you can wear infinite ways

Imagine a dress that can be twisted and tied in multiple variations, creating a totally different look.

That means one dress can create almost infinite looks - which sounds like a clever wardrobe to us!

See the different ways we styled this stunning, made in USA, organic cotton & bamboo dress. 


Is it save to use lead crystal decanters?

We ask the question and come up with an alternative use for them - which is much healthier for you and your guests.


Lipstick ingredients to avoid and why

Buying a new lipstick shouldn't involve a chemistry degree. But many of the major brands still use dubious chemicals in their big-selling lipstick ranges.

We delve into the history of what used to be used in lipstick ingredients, and explain which 5 ingredients are better avoided in your lipstick.


If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
— 14th Dalai Lama