Social media can be a wonderful thing. You can use it as a way to raise awareness of great organisations doing big things to help change the world. Another wonderful things is, that as a consumer, you have the power to change things with what you buy. I’m always looking for new places to buy fairtrade, vegan clothing and just before Christmas, I came across YAWstore via Twitter. YAWstore sell clothes, gifts and accessories for the conscientious consumer. None of their products contain animal skin and they explain the ethical footprint of their products, so you, as a consumer, can make an informed choice. If only all shops were this transparent, eh?
YAWstore have a lovely collection of clothing and accessories for women, including a gorgeous Matt & Nat purse that I have my eye on. They also sell mens and children clothing, and a few gifts, including this adorable fox tea towel, which is made from organic cotton. Not only that, but if you want to get your craft on, you can cut out the tea towel and make an adorable fox toy, which is a great excuse for not doing the washing up!
When I became vegan back in September, I had no idea how much it would impact on my wardrobe. While I knew that fur was incredibly cruel and pointless, I never made the connection between that and leather, wool or silk. There are lots of different ideas about what you should do with animal derived items in your wardrobe when you become vegan. As I don’t want to waste anything, and am on a budget, I’m looking to replace items as and when they wear out or when I can afford them. When I mention this to friends, they often ask the question about what vegan shoes and clothes look like, probably thinking of stereotypical vegan ideas i.e. head to toe in hemp. (Not that that would be a bad thing, considering the fact that hemp is one of the most eco-friendly fibres on the planet, but that’s another story!) So when Phil told me to go to The Third Estate website, I wondered what he had found. My friends, he found a one stop shop for your vegan clothing needs!
I am in love with the Matt & Nat bags. I will definitely be saving up for one (or two!) of those. I also love that you can get a range of shoes, from different places, at The Third Estate. Although, I now have a quandary about which ones to get! I want so many different styles! Everything is clearly labelled, including whether it is sweatshop free or is made with organic fibers, which is really important to me. This is definitely going to be one of my go to online shopping sites from now on.
There’s nothing quite like a decent burger and chips, all washed down with a delicious glass of wine, amiright? That’s what Phil and I had at The Gardener’s Arms in Oxford a few weeks ago. We’d been to the Gardener’s Arms a few times before, but not since I became vegan. That is likely to change is it was freakin’ awesome!
All the food is vegetarian with a huge number of vegan options available, but to be honest, I’m always going to have the vegan burger with all the vegan toppings (everything except the mayo) and a nice large glass of wine. (All the wines are vegan! Almost did a little dance when they told me that!) The Gardener’s Arms is not a gastropub. It’s a pub that serves food. You might have to share your table, it can get cramped, it will get busy. But this doesn’t matter as the atmosphere is lovely and the food is delicious. Definitely worth a visit if you’re taking part in Veganuary, looking for a decent vegan meal or if you just like good food.
As an early Christmas present, Phil got me the box set of Fear the Walking Dead. (I say box set, but there are only 6 episodes.) As a Walking Dead fan, I was keen to see how it compared. It’s set at the beginning of the outbreak, if you can call it that, when no one knows what’s going on or how the ‘flu’ is spread. Watching it after The Walking Dead is quite interesting, as you know so much more than the characters do. One thing that did surprise me was the speed in which people learnt how to deal with the walkers and how quickly people were prepared to put down their own. Needless to say we’ve quickly sped through the series and I can’t wait to get the next one.
The characters are an interesting mix and I’m not sure which ones I like yet and which ones I’ll be happy to be eaten by a rampaging herd. None the less, there are plenty of scenes which make you jump and had me screaming out ‘No, you need to shoot them in the head!’ Not sure if it’s for you? Have a look at the trailer. If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead or zombies in general, then I think you’ll like this.