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Autumn Layers

Autumn is here and playing havoc with my wardrobe. Chilly mornings, warm days with a heavy downpour thrown in for good measure. What is a girl to wear? Well, normally I relish the new autumn/winter catalogues dropping through my letterbox. However, I suddenly realised that as I’m now vegan, woolen jumpers, scarves, coats and mittens are all off limits to me know. Does that mean I can no longer enjoy the warmth of a new jumper? Or the comfort of a cosy knit? Absolutely not. Here are a few of my favourite, autumnal, vegan, ethical layers. Perfect for whatever the weather throws at you.

Vegan Autumn Layers

{Riva Long Line cardigan in Winter White – People Tree £75 // Rashida Roll Neck Jumper – People Tree £68 // Delamere Cardigan – Seasalt £59.95 // Frigate Jumper – Seasalt £49.95 // Little Grebe Smock – Seasalt £49.95 // Classic Fit Triangle Geo shirt – Fat Face £35 // Heritage Zip Thru hoody – Fat Face £45}

As you would expect, I’ve focused my shopping on my three favourite ethical shops: People Tree (organic cotton, fair trade), Seasalt and Fat Face. All the garments are made with cotton so no animals are used at all. With clothing like this, why do you need to use animal products at all?! I didn’t think the hardest part of being vegan would be saying no to woolen jumpers, but these clothes make it a bit easier. I’ve already got myself the (c/o) People Tree Rashida roll neck jumper and can swear by how warm and comfy it is. Perfect for those chilly mornings. Am now on the hunt for a smart winter coat that is vegan friendly, which can only mean more time looking at clothes. A tough job, but someones got to do it!

If you fancy getting yourself 10% off your People Tree purchases, use the code CC10 at checkout, giving you more money to spend on yourself!

Tuesday Treat – Vego Bar

On Saturday, Phil went to Witney to have a mooch about Rapture record store. While he was there, he popped into Beanbag Natural Health shop and bought me loads of vegan goodies. One of the best things was this amazing vegan chocolate bar, which as a new vegan, is simply out of this world.

Vego bar

(Apologies for the crap pic – it was late and the rugby was on!) Chocolate and hazelnut bars have always been a favourite of mine and the Vego bar means it will remain so. Some vegan chocolates are okay, but lack the creaminess you get with regular chocolate. This has not such problem. It’s the closest taste to regular chocolate I’ve had so far. Plus, it’s fair-trade, so ticks my ethical boxes too. (Oreos, you really need to sort your ethical shit out, m’kay?) I had the mini bar, but don’t be fooled by the name. The mini bar is almost a bit much in one sitting, as it’s quite a chunky bar, but I struggled on through, with a delicious glass of Terreo Malbec vegan wine from Ocado to wash it down with. Delicious!

New Vegan Meals

After my first few weeks of being vegan, I thought I’d do a quick round up of some of the meals we’ve been eating. I’m not going to lie, there have been times where it’s been difficult. This is mainly because I’ve been busy back at school, have become tired, and this past week, I’ve been ill with a cold. Normally, I’d revert back to old, lazy food habits of just getting a pizza from a supermarket, or having a lasagne from Cook. Lack of convenience is the hardest part of being vegan. We can’t even pop down the pub for a quick bite. It has got me down a bit, as we need to eat a healthy balanced diet. For this to happen, we need to be organised and accept the fact that we need to cook, from scratch, most nights. Not something either of us is keen on, but it’s the best way. I also need to make enough dinner so that I can have leftovers for lunch or make myself something filling for lunch. I don’t always have a lot of time to eat during lunchtime, so what I do eat needs to fill me up until dinner time.

Here’s what we’ve eaten:

Roast Veg wrap

Vegan roast veg sandwich

This was something I made at home for lunch. I roasted up some peppers, courgette, red onion and squash, put some Sacla Free From pesto on an Crosta & Mollica Classic Piada wrap. It was amazing! The best wrap I’ve ever eaten. I’ll definitely have this again. And it would be handy for school too.

Golden Cottage Pie

Vegan Shepherds pie

This was an absolute winner of a dinner. I got the recipe from Little Miss Meat-Free and it was so easy to make. We had peas and sweetcorn and plenty of gravy with it and there was enough for both of us to have left overs for lunch the next day. I will definitely be making this again soon.

Vegan Sausage & Mash

Vegan sausage and mash

You can’t beat sausage and mash can you? This one isn’t hard to veganise. I always use soya milk in the mash, but this time I used Pure Spread. I wanted to ramp up the veg a bit so quickly fried some mushrooms and onions to go with it. Delicious. We tried some of Dee’s sausages, but we weren’t keen on them. Next time, we’ll be going for some Linda McCartney sausages, as they are always a winner.

Vegan Cooked Breakfast

Vegan Cooked Breakfast

Beans, mushrooms, cherry toms, fried tofu, vegan sausages and a bit of bread. The perfect start to a lazy Sunday. I replaced the egg I would normally have with a bit of tofu and it was delicious. I didn’t miss the egg at all and was suitably stuffed.

Roast Veg tart, corn on the cob & sweet potato fries

Roast Veg tart

I’ve written about the roast veg tart before. This time I put loads of veg in and we had it with corn on the cob, cooked in the oven, and some sweet potato fries from Waitrose. This was a great dinner, plus look at all that veg!

Ann’s Vegan pasty, oven chips and peas

Annes pasties

This is my go-to lazy, comfort dinner. Oven chips (or if I’m feeling like a treat, I may even pop to the chippy and get some chip shop chips for us to share!) and one of Ann’s vegan pasties with a generous helping of peas is one of my all time favourite dinners. The pasty takes an hour to cook from frozen, so you can bung it in the oven and go off and get yourself in your jammies while it’s cooking. You can’t go wrong with this one.

I know what you’re thinking – there’s a lot of chips there. I like chips. A lot. But I do realise that, even oven chips, aren’t very healthy. We’re still in a transition period at the moment, finding new meals that are quick, easy, simple and healthy. I’ll add more when I’ve found them.

Tuesday Treat – Green People

Earlier this year, I bought some Green People sun cream. I hadn’t realised how vast their range was and after using some of their Vita Min Fix that I received in as a sample, I decided to take a closer look at their range. These three products have become a staple part of my daily regime.

Green People Beauty products

The Vita Min Fix 24-hour cream is a gorgeous great that has a lovely smell and leaves your skin feeling really soft, without any stickiness. I’ve tried numerous natural deodorants that were, quite frankly, useless as deodorants, but since becoming vegan, I’ve needed to switch a handful of products out for vegan ones and needed to find a new deodorant. I had a look on Big Green Smile, which allows you to search their products by criteria, searched for Vegan Society registered products and came across the Green People Natural Deodorant. It has really good reviews so I gave it a try. It’s excellent. I’ve got the one with added rosemary and it has a delicate smell and is effective as a deodorant. Very important after a full day of teaching in a hot and sweaty classroom! I’ve drastically reduced the amount of products I use on my hair, through no other reason than sheer laziness! Again, I needed to find a vegan product for my hair that could just help it to retain it’s style after I’ve straightened it without the product being too heavy. I saw someone on Twitter reviewing the avocado and quinoa styling gel and thought I’d give it a go. Like the other Green People products, it has a lovely smell, no horrible chemical tangs here, and it holds really gently. It even protected my hair during a bit of drizzle on school photographs day, which was excellent! No frizz photo bombing my pic!

I am a huge Green People convert. Their products are gentle on me and the environment, which is brilliant!