PLANT-BASED FOOD GUIDE: COPENHAGEN

Whilst Copenhagen (my new favourite city!) boarders Germany meaning there is a lot of meat foods and burger bars around, Copenhagen is an  open minded place and full of heathy options. You can tell by the abundance of raw food cafes and the fact that most people cycle around the city. So it was exciting for me to check out a few of these places and try the vegan/ plant based options available – and there is still many we didn’t visit but our trip was short so hopefully there will be a sequel to this guide in the near future.

Joe and the Juice

I had seen a few Joe and the Juice cafes around London before but in Copenhagen I saw more Joe and the Juice cafes that Starbucks which was refreshing. Especially as they have have a variety of juices, a vegan protein shake and avocado sandwiches which could be made vegan. Perfect stop for refuelling after a morning of exploring the city.

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The Bagel Co

We came across this little gem on a whim and were so surprised at how great this place was. I’m already a huge bagel fan so this was embarrassingly exciting. It was deli-style so you could pick the bagel and all the fillings – I had the veggie one with allll the hummus and pesto dressing. Accompanied with a fresh juice it was a 10/10 easy and filling lunch.

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The Bronx Burger Bar

This burger bar was so close to the apartment so we thought we stop by for a late night burger and drink – we ended up staying quite late as the bar was quiet and had a nice vibe. I got a falafel and salad burger with pesto hummus and sweet potato fries. It was so good and so filling and again I had the joy of pesto incorporated too. Not a vegan or veggie establishment was the options they had were delicious nonetheless.

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Souls

This was the only place I knew I wanted to visit on my birthday for a vegan meal and Souls didn’t disappoint – the food was incredible. We had quinoa bites for a starter, vegan burgers for mains and raw chocolate cake for dessert. All the meals are raw vegan and the quality was amazing. The flavours were unreal and I just wish I could teleport here every weekend for an indulgent meal. 10/10

42Raw

Again, this cafe was on my radar and we finally visited on the last day for lunch. I was apprehensive about the food being so healthy it didn’t taste amazing but I was so wrong. I had a rye bread open sandwich with pesto, avocado, cucumber and spinach and was so good and super filling. I also grabbed a juice and a raw blueberry crumble cake which was tasty and healthy too.

 

Copenhagen is filled with lots of little cafes and restaurants that cater for vegan and plant based diets so if you are thinking of going definitely check out these recommendations – especially Souls and 42Raw! Our Airbnb had a kitchen so we were able to make a few meals ourselves – like pasta, bread and jam in the morning for breakfast and few snacks to save on money.

Ellie

POSTCARDS FROM COPENHAGEN

As I’ve mentioned before, Copenhagen has been a city on my list of places to travel to. So in January of this year my boyfriend and I decided to book the trip for my 20th birthday on April 14th-17th.  The more I read about the Danish city the more I knew I’d fall in love and I wasn’t wrong.

The Apartment

We booked a beautiful cosy apartment on Airbnb  just outside of central Copenhagen in Frederiksberg. It was a lived-in home so it  felt like we were living and experiencing the city in a unique way. It was decorated perfectly with rugs, throws and art work in each corner. The area itself was only a short walk to the bus stop and metro station which made travelling into the centre really easy, the public transport was efficient and meant we could explore many parts of the city.

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Explorations

We did not plan lots to do as we really wanted to embrace the culture and the city itself so we wanted to take each day as it came. However, we stopped off at a few of the local attractions whilst wandering around.

The Danish Design museum was the first of these which caught my eye as I saw there was a fashion exhibition on show and I love the quirky designs of Scandinavia so was keen to have a look around. As students and as under 25 y/o we entered for free and had a brief walk around the exhibitions, my favourites being the design and fashion ones as well as the Japanese design which showcased an extensive range of artefacts and paintings.

We also walked around an old fortress and found the little mermaid statue by the harbour. The centre of Copenhagen was filled with shops and cafes so it was nice to experience the quaint parts outside of the centre and the bustling parts within the centre too. We didn’t fully explore the Freetown of Christiana but the parts we did see were very interesting as it’s a place with quirky houses and artwork with free spirited minded people inhabiting the area.

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My Birthday

After a failed trip to the Tivoli amusement park – my fear of peacocks was too much to handle going there.. So we headed to Nyhavn, the harbour filled with beautifully colourful houses with many cafes and bars alongside the water. This was one of my favourite spots and was a lovely outing for my birthday before heading to dinner that evening. This was the day when the sun really came out and solidified *hopefully* the last time I will wear my fluffy coat until Winter.

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We visited many plant-based and vegan friendly cafes and restaurants so a Copenhagen plant-based food guide will be posted very soon.

This is a beautiful city and one in which I am inspired by and would love to live someday. I would highly recommend visiting for either a weekend break for longer, there is so much to see and explore and everyone is a so lovely.

Ellie

Gucci Décor | Gucci Homeware Collection

Gucci and creative director, Alessandro Michele are renowned for the animal motifs,  bold patterns and statement pieces. All aspects in which make this particular designer brand so iconic and personally, a favourite of mine. Despite not actually owning a single item, one can lust and even more so after seeing the previews of their new homeware collection. ‘Gucci Décor’ is launching September 2017 and is set to allow customers to indulge in the luxury but equally unique prints and textures that are innate to Gucci as a brand. As it describes the premium interior range as “an eclectic collection of items with which customers can dress their own spaces.”

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In recent months, Gucci has become partially popular with bloggers and fashion influencers. Classic pieces such as the Gucci ‘double G’ belt, the Marmont bag and the loafer-style heeled pumps, just to name a few. I think Gucci as a brand has really established itself in a more accessible way, therefore people are indulging themselves within the statement ‘G’ logos and luxe designs. And with the launch of the new Décor collection the desire will be just as compelling.

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The collection is set to launch in stores in September of this year and is inspired by Alessandro Michele and his distinctive fashion collections. The price points vary hugely from $190 to $30,000 and the Décor range will include furniture, teapots, wall paper, silk screens and insense trays. Candles and incense have also been included and Michele has created four scents to complete the stunning collection and allow consumers to bring the luxe of Gucci into their homes not just their wardrobe.

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It has also been mentioned that the Décor collection will be displayed intwined with clothing and accessories and not given a partiular space. “The idea is not to prescribe a particular decorative look, but to provide elements that allow for living spaces to be customised,” the house said.

I’m in the midst of purchasing homewares for my univeristy room so unfortunately I don’t think a gorgeous tiger motif cushion is going to make the cut – budget wise. Although, a girl can dream.

Holiday Beauty Favourites

When I’m on holiday, makeup always isn’t always my favourite thing to wear. Needless to say,  I took away with me some new products that I was so desperate to try out and then eventually fell in love with. I also used a few of them to create a really dewy, bronzed look that I was also obsessing over and wearing on the occasions we went out for dinner and drinks. I wanted to share my favourite products that I used throughout the holiday and continuing to use during these warmer months. There’s good mix of some new discoveries and old staples in my routine.

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By Terry Cellularose CC Serum – Sunny Flash £61

It is safe to say this incredible skin care product has become my one of my all-time beauty favourites and I would be lost without it. I very rarely wear foundation anymore on a daily basis as this product makes my skin look glowy, flawless and bronzed that I feel I don’t need anything else, especially on holiday you want to let your skin breathe and not weigh it down with heavy makeup. I would really recommend getting the shade ‘sunny flash’ as it adds a gorgeous tint of colour as well. IMG_0175

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The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder – Dark Golden Matte 05 £14

I’ve never been into bronzer or blush but recently I’ve been focusing on my base makeup and wearing very minimal mascara to achieve a natural bronzed look. It was this product that changed the game. I really love the way it looks paired with the ByTerry serum underneath. I’m now looking to really expand my Body Shop makeup collection as the quality is so good and they’re cruelty free too. 

 

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Sleek Blush By 3 Palette – Pink Lemonade £10 | Icing Sugar, Macaroon, Pink Mint

As I just mentioned, I’m not really one for blush but I did find myself reaching for his palette whilst I was away, to balance out the bronze and add even more glow. Included is two gorgeous pink toned, shimmery blushes and one brighter pink cream blush. They are super pigmented so I just add a little and they add a really nice flush of colour.

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Versace Bright Crystal Eau De Toilette  £30

This sweet, spring scent is curently on sale on FeelUnique and if you love floral but very fresh scents this would be one for you. This Versace perfume is such a lovely scent especially for the Summertime, it’s light but still lasts really well. I’m just gutted I’ve nearly ran out!

 

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The Body Shop Lip Liner £8

I’m unsure on the colour as it isn’t written on the pencil but this lip liner is a lushous coral shade that I used alongside a Topshop lipstick for the ultimate coral lip combination. I love this shade and corals always look so nice with a bronzed makeup look or a tan. It’s a really decent liner that’s creamy and lasts well too, really impressed.

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Topshop Lipstick – Ditsy (similar) £8

The second part to the coral lip combination was this Topshop lipstick in the colour ‘Ditsy’. This was the first Topshop lipstick I bought and still probably my favourite. I couldn’t find the exact one but any bright coral shade works perfectly with tanned, glowy makeup. These lipticks are so moisturising but so pigmented and very affordable. Love!

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Nieva In-Shower Body Moisturiser £3

I absolutely had to include this body product as I used it to death whilst I was away and still use it all the time now. This makes you skin feel amazing and so nourished, which is ideal when you’re on holiday and the sun is drying your skin out. You apply this after your usual shower wash and it’s as easy as that. It smells so nice and leaves you skin feeling super smooth as well.

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Products Used: ByTerry Serum, Body Shop Bronzer, Sleek Blush – Pink Mint, Freedom Brow Pomade, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, Laura Mercier Powder, Topshop Highlight, Body Shop liner and Topshop Lipstick

Mt. Srd | Croatia Lookbook

Whilst on my holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia, I felt a rush of inspiration to really push myself into creating content and writing to not only prep myself for university in September but to really engage in my love of writing again. Hence, the new blog and the new ideas I have for this site in the future.

Dubrovnik not only inspired me, it gave me the chance to actually start wearing some of the summer clothes I’d been so desperate to style and wear in a typical warm climate. This outfit is the first of my ‘Croatia Lookbook’. Day three, we rode up a cable car to Mt. Srd, a mountain that overlooks the city and allows you to see the Old City walls, Lokrum Island, which is just a 20 minute boat ride from mainland as well as the harbours surrounding the city  for an 360 degree aerial view, which was just incredible. We walked round the edge of the mountain taking in the beautiful views, one side was the rocky mountain landscape, the other was the picturesque view of the red roofed houses and the stunning Adriatic Sea coastline.

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Dungarees – Monki

TOP – FILA (out of stock – alternative)

SHOES – NIKE

BAG – ASOS

SUNGLASSES – TOPSHOP (similar)

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Ellie.

Port Gruz | Croatia Lookbook

From from soaking up the sunshine on the local beaches to a Game of Thrones filming locations tour and even swimming through caves. We packed lots in during our time in Dubrovnik but we still made time to walk around, take in all the culture, the gorgeous weather and drink copious amounts of ice tea and local beer. On this particular day we visited Port Gruz, which was only a short walk from our hotel. We originally went to enquire about boat times but found ourselves wandering through the old cobbled streets near the harbour.

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

 TOP – NEW LOOK (similar)

SHORTS – MONKI

BELT – PULL&BEAR (similar)

SANDLES – TOPSHOP (similar)

BAG – ASOS

SUNGLASSES – RIVER ISLAND (similar)

EARRINGS – ASOS

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Ellie.