Mr Green V’s family come from just outside Newcastle-Under-Lyme, which is fast becoming a bit of a vegan hotspot! Mr Green V’s mum discovered a new shop in the centre called True Obsession, and reported back to me that it sells a great range of vegan-friendly products. Tomasz, the owner of the shop, got in touch with me and asked if I would like to try out some of the vegan range from Stara Mydlarnia – a Polish brand that is sold in store at True Obsession. Sometimes it’s not always easy to get hold of vegan and cruelty-free products… View Post

On Friday I had the great pleasure of attending a vegan brunch preview at Cafe Velvet, one of the trendy hotspots in the Saint Catherine area. Myself, the lovely couple from the BelgiumVeganEats Instagram page, and Lorena from The Happy Vegan Bakery had the opportunity to taste test the menu before the inaugural vegan brunch that took place at Cafe Velvet yesterday. It’s fantastic to see more and more places embracing veganism in Brussels, and just in the past three years I’ve noticed a huge leap in cafes and restaurants offering plant-based options. Sure, the vegan scene in Brussels isn’t… View Post

I fell in love with Florence within minutes. It has a beautiful, gentle, laid back air, but with all the benefits of city life, along with history, great food, and extremely friendly people. The city is surrounded by hills, and it is well-positioned for travel into the Tuscan countryside, ideal for walkers, cyclists and ramblers alike. Of course, when you travel, where you stay can make or break your trip, and I look back on my time in Firenze with such joy because of my experience at Velona’s Jungle Suites. This is simply the most exquisite design hotel/B&B I’ve ever… View Post

Winter is upon us, and I don’t know about you, but my skin gets rather dry at this time of year. My face can always be relied upon to be oily – all year round, whatever the weather, the skin on my arms and legs, however, do not have that pleasure. Do you ever find that central heating is really drying? I do. Even though my face isn’t dry per se, it hasn’t been feeling its best – and I think it’s because of frequent flying, heating and the horrible cold weather. The lovely people over at Skintifique got in… View Post

Last time I was home, I was kindly set a couple of products to review from Skinny Caffe. Whilst I am not a fan of quick fix weight loss gimmicks, I do feel that there are certain ingredients that can be easily incorporated into daily life that can certainly help nourish the gut and iron out digestive issues. Skinny Caffe offer a range of hot drinks that include superfood ingredients designed to boost metabolism, help curb sweet cravings and help with digestion. All of the hot drink products are vegan-friendly and also gluten-free too. And some of the ingredients include:… View Post

Last week Mum and I went on a little mini-break up to York. I honestly can’t believe I’ve reached the age of 29 without ever visiting this beautiful city, and I’m so glad I finally managed to arrange a trip to explore it. It is such a picturesque location, with a really lovely mix of city life combined with traditional English shops, historic architecture and an almost homely feel. A touristic hotspot in the north of England, one of the main attractions for locals and visitors alike is the famous eatery, Bettys Tea Rooms. There are six Bettys in the… View Post

I am so excited to tell you about a new brand that reached out to me recently. As you know, I love finding new vegan and cruelty-free products to write about, and Dolma Perfumes is one that you need to know about! Dolma Perfumes is a one-stop shop full of products for women and men, offering candles, body lotion, cosmetics and of course perfume. Back when I first transitioned to veganism, I was genuinely rather shocked to discover that a lot of those well-known perfume brands use animal substances in their fragrances. Not only is this pretty grim, it’s obviously… View Post

You’ll know by now that I am an utter skincare junkie, which was part of the inspiration behind my luxury vegan subscription box, TGV Luxe Edit. But you might not know that I am also obsessed with haircare. Indeed, there are few things more enjoyable than a night of pampering and trying out fantastic vegan products to tell you, dear readers, all about! I was sent this Grapefruit Hair Remedy from Alchemy Oils to try out and review earlier this year, and after some consistent use, I’m ready to reveal all (oo-er). Not only are Alchemy Oils super chic in… View Post

This is one for my UK readers, and you are going to LOVE what I’m going to talk to you about! All Plants is an amazing new company I found out about that… wait for it… delivers wholesome, nutritious, plant-based meals directly to your home!! Don’t judge, but as an extremely busy person I often just find cooking takes up so much time, and it’s precious time that could be spent writing my book or working on my various projects. I don’t feel like this all the time, but occasionally I just fuel up on coffee and away we go!… View Post

I often travel between the UK and Belgium on the Eurostar if dates and pricing permit me to. I’ve always found it a much more enjoyable experience than flying direct in to Manchester for a number of reasons, but the main one is that it is (by far) a rather pleasurable journey to take. Of course, as with any international travel, there’s security to go through, passport control and ticket inspection. Yes, you have to get to the Eurostar in good time before your train departure, but not as early as you would for a flight! There’s something almost therapeutic… View Post