Vegan Look: Japanese Jacket | Matt&Nat and Bahatika

Hey guys!
As you may know already, I lived in Japan for six months during my third year of university as an exchange programme. To be honest, I remember didn’t mind so much where I went, as long as it was in Tokyo! I came back to Europe totally in love with that place, and every spring I see the cherry blossom season and I just die a little inside because it’s so beautiful it makes me want to cry! (I know, I know, cheesy as it can get but, come on, aren’t cherry trees stunning?)
So this is what this jacket reminds me of. It’s got the sakura flowers, the green, the black, and I’m so proud every time I wear it because it reminds me of all the efforts I made a long time ago to learn Japanese and now being able to more or less speak it makes me so happy!

These shots were taken in Parc, a tube stop in Brussels very close to the Royal Palace, if you’ve ever been. If you haven’t been to Brussels then please come, you’re missing out on the best chips of your life! But regardless of greasy topics, I can confidently say that I have fallen also in love with this little Matt&Nat bag and these Bahatika trainers.

I already spoke about Bahatika in this article, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. I will just say that I have been wearing them non stop because they are so comfortable and they go with so many outfits!

I WAS WEARING:
STRADIVARIUS JACKET (old)
PRIMARK JUMPER
TOPSHOP JEANS
BAHATIKA KILEO SHOES
MATT&NAT SCARLETT BAG

                                                       Photogaphy by Noémie Kreitlow

With love,

3 Tips To Stay More Focused

Hi guys!

So lately I’ve been struggling a bit on how to keep myself focused when I want to finish doing one thing, and I just wanted to share some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the past couple of months with any of you who might be struggling with constant social media checking or just not being able to finish what you wanted to do (people like me who practically sleep with their phones in hand).

1. Get social media out of the way
It’s Friday morning, I sit down at my desk and think about all the things I need to do. What can I do to make it a productive day? I usually wake up and check all my e-mails, Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp notifications, and then move on to Instagram (this one is probably the worst for me, since I now have many more notifications than I used to and I like to see who exactly has liked what, who has commented what, and who has posted what). Let’s just say that every morning is a moment of information bombardment, and I realise that if it’s a constant habit you have – be it healthy or not – you might as well count it in your every day “getting ready” routine.
Say, if you take 15min every morning to check all your e-mails, then make sure you set the alarm at a time where you can finish being up to date with everything before you leave the door. I find that one of the worst things I do is walk around London still checking my social media. 
No.
Get that all done at home and then focus on the road while you walk. You don’t know if one day you’ll fall over or someone will steal your phone from your hands! And then your day is ruined, so
SOCIAL MEDIA, CHECK.

2. It’s time to focus

I guess there are different views on what is important and what’s not, so you have to know what you need to get done that day rather than what you would actually like to do (I wish!). Maybe you check your dairy to know what you need to do, and if you have a lot to do on your list, it’s ok, you don’t have to do it all today. 
Just try sticking with the most important tasks and try to focus on them for 20-25min with no distractions. Turns our that most people can give pure concentration to a task for between that time, with the most ambitious aiming at 45min. Drink some water, coffee, tea or your green smoothie, but make sure that you can keep concentrated for that amount of time with no distractions. Take 5min breaks to stand up and have a small little walk, go to the bathroom, listen to a song, or check your personal messages (as I know we all have those family WhatsApp groups that just keep on ringing all day!). But then get back to what you need to do with your phone upside down.

3. Track your progress

Nothing feels more rewarding than seeing your work paying off. But in order for work to pay off, I would suggest to keep track of it and realise if there is something you’re particularly good at or if there is anything that needs improving. We are our own best advocates after all, so be critical with yourself and check what is it that you like to do and you don’t.

Take a moment, breathe, write down any ideas that you may have swimming around in your head and turn off all email notifications that may distract you. Write down all your successes and remember the failures (no one wants to see on paper what we dislike about ourselves). But keep those in mind for whenever you are doing anything! If you are not disciplined, you may not get to where you want to be in the end!

For instance, multi-tasking is my greatest strength but also my greatest weakness. I love doing many things at the same time and I am quite fast in ticking them. However I often don’t realise how much more complicated and time-consuming some tasks some be, and that’s when I leave them half done and I shouldn’t.


And you? Do you have any other tips to stay more focused? Please do let me know!
Photography by Simon Way
I WAS WEARING:
NEW LOOK CHAMBRAY SHIRT
WAREHOUSE TROUSERS
BAHATIKA TRAINERS
MATT&NAT SCARLETT BAG
CÉLINE SUNGLASSES
VOTCH WATCH
With love,

New In: Vegan and Ethical Trainers from Bahatika

Hello guys!
If you don’t know the fact that I love shoes, then you don’t know me very well. I love love love shoes, especially if they are vegan!
Ever since going fully vegan, I think I’ve started to really enjoy being on the hunt for new cruelty-free brands and showing them to you on this blog. It has become such an entertaining thing to do, and I love how vegan clothing is almost like a challenge. But there is one thing I love more: finding the right pair of shoes that you were looking for, and finding it excludes all animal ingredients. Bingo!

1. Let’s talk about Bahatika

Bahatika is an Austrian brand based in Vienna, founded by the lovely Sheila I had the chance to speak to. As a true European (I’m from Spain, born and raised in Belgium and living in the UK), I really appreciate when fashion is made in Europe. And if they are brands making ethical and responsible clothing, they should be publicised all the more.
Bahatika means “Happiness” in Swahili, and this brand is committed to produce eco-friendly and cruelty-free shoes with respect for people, animals and the environment. They produce their stylish and contemporary shoes in small factories in the south of Spain (Olé!), and the vegan leather is actually made from the finest, genuine faux leather and only using natural materials.

PVC is not used to make these shoes. Instead, the upper is made of cotton with PU coating. This material is breathable, and durable. The linings are anti-bacterial, thanks to the use of micro-fibres, so these trainers are also robust and waterproof.

2. But why vegan leather?

As I have explained before, the use of leather is harmful to the planet, the workers and the animals. Systemic human rights abuses and significant risks to workers’ health and the environment are constantly present through harmful chemical and dyes. The main ecological problem of leather (as well as the ethical problem behind it) is the use of toxins in tanneries, of which chromium is the most dangerous. This highly toxic chemical is the result of the tanning process of raw hides conducted without proper regulations, and hence harming the environment and causing great impact on human health.
Finally, like I have said in a previous article, the meat and dairy industries are correlated. As you may know, male cows go straight to the slaughterhouse, while female ones are exploited for milk until they are no further profitable, and then sent to the slaughterhouse. Human consumption of meat is limited to certain parts of the calf. So their skin is directly sold to fashion powerhouses, who then turn it into leather goods that we’ve always seen: shoes, bags, jackets… etc etc. Sadly, every year, over one billion animals are killed just for the leather industry, and the saddest part is that cats and dogs are also used to create leather, which are always mislabelled on purpose and you don’t even know you’re wearing it.
That’s why I long decided to say bye-bye to leather, and hello to my new plant-based leather alternatives.

Upper Material: Pride
Sole: Respect
Lining: Courage
Produced: Out of Love
Sustainable For: Visionaries, Freeminders, Forward Proceeders, Mavericks
Because every step counts

I WAS WEARING:
ZARA FAUX LEATHER JACKET
OASIS TENCEL DENIM SHIRT
UTERQÜE TROUSERS

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