Vegan Look: Black Chic | LaBante, Bourgeois Boheme, Votch

Photography by Noémie K

Hi guys!

So in case you haven’t noticed, I quite like black. I mean… I love black. No need to explain, I think we all know why. It slimming, it goes with everything, and it just looks cool!

As I was changing outfits for the photoshoot I did with my dear friend Noémie, I just had a simple pair of skinny jeans, my favourite LaBante bag, and my favourite Bourgeois Boheme shoes. Turns out that we both loved this outfit – which was just an in-between outfit – and the result is quite pretty in my humble opinion.

Couldn’t post an outfit without my Votch watch, in black and gold. You can find it hereI recently became a brand ambassador, meaning that my role is to represent the brand as much as possible. I do honestly love every single watch of that shop, so don’t be surprised if I talk about it all the time!
Votch is a vegan leather watch company, that sells watches made without animal skins or derived materials. While aiming at delivering high quality watches and timeless pieces, Votch is becoming the number one vegan watch company out there, receiving lots of attention from many retailers and even winning the PETA award for best vegan watch company only six months after it launched last year. I’m beyond amazed by Laura Stageman‘s hard work with her company, and I always try to do my bit in helping out, as I am convinced that they are suitable for both vegans and non-vegans, because the style of the watches is simply stunning. Have a look for yourself!

I can’t count how many outfits I’ve worn with my Olivia loafers from Bourgeois Boheme… Please don’t mind me! I just think that they are ever so stylish and they just give that stylish ‘oomph’ to any outfit! Bourgeois Boheme is probably amongst my top 5 favourite vegan shoe companies out there. These loafers are 100% leather-free, eco-friendly and ethically handmade, and they have been produced in sunny Portugal. With super comfortable natural latex insole, they are lined with breathable and biodegradable plant-based bio-polyoils.


As I have mentioned in the past,  LaBante is a PETA certified bag and accessories brand that focuses on producing vegan, ethical and environmentally friendly fashion for all women. All their materials are ethically sourced with no animal cruelty, and the linings of the bags are made of recycled polyester. Dust bags and tags are also made with recycled materials, and on top of all this, 10% of the profits go to charity! I already have the Serin Quilted Bag, as I showed you in this blog post, but honestly, I just love their ethical but luxurious handbags. I’m wearing the Demi bag in this outfit post.

A cheeky hello from me! I hope you’re all having a fabulous day. 

Please do let me know what you think about this outfit in the comments down below, and I will see you all very soon!

I WAS WEARING:

PRIMARK JUMPER
TOPSHOP JEANS

Photography by Noémie Kreitlow
With love,

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Going Leather-Free?

Hi guys, and weclome back to another blog post.
I hope you had a fantastic New Year’s day and that you enjoyed my pictures of Rome. This year I’ve scheduled a few flights and trips already, and will be purchasing new camera equipment, so be prepared for a lot of travel pictures and real-time updates!
Today I wanted to talk about a subject that I’ve discovered quite recently, which is the one of vegan leather or cruelty-free fashion. Just as beauty brands are doing less and less experiments on animals (which is a cause that I deeply care about), I find that fashion is not quite there yet.
Considering the health of our bodies and the benefits of a vegan diet are great. But I believe that it doesn’t make much sense to eat a plant-based diet, but then to buy leather goods and fur. For once thing, regardless of being vegan or not, I find it sad that in the world that we live in today and the advanced technology that we are able to get, that people still buy real fur.
I mean, no.
No, no.
Rabbits, foxes, and even reptiles are often mutilated alive, their skin ripped off and for what: for a day’s outfit? Not worth it. Today you can get so many good faux fur items that I still cannot believe people dare wearing real fur! In my recent trip to Spain, I was brought to a real fur shop with my family, and I had to leave because my brain couldn’t stop thinking about all those images I’ve seen from PETA and many other associations, showing the real side of human cruelty when skin’s ripped off.
I know we all love little cute rabbits on our Instagram and Facebook feeds, so why do we close our eyes when it comes to bag pom poms and sweaters?

Now let’s talk about a tricky one, which is leather. 
Simply put: the meat and dairy industries are obviously 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.
Now onto the real tragedy: cows are forced to walk for days, often without food and water, in awful conditions (often in India and China), and the cattle that collapses sees their bones broken or eyes filled with chilli pepper… Cows are complex animals that can feel pain, are intelligent, and can even mourn the death of their friends and family. Furthermore, many chemicals such as zinc, lead, dyes and cyanides are used for the production of leather as we know it today. These toxic compounds do not desintegrate easily.

Now let’s talk about the good news. More and more people realise today the level of cruelty of these practices, among which, myself. That’s why today I’m showing you an entirely vegan and eco-friendly outfit that I’m really proud of!

There are many ways you can shop consciously, but let’s start with accesories, which are the easiest for me. There is a new kid in town called Bourgeois Boheme, and they specialise in vegan and ethical shoes. The quality is INSANELY good, and when you open the box, you can even smell the leather, but it’s not! Well, actually it is. Not animal leather, of course, but plant leather. Say what?

Bourgeois Boheme is a London-based brand, created by an ex-pediatrist named Alicia. The shoes are made in Portugal in a sustainable manner, and is one of the most established vegan footwear brands out there. For their vegan leather, they use:

  • Cotton-backed Microfibre PU (Polyurethane): it’s a microfiber very similar to natural leather and suede.
  • Bio-Polyoils: a cool recycling process of plant-based polymers. Meaning that grains and seeds derived from cereals rather tham from petrochemicals. This process also means that the CO2 emissions are at zero level. 
  • Piñatex: Coming soon, and truly excited about this one – this is a natural and sustainable textile made from pineapple leave fibres. They are coming out in May this year!

Many high-street stores also make leather-imitation goods, like my skirt. However, these ones are often made with PVC, a plastic that contains chloride and is not bio-degradable.

Here I am enjoying a little soya latte from Costa. Yum yum

Ultimately, the choice comes to down to you, and how you want to invest your money. There are many other vegan leather brands out there, and I will be writing a detailed blogpost about it soon!
I want to live a life where I know where I spend my money in, and making choices that I’m proud of. I would always feel guilty when I would watch PETA’s videos showing animal cruelty, and by going on a vegan diet, I’ve decided to make better choices for the animals and the ever-so-damaged environment. Perhaps the hardest thing about it all is having to say ‘no’ to the biggest luxury houses that I’ve always admired, but knowing I’m doing something good feels so much more powerful than spending thousands on a crocodile or baby cow bag.
And you? What’s your position about this topic? I’m looking forward to reading your comments!
VINTAGE COAT (bough in Japan 3 years ago)
OASIS DENIM SHIRT
H&M SKIRT
BOURGEOIS BOHEME SHOES (Jessica model, size EU 37/ UK 4)
With love,

Lady in Black

Pictures by Kenzo Mizumoto

Hi guys!

Here is another post shot in Chester.

I don’t often have the chance to take outfit pictures here, as I tend to be away during weekends travelling. And when I do, I feel like I tend to go for black. So do most girls nowadays, but I believe that the difference lies in textures and cuts!

I chose to wear a tweed top, paired with a warm grey skirt from Zara. I also added my beloved black tights and new Over the Knee boots from Stradivarius. They are super comfy and perfect for winter!

The scarf is obviously faux fur, and my outfit is cruelty-free. It feels amazing to be able to be clothed and know that you haven’t hurt any animals in the process! 🙂

I think I could wear this outfit to work (if I haven’t already?) and although it’s a bit prepped up for the weekend, I really enjoy dressing like this on an every day basis.

And that’s my post for today! Next week I’ll be posting my pictures of my recent trip to Rome. If you’ve been following my blog for a little while you’ll know that it’s a city that I love and I find myself going to at least once a year.
I WAS WEARING:
ASOS COAT
VINTAGE FAUX FUR SCARF
ZARA TWEED TOP
ZARA SKIRT
STRADIVARIUS BOOTS
What was your favourite item? Do you own winter boots as well?
With love,

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Strolling in Stripes

Pictures by Kenzo Mizumoto

Hey guys!

Sorry for my little absence lately. I’ve been super busy travelling and barely had time to edit my blogposts! You’ll see a lot of posts coming up soon, as I have been shooting outfit pictures everywhere around me. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @marta_canga if you want to see more live outfits and daily pictures.
This pictures were taken during the weekend of Black Friday. After a long day at work (5am to 6pm), I jumped right into the train to London and slept all the way through. Usually I eat my potato salad when I go, but this time I couldn’t even be bothered to have dinner I was so tired!

I usually take outfit pictures on Sundays, so on Saturday, my boyfriend and I went to the shops to see what were the other good Black Friday deals we could find.

Needless to say that everything was super crowded, and that even at 9am all shops were packed with people. That’s when I realised why I make most of my shopping online…

I only purchased these striped navy trousers at Bershka because they looked classy and comfy as well. It was a good decision, as the next day they turned out to be just what I expected of them.

I paired them with a very simple white jumper that I love, my favourite black coat that you must be tired of seeing all the time, some patent leather-free oxford shoes, and a beautiful star necklace from Dinny Hall.

And you? Did you purchase anything during the weekend of Black Friday? I also got all my Christmas gifts sorted, so I will probably show you what I got for Christmas this year! 🙂
ASOS COAT
PULL&BEAR JUMPER
RIVER ISLAND SCARF
BERSHKA TROUSERS
KURT GEIGER SHOES
DINNY HALL NECKLACE
With love,

Strolling in Stripes

Pictures by Kenzo Mizumoto

Hey guys!

Sorry for my little absence lately. I’ve been super busy travelling and barely had time to edit my blogposts! You’ll see a lot of posts coming up soon, as I have been shooting outfit pictures everywhere around me. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @marta_canga if you want to see more live outfits and daily pictures.
This pictures were taken during the weekend of Black Friday. After a long day at work (5am to 6pm), I jumped right into the train to London and slept all the way through. Usually I eat my potato salad when I go, but this time I couldn’t even be bothered to have dinner I was so tired!

I usually take outfit pictures on Sundays, so on Saturday, my boyfriend and I went to the shops to see what were the other good Black Friday deals we could find.

Needless to say that everything was super crowded, and that even at 9am all shops were packed with people. That’s when I realised why I make most of my shopping online…

I only purchased these striped navy trousers at Bershka because they looked classy and comfy as well. It was a good decision, as the next day they turned out to be just what I expected of them.

I paired them with a very simple white jumper that I love, my favourite black coat that you must be tired of seeing all the time, some patent leather-free oxford shoes, and a beautiful star necklace from Dinny Hall.

And you? Did you purchase anything during the weekend of Black Friday? I also got all my Christmas gifts sorted, so I will probably show you what I got for Christmas this year! 🙂
ASOS COAT
PULL&BEAR JUMPER
RIVER ISLAND SCARF
BERSHKA TROUSERS
KURT GEIGER SHOES
DINNY HALL NECKLACE
With love,

Out and About

Photography by Kenzo Mizumoto

What do you do during the weekends?
I am currently in Spain spending some quality time with my family that I haven’t seen for months. Having to write a master’s dissertation and working at a demanding full-time job have been challenges I’ve had to learn how to handle, and thankfully my weekends I no longer drag my boyfriend to the library to study with me keep me company.
I don’t know about you, but during the weekends I enjoy doing all the kind of things I usually don’t get to do during the week. This means mostly taking some time for myself… And spend time in my blog! 
Usually I wake up at 8-9 am, depending on how tired I am. You’ll rarely see me wake up later than 9, that’s for sure! Breakfasts tend to be more copious, and if I happen to be in London (which is quite often I must confess) I like taking strolls in the morning around Shoreditch.

During the week, my head is constantly buzzing with to-do lists, stressing out about deadlines, and I’m generally so busy I truly enjoy spending time outside. I don’t care if it’s freezing cold, I need to go out! And that’s when I bring my camera and start snapping away.

That’s when I literally just ‘forget about everything’ and just start posing. I may not be a model, and I certainly don’t have a model’s wardrobe, but the point is that I like to share my outfits and that’s what I do in this blog 🙂

Moving on from the emosh speech, let’s talk about the clothing for a bit, shall we?

It’s unlikely you’ll ever see me wear another pair of sunglasses. These are from Céline, and they go back to 2012! It’s the kind of investment that lasts for a lifetime. And I always have them in my bag because of the unpredictable UK weather. That, and an umbrella of course!

I consider tweed to be one of my favourite materials ever. It’s so versatile! If I want to throw something over my shoulders but I don’t really want to go for a blazer that day (which sometimes happens), then I opt for tweed.

Considering it’s almost winter, I also put on one of my favourite pairs of boots, that yo have probably seen me wear a lot!

And that’s it for today! Let me know what you do during the weekends, and what kind of outfits you go for!
I WAS WEARING:
SFERA TWEED JACKET
ZARA SHIRT
TOPSHOP JEANS
ASOS BOOTS
CELINE SUNGLASSES
With all my love,

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Black Forever

Pictures by Sascha Rakitin

You know you’re not inspired when you wear all black. And that happens to me too, a lot in fact. However, there is something about black that screams ‘I’m dressed up today’ though you don’t intentionally do. Sometimes I only have black clean clothes (yes, I can go without laundry for two weeks and I’m fine with it, oops). Or sometimes I feel like a dangerous and powerful woman walking around like Ariana Grande’s new song.
And there is nothing wrong with that, is there? Black is after all, the combination of all colours. So why is it so classy? Ask Chanel.

As for leather biker jackets (mine isn’t), we can thank Marlon Brando and the iconic “Perfecto” jacket. By the way, I’m looking for a vegan alternative to a leather jacket, so if any of you know a good store, please do let me know!

When it comes to library days, let’s say that it’s not a fashion runway, but I do feel the need to be properly dressed when I go. So it feels like I’m spending a good day and being productive. If it happens that you don’t know what to wear one day, try all black. At first, I remember thinking it was a bit too dark and vampy. It may be, if you overdo it. But most of the times, I just find it so classy and elegant. It can look casual but also formal, but in any case, it does not require much effort to pull off. And that, is a plus when you spend your days either at the library, gym, or creating food recipes.

I paired mine with a simple black sweater, and my Topshop Joni jeans.

You have seen my Kurt Geiger shoes in previous posts, like this one and this one. Comfortable and  the patent look add a touch of elegance , in my opinion.

I remember when I first met Kenzo, he’d wear black all day, every day. Then I noticed that so did I. Not that I copied him, but I can’t count the number of times we’re matching and we look like a Sartorialist-worth couple. I know I’ll never see him with my skinny jeans, but at least I know he’ll be my best accessory!
I was wearing:
ZARA PU LEATHER JACKET
PRIMARK JUMPER
TOPSHOP JONI JEANS
KURT GEIGER SHOES
BLACK SCARF
With love,