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,

Vegan Look: White on White | Bourgeois Boheme, Votch, LaBante

Hi guys!
I really hope you’re enjoying the new pictures lately, I want to share every single shot that Simon Way shot during the Votch New Collection photoshoot campaign. They’re honestly so good I wish every picture on my Instagram (@marta_canga) and my blog had pictures this good.
I’m back with another vegan and cruelty-free outfit, head to toe. This time, I combined my white trousers from my previous post, with a white jumper, and black accesories. I honeslty really like how they turned out, and it’s particularly appropriate for this time of the year. Of course you can add more colour to it, but I’m quite minimalistic and I feel more confident when I actually don’t wear bright colours. But hey! At least I’ve got the flowers in the background to give these shots a bit of life! 😉
For this outfit, my accessories are what makes it all vegan and PETA-certified. I have been wearing the LaBante Demi bag non-stop since I got it, as it’s got so many little compartments, zippers and pockets which makes it perfect for me. Call me Mary Poppins if you wish, but I love to have everything I need in my bag, and it has to be super organised. Otherwise it drives me crazy (If you have a little OCD with neatness like me, please make yourself known, I don’t want to be the only one!). I already talked about LaBante here and here actually, so have a look at these blogposts to see other ways I styled it!
Then for shoes, I’m wearing my trusty Bourgeois Boheme Jessica oxfords. I got them last year during Black Friday and I spoke about them in this article, and styled them differently in this other article. Bourgeois Boheme is 
Finally, you’ll see I’m wearing a vegan watch from Votch, a brand that is very close to my heart as I consider Laura Stageman a dear friend since I met her and she’s quite possibly one the nicest and kindest people I have ever met. I talked fully about my story with Votch here, which you should read for a heart-to-heart type of blogpost.

What do you think of this outfit? Let me know if you’d wear a full-on white look!

I WAS WEARING:
ZARA TROUSERS
PULL&BEAR JUMPER
ZARA JACKET
With love,

Vegan Look: How to Rock Faux Leather

Hey guys!

I’m so glad to see the response from Friday’s blogpost announcing my partnership with Votch. Click here if you haven’t read it yet! It was one of my favourite days ever, and I am so pleased with where this blog is heading. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you don’t already at @marta_canga

(And yes, I know you’ve seen my chopped hair already, but I realised recently just how much content I have and my computer has started to fail me all the time. Sometimes I can’t export pictures and I see myself only limited to Instagram !  So yes, these pictures are slightly older, but still relevant for this topic. 🙂 )

Giving up leather is a topic I already wrote a blog post on right here. And for good reason, since the leather industry is not actually a byproduct of the meat industry, and it is actually quite polluting. Leather production is an inefficient use of water: a cow can drink up to 127 litres a day. Leather production uses large volumes of water in raising and then slaughtering the animal, to then start the tanning process. Water scarcity effects 4 out of 10 people on our planet, and leather tanning is mostly sourced in developing countries with limited access to water. Plus, leather production puts people at risk due to the use of harmful chemicals which are disposed into contaminated water, due to unsafe disposal.
On average, a cow will provide 18 pairs of leather shoes and each pair of shoes is accountable for the use of over 1.4 million litres of water. This astounding figure includes the water used to rear and slaughter the cow and to process the hide into leather.

I’m not going to delve much into the actual cruelty of the topic though, since I feel like I explained it all in a lot of detail in the post I linked above (see here if you didn’t click through). Instead, I just want to show you some leather alternatives I have really enjoying wearing for the past two months, and hopefully, convince you that vegan fashion is not only hemp cotton and tie-dye T-shirts!

This outfit incorporates a faux leather jacket from Zara I purchased probably four years ago. I still wear it, I still love it, and even though it’s not Peta certified, I still think it looks awesome for a rock and roll vibe. I feel really good when I’m wearing black, and the fact of knowing that this jacket looks equally stylish as if it were actual leather, makes me very happy. But it’s better because no cows had to die for it!
Moving on to my bag, this one is from LaBante London, a brand that I discovered when turned fully vegan, and this bag has been my saviour since I got it in March. I discovered them over Christmas when my sisters gave me the lovely Serin bag as I explained here, but this luggage-style bag is heaven for girls like me who need their entire apartment in compact size: wallet, umbrella, bits and bobs of makeup or pills, iPod, iPhone, and sometimes iPad… And food and water, of course! LaBante is a PETA approved vegan company that specialises in bags and jewellery made ethically, and with the environment in mind. The linings of the Demi bag that I am wearing are made with recycled polyester as well.
Shoes are from Beyond Skin, another UK brand that I really like and talked about here. Beyond Skin is an ethical footwear brand, that is passionate about creating shoes where no humans and animals were harmed during the making of these gorgeous vegan shoes, and they offer 1% of the profits to grass-root environmental and social projects. The factories are located in my homeland, Spain, and the company is based in Brighton.
Their shoes are made with 100% recycled PU lining, and their synthetic leathers are made from cotton-backed polyurethane (PU) from Italy. PU, they say, is similar to PVC leatherette, but unlike PVC it’s much less harmful to the environment, as PVC contains chlorine. The insoles of the shoes are made with almost 70% of recycled cardboard, and the soles with almost 70% of recycled rubber resin


For me, investing in good quality clothing that has a minimal environmental impact and that it doesn’t hurt the animals is something that I feel confident and comfortable in, knowing that I’m already doing my best to improve the environmental impact of human consumer behaviour. It’s baby steps, and it’s about budget too. But hopefully you have enjoyed this blog post, and I will be sharing more content very soon.
I WAS WEARING:
ZARA FAUX LEATHER JACKET
OASIS TENCEL DENIM SHIRT
TOPSHOP JAMIE JEANS
LABANTE DEMI BAG
BEYOND SKIN CARA SHOES
With love,