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,

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,

New In: Noah’s Italian Vegan Shoes

Hi guys!
Now that it’s summer and we are all starting to get fresher shoes, I thought I would talk about one of my newest acquisitions: the Catherine ballerina flats by Noah’s Vegan Italian Shoes.
Although these were super kindly gifted to me, I still think they deserve a mention as a vegan shoe brand. So if you’re looking for a pair of high quality vegan shoes, keep on reading!


1. About Noah’s Italian Vegan Shoes

I had the chance to speak with Peter Mayar, who kindly introduced me to the brand. They are actually German, but the shoes are made in small Italian factories in the North. The idea was to create Italian quality shoes that were respectful towards the animals and the environment. Offering fair work conditions to its workers, Noah’s shoes are completely vegan, thus ensuring that every model is eco-friendly. Furthermore, the materials are non-toxic and hypoallergenic!
I’ve worn them a couple of times, and I can confirm that the shoe quality is amazing. You can tell they’ve been handmade and they adapt to your foot. The sole is comfortable enough to walk in them all day, like I did this morning around Notting Hill.
Noah was established in 2009, making it a pioneer in sustainable and ethical footwear. They also offer other things, such as bags, wallets, belts and hats. So go have a look at their website here if you want to discover the other lovely things they offer. 


2. Why no leather


I already spoke about the terrible consequences of leather production in a couple of articles, such as here and here. But if you’re new around here, let me explain why I said no to leather.
Every year, about 230 million cows, 350 million sheep, 175 million goats and 700 million pigs are butchered for their meat and skin. What is more, 20% of these animals are fed with 49% of the world’s corn and 90% of the soybeans. Meaning, that world hunger would be cut down considerably if we stopped consuming so much meat and fish, and their derivatives.
Needless to say that apart from hurting and slaughtering the animals in no-way humane, the  breeding and consequential manufacturing of leather takes enormous amounts of energy, water, and land. Apart from the heavy chemicals used for processing the leather which take up so much water, the intense modification of the animal skins is also heavily polluting
3. About the Catherine ballerina flats

You can do all the research on this topic, as it is readily available online and it’s all free. That is why it is our responsibility to start changing the way we eat, but also the way we dress. Thankfully also, innovation is right in front of our doors. When you have such beautiful materials like microfibre, why hurt animals?
These ballerina flats are precisely that: they are made with microfibre, a lightweight, water-resistant, comfortable and and hypoallergenic. It’s made out of ultra-fine polyester, and unlike suede, it’s waterproof. The sole of the Catherine flats are made with a blend of natural and recycled rubber.
The rest of my outfit is simply good for spring/summer. I’ve had these shorts for three years and I bought this shirt a year ago as well.

What do you think of these shoes? They remind me of the classic Chanel ones!


I WAS WEARING:
ZARA TOP
FOREVER 21 SHORTS
URBAN OUTFITTERS BAG
NOAH’S ITALIAN VEGAN CATHERINE SHOES
VOTCH WATCH
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,

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,

Vegan Look: People Tree and Great Plains

Hi guys!
I’m here today with another vegan look, this time with photography taken by the super talented Simon Way and some vegan clothes I want to talk about.

As you may already know, I’m an advocate for vegan fashion. I love finding clothes that are only free from animal derived products, and that is my main objective with this blog. However, as with any vegan around here, I’m sure you’ve come across the argument of sustainability and eco-consciousness when you purchase new clothing. I must admit that I do not know much about the topic, but I certainly am looking into more sustainable fashion brands and clothing that are that bit nicer to our planet.
People Tree is one of them. People Tree is the leading eco-fashion brand in the UK, offering modern and stylish garments made with respect for the environment and their workers. I am a huge fan of Safia Minney, who I discovered after watching the documentary “The True Cost”, available on Netflix. Not only has she empowered women and is a well-respected environmentalist, the woman learned how to speak Japanese in Tokyo and is super fluent! Very very impressed.
I am wearing their Dalmatian print top called Joelle. I must say I was a bit skeptical about it at first, but when I saw how cool it looks with this outfit, I was totally blown away! It’s made of 100% organic cotton, and knowing it’s Fair Trade and sustainable makes it all the better.
I paired it with a vegan coat from Great Plains, who happens to be Laura’s (the founder of Votch, in case you didn’t know already!) but I would have loved to keep it! It’s a London brand that focuses on atemporal, and good quality clothing keeping design and comfort in mind. I had my white trousers from Zara that I purchased three years ago to go along with the look.
For the shoes, I’m wearing my vegan and sustainable shoes from Bourgeois Boheme, a brand that I love and have spoken about several times in this blog (like here and here). I met the founder Alicia Lai and social media manager Sophie at their Piñatex Lounge in London in April, and saw them again at an event hosted by Vevolution in Shoreditch as well (click here to see the video). Needless to say that they are super kind, lovely, and are seriously passionate about their jobs!
And can you spot two lovely Votch watches here? As a new brand ambassador for this vegan and award-winning company of vegan watches, I pride myself in showing you how gorgeous vegan watches can be. The new collection has been online for two weeks and I invite you all to check them out whether you like cruelty-free fashion or not!

I love this outfit so much, tell me what you think in the comments below, I’d love to know your opinion!

Before I forget, make sure you subscribe to my blog so you can receive a notification in your inbox every time I post a new look! Expect some cool vegan fashion finds twice a week!
Photography by Simon Way
I WAS WEARING:
PEOPLE TREE JOELLE TOP
ZARA TROUSERS
GREAT PLAINS COAT
BOURGEOIS BOHEME OLIVIA SHOES
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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