How To Look Amazing When You Feel Far From It

I know you are probably laughing at the title of this blog post. But let’s face it. Don’t we all have those days when hair is dirty, we have spots on our face, we haven’t been eating healthy for a while and can’t be bothered to work out? I know I do! So how on earth are we supposed to look amazing when, in fact, we’re feeling far from amazing?

I’m no expert by any means, but here are some tips I thought I’d share with you to give you that boost of confidence when you feel like your body is not coping with your mood. They work for me, but they might not work for you. So read along and tell me in the comments if you do any of these!



1. Treat your skin

Make a habit of washing your face and to treat it well. I know that if my skin is not looking too well, it will bring my confidence down and I will probably cake my face with make-up (which only makes it worse, I know). So one of the best things you can do for the skin is to go make-up free, eat well, work out (as this will release toxins from your body) and use your best facial products. You only need a couple of days until your skin starts breathing again!

2. Pimp up your sleep routine

Get some new pyjamas or get a massive pamper session, up to you. But what I’m trying to say is that little things make us feel better than a good night’s sleep. I take my showers at night, so if I’m feeling a bit down, I would probably do a whole pamper session with an exfoliator, moisturiser, and maybe even paint my toe nails before going to bed! Anything to keep my mind off what’s stressing me and to feel a little more beautiful.

3. Wear that garment that suits you like a glove

Don’t you love it when you’re wearing an outfit that is comfortable and makes you feel like you’re wearing what suits you best? Obviously you should always feel comfortable and confident in the way you’re dressed, but I think it’s nice sometimes to pull out that flattering skirt, dress or shirt and receive some compliments for them! Think about it this way: the way you dress affects your psychological state as well ūüôā
Whether you haven’t had enough sleep, you have a cold or just a horrible hangover, I hope these tips will help you for those days when you roll out of bed and think you look like crap. And if that day you can’t stay home and eat your chips and Netflix (which I am more than guilty of), you fake your way out with these tips which I’ve just shared. Just remember than a little self-care and some TLC can go a long way!¬†
I AM WEARING (100% vegan)
H&M BLOUSE
WAREHOUSE MOM JEANS
MATT&NAT SCARLETT BAG
VOTCH WATCH
BOURGEOIS BOHEME BOOTS
With love,

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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
C√ČLINE 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 Pi√Īatex 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 (Ol√©!), 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
UTERQ√úE TROUSERS

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Vegan Look: Black and White

Hey guys, 
I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of content I still need to write to go with all the pictures I’ve taken over the last two months. I’ve also been travelling back and forth quite a bit so I’m looking forward to settling down a bit and get all the new bits for my new flat ready and be established in London once again.

These pictures my sister and I took in Oviedo, northern Spain. For those of you who don’t know, that’s where I’m originally from and Spanish is in fact my mother tongue. So I like to go back home from time to time to say hello to family and spend some time speaking only Spanish!¬†
These boots you may have already seen on my Instagram already, they are the Grace model from Bourgeois Boheme that I absolutely love. I don’t know about you, but I’m such a boot sucker. I practically only wear boots, never really trainers or anything that doesn’t elevate a look a bit. I used to have so many pairs before I went fully vegan, so I’m quite happy to share my first vegan pair with you in this article. Bourgeois Boheme is a Peta-approved vegan brand that specialises in innovative, cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly shoes. These boots are made with microfibre PU (the best kind of eco vegan leather), breathable seed-based linings and comfortable latex insoles. On top of it all, they are handmade in Portugal and they are super stylish!
Such a sober look would probably require a special location, you would argue. However, I found that these grey stairs made the whole minimalism stand out. I’m less and less into colours and more and more into classic colours. And even though sometimes I do get stuck in a rut, I do love my black and whites and will probably never get tired of this combo!

I hope you liked this outfit, and good-bye from sunny Greece, which is where I am at the moment!
I WAS WEARING:
BOURGEOIS BOHEME BOOTS (sold out). Similar here
ZARA SHIRT (old)
TOPSHOP JAMIE JEANS
ZARA FAUX LEATHER JACKET (old)
With all my love,

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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. ūüôā )

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,

NEW: Brand Ambassador for Vegan watch company Votch

DRUM ROLL…


So excited to be sharing this with you guys. I’m the new brand ambassador for vegan watch company Votch, and it’s probably the biggest accomplishment of this blog so far!


This comes with a funny story actually. I discovered Votch via Instagram, and I remember the first time I saw the watches. I was like: “Woah, this looks like a Cluse but it’s vegan!! OH-MAA-GOOD”. I tried then to purchase one of the watches, but somehow my card declined the purchase. I know it was fate though. It really was, because the next day, Laura Stageman, the founder, contacted me to know whether I’d like to pose for the new collection. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity and I was so excited it was hard to calm down. Think me jumping around like crazy and calling my mother to explain what just happened!

Let me tell you a little bit about Votch and their story. Laura Stageman launched the brand only in August 2016, after she found it was difficult to find 100% cruelty-free and vegan watches in the market. Votch was then launched with one focus in mind: to create modern, stylish designs that were respectful towards the animals and the environment. Laura, along with her lovely and talented husband Simon and their little pooch Rolo, aka the Guardian of Votch. Soon enough, the company won the PETA awards for Best Vegan Watches, and all of their creations were sold out by Christmas 2016.

On top of everything, just in case the company wasn’t perfect enough, they give away 10% of the benefits to a charity every three months.

As you can imagine, it is important for me to work with companies that have a purpose I align with. Not only do we both care about animal welfare, but the fact that they give money to charities, like me, made me respect this company at the deepest level. As per the watches, I love mine in the colour “Black and Gold”, because it’s probably the most classic one and I want to wear mine everyday until it falls apart.

I will be sharing more pictures of this wonderful day of shooting over on my Instagram (@marta_canga), so make sure to follow me there to see Simon’s amazing work!¬†
Feeling grateful is an understatement. I feel incredibly humbled by this opportunity, and I must say a tad proud too. I’m thankful to all of you who have sticked around here reading my posts, as well as all of you who I know you are reading, who have taken pictures of me for my blog and social media. ¬†If you still don’t believe in veganism, I would suggest you look closely and see this as a growing market full of opportunities. In any case, wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of you who have believed in me. So thank you.
Thank you Laura, Simon, Nikki and Rolo (of course!) for trusting me, this is probably the highlight of my year so far. I’m so happy I have met you all and hopefully this collection will be a success!
Here is a link to the new collection, hopefully you’ll recognise my arms and wrists here and there ūüôā Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram¬†@votchwatch to keep up with new pictures!
With all my love,