A Little Chat About Plastic

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Woahh. I still have so many photos to share from Spain! And I have so many new photos too! And so many exciting posts! These photos are photos from when we took a stroll on the coast of L'Escala - super windy day but so worth it. Moving on...

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A few days ago it was Earth Day and this year focus is on reducing plastic pollution. Since I'm posing about on the coast in these photos, I thought it was relevant enough to bring this up, as that's where a lot of the waste ends up going. There are beaches in the world that no longer resemble beaches, because all the plastic and other waste has taken over the coast.

Me and my friend Kaori were just discussing a few days ago how plastic talk is not sexy on the internet, as it's easier to live in denial about the impact we are having. And I get it. We're all human, and sometimes we just want to enjoy life without worrying or thinking. However, there are really simple things you can do which require almost no effort, and making them your habits will drastically reduce your own plastic waste.

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So here goes, 5 random things me and my boyfriend do to reduce our plastic usage:

  • Unless I have a backpack or a big shoulder bag on me, I always carry a tote bag in my bag in case I end up needing it. I have somehow collected quite a few cloth tote bags either from vegan festivals or my old job at Deliveroo and they're all really nice! If you fold it up it takes no space at all, even in a small cross body bag or your coat pocket. Next time you go shopping for food or clothes, just refuse a bag and use your own. You can of course do the same with existing plastic bags that are in your home. The point is to refuse any new bags.  
  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you when you're out. You don't even need to buy a special one! For example, a while back we bought some fancy juice in a 1L glass bottle and after drinking it I washed the bottle, so now my boyfriend uses that for water when he's out. Also, same applies for reusable coffee cups if you're a coffee drinker. Lots of cafes actually give you a discount if you bring your own cup.
  • The bathroom has a lot of options in terms of replacing plastic (I might even do a separate post at some point). For shampoos, why not try Lush shampoo bars? Lush also have naked shower gels, which are basically their classic shower gel in a solid form without the packaging. One of them lasts the two of us at least 2 months, it's really good. Also for laundry, we stopped buying detergent and all that stuff in plastic packaging, instead I use soap nuts. I even got my mum hooked on this stuff! The small box I bought will last us 130 washes, and it was less than £10 so very cost effective. And finally, get yourself a bamboo toothbrush!!! Me and my boyfriend have used them for years and so do some of our families now. They last for ages and are so nice on your teeth, I can never see myself going back to plastic ones.
  • Buy loose fruit & veg!!! I know you have heard this before. But I can't reiterate this enough. Just place the items carefully in your shopping basket/trolley and use the self checkout if you feel weird about it. If you need to weigh them before and don't have a self checkout, make sure to put the scanning sticker on one of the items and put them next to each other on the conveyor belt. This morning I saw a man take a bunch of loose bananas into one of those small plastic bags and it made my blood boil. So unnecessary. 
  • Purchase a set of glass or stainless steel straw, as well as reusable cutlery that you can bring with you when you go out. Also, this is such a nice gift to someone!!! I could have really used this when I lived in London as I made occasional visits to places like Pret A Manger, where I always got a bunch of plastic cutlery for my soups or salads. 
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I wore: Zara trench coat, Oysho bag, Soludos espadrilles, The Kooples scarf, Quay Australia sunglasses

My Favourite Green Dress

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Do you remember my post about consumerism? (You better, if you call yourself a loyal reader of mine as it was one of my most popular posts, ever!) Anyway, back to my post. The main premise was that I feel sick of consumerism and constantly rewarding myself for the most ridiculous things. Well, fast forward a few years and I felt kinda crappy while living in London, and suddenly the idea of rewarding myself sounded VERY interesting... To justify it, I was constantly adding stuff for sale on my Depop, but really it was silly, because the money (and items) coming in wasn't the same as that going out. 

Since moving to Denmark I've done quiiiite a bit of shopping as well. I genuinely can't resist going to & Other Stories whenever I'm in town. This time I'm not trying to be hard on myself or create rules. If I want something, I'll probably get it. But what is different is that instead of discarding older items, I'm trying to make them feel more exciting so that I can wear them again and again. This dress is such a good example of that. I got it in 2015, but I have worn it 1-3 times each year since then. It may not sound like much, but when it's a "statement" item in a wardrobe as big as mine, I think that's pretty good! I've also worn it on completely different occasions, for example summer drinks outside, house party, day at the beach and even last New Years Eve with tights and boots.

Also, can you believe I had already taken photos of this dress to be posted on Depop? I'm so glad I didn't. Hopefully I can continue using this mindset and become more mindful when it comes to shopping.

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H&M dress, Quay sunglasses, Soludos wedges, & Other Stories earrings

Braavos aka Girona

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One of the most impressive cities we visited in Spain last time was Girona. We spent the evening there, so it quickly got dark but I truly wish to go back another time for a whole day out. We walked around in the Cathedral area, which was quite surreal considering how old everything was. Also, some of Game of Thrones season 6 was filmed here for scenes in Braavos and King's Landing (the cathedral), not surprising at all! 

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The streets were remarkably narrow and it wasn't easy to drive through them when we were looking to find parking. My parents had driven to Spain with their Land Rover and we joked about how the medieval folk missed a trick by not adapting their streets to fit Land Rovers et al. 

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I wore: Zara coat, Fiorelli bag, Levis jeans (here), Mango shoes, Zara scarf (everything old)

An Evening In Cadaqués

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I've finally had time to sit down and sort through more of my Spain content. There is just so..damn..much. But I love shooting photos and the whole process of editing, so I'm not complaining!

Anyway, as you already know I spent a couple of days in Spain last week with the rest of my family (even the dog and the cat, yes). The main purpose for our trip was to fully chill out, so we spent each day next to the pool at our villa and usually only left home around 4-5PM once it started getting colder. We actually got really lucky with the weather being somewhere between 18-22 degrees most days, but the evenings were usually quite chilly. If it was my way, I would spend the entirety of each day out exploring as I really hate sunbathing and "relaxing", but it was my parents trip so it was their way ;-). 

One of the evenings we drove to a nearby town called Cadaqués, which my parents referred to as the "white city" due to most buildings being crisp white. It was right next to the coast and its streets were narrow and quiet. Super charming! Whilst it was warm, the sky had been darkening the entire day, and literally minutes after we took these photos we were met with a huge rainstorm that was over about 15 minutes later. I loved the gloomy sky in my photos! 

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This is what I wore with an oversized muted blue trench coat. During our trip I made sure to stop at Oysho (one of my all time fave high street stores), and found this black, round straw bag. Love at first sight! 

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I wore: Mango top (from winter sale), River Island skirt (2-3 years old), H&M mules (old from Depop), Oysho basket straw bag (here and similar here - adlink).

By the way, I'm not trying to make a point about being some super sustainable fashion person (which I'm not) by emphasising that some of my things are not new. I simply don't want to send anyone off on a wild goose chase when I know a certain item is probably no longer available, so I'm just making it clear. Now you know!

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My mum and sister!

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As I mentioned, we got caught in a rain storm which passed pretty quickly. We then went for dinner along the riviera where me and my siblings had pasta with veg. Always a fail safe when you're a vegan in a foreign country, haha.