Free Downloadable Nutrient Chart (Vegan!)

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I have created a free downloadable nutrient chart that now proudly sits on my fridge. As a vegetarian I have had many people warn me about not getting enough nutrients in, something I would wave off without a second thought. Now that I am looking into veganism the warnings seem even more severe and I realised I knew nothing about nutrition. My dad is a chef so I have a pretty good gage on what is healthy and what is not but I wanted to delve in further and see if I really did eat as healthily as I thought I did, whether going vegan would cause any problems and if I my diet was lacking anything.

So I created this chart. It lists all the main nutrients and what plant based foods are good sources of them. Having all the ingredients laid out made me realise just how much choice there is for vegans and how restricted I have been eating. Some nutrients are hard to avoid others are hard to come by; B12 being an extreme case. My sources seemed to disagree about whether sea vegetables are a source, some even saying you can’t find a plant based source for B12. I am not sure who to believe but either way after hearing dietitian Lisa Steltenpool talk about the dangers of B12 deficiency, I am going to look for some good supplements. I am up for recommendations. (Not just good advice for vegans, meat-eaters have been known to be low on B12 too!)
Nutrient chart heathy food vitamins

In order to make sure I get everything in, I have stuck the chart on my fridge and coated it with a plastic layer, this way I can check off what I have eaten and get a good overview of what I should try and get in. So far this chart has already given me a few ideas for meals to make!Nutrient chart heathy food vitamins

It is important to note that I am in no way an expert in nutrition and that all the information comes from sources I found online that seemed reputable. The nutritional chart is definitely not a strict guide on what to eat, for one, it doesn’t consider necessary intake. I’ll be using it to make sure I eat a bit of everything on a weekly basis but the main reason I made it was just to educate myself a little and I would encourage everybody to do some research of their own. 

Nutrient chart heathy food vitamins

PS: DLG stands for dark leafy greens, think spinach, lettuce and kale

For the Love of DIY

So this was originally going to be a post on what a leather guy can do for you, what your options are and how to ask for something in a way that will get you exactly what you want. This is not what this post turned out to be for one simple reason, we did it ourselves. In one afternoon two girls with a set of tools updated a bag, repaired two straps, resized a belt, made some shorts and rediscovered what DIY is about.
The plan was to give Megan’s lovely bag a bit of custom flair by adding a little belt as two chains on the side. Using a belt made out of a similar material, we plied open the metal rings slipped the excess bits off and applied the belt to the bag. It was surprisingly easy and I cannot believe we considered paying someone to do this.
It looks so good! So two lessons learned, first if you  If you are ever tired of the look of an item see if you can jazz it up first. Add something you have laying about or snip something off, scary at first but the successes are thrilling and energising!
Secondly do not be scared of just trying something, before you spend money replacing items, getting them repaired or altered have a think. Could I do this? Instead of cycling down to the leather guy, leaving the bag behind and having to pay for the alteration to be done, we just grabbed some tools and had a go. You save time and money and get to make sure it is done right. The way to get exactly what you want is to do it yourself.
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And VoilĂ ! Here is the updated look with Megan as my lovely model! Doing this simple task I really felt like I rediscovered the magic of DIY. Because of the burst of energy this has given me I’ll be taking on some bigger DIY projects next. Creating something custom for no money at all is such a good feeling, I would love to know about any projects you have taken on or where you get your creative energy from! 
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Girl's summer holiday in Croatia

I love summer, everything is happier and beautiful when the sun is out. This year I got to spend a week on a girls trip to Hvar, Croatia. In the pictures below we are all wearing Nobody’s Child a brand I have recently discovered and am telling everybody about; their clothing is ethically manufactured, super cute and at a price point anybody can afford. I recommend checking out their gorgeous Instagram account. Habba and Seema posted more pictures of our trip on their blogs!

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DIY: Happy Notes

Going on an exchange to London was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I absolutely loved it, I made friends for life and learned so much. But one things it was not, was easy. Especially leaving home is hard and being away from friends and family can bring you down so in order to cure those inevitable little homesick moments I asked my friends to make me happy notes before I left. Happy notes could take any shape or form and it is entirely up to you to design something that will make you smile. They make great mementos or a lovely gift.

Before going on my exchange I made a questionnaire for my friends to fill out and then seal in an envelope at a dinner party I threw. The idea being that if I was having a bad day I could open an envelope. I wont post any of the filled out forms I received but I will share the blank template and some tips.

Overall it worked out great, watching my friends secretly fill in and decorate their letters was a lot of fun and it also gave me some time to prepare the last course of our meal. Having the happy notes in my bag was also a pleasant reassurance when leaving the country and reading a note could really turn an evening around. The few times I opened an envelope I would pick one at random and usually just looking at the drawings on the envelope would make me smile.

I loved getting a varied mix of responses from both friends I am super close with and those I do not know as well, the combination results in a very surprising mix. I would recommend to bring stickers for your friends to decorate their letters and let them go crazy with them, they make everything more fun. Asking my friends for cooking ideas was super helpful and I recommend it highly for those who are moving out for the first time. If you have notes left unopened save them for the trip home; it'll help pass the time.

You could of course ask your friends to just write you a letter before you leave. Another cute idea is to make happy notes and in secret ask a bunch of friends and family members to fill it out and give the bundle as a gift for someone who is leaving or has a significant birthday coming up. Click here to see the one I made two years ago for some inspiration.

DIY Bring your Tumblr to life with custom stickers

Everybody loves stickers. Combine stickers with Tumblr and what do you get? The best thing ever, that is what you get.

I just got a new diary and wanted to add a bit of personality to it, as well as just have some fun, so I decided to turn some of my favourite Tumblr and Pinterest images into stickers. I love adding a bit of my personal style to the things I own so this was perfect, and sooo easy!

You only need one thing for this DIY which is sticker paper, I had some that was already divided into 8 rectangles so I had to take that into account when printing my stickers but I recommend using full A4 sheets. I combined images I had saved on Pinterest and Tumblr with some cute phrases I wrote out in different fonts, but this is where you could customise it entirely to your taste. Once you have set up your sheet just print it, cut out your stickers and start sticking!

If you like the images I used and would prefer to use these instead of making your own, click here to download a pdf that you can print yourself. Another option is to print your images on regular paper and use glue if you do not want to buy sticker paper. Although I do prefer the neat finish the stickers give. Either way, I hope you have fun!


DIY lace up top

This DIY lace up top is perfectly timed between the Coachella weekends, especially for those staying at home who would like to get in the festival spirit with a fashion DIY to rock later in the festival season, to wear out on the streets or just on the couch. Right there with you guys, one day! This top is a bit trendier than most of the things I make, I usually try not to pay attention to what is currently on trend but I like the look of these lace up tops and they are too easy to make to not do them.
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Like most of my DIYs, this is something you can make almost entirely of things you might already own or things that are easy to get. I used a ribbon that was wrapped around something I received ages ago. The snap buttons were part of a denim button set of which I only used the bottom and middle parts to create the holes to carry the ribbon. For the top I used an old holey long-sleeved t-shirt. I would recommend something with no or a very low percentage of elastane, mine had 5% and I can tell it will be prone to ripping. Ending up with a top that spits in half would be quite unfortunate so if you plan to wear and wash this top a lot I would go with a top without much stretch.

To start put your top on and decide how far you would like the neckline to go. Lay your top on a flat surface next and make a snip which slightly shorter than you intend it to be. Try it on again and adjust it further down if you are not happy.

Next lay out your buttons along one edge and figure out how you would like the spacing to be. When you have decided you could make small marks to guide you further on, I eyeballed it as I went. To get more of a finished look fold the cuts over and snap the excess fabric in place between the buttons, this also strengthens the places where the buttons are putting pressure on the fabric. Repeat on the other side and feed your ribbon through and you are done!

When wearing this top I would style it with the laces tucked in to the shirt on top of something high-waisted or on some denim shorts with a long cardigan on top. Because of wear and tear throughout the years there were some holes around the wrists so I created little turned up cuffs which is such an easy way to make garments last a little longer. There were also some holes around the hem because of which I’ve had to crop it slightly higher than I would have liked. This and the fact that the top is a bit more trend based than items I would usually go for means I am not sure how often I’ll wear this DIY, to be completely honest. This got me thinking about personal style. What is personal style really? Does it still exist in the world of fast fashion? How do trends affect personal style? I would love to hear your thoughts on it as I am not quite sure where I stand!