Saturday, 23 January 2016

Dairy Free Easter Veganicity

Have a dairy-free Easter
Top tips from Veganicity
The most common gift nowadays for Easter is the giving of a chocolate egg. For vegans and those following a dairy-free diet, however, a typical dairy-based chocolate egg isn’t a viable option and it can be easy to feel left out.
However, Simon Bandy, General Manager from Veganicity, offers his top vegan and dairy-free alternatives to ensure you have a happy Easter:
Free-from alternatives
Free-from diets are now more commonplace and many stores will offer dairy-free alternatives to chocolate. I would recommend opting for a store that specialises in vegan chocolate such as a health food store, as the taste and quality is often better. If you do your research, you will find you are spoilt for choice with varieties which range from lime and chilli to orange and macadamia nut!
  • Top tip: 100% dark chocolate tends to be dairy-free but always check the packaging to be sure.
Go arts and crafts mad
Easter eggs don’t need to be made from chocolate. This is actually a relatively modern tradition. Many arts and crafts stores now sell ‘eggs’ made from a variety of materials. Why not have a go at creating your own FabergĂ© style masterpiece with glitter, paint and glue. They make a longer lasting and more decorative gift for loved ones.
Make your own Easter treats
The internet hosts a huge amount of vegan-friendly recipes to create tasty, Easter treats. My favourite is chocolate crispy cakes topped with mini marzipan eggs. They are very easy to make and fun to do with children. Simply melt some vegan chocolate and stir in vegan rice crispies (Nature’s Path makes these). Place in paper cup cakes, top with your coloured vegan marzipan mini eggs and pop in the fridge to cool and set – enjoy!
If you overindulge in Easter treats, Veganicity’s Digest-Ase tablets (£6.75 for 60 tablets) combine acidophilus with enzymes and peppermint to help to ease digestion.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Lush Gorilla Galley

Gorilla Perfume at Lush presents
The Gorilla Gallery

Explore the Art of Perfumery through Unique Storytelling Fine Fragrances

 From Monday 18th January 2016, Gorilla Perfumes at Lush, in collaboration with Studio Xag, 
will be presenting the next incarnation of the Gorilla Galley at Lush Oxford Street. 

The new installation, first of a two-part series in 2016 which is free to attend, explores the Art of Perfumery in a celebration of two of Gorilla Perfume’s most iconic fragrances, The Sun and The Smell of Freedom

 The Gorilla Gallery is an interactive and creative take on presenting perfume, further adding to the unique offering at Lush’s biggest global shop on Oxford Street, London. This installation will be open to the public until 24th March 2016.

The Gorilla Gallery
(Lower Ground Floor) 
175-179 Oxford Street

Opens Monday 18th January 2016
Open daily 10.00am-9.00pm and Sundays 11.30am-6.00pm

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Further information:

The Sun installation
A ray of sunshine in the depth of winter, The Sun installation will provide an opportunity to relax in a 50’s style retro drive-in cinema, listen to the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel and let your worries disappear.

Road trips, music and synaesthesia combine to make this wonderful tangerine and sandalwood fragrance.

The Smell of Freedom installation
The Smell of Freedom installation will immerse you into the three stories behind the perfume in a way that will challenge your outlook on life and the freedom we are lucky to have.

When Gorilla Perfumer, Simon Constantine met three extraordinary people on his travels across the globe, he was inspired to create each of them a fragrance as a portrait of their struggle, their strength, their hope and their unwavering determination. The common factor in each of the tales was freedom and when these three fragrances were blended, they became The Smell of Freedom.


Gorilla Perfume
Simon and Mark Constantine founded Gorilla Perfume as the artistic expression of a Perfumer father and his Perfumer son. For Gorilla Perfume, fragrance is about expression. Whether capturing a wistful memory, taking influence from a musical muse or creating a scent for a certain magical moment, the Gorilla Perfumers use scent as a tool to interpret the world around them.

Studio Zag
Studio Xag are an East London design team that collaborated with Lush and Gorilla Perfumes on the recent popular Scented Cinema at Lush Oxford Street. They specialize in visual storytelling and bespoke installations.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Depression Video

People who know me, know for the past 9 months i have suffered with depression and GAD , which is also why i have not been blog happy for a while.

I stumbled upon this video on you tube and found it pretty interesting, so wanted to share with anyone else who has depression.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Morrissons gingerbread house

Back in November I picked up the create a gingerbread house from my local Morrisons , I thought it would be a fun thing for my son to do over Christmas and it was under £5 and had all the items included, and ready to do.

Simple I thought. I packed it away and kept it safe for the next few weeks, in the run up to Christmas, Leo kept asking me to do it, I said no its not near Christmas yet. Christmas Day came, I realised in all the excitement we hadn't made it. So on Christmas day I whipped it out and asked him to help. What was his reply "NO" he was to busy watching tv and looking at his Xmas gifts.

So I sat around my mums table and got out all the bits and started putting it together. No one helped... Left me too it..

While it was easy to do, it did take up a fair amount of time, and the roof kept slipping off and icing was not working the way  I wanted.

Once complete everyone said it looked like it was melting and it really had been snowing... No one even wanted any! So over xmas and boxing day it sat around.

Leo then ate the roof once he got home and said it was tasty.

Lesson learned - To make it before xmas with others helping!!

did you make a ginger bread house?


I wanted to re vamp my new nails, had them painted silver glitter for the festive period as was attending partys and events, and wanted to match them to my dress.

So for the new year, wanted to make them more glam so I raided my nail varnish collection and came up with my new look.. I loved how the colours worked together, and make a fun look.

To create the look I used
Models Own Chrome Cerise £4.99 - click here to buy
Rimmel Glitter Bomb Bedazzle £2.49 - click here to buy
Rimmel superwear top coat - £4.49 - click here to buy