Okay guys, so as many of you may know my blog was down for all of August (sad face), so alas I wasn’t able to do an August favourites post, but instead you get two for the price of one as I’m bringing August and September together into a joyous of harmony of things/places/eats I’ve loved over the past two months, lucky you!

Travel – Santorini, Greece

I have just got back from an incredible trip to Santorini with my friend Emma and it was honestly amazing! I am going to be doing a separate travel blog about Santorini and what we did and what I would recommend, but the major recommendation is to go there! It was bloody beautiful and Greek people are so so nice, they were the nicest people I have ever met. We stayed in a place called Abrazo 8 in Imerovigli and it was honestly stunning!

Eats – The Potato Project & MiiRo Icecream

A few weeks ago I was invited along to an evening of potato tasting (sounds weird but continue reading) at The Potato Project in Soho, where they specialise in jacket potatoes. We were served the entire menu and oh my good lord I was in potato heaven! It gave me so many ideas for meals to make myself and also I now know exactly where I’ll be going for a quick but delicious lunch when I’m next near central London, they were all amazing but our favourites were the wild mushrooms, spinach, blue cheese and truffle oil potato and the mozzarella, tomato and pesto sweet potato! Incredible!

pic by @all.about.anika

Next up on the food front is a new discovery… MiiRO ice creams, which are basically vegan magnums! Their slogan is ‘nice without the naughty’ but I tell you what I think they’re way more than nice, these ice creams are bloody delicious despite being free from all the crap in your usual ice creams (I won’t list them all I’ll be here for ever), and they come in three awesome flavours, chocolate hazelnut, peanut butter and salted caramel (my fave!) and you can get them from Ocado, Whole Foods, Planet Organic and As Nature Intended.

Eco Purchase – Washable Makeup Remover Pads

I did a big eco haul in September and I think my favourite purchase are these reusable and washable makeup remover pads from Amazon. I use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup and decided to buy these instead of continually throwing away cotton wool pads. I am super happy with them, they’re not quite as soft as cotton wool pads which some people may not love but they work perfectly and come out pretty clean in the wash!

Calm App – Meditation

I have been finding sticking to meditation really hard lately, I think it’s because whenever I do it I just sit and squirm for the ten minutes I set aside. Needless to say I know that it’s good for me, and my inability to stick to it just proves that. So I decided to try out the Calm App and I really liked the first one I did and decided to go for a year’s subscription! There are so many different things to choose from and I particularly love the ones you can do just before going to sleep.

Mel Well’s Self Love Week 2017

Last week I joined in with absolute babe and author of the best selling book The Goddess Revolution (read my review here) Mell Wells and her Self Love Week she was running on Instagram. Each day we had a challenge and I absolutely loved it! It definitely improved my relationship with myself that little bit more, and the fact that I didn’t find it all too difficult really showed to me the steps I’ve been taking over the past few years to truly love myself, although I still have a lot of work to do!

Wanderlust Event

My favourite event I went to over the past few months was most definitely Wanderlust which was held in Victoria Park in London a couple of weekends ago! I went along with my friend Poppy and some other yoga pals and it was such good fun. Doing yoga and meditating with thousands of people was an incredible experience and one I won’t forget. I hope they do more events like this in the future so check out their website and maybe see you as one very soon.

It’s time for you to read about some of my favourite things/products/brands/anything that I came across over the last month! It’s been a very busy month, finding my feet as a yoga teacher and running around a bit like a headless chicken but I have some little gems I can share with you so here goes!

 Favourite Books

I read a couple of books this month but two that are notable and are worth you reading are The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells and You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I have written blog posts on both so take a look. They’re both non-fiction and whilst Wells’ book will help you stop the dieting and learn how to love your body, Sincero’s satirical self-help book to becoming an awesome human being who doesn’t take themselves too seriously will also do you some good, or a lot of good!

 Best July London Eats

Due to limited funds (this happens when you go freelance), I haven’t been eating out a lot, but I have however remembered two faves which was Pizza East in Portobello, which serves amazing pizza, really awesome alcoholic and non alcoholic cocktails, and the staff were super nice to boot, then finally I experienced potentially the best avocado on toast (yes I am hearing how basic insta bitch I am sounding right now0 but holy moly this avo toast at Goode and Wright in Portobello was epic beyond words, like go there, right now, and try it, with a side of sweet potato fries if you want to be just that little bit extra.

Loving Earth Raw Organic Chocolate

I actually discovered this back in June when Sabi Kerr and I ran our Fitness and Flow Brunch and Loving Earth were one of our sponsors. Their chocolate is raw, vegan (so dairy free), cane sugar free and soy free as well as just DELICIOUS. My favourite flavours are caramel, salted caramel or mint. They’re stocked in Planet Organic or you can buy it online, seriously it’s amazing.

Psycle Charity Ride for Duchenne UK’s World’s Strongest Boys

Of all the classes I’ve done this month this ride at Psycle with A.D. for Duchenne’s World’s Strongest Boys movement was epic. Not only was the class amazing, but knowing we were riding and sweating for someone other than ourselves was an unreal experience. If you want to learn more about the World’s Strongest Boys or even donate then check out their website here.

Singing Bowl Shop – Portobello Road

My amazing friend Shanie took me shopping for a singing bowl, and we went to her favourite shop on Portobello road, Arko. The owner is super lovely and spent about half an hour with me helping me learn how to play and pick one that worked for me. If you’re wanting to get your hands on a singing bowl you 100% have to go and have a chat with Kiran the owner about where the bowls come from and all the different types that there are!

If you follow me on social media or subscribe to this blog, you may have noticed my slight obsession with matcha. The powdered green tea goodness has some amazing properties and is just freaking delicious. Yesterday Sabi and I went to Harvey Nichol’s Fifth Floor Cafe to check out the teapigs matcha on the terrace special matcha menu. A whole menu dedicated to matcha, I felt like all my prayers had been answered!

We each started off with a drink, Sabi with a matcha smoothie which looked and apparently tasted very ‘healthy’ and I had an iced mint matcha tea which was delicious and perfect as we were sat in a sunny spot on the terrace and it made me feel like I was in Barcelona or somewhere equally warm and relaxing.

Sabi and I decided to have everything off the menu, apart from the starters where we both wanted the chicken skewers so that’s what we both went for. All the food was incredible and teapigs legit need to bottle their teapig matcha mayo because I’d buy that stuff by the bucket load. None of the food was overpoweringly matcha flavoured which I think was very clever and necessary as the flavour can be a bit strong for some people and also it is caffeine so this prevents you from getting the jitters of you (like Sabi and I) decide to get a starter, main and dessert that’s all matcha-fied.

My favourite dish we tried was definitely the white chocolate matcha mousse, I can’t even explain how good this was! I was in heaven!

The terrace itself was serene and idyllic and I felt like I’d escaped London for an hour or two. The staff were all super polite as well and were really helpful with picking dishes. One thing I will say is that the teapigs matcha menu is totally affordable. I was expecting the prices to be higher than they were and anyone could come here for lunch and have an amazing meal at a very good price. I think this sets it apart from other pop-up eateries as it’s totally unusual, different and affordable. I also love that they’ve created dishes that combine matcha with more westernised dishes as in London a lot of other places with matcha flavoured dishes are oriental (as that’s where it’s from), so this is a different take on it!

You can buy some of teapig’s premium matcha over on their website here, I know I will be getting on that, and make sure you take a look at the Harvey Nichols’ webpage here.

For the past four months I have been following a completely organic skincare routine. As it’s Organic Beauty Week I thought I’d share some info about what exactly ‘organic beauty’ is, as well as the main brand and products I use at the moment. It started with one or two items and now I’ve progressed to using only organic products. I’ve tried a few different brands but I have settled on Skin and Tonic, lashs and skin care company who use no more than 7 ingredients per product, all of which are organically certified. If you are interested in getting new lashes read the Idol Lash review here.

Organic Skincare

You may be like… so what exactly does organic beauty/organic skincare mean? Well one of the reasons there is now an Organic Beauty Week is because there aren’t any strict regulations in the EU right now about what skincare is organic, and what isn’t. So a product could be saying it’s organic, when in reality it isn’t. So how do you know? Check out the Soil Association website to check what products are certified organic. Organic in terms of products means products created using ingredients that haven’t had pesticides, additives or chemicals added to it.

My Skincare History 

Since the age of about 14 I’ve suffered from problem skin, mild acne, hormonal breakouts on the chin etc. Since changing my diet to a more balanced and healthy diet in the past few years I’ve noticed improvements in my overall skin. However I think living in London which we all know is VERY polluted, naturally my skin isn’t always great. About a year ago I was getting almost cystic like acne on my chin but since going onto the pill it’s improved a huge amount. Towards the end of last year I was still getting spots and I realised that I needed to actually take my skin care seriously. I’m good with suncream but other than that my beauty routine was really lax. I did a lot of research, spoke to people who’s opinions I valued on the subject and came to the decision that I would look for organic products. I saw Skin and Tonic on social media and decided to check them out, I ordered the products for combination skin and decided to give it 3 months to see how I got on (apparently that’s how long it takes to see whether a product works for your skin or not).

The Products

Steam Clean (Cleanser)

I really like the product, it feels weird at first to be using such a oily based cleanser but the stuff that comes off the cloth makes me so glad that I use it! What I do find hard is using it when I’m out and about as you end up with a damp muslin cloth and nowhere to put it so I still haven’t worked that out but overall I love this product and swear by it.

Rose Mist (Toner) 

Again a completely new way of toning my skin, I use this spray on toner in the morning and evening and also something to set my makeup or just to feel a bit fresher. The smell isn’t overpowering at all and the bottle has lasted me such a long time!

Detox Beauty Oil

I was hesitant to use this just on its own at first so for the past few months I’ve been mixing it in with my moisturiser (a different organic brand) but I spoke to someone at Skin and Tonic about it the other day and they told me you can actually use this purely as your moisturiser. This one is specifically for combination skin and so although it may seem counter productive to put oil onto oily skin, a lot of research is showing that actually this is the best way to treat oily/combination skin. I’ll report back to you after a few months of using just the oil!

Detox Mask

This mask is made from matcha green tea and clay, and if you’ve followed me for a while over on Instagram or even on here, you’ll know how obsessed I am with matcha green tea, so when I saw they had a mask made from the stuff I was way too keen to try. I really love it and I try to use it about once every two weeks.

My Experience 

You can see from the above photos that my skin has got a lot better, but don’t be fooled, I do still get sports and imperfections, especially around that time of the month, but in general it is just so much better. I love using Skin and Tonic and after having a talk with one of the employees there about the products and ethos I feel even more strongly that I want to carry on using their stuff!

Check out Skin & Tonic here!

What are your thoughts about organic skincare? Leave a comment!

As many of my readers are probably aware, I have been making a conscious effort to make changes in my day-to-day life to help the environment and our planet. Reducing my animal product intake has been a big one, getting more clued up on recycling and waste, another, but what I wasn’t aware of is how detrimental so many products we use every single day are to the environment. However, there are brands out there that do produce those everyday items, but ones that are actually environmentally friendly. This is one of the main reasons why I was so keen to get my hands on BOCA’s new toothpaste (or pastes shall I say, as there’s a day toothpaste and an overnight toothpaste). What I wasn’t aware of is how many toothpastes you can buy from your average supermarket or Boots, actually has a lot of dangerous ingredients in it that we absorb into our bloodstream through our gums, these are ingredients such as SLS (also used in industrial floor cleaners!), microbeads (these get into the water systems too and end up in the ocean and are found in wildlife’s tummies L ), triclosan and hydrogen peroxide to name a few. BOCA’s new toothpastes don’t have any of these, so I was really excited and also curious to see how I got on!

The Taste

I don’t know why but to me taste is super important when it comes to toothpaste, I guess when it’s something that you’re putting into your mouth at least twice a day you want it to be decent. The taste is really nice and minty, not over powering, and whilst I thought at first that rose would be a weird flavour to have in a toothpaste, you barely notice the floral note and it’s actually super pleasant. Both the day toothpaste and the overnight toothpaste taste the same to me.

Using It

So as I already established, there’s no SLS, which means there isn’t any foaming or frothing that we’re all familiar with when using toothpastes. After a few uses you forget about it and it becomes pretty normal. I think we’re just tied to the assumption that foam = clean, and that’s not necessarily the case. My teeth have felt perfectly clean since using BOCA.

 

The Appearance

The toothpastes arrived in a little box and the tubes are more like the tubes that you would get lotions in as opposed to toothpaste, which definitely makes it feel like a luxury product. You can save the planet AND feel glam, what a time to be alive!

The Price

This is one is where some might be sceptical, it’s £13.99 for one order of both the day and overnight toothpaste, which compared to your £3 tube from Tesco, does seem like a big jump. However, if using products that don’t have harsh chemicals, and are environmentally safe, is important to you, then I think you will agree that where possible it’s better to pay slightly more. Remember too that it’s £13.99 for both tubes, so roughly £7 per tube. It’s really a personal preference when it comes down to this, and some people simply may not be able to stretch, but for a lot of people, who’s priority might be quality, I can see this not being an issue.

 

Bottom Line – Will I Continue Using This?

Yes! I have been really happy with the product so far, I feel like my teeth look whiter after using this when I brush my teeth, and I haven’t noticed any negative differences since switching. There’s a lot of research about using toothpastes that don’t contain the harsh chemicals, and BOCA seems to be mentioned everywhere as one of the better toothpastes to use. So to summarise, it tastes good, it hasn’t got the same harmful ingredients as your regular toothpastes, it doesn’t have microbeads in it so no poorly fish, and whilst it’s a bit pricey, it’s not too expensive. It’s also really interesting to note that using toothpastes without things such as SLS can actually really improve how you feel, when I was doing my research for this post, I found an article about a woman names Joanna Brindle who was advised to use BOCA toothpaste by a colleague, as her regular toothpastes were making her sick when she was undergoing chemotherapy, she said that when she used BOCA toothpaste instead, she was absolutely fine! You can read the article here.

See more about BOCA here.

 

What are your thoughts? Have you tried any alternative or luxury toothpastes?