Happy 2016 my beautiful readers! I Love the feeling of a new year, and the most exciting part is planning my travels and making a list of places I will visit. Rome, Venice, Paris Greece and Bali are on my list. January started with freezing weather here in London and it is making me miss the warm feeling of sunshine.
This look is my favourite at the moment. You can wear blue jeans if all black is not your style. I love all black outfits in winter because they are effortless, chic and super stylish. I am wearing simple black skinny jeans with over the knee boots. A black polo neck is a wardrobe staple and worth buying in a few different shades. I have them in white, grey, and navy too. All the classic colours that are perfect to wear when its cold, and I usually wear a thermal layer underneath for extra warmth. You learn to dress for the cold when you live in London. I also love a red lip when I wear black. This faux fur jacket from Zara is so soft and warm. I loved it as soon as I spotted it. I always wear long coats in winter but this makes a nice change. This blue envelope bag is also from Zara but i have it for a few years now. I Love the colour because it is my favourite shade of blue.
I am shooting a video for all of you next week! I will also be making a trip to Paris soon. Lots of exciting things to do and share with all of you. This year feels like its going to be amazing! Have a beautiful day xoxo
I want you all to meet Scarlet! She is the cutest little Westie and lives with me in London. She brightens up my day every morning and snuggles next to me before bedtime. I love her so much for the unconditional love she shows me and for the beautiful memories of having her with me since she was a tiny puppy at 4 months old. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t kiss her 10000 times just to show her that she means the world to me. To show her she is cared for and protected and I will be there with her through everything. She is a part of me and I am so thankful to have her. I think she is a natural in front of the camera don’t you?
Who says an outfit needs leather or suede? I am wearing a beige sleeveless coat and over the knee boots from Missguided. I adore these Faux suede boots because they are so perfect for the cold weather in London, and they only cost £45. The Polo Neck Top and jeans are by Zara. This cute ASOS Mini Saddle Cross Body Bag With Studs did not cost me £1000’s and an animal was not skinned for making it. That makes me so happy and If enough people understood the pain of these animals so many would be saved from being made into a bag, or a jacket. Leather is not an animal byproduct and cows, pigs, lamb and calf are not the only victims of the leather trade. In China, dog’s are used for cheap leather and once this leather has been treated with toxic dyes (that are very harmful for the environment) it looks like any other animal skin. They export this to other countries in Asia, Europe and USA. YES Dogs are also made into bags and shoes. With the growing demand for leather, exported dog leather is often sold as ‘lamb’ skin. So please do your research on the leather industry. Stella McCartney exposed the leather trade a few years ago and she said ‘As a designer I like to work with fabrics that don’t bleed; thats why I avoid all animal skins. I want to tell the world that I won’t ever wear the skin of a cow, snake, alligator, seal or rabbit or any other animal. I pledge that mine is the only skin that I’ll be seen in’.
Ignorance is bliss and many do not want to see a disturbing videos or read the facts but that is the reality of thousands of animals all over the world every single day to keep up with our demands for more ‘it’ bags and ‘must have’ shoes. We love our pets at home but forget that other animals in the world are just as special and important. They were created to share this beautiful planet with us but it seems people love to destroy everything beautiful. The past few weeks I have become vegan ( I was vegetarian all my life) and the things I have seen in videos of animal torture for leather, meat, beauty products or just cruelty for no reason at all has really inspired me to become a voice for those who cannot speak.
Now I want to share the thoughts of some of my close friends who have so kindly contributed to this Blog post, expressing their feelings about what animals mean to them.
” It would be a lie to say I have been aware of the harm caused to animals because of my selfish fashion habits.
Looking through my wardrobe yesterday I realized that 70% of the accessories I own are made of leather. Expensive leather. It is unfortunate that when the new “it” bag is advertised, the behind-the -scenes of how it got to that big black box with the white ribbon on it, are left unseen. It is easy, for me, at least, to get lost in the big bad world of unethical fashion. Lather handbags are an obsession for many women, including me. I have always been aware of the torture animals go through for the prosecution of leather, however, I have always chosen to be oblivious to it. The fashion industry, like the food industry, has been able to brainwash me to believe that I must have new shoes/bags every season but It has taken me years to realize that not only does this cost me a lot of money but more importantly, it is costing lives.
After yesterday, I have decided to make more conscious decisions and stop buying leather products.
Fur, on the other hand, has been another story for me.I have always been repelled by the idea of fur. The idea of killing an animal and using its fur to keep me warm is primitive to say the least. In a world full of fancy fire-places, heated car seats and heated homes, I find it disgusting to believe we need to kill animals for their fur.
If only we realized the domino effect we are causing to the world by selfishly killing animals, we would actually save our planet. I believe that animals, like us, are created by the universe. We are wrong to believe that we have the power to kill them. They deserve a happy life and it is our responsibility to ensure they have the freedom to live.
The only good thing about furry animals is that they make the best cuddle buddies =)
Hopefully we can all spread the message of love. Killing, harming and torturing animals is never in fashion.”
” True friendship is not only between people, Animals are our real friends too. Every person who has these four-footed friends knows how faithful, grateful and loving they are! They make our lives brighter!
My name is Lily and I can’t imagine my life without my true friend, my lovely cat Richie. He is very smart and understands everything. He always feels my mood, and when I’m sad he always tries to soothe me. This is so touching! He is funny and makes me laugh so often. He is so curious and he looks so cute when he plays. He completes my home and I always miss him so much when I’m away. He is really very special and I am happy and lucky to have him in my life.
The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals. It’s a well known wisdom and it’s important to remember these words! Let’s always stay real Humans – caring and kind to animals.
This last picture is Scarlet meeting a new friend between our photoshoot. We had to stop and capture the moment. How cute do they look!
I hope this Blog post helped people understand why i am vegan and why I will only promote brands and products that are cruelty free on Love And Blossoms. I am only one person but I want to do everything I can to make a difference for animals. Here are some touching words i found on Pinterest to end this post;
I am sorry that you were skinned alive for boots, painfully slaughtered for meat, and enslaved for our entertainment. I’m sorry that you have lost your homes, and your family that have been taken away from you. I’m sorry for the human race not thinking you are important. YOU ARE. We see you, we are trying to help.