Review: Cardiff Viva! Vegan Festival @ City Hall

Saturday 4th January saw vegans, vegetarians and animal lovers alike all flock to Cardiff City Hall to check out Viva! Vegan Festival.  The event was hosted by the charity organisation, Viva, who campaigns for a vegan world.

I saw the Facebook event a few weeks in advance and decided to get my mother and I two VIP tickets so we could get a goody bag and jump the queue to get straight to the event. The event consisted of two floors dedicated to the festival. From stalls and talks, to a kids’ corner and cookery demonstrations – there was a lot going on around us.

Being a life-long Vegetarian and my mother one of 30 years, we were really looking forward to finding new things to our taste and catering needs. Our diet is mainly vegan and always felt as if we should give Veganism a try. It’s safe to say that this event definitely swayed us to that decision. There were countless stalls consisting of eateries along with cruelty free beauty, apparel, shops and organisations.

The food was absolutely delicious. For my lunch, I headed to the Mex It Up stall – which serves Tex-Mex street food – to try some BBQ Jackfruit, something I wasn’t entirely sure I’d like, but boy was I wrong. I loved it so much that I couldn’t help but sing its praises for a full 48 hours after consumption!

Despite feeling full from lunch, I did make sure I picked up different things to take home with me. There was so much for people to choose from across all cuisines. I bought two Sweedy Todd pies from a stall called Mr Nice Pie (the pun had me sold), which consisted of sundried tomatoes, lentils, roasted bell peppers, root vegetables and tomatoes in traditional Victorian herbs and spices.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

How to Make Self-Love Your Valentine This Year

Valentine’s Day is scarily close already and while it’s a cliché to shower your partner or crush with additional love for this alleged special day, there’s another special someone you also need to pay attention to… you!

We often forget the meaning of self-love and to participate in the act of caring for ourselves. Like love in general, it should matter more than just on the 14th February, but if it’s going to be a thing, then maybe this day is one you pay in particular attention on giving yourself love. There are so many different ways you can practise self-loving, but here are some of my examples to get you thinking.

Invest some time for yourself

It can be 30 minutes, an hour, or even a whole day! Just take time out for yourself. This can be dedicated to doing one thing or multiple activities, but you time is essential and it can do you some real good to spend time with your own thoughts. And I’m sure you’re a pretty interesting person to spend alone time with.

Treat Yo’Self

Seriously. It’s okay to do it! It doesn’t have to be through materialistics, though there’s nothing wrong with that at all. You could run yourself an amazing bubble bath, paint your nails, eat some ice cream, read a good book, binge a bit of Netflix… just give yourself a little something. I love to run a bath full of LUSH products, put some music on as well as a face mask and just relax before putting on a pair of my favourite PJs. It’s soothing and a great way to spend time alone.

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Pret Vegan menu

8 Vegan options from Pret A Manger you can pick up for lunch

Pret A Manger has a tasty new menu with a wider range for vegetarians and vegans after a high demand. With many people vowing to go Vegan as a New Year’s Resolution, not to mention the millions that already exist, I’ve picked out eight delicious Pret-A-Manger vegan dishes for you to try and even pick up for your lunch break.

Pret’s Coconut Porridge – £2.65

Contains gluten-free jumbo oats, red quinoa, coconut milk and coconut water. A naturally good start to your day. Also dairy free.

Pret’s Greens & Grains Soup – £3.45

Contains spinach, petit pois, onion, broccoli, leek, cavolo nero, garlic, brown rice coconut cream, quinoa, buckwheat pumpkin seeds, rapeseed oil, quinoa, vegetable, bouillon, salt, basil, lemon zest and black pepper. A vibrant soup packed with goodness and is also free of gluten and dairy.

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Catfished

Why you shouldn’t be ashamed if you’ve been Catfished

catfish

/katfɪʃ/

noun

 2.
USinformal
  1. lure (someone) into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.
    “he was being catfished by a cruel prankster”

If you’re an avid social media user (and watch MTV religiously), you’re probably aware of the term ‘Catfishing’. There may even be a chance that you have been catfished yourself. While some people watch the MTV show ‘Catfish’ hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, many people tend to laugh at what is considered the stupidity and misfortune of the victims. I, on the other hand, find the documentary series highly fascinating. True, some of the fictitious personas on there can often seem pretty obvious in the fact that they are definitely not an actual person, but that doesn’t mean you should be ashamed if you have swum into the Catfish’s trap.

Catfished

Social media can be amazing or it can be terrible. I personally have many positive experiences with it and making online friends can be a lot of fun, if you are cautious and know what you’re doing. 99% of the people I have befriended online are exactly who they say they are and I’ve met the majority of them in person, if not video chatted with them should they live too far away. However, I can put my hands up and admit that I – a big fan of the MTV show and have seen every episode released – have been Catfished. Continue reading “Why you shouldn’t be ashamed if you’ve been Catfished”

Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

10 Printable Quotes To Print Out For Inspiration

January is often seen as a fresh start for new chapters and new beginnings. While some people often thrive, others may need a little helping hand to boost the positivity, motivation and inspiration. I often look for quotes to inspire me and have decided to make 10 printables of some amazing quotes that you can use to boost your empowerment for the year ahead.

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Products I want to try in 2017

2016 saw a fair bit of venturing out for me with regards to products. I bought my first high end foundation, fell in love with various lipsticks and picked up a few eyeshadow palettes. In 2017, I want to venture out even further. They don’t necessarily need to be make up related, though there are a fair few I’d really like to try. I see so many bloggers and vloggers using some gorgeous products, some quite old since they first hit the shelves, but have never ended up in my possession.

Here are some products I’d love to try throughout 2017.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation SPF 10

I have heard endless praise from beauty babes everywhere about this foundation. While I find the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation lasts a long time, I’d love to be able to compare the two to see what the similarities and differences are.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquefied Lipsticks

I’ve seen these in a lot of Instagram flat lay pictures and Oh My God, they look amazing. I’m really into matte lip products at the moment and would really love to try one of these. I haven’t set my heart on a particular shade, though I must admit, this one in Miso Pretty looks really cute.

 

GlitterEyes PressedGlitter Romance Trio

There has been a major hype of these on Facebook and after seeing some gorgeous swatches, I absolutely need them. I’m kind of sad I didn’t discover these in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but I’d really like to try a glitter eye look a few times throughout 2017.

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My 2017 Bucket List

I’m not really one for resolutions. I used to make them when I was younger, but they weren’t of any real significance. However, there are things I want to do within 2017 which I wouldn’t really call resolutions, but just things I’d like to see happen. So, we’re going to call it my 2017 bucket list and go from there.

Go travelling

I wouldn’t say like pack my bags and go across Europe or something, but I’d like to just go places more. Maybe a trip to London, hopefully one to Paris or Brighton. Just get out of my usual surroundings. It’d be really nice to just go somewhere and enjoy myself.

Get a new tattoo

I really love my first tattoo, but I want to get another one. I’m not planning to get as crazily inked as my dad was, but I’d like a few meaningful ones. I’m not going to tell you the design I want to get, because I want to be a surprise, but it’s a small one and I’ve wanted it for a good while now.

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why feminism is important

Why Feminism is important to me

CN:  Rape, slut-shaming and abuse are some of the topics discussed but not in great detail 

feminism

ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/

noun

 The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

 

I may have mentioned it once or twice, but never really gone into much about why I’m a feminist and why it’s important to me. People often tend to see the topic as ‘taboo’ or really misinterpret what feminism is about. It is not something in which women are “man haters” or feel that the female gender is superior to the male. The female gender has been oppressed for as long as history can remember. Of course, not everyone is aware of the history and often tend to base it on “well, I don’t feel oppressed, my life is great,” or ” I treat women with respect, therefore there is equality,” which is rather closed minded. I can straight away admit that growing up in my life, it was a close-knit family and there was indeed a lot of respect for all genders. However, it’s when I began to finally socialise more, make friends out of my small, caucasian-based community that I began to really see the difference. In the last few years, I’ve made friends from pretty much every walk of life. Non-binary genders, LGBTQA+ community, different races, religions, rich, poor, famous, nobodies and you really begin to learn.

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Feminism is important to me. Feminism is important to me because there are so many consequences of being a female. Even if up in my life until I finally stepped foot out into the world I felt extremely privileged, you wake up and see reality. Feminism is important to me because when I or my female friends or family go out, we are told “to be careful” and “don’t walk alone” because there is a fear of being raped. Feminism is important to me because we as a society are teaching women to change how we dress instead of teaching men to not rape. Because approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year, meaning there’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts. And usually, there is very much a lot of victim blaming.

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My 2016 Favourites

Can you believe another year has come to an end? Because I can’t. I feel like everytime I blink, a whole 12 months has passed by. Insane. I’ve discovered a lot of things this year, so of course I’m going to do a post dedicated to them and rave about my love for these favourites.

Books

Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

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This is Tanya’s second book release. With the popularity proven with the baking chapter of her first book, ‘Love Tanya’, and major love shown for her baking videos, Tanya released this gorgeous book full of amazing recipes which are not too complicated and caters for her entire audience, both young and old. I tried a few recipes with my mother and I highly enjoyed making her  ‘Sunday Cake’ which was adorable to read about an old tradition. There are other recipes from her friends and family which really makes this book so personal. I can’t wait to try making other treats.

Available from WH Smiths for £11.89

Our World by Little Mix

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To be given the insight of life in one of the world’s biggest girl groups of this decade is really interesting. Keeping it real and not over glorifying the glitz and glam that fame brings, Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade share a view of the world through their eyes. What’s really worth commending is that the girls don’t shy away from the struggles they face. Though their face on billboards and their music played worldwide, The 2011 X Factor winners are still very much down to Earth and openly discuss struggles they’ve faced that many of their fans can relate to. I highly enjoyed this book and getting to know the girls on a more personal level. Another enjoyable aspect is that they talk to the fans as if they are on the same level, rather than talking down as if they are more superior, which is always highly appreciated by fans.

Available from W H Smith for £7.99

Beauty

LUSH’s Rub Rub Rub Shower scrub

Rub Rub Rub

When my friend, Lily, introduced me to this scrub, I was blown away. More so by the fact that it is an amazing alternative to typical shampoo and conditioner. It washes my hair so well and gives it a lot of volume. If you want gorgeous beach babe hair, this product used in the shower is amazing. I cannot get enough of it!

Available from LUSH  for £8.95

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Boxing Day Sales

My Boxing Day Sales Picks 2016

Dinner has been devoured, bellies are full and the Christmas specials are on the TV. The biggest part of Christmas 2016 is done and dusted, but now it’s time for one of my most favourite bits – the sales!

If you are a teen or young adult you may prefer to have smaller presents to open and then have money to spend in the sales, or just want to shop them anyway. I’ve done some research and picked out some of the best deals for this year.

FASHION

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New LookTopshop and River Island have already made a start in the game by opening their sales Christmas Eve. Up to a whopping 70% off across all departments including Curves, Petitie, Tall, Maternity, Mens and much more.

ASOS and Missguided are both offering up to 50% off across their websites including clothing, accessories and footwear. One of the big brands people are excited for is Next, who are offering up to 50% across the entire store.

Boohoo are also joining the sales with 60% off as well as H&M offering the same percentage off.

Very is another with up to half price across the entire site as well as fashion. Also in the sales, John Lewis are offering up to half price on womenswear as well as different departments having sales.

BEAUTY

make-up

Debenhams are having an entire sale across all apartments, but most notably people are very excited for the beauty and fragrance sale, offering up to 50%. Joining in the half price sales are Superdrug, LUSH and Boots.

If you’re keen on high-end brands, you may be pleased to know that Illamasqua are offering up to 70% off on their online sale. Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feelunique are also ripping off 50% of prices on their website.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.