All posts tagged: review

Vegetarian satchel bag review

Today I’ll write something rather silly: a review of the faux-leather satchel bag of the vegan brand Vegetarian Shoes. Serious background: ☘ Supporting fair brands with a vision = supporting said vision and helping said brands to have a positive impact. ☘ The brand Vegetarian Shoes develops durable/high-quality fake leather materials. ☘ Shopping at Vegetarian Shoes will stimulate further developments. The experiential part: I got the satchel bag in red. I remember falling for a similar red bag about 10 years ago. That bag was made of leather and too expensive for me then. This time I had been waiting for a new bag to come along, because my go-to bag is through. So I took a train to the shop Vega-Life in Amsterdam and got it! I like writing about the bag, because my experiences are a little funny. On the one side the bag is really pretty and a little funky because of the colour, at least I think so. I love the Vegetarian Shoes-label, which has a great function of proving the material is fake …

The Circle: we are all connected, all the time

The Circle, written by Dave Eggers, is a novel sketching a terribly plausible scenario for the future. The story is about an employee at The Circle, a young and hugely successful company that has started integrating all different online services into only one interface, to make your life easier. But that’s not all the company does: it not only markets its products but also its philosophies. The story starts when Mae Holland, a woman in her early 20s, is recruited to work at The Circle. As a reader, you follow Mae’s experiences in the company and in life, which more and more take place on the high-tech, super luxurious campus with glass walls. Mae illustrates how easily one can get influenced by its surrounding culture – and how big a role social media can play in one’s life. At first she seems to be living in a dream world, but is she really? So what does The Circle do? They have bought up all social media platforms and integrated them into on. And it isn’t …

Having a Break in Belgium

Hello! Right before and on Christmas my boyfriend and me made a little trip to the lovely Belgian cities of Bruges and Ghent. The cities were decorated very romantically with Christmas lights and there was a Christmas fair in both places. You can imagine. If you cannot: here is a glimpse of Bruges in the evening: Before we took off, we browsed through Happy Cow to see which restaurants would serve vegan dishes. Unfortunately, because of the Christmas holidays, many restaurants were closed. However, we didn’t have to be hungry! In Bruges we went to Passion For Food. The owner and cook was super friendly. We took a soup as a starter. If I remember correctly, it was a carrot soup, spiced up really nicely. We had the vegetable tajine, which was the only or one of the few vegan main dishes: We were surprised to see how many different vegetables he had put in! Again, if I remember correctly: aubergine, potato, parsnip, stewed pear, potato, carrots, tomato, with wheat and lentils on the bottom. …

The Life-changing Menstrual Cup

Are you a woman regularly experiencing all the troubles that come with having your menstruation period? And have you then already been introduced to the menstrual cup? If your answered ‘yes’ followed by a ‘no’: I’ll hook you up! I promise your life will never be the same again after letting the menstrual cup in. If you answered the questions differently: you too are very welcome. The menstrual cup can be used as an alternative to sanitary pads and tampons. Menstrual cups are most commonly made out of silicone and have to be inserted into the lower part of the vagina, which fits perfectly due to the ‘elastic nature’ of the vagina. Once there, it will neatly collect all menstrual fluids, until you take it out, clean it, and reinsert it. But why would you use such a thing? Isn’t it hard to insert? Isn’t it gross? So many questions! When I first read about the menstrual cup, I too had my doubts. After having used my cup for over half a year, these doubts …

Mineral salt as a deodorant

Sweating is a completely natural process, but why-oh-why does it have to be so wet and stinky in some areas? Well, there’s many sweat glands over there! For some reason or another. Anyways, I do know that the widely advertised chemical perfumed deodorants don’t appeal to me, for multiple reasons. The most important being that I definitely want one that hasn’t been tested on animals and it turned out years ago* that most of them don’t meet that criterium. So I went on trying all the cruelty free and affordable deodorants I could find, finding that most of them only worked for a short period of time, a few weeks or months, after which the skin of my armpits ‘got used to it’ and got sweaty again. Bummer. Mineral salt deodorants Then I found out about deodorants made out of some mineral salt, by reading this article of Dutch beauty blogger Mascha on her website Beautygloss (actually no, she’s Russian). She writes that she started using a mineral salt deodorant of the brand Crystal Spring, because of the horror …