WSLF Budget Vegan Food Haul #1

Hello and happy Valentines!

Following a vegan diet, I often get the same question “but isn’t it expensive?”. As a university student, expenses are the bane of my life – last year I really struggled financially as following a fruit-based diet left me constantly penniless and hungry, which is one thing WSLF (Whole Starch Low Fat) has yet to do. So today I’m oddly excited to show you my weeks shopping, whether you are vegan or  simply just curious, to show you how I eat healthy and lose weight all whilst on a budget.

IMG_6079.JPGThis week I have spent under £25 at my local ASDA supermarket. I could have easily have spent less by choosing more budget friendly options, for example ASDA’s basic potatoes and buying bulk in rice (not the microwavable kind I have) however, these are just options I personally choose to buy purely out of taste.

Carbs

IMG_6084.JPGComplex carbohydrates are a main source of my calories and satiation! As part of my food haul, I bought two large bags Marbelo potatoes (£2+ per pack), which offer a really great buttery texture and 2 bags of wholegrain microwavable brown rice (£1.50+ per pack).  I tend to bulk cook a bag of potatoes and re-heat accordingly throughout the week, which makes making food so easy and quick. The Organic jumbo oats displayed are actually from Holland and Barrett which were on sale for 1.99 – this still comes under the £25 I paid for food for a week!

Vegetables

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Another focus of my diet is rich in nutrients and also remarkably low in calories; Veggies! My main go to is Broccoli, which I like to cook as part of a Teryaki dish, topped with slices of Sweet Pointed Peppers and chopped spring onion. Otherwise I use it as a side, sprinkled with chilli flakes and drizzle of fresh lime. For extra greens, I like to interchange between a variety of salads, such as Baby leaf and Rocket, and Bistro Salad, just to pack in a variety of nutrients quickly, and as an easy way to up my fibre to keep my digestion healthy. Vegetables are a some of the most budget-friendly options for your diet, regardless of whether you’re vegan or not, so top-up!

 

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While fruit is in no way bad for you and is full of necessary nutrients, fruit intake is a somewhat limited portion of WSLF mostly because it just simply isn’t satiating. I often use fruit as a sweet-treat craving, which is why Watermelon (slices £1) is my go-to, or  use Dried Cranberries (1.50+ per pack) to create a flavour explosion in my (otherwise) plain oatmeal. I’m also really addicted to my Twinings Cranberry & Rasberry Tea, since I’m terrible at drinking  water, this helps me stay hydrated through other sweeter means. Again, these are by no means necessities and you can definitely limit your costs here by opting for other fruits; apples and oranges for example.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Valentines,

lea-x

Valentines outfit!

Hello again!

Since Valentines day is quickly approaching, I thought I would release a bunch of Valentines related posts to suit the occasion. You can expect a Vegan What I eat in a Day (Valentines day edition, of course), so if you are interested in how you can make plant-based choices whilst eating all the cake in the world, definitely keep in touch by hitting the follow button!

One of my favourite things about this holiday is that it allows me to go all out with my outfit and makeup – that’s probably one of the most ‘basic’ things I’ve said today, but that’s because I don’t get of the house out much (#thirdyearstudentproblems).

Today is also just one of those days. So here I am, on a Friday afternoon, not doing my coursework and posing in a nice dress.

New Look // 19.99

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This is, without a doubt,  a boob popping dress, which is one of the things that drew me in. I love an outfit that can make going bra-less appear sophisticated but I just really hate wearing bra’s anyway, so this really is a winning situation for me.  The only downfall is that I do find myself ‘falling’ out of this dress, so this is going to require some tape to keep the material firmly fixed and public appropriate.

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Another thing I love about this dress is that it is so universal. Since I  put on weight last year, I have been self-concious about my tummy which literally looks invisible in these pictures because the material just flows so nicely over it. Though at the same time, the tie at the waist  provides a nice eye-drawing detail that flatters your curves. All-in-all, three course meal food-baby approved.

Let me know what your plans are for this Valentines day!

lea-x

Spring // Primark Haul

Hi Guys!

I’m really supposed to be knuckling down and writing this dissertation but final year of university makes you do stupid things, like go shopping and come out with a bunch of items you just don’t need. But, at the same time, if you’re anything like me, you also love a good Primark Haul. Everybody wins.

 

Bralette // 8 pound

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I really do love the edgy but feminine design of this bralette, especially the  triangular shaped cut which is super flattering. I don’t really wear bralettes out of the house just because they don’t offer the coverage I need, but I love to wear them around the house as loungewear because they are super comfortable! If it wasn’t so sheer I would wear this as part of a ‘going out’ outfit.

Waterfall coat // 20 pound

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I’ve wanted a waterfall style coat for a few years now but never managed to get ahold of one. As soon as I saw this one I knew I had to buy it before my size ran out of stock, especially at such a low price! I bought a size 8 because the jacket is quiet long and I’m petite at 5’2.  Perfect for those days you just want to throw on something nice over a pair of jeans and a t shirt.

Rose gold hoodie

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Now, this is either going to be the ugliest looking thing you’ve seen or the best. Honestly, I love rose gold and this material felt so silky  I couldn’t deny myself. This is technically a sports hoodie, which is how I will wear it if I ever go to the gym, but I also feel like I could incorporate this into an every-day outfit.

 

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There is definitely a bit of a Rose/gold theme going on in this haul! Since last year I’ve been a sucker for edgy sunglasses with an intricate design. I absolutely fell in love with these two! Im so excited to be wear them when the sun comes out.

Nails // 1 pound 

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I’m not a massive fake-nails person, In fact, it’s very rare I do anything to my nails and tend to leave old, cracked nail polish on until it flakes off naturally. That’s probably quiet disgusting but I’m very low maintenance.  However, I do admire good nails from afar so when I saw those in Primark for 1 pound each, I couldn’t really find fault as to not give them a try.

 

Hope you’re having a wonderful January,

lea-x

What I Eat in a Day: WSLF Vegan!

Breakfast

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This isn’t exactly Whole Starch as Bran Flakes are a processed cereal, although considering all the other sugary cereals available, this comes a lot closer to a “healthy breakfast”. Since I really struggle to enjoy eating oats, I opt for a Bran flakes topped with banana and a drizzle of Soya Light milk. This satiates me fairly well.

 

Lunch

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Most days I either have university or work and despite their being a decent range of vegan options in the dining areas, they’re not oil free or WSLF for that matter. So I have started to bring in my own lunches consisted of baby potatoes, sriracha sauce and a salad.  Usually I would top the potatoes with sweetcorn but as they are considered a starchy vegetable, I’m trying to further my weight loss by sticking to the guidelines of a 50-50 ratio to starch and vegetables.

 

Dinner

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Today I made this delicious Teryaki rice dish. My whole starch consisted of wholegrain rice, which come in  frozen microwavable packs, so they’re super quick to make. They’re also oil free! I then topped with cooked broccoli, sliced peppers and spring onions with a drizzle of teriyaki sauce and chilli flakes. Super easy dinner.

 

WSLF Progress:

It appears I have lost a rough 3lb since I have started eating this way which is amazing considering I do not feel as though I am restricting myself in any way: I still occasionally drink alcohol and eat at restaurants, all the while  not once stepping foot in the gym. My bloating is also a lot less profound as it was eating a fruit based diet and I find myself satiated for longer without crazy energy spikes and drops. I will continue to update my progress throughout the next coming months.

Love,

lea-x

 

I’m no longer Vegan?

Hello Bloggers, It’s been a while.

I have something to admit, I’m changing my diet. When I first turned to veganism, I adopted a more fruit based diet (I’m talking grapes for breakfast and watermelon for days)  which was heavily influenced by the promises of weight-loss by Freeleethebananagirl. Even though I will be changing my diet, I have a lot to be thankful for; my energy levels soared, my immunity to colds, virus’s and general illnesses had dramatically raised, and i did wake up looking pretty bomb. However, a year on this fruit-based diet and despite the exercise I had done, I just wasn’t losing any of 2015’s Christmas weight. Furthermore, I felt constantly hungry and to curb that, I felt the constant need to eat, which makes sense as to why I have put on so much weight which feels foreign to my frame.

I can’t completely blame this diet though, I was also eating a lot of (Vegan) pizzas, burritos, cakes and cheeses, which is completely natural coming to an entirely new lifestyle where there is much to be discovered. It was my birthday a few days ago and i ordered this monster chocolate black forest from Clemies Vegan cakes. Now that it has been demolished, I’m ready to change!

Recently I found WSLF (Whole Starch Low Fat) advocated by Mr & Mrs Vegan on Youtube. Similar to Mcdougals plan, the general  outline consists of fuelling your body with whole, natural starches which will keep you satiated for a longer time due to the fact they are complex carbohydrates. Half of your plate (Or really, unlimited) should be full of nutritious vegetables, legumes, beans, with only (limited) portions of fruit throughout the day. This way of eating, no processed foods, oils, refined sugars are key to not only losing weight, but plays key into meeting all your nutritional needs. While I can’t really provide the best scientific knowledge in my own words, I can point in the direction of their Facebook Page which is filled with success stories and their Youtube videos which provide more information, backed up by science, if that is what you are looking for.

 

They do recommend WSLF as a 30 day challenge, and as it is Veganuary there is no better way to get introduced to quick weight-loss for those new years resolutions. I personally will not be using WSLF as a “diet fad” but a foundation for my diet this year mainly because it is much more convenient to me in terms of budget and my satiation levels. I’m currently on day 2 so it’s still early days for me to comment on any  bodily changes. I will update this page at a later date to check in my progress.

 

love,

lea-x

Primark & Misguided Haul, Youtube, and UPDATE

So last Monday I had surgery. Since then, it has been a very painful recovery and I have often  been questioning myself on why I went ahead with it in the first place, despite reading up online discussions on forums that specifically said “Childbirth was easier”. Its not all doom and gloom though, I am grateful to the strong pain medication I was perscribed that sent me to sleep hours at a time which I guess, in some sense, speeded up the healing time. Still, it has been pretty shitty.

More than anything, the timing has been the worst part because my boyfriend had planned to be out of the country for most of October working on film shoots, which meant I was left home alone. Thankfully my parents came home and helped me with tasks I didn’t want to do (washing the pots). A friend of mine also helped take me around town to pick up more pain medication, which I took advantage of, and ended up shopping my own weight in clothes. It is hard being stuck in the house alone. The only other thing I could look forward to is my weekly grocery delivery, which by the way, I bought some Vegan Wensleydale-style cheese and it is SO good.  If you’re wanting to become vegan or just looking for ways to cut out meat and dairy, I definitely recommend the new line that Sainsburies have recently added. The hype is real!

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Since I’m not quiet recovered enough for uni yet and I haven’t updated this page for a while, I really felt the need to make a video on my recent splurges. This is something I have been wanting to try out for a long time, even though I don’t have the equipment to make the high quality content I really want,  but this is just the start. Please let me know if this is something that you enjoy and are willing to support. My channel will be similar to my blog, a focus on Veganism, health, beauty, fashion; all of that jazz.

Thank you so much for being a great reader and a fabulous supporter. I wish you all a fantastic weekend!

lea-x

Revolution Palette: Fortune Favours the Brave

Hello my lovelies, I hope you are having a wonderful day so far. As per usual, I have treated myself to a little eyeshadow palette. I’m going through a stage where I have fallen in love with eyeshadows all over again and trying to venture out of my routinely brown smokey eye, hence why this blog is so focussed on makeup at the moment. Next week will be a slight shift however where I will be posting a budget Vegan grocery haul for all you students out there who are just going to uni for the first time, so definitely follow if that’s something you are wanting to see.

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Back on topic, the palette I’m currently obsessed with is the Revolution “Fortune Favours The Brave” which was just under the £10 Mark accessible in Superdrug. While Revolution can not say they are Vegan, they have confirmed that they do not test on animals and neither do their third parties – which is great news for those who do not buy into animal cruelty.

img_5772The main reason why I chose this palette is because the shades are so versatile and wearable. I’m not usually one for bright colours on my lid, but right now I’m up for experimentation and I find this selection of 30 shades allows me to do that without being too daring. I also love how these shades are so smokey and romantic in theme, with plenty of pigmented gold and pink shimmering shades, matte nudes and gorgeous marbled shadows too, allowing me to go from day to night. It also helps theres a huge mirror: theres nothing worse than a palette without a mirror!

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 I highly recommend this palette, especially for those on a budget like me.

Let me know if you have any favourite beauty buys this month!

Love,

lea-x

Shh September: Rose gold Makeup OTD.

September has rolled around so fast, don’t you think? I always get excited when the seasons start to change because I love to use it as an opportunity to change up my look – hair and makeup included, and today has been no exception. So I’m just quickly checking in to show you what I’m wearing today and what products I used to achieve this look.

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The products I used:

  • Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in “Shabby Chic”
  • Benefits “Gimme Brow”
  • Bare Minerals The Possibilities eyeshadow palette, shade “Future” (Rose gold) and “Promise” (Matte white)
  • Maybelline “Matte Ink” black eyeliner
  • Sleek “The Original” Palette, both Pink shades and warm brown
  • Debenhams gold glitter eyeshadow dust.

 

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I love everything Rose gold and warm brown for the autumn months, what do you like to wear?

Love,

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My biggest beauty mistakes! (School edition)

As I’m writing this post, I want you to know that these aren’t pictures I flaunt around, so count yourself lucky! I’ve really had to spend time looking through private albums on Facebook to sift through the good stuff, but the majority  have been burned to the ground. But today is a special day. I thought I would make a post for all of you who are going back to school soon, showing you a little regretful timeline of my beauty mistakes to give you some sort of hope that you’ll be okay! I truly believe that sometimes, you just have to take a moment to laugh at yourself.

f5110c968871ae6cb29c571c49905546Growing up in a household full of boys, and my hard-as-rock northern mum being the least feminine of them all, I didn’t get much opportunity to learn about grooming and beauty regimes. Being a part of a big family meant there wasn’t much money to spare, I knew nothing about makeup or fashion, I didn’t own hair tools (despite having a tangled mess of ringlets) and  we couldn’t afford to go to the hairdressers, so my mum was the one to cut my hair: side burns and a bowl cut fringe.  Classy. It was only when I started to question my appearance that I decided I should try something new, a middle parting. This is perfectly captured on school photo day, where my 40 minute walk in pouring rain couldn’t have been more obvious.

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Moving on a few years,thought I had mastered  black eyeliner. People would question why I only lined the bottom of my eyes and never the top, I guess I didn’t quiet know what I was doing except accentuate my dark circles and pretend I was a panda when it rained (or when I cried, teenage years are emotional). I also went to school one day after watching a youtube tutorial wearing the brightest blue eyeshadow  I could find and got a lot of concerned looks. Basically, my years in secondary school were your years as children raiding your mums makeup table.19768_1379735053080_4132443_n

Just as I had finally got the hair nailed down, at aged 17 I went through a “rebellious” stage and really needed to spice things up. After I fell in love with Emma Stone, I decided I  wanted her gorgeous red locks. I went straight to super drug to find the brightest orange shade I could find, which turned out bit too eccentric for anybody’s liking. It took years to grow out of my hair, despite dying over it with black and brown.

Lastly,  as with most people, my biggest mistake was over plucking my eyebrows. Sadly this was before eyebrows were the big deal they are today, and being young and naive, I wrongly assumed in my mind that the more angled my eyebrows were, the better. That to me meant taking off as much off the brow as I could because as you can see, half of my eyebrow barely exists. The thickness of the beginning of the brow doesn’t attempt to blend in with how thin it gets, it just looks like a big ol’ accident but the reality was I probably thought I’d done a good job.

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Thats enough time spent laughing at my own mistakes, what were the worst beauty mistakes you made?

Love,

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Vegan Beauty favourites: Kylie LipKit Dupes!

I’ve had a crazy few weeks lately, consisting of 9am starts and 11pm finishes, all thanks to my new job, meetings, birthdays, travelling and Pokémon GO in the moments between those. It’s all very reminiscent of what I’d imagine a Sex and The City lifestyle would be like, except without the glamour and definitely without the money. After all, I am just a student.

All in all, it’s been a little bit of a blur not having a moment to myself, I figured I’d celebrate this morning by dragging my aching limbs to Boots and grabbing a few lipsticks to replace the ones I lost on a boat party in Sunny Beach, #worthit. I also have a few other favourites from this month that I’d love to share with you, especially if you are looking for some inexpensive cruelty-free products that have been tried, tested and loved by me.

 

Sleek “Matte Me” lip cream: £4.99

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While I was impressed with the Revlon Ultra HD matte lip cream before I inevitably lost it (I used shade “Devotion”) a lot of the other shades are more pink/red based, which I feel overpopulate the high street. I’ve been trying to look for shades similar to the ever-so-popular Kylie Jenner lip kits but on a budget, so when I came across the Sleek “Matte me” lip cream, a brand I hold so highly in my heart after trying their eye shadow palettes many years ago, I knew instantly they would be a winner. I was so impressed with the pigmentation after swatching them on my hand I practically threw away every other lipstick in my hand. At £4.99 – what a steal. A few hours and a bit of scrubbing later, the colours won’t budge, which makes this perfect for those like me who find their lipstick disappears quicker than when they last reapplied. I only chose “Birthday Suit”, which is a nude shade and “Velvet slipper”, a deep plum, but I’m ready to go back for more.

 

Overall the application was pretty slick, the cream application allows for a one coat coverage which is all thats needed with it’s pigmentation. I don’t see this having any problem regarding to lasting wear as it took me 2-3 layers of rough cleansing to get it off my lips, so eat away!

Sasy n Savy: Skincare

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All this traveling has really taken it out on my stress levels and so in turn, I’ve been eating a lot of junk. This has taken it out of my skin, which can get very dry and flaky, so having this Sasy n Savy travel kit by my side has been pretty useful.

A bit of background information for those who don’t know about this brand, Sasy n Savy are an Australian brand who offer an extensive range of 100% natural products that are high in vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients vital for healthy skin growth. They are exactly the type of products that would make your skin-care obsessed gran so proud. They are also  cruelty free making them VEGAN. Celebrations all round. Find out more here.

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This pack covers all of the essentials; a cleanser, toner, masque, and daily moisturiser. The first thing I noticed was just how gentle it felt on my skin, perfect for sensitive skin types like mine that can be aggravated through deep cleansing and heavy exfoliating. The deep rose scent made the routine feel a little more luxurious and calming, which after a long day was a nice way to unwind.

The absolute cherry on the top however was the peppermint moisturiser (Skin firming Creme), not only did it smell incredible and revitalising for the Monday starts but unlike many other moisturises for dry skin types, it’s lightweight and non-greasy, leaving me with glowing skin instead of oily. This won’t be a problem to use before applying makeup as it settles into the skin quiet nicely. As somebody who struggles to find a decent moisturiser that does this, it was a nice surprise. Now if only I could stop stroking my face…

Charlotte Tilbury

As a media student, it’s my job and my source of fun to appreciate all aspects of marketing, including new technology and advertising. It’s always interesting to see something new come to the table, especially with the launch of Charlotte Tilburys Scent of Dream Eau De Parfume. While I haven’t personally tested this for myself, Tilbury herself aimed to make a “fleurotic” scent that is a first of its kind, using psycho-active notes that work similar to animal pheromones, to make its user a core attraction of any room. She wants women to feel empowered, desired and emit an aura that is almost “hypnotising” using this scent. (Read the full interview at http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Charlotte-Tilbury-New-Fragrance-Makeup-2016-42211411#photo-42211411 )

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Obviously, we can take all that with a pinch of salt but what got me intrigued was the marketing side of things. I must admit I was a little taken-back initially by how strange the advertisement was but a little research helped go a long way in making me realise how ground breaking this was for the future of marketing. The ad campaign is unique in the way that it has been given a virtual reality spin, which users can experience using a host of VR headsets (Samsung gear and Google cardboard) to experience a multi-sensory, out of this world experience. At the forefront of this video is Kate Moss, an enigma herself, taking you through wormholes of the galaxy, truly mesmerising, just how Charlotte intended her first perfume to be. You can catch a glimpse on YouTube here, however it’s full effect is better reached by visiting Charlotte’s Beauty Boudoir in Covent Garden and Selfridges W1 from 18th August. Could this be setting us up for a new spin on advertising? What do you guys think of this style?

 

 

Let me know!

Love,

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