WELL BEING & OTHER STORIES

Recipes, rituals and other stories to realign the body and mind

Marysia Muse Well Being Feature

Anytime, Around the World, Interview, Lifestyle, Travel, Wellbeingdanielle coppermanComment

Last week - after months of planning and trying to firm up a suitable location for the shoot (and one that fit my sporadic and unpredictable schedule) - Marysia and I teamed up to curate a beautiful Marysia Muse feature centred around well being, and travelling well. Set in Sweden (somewhere I spend a lot of time visiting my boyfriend), we spent a day in Länna exploring the woodlands and bathing by the lake. Scroll down to read my interview, browse the images and watch my exclusive morning yoga video which you can do anytime, anywhere. It’s my go-to sequence when traveling. Enjoy!

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“Though I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Danielle, she embodies everything that we look for in our Muses. From her clean range of breakfast goods (Qnola), to her dedication to yoga (we share the same teacher, Tara Stiles!) she is an inspiration to everyone out there looking to find balance. Below she shares a video of her energizing morning routine, and here she shares a recipe for one of her favorite snacks. I hope you enjoy reading her interview as much as I did.

TO YOU, MARYSIA IS…

Flattering, functional fashion, complete with true character and authenticity. The designs are super unique but have an edge of effortlessness, meaning when you wear them you feel a million dollars without feeling over the top. Each piece is incredibly flattering, not to mention comfortable and practical for all kinds of activities (even yoga!).

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE FROM THE COLLECTION? HOW DO YOU STYLE IT FROM DAY TO NIGHT?

I adore the brown bikini and wear the top with a high waisted skirt or trousers, either alone or under a sheer top. I'm also obsessed with the coconut maillot and style it with a skirt or shorts to take me from beach to bar.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR VACATION IN SWEDEN - WHERE DID YOU STAY, WHAT ARE YOUR ROUTINES AND SPECIAL SPOTS THERE?

Sweden is super special to me as it's where my boyfriend is from and currently lives. It's become my second home. In the summertime, Sweden is idyllic. After long, harsh and often dark winters, the atmosphere is so positive when the sun finally comes out. The countryside and the lakes in Sweden are what I love most. I could spend hours relaxing by a lake and swimming in the clean open waters, drying off with a cooling walk through the enchanting and quiet woodlands. It’s so peaceful and being in nature like this soothes my soul. It's so simple. 

I stay in Uppsala, just north of Stockholm, with my boyfriend, close to his friends and family. When we're not bathing in the lakes, we go for fika (coffee and a cardamom bun), hang out with friends, go on long walks, take a roadtrip to a nearby town and go thrift store shopping. We take it easy. It's a different pace of life here and thats what I love about it. I can truly relax and go with the flow when I'm here.

WHAT IS YOUR DAILY YOGA ROUTINE? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR BEGINNERS?

I try to do yoga everyday, and if I can’t make it to a class at my local studio, I'll do it at home or in my local park. Whilst travelling, I always practice in my apartment or hotel, even better if there's a balcony or some outdoor space. 

I trained in Strala yoga a couple of years ago and this approach to yoga is my favourite. It is all about 'your' yoga; developing a practice that is personal and that works for you as an individual.

My daily routine is usually an energizing sequence inspired by my strala guide, Tara Stiles. If I go to a class, it will be an invigorating vinyasa flow, hatha, ashtanga or jivamukti - occasionally kundalini. In the evenings, I also like to practice yin or yoga nidra, a more calming sequence of slow and still postures. 

For those new to yoga, I always advise that it takes time to get used to it, and to come to love it. I love the quote 'the teacher comes when the student is ready'. Applied to yoga, I think you really have to be ready and willing to learn yoga and make it a part of your life, rather than just having an impatient attitude towards it. Many people find that yoga is too slow or not challenging enough, whilst others might be put off by a teacher who is not helpful for beginners or who is too spiritual. It took me a few months to really connect with yoga and understand it is more than just a workout but it is a lifestyle and a practice you can continuously learn from and apply throughout all areas of your life. My advice to beginnings is to find a teacher you truly connect to and who's classes you really enjoy. Don't do yoga if you are in search of an intense workout. Do you workout some other time and use yoga to build strength, focus, stamina and mental clarity. It will become a workout in itself as your practice develops. Stick with it. It takes time to build up initial strength and to gain flexibility, but it is possible for anyone and it is deeply healing mentally and physically, and can even help to improve posture and injury over time. It is magical; trust the process.

WE LOVE YOUR COMPANY, QNOLA. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? 

Qnola is a range of quinoa based breakfast goods free from gluten, grains, dairy and refined sugars. I started making a simple quinoa granola recipe for myself as a healthier alternative to shop-bought granolas, and as something quick and easy to take with me on shoots. It then developed into a worldwide brand, one department store and health food shop after another, as I noticed there was a high demand for the product in the UK. I really wanted to create a more honest and reliable breakfast option that was ready-to-eat to give people a more functional start to the day, and to provide more sustainable energy that didn't require too much time to prepare and add to morning stress. Looking back, I'm not sure how I created such a popular brand, but I think it is down to the product being built on pure passion, rather than just as a way to make a quick buck. Most of the time since starting the business has been like feeling around in the dark. I didn't have business expertise or any food experience, I simply learnt on the job and crossed every bridge whenever I got to it. In a way, it has been for the best, as I haven't always had time to worry or overthink things before they happen. It's been stressful but I've learnt so much and its been an incredible journey. One thing I've learnt and that I love to share with people is that if I can start a business on my own, at the age of 20, then anyone can.

Danielle was kind enough to share one of her healthy snack recipes right here

Almond & Adaptogen Ananda Mouthfuls

Dairy Free, Gluten free, Recipe, Snacks, Sugar Free, Sweets + Desserts, Vegan, Vegetariandanielle copperman2 Comments
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I love to make some variation of these simple snacks every few weeks, and they're especially convenient if I am traveling a lot. I love to take them with me for the journey, and if i have the facilities where I am staying abroad, I always make them if I am staying somewhere for a while, as they are super easy to make and provide functional nutrition in an instant. They are high in protein, healthy fats, fibre and essential vitamins and minerals, and are a delicious way to incorporate a dose of your favourite adaptogens and / or tonic herbs if you want other ways to use them. Depending on the adaptogens you use, these mouthfuls have a host of physical and mental health benefits, and the bonus is that they taste like chewy caramels. Enjoy!

Components

50g gluten free oats (or cashews)
50g ground almonds (or whole almonds)
A generous pinch of salt
1 tbs vanilla vegan protein powder (i use The Welle Co or Innermost Health)
1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
150g medjool or other soft dates (pitted and halved)
1.5 tablespoons coconut oil (soft, or melted)
60g almond butter or cashew butter, or a mixture of both

Optional adaptogens: (use one or several of the following, or add your own preferred adaptogens or tonic herbs)

1/4 teaspoon pearl
1/2 teaspoon ashwaganda
1 tablespoons tocorionels
1 tablespoon cacao
1 teaspoon he shou wu, cordyceps, reishi or chaga

Method

Start by blending the oats, ground or whole almonds, salt, protein powder, cinnamon and adaptogen powder of choice in a food processor, on the highest speed, until they form a fine, flour-like consistency. 

Next, add the dates and then blend again until the mixture becomes doughy and perhaps even forms a large, sticky ball. 

Next, add the coconut oil and the nut butter and blend a final time. The mixture should be smooth, sticky and doughy and may even begin to form a doughy ball. It should not be wet or paste-like. You should be able to handle it with your hands and it should hold together when you press or squeeze it.

Finally, roll the mixture into balls, or form into bars, (using individual moulds or pressing into a dish or loaf tin and then slicing into individual bars once they have set) and store in the fridge or freezer. I keep some in the fridge for an instant snack, and some in the freezer as they will keep for much longer, and take just seconds to thaw.

Salted Peanut version

Components

50g gluten free oats
80g roasted peanuts
Pinch of salt (don't use if your peanuts are already salted)
1 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract, or vegan or whey protein powder
250g medjool dates
50g peanut butter (could also use other nut butter)
1 tablespoon coconut oil, room temp

Optional adaptogens: (use one or several of the following, or add your own preferred adaptogens or tonic herbs)

1/4 teaspoon pearl
1/2 teaspoon ashwaganda
1 tablespoons tocorionels
1 tablespoon cacao
1 teaspoon he shou wu, cordyceps, reishi or chaga

Method

Start by blending the oats, peanuts, protein powder and adaptogen powders of choice in a food processor, on the highest speed, until they form a fine, flour-like consistency. 

Next, add the dates and then blend again until the mixture becomes doughy and perhaps even forms a large, sticky ball. 

Next, add the coconut oil and the nut butter and blend for a final time. The mixture should be smooth, sticky and doughy, and may even begin to form a doughy ball. It should not be wet or paste-like. You should be able to handle it with your hands and it should hold together when you press or squeeze it.

Finally, roll the mixture into balls, or form into bars (using individual moulds or pressing into a dish or loaf tin and then slicing into individual bars once they have set), and store in the fridge or freezer. I keep some in the fridge for an instant snack, and some in the freezer as they will keep for much longer, and take just seconds to thaw.

Cacao version

Components

50g gluten free oats
100g walnuts (can also use almonds or cashews, or a mixture)
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract or vegan or whey protein powder
Pinch of salt
250g medjool dates
50g almond butter (can use other nut butter too)
2 tbs coconut oil

Optional adaptogens: (use one or several of the following, or add your own preferred adaptogens or tonic herbs)
1/4 teaspoon pearl
1/2 teaspoon ashwaganda
1 tablespoons tocorionels
1 tablespoon cacao
1 teaspoon he shou wu, cordyceps, reishi or chaga

Method

Start by blending the oats, walnuts or other nuts, protein powder and adaptogen powders of choice in a food processor, on the highest speed, until they form a fine, flour-like consistency. 

Next, add the dates and then blend again until the mixture becomes doughy and perhaps even forms a large, sticky ball. 

Next, add the coconut oil and the nut butter and blend for a final time. The mixture should be smooth, sticky and doughy, and may even begin to form a doughy ball. It should not be wet or paste-like. You should be able to handle it with your hands and it should hold together when you press or squeeze it.

Finally, roll the mixture into balls, or form into bars (using individual moulds or pressing into a dish or loaf tin and then slicing into individual bars once they have set), and store in the fridge or freezer. I keep some in the fridge for an instant snack, and some in the freezer as they will keep for much longer, and take just seconds to thaw.

Well Being Recipe Series - Lazy Boy Nut Milk

Anytime, Dairy Free, Drinks, Recipe, Vegan, Vegetarian, Well Being Book, Videodanielle coppermanComment

For a quicker way to make your own nut milk, blend 2 tablespoons of nut butter (preferably raw, but roasted will also work) with 150ml filtered water on a high speed for 2–3 minutes. Strain and transfer to a bottle or jar with a lid and store in the fridge for 3–4 days. This will only make about 2 servings, so you might want to double or triple the measurements to make more. Find the full recipe on page 305 of Well Being Book. Get your copy here: http://amzn.to/2jIa3NW

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New Moon Rituals with Myself + Wolfsister

Mindfulness & Meditation, Moon Time, Rituals, Eventsdanielle coppermanComment

Sunday, September 9, 2018
4:00 PM  7:00 PM

At She's Lost Control Store
42 Valentine Road London, England, E9 7AD, United Kingdom

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Your Instagram feed is is glittered with people posting about new moon rituals and setting intentions. 

What's an intention? You might be wondering.

Some of your favourite instagrammers have dropped some hints but you don't know where to begin. You're curious about trying to make your own magic with your own power, but don't want to get it wrong. And no one wants to be the last one to the new moon party! Especially if it means that you can find some inner zen and learn how to ride some of the waves of life. 

You're oh-so-ready for a fresh start and to ensure you're on track and open to attracting new opportunities. You want to let go of old baggage and make space for the new! Some tips to help you stay grounded and in your power when life gets a little crazy would be useful too, right?

Up for dipping your toe into some new moon magic but don't want to get too woo-woo? Join Wolf Sister (author of The Crystal Code) and Danielle Copperman (author of Well Being) for a New Moon workshop where you'll be guided through a series of new moon rituals and practices that will help you align with the moon cycles. 

If you're curious, imagine this: 

You arrive at She's Lost Control; you almost walked past it because it's tucked away from the hustle of Hackney. It's a new moon and you're excited to do something different with your Sunday afternoon. As soon as you walk through the door; you're mesmerised by all of the mystical wares and crystals on the shelves. All of the things that you need to do in the week ahead fade away, in that moment. You don't want to be anywhere else but here.

Wolf Sister and Danielle welcome you and you're shown where to put your belongings. Without hesitation your phone's set to flight-mode and it's buried in your bag. This is your time; you do not want to be disturbed. The room is set in a circle with comfy cushions and blankets; you're already thinking of how you can bring some of these mystical vibes into your home. 

Once you're seated and the rest of the group have arrived, your hostesses introduce themselves and explain how the moon affects us. Maybe you have been picking up on some of the clues from the moon throughout the month? They invite the rest of the group to introduce themselves; it's totally informal and relaxed. There's zero pressure to share too much and you feel a sense of relief once you've had your turn. It actually felt good to speak; nothing like the cringey introductions you've had to do in team trainings at work. 

Wow, your intuition was aligned when it nudged you to book your ticket.

Over the course of the session, Danielle teaches you some simple breathwork and tapping techniques to help clear your energy and help you feel more grounded; you could easily weave this into your daily routine. You notice that your head feels clearer already. 

Wolf Sister explains how to set intentions to align with the new moon and guides you through a crystal healing meditation so that you can clear any energetic blockages that have been holding you back from making some of your dreams come true.

After the meditation, you spend some time journalling about the insights that have been flowing throughout the session. You want to hold onto these feelings for as long as possible. As the words flow through pen to paper, some truth bombs are affirmed and you've got some clear clues about how you can move forward.

Amongst it all there's a delicious Hot Milk Tonic and light snacks made from Danielle's book Well Being; you've promised yourself to try the recipes at home. 

Before the session closes, you're invited to pull an oracle card; you smile to yourself because it's as if the card has just read your mind. 

There's magic in the air. You can feel it. 

By 7pm you can't believe the session's gone so quickly. You'd forgotten that it was possible to feel this relaxed and reinvigorated. You float home and treat yourself to something nice for dinner on the way. It's been a new moon to remember; your creativity is flowing, your worries have dispersed and it's hard to feel anything but blissful. You can't wait to use the tools from the session to return to this state again, and again, and again.

See you there?  

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In Interview with Pam Pam London (ft. Arthur Apparel & Cara Guthrie Ceramics)

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Tell us about what you’re making for us today? 
Mmmm, it's one of my favourite drinks to make all year round; a healthy take on the classic hot chocolate. Come rain or shine, I'll make either a hot or chilled version of this energising drink made with powerful, functional, all-natural ingredients. You can make it in several ways, the foundations being a plant-based milk, raw chocolate or raw cacao powder, a little coconut or olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a selection of superfood powders, herbs, spices or tonic herbs (such as maca, ashwagandha, he shou wu, beetroot powder or something more familiar like cinnamon or ginger). Today we had some shop bought vegan chocolate, so we simply melted it down with some coconut milk and added olive oil, he shou wu and a pinch of salt. You could also add tahini or a nut butter to thicken. Today we enjoyed our hot, but you could also pour over or blend with ice for a chilled version.  

Where did this recipe come from and what inspired it? 
I guess it's inspired by the traditional hot chocolate, but it’s also something I’ve been making for myself for years. When I started eating really healthy and changed a lot of areas of my diet, I was super happy to discover cacao powder and raw chocolate as an alternative to one of my favourite sweet treats. I think somewhere along the way whilst experimenting with tonics and drinks that I would pack with all kinds of powders and herbal ingredients, I discovered using cacao resulted in something that tasted just like the hot chocolate or chocolate milkshakes from my childhood. Cacao is incredibly energising and I often turn to it instead of coffee for a more balanced and nutrient dense caffeine hit. I just love how powerful it is, and so I tend to enjoy a cacao-based drink like this once a week. It’s so easy to make, so delicious and has so many health benefits, from enhanced energy levels and cleansed skin, to elevated moods and improved concentration.  

What are you reading right now? 
Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss. It sounds super woo-woo, but it's basically written by an intuitive healer, and discusses all kinds of approaches to spirituality, exploring religions, ancient teachings and traditions from several cultures, and energy. It’s fascinating. I am super into energy work and healing and believe everything here on earth and beyond is made up of the same energy. We communicate on an energetic level and we give off and absorb energy from other people, nature, situations, feelings and thoughts. I'm currently learning about correlations between illness and energy, and how this manifests physically in the body; it's blowing my mind. 

‘Well Being’ is the title of your first book where you talk about connecting the mind, body and soul, through holistic practices, where did this idea come from? 
This was genuinely such a natural progression of my own life experiences, daily rituals and wellbeing routines. I was approached to write a book a few years ago based on recipes from my blog, but I had to put this on pause whilst I set up my business Qnola. During this time, I travelled a lot, wrote a lot, learnt a lot and studying and trained in alternative therapies, which too my focus away from jus food and really expanded my knowledge or the human body and mind, spirituality, energy and overall wellbeing is about much more than just a healthy diet and consistency fitness. I just really wanted to share everything I had learnt and all the things that worked for me. With my business in full swing, I wasn't regularly able to update my blog or event my Instagram and I also think both online and social media are so crowded with information and content. a book felt like a much more special project and I really wanted to create something people could keep for a long time and dip in and out of at different stages of their lives; something that wouldn't get read once or scanned, and then forgotten about. It is more of a manual to support readers to live more positively, openly, calmly and healthy, long-term. 

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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? 
Lie in bed for a few moments and adjust to being awake. I think about my day ahead and my schedule and just take a moment to breathe and stretch before getting out of bed. If I'm in the habit of it (it comes and goes), I will meditate for 20 minutes, but if I'm out of the flow which happens quite often, I will down 1-2 glasses of water, tongue scrape and cleanse my face, make a hot drink (herbal tea or a tonic) and start getting ready for whatever the day holds. Usually I'll do a morning workout or yoga before settling down to work, going to the office or heading to meetings, castings or shoots.  

How do you like to wind down after a stressful day? 
It depends how stressful the day has been and how affected I feel. I tend to absorb stress and hold onto it which manifests physically in my chest, shoulders, neck and/or stomach. If I'm super stressed, ill do yoga or go to the gym or for a run and listen to my music really loud to block out any thoughts. Using exercise to relax has made such a difference to my life, as I no longer feel like its a chore to keep in shape physically, but also a necessity for mental clarity. Other times, I will make time to see a friend, or speak on FaceTime to my parents or my boyfriend who lives in Sweden. This is always so calming. The power of people and connection is so underrated. Support, understanding and input from another persons point of view always helps to calm me down, ground me and bring me back to a more rational, open and accepting frame of mind. Then, there's always watching a series or an old movie if I really just want to switch off from work and fully surrender. Works like a charm.  

Do you think you will write another book, and what will it be about? 
I would love to write another book, and I already have some ideas. I'd love to share more about the recipes and rituals of other cultures, as I think in the western world our idea of living well and feeling healthy is so short minded. I have also been working on a smaller booklet / zine called Well Being & Other Stories. Its sort of an extension of my website, covering recipes, rituals and interviews from inspiring people from all over the world. I would love to do a few more of those, and also continue to create content for my website.  

You’re entirely self-driven and self-taught from seeing first hand how a poor diet can affect your health. Is there anything you would like to learn more about? 
Ah, there is SO much. I am one of those people who has this weird kind of hunger for life. I love meeting new people and I am so interested in other peoples lives and how people live, and although I never really loved school , I love to be constantly learning; there’s a difference now though in that I am interested in so many things that I genuinely want to explore more, unlike at school when I didn't feel engaged with most of the topics I was more or less forced into studying. I recently trained in holistic massage, and this made me relay want to learn more about aromatherapy and other energy and massage work and alternative therapies. Reiki has always interested me but I'm not quite ready for that yet. I would also love to study herbalism. and I'd love to spend time doing short courses in the future too; I never even did a business course when I started my business, so there are some basic things I think it could be worth knowing! And I'd love to learn something more hands on and creative, like textiles and pattern making or sewing, and screen-printing. I come from a pretty creative family so there is a strong artistic DIY streak in me.  

Could you tell us about a favourite ancient recipe or practice that you’d swear by? 
I love qigong and do-in, some techniques i picked up whilst studying Shiatsu. They are really energising movements and stretches aimed to work the meridians of the body, to release tension and enhance energy and movement within the body.  

You first lived in Stoke Newington when you moved to London, and the Qnola offices are based in Haggerston. Where is your favourite place to visit in East London? 
I love East London, its got such a nice village-y vibe and as a small town girl growing up in the countryside outside Bath, i love anywhere with a small, local feel. It’s hard to choose a favourite place but i love the canal, and i love my local park Clissold. An ideal weekend would be spent browsing the stores along Stoke Newington Church Street, and chilling in the park with friends.  

We recently read in an interview that you love to travel, what is the best place you’ve been to? And what made it so special for you? 
I love to travel, and it seriously soothes the soul. One of my most memorable trips was a few years ago with my best friend. We spent some time in Cuba and then travelled around Central America. I was super stressed before going, and the entire trip was so eye opening and inspiring. One thing I love most about travelling is the people you meet along the way. we met people who lived with so little, but who were amongst the happiest and most content people I’ve ever met. That was really grounding. I love travelling too as it really brings people together. Unless you're staying the best hotels and eating at the best restaurants, its like people are almost equals. No one knows quite where they are or what they're going to discover. No one has many belongings with them. And everyone is exploring and discovering new things usually on a budget. It is just really like getting back to basics and being present and that’s why I’m so addicted to it. There is always so much to see and learn from other cultures and countries; the experiences are literally endless.  

As a business woman, what’s the best advice that you’ve received and what advice would you give? 
I have received so much good advice from fellow female entrepreneurs, and also from my friends and family. I think a support system is the most crucial thing when starting your own thing. You need supportive people who get what you're doing, give you advice and won't be pissed if you can't make time for them as much as usual, but who will always be there for you regardless when the going gets tough. My mum always says 'stay in your own day' which really helps to ground me and to stay present, especially when I’m comparing my business to much bigger businesses, for example. She also said quite early on, when I was super stressed, 'it's just granola. No ones gonna die if they don't get their granola'. It sounds brutal, but this kind of mild tough love was just what I needed. When you have your own business, you get so caught up in your own little hustle, that it seems like the be all and end all. Any little thing that goes wrong seems like the end of the world and its especially hard if you are the only person who can sort it. But, remembering that its really so small insignificant in the wide scheme of things is really important keeping grounded, keeping it real, and not letting things get to you too much.   

We read in an interview that you began packaging Qnola from your kitchen and sending them out via post, How has the expansion of your business developed in the production line? And the structure of your business as a whole. 
Yes, it’s true. I used to spend my evenings and weekends off work baking and packaging Qnola in my kitchen until the early hours. My flatmates and family thought i was crazy. From there, I moved into a commercial kitchen when I started selling to stockists, just for space and storage and also to meet specific regulations. I continued to make it here by hand alone for a year or so before hiring my first employee. Since then, we have expanded and outsourced production to a local factory; where everything is still made by hand in small batches. We have a really great relationship with our manufacturers too, and are always working to improve the products and come up with new recipes. The structure of the business is pretty stream lined now, finally. But it takes a while to get there. I think I definitely learnt the hard way, and in future if I were ever to start something new, I think I would be much more prepared, and would probably seek to work with a manufacturer from the get go. But I wouldn't change any part of the process. The struggles have made all the successes so much more meaningful!  

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Upside Down Apricot + Almond Cake

Dairy Free, Gluten free, Recipe, Seasonal, Sugar Free, Sweets + Desserts, Summerdanielle coppermanComment
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Inspired by a cake my mama threw effortlessly together last week in desperation to use up some of the plums from the tree in our front garden, this cake is super simple and seasonally delicious. It is one of the moistest, lightest cakes you have and will ever encounter, I'm sure of it. Most of the flavour comes from the natural juices and essence of the fresh apricots (you can also use peaches, plums, nectarines or other seasonal fruit of choice - it will literally work with anything; berries, banana, citrus fruits etc etc), which goes so well with the creamy, nuttiness of the ground almond batter.

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This is such a summery recipe and it feels so energising, refreshing and nourishing to eat the vibrant fruits that nature offers up this time of year. I am a firm believer that we truly need exactly what the Earth provides for us in certain seasons / situations. I have been craving juicy, hydrating fruits all summer - probably due to the dry, hot weather - and feel so grateful to have things like peaches, apricots and nectarines thriving in abundance right now. 

This is such a quick and easy recipe and I would seriously recommend it, especially if you have some over-ripe fruits to use up. All the ingredients, as always, are 100% natural and unrefined and thus dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free.

+ A quick note on sugar: my opinion is that all sugar is sugar, it is received very similarly by the body, however it does make a difference using coconut sugar as it's is higher in fibre and other vitamins and minerals than regular white sugar or other highly processed sweeteners. I also use almost half the sugar required in most similar standard cake recipes, so that's something.

Components

8-10 medium apricots (or a similar amount of other fruits of choice. I'd suggest roughly 5 peaches or nectarines, 8-10 plums, 4-5 oranges or lemons - also feel free to use a combination of several different fruits)
120g  ground almonds
3 eggs (replace with equivalent of flax or chia gel for vegan option, although I haven't tested this)
100g coconut sugar
140g coconut oil
25g water
65g buckwheat flour (can also use self raising gluten free flour or standard self raising flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, paste, powder or fresh vanilla pod seeds
Pinch of salt
+ extra coconut oil and coconut sugar, for greasing

Method

Preheat the oven to 170c.

Line a 9 inch cake tin (I like to use one with a removable bottom, for ease) with baking paper and grease with the coconut oil and sprinkle with coconut sugar (enough to evenly cover the entire base) and a pinch of salt. 

Slice your fruits of choice into flat disks, however possible. I sliced my apricots in half only once, and removed the stone, but for peaches and nectarines you might want to slice four times for thinner layers. Then, lay the fruit - open side facing down and skin side facing up - over the entire base of the tin. Cover as much of the tin as possible and fill any gaps with smaller slices of fruit.

Next, make the batter. Whisk all of the remaining ingredients together in a bowl or combine in a mixer or a food processor. Once smooth, pour the mixture into the tin, covering every inch of the fruit. Smooth to even out with a spatula or back of a spoon.

Bake for 40-45 mins, testing to see if the centre is cooked through by poking a knife or skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean, it is ready, but if it brings a lot of raw looking mixture with it, leave it to bake a little longer. If the top begins to darken too much, cover with foil for the remaining time. 

Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave for a few minutes until cool enough to handle. Remove the cake from the tin and gently flip it upside down onto a large plate or cake stand. Carefully remove the baking paper, pressing it away from you as you peel it away, to avoid any pieces of fruit coming with it.

Leave to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes, then either enjoy warm or leave for longer and enjoy at room temp. 

I enjoyed mine with yoghurt (I like soy, almond, cashew or coconut, but you can also use natural probiotic yoghurt). You could also serve with vegan cream (I like Oatly). I also added a little fresh grated ginger, but it would also be nice with fresh herbs like mint, thyme or lemon verbena, depending on the fruits you've used.

+ Store in an airtight container either at room temperature or in the fridge. I left mine at room temperature and it lasted for 4-5 days.

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Margate Beach Clean September 8th 2018 10am-12.30pm

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I recently took part in my first beach clean in Hastings, and felt so inspired to organise one of my own. I really think there should be more opportunities to get involved, especially during the summer as it's actually just a really nice day out. I went with a friend and we basically just got an all-over tan, spent some quality time together not on our phones (apart from taking this photo) and did our part to help keep the planet clean and oceans healthy.

I'm going to be hosting a beach clean on September 8th, in Margate (just over 1 1/2 hours from London by train, and 2 hours by car), from 10am-12.30pm. Margate is brimming with really fun things to do too; from art galleries, vintage and boutique stores to amazing cafes and restaurants and, of course, Dreamland. So join us and make a day out of it. Get out of the city for a few hours and enjoy a day by the beach, helping us to keep the beaches and oceans clean.

We will be providing some all-natural snacks on the day, as well as some wonderful gifts from the likes of Qnola and Haeckels skincare (made in Margate!).

If you are coming, please let me know by simply leaving a comment on this blog post, including the number of friends you will be coming with.

We will meet near the Margate Clocktower - keep update on my instagram for exact details.

Hope you can join us! 

Monthly Essentials ~ July 2018

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Here for a good time, not a long time, I'm obsessed with Neoss Pop-up store in Stoke Newington. Head there immediately if you're sustainable style inclined.

This Linen Duvet Cover Set in Terracotta; for the dreamiest of dreams.

Loooving the linen items on Free People. This and this.

This linen bathrobe is just the best. I've even been known to wear mine out in public, several times on holiday, and then once to the corner shop back home in London, which didn't go so unnoticed. Get one to match your bed covers above, or choose from their other lovely colours.

Want these knitted loungewear pants in my life asap.

I've always been interested in intermittent fasting, but have quickly lost interest scanning through so march jargon and always return to myths like 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day' and 'if you don't eat regularly or enough, your body will think it's being starved and will start storing more fat'. These are lies. This article and this article have really inspired me on a deeper level; one where I truly understand the benefits of fasting and how to do it. I'm currently on day 3 of an intermittent fasting regime, where I fast for 16 hours and eat only within an 8 hour window. So far, it's enhanced my concentration, reduced bloating and digestive discomfort, reduced sluggish feelings or feelings of fullness or heaviness, and I feel lighter and more energised. I don't want to advocate not eating, but I would highly recommend intermittent fasting not just to become leaner physically, but for all kinds of other benefits that come with it. Do plenty of research and try a schedule that works for you.

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This is the first stop I'm gonna make next time I visit my boyfriend in Sweden. Adornment Studio in Stockholm is inspired by the vintage legacy, with sustainability and quality at the forefront of what they do. The garments from their own label are made from leftover fabrics collected from well-known Italian fashion houses to ensure sustainable and high-quality creations, and reduce waste.

A question I get asked a lot, this mascara and this mascara are my current faves.

The search for a good all-natural deodorant is never ending, am I right? But I have come one step closer having discovered Madara's Organic Herbal Deodorant. It smells amazing, it's light to wear and not at all greasy or sticky like some natural deodorant sticks I've tried in the past and its better for your health and the earth. 

A good little marketplace for the ethical consumer.

Not like any of us need any more possessions, but 20% off on Monday in case you really just do.

Ayurvedic skincare is something I think everyone should invest in. Finding out more about yourself on a deeper level than just mental and physical, Ayurveda invites you to really tune in and ask bigger questions, to really get to know yourself and accept your characteristics. So often, we don't address our thoughts or emotions, or don't indulge them by acting on them, and we rarely really embrace certain traits of our personalities unless they are socially accepted. It's like we hide our true feelings and opinions from others so much that we hide them from ourselves, but when you can embrace them and understand them and accept them, you come to love yourself so much more just the way you are. Ayurveda explores all aspects of your body, mind and spirit, including your skin. I am a predominantly Vata, and although I don't always stick to a vata-pacifying diet, I love the idea of skincare designed for specific types.

Throughout July, I signed up to P.volve's free trial of online workouts. It was amazing. I am really hard at self-motivating myself to do cardio, so unless I'm in a class it doesn't really get done. P.volve's online videos thankfully are not cardio-heavy. Instead, they focus on really small and specific movements, most of which are done slowly and controlled for maximum burn and benefits. This is a really unique workout, guiding you to use muscles you never would have known about. You do need some specific P.volve. equipment in some videos, but I got on fine with just a selection of hand weights and resistance bands. You gotta start somewhere.

One of my faves, Lacy Philips, has launched a podcast. Over an hour each time of inspiring, authentic discussions and really valuable insights and advice on a variety of topics we can all relate to.

This is next on my reading list.

This face mask works like a charm. 100% natural and nontoxic, free from GMO, fillers, artificial colours, fragrances and other synthetic chemicals, the gel-like mask glides onto skin and develops into a film-like texture before it's time to cleanse it off with warm water. My skin felt smoother and softer overnight, and completely balanced a few oil-prone areas before they manifested into full-blown blemishes.

Almighty Foods' nut butters are so over the top it's insane, but in the best possible ways. They add coconut sugar and other natural flavourings to their stoneground nut butters, and once you get that teaspoon in and out the jar once, its hard to know when to stop. Or, it's easy to know, but even easier to ignore it and carry on anyway. I love their Toffee Almond straight from the jar or on banana as a little pick-me-up. For an instant energising drink, you could also dissolve it in coffee, hot water with cacao powder or warm nut milk.

Was recently recommended to watch this and one episode in I'm inspired in ready for more.

I did my first beach clean with a friend in Hastings this month and it was such a nice way to spend a Saturday. We were basically getting an all-over tan, spending quality time together and helping save the Ocean all at once. The Marine Conservation Society is a great platform to find a beach clean near you, and if there isn't one at your nearest beach or open water site, you can host your own. I'll be hosting one on September 8th, so watch this space.

Have you tried the tart yet?!

Re:Mind studio is so needed in this city. I had dreams of one day setting up a space of my own and this was pretty much how I imagined it. A place to go to be calm and slow, with a schedule of meditation, yin yoga, group reiki sessions, sound healing and other classes and events, Re:mind is such a wonderful place to go if you want to try something new but don't know where to begin or don't feel confident enough to begin your own personal practice without guidance. And, you don't have to be a member, you can just drop in to classes as and when you like, or schedule private sessions with some of their teachers. Unlimited herbal tea and a store front filled with some of the best eco-friendly / organic / sustainable brands on Earth, if not for a class, just go there for a breather.

Shooting with Rixo last week fed my obsession with their dresses, blouses and scarves. They've just dropped some brand new pieces fyi. Click on the images below browse and shop.

There's a new pop up in town and this ones all sustainable and ethical menswear and womenswear at its best.

This is one of my all time favourite candles.

This month I was working with Pam Pam on an exciting editorial project, and discovered they have some really nice sustainable brands, like this one.

Loving these handmade sunglasses.

I haven't stopped wearing or talking about PDPaola; my current jewellery obsession. I am a sucker for jewellery and prefer buying statement jewellery way more than statement clothing. I recently got a selection of earrings and rings from Pdpaola, and they are not only really unique in design but are such good quality for not outrageous prices. Their intention is to "create genuine and exclusive jewellery, completing the image of the contemporary women with elegance and character". The materials they work with go through strict quality checks and are carefully selected and contrasted, making each piece unique and different. "All our jewels are hand finished, from the polishing, to the set of each stone". You can literally feel the passion, care and devotion in each piece, and it feels amazing to wear.

H&M's homeware is really hitting it. Love this, this, this, this and this. Browse more here.

This is the best gluten free pasta you will ever experience. I adore linguine, so this has just knocked my former corn / rice / quinoa / buckwheat / lentil / pea pasta options completely out of the park.

A love a bulk-buy situation. Any store that has tubs to scoop from or tubes to dispense from makes me so happy. I love the freedom it gives you to select as much or as little of something as you need, and also the way it produces far less waste, and is often cheaper than buying packaged. I'll be visiting this place when I'm next in the area.

I recently visited the owner of The Collaborative Store in Marylebone. "A space to discover an edit of contemporary clothing, accessories, homeware, furniture and art for people who are curious about the story behind the pieces they buy". With a selection of sustainable / ethical fashion (both men's and women's), homeware and beauty products, it's a must for anyone wanting to find unique alternatives to the commercial, mass produced products of this world. Find them here and here.

Dying with desire for every. single. swimsuit this sustainable brand has to offer. "With a focus on Scandinavian simplicity & a responsibility to look after the environment, all OHOY products are produced from plastic and fishing nets collected from the ocean and recycled into luxurious Italian fabric.  We don't believe in swimwear seasons, we believe in adventures around the year". Just, yesssssss.

I've always been intrigued by Human Design, and really for me, so many different theories influence how I live my life. Human Design is one of them. As will anything like this, I don't take things word for word or too literally, but I do find really incredible input and interesting ideas for analysing and understanding my own body, mind and spirit. 

This place looks amazing and I'm looking forward to booking into one of their events soon. You should too. They have some inspiring things going on. Same goes for this place.

If you missed the print copies of our Well Being & Other Stories Zine, the good news is that until we produce another print run, you can download a digital version, here

I recently posted about a sisal sponge, which is a body sponge made from agave plant fibres. The insides are usually synthetic, but I love using sisal as a it's an incredible exfoliator. Here's one with wooden handle and one without.

I've been searching for this since I tried them a few years ago in Sweden. Summer purslane is a super light and refreshing, crisp leaf to add to salads. I've just bought some seeds to grow my own before summer is out, but also found it in my local fruit and vegetable store last week, so keep an eye out. It's seriously tasty.

All I had was a smoothie but I can't wait to return to this place, the menu looks all me.

Natural / organic / sustainable haircare is the hardest to find. Here's something for ya!

I don't want to drink out of anything else.

Girl Undiscovered superfood face mask. Uhhh, there are too many amazing beauty brands and not enough time.

Planning on trying these soon. "Only what you need, nothing you don't". A brand redefining the way we supplement, and making it simpler and more natural.

Want this little two-piece? Me tooooo.

Something new to try.

It took me long enough to get a Keep Cup. I previously used a bamboo reuseable takeaway cup, but it wasn't airtight or spill proof. I designed my own, which happens to be exactly the same as this one. You can customise the colour of the band, lid and lid plug, here.

Austin Austin Certified Organic skin and haircare is even cooler than it looks. It is actually legit, unlike most things with nice packaging. A family business, all products are produced in East Anglia and tested only on people. Their bottles are made from 100% recycled material and their boxes from FSC accredited sustainably managed forests. All of the packaging used is recyclable. Austin Austin products are all vegan (apart from their body cream which uses a small amount of beeswax) and they do not contain any GM ingredients, SLS, silicones, parabens, mineral oils, artificial colours or fragrances. Need I say any more? Oh actually, they also smell incredible. So pure and natural, which emphasises the quality of the ingredients in case you didn't quite believe it.

MiH Jeans teamed up with Bay Garnett to curate a vintage inspired collection. It's everything.

Dangerously addicted. Although I'm not 100% vegan, I avoid dairy pretty much all the time mainly as it affects my skin. Vegan cheese always seemed like a weird and unappetising concept, but this vegan cheese is not messing around. I would die happily now if i never ate real cheese again.

Some summertime tips from Lacy & Lila @ Free a& Native.

I've been trying out this Anti-Pollution CC cream and would recommend to anyone looking to move away from artificial make up products. It's scientifically proven to completely shield the skin from urban toxins. Okurrrrr.

Love love loving Twelve's London Mask. Made with incredible natural ingredients, The founder says: “Rather unusually, I choose to hand-blend The London Mask myself. It takes a lot of work, but it is essential, because it allows me to ensure that the skin benefits from purifying benefits of the natural clays, without any of the unpleasant associated concerns e.g. dryness, dehydration, tightening, cracking. The thoughtful, time-consuming nature of the process means that I can make only 50 jars a month – but if I had to mix all of the ingredients in a blending machine, the clays would quickly absorb and ‘trap’ all the soothing oils and active molecules, and would then no longer work effectively. I love this mask because it’s a beautiful and highly effective example of how you can work with nature to produce something utterly extraordinary, or choose to work against it, and then lose much of its natural magic". The London Mask instantly clears, cleanses and balances my skin, it's truly special.

These earrings and these earrings.

Me and most of my school friends at the moment are completing the first full quarter of life. There is such thing as a quarter life crisis and turns out we are all approaching it, worrying more, wanting to make big changes and just generally feeling a little stuck. There's a lot going on at this stage in life, not just things we're doing or dealing with but the stars and planets are aligning and returning and all sorts. It's a powerful and transformational time. If you're struggling with clarity or feeling ungrounded and anxious, consider this.

Ethical manufacturing, natural dyes, 1% for the planet, organic and eco-friendly yoga wear made in limited batches for limited waste. Love it @VegeThreads.

Mercury is in Retrograde, y'all. This will explain a thing or two that you've been going through.

Innermost vegan protein powder; the health one.

My girl Holly of The Acey has just opened shop in East London. Go go go.

Recently re-watched this. It really is a must see.

You're a lot more creative than you think.

We are all energy, vibrating at our own unique frequencies. If we could all tap into ourselves and increase our energetic frequency, imagine this place!

These all-natural, vegan, dairy free, sugar free ice lollies. Produced with environmentally friendly production processes, too.

Sunless tanning  🙌

Loli: Living Organic Loving Ingredients, make pure and potent superfood beauty products using food-grade ingredients your body recognises and really requires. "Peel back a beauty label far enough, and you’ll see that it’s lost its connection to what really nourishes us – food – and in its place is a blend of 95% water, preservatives and synthetics. We use organic, wild-harvested ingredients that are raw, fair trade, non-GMO and up-cycled from food for zero waste. I believe that when you blend food to make beauty, you make more of yourself. It’s powerful alchemy". I'm currently trying a few of their products and the whole ritual of making your own blends is really fun and fascinating.

Recycle your clothes easily if you don't have time to get to a charity shop.

Some seriously technical activewear going on over here.

This will upgrade your summer drink of choice like nothing else will. Literally. The drink I've been making this summer is simply a mix of sparkling water, a little Grey Goose Vodka or another spirit of choice, a splash of St Germain, ice and lemon, lime or fresh herbs. 

I've lived about 20 minutes from this place for about 6 years and never discovered it. Ummmm.

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Humans of Rixo Campaign & Interview

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This week I worked on an online campaign for Rixo with a few of my favourite fellow female founders, from Female Narratives. Female Narratives is a female-only creative agency run by my good friends Tijana Tamburic and Franzie Klein. Add myself and three others from the agency - Nina Chanh, Lucinda Worth and Stephanie Sian Smith - and you've got the faces of their latest Human's of Rixo campaign, dressed head to toe in their newest collection.

See the full feature and read the full article here.

Complete Transparency on My Sustainability Efforts

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I've been asked a lot more and thus talking a lot more about sustainability recently, and so I want to cover the topic in more depth and share the fundamentals  of my own sustainability efforts.

Living in the World that we do, and in the state that it is, it is nearly impossible to live sustainably 100% of the time. This is something I have trouble coming to terms with, as, despite my best efforts, there are always things on which I could improve or wish I could avoid. However, the reality is, unless we retreat to the countryside or relocate to the jungle and live as completely self-sufficient beings, in self-built homes, wearing self-made clothes and eating self-grown produce, we're never going to be as sustainable or eco-friendly as we'd like to be. Things have simply gone too far.

In centuries gone by, we were doing pretty good, but with the introduction of all kinds of technology, we discovered ways to make things much easier for ourselves, and apparently either didn't fully understand or didn't care enough about the consequences these things would have on our environment, experiences and ultimately our evolution. We live in an age where we can have what we want, whenever we want it. This of course has its benefits and is a wonderful way to live, but it doesn't come without its side effects. We have become complacent, much lazier and are producing far more things and far more waste than ever before. We are consuming more than we need to, and the processes involved in the mass-production required to meet our constant needs and demands are often highly toxic, unethical and unsustainable; affecting the environment and the state of our land, our air, our oceans and our ecosystem, along with the welfare of people involved in production and the welfare of us, as consumers of lower quality products (especially when it comes to food).

I dream of a time when - although tougher and of course less luxurious - people had limits. A time when people would grow their own foods or buy from local suppliers and accept that when something wasn't available, they could go without. A time when clothes were made better and, although more expensive, would be more of a luxury or in some ways, more meaningful. If you didn't like something enough, you wouldn't buy it, or if you couldn't find something you liked, you could take the time to make something yourself. This time I dream of seemed much simpler. Alright, we didn't have half the things we depend on and enjoy most in the modern day, but we got by just fine without them, and our environment suffered considerably less. There were less products, less advertising for things we don't really need, and less options. We made do with what we had, and that was enough. Chances are, we were happier too. Some of the poorest countries and cultures I have experienced are some of the happiest, and I am passionate about finding ways to simplify our modern lives so we can live with less, do less and enjoy ourselves, our time and our planet more.

Whilst I am no saint when it comes to sustainability, I try to live as naturally and consciously as possible. In making several sacrifices and taking time to discover ways to swap modern essentials for more natural necessities, I am doing my bits, however small they may be.

Modern-day materials and more eco-friendly alternatives

To me, beyond just generally consuming and buying less, the materials involved in the things I do buy are of major importance to me. In general, a non-biodegradable material is anything that air, sunlight, water, and ground soil cannot break down. There are many manufactured / synthetic materials which are non-biodegradable, but are favoured for being cheaper and easier and quicker to produce. Of those, plastic and cotton most commonly come under widespread scrutiny. Here's a few flash notes on why, and some more eco-friendly and sustainable suggestions.

Plastic uses gallons of water to produce. It takes more water to produce a plastic bottle than the amount of water that it in it.

Plastic, if not recycled and reused, takes years to decompose and biodegrade. Once you throw away something made of plastic, it will sit in landfill or end up in the Oceans, killing the sea life by polluting their habitats, getting ingested or physically harming them in other ways. There is a figure floating around (excuse the pun) that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. I'm not sure how they can determine this or how likely it is, but I'd say its enough to make you think twice about using so much plastic, and about how you dispose of it.

The process of making plastic (which is made of polypropylene - a material composed of petroleum and gas) requires lots of energy, involves non-renewable fossil fuels and contributes to the level of greenhouse gases in the environment. 

Cotton is another concern. It requires a lot of water to produce, and is commonly heavily treated with pesticides, unless organic. 

Paper. We all know what's happening to the rainforests. Although it biodegrades, and is easier to recycle, paper still requires a lot of water and wood to produce, and our rainforests can't grow fast enough to keep up with the demand.

There are plenty of other materials - such as styrofoam, polyester, cans and tins, rubber, nylon, cellophane to name a few - that we should also be conscious about using, and serious about cutting down on.

So, what's good?

Other plants, such as bamboo, are generally more sustainable, renewable and more efficient options. Bamboo doesn't require any pesticides, and it is self-replenishing. 1/3 of the amount of water is needed to grow bamboo than is required to grow cotton. 1 acre of bamboo yields 10 times more than 1 acre of cotton. Bamboo is also much more absorbent than cotton and is stronger, meaning its more efficient in serving the purposes we tend to use cotton for.

Bamboo can be used in a solid form to replace plastic, and its fibres can also be used in fabrics and materials for things like clothes, furniture, packaging and more.

Organic cotton is also better than standard cotton, as there is no use of pesticides or other chemicals in the production process. It is cleaner, and better for the environment, but it still uses a lot of water, energy and labour to produce. If un-dyed, cotton biodegrades, which is why its best to buy organic as it is safer and cleaner to biodegrade.

Plant fibres such as hemp, flax, coconut (coir), sisal, jute, silk/wild/peace silk, pineapple (Piñatex), beech tree (modal) and many more make really great alternatives to cotton and can be used to make things like clothes, shoes, furniture and other materials. I also love tencel which is made from wood pulp fibres.

Linen is one of the most biodegradable fabrics used in fashion items. Try to buy it un-dyed as it is fully biodegradable that way.

Using recycled materials is also good, but it does require a lot of energy, especially up-cycling things like plastic. With clothing, buying second-hand and customising or altering something is a great way to give new life to unwanted clothes.

Obviously, to be 100% sustainable, you would have to stop buying things all together. Even these natural fibres will contribute in some way to pollution through processing and will eventually end up as waste, but the good thing is they will biodegrade much more efficiently. Things made with natural fibres tend to cost more too; you are ultimately paying that little bit extra for more careful and ethical practices, for better quality clothes and to support smaller businesses and their authentic morals.

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My Sustainability Efforts and Practices

Like I said, it would be impossible to live completely sustainably and self-sufficiently in this day and age, and I am absolutely not trying to act like I do or come across as perfect and flawless at it. I want to be completely transparent here. I still use a lot of products and have several habits (not to mention jobs) which are not environmentally friendly, but the main thing is I am cutting down on them and making major swaps wherever and whenever I can. Here's the area's I'm making most headway with, as well as those in which I am not quite there yet. 

Beauty

I do use make up and skincare products that aren't entirely natural, vegan, organic or ethical, but i prefer to use things that are at least one of those things. My skincare and beauty routines are not 100% clean or perfect, mainly because as a model I don't have complete control over what products are used on me from one day to the next. Also, at home, there are products I've been using for years which I just love. However, I am more conscious when using them, and choose to use natural, eco-friendly, organic and ethical products much more than these artificial/non-eco products. Products made without artificial chemicals, parabens, micro beads and other fillers are not only better for the environment but also for your skin.

I would also suggest using wooden earbuds instead of plastic earbuds, as well as wooden or metal razors, instead of single use/disposable razors.

+ Go a step further and find products that are packaged in recyclable, refillable or biodegradable packaging.

Style + Clothing

Whilst I prefer to buy second hand/vintage or small-batch/handmade/natural fibre fashion items, I'm not going to pretend I never shop at places like Topshop, Zara, H&M, Forever 21, etc etc. I really do. Not often, but occasionally. And I'm always wearing and promoting brands that aren't always ethical or sustainable in my line of work as a model. But that doesn't mean I approve, it's just part of the job.

Most of the time I try just to not buy new clothes, because I don't really need them. However, from time to time something will catch my eye or I will need something for specific traveling conditions, and if I can't always find (or afford) clothes made from natural fibres, or second hand clothes, I will end up on the high street; although I don't buy something unless I really, really love it.

I have recently felt particularly unfulfilled with pieces I've bought from high street brands, as many of them either need altering or have something about them that I'dd like to change. They rarely feel perfect. And they always seem over-priced and quite often poorly made. Not to mention, everyone ends up buying and wearing the same things. Its far more special to buy a unique second-hand piece or items made to order or in limited batches from more artisan producers. Clothes like these also feel so much better. There is more life and character in them, not to mention you are either giving back to charity, or saving things from going to waste. It's literally all good. 

Food + Diet

I try to eat plant based as much as possible, mostly due to the environmental side effects associated with the production of meat. However, I am not 100% vegan all of the time; I have a flexible approach to eating and try not to put too much pressure on myself if I can help it.

I try to avoid meat and fish, eating it probably once a week, max. This is mainly due to the amount of water, feed and land that is required to raise livestock and produce meat and animal products, which is not very environmentally friendly, and also the state of commercial fishing, which produces a lot of waste which ends up in the ocean.

I try to shop locally and in bulk to avoid unnecessary packaging, but this isn't always possible and I do end up in my local Tesco from time to time. I avoid packaged items as much as possible but sometimes have to grin and bear it and hope it will all end up recycled. Makes me feel better anyway.

Travel

I travel a lot with my job, and that is certainly not an eco-friendly habit. Flying is pretty bad but unfortunately can't be avoided. I love travelling too much. I try to balance it out by taking buses instead of cars and trains, and, whenever possible, I always schedule in extra journey time so I can get to places by foot or by bike. 

See my latest video on IGTV to explore my favourite simple sustainable swaps for useful tools and everyday products.

 

Simple Sustainable Swaps

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In this video I share a few simple tips and tools for making more natural, sustainable and conscious lifestyle choices. 

Modern day materials - such as plastic and cotton - are having damaging affects on our lives and on the planet, and things are getting worse. By swapping things made with synthetic materials for things made with more natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials, and which involve more environmentally friendly processes, we can all make a difference and play a part in reducing the amount of pollution and physical waste ending up in landfill or in the oceans.

Find out more on my website ~ www.daniellecopperman.com ~ and shop some of the items mentioned in this video here, http://daniellecopperman.com/store-1/. 

Summery Vegan Lemon Curd Tart ~ Vegan & Gluten Free Ofc

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Ah, this could be just about the dreamiest thing I've ever made. I thought it would be impossible to recreate a favourite of mine (and many's) - The Lemon Tart - using all-natural and vegan ingredients, but it wasn't, and that's why we're where we are today. First off, this post contains around 3 to 4 individual recipes in itself; not only a lemon tart but also a lemon jam, a lemon curd and a biscuity base you can use for all kinds of sweet treats, desserts, freezer granola (I'll explain later) or simply enjoy as a snack. 

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+ You can make this recipe into one big tart to serve sliced (right), or you can use smaller tart dishes to make individual tartlets (left). You can also make this into more a cheesecake pot if you don't have the right kind of tart dish, by filling small ramekins, small bowls or even glasses with some of the base mixture followed by the filling on top.

The Basic Biscuity Base

You can take inspiration from pretty much any recipe for a raw dessert when looking for a quick and simple base for a conventional dessert; whether you intend to make an entirely raw dessert or not. You can make a basic base for any dessert with pretty much any combination of nuts / seeds, coconut oil or butter and a little natural sweetener. I've given up using recipes as it is so easy to judge by eye how much oil and by taste how much sweetener you need to add to any amount of nuts / seeds for it to work as a base. The magic of a raw base like this is that the hard work is done by the coconut oil / butter and the fridge / freezer. It is so simple, and the result is always perfectly crunchy, creamy and crumbly. I use the same kind of recipes as the bottom layer for dessert pots, the base for cheesecakes and as an easy alternative to pastry shells - as I have done here.

+ You could make this tart on a more conventional pastry shell if you feel so inclined / prefer it / have more time and patience on your hands. The pastry from my recent Savoury Vegan Picnic Tartlets recipe would work amazingly with this filling.

Components

Makes enough for 1 medium to large tart dish, or about 8-10 small individual pots / tart dishes

200g raw cashews
200g raw almonds
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3-4 tablespoons honey, medjool dates or other natural sweetener of choice (I find 3 tablespoons is enough to make the dough stick but add more depending on your taste preferences)

+ You can of course use a combination of any other raw nuts and / or seeds you have on hand. I love using pecans or walnuts, and sunflower seeds for a nut-free option.

Process

Simply add your nuts / seeds of choice to a food processor and blend until ground into a fine, crumbly consistency. With the machine still running, slowly pour in the coconut oil followed closly by the honey or other natural sweetener of choice.

The mixture should begin to clump after 30-60 seconds on a high speed. Add a little more oil if the mixture seems too dry and/or a little more honey or sweetener of choice if the mixture isn't sticking and holding together when you press it with your fingers of the back of a spoon or spatula. You want it to stick and hold a compact shape.

Now, cut a strip of baking paper almost twice the diameter of your tart dish (do the same for each small individual tartlet dishes if using). Lay the baking paper across the tart dish as centrally as possible, with the baking paper flat to the middle of the tart dish, and the ends of the laying long outside of the dish. This will help you to lift the tart out once it is set.

Next, transfer the base mixture into your tart dish or tartlet dishes, and use a spatula and / or your hands to spread the mixture evenly to the edges. Press the mixture down until it is compact, and use small handfuls to press some of the mixture up and around the sides of your dish too. 

The base should be about 1/2 cm - 1 cm thick at the base, probably naturally a little thinner around the edges. Transfer to the freezer to set whilst you make the filling.

+ Leftovers tip: You can use any leftover base to energy balls or bars, either rolling it up or pressing into bar moulds or even tuppaware boxes. You can also crumble it into a small container and leave it in the freezer to enjoy as an instant granola for breakfast.

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The Lemon Curd Filling

I have previously made an all-natural lemon curd recipe but it contained eggs and quite a bit of coconut milk which made it quite heavy and rich. This new versions is incredible, I'm genuinely smiling just thinking about it. 100% vegan / plant based and 100% natural and unrefined, you won't find the usual eggs, overload of sugar or butter that is traditionally used in conventional recipes / lemon curd products, or any additives, preservatives and weird thickeners or acidity regulators (err, sorry what?).

As mentioned in the intro, you get 3-in-1 with this recipe. The earliest stage of this filling makes the most delicious lemon jam, which can be used on toast, in yoghurt or enjoyed with baked goods. The next stage makes the perfect lemon curd, which can be used as a spread, a dip or a side for fruit salads or other desserts. And the final stage is your lemon curd tart filling, which could also be used as a slightly richer and creamier spread, dip or side for other desserts. The choice is yours.

Components

140g coconut oil, melted
juice of 6 lemons
160-180g honey, coconut sugar or other natural sweetener of choice
6 tablespoons arrowroot powder
6 tablespoons soy yoghurt (can replace with other yoghurt of choice such as coconut, oat or almond yoghurt. Those who eat dairy can also use probiotic dairy yoghurt or double cream)

Process

Measure the lemon juice, oil and honey into a medium saucepan over a medium - high heat. Immediately whisk in the arrowroot. Add 3 tablespoons first then whisk until fully combine, then add the remaining 3 tablespoons and whisk again.

Heat over a medium - high heat until the mixture begins to thicken and bubble. It should become incredibly gloopy. Also, during one of my test runs, a lot of the oil separated and sat on the surface, but if this happens it will all turn out fine, so don't worry.

As the mixture becomes thick and gloopy, remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture vigorously for 1-2 minutes (may need longer if your oil has separated slightly). The mixture should calm down and become a smoother more creamy looking texture. Return to a low-medium heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, whisking every so often to avoid any sticking and burning.

When the mixture is thick, smooth and glossy looking, remove from heat and then whisk in the soy yoghurt (or whichever alternative you might be using), one tablespoon at a time, until smooth. This will make the mixture thin a little but don't worry, it will set perfectly.

Pour the mixture into your tart base or tartlet bases, filling it up to come almost level with the edges of the base. This time, place in the fridge for about 1-2 hours to set fully.

+ Leftovers tip: If you have leftover filling mixture once you've filled your tart or tartlet bases, pour the remainder into a jar or container and store in the fridge. You can serve a dollop alongside the tart for anyone who wants extra, or you can use to accompany breakfasts (such as granola and yoghurt, fruit salad, spread on toast or on porridge) or other desserts.

Once set, slice and serve with an extra dollop of soy yoghurt (or you preferred alternative) and a side of fresh, seasonal fruit. Keeps for 1 week in the fridge. To keep for even longer, slice and store in the freezer; it thaws back to perfection in no time.

+ Decoration tip: You could try swirling an extra dollop of soy yogurt into the middle of the filling before setting, to create a marbled effect. You could also garnish with edible flowers, lemon slices or other fresh fruit of choice

Monthly Essentials ~ June 2018

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Have been loving the Ballet Barre and Box & Burn class @RefineryE9

All-natural wooden razor? yuhhh please

This All-natural coconut fibre dish scrubber is completely compostable and entirely, in no way synthetic

Trying to live more plastic free? This will come in handy.

Summer is for Miiro Ice Lollies - dairy free, gluten free, all-natural, no refined sugar, no artificial flavourings - its aaallllllll good

My new favourite online vintage destination is One Scoop Store. The founder buys all her (mostly designer) stock second-hand from charity shops, markets, car boots or private clients who have surplus clothing. Her mission is to reduce landfill and reduce the amount of clothes being thrown away by finding items a new owner. I got some incredible Gucci loafers and a hoop top which I'll share soon. 

I'm trying this next week and I can't freaking wait. My Mum has been having regular treatments for about a year now and I don't know why I didnt think to try it sooner. It sounds amazing, is all-natural and apparently reduces visibility of pores and strength of hairs over time (also reduces the risk of ingrown hairs too ewww)

Aquafaba mayonnaise is about to change your life. Made with the water from cooked chickpea (tinned is best), it is one of the easiest things I've ever made and so, so needed to see any vegans or anyone more preferable to plant based food through barbecue season.

These dungaree's - so comfy and all ethically / hand made

Lucy Williams x Love Stories is a viiiiibe

I am now a proud owner of bamboo cutlery and I pledge to keep it on my person at all times to avoid using plastic knives and forks whilst out and about. You should too

There's some funky stuff going on over here

I recently joined a friend of mines all-female creative agency, Female Narratives. Check them out; they have a portfolio of incredibly talented and inspirational women who you can either follow, connect with or work with; or just read their stories and be inspired.

I've finally sorted my life out and started using Natural Cycles. Full blog post coming soon; leave a comment if you have any specific questions you'd like to ask about it. Disclaimer: I'm never looking back

I've never enjoyed sleeping so much. I genuinely wake up feeling happier and more content than I've ever felt at the sound of my alarm going off, thanks to Casper #CasperAndMe

Charities like these 🙏

New skincare on the block

Hypnotherapy with Luca Bertali was a wonderful experience and has left me feeling subconsciously stronger and more confident. He works with people on more specific issues such as addictions and traumas but also offers more general support with self worth and confidence

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We've been working away on a little zine which we filled so much it's practically a small book. Named Well Being & Other Stories, it contains a collection of recipes, rituals and words and contributions from inspiring women from all over the world. Based on the theme of Transformation, and divided into sub-topics of Earth, Self and Community, it is been curated with the intention of serving as a manual and guide to inspire a more grounded and abundant way of living, and to encourage you to welcome change and transformation and enjoy it. Available in paperback or downloadable PDF version

The Basics Store is baccccck yo. My Marina is such a talented bunny and she has basically crammed all of my favourite things into one beautiful shop that I want to live in. 15 Monmouth Street, Central London ✌️

Free-From All-natural deodorant that actually looks legit

Too many great earrings

I've teamed up with Marysia and every single item I put on feels like heaven and makes me feel almost the same way

If I were a store, this is what it would be like

Got both eyes on this Mango playsuit

 

Vegan Aquafaba Mayonnaise

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I just wanted to chime in with a V quick and easy yet mind blowing and magical recipe which I think you all kind of need. I have an almond & cashew and an avocado mayonnaise recipe in my book, but this I wish I had discovered and experimented with before I wrote my book as it really deserves to be in there. This recipe is way simpler, cheaper, easier, lighter and smoother than the other recipes (which are still delish don't get me wrong) and requires only 6 ingredients and under 2 minutes of your time. It will make the perfect condiment to accompany your picnics and barbecues this summer. The search for the greatest vegan, plant based, all-natural mayonnaise is over. You're welcome.

Components

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon smooth / dijon mustard or mustard powder (optional)
60lm of the water drained from a tin of chickpeas (known as Aquafaba - what a fun new word)
2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar or White Wine Vinegar
180ml sunflower oil (plus more if needed)
A generous pinch of himalayan pink / sea / rock salt
You can also add a few drops of natural syrup, if you are used to a slightly sweeter flavour

Process

Simply measure all of the ingredients apart from the oil into a tall container / jug. Using a hand blender / immersion blender, blend for around 45-60 seconds, until frothy. Then, very gradually, begin to add the oil whilst the blender is still running. Add the oil slowly, bit by bit, making it last for around 1-2 minutes. Lift the blade out of the mixture from time to time to allow air to circulate and for an even blend. Once all of the oil is used up, you should have a fully emulsified result; a thick, creamy and smooth mayonnaise with a glossy texture. If you want it even thicker, add up to 60ml more oil (you really shouldn't need to though).

Season with extra salt, lemon juice or vinegar, to taste.

+ If you don't have an immersion blender, you can do this in a standard blender too. I haven't tried it but I'm sure it will work fine. It might be wiser to double the measurements in order to give your blender more to work with. I sometimes find if the blender isn't full enough, it doesn't blend so effectively.

Store covered or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

The Equinox Effect

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Equinox gym is unlike any other gym. At Equinox, they believe that results come from the right balance of movement, nutrition and regeneration - not just intense workouts and protein shakes, which was a big turn on for me. With my 360 degree approach to well being, I was drawn to the way Equinox promote such a balanced formula for getting fit and living well.

Facilities

With locations all over America and with two in London, every Equinox club is curated with each component of this formula in mind; a gym filled with the latest equipment and a selection of separate studios (pilates, boxing, group classes, pilates and yoga); a lounge complete with a highly nutritious food offering (think shakes, smoothies, juices, breakfasts, salads, protein snacks and more) and even personalised nutritional coaching; and a spa (including a sauna / steam room in each changing room).

The gym is the focal point of Equinox in Kensington, where I have been spending most of my time. They have every machine you could dream of, and such a vast selection of weights, bands, kettle bells and other floor equipment that you'll never find yourself waiting from someone else to finish with something; there's plenty to go round. Including ice cold eucalyptus sweat towels. Definitely one of my favourite perks, and the perfect thing for cooling down and calming down between reps.

You can also use the large studio, boxing studio or yoga studio when there are no classes taking place, which again are filled with all the equipment you could need. The freedom to use these spaces is an added luxury as, if you go at the right time, you're likely to find yourself completely alone with no distractions.

Equinox also offer a selection of exclusive club classes, from jump rope, studio cycling, ballet barre, treadmill workouts, yoga, tabata and many more, as well as their own signature classes such as The Pursuit, Anthem, Pure Strength, Boot Camp, Precision Running, Definitions, Elevate, Formula, Metcon3, The Muse, Adrenaline, The WorkX, Tread & Shred, Whipped and many more. You'll struggle to find something they don't do. 

They also hold regular events - both private members-only events and also open events - to keep things fresh and interesting; you'll find it pretty impossible to get bored here.

The changing rooms and the spa serve as the perfect restorative spaces post-workout or no workout at all. Upon entering, you are greeted with an aroma of essential oils from the spa and steam room combined with the Kiehl's products they have practically on tap. If you don't have a spa appointment or treatment booked in, a powerful shower (try alternating between hot and cold to boost circulation), a session in the steam room and / or a slow ritual of face and body cleansing and moisturising is more than enough to calm even the sharpest mood, workout or no workout. Equinox is like a second home; it's not all about hitting the gym.

At Equinox, there is a strong community vibe, where like-minded people - either members wanting to achieve higher health, or welcoming staff wanting to assist you in getting there - come together and create a positive, pleasant and inspirational environment to workout in and to thrive. Joining Equinox, you become immersed in this powerful energy, and it's hard to leave. 

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My Experience

My experience began with an Equifit introduction, which is ultimately an in-depth chat followed by a movement assessment, which helps you to learn more about your body and set some goals, and helps the team of trainers to personalise a training plan for you. This was a really nice touch, as I really got to know myself on a deeper physical level (things like body fat %) and had a chance to really think about my goals and what I wanted to achieve from my time there. During this assessment, the trainer discussed my diet with me and made some suggestions, and also recommended certain areas I should consider working on given my goals. We then went onto the gym floor and worked through a few movements which were measured by some really old school equipment. They assessed things like flexibility and range of motion, and also made suggestions and adjustments if my form was off in any exercise / position. After this, once the trainer had gotten to know my goals and my current strengths and weaknesses, he outlined the areas he thought I should work on and strengthen, and why, and we booked in a one-to-one session for the following week, to design some personalised workouts together and so I could become familiar with all of the equipment.

During my time at Equinox so far, I mostly workout independently, purely because I struggle to make it to on-schedule classes as work / meetings / castings / shoots tend to be booked quite sporadically throughout the week. I feel incredibly motivated whenever I visit, surrounded by hard working yet not intimidating others.

I have also been doing private one-to-one pilates sessions, which involves a combination of work on the Gratz mat, reformer machine, cadillac, chair and other classical pilates apparatus. I've been working with Marcela who is a really calm and knowledgable teacher. She has taught me so much about my body and how to move it and use it, and she always makes tiny adjustments to my form which make the world of difference, intensifying each posture or movement far more effectively than I could have done on my own. 

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I've attended a few classes, and love the Precision Running, Jump Rope, Boxing, Tabata and Barre classes. With the members app, it's super easy to book a spot a few days before a class, and if you're on the waitlist, it's likely with a few no shows that the trainers will always make space for you.

Alongside working out, I spend a lot of time in the Lounge before of after a workout. With lounge seating as well as a more formal shared desk area with plug points, and free wifi, it is an ideal place to work from, not to mention super convenient. I've also become addicted to several of their smoothies, and if I need something more filling, they do the best poached sesame salmon, poke bowls and fresh daily salads. I'm also excited to announce that Qnola will soon be available on the breakfast menu and also in single-serve takeaway pots. 

For more information on the clubs and to find your nearest one, explore here.

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#Equinox #EQXPartner

Well Being & Other Stories Zine - Transformation

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Created by myself and my dear friend Kate White, this 160 page booklet is a companion for transformational times; a timeless manual to inspire a fuller and freer way of living.

As an intimate and inclusive exploration into the subject of wellbeing, the booklet shares practical tools, inspiring wisdom and sustainable brands and objects that provide uplifting support and encouragement to support times of change. An extension to my book Well Being, this compact collection of interviews and stories from inspiring individuals from all over the world contains natural recipes, rituals and daily tools for everyday wellbeing and both subtle and transformational changes.

Featuring an inspiring group of artists, designers, healers, photographers and brands, we have created this zine as an exploration into the intuitive, subtle and intimate world of well being.

By encouraging each other to let go of fear, pressure, anxiety or ideals of perfection, the content in this zine points to the natural wisdom that lives within each of us. The wisdom that is not forced or dependent on anything, but is naturally available to each of us when we are open and trusting of life, and connected to the Earth and the energies around us. In this essence, each page has been created to inspire a greater sense of joy, ease and acceptance, whilst encouraging readers to honour their own unique path.

Inspired by the living spirit of transformation as witnessed in the seasons of nature, as well as in the cycles of our relationships, our work, and our bodies, this booklet celebrates life in all its varying states of transformation – welcoming and honouring change, rather than fearing or preventing it. It is this vital energy that brings forth new life, providing us with the support to care for ourselves, nurture our ideas and bring them into the world, to live our best and fullest lives. By weaving together personal narrative with a theme that unites us all, it is an honest exploration into the lives of people who are forging their own path, uncompromising in their vision and steadfast in their commitment to their own wellbeing, as well as that of the planet. And while daily life may present its challenges, we hope that these stories of transformation will inspire and empower readers the world over to confidently and freely explore their own expression of their true selves.

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Well Being Workshops at The Basics Store

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In line with the launch of my book, Well Being, earlier this year, I have been hosting several events, talks and workshops over the UK, sharing and teaching the rituals from the book, as well as other topics and discussions around the topic of wellbeing and my approach to it.

The next events will be taking place in July and August at The Basics Store's new pop up location in Covent Garden (15 Monmouth St, WC2H 9DA London). The series will begin with a Wake Up Well Workshop, where I will be guiding guests through my favourite morning rituals from the book, aimed to enhance energy levels, reduce fatigue and morning anxiety and enhance concentration. This session will be accompanied by a breakfast spread of Qnola and iced nut milk superfood tonics. The second will be a Wind Down Well Workshop, where I will be guiding guests through my favourite nighttime rituals from the book, aimed to reduce stress, enhance positivity and clarity and encourage deeper relaxation for sounder sleep. And the final event will be a panel discussion to celebrate the launch of my latest project, Well Being & Other Stories zine, co-created with my friend Kate White. We are excited to be hosting a panel of inspiring women to talk about the theme of Transformation. In this intimate discussion, we'll be sharing personal stories around cycles of change, and how this vital energy inspires transformation within ourselves, our relationships, our careers and environment. Join myself, crystal healer Tamara Driessen, photographer Sophie Harris Taylor and yoga and meditation guide Mollie Mendoza, for an evening discussion, followed by drinks and savoury nibbles.

Click on the links above or below to reserve a spot now, and leave a comment below if you have any questions.

Wake Up Well Workshop - 10am

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+ Qnola, books and zines will be available at all events to buy.

Savoury Vegan Picnic Tartlets

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Since the sun has finally decided to stay out long enough for the chance of al fresco dining, I've got the perfect recipe to liven up otherwise predictable picnic / barbecue fare. I first tested and shot these recipes in Autumn, hence the roasted grapes, brussels sprouts and chanterelle mushrooms. However, I figured they're still relevant because they're so incredibly customisable. If you've read the introduction of my book you'll know I am all about encouraging people to have a flexible and adaptable approach to cooking. Many people are terrified by this idea, however, I find being open to free-styling in the kitchen is more enjoyable and results in more creative and more personalised dishes.

The gluten free pastry shells in these recipes are the same, and there are two cheesy base options; one made from cashews and the other, a nut-free alternative made with white beans. But the rest of these recipes - the fillings and flavours - are entirely adaptable. Each season, try something new. For now, here are a few summer-inspired suggestions:

Roasted Courgette & Asparagus
Roasted Aubergine & Spinach
Roasted Cabbage & Fennel
Pea & Mint
Roasted Carrot & Garlic
Roasted Tomato & Basil
Or sweet options, with smashed berries, jams / marmalades (ideally homemade / handmade and made with natural ingredients without added sugar or additives) nectarines, figs, apricots and other seasonal fruits.

+ Or for summery alternatives for the below options, simply replace grapes with cherries, brussels with cabbage and chanterelle mushrooms with mushrooms currently in season.

The Basics

Depending on your fillings, I think the easiest way to make these is to start by making the pastry shells and the cream cheese fillings first, setting them aside whilst you prepare your chosen fillings. If roasting your fillings, it may save time to roast the fillings first, whilst you prepare the pastry dough and the cream cheese mixture. If you are not roasting your fillings, I would begin by making the pastry shells first, and preparing your cream cheese mixture and toppings of choice whilst the pastry shells bake.

Makes 1 medium tart, 6 medium - large tartlets, or 10-12 small muffin tin tartlets. The images show medium-large tartlets

The pastry

Components

80g Almond flour
90g buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp Salt
20g coconut oil, room temp (not melted)
1 teaspoon Dried rosemary
5-6 Tbsp Cold water
Sesame or onion seeds - optional

Process

Preheat the oven to 170c.

In a medium mixing bowl, use a spatula to combine all of  the dry ingredients.

Next, add the oil and mash and stir using a fork to form a crumbly texture.

Next, gradually add the water. Add 4 tablespoons first and then 1-2 more tablespoons if the mixture seems too dry or crumbly and isn't forming into a dough easily.

Once doughy, form into a compact ball and then break into sections, depending on how many tart trays you are using and depending on the size of them. Grease the trays lightly with a little coconut oil and then press the mixture down firmly into each tin, spreading evenly along the base and pressing up the sides too. The mixture should be around 5mm thick.

Place the pastry shells into the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 mins, until beginning to brown. Leave to cool before filling.

The Cashew Cream Cheese

Components

120g Soaked Cashews
40ml Water
12g Nutritional yeast
Salt
Pepper
1/2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Lemon juice
5 tablespoons Olive oil

Process

Combine all the cashew cheese ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Pour into a bowl or container and set aside or chill in the fridge whilst you prepare the fillings.

The white bean cream cheese

Components

1 tin white beans (200g drained weight)
50ml extra virgin olive oil
1⁄2 teaspoons natural salt
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1⁄4 teaspoons lemon juice
1⁄4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
20g coconut oil (melted) or extra olive oil
2 tablespoons hot water

Simply add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl or container and set aside or chill in the fridge until needed. 

Assembling the tarts

Roasted grape, brussels and hazelnut with cashew cream cheese

8-10 large brussels sprouts (or chopped cabbage)
200g red grapes, roasted (could also use fresh figs)
A pinch of fresh rosemary - to garnish
Hazelnuts or walnuts - to garnish

Process

Preheat the oven to 200c.

Slice the brussels into quarters, lengthways - so you have a few discs rather than wedges. Pierce the grapes as best you can with the tip of a sharp knife and then place in a baking tray, keeping the grapes and brussels at separate ends if possible. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and then bake for 45 minutes, until they begin to shrink and soften.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before assembling into the base of your pastry shells and before topping with your cashew or white bean cream cheese mixture.

When ready to assemble, simply place a few teaspoons of the roasted grapes and brussels into the base of your pastry shell, then top with your cashew or white bean cream cheese mixture. Smooth the mixture and then top with extra roasted grapes and / or brussels. 

Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to enjoy.

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Chanterelle & garlic with white bean cream cheese

Components

200g chanterelle mushrooms (or other mushrooms), sliced
4-6 whole or chopped cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
1 tablespoon miso (optional)

Add the oil to a saucepan and once heated, add the garlic. When the garlic begins to brown, add the mushrooms and miso and stir to combine. Sauté over a medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, until the mushrooms begin to soften and the mixture begins to caramelise.

Allow to cool slightly before assembling into your pastry shells and before topping with your cashew or white bean cream cheese mixture.

When ready to assemble, simply place a few teaspoons of the mushroom and garlic mixture into the base of your pastry shell, then top with your cashew or white bean cream cheese mixture. Smooth the mixture and then top with extra sauteed mushrooms and garlic mixture and / or nuts, seeds or herbs of choice. 

Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to enjoy.

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Sunlight Therapy and How To Have Safe Sun

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If you're anything like me, you'll have a tendency to gravitate outside at the first sight or sense of sunshine. I am a sun baby through and through; I could basque in it - literally soak it into every pore of my body - until it goes down. When it's not sunny, I feel low, but as it rises day in day out, I always tend to rise with it (regarding my sleeping patterns are as they should be and not disrupted by stress or other factors).

It fascinates me why we are all (mostly) drawn to and addicted to the Sun. It enlivens the senses; it governs many natural bodily functions, such as sweating, hydration, metabolism and mental wellbeing; and it permits more time outside, meaning more fresh air, more nature and more freedom out of the constant confines of an office and / or home. Our modern lifestyles are predominantly based inside, exposed to artificial lights and screens, and it's thought that these conditions may encourage and even worsen Seasonal Affective Disorder. So, seriously, make a conscious effort to get outside a few times a day (that doesn't include your commute).

The Pros

The sun triggers the production of endorphins, which just make us feel good.

Vitamin D. You all know about that.

The Sun is energising. Its rays and the frequency of its energy is absorbed into our cells and fuels our internal systems. In other words, it boosts the metabolism and feeds our internal processes.

A surge in metabolic power can have domino effects on nearly everything else going on within. From how we break down energy from food and how strong our immune systems are to the behaviour of brain chemicals and other substances that contribute to mood, weight, energy and more.

It increases positivity and elevate low moods. As well as endorphins, we produce higher levels of serotonin when exposed to more sunlight, a chemical / neurotransmitter believed to help regulate mood, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function. It is known to reduce anxiety, stress and depression. Think of it as Sunlight Therapy.

It brings people together more. When the Sun is out - especially in the UK as it's so rare - there is a stronger sense of community and connection. People gather more frequently to and generally spend longer together, as the days are longer and lighter.

Sunlight can also help regulate sleeping patterns. With more exposure to light, the sleep hormone melatonin is more efficient and we tend to produce more of it, meaning we sleep better and at more natural times, which may mean we're able to wake more easily too.

The Cons

Over exposure to the Sun has been linked with accelerated aging.

Over exposure to the Sun has also been linked with risk of developing skin cancer.

In warm, humid climates, dehydration is a common side effect of too much time spent in the Sun. This includes dry skin as well as internal thirst. Drink more than you usually would and moisturise like you mean it.

Overuse of sun protection can lead to greasy, oily skin and clogged pores (choose a natural one, for this reason if nothing else).

Below are a few summertime beauty products I've tried and loved or have been recommended recently; most are natural, organic, free of parabens and other nasty chemicals and / or ethical in some way, but some are a little guiltier. I use a combination, depending on where I am, what my skin is doing and what kind of skincare support I need in each present moment.

A Few Skincare Brands You Should Know About

Prep

Decleor Aromessence Solaire Tan Activator

Holistica 'I Am Balanced' Crystal Mist with Orange Bloom and Smokey Quarts

Sukin Balancing Anti-Pollution Face Masque

Loli Beauty Purple Corn Grain Face Mask

Loli Beauty Plum Elixir

Madara Brightening Aha Peel Mask

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Protection

Biosolis SPF 50 Solar Spray

Organii Sun Milk Cream SPF 50

Madara Plant Stem Cell Age Defying Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Kypris Pot of Shade

Green People's Organic Sun Cream SPF 30

Endota Spa Daily Defence Cream SPF 50

Darphin Soleil Plaisir SPF 30 

Susanne Kaufmann Sun Cream Cell Protection SPF 25

Acorelle 100% Natural Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30

Aethic Vegan and Eco Compatible Sunscreen

Hurraw SPF 15 Lip Balm

After Sun

+ Directly after exposure to the sun and / or if you have light burns or any sensitivity, try to avoid heavy creams or oily products and opt for lighter, more cooling treatments.

Vegan, Paraben-free Aloe Vera Gel / Organic Aloe Vera Gel or even better, fresh Aloe Vera gel scraped from the plant

Cucumber slices or natural cucumber water

Pure Organic / Raw / Manuka Honey face mask

Loli Beauty Aloe Blueberry Jelly

Loli Beauty Blue Cornflower Water / Chamomile Lavender Water / Rose Water

Espa Soothing Body Oil

Espa Regenerating Face Treatment

Organii After Sun Cream

Green People Hydrating After Sun

Biafine Emulsion Hydratante

Fake it

Luna Bronze Sunless Tanning Lotion

Luna Bronze Eclipse Tanning Moose

Tan Luxe Rejuvenating Anti-Age Self Tan Drops

Tan Luxe Tan Booster

Tan Luxe Hydrating Self Tan Water

Tan Luxe Illuminating Tanning Butter

Espa Gradual Tan Moisturiser

Espa Gradual Tan Face Concentrate

Lavera Self Tanning Lotion

Eco by Sonya Invisible Tan Cream

Tanorganic Certified Organic Self Tan Lotion

Kora Organics Gradual Self Tanning Lotion

Glossier Hydrating & Soothing Moon Mask Face Treatment

111 Skin Hydrating Sheet Masks or Khiel's Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask or Origins Soothing Lavendar Soothing Sheet Mask

May Essentials ~ 2018 (ft. Cannes and LA)

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There's a fine line between healthy and too healthy.

Have just booked to take part in a beach clean up in July. This website has events all over the UK coastline; it's free, you'll get some fresh air and you'll make a big difference to the cleanliness of our oceans.

Michael Nau sings to my soooooul.

Crystal water bottles; perhaps a little extra but why not? One ~ Two.

This vegan backpack by Matt & Nat came with me on several trips and serves as a perfectly sized, simply designed and super chic carry on.

Everything from Lunya looks so idyllic. Not only beautiful but also designed to improve sleep. Get it here now.

I never sleep on planes but I took a dose (or 3) of this melatonin tincture - purchased from Erewhon - and, no word of a lie, I slept 9 hours straight on the flight from LA - LDN.

How and why to keep your bedding fresh during the summer.

These went down well on my instagram feed last week.

So into illustrated ceramics like this these days. And pretty much everything on Trouva tbf.

Major Summer Vibes.

Love love loved this on my long haul to LA. 

This dream dress.

My summer reading list: Anatomy of the SpiritMolecules of Emotion, Heart Talk, Jane, Why social media is ruining your life, Holding Up the Universe.

New favourite raw chocolate bar (spiked with maca and lucuma, holaaaa).

Haven't taken this or this off since I put them on. 

Willlllooowwwww.

Cannes

Toward the middle of May, I spent a couple of days in Cannes with Grey Goose. I'm not usually much of a drinker, but I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about the inspiring brand and their unique products (all of which are made with single-origin French ingredients, traceable from field to table), all whilst celebrating the 71st Film Festival. Here's a few of my favourite discoveries from my time there:

The most idyllic lunch spot, we spent an afternoon on the island of Île Sainte-Marguerite. Definitely work a day trip into your visit if you're ever Cannes-bound.

Was spoilt with a new Away suitcase for the trip - my favourite carry on case due to its built-in charger.

Grey Goose on tap; sounds intense but actually served as such a light refreshment and, due to the purity of the recipe, I didn't feel hungover once. We were joined with Grey Goose global ambassadors who curated a selection of incredible cocktails throughout the weekend, which really inspired me to step up my beverage game this summer. 

LA

Finally had a flick through Cap Beauty's new book, made a visit to their store and discovered more about their Daily Hit cannabinoid and hemp oil - where all products are 100% natural and teeming with nutrition and life force. Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes.

Met the lovely Nitsa from Sunpotion and chatted all things tonic herbs, traceability and shaking up the supermarket shelves.

Using this Everyday Oil, well, everyday.

These helped me adjust to LA time, big time.

Loved Dang's Salted Caramel coconut chips when I last visited the US, and arrived to find they now do an even better Chocolate and Sea Salt blend. Dangerously good.

Made it to Sqirl on our last day for some pre-flight nourishment. Get the Sorrell Pesto bowl (and avoid mistaking their sugar syrup for olive oil and douse your meal in it like I did).

Def a fave. All dishes are natural, gluten free and made without refined sugar.

Gjelina never disappoints. When we rocked up at 11pm delirious from jet lag on our first day, their pea and burrata toast and mushroom pizza hit all the right spots.

Found the best dairy free coffee creamer.

Got me one of these and have been enjoying it on stressful days settling back into daily work-life.

My new forever scent.

Spent far too much time and money in The End.

Same goes for Passenger. Too many beautiful things in one beautiful place.

Obsessed with Sage Plant Based Bistro and their in-house vegan and sugar free ice cream concession, Kind Kreme.

A road trip to and through Joshua Tree is something I would do every weekend if I could.

Frontier Cafe do the best vegan tempeh BLT and I think I will struggle to ever find one that can compete with it.

Staying my friend Bonnie's apartment I fell in love with grinding coffee beans freshly each morning. Try it, you'll see.

Bamboo tea strainers! One. Two.

I love a copper straw but also giving these a go too.

Never going back to disposable cotton pads. Never ever.

Loving this site and I think you will to.

Full travel journal on LA coming soon.