Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Hello Autumn

Things I love about autumn:

The stunning colours.
The cable knits.
Making hot chocolate to enjoy in front of a movie on a chilly evening.
Seeing dogs and kids play in piles of leaves.
Biker boots.
Cuddling up on the sofa with a book while it's pouring down outside.
Chunky snood scarves.
Pumpkin spice lattes.
Seeing Christmas lights slowly begin to pop up everywhere.
That unique London sunlight that softly filters through the fog.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Alternative London

I love street art, so when my office team offsite day turned out to include a walking tour of one of London's art-rich areas, East London and Brick Lane, I was beyond curious. Organised by Alternative London Tours, the afternoon was a colourful overview of a creative, buzzing area filled with some of the most beautiful, unique artworks I've ever seen grace the walls of a city.

I have always been fascinated by street art - and I'm always so angry when it gets buffed away. It's an expression of our time and shouldn't be illegal. Naive as it may sound, I'd love for all the ad billboards all over London to disappear and be replaced by gorgeous art, or for the white-grey, boring walls of the city to be embellished by artworks bursting with colour. Wishful thinking. Check out some of East London's finest pieces below.

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Fakeover

I'm so proud to present a Vilda initiative that I'm super excited about!

To promote faux fur and minimise the use of real fur in fashion, we've launched The Fakeover campaign - a campaign that showcases beautiful brands (like Vriie - see the above photo) that focus on faux fur. We'll show off our own faux fur outfits and talk about how to wear the look.

Things the campaign will touch on:

  • Can real fur ever be sustainable? (hint: NO)
  • How to accessorise and style a faux fur coat
  • Why we don't wear fur - Team Vilda speaks out
  • Interviews with faux-fur designers
  • Vegan personalities on why they fake it
  • Best faux fur coats for winter

...and maybe even a giveaway or two!

Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and, of course, Vilda. Feel free to Tweet and Instagram us your thoughts on fake (and real) fur, plus your best faux fur looks with #thefakeover hashtag!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Going Vegan: What Not to Do

Going vegan is an adventure: it opens you up to a whole new way of thinking, perceiving, feeling and living (yeah, it's really amazing like that). As any major lifestyle change, the transition into veganism can be tricky as well as wonderful. Two years into the way, here are a few things I'd advice you to steer clear of.

Don't go cold turkey.
Several vegans I know would disagree with me. But in my experience, cold turkey just isn't the way to go. It's drastic, it's difficult and it is likely to lead to failure. Phase animal products out of your life instead. After almost 20 years as a pescatarian and vegetarian, you'd think the change was easy for me, but it definitely wasn't. Surprisingly, the first and easiest thing I cut out was cheese. I don't miss it one tiny bit! Especially when Vegustos' lovely substitutes are beyond amazing.

Don't think veganism is limited to food only.
Once again, personal opinion, but it just seems very strange to me to follow a vegan diet while wearing leather shoes and using L'Oreal makeup. Slowly but surely, extend veganism to every part of your life. Do research into vegan living. Find out how your decision to live cruelty-free is helping animals, people and the planet.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Two Years in London

Two years ago today, I sat in Milan's Malpensa airport, waiting for the flight that would take me and my then-fiance to our new lives in London. It was a cloudy day and all I could think about was the possibility that our Airbnb hosts had given us the wrong phone number by mistake and we would never be able to find our way to their house. I don't know why this thought kept swirling around in my mind as the plane took off and Milan disappeared beneath me. 

When we landed at Gatwick, the sun was shining over a summery London. One of the worst summers in the city's recent memory was over and autumn was beginning with sun-drenched days - the perfect welcome. Of course we had no trouble at all finding our Airbnb hosts and their home was absolutely stunning - our London life had started in the most intriguing way we could wish for. That evening, as we sat on a bench in Stoke Newington, eating the best falafel wraps I've ever had in my life, I felt that giddy rush of excitement: something new was beginning, and whatever this new era would bring, I already loved it. And when I woke up the next morning, sunshine blazing and our hosts' two cats sleeping peacefully by our feet in the bed, I knew that I was home.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

(Veggie) Burger Mania at Antenna American Diner

Tomorrow's David's birthday - he chose to celebrate at Antenna American Diner, a US-inspired burger place in the lovely Crystal Palace area, where we just moved. The diner's closed on Mondays, so we moved his celebration to last night. I called the diner before and arranged for them to bring out a brownie with a candle in it (which I couldn't eat as it wasn't vegan, but David was delighted and found it delicious). The diner's Americana-style decor, super-friendly and helpful staff and cool blend of road-trippy music was a hit - not to mention one of the best veggie burger I've had since moving to London.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

11 Things You Realise When You Move House

1. You have too much stuff. Yes, even you, Miss "I Only Own Five Pairs of Shoes" (by the way, why do you only own five pairs of shoes?)

2. On closer inspection, you have nowhere near as much stuff as your husband. Especially if he's a musician.

3. You CAN lift boxes.

4. Landlords that request that you vacate the premises at 8am DO exist. 

5. It's okay (I'd say advisable) to say no to that and take your time. Especially if the below should occur.

6. It's fully possible that your van will never show up. You can survive the move anyway - if you've got friends with cars (always have friends with cars!)