One Bag, Two Ways: BAREL Ethical Luxury

It's a bit uncharacteristic, really, that this blog is called Coffee and Heels because I'm actually more of a bag girl than a shoe one. Most of the items on my 'one day...' fashion wishlists are bags and few fashion purchases have the power to give me the same rush of satisfaction as a new bag. A bag is more than an accessory. It's one of few objects of fashion that is trusted with an actual function - and offering space for one's entire world is no small feat. Therefore, when a bag becomes part of my day-to-day repertoire, it's because I've fallen in love with it.

This green Camera bag was sent to me by the lovely Marta, Creative Director of BAREL Ethical Luxury - an Italian brand that unites the comfort of a truly luxurious material with a sustainable, kind philosophy.


Cooking in Heels: Cheap and Easy Vegan Brownies

Disclaimer: this is not a food blog for a reason! I have never followed a recipe in my life and I have no idea about measurements and quantities - I just whack it in there and taste my way to (mostly) satisfying results. So, this is not an actual recipe. Just something to get inspired by and try out.

This is my go-to dessert for when I have no money but am craving something sweet (which is all the time). This is the quickest, easiest and cheapest recipe I've ever tried and it's always proven a success.


Who Made My Clothes? Coffee and Heels + OUTSIDER Fashion

When I first started working on 'veganising' my wardrobe, I must admit I paid little attention to ethics other than animal-free materials. I was beyond happy to find out I could keep shopping my favourite high-street styles while staying vegan. Primark is full of faux leather shoes - brilliant. Zara's polyester blouses? Amazing. I kept whizzing through shop after shop, filling up my carrier bags, not giving a second thought to where my clothes came from - and who made them.


Earth Day event by Bourgeois Boheme at Fashion Conscience shop

As part of yesterday's Earth Day celebration, I was invited to the Fashion Conscience shop in East Dulwich for the presentation of the new Bourgeois Boheme collection of gorgeous vegan shoes.

I'm sure any vegan will agree with me that the choice of amazing cruelty-free shoes has really skyrocketed over the past few years. All of a sudden, we're spoiled for choice, and some of the most innovative brands are popping up close to home, as is the case with BoBoheme, a London brand offering colourful and utterly wearable cruelty-free shoes steeped in the philosophy of Slow Fashion - these are shoes that are built to last.


Behind the Scenes at a Vilda Photo Shoot!

I am so excited to announce that Vilda has shot its very first fashion editorial!

Directed by our Marketing Coordinator Anja Lastric (see her blog Oh Angie here), who is also responsible for the rather stunning hair and makeup, this shoot features gorgeous model Nanna captured by photographer Linn Gullberg in the 'Meat Village' district of Copenhagen (how fitting!). The behind-the-scenes post is now live here - stay tuned for the full editorial featuring some amazing vegan fashion!


Why Being Vegan is Easy

It always blows my mind when I am confronted with how little people actually know about veganism. Although all the information is out there, dated stereotypes are alive and well, rearing their ugly head every time someone you know utters a sentence like 'it's just so HARD to go vegan', or 'I would love to be a vegan but it's just so difficult to eat out.' Since there is clearly a lot of preconceptions circulating that don't appear to be coming from the right sources, as a vegan, I'm here to clarify one thing: being vegan is easy.


Two Music-Themed Books I Loved Recently

So far, this has been the year of reading extremely quickly.

When looking at my Goodreads account, I can count no less than nine books read in 2015 - not counting nonfiction books on fashion, sustainability and veganism - can you tell that I'm broke and have no money for magazines? 

All jokes aside, two of my favourite books recently have been centered heavily around music. The first is an autobiography - Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine, guitarist in one of the first female punk bands in the world, the Slits. Thoroughly honest and very well written, this book kicks off at Viv's teenage years in a quite depressing part of London, when she falls in love with rock n'roll upon hearing a Beatles song and has no clue how she, as a girl, can be part of that world. It doesn't cross her mind that girls can be punk musicians.


Moving to London: But I Have No Money

I get many emails asking me for tips on how to move to London. I tend to be very encouraging, partly because of this and partly because I genuinely believe that moving to London is very doable for most people. But, and this is an important but, this city is far from easy (or welcoming!) and I'm not here to let people believe that moving here is all kittens, roses and Starbucks frappuccinos.

To get an accurate view of how London life can be, see this. Making it here is difficult and the day-to-day battles can be soul-destroying, no matter what your definition of 'making it' is. London life is incredibly rewarding, but getting to the rewards can take time, sweat and evenings spent crying on your couch in the cold because you can't afford the heating bill. And on that note, I'm here to answer a question that has been asked in several emails and comments: can I move to London with no money? 


The Bucket Bag

I'm loving the 70s trend this summer - finally I can rock my flared jeans again with pride (not that I ever stopped, not even when skinnies and boyfriends were all the rage), although I draw my limit at high-waisted. The best accessory to match with your flares? A bucket bag.

Preferably in black or a neutral shade, the bucket bag is the accessory that has the potential to transform your look, pulling it together in an instant, whether it's paired with smart separates or weekend casuals. See for yourself:


A Weekend in Oxford

Having lived in London for two and a half years, you get used to thinking that 'this is England' - then you venture outside London and notice the true feel of the 'English' - the architecture, the old feel of the pubs, the historic atmosphere and the grass that shines green, even when the skies are heavy with gray.


You Will Never Make It

I went to fashion school, and it's not half as creative as it sounds. 

Knowing that I wanted to work in fashion but certain that I wasn't a designer, I jumped on the only then-available option: marketing. As fascinating and interesting as I find marketing, I now spend my days wishing I'd studied journalism or literature instead. But what's done is done and at least I have a few stories to tell. 

One of these stories see me back on the day when a fashion journalist came to speak to our class. I couldn't wait: my passion for writing in combination with an endless curiosity and a love for magazines that bordered on the obsessive had made it clear: once university was over, I was going to be a fashion writer. Nothing was going to stop me. Or so I thought.

On the day of the fashion journalist's lecture, I sat in the front row of the class, ready with my notepad and my questions. In she came, a middle-aged lady with dyed hair and bright lipstick. She had the look of someone who'd seen it all - a life full of fashion wisdom to share.