India: Part One

My (vegan!) Elemis Spa Night at Zayna Spa: Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel

Because everyone needs a little pampering now & then right?

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to the Zayna Spa at the Grand Millennium Hotel here in Abu Dhabi to try out some of their new Elemis treatments (yay!). With Elemis being a cruelty free brand (no animal testing), after a long week it was safe to say I was more than happy to check out the spa.

The spa itself is gorgeous, especially when you first enter, it is very peaceful & has a beautiful zen interior & feel to it. The spa rooms are absaloutly amazing, with plenty of space, nice decor & spacious showers.

Not all of the products by Elemis are vegan, so prior to my visit I contacted Elemis directly who were more than happy to supply me with a list of their non-vegan products (at bottom of the post). The staff at Zayna Spa were very knowledgeable when it came to their products & were more than happy to let me pick out the vegan products from my little list & make swaps where needed.

My pamper session began with a consultation before a (much-needed) full body massage. The consultation felt very personable & I got to customize the massage so to speak by asking the therapist to focus on particular areas. Next we moved onto a facial, which was probably my fav part of the night, purely because the Elemis products left my skin absolutely glowing. I think I am definitely going to buy the flash balm & the toner!

The vegan products used for my Elemis facial

To end my spa treatment, I had a full body scrub with the Elemis Lime Scrub which was great. After showing my skin really did feel silky smooth & I smelled very fresh & citrusy – like a relaxed little margarita – I think I might buy the scrub too – it was just so refreshing.

The VIP/Couples spa rooms have amazing big baths

Both the treatments & the service were great & I really appreciated having a knowledgeable therapist. More often than I would like, I have enquired at other spas about products & ingredients to be told ‘we don’t know’ – it can be a bit of a headache to say the least lol.

So, if you are looking for a vegan (or just a fab) spa treatment I would definitely recommend checking this place out! Happy Monday! Jess xx

Here is a list of Elemis products which are not suitable for vegans:

“Dear Jess,

Thank you for your query with regards to ELEMIS products in relation to ingredients effecting Vegans.

Elemis specialises in natural caring ingredients of the highest quality. We do not use animal derived ingredients, however some of our products do contain ingredients commonly known as animal bi-products; these include Honey, Milk Protein, Milk Lipids, Egg Yolk Protein and Beeswax.

ELEMIS products that contain Honey, Milk Protein, Milk Lipids, Egg Yolk Protein and Beeswax

Honey:
• Absolute Oxygen Skin Calm Booster Serum (Professional Only)
• Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Peel off Mask (Professional Only)
• Daily Redness Solution
• Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask

Milk Protein & Milk Lipids:
• Amino Active Mask (Professional Only)
• Lime and Ginger Hand and Body Wash
• Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust
• Sharp Shower and Bath Gel
• Skin Nourishing Body Cream
• Skin Nourishing Body Scrub
• Skin Nourishing Hand and Body Lotion
• Skin Nourishing Milk Bath
• Skin Nourishing Shower Cream
• Total Glow Self Tanning Cream
• Wild Lavender Hand and Body Wash

Egg Yolk Protein:
• Absolute Oxygen Skin Calm Booster Serum (Professional Only)
• Absolute Vita C Harmony Booster Serum (Professional Only)
• Soothing Chamomile Cleanser

Beeswax:
• Daily Redness Solution
• Lip Revive
• Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
• Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust
• Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser
• Skin Buff
• Treat Your Feet Foot Cream

I do hope you enjoy your spa evening and having treatments featuring our products,if you do require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me further.”

Easiest Vegan Pad Thai From Scratch (With Scrambled Tofu – yay!)

Good Vegan Food | February 27, 2017 | By

‘I don’t know man.. I just started eating noodles & I was like ‘wow… my problems, where did they just go?’

Hi people & happy Monday indeed. Hope you all had a fab weekend! Me & my boyfriend celebrated our first year together (awww) & had a staycay in Fujairah. We stayed at Le Royal Meridien Al Aqah Resort which I totally recommend & went diving – mind blowing!

Anyway, we loveeee Thai food & a few weeks ago I made this easy vegan pad Thai recipe from scratch with scrambled tofu (which you don’t need to add but it’s so good). The recipe below serves one, just double for 2 & so on.. You can use any veggies you want/have left over – even frozen veg will work.

Enjoy! Jess x

PS – If you haven’t had a chance to yet, check out my latest Ration The Fashion video – I got a sneak peak round My Ex Wardrobe’s warehouse! (They are a fab 2nd hand clothing business in the UAE – you have to see this!)

 

Vegan Pad Thai
Serves 1
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Total Time
20 min
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20 min
Ingredients
  1. 150g of rice noodles
  2. 1 cup of mixed veggies (I used broccoli, baby corn, snow peas, sliced carrots, chopped mushrooms)
  3. ¼ white onion (chopped)
  4. 2 tbsp. of coconut oil (for sautéing veg, you can use any oil)
  5. 1 tbsp. of chopped peanuts & 1 tbsp. spring onion for serving (optional)
For the scrambled tofu
  1. 4 oz. of tofu (drained)
  2. 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  3. 1 tsp. turmeric
  4. ½ tsp. curry powder
For the pad Thai sauce
  1. 1/2 tbsp. of vegan soy sauce
  2. ½ tbsp. of sugar
  3. 1 heaper tbsp. of peanut butter
  4. 1 tbsp. of lime juice
Instructions
  1. Place the rice noodles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water, leave to soak for 2 minutes before draining – set aside.
  2. In a large wok/pan, sauté the white onion and your mixed veggies of choice in 1 tbsp. of coconut oil until soft
  3. In a smaller pan, breakdown the tofu and sauté in the rest of the coconut oil with the garlic for around 3 minutes. Mix in the turmeric and curry powder and sauté for another few minutes
  4. Mix together all the ingredients for the sauce, then add it to your veggies the rice noodles and your scrambled tofu.
  5. Stir your pad Thai thoroughly to ensure the sauce & flavours get everywhere
  6. Serve with the chopped peanuts & spring onion – enjoy immediately!
Foxes and Food http://foxesandfood.com/

Book Lovers Vegan Candles in the UAE: The Good Stuff

Renewable, biodegradable & vegan candles – I CAN’T COPE.

Anyone else obsessed with candles?? Obsessed as in you buy new ones when you already have plenty, or obsessed as in you can’t walk past them in the shop with out sniffing every single different scent. Freshly mowed lawns, rose petals, cupcake.. urgh.

Here’s a new one for you – what about candles that smelled like books, fictional worlds & literary characters?? This is what my new fav candle smells like. A soy candle with a bookish smell, what more can a vegan book-worm want!?

These candles are produced by an amazing brand called Frost Beard Studio. A couple in Minnesota & (their love of books & candles) came up with this fantastic idea & the candles have proved to be very popular worldwide.

& good news for you if you are in the UAE! The Good Stuff stock these candles! All their products are displayed in Dubai at the Open Space Business Centre, Level 22 Millennium Plaza Hotel.

I have the ‘Don’t Panic’ (Fresh Towels) candle, which smells of fresh linen & green tea – 2 of the best smells EVER. Part of the Book Lovers’ Series, the candle I have has a completely original scent.

Deets:

Scents: Fresh cotton, Green tea
Scent Strength:Medium/Strong
Materials: Soy wax, Cotton wick, Glass jar, Plastic lid, Dye chips, Fragrance oil
Burn time: approximately 65 hours

Why I am obsessed:

    • Soy wax is renewable, biodegradable and vegan.
    • All candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.
    • Jars are recyclable and reusable.
    • Cotton wicks are lead-free.

Apart from the fact that the by purchasing these candles you are supporting a small business, there are so many reasons why you should stick to soy candles;

1. Soy candles usually burn longer
2. Soy wax is 100% biodegradable
3. If you drip wax everywhere, soy wax is easier to clean
4. The beautiful fragrances are released quicker with soy candles
5. Soy wax is made from natural vegetable products (as opposed to paraffin which is a refined gasoline product)
6. So when you burn a paraffin candle, you are released the same toxins into the air that are found in diesel fuel (gross)

I could sit and roast paraffin all day, there are so many articles online telling you the reasons why you should be avoiding them.

Also, for my UAE vegans, these soy candles do not contain any beeswax. I know there are a few other soy candles for sale through out the region, however these are the first ones I have found to be completely vegan (yay!)

So if you are interested in buying one of these amazing vegan, biodegradable candles just contact The Good Stuff AE for more info or pop in to visit! They stock loads of other really cool stuff – check them out on Instagram & FB.

Let me know if you try them! Happy Thursday people, have a nice weekend! x

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What is thegoodstuff? these are the coolest products you have been seeing floating around the internet and wanted to get you hands on! The products range from popular known brands to geeky gadgets. These products run like the tazmanian devil & sell like hot cakes. These products are tested & trusted & after months of research have been stacked up for you to experience the uniqueness. Trust me This is where theGoodStuff at.

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Checking Out Second Hand Clothes! My Ex Wardrobe UAE

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Vegan Chocolate, Raspberry & Peanut Butter Breakfast Pudding: TO DIE FOR.

Breakfast | February 19, 2017 | By

I believe in chocolate for breakfast

Hi happy Sunday all, I hope you had a fab weekend. I spent mine studying, reading, eating & video editing – nothing beats productive weekend.

Anyway on Friday morning I treated myself to this ridiculously creamy & chocolaty chia breakfast pudding. Chocolate for breakfast – what better way to start the weekend? & it is still healthy(ish)

Enjoy! Jess xx

PS. New Ration The Fashion video going up tonight, if you haven’t checked out my last video you can view it here!

my chocolate, raspberry & nut butter breakfast chia pudding

Vegan Chocolate, Raspberry & Peanut Butter Chia Breakfast Pudding
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  2. 1 cup of chocolate dairy free milk (I used soy) OR
  3. 1 cup of plain dairy free milk + 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder
  4. Handful of raspberries
  5. 1 tbsp. of peanut butter
  6. Couple of squares (or loads of - I won't judge) of your fav vegan chocolate
Instructions
  1. Mix the chia seeds & the dairy free chocolate milk (or the cocoa & dairy milk) in a small bowl/mason jar, making sure all the seeds are covered
  2. Cover and chuck in the fridge, leave overnight or for 4 hours
  3. Add your chocolate, raspberries & nut butter - enjoy!
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Voss Water: The Ethical & Sustainable Water Brand

Being A Healthy Vegan | February 13, 2017 | By

‘I’II have a Voss.’
‘Excuse me?
‘It’s water. From Norway.’ – Cinderella Story

I will be the first to admit it, I totally don’t drink as much water as I should. I mean I have water at my desk at work & I drink it when i’m buy the pool or after the gym – but do I drink 2 litres day? Nope.

I am on the go a lot, and do I want to be carrying around loads of plastic bottles? Again, no. Plastic isn’t great for the environment & I really have been trying to reduce my plastic waste, so that is where Voss comes in.

I have fallen in love with Voss Water for a few reasons;
1. The glass bottles are reusable
2. They put in some serious effort to reduce their environmental impact
3. The Voss Foundation (Since 2008, Voss Foundation has built 118 clean water access points and 462 sanitation facilities in 7 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – read more here.)
4. The plastic bottles that Voss manufacture are BPA-free (BPA has been controversial as it exerts hormone-like properties which are considered toxic to humans)
5. Everything is recyclable
6. The bottle sizes are amazing for making fruit infused waters!

If your like me & find plain water a little boring, fruit infused waters are the best way to trick yourself into staying hydrated.

I’ve been playing around with a few recipes & here are my fav tips & ingredients!

How long?
• 3 – 5 hours at room temperature
• Or if you are leaving them overnight, be sure to put them in the fridge!

Best Fruits:
• Lemons
• Limes
• Berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
• Oranges
• Kiwis
• Pineapples
• Apples

Herbs:
• Mint
• Cilantro
• Rosemary

Tips:
• Slice! By cutting your fruits you allow more of the flavor to infuse your water
• To get rid of the really bitter taste, trim some of the rind of your citrusy ingredients
• If your fruits are fresh, they can last up to a week, just keep filling your bottle up!

Do you love fruit infused waters? Tell me your favorites! For more inspo & tips be sure to check out & follow Voss Arabia on Insta!

Inspired by the incredible places around the globe where VOSS is enjoyed and celebrated, VOSS World is the confluence of VOSS’ wonderful associations that give it its unique and universal appeal. VOSS has enjoyed a presence in the Middle East & Indian Ocean since 2003 and is available in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon and the Maldives.

I admit it: I am a clothes hoarder with a shopping addiction.

A Year With No New Clothes | February 12, 2017 | By

The Easiest Vegan Marshmallow Krispie Treats – (AKA Cruelty Free Krispies lol)

Snacks & Nibbles | February 5, 2017 | By

Money can’t buy happiness – but it can buy vegan marshmallows & that’s basically the same thing

Hi all & happy Sunday. Well as you guys I know after my vegan weight loss post that I am all about moderation not starvation. I found a heap of vegan marshmallows in my cupboard (left over from my Vegan Christmas Hot Chocolate Pressies) & with my zero waste hat on I decided to make loads of vegan marshmallow krispie squares – BOOM.

This stuff is so easy to make – just chuck everything in a pan on a low heat, squash it into a baking paper lined tin & leave to cool. Slice & eat – my kinda food prep. Don’t listen to people who say you need a square/rectangular tin – I used circle tins, tastes the same.

Enjoy! Jess xx PS. Thank you all SO MUCH for the love for Ration The Fashion, I am so pleased I have managed to inspire people! 🙂

 

Vegan Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats
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Total Time
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10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of vegan marshmallows
  2. 5 cups of rice krispies (or whatever vegan cereals you want)
  3. 3 tbsp. of coconut oil
  4. 2 tbsp. of vegan butter
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, melt the marshmallows, coconut oil & vegan butter - SLOWLY on a low, low, low heat!
  2. Once it's all melted and combined into a big marshmallow blog, add in your krispies & stir until they are all covered
  3. Squash into a baking tin (lined with baking/parchment paper)
  4. Leave to cool before slicing & serving
Notes
  1. I made some chocolaty ones, I just melted 100g of dark, vegan chocolate then poured it into the mix once the krispies were added. I chucked in some coconut shavings too - yum!
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No New Clothes For A Whole Year 2017 (eeeek!!)

A Year With No New Clothes | January 31, 2017 | By

Hi everyone & happy Tuesday!

For those of you who don’t know, this year I have challenged my self to buy absolutely no new clothes for the whole of 2017!

I am definitely a bit of a shopaholic & a self confessed clothes hoarder.

Ok – make that serious shopaholic.

I have committed to 365 days of no new close in an attempt to raise awareness of ‘fast fashion’ & the effects that our extreme consumption have on the lives of others & the planet. I also hope to try & break the attachment that I have to material items & encourage like minded people to do the same to live a fuller & freer life by finding content in non-materialistic living.

I will also be travelling to India in March on my own, to visit a fair trade clothes factory & to find out more about the positive effects that fair trade has on the lives of those who make our clothes – stay tuned!

To find out more, watch my first YouTube video for my channel Ration The Fashion & subscribe to follow my journey & travels! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them as I will reply to everyone 🙂 Thank you & have a fab day, Jess x

PS – Day 31 of no new clothes & still going strong.