31 May 2014

New Vegan Life.


I just want to say at the start of this post that this is completely 100% MY opinion. I do not mean to offend anyone with my view nor is it my intention to put down anyone else's beliefs or opinions on the subject. This is just a story of my personal experience and what I have learnt from it.

 

At the start of the month my best friend and I decided to go Vegan for a month in an experiment to see how we felt afterwards and in an attempt to see if it would help him lose weight.  About 2 or 3 months ago my sister went Vegan so I thought it was a good opportunity to do it to have a support who could keep me on the right track.

So it started by changing all my dairy products, milk for Soy milk, cheese for vegan cheese, chocolate for vegan chocolate, yogurt for soy yogurt and even discovering Vegan mayonnaise! There is literally a Vegan substitute for everything!



I have discovered that there is a Vegan alternative for everything, and I’ve always thought “Why eat an animal if there is an alternative” and now this month has shown me that there really is no reason for me to eat animal products.
So my month of being Vegan … has turned to living a Vegan life. The first thing I learnt about being Vegan is that it involves making most of your meals from scratch, thankfully not too difficult for me, so not a big life change like it may be for others. Before I started this I was a big meat eater, I love eating and trying new things, my dad being a chef we are a house full of foodies and my sister and I have always been braver in what we eat than most others. We've cooked by ourselves from a young age and were never really brought up on processed foods. Pot noodles and cheese slices were banned in our house and to be honest our only unhealthy downfall growing up was a constant flow of Irn Bru.


The second thing I have learnt, is that there is always an alternative. Being Vegan is like being on a diet where nothing is off limits. As everything is meat and dairy free and most of what you eat is carbs, fruit and veg its already much healthier than eating processed foods constantly. I love the idea that everything is natural and that it doesn't have tons of salt and sugar pumped in it. A fruit smoothie maybe has 200 calories in it, id much rather 200 calories of that than 200 of pure processed crap. Good calories are good! Plus cooking everything yourself TASTES SO GOOD! I can taste every ingredient in my meal and its brilliant! I have loads of cookbooks and a vegan app to help me learn how to make vegan meals, but I don't really use recipes i just bung things together and hope for the best, 9/10 times it works ... and when it tastes rotten you don't do it again.


So that's what I have learnt so far!

Next week I will have a wee Q&A post up about the subject so if you want to ask anything just tweet me! @Brantastic_x and I'll reply here :) 

Also going to try and put up some recipes from time to time, but I'm not promising anything because I plan on doing these things then it goes out the window ...

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x

30 May 2014

A Very Pink Day.

 


 

Top Primark (Actually a dress)
Jeans Tammy
Coat Topshop
Belt River Island
Shoes 

Sweet Dreams 

Paula .. x

29 May 2014

Festivaaal.




 

Topshop Topshop
Skirt Topshop
Hat H&M
Flowers Primark
Necklaces Primark 

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x

26 May 2014

Tile Jeans.

 

Shirt Sainsbury's
Waistcoat Forever21
Necklace Topman
Belt River Island
Jeans Topshop
Hat H&M
Boots Topshop

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x


23 May 2014

Lets go to Paris.

 

 

 

Dress Topshop
Jeans H&M
Earrings River Island
 Shoes Ebay

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x





22 May 2014

Rockin Out.



 


Top Primark
Jeans Topshop
Hat H&M
Rings Camden Market, Dorothy Perkins, Primark
Sandals New Look

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x

21 May 2014

Branstival.

 


 


 

Top See By Chloe
Jeans Topshop
Blazer Zara
Hat River Island
Necklace Topshop
Sandals Tammy (Honestly)

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x


20 May 2014

Being Sophisticated.

 


 

Jacket Topshop
Jeans H&M
Belt River Island
Necklace Primark
Hat H&M
 Sandals Primark

Im trying out this new, sophisticated look for work. I figure if I really want to be a good personal shopper and taken more seriously, I should look a little more grown up and stop dressing like an 18 year old. I can dress however I want in my own time so for work I will dress like a real woman, instead of a wee girl. I'm even wearing heels most days now! Grown up Bran!

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x

19 May 2014

Bran The Bellerina.

 

Top New Look
Skirt Topshop
Shoes Ebay

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x

18 May 2014

Hair Update 11.

 

*Real Life Face* (Apologies)

Next month is the big year anniversary of my head shave, WHERE HAS THE YEAR GONE?!?

Its incredible it has flown by!

I have been wearing my real hair out a few times and once again its just shy of being long enough to put in a bun, once it is that long it will probably been in a bun 24/7.

I've stopped buying wigs now, I don't see much point now as I don't see me needing to wear them that much longer, so now we might be moving on to hair extensions (EXCITED) just for nights out and times when I want to feel more dressy rather than back to when I was wearing them everyday.

What a year, next month I will have all the hair updates together to see how it has gone month to month, and I will keep going with my hair updates until it gets to be the length I want it, which hopefully will happen.

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x

17 May 2014

Radio1 Academy.





 



 











Next weekend sees Glasgow host this years Radio1 Big Weekend! So in celebration the BBC have been running the BBC Radio1 Academy at Glasgow Uni.

The Academy had a whole host of activities to go along to. Radio Show, Panel Discussions, Fashion Shows, Q&As ... lots of fun stuff.

So I managed to get myself along to The Bold Souls fashion show and Panel Discussion on jobs in the fashion industry. It was a great event.

Fist we enjoyed a fashion show by Bold Souls, featuring Chou Chou Couture, Danni McWilliams and Rebecca Torres, then the Panel Discussion began.

On the Panel was Scottish Fashion Awards and Caledonista entrepreneur Tessa Heartmann, Disturbing London founder Dumi Oburota, Scottish designer Rebecca Torres, Photographer Stewart Bryden and the bearded babe himself Chris Millington.

The panel was a great line up because it took everything from the fashion industry, publishing, promotion, modelling, photography and design. So no matter what aspect of the fashion industry you are interested in there was something that everyone could learn from.

It was great to hear the stories of how all the guys started out and build themselves and their brands. I especially loved hearing the positive vibes about Scotland and the fashion industry. I make no secret of the fact I want Scotland on the fashion map. For years I wanted to move  to London and build myself up, but now I want to help make Scotland a fashion capital, and hearing the panels positivity and faith in Scottish fashion made me feel better that I am making the right decision.

The Radio1 academy was a great week and I'm very glad I went along, unfortunately I'm not going to the big weekend, but no worries! I'm sure I will meet my future husband Harry Style some other day, its destiny ...

Sweet Dreams

Paula .. x