20 Tips for Living a Greener, More Sustainable Lifestyle

TIPS ON LIVING A GREEN LIFESTYLE

  1. Recycle/Upcycle
  2. Reuse/Repair
  3. Buy organic
  4. Reduce plastic consumption (use wooden/fabric/glass/metal alternatives)
  5. Avoid single use plastic
  6. Support independent companies
  7. Buy local produce
  8. Campaign/fund raise for wildlife and nature
  9. Drive an electric car or cycle or use public transport
  10. Use cruelty free and natural skincare, selfcare and household products
  11. Buy from and donate to charity shops
  12. Sell quality items on Depop and donate the money to smaller charities
  13. Use fabric tote bags for shopping
  14. Grow your own veg (growing a little tomato or chilli plant or regrowing veg ends like lettuce on your windowsill counts)
  15. Avoid fast fashion as much as possible
  16. Get clothes altered and learn how to hem and use darts to alter size/shape (fairly easy but makes a huge difference).
  17. Buy your electricity and gas from Good Energy/Ecotricity
  18. Use the phone provider Eco Talk
  19. Turn off the light when you leave the room
  20. Wear another layer, rather than turning up the heating

Just do your best and don’t stress!

💚✨Chrissie✨💚

Monthly Life Update – March (Yup, I know we’re well into April)

March was a bit of a non-month really. Me and the bloke started our quarantine, apart from him having an hour in the park every few days. It’s a big park with wide paths and wide gates so no need to be anywhere near anyone else. A Submotion Orchestra gig (dub, orchestral, hip-hop) got cancelled which was sensible but sad. Luckily we hadn’t booked anything else or made plans to go anywhere else.

Lifestyle

In January I made a secret resolution to avoid gluten as it effects my breathing and doesn’t help with my naturally challenged memory and concentration skills, as well as making me bloated. I’m doing better with the above which is wonderful and I’ve have discovered I have a little square chin, rather than the two (or even three) rounded chins that I normally have. Bonus!

At first I thought the Jay was screeching at me for food, until I put some out and it ignored it. It carried on screeching right next me. I went into the kitchen at one point and noticed it stopped. I came back and it started. I realised it had looked at me, sat in my living room and decided I was too close to the branch that it had chosen and was shouting at me to go away! Erm…..!?

This is Little Groot, the huge chilli plant we cut right back to a tiny stump when it stopped giving us chilli’s. It’s a tenacious little fecker and has come back with a vengeance, which we hoped but didn’t really expect.

I find the trend of young women shaving the peach fuzz off their cheeks such a shame. It’s natural, your skin isn’t supposed to look as smooth and shiny as a Barbie Dolls and why are we adding yet another step in the relentless quest to look perfect’? Here’s me with my fluffy face (you can see it on the right hand side in contrast with the shadow) which most people find really sweet.

Style

I went through a pastel-goth moment (perfect style to cheer up grey, cold weather) and found this huge metal quote pin from Crazy Crafty Chick Club.

I’m still rocking my custom Airforce 1’s and find that they go with basically everything. I can fit my orthotics in them and I can wear my ankle brace with them too. If you need spacious, stable but fairly light weight footwear, these are dream shoes!

I’ve finally got all of the styles of boots I’ve ever wanted so I will not be buying any more, ever. The chunky pair are from Koi and the slimmer pair are from Newlook (detachable wings from Koi) and everything is vegan.

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I stumbled across this independent soap brand in Tesco of all places as it was the only soap left but it’s the best soap though, how odd!? Vegan, cruelty free and genuinely natural. They do a range for pets too!

Cheered myself up with a sparkly coral mani.

Food

I bought this beautiful vegan porcini mushroom sauce and gluten free gnocchi in a huge (and perfectly timed) shop from Ocado just before all of their delivery slots got maxed out.

First salad of the year! With Violife Greek Block (supposed to be feta, tastes exactly like goats cheese instead) and Gosh! Mediterranean Red Pepper Falafel. I do get boxes of cheap falafel mix from the corner shop as well but these are quick and easy for when I’m fatigued.

Amy’s Burritos are the perfect size between a snack and a meal. This one is the tofu breakfast scramble and there are several others with rice and one with cheesy baked-beans. So good!

I tried Violife extra cheesy block and ‘ham’ slices, which had such similar textures and even flavours, that they blended together to create one weird flavour in my sandwich. Fail! The ‘ham’ is perfect on a sarny with pickled onion/cauliflower or a teeny bit of mustard. The cheese is perfect on a sarny with spring onions or on a cracker with sandwich pickle.

What a strange, almost surreal month that was.

🖤✨Chrissie🖤✨

Limited Edition Barry M Wildlife Eyeshadow Pallets

Barry M have collaborated with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and artist Emily Lamb to create three limited edition, vegan Wildlife pallets (£7.99). The special thing is that 20% of the net profits go straight to the specific animal on the pallet you have chosen. The tiger pallet has neutral and very warm tones but I’ve always loved pangolins and rhinos so I chose those two. They happen to really compliment each other too.

The Pallets

The Pangolin is the brightest little pallet that I’ve ever seen!

The Rhino is much more neutral but shimmery.

The Pallets

These prove that pallets made out of cardboard can still be sturdy and durable. I love how light and transportable these are and the small but functional mirror is a great touch.

The shadows

The immediate colour pay off isn’t quite as much as I was expecting from such velvety soft shadows and vibrant colours but to be fair, they are very solidly pressed in the pan. They do glide on and are very easy to build to get the depth of colour you want.

The pigment doesn’t shift easily so they aren’t the easiest shadows to blend but because I have oily eyelids and hooded eyes I prefer that they stick around.

The matts have great depth and even the neutral tones show up against my warm skin tone. The shimmers are beautiful with ‘Powerful’ in the Rhino pallet being an actual pan of glitter!

Applications

Ideally I would use the shimmers for my lid, inner corners and under the highest part of my brow. I’ll use the matts in a rounded shape above my lid and outer corners. It would look stunning with just two colours applied all around the eye, like teal and bronze or purple and pink, which is what I’ll do most often.

🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

September – Monthly Round-up

Food & Drink

My Bloke got me these posh teas from Twinings so I can have hot drinks that aren’t builders tea (strong, milk, two sugars) which I’m not overly fond of. I can’t attest to their waking and sleeping powers as my brain seems to function in any other way possible, than what’s expected; I can say they both taste lovely though. Fairly subtle and fresh in flavour and not too perfumy.

We are successfully growing chillies! The plant is both male and female so you get a really soft and narrow makeup brush and act like a bee and go around all of the flowers pollinating it. We planted it at the start of summer and now have seven decent sized chillies, with lots of tiny little green globes that will hopefully grow bigger.

I’ve figured out the perfect way of making a vegetarian Roast ‘Chicken’ Salad & Fahita Filling.

Style

This is the one of my trusty styles for autumn, along with a more dressy look I’ll post next month.

Of course there had to be something Halloween related as we near October. Unbelievably some of the things I wanted to include in Halloween Fashion were already sold out!

I’ve never been a big Disney Princess fan, in fact the words used to make me shudder as a kid BUT I’ve always loved a good baddie. Perfect for Halloween Disney Style.

Beauty

Here’s why this GOSH BB Cream was both a hit and a miss.

Ooh pretty! See what I thought of the Barry M Holographic Eye Toppers and what look I created using the green one.

If you want an everyday mascara which will be kind to your lashes and the environment then PHB Natural Mascara is the one you need.

Random

Even though my Bloke has never watched friends he has somehow picked up on the recent resurgence of it and has started saying Joey’s expression “How you doin’?” to me. He started off enthusiastically (and hilariously) saying “How ya doing!!!” while wiggling his eyebrows up and down. Bahahaa! Nope. I told him it’s “How you doin’?” with one eyebrow raise to accent the word ‘you’, that makes ALL the difference. He is now utterly and disarmingly brilliant at it! I seem to have subconsciously picked up on the Joey look too.

Squirrels hate me. Yup. On three separate occasions I have been screamed at by a squirrel. Walking by one on a footpath, walking under a low hanging branch and yesterday one was on a tree, next to the window and I was inside the flat! I’m starting to agree with Carrie Bradshaw that they are indeed ‘Just rats in cute outfits.’ Although, that may be an injustice to rats.

Here’s an honest and lighthearted list of 15 Relatable Ways Brain Fog Effects People. You might think of someone or even yourself as rather ‘ditzy’ or sort of ‘head in the clouds’ but it could be brain fog if they/you have chronic fatigue or various other conditions. I’ve come out with some great one-linners and wonderings while feeling brain-fogged however.

 

Chrissie

Monthly Roundup – May

I started May being a little obsessed with everything pink and grey and wore the same two basic outfits for most of the week. Check out the OOTD post to see the other outfit and where to shop both looks.

I’ve returned to The Body Shop now that they have a parent company who are committed to be cruelty free. I love a non-drying lip colour you can apply easily so I use a lot of tinted balms and glosses. Unfortunately Born Lippy gave me a sore throat immediately! Some do and I’ve never figured out why. I’m using it as a blush instead as the colour is very subtle and sheer.

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It was my birthday so me and the Bloke headed off for An Afternoon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.  Which involved picking up my first ever comics for Free Comic Book Day, trying some new health foods, taking photo’s like a tourist and then dinner and cocktails at V Revolution.

 

After hearing of the demise of Polyvore I posted all of my style mood-boards and outfit boards that I’d made over the years in two posts here and here.

I decided that now my skin has changed from oily-combination to dry-combination I’d try B. Pure Micellar Water instead of cleanser and toner.

Another OOTD, this one inspired by Johnny Cash; Smart, Dark, Country.

I’d not received any blogger nominated awards for years and then two came along at once. I decided to go with The Mystery Blogger Award as it sounded a bit different and I only had the energy to do one!

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We decided to eat again as we’d had a tough week and I’d been inside for days. So we cashed in our Tesco vouchers and headed to Pizza Express for large glasses of wine, gluten free pasta, a giant super food salad and caramel gelato with salted caramel sauce.

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I was in the mood to do a wish list post and chose the Woodland Trust S/S shop. I think it’s importance is growing along with issues like global warming, extinction of native species and disappearing woodlands, due to mass farming of mono cultures and countryside being built on.

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My skin has a nice healthy glow to it, thanks to the sun but my foundation kinda kills that a little so I thought I’d try and put some back with Drops of Glow, Lustre Finish Creator in Illuminator. Why do products practically have two names squished together, these days?

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It was also the Blokes birthday recently so I got him a dragon.

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I’ve been watching Heart of Dixie; Jessica Jones S02, Startrek: Discovery; Lucifer S03 and Freaks and Geeks. I’ve been listening to 90’s R&B; Gary Newman’s latest album and The Crow Soundtrack.

Chrissie

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This Works, Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water

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Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water £21 is basically a cleansing ritual in a bottle. It’s a wonderful makeup remover, cleanser, toner and is one of the most refreshing and moisturising cleansers I’ve used.

This is a result of rosewater, olive and almond oils and wild mint. Afterward I apply a vitamin C serum for day or retinol moisturiser for night and my combination skin stays balanced for around twelve hours.

It might seem expensive but 200ml is going to last ages as the spray novel easily lets you control how much you use. It’s also narrowed my skincare routine down to only two products so it’s now cheaper and quicker!

This Works uses 100% natural fragrances and 100% pure essential oils.

Free from

  • phthalates
  • sulphates
  • synthetic colour and fragrance
  • parabens
  • GMOs
  • mineral oils
  • petrolatum and propylene glycol.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Introducing Just Bee Honey Water

You know when you are getting tired of sweet smoothies, green juices and hot drinks but water is just too boring? That’s when Just Bee is perfectly welcome and refreshing.

Just Bee Honey Water

 

I think the packaging is cute and it was  a lovely surprise to find a packet of wild flower seeds included to help the bees! Joe’s Dad and Grandad were beekeepers so he grew up adding honey instead of sugar to sweeten things as it’s rich in 180 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Just Bee Honey Water

These drinks are basically water with a hint of natural flavour and a drop of healthy honey. I liked the Apple and Ginger but found it tasted overwhelmingly of ginger and not much apple. The Lemon & Green Tea was incredibly refreshing (I’ll be drinking this all summer) and the Blueberry I finished far to quickly and wanted a bigger carton!

Chrissie

Woodland Trust Christmas Wish List

It’s so easy to put a PS4 game or subscription box or new trainers on to your christmas wish list but I always like to add one thing from either a charity, organisation or brand that I believe is really trying to make a difference. I adore walking through woodlands so this year I’m picking the Woodland Trust.

British Winter Wildlife Christmas Cards

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Hannah Turner Toadstool Salt and Pepper 

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Hannah Turner Tall Toadstool Jug

Which I’d use as a vase

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 Winter Scents 3 Candle Gift Pack

candlesThe Lorax by Dr Seuss

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Pheasant A5 Notebook

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Living Nature Fox Mini Buddy

Squeeeee!

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 The Countryside Year Book

A reference book and journal in one

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Amber Oak Necklace 

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Chrissie xx

Neal’s Yard Remedies Bigger and Even Better in King Street

 

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NYR have located to King Street and the new store looks beautiful, with elegant touches and attention to detail every where.

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I highly recommend NYR lip glosses which stay put for hours and come in a very flattering range of colours. I can’t wait to try their mascara but I have so many others to use up first that I think I’m becoming a mascara junkie!

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All of the treatment rooms are down these stairs. I love the wall decals and the idea but these treatments rooms won’t be accessible to people with mobility issues unfortunately. Unless there is a tiny lift somewhere which I didn’t spot.

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The sale of products from the Bee Lovely range mean that NYR can donate 10,000 a year to projects that help to save bees. Fantastic!

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NYR are still all about the herbs and tinctures – the original products sold in the first Covent Garden shop.

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On the night there were hand and arm massages and deep tissue/seated chair massage available. I opted for the latter by masseuse Gary as I’m always tense around my back and shoulders. Afterward I felt much more relaxed and the circulation in my hands (rather a problem) was working better than it ever has! NYR offer a huge range of treatments and therapies (16 in all) including nutritional therapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, physiotherapy, reflexology, drop in clinics, facials and indian head massage which I’ve previously reviewed and is amazing!

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How cute is this Festival Favourites wash bag ^_^ It contains Beauty Sleep Concentrate something that I need to try again using a much smaller amount next time because it’s so rich, White Tea Facial Mist which moisturises skin on the go and can be sprayed over makeup (I’ve noticed this does a great job of setting my makeup when in hot places), Wild Rose Beauty Balm which I seriously cannot recommend enough and the lazy girls must have product Face Wipes, which are so gentle even people with sensitive skin can use them.

What would would you get from Neal’s Yard Remedies?

Chrissie xx

 

Weird & Wonderful Links #5

Louisville Leopard Percussionists (4th-6th graders) cover Led Zeplin – Incredibly talented kids wow!

Shirt Woot tees for geeks, gamers or people into clever kawaii.

Teepublic my fave tee of Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon done in the style of Le Chat Noir by Rodolphe Salis

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The Flash Season 2 first look – Their not giving much away but it still looks epic.

Marvels Deadpool trailer – One badass superhero!

A Guy Is Leaving Funny Tips In Shops Disguised as Information Boards For Shoppers

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An Unusual Friendship Between a Bear and a Wolf – Awww!

Back To Nature Part Three: The New Forest – I love nature but don’t get out in it nearly enough. This is a blog series by More Than Greens which covers her visits to some wonderful places in the UK.

Struggles Only Geek Girls Understand – Frustrating and funny at once.

26 Truths All Gamers Know – I’m not an obsessive gamer but I’ve played regularly all of my life and I can definitely identify.

19 Amazing English Words We’ve Totally Forgotten About Why is there no interrobang on a keyboard!?

17 Illustrations That Anyone With ADD Will Identify With – This is so on the money.

Dyspraxia and Autism – The Overlap – Natalie explains everything perfectly and in a really comprehensive way.