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Vintage Stores & Veg Food in Brussels

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Early this month my husband Ben and I took a little trip to Brussels. We didn’t have anything really planned, just wanted to wander around a new city and Ben loves beer, particularly Belgium beers, so we wanted to try some different local beers. I also read Brussels had some good vintage and secondhand stores so wanted to check some of those out. I posted on Instagram about being in Brussels and we got some great recommendations (thank you!) of secondhand stores and places to eat, these where the places we really liked:

 

Vintage & Secondhand Stores

I was generally impressed with the quality and prices of the stores in Brussels. In my experience well organized and curated stores can charge a lot more (especially in large cities) and with “cheaper” stores you run into quality issues, and have to inspect for holes, stains, etc. We looked at a lot of stores and I think only came across one flaw- a sweater with a tiny hole that could definitely be fixed.

Gabriele Vintage was my favourite and had the most beautiful collection of vintage dresses I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely a store for vintage lovers though, most garments are very formal (not capsule wardrobe items…) and although the prices are quite a bit higher than the other stores they seemed fair for the quality of the vintage pieces. They also have an amazing assortment of hats! I would highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a unique special occasion outfit or just love vintage clothes.

Gabriele Vintage Brussels

I had to try this dress on for fun. It’s a terrible photo, but the dress was a beautiful light blue and pink floral pattern with huge pleats of fabric in the skirt. I loved it but have no need or occasion to wear a dress like this.

vintage dress

 

Foxhole was my favorite “normal” vintage store (Gabriele is a whole different level- like the wardrobe department for a glamorous old movie). We ended up going to both of their locations and they have a great selection of staples like printed shirts, chunky sweaters, floral skirts, and big scarves but also some more unique items like a pair of holographic platforms! Although their prices were more expensive than a lot of the other stores.

 

I also liked the selection at Think Twice, it was fun to go through and they had some interesting pieces.

Think Twice Brussels

 

Ben’s favourite store was Melting Pot Kilo where you pay for the clothes by weight. I loved their selection of coats but unfortunately the ones I liked were all too big.

 

Restaurants

Finding vegetarian and vegan food was not as easy as we hoped (even the Belgium frites aren’t veg friendly- they fry them in animal fat) and eating out in Brussels was a lot more expensive than we’re used to, but we still had some great meals.

I think my favourite was Ami, they have an interesting selection of veggies burgers and we both really enjoyed ours. The burgers are small though so definitely order a side too!

La Grainerie was an adorable place for lunch, they have a bulk grocery store in front and a little cafe at the back. It look like their menu changes regularly and the dishes are small but you order 2,3 or 4 of them. Everything was great (loved the potato lentil dish!) except I didn’t enjoy the banana bread which was super dense.

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Moonfood is a great vegan cafe where you pay for your food by weight and they have a lot of different dishes to try which I always like.

We also had a nice lunch at Peck 47 which is right near a lot of the sights so a good place if you’re checking out the centre.

 

And because a main goal of this trip was beer tasting, my favourite beer I tried was the Bink Bloesem from Moeder Lambic.

Bink Bloesem Moeder Lambic

 

Overall it was a really nice long weekend away. We enjoyed walking around the city, checking out some stores and trying different foods and beers. :)

 

 

 

Eco & Ethical Alternatives to Zoella’s Fall Style

To dispel the myth that ethical/sustainable fashion is boring, ugly, and not in style, I decided to recreate Zoella’s autumn lookbook with conscious alternatives.

 

Outfit 1

Striped top from Krochet Kids * (US)
Stripey organic t-shirt from Braintree * (UK)
Light-wash jeans from MUD Jeans (NL)
Pom Pom Beanie from Hoodlamb (vegan) (NL)
Yellow wool knit hat by Wild Honey Design from Ethical.Market (UK)
Hi-cut sneaker from Ethletic (GER)
Recycled choker from Chic Made Consciously (US)
Backpack from Skunkfunk
Tan waist belt from Bhava (vegan) (US)

 

Outfit 2

Grey bodysuit from Woron (DK)
Wide-leg pant from Kowtow (NZ)
Green wide-leg pant by Silvae from Bishop Collective (US)
Black felt hat from Vaute (vegan) (US)
Cross-body bag by Angela Roi from Modavanti (US)
Fair deck shoe from Ethletic (GER)

 

Outfit 3

Jersey long sleeve dress from Luxaa
Black bomber jacket from Wunderwerk (GER)
Heeled boot from Matt & Nat * (vegan) (CAN)
Red ankle boot from Nine to Five
Recycled glasses from Modo
Gold bar earrings from Wild Fawn Jewellery (UK)

 

Outfit 4

Neon Pink wool jumper from Lowie
White rollneck jumper from Wunderwerk (GER)
Wonderwool sweater kit from Wool and the Gang * (UK)
Cotton dress kit from Wool and the Gang * (UK)
Herringbone bomber jacket from Nancy Dee (UK)
Green jacket from Wunderwerk (GER)
Recycled pantyhose from Swedish Stockings (SWE)
Cat bag from Alltrueist (vegan)
Over the knee heeled boot from Beyond Skin (vegan)
Silver star earrings from People Tree * (UK)
Pink dog sweater by PupCycleCanada on Etsy (CAN)

 

Note:
This video includes footage from Zoella’s Autumn Lookbook 2016 used under youtube fair use guidelines.

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Vegan Thanksgiving

Vegan Thanksgiving

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It’s Canadian Thanksgiving and even though we no longer live in Canada, I never pass up an excuse to have friends over and cook a bunch of delicious food.

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner

 

 

On the table this year is:

  • lentil shepard’s pie I used this recipe from the Minimalist Baker and it’s delicious
  • a quinoa, apple, kale, & squash salad, from this “Harvest Quinoa Salad” recipe – definitely one of my favourite salads, I love the mix of crunchy apples with the butternut squash and kale and the ingredients are very autumnal
  • roasted brussel sprouts, I just tossed them with oil, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper before roasting
  • garlic bread, made with vegan butter, olive oil, and rosemary

 

  • pumpkin pie (not pictured), using this recipe for the filling (but also subbing in some sweet potato) and this recipe for the crust although I’m not sure we made it correctly because our dough was very sticky

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Round 2

The next day we had a bunch of leftover ingredients so we decided to have another dinner since one of our friends couldn’t make it the day before.

  • we had a leftover pie crust (accidentally made a double recipe) and extra frozen veggies so I made a veggie pot pie using this recipe for the filling and the crust on top
  • we also had an extra baguette (not sure why we bought 2) and lots of celery so I made this dressing/stuffing but with just one kind of bread and subbing vegetable stock
  • there were a bunch of extra potatoes so we also had mashed potatoes
  • and we made another salad with the kale we had, basically the same recipe but without the quinoa and squash

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

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I’m really excited about this winter season with lots of cozy knits to wear.

This capsule wardrobe came to 30 pieces and I will likely be adding in my wedge booties and possibly a second pair of jeans but I’m going to see how it goes.

I follow the Project 333 capsule wardrobe which you can learn more about here. As usual I don’t include jewellery, athletic clothes, sleep and lounge wear, and underwear/socks in my items. I also decided this season to not include my winter coat or mittens since I don’t see them as part of my outfits but I probably could have easily included them.

The items in my capsule are:

1. grey tank – Comazo earth
2. black tank – The White Briefs
3. sequin tee
4. black tee – MEC
5. plaid flannel – secondhand
6. grey woven long-sleeve – handmade
7. draped long-sleeve – Obakki
8. grey knit top – People Tree
9. cranberry knit top
10. tan sweater – handknit
11. mustard & navy sweater – People Tree
12. chunky knit vest – handknit
13. Icelandic sweater – secondhand
14. check tunic – People Tree
15. cocoon cardigan
16. purple wrap dress
17. brown body-con dress – handmade
18. black flared skirt – Obakki
19. beige flared skirt – handmade
20. black knit trousers – People Tree
21. burgundy leggings
22. jeans – Naked & Famous Denim
23. cranberry knit scarf – handknit
24. indigo scarf – handmade
25. white knit hat – handknit
26. blue knit toque
27. light grey large envelope bag – Matt & Nat
28. black clutch/shoulder bag – Matt & Nat
29. cream heels
30. grey boots – Vegetarian Shoes

Live Q&A with Courtney Carver

This Monday (January 18th) I’ll be hosting a live Q&A with Courtney Carver, creator of Project 333 and the simple living blog Be More with Less.

Courtney has inspired me and people all around the world to downsize their wardrobes and simplify their lives. I’m so excited to chat with her and to give you the opportunity to ask some questions!

 

Thanks to everyone who tuned in and for all the great questions!

 

 

Holiday ‘Shop your Closet’ Lookbook

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This year why not shop your closet before buying a new holiday outfit?

The holidays are a time where unfortunately a lot of clothes are bought which only get worn once, maybe twice. This is not very environmentally friendly and also creates unnecessary clutter in your closet.
I’ve joined some other capsule wardrobe youtubers to create holiday lookbooks without buying new clothes, check out their videos for a variety of styles!

Alli Cherry
Inspiroue
Mademoiselle
Melissa Alexandria
Samantha Lindsey

 

My holiday outfits include:

Outfit 1 – Office Party

  • People Tree check tunic *
  • Obakki black flared skirt
  • black heels

Outfit 2 – Cocktail Party

  • thrifted grey chiffon dress
  • black heels

Outfit 3 – Dinner & Drinks

 

Happy Holidays!!

 

 

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