Shopping for Summer in Winter – Vegan Friendly

by Aly Hazlewood on November 16, 2016

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The trouble (if one could dare to refer to it as such) with heading overseas to a tropical climate in Winter, is that it’s a little tricky to buy clothes or shoes that are suitable for the climate you’re traveling to. (I know, I know, first world problems indeed).

In my case, knowing that I was heading back to Koh Phangan to live in a little beach village with a distinctly hippy vibe, I didn’t want anything too glitzy, and definintely nothing expensive because things tend to get wrecked quite easily with the sand, salt and sea. In an ideal world, I’d love to be buying ethical, sustainable fashion at all times, but living on a volunteer wage precludes that option altogether. [click to continue…]

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The Tangle Teezer – Every Mother’s Salvation

November 8, 2016
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Some of us occasionally ponder “What did we do before the internet?”. I, along with many Mums of young children I know often ponder, “What did I do before the  Tangle Teezer?” I’m sure we all remember the daily trauma of having our hair brushed for school, with the inevitable tears and tantrums that followed. [...]

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Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – Review

November 7, 2016
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Image above from my portfolio using Armani Luminous Silk Foundation on skin   There are a few staple products that most make up artists carry in their kits, and Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is one of those must-haves. It’s ultra-light, silky fluid texture seems to glide on the skin leaving a veil of highly pigmented [...]

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My Heart Holds It All – A Poem.

November 1, 2016
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  My heart holds it all My heart holds the murky depths of loss, hopes dashed against rocks, with the tenacious knowing that it will readily risk it all again for love’s promise. Love turned to salty water, tears I cry to heal myself, are chased by easy laughter that trills from my throat at [...]

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A History of Sexual Assault

October 16, 2016
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This is undoubtedly the most challenging, vulnerable post I have ever written. In the aftermath of Trump’s ‘hot mic’ revelations of his practice of sexually assaulting women BECAUSE HE CAN, I lay awake for hours feeling a trauma response course through my body. Feelings of rage, of impotency, of shame and even a little despair [...]

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Sunscreen Chemicals to Avoid

July 27, 2016
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  Infographic courtesy of Odylique.co.uk. Odylique Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 is organic and fair-trade, and I will be testing this soon for review, so keep your eyes peeled.  

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Amnesty International – Look Beyond Borders

May 24, 2016
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Today I saw this very beautiful little piece of celluloid from Amnesty International and felt to repost it here on my blog for a couple of reasons; 1. It reminded me of the after-school club I used to attend in the 80′s. Once a week, a small group of students and teachers would stay behind [...]

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Volunteering in Thailand – Samma Karuna Healing, Awakening and Yoga School

May 12, 2016
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For the past couple of months I’ve had the great pleasure of volunteering at Samma Karuna School of Healing, Awakening, Detox and Yoga, located on Had Cha Pao beach, Koh Phangan. With the energy exchange of 3-4 hours work a day, 6 days a week, I am able to participate in the school’s full Healing [...]

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Cacay Naturals 100% Oil – Natural, Organic Skincare That Packs a Punch

May 12, 2016
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  Cacay Oil is the latest ‘wonder oil’ to hit the hugely overcrowded skin care market and comes from wild harvest Cacay trees in the Colombian Amazon. High-end facial skincare sales have largely been flat over the past year, but face-oil sales surged 24 percent to $42 million, data from NPD Group show. They’ve more than doubled [...]

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Paired back skincare – Origins A Perfect World SPF 15 BB Cream

May 11, 2016
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  So I haven’t written a post about make up in quite some time, in fact I haven’t published very many posts at all in recent months because, well, I’ve just been too busy living life! Many of you will know that I embarked on passion project last year, and have been living and volunteering [...]

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14 Things I learned living in ‘conscious community’

March 1, 2016
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1. I’ve learned that wherever you go, there you are. No truer words have been spoken, there’s simply no escaping yourself. I naively thought that community living could be the answer to my problems, might soothe the lifelong solitude in my soul, but was rapidly disavowed of this notion. 2. In a similar vein, I’ve [...]

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Off the beaten track – Ko Jum, Thailand

February 3, 2016
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Ko Jum Island, 25 miles south of Krabi, is just a short ferry ride away (350 baht, departing Krabi port at 11.30am daily) and is still something of an off-the-beaten-track paradise. Mercifully free of late night bars pumping out cheesy house music along the shoreline, it still has a sleepy, laid back vibe, punctuated by [...]

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What is EMDR Therapy? A Personal Experience.

January 24, 2016
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One of the many great things about New Life is the number of different therapeutic modalities on offer, ranging from refuge recovery for addiction, the Hakomi method, TRE, Dance Mandala, EFT, Art therapy, core process psychotherapy and more. We are currently very fortunate to have Ani Konchog on the Life Coach team again this year. [...]

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Photo blog of Vientiane, Laos

January 23, 2016
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Last month I made a short trip to Vientiane, Laos to renew my Thai visa so that I could return to the New Life Foundation to resume volunteering. I’d heard that there isn’t a huge amount to do in Vientiane and this proved fairly accurate, but it does have its own charm. Once a French [...]

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The Wilderness Reserve, a Luxury Bolt-Hole from London

January 15, 2016
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 My abridged review of the Wilderness Reserve for the February issue of Absolutely Magazine   Sibton Park  The Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk, once a great Palladian estate dating back to the 18th century, now consists of 4,500 acres of land purchased over a number of years by a private investor. This privatisation of national assets that the [...]

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An Upmarket Stag Weekend in Morocco

January 9, 2016
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With the rise in budget airlines there has been a huge increase in pre-wedding tourism (stag and hen holidays to you and me). In fact, as many of my 30-something friends began tying the knot, I received such a slew of hen holiday invitations, that navigating the unenviable minefield of which to accept and which [...]

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How this committed rule breaker learned to find comfort in structure

January 6, 2016
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  It’s safe to say that I am somewhat of an anti-authoritarian. Perhaps one of the reasons I am so attracted to Buddhism is that it invites you to “see for yourself”, to test out this set of guidelines for living to see if they work for you, rather than buying into some ancient dogma. I [...]

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