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Care and shop fair

It was terrible; suddenly the entire floor filled up with fire and smoke and the heat was so intense that we rushed towards the windows, broke the steel grills and the glass and jumped out.
Mohammad, 32, survivor of a factory fire in Pakistan (source: Clean Clothes Campaign)

We all know it, but most of us tend to ignore it or think that it won’t change anyway. I think differently. I did a lot of research about this topic and for me it’s more than shocking. The working conditions in the fashion industry are probably one of the worst of all. Miserable health and safety conditions and minimum wages. According to Clean Clothes Campaign “The majority of workers in the global fashion industry rarely earn more than two US dollars per day. Many have to work long hours for this meagre wage and struggle daily to meet their basic needs such as food, clothes, shelter and schooling.”. Apart from that they have to work up to 96 hours per week. If they refuse to do say, they will be resigned or they will not have enough many if they don’t work overtime.

But why is that? Because of our buying behavior. We want cheap and fast clothing. We don’t want to spend 100€ for something we’ll only wear for one season. We want everything to be cheap and trendy. Of course we do so, why not? Humans (or most of them) are rational thinkingly beings and I won’t blame anyone, because I used to think the same way. But in my opinion, things went a bit out of control. There are so many people addicted to shopping and buying bargains and everything, like there isn’t anything more important in life. I’m not saying fashion and our appearance is not important nowadays, because it definitely is, but in my opinion we should think about our actions and therefore our shopping behaviour especially if we are supporting an industry, which exploit people.

To be honest, at the moment it is impossible for me to buy all of my clothes fair, because the market is not big enough yet and also the designs sometimes don’t fit into my style. But that’s not the point! For me every little step into the right direction is the aim. I want to show you how you can incorporate fair fashion into your ‘normal’ clothing to make it look even more stylish AND to know that you’ve done something right. How does that sound? 🙂

So here is my first interpretation of a fair fashion outfit. Today I went for lunch in the city with one of my best friends and wanted something comfortable and airy (36°C currently). My fair fashion pick are some white and really soft espandrilles by Natural World Eco and I love them!! I also want to mention my beautiful and elegant watch, which is from a swedish brand called MOCKBERG and fits perfectly into every outfit. See the rest of the brands below.

 

Top: Bik Bok
Skirt: Carlings
Bag: Brandy Melville
Shoes: Natural World Eco
Watch: Mockberg

Portugal VLOG

Hey everyone 🙂 Like I already mentioned in one of my previous post, I wanted to make a “VLOG” of my trip to Portugal this july… aaaaand here it is! I hope you like it 🙂 Just lean back and enjoy three minutes of sun, beach and the ocean. Make sure to scroll down to see some of my favourite photos as well.

VIDEO: Portugal VLOG

 

RECIPE: Out of the oven

Just wanted to share this simple but delicious recipe with you. I hope you like it 🙂

RECIPE: Baked Eggplant + Potato

~ 1 person

Ingredients:

– 1 Eggplant
– 2 big cooked potatoes
– hummus
– rosemary, basil
– olive oil
– salt, pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven at ~ 200°C. Cut the eggplant and potatoes into chips. Chop the rosemary and basil and mix it with olive oil, salt and pepper. Use brush to put the oil and herbs on the eggplant and potatoe chips. Bake for about 15-20 minutes.

 

RECIPE: Millet glory

Millet is probably one of the most underestimated grains in comparison to others. Millet has an endless list of health benefits so I’m just going to mention the most “important” for me:

  • It’s glutenfree
  • high amount of iron
  • high amount of magnesium
  • high amount of silicium
  • helps growing hair and nails
  • supports strong bones and joints

Sounds great right? Well, apart from that it serves a great breakfast and for me it’s a good alternative to my everyday oat meal.

 

RECIPE: Millet glory

~ 2 persons

Ingredients:

– 1 cup of millet
– 2 cups of water OR vegan milk
– vanilla
– sweetener (honey, apple sweetener etc.)
– blueberries
– banana
– 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
– Granola (mine is from simply raw bakery)

Directions:

Cook the millet in water or milk according to instructions. Add sweetener and vanilla into the cooked millet. Top it with fruits and granola (or any other topping e.g. nuts you like).

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Hirse ist womöglich eine der meist unterschätzten Getreidesorten im Vergleich zu anderen. Dabei hat Hirse enorm viele gesunde Inhaltsstoffe! Zum Beispiel…

  • Es ist glutenfrei
  • hohen Anteil an Eisen
  • hohen Anteil an Magnesium
  • hohen Anteil an Silizium
  • unterstützt das gesunde Wachstum von Haaren und Nägel
  • sorgt für starke Knochen und Gelenke

Klingt gut oder? Abgesehen davon macht es sich auch noch sehr gut als Frühstück und ist gerade für mich eine perfekte Alternative zu meinem tagtäglichen Haferflockenfrühstück.

 

REZEPT: Hirse Herrlichkeit

~ 2 Personen

Zutaten:

– 1 Tasse Hirse
– 1 Tasse Wasser oder vegane Milch
– Vanillepulver
– Süßungsmittel (Honig, Apfelsüße etc.)
– Blaubeeren
– Bananen
– 1 Esslöffel Chia samen
– Granola (meins ist von simply raw bakery)

Anleitung:

Die Hirse in Wasser oder Milch laut Packungsanleitung kochen. In die gekochte Hirse Süßungsmittel und Vanille geben und mit Obst und Granola (oder andere Nüsse etc.) toppen.

WORKOUT: On the beach

Hi peeps! I’m finally back! Well actually I already came back home last Wednesday, but I wanted to relax the last couple of days and do literally nothing.

I spent the last seven days in beautiful Portugal… it was AMAZING! We had a great hotel and probably the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen in my entire life. However, I don’t want to reveal that much, because there will be an entire post + VLOG video up on the blog soon! I’m so excited about this, because it will be my first VLOG ever.

I already said a lot of times that working out is part of my daily life. For that reason I don’t stop doing sports just because I’m on vacation. Although I like to reduce the amount and intensity and rather prefer running (I love to explore area) and some easy abs workout. This time, there is only me, a towel and the beach. Let me tell you one thing, exercising on sand is NOT EASY. It is definitely hard! You have to be 100% concentrated to hold your balance. Especially the Commandos got me haha. But as always try to make as best as you can, although it is a very shaky affair.

VIDEO: Beach abs

 

Up up and away

Like most of you probably already noticed on Instagram, I’m leaving Austria in about two days to spend one week in beautiful Portugal. I’m so excited!! I have to admit that I’m a terrible traveller. My suitcase is always too small (or is there to much in it? … who knows) and my poor boyfriend has to take all my shoes, bags and stuff like that into his case. It’s just that I’m feeling much more comfortable when I know that I have packed more than I really need – you never know what happens!

I compiled some of my “Travelling essentials”, which are always in my bag/suitcase.

Raw and vegan fruit and nut bars

It’s almost impossible to find healthy snacks while you are travelling. These bars are perfect if you are a little hungry, but don’t want to eat anything huge. Personally I prefer the companies “Raw bite” and “Roo bar”, because they only contain natural sweetener (Dates) and they also offer protein bars, which is perfect if you want to grab something healthy after a workout.

A breath of fresh air

Lush is my favourite company when it comes down to cosmetic products. This one is a facial toner and it’s perfect for dry air e.g. in an airplane as it refreshes your face perfectly! I have them in travel size and also in normal size, because I use this product every day.

Fringed shoulder bag

We’re planning to make a one-day sightseeing trip to Lisbon and so I wanted to have a small and stylish shoulder bag, in which I can put in only the most important stuff. This one is from Brandy Melville and I like it a lot. It’s comfortable and matches with the outfit I planned for this trip (yes I do plan them haha). Unfortunately I think it’s not vegan or fair, but there will be post about a vegan and fair bag soon – stay tuned!

Bobbi Brown Concealer

I discovered this creamy concealer today and I think it’s one of the best! It also comes with a light powder, which is applied after the concealer to fix it. Also perfect for your handbag by the way.

Toni & Guy Shampoo and Conditioner

Good smell, good result and good size. In Austria and Germany you can buy it at Müller.

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Wie die meisten von euch wahrscheinlich schon mitbekommen haben, werde ich in zwei Tagen für eine Woche nach Portugal verschwinden und freue mich schon wie verrückt darauf. Ich muss zugeben, dass ich ein ziemlich mieser Reisender bin. Mein Koffer ist IMMER zu klein (oder ist einfach zu viel drinnen… wer weiß?) und mein armer Freund muss dann meine Schuhe, Handtaschen etc. in seinen Koffer unterbringen. Ich fühle mich einfach wohler wenn ich weiß, ich habe mehr als genug eingepackt – man weiß ja nie was kommt.

Ich habe eine kurze Liste für euch zusammengestellt, in der ich meine Lieblings Reiseprodukte vorstelle.

Rohe und vegane Nuss/Früchteriegel

Leider ist es immer noch so gut wie unmöglich gesunde Snacks zu bekommen, wenn man auf Reisen ist. Diese Riegel sind perfekt wenn man Hunger hat, aber jetzt nichts großartig zu sich nehmen möchte. Ich persönlich bevorzuge jene Riegel von “Raw bite” oder “Roo bar”, da sie sehr lecker sind und nur mit natürlichen Süßungsmitteln gesüßt sind (Datteln.) Außerdem gibt es davon auch Proteinriegel, die ich besonders gerne nach dem Training zu mir nehme.

A breath of fresh air

Ich liebe ja eigentlich alle Lush Produkte, aber dieser Gesichtstoner hat es echt drauf. Er erfrischt unglaublich gut und die Reisegröße passt perfekt in die Handtasche. Vor allem super für die trockene Luft im Flugzeug.

Schultertasche mit Fransen

Wir planen einen eintägigen Ausflug in Portugals Hauptstadt Lissabon und hierfür wollte ich mir eine kleine und bequeme Tasche zulegen in der das nötigste Platz hat (noch dazu hat sie stylische Fransen). Diese ist von Brandy Melville und passt sehr gut zu meinem geplanten Outfit (ja ich plane meine Outfits haha). Leider ist sie meines Wissens nicht vegan oder fair. Allerdings werde ich bald eine fair hergestellte und vegane Tasche vorstellen – stay tuned!

Bobbi Brown Concealer

Dieses Produkt habe ich heute erst entdeckt und ich finde es wirklich sehr innovativ. Es besteht nämlich nicht nur aus Concealer sondern auch aus einem hellen Puder, mit dem man den Concealer fixiert. Vor allem bei dieser Hitze ist es ganz gut, wenn man ein bisschen fixieren kann. Passt auch perfekt in die Handtasche by the way.

Toni & Guy Shampoo und Conditioner

Guter Duft, gutes Ergebnis, gute Größe. In Österreich und Deutschland sind diese Produkte bei Müller erhältlich.

 

The bikinibody emergency plan

Did I miss anything? We’re already having july! The last months passed by so fast and maybe some of us aren’t really ready for summer yet. So what to do if you want to look even better in your bikini, but only got two weeks left?! Don’t worry… we’ll fix that. This should not be a crash diet or something.. just some tips how to lose fat and build lean muscle in a short amount of time. Let’s do this!

Nutrition.

First things first, nutrition is the alpha and omega. You will not see many results if you workout four times a week and eat like a pig. In my opinion the formula to achieve the body you want consists of 70% diet and 30% exercise. As you may know, I’m vegetarian and try to eat vegan as often as I can. But all over this the most important thing is to eat clean. No junk food, no instant food, no chemical flavours and stuff like that. Here is an example what kind of meals you could eat if you follow this diet.

Breakfast.

Soak oats, two tablespoons chia seeds in some vegan milk (almond, coconut, oat etc.). Use the immersion blender and mix it with a handful of cashews. Add honey, vanilla, cinnamon, pomegranate and banana. Add almonds or any seeds if you want.

Lunch.

Quinoa with vegetables and feta (optional). RECIPE

Snack.

Any kind of fruit (apple, blueberries, strawberries) with a handful almonds.

Dinner.

Colorful Salad with vegetables and mozzarella or tofu. RECIPE

Post-workout snack.

Drink a hemp protein shake approximately 30 minutes after your workout. I mix it with oat milk, two tablespoons of yoghurt, half a banana and two tablespoons organic hemp protein powder, which can be bought at a health food store. Hemp is such a silver bullet! Here is a short overview of the amazing benefits of hemp.

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Fitness.

For me, HIIT is the best way to burn fat while getting your heartbeat up. In those High Intensity Interval Trainings you only workout approximately 15 minutes, but in this time you give everything you have! Sounds not that exhausting? Well, then try my new HIIT workout. I created this one by my own and I’m completely over and out after it. This one mixes cardio with strength moves. WORKOUT: HIIT + Abs

Please don’t think that you can perform this workout once a week and you’ll get a six-pack. Try to incorporate other things into your workout schedule and don’t be afraid of training with weights! Weights are an important tool in order to lose body fat. Check out my other videos for some examples. Apart from that I really recommend the workouts by Kayla Itsines. I love her Bikinibody Guides and use them three times a week (Legs, Arms, Abs).

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Lifestyle.

“If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got.”

Please don’t think that it’s enough to eat clean and train for two weeks and then your body will look like this forever. If you want something, you have to work for it NON STOP! Of course there are some freaks who can eat whatever they want and have a perfect body. Unfortunately I’m not one of them and I think some of you aren’t either ;-). Maybe this point is the most important one, because without being disciplined and steady, you can’t achieve anything (in life).

I compiled my favorite health blogs/websites etc. for you, so you can find more clean recipes for your journey:

– Clean Eating Mag

– Feasting on fruit (clean desserts, cake, cookies etc.)

Clean eating survival guide

Daria Daria (vegan recipes)

My Recipes at a glance