Updates to my cruelty-free brand list



This past months I've e-mailed more brands than I have in any month before, and have many new additions to make. Unfortunately I have not had a reply from most of these companies which is obviously discouraging. My current to-ask list is made up of brands I have found via bloggers in the organic beauty niche therefore are mostly natural, British and independent, meaning they are unlikely to test. However if brands are not willing to e-mail me back then I have no choice but to not endorse them. So even though a lot of the brands listed below are unlikely to test due to the very nature of their products, without written confirmation I have no option but to state that they are grey area. Which kind of breaks my heart, really.

The Linkables



I've been making my way through Alison Johnstone MSP's blog this week and it's a really good place for an introduction to green politics.

Through Alison's blog I did find out however about this blog written by the Gender and Politics Research Group at the University of Edinburgh if anyone is looking for academic writing on feminism.

Scottish Women's Aid have some job openings

Pumpkin decorating ideas that don't involve carving.

It's a bit personal but my four year #singleversary is around this time of year (I'm a former settler who's been in unhealthy relationships so it's a big deal to see how far I've come) and I thought I'd just highlight The Single Women which was a great source of wise words four years ago and Mandy Hale is still full of wise words to this day (and now even has a book!).

Ever noticed that music which isn't considered 'real music' is typically listened to by teenage girls?

Something that says something similar.

This piece on Lily Allen touches upon some racism in music that I had never spotted until it was pointed out to me.

Glastonbury bans the sale of Native American headdresses.

Ever wondered what the moon smells like?

Norway has released new banknotes and design blogs are loving them.

A blog tag I'm thinking of doing: the horror movie questions.

Earlier this week I read this post on an insulting sales e-mail a marketing company received, and this morning I found it in my blog's e-mail inbox! 

Best of Buzzfeed: 19 playgrounds that will haunt your nightmares and 29 fetch items every Mean Girls fan needs to own.

What sort of requests do magazine re-touchers get?

Ha! Yoga mantras for jerks.

I reckon there's gonna be a lot of Orange is the New Black costumes this year and if you're thinking about it here is a quick make-up guide for some of the characters.

I've not has a chance to read yet but Fitrovert is a fitness website for introverts.

Links, apps and advice for staying organised when you're self-employed in the creative field.

An open letter to parents who don't vaccinate their kids (from a women who's kid has cancer and can't come in contact with non-vaccinated kids)

Something for my recipe binder: vegan taco lasagne.

I'm beginning to really love Leanne Wood and here's a massive interview with her if you'd like to get to know the leader of Plaid Cymru as well.

I voted yes (as you know) but I realised an iScotland would have meant some changes for me as a marketer and blogger. This piece on SEO and Google comes across as Unionist however it is interesting (though I'd bang my head off the wall if someone believed these were serious enough reasons to vote no).

A really good piece from The Guardian about what's happened in Scotland since the no vote almost a month ago.

Some advice for men who work in tech to make the environment more women friendly.

Ha! Why the term 'social justice warrior' isn't really an insult.

Morag x

The Harry Potter Tag


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It's been a while since I've sat down with any of the Harry Potter books or films however I absolutely loved them at one point, which was actually in my late teens and early twenties as it took me a while to get into them (the first book came out when I was six years old). I certainly am not as big a fan as some people but I have loved reading other people's Harry Potter tag and decided it was time I did it myself (plus, I'm feeling a bit lazy with other blogging ideas!).

Alan's Stir-Fry (and my budget version)



When I was last in Dundee my friend Alan cooked me a tasty vegan stir-fry using ingredients from the local Chinese Supermarket. I mentioned it in my first ever Vegan Food Diaries and gave it a cheeky Instagram and I can confirm it was as lovely as it looked. I also created my own simpler budget friendly version with foods from Tesco for us common people (Instagram here).

But anyway here's Alan recipe.