mo'adore: cruelty-free beauty ∙ vegan food ∙ glasgow/dundee lifestyle

A walk around Hazelhead Park


When you think of cities you don't tend to think of big open grassy areas. It's one of the main reasons all my countryside preferring friends cite as their reasons for preferring to live out of town. However no matter what city you're in you'll find a wide stretch of grass somewhere. 

When I was up visiting my parents in Aberdeenshire in June, we hopped into the city itself for some shopping and on the way back out stopped by Hazelhead Park for a stroll. For the out-of-towners Hazelhead is suburb to the west of the city and the park is one of the biggest parks in the granite city. 

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A walk through here did bring back some childhood memories, primarily the maze. It's a bit upsetting to see it's no longer being manned as once upon timed 'going to the maze at Hazelhead' was seen as a good day out. However, someone still cuts back the hedges and you can still go in have a wonder about. I did kind of want to explore properly but my mum didn't fancy having to come in and find me ha.

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Hazelhead Park also has plenty of weird monuments around each corner. Such as this yellow structure. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it wasn't the only oddly formed piece of park architecture that we seen that day.

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I didn't get any pictures on DLSR but Hazelhead Park also hosts the memorial for The Piper Alpha disaster. Back in 1988 an oil platform in the North-Sea exploded and killed 167 people included rescue vessel workers and some bodies were never recovered. The picture above however is of a new 'memory path' where members of the public can have a message for a deceased loved one engraved onto one of the slabs. 

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And after you've done that there are plenty of flowers and plants to go and take photos of. I've only just started getting into gardening within the past two years and my horticulture knowledge is still not as high as it could be, but I was loving inspecting the various flowers. Hazelhead Park is still very well looked after and great a weekend stroll. 

I didn't make it around the whole park as it spans such a large area but it's such a nice place to head to on a summer's day. If you're in Aberdeen - either live there or visiting - you should pop by if the granite buildings are getting a bit samey for you. 

The Linkables

Happy Friday internet! How has everyone's week been? I took my very first trapeze class last Sunday and have been spending most of my evenings this week in bed feeling sorry for my sore limbs. However I've also developed a cold so my second trapeze class has been put off for a while. I'll instead be heading to Glasgow City Comic Con this weekend.

I've also given my Linkables a new format. It's been two years since my first Linkables post and I thought it was time to spruce it up a bit. So hello intro paragraph about my week and fancy new sections so you can quickly find the kind of links that interest you. I did have to debate which section to put some links in so remember to nosey through them all anyway.

Let me know what you think!

Veganism & Food

Something tasty: chocolate raspberry brownies.

Also: creating dishes from your favourite books, films and tv.

My parents are heading to South East Asia next year (and I'm not, boo!) but here's an article on vegan restaurants I'm going to send them anyway.

It's finally beginning to feel like the UK is getting some summer, so the perfect time to check out Lauren's post on her favourite vegetarian BBQ ideas.

SPCA release an appeal after fox found in gin trap

Blogging and marketing

Blogging advice: how to set blogging goals you can actually achieve.

Becky wrote an excellent post asking if bloggers really need a niche?

A new (to me) lifestyle blog which has been keeping me busy with their archives: Skinned Cartree.

And my new favourite beauty blog which has introduced me to loads of new brands that I'll need to contact for my cruelty-free list: Bow Tied Beauty.

Feminism and Equality

If you've ever said "all lives matter" in response to Black Live Matter, then this post is for you.

Learn more about an interesting career path: what it's really like to be a female prison guard.

Rebecca was ill for most of her life with a life-threatening disease. But it never got treated because doctors kept telling her it was because she was fat. Here's her story of how fat-shaming almost killed her.

Dominic Utton on what's he's learnt watching the Women's World Cup

Some well written words on inclusion in the geek world.

Some sexy blogging news I missed last year: the top 100 sex blogging superheroes of 2014.

And in very good news Clare's Law is going to be extended to the rest of Scotland making it easier to find out if a romantic partner has a history of abuse.

Geek and pop culture

My current TV show of choice is Once Upon a Time which I discovered through Lynsey. Here's her top 5 reasons why everyone should be watching it

Geek Girl Brunch is something I stumbled upon this week (and immediately signed up for). If you live in Glasgow or Nottingham there's already a meet-up group organised in your city! And there's many more meet-up groups across the globe.

If like me you enjoy exploring the intersection between pop culture and feminism, Her Story Arc is a relatively new website to add to your RSS feed.

I'm always in the market for a new female geek blog to read, but I always struggle to find British ones. Luckily I stumbled upon The North East Nerd this week.


The reason I stopped my monthly playlists is because I got lazy. But go check out AbbeyLauren's post if you're after some new tunes

I don't buy from many of these brands anyway because they're on my animal testing list, however a bunch of big players in the cosmetic industry have been fined for price fixing

The world's first electric double-decker bus is coming to the UK.

What it feels like to fall in love with the idea of a person.

A piece of advice I would have given my younger self is: it's easier to make friends when you're a student so go meet as many people as possible. But here's a post on how to make friends as an adult anyway.

And finally, how to pick what work opportunities to work on and which opportunities need to be shown the door.

Three year cruelty-free anniversary & GIVEAWAY!

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Today is an important day (to myself at least) that I mark every year. It is the anniversary of my decision to go cruelty-free. On the 1st of July 2012 I made some mid-year resolutions right after my university graduation (it's been three years since I've graduated?!?!) which included the decision to boycott animal tested cosmetics.

The only difference this year is, for the first time, I'm not going to ramble on but I am instead running a giveaway to mark it.

I've made up a box containing some of my favourite cruelty-free beauty brands to give away to one lucky winner. Inside it is an assortment of goodies that I hope will appeal to a wide range of people and will help you discover some new favourites!
The box contains: 

Also a big thank you to the fabulous Aromatree and White Rabbit Scotland who donated products.

All the information on entering is below and good luck!

Terms and Conditions

  • This giveaway is open to UK entrants only
  • One winner will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter widget
  • Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below and the winner will receive one box containing the products mentioned and pictured above
  • Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering
  • No purchase necessary
  • All brands involved have already sent their products to me and I will be the person responsible for sending the prize and will keep the winner's address confidential. 
  • I will send it second class signed for on delivery. 
  • Once drawn, the winner will be contacted via the email provided and have 28 days to respond
  • All entries will be moderated and duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
  • The giveaway will run from 1st of July 2015 to 15th of July 2015. 

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Thank you to everyone who has read my blog over these past three years (and hello to anyone who is new) and also a shout out to anyone who read my blog before my cruelty-free days. It's been exciting to see the cruelty-free blogging community grow so much in the past 12 months and I can't wait to see where it takes us. 

Love and stuff! 

Pianta - Vegan Pizza from Pizza Express

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I'm late to the party, but somewhere within the past year Pizza Express released their first ever vegan pizza in their stores, the Pianta. I hadn't eaten in Pizza Express previously but had heard they were accommodating to vegans anyway though the introduction of a cheese-free pizza was a very exciting announcement for vegan for diners in the UK (and meant we didn't need to feel awkward asking for edits). 

Recently I finally managed to make it along to try it out. The Pianta is cheese free and instead topped with artichokes, rocket (mine has spinach because they had ran out of rocket that day), chestnut mushrooms, pine kernals with olive oil drizzled over to finish. 

My verdict is positive and I'm glad a major UK chain has decided to put a vegan option on the menu. I'm also glad that it doesn't contain a vegan cheese as I reckon vegan pizzas taste better sans cheese, rather than with a cheese substitute (and having a soya intolerance I'm quite glad they skipped this step!). It was quite rich however and I did struggled to finish it. Some of the comments I received on my Instagram also echoed the view that it wasn't the easiest of pizzas to get through in one sitting. 

Pizza is one of those foods I have missed since my vegan switch and I am so grateful a pizza chain  has put something vegan on the menu, making it easier to eat out (especially with non-vegan friends). I'm hoping this will encourage the other pizza players in the UK to consider adding a vegan option to their menus. 

Have you been to try the Pianta yet? What were your thoughts?