mo'adore: cruelty-free beauty ∙ vegan food ∙ glasgow/dundee lifestyle: October 2014

31 October 2014

The Linkables

Found here - contact if you know original source. 

America's gun laws baffle me but this piece highlights some of the issues of school shootings that really need addressed.

A quick look at sustainable alcohol brands.

I remember being about 16 when Britney had her breakdown and even at that age I understood this was a mental illness and wasn't something to be mocked. I'm now 23 and the same is happening to Amanda Bynes and this piece perfectly explains why we shouldn't be mocking celebrity breakdown.

Island in Scotland to be first 100% self-sustaining place on earth.

If you're hosting a party tonight have gander at Zoe's Halloween playlist to see what you can add to yer tunes

Cutting it really close - but here's a vegan food guide to Halloween (from a fantastic blog on the whole!)

Can I also be as bold to recommend my own Halloween Pinterest board for any other last minute ideas?

Best of Buzzfeed: pictures only Harry Potter fans will get.

Also found on Buzzfeed: mugs you need to drink out of.

I LOVED this from a new Green Party member, even though it is a bit heartbreaking: social justice, dignity and invisibility.

I'm a supporter of minority languages however this explains how I feel towards Gaelic being spoken about as if it is the only minority language.

The Friendly Fig is my newest plant-based blog find.

I found in the Guardian a story from 2010 in which Snoop Dogg was trying to star in Coronation Street (apparently he's a big fan!) and then this one from 2012 where he said he wanted Cheryl Cole to play his wife before he'd run off with Deidre (I had to check I wasn't reading The Onion).

Logo design fails. (somewhat NSFW, depends on your office)

I've not found an Android version but any netball fans who have iPhones might like this game on the app store.

Look, I do make an effort to ensure my digital footprint uses apostrophes correctly but I do get annoyed by grammar snobs for these very reasons. (From Everyday Feminism which you should be following anyway 'cause it's fucking amazing).

Sinead talks about her Glasgow-based jacket making course.

Avalanche of the Soul is a personal blog of a domestic abuse survivor, and contains her real-life experience as well as tips for escaping and moving on.

The products used aren't cruelty-free but this YouTube channel is great for learning about applying make-up.

However I stumbled upon this YouTube channel when looking for Halloween make-up and her blog has a cruelty-free statement (she's also UK based).

BBC accidentally filmed a tweet saying 'fuck off' to the Queen.

Important trivia: 16 things you didn't know about the Teletubbies (that show caused quite a few controversies!)

To GamerGate types, or general trolls: it's not censorship to ignore you.

But in a similar vein, or even opposing argument, I agree with this piece called The Culture of Shut Up.

Morag x

30 October 2014

October Playlist

October Playlist

Air Traffic - Charlotte
Bowerbirds - In Our Talons
Charlotte Church - Unravelling
Dave Hause - Father's Son
Fionn Regan - For A Nightingale
Forest Fires - Trial and Error
Get Cape, Wear Cape - War of the Worlds
Gorgon City - Here For You
Iron & Wine - Love Vigilantes
John Martyn - May You Never
Laura Veirs - July Flame
Life in 24 Frames - Battleship Island
Lower Than Atlantis - Love Someone Else
Nancy Wilson - Every Snowflake
Seabear - Libraries
The Staves - In The Long Run
Sun Kil Moon - Space Travel is Boring
Taking Back Sunday - You're so Last Summer

Morag x

28 October 2014

Goodbye summer candle, hello winter candle

winter candles beefayre and arran aromatics

I mentioned in my winter evening activities post that during the darker winter months (which is now in full swing with the clocks going back!) I am much more inclined to light up some candles to create a cozey ambience. During the summer I'm only ever inclined to add a glow from a candle during a bubble bath and only have a few candles I rotate between but now it's winter I already have two new candles added to my collection.

27 October 2014

Some more Pacifica poducts

Pacifica uk coconut kiss alight purify

Pacifica is a smaller brand from across the Atlantic which has a few bit and bobs available in the Glasgow Whole Foods and is no stranger to my blog. Early in September I sang a massive rave to their perfumes and then a month later I gave an acceptable thumbs up to their Solar Palette. There's a few other bits and bobs I've picked up along the way which I'll be reviewing today however despite favourable reviews for other products from the range these three products are getting the thumbs down.

26 October 2014

Etsy // Halloween

An Etsy bought part of this year's costume.

I'm aware that I'm cutting this post very close with Halloween now only this coming Friday. However I decided to still post some of my favourite creepy finds from Etsy anyway, because even if you can't get it shipped to you in time (it's mostly American, and most of you guys are British) there's always next year, or screw calender norms and use these pieces proudly no matter the time of year.

24 October 2014

The Linkables

The most important reminder this week and in this week's Linkables: Her name was Reeva Steenkamp.

I know Halloween still needs to get out the way, but if you're a business owner you need to start planning for the Christmas period now (I'm already planning the gift guides that will be coming on mo'adore starting November).

In the post above, a brilliant guide to blogger outreach was linked which led to me discovering my new favourite blog for indie creative business types.

Turn your shower into a sanctuary

It might seem weird that I'm sharing this since I don't eat fish, but John Ross Ltd has a company blog which is a great example of content marketing when your product isn't all that glamorous.

A lovely vegan blog I found recently also has a gardening section.

10 skillshare lessons for bloggers,

One month on from the referendum here are some lessons from it which left-leaning people from across the globe can learn from.

If you're a bit of a renewables geek (like me) then the DECC are having a Renewable Heat Incentive Roadshow, and the first one is tomorrow in Edinburgh. 

Alternative rabbit hutch ideas.

A Tumblr showcase of the letterheads of various important people and organisations.

Some survey results on the varying opinions of the UK constituencies (some of the graphs highlight the difference in opinions between Scotland and England, one of the reasons I voted yes).

Quotes on shit (not literal shit, brick a brack shit)

Halloween nail art ideas.

Do you use the phrase 'do you let your partner wear that?'.

How typefaces got their names.

The best reply to a spammy business text ever. I almost puked laughing at the Naughty Otters bit.

Tutorial for Black Swan make-up.

A big guide on not being creepy and calling out creepy men for choosing to be creepy which includes this fantastic sentence: "Most people can tell when a cat or dog doesn’t want to be petted, but it’s suddenly impossible when it’s a lady you want to fuck?".

A heart breaking story of a low-wage worker in America.

And back to poverty in Scotland: there will be a Glasgow foodbank collection next week.

So rateable: 13 things people in laid-back relationships do.

Last minute Halloween costumes.

Lots of words on the word douchebag including race, feminism and comparison to hipsters.

Amsterdam will soon be home to a solar bike path!

Nobody seems particularly sure what GamerGate is (even Gamergate).

Related: Brianna Wu stands up to GamerGate.

Demonstrating with water how Pythagorean theorem works.

Morag x

22 October 2014

Gigs // Seen Live Recently

So howdy there gig goers. It's been absolutely ages since I did a round-up of gigs I've been to because, well, I haven't actually been to that many since my last round-up. And by not many I mean I've been to four (in the space of four months). But because time is getting away from me and I don't have any gigs lined up until November (and by gigs I mean a possible four in one month...) I should maybe just get these last four gigs covered.

19 October 2014

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.

17 October 2014

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

16 October 2014

The Harry Potter Tag

Photo Credit

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!).

14 October 2014

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.

13 October 2014

Favourite winter evening activities

winter evenings scottish blogger

Maybe it's a sign of official adulthood and the leaving behind of student fun times but I've found myself welcoming winter which much wider arms these last two years. I've considered myself a summer baby for most of my life but as I get older I seem to find myself not dreading the winter and instead of complaining about the cold I have developed some down-time hobbies I like to partake in during the evenings of the cooler months.

12 October 2014

Gosh products I wouldn't recommend

Gosh Cosmetics I don't like

Two months ago I blogged about my favourite Gosh Cosmetics products. However despite being one of my favourite brands also due to their cruelty-free status, helpful customer service team who answer questions about vegan products and their easy availability on the British high street, there are still products I dislike. As you can tell from the photo there aren't many products I don't recommend however to save you all a few bob I thought I'd run through them.

10 October 2014

The Linkables

A Buzzfeed article on 17 things for vegans to eat in Glasgow was published this week featuring a picture taken by yours truly.

Lynsay of Miss West End Girl has a small guide on spooky things to do in Glasgow during Halloween.

For any Irish readers, here's a list of spooky things for you to get up to.

If you like chilli sauces here's a YouTube channel full of a guy reviewing different ones.

I stumbled upon an article about 50+ ways to re-purpose old blog content and then discovered the entire site it is written on is fabulous for anyone involved in content marketing.

If you fancy learning a bit of Scots then you can learn a bit of it with Oor Willie.

I'm not the only person who thinks Dundee has bags of culture.

More on Dundee: the gathering.

Yet more Dundee news: it's getting a new health food shop right in the city centre!

And I'll shut up about Dundee in a second once I point you in the direction of Oxjam where people host intimate gigs in their own living rooms.

Edinburgh now: one of the founders of my old university dance team (who returned to choreograph out first competition piece) is now starting her own contemporary dance class.

See what inspires these seven female CEO's each morning.

I doubt I'd play computer games even if I didn't but my phobia has meant a lot of games are out for me (and also people need to be careful playing them near me) but I discovered a site called GamePhobias this week which documents which games are safe for people with all kinds of triggers.

I don't agree with everything in this but I think it raises some good points about how miss-used trigger warnings are. (I take issue with how the writer tries to talk on behalf of everyone with a phobia).

Also don't agree with everything in this but I think this is generally good relationship advice for both sexes (and for both hetero couples and gay couples).

A great piece on Racialicious about street harassment.

Another reason not to vote Tory: they might bring back fox hunting.

And the next UK General election could be interesting due to a certain increase in support for a certain Green Party (and, ehem, UKIP).

There's a sitcom called Selfie.

For all my Etsy fan-girls (or boys) who are always on the hunt for something different how about jewellery made using concrete?

What's making me cry with laughter on Buzzfeed right now: 26 times Tumblr had serious questions about Harry Potter.

In a similar lol-worthy vein.

Taking screenshots of everything on a website not just what's on the screen.

Some wise words on working for free. (I'd also chuck in that many of the people I went to university who worked for free - including myself - did it because we had parents who funded us and we didn't need to work a 20 hours a week for actual pay)

I was pinning Halloween stuff which then led to Christmas stuff which then led to Hanukkah stuff. I don't do anything for the last one but if you do this board, this board and this board are lovely.

And, create your own gifs!

Morag x

9 October 2014

Where I get inspiration for Halloween costumes

If you know me personally or have been following this blog over the last few Halloween's (and Eurovisions) then you'll know I take my fancy dress seriously and spend some time brainstorming original costume ideas. I sometimes compare me searching for my Halloween costume to a bride-to-be searching for her wedding dress, and I only stop my search when I get an idea which makes me go "that's the one".

Last year I blogged about my check-list when deciding on a costume and this year I'm going to share where I look for Halloween inspiration.

8 October 2014

Dundee: The Phoenix Pub

Phoenix Dundee burgers

Whilst I lived in Dundee I probably sauntered past the Phoenix Pub on Perth Road several times but never took much notice as it honestly looks like an old man's pub from the outside. However, when in Dundee last week it's where my friend suggested going for lunch and assured me that it wouldn't be full of middle aged men watching football (and mentioned that it one of his favourite places for a chilli burger).

6 October 2014

Arliss Nancy

arliss nancy new look gig outfit 2

I am absolutely useless with blog titles when it comes to outfit posts so I'm going with the band that I wore this outfit to go see. Arliss Nancy are a Colorado punk-country band I've been a fan of for a while and I was through in Dundee to see them last week. They were as perfect live as I wanted and I think you should all go have a listen, and I think it was superb that they chose bands from the (very strong) local Dundee music scene to open for them

5 October 2014

Lush Let The Good Times Roll cleanser

Lush let the good times roll

I mentioned this products just yesterday in my September Favourites video (I would link however I tried to add one annotation to the video and the quality skydived, I'm looking into it right now) but today I am putting up a full review on my blog for a little bit more detail.

3 October 2014

The Linkables

First off, Helen of Tea in the Tub has named me as her Blogger of the Month - go check her out!

I think it's fantastic to give blood but did you know your pooch can also give blood through this charity?

Wanting to learn more about offshire wind power? Dong Energy have launched a new information website alongside their campaign.

So Iceland are having a feminist conference where - wait for it - only men are invited

Vintage Roots is a new wine website I found for your fairtrade, veggie and ethical wine needs.

I live in a rented flat where my room was already purple so I rolled with that for my en-suite, though if I owned a house I'd certainly be eyeing up something neon.

I think the supernatural is fascinating and I think human sexuality is fascinating, but not quite feeling ghost sex,...

Just what your house needs: Turkish rugs with song lyrics woven into them.

A house DIY project I am tempted to try (thought the student twats in my building will probably steal it)

How to grow micro greens in winter.

For all you Netflix fans (which will be, like, everyone) here are some hacks.

8 things you need to stop apologising for told in a LOL-worthy fashion.

I'm not sure I agree with this argument entirely (though I believe there are better ways to discipline a child than spanking) but I think it is food for thought (NSFW, because it highlights that spanking is also a sex act).

Mainstream society still says women, by default, want kids and the child-free voices are getting louder but what about women who really aren't sure at all?

6 things to do to your Wordpress website every month.

The savvy Scot explains why unlimited holidays announced by Richard Branson may not be a good thing

Why do rappers (and other musicians) put on fake accents?

10 karaoke songs for people who can't sing (that will be me then).

October events happening in Dundee.

I've dipped in and out of Indie Chicks before but this week I've been delving through the archives and I am loving their Love+Sex section. Modern and healthy dating advice I can get behind (and y'all know how much I love to preach what makes a relationship healthy)

Fancy ways to eat toast.

Chelsea has been exploring organic farms in Europe and currently has some beautiful pictures of the English countryside on her blog (which is giving me wanderlust as I have weirdly visited more American cities than English ones).

If you know a class-privileged person who can't check their privilege then this is an amazing post that I think could help them see it. (I used to not be able to check my own class-privilege properly until two years ago, and it's from this experience that I say this post is good!)

I have had people all up in my face about allergy sufferers who have to limit their diet rather than pesky fuckers like me who choose to be picky, so I loved Sarah's post on living with both and wanting the allergies forced upon her and the vegetarianism she has chosen to both be respected.

Lastly, Birds-eye views of NYC over the years.

Morag x

2 October 2014

SheenaShona Jewellery Shop @ The Corinthian

sheena shona colour and trend

Despite having lived in Glasgow for almost two years one place I have never been is The Corinthian, although it's one of the most well known venues in the city. But luxury, British designed and made jewellery company SheenaShona recently opened up a shop in the front room and I was invited along for a cocktail, a slice of branded cake and a nosey at their Autumn/Winter range.