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

30 November 2014

November playlist

Lost in the Plot - The Deers
The Way You Love Me - Faith Hill
Euphoria - Howling Bells
Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin
Breathing Underwater - Metric
To France - Mike Oldfield
Hope the Good Things Never Die - Northcote
Let Her Go - Passenger
Lost, Dropped and Cancelled - Rainer Maria
Changes Are No Good - The Stills

Morag x

28 November 2014

The Linkables

This week's LOLs on Buzzfeed: 23 faces everyone who went to a British Secondary School will remember.

I spotted this on Buzzfeed and I've never heard of this before but I relate to all the gifs. So I ask you readers, do I have resting nice face?

A Scottish newspaper backing independence launched this week and here's Lesley Riddoch's thoughts on it.

I have a day off work today and I'm spending it Christmas shopping. Think I'll pop in here too.

In Dundee, it's Book Yer Ane Fest this weekend (I was at the pre-fest in Glasgow last night) and I almost spat out water laughing at this survival guide written by the frontman of a Dundee band.

Absolutely fucking horrible story about the treatment of trans people.

12 do the coolest solar-powered products on the market.

The perfect gift for a gardener who likes a drink.

London's best vegetarian restaurants.

I've almost always exclusively dated men of the geeky persuasion despite not being particularly geeky myself, and people have things to say about that (mainly masculine/conventional men). This post is about a thin man and fat woman, but I do understand that people commenting or second-guessing a relationship because you're perceived as 'mis-matched' for shallow reasons.

How the Green Party says it would run the country.

Hahaha! Twelve habits of happy healthy people who don't give a shit about your inner peace.

Black and white pictures of animals getting baths.

Some pronoun etiquette for when talking to/about someone who doesn't want he or she.

More on Band Aid: "Traditionally, one would say that charity is used to mitigate the symptoms of social distress, while leaving its systemic causes intact. Here, it is not even relevant whether the symptoms are soothed. The important thing is the spectacle."

Ann Summers like a bit of recycling.

Learn the size of planets through illustrations of fruit.

Glasgow got a bike sharing scheme last year, and I just stumbled upon Chicago's version called Divvy (and it has beautiful branding).

Another book on the market about the ethics of eating meat.

Annnnnd, a German Shepard howling at his owner singing in the shower.

 Morag x

26 November 2014

Vegan food in Aberdeen at Foodstory Café

foodstory vegan cake and salad

Something I love about my adopted-home of Glasgow is that it's an easy place for a non-meat eater like me to find some grub. So much that the place was named the UK's most vegan friendly city by a certain animal rights group that I don't like and will go unnamed. However I spend trips back to my actual home town slightly more hungry as Aberdeen hasn't quite caught on to the vegan trend (from what I can see anyway). However, when I was having a nosey at Christy's Aberdeen foodie map I came across Foodstory Café to which has answered some of my Aberdonian vegan prayers.

Foodstory is a small independent café located on Thistle Street (near the orthodontist that so many Aberdonians seem to recall from their teenage years) and they literally do tell the 'story' of the food they sell. They have boards up detailing where their suppliers are located and they mark out gluten-free options, raw options and - what's important to me - vegan options. Food labelling at its finest.

food story aberdeen menu

My mum was with me and even though she's not vegan she is supportive of local businesses and ethical shopping. We went in on a Thursday afternoon but the café was still very bustling for this time of day (and year) with a wide range of customers from business people from nearby offices and school kids out on lunch.

I'm not used to standing in a café struggling to choose but with so many vegan options available (and teas and teas) I held up the queue a bit. And when I say plenty of options I'm primarily referring to the cakes as there were several vegan slices on their counter. However I settled on a raw chocolate cake and an almond slice topped with avocado-based cream. This was first time trying a raw cake and it tasted exactly like actual cocoa powder and is a very acquired taste.

Foodstory green tea

I can't remember the name of salad we picked but they were beautiful, especially the one that I believe might have been satay style. We also kept it simple and went for a green tea to share which came in a super cute filter jug with a timer so we knew when it had brewed.

As regular readers will know I'm not up in Aberdeen all that often, and my knowledge of the local foodie scene is very limited. Maybe there are lots of vegan-friendly places nestled about and I'm just unaware of them. However, I know Foodstory is popular with a range of people - such as Christy of Dinner Stories and quite a few Aberdonian friends from school etc have liked the page on Facebook.

You should all go stuff your face full of food served with its own story.

Morag x

25 November 2014

Online shopping for ethical Christmas presents

I'm aware that my fondness for ethical shopping can make me a slightly frustrating person to buy presents for. Between being cruelty-free, vegan, a feminist and a bit of a lefty I have a lot of businesses on my boycott list. And maybe you have someone like this in your life too (and if so you should introduce us). But I am today going to use my fussiness to help anyone who has a Morag-like person in their life that they need to buy something for.

I can't guess the personality of the person you're buying for and what would be a great gesture, so instead of creating a gift guide including specific products (even though they are fun) I've listed a bunch of websites for you to have a gander on. And from there you can determine if a vegan bubble bath or flower seeds which help increase the bee population would be a better gift.

24 November 2014

City girl reflections on a countryside upbringing

Aberdeenshire 24

A week ago I published an outfit post, which had me sitting on a log in some woods. Not that that's very interesting. However this was the first outfit post I had published which used the Aberdeenshire countryside I grew up in as a backdrop instead of urban buildings in Glasgow or Dundee.

23 November 2014

Updates to my cruelty-free brand list

It's now just a few weeks to Christmas and things are getting a bit hectic so I wasn't able to contact as many brands this month. Like a lot of people I'm swept off my feet this time of year and this will probably be my last brand update this side of the new year. However, here is the status of the brands I blasted e-mails out to on the 9th of November.

22 November 2014

Christmas decorating picks from Etsy

Last week I blogged about the absolutely beautiful range of Christmas decorations from Sterling Furniture however we all know I love to support an independent artist and business. With that, I hit up Etsy which is my favourite place to find something which isn't the usual. There are loads of stuff on offer but these are my top picks for this Christmas.

21 November 2014

The Linkables

Healthy relationships are a topic that I'm an advocate for and had considered myself quite well-versed in but a new relationship blog find Baggage Reclaim had me going "that's-a-good-point-hadn't-thought-of-that". 

I'm currently working my way through Sex & The City (for the first time...I was young when it first came out) and I'm currently in the episodes of Miranda's early stages of pregnancy and here's some praise for the way they dealt with the abortion topic.

Misogynistic fraternities in Edinburgh, and you can't say we don't still need feminism after reading this. (massive trigger warning for sexual assault and transphobia, because even though my tolerance is high it wasn't quite high enough for that...)

If you you've got a blogger or social media fan on your Christmas to-buy-for list (*cough* me) then Charlotte has a great guide for you.

And on the topic of blogging and's a blogger Secret Santa where your gifts have to be from small independent brands. 

I remember not really ever liking BandAid (my dad accused me of just being a moody teenager) and this article explains what my teenage self couldn't

On the issue of charity, this post focuses on food banks and this one on ex-soldier care (okay it's about poppies but Help for Heroes et al is touched upon) but both highlight the normalisation of charities (and why it's dangerous).

If you're an American Horror Story fan (like me) and a Disney fan (not so much like me) then you'll love these fan art pictures.

I love supporting vegan businesses (duh) but not ones with Nazi links. Yep, still talking that cupcake shop in London because apparently there's still a lot of animal rights activists who like to set human rights back a few decades.

Top 10 corporate blogs of 2014.

Out of all the YouTuberers surpassing one million subscribers I can't imagine anyone who deserve it more than Laci Green. Got totes emosh watching her video.

And, non-dairy milk is becoming very popular in the UK.

Morag x

17 November 2014

24th birthday meal in Aberdeenshire at Tiger Lily

tigerlily oldmeldrum vegetarian menu

A week ago I turned 24 and me and my friends went out to Akbar's Glasgow for some curries and a giant naan. However, celebrating my birthday by stuffing my face didn't end there as I headed up to Aberdeenshire to see my family and my parents took me out to a Thai/Chinese restaurant called Tiger Lily in the Aberdeenshire town of Oldmeldrum.

16 November 2014

This year's winter coat (& boots)

NEw look winter coat scottish blogger

Everytime I've been up to visit my parents in the North-East I've been meaning to take some outfit photos with the Aberdeenshire countryside as the backdrop. Unfortunately I've been down a tripod for over a year and I've only been able to take outfit photos when I can badger someone to take them for me (read: not my parents). Thankfully for my birthday my parents generously bought me a new lens for my camera and a new (professional) tripod that I took them out into a nearby bit of woodland for a bit of a photoshoot.

15 November 2014

Stressed skin and Merumaya skincare

Merumaya skincare facial wash

As I've gotten older my teenage skin worries have subsided and I'm much less prone to break-outs and I only have very small blackheads on my nose. However nothing brings out the spots in me any more than a bit of stress. Things have been quite hectic in the past few months - some of it good busy, whilst some of it bad busy that I really cannot be bothered with. This blog post however is not to discuss my private life but to get down to some skincare.

14 November 2014

The Linkables

A reminder on the importance of small gestures.

An old Guardian article on how unrecognised women's sport is (using netball as it's main example).

Also, go Jessica Ennis for standing up to rape culture!

I found this really good article on National Collective that asks 6 questions of a potential Yes Alliance.

And some background on Nicola Sturgeon.

8 ways a notebook can change your life.

I'm a big believer in the difference between giving up and just deciding something isn't for you any more, and this post is perfect on learning the art of letting go of dreams.

My USA obsession continues with a look at this rural Alaskan town.

Also related: rural post offices in America.

Some dispute that Victorians created the first vibrator.

A word on grammar school's being kind of shit.

Unilever have been dicks to an independent brand, and it's backfired.

No, we don't need to re-brand feminism for the men.

Vegan comedian Sara Pascoe wrote about why she's vegan (includes links to further reading).

My new favourite phone app.

Adding the word etymology to any search in Google provides you with that word's origin (see water as an example).

Top 25 solo female travel bloggers to follow in 2015.

How to be a backpacker...without looking like  backpacker.

Women document what they were wearing when they were catcalled.

I'm not into heavy metal so cannot comment, but there's something on homophobia in the metal community.

London is getting a cereal café.

Ever wondered what a Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Grease mash-up would sound like? Of course you have.

When panorama photography goes wrong. Haha.

Sorry I murdered everyone, I'm an introvert. Also, Ravenclaws are better than Gryffindors.

I hope this is satire, I'm certainly sure it isn't though.

This is satire, though I wish it was real.

Natalie Bennett explains what she thinks is behind the recent #GreenSurge.

Believe it or not, I used to reject femininity because I believed it to be more 'feminist'. This piece by a tom-boy explains why rejecting femininity is quite problematic.

Though I relate to this Glamour piece on what the worst guy I dated taught me  it reminded me why promoting healthy relationships is one of my main feminist issues.

Annnnd, Positions for sex at your parents house (NSFW).

Morag x

13 November 2014

Quirky Xmas interiors with Sterling

sterling candy cane 1

We're etching much further into the Christmas period and it's becoming a lot more acceptable to talk about the 25th of December. I started off a bit of ho ho ho cheer with my first thoughts on some of the Lush Christmas range, and now I'm moving onto getting my abode into the mood.

12 November 2014

Birthday at Akbar's Glasgow

garlic family nann akbars glasgow

On Monday night I celebrated my 24th birthday, which now means I'm embarking on a section of my life known as the 'mid-twenties'. Being a part of this mid-twenties club me and my friends forwent a messy night in a club and instead chose for a civilised sit-down meal (or because this is my first birthday since starting full-time work which fell on a week night). For this meal I chose Akbar's on Sauchiehall Street (just at the start of the west end) which had long been recommended to me by Glaswegians and I had considered for my 23rd birthday meal as I was told it is good for groups and has a big vegetarian selection.

8 November 2014

Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm & Body Butter

lyonsleaf body butter beauty balm

In my most recent update to my cruelty-free brands lists, I mentioned that I had been having a pow wow over e-mail with Vicky who owns a company called Lyonsleaf about cruelty-free products. This is a company with great ethical credentials - made in the UK, Vicky grows many of the herbs she uses in her products herself as well as not testing on animals and marking out the vegan products. I had also first heard of Lyonsleaf from Sarah's blog who specialises in beauty for sensitive skin and allergy sufferers, and she absolutely raves about them. When Vicky offered me some products to try I certainly got excited.

7 November 2014

The Linkables

Halloween has passed but I loved this piece on women's Halloween costume choices.

I'm a firm believer that cheerleading is a sport, and this piece covers it pefectly.

I was introduced to Ali G over the past week (I know, but I was quite young during his prime) and his interview with Tony Benn was probably my favourite, and here's an old Guardian article I found written by Benn a year later.

I can't imagine many of you guys being SeaWorld fans, but here's just something else anyway.

Look, I love that the word feminism is now officially mainstream but that Elle t-shirt thing had me seething. Charlotte of Gin & Ginger explains in a calmer way why it's problematic (and she runs a fantastic blog I'm glad I found).

It's long but this is a very detailed history of Africa prior to Europeans arriving.

For your Christmas wishlist: NYC taxi driver pin-up calendar.

An exhibition that showcases posters which were pivotal in social movements, will be moving away from London and coming to Scotland (specifically Dundee). 

Facebook have now banned 'like this page to see the content' on business pages, but it was never a good thing to do for your brand anyway

Something to eat: vegan pumpkin paneer.

The low down on a new art shop in Glasgow!

It's maybe a bit more expensive than your regular paper and print wedding invite but a tea towel wedding invite is cute and also reusable!

For crafty cocktail-fiends: make your own paper umbrellas.

A brilliant piece on Renée Zellweger and older women win Hollywood.

Fat shaming in the vegan community.

The Google Street View images being taken by a camel. Whhaaaaaat?

Psychology Today agrees with me that couples who maintain individuality have a better chance of going the distance.

On that note, how to avoid become 'we' and losing the 'me'.

I've written a blog of some kind for circa ten years...and I loved this list of 50 lessons from ten years of blogging.

You go Rhode Island! High five for transgender rights!

Morag x

6 November 2014

Vegan Chinese winter hot pot

I might as well hang up my foodie hat and admit that I wasn't entirely sure what a hot pot was when Alan offered to make one when I was through in Dundee last week. Apparently you can get them in authentic Chinese restaurants (we're not talking Jimmy Chung's here...) and I'm really glad I was introduced to the concept as what I found was the perfect comfort winter food for chilly evenings when you want to stay indoors sheltered from the cold. The great thing is that they are very versatile and you can select the ingredients to suit yourself, and if you're sharing (which they're great for - there was three of us sitting round this) people only have to take out the pot what they fancy eating.

4 November 2014

First purchases from the Lush Christmas range

Lush Chirstmas hot toddy snowman yog nog

I am one of those scrooges who refuse to talk about Christmas until Halloween has passed. However, now that it is November my blog is beginning to get in the mood and you'll see a few Christmas themed posts popping up between now and the 25th of Decemeber. And I'm starting it off with my first three purchases from the Christmas Lush range.

3 November 2014

Halloween 2014 // Medusa

Medusa Halloween costume

This will just be a quick one to show you the photos of my Medusa Costume from last night. I spent Halloween in Dundee (and went to Kage, shockingly enough) but only got to my friend's at 7pm so was rushed getting ready (ended up taking my chosen nail polish to the party to do there) and we only took a few quick pics as we had people waiting who weren't too used to my need to document my outfits. So we were out the door pretty quickly.

1 November 2014

Tips for going vegan on World Vegan Day

Today is the first day of November (I promise pointing out the date has a purpose). Which firstly brings upon thoughts of 'holy fuck, when did November happened? Feels like May was last week' as we now enter the month of my birthday and we can now start officially discussing Christmas. Secondly, it also means that it is World Vegan Day.

Which is obviously an important calendar event right up there with Christmas (for vegans anyway).