Well, let´s be honest, been vegan in Amersfoort is rather an exotic out-of-this-world kind of thing. On this blog post, I am talking about normal restaurants where, as a vegan, you can find some dishes to eat. Besides the yoga studio/cafe Bindi* there is no 100% vegan or vegetarian restaurant in the city in Amersfoort. Don´t let this stop you from having a nice dinner on the weekend because I have found some vegan-friendly places for you. These are my top 5 favorites:
1. SEM sla en meer
What to order: Create your own bowl of salad. You can choose from these ingredients as the basis: mesclun, spinach or arugula. For the filling, you can choose one of these: quinoa, bean mix, lime beans, and cauliflower rice. For the veggies, you may choose up to three of these: zucchini, sun-dried tomato, cherry tomato, broccoli, radish, cucumber, corn, white cabbage, sugar snaps and red bell pepper. Additionally, you can add vegan chicken! They sell the one from the “vegetarische slager”. All the dressings they use are vegan. My personal favorite is the one with soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil.
Address: Kortegracht 6
2. Italian Restaurant Lorenza
What to order: As a started the baked champignons with garlic and white wine and as the main course the vegetarian pizza without the cheese but with arugula instead. The pizza has artichoke, capers, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and garlic. You can order any vegetarian pizza without the cheese, but this one is the one I like the most.
Address: Lieve Vrouwestraat 14
3. Charlie’s Burger33
What to order: The “Woodstock” burger wich is a vegan burger with quinoa as the main ingredient. Here is the thing: You have to order it without cheese and creme fraiche.
Address: Krankeledenstraat 18
4 Thai restaurant “Mi-Yao”
What to order: As a starter the deep-fried spring rolls. They are filled with cabbage, carrot, garlic, glass noodles and soy sauce. As the main course, you can order the green curry and the tomato salad. Make sure to order the curry without fishsauce. The portion of rice is very small so I recommend you to order an extra portion right away :). As a desert, you can order Thailand’s favorite: sticky rice with mango.
Address: Krommestraat 41
4. Thai restaurant “The street food bar”
What to order: Noodles with veggies, noodle soup with veggies or the fried veggies with rice.
Address: Arnhemsestraat 26a
* I didn´t count Bindi because they don´t open during the weekend and this list is meant for the weekend.
Do you know any vegan-friendly restaurant in Amersfoort that I am missing? Let me know in the comments below.
The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. One week ago I started it and this is how my week looked like:
Friday 2nd of June
Saturday 3rd of June
Sunday 4th of June
Monday 5th of June
Tuesday 6th of June
Wednesday 7th of June
Thursday 8th of June
Learning points: Don’t trust the weather. On Friday I went with a friend to an open air food festival. The weather was perfect. 27° and sunny. After the festival, we decided to go to a pub but before, we had to stop at my friend´s place and she lent me long pants because the temperature suddenly began to drop. I cheated a little bit, but that also reminded me to be prepared because here in The Netherlands the weather is very treacherous.
Good quality jeans are a must. The black jeans I have been using for the past week, are from a fast fashion brand and the quality is not the best. I have used it 4 days in the past week and I can see now that they won´t make it alive this tree months. I will eventually need to replace them. An update on this will follow.
Better care for your clothes. Now that I have fewer clothes, I feel more responsible for taking care of them. I am not washing the “dirty” clothes as much as I used to. Every time I get the chance, I hang the used clothes in the fresh air and when I have them back they smell fresh and I can use them again.
While most people associate leather with cows, the reality is that many different animals such as pigs, goats, sheep, crocodiles, snakes, emus, deer, fish, kangaroos, horses, cats and dogs are killed to make leather. Most of the leather comes from India and China where environmentally and healthy regulations are very poor. Once an animal’s skin is removed, it is preserved through a process called tanning which uses strong chemicals to prevent the skin from decomposing, this process is toxic to both the environment and the people. The more I research about this, the more I get encouraged to not support the leather industry but I found it very hard to find nice looking fake leather jacket, bag or shoes that are made from a sustainable material rather than a synthetic one. The good news is that there are some alternative fabrics to leather that will take over soon! (Hopefully) I have listed out my research for you to check it:
1. Cork leather
Is the most common leather alternative. Cork is obtained from the outer layer of the bark of the Cork Oak tree, a native tree found in Portugal. Its removal does not harm the tree and it will grow a new layer to replace the harvested cork making it a renewable and sustainable resource. In the past cork has commonly been used in the heels of shoes but now a very thin piece of cork also known as cork leather or cork fabric is also used as a natural and eco-friendly alternative to leather. It is hard wearing and durable.
2. Pineapple leather This is a natural and sustainable textile made from the leaves of pineapples, which are the waste from the pineapple harvest. The leaves are the by-product of an existing industry, this means no additional land, water, fertilizers or pesticides need to be used to produce them. The raw material has a low environmental impact and is completely biodegradable.
3. Recycled rubber The rubber that used in inner tubes of tires, has a leathery texture and density, making it the perfect material for bags. This material is 100% recycled, the varied texture of the rubber gives each item a distinctive character and, although reused, the material remains extremely hardwearing.
A brand that recycles rubber is the English brand Paguro. They make unisex bags and jewelry from this material.
4. Mushroom leather This latest innovation leather comes from fungus spores that are grown into a close, woven pattern. It is processed in a manner similar to that of animal leathers. However, the tanning procedure is completely natural. It takes place without using toxic chemicals. Laboratory tests show that this kind of mushroom ‘skin’ is a hygienic material: it stops the proliferation of bacteria. It also has a strong absorbent capacity. Moisture is taken into the material and slowly released. These two factors are of use in a number of applications, such as shoe insoles, watch straps and so on. Muskin is also breathable. With its very soft suede or leather feel and surprising qualities, Muskin is a material that demands a closer look.
I couldn’t find a brand that uses this material, but I won´t be surprised to see it in a near future. Please let me know in the comments below if you do know of a brand that sells products from this revolutionary material.
Is there a material I am missing? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
Looking for sustainable and ethical fashion brands have become my hobby since I started this blog. My latest discovery is the ethical and sustainable clothing brand: Miss Green.
Sustainable and Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing, and manufacture of clothing which maximizes benefits to people and communities while minimizing the impact on the environment of all business operations, throughout the supply chain.
Slow Fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and (ideally) zero waste.
Sustainability is at the core of the Dutch brand Miss Green. For the owner, Maaike Groen, is very important to produce her clothes as responsible as possible with the environment and with the garment workers. The people who make the clothes earn a fair salary and work under good conditions. They only produce in European and Indian workshops with a GOTS certificate and a SA8000 standard, which means that they ensure organic and socially responsible production. During the production process, no harmful chemicals are used and the substances are as biological as possible. Besides, Miss Green rely mainly on her gut feeling. They regularly visit the factories and workshops to view and choose fabrics, but above all to talk with the people who make Miss Green´s clothes. They only have two collections per year.
After checking out their current Spring/Summer collection, I listed out my favorite items for you:
Every wardrobe needs a tank top. In the summer, to wear it in the hot days and in the winter, to wear it under a sweater. The materials of these ones are 95% Tencel and 5% Elastane. The price is €29,95 and they have it in 5 different colors. Sizes are from XS to XL
This is a basic must-have. You can wear on every season and combine it with any bottom. The materials are 67% bamboo, 26% organic cotton and 7% elastane. The price is €59,95 and they have it in 3 different colors.
This cardigan is a good all season basic. Perfect for a chill summer night, or a nice layer for the winter. You can make casual but also dressy outfits with it. The material is 100% organic cotton. The price is €99,95 and they have it in 2 different colors.
Since this spring I am a big fan of jumpsuits. They are comfortable and suitable for multiple occasions. This Ann jumpsuit on the picture above in black is made out of 95% organic cotton and 5% lycra, the price is €69,95. While the blue one is made out of 87% organic cotton and 13% elastane. The price is €99,95.
Blouses have always been part of my wardrobe. In white and blue are my personal favorites. The material is 100% Tencel. The price is €79,95
By buying ethical fashion you are supporting the company and the people who is behind it making the clothes. I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for basics, give it a try and check Miss Green. You can shop online HERE
Or you can check their map HERE to see where is the closest shop for you.
In Amersfoort, you can find them in the shop “Keizerin” at the Zuidsingel 70.
*Tencel or lyocell is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is similar in hand to rayon and bamboo, both regenerated fabrics. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests.
Summer is just around the corner. Today I´m giving you some tips on ethical summer clothes. If you are not looking for clothes right now, you can remember these brands below and check them out when you want to refresh your closet.
Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing, and manufacture of clothing which maximizes benefits to people and communities while minimizing the impact on the environment. These are some features that are usually pointed out as ethical: Fairtrade, employing women or certain ethnic groups, products made without animal ingredients and cruelty-free, donating part of the profits to a charity, handmade, fair wages paid and been transparent about the production and work policies.
I have listed 6 summer essentials that you can get from ethical brands.
Dick Moby is a Dutch company that makes sustainable eyewear from plastic. They use and reuse plastic without creating more waste in the process. They are handmade in Italy. Every pair of sunglasses comes with a free recycled leather hard case.
You can check their online shop HERE
2. Bikini from Pura Clothing
Sara is the girl behind PURA: a Swiss brand of swimwear. Pura means pure, which refers to pure fabrics and a pure conscience. All the bikinis are handmade in Switzerland, using Fabrics exclusively from Europe.
Check the new collection HERE
The production of the clothes of People´s Tree is sustainable and environmentally friendly. They use organic cotton which guarantees small-scale farmers in developing countries to receive a fair and stable price and an additional premium which gives them the opportunity to develop their communities.
Check the collection HERE
4. Jeans from Mud for €7,50 (per month)
Mud Jeans is a Dutch denim company that introduced ‘Lease A Jeans’. For 7,50€ per month you can lease one jeans, wear them and after a year, or, when the jeans are completely worn out, you can send them back and switch to a new pair. Worn out jeans are shredded, cut into pieces and blended with virgin cotton. This is how a new denim yarn is born. Returned jeans that are still good are upcycled and sold as unique vintage pairs. The jeans are named after the former user.
Learn more about this project HERE
Fjällräven makes functional, timeless and sustainable equipment & clothes for outdoor use. All with the idea of having a less negative impact on the environment. Their production is fair trade and they support different charities.
Check the collection HERE
I hope this inspires you to add sustainable brands to your summer wishlist. Ethical brands may be more expensive than non-ones, but in my experience, the quality is better. It is a little investment and you will have the piece for a longer time. But if you are low on budget this season, give it a try to second-hand shops. You might find amazing pieces for little money. In The Netherlands, there are some nice second-hand shops and charity shops that you can visit. If you prefer online, check then United Wardrobe, The Next Closet, and Marktplaats.
For more brands that support fair living wage and the environment, you can check this list that I put out for you. Keep an eye on it, I constantly update it.
P.s.: If you know of a brand that is not on this list, please let me know in the comments below.
I am always in search of original – and all natural products. By coincidence this time, I found a product that helps whiten teeth. Let me introduce to you: CHARWHITE. This is an all natural teeth whitener that brightens and polishes teeth and it remineralizes and strengthens the enamel. For me, it is important to have a clean and white smile. I have used non-natural whitening stripes, but my teeth were left very sensitive then. So I’m happy that I have found a natural whitener. My teeth are not very yellow, but I drink a lot of tea and coffee which stains my teeth with the time. Anyway, they were less shiny and white than before.
I tried CHARWHITE for one month.
As you can see, my teeth are not very yellow, but they weren’t really white neither.
My first week had begun and I didn´t see a crazy difference. I was using it once per day, mostly at night and I kept on drinking coffee and tea as usual.
By the second week, I started to see the change. My teeth started to look shinier and cleaner.
By the third and fourth week, my teeth started to look whiter and shinier. I am very happy with the result.
How to use it:
Dip a clean and wet toothbrush into CHARWHITE
Brush in small, gentle circles for two minutes
Keep your lips closed while brushing
Spit carefully and rinse very well
Use CHARWHITE daily andNote: do not inhale the powder
In my experience, the process with natural products takes a little bit longer than with harsh chemicals. It took me 8 to 10 days to see results. And since then, my teeth got only better. If you want to start using it, please remember that it might be different for everyone. Just be consistent and patient.
Currently, I use CHARWHITE at least three times per week. I encourage you to give it a try and experience with this black magic powder. You can buy it for €35,- HERE
Before & After:
CHARWHITE is made in Germany with high quality – and safe ingredients for the everyday use. The ingredients are activated coconut shell charcoal, calcium bentonite clay, organic orange peel powder, organic peppermint powder, limonene (from natural substances). Content: 50 ml averages 150 uses.
Get that gorgeous smile with the power of all natural ingredients today.
Last month I joined a new flea market concept in Amersfoort that is called “2nd Hand Outfits Market”. I joined other girls and sold the clothes that I don´t wear anymore. The price per clothes rack is 25€. You’ll get 45 clothes hangers and space to put your shoes on the floor. You can put some bags on the side as well. I liked this market because it’s indoor, so you don´t have to rely on the Dutch weather.
2hand Outfits Market
2hand Outfits Market
2hand Outfits Market
The market is at “Sint Jorisplein”, a central spot in the shopping area of Amersfoort. It’s located between the H&M and the Bershka, a perfect place because it attracts a lot of people.
2hand Outfits Market
2hand Outfits Market
The shop is decorated with a vintage style and all decoration is for sale.
This was my clothes rack around 15:00 o’clock. I had more clothes than this but they were sold very fast in the morning. I had a lot of success with my rack and sold most of my clothes! Since I was selling good, I went on to check the clothes from all the other sellers and I found some nice things for myself.
I found a fake leather pink jacket! I have been looking for something pink for such a long time and finally found it (an outfit post will definitely follow soon). I also found black basic chino pants and black basic heels. The heels are like new! I can see that they weren’t on the street much. I might not use them often neither but this is the kind of shoes I like to use for special occasions.
Do you feel inspired? Do you want to sell or go shopping at the 2nd Hand Outfits Market? Come this weekend (1st and 2nd of April) and take a look at Sint Jorisplein in Amersfoort.
If you want to rent a clothes rack yourself, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know any other second-hand markets I should visit in The Netherlands? Leave me your feedback on the comments below.
Lack of confidence is a topic that I am currently working on. Since I am more active on social media, I feel more aware of my insecurities. Every time I post a picture I am aware that people might criticize. And for some time, it affected me. That´s when I realized that I needed to work on my self-esteem.
I have some personal insecurities and one of them has to do with my smile. It took me years to accept the fact that I have big gums and little teeth, and for that many years I was ashamed of laughing to hard because then my gums would show… How crazy is that right? Just like this insecurity I have some other that I am currently working on. Thanks to my friend Laura, I started reading the book “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. This book was for me a life changing experience. While reading it I highlighted my favourite quotes and here they are:
1. “What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.” ― Jen Sincero
2. “You created the reality you now exist in with your thoughts, which means you can use the very same power of thought to change it.” ― Jen Sincero
3. “What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.” ― Jen Sincero
4. “You are responsible for what you say and do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it.” ― Jen Sincero
5. “Our greatest fears are the greatest waste of time.” ― Jen Sincero
6. “Comparison is the fastest way to take all the fun out of life.” ― Jen Sincero
7. “It’s just as easy to believe we’re awesome as it is to believe we’re giant sucking things.” ― Jen Sincero
8. “So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable.” ― Jen Sincero
9. “All that matters is what’s true for you, and if you can stay connected to that without straying, you will be a mighty superhero.” ― Jen Sincero
10. “We are so unbelievably blessed to have all the things we have, all the opportunities and ideas and people and tasks and interests and experiences and responsibilities – choosing to freak out about it all, rather than enjoying the living of our lives, is like throwing pearls before swine. Such a waste of such a glorious gift.” ― Jen Sincero
Picture by Marisa Elisa
Picture by Marisa Elisa
Picture by Marisa Elisa
Hello smiling Alisson. Hello to my gums and my little teeth! 🙂
11. “Holding on to my bad feelings about this is doing nothing but harming me, and everyone else, and preventing me from enjoying my life fully. I am an awesome person. I choose to enjoy my life. I choose to let this go.” ― Jen Sincero
12. “You need to go from wanting to change your life to deciding to change your life. If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you’ve to do things you’ve never done.” ― Jen Sincero
13. “Say nice things about your body, dress it up, and take it out. Give it hot sex, luxurious baths, and massages. Move it, stretch it, nourish it, hydrate it, pay attention to it—The better our bodies feel, the happier and more productive we are.” ― Jen Sincero
14. “There will never be anyone exactly like you. You were given special gifts and talents to share with the world, and even though everybody has special gifts and talents, nobody will use theirs quite the same way you do.” ― Jen Sincero
15. “Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.” ― Jen Sincero
16. “Follow what feels good in the moment, every moment, and it will lead you through a most excellent life.” ― Jen Sincero
17. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. —Lao Tzu; ancient Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism, could have been one guy or a mythical compilation of many, nobody really knows for sure”” ― Jen Sincero
18. “You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. It’s got you wrapped in a warm gorilla hug of adoration. It wants to give you everything you desire. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to see what it sees in you.” ― Jen Sincero
19. “Forgiveness is all about taking care of you, not the person you need to forgive. It’s about putting your desire to feel good before your desire to be right. It’s about taking responsibility for your own happiness instead of pretending it’s in somebody else’s hands. It’s about owning your power by giving all your anger, resentment, and hurt the heave-ho.” ― Jen Sincero
20. “You are a badass. You were one when you came screaming onto this planet and you are one now. The Universe wouldn’t have bothered with you otherwise. You can’t screw up so majorly that your badassery disappears. It is who you are. It’s who you always will be. It’s not up for negotiation.” ― Jen Sincero
I hope you enjoy them and get inspired to read the whole book.
Did you already read the book? How did you like it? Leave the comments below!
P.S. You can buy the book in NL HERE or in English HERE.
On November 2016 I stopped using regular shampoo. I started the “No Poo” (no shampoo) method and haven’t washed my hair with commercial shampoo since… Honestly, I haven’t been happier with my hair!
To go “No Poo” is to stop using shampoo and use natural ingredients like rye flour or baking soda instead. Why would you want to do this? Chemicals in shampoo can irritate and dry out your scalp and hair. They can be hazardous to your health and to the environment. And the most important reason is that your body produces oil to naturally condition your hair and keep it healthy. Using shampoo daily upsets the natural balance and causes you to produce more oil than necessary to compensate.
In a past post I explained my reasons why I stopped. You can read more about it here.
Today I want to give you an update of how is my life is going without commercial shampoo.
To my surprise, the first week went OK. I washed my hair for the first time with a mix of rye flower and water (two spoons each). At the tips of my hair I used apple vinegar as conditioner. My hair was clean but greasy, it was a different kind of grease than it was in the past. This didn’t bother me much. I played around with hairstyles and wore hats, braids and beanies. That week I washed my hair twice. My advice is to strain the rye flower a couple of times and put away the waste. I didn’t do it right the first time and I got little white pieces of the flour in my hair. Once my hair was dry, the white pieces fell down and my hair looked fine. From that time on, I strain the rye flower a couple of times before I mix it with water.
No poo day one
Noo poo day two
No poo day three
The first and second week went the same but from the third week on my hair got a little better. I could see some improvement, which inspired me to continue with this method. My hair was less oily and my natural waves came back! The back of my scalp was still the oiliest part, but it did not look bad. That week I washed my hair only once with rye flour and apple vinegar. And in between days I used corn flour as dry shampoo.
No poo just washed
No poo waves
By the end of the fourth week I washed my hair only once per week and I used dry shampoo in between washing. My hair was clean and normal. Only the back of my scalp was still very greasy. But I was very happy to see my natural waves again!
A little problem occurred in week five. I had developed dandruff. To remedy this, I took one lemon. Before I washed my hair I cut the lemon in half and massaged my hair with it, let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinsed it off. After that I continued with my washing method. Since then I massage my hair with lemon once per month.
No poo just washed
No poo at the office
Happy no pooer
From week 6 on, my scalp and me were use to this method and finally my hair started looking less greasy and more like it used to look before. During that week I was traveling, but I still didn’t had any problem with my shampoo, because I still was only washing my hair once per week, and using dry shampoo in between washes.
From week six on, my scalp and me were used to this method. Finally my hair started to look like how it was before. I still washed my hair only once per week and used dry shampoo in between washing.
Since then my hair and my scalp are back to normal. It´s been fourteen weeks since I started and my hair looks good and healthy!
This is my routine:
I wash my hair once per week with rye flour as shampoo and apple vinegar as conditioner. I only use the vinegar for the tips of my hair. Every 3-4 washes I use baking soda as shampoo.
To prevent dandruff, I massage my scalp with lemon every three or four weeks.
I use corn flour as dry shampoo once or twice in between washes. I apply the shampoo to my hair with a make up brush.
Once per month I use 100% natural argan oil as hair serum.
If possible I let my hair air-dry. If this is not possible, I dry my hair in the lowest heat of my hair dryer.
To strengthen my waves, every other day I sleep with my hair breaded.
This is my experience with the no poo method. So far I like it and I will keep doing it. The coming month I will be traveling to Colombia and I am looking forward to see how this experience is going to be over there! Don´t worry, I will keep you posted 😉
If you feel inspire and want to read more about the no poo method and the different kind of ingredients you can use as replacement of commercial shampoo, I recommend you to read more about it here. I found there ,a lot of inspirations and options to start this journey.
Do you feel inspired and do you want to read more about the no poo method? I recommend you to read more about it here. I found there a lot of inspiration and ingredients options to start this journey.
Do you use this method? Please let me know in the comments what your routine looks like! You might have tips as well.