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3 Great Vegan Brands in Britain

Obviously I could sit here and write about how awesome our bags are at Katherena all day long, but I decided to focus this weeks blog post on other vegan brands in Britain. Ones that you might not have heard of. So here we go, my top three British vegan brands at the moment are:

Urban Veda

Someone recommended having this gorgeous skincare brand included in my list, and after some research I realise why. ‘We believe in the value of nature and source natural, fresh, and pure ingredients to create our holistic products’.  As well as using natural ingredients, they also use recycled packaging which I absolutely love! I can’t wait to test some of the products myself this month, the facial oil is going to be the first in my basket 😉

Check them out here- https://www.urbanveda.com/gb/ 

Dr. PawPaw

I first heard of this company through someone’s Instagram story yesterday, and I thought I’d have a little look to see what they do. I was instantly drawn in to their over-the-top yellow branding! So Dr. PawPaw is a multi-purpose balm for lips, skin, hair and nails. Which is super useful! They also do a 7-in-1 hair styler designed to save time and money by protecting hair against heat, reducing split ends, adding shine, and more! I’m definitely going to give this one a try as the ends of my hair often get really dry!

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Check out their products here- https://www.drpawpaw.com/shop/

Helen Moore

The story behind this luxury faux fur brand is so beautiful and inspiring to me, and I wanted to share it.

‘Helen started the business whilst raising her three children. Today, along with a factory full of inspiring and hardworking women she works with her daughter Hester and daughter-in-law Jessica, both of whom are mums juggling the day-to-day life of working whilst raising children’.

“Throughout my adult life I have had the luxury, and I mean luxury, of being able to work and have a family. Being self-employed has been a huge advantage for me and the nature of my work has changed and grown as the children grew. Of course, it wasn’t perfect, and sometimes a tight deadline would take priority over spending time with the children”.

British vegan brand

Take a look at her website for a wide range of fashion and home accessories- https://helenmoore.com/

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

I know a lot of people are thinking “why on earth do we need a particular day to celebrate women, we should be celebrated every day”. Yes, I get it, of course we should. But, I think it’s important to come together and raise our voices over the current issues we still face, as well as the achievements we have made.

Today, I’m attending a women’s business conference in Norwich, Norfolk to celebrate International Women’s Day. This is another good thing about this national day- we get to attend events and network with new people, which is usually difficult when you work by yourself like I do.

Our Mums

Firstly, I want to celebrate our mum’s. Without them we wouldn’t be here for a start. I know that unfortunately all mum’s aren’t supportive, kind and loving, but I want to celebrate the majority that are. My mum has always inspired me to work hard and push myself, so I thank her for that.

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CEO’s 

Secondly, to all the incredible female CEO’s who have worked their butt’s off to run successful companies and take on teams of staff, paying their wages. But also, to the staff members themselves who work hard day-in and day-out for someone else’s success. I applaud you. One of my favourite CEO’s is Caprice Bouret, who I met last year at a business show.

The Queen

Obviously, here in England our country is run by The Queen, and what an amazing woman she is! At almost 92 years of age, she is the longest lived and longest reigning monarch. Even though she is more restricted now with travelling, she does still make public appearances and attends lots of events (including London Fashion week which I wrote about here).

Our Idols

Lastly, I just wanted to highlight our ultimate woman idols. You should probably know by now that mine is Beyonce. I won’t go on too much, but I’m obsessed with her and her attitude to work and business. Tell me who your favourite woman idols are in the comments, I’d love to know!

5 mistakes you're making that are damaging your confidence

5 mistakes you’re making that are damaging your confidence

Self esteem is a hugely talked about topic nowadays, and I hear people suffering with it all the time. I myself used to really struggle with a lack of confidence and low self esteem as well, but over the last couple of years I have managed to improve it drastically by doing the following five steps. Just to be realistic though, you have to be patient and work on these things day in and day out for them to actually make a difference to you.

1. Listening and caring about what others think of you

Let it go. Stop worrying about how people portray you and just carry on being true to yourself. This is something that I’ve had to focus on the most over the last couple of years and I honestly feel like I’ve grown so much as a person, just from not worrying about other people’s thoughts.

2. Following people on social media that give you a negative feeling when you see their posts

Why would you want someone to make you feel down? If they aren’t your friend or someone you look up to, simply unfollow them.

3. Comparing yourself to others

This is completely normal, and everyone does it at some point in their lives, but please stop doing this and start taking care of yourself instead. Reflect on your own achievements or strengths and find something to feel proud about, everyone is good at something- even if it’s a personality trait like loyalty.

4. Not doing more of what makes you happy and less of what makes you sad

This can totally have an affect on your confidence and even applies to wearing the things that you love to wear rather than the things you dislike. Being happy will certainly transform your mindset.

5. Not being grateful for the little things in life

OK, I’ve actually always been good at this one, but I wanted to share it with you guys anyway. I’m always so grateful and appreciative of the little things. Probably over the top grateful actually, but I find that it helps with my own confidence and can make a difference to yours too.

 

Set yourself a challenge to start letting go of the negativity around you. Unfollow it. Stop wearing it. Start ignoring it.

Let me know how you get on in the comments below or join my Facebook group for some more tips.

 

Katie x

Inspirational Film: Joy

Inspirational Film: Joy

 

This week, I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite inspirational films, which actually only came out a couple of years ago. It features the amazing Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro and is from the Director of American Hustle. I‘m not sure whether you’ll know it, but it’s called Joy and you need to watch it asap. Seriously!

Based on a true story, Joy, is a strong & independent woman who has battled through a divorce of her own as well as her parents. She lives with her children, ex-husband and parents (who can’t stand each other) in working-class New York. After cutting her hand on some glass whilst wringing out a mop, she comes up with the idea of a self-wringing mop and makes her own prototype.

I won’t give too much away, but through shear determination and bloody hard work she becomes a wealthy, successful businesswoman who certainly doesn’t take any shit.

Quote from Joy (Lawrence) in the film:

“Don’t ever think that the world owes you anything. Because it doesn’t. The world doesn’t owe you a thing”.

It’s heartbreaking, and painful to watch at times, but so so motivating and inspiring. It made me want to get up off the sofa and start a business brainstorming session!

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Jennifer Lawrence with the real Joy and Bradley Cooper at the 2015 Film Premiere

BLACK FRIDAY, YAY!

BLACK FRIDAY, YAY!

OK, so this weekend is definitely one of my faves for the entire year. And yes, I know that many people absolutely despise Black Friday and everything that it stands for, but I love to shop and I especially love to shop the sales. Black Friday is traditionally the day that follows the USA’s thanksgiving, but year after year it seems to be happening much earlier and goes right up until cyber Monday- which is the Monday following thanksgiving.

I’ve always been known to find a good bargain, so I wanted to share with you all the places that I’m going to be spending my pennies with over the weekend (online only of course, because who wants to be out in all this sales shopping madness)?! This is just the start of my Christmas shopping as I always wait until Black Friday to start, but hopefully I’ll be able to get the majority of gifts sorted.

For myself:

I’m in desperate need of some new shoes for a Christmas party next weekend, and I’ve already checked out Lamoda for some fab ones. You can get 40% off with code ‘TAKE40’. Warning: there’s too much choice!

For my best friend:

Slay my print have the most beautiful and perfectly thought out prints that I know my bestie will love (and I just hope she doesn’t read this). For 40% off use code ’40OFF’- I’ve already purchased a few this morning! I’ll also be shopping on Missfiga for her as they emailed me with a 20% off code, which just happens to be ‘SLAY’.

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For my boyfriend:

You won’t need a code for Amazon, you will just see the offers that they have on each day, and they have a lot of great ones! I’m getting my foodie mad boyfriend a waffle maker for just £20 instead of £34.99 🙂

For my brothers:

There’s no chance of either of my brothers reading this so I can actually say what I am getting them, well I’m not actually 100% which exact product yet, but I’m going to get them a designer fragrance from Groupon –they have a wide range to choose from for under £20!

For my parents:

OK, so I wish I could do all of my shopping online and over this weekend, but for my parents I want to get them something specific for their new house and it just isn’t something that you can buy online, so I’ll be going out to a local store to buy it nearer to Christmas. I can’t say what it is in case they are reading, sorry!

I am thinking of getting my mum a little extra something from Elizabeth Arden though, they have 25% off with no need for a code… it is very tempting!

*One last thing… If you want to purchase any of my bags then this is the time to do it as you can get a whopping 30% OFF & FREE DELIVERY!!! Just use code blackfriday! at the checkout and remember to click the Free Shipping option for it to apply.

 

Katie x

 

 

 

Caprice @ The London Business Show

Caprice @ The London Business Show

Earlier this year I had the absolute pleasure of listening to Caprice Bourret at London’s Business Show, and with the event taking place again today and tomorrow, I thought I would share what I took away from her truly inspiring talk.

First of all, she spoke about how at aged 30 she decided she needed a plan-b for her career (she was modelling still at the time and realised that her time in the industry may be coming to an end). The company that she set up as her plan-b had millions invested in it by Debenhams’ Terry Green and she was one of the first people to do a licencing agreement. Six years later she went it alone, buying the licence back and using Debenhams as her first stockist for her brand ‘By Caprice Products’.

She said she actually lost a quarter of a million on her first collection because the designs were what she wanted and not what her customers wanted. She had a lot of knock backs but kept on going and finally had Asos on board! Her stock was coming in from China and so in 2008 when the sterling dropped she lost a whopping £1.7 million! Ouch!

According to Caprice it can take 3 to 5 years to see a return… so I have a few years yet! But she says once you do make it you should give back- whether it’s to young entrepreneurs or charities it’s really important. I totally agree and have always aimed to give back when I can afford to. Some quotes that I jotted down from her talk are:

“Don’t comprise, its tough out there”.

“You pay more, you make more”.

“Look after your team, they make the magic happen”.

After the talk had finished there was an opportunity to have your photo with the lovely Caprice, so I got in the queue (I was right at the end of it), and waited to see her. I was afraid she wasn’t going to wait to speak to all of us but she did, and not only did I get my photo with her, she also said ‘get the damn bag in’ so now I have this fab photo of me and my friend Maria with Caprice and one of my Katherena bags!