Tips to Minimise your Wardrobe

Minimalism

Minimising my wardrobe has been a euphoric, otherworldly experience for me. I now seldom feel anxious, insecure, or despondent about what I’m wearing for the day. When you only own your favorite outfits, you will always feel comfortable and dressed for success! Here are some tips on getting over the inevitable psychological hurdles you’ll face along the way. 

#1 Sort all of your clothes that you’ve given a subconscious “what if” label into a pile. Examples include “What if I got invited to a wedding with a butterfly print dress code”, “What if I lose 10kg”, “What if I went backpacking in east Asia and these elephant hippie pants come in handy”, and my favorite “What if I changed my style to punk”. I can answer all these what if’s with a big fat NO! Don’t keep holding onto clothes that you have squirrelled away for some intangible future daydream. Cut your wardrobe down to clothes that will enable you to live your dream today! 

#2 Everything that itches, feels tight, weird, too heavy, or just plain uncomfortable- just give it away! Life is too short to wear uncomfortable clothes and you’ll look way more attractive wearing things you feel comfortable in! 

#3 Get rid of torn/broken clothing. If your favorite t-shirt has an ink stain or your favorite jeans are torn to the point of your thighs touching then get rid of them. Contrary to popular sentiment, clothing is incapable of experiencing emotions and the nostalgia you associate with a certain pair of underwear is all in your head. If you absolutely can’t part with something due to sentimental reasons, consider re-purposing it (a pair of jeans can be sown into a tote, an old t-shirt can be fashioned into a pillow case).  

#4 Consider what you actually wear. Most of us tend to gravitate towards the same outfits over and over again. If you don’t wear it that often, you probably aren’t that fond of it. Give it to a thrift store where it will find an owner that will put it to good use! 

#5 Every time you get something new, you have to get rid of something. I have decided that I will only ever own 5 pairs of shoes – Running shoes, boots, sneakers, sandals, and a pair of flip-flops. If I want new sneakers, I have to give up my old ones. If you live in a consistent year-round climate (like the tropics or tundra) you could most likely cut this number down (Denmark has consistently unpredictable, bad weather all year so I think 5 pairs of shoes is justified).

BIG HUGS 

Roasted Vegan Butternut Squash with Filling

Recipes

I’ve really been on a butternut squash kick recently. I like going simple by cutting one in half and roasting it in the oven with a little salt, pepper, and olive oil. 

For a delightful little touch I recently tried topping one with mushrooms, snack peppers, and spinach. After adding some chili mayo on top I was in heaven! 

This lazy meal is delicious, simple, and filling! 

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Oil and Sugar Free Granola – The Best Granola Recipe Ever

Recipes

This granola is so tasty that even after eating it almost every single day for the last 6 months, I’m still not tired of it. The process of making it is also enjoyable as it produces that nice baking aroma (people are always telling me how good it smells!).  

This is a plant-based recipe without the added-sugar found in most store-bought granolas. Its also a great way to get rid of any and all nuts lying around in your pantry. 

Enjoy! I like to eat my granola on top of oatmeal, chia puddings, yogurt, as well as just grabbing a handful out of the mason jar now and then. 

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5 Ways Veganism Improved my Life

Veganism

I could ramble endlessly about how much veganism means to me and why I think it will change your would and well, that’s what I do on this blog! Here is a personal top five list to feed your clickbait addiction! 

#1 Veganism forced me to discover new fruits and vegetables. I have a newfound love for pomelo, mango, butternut squash, eggplant, green kale, oranges, and rhubarbs! I also discovered the joys of dried fruit (especially coconut) 

#2 Veganism has brought me closer to myself. I really identify with everything being a vegan stands for and it brings me a great deal of peace knowing that’s what I am. We all struggle with finding our inner-truths and how to live them and I have found mine.  

#3 Becoming healthier is almost unavoidable when switching to a plant-based lifestyle. I actually crave vegetables now! 

#4 My choice to become a vegan has caused a domino effect and caused others to change their lives. My family is now almost completely vegan and many of my friends are much more open to different foods. I know my blog will continue to influence others and make a tangible difference. 

#5 I have lost weight and am now able to do much more physical activity. I now do yoga and have run several half-marathons- something I couln’t have imagined a few years ago. 

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Simple Spicy Vegan Noodle Soup

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I have always loved cheap cup noodles with zero nutrition value (fun fact – most cup noodles are vegan even if they labeled as having “chicken taste”). I decided to make my own tasty ramen which ended up tasting wonderful! I like my soups spicy so I always go for some Srisacha chili sauce on top, but that’s of course optional. 

You can add whatever vegetables you like but I strongly recommended thinly sliced carrots as it adds a wonderful taste and texture.  

This soup is really easy to make and it’s a way better choice than generic coup noodles! 

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Minimalist Packing Tips

Minimalism

I spent the Easter holiday break travelling to Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw, and Berlin. By packing lightly for the trip I was able to experience a high amount of physical freedom and I was being able to help my boyfriend carry some of his music equipment. 

As most of us, I used to fill up my suitcase before embarking on a trip, only to realize I overpacked when the trip was over. These are some tips for starting to pack lighter, especially if you don’t know where to start. 

  1. Don’t be afraid to do laundry. Boring as it may sound, I have actually found some pleasant laundry mats abroad. It can also be a great time to escape from the daily stress travel brings and escape in a good book or Netflix show. 
  2. Bring a smaller bag. You will have no choice but to pack lighter. 
  3. Only bring your favourite things. There is no need for special vacation clothes. See travel as an extension of your life, not an escape from it. 
  4. Bring one of each- one pair of shoes, one hat, one pair of underwear (jk maybe bring two). Wardrobes are not responsible for those life-changing moments that happen on the road. Pack so that when one of those moments comes, you can experience it to the fullest instead of fretting over which pair of shoes to wear to dinner. 
  5. Cut your toiletries down to the bare essentials like a toothbrush and deodorant. No one needs a face-full of makeup weighing them down when summer is in full swing. 
  6. Pack for the weather. As much as you might wish for an early spring in Iceland, realize that it most likely won’t happen and your swimsuit will be left to lay in your suitcase. Likewise, your Russian Bomber jacket will only take up space on your trip to Spain.

I hope this can help you to get the ball rolling on packing lighter for your next trip. Let me know what you do to pack less in the comments. 

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The Best Vegan Scrambled Tofu Recipe

Recipes

If you like a protein dense breakfast but don’t want to eat eggs this recipe will be a life saver. This is one of my favorite breakfasts as it’s easy to eat with lots of vegetables. The texture is very similar to scrambled eggs and if you add black salt it’s hard to tell the difference. 

You can add all kind of vegetables to your scrambled tofu but my favorites are red bell peppers, mushrooms, and fresh spinach. It goes well with ketchup but I prefer to engulf mine in salsa (I’m a salsa freak, sorry not sorry). 

Enjoy it on rye bread, toast bread, or as is! Don’t forget the salsa! 😉 

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Vegan Pizza Party in Estonia

Travelling

Sometimes it can be challenging finding places to eat when you’re in a vegan – non-vegan relationship. My boyfriend and I often want completely different meals so we often meet in the middle and go for pizza! Pizza is so easy to veganize as you can easily ask the restaurant to remove the cheese and meat.

We found wonderful pizza in Estonia! Here are some of our favorites!  

Kaja Pizza Köök; didn’t have vegan cheese, although the high-quality of their ingredients more than made up for it. The base was made with sour dough and was incredibly tasty and flaky! The tomato sauce was perfectly tangy as well. It’s got a great vibe inside- friendly staff and a great selection of Ramones, Sex Pistols, and other old school punk music spinning. 

Address: Õle 33, 10319 Tallinn, Estonia 

Vegetable pizza with vegan cheese and vegan mayonnaise
Vegan kebab pizza with mayonnaise and rucola

Opera Pizza; is an Estonian pizza chain that serves vegan pizza – and my goodness they know how to make a vegan pizza sinful. They have two different vegan combinations. My favorite was their vegan kebab pie that came with mayo served on top. It was greasily inventive and I can’t wait to go back! 

Address: Kotka 3a, 11315 Tallinn, Estonia 

La Dolce Vita; serve a thin-crust pizza with olives, mushrooms, and pinapple. It came with plenty of vegan cheese and was overall very tasty. You could also purchase a vegan cheese swirl that tasted amazing!

Address: Kompanii 10, 51005 Tartu, Estonia 

Estonia’s pizza game is strong! My initial impression is certainly positive and I look forward to making my own vegan guide to Tallinn! 

BIG HUGS  

Vegan Avocado Basil Zoodles

Recipes

Hi guys <33

I know my recipes are always good, but man, I’ve really been knocking it out of the park recently. I made this bowl of zucchini noodles (from now on to be known as zoodles) for lunch the other day and it tasted heavenly! The fat creamy avocado dressing goes divinely with the salty sundried tomatoes. When mixed with zoodles the result is to die for!

I suggest using a spiralizer to make your zoodles, although cutting them into thin pieces works as well. Spiralizers can be pretty expensive and you should only invest in one if you think you’re going to use it. I have a cheap one I use exclusively for zucchini and carrots and could ultimately live without it. 

Please let me know how yours turned out!

Big Hugs 

I Ran a Half-marathon!

Personal

I recently ran the “Lillebælt” half-marathon! It was a beautiful experience as the route was a combination of ocean, forest, and field views. It was a nice mixture of flat and hilly and had many water stations on the way to keep runners hydrated. It wasn’t my first half-marathon, but man, it was challenging! I was in decent running shape when I signed up but knew that I would need to condition myself with plenty of long runs beforehand.

I started the run shooting for a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes; although I felt that was an unrealistic time as I am still new to half-marathons. The first 8 kilometers flew by as the adrenaline spurred on by the audience cheering piper me in high gear. 

After reaching 9 kilometers my legs being to prematurely feel weak and tired. I psyched myself up and kept pace with the 2:15 speed holders until the 16 kilometer mark before deciding to run at my own tempo. 

I fought hard to suppress the nagging voice in my head that told me to slow down and walk. My stubbornness and perseverance paid off as I crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 59 seconds! 

The joy I felt after barely reaching my goal (thinking all along that I’d come nowhere near it) is indescribable! Unfortunately, I fell a bit sick after the race as I was dehydrated and had some uneven blood distribution in my upper body. After forcing myself to eat I felt much better, albeit exhausted. 

Half-marathons give me confidence, positive emotions, and delightful rushes of adrenaline. When I was running I kept telling myself over and over “I’m never going to do this to myself again”. But that sentiment completely disappeared the second I crossed the finish line. 

Anyone else run half-marathons?

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