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Glasshouse Salon – Organic & Eco-friendly Hairdressers

I’ve always felt that when you’re having a big life change or starting a new chapter in life, it is obligatory to get a new hair cut. To me it symbolises shaking things up a bit, and making a fresh start. So, back in August when I was getting ready to move to  Bali I decided I needed to take some time out for myself and get a hair cut. I was researching London salons that were vegan and cruelty-free and I was really pleased to come across Glasshouse Salon in East London.

When I called up and spoke with Lucy from the team, she wowed me with its environmentally friendly policies, and I thought I had to give it a try! Glasshouse Salon uses all natural, vegan and organic products, and focuses on methods and products that minimise the use of synthetic and chemical ingredients. HELL YES, that’s what i’m all about!

The Vibe

The ethos at the salon is “uncomplicated hair through care & craft” which I totally love. Glasshouse Salon has a super cute vibe, with vines and tropical plants decorating the space. The space itself is quite cosy and minimalist, with a smidge of hipster about it.

Glasshouse Salon - Cute plants

I had a detailed consultation with Senior Stylist Ashleigh, and decided to go all in with a cut, colour and protein mask treatment. One of my favourite things about a haircut is the chill time, I absolutely loved reading  Grazia  and drinking an insta-worthy matcha latte. The dreamy down time that I needed! The Matcha I ordered came served up in this gorgeous Matcha bowl set by Bikis Ceramics which you can here on the Glasshouse website.

Glasshouse Salon - Matcha Bowls

The Experience

I had a really great cut and decided to get a Balayage colour too. I’ve had my natural colour for a year or so now, and fancied mixing it up a bit. I’m really happy with the colour as it’s nice and subtle, but really freshened up my look. As lightening your hair requires stripping some of the protein,  I had a super nourishing protein treatment to put the protein and umph back into my hair. It smelt incredible and my hair has stayed in great condition despite the colour treatment. 

Glasshouse Salon - Goodies

Glasshouse Principles

One of the reasons I decided to visit the glass house salon is because of its environmentally friendly credentials. Standard hairdressers are full of chemical products, chemical fumes and horrible products that aren’t good for your skin of the environment. Have you ever stopped to think what happens to all the chemicals that are washed down the drain when you shower every day? These chemicals may disappear from view, however where they end up is damaging to the environment. By choosing to limit the synthetic chemicals you use, and sticking to natural and sustainable products you will make a difference.

Glasshouse Salon - Organic Hair Products

At Glasshouse Salon only cruelty-free, organic and eco-friendly products are used, and it makes all the difference. The products feel and smell luxurious, and you don’t get the usual chemical smell from the dyes and sprays. Glasshouse also stock some of the fab hair products they use (hello O&M organic!), and also makeup & skincare. There are awesome makeup brands such as RMS, Jane Iredale and ILIA available. I tried out a few products, and treated myself to an RMS concealer which is lovely and creamy with a great coverage I would actually really recommend the cream concealer. (For more vegan beauty products see this post)

Here are some of the awesome products you can try at Glasshouse Salon, or you can buy below:

The Result

Here I am leaving the salon with my fresh do …

Glasshouse Salon - Hair Colour

Post-salon visit, I hopped on the bus a few stops to visit the famous Temple of Seitan for a sneaky bite to eat. It was super tasty and I even managed to find room for their fudge brownie! 

All in all, I would definitely recommend The Glasshouse Salon for those of you who are keen to vote with your wallet and be a more conscious consumer. I love supporting businesses that are environmentally friendly!

Find out more about the Glasshouse Salon below::

www.glasshousesalon.co.uk  | Netil House,1 Westgate St. London, E8 3RL| info@glasshousesalon.co.uk | (+44) 020 3095 9783

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Header Photo Credit: Dunja Opalko

London Cafe Review: Social Brew & Social Raw

Social Brew & Social Raw is a welcome addition to the Putney café scene. After a leisurely walk along the river it’s the perfect stop off where you can sit down for a healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch or drink. Hellooo cooling down with a cold smoothie whilst London is scorchio!

The interior is spacious and light, with friendly baristas and a chilled aussie vibe. If you’re a coffee fan, I definitely recommend the iced coffee. It’s beautifully served with the coffee in ice cubes and the milk to pour over as you wish.

Social Brew Putney - Iced Coffee

There are plenty of vegan options, both savoury and sweet. The counter shows off the beautiful vegan patties, decadent slices and raw cakes. There’s something to suit every hunger level and dietary requirement. I love finding these new cafes that offer such awesome Vegan options!

Social Brew Putney - Counter Treats

Hipsters and health food addicts are well catered for, the menu includes foodie favourites such as avocado on toast, acai bowls and almond butter toasties.  Plenty of Instagram-worthy options to keep everyone happy.

Social Brew Putney - Green Juice & Acai Bowl

With a drink options of matcha lattes, cold-pressed juices and smoothies, you’re spoilt for choice. The smoothie menu features some epic flavour combinations, peanut butter and banana anyone?

These two are a fan…

Social Brew Putney - Smoothie Fans

If you’re inspired to make some raw creations of your own, or just need some more healthy food supplies, you’ll also find shelves of staple raw cooking ingredients like Walnuts, Cacao and Maple Syrup.  The ‘Social Raw’ part of the deal…Social Brew Putney - Tucking into the Cacao Acai Bowl

What a welcome addition to Lower Richmond Road, it’s already proving popular with the locals (don’t worry, you’ll still get a table). When you’re next in the area, pop into Social Brew to fuel up – you’ll be so glad you did!The Vegan Edit - Thanks for reading

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London Review: Raw Press Cafe in Belgravia

There are so many lovely places to visit in Kensington & Chelsea, from the Saatchi Gallery to the Natural History Museum to the lovely shops of the Kings Road. There is something for everyone! It’s a great place to spend the day exploring on the weekend, and if the sun is shining it’s even more delightful. When it comes to deciding where to re-fuel at Lunch, you’re spoilt for choice. But if I were to pick one absolute gem in this area it would have to be Raw Press, located just off Sloane Square.

Raw Press offers nourishing salads, acai smoothie bowls, fresh organic cold-pressed juices and healthy snacks from The Hardihood (nutritious raw cakes that are to-die-for-delicious!). Like all our favourite café’s, the menu includes nut-butters and avocado a plenty.  Seriously though, sweetcorn & avocado waffles? Yes please!

Raw Press Salad Spread
The ‘Superfood Bar’ is seriously impressive, and luckily you don’t have to pick just one dish, you can have a bit of everything!  The chefs are always adding new recipes to the menu so you’re unlikely to have the same thing twice. Think spiralised celeriac salad with cashew dressing, endive & radicchio salad with hemp seeds and pear, and ‘cream’ of mushroom soup with freshly baked sourdough.

A massive plus – the portions are generous…

 

RawPressSalad

You can wash your lunch down with cold-pressed juice, almond mylk or a matcha latte.

Raw Press Super Juice

The juices range from a pre-workout Coffee & Mylk or a sweet Carrot & Orange juice, to the hardcore veg only Super Green. In the words of Raw Press themselves… “Brace yourself for a green tonic so potent that your taste buds will be recalibrated and your cells zinging.”

If you’re thinking this place sounds great, well, there is more! The cafe set up is brilliant – with free Wifi and plenty of plug sockets, you could easily set up camp and have a productive couple of hours tucked away. There are toasters on some of the tables, so you can make your own nut butter toast for breakfast whilst catching up on emails. What a dreamy situation that is! Multi-tasking heaven.

Hardihood Cakes - Raw Press

Raw Press have a couple of London cafes, one on Dover Street in Mayfair beneath Wolf & Badger, and another on Chelsea’s Ellis Street – a short walk from Sloane Square tube station. If you happen to be in Notting Hill, you can also pick up the delicious Raw Press juices from the Wolf & Badger store on Ledbury Road.

Wellness warriors such as Madeleine Shaw, Deliciously Ella and the Hemsley sisters are all big fans, so if you’re after a lunch supercharged with the healthiest food nature has to offer, pop down to Raw Press and fill your boots!

Ruth x

Raw Press Cafe Front

 

This post originally appeared over on Fitness Blogger Zanna Van Dijk’s website as a guest post by yours truly 🙂

Check out Raw Press at www.rawpress.co where you can find out about their Juice Cleanses and Cafes.

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant – London Review

Neatly tucked away from the bustling mayhem of Oxford Street is Ethos vegetarian restaurant. “Deliciously Different” is the mantra at Ethos, and it certainly lives up to this.  There is a self-serve menu, with tonnes of fresh and inventive dishes to choose from. All of the dishes are clearly labelled, with plenty of amazing vegan and gluten free options too. It’s a little gem!

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Salad Spread

Each of the dishes are really tasty, and together totally delicious.  I love that you can have a bit of everything, and can cut out the 20 mins trying to decide what to have! I am the worst for that, so this is a welcome change. The only challenge is not to go mad and pile up the plate too high…
Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Christmas plate

There is a luxurious feel about the place, gold and white details and of course the tall birch trees adorned with flowers. All making for a gorgeous interior. Did I mention the flowers? So gorgeous, it’s woodland dining.

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - The Vegan Edit at large!

A few of my favourites are the vegan lentil pie, the sweet potato chips and the kale & mandarin salad.

 

Ethos Alchemy Restaurant - Deliciously Different

Ethos is a great place to go if you’ve given alcohol up for lent (well done you!) as there are loads of delicious alternatives such as my favourite Jarr kombucha, fresh juices and elderflower presse.   Although, if you do fancy a tipple there is a carefully curated organic vegan wine menu too, and a cocktail list including a divine espresso martini.

Ethos Elchemy Restaurant - "Detox" Superjuice

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Gorgeous flowers

Whilst the desserts are delicious, I do think they’re slightly too pricey.  Tiny weeny squares of cake are £4 which is pretty insane if you ask me.  I can’t help but to compare the desserts to those at Wild Food Cafe (read my review here) which are far better value for money and much tastier.

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Dessert Spread

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Green Juice

If you’re out shopping on Oxford Street and need to re-fuel, or meeting friends after work and looking for a central location I’d recommend popping into Ethos vegetarian restaurant for a plate of something deliciously different.

When you do, let me know what you think?

Ruth x

Wild Food Cafe – London Review

Tucked away in Neals’ Yard Covent Garden is the enriching and enchanting Wild Food Cafe.  Its on the second floor of one of the beautiful and colourful buildings with painted blue windows and vines climbing up the front.  To me this place is is more like a sanctuary, I often pop inside to re-fuel after a hectic day. It’s just as pretty as it sounds, and the whole vibe of the place is magical too. You can taste the love that goes into each and every one of the unique menu options, and everyone who works there is happy and friendly.

Wild Food Cafe is founded on more than just the sharing of amazing nutritious food, it’s founded on a strong sense of community and the coming together of people. I think this is what makes it such a special place to visit. Inside, there are large communal tables to sit around which gives it an open and inviting feel. If you go by yourself, you’re likely to leave with some new like-minded friends!

Enjoying raw dessert at Wild Food Cafe

After one particularly busy week, and with no Friday plans, I took myself off for dinner. I decided it was just what the ‘self-care’ Dr would order – an indulgent and nutritious meal. I joined a table, sitting opposite a lovely chap called Barney. Fresh from inter-railing around Europe, he shared some of his travel stories with me, and we bonded over our mutual love of all things healthy – we’ve kept in contact ever since!

Wild Food Cafe – The Menu

The menu is an adventure into raw vegan creations. It’s really imaginative and vibrant. All the dishes are a riot of tastes, flavours, colours and textures. The ingredients are sourced from local suppliers and organic producers. It’s great to know what while you are enjoying the incredible food, you are also supporting farmers and local businesses.

Wild Food Cafe Falafel & Burger

Depending on what you’re after, the menu ranges from smaller soup and raw cracker dishes to curry with kelp noodles, burgers or raw pizza. The menu is always seasonal, which means the food is always super flavoursome and deliver maximum nutritional value.

Wild Food Cafe Falafel - The Vegan Edit

The desserts are in a league of their own, and ‘I want to lick the plate clean’ kind of delicious. Most of them are sprinkled with petals, and all of them are gorgeous.

Wild Food Cafe Desserts - The Vegan Edit

There are loads of different drink options too; biodynamic wines, juices, smoothies, medicinal mushroom teas, kombucha – all the good stuff!

Wild Food Cafe - Chocolate Smoothie

Wild Food Cafe - Power Smoothie

In the Summer, the sun streams in through the windows, and in the Winter fairy lights hang from the ceiling and around the window frames. No matter when you visit, this place always has a glow.  I don’t think there is anywhere so pure and comforting to eat out. Nourishing for your body, tastebuds and soul – guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Walk through the door of Wild Food Cafe and you’ll find out where all the wild ones are… just remember to arrive hungry so you have room for dessert!

Wild Food Cafe - Raw Millionaire Slice

Next time you’re in the Covent Garden area of London, be sure to check this place out. It is a must visit for any foodie, especially the vegan ones.

www.wildfoodcafe.co.uk

Ruth x

Farmacy Notting Hill – London Review

If you’re on the search for a chic new brunch hang-out, a healthy lunching oasis or some detox dining, then Farmacy in Notting Hill is your wellness mecca. There are so many good reasons why everyone is talking about this place.

In my opinion, this is one of the best health-food restaurants in London. Located on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, Farmacy is well placed to cater for the fashionable health-conscious locals. From the outside, it actually looks like a pharmacy crossed with a florist, with all the luscious plants in the windows. However once you step inside, it’s clear this is not your typical pharmacy, or restaurant for that matter.

Farmacy's Stylish Interior

The stylish interiors are impressive.  Light-filled, huge, gorgeous garden-inspired décor with gorgeous bronze details – a delight to admire whilst you wait for your table (there is a no-reservation policy).

The menu has a good variety of options, all packed with nutrients and free from gluten, sugar and dairy. The best sort of food to put a spring back in your step!  There are dishes from around the world, and all are vegetarian or vegan.  You’ll find hero dishes such as the Farmacy burger (millet, black bean and mushroom – served with chips and goji ketchup), the pumpkin, coconut and lemongrass curry and the sourdough pizza. I recommend the buckwheat breakfast pancakes as a great way to start the day.

Farmacy's Buckwhat Pancakes

Whilst the focus is very much on fresh, seasonal and nutritionally balanced meals, indulgence and comfort food are still a firm feature.  You’ll find artisan cocktails, cake and ‘nice-cream’ on the menu.

My personal favourite: a raw banoffee pie confected from a biscuit base with bananas, maca caramel and coconut whipped ‘cream’. The ideal vegan treat for when you fancy a spot of indulgence.

Farmacy Raw Banana Pie

The Alchemy Bar serves novelty syringe shots (ginger, turmeric, cayenne, lemon – fire starter), as well as cold-pressed juices and a range of nutritional juice cocktails, organic wines and beers.

Farmacy's Iced Matcha Latte & Witches Brew Juice

I must confess, I have a soft spot for any business with a strong environmental conscience.  Everything Farmacy do is about promoting sustainable living, which means big brownie points.  All the ingredients are sourced from local organic UK farms, so the food is good for you and good for the planet – Win-win.

Anyone in favour of plant-based diets or guilt-free indulgence will love this chic vegetarian and vegan restaurant. In their own words, Farmacy has ‘everything to nourish and inspire health-conscious food lovers with fast-paced lives’. With its delicious menu, elegant décor and stylish bar, Farmacy is bound to appeal to people who are reluctant to try meat and dairy-free dining too. Find yourself a date 😉 and pop down to Farmacy for some good clean fun!

http://farmacylondon.com