After a long, cold winter, I've finally emerged in some new sustainable clothes! I've kept my small wardrobe at bay for a while now; I didn't purchase anything other than a coat and two recycled yarn jumpers over the wintry period, but now that the weather is looking up (despite this hurricane wind hurtling through London) I decided to venture outside in these organic cotton pieces.

The blouse* and pinafore dress* are from Thought, the new name for Braintree Clothing. They're the same people my summer jumpsuit came from, only now they have a fresh, airy new look with contemporary clothing to match. What's nice to see is while their brand has evolved, their ethics remain the same; using natural, sustainable, and recycled fabrics, they pair modern styles with thoughtful raw materials and a responsible supply chain.

This blouse and dress combination comes straight out of Thought's new collection, and I have to say I love the two paired together. The dress is light, comfortable, and not too figure-hugging, while the shirt is light and has a soft crepe feel. One thing I would recommend is opting for extra-small sizes if you're a 6-8, with small being more of a 10-12.

Along with the clothes, I wore my usual Matt + Nat saddle bag, as I thought the red added a nice pop to the whole outfit (not my usual monotone style!) You can read my full review of the bag and Matt + Nat too here.

For makeup, I also chose a cherry red with RMS Lip Shine in Content and then a soft purple blush nail polish using six-free Maggie Anne nail polish in the colour Jasper. For nail polish junkies, I'd recommend reading my natural nail polish debunking that I wrote a while back...

So, what do you think of Thought? I love the way sustainable brands are really now starting to bloom...

When it comes to jewellery, I am so particular. So so so particular! I love minimalist pieces, and in the last year I've switched from gold to silver... and of course, my jewellery has to be ethical.

All these things combined make for quite the search! Luckily, I've found a few independent and good quality brands that tick all these boxes, and will leave you happy and shiny rather than sad and with grubby green marks...

This is my find of the year. Since getting my helix piercing done last year, I'd been yearning for a teeny tiny silver hoop to switch out my regular ring-and-ball. Wild Fawn has served me so well; they're a small Etsy store based in London, and they make eco-friendly jewellery from recycled materials including the silver in my helix hoops and ear cuff. Next on my list is to re-pierce my lobes and then I think I'll be satisfied...

Continuing with the recycled jewellery vibe is Puck Wanderlust, another independent jewellery boutique that makes the sweetest rings, pendants, and earrings. The teeny midi ring in my images is their Silver Balance Midi Bar Ring, which is just £30 and is cast from 100% recycled sterling silver.

If you prefer to buy your jewellery online through major retailers, Made is your best bet. Stocked on ASOS's Eco Edit, you can pick up a cute hand-hammered pendant or set of earrings produced in their African workshop. The ethics behind this brand is their treatment of staff; Made provides stable employment and new skills to Kenyan employees.

My first piece of ethical jewellery (and my first ethical jewellery post on Curiously Conscious) still holds a dear place in my heart: it's my recycled brass bangle from So Just Shop. I enjoy wearing it out on special occasions with a black short-sleeved dress, as it's simple, elegant, and tells a good story.

The final stop on my list is Artisans + Adventurers. I popped into their Columbia Road store a little while back and was taken with their assortment of minimal fairly traded rings, as well as their dog Wolfy! While I didn't pick up any of their pieces, I do think their arrow ring could also perhaps be useful for self-defence!
This past weekend I made a new version of my classic lentil soup using leftovers in the house, and amazingly, it was better than my original recipe!

I've been really enjoying fresh and zingy flavours as of late - think lemongrass, lime, chilli... So this wintery classic actually ends up taking on more of a spring freshness. It's also high in protein, completely plant-based, and will last in the fridge up to five days.

Serves 2

1 tbsp olive oil
2 large sticks of celery
1 medium red onion
3 garlic cloves
1 cup red lentils
3 cups water
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 nests angel hair pasta (optional)
1 handful pumpkin seeds
30g fresh coriander
Fresh chilli or chilli flakes
Sprinkle of salt and cracked black pepper

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and then add the celery, onion, and garlic
  2. Cover and leave to sweat for five minutes, until the onion is translucent
  3. Add the lentils, water, half of your fresh coriander, chilli powder and seasoning
  4. Bring up to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and let simmer, covered, until the lentils begin to fall apart, about 20 minutes
  5. Turn off the heat and pour into a blender (I used my Nutribullet). If you prefer your soup a little chunky, leave half in the pan and blend half
  6. Blend up until smooth
  7. Pop back into the saucepan and heat, crushing in your pasta and sprinkling in your pumpkin seeds
  8. Leave until the pasta is cooked, then ladle into bowls and top with your remaining coriander and chilli

This time last week I was headed to Brick Lane for this year's Fare Healthy event. A gathering of food, fitness, and mindfulness, it was a lot of fun to walk around and see old faces, new businesses, and hear how the world of wellness is moving forward.

Here are my highlights from the day (and if you went, is there anything I missed?!)

As soon as I walked into the Fare Healthy studio space, I spied not one, but TWO ethical clothing brands. This is new and I'm loving it! As a purveyor of ethical clothes in conjunction with living in a more conscious way, it's nice to see brands connecting the dots between living healthily and also living in a mindful way.

The first stall I visited was Conscious Tee, a company built around simple organic cotton shirts with messages promoting environmentalism, veganism and health. They had some really cute sweatshirts made especially for the event too!

The second was Pico, a brand after my own heart with its minimalist vibe and very functional offering. Specialising in organic cotton underwear that's wearable every day, it'll be the next place I go to when I need to replace my current undies.

Juicing, cleansing... I have to say, I've been there and done that! Now though, I'm really starting to see a wave of turmeric blends taking over, which is great as turmeric acts as a detoxifier, helping to purify blood, liver, and immune system, as well as being rich in antioxidants and minerals.

First there was Botanic Lab's Tonic 2, a shot of turmeric with spikes of ginger, citrus, and a base of ashwaganda that made it really delicious. Second was something I've never seen before - turmeric tonic by Jamu Kitchen. Designed to be drunk first thing when you wake up, it's a really clever way to get your turmeric fix and shows how tonics are starting to creep out of the medicine aisle and into the kitchen.

The third and final highlight at the event was the massive presence of organic brands. Soil Association, the organic certification body, had its own stand showcasing a number of different organic beauty brands including HerbfarmacyLa Eva, and Neal's Yard Remedies. Looking through some of the other stands, a lot were Soil Association certified too, showing a real correlation about eating healthily and eating organic! If you haven't read it already, here's why I eat organic where possible.

On the Fare Healthy Discusses stage, I also caught the Soil Association's presentation, and was surprised to find out that you can get up to 60% more antioxidants in organic foods than non-organic, but even the SA is aware that a wholly organic diet isn't always possible! Instead, their recommendations are to go organic for concentrated foods such as juices, purées and salads, and to add to that I'd recommend trying to purchase the 'dirty dozen' as organic too!
Valentine's Day is almost here... and I think it's actually quite a lovely event! Globally, we're celebrating love, and it can be romantic, platonic, self-love... Whatever. Whatever your plans are, here are a few ideas that will (hopefully) bring you joy and also do a little bit of good too.

Growing up, I remember my Mum saying a homemade card is so much more lovely than shop bought, and I tend to agree. Well, if you're not able to go the full distance, why not go for a mindful colouring card? You can do a little colouring and chill out, they can do a little colouring and chill out... Here are a few of my favourites: Enchanted Forest, You're My Anchor, RHS Colouring Postcards

So, I may have only given raw chocolate a go once, but now that I'm dairy-free I'm inclined to start making it a lot more regularly! In the meantime, here's my recipe to make love-heart shaped raw chocolate.

If you're a Londoner, why not book in at one of my favourite healthy hangouts? And that includes you solo diners - sometimes it's so nice to go out by yourself and enjoy a meal. Follow the link to read about my top five places to eat, and the food is good no matter what your diet type. Just make sure you're early in booking as these places are already way too popular!

For a more chilled out evening, why not eat in instead? I'm really looking forward to trying more recipes from Deliciously Ella with Friends, so that could be an option, or perhaps pick up an organic meal?

No matter where you live, why not try growing your love with a little seed kit? It's the perfect time of year for planting seeds, and my favourite Seed Balls are super easy to use too. Whether you throw them over a plant bed or into a pot or two, you'll get a good mix of pretty flowers without having to worry about seed depth!

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of being one of Ella Mills' friends at the launch party of her new cookbook, Deliciously Ella with Friends (see what I did there?!)

The night was exactly how you'd imagine - tucked away in the cosy Mae Deli on Weighhouse Street, canapés were 'clean', with delightful little brownies, chickpea felafels, and a giant plant-based cake that I will forever lament over.

I started the night with a yummy exotic juice blend and chatted to a few bloggers, business partners and people who know Ella personally about the new book and their involvement. From zero-wasters to journalists, you could tell everyone was just as inspired by Ella and her businesses as I am. I was also lucky enough to grab five minutes with the lovely Lottie Murphy to discuss fitness and diet, and also spied the inspirational Jody Shield in with the crowd.

Once everyone had arrived, we were ushered into the basement (who knew The Mae Deli had a basement?) to hear from Ella herself. It was pretty inspiring - surrounded by fans, family and friends, Ella spoke candidly about her last year where she got married, hit one million followers on Instagram, and wrote yet another book, all the while holding back tears.

As a big Deliciously Ella fan, I really enjoyed the night and seeing how Ella remains the same happy and healthy woman with complete humility and integrity, and I look forward to trying out some new recipes in the coming weeks (get ready for lots of new recipe posts!)

And if you're looking to get your hands on a copy of the book, I'd suggest heading over to Waterstones who are currently selling it at half price!