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Hello everyone!

Thank you for giving this a read, I would like to introduce you to this blog and what I will be posting about.  I will be discussing various topics which interest me, I will either base the content on my personal experience or I will delve into a subject and provide research to support any given points discussed.

To begin with, I would like to discuss briefly the categories of my blog.

Vegan:

After being a vegetarian for all my life, I have stuck by not consuming any animal products.  After speaking to some friends and conducting my own personal research, I realised as a vegetarian I did not consume the meat from an animal but the produce from one.  Which contradicts my standpoint of not consuming animal products leading me to turn Vegan.

Fashion:

In College, I hated the idea of fashion.  I did not care about the colour of my clothes and if they matched.  I would wear anything together and just get on with the rest of the day.  One of my close friends helped me out to improve the clothing I wore in my second year of college by explaining the importance of wearing clothes which looked good and matched in colour.  Since then I have built an interest for fashion in terms of the brand behind the clothing, the details on the garment, the style and the materials used to make it.

Creps:

I started primary school wearing astroturf football shoes, moved on to velcro tennis shoes.  In my final year of college, I purchased a pair of black Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31, these were so comfortable, the details amazed me and since then I have loved shoes whether they be creps or smart shoes.

Music:

Initially, I did not care for music, however, I dealt with internal and external issues of my own and I found music helped me through the rough times.  During my year 11 revision, I used to listen to Kid Cudi, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Hoodie Allen, Tinie Tempah and Queen and these artists held me together.  Since then I love music with all my heart, I will further describe the importance music has in my life in another post.

Thank you for giving this a read,

Love from Preshul ❤

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People.

People are odd.

People come in many shapes and sizes.

People look different.

People can be seen to be unique like a snowflake.

People face their own trials and tribulations they come to conclusions about certain topics which

Judgement

Why those shoes?

Why that hoodie?

Why that bag?

These questions just scratch the surface

Why that music?

Why that video game?

Why that TV show?

They dig deeper?

Why act like that?

Why did you do that?

That wasn’t funny

This transcends to

You are embarrassing

You are annoying

You are not funny

People have opinions and boy do they like to voice them. Sometimes what people say is true and you need to listen to what they say. Other times they feel threatened by you, so they feel they need to knock you, to feel better about themselves.

I have experienced people who do not accept my behaviour and how I distribute my personality into various channels. I have also been on the opposite side.

With that said

Confidence

This post will branch under topics which many people seem to struggle with. I will share my thoughts and experiences to demonstrate that you are not alone.

This main post speaks about confidence and at this time in my life how I believe it is impacting my life.

As a teenager, I was faced with many changes. I dealt with them in an unhealthy way and that led to a negative perception I held to myself. During college with the help of friends, I found this and it was up hill from then on.

University is where this further enhanced by leaps and bounds….. But since leaving University, my confidence has been the lowest it has ever been.

I hardly saw my friends, I had a reduction in social contact with people I had topics in common with and I felt quite isolated.

Confidence

This post will branch under topics which many people seem to struggle with. I will share my thoughts and experiences to demonstrate that you are not alone.

This main post speaks about confidence and at this time in my life how I believe it is impacting my life.

As a teenager, I was faced with many changes. I dealt with them in an unhealthy way and that led to a negative perception I held to myself. During college with the help of friends, I found this and it was up hill from then on.

University is where this further enhanced by leaps and bounds….. But since leaving University, my confidence has been the lowest it has ever been.

I hardly saw my friends, I had a reduction in social contact with people I had topics in common with and I felt quite isolated.

What I pack in my travel bag

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Hi guys,

I’ve always struggled to pack, however, since I’ve been travelling quite a bit recently and hope to continue this well into 2019 and beyond; I’ve decided to give you an insight to what’s in my travel bag.

What’s in my Travel bag

  • Change of Clothes

A change of clothes is extremely key! There’s always these horror stories circulating about airlines losing baggage. Keeping a change of clothes with you in your hand luggage/ cabin bag doesn’t prevent this, but makes sure that even if you are caught out with this inconvenience, you can at least have somewhat of a back up in place

  • An IPad/Tablet

Most long-haul flights have a good selection of in-flight entertainment packed with the latest movies. However, with Netflix downloadables, it’s always a good idea to carry atablet with you to catch up with any Netflix shows/movies. It kills time at the airport too!

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Are suede and leather sneakers outdated?

I personally believe using leather and suede to make sneakers is outdated.  Although, quite a alot of iconic sneakers are made with suede and leather.  They look amazing and hold a lot of value, but at what price?

The “Bred” Air Jordan 1’s are amazing as they are an iconic silhouette.  The bred Jordan 1s were iconic as Michael Jordan was “fined” $5000 by the NBA due to the black and red colour scheme violated the “uniformity of uniform rule” (Barias, 2017).  They are special to sneakerheads, but the sneakers are made with leather which is a material from a cow which strikes an issue with me.  As I feel it is personally wrong to use the skin of an animal in shoes in which we wear.  For me personally, my love for them has decreased when I really started to understand what they were made of.

(How It’s Made, 2018)

That did not sit well with me and thus I have stopped buying shoes with leather and now as of recent suede.

Until recently, I did not know suede was a product of an animal.  My pair of Yeezy 500 blush’s are made out of both suede and leather and were purchased before the information actually stuck into my head.  Suede being present in some of the most important shoes in history like the Nike x Tom Sachs Mars Yard, Eminem Jordan 4s, “Grateful” Jordan 4s, Jasper LV Kanye, Air Yeezy models the list goes on.  I then discovered upon further research where suede came from and how it was made.

(PETA, 2018)

Wearing sneakers made from the skin from animals seems like an old practice which should be changed.

There are materials which could be used as an alternative to make sneakers which are sustainable, recyclable, animal cruelty-free and do not cause as much damage to the environment as the production of leather and suede:

Cork leather

  • Cruelty free
  • Made from the bark of cork oak trees which grow back within a few years

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(Blackwood, 2018), (Vegansouls.com, 2018)

SeaCell®

  • Made from renewable raw materials
  • Sustainable
  • Cruelty free

 

(Nanonic.us, 2018)

Canvas

  • Cruelty-free
  • Recyclable

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(Vans, 2018), (Vegansouls.com, 2018)

Piñatex®

  • Made from the fibres of a pineapple plant which are usually discarded
  • Byproduct of existing agriculture
  • Low environmental impact

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(Piñatex, 2018)

Muskin

  • 100% vegetable layer
  • Comes from a parasitic fungus which grows in the wild and attacks trees in the subtropical forests
  • It does not involve using any toxic chemicals or substances making the material

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(Espace, 2018), (LifeMaterials, 2018)

Additionally, there are plenty of products which are sustainable and both animal and environmentally friendly.

The links will be placed at the bottom of the post.

The current state of popular sneakers released this year consists of silhouettes which are mainly made out of leather and suede.

Jordan 1 Off-White

  • Suede
  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas Yeezy 500 Blush

  • Suede
  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon

  • Corduroy

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter

  • Primeknit

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Jordan 4 Travis Scott Cactus Jack

  • Suede
  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas Human Race NMD Pharrell Blank Canvas

  • Primeknit

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

 

Adidas X Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas Core Black

  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Nike Air Vapormax X Off White 2018

  • Suede
  • Flyknit

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas AlphaEdge 4D Ash Green

  • The upper seems to be made from Primeknit

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Air Max 1 Parra

  • Suede and leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Adidas Yung-1 Collegiate Navy

  • Suede

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Nike React Element 87 Anthracite Black

  • Suede
  • Leather

(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Jordan 4 x Levis

  • Denim

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(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Nike Air Presto x Off-White

  • Mesh
  • Leather

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(The Sole Supplier, 2018)

Vans Sk8-Hi Deconstructed Marshmallow

  • Suede
  • Leather

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(Stockx.com, 2018)

As you can see out of the shoes I have listed, 10 silhouettes have been made with suede and leather.  You may be asking me, why complain? you clearly have mentioned beautiful looking sneakers which are made without suede and leather.

We should understand animals are more than a commodity that we used to satisfy our consumer needs. Companies such as Nike and Adidas have made progress with FlyKnit and Primeknit technology.  I want the market to change further by moving away from using animal products in our sneakers.

That is why I am going to inform you about sneakers which do not use suede or leather.

Alternative sneakers to those previously mentioned O.O

VANS…..

Yes I said it, on the Vans website there is a drop-down menu named “Materials” which you can select a category called “Vegan friendly”

This category will open your eyes to 202 sneakers (including mens, womens, kids, unisex and toddler) which are vegan friendly!!!!!

This is amazing and I believe more people need to know about this!

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(Vans United Kingdom, 2018)

An example of this is Stella McCartney who has changed the game by making the iconic Stan Smith silhouette vegan?

Yes, you heard correctly!

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(Stella McCartney, 2018)

I personally love these shoes and the stance against leather sneakers is amazing.  It is a game changer as it shows how the material of sneakers can be altered without changing the iconic design.

These are a pair of sneakers on Stella McCartney’s website and they look amazing as the price advertises….. at an eye-watering £515! However price aside, the sole is not attached to the upper using glue making each part recyclable after use!

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(Stella McCartney, 2018)

A big name designer such as Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her products and this can expand and brush off on other big name brands to make a change.

The sneaker culture is about moving forward and experimenting with new designs and materials.

I would like the sneaker industries to start moving forward from suede and leather to become aware of our changing environment to make for a better future.  If that means not buying my favourite sneakers due to the materials used making them, then I shall do so and maybe some of you should too!.  Consumers alter the market and hold a lot of power.  I hope you start to change your consumer behaviour.

I will be doing more posts on vegan sneakers, so keep an eye out!

Thank you for reading the post, please post your thoughts down in the comments section.   I would very much appreciate you dropping a like on the post.  Keep up to date with future talks on sneakers by pressing the follow button as there will be more interesting content to follow.

Bye for now!

Love,

Preshul Shah ❤

Links to other alternative materials to suede and leather:

References:

Toronto on a budget

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I was super nervous to be flying on my own, so naturally, when I landed in Toronto, It completely slipped my mind to let the immigration officer know that I needed to activate my IEC visa. This is basically a document that allows you to work and live in Canada for up to 2 years.

** I’ll either create a video or a post on here with more information on how to apply for the IEC Visa**

After around an hour of stressing & fighting back the tears, after being told by the immigration officer that I wouldn’t be able to activate my visa. I managed to sort it all out and leave the airport with my 2 year IEC.

‘Ey’ – This was the first thing I noticed upon arrival.

No matter where you are in Canada, (in my case Mississauga and Toronto) I’m telling you, this word will…

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Raspberry vegan doughnuts

HEADS UP BEFORE WE BEGIN THIS MAGICAL JOURNEY:

I have a trash phone, so the photos are not as good as they seem… trust my spectacular eyes.  So trust me again because your doughnuts will be on the buffness scale of over 9000 or if they are not, plz don’t @ me because I would have signed up with Elon Musk to be the first to populate Mars…. and you will not be able to complain to me…. thanks and enjoy!

Das some fine ass vegan doughy nuts

(Taken by mum with a better phone)

Inspired by:

https://avirtualvegan.com/vegan-raspberry-donuts/

Tips:

  • If you don’t have a doughnut tray you can buy one from here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cavity-Silicone-Donut-Doughnut-Baking/dp/B07CGXFTJ9/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1539975405&sr=8-5&keywords=doughnut+moul
  • OR you can use a cup cake tray and place scrunched up aluminium foil balls to make the doughnut rounded.  I will explain further in the next bullet point.
  •  How to prepare the baking paper for the moulds…;) LOOOOL
    • Cut a square which is larger than the cupcake mould
    • Cover the paper with vegan butter and place it in the individual moulds
    • Then scrunch up a ball of aluminium foil and place it into the middle to create the hole of the donut (depending on the size of the cupcake hole adjust the size of the aluminium foil)
  • PRE HEAT OVEN TO 175°C or 350°F
  • If you want to make more than this initial batch I suggest making this amount first and then increasing the load (with instructions I will provide for you)

NOW WE BEGIN….EXECUTE ORDER VEGAN DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!

ImPoRtaNT INfoRMaTION:

  • This batch will make however many you can fit into your tray
  • Prep time: however long you take
  • Cook time: 17 minutes

INGREDIANTS…..DONT FORGET….O.o:

  • 105g frozen raspberries (you can substitute for other frozen berries)
  • 150g all purpose flour
  • 100g cane sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 60ml of coconut milk (the drinkable kind not the thick can/ cardboard box one)
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (can use lemon juice instead)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Glaze:

Inspired by (you could just use this recipe as it could be quicker)

Glaze/toppings ingredients:

  • Iced nutty RASPY berry butter icing:

    • 4 table spoons of nut butter (can be peanut, cashew, hazelnut etc…)
    • A splash of coconut milk
    • 20g of icing sugar
    • leftover pulp or juice
  • Cookies and cream:

    • 50g icing sugar
    • 6 Oreos (use which ever kind you want)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175°C or 350°F
  2. Take your raspberries (or any berries you would like to use out of the freezer and defrost in the microwave for 1 minute)
  3. Take your defrosted raspberries and sieve them over a bowl. Push the raspberries through the sieve with the back of a spoon or ladle.  Keep pushing until all the liquid has passed through the sieve and what’s left looks like pulp.  Put the seedy pulp in a small bowl and set aside as you might need them later.
  4. Measure out 85mls of the strained juice. Set aside and keep any leftovers separately AS YOU CAN USE THEM IN THE GLAZING!!!!!.
  5. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt to a bowl.
  6. In a jug or another small bowl add the light coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract and the 85mls of raspberry juice you measured out then stir together really well.
  7. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Mix only just enough that you can’t see any dry flour. Do not over mix as it will affect the texture/rise of the donuts.
  8. Spoon or pipe (if you want, whatever floats your boat) the mixture into the donut pan (or cupcake tray with the foil centre) being careful not to cover the middle part of it. Work as quickly as you can.
  9. Put in the preheated oven and bake for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If you are using a muffin tin they will take about 5 minutes more.  (CHECK THEM AS THEY COULD BE DONE SOONER THAN EXPECTED!!!!!)
  10. When ready remove from the oven and turn out very carefully onto a cooling rack
  11. Leave to cool completely before glazing.

Method for Iced nutty RASPY berry butter and cookies and cream icing:

  • Make sure you sieve the icing sugar if needs be to eliminate the lumps and make the icing smooth
  • mix together

How to decorate cookies and cream:

  1. If you are like me and do not want to waste time with a piping bag.
  2. Take the doughnut and place the face you want to decorate into the icing.
  3. Then use a knife and break up the cookies into crumbs (or you can get a zip lock bag.  Place the cookies in the zip lock bag and place it into a kitchen towel.  Place the towel onto a cutting board (make sure it is not glass), grab a rolling pin and break the cookies into pieces)
  4. Then place the crumbs onto the iced doughnut

How to decorate the Iced nutty RASPY berry butter icing:

  1. grab a spoon and complete stripes across the doughnut
  2. In the middle place the raspberry liquid/pulp in the middle or on the doughnut (as you please)

Thank you to A Virtual Vegan for the helpful information on making these amazing doughnuts!!!! I will definitely make them again!

Feel free to leave your comments, suggestions and from your experience in the comments section! 🙂

I look forward to hear from you!

Love from,

Preshul! 🙂 ❤

PS: Check out more of Mel’s amazing work:

https://avirtualvegan.com/about-the-virtual-vegan/

 

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