FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


ABOUT THE BLOG


What blogging platform, camera equipment, and setup do you use?

I use Blogger and take photographs with a Sony RX100 III. Want to know more? this post spills all the details.


Can I send products for review? Can I advertise on your blog?

I offer a variety of services for brands seeking promotion. If you'd like to know how we could work together, please visit the sponsor page for more details. I do not accept pre-written content, submissions, or guest posts, any requests are flagged as spam!


Can I interview you for a project?

I'm frequently asked if I could answer "just a few quick questions" about minimalism, simple living, or minimalist style. Unfortunately these quick questions are often very time consuming and I'm not always able to answer them.


Can I email you?

Sure thing, although it's quicker and easier to tweet me; my inbox is quite busy and I'm not always able to get back to everyone who emails.




ABOUT ME


What is your job?

I've been a self-employed jewellery designer for Oh My Clumsy Heart since 2014. For the full story read: how I quit my day job.


What made you want to lead a minimalist lifestyle?

I wrote a post about my journey to minimalism. The short answer is, I found my life to be infinitely better after downsizing and simplifying; living with less and being more intentional about the way I choose to live my life has provided me with clarity, confidence, and contentedness. The minimalist lifestyle has changed my life.


Are you vegan?

Yes, for over ten years. I strongly believe in animal rights and strive to live a life as cruelty-free as I can make it. I haven’t always been the best vegan I can be though. I have followed a strict plant-based diet for the years I've been vegan yet I’ve neglected areas of the lifestyle specifically when it comes to fashion and beauty. Over the past couple of years I’ve been striving to correct those mistakes by making my entire life fall in line with my strong beliefs that animals should not be exploited.


What is your definition of “cruelty-free”?

Cruelty-free to me means no animal testing (which is illegal in the UK) and no ingredients from animals. I don’t believe you can call a product “cruelty-free” if it contains ingredients taken from an animal. In regards to brands whose parent companies sell in countries that do test on animals, in my opinion it’s no different from buying vegetables from a supermarket that also sells meat. What I mean by that is, I support brands who are cruelty-free.


How do you feel about buying secondhand natural fibres?

Secondhand clothing is one of the most ethical ways to buy clothes; I’m happy to purchase items made from natural animal fibres because waste is unacceptable to me. When we purchase secondhand items we're supporting local businesses and charities, reducing waste, and recycling goods; I cannot see anything bad in doing so and the argument that it “promotes the wearing of animal materials” is not something I believe to be true.


What are your favourite clothing brands/beauty product recommendations?

I have a recommendations page packed with all my favourite labels. They have all be tried and tested by me and are my absolute favourites when it comes to shopping for skincare, makeup, clothing, or home decor. Each brand features provides cruelty-free and/or ethically made options. I update the page regularly when I've discovered a new brand favourite.




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