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  • Rosa Parks Day Rosa Parks Day

    Posted on by Aimee Pfupajena

    Rosa Parks Day is an American holiday in honor of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks. In the U.S. states of California and Missouri it is celebrated on her birthday, February 4. In Ohio and Oregon it is celebrated on the day she was arrested, December 1.

    Rosa Parks Day was created by the California State Legislature and first celebrated in 2000. The holiday was first designated in the U.S. state of Ohio championed by Joyce Beatty, advocate who helped Ohio's legislation pass to honor the late leader. It is also celebrated by the Columbus Ohio bus system (COTA) with a special tribute to the late civil rights leader. As of 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon proclaimed Rosa Parks Day official in the state.[4] In 2014, Oregon governor Kitzhaber declared that Oregon will celebrate its first Rosa Parks Day.

    Rosa Parks Day is an American holiday in honor of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks. In the U.S. states of California and Missouri it is celebrated on her birthday, February 4. In Ohio and Oregon it is celebrated on the day she was arrested, December 1.

    Rosa Parks Day was created by the California State Legislature and first celebrated in 2000. The holiday was first designated in the U.S. state of Ohio championed by Joyce Beatty, advocate who helped Ohio's legislation pass to honor the late leader. It is also celebrated by the Columbus Ohio bus system (COTA) with a special tribute to the late civil rights leader. As of 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon proclaimed Rosa Parks Day official in the state.[4] In 2014, Oregon governor Kitzhaber declared that Oregon will celebrate its first Rosa Parks Day.

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  • World Vegan Day World Vegan Day

    Posted on by Aimee Pfupajena

    Vegan Day first occurred on November 1st, 1994 as a way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and indeed the term “Vegan”. The Vegan Society was established in November of 1944; although the exact date was unknown. The President of the Vegan Society decided to elect the date of the 1st of November. This is now recognised as the date on which the Vegan Society was founded and on which Vegan Day would be observed.

    Along with celebrating the start of the Vegan Society, Vegan Day is an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. The term Vegan was coined by Donald Watson and derived from the word Vegetarian. At that time, the differentiation was that Vegans did not consume dairy products. Later this extended to eggs, and by 1951, veganism had become a movement of people who did not partake in the exploitation of animals.

    Each year there are a number of festivals and exhibitions held around the world by vegan societies. In addition, there are many local events, talks and cooking demonstrations organised by individuals.

    Vegan Day first occurred on November 1st, 1994 as a way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and indeed the term “Vegan”. The Vegan Society was established in November of 1944; although the exact date was unknown. The President of the Vegan Society decided to elect the date of the 1st of November. This is now recognised as the date on which the Vegan Society was founded and on which Vegan Day would be observed.

    Along with celebrating the start of the Vegan Society, Vegan Day is an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. The term Vegan was coined by Donald Watson and derived from the word Vegetarian. At that time, the differentiation was that Vegans did not consume dairy products. Later this extended to eggs, and by 1951, veganism had become a movement of people who did not partake in the exploitation of animals.

    Each year there are a number of festivals and exhibitions held around the world by vegan societies. In addition, there are many local events, talks and cooking demonstrations organised by individuals.

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  • World Vegan Day World Vegan Day

    Posted on by Aimee Pfupajena

    Vegan Day first occurred on November 1st, 1994 as a way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and indeed the term “Vegan”. The Vegan Society was established in November of 1944; although the exact date was unknown. The President of the Vegan Society decided to elect the date of the 1st of November. This is now recognised as the date on which the Vegan Society was founded and on which Vegan Day would be observed.

    Along with celebrating the start of the Vegan Society, Vegan Day is an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. The term Vegan was coined by Donald Watson and derived from the word Vegetarian. At that time, the differentiation was that Vegans did not consume dairy products. Later this extended to eggs, and by 1951, veganism had become a movement of people who did not partake in the exploitation of animals.

    Each year there are a number of festivals and exhibitions held around the world by vegan societies. In addition, there are many local events, talks and cooking demonstrations organised by individuals.

    Vegan Day first occurred on November 1st, 1994 as a way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and indeed the term “Vegan”. The Vegan Society was established in November of 1944; although the exact date was unknown. The President of the Vegan Society decided to elect the date of the 1st of November. This is now recognised as the date on which the Vegan Society was founded and on which Vegan Day would be observed.

    Along with celebrating the start of the Vegan Society, Vegan Day is an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. The term Vegan was coined by Donald Watson and derived from the word Vegetarian. At that time, the differentiation was that Vegans did not consume dairy products. Later this extended to eggs, and by 1951, veganism had become a movement of people who did not partake in the exploitation of animals.

    Each year there are a number of festivals and exhibitions held around the world by vegan societies. In addition, there are many local events, talks and cooking demonstrations organised by individuals.

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  • TRIED & TESTED SKINNY TAN

    Posted on by Aimee Pfupajena

    It's hard to go on social media without seeing Skinny Tan* products popping up. It's the new favourite faux tanning brand doing the rounds with bloggers, myself included, and features everything from gradual tanners to your usual mousse as well one or two interesting products such as the Roller Applicator I have my eye on. 
    So who are Skinny Tan and how are they different? Skinny Tan is the first of it's kind to combine a natural tanning active with naturally derived skin smoothing actives that will tan, contour and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. Guranan, a caffeine derivative that you'll usually find in firming and cellulite creams so to find it in a tanning product is revolutionary. 
    I did acknowledge the name could be offensive to some but I understand why and whilst I won't say that I typically have my cellulite on show so no real need to improve it's appearance to the public I do feel that a tan flatters me. 
    The first step within any tanning regime is exfoliating or as Skinny Tan put it, using their Pre-Tan Primer* and it really puts in you in the holiday mood thanks to is coconut scent. This is a lovely product, the formula is cream based and contains crushed walnut shells but it isn't harsh and it's one of the lighter scrubs I've tried and makes for a somewhat more pampering experience. Contained in a tube makes it easier to dispense the product and less wastage than using a scrub from a tub although you are paying for the privilege. Your Skinny Tan Pre-Tan Primer contains 125ml of product for about £9.99 whereas something like your Soap & Glory Scrubs are £8 for 300ml so it's down to personal preferences and hunting out offers. Superdrug currently has buy one get one half price on the Skinny Tan range for example.

    Skinny Tan Review
    Skinny Tan contacted me whilst I was in St Lucia and once we'd had a chat about my preference for mousse self tanners I bravely decided to give Skinny Tan Self Tan Mousse in Ultimate Dark*. Usually I'll go for the light versions of fake tanners but I thought having a Caribbean tan I'd want to fake as it faded now would be as good a time as any.

    Skinny Tan has somewhat converted me and it's something I've been really impressed with, especially in such a 'dark shade'. It's typical to mousse tanners I've used in the past although much darker in appearance and you can easily see where you are applying. I was quite cautious on my first application but received positive results and a day or two later I bravely applied a more generous layer and now I'm at the stage where I'm not sure, and convinced that this is my natural skin colour as opposed to the help I've received from Skinny Tan.

    Wearing the darker shade I find that I can obviously see where applying and once it's developed and apart from some dubious application on my feet (as I say I'm not professional) otherwise I have no streaking and it looks quite 'natural'. It's definitely something that I will and am using frequently and I'm pleased that I'm able to layer without it looking patchy.

    The scent of biscuits usually associated with fake tanners is not evident with Skinny Tan and there's a slight tackiness as you would expect but nothing uncomfortable. Whilst my sheets didn't come off completely unscathed I found they actually came off better when I've used lighter tans so that is a definite bonus.

    Skinny Tan Review
    Perhaps one of the reasons other fake tans have no lasted so well on my skin is my lax attitude to body moisturising. It's something I'm much better of at the moment whilst enjoying time at home and I hope that when I return to work next week I'll maintain.

    Skinny Tan After Glow Gloss* is designed to help maintain your tan and keep skin hydrated by adding a gloss for a 'model sheen'. The coconut scent is baked and pairs wonderful with Estee Lauders Bronze Goddess, my Summer fragrance.

    The gloss should only be applied after the tan has been developed and when I used on my legs on one of the rare warm days in London last week I felt like J-Lo as I admired the sheen. As someone who considers her legs to be their 'weak point' seeing them bronzed and glossy was pleasing. There is slip to the legs and as I sat on the train with my legs crossed it was noticeable but again nothing to be concerned with and dried down soon enough.

    My experience with Skinny Tan was very positive and it's definitely a brand I will repurchase and use in the future. If you've seen all the coverage I'd recommend you try it out, whether you want a gradual, one hour or overnight product there's certainly something for you.

    You can find Skinny Tan stocked here 

    Have you tried Skinny Tan?
    It's hard to go on social media without seeing Skinny Tan* products popping up. It's the new favourite faux tanning brand doing the rounds with bloggers, myself included, and features everything from gradual tanners to your usual mousse as well one or two interesting products such as the Roller Applicator I have my eye on. 
    So who are Skinny Tan and how are they different? Skinny Tan is the first of it's kind to combine a natural tanning active with naturally derived skin smoothing actives that will tan, contour and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. Guranan, a caffeine derivative that you'll usually find in firming and cellulite creams so to find it in a tanning product is revolutionary. 
    I did acknowledge the name could be offensive to some but I understand why and whilst I won't say that I typically have my cellulite on show so no real need to improve it's appearance to the public I do feel that a tan flatters me. 
    The first step within any tanning regime is exfoliating or as Skinny Tan put it, using their Pre-Tan Primer* and it really puts in you in the holiday mood thanks to is coconut scent. This is a lovely product, the formula is cream based and contains crushed walnut shells but it isn't harsh and it's one of the lighter scrubs I've tried and makes for a somewhat more pampering experience. Contained in a tube makes it easier to dispense the product and less wastage than using a scrub from a tub although you are paying for the privilege. Your Skinny Tan Pre-Tan Primer contains 125ml of product for about £9.99 whereas something like your Soap & Glory Scrubs are £8 for 300ml so it's down to personal preferences and hunting out offers. Superdrug currently has buy one get one half price on the Skinny Tan range for example.

    Skinny Tan Review
    Skinny Tan contacted me whilst I was in St Lucia and once we'd had a chat about my preference for mousse self tanners I bravely decided to give Skinny Tan Self Tan Mousse in Ultimate Dark*. Usually I'll go for the light versions of fake tanners but I thought having a Caribbean tan I'd want to fake as it faded now would be as good a time as any.

    Skinny Tan has somewhat converted me and it's something I've been really impressed with, especially in such a 'dark shade'. It's typical to mousse tanners I've used in the past although much darker in appearance and you can easily see where you are applying. I was quite cautious on my first application but received positive results and a day or two later I bravely applied a more generous layer and now I'm at the stage where I'm not sure, and convinced that this is my natural skin colour as opposed to the help I've received from Skinny Tan.

    Wearing the darker shade I find that I can obviously see where applying and once it's developed and apart from some dubious application on my feet (as I say I'm not professional) otherwise I have no streaking and it looks quite 'natural'. It's definitely something that I will and am using frequently and I'm pleased that I'm able to layer without it looking patchy.

    The scent of biscuits usually associated with fake tanners is not evident with Skinny Tan and there's a slight tackiness as you would expect but nothing uncomfortable. Whilst my sheets didn't come off completely unscathed I found they actually came off better when I've used lighter tans so that is a definite bonus.

    Skinny Tan Review
    Perhaps one of the reasons other fake tans have no lasted so well on my skin is my lax attitude to body moisturising. It's something I'm much better of at the moment whilst enjoying time at home and I hope that when I return to work next week I'll maintain.

    Skinny Tan After Glow Gloss* is designed to help maintain your tan and keep skin hydrated by adding a gloss for a 'model sheen'. The coconut scent is baked and pairs wonderful with Estee Lauders Bronze Goddess, my Summer fragrance.

    The gloss should only be applied after the tan has been developed and when I used on my legs on one of the rare warm days in London last week I felt like J-Lo as I admired the sheen. As someone who considers her legs to be their 'weak point' seeing them bronzed and glossy was pleasing. There is slip to the legs and as I sat on the train with my legs crossed it was noticeable but again nothing to be concerned with and dried down soon enough.

    My experience with Skinny Tan was very positive and it's definitely a brand I will repurchase and use in the future. If you've seen all the coverage I'd recommend you try it out, whether you want a gradual, one hour or overnight product there's certainly something for you.

    You can find Skinny Tan stocked here 

    Have you tried Skinny Tan?

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  • Celebrate Women's Equality Day the Right Way Celebrate Women's Equality Day the Right Way

    Posted on by Aimee Pfupajena

    This day reminds us not only of how far we've come, but also of how far we have to go.


    Women’s Equality Day celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment—the moment when women everywhere were granted the right to vote. Falling on August 26th, this day reminds us not only of how far we’ve come as a society, but of how far we still have to go.

    The History

    In 1848, a sizzling hot summer day in upstate New York saw Elizabeth Cady Stanton taking tea with four friends. As their conversation made its rounds, it eventually turned to the plight of women’s legal restrictions. Stanton voiced her discontent, especially in light of the American Revolution fought just 70 years before—a fight for a freedom she didn’t get to enjoy.

    She argued that the new republic would benefit greatly from women taking active roles in society, and her friends agreed.

    In days, this group of friends had planned the first Women’s Rights Convention, picking out a date and venue, sending out an announcement of the group, which would they called “A convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman.”

    That meeting occurred on July 19th and 20th of 1848, and was a first in the burgeoning nation.

    This meeting grew into a movement, and this movement into a national campaign. But it was not without its detractors.

    Within days of the meeting and subsequent public disclosure of grievances over women’s restrictions, newspapers began running scathing reports, shaming and ridiculing these women, especially over their demand for the right to vote.

    But these attacks had an unexpected effect—they drew attention to Stanton’s cause, bringing news of it to towns and cities across America.

    What followed was a 72-year campaign that included thousands of activists—male and female—striving for female equality in America. And in the end, they won a major victory.

    In 1976, a resolution was passed to designate August 26th as the holiday we know today. Ever since, the United States President proclaims this day each year as Women’s Equality Day, calling upon the populace to celebrate the achievements of women and promote gender equality.

    But the quest for equality isn’t over yet. Today, there are numerous, subtle ways in which women still haven’t quite caught up—cultural artifacts like the wage gap, domestic violence, and inadequate health care.

    These issues are slowly disappearing with time, but we can help them get out the door even faster if we make others aware of them. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can celebrate this wonderful day.

    Share Your Enthusiasm

    If you’re already in know about issues concerning women’s equality, you can celebrate Women’s Equality Day by sharing your enthusiasm.

    Social media has made the world a small place—you can get a message out to a global audience in no time. If you have some specialized knowledge about what struggles women still face, or about how to solve these problems, share.

    And even if you’re not quite sure what to contribute, a kind word or celebratory statement goes a long way.

    And don’t limit yourself to social media! Give a friendly reminder to friends and family, or make a smartly decorated banner for your home or yard. Show your enthusiasm for Women’s Equality Day, and that enthusiasm will surely spread.

    Give Your Support

    There are numerous organizations that take charitable donations, using your cash to fight for women’s rights not only in America, but around the world. One of the best ways to celebrate Women’s Equality Day in a particularly meaningful way is to donate to these organizations.

    These organizations provide assistance in everything from healthcare to food and water, to shelter, to domestic abuse survivor counseling, helping those whom society sometimes overlooks.

    Let’s take a look at a few of these organizations.

    The United Nations Children’s Fund provides humanitarian aid to children and mothers in developing countries, and partners with many, many other charities to help women all over the world, as well as in the United States. If you’re unsure of where to put your money, UNICEF is a great bet.

    And don’t forget about the Girl Scouts—they’ve been empowering young girls for many years, helping them to independently pursue their goals and dreams.

    Women Impacting Public Policy seeks to create economic opportunities for women, mostly by helping woman-owned businesses.



    This day reminds us not only of how far we've come, but also of how far we have to go.


    Women’s Equality Day celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment—the moment when women everywhere were granted the right to vote. Falling on August 26th, this day reminds us not only of how far we’ve come as a society, but of how far we still have to go.

    The History

    In 1848, a sizzling hot summer day in upstate New York saw Elizabeth Cady Stanton taking tea with four friends. As their conversation made its rounds, it eventually turned to the plight of women’s legal restrictions. Stanton voiced her discontent, especially in light of the American Revolution fought just 70 years before—a fight for a freedom she didn’t get to enjoy.

    She argued that the new republic would benefit greatly from women taking active roles in society, and her friends agreed.

    In days, this group of friends had planned the first Women’s Rights Convention, picking out a date and venue, sending out an announcement of the group, which would they called “A convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman.”

    That meeting occurred on July 19th and 20th of 1848, and was a first in the burgeoning nation.

    This meeting grew into a movement, and this movement into a national campaign. But it was not without its detractors.

    Within days of the meeting and subsequent public disclosure of grievances over women’s restrictions, newspapers began running scathing reports, shaming and ridiculing these women, especially over their demand for the right to vote.

    But these attacks had an unexpected effect—they drew attention to Stanton’s cause, bringing news of it to towns and cities across America.

    What followed was a 72-year campaign that included thousands of activists—male and female—striving for female equality in America. And in the end, they won a major victory.

    In 1976, a resolution was passed to designate August 26th as the holiday we know today. Ever since, the United States President proclaims this day each year as Women’s Equality Day, calling upon the populace to celebrate the achievements of women and promote gender equality.

    But the quest for equality isn’t over yet. Today, there are numerous, subtle ways in which women still haven’t quite caught up—cultural artifacts like the wage gap, domestic violence, and inadequate health care.

    These issues are slowly disappearing with time, but we can help them get out the door even faster if we make others aware of them. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can celebrate this wonderful day.

    Share Your Enthusiasm

    If you’re already in know about issues concerning women’s equality, you can celebrate Women’s Equality Day by sharing your enthusiasm.

    Social media has made the world a small place—you can get a message out to a global audience in no time. If you have some specialized knowledge about what struggles women still face, or about how to solve these problems, share.

    And even if you’re not quite sure what to contribute, a kind word or celebratory statement goes a long way.

    And don’t limit yourself to social media! Give a friendly reminder to friends and family, or make a smartly decorated banner for your home or yard. Show your enthusiasm for Women’s Equality Day, and that enthusiasm will surely spread.

    Give Your Support

    There are numerous organizations that take charitable donations, using your cash to fight for women’s rights not only in America, but around the world. One of the best ways to celebrate Women’s Equality Day in a particularly meaningful way is to donate to these organizations.

    These organizations provide assistance in everything from healthcare to food and water, to shelter, to domestic abuse survivor counseling, helping those whom society sometimes overlooks.

    Let’s take a look at a few of these organizations.

    The United Nations Children’s Fund provides humanitarian aid to children and mothers in developing countries, and partners with many, many other charities to help women all over the world, as well as in the United States. If you’re unsure of where to put your money, UNICEF is a great bet.

    And don’t forget about the Girl Scouts—they’ve been empowering young girls for many years, helping them to independently pursue their goals and dreams.

    Women Impacting Public Policy seeks to create economic opportunities for women, mostly by helping woman-owned businesses.



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