Carina Vardie

You can't travel to India without planing to visit the famous Taj Mahal, so here we are. It's been over a year since this amazing trip and I'm finally sharing pictures from it. I was fascinated with the Taj Mahal's story. Of course, we all know it's India's most famous monument and on everyone's bucket list. The Taj was built by emperor Shah Jahan as a dedication to his wifey Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth. It's made of white marble and was decorated with crystals, lapis and turquoise. The monument is a gesture of love but also symbolizes power through its scale, symmetry and lavishness. There is a theory that a second black marble Taj Mahal was meant to be built for emperor Shah, but constructions stoped after he was imprisoned by his son. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO world heritage and one of the 7 new wonders of the world. Truly breathtaking to see. The day we visited was quite foggy and cold, yet nothing could take away from its beauty. After our visit we went for lunch and drinks at the famous and luxurious Oberoi. Pictures don't do the Taj Mahal and Oberoi justice, but I hope you enjoy them.

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I can't believe it's been two years since I did a proper food post, honestly shocked seeing I used to share them bi-weekly / monthly. Glad I'm doing them again, it's not like I stopped cooking for two years, so hope you're as excited as I am. We'll start with a plant-based one. Some of you might remember the post after 50 days vegan, click here for a refresher, but I've done the 50 days vegan again this year. Honestly, I always feel so much better while going plant based and this year I've enjoyed it more than ever. Mainly because I've discovered some delicious vegan meat and cheese alternatives, which have made my life easier, additionally I've also been more creative when cooking. 

My close friends know what a foodie I am, so compromising on taste isn't an option. I will admit there were a couple products that texture-wise threw me off and aren't featured here. Tried Seitan and while it works for some, I couldn't get on board with the texture and taste. If you're confused, Seitan is wheat gluten and popular amongst vegans because it's a high source of protein. There was also a specific brand of tofu sausages, which I won't name and shame, that tasted off to me. Trust me when I say there is no need to compromise on flavor when there are incredibly delicious alternatives in all supermarkets. There's one specific product worth mentioning which texture wise needs some adjusting, but can work well in stews and curry and I'm talking about tempeh. Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and, again, a high source of protein. However, it has a sandy texture, which is why I recommend cooking it with sauces. 

If you're on a vegan kick or want to give it a go, my favorite plant based brands are Plant Pioneers and Vivera, not sponsored just sharing the love. 

After the 50 day period I did have animal products, but have to say that unless I am craving something specific, it's always cheese, prefer to go for a plant based option. I'm not going to label my diet in any way. My sister gave me a great advice, she said I should eat intuitively rather than pressure myself into being vegan or pescatarian or anything else. I think that's a very smart suggestion. Your body knows what it needs in order to function healthily, so just listen to it. That being said, I'm curios have any of you tried going vegan? How did you find it?

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Just like flowers bloom every spring, you can choose to have hope in your heart. This too shall pass and everything will be better again. It's hard to see now, because of how scary it is, but it will get better. Don't give up hope! 

"Spring is a beautiful reminder of how beautiful change can truly be"

You can choose to see the brighter side even in darker times. Talk to your family and friends, ask for help. You don't have to keep it all in, reach out to someone. Stay safe babes!

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Kisses
Who's missing food and socializing? raise your hands 🤚🏻 We're lucky enough to still have plenty local restaurant delivering, but I do miss the experience. It's a hard time for us all, especial local restaurants and shops that were forced to close because of the pandemic. Thankfully you can shop at local stores, rather than big supermarkets or look for small restaurants that deliver, rather than chains.  It's an opportunity to discover new places, hidden gems. However, I have to say really feeling the whole 

"I wish I developed more hobbies than eating out"

Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine? I've been spending my time doing the usual working, cooking, working out and binge watching series, as well as unhealthy amount of Disney+. Soon I'll also share what I've been loving to watch and eat. Stay safe babes!

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Kisses
Being in self-isolation can be challenging, depending on your home environment and because of all the 'pressure' to learn a new hobby or a new language, get into painting or writing, exercise, do 20 steps skincare routines, do this or that and so on. Social media is full of all the things you should do. For anyone needing to hear this, babe it's ok to do nothing. If today you feel like starting 100 projects and be your most productive self, perfect do you. But if you can barely get out of bed to brush your teeth, know that doing nothing is good for you as well. Give yourself a break and listen to all your thoughts, acknowledge them and understand what they mean. Find your inner peace and love yourself! Trust me, no one is productive all the time and that's fine. Stay safe babes!

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Kisses
Today's message is simple, yet at times hard to achieve. Be better! than you were yesterday, than last month, than last year. But don't compare yourself to anyone else, especially not actresses or models. It's unhealthy to compare yourself to anyone else, because we are all different and unique. You are on your journey and everything will happen at the right time for you. So be kind and be better for yourself. Stay safe babes!

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Kisses
This outfit simply makes me feel like a modern day princess. It's probably the headband and Rapunzel hair! But honestly, I just love how simple yet put together the look is. A spring day to day uniform, if you will. I'll keep it short and sweet this week, stay safe babes!

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