5 weekend away essentials

5 weekend away essentials

Cruelty-free and vegan fashion advice for your next mini-break. By Victoria Featherstone-Pearce

At last! It finally feels like summer is in full swing and with lockdown easing, we can now plan those little breaks and weekends away we have craved for so long. Usually, I pack way too much for a short break, so this is a lesson for me also, to pack only those essential but versatile pieces that will take me from day to night in a flash. All these pieces are vegan, ethical and won't put a strain on our planet.

5 weekend away essentials

Zola Amour
Organic Tie Jumpsuit

This versatile jumpsuit will take you from day to night in a breeze. It's easy to dress up or down, which, of course, makes it easy for you to pack lightly for those short trips away.

Made with organic cotton this cute jumpsuit allows you to alter the fit to suit you and it easily enables you to layer up without unwanted lumps and bumps, making it a great addition to a capsule wardrobe. If like me, you lead a super busy lifestyle (seven rescue dogs and counting), or you need to look chic in a dash then this jumpsuit could be your new fashionable best friend.

It is handmade to order in the UK, offering a limited-edition look. Lead time is approximately two weeks but if you need it sooner, Zola Amour are happy to accommodate you.

Will's Vegan Store
Recycled Teddy Coat

Now, I know it's summertime and wrapping up in a coat is the last thing on your mind, but autumn is nearing and the temperature does drop substantially in the evenings. Keep those chills at bay, with this super cute Teddy Coat. I'm literally in love with it. It's so easy to wear and goes with most outfits.

Made from 100 per cent recycled materials, the Teddy Coat is so cosy and soft, perfect for snuggling up to and wrapping around you to keep warm.

The viscose lining (made from wood pulp) is super smooth making it easy to slip this on over layers if needed. It's a beautiful coat that you'll receive loads of compliments for, and you'll want to wear again and again through the seasons.

5 weekend away essentials
5 weekend away essentials

Vegan NuHide Garment Weekender Bag

Weekend away packing is made easy with this stylish Vegan NuHide Weekender Bag. It's the perfect garment prep for mini breaks, as well as business and overnight stays, keeping things fashionably organised.

This premium leather-look bag can be fully unzipped and laid flat, making it a fantastic choice for crease-free garment storage on the move. It's available in two colours, and like all VEGAN Happy products, is finished off with their logo on the front panel, helping you to start up a vegan conversation wherever you go.

I've been a fan of this brand for a while now and love the fact that it's really an all-round shop when it comes to vegan attire. You'll definitely find a vast range of wardrobe staples that could easily be paired with the rest of your clothes. I also love the fact that the brand gives back, too, with 10 per cent or more of profits going to fund animal rescue projects.

5 weekend away essentials

Will's Vegan Store
WV Sport Waterproof Hiking Boots

If you love a good cross-country trek like me, you'll know how important it is to purchase the right walking boots. Comfort is everything and these boots have to be the most comfortable walking boots I've ever had.

Making a positive choice is made easy at Will's Vegan Store. They're so good, that they are on my top five not only once, but twice this month! Will's really is a one-stop shop for all essential, ethical and sustainable fashion pieces.

Will's vegan store is ethical through and through, even down to packing and delivery. This product is even certified carbon-neutral - it's delivered to you through their carbon-neutral supply chain in paper and cardboard packaging. You can also use Will's return-to-recycle service when this product reaches the end of its life, but I can honestly say, I can't see you returning these boots until they are at the very end of their walking days.

Will's is a lovely company run by vegans and I'm sure, like me, you'll have your eye on lots of their ethical and sustainable fashion pieces.

5 weekend away essentials

AZULEJOS Short Sleepwear Set

If looking super cute, while remaining comfortable are requirements when you purchase pjs (because you sometimes spend your entire day in them…), look no further! Keeping you cool and looking great on summers days and nights is this beautiful blue-tile patterned short loungewear set, made from bamboo. It still amazes me what can be done with bamboo, which is essentially grass, not wood, as we once thought it to be.

The set features a stunning, limited edition print, so you most likely won't see it on another being. This gorgeous print is inspired by fresh fruits and summery seaside holidays. It's sure to brighten up your day, no matter how stressful it's been and keep you relaxed and feeling zen.

Cut as a loose fit, so you can comfortably wear it for sleeping soundly, as a beach cover up or even to entertain friends in the garden. I'm certainly looking forward to adorning my body in this sleepwear set - what's not to love?


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