I still have a Cantiq obsession, and Little Shop of Oils helps keep my babies fresh <3

As the title states, I have quite the Cantiq Los Angeles obsession. I’ve been amassing a collection of lacy creations by designer Chelsea Hughes for a few years now, and I love every piece dearly.

How, then, to preserve these hand-made lingerie articles of joy?

Cantiq recently collaborated with Little Shop of Oils, an all natural apothecary, on a line of anti microbial/bacterial lingerie mists!

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These are a couple sample mists I received with an order, but you can snag some full-size mists via Cantiq’s site as well!

The mists keep your lingerie fresh for a few more wears, so you don’t have to constantly wash them and put miles on a delicate piece. As I said before, each piece is a work of art and dearly beloved by me, so anything that allows me to get longer life out of them and make them smell heavenly in the process is a win/win!!

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“When you read the care instructions of your handmade bralette, do you let out a sigh when your eyes gloss over “hand wash only”? Well now we have teamed up with Little Shop of Oils to bring you a Anti Microbial/Bacterial Lingerie Mist, tested on each of our cantiq Laces, that will allow you to stretch out your time between washes. Scented lightly with organic essential oils, our Lingerie Mists are sure to keep your bralettes fresh
Made with organic and high quality ingredients
Made by hand in small batches in California 
Includes gemstones infused under each full moon
2 oz glass bottle per scent” Photo Credit: Cantiq Los Angeles

 

 

 

Guest post – Hannah Rollings talks Ethiopia and vegan cuisine!

Welcome to The Plantbased Jetsetter’s first guest post, courtesy of Hannah Rollings (www.drifterhannah.com).

The subject matter is a country whose cuisine is very dear to my heart – Ethiopia!

Las Vegas, my home for now, has some amazing Ethiopian restaurants that I patronize; their ‘vegetarian platters’ just so happen to be vegan, so I consume a good amount of Ethiopian food on the regular.

Thanks so much to Hannah for her insight on Ethiopia and their amazing food!

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Photo via Hannah Rollings – beyenetu: a fasting mixed plate

Ethiopia is a dream for vegans. Not something commonly known. But why?

A large proportion of the population is Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, an ancient form of Christianity, and quite a strict one at that. An enormous 250 days/year are spent fasting. This mostly comprises of the days leading up to big religious celebrations, like Easter. But these devout people also fast every Wednesday and Friday.

OK, so this isn’t fasting in the absolute sense of the word. When Orthodox Christians say they’re fasting, what they really mean is that they’re not eating or drinking any animal products – meat and dairy. So they’re essentially vegans for over two thirds of the year.

When you have to forego these products for so long, of course you’re going to come up with some super tasty alternatives. In the place of meat and dairy, Ethiopians eat rich chickpea and lentil stews, mopped up by their staple and somewhat sour (gluten-free) ‘pancake’, made of the endemic grain called teff.

I’m sure many of you have tried Ethiopian food. In fact, it’s become quite hipster recently. Beware if you’re gluten-intolerant and trying this outside of Ethiopia because most establishments mix teff with wheat.

The Ethiopian government limits the export of teff in order to regulate the price. The locals eat this three times a day. It’s their staple and lifeblood. It would be a tragedy if the increased popularity of Ethiopian food increased the demand and export of teff, in turn increasing the price on the market and effectively pricing out the locals. Farmers would then prefer to sell for export, rather than the lower price on the local market. This has happened with quinoa and so the Ethiopian government is adamant that this will not happen with teff, and rightly so!

So if you’re vegan and/or lactose/gluten intolerant, and you find yourself in an Ethiopian restaurant, make sure that you order yourself a fasting shiro (chickpea based stew without butter) and a meser wot (lentil based stew), maybe also a tomato salad to accompany. It’ll come atop of injera and it will be delicious. Enjoy!

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Photo via Hannah Rollings – fasting shiro (one of my personal favorites!)