An Interview With Chloe, MD Of Bumble & Bloom Media

An Interview With Chloe, MD Of Bumble & Bloom Media

Today I have decided to share with you an interview with a special kind of person. I have been lucky enough to have been taken under Chloe’s wing over the summer for work experience and I thought it would be interesting to interview her. She is the MD of her own PR and Marketing consultancy, Bumble & Bloom Media. I first heard about Chloe through a twitter conversation about finding a bloggers list for those in the North East however since then I have learnt that she has quickly become one of the most inspiring people that I have met! Within a year of setting up her business she has won many awards including The Guardian’s ‘Rising Star’ Award 2014, Digital Business Of The Year at the Sage Northern Star Awards 2015 and was officially recognised by The Guardian’s Start-Ups Of The Year 2014.

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An Interview With Chloe, MD Of Bumble & Bloom Media

Chocolate Cookies

It’s Monday morning and I don’t know about you but I am just not feeling it. Inspired by Tanya Burr’s Triple Chocolate Cookies recipe, I am hoping that my chocolate cookie recipe will make your day a lot brighter! The best thing is that they are super quick and easy to make, suitable for vegans without any of the weird ingredients and taste delicious.

Vegan Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients: 

200g vegan butter

300g caster sugar

1/4 cup of vegetable oil

275g self raising flour

75g cocoa powder

a dash of hazelnut milk

200g of dark chocolate

Method: 

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line two large tins with baking paper or foil however I greased the tins with some butter and that worked just the same.

2. Whizz together your butter and sugar until the consistency is smooth. Add the vegetable oil and dry ingredients and blend together. If it is looking a bit dry add a dash of hazelnut milk.

3. Break the squares of chocolate and mix into the mixture. Use your hands to separate the mixture into 10-12 blobs. Pop them in the oven for 10-11 minutes.

4. Take them out the oven at 11 minutes. They will not look cooked but don’t leave them in for longer because they will be hard and overcooked, no one wants that! Leave them to cool for about 30 minutes. I made my dinner in this time but you could dance around the kitchen to your favourite playlist like what I usually do.

Vegan Chocolate Cookies

I’ll be interested to know how you replace eggs in recipes. Let me know what you think if you decide to bake these cookies! They go perfectly with a cup of hot hazelnut milk too.

An Interview With Chloe, MD Of Bumble & Bloom Media

The Sunday Post: The Good Apple Cafe #002

Those of you who have followed me for a while we understand my love for The Good Apple Cafe, Sunderland. I love the atmosphere there, it’s super inexpensive making it a perfect treat for those on a budget but more importantly they sell delicious vegan friendly food. Over the summer I haven’t been in Sunderland often but this month I go back to University and I can tell that most of my lunch times will be spent stealing their wi-fi and eating their bagels.

The Good Apple Cafe

Recently I decided to make a trip before University starts again. I tried their Hummus and Roasted Veggies Bagel which tasted delicious and was very filing!  You can read about my first trip here.

The Good Apple Cafe

They had a lot of cakes on offer when I went so I picked up the Strawberry Vanilla Cupcake, Jaffa Cake Cupcake and the last Peanut Butter Brownie. I shared them amongst friends when I arrived back home, all of which went down a treat. My personal favourite was the Jaffa Cake cupcake as it had orange marmalade underneath the frosting.

What’s your favourite vegan cafe? I would love to know!

An Interview With Chloe, MD Of Bumble & Bloom Media

Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick Review*

Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick

I don’t know about you but I am certainly not ready to let go of my Summer lipstick shades yet and considering the sun has still been hovering in the sky most of this week I think an orange lipstick is still acceptable. I was delighted when Botanical Brands sent an email asking if I would like to review a Lippy Girl lipstick as I came across them not so long ago and created a bit of a wish list from them but they seemed to be pretty hard to get hold of in the UK. I decided to go for Son Of A Brick which is a lovely everyday orange shade that isn’t too in your face. I’m so happy with it but already have my eyes on some of the other shades for Autumn/Winter.

As soon as the lipstick landed on my doorstep I had to try it. From first impressions I love the soft, creamy formula much like my beloved MAC’s Half ‘n’ Half that I don’t use any more but obviously a cruelty free and vegan option. The whole Vegocentric lipstick range is made from natural oils and waxes including Shea Butter which obviously gives the smooth, cream finish.

Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick

Throughout the day I have found my lips feeling moisturised and found myself reaching more for the lipstick over my usual lip balm. I think the lipstick will be perfect for the colder days as it won’t dry your lips out because of the moisturising formulation. The only down side is that the lasting power is not as great as other lipsticks on the market. I find myself re-applying the lipstick after eating or during my shifts at work. I can’t wait to try Rosey Posey which is another shade in the collection but also other products from Lippy Girl themselves.

What’s your thoughts on natural makeup? Have you tried Lippy Girl before?

 The lipstick was sent to me to review however this does not effect my thoughts of the product and the brand themselves. 

An Interview With Chloe, MD Of Bumble & Bloom Media

The Bunny Friendly Beauty Tag

This time last week I was tagged by the lovely Sarah from The V Nice Life to answer the questions from the Bunny Friendly Beauty Tag. I thought this would be a nice post to get myself back into blogging after a week away from the blogosphere.

Cruelty Free

How long have you been on your cruelty free journey?

I have known about animal testing ever since I came across Lush back in 2010. Something just didn’t really settle well knowing that animals are being used for product testing. I tried to buy from mostly cruelty free brands until this time last year when I found the vegan lifestyle and decided to stop buying from brands that tested on animals all together. I still have a lot of non cruelty free branded products left which have never been opened or used that I am currently looking to donate to charities.

What made you decide to go cruelty free?

Everyone loves their pets right?! I couldn’t imagine what it is like to harm a pet and I personally think anyone who thinks it is okay needs to carefully consider what they are doing with their lives. I was asked to write an article for my first University degree back in 2013. I decided to write about the Angora Fur which lead to researching how products are tested on animals. After watching a couple of videos, it made me feel sick and very upset about the whole situation, what made things worse is that the testing side of the industry is very well hidden from the public which I think is completely wrong!

What has been the hardest product to find a cruelty free dupe for?


Base products like foundation, concealer and powder. I was obsessed with Rimmel’s Wake Me Up before going cruelty free and vegan but even today I am struggling to find a good coverage foundation. I don’t like dewy foundations and I love those that give an extreme high coverage. However, this has made me apply less foundation and become more confident with my skin even when I am having a major breakout. I love the Colour Supplements from Lush but at the moment the Extra Minerals Liquid Foundation is working well for me, you can read more about that here.
 
What’s the best cruelty free dupe you’ve found?

The Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum really helps my frizzy hair and I love the perfumes that Lush offer. I have heard that Eden Perfumes are really good at matching designer brand fragrances which I would love to try sometime soon. I think my favourite is definitely the Faith in Nature Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner, it does wonders to my hair and always leaves it feeling soft and nourished.

What product or brand do you wish was cruelty free?


I would have to say Rimmel. They used to be my favourite brand right through from lipsticks and mascaras to foundation and concealer. They were really affordable and have a wide range of shades. If they can go vegan too then that would be even better!

What’s your holy grail cruelty free brand?

It has to be Lush. I am addicted if you can’t already tell! It’s where I pick up my haircare and skincare products from, the bath bombs are amazing and the toothpaste works well especially when paired with one of Superdrug’s mouthwashes. I just trust them out of any other brands available to the cruelty free and vegan community.

Name one cruelty free brand might not have heard of?


I have worked with a number of small brands who are both cruelty free and vegan however my favourite so far has to be Lippy Girl. There will be a review on Friday with more of thoughts about the company and the lipstick which I was lucky enough to get sent. All their products are cruelty free and vegan friendly as well which is an added bonus.

Are you a vegan? If so, for how long and have you had any struggles? If not, why not?

Yes, I am a vegan! I went vegan nearly a year ago and it has been a rather difficult transition at first. I am known as world’s fussiest eater between friends and family which means my diet consists of mainly fruit and veg but I do like the good bar of chocolate or vegan cake now and again. Once you have lived the vegan lifestyle for a while then you really do find out that a lot of products are accidentally vegan already which means it isn’t to bad. As for the dairy industry, I am past it now. I watched Earthlings and Vegucated and hated what they do to the animals. I don’t even miss cheese or yogurt because they are some great alternatives out there already. I do struggle to find a reliable makeup brand that I love which is cruelty free and vegan so if you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments. I can also eat many Oreos and Party Rings because they are both suitable for vegans!

What’s your favourite local vegan friendly venue?


First of all, I want to move to Brighton or London because there are so many different options for vegans down there. However I am stuck in the North East of England but that doesn’t mean vegan friendly venues are limited. My favourite is definitely The Good Apple Cafe in Sunderland. I have wrote about it here but their food is delicious, especially their bagels and cupcakes offerings; I highly recommend taking a trip if your ever lost for vegan friendly places in the North. Other than that I do love good vegan friendly Nando’s but there is also Mamma Mias in Newcastle which have a vegan friendly menu too.

You have 30 seconds to convert someone to a cruelty free lifestyle – what would you say to them?

Do you know your pet dog/cat/rabbit (*delete as appropriate*)? Could you stand there and watch someone strangle them or hurt them with their bare hands and not be able to do anything about it? No?! Well stop supporting brands that test on animals. Stop eating animals products when there is so many alternatives to use. There are plenty of resources out there to help you with this lifestyle change including bloggers. It’s not difficult to save lives!

I am now going to tag Libby from Gingerbread Buttons and Lauren from What Lauren Did Today, looking forward to reading your answers girls!

If you haven’t already done this tag and fancy taking part, feel free to answer the questions yourself.