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Hi! I'm Teenuja, and this is a blog of things I like; a space where I share my cooking adventures, vegan recipes, crafts and cruelty-free jewellery making. Read more below...
Otherwise, I am a User Experience Designer...

If you like what you see here, leave me a ♥ dodo love ♥ in the post comments box. For any questions or just want to say hello, you can email me, veganlovlie at gmail dot com.

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The Veganlovlie blog started off back in 2008 after about a year that I became vegan. It soon became my favourite special corner - my little cocoon - where I would depict all the recipes I was making and experimenting with at the beginning of my vegan culinary adventure.

Back in April 2007 when I made the switch to a vegan diet, the concept of veganism was not as known as it is today. Nowadays I do come across people who despite not being vegan themselves, do have a grasp of what veganism is about.

While veganism is a lifestyle, the diet, being quite naturally a significant part of it, is probably the easiest and most realistic part to fulfill. It is practically impossible to be 100% vegan simply because almost everything in the present state of the world is derived directly or indirectly from animals. So we try our best to make do with what we have.

My Cuisine Style
My cuisine style is inherited from my home country, Mauritius, where I was born and raised. At the age of 19, I left the island for studies abroad. I have been travelling and living in different countries since - Australia, UK, Ireland and now settled in Canada with my also-vegan partner - aka Boyfriendlovlie.

The best part of having lived in different countries is undoubtedly the food culture - the local as well as international cuisine that exist in these countries.
Mauritius, by default, is a multicultural nation where, back in the 19th century, people were brought to the island from various part of the world, namely West Africa, Asia (India and China) and Europe (UK and France). A myriad of all these different cultures and cuisines sprouted into something really quite unique to Mauritius.
Infused with culinary delights that I have picked up from living in different countries and paired with ingredients that I like to source locally, my recipes now depict a fusion-style cuisine with a tang of Mauritian inheritance where every recipe has a story to tell.

What inspires me to blog on food?
I have been fond of cooking prior to turning vegan, something I have inherited from my mom. She is known in the family for her wonderful tasty dishes, even though not vegan.
When I left Mauritius to pursue my studies in Australia (back in 1998), I started cooking for myself as I was missing the amazing array of delicious local Mauritian foods. Even from my early days as a college student away from home, I was making scrumptious meals which my flatmates very much enjoyed.

I have always kept the love of making tasty and creative meals, which I enjoy sharing. There is this feeling of contentment when I am making food for close ones; it is a similar kind of feeling when I am blogging about food and recipes. I enjoy every moment of it, from the grocery shopping, to the preparation, cooking, setting and styling the food then taking the picture. Next comes the writing and publishing the post. It is much more than a hobby; when I am blogging it seems like I am wrapped up in a little fascinating joyful world of my own. The only downside sometimes, the meal has already gone cold by the time I have taken the photos. Thank goodness my partner doesn't mind a cold dinner!

While I still love experimenting and attempting new recipes, my inspiration now comes from the many vegan curious people who are looking into a switch to the vegan lifestyle, or just conscious about eating healthier. The transformation that I have experienced both in my body and spiritually, is what keeps my passion alive to continue writing about vegan food.


Positive side effects a vegan lifestyle had on me
I went vegan for the animals but I reaped tremendous benefits in so many aspects of my life.
In my early twenties (I was 22 and skinny at that time), I found out I had high cholesterol -- this runs in the family. My mom has it too and I thought I would be on medication at some point. I never knew that cholesterol was only found in animal products. It was later, after I had been vegan for a year that I realised that my cholesterol level had naturally gone down to become within a normal range. It has since stayed that way without any medication. I was also an asthma sufferer who relied quite a few times on inhalers to breath; my asthma has cleared due to the fact that there was no longer any dairy in my diet. I turned vegan for the animals but the benefits I got for my health has been life changing. In fact, this is what my logo symbolises.

The Veganlovlie Logo
The swirl in my logo represents the change into the new me. The butterfly captures the essence of this metamorphosis -- the change I have experienced in my health and body -- the same way that a simple caterpillar experiences an extraordinary change to become this magnificent butterfly. I have pretty much felt that way. A lot of people think of veganism as a big sacrifice that they could never attempt. At first, yes, there was some effort but, I like to think of it this way: what seems like death to the caterpillar is life to the butterfly. And what a life indeed - it can now fly!

In this space I am sharing my recipes, food talks, jewellery making, crafts, and much more (Read on below - Bijouxlovlie - on my handmade jewellery).

You can follow me as Veganlovlie on Twitter or like my Facebook page:

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Check out my pins too on Pinterest.

Any questions/comments or just to say hello, you can email me.

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My Crafty Side
On this blog, you will also see the crafts I make namely watercolor paintings, handmade jewellery, crochet and small DIYs.
A while ago I was making jewellery and selling them in my Etsy shop. Since I made the move the Canada, I haven’t gone around to opening the shop again but it is something I intend to do since I haven’t lost the passion for it. So read on about Bijouxlovlie (my handmade jewellery brand) and visit the jewellery section of this blog for a peek.


Bijouxlovlie (Cruelty-Free Handmade Jewellery)

“I embrace the concept that imperfection is seen as the highest form of beauty, wabi-sabi as is known in Japanese.” Bijouxlovlie

The idea of making jewellery started from an interest in making my own jewellery just for the fun and also because sometimes I wanted to have something that would match that dress perfectly and be cruelty-free! So, I started playing with polymer clay and have been really hooked on it since.

After being vegan since 2007, my interest in using ethical and cruelty-free products as much as possible has only but grown. Veganism for me started with making changes to my diet first, then to clothing, accessories, shoes and products. It is not always easy to find vegan products everywhere and most of the times labels don’t tell much.

While making my own jewellery, I have greatly been encouraged by my partner to make some for sale. After much thought I have considered the idea for these reasons:

By making these cruelty-free jewellery I hope to provide not only a nice piece of jewellery for you to wear or offer as a gift but also to make a difference in the world as an individual.

I believe that if we expect people at the top, who have the power, to make changes to help make the world a better place, then every individual like you and me need to play a part as well.

Mass-production very often happens in very bad circumstances and abuse. Buying handmade from indie designers is one small way that you can help make the world a better place by supporting people who work for themselves on a small scale and the community that comes with indie design in particular.

Imperfection
I aim to produce pieces that are creative, unique and look handmade with love, compared to commercial or mass-produced jewellery; something I hope wearers will treasure. While I put every care in producing a quality standard, I embrace the concept that imperfection is seen as the highest form of beauty, wabi-sabi as is known in Japanese. Just like in nature, imperfection can be seen in the shapes of leaves, flowers and everything, yet it is of stunning beauty. This also highlights the handmade aspect of each creation.

Materials
I aim to make a difference in the world by using cruelty-free materials to the best of my knowledge in all my handmade jewellery and accessories.
The main material I use is polymer clay – FIMO and Sculpey brands. Both companies assure that their products do not contain any animal products/by-products.
Other materials I use also include natural materials like wood, natural animal-free fabric, cotton, faux suede. I also sometimes recycle things like pot pourri into jewellery pieces; they not only look lovely and natural but also give off a nice fragrance from the little scent they have left!

Where
I started making my jewellery in Dublin, Ireland. Now that I have moved to Montréal, I will be making them again from here in my new home.

Inspiration
My inspiration come mostly from the sunny island I was born on – Mauritius. I also like nature and the woods. Most of my daydreaming happens there – an escape in the woods with the fairies, collecting dew drops and dancing over the flowers.

I hope you enjoy my creations. I also take custom orders. If you have a theme, something specific you want to give as a gift or want a piece of jewellery/accessory to match a dress, drop me a line.

Bijouxlovlie shop on Etsy. **My shop is currently closed but I still do make jewellery for myself and friends or on special request.**

Etsy

If you would like to follow me only as Bijouxlovlie, here are the links:

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For jewellery related things or just to say hello, email me here.

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