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June 15, 2017

Things I Didn’t Expect About Pregnancy

With only 8 weeks to go in my pregnancy (although, who knows when baby boy will make his appearance!) I feel ready to write this post already. So much has happened in the past 32 weeks and a lot of it wasn’t in any of the baby books, not included in anecdotes from family & […]

Things I Didn’t Expect About Pregnancy

25 of My Easiest Sustainable Switches

As it’s “Zero Waste Week” starting next Monday, September 7th 2020, I thought it would be fitting to share some of my easiest sustainable switches that you could incorporate into your household. When I say easy, I truly mean it. None of these switches call for a drastic routine alteration, adjustment period, or deprivation of […]

25 of My Easiest Sustainable Switches

Pregnancy Update

It’s been a while since I’ve provided any sort of life update, and since my life feels like it’s been revolving around my pregnancy, I figured I’d make that the feature of this post. 🙂 I’m one week away from entering my third trimester (which in and of itself is a crazy thing to say […]

Pregnancy Update

Sharing Something Special…

Besides all the wonderful sourdough we’ve been baking during quarantine, I’ve also been cooking up a special little something that’s finally ready to make it’s debut… This November, Eddie and I will be welcoming a baby boy into our lives! We found out about our little one before Coronavirus flipped our worlds upside down. Since […]

Sharing Something Special…

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup)

Let me first start by saying that I have never been a soup person. I never crave it, I never order it out in restaurants, I just simply never understood the appeal. My mother (from Scotland) grew up eating soup every day no matter the season! To her, it’s like a massive hug in a […]

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup)

I’m Leaving Social Media… Here’s Why

It’s been nearly two months since I’ve posted anything on Instagram and even longer on my blog. I’ve broken cardinal rule #1 for bloggers: “Post consistently and often.” But, my mental health imploded around the beginning of March (prior to the Coronavirus madness which has only exacerbated it). I needed a break. Social media has […]

I’m Leaving Social Media… Here’s Why

The Best Sustainable Brands

I’ve been asked countless times over the past few years what my favourite sustainable brands are, so I think it’s probably time I drum up a pretty comprehensive list already, hey? (: This post is broken down into a few categories (but in no particular “favourite” order) to try and make it easier to search. […]

The Best Sustainable Brands

Cashew Crema Recipe

This has been one of my most highly-requested recipes to put on the blog and what’s wonderful about it, is that it’s so quick and easy (truly!) to make. Cashew crema has been an absolute staple in my diet as a vegan. Great tasting vegan food is all about spices and sauces to compliment those […]

Cashew Crema Recipe

How To Sustainably Decorate Your Home

This has been in the works for… well, since we moved into our home in October! I hadn’t quite felt ready to share anything (other than a few sneak peaks on Instagram Stories) until it felt like a home and I could share all my recommendations with an honest approach. Noticeably, the home is still […]

How To Sustainably Decorate Your Home

New Year’s Resolutions 2020

Last year I wrote (& published) my New Year’s Resolutions here for the first time. This year, Eddie and I sat around the kitchen table once we returned from Florida and wrote our resolutions for 2020. I had to reference my 2019 resolutions because I hadn’t actually re-read them since I wrote them! Not an […]

New Year’s Resolutions 2020

5 Things I Learned From My 2-Week Digital Detox

Before beginning our trip back home to visit our families for the holiday season, I decided that I would do the biggest digital detox I’ve done to date: 2 weeks. My definition (different to others) of a digital detox encompasses turning my phone off and trying to avoid my laptop where possible. I don’t avoid […]

5 Things I Learned From My 2-Week Digital Detox

Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide – For Him

Hopefully you’ve seen my ‘sustainable gift guide – for her’ and now, I’ve managed to get Eddie to sit down and write down his own for all the men in your life! So, without further ado, let me hand it over to Eddie: Hey everyone! So excited to be writing on here again. I tried […]

Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide – For Him

Stationary Lovers, Meet The Best Sustainable Planner

I have always been, and probably always will be, a stationary lover. Planners, journals, pens, shopping lists, letters, you name it! I cannot use the iPhone (nor Gmail) calendar even though it would probably be far more convenient. There’s something about writing my to-dos and goals on paper that fully clears my head. A digital […]

Stationary Lovers, Meet The Best Sustainable Planner

Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide – For Her

Christmas is literally around the corner! I actually cannot believe just how quickly this year has flown by – is this just a natural state of affairs once you pass 30? Well, if you’re like me, and you plan to purchase all your Christmas presents right around Black Friday you’ll need to get started! Yes, […]

Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide – For Her

How To Tactfully Encourage Ethical Gift-Giving

Fellow ethical blogger, Kate from @ethicallykate, recently posted something to her page which really hit home for me. I’ve been mulling it over for the past few days and wanted to address it here because I think it’s an important topic. Her post (you can read it here) discusses how to have ‘that’ awkward conversation […]

How To Tactfully Encourage Ethical Gift-Giving

Moving Again & Lessons Learned

Yes, you read that right. After merely 2.5 months in Florida we’re packing up our belongings and moving again… Let me explain what our lives have been like the past couple of months, what I’ve learned along this journey, and where our next chapter will begin! Why Florida in the first place? We relocated to […]

Moving Again & Lessons Learned

Sleep Deprived Unite!

Oh sleep. How I’ve missed you. How I wish I never took you for granted when I was younger. But those days are finally over! I’m getting you back in my life for good once and for all! For all you light sleepers. Those whose partners snore incessantly (yep, I’m looking at you, Mr. Rondon). […]

Sleep Deprived Unite!

A New Chapter…

After almost five and a half years in Los Angeles, Eddie and I are moving across the country back to the ever-humid Florida. A couple of opportunities have presented themselves our way and we’re jumping at them! Hello new chapter! Los Angeles will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where Eddie and […]

A New Chapter…

1 Year Wedding Anniversary

This Sunday, April 28th, marks our one year wedding anniversary and I wanted to reflect a little bit on what our first year has been like as a married couple. First, let me back up to the few months leading up the wedding. These were, without a doubt, the most stressful, depressing and confusing months […]

1 Year Wedding Anniversary

30th Birthday – Pt. 2 – Napa Valley

Following a brilliant first day in San Francisco, I woke up the next morning to a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Eddie who instantly put me in phenomenal spirits! We headed to Plow for brunch and I was met with a massive surprise: My brother (Jonno), his girlfriend (Natalie) and our friend (Ian) AT the restaurant! I […]

30th Birthday – Pt. 2 – Napa Valley

30th Birthday – Pt. 1 – San Francisco

It was the evening of Tuesday, April 2nd, Eddie had just come home from work when he dropped the bomb of a surprise trip for my birthday beginning on Thursday evening after work. I had two days to pack for a long weekend going … somewhere. All I knew was roughly what the weather was […]

30th Birthday – Pt. 1 – San Francisco

Dirty 30 Reflections

When I was a preteen I was obsessed with the show ‘Friends.’ I still vividly remember the episode where Jennifer Anniston’s character turns 30. She was beside herself with dread and was not prepared to leave her 20’s and enter this new unknown world of 30. Ever since then, 30 has been the milestone age […]

Dirty 30 Reflections

5 Ways to Live More Sustainably (Food Edition)

When Simply Saffy first started, its focus was solely on sustainable and ethical fashion. I was shaken to my core after seeing what was happening in the fashion industry and felt so passionately about spreading the word. Since then, my ethical motivation has bled into all areas of my life: how I eat, how I […]

5 Ways to Live More Sustainably (Food Edition)

Vegan Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl: Vague term for a bowl holding various greens, raw or roasted veggies, grains, seeds, and sauces. Saffy’s Interpretation: Throw anything you want in a bowl – just make sure it has all the colours of the rainbow for good measure! This is my absolute #1 go-to for lunches. It’s incredibly quick, nutritious, and, […]

Vegan Buddha Bowl

Finding Joy in Wedding Planning

It’s no surprise that planning a wedding is stressful (I’d say the most stressful thing I’ve ever done in my life) but there are plenty of opportunities for joy during the process. Believe it or not, our one year anniversary is just around the corner which means I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on […]

Finding Joy in Wedding Planning

In A Depression Relapse?

I watched ‘Beautiful Boy‘ last night and it struck a strong chord with me – enough for me to write this post. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s based on a true story of a boy, Nic, whose addiction to all sorts of drugs, but particularly meth, threatens his life. Timotheé Chalamet (who plays […]

In A Depression Relapse?

Our Favourite Podcasts

I need to admit something: I used to absolutely hate listening to podcasts. I couldn’t understand why all my friends were obsessed with them and kept trying the ones they recommended but really couldn’t get into them. Then I realized what my problem was – I was incredibly picky with who the host was and […]

Our Favourite Podcasts

My Struggle with Depression

Before I begin, let me first say that this is probably one of the hardest and most personal things I’ve ever had to write, yet one I’ve wanted to share for some time now. This will probably strike a few people the wrong way, but I aim to be as open and honest with you […]

My Struggle with Depression

Vegan Ramen

I just uploaded a video to this super easy and delicious vegan ramen recipe and I wanted to pop it here on my blog as well as an easy reference point for you all! One of my resolutions is to improve my website and I also want to do a better job of filming videos […]

Vegan Ramen

New Year’s Resolution – 2019

I haven’t made a new year’s resolution since I was 12 where I decided to give up chocolate for the whole year. If you know my love of chocolate, you’ll know this was a tough one for me. I had friends taunting me daily at school to break and yet I refused and was successful […]

New Year’s Resolution – 2019

Christmas Traditions – Breaking Old & Making New

Yesterday was December 25th, Christmas Day. Traditionally, I spend Christmas with my family either at home or LA. We wake up and ALWAYS blast Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ as we all gather around the tree with a cup of tea and some toast. One by one we open presents that are evenly distributed between each […]

Christmas Traditions – Breaking Old & Making New

With Change Comes… A Fringe?

My hair update is already here and… I have a fringe! I’ve always wanted to get one but never quite had the guts to attempt pulling it off. After spending time in France for about a month this year with our wedding and after years of idolizing the French It girls, I decided it was […]

With Change Comes… A Fringe?

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Hair

I’ve not had the best luck getting my hair done in LA – which is quite surprising considering there are a plethora of fantastic stylists here (… apparently a plethora of bad ones too). A situation that I’ll never live down (thanks to my husband and brother) was one that happened about 4 years ago. […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Hair

Ethical Fashion Feature: 31bits

I was first introduced to the brand 31bits by a friend of mine who got me these earrings for Christmas last year. When my friends introduce me to ethical brands it brings me more joy than I can begin to describe! After digging into 31bits some more, I completely fell in love with the company! […]

Ethical Fashion Feature: 31bits

Thoughts on Consumerism & Gratitude

I had a realization this week: I’ve let the pressure of social media drive my purchasing decisions a little too much in the past few months and I’m on a mission to change that. Watching the influx of ‘likes’ when I posted something new or even slightly more on trend gave me a great (temporary) […]

Thoughts on Consumerism & Gratitude

My Fitness Journey

At the ripe old age of three I put on my first pair of ballet shoes and (can only imagine) I had a Dorothy moment – I clicked my heels three times and my life was transformed forever. Ballet was my first love. I did it religiously in high school; 6 days a week, performances […]

My Fitness Journey

Homemade Bread Recipe

I’ve been threatening to do this post for almost a year now and I promise you, I’ve actually tried (unsuccessfully) about 4 times. Each time I’d try to take pictures, I’d have to pause to get the perfect shot so the images weren’t blurry, and I found it messed with the consistency of the bread […]

Homemade Bread Recipe

My Vegan-ish Anniversary

This September marks one year since I decided to go vegan! I can’t quite believe it’s been a year already. My journey has been an interesting one thus far and, therefore, I wanted to share my honest experiences with anyone contemplating switching or for my already-vegan followers in case you experienced similar things that I […]

My Vegan-ish Anniversary

Sourcing Inspiration in the Kitchen – Vegan Recipes

Between wedding activities, travel since returning from the wedding, and just general laziness, I’ve been uninspired by my vegan cooking for the past couple of months. As a creature of habit (and someone with a very addictive personality), I get stuck in a cycle of making the same few dishes over and over again (like […]

Sourcing Inspiration in the Kitchen – Vegan Recipes

Honeymoon – Paris

I know everybody has been waiting with bated breath for the final installment of our honeymoon series 😉 In all seriousness, we’ve just left Provence and ended our trip in good ole Paris! Paris, thus far, has been my favourite city in the world. I’ve been told other places will prove that otherwise, and I’m […]

Honeymoon – Paris

Honeymoon Day 2 – Provence Pt.2

It’s been a while since my last honeymoon update, so as a refresher, we just finished exploring Apt and Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt. (You can recap on that post here if you need to.) The next day we headed to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to catch their famous farmers market and (spoiler alert) this was my absolutely favourite part of Provence! I […]

Honeymoon Day 2 – Provence Pt.2

The Legal Bit

Getting married in another country is a tad bit more complicated than desired. To reduce the pre-wedding stress, we decided to skip the legal bit in France, leave our ceremony as a big party for our friends and family, and deal with officially sealing the deal once we were back in the States. We’ve decided, […]

The Legal Bit

Our Wedding in France

When I stumbled across our venue online, I was immediately sold. It was love at first site! No visits to the venue needed, deposits were in and the wedding planning began. Just take a look at how spectacular our chateau was! I had to pinch myself often for fear I was dreaming up this fairytale. On […]

Our Wedding in France

Rehearsal Dinner

When an amazing photographer such as Jiri Sipek offers to capture your rehearsal dinner as a bonus to the wedding pictures, you don’t say no! Especially, when your bridesmaids have surprised you with the dress of your dreams to wear to the rehearsal dinner. Outfit details: Earrings (<– one of my bridesmaids gave these to me […]

Rehearsal Dinner

Honeymoon Day 2 – Provence Pt.1

If you haven’t already read honeymoon day 1, go here and do that before you continue with this one. Also, if you’re following along via VLOG, I’ve uploaded another one here to get you up to speed! The last thing you would’ve read was that we arrived in Provence, drank lots of red wine, and […]

Honeymoon Day 2 – Provence Pt.1

Honeymoon Day 1 – Road Tripping Through France

I’m doing this rather backwards: honeymoon posts first before wedding photos. Alas, wedding pics haven’t come in yet and I’m too eager to share our trip with you all! Our wedding was in the Southwest of France (in a region called Dordogne) and so our honeymoon road trip began heading east towards Provence. We stopped […]

Honeymoon Day 1 – Road Tripping Through France

A Full Heart

Today marks two weeks since Eddie and I tied the knot in France and I’m still very much on cloud nine. We’ve since returned from our honeymoon and are back to reality playing catch up on life, work, and (for me) my neglected blog! I sit here, with a full heart reminiscing, on our special […]

A Full Heart

Acai Bowl

When I’m not making myself avocado toast (with lots of chili flakes!) for breakfast, an acai bowl is my absolute go-to. Both breakfasts are super quick and easy and incredibly tasty. If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably see me posting a plethora of breakfast pictures where acai bowls make a regular appearance. […]

Acai Bowl

5 Things I’ve Done for Myself Pre-Wedding

You’ve heard it from all brides and you’ll hear it from me now: wedding prep is HARD. The ironic thing about that statement is that I specifically wanted a long engagement (coming up on two years now) so that our wedding preparations would be spread out and much easier to manage than if we were […]

5 Things I’ve Done for Myself Pre-Wedding

Monthly Playlist – February (Valentine’s Day Edition)

Firstly, for anyone who was waiting with baited breath for my January Monthly Playlist (& I’m sure there were plenty! har har) sorry for missing it. January was a manic month for me and I’m (sort of) starting to feel normal again. Here’s December’s in case you missed that and are still feeling in the […]

Monthly Playlist – February (Valentine’s Day Edition)

Lemony, Garlicky Hummus

This hummus recipe is long overdue on the blog. I almost posted it over the holidays but figured everyone would rather have Christmasy-type recipes so, I’ve saved this for that “New Year, New You” bod you’re working on. 😛 Let’s just be clear, though: I eat hummus year-round, including on Christmas Day, but I feel […]

Lemony, Garlicky Hummus

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer – Pela Case

Whilst it may look like it, this is not a sponsored post, just an honest-to-god passionate post I’ve been wanting to write for some time now. I discovered Pela Case via another ethical blogger I follow on Instagram and wanted to give their phone cases a try for myself. At the heart of it, Pela […]

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer – Pela Case

Holiday Gift Guide – For Her

If you haven’t already spent all of your Christmas money during Black Friday sales, then hopefully this little holiday gift guide (& this one for the gents) will help you out! (Next year I’ll be better about posting these far earlier, I promise!) I wanted to round up a few totally cute, ethical, and sustainable […]

Holiday Gift Guide – For Her

Holiday Gift Guide – For Him

If you struggle to buy for the fellow gents in your life, then you’re not alone! Every time I ask all the men in my life “What do you want for Christmas/your birthday?” they always respond with “I don’t need or want anything.” *eye roll* Yes, but that does not help me… Well, I’ve got […]

Holiday Gift Guide – For Him

Monthly Playlist – December

December 1st is here and that means it’s now totally acceptable to play Christmas music in front of people. Because I definitely, have absolutely not, in any way, been listening to it for weeks already. Never. I’ve noticed that everyone has a special Christmas song or two that really gets them in the mood for […]

Monthly Playlist – December

Monthly Playlist – November

It’s now the beginning of November which means my train of thought went something like this today when deciding what November’s Monthly Playlist was going to consist of: Halloween is over which means the next holiday will be Christmas (I don’t really care for Thanksgiving – sorry to my American followers). This then had me […]

Monthly Playlist – November

Monthly Playlist – October

I decided to do something a little different for my Monthly Playlist this month. Typically I curate a playlist of the songs I’m into but really make sure they flow well together in a playlist. I went through all the songs I’ve played at least 50 times (no exaggeration. I have an addictive personality and, […]

Monthly Playlist – October

Eva Series – Malibu Beach

I’d like to introduce you to Eva. Eva is my Fiat 500e and she is an electric vehicle. Get it? EVa. 🙂 I got her in January of 2017 after selling my gas guzzler of a Jeep. I got the Jeep when I was living in the mountains and it was perfect for dealing with […]

Eva Series – Malibu Beach

Couple’s Shower

I need to preface this post by saying that a.) it’s a long one and b.) this was NOT your ordinary Couple’s Shower. This was a blend of two cultures with many surprises, lots of drinking, and even more dancing. Eddie and I could not be more grateful for the love we received the weekend […]

Couple’s Shower

Monthly Playlist – September

This monthly playlist is dedicated to summer. Yes, it’s September and I have been seeing far too many posts lately about summer coming to an end. In LA, however, we’ve got a massive heatwave hitting us this weekend making me extra keen to hit the beach on Saturday! This summer has been filled with lots […]

Monthly Playlist – September

Brunch in Coral Gables – Pre Couple’s Shower

The weekend of July 14th was my Bachelorette Party and Couple’s Shower in Miami. Whilst I’m not getting married until April of 2018, it was the only time I could get all of my bridesmaids together to celebrate before the wedding. You see, one of my bridesmaids lives in Australia. She happened to be coming […]

Brunch in Coral Gables – Pre Couple’s Shower

White Dress in Miami

Prepping for my (hot & humid) trip to Miami where wedding festivities would begin, I needed something light, airy, and comfortable during those long and hot summer days. Whilst I used to live in Florida for over a decade, I’ve never been able to adjust to the heat and humidity this state boasts (California has […]

White Dress in Miami

Paleo Granola

If you love granola that has a crunch but also a fair amount of chewiness to it, then this is right up your alley. You might be thinking, ugh, paleo granola? That means no oats, right? Yup! Don’t be fooled, though. I have converted even the staunchest of granola eaters to my paleo version and […]

Paleo Granola

Breakfast with Friends: Paleo Granola

Grab your friends and invite them round for breakfast this weekend! Major brownie points are about to head your way. (You can thank me later.) My last post went over how to make a healthy and delicious paleo granola. Now I want to show you how I (& now my friends too) love to enjoy […]

Breakfast with Friends: Paleo Granola

Monthly Playlist – August

In honor of my recent trip to New Orleans, I’m dedicating this monthly playlist to some of my favourite New Orleans style jazz songs. New Orleans, the originator of jazz music, is bouncing with the most incredible sounds of jazz all throughout the city – especially in the French Quarter. I love roaming the streets […]

Monthly Playlist – August

Socially Conscious Clothing

The topic of socially conscious clothing has become such a passion of mine. I’m pretty sure my friends and family are sick and tired of hearing about it, but I truly believe so strongly in the changes that need to happen in the fashion industry. In fact, this was a main reason for starting my […]

Socially Conscious Clothing

I’m Engaged!

Where do I begin?! It’s been a rollercoaster of a year. Yep, you heard me, I’ve been engaged for over a year now and I wouldn’t have it any other way. See, I’m ‘that’ girl who has been planning my wedding since I was 7 and always said I wanted a long engagement to process […]

I’m Engaged!

I Am Saffy

This first post is to introduce myself to you properly. My name is Samantha Luis (appropriately nicknamed Saffy by my dad when I was a teenager). I was born in South Africa, moved to England for some time and eventually made my way to the United States where I have been bouncing around ever since! […]

I Am Saffy

Garlicky Guacamole

If there’s a perfect summer snack that everyone can agree on, it’s guacamole! When avocados are perfectly ripe, there’s nothing better than using them for a garlic-filled guac dish. I’ve listed out my tricks for the perfect guacamole that will disappear within minutes! I’ll detail out how I typically make my guacamole and you can […]

Garlicky Guacamole