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Dog & Pineapple is a fresh new lifestyle blog from the downtown of Prague. You can find personal articles about inspiring people, healthy living, fitness, beauty and fashion. 

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My tips on saving the water

Tereza Šťastná

It's crazy heat wave here. All I have planted in the garden dried up and the satellite pictures on the internet look like we were living closer to the equator. On the other hand it's great we have sunny summer, but those thunders are well appreciated.  

And during days like these, it's quite necessary to realize how precious our water is and start being conscious. I believe that everyone should start from changing their own habbits. Following list is of those things that I have started to do at home, in order to use our water more efficiently . 

1. Turning off the tap while brushing teeth

We should be brushing our teeth for two minutes. Can you imagine, how much water will be lost during that time? I've started just dipping my toothbrush into the water and drink the rinse water from a glass. 

2. Water from boiled eggs is great. 

The shell is a great source of calcium, so when you boil your eggs, it releases to the water. So just keep the mineral water and use it later on for your plants. They will be prospering. 

3. Using of leftover water

Planted pots are great place where to dump your leftover water. By that I mean water from the dryer (Yes, we do have a dryer for all the air bnb), water leaking from AC (yes our leaks), water in glass that someone hasn't finished, water from defrosting the freezer, water from dog bowls. 

4. Smart laundry

 I never run the washing machone unless really full and I use the shortest program. Using the long ones is not effective and it is very costly. Trust me, your machine will do the same job, even when running with lower temperature for the shorter time. Well, unless you have very dirty laundry from puking baby.

5. Collecting rainwater

I have the advantage, our window sills are very big, because I can use it for my rain collecting bowl. Again, great for flowers. Isn't urban gardening great? 

6. Mindfull shower

We are lucky enough to have big bathtub, even though I hardly use it. It has been months since I filled it in last time. I rather shower in the logical order. I wet my hair, turn off the water and use shampoo. Afterwards I wash the shampoo out and turn of the water again. Then I scrub my body, dirty summer sandal feet. Then I apply conditioner and soap on my body and wash off. When it's time to use the epilator, I do the dry method with baby powder, not with razor and cream. I like it more and there's no need for rinse. 

7. Dishwasher

Dishwasher is a great solution for your kitchen. These days, you can even get eco soaps, so it's a great way to save water and minimise your toxic footprint. 

How about you? How do you save more water? 

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Reconstruction

Tereza Šťastná

Recently, I wrote about our move to the new apt. And this time, I will tell you about our decision to update it. 

When we moved here, we knew already that floor reconstruction will be needed. Prague flats usually have amazing hardwood floors and our flat is no exception but it was covered in gloss coat that has been peeling of. Since we were doing the floors, we also decided to paint. And it all went from there. 

 So to the painting we added painting the roof beams. At this point we fucked up, as Sasho used dark brown acrylic paint. It looked horrible, so I told him to buy white acrylic and he bought ivory. Both looked horrible and we decided that the best solutions is to sand off all the old and new paint and use just wood stain. It prolonged the reconstruction but it is worth it. 

 Another thing to repaint was the stair rails. It used to be in very nice matte black before but someone covered it in ugly silver paint that made it look very cheap. So we decided to go back to matte black. And it very nicely complemented to the waxed floor so the apt. is now 3 levels hgher. 

Plus for some time I have been convincing Sasho to change the lights as I hate the flat ceiling plates. He always made a face like it's not neccessary but the whole reconstruction process made him feel macho and he agreed. So we put spot lights. He actually loved the result so much he changed lights in the whole apartment. Spot lights are great way to focus the light to the places you really want to pop out and the whole room looks on another level. 

Of course I was checking out things on Pinterest for inspiration and saw some great kitchen counters, so I send it to my guy and epected answer like: "Are you insane?" but I received "Great, let's do this. So since we didn't want to invest in new kitchen, we just painted it black and added leather handles. Such an easy way but great lift up. 

Lastly, we changed some small details like ugly couch, light up dark spots and we would like to buy new fridge, leather couch and closets. But that some other time. Now just look how it all went down. 

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What not to do on Facebook

Tereza Šťastná

Don't post pictures of your naked baby

Do not publish pictures that could easily end up on some kinky discuss forum like nyx

Realize, that public profile is public with all you publish on it. 

After posting, you are no longer owner of author rights to your own pictures. Which means the platform becomes the owner with all the copyrights. 

You gotta follow their rules or you get block. 

There's a record of all your clicks. That leads to targeting ads that are relevant for you, which always doesn't have to be cosmetics. 

Do not publish pictures of your friends without their consent. 

Do not publish photos / videos to which you don't have author rights at first place. 

Secure your account with two step verification

Check out your settings and apps you've connected so you can define, which data the platform can collect about you

Do not tage a place where you live

Don't click on weird links even though they come from your friends

Don't open apps like: "What did you do in your previous life" or "Where you'll be in 5 years" 

Do not post anything you might regret

Use adBlock

Don't make your kids look like morrons - they can sue you later on (like in case of this Austrian family)

Don't go in to unnecessary fights when you don't have the arguments

And mainly, don't make everything in your life spin around your social media

 

 

 

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Why I exchanged wardrobe for a garden

Tereza Šťastná

 All of you, who know me personally, know I really love fashion. I watch catwalk streams from all over the world, I follow fashion personalities, I search for new talents, opinions, materials. And even though I've never been real part of this world I got to peek into it in the same way as I got to know the art community that I have sort of came from. Although it was alright to meet up with all those interesting people, I discovered it blocks my creativity instead of evolving it and I focus more on them than myself. 

  So I have come to interesting conclusion. I have to do, what actually charges me and inspires me. 

 Walk at a Museum is great as well as Parizska street, they are very creativity stimulating, it is not something I would done regularly. I was always most myself when I got to be in nature where I get the chance to reconnect with my roots. 

I believe that I might be getting overwhelmed by everything that's happening. I get frustrated by the politics, commercials screaming at me on the internet, tv, books. So that's why I need to be somewhere I can build something, put my energy into it. 

I just need to go somewhere to breathe.

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Books to read in 2018

Tereza Šťastná

I have to admit, I love reading. It's sort of a ritual for me to disconnect from the digital world I live during my working hours. Unfortunatelly I am not one of those readers who are able to finish a book in three days, since I hardly find time to read and I am not able to continuously read for more than one hour. What is my favorite genre? Honestly, books written by people that inspire me - non fiction / biography / motivation. My favorite writers are Chelsea Handler and Ellen DeGeneres. I can recoomend both as theyr books are true relaxation and fun. 

 Lately I have been interested in the topic of fashion industry or books written by women that can give me some wisdom value. You all might know the bestseller from Sofia Amoruso - Girlboss, right? She showed that if you believe in yourself and you're not affraid, you can work yourself up. And while the topic of business is quite interesting, I started to read more about fashion and lifestyle. And these are my tips: 

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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are 

It's a great funny book that gives you overview of your troubles with man and will show you how to be above things. I cannot summarize it differently. Parisians don't overanalyze themselves, at least not in public and when they are at home they do. Well, this book gave me some humorous tips. 

Fashion

Love × Style × Life

 Very well written book from my favorite "blogger" Garance Doré. I put the word blogger in quotes because she is more of a persona then blogger. She creates great content with her team  - from articles at Atelier Doré to her podcast. She is very talented photographer and illustrator that entered fashion world. I admire her connection to reality, her style that isn't ruled by trends. She shows that world of fashion can be great but style is more about your approach to dressing. up. If you find your style, you'll always look great. She gives advice on how to find your own style, and shop more consciously. I am currently reading the book but even after the first half, I can recommend it. 

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Cravings

Are you also such a fans of Chrissy Teigen as I am? She is a great mom, loving wife and very modern girl with great sense of humor. 

And world wonder - this gorgeous model knows how to cook in the most amazing way! I was expecting her cookbook to be parade of superfoods and salads, but boy I was wrong! Her cookbook is full of great recipes that are ususally fusion between Thai cuisine her mom cooked and American from dad's side. It's all tasty and picant. 

There are some thai classics, salads, burgers, steaks, baked veggie and pasta. Plus some funny stories.  

Sustainable fashion

Dress [With] Sense

This is currently my bible of sustainable fashion. There is plenty of info thank which you'll realize how easy changing approach to style is. There are some great interviews with people from the industry that started to pay attention to responsible clothing. 

Do you have any tips for great book? Let me know down in the comments. 

Thanks. 

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Myths about sustainable closet

Tereza Šťastná

I've had a conversation recently, about sustainable fashion. 

One girl I know told me, she would love to have sustainable wardrobe but she has no money for it. 

That's a very common mistake, I hear almost every time I tell to someone about my interest in sustainable fashion. Another argument, why people don't really care about this cause is, that they cannot do anything as one person or they reply with argument, everything is made at same place. 

Let's take a look at those myths: 

Sustainable wardrobe means owning good quality but very expensive pieces. 

Yes, it's true that one should bring quality into theirs wardrobe that common fashion stores cannot offer. But sustainable living is more of a philosophy that makes us to shop based on our needs, considering where it comes from and care for the clothes we already have to improve if lifespan. If we need to get rid of something, it makes us thing where do the things go and if we can recycle or reuse by giving or in another way. 

So the first step shouldn't be to throw away all we own and buy new "better" and more "responsible" pieces, but to evaluate what we have a reconsider our shopping habits. 

All is made in one factory

Many of big brands are making their clothes with one supplier, somewhere in Bangladesh or elsewhere. That's why it is crucial to read the tags, ask around and research on the internet. But beware! Even these sources can be wrong. Some brands sew there clothes at one place, but finish them at some other place. And the last place is usually the one tagged. It's because they want to raise the price since customers are willing to pay more for the merchandise from "better" countries. That's usually the case with shoes and handbags. So apply the golden rule: read, ask and investigate. 

Other good solution to this is to shop local. Even here in Czech Republic there are some brands on the rise as well as some older estabilished companies that are trying to make their collections more modern and interesting.  

One of these companies is my favorite shoe brand Vasky, from Zlín. 

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Sustainable fashion does not look good

It might seem that because many sustainable brands are creating their collections timeless. That's why you won't find the hottest trends as you might do in the fashion chain stores. But those latest fashion trends are made to last one season and big brands want to sell you these with every collection so they don't have long lifespan. And this makes us constantly crave to update our wardrobe.

As soon as you reconsider your shopping habits, you'll find out, that every wardrobe has the same basics. And these basics are definitely worth to invest in and get them from verified sources. 

I will never be able to buy from big stores

Nobody tells you that you should or shouldn't buy something. If you find something you really like and will make you happy plus you're sure you'll wear it often, get it then. If you will deny yourself something just out of principle, you won't enjoy your new way of life for long. 

Try to change your shopping habbits. Go to the store only if you need something and not as a therapy from a bad day. Think, if the piece of clothes was made good so it lasts a bit. Remember the cost per wear metrics and don't buy something super cheap that you'll wear only three times. 

I have to buy natural fabrics only

Natural fibers are breathable and they are feel good on our skin. But that really doesn't mean, they are good for the planet. Everything has its own positives and the negatives and there is no rule, what is wrong or right.

Cotton might seem like the best choice for natural fiber garment but what we don't realize is, that its produce costs lots of fresh water and not to mention pesticides. Another issue are the producers and farmers. As you might already know, fashion industry is second biggest player of global economy. And it's hard business. There was a news in the media about ISIS taking over Syrian cotton fields and that you might be supporting terrorism with your purchase. a že nákupem bavlny tak podporujete terorismus. I don't want to comment on that but I am giving you an example how important is to think about where do things come from. 

 Another natural materials like viscose and lyocell (which is technically a viscose from bamboo) re chemically processed to a point that plenty of chemicals are flushed into our landfills. So even though lyocell is promoted as sustainable it's pretty bad for the planet same as other materials.  

So what about artificial fibers? They can be made out of recycled PET bottles. 

So you cannot decide right or wrong and I repeat once more - ask where your clothes come from.  

So the whole "building a sustainable wardrobe" process is all and only about using your brain, and ending with emotional shopping.  

Any other moths come to mind? Write them in the comments section. Also, if you consider this topic important, don't forget to share with others. 

 

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Moving

Tereza Šťastná

And it's here. After a year of deciding we finally have decided to move into a bigger appartment. 

To be perfectly honest, I must say that the one we live in now is bugger than appartment where I grew up in, especially since it's just us two and two dogs. But we got visitors quite often and our business and hobbies also take up a lot of space so we couldn't carry on in a space like that. 

My space will be way better as I will have windows with big windowsills, that face to the south so not only I can make my urban garden bigger, I will also have better light for photoshoots. And it won't serve as a guest room anymore, so more space for my hobbies. 

Sasho will also have a work room / guest room.

But what I look forward the most is a living room with a gallery on second floor. So far the gallery will serve as chill out / storage area. It has some smart hideaways so I can hide vacuum cleaner or my bottles with pickles. Btw, where do you hide your vacuum cleaner? I never knew where to put it. 

And just to spoil ourselves a bit more, we will have two bathrooms. Bigger one has jacuzzi and the second one shower corner. So I can finally soak with glass of wine after a hard day with my fizzy bath bombs.

I know, it all sounds so snobbish and I agree it's more than we need. On the other hand, life is short and when you live with a balkan guy, you gotta need some space. Plus bigger apartment = more cleaning. So it's not all just great. 

And since new apartment is a great way to change interior as well, here are some pictures I printed out as an inspiration. All pictures are from my pinterest so look there for original sources. 

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NARS is starting to support animal testing

Tereza Šťastná

I am so dissappointed!

I keep living under the impression, that we are so far regarding animal testing in cosmetic industry and brands are stopping this horrid practice but it seems like the opposite. 

When I was recently searching for a foundation that is has not been tested on animals, it was like searching for a needle in a haystack. At the end of it I was choosing from two cadidates  Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream (Douglas) a NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Sephora). The winner happened to be Smashbox and today, I am really happy of my selection. 

NARS announced their entry at the Chinese market yesterday where you have the animal testing required by law. In their long message they are saying how they are against this practice and that they deffinitely don't test on animals unless required by law. Which China is. They claim to support the fight against the practice which frankly seems like a PR BS strategy more than the interest to actually change something.

I meantioned this previously in the article about Cosmetics Brands That Support Animal Testing. Selling their products in China nevermind the requirement I personally see as support of the testing. On the other hand I am willing to support brands that are not entering the market for this reason. Brand, that tests even when by 1% is still testing/supporting testing and shouldn't claim they are against it. I kind of understand from the NARS's statement that they enter the country to fight the requirement. BTW, I got the same statement from Kiehl's. I mean, seriously? It's corporate BS that simply has no logic and someone who knows how to use their brain knows it.  

Moments like this really reassure me about the importance of research of brands I want to buy or have products from. And next time base decision of how the brand values align with my own. And everyone should do the same according to their own values. Some of you might be actually OK with brands selling in China. I know that I am done purchasing at companies, who simply ditch their values in order to gain more profit like NARS does. 

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What to do with a weekend in Prague

Tereza Šťastná

Recently, I have been trying not to work on weekends and get out of the house to see something. When you work from home, you rarely get out and you start to feel somehow blah. So what to do with the weekend when you are stuck in Prague? 

1. Avon March

This Saturday you can join this year's Avon March. I will join for the first year ever as a part of Cosmopolitan team. It's a great opportunity to walk through the city and support a good cause. This year's motto is #neres (don't bother) so don't bother with anything else, and simply come. We can meet! 

Take a look at our Cosmobloggers team invite:

2.  Retro exhibition at National Museum

This exhibition has been prolonged to the end of July, and it's definitely worth to be seen. Especially if you love fashion. The exhibition follows fashion styles from the 20th century and their influence on current trends. You can explore all the patterns and materials and get inspired for your own wardrobe refresh or sewing. 

3. Tanning at Ladronka park

 I love to go to Ladronka and get some of that Vitamin D. It's a place where people go to skate, run and simply be active but there are almost no picknickers or sun tanners so the place offers some privacy and peace. Just pick the right spot, especially if you want to have some shade because the place by the trees near parking doesn't always smell like nature. Lay down your blanket  behind the running track in the field. 

4. Weekend breakfasts

 Every weekend I try to treat myself with some nice breakfast with coffee, bagel and a book. It's kind of a ritual of mine when I can keep up with my reading and actually it has helped me to read way more. You can often meet me at Anděl's Starbucks where I drink my Cold Brew and list through my book. Currently reading Princess from Sarajevo ( not sure it has been translated to English but I highly recommend. 

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Cosmetic brands that test on animals

Tereza Šťastná

I am mad at myself.

I am upset because I always talk about sustainable fashion, yet I forgot that cosmetics is issue as well. I do publish some cosmetic DIY from time to time, but I made that post recently where I praise Kiehl's face moisturizer that helps me with my skin but I promoted a brand that tests on animals and what's worse, they are part of the massive concern that is famous for animal torture - L'oreal. So, the viral video circulating the internet with the hurt monkey in a cage in L'oreal laboratories gave me the much needed slap that reminded me, this problem exist and it's important to talk about it and pay attention the same way I do with fashion. 

So I have decided to write an article about brands that seem like they don't test on animals but they do. It's a good research for me as well since I am thinking of getting new mascara and foundation.  

Kiehl's

One might thought this brand is way over animal testing since the image is somewhere between tattoo parlor and pharmacy. But they do and it's such a disapointment. I love their products but I guess I will have to find another brand that does well with my skin, I hope I will find an alternative and as soon as I do, I will be here with a tip. 

M.A.C.

This brand started as a "Cruelty-free" brand but changed its strategy as they entered the Chinese market. In China it's required by law for the make-up products to be tested this way.

It's such a shame when brand looses its values because of expansion. 

Anyhow, M.A.C. is part of Esteé Lauder corporation, that owns also Bobbi Brown, Too Faced a more, you can see all here. It seems that not everyone does animal testing but another suprise, the next brand does as well. 

Clinique

Another suprose, another disapointment. I have been searching for a make-up that won't upset my dermathitis and will be very light. I got tip to try Clinique but before I made my trip, I found out that it's not necessary to go.  

Yves Rocher

French cheap cosmetic that seems very nature friendly and yet it's not. Here in Czech republic, they unfortunately do very well due to their price and very nice perfumed shower gels. But ever since I discovered Rituals, which is cruelty-free brand, I never came back here. 

Nuxe

Their universal body oil is the "it" product right now. It's a massive hit, being sold in pharmacy as a miracle oil. Unfortunately tested on animals, so use rather the coconut oil. 

L'Occitane

Another French cosmetic brand, little pricey. I love their Vervain line, but they are on the black list so no-no. 

EOS

Lip balm hiding egg, celebrated by all bloggers, even thought I never understood why. Well maybe for the packaging. Try my recipe, add your own perfume and have all natural lip balm. Super easy. 

Yves Saint Laurent

Big, big, big dissapointment again! They sell the best mascara that looks great and smells amazing. Plus their highlighter is great. Well, let's search for some alternative. 

O.B. Tampons

Yes, even women hygeene products are not spared. Always has been mentioned as a cruel brand before but O.B. Tampons not so much. Plus the whitened cotton releases toxic chemicals from the cotton bleaching right on your mucous membrane and that's not OK. I already wrote about it in the article, here. 

Many more...

Perfumes are problem with big brands like Escada, Gucci, Donna Karan, Elizabeth Arden, Kenzo and more.... plus hair care and more cosmetics... 

Here is a great list of confirmed brands that test on animals:

http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/companies-that-test-on-animals/

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