Welcome to my newly renovated blog!
To my current followers, thank you so much for kindly sticking around. Ive been busy creating my own activewear line, SOLTI Activewear, which has now been online for a year and a half now! Please visit my website when you get the chance – www.staysolti.com
For those of you who are new to this blog, my name is Kymberly Maitland-Smith and I am currently living on the most densely populated island in the second largest archipelago in the world, the Philippines. Previously, this blog was my hub for sharing my fashion statements, OOTD (outfits of the day), travel experiences, and more. It was my diary in which I mostly showcased international and local fashion designers & brands. However, I had an epiphany while traveling in February 2016 on Daku Island, (a beautiful island just off Siargao, Philippines) that made me realise I had something I needed to fight for..
I have always loved nature; the sun, the sea, the stars, the trees, and all the living creatures that inhabit it, and on that sunny day, I walked from the beach into the coconut trees that filled Daku Island. There was a small, pink piglet tied to the trunk of a coconut tree. He was scratching his back against it and he looked like he was struggling. I went over and scratched his back for him. He was adorable. I could see the rope around his neck was tied on ever so tightly, it looked painful. I looked around and there were over 10 pigs, in all sizes, all tied up to different trees. You could see they were afraid and wanted to be free from being bound. This made me so upset. Yes, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen such cruelty to animals, but for some reason, something transformed me that day…
I traveled back to Cebu the next day and filled my Google tabs with TED Talks by Gary Yourofsky (a wonderful animal activist), documentaries about the meat industry, and vegan recipes. That day, I was convinced that turning vegan was the best thing I could ever do for the animals, for the environment, and the best thing I could ever do for my body.
I haven’t consumed meat in over 9 years. I LOVE animals and I could never imagine eating them, again. I was, however, pescetarian for 4 years after I moved back to the Philippines. It was tough going out to restaurants for meals and traveling with only being able to eat vegetables. Here in the Philippines, Filipino diets mostly consist of pork, other meat, fish, rice, and rice products. Surprisingly, I rarely met anyone who ate even one vegetarian meal a day! So, I slowly started changing my vegetarian ways and adding seafood to my diet… BUT since that day on Daku Island, I couldn’t put anything that was even produced by an animal into my mouth; no milk, no cheese, no eggs, nothing.
“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” Leonardo Da Vinci
I know what you’re thinking… ‘she’s one of those!‘ but don’t fret. In this newly altered blog, I will be showing you the fun and rewarding side of being vegan; my travels, vegan hotspots, restaurants, groceries, recipes, and even vegan fashion brands. Of course, with great knowledge comes great responsibility, which only leads me to raise awareness about animal cruelty, the food industry, environmental issues, and health & wellness. After all, we too are animals and we should be living harmoniously and respecting our beautiful planet, together. ❤︎
So here it is… the new Vanilla Addiction – Solti Soul