last week I featured Meg, and today our blogger babe is another passionate blogger hoping to make change!
Valeria of Water Thru Skin is a traveler, vegan, yogi, and all around beautiful person. Her blog features her compassionate lifestyle, as she researches and reviews various eco-conscious, sustainable, and vegan friendly products.From clothing to make up, to eco resorts, she covers the compassionate lifestyle.
I love browsing her travel photos as well! She reviews various eco-resorts around the world, shedding light on sustainable tourism.
she found her niche, and she kills it! read more about her journey to becoming vegan, tips on blogging, and favorite dishes to whip up in the kitchen…
K- Your blog is gorgeous! When I found your Instagram account I thought the photos were fantastic, until I read the content and realized that was beautiful as well. I was so inspired by your compassion and authenticity. I must ask, what is the meaning behind your blog name?
V- Thank you, beautiful! It means so much!! When I thought about the name two years ago, I was looking for something that represented the movement I am trying to inspire. A movement that is as purifying and cleansing as water and has the power to penetrate through skin.
K- When did you become vegan and was there a specific moment when you decided to change your lifestyle?
V- Before becoming vegan a little over two years ago, I was vegetarian/pescatarian for 3 years.
The trigger point for me was watching Paul McCartney’s PETA video, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls
we would all be vegetarian.”
That short video changed my life completely. I gave up all meats, eggs and dairy but in order to avoid going to extremes in such a short period I decided to stick to seafood only. That made my transition a little easier until I began reading more about the devastating consequences of including sea animals in your diet. I also scuba dive often and swimming next to beautiful Nemo to then later see him on my plate did not make much sense to me.
K- I was shocked to hear your background is in corporate banking. How has your life changed since following your passions and getting away from the corporate world?
V- I worked in Private Banking for 5 years but that career did not align with my passions or dreams so I started the blog two years ago as a way to vent and connect with like-minded people. I’ve been doing it full-time for one year now. It hasn’t been easy but it’s been totally worth it. Once you start working towards something that sets your soul on fire, you do not only discover new things about yourself every day but the entire universe aligns for you to follow your path.
K- Any tips for passionate bloggers like yourself?
There are a lot of bloggers out there today. Staying original and being yourself is key!”- Valeria
K- You live cruelty free. I love that! Can you share some of your favorite brands and beauty products for beauty that you love and are cruelty free?
V- I discover new vegan and eco-friendly brands on a daily basis but some of my favorite ones are:
Fashion: Melissa shoes, G-star raw jeans, Faircloth Supply, EcoPeace Swim, Harveys, Symbology.
Beauty: Baiser Beauty, Tarte, SpaRitual, Henne, IVO.
K- Your travels are incredible. What are some of your favorite destinations and do you have any tips on how to eat healthy in new places, fit in fitness, etc.
V- Every place I’ve visited to review eco-friendly hotels for the blog has been mind-blowing but some of the most special destinations that left a powerful mark in me are: Guatemala, Thailand, Bolivia and Galapagos.
K- You’re also a vegan chef! What are some of your favorite dishes to make when you’re back home in your kitchen?
V- I like getting creative in the kitchen and transforming any non-vegan recipe I used to love as a child to a yummy vegan one. My favorite ones so far are: brown rice+seitan+veggie bowl, and the avocado chocolate mousse topped with caramel popcorn and coconut cream.
K- Lastly, how can we connect with you on social media??
V- You can find me on Instagram under @waterthruskin and Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube under WaterThruSkin.