My Morning 03: Ashlae from Oh, Ladycakes

Today you're up for a real treat (oh, the pun). Ashlae is the beautiful, petite lady boss with the mouth of a sailor behind the immensely popular vegan baking blog Oh, Ladycakes. I've had the absolute pleasure to meet Ashlae and her fiancé Thom last year when they were travelling through Europe and made a pitstop in Amsterdam. I invited them over to our place for brunch, as you do. We had such a great time getting to know them and they were also real sports, drinking my awful green smoothie and all. This, for me, is the best part of the whole blogging thing; meeting your internet friends in real life! (Wow, that sounds so geeky). Take it away A!

 1) Are you a morning person?

Through and through. I really love getting out of bed before sunrise and soaking up some alone time in the living room with a mug of hot coffee. I also tend to think I'm most productive in the morning, which is one of the main reasons I haven't shifted my schedule to line up with Thom's night owl demeanour.

2) What is the sound of your alarm and what time does it go off?

I wake up naturally between 5 and 6AM but if for some awful reason I need to be up before 5, I'm forced to use the very unpleasant 'crystals' alarm tone on my iPhone. 

3) What is the first thing you do when you get up?

I usually reach for my phone (cringe) and read through Grist and NPR Environment for a good 30 minutes. I've tried to break the cell phone in bed habit but I've convinced myself that catching up on environmental news isn't nearly as bad as moderating blog comments or checking email and various social media networks (which is what I used to do).

4) What do you have for breakfast?

I usually have two breakfasts. The first is a simple dried fruit/raw nut bar (I think they're called Nakd bars over there) immediately following my morning workout, then I eat something a bit more substantial a couple of hours later. I either have a waffle smothered in berry compote or toast layered with crunchy peanut butter and buckwheat groats, topped with a banana and a heavy shake of cinnamon. 

5) Do you swear by a particular beauty routine or product?

I swear by the healing properties of bentonite clay. It's dirt cheap (ha) and leaves my skin softer and cleaner than any other product I've ever used.

6) Do you have a secret/silly/weird morning habit no one knows about? Do tell!

I go on a long morning run more often than not and, no matter what my route, the last three blocks always have to be the same. Which means a lot of mornings I'm running past the house and out of my way just to get to the starting point of the last three. I tell myself it's because it's the only stretch to my house that I can sprint without getting held up by traffic, but really it's because I'm borderline obsessive-compulsive.