CHAMPIONS

Hi there! I’ve got lots of fun posts in the works but none of them are ready yet so I just wanted to say a quick hello – thanks for checking in!

Hope you had a good weekend. Me? I spent most of it dealing with car repair. So much for buying that bag with my tax refund… sad times.

If you’re weekend was as fun as mine, maybe this will make you smile. I know you’ve probably already seen it because everyone and their dog re-posted it on Facebook a few months ago, but it still gets me every single time:

I mean, these are fully grown adults. HOW ARE THEY SO PEPPY? Maybe I just need more aerobic activity in my life?!

Anyway…

If you came here for fresh cruelty free fashion inspiration and are bummed to find nothing but a weird 80s video – no worries – just hop on over to Vilda Magazine to check out this fun article about what to wear to fashion week – featuring a couple of outfits from yours truly.

Have an awesome Tuesday you guys! 

MONDAY DAY-DREAMING

This weekend went by so lightning fast that I can’t even believe it – and I didn’t even do anything! I am SO not ready for another week. Can we just pause for a moment before jumping into this Monday? Let’s all stop to meditate on the beauty that is Cri de Coeur right now. Sigh. Now I’m trying not to think about how much more fun would it be to get ready for work with a closet full of these amazing vegan shoes…

Arden Wohl x CDC Bloom Cap Toe Bootie  Arden Wohl x CDC Carrington Loafer - Floral

Arden Wohl x CDC Eastlake T-strap Stilettos Arden Wohl x CDC Gabriel Strappy Platform

Arden Wohl x CDC Patmore D'orsay Stiletto Arden Wohl x CDC Rossetti Platform

Arden Wohl x CDC Vienna SandalCecily Velvet Buckle Bootie - Cri de Coeur

Simone Elastic Platform Bootie - Cri de Coeur Ninette Pull on Bootie - Cri de Coeur

click the images to shop!

LOVE/HATE FASHION MONTH

Marc Jacobs Fall 2015

Okay. You’re reading a vegan fashion blog. I’m pretty sure I don’t have to preach to you about the evils of the fashion industry, or how despicable it is that designers still use fur in their Fall collections. You already know all about how fashion is the 3rd most polluting industry after oil and agriculture, and that Goodwill and The Salvation Army actually have more used clothing than they know what to do with. And knowing all of this probably makes you feel kind of sad, like, what is the point? Or is it just me?

So… what is the point? Why even think about fashion at all? Shouldn’t we just reject the entire mainstream fashion scene entirely and only support vegan and ecologically sustainable brands? OR only wear recycled clothing in an effort to keep it out of our landfills? And what about fashion week? Should we pretend like it doesn’t exist? Protest outside of the shows? Or is it okay to enjoy it as a spectator as long as you’re not a participant in all of the craziness? I don’t have the answers. I don’t think there is one right or wrong answer to any of these questions – not currently, at least. I do, however, think they are important questions to keep asking yourself if you enjoy fashion – along with being a habitant of planet Earth.

For me, for now, I’m going to enjoy it as a spectator knowing that I will not participate in all of the craziness. Kind of. That is – I will enjoy it as much as I can. Now that I work in fashion production it’s hard to look at a beautiful ball gown without thinking about  fabric wastage – not to mention the sheer volume of people and resources that it took to make one single dress for one single presentation.

BUT THEY ARE STILL SO PRETTY! 

And everything you do is unethical anyway…

So can’t we just make and enjoy beautiful things sometimes, just for the heck of it?

Even though I know I would never wear most of the clothing in real life, I love the drama of the fashion show. The idea that a group of people get together and come up with a character and a story for “their customer” for Fall, and they tell this woman’s story through wardrobe pieces, hair, make-up, music… sometimes it’s very abstract, and sometimes it’s absurdly specific. It appeals to the actor and the marketing nerd in me, and also the woman who just likes pretty things.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with liking pretty things. When I look at fashion shows I feel inspired to approach my daily life more creatively. For me, it’s more about finding new approaches than buying new things. After all, getting dressed is something we deal with EVERY SINGLE DAY. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all of the inspiration I can get.

So there you go. I’m just going to be over on style.com pinning up a storm for the next three weeks. Follow me on Pinterest if you want to see what’s catching my eye this time around. I’d love to hear your thoughts on fashion week too – yay or nay?

And stay tuned to this blog for more vegan and eco fashion inspiration… I took a little break from posting this week because I’ve been working on some fun outfits for Vilda Magazine (coming soon – be sure to check it out!) but don’t worry… I’m not deserting you guys for London, Milan, and Paris!

Have a great weekend – TGIF -

photo – Marc Jacobs Fall 2015 – by Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

VEGAN FASHIONISTA BUCKET LIST 2015 EDITION #2 – THE EVERYDAY TOTE BAG

There are SO MANY fantastic vegan purses out there these days. If you can dream it – you can bet some lovely brand has already made it – sustainably and charitably to boot.

From luxe evening clutches to structured messengers and everything in-between, you can fill your wardrobe with a cruelty free look for every occasion, no matter your budget, and I will encourage you every step of the way.

But me personally? I’m not looking for a million different bags – not today at least. I’m just looking for one. THE one. The one I will carry to work every single day because I do not have time to move my life from one bag to another in the mornings. The one that must hold not only my wallet, lipgloss, phone, and keys, but also my lunch, all of my desk-snacks, my favorite hand cream, an emergency hair brush, paperwork, glass water bottle, sometimes my morning smoothie cup, sometimes a sweater, and whatever my son has in his hands as we hobble down my apartment stairs at 7:30 in the morning – me in heels carrying a toddler, his monkey backpack, my bag, and coffee. Always coffee. Make two trips to the car? NEVER.

This year when I get my tax refund (the only day of the year it’s fun to be a broke single mom) I’m going to retire my 10 year old Marc Jacobs (I haven’t always been broke) whose shoulder-strap buckle likes to give out on me at the most in-opportune moments, and invest in something that will make my mornings a little bit nicer.

I have four requirements: 1. It has to be big enough to hold all of my stuff. 2. It has to go over my shoulder somehow. 3. It has to be well made and built to last. 4. It has to go with everything – or at least look so good that it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t match what I’m wearing!

Here are my options…

1. Stella McCartney Falabella:

Stella McCartney Black Falabella Shaggy Deer Big Tote Haha, just kidding. Maybe in an alternate universe where I made better choices and ended up being a doctor or something… then this would be yet another excellent choice on my part. Well done, bizarro Stefanie.

2. Angela & Roi Sunday Tote:

Angela & Roi Vegan Sunday Tote in Black

Now this is more like it – I’ve been dying over this bag for a while now and I was thisclose to splurging when I saw them in person at the PETA shopping event last fall… they are too beautiful for words. Is it finally time get one of my very own?!

 3. Leni Penn:

Leni Penn Vegan Black Crocodile Bag

I’ve posted about my love for this bag many times. It just seems like such a great, easy, everyday bag. Looks great too, obviously, and sturdy enough to meet my needs for sure… are you the one, Leni?

4. Freedom of Animals Veronika Tote:

Freedom of Animals Vegan Veronika Tote

I mean, come on. So elegant. So beautiful. If I carried this everyday I would be the classiest vegan lady in all the land. It’s a bit out of my price range today, but it’s definitely high up there on my someday list. (Detachable shoulder strap not pictured.)

5. Elezar Emma Satchel:

Elezar Vegan Emma Satchel

I guess this technically isn’t a “tote,” but I love it anyway. The hardware, the pockets, the zip top with a flap… pretty and functional and handmade in Los Angeles. What more could I want?!

6. Harveys Streamline Tote:

Harveys Vegan Streamline Tote Seatbelt Bag

The seatbelt bag is looking so chic these days. The fabric element might make it a little too casual to go with most of my work outfits, but I love it anyway. This would also make an awesome diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag for all of my fellow cool moms.

7. Matt & Nat Baxter:

Matt and Nat Vegan Baxter Bag I love this new bag by Matt & Nat – it’s the perfect combination of soft and sturdy. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap so you can wear it cross body too. Actually, there are A LOT of cute Matt & Nat bags with that handy little feature – too many to list here!

8. Wilby Primrose Tote:

Wilby Vegan Primrose Tote

This made in the UK bag is beautiful, made out of sustainable cork, and enormous. Yes, yes, and yes. Please!

Okay. I have no idea how I’m ever going to decide on just one of these bags. Now that I’ve sorted through them all I’m thinking maybe I could somehow justify buying two?? What do you guys think? HELP!

VEGAN V-DAY CHOCOLATE

Happy love week everyone!

(Barf – why did I just say that?)

Let’s be honest. Valentine’s Day Sucks. Have you ever not been disappointed by this stupid holiday that I’m pretty sure was created just to make everyone feel bad?

Well this year I’m changing it up. Since I’m most likely going to be single for the rest of my life anyway, I’m going to start making Valentine’s Day about the most important of all relationships – the one I have with myself.

Yup. I’m going all Samantha Jones on ya.

Because we women often go to great lengths to take care of everyone around us without even stopping to realize that our needs are not being met. And who’s job is it to make sure you’re happy? YOURS. Never, ever rely on anyone else to do that for you. Unless you like being sad and disappointed. Then by all means, leave it up to the man in your life. I’ll wait. Just kidding. We’d be here  f o r e v e r…

This week is going to be all about me, myself, and I. Am I showing myself the love that I deserve? Am I treating myself as well as I treat everyone else in my life?

Am I eating the good chocolate?

Seriously, one of the best things about being vegan is indulging in the good stuff. No dairy or weird fillers… just pure unadulterated CHOCOLATE HEAVEN.

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This truffle gift set by Coracao Confections comes with “love potion” hot chocolate…

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Made with roses, maca, and cardamom. Seriously, how good does that sound?!

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It might be too late to guarantee delivery by Valentine’s day, but I say let’s just keep the love flowing all month.

Because boyfriend, schmoyfriend. I’m just gonna be over here buying myself flowers and sipping on fancy chocolate while doing whatever the heck else I want.

And after I work my way through this box, I’m sure Vegan Cuts will have plenty more where that came from…

this too…

also this!!

#littlethings

FRIDAY OUTFIT INSPO

Hello! How about a little cruelty-free eco-friendly outfit inspiration to kick off your weekend?

VEGAN OUTFIT FEATURING SHOES BY BHAVA STUDIO, AN ANGELA AND ROI SUNDAY TOTE, PROOF SUNGLASSES, MARY MEYER BLOUSE, HEIN LE VEGAN LEATHER SKIRT

1. Sweetheart Blouse – Mary Meyer

2. Vegan Leather Skirt – Hien Le

3. Hayburn Sunglasses – Proof Eyewear

4. Ballerina Bracelet – Catbird NYC

5. Sunday Tote – Angela & Roi

6. Adie Tweed Cut-Out Oxford – Bhava NY

When I decided that my New Year’s resolution would be to only buy from purposely vegan and/or eco conscious companies, I did not intend to apply the same rules for the outfit collages on my blog – mostly because it can be quite challenging to find the right images that don’t require too much effort in photoshop, but also because I like to include a variety of price points and trendy items. Because cute = good.

But on Tuesday my Topshop shoes broke. The ones I bought 9 months ago. Thankfully it happened at the end of my workday so I didn’t have to flop around my office like a sad clown all day, but still, what a waste. What is the point of having cute stuff if it doesn’t even last through the life span of the trend itself? So I’m over it and life AND in my blog. I wouldn’t want to get you all excited over some cute cheap shoes that are just going to be a total waste of money. We’re friends. Real friends talk you out of crap purchases. Instead of buying two pairs of shoes at Topshop, buy one ethically made and vegan shoe that’s going to make you feel good about your life and isn’t going to end up in the garbage. I love these cut-out oxfords from Bhava. They’re classic, feminine, luxurious, and I bet you there are literally one million ways to wear them. Go with those instead, girlfriend. Trust me…

MAKE EVERYTHING VEGAN #1 – THE RAZOR

Is everything in your life vegan?

Are you sure? 

I’m not trying to judge you or make you feel bad. For some, going 1000% vegan in all aspects of their lives seems to happen overnight without any issues. For others, (like myself) it’s a process. I was eating a vegan diet for quite some time before I realized that my shoes and bags were not vegan. Then there was the week during my pregnancy where I didn’t want to eat anything but hard boiled eggs (yuck.) And only just now am I realizing that I still have some “veganizing” to do in my life…

As you know, I resolved to only buy clothing and personal care items from purposely vegan and/or eco-friendly companies in 2015. And I immediately slipped by going to Target and picking up a package of Schick razors without thinking… oops!

I didn’t even realize I had slipped up until a couple of weeks after making the purchase. Habits are pretty sneaky sometimes you guys. And I’m saying “oops” because I honestly don’t know if the razors I’ve been using are cruelty free and vegan or not… It’s really difficult to tell sometimes. If you’re serious about only buying animal free it’s probably best to stick with brands who make their animal testing stance extremely explicit.

So now I’m thinking about everything in my life that may or may not contain animal products and/or been tested on animals – I mean, what about q-tips? Dental floss? The cotton pads I use with my tea-tree oil toner at night? Nail files/clippers? Eye drops?! CONTACT LENSES??!! AGHHHH… Maybe it’s just easier to play dumb and not think about it?

Nope. Not an option. I’m determined to make everything vegan. Everything should be vegan anyway… there have GOT to be animal free options out there for everything. Right??

I’ve got the basics down – my household cleaning products, make-up, and skin care have been vegan for years now and I  force myself to buy Tom’s toothpaste even though I don’t  love it and it’s more expensive than everything else on the toothpaste aisle… but there are probably a lot of little things I’m missing. Also, I’m pretty sure that the stupid crystal deodorant rock thing I’m using is vegan but it doesn’t explicitly say, so who the heck knows?

So in the coming months I’m going to make a conscious effort to replace everything in my medicine cabinet with something I know I can feel good about having in my life. Yeah, it’ll take a little more time to research and maybe even a little more money, but I think it’ll be worth it to know that I’m making a difference for the lives of animals in so many little ways.

First up – THE RAZOR – options are slim here. Vegan Essentials has one option – the Personna Mystique – I dunno… I can’t get jazzed about this. Honestly, it looks kind of cheap compared to the 4 blade wire-wrapped pivoting head that I’m used to using. Based on sight alone, I’ll go ahead and rate this a big fat MEH…

PERSONNA MYSTIQUE VEGAN RAZOR  PERSONNA MYSTIQUE VEGAN RAZOR

There are a few more options on the Personna website, but they are all pretty meh… Also, I don’t see anything on their website in regards to their animal testing stance or whether or not they use animal products. I’m just trusting that if it’s on Vegan Essentials it must be vegan…

Thankfully after a little googling (thank you vegan beauty bloggers!) I found one more option. (Really? Just one?!) Preserve. It’s more aesthetically pleasing than the Personna brand, however, the blades (the important part when it comes to removing hair without murdering yourself) appear to be about the same.

Side note – ah! I don’t know about this you guys. I mean, aside from the cost and convenience of being able to run into my neighborhood Target to pick them up, I buy the Schick Quattro razors because I like them. I’ve tried other brands before but I always go back to these because they’re the only razors I’ve used that don’t nick my knees and ankles. That being said, I’m determined MAKE EVERYTHING VEGAN, so change my razor I must. 

I’m going with the Preserve brand because it appears to be a little higher quality (and by that I mean it looks a little heavier and therefore less slippery/dangerous) and I LOVE that it’s made in the USA out of recycled plastic with a big bunny on the package that clearly states “no animal testing.” I also appreciate the fact that they actually list ALL of the materials used to make the blades/moisturizing strip/etc. (It’s also gluten free btw…)

PRESERVE VEGAN RAZORPRESERVE VEGAN RAZORPRESERVE VEGAN RAZOR BLADES

And the cost? It’s about the same.

See, a package of 3 Schick Quattro razors is $6.99 which is $2.33 per razor. Assuming you change your razor every other week, $2.33 x 26 weeks = $60.58 per year.

The Preserve razor is $8.50 for the handle and 2 blades. Then, if you purchase the automatic subscription to receive 4 blades every other month, you’ll end up spending $7.23 x 6 = $43.38.

$8.50 + $43.88 = $51.88 per year. With shipping it’s about the same. But, they’re also sold at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s so you can avoid the cost of shipping… and they are a way better choice for the environment – especially if you’re using disposables.

So let’s see how they work! Fingers crossed I will report back amazed with perfectly smooth legs. Then we can all go shopping for summer skirts and dresses.

WEEKEND WINNING

VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES WITH ROSEMARY

dark chocolate chunk cookies with fresh rosemary from my new herb garden = weekend winning.

I HATE HOW FAST TIME IS MOVING!!!

Hey, how was your weekend by the way? Mine was pretty great. Except that I’m really sad it’s over and I swear it was just October like a couple of weeks ago. I mean, February? Are you freakin’ kidding me?

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? I’m sorry to report that despite my best efforts over the past month – green smoothies, green tea, green salads, supplements, freshly squeezed citrus juice, ginger, probiotics, etc., etc., I’m feeling a cold coming on. And I’ve really been trying so hard to take care of myself! SO DISAPPOINTING!

I’ve been doing a better job of taking care of my skin though, except I pretty much killed my hands planting myself a patio herb garden last weekend… so worth it!

And I’m actually working on a new post series about my resolution to only buy new clothing or personal care items from purposely vegan and/or eco-friendly companies. It’s called MAKE EVERYTHING VEGAN – coming soon – (like later this week!) 

I went on a little shopping-cardio walk today in my neighborhood. I’m happy to report that I was very pleasantly surprised by the selection at the Sherman Oaks Buffalo Exchange AND I found a pretty great vintage store that I had never even noticed before today. And it was practically deserted. I’m dying to know if it’s always that way or if it’s just because today was Superbowl Sunday. (Side note… UGH.) The only bad thing about second hand/vintage shopping is that I feel increased pressure to buy things I think I like because I know there’s only one available and it may not be there the next time I make it back to the store. I had to let some pretty awesome stuff go today… sad times. Maybe some of it will still be there when I get my tax refund?

How do you guys shop when it comes to second hand and vintage? Do you still only buy silk/wool/leather free or is it an anything goes type situation? I decided today that I’m leaning towards the anything-goes-as-long-as-it’s-used side of things. I mean, I would never wear something that made me sad or grossed out, but honestly, if I found a perfect vintage sweater and didn’t buy it because it was made out of wool 50 years ago –  I think that would be kind of a silly move on my part. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Am I being a bad vegan here or are you guys pretty much on the same page?

Anyway… I hope you have a wonderful week. I for one am still into my #littlethings kick and therefore am very much looking forward to my morning coffee and the to-die-for-soup I’ve already prepared for dinner over the next few nights. Finger’s crossed my immune system will get its butt in gear (as my old ballet teacher Miss Marjorie used to say) and fight off what ever is causing that tickle in my throat.

If you’re missing my fashion-centric posts be sure to hop on over to Vilda Magazine to check out my latest outfit creation featuring the cutest dress ever from Vaute Couture. I am so crazy in love with it, if I do say so myself!

Happy February you guys?! :(

VIVA CREATURES HANDBAGS

Hey there you savvy vegan fashionista you…

Have you scoped out these gorgeous vegan bags from Viva Creatures yet?

If not, allow me to introduce you to:

Valentina, Valkyrie, Victor, Viking, and Voodoo.

They are animal free, made in the US, and cay-ute as all get out.

(And personally I’m absolutely loVing the theme they’ve got going on…)

Click on the images to shop cruelty free bag heaven.

VALENTINA - Viva Creatures vegan tote bagVALKYRIE - Viva Creatures vegan crossbody bagVICTOR - Viva Creatures vegan clutchVIKING - Viva Creatures fold over clutchVOODOO - Viva Creatures clutch

LITTLE THINGS

It's Your Day Photo Print by Treatzone

love this photo print by Treatzone – click the image to shop!

HAPPY WEEKEND YOU GUYS! Hope you had a great week!

I’m happy to report that this week did not kick my butt. We made it to Saturday unscathed. I’m looking forward to another weekend of trying to balance chores with getting some rest and also doing my taxes and trying to work on my ideas for this blog and maybe I might be able to sneak in a little second hand/vintage shopping while giving my son all of the attention that he requires and rightfully deserves… and wait… I thought I was owning this week but now I’m exhausted just thinking about everything I need to do. Phew.

I could probably write an entirely separate blog about life as a single mom in Los Angeles, but obviously I don’t have time for that. Besides, I think that anyone reading a vegan fashion blog can probably relate with the desire to reduce stress and boost your health while living within your means and maintaining your sense of integrity and style. Am I right? Of course I am. Who doesn’t want all of those things?

I don’t have the answers to everything (yet) but I do know what’s made a big difference for me lately- and it’s nothing major – just a bunch of little things. Leaving enough time in the mornings to make sure I feel good about the way I look and get that green smoothie in for breakfast. Switching from snarky morning radio show DJs to NPR for my commute. Pausing to put lotion on my hands after I wash them (which is A LOT- I. REFUSE. TO. GET. SICK.) Stepping away from my desk to get a cup of tea or re-fill my water bottle when my work starts to feel overwhelming. Re-applying my lip gloss. Could it be that all of the little things I kept telling myself I didn’t have time for are actually the key to keeping me from feeling burned out? It’s going to take more than one four day week to be able to tell, but I think I’m definitely on to something.

Here’s a bunch of little things I’m thinking about this weekend:

My favorite t-shirt is now a dress. Genius.

My favorite body butter now comes in vanilla. (And also with a free lip butter right now…) MORE GENIUS.

Speaking of beauty products, I’m officially adding this to my wish list. Oh what the heck, I’ll just go ahead and add all of this too…

OH, AND(!!) Did I mention that Santa saw my list?! I can’t wait to try them… I’m just giving my hands/cuticles another week of TLC to make sure they look super cute. Is this the year I finally get on the beauty bandwagon?

But wait, before I get my nails did… I just had a moment of inspiration… I’m sitting here trying to write a blog post while playing goalie between my patio gate and a rambunctious toddler with a set of mega blocks when it hits me: PATIO MAKEOVER. Make the gate taller somehow… hang some potted herbs… increase my living space… it’s happening today. What was it I said I wanted to get done this weekend??

Want to know another genius idea I just had? (SO MUCH GENIUS TODAY!) I’ve been wanting to do some second hand/vintage shopping, but it’s soooooo difficult with a restless kid in a stroller. Yet for some reason he’ll sit in it for hours if we’re just walking around outside. Well, I don’t know why this only just occurred to me, but I live IN LOS ANGELES – DUH! Less than two miles away from my apartment off of Ventura Boulevard is a Goodwill store, a Buffalo Exchange, a vintage store, (or two?) and probably lots of other cool stuff that I need to check out. I can combine my cardio with shopping and maybe even keep my kid happy… if this works out it could be life changing. And so simple. It’s happening… tomorrow though… the Santa Anas are out of control today.

It’s the #littlethings you guys. And yes, I’m so into this idea I’m making it a hashtag.

Now let’s all get out there and make the most of the weekend… I’ve got a hardware store to hit up! (oy vey is that the most 31-year-old thing I’ve ever said or what??)