TALES OF VINTAGE INSPO

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Happy Saturday!

This weekend, I’m beginning the rather tedious process of photographing and listing my vintage collection for sale at Twinkle Apothecary. I adore my little collection, and although I went through a phase in my mid-20s where I would buy vintage dresses just because I didn’t want anyone else to have them, I’ve decided that it’s time to share the love! Thanks to the stellar (but shh… don’t tell anyone) thrift shopping to be had in OKC I even have a few pieces that are new to me! I’m hoping to use my collection as a starting point to become a more dedicated vintage/second hand retailer in addition to Twinkle – my house apothecary line. I’ve decided to just make the dream store I’ve always wanted to have happen on the web, slowly but surely!

I wanted to share some inspiration from Tales of Vintage with you today – I love how fashion casting director/blogger Natalie Joos has dedicated part of her website to sharing her vintage collection. Of course, I don’t have access to top models or a hoard of Scandinavian deadstock, but a gal can dream! (Maybe someday?!) A few of my favorites: (not all vegan, by the way… personally I’m not opposed to wool and silk when shopping vintage, because, well, the alternatives are relatively modern inventions!)

50s button down dress tales of vintage

long velvet skirt tales of vintage

Green button down skirt tales of vintage

orange quilted jacket tales of vintage

black and white ruffle dress tales of vintage

Okay guys, I’ve got to get back to work! -XO- Stefanie

CHEERS TO NEW YEARS | 2016

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1. Dress – Étoile Isabel Marant | 2. Faux Fur Cape – Anna Sui | 3. Necklace – Master & Muse x Kris Nations | 4. Purse – Edie Parker | 5. Earrings – Master & Muse x Melissa Joy Manning | 6. Boots – Master & Muse x Opificio V

Last year I blogged about my new year’s resolutions and accomplished every single one of them, even though I didn’t think I could. So of course I feel like I’d be crazy not to post my resolutions for 2016! They have absolutely (almost) nothing to do with vegan and ethical fashion, but seeing as how this is my personal blog, just indulge me for a minute, okay?

In 2016 I resolve to:

  1. Blog here on eVolstyle at least once per week – I’ve neglected this space something awful over the past few months, and while I miss you guys (and the clothes) like crazy, I also really want my new business to succeed. What to do?! I feel like once per week is a good compromise, and let’s be honest, drooling over all of the gorgeous animal friendly clothes I’d love to buy for myself is pretty decent motivation to work even harder on my actual “work.”
  2. Give myself at least 20 minutes to “free-read” every day (books, magazines, blogs, et cetera) – Because reading is fun and I miss books. Once upon a (very) long time I was the girl who was always reading something, which is probably what made me the creative, interesting lady that I am today. After years of literally, actually, r e a l l y not having time to read, I’ve decided that it’s finally time to make some time.
  3. Learn to draw – Waaaaay back when I was expecting my son, I started to teach myself to draw, which is something I’ve always wanted to learn, but then I had the baby and my dream was gone with the wind. (Along with the aforementioned books…) I have no idea how I’ll find the time to work on this, but I’m just going to put it out there – by this time next year I want to be the next Garance Doré sketching out whatever idea pops into my head, or at least making simple illustrations when I can’t find a free stock photo for whatever project I’m working on at the moment, you know?
  4. Continue being a badass boss bitch with a killer Pilates bod who goes after what she wants and doesn’t take sh** from anyone – I already have a great diet and exercise routine and I can’t do anything but follow my dreams, so typical resolutions don’t really apply. I’m just going to keep going. And best of luck to anyone who tries to get in my way… you’ll need it. #badass #bossbitch

Happy New Year -XO- Stefanie

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MY HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2015

holiday 2015 vegan gift guide evolstyle

Truthfully, all I want from Santa is a small business loan.

But, if I could have that along with some other stuff… this is what I would ask for:

1. Handmade Wood-Bristle Brush – Widu – My Sephora brand hairbrush of nearly 10 years is very much on it’s last leg, and I’d love to replace it with this handcrafted wood-bristled work of art. I’ve heard that these brushes last forever, and aside from being vegan, (obviously) the wood bristles are supposed to feel amazing on your scalp!

2. Best Coast Pendant – Carli Marie Sita – Helpsy – Oklahoma, it’s been real, but I’m ready to go home now. LA is still definitely the city for me. I’ll take this handmade necklace in rose gold or silver… I’m not picky!

3. Subscription to Thoughtfully Magazine – Because I firmly believe that “thoughtfully” is the way life should be lived. I always buy this magazine (even though I can’t really afford it!) because the message really speaks to me. They always have the loveliest vegan fashion spreads, inspiring articles, and somehow manage to introduce me to the products I’ve been searching for without making me feel like I need to buy EVERY DARN THING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. So, yeah… a subscription would be wonderful!

4. Aran Sweater – Vaute Couture – Okay, technically, I don’t need any sweaters because I just bought like three bags worth (of CUTE ones) from goodwill. But this one is purposely vegan (which, if you’re reading a vegan fashion blog you probably realize is hard to come by) and eco-friendly. not to mention adorable. Any color will do! 

5. Luxe Knot Winter Headband – Djuna Shay – Bead & Reel – I have one hat. After wearing said hat everyday over Thanksgiving weekend I thought it might be nice to change it up a bit! I love that this headband will keep me warm without hiding all of my hair, and the organic cotton fleece looks sooooooo soft and cozy!

6. Faux Fur Bomber Jacket – Miakoda – Does this not look like the coziest jacket EVER?! Bonus points for being made in the US from recycled PET, organic cotton, and soy. I could see myself wearing this every single day from now until spring!

7. Jaden Over-the-Knee Boot – Cri de Coeur – OMG OMG OMG! I’ve blogged about these boots SO MUCH over the past year, and it just so happens that they’re on sale for $80 today only!!!! I’ll take a 7.5… anyone?!

8. Faux Fur Scarf – J. Crew – It’s cozy and cute, the colors will go with ANYTHING… I feel like it will upgrade my ages old coats by 1000%

9. Boromo Circle Bag – Freedom of Animals – I love this bag. It’s minimalistic with a slight vintage 60s vibe, and the circle shape lends just a touch of whimsy.  The neutral color means I could carry it with anything, while keeping my hands free with the detachable shoulder strap. So luxurious and functional!

But seriously Santa… THE BOOTS.

Happy Holidays! – XO- Stefanie

FRIDAY LOVES | HAVE AN AMAZING WEEKEND

gucci spring 2016 rtw

Hey, it’s Friday again, yay! I feel like celebrating today… I had a busy, productive, successful 1st week in business with my new website, (!) it’s HALLOWEEN WEEKEND, (!!) AND my bf is visiting (!!!) I hope you have some fabulous, spooky plans… have an amazing weekend everyone!

Here’s a few things that caught my eye over the week:

This. Because my favorite thing to say when some random dude tells me I’m beautiful (as if I’ve never heard it before… seriously dude?) is I KNOW. HAHAHA.

Regardless of your political beliefs (I pretty much have zero… horrible, I know!) or your feelings about Hillary, I think we can all agree that THE MANSPLAINING NEEDS TO END.

It’s a great week to be a smug veganJust saying… 

SERIOUSLY!!! Watch until the very end… Julia Louis Dreyfus had me in tears.

Oh, HIIIIIII! 😍

Also… did you know I now have a second blog? FOLLOW IT PLEASE??! 😉
– XO- Stefanie

*photo above is Gucci Spring 2016 RTW

OH YEAH, CLOTHES!

vegan outfit featuring see by chloe leopard dress, mel by melissa flats, stella mccartney vegan heart bag, and faux fur coat by golden goose deluxe brand

1. Dress – See by Chloe | 2. Faux Fur – Golden Goose Deluxe Brand | 3. Shoes – Mel by Melissa | 4. Bag – Stella McCartney | 5. Barette set – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Lately, while working on launching my new venture, I’ve been doing that thing where you stay in your pajamas all day and shower around dinner time just to put on fresh pjs. (That’s a thing, right?!) I kind of completely forgot about clothes, and the fact that I have nothing to wear now that it finally feels like fall here in Oklahoma… oops! I need to do some major shopping, and I SO wish I could splurge on this fantastic go-with-everything-faux-fur-coat, but maybe I can find something similar at the thrift store??! Wish me luck!

Side note – this would make a fantastic Margot Tenenbaum Halloween costume, no?!

LIFE LATELY | ANNOUNCING TWINKLE APOTHECARY

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HELLO!!!!

OMG… I have big news!

The reason why I didn’t blog at all during the month of October?!

I started a new business!

You know how my New Year’s resolution was to only buy purposefully vegan (or secondhand)  clothing and personal care items? Well, mostly it’s been easy, (oh the secondhand clothing scores… turns out Oklahoma City is thrift store heaven!) but some things have been a struggle. Like the deodorant. I seriously could not find one that worked you guys. So one night earlier this summer in a moment of desperation I mixed up a little something in my kitchen. It was very… rustic… like, okay, I’ve got some coconut oil… I could thicken it up with some tapioca starch… tea tree oil would probably be good in there too… but much to my surprise, it worked! Like, WAAAAAYYYYYYYY better than anything else I had tried!

*HELLO INSPIRATION*

Before I knew it, I had an entire product line, fragrances, and even a tentative brand name all mapped out in my head. I just needed time (and money) to experiment and work out all of the details… hence my move to Oklahoma City! From that point on, the rest of the summer flew by… researching and sourcing materials, experimenting with recipes, testing products on my friends and family, designing logos and labels, and yes, stopping to sniff my armpits every five minutes and marveling at the fact that MY DEODORANT IS STILL WORKING! YESSSSSS!!!!!

Oh, and did I mention that my other New Year’s resolution was to start my own business?

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C H E C K  ✔

Anyway, I really hope you’ll check out my new website, favorite me on Etsy, and you know, try my all-natural, cruelty-free and vegan deodorant and perfumes, because they really work and I’m quite proud of them. French Girl is my personal favorite… and I think I’m going to mix up some Amber Spice perfume for myself today! (Side note… why hasn’t anyone thought to match their deodorant to their perfumes before?! Can we make that a thing?!)

It’s a little scary making this announcement… (like now it’s really, really, real) because I know it’s not perfect, (still on the fence about my labels and packaging, I could probably use a DSLR, need to get my products certified vegan…) but I’m doing the best I can with what I have to work with, and it’s time to put it out there, you know?! And now that my website is live the real work can begin… marketing! Yay entrepreneurship! The good news is that I’ll be at my desk 24/7 for a while and can get back to blogging again too… FINALLY!

So while you’re checking out my new site will you also follow Twinkle Apothecary on social media and follow along as it grows?! (I’ve got LOTS more ideas up my sleeve!)

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr | Store Blog

I’M SO EXCITED!

– XO – Stefanie