Make A Wish

Hi! Did you miss me?

Sorry I kind of fell off the face of the earth for a minute. I’ve got four or five draft posts saved of me trying to explain what I’ve been up to, but the truth is that I don’t have a good excuse. I’ve just been really tired lately. I don’t like admitting that. It feels icky. Like somehow I’m failing at life because I can’t work full time and raise a two year old all by myself and run a professional looking blog on the side. Silly, I know, but it’s just beyond frustrating to have a million ideas and zero time or money to make them happen.

Honestly, in addition to being physically exhausted I’ve also been feeling disappointed and a little bit lost lately. It’s been almost exactly one year since I filed for a restraining order against my soon to be ex-husband, (side note, what the heck is taking so long, California?!) and I’ve been so busy trying to figure out how I’m going to survive here on my own that I don’t think I’ve really given all of my feelings the attention that they deserve. So, I’ve been allowing myself to feel all of the feelings so that I can release them and move on with my life, but it’s not easy. Even when I think I’m okay I’ll accidentally get a flash of a memory that will either make me really angry or just plain sad. Like on the commute home I’ll suddenly remember driving to Playhouse West every Monday and Wednesday night and how much I lived for it, and I wonder if I’ll ever get to act again, even just for fun. Or the other day when I snuck away from my desk for my 30 minute lunch break to buy a latte that I really can’t afford and I found myself walking down a street that I used to walk down in what feels like a different life with a completely different spirit and goddammit are there any streets left in this city where I can avoid being slapped in the face by the memories of my former life? This is where I start to feel angry. Angry about A LOT of stuff, but mostly just at myself for getting into this situation in the first place.

So, because it’s been such a difficult year I’ve been trying to cut myself some slack, simplify my life as much as possible, and get a little rest so as to avoid going insane – hence the two weeks where I didn’t even open my laptop. It’s also almost my blog-iversary, and since I’ve had such a difficult time keeping up with it lately I’ve been thinking long and hard about how I want to proceed with eVolstyle. Do I want to blog? Heck yes. Do I have time? Absolutely not. Could I make more time? I’d like to try.

The thing is, this started as just a fun hobby because I wanted an excuse to look at cute shoes all the time, but the more I think about it, the more important I think it is. I’ve become so disillusioned with the fashion world lately that a part of me wants to just reject it all and do something else entirely, but then there’s another part of me that sees hope for the future and is getting really excited by the people and companies out there who are changing everything. Actually, when I think about what I really want to do with my life career-wise, this is pretty much it. I want to be a part of creating demand for a new type of product and a new way of doing business. I want to have my own business someday. I want to get my MBA and figure out how to fix other people’s businesses. I think that what I have to share here is of value and that my ideas could help make the world a better place. I may be sharing all of this with a teeny tiny niche audience, but damn, at least you’re there. Thank god for you guys. I’m not alone!

So I’m writing all of this to you guys tonight to let you know that I’m going to take another little break, but I will be back, and I will be bigger and better than before. I’ve just got so many ideas that I need to stop and actually plan some things out, you know? Also I still have no idea how I’m going to find time for any of it. So far all I’ve got is to A) give myself a couple of weeks head start and to B) adopt a super low maintenance beauty routine so I can afford to stay up late and still get enough rest to keep going. I’m open to suggestions. Anyway… I’ve got to wrap this up now because it seems that Mr. Vladik has caught himself yet another cold and is waking up every 5 minutes and at this rate I’ll be finishing this post tomorrow morning, but, stay tuned for a new look and new content and more everything… coming soon!

Vegan Pop-Up Shopping in LA this Weekend!

vegan pop up shop space 15 20 los angeles november 2nd 2014

 

Good news, Los Angeles!

More vegan shopping is coming our way… this Sunday at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood (right next to Urban Outfitters.)

I can’t wait to stop by and check out some new brands I’ve yet to discover,

and to revisit one of my absolute favorite vegan shoe brands:

Nicora Johns

If you’ve been dreaming about snapping up some of their beautiful boots (or those adorable 2-in-1 flats) for fall but you missed their last sale, never fear, they will be offering some great discounts this weekend!

I just love events like this. Don’t you wish they happened more often? So much better than going to the boring old mall…

Oh, and the event is sponsored by the Evolution Coffee Bar project, which I think is a fantastic idea, by the way.

Let me know if you’ll be stopping by, maybe I’ll see you there!

 

Sweets

vegan outfit featuring an H&M sweatshirt, Topshop sweatpants, Ray ban sunglasses, a marc by marc jacobs backpack and stella mccartney sneakers

I was instructed to dress comfortably for team building exercises at work tomorrow. No doubt I will be running late in the morning due to the fact that I don’t have anything that is even remotely cute and comfortable in my closet…

SHOP THE LOOK: 

1. Textured Sweatshirt – H&M

2. Icons Mirrored Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

3. Pretty Nylon Backpack – Marc by Marc Jacobs

4. Sporty Track Pants by Boutique – Topshop

5. Faux Suede and Preforated Mesh Sneakers – Stella McCartney

 

 

Basically

vegan outfit featuring an MiH top, J brand jeans, Bhava studio vegan suede booties, and a vegan leather tote by deux lux

This is the outfit I needed at 6:45 this morning. A breezy button up to hide one too many weekend glasses of wine and Halloween candy, wear with everything skinnies, luxe comfy booties, a rich looking tote to hold all of the snacks it takes to get me through a workday, and dainty gold good luck charms to chase away my case of The Mondays. Why can’t I be one of those good sensible girls with a wardrobe full of interchangeable classic pieces to throw on and instantly look pulled together? Really must get it together at some point…

SHOP THE LOOK: 

1. The Double Pocket Plaid Cotton Shirt – MiH Jeans

2. Kota Stud Earrings – Elizabeth and James

3. Aviator Sunglasses – Marc by Marc Jacobs

4. Varick Tote – Deux Lux

5. The Maria High Rise Skinny Jeans – J Brand

6. Crosby Low Pull-On Bootie – Bhava

7. Evil Eye Bracelet – Tai

WEEKEND AGAIN ALREADY?!

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Seriously though… why do the weekends go by so fast?

Actually, it’s not just the weekends. It’s every day. Up at 5, packing lunches, daycare drop off, commuting, millions of emails, driving home, dinner, dishes, pilates, bath time, blog time, pass out, do it again in 5 hours… How is it possible that such mundane things can go by in what feels like the blink of an eye? Yet the cold (allergies?) that I’ve had for two weeks feels like it’s been hanging on for an eternity.

I’m feeling a little better since my last post… I still feel a little bit of a funk hanging on, but I’m trying to ignore it and focus on more positive thoughts. Big thanks to everyone who commented. It means a lot to know that I’m not alone, and also to know that what I’m doing is enjoyed by people I’ve never even met – I mean, how exciting is that?!

So onward and upward – I think it’s going to be a good week.

At least I already know that my breakfast is going to be amazing because I just made my very favorite pumpkin bread recipe.

And I did a little splurging at Whole Foods yesterday. I got these and these and these (finally – they were in-stock!) And I accidentally bought some candy corn that for some reason I thought was vegan but it actually wasn’t due to the egg whites and honey. Um… guess that’s what I get for shopping with a toddler while under the influence of cold medicine. And also, WHY IS THERE NO VEGAN CANDY CORN?! And who the heck puts eggs in candy? There’s no way that’s necessary. Someone needs to make some vegan candy corn, pronto.

I’m trying to find ways to streamline my life wherever possible, which basically means that my hair and make up look like crap a lot while I tell myself I’m trés French. Making a big meal on Sundays that I can have for leftovers during the week has been working out pretty well though. This week it’s my favorite lentil soup. It’s hearty and healthy and basically zero calories. I eat it with pita chips and hummus.

Finally – I’m going to get back to posting outfits and such here this week, but in case you missed it, this is the outfit I posted last week for Vilda Magazine. 100% vegan, bien sûr.

 

 

 

Sunday night blues

Oh, hey, is it Sunday night again already?

Forgive my lack of posting this week… I’ve been a bit under the weather (pretty sure I have the consumption) and frankly, I just haven’t been motivated to make outfit collages lately. This is not because there aren’t enough cruelty free clothing and accessories to choose from… on the contrary, I have more inspiration than I know what to do with. It’s just that the more I learn about the fashion industry, the less I want to buy, period. Of course, I haven’t actually been able to afford to buy anything since I started this blog, but you know what I mean… I’m just not in the mood to promote anyone buying anything right now. I didn’t realize how bleak that sounded until I saw it typed out on my screen… it appears that I am officially in a funk you guys.

I don’t want to complain. I just feel the need to mention what’s going on with me. Otherwise what’s the point of having a blog, you know? Basically, being a single parent sucks. I’m tired. I’m tired of being broke. Like, to the point where I’m actually starting to panic. I want to find a way to earn extra money, but I also don’t want to create any more waste in the world. I think there is a way around this, if you have the money to spend. I do not. I mean, I could say that I’m only going to buy second hand, or hand-made cruelty free pieces that are made in the USA by artisans who are paid a fair living wage, but I can’t actually buy anything, so what’s the point?

I want to know…

How do you help yourself out of a funk? Mantras? Meditation? Volunteering? Wine? I’d love some advice!

Also..

How do you balance your desire for sustainable living with your desire for bright shiny new pretty things?

And one last question…

If you’re vegan – what are your thoughts on buying vintage shoes and purses made from leather? Is it better to buy something pre-owned made from animals or something new made from plastic with questionable production practices? I’m asking because I’m thinking about starting my Etsy shop up again… would I loose all credibility as a vegan fashion blogger if I sold vintage leather?

Leave me a comment – I’d love to know what your thoughts!

Also, have a great week. I’ll try to do the same.

Hugs!

- Stefanie

The Row Spring 2015

This is my favorite collection from The Row yet. Wish. it. were. vegan.

Hashtag #howwouldjesusdress

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

The Row Spring 2015

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Palmy

Vegan outfit featuring a j crew t shirt, an h&m skirt, rebecca minkoff necklace, stella mccartney purse, and nasty gal shoe cult shoes

Fall?…. hmm… no, I’m not familiar, sorry. 

SHOP THE LOOK: 

1. Printed Cotton Top – J Crew

2. Mesh Statement Necklace – Rebecca Minkoff

3. Imitation Leather Skirt – H&M

4. The Falabella Faux Brushed Leather Shoulder Bag – Stella McCartney

5. Desire Sandal – Shoe Cult

STELLA MCCARTNEY AT THE OUTNET

Vegan Leather Falabella Bag by Stella McCartney

If you’re a vegan who’s into fashion there’s a good chance you’ve been dreaming about owning one of these bags.

They are one of the few vegan bags that non-vegans go crazy for too – they’re just that cool.

I happened to notice that The Outnet has an amazing selection of Stella McCartney bags and shoes at 40 – 70 % off right now, so I loaded up my shopping page with my favorite picks!

Gotta love it when the designer accessories of your dreams because slightly more attainable…

Vegan faux python shoulder bag by stella mccartney

Ella vegan leather shoulder bag by Stella McCartney

Coral vegan leather falabella bag by stella mccartney

Just gorgeous… sigh

Want to know more about why Stella chooses not to use leather in her designs? Click here to find out!

THE FAKEOVER TAKES OVER – VILDA MAGAZINE

you cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur karl lagerfeld the fakeover

WWW.VILDAMAGAZINE.COM

This Autumn we are killing it with kindness over at Vilda Magazine…

Taking over the fashion world one cruelty free coat at a time.

You’re invited to join the revolution!

Share your own faux fur looks, quotes, anything, with the hashtag:

#thefakeover

Over at Vilda’s Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter,

and do your part to prove Mr. Lagerfeld right!

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