ONE LITTLE THING #4 – MY “RECIPE” FOR QUICK AND EASY HEALING MISO SOUP

miso soup recipe evolstyle blog

Well, well, well, what do we have here? A recipe? On a fashion blog? For soup? In the summertime?! Yes. That’s exactly what’s happening right now. I’m changing things up! I’ve stayed away from delicious vegan food on my blog up until this point because, well, I’m a fashion girl, OK? I mean, food is great, but getting dressed up to go out will always be infinitely more appealing to me than slaving away in the kitchen and then having doing all of the dishes after. But these days there’s not much going out happening in my life. Not ever, actually. And I’ve learned that it can be quite satisfying to cook your own meals, once you get the hang of it.

Lately, in an effort to save time and money, I’ve been trying to keep it really simple when it comes to feeding myself. Why bust out a fancy recipe when I’m happy with a big salad, or black beans and couscous with a little salsa and avocado on top, you know? This soup recipe is one of my go-tos because it takes 5 minutes, it’s customizable with whatever veggies you have on hand, it’s crazy inexpensive, and it’s healthier than all get out. It’s basically a life saver. Like, when you had a rough day at work, there’s something going around the office, and you need to be in your sweatpants on the couch slurping down something comforting (not wine) AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. This is for that day. It’s one of those #littlethings in life that just makes me happy. And actually, it’s hardly a recipe… this is what I do:

1. start boiling water in your tea kettle

2. scoop a tablespoon of miso paste into your soup bowl

3. grate a small nub of ginger (about half a teaspoon)

4. grate a clove of garlic

5. put the ginger and garlic in the bowl with the miso paste

6. pour a cup to a cup an a half of boiling water into your soup bowl

7. whisk with a fork until the miso dissolves

8. add veggies – in the picture above I added kale and frozen edamame beans that I defrosted in the microwave for 30 seconds

9. garnish with whatever you want – I used toasted sesame seeds, avocado, and Siriracha

And that’s it! If you don’t love fresh garlic and ginger you can use powdered or omit, but I LOVE ginger and garlic, and they are soooo good for you! You can add any veggies – I’ve used asparagus, mushrooms, kale, carrots, (cook those first) frozen or fresh, whatever you’ve got on hand. Good garnishes would be green onions, fresh cilantro or lemongrass, a squeeze of lime, crumbled dried seaweed, anything you like! Throw in some tofu or tempeh if you want more protein, or serve it with some spring rolls on the side for a bigger meal. Go crazy! I’ve got a tub of Cold Mountain Red Miso in my fridge right now, but you can use any variety you want. Never bought miso paste before? What kind of vegan are you? Kidding! Just try it, OK? It’s kind of a game changer. And yes, you could just follow the soup instructions on the top of the tub, but what fun would that be?!

I’m curious to hear your thoughts on my “recipe,” and I want to know – what are you up to in the kitchen these days? Keeping it simple or experimenting with all of the fantastic vegan recipes made available to us by our food blogging friends? Do you buy cookbooks or just browse the web? (Personally, I keep all of my recipes here, and sometimes worry about what I would do if Pinterest weren’t around – ha!) Let me know what you think!

VOTE FOR GUNAS!

Gunas red white and blue vegan handbag

Exciting news! One of my favorite vegan handbag designers, Sugandh, founder of GUNAS,  has been nominated as a finalist in the Green Category for the 2015 Independent Designer Handbag Awards, sponsored by InStyle Magazine. I would absolutely love to see a vegan brand win this award – anything t0 boost awareness about how fashionable it is to be cruelty free! Please take one quick minute to visit this link and cast your vote for the adorable Flamingo Bag (pictured above):

 Independent Handbag Designer Awards Voting Page 

Voting lasts through June 16, so there’s still plenty of time. After you vote please ask your friends and followers to do the same. Let’s put vegan fashion up top where it belongs, with all of the awards!

P.S. Did you know that Gunas is giving away a free bag every week right now? All you have to do is go to their Facebook page and post a review of your Gunas bag! Don’t have one yet? Get one here… 

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THE TRUE COST – FREE SCREENING IN LA!

The True Cost documentary free screening in LA

Hello my fellow LA-based vegan/eco fashion lovelies! What are you doing on Friday night?

I have something you’re not going to want to miss. Some of our favorite local vegan fashion brands and retailers are hosting a free screening of The True Cost documentary at the Bead and Reel studio here in Los Angeles.

I don’t have a babysitter so unfortunately I won’t be able to make it, but I can tell you that after watching the trailer I will be downloading this to watch on my own. If you are even slightly interested in making better choices when it comes to your wardrobe, breaking your fast fashion habit, or helping to ease human and animal suffering worldwide, this is a film you are going to want to see.

The screening is this Friday, May 29th at 7:30pm, and you can RSVP via this link or by emailing hello@beadandreel.com. Be sure to RSVP as soon as possible because seating is limited. There will be vegan snacks and drinks and gosh I really wish I could go! If you go you have to PROMISE to tell me all about it afterwards, okay? :)

ULTIMATE VEGAN/ECO MEMORIAL DAY SALES GUIDE

Don’t bother with the mall this weekend, (or ever!) all the good stuff is online! 

BARNEY’S WAREHOUSE – This is a great place to find reduced prices on Deux Lux vegan bags, also, Stella McCartney! Right now they’re offering an additional 40-50% off site wide – no code necessary!

YOOX.COM – You HAVE to check out Amber Valletta’s Master&Muse boutique for reduced prices on Sydney Brown, Cri de Coeur, Ivana Basilotta, and so many more vegan & eco brands! I mean, you really, really have to…

THEREALREAL – This is a great place to find high end pre-owned designer clothes and accessories, like these Stella McCartney bags! Enter code SALE for more discounts!

MORE…

Bloomingdales – extra 20% off sale and clearance with code SPRING20 – high end department stores are great places to scoop up discounted designer denim that you can wear for years and years!

Nordstrom – half yearly sale

Neiman Marcus – up to 40% off selected items

Anthropologie – extra 20% sale items off at checkout with code GONEFISHING

Urban Outfitters Long Weekend SaleI spy some vegan tote bags at excellent prices!!

Asos – 20% off all full price merchandise with the code LONGWKND – this is a great place to find faux leather shoes! 

Nasty Gal – 40% off with code HOTSTUFF – pro tip: enter “vegan” in the search bar at the top of the page! 

Free People – 100 new sale items just added!

American Apparel – get 20% off of your entire purchase this weekend!

Ethica – use code MEMDAY for $50 off orders $200+ (full price only) – hello, new Bhava booties anyone? 

Helpsy sale – so much cool stuff!

Coquette – 20% off with code MEMORIAL

Equipe Major – 25% off of everything with code MEMORIAL2015

Miakoda – $15 off your order of $35+ with code MEMORIAL

NCLA – 30% off your entire purchase with code MEMORIAL30

e.l.f. – 40% off site-wide, today only! No code necessary!

ENJOY :)

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JUMPING

vegan outfit featuring Abacaxi NYC jumpsuit, marais jelly sandals, and a hipsters for sisters vegan fringe belt bag1. Dobby Convertible Dress – Abacaxi NYC

2. Vertex V Earrings – Meiresthai Design

3. Gold Arrow Bracelet – Fortuned Culture

4. Fringe Belt Bag – Hipsters for Sisters 

5. Jelly Sandals – Marais USA

It’s officially SUMMER! And I’m on a 4 day weekend! If only I were not an incubus of viral plague! Also, why is it STILL COLD IN LA?! I think it’s supposed to warm up next week, but sheesh… it should not be colder in May than it was in January, right? Hopefully wherever you are in the world you can wear cute summer clothes and vegan sandals this weekend. Like this adorable convertible jumpsuit by Abaxai NYC and jellies by Marais – LOVE!

A LITTLE SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION AND MY FIRST EVER BLOG RANT

doris day be kind to animals or i'll kill you evolstyleDoris Day is my idol in so many ways, but I have no idea how to credit this image!

Vladik and I have been home sick for the past couple of days so I’ve pretty much just been sitting here at my desk, drinking tea and watching all of the hummingbirds in the trees outside my window while catching up on my blog reading, working on ideas for future posts, and of course thinking, thinking, thinking. It’s actually kind of nice. As frustrating as it is getting sick when I’ve been trying so hard to take care of myself, I desperately needed the downtime.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can help spread the word about vegan fashion. When I started this blog a year and a half ago, it was really just for me. I’ve always loved fashion, but I wanted to start living a completely cruelty-free lifestyle and there weren’t very many vegan fashion blogs at the time (I know there aren’t very many now, but there were even fewer in November 2013!) so of course I had to start my own. I enjoyed doing the research shopping and playing with outfit collages in photoshop, and I figured that if anyone else happened upon my blog and liked what I was doing, well then, even better.

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ELLOVI LOVE

ellovi vegan body butter and lip balm on eVolstyle blog

I’ve been wanting to order this body butter and lip balm set ever since I got a sample size Ellovi in my Vegan Cuts beauty box last summer. I waited oh-so patiently for the lip balm I was using to run out and when the day finally came last month I splurged and bought myself a birthday present! It definitely lives up to my expectations. These products are totally safe and natural – there are only 6 ingredients in the body butter – macadamia, Hawaiian coconut, shea, hemp seed, African marula, and non-GMO cornstarch; and the lip balm only contains sunflower, macadamia, Hawaiian coconut, shea, and hemp seed. I’ve actually been using the body butter on my face in the mornings in place of my usual coconut oil, but I love it anywhere I’m feeling dry. It’s extremely moisturizing but doesn’t leave you feeling greasy, and it has a barely-there nutty scent that is not going to complete with any other fragrance you might want to wear. My favorite thing is that that they have a very luxurious look and feel, but at $29 this set is actually a great value. I wasn’t sure how big the jar would be, but it’s actually large enough to last for a while – and a little goes a long way!

ellovi vegan body butter

I also think it’s pretty genius that the lip balm is an oval shape. It’s super compact and there’s no rolling off of my desk into the oblivion! I keep the tinted one in my purse – it goes on really light and gives my lips a soft natural pink color – and I leave the plain one at home to apply before bedtime and anytime my lips need a little extra moisture. If you’re looking to buy yourself a little beauty splurge that’s not really a splurge I highly recommend treating yourself to a little Ellovi. You’ll feel so fancy and your skin and lips will thank you! Get it here or here!

CHEAP TRICKS – #2 – MY D.I.Y. ACNE BUSTING TONER

DIY vegan acne-busting toner on eVolstyle blog

Toner is the easiest thing to skimp on when it comes to your beauty routine. Obviously you have to wash your face, then after you wash it you most likely will want to moisturize… but what about all of the in-between steps? They were just created by cosmetics companies to sell you stuff you don’t really need, right? Well, I’m not so sure about that… I went without toner for a long time because it was just one more thing that I couldn’t afford/didn’t have time for, and during that time I also had a lot of clogged pores and breakouts. (Although during some of that time I was also still eating dairy, which I’m also fairly certain makes my skin more breakout-prone…) Then I went through a tea tree oil only phase – where being the lazy and cheap girl that I am, I applied directly to a wet cotton ball and rubbed it on my skin after cleansing. It did keep my skin clear, but it was too easy to over do it, and tea tree oil can sting if you put too much on your skin directly. I actually continued with that plan for a while until one day recently when I came up with an idea to dilute the tea tree oil with something a little more soothing than plain water. Here’s what I did:

1. Buy a travel spray bottle from target – $1 (approximately)

2. Buy a bottle of Thayer’s alcohol-free lavender toner – $9.99 (at Whole Foods)

3. Fill the spray bottle with the toner

4. Add 2-4 drops of tea tree oil – $14 (I already had some on hand from Whole Foods, but Trader Joe’s sells a slightly smaller bottle for $7…)

5. Apply to a cotton ball and rub over clean skin to remove any remaining makeup residue and deliver tea tree oil’s antibacterial properties to my acne prone areas.

This is working so well for me you guys. You know that tight feeling your skin gets right after washing? Well this makes it go away. I spritz it on my face directly in the mornings after my shower, and at night I’m always shocked to see all of that extra makeup coming off on the cotton ball – even when I think I did an excellent job washing my face. After a couple of months I’m noticing a huge difference in the appearance of my pores, and I’m getting much fewer breakouts these days. Finally… acne free at 32 – ha!

But the best part is the price. Under $20 for several month’s supply – and the tea tree oil will last much longer – maybe 6 months to a year depending on where else you’re using it.  Why tea tree oil? Because it has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties without the drying side effects of conventional acne treatments. Just don’t use too much, especially if you have sensitive skin – a little goes a long way! (Also, apparently you shouldn’t use this combination if you’re a pre-pubescent boy?!? Crazy!) Why Thayers toner? Because it’s inexpensive, contains ingredients that I can pronounce, and isn’t tested on animals. I went for lavender this time, but I might try the rose version next just to change it up.

What do you think? Do you always tone after washing your face or do you skip this step the way I used to? Would you use my concoction or do you think I’m a kook? Beauty routines are such a personal thing because everyones’ skin is different, so I’m always curious to hear about what works for other people and compare notes. Let me know what you think!

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