ELEZAR HANDBAGS

Is it just me or is this whole vegan fashion thing starting to catch on?

Lately it seems like I’m discovering a new vegan handbag line every other week and I couldn’t be happier.

I came across these gorgeous bags while browsing Ethica, and of course I had to share. All made out of eco-friendly, sustainable, non-leather materials. Yes, yes, and yes.

Elezar Vegan Bags Emma Satchel Elezar Vegan Bags Celeste Wrap Clutch Elezar Vegan Bags Floral Campbell Clutch Elezar Vegan Bags Darnay Hobo Elezar Vegan Bags Marlowe Tote    Elezar Vegan Bags Celia Flap Clutch

And this is just a handful of my favorites…

View more (and shop of course) at Shop Ethica and Elezar.

CRI DE COEUR BOOTS

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Vegan over the knee boots by cir de coeur vegan tall boots by cri de coeur

So it’s finally winter in Los Angeles. Meaning it’s going to be below 70 degrees for the next 10 days at least. Meaning I’m going to be dressing like a bum at work because I have no appropriate winter clothing. I so wish I could splurge on a pair of tall boots to elevate my skinny jean + old sweater combos. Cri De Coeur has the BEST selection right now. I don’t even know which one I would choose – they’re all so good!

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BIRTHDAY LINK PARTY!

vegan fashion link party on evolstyle.meAww, my little bloggy’s birthday came and went a few weeks ago and I forgot to celebrate! 

This has been the craziest, fastest, most transformative year of my entire life, and I’m really glad that I’ve gotten to share it with you guys.

The world of vegan fashion and beauty has also expanded like crazy over the past year. It seems like every week there are new brands, blogs, and stores popping up all over. I’m constantly finding myself amazed and inspired by all of the talented kick-but trailblazers out there who are committed to making our world a more beautiful and kind place to live.

So in celebration of my blog-iversary and in the hopes of forging a powerhouse of a community, I’d like to invite you to a little party in my comments section.

Stop by and introduce yourself and your blog and leave a comment about your favorite vegan/eco product/brand/website/magazine. Explore, get inspired, make new friends, share this post and tag everyone you know – let’s keep the party going!

I can’t wait to meet you and add your vegan/cruelty-free/eco-fashion amazingness to my blogroll!

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my first ever outfit collage… still obsessing over that bag.

More favorites…

punkbasic bluespring dreamVegan outfit featuring a Band of Outsiders Maxi Skirt, Zara Cropped Sweater, Jeffrey Campbell Sandals, and a vegan leather Falabella handbag by Stella McCartneyVegan outfit featuring an H&M tank top, a Topshop Skirt, Shoe Cult Heels, and a Vegan Leather handbag by Freedom of AnimalsVegan outfit featuring a Zara top, Topshop jeans and jacket, Shoe Cult shoes, and a vegan leather handbag by Jill MilanVegan outfit featuring a Matthew Williamson sweater, a Zara skirt, Vans sneakers, marc by marc jacobs accessories, and a vegan leather handbag by Angela & RoiVegan outfit featuring Zara overalls and sweater, H&M coat, Melissa shoes, and a vegan leather handbag by Matt & Nat

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVOLSTYLE! WOO HOO!

 

MY ULTIMATE VEGAN HOLIDAY WISH LIST

Ultimate vegan holiday wish list evolstyle

Okay, I know this looks like a lot. Just to be clear, I’m not asking for anything IRL this year. But what kind of fashion blogger would I be if I didn’t post a holiday gift guide? These are all products that I absolutely adore and would love to have for myself, and I’m pretty certain that they would be appreciated by any vegan on your list as well. My favorite thing about this list is that when you purchase these products you’re supporting small business that do a lot of good for animals, people, and the environment. What a lovely way to spread the joy this holiday season! So here goes: grab yourself a warm beverage (I’ll wait), scroll through, and click the links to shop. Your holiday shopping is about to become super easy-peasy.  

1. Subscription to Laika Magazine – I used to be a magazine freak. I subscribed to everything. There were stacks and stacks of magazines around my apartment and I saved every single issue of Vogue. When I moved to Los Angeles I chose not to carry 10 years worth of September issues with me, and also, I was considering going vegan and therefore just not feeling that into mainstream fashion anymore. Now I’m thrilled to see that there are magazines popping up out there to provide conscious, cruelty-free fashion and lifestyle inspiration for the cool kids. No doubt any vegan lady on your list would love to be gifted with this beautiful periodical either in print or digital. Side note- magazine subscriptions make great gifts because they last an entire year!

2. Djuna Shay Luxe Blanket Scarf – Who doesn’t love a big, cozy, oversized scarf? In Los Angeles you can wear them without a jacket to stay nice and toasty all winter long. In other parts of the world, they are simply a necessity. Finding luxurious cruelty-free winter accessories can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, but no worries here as these beauties are made from 100% organic cotton sherpa. With 8 different prints to choose from you can create a unique gift for everyone on your list – I’ll take the gray cheetah please!

3. Bruce Heart 3 Boy Tee Pack – I bought a Bruce Heart muscle tee at the Peta shopping event back in September and I’ve basically been living in it ever since. Now I want them all! These made in LA oversized tees are super cute, comfy, and flattering on everyone. Also, every month the ladies behind this brand donate 5% of their sales to a different animal charity, and I just think that’s super cool. If you really want to make your animal loving fashionista’s holiday, there’s an “I Want it All Holiday Pack” which includes 3 tees, a logo sweatshirt, and the leopard print logo tee (yes, please!) - this purchase also benefits The Orangutan Project and The Broken Hearts Ministry. Merry Christmas indeed.

4. Everything Ellovi – This all-natural body butter is the bees knees, and I’ve been dying to try their lip butters. Vegan cuts has combined everything in an affordable 3 pack… I may just have to treat myself this winter!

5. Bing Bang Triangle Midi Ring – I just think this would look really cool on my ring finger…

6. Savvy Boheme Tall Americano Bath and Body oil – This stuff smells exactly like coffee and pastries. You will literally be giving someone the gift of good mornings with this moisturizing cruelty-free scrumptiousness- what could be better?

7. Vaute Perfect Winter Leggings – Vaute Couture may be known for their gorgeous vegan coats, but I don’t really need a coat. What I need is a perfect, comfy, wear-with-anything-and-everything legging. Unfortunately they’re sold out in my size, but next time they’re produced I would love to get a pair- I so wish I had some to take home with me for the holidays this year!

8. NCLA Nail Wraps – I have not had polish on my finger or toe nails since before my two year old son was born. Would I like to have cute nails? Sure. Do I want to spend my precious free time hunched over my hands and feet painstakingly perfecting my brushstrokes only to have them messed up the second my kiddo wakes up from his nap? Nope – not worth it at all. I haven’t tired them yet, but I’d like to think that a nail wrap situation would be way easier than painting and waiting for polish to dry. If only Santa would leave some in my stocking!

9. Marais Simple Ballet – The perfect black ballet flat is on my vegan fashion bucket list, and I think I might have finally found it in this lovely Marais USA slipper. Also, it’s on sale right now. Check that one off the list!

10. Wren Kitty Stardust Tee – Two words: KITTY STARDUST. I mean, are you freaking kidding me? Cutest. Thing. Ever. This made in LA tee was designed by artist/model Langley Fox and the proceeds go towards NKLA – No Kill Los Angeles Animal Shelters. Enough said.

11. Large Black Crocodile Leni Penn Tote – You guys know there are a ton of beautiful vegan handbags that I love and blog about on a daily basis, but if I had to pick just one for myself I’m pretty sure this would be it. I mean, I want them all, but what I really need is a sturdy-yet-luxurious-everyday-goes-with-everything-oversized-carry-your-life-around-with-you kind of bag, so this one is like – BINGO! Also, for every bag that they sell, Leni Penn donates a backpack to a child in need or a bag to a working mother in need. So nice. Don’t you just love how nice all of these brands are?

12. Nouveau Organica Quartet Customizable 4-Color Palette – I got a sample of their cream color in my Vegan Cuts beauty box back in September, and I absolutely love it but I’m almost out! I want all 4 of their cream color shades – they’re just the perfect thing for adding a little natural looking color and shimmer on your eyes, lips, and cheeks. I smudge it on with my fingertips or a sponge and it stays all day – super quick and easy!

13. Neuaura Dakota Boot – Part house slipper, part snow boot, they’re basically Uggs that aren’t made out of poor little sheep. So they’re like 1,000 times better. Sure, you can get a knock-off anywhere, but why not invest in something sturdy and sustainably made so you can wear your ugly boots with pride? (Actually, I don’t think these are ugly at all, they’re super cute and I totally want a pair!)

There. I hope you’ve got some ideas about what to get everyone on your list. If you’re still stumped, drop me a line and I can totally help. 

Happy shopping everyone!

- Stefanie

 

VRIIE GIVEAWAY AT VILDA MAGAZINE

Vriie faux fur spat

Hi! I’m back, and I have great news for you guys – Vilda Magazine is doing another awesome vegan fashion giveaway!

To celebrate THE FAKEOVER, Vilda has teamed up with the new NYC based faux fur brand Vriie to offer one lucky reader a pair of their signature spats.

To enter the contest – just tweet or instagram a photo of your best faux fur look, tag @vildamagazine and @thevriie with the hashtag #thefakeover

The contest is open until December 20th so there’s still plenty of time to be considered!

Can we talk about how cool these are? What a fun way to upcycle/winterize shoes you already own. I think they’d be super cute over a pair of pointy pumps or a flat mod bootie.

I’m also crushing pretty hard on their snoods and vests.

I mean…

Vriie faux fur snood

So soft, so cozy, so edgy and cool…

Vriie faux fur vest

I get all warm and tingly just looking at them.

Can’t wait to see everyone’s faux fur looks – best of luck!

THANKFUL

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Hello!

First of all – you may be noticing that things look a little different around here. I’ve been working updating the look of this site to meet my needs as I pull my focus away from my standard outfit-collage post. I’m not quite finished yet, but feel free to poke around. I hope to be back to regular posting in about a week. And don’t worry – there will still be outfit collages – but there will also be a lot more to this blog than cute clothes and accessories. I’m working on a lot of new content, and it feels weird to save all of these draft posts for a later date and not stop and say hello in the meantime… so… hello.

I saw a really interesting quote tonight that I’m actually not quite sure I understand, but I like it anyway:

Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can’t help but get it. There is no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. – Albert Einstein

I’m still trying to wrap my head around matching the frequency of the reality you want… what do you guys think it means? Something to think about.

Anyway, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving weekend. I did. I know I’ve been kind of a downer here lately, so I wanted to share a short list of things I’m thankful for:

 1. Getting to live in a city where rainy days are rare enough to make them feel really romantic and magical.

2. Friendly neighbors out on their Thanksgiving walks with the whole family.

3. Tofurky. It tastes nothing like turkey and thank goodness for that. Also – 4 days of not having to cook lunch or dinner.

4. This pie recipe. I’ve been making it for 3 years and I just ate the whole thing by myself in 4 days.

5. Pilates.

6. 4 days at home with this guy.

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7. Not having to work in a retail store on Black Friday.

8. Not having to work in a retail store period.

9. Toys everywhere.

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10. The left over coconut whipped cream I’ll be putting in my coffee tomorrow morning.

 Have a great week everyone, I’ll see you soon!

- Stefanie

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