So wish I could have a Vaute Couture coat this fall. Next year for sure!
I love her coffee maker and kind of just want to be her. Not really vegan related, but me related so there.
Lucy Chadwick: A Selby film for ZARA
Thank you to my lovely Kim for sending this to me! What in inspiration for life and style. Really wish I’d gotten that metal tipped blouse from Zara…ah well, here’s to my favorite looks: simple, understated and feminine all over.
Tell HauteLook that Fur is NEVER Fashionable!
Please join me in emailing HauteLook to stop selling fur on their website. They will be having a fur sale soon. Fur is cruel, vegetarian or not, most people can agree on that. The sooner we realize that fur is not a fashion trend, but a manifestation of cruelty against animals, the sooner we all regain some of our humanity.
http://www.hautelook.com/content/12719 (link to a preview of the sale)
Happy New Year!
This time last year, I was making my New Year’s resolutions, and number one on that list was to start eating vegan and start this blog. While I haven’t been the best at actually chronicling all that I have learned on my vegan journey, I can honestly say that I have learned more than I thought I would.
For one, I learned that anything covered in stuffing and phyllo pastry will be a sure hit for vegans and non-vegans alike (click here for the faux turkey recipe I used for my Thanksgiving!)
I also learned that I have probably the best group of supportive friends and family ever. While I couldn’t escape a few vegan jokes, all of my friends and family have been supportive and accommodating of my new lifestyle and many have sought to understand what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. And they have blogs too! Check out plummum.tumblr.com, whythefork.tumblr.com, onceuponahoho.tumblr.com and theimportanceofclothingandaccess.tumblr.com
And just to reiterate how awesome they are, here are a few of my awesome birthday/christmas gifts this year!
(the shoes are vegan!)
(actually a gift for my hubby from one of his boot campers)
(vegan chocolate truffles from my hubby)
(from my awesome friend, Anita. Note: I left the book in Victoria, so had to steal the pic off of amazon)
So, in terms of success on my resolution, how have I done? Well, I’ve done better than I thought I would, but there’s still room to succeed. I’d say I’m 99% vegan at home (damn those Costco sized bags of non-vegan chocolate chips!), and maybe 90% vegan when I’m out.
Thanks for all the support; I am truly blessed to have such wonderful and inspiring people in my life. Here’s to 2012, and more vegan recipes, resources, fashion and makeup to come!
Starving for Good Vegan Fashion
See what I did there? People think vegans are starving because they don’t eat anything, but it’s not vegan food that’s the problem, it’s good vegan fashion! (I’m clever)
My friends will tell you, I am obsessed with fashion blogs right now. Instead of doing homework, I am looking at these blogs and living vicariously through them (broke grad student here, so no more shopping). And a lot of these bloggers have pets and love animals. And that’s great! But it brings me to my point: we all SAY we love animals, and yet we condone the torture and slaughter of 10 billion animals every year. Why? Because it’s socially acceptable to eat them. I say socially acceptable, because the truth is, there is no difference between a cow, a pig, or a chicken from your dog or your cat other than the fact that if you treat your dog or cat the way the factory farm industry treats their cows, pigs or chickens, you would likely be thrown in jail and be branded a psychopath for torturing animals.
So why the rant? Because I love fashion, I love pretty clothes and pretty accessories, and it is damned hard trying to find things that are trendy and chic and of high quality that is NOT a product of animal torture. And the reason why this makes me angry is because if we all really do love animals, we wouldn’t condone this. We would make our voices heard. And more designers would respond by making their products animal cruelty free.
There are certainly designers out there who make vegan lines: https://www.olsenhaus.com/lookbook_spring12.pdf I LOVE the “Mars” shoe! Stella McCartney makes a vegan line too. You can also check out http://www.peta.org/living/fashion/cruelty-free-clothing-guide-vegan-companies.aspx for more.
If you know of any places/brands that make great vegan clothing and accessories, let me know! Also, comment on blogs, designer sites, etc. and demand that they provide fashion for vegans too!
Check out this link for a list of companies and products that do not condone animal testing, and do not contain animal products. It’s great to see some of my faves like Urban Decay and Mac listed there.
She has makeup tutorials too! Another piece of evidence that you can look and feel great while being vegan :)
I love this quote from The Virtuous Consumer: “You don’t have to signal a social conscience by looking like a frump. Lace knickers won’t hasten the holocaust, you can ban the bomb in a feather boa just as well as without, and a mild interest in the length of hemlines doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from reading Das Kapital and agreeing with every word” ~Elizabeth Bibesco
I’m no fashionista, but I like dressing well, and I love my Vogue subscription. But wearing animal products while swearing not to eat them? I don’t think so. At least not if there are ethical reasons behind your choice, which there is for me. So what to do when you see those gorgeous leather booties, the make-you-drool Chanel flap bag, or the wonderfully tailored Mackage leather jacket? What about wool pants, wool coats, silk dresses, silk shirts??? The list goes on and on and on.
Then, you wonder, is it ok to wear pleather? Are the petrochemicals used to produce it harmful to the environment and those who make it? And let’s be honest, most pleather products aren’t made for fashion conscious vegans, they’re made for people who can’t afford the real thing, so they’re made in China or other places, and then you have to ask yourself, are the workers treated fairly?
It’s enough to make a girl think the only option is to live naked in the forest and eat only the fruit that falls from the trees. But not me, I am determined to live a fashion conscious, eco conscious, morally conscious lifestyle, or die trying!……now what was the point of this post again? Oh yeah, sexy vegan shoes! How could I forget? Now these shoes probably aren’t eco friendly or sweatshop free, but I’m working on it ok? Even my kitty likes them!
And no, I’m not going to stop wearing the leather things that I already own. So that brings up the question: Is it ok to wear leather if it’s vintage? What do you think? I’d love to hear your answers in the comments!
You should also check out the book The Virtuous Consumer by Leslie Garrett. She’s got some great tips on how to live more eco-conscious without cramping your style :)