16
    Nov
    2017

    My Custom Vegan Wedding Shoes [Feat: Mink Shoes]

    custom made vegan bridal shoes by mink shoes

    Custom made by Mink Shoes 

    (Prices vary depending on design)

     

    I am so excited to get started on my wedding posts!  Whether you are currently engaged, planning a vow renewal, or just plain single and planning your someday/fantasy wedding (That way me for a long time! Guilty!)… AND whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or just someone who wants your wedding to be representative of the thoughtfulness and the kind decision-making that you will bring to your marriage, I hope that you can bookmark/pin/whatever these tips, and that they can be useful to you.

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    Finding the perfect vegan wedding shoes can be a tricky feat (pun intended).  I found my dress right away.  But the SHOES.  The shoes consumed my thoughts.  It was so important to me that my wedding shoes a) be unique and unfussy, but glam; b) be white but not tackily so; c) make me as tall as Giselle; d) be vegan, obviously.  So, my hunt began.  I found a few “incidentally vegan” pairs online at various mainstream retailers, but none were knocking my socks off.  And they all felt “too” something… too formal, too shiny, too basic, etc.  I had read an article once about a vegan Oakland Raiders cheerleader who had gotten Louboutin to custom make her a pair of animal-friendly red bottom heels for her wedding … That was pretty intriguing to me, except I’m just not a red-bottoms type of girl. So, I reached out to someone even BETTER; someone who actually does make her shoes in the same Italian factories as Louboutin and Gucci: REBECCA MINK.  Y’all, she is the vegan shoe GODDESS.  She is currently collaborating with Kat Von D on an animal-friendly, avant-garde shoe line, AND she custom makes all of the crazy cool shoes that you see Miley Cyrus in on The Voice. She’s legit. I couldn’t believe my luck that she wanted to work with me.

    Rebecca is a stylist to the stars, so she knows what looks good.  If you are a bride (or someone who just wants custom, animal-friendly shoes), this would be your process, based on my experience:

    1. Tell her/show her what you’re wearing to your event, if possible.  She took one look at my boho number and knew that the vegan leather she picked needed to have minimal texture so as not to compete with the lace.  She went with my vintage theme and chose grommets and hardware that appeared more weathered, less shiny.  She chose a PERFECT bone-white color, and knew that since we were going crazily-high, we needed maximum ankle support while still remaining sexy, so that I wouldn’t fall and break my neck before locking this man down.  She suggested we go with a “boho clog,” in a light wood color to coordinate well with the dress.  She basically did all the conceptualizing legwork for me, while still valuing my input.
    2. She takes your vision to Italy.  Her workers are the best in the biz, and they do impeccable sculpting, structuring, and designing.  This is another reason I didn’t just want to grab a random pair of shoes off the internet… You get what you pay for, as far as comfort.  Despite my shoes being so tall, I was able to wear them all night because they were so comfortable– because they were made by shoe geniuses! Anyway, I digress. In the factory, they will make your dream shoes and even do cool things like carve or burn your wedding date/new last name/whatever into them, if you’re a sentimental sap like me.
    3. She sends you the shoes and you have a keepsake for LIFE.  You feel great because you have chosen to invest in a luxury shoe that ONLY YOU will have; you have also supported an animal-friendly small business owner who is changing the face of high fashion. Isn’t that the kind of karma you want on your big day?
    4. Receive endless compliments on your incredible shoes, and know that they will last you forever.

    custom vegan leather wedding shoes by mink shoes

     

    MINK SHOES

    Info@minkshoes.com for additional inquiries

     

    (Photography by Autumn Walker)

    1
    Nov
    2017

    Happy World Vegan Day! | Feat: HoodLamb x PETA

    hoodlamb x peta

    on me: ladies nordic parka | on matt: men’s nordic parka

    discount code: molly5peta

    (perfect holiday gift for yourself and your significant other!!!)

     

    Happy World Vegan Day, friends!  

    Man… Times, they certainly are a’changin’.  Never have I seen so much forward motion towards animal-friendly living amongst the mainstream!  Fueled by awareness of how animals are treated (thank you, Facebook), concerns about the impact of meat and dairy on one’s well-being (What The Health, anyone??), and growing accessibility to alternatives…. 2017, despite its warts, has been “the year of the vegan.”

    Speaking of the increasing availability of animal-friendly options… HOW amazing are these eco-friendly, incredibly luxe, super warm parkas by HoodLamb??? They have lots of different styles available to suit your specific climate needs, and they do also offer knitwear.  I haven’t been this excited about frigid-weather attire since… well, ever.

    In honor of World Vegan Day, Amsterdam-based Hoodlamb by Hemp Tailors has joined forces with PETA to bring these feather-and-fur-free parkas to the US. HoodLamb is also donating a percentage of each sale to PETA’s efforts to end animal abuse.  Full disclosure, if you want one of these parkas, you should buy it using my code rather than a code found on any other site– because they are donating 5% to PETA normally, but I’ve decided to give my commission/cut to PETA as well, so if you buy through me, 10% of purchase will go straight to the animals. Just be sure and use my discount code: molly5peta.  This code is active today through November 8th.

    WHAT THEY ARE MADE OF:

    • Hempulose:  a weather-resistant coating that comes from hemp stalk.
    • Thermore Ecodown: feather-free down insulation that keeps the wearer warm in even the coldest possible climate
    • Faux fur lining: made from plastic bottles

    WHY IS DOWN BAD?

    Mostly because its the worst thing on the planet, ever. These birds are kept in filthy, deplorable conditions without food or water, with no room to even turn around. And their feathers are often ripped from them as they scream out in pain.  I’m not gonna force you to watch…  But if you’re curious, strong-hearted, and have 60 seconds, watch this quick vid.

    WHAT IF I LIKE THE WAY THAT REAL FUR LOOKS? WHAT IF I LOVE MY CANADA GOOSE PARKA?

    A) Real fur is taboo in 2017, and will become even more so in 2018.  I know that if I see someone wearing it, I am SHOCKED at their unawareness– no one thinks this is cute or chic anymore. B) if you’re paying for others to kill these animals for you by purchasing these jackets, you should at least have the ethical wherewithal to know what you’re actually getting, and WHAT you paid someone to do for you. So in a nutshell: coyotes, bunnies, and foxes are caught in steel traps, which cut them to the bone.  If they don’t die eventually of blood loss, shock, hunger, or attack by predators while they are immobilized, they oftentimes will chew through their own leg in order to get back to their families.  Enjoy your real-fur jacket!

    I never talk about this stuff on the blog, because I like to keep things sunny and positive. But at some point you’ve got to keep it real.

    I don’t know about you, but 2017 has been hard for me.  There’s so much sadness and divisiveness and violence in the world right now.  You feel helpless, right? I do, sometimes. But, WE are moving into a new year. WE can control only our own actions, and WE can reduce suffering by our daily choices. It’s empowering, right?! We can help, even a little bit, by increasing demand for and being a walking billboard for GOOD and not for sadness. And that’s a beautiful, exciting thing.

    Discount code: molly5peta

     

    29
    Oct
    2017

    Self-care Sunday | Feat: MOROCCANOIL®

    To those of you who have followed me for awhile: you KNOW how much of a cruelty-free beauty junkie I am. And Sunday = my day to get my self-pamper on.  I’ve been so excited to get the chance to use the Moroccanoil products, mostly because I’d always heard such amazing things about the protective qualities of the hair care line. Between wanting to look nice for work and all of my photoshoots for the blog, I use heat styling on my hair WAY more than I probably should. Plus, I have a tendency to switch up my hair color often, which can obviously wreak havoc on your hair. I’ve joined Morrocanoil’s #fearlessbeauty campaign, and for me it has two meanings: I can live without fear of damaging my hair because of these products, AND I can live without fear of sacrificing my values in order to have great beauty products, thanks to Moroccanoil’s cruelty-free status + their formulations (which are free of any animal byproducts).

    moroccanoil hair products

    As I sit here with a hair mask on under my towel turban, I want to share the Moroccanoil products I simply cannot live withoutt:

    MOROCCANOIL TREATMENT
    This product has gotten a LOT of play in the media– it kind of pioneered the whole argain oil-infused haircare movement. It has been given awards in New Beauty and Essence magazines, among others. It is such healthy, clean formulation that makes your hair SO shiny!!! You have to try ths stuff. (It really speeds up your hair drying time, too!!!)
    RESTORATIVE HAIR MASK
    You leave this product on for 5-7 minutes, and it totally revitalizes and reconstructs the hair shaft. It rebuilds strength of your hair from the inside out via the argan oil and shea butter. WORTH EVERY PENNY, y’all.
    SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
    I love these products because they moisturize your hair without weighing it down at all! Elasticity and shine are replenished, and your hair smells great, too! Whether you want more volume, have curly hair you’d like to enhance, or need coarse hair smoothed… There is a perfect option for you available.

    Bonus: For all of my social media users: I encourage you to join the #fearlessbeauty movement as well! If you upload any photo to social media and use the hashtag FEARLESSBEAUTY (I am fearless when I _______), you could win the entire Moroccanoil Repair Collection, valued at over $400!!! AHHHH good luck!

    xx

    M

    26
    Oct
    2017

    Aging skin? Don’t sweat it. | Feat: FRÉ Skincare

    fre skincare skincare routine

    FRÉ skincare // satin robe (on major sale; other colors available)

    *** FOR 25% OFF FRE SKINCARE, USE DISCOUNT CODE: FASHIONVEGGIE ***

    So, I think that many of you have been following my fitness journey.  I have never felt better about the way my clothes fit… But I have noticed that all of the sweating has taken a little bit of a toll on my skin.  I was excited to learn about FRÉ, which combats workout-induced breakouts and aging with a revolutionary, natural blend of organic Argan oil and Argan leaf water extract, and Argan stem cells.  FRÉ has been featured in SHAPE and VOGUE magazines for a reason… It uniquely focuses on the active, outdoorsy woman.

    This is a 3-step process… Easy peasy.  Each product is vegan, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and noncomedogenic (meaning, it is proven to not break you out!)

    Step 1: “Protect Me” is a lightweight SPF30 moisturizer. It is waterproof, won’t sting your eyes, and won’t make you look “chalky.” You’re especially going to thank me for this if you are a runner or your workout involves being outdoors at all.  Trust me, as a former surfer, sweating out in the sun will seriously dehydrate your skin and put you at risk for early aging! 

    Step 2: “Purify Me” is a  hydrating facial cleanser that prevents/treats breakouts and re-balances your skin pH.  Apply this after your workout… Bonus: it will feel GREAT, so refreshing!

    Step 3: “Revive Me”  is an anti-aging serum that infuses your tired, overworked skin with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals.  It will stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Get your glow on!

    I know a bunch of us here are tree-huggers, so I wanted to mention that for every skincare set sold, FRÉ plants an Argan tree!

     

     

    FRÉ Skincare

    20
    Sep
    2017

    What’s The Deal With MICROBLADING? | Featuring: The “Bladerunner” Amber Garton

    You’ve undoubtedly heard of the expression “death by a thousand cuts.”

    These days, though, you hear more about deathly amazing eyebrows by a thousand cuts!  Especially if you live in Dallas, Texas; the stomping grounds of “The Bladerunner,” i.e. Amber Garton of Enlighten MD.

    I’ve always had brows on the wispier side; a little bit light and sparse in certain areas.  If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that I am a makeup minimalist to say the least. But I would at LEAST try and fill in my brows every day, which was a total pain.  So after hearing murmurings about microblading for a year or so, I finally decided that I wanted some brows that were, as the kids say, “on fleek.” (Do they still say that?)

    Full disclosure: I stalked Amber, hard, before pursuing getting my eyebrows microbladed by her. She has an Instagram that showcases her work (check it out), and I would sit there, mesmerized, for 30 minutes at a time– just watching her transform her customers’ entire faces with teeny tiny strokes of a blade.  And she was GOOD.  Her creations zero percent appeared to be “tattooed on,” even when the she had very little to work with at the start.  Another thing that set Amber apart from the rest, in my opinion, was that her brow aesthetic wasn’t one-size-fits-all.  There are quite a few talented microbladers are out there these days (not to mention the no-so-talented ones… Just do a quick search on Instagram), but most of them have a certain “look” that they tend to execute regardless of the nuances of their canvas; oftentimes, its a signature dark, super-arched brow, or one which starts out lighter at the inner corners and then deepens substantially at the outer corners.  But what I was really looking for was someone who would give me the right brows for MY face– and that meant the right color AND the right shape.  Remember– this is a semi-permanent tattoo on your face. This is not the time to choose someone on a whim, or to bargain shop.

    So I took a deep breath, messaged Amber, and a couple of weeks later I found myself entering the doors of Enlighten MD, a luxury, much-buzzed-about medi spa.  While I introduced myself around to the friendly, super cute girls who work there (I wanted them all to be my friends), I noted the chic clothing/accessories boutique attached to the spa.  Welp, I knew what I would be doing to pass the 30 minutes it took for the numbing cream to kick in.  Two candles, a necklace, and a pair of yoga pants later, I was finally reclining in Amber’s exam room.  Amber is about 5 feet tall, basically a gorgeous little smoky-voiced pixie, with big blue eyes and hair down to her butt.  She has long, colorful nails covered in glitter, and she listens to the blues while she stares intently at your face. I was immediately put at ease; she has the air of someone who wants to take really great care of you; the air of someone who can slice you open with a superfine blade, but you barely notice because you are singing out loud with her to Otis Redding.

    I was right- we had a blast throughout our 3-hour-long appointment.  But through the fun, you could see her perfectionism and professionalism.  She took the time to explain to me her methodology; the veggie-based, organic ink she loves to use; and the purpose of each little tool.  She drew a brow on me and asked how I liked it– did everything look perfect, did I feel comfortable with where it started and ended? You can tell that she truly loves what she does.  The pain level was about a 5. No big deal. Worth it for perfect brows, am I right?  The most daunting thing is that you really have to be careful with your new brows for a couple of weeks afterwards.  No scratching them– and chilllddd, they will itch for a few days!  And no sweating– this would make the ink leave your pores. You need to keep the brows shiny with a petrolatum product; but not WET, lest the scabs loosen.  Amber explained all of this multiple times in a patient, concerned manner… She can only do so much,  it’s up to us to maintain her work.  I mention all of this because: just like choosing the right technician is très important, so is making sure that it is the right time to get this procedure done.  Don’t get your brows ‘bladed right before you start training for a marathon or go on a scuba diving trip. Also, you probably shouldn’t get them done the day before a photo shoot– the brows will be noticeably darker than average for about a week or so while they heal.

    I left Amber that day feeling like a strong-featured goddess. I actually loved the phase where my brows were super dark– it’s a cool look!  I babied my eyebrows for a couple of weeks, enjoying the for-once-valid excuse I had not to go to the gym, and then returned to Amber for my touch-up.  She went back over areas that didn’t “take” the pigment as well, or areas that just needed a little extra “oomph.”

    I have been biding my time before writing this review, because I wanted to be able to honestly describe how well the brows hold up.  I got mine microbladed about 5 months ago, and they are still going strong! They will hopefully last for at least a year before I go back to Amber for my maintenance visit.  I do think that it is safe to say: I am hooked. I don’t have to think about my brows whatsoever, except to pluck a few strays every couple of weeks or so.  As Amber and I discussed– some girls need to be high maintenance in order to be low maintenance.  I am one of those girls; I love never having to put makeup on my face or think about my brows or worry about what I eat… It’s such a carefree way to live.  But because I am not naturally glowy-complexioned, full-browed, or fit, this means that I invest in 3 “high maintenance” things that I will probably be hooked on for the rest of my life: good skincare, microblading, and personal training. And out of those 3, microblading really is by far and away the least time consuming or expensive– you just need to come in once every year or two! Well worth it for fleeky brows, if you ask me.

    If you have any questions AT ALL about the process or my experience, please feel free to ask, as always.  But let me leave you with my final thoughts, in the order of importance, on microblading: A) Find a good tech!!! Don’t be wooed by techs who boast low prices around the $200-300 range; most likely, they are just trying to build up a portfolio and get their feet wet. You want someone outstanding.  B) Choose the timing carefully so you don’t screw up the aftercare;  C) Don’t worry about the pain.  It’s barely worth mentioning, but it’s definitely one of the questions I get the most.  If you don’t live in Dallas, I would do extensive research before choosing a brow specialist  (remember, its a tattoo…on your face)  and I would even consider making a trip in order to go to Amber.  Especially if you’re into that cruelty-free life, as she uses all animal-friendly materials.

    Love you guys!  Send me pics of your new brows when you get ’em!

     

    xoxo

    M

    Info on my technician:

    Amber Garton at Enlighten MD

    214-964-0860 for questions or appointments

     

     

     

     

    18
    Sep
    2017

    Our California Mini-moon! | Featuring: Inn at Laguna Beach

    Those of you who have planned a wedding can likely relate…. Following our 180-person Labor Day weekend vegan wedding extravaganza, we were EXHAUSTED.  So much so, in fact, that I was hesitant to go anywhere except straight home to my own bed.  But Matt convinced me that it would be a good idea to get away for a few days and decompress.

    The man is rarely right, but I’ll give him credit for this one. It turns out, we <3 Laguna!  It is a super romantic, easy-going, vegan-friendly spot where you can truly relax.  I would not recommend going to Laguna if you want a bar and club filled party weekend; I would, however, recommend it for a romantic beach getaway.

     

    The Stay:

    Wearing our super-basic WIFEY and HUBBY t-shirts (ha!), we took a Lyft from John Wayne airport to our beautiful hotel, The Inn at Laguna Beach. We were feeling relaxed immediately upon stepping foot into the open, nautical-themed, breezy lobby… But when we got to our room, it was heaven.  We could hear the waves crashing and smell the salt from our balcony over the ocean, and the room was clean and very zen-like with insanely comfortable beds… I think we slept until 10am every single day.  My new husband was obsessed with the basketball court and volleyball court, which was literally a stone’s throw away from us; meanwhile, I was equally obsessed with the beautiful rooftop bar.

    the inn at laguna beach

     

    The Grub:

    the stand laguna beach vegan food

    the stand laguna beach vegan food

    Right outside our door and within walking distance of The Inn at Laguna Beach:

    • The Stand.  All vegan, long-time establishment (since 1975) with a HUGE… and I mean HUGE… menu. I highly recommend them for delicious smoothies and breakfast… Matt loved their breakfast burritos, and I was totally enamored with their vegan blueberry waffles.  All utensils/cups/etc. are compostable and eco-friendly, and the staff knows everything there is to know about the town.
    • Urth Caffe.  This has been a Cali favorite of mine for about 10 years (y’all know I used to live in LA, right?), and since I last visited them they’ve come out with TONS of vegan options!  My favorites: The vegan chili and the vegan cheese pizza. I happily overdosed all week long on their almond milk boba green teas… so good.
    • Taco Loco. Y’ALL, I love this funky little outdoor place. Major chill surfer vibes… This is not the spot for a fancy, civilized date!  The have a vegan blackened tofu “phish” taco that you can pair with a vegan brownie or cookie of your choice while downing a Corona… Adios, wedding diet!

     

    What To Do:

    swimsuit laguna beach

    (swimsuit: goodnight macaroon… go one size down!)

    • Grab a book and head to the beach!  It isn’t a noisy beach, so it’s perfect for napping and reading.
    • Check out the many art galleries along the main street (Coast Hwy)… My favorite one, mostly contemporary, was Las Laguna.
    • Play H-O-R-S-E or beach volleyball!  The courts are literally RIGHT outside.  Or, if you’re single, just watch the people playing… If you know what I mean.
    • Go on a little pub crawl!  Tons of little beachy pubs and dive bars all along Coast Hwy.
    • Go shopping!  My favorite one that I couldn’t actually afford was Anastasia; a girl can dream, right?  My favorite one I COULD afford was Isla Boutique.  There are loads more, though!

     

    Thank you guys so much for always being so interested in my little veggie-friendly travel guides!  I hope this helps, and I’m sorry it came a little late this month.  Definitely consider a stay at The Inn at Laguna Beach, as well… You won’t regret it!

     

    xoxo

    Molly TRANCHIN! (ahhhh!)

     

     

     

    11
    Sep
    2017

    Plaine Products : Eco-friendly Packaging + Natural Ingredients

    PLAINE PRODUCTS is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastic!

    Let’s talk about the reasons that you should join them:

    • Did you know that only 5-10% of plastic is reclaimed for recycling? And even then, most of it ends up in landfills and in our oceans.  It is killing our ocean earthlings, and is scary for our future. According to Plaine’s website, it is projected that unless we make a change by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish!!! Heartbreaking.   Plaine has decided to provide a much more eco-responsible alternative: aluminum packaging! Even the boxes they use in shipping their products to you are made of 100% recycled materials. When you are running low or out of your product, just let Plaine know, and they’ll send you a refill!  You can use the same box your refill comes in to send back your old jar to be reused.  For further explanation about how their refill service works, go HERE.
    • Their products are vegan, cruelty-free (in case you are new to my page, anything ever featured on this blog will be vegan and cruelty-free!), non-gmo, free of sulfates/parabens, phthalates, palm-oil-free (I’m trying to totally eliminate palm oil, personally, so this makes me happy), chemical-free, kid-safe, and biodegradable.  Healing, nutrient-rich aloe vera is the main ingredient. Check out the specific ingredients further HERE.
    • Onto my more shallow values when it comes to the products I purchase: these products look and smell great (it reminds me of what you’d find in a fancy spa), and I love the way they look in my shower. I consider this merely a bonus, but it is still worth mentioning!

    Try Plaine Products and let me know what you think.  I love the peace of mind that comes with knowing that I’m part of the solution, not the problem, when it comes to our ocean pollution.

    XOX

    M

    plaine products in shower

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