6
    Dec
    2018

    Wildlife Wardrobe: Socks Supporting Wildlife Conservation

    Who doesn’t love a cozy and cute pair of socks?? Perfect stocking stuffer alert!  Wildlife Wardrobe socks are my latest little collectible obsession, featuring fun colors and patterns of animals (any animal you can think of, really! Matt and I are obsessed with lobsters– we free them every year at his family reunion in Cape Cod–  and low and behold, I looked and WW had some lobster stocks!).  And the best part by far is that for each pair purchased, 10% of the retail price is donated to wildlife conservation groups such as the International Rhino Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, and Defenders of Wildlife.

    Wildlife Wardrobe also carries hats and t-shirts, although I’ve only had experience with their socks (they have a men’s section and women’s section).  I do have my eye on a couple of their t-shirts, and will attach my favorite designs below.  I’m also going to grab some deer socks for my mom’s stocking– they look super Christmas-y.  And can we please talk about their eco-friendly packaging? Packaging and envelopes are all made of partially recycled and fully recyclable, biodegradable, sustainable material. Love that.  And some more awesome news: until 12/22, you can get a 20% discount using the code HOLIDAYSALE. Go check this amazing brand out, and spread some good karma + animal-loving holiday cheer!

    MY TOP TWO FAVE T-SHIRT DESIGNS

     

    Remember to use the code HOLIDAYSALE for 20% off! Click below to shop and help animal conservation with your purchase! 

     

    25
    Nov
    2018

    Cloth Diapering To Reduce Environmental Impact | Sponsored By: That Helps

    Did you know that every single piece of plastic ever made still exists today? Unable to break down, plastic items just sit in landfills, polluting our eco systems and oceans an even our food.

    Did you know that the plastic industry causes carbon pollution, which is the major driving force behind climate change?

    I am by no means an angel when it comes to environmentalism (hence the occasional anger in my Instagram comments). I’m vegan, which gives me major eco points, but my plastic use could stand to be reduced significantly.  I am a blogger so, receiving all sorts of new products all the time, inherently my job involves more waste than I would prefer. It’s an area of constant improvement for me.  But— given the imminent threat of a climate crisis, I simply cannot get on board with using plastic diapers.  If you’re a parent, you know that a single, teeny, tiny baby could go through more than 10 diapers per day. And the typical babe is in diapers for AT LEAST a couple of years.  That is 7,300 soiled plastic diapers (on the low end) from ONE BABY that would just sit there on our planet for the next 500 years!!!! So, even though the concept admittedly intimidated me, I decided when I was pregnant that I would move forward with cloth diapering for my baby.

    I had no idea where to start, so I asked around about good companies that I might want to support, and I ended up choosing a small business called KangaCare. I chose the one-size, all-in-one diaper called Rumparooz to keep things very simple. It’s essentially just like disposable diapers— you just slip them on and snap! You can use them on your baby from the time you bring them home from the hospital until it’s time for potty training (up to 35lbs). I have about 30 diapers in my stash, and I wash them a couple times per week.

    The question everyone has but doesn’t want to ask: poop. How do you cloth diaper as it relates to handling the poop?! Breastfed poop is totally water soluble.  It truly does just wash away. Our washer has a “sanitize and steam” option on it, and when I take the diapers out to put them in the dryer it is like they and brand new. When River is put on solids (and thereby has “real” poops), I plan to buy use both biodegradable/flushable liners + washable and reusable liners, and use them depending on whether or not I’m running errands/traveling/etc. You can also buy a little sprayer that attaches to the toilet, and spray the poo into the toilet before tossing the cloth diaper in the pail to later be washed.

    Remember: it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach. You can absolutely cloth diaper part time and still consider yourself to be super helpful in reducing environmental impact. I use bamboo disposable diapers when I travel, and that’s ok!  If you have any questions at all, as usual feel free to ask! Thank you for caring about helping the environment and reducing your plastic use!

    If you want to learn more about ways to reduce your environmental impact and help combat climate change– or if you care about finding ways to help efforts like wildlife conservation, clean water, veteran support, education, or animal welfare, for example– I would really recommend checking out the That Helps website and/or downloading the app. They can help you figure out ways to help, and connect you with organizations that you can trust. I’m so excited about it, especially since one of the top five questions I get from y’all is “how can I help?” Getting started and plugged in is the hardest and most daunting part. So go check out the website and let me know how you like it!

    XOXO

    19
    Nov
    2018

    Breastfeeding, Being Asked “Are you Pregnant Again?”, and Salubrious Juice!

    On today’s Instagram post, I talked about how I was asked recently if I were preggo again!  Y’all… I couldn’t believe it. I was so upset. I was all dressed up with friends at this beautiful gala, and then WHAM.  I doubt that this person meant it cruelly, but a hot tip: never ask a not-obviously-pregnant person if they are expecting.  Honestly, unless they are about to have their baby on the dang floor and are wearing a BUN IN THE OVEN shirt stretched to the max by the 10 pound fetus beneath it, you should probably play it safe and ZIP IT.

    BUT. This unfortunate moment did make me take a look at myself and ask, “what is going on?”  Well, I’ll tell you what’s going on. First off, the whole “breastfeeding makes the pounds melt off” thing MIGHT be true for some people, but it ain’t true for me!  And the more I ask around, the more it seems that it is normal for women to AT FIRST lose weight while breastfeeding, but then the last 10-12 pounds don’t budge until you wean. Also, breastfeeding makes you so, so hungry. Lastly, as a new mom you are utterly exhausted, which also makes it harder to lose weight.

    Don’t get me wrong… Taking care of your little angel baby is what is most important.  And, I feel very very fortunate that I’m able to feed my baby with my body; breastfeeding has been a beautiful journey for me, and I know that not everyone is able to do it.  But holding onto fat like this does affect morale, and after months of shrugging and saying “meh, it’ll come off eventually,” I do feel that I’m at the point where I want to do something about these last 10 pounds I’m carrying.

    Step one: working out. I’ve got to get back into the swing of things training at Fit 180.

    Step two: healthy eating, plus juicing. This is where Salubrious Juice and More has been a COMPLETE LIFESAVER. Ajay, the founder, created Salubrious after serving as a marine. He swears by an organic, fresh, plant-based diet full of juices and smoothies, and wanted to share the feeling of healthfulness with his community in DFW. I personally got their juice cleanse (and augmented it just a tad with healthy snacks in order to keep my milk supply exactly where it was)… I feel like I’ve tried every juice cleanse in Dallas at some point over the past few years, and Salubrous is BY FAR my favorite!  I did it for 5 days, and I feel AMAZING right now. The juices tasted so good, and kept me full without bloat. The cold-pressed juices in my cleanse included a “black elixir” (activated charcoal, lemon, apple, and himalayan salt), a “lovely red” (beets, cucumber, apple, lemon), 2 variations of green juices (cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, parsley, cilantro, ginger, turmeric, apple, lemon) and finally, immunity shots (ginger, turmeric, and apple… And I’m pretty sure this might be the only reason my hubby Matt didn’t get me sick last week!). These juices are so hardy, I definitely did not feel deprived or like I was tired, headachey, or starving. And now, in addition to feeling lighter on my feet, my skin looks great, too!

    If you live in the DFW area, try Salubrious for yourself.  In fact, if you follow them on Instagram and let me know in the comments of my last instagram post, you’ll be eligible to win a big fat gift certificate to Salubrious Juice And More! Oh- ad they also do takeout and catering!!  (FYI they have two locations: Frisco, and Uptown Dallas.)

    LOVE YOU ALL! Happy Monday! Be healthy, happy, and kind this week!

     

    16
    Nov
    2018

    Breaking News: Faux Wool Hats!

    Hi all!  I have a crazy day ahead of me (One of my best friends got engaged this morning!  We are throwing a big party for her tomorrow, so I need to start decorating!) but I wanted to let you now that vegan (faux wool, felt) hats are available now at HATSMITHE!  One of my Instagram followers started this company, and I am so excited to spread the word to all of you.  There are many color options, and the hats come in the form of pork-pie and fedoras with different sized brims. Super reasonable price point, too ($60)!  I have it on good authority that they are about to come out with berets, as well.  Many more details on this exciting and burgeoning brand will be posted at a later date; for now, you are the first to know, so go check them out and scoop some up before they inevitably sell out!

    xx Happy weekend to you all,

    Molly

    pork pie hat, vegan hat on fashionveggie

    8
    Nov
    2018

    Made Trade : The New, Online, Ethical Marketplace! (PLUS, A GIVEAWAY!!!)

    You guys, I am so VERY excited to introduce you to Made Trade!  It’s like an online flea market of your dreams, where the abundance of fashion, footwear, decor, furniture, and accessories are ALL ethically and sustainably made with transparency. Made Trade prioritizes 5 main values: fair trade, sustainable, USA-made, handmade, and vegan. Each of the 50+ brands and their products must fall into at least one or more of those categories.  This way, their customers can shop according to their values!  Made Trade just officially launched, so y’all are pretty much the first to know about this gem. And, amazing news… Made Trade has generously offered to gift one of you $250 to spend on their site!  See my most recent Instagram post to enter.

    For extra motivation I am going to post some of my very favorite Made Trade offerings below, but you can also go ‘head and peep the pre-filtered animal-friendly fashion here, and their vegan home goods here.

    SIDENOTE– Can we take a moment to revel in the diversity and realness of the gorgeous models on the Made Trade site? Thank youuuu!

    Reasonably priced, organic bamboo (and non toxic dye) flare pants. YAS.

    Bold, eco-friendly, handmade, statement-making earrings. Gimme!

    Zero-waste, super soft sweatshirt that I want to wear with oversized black sunglasses to run my errands

    Made in the USA, recycled brass + quartz amazing necklace that I would wear layered with other pieces or standing on its own

    This color, though!  Perfect dress for the holidays. Made sustainably in the USA

    Gorgeous throw made by artisans (the name of the maker is stitched onto the organic cotton!) in India

    Super cool looking, eco-friendly light made in the USA and composed of walnut & rope

    USA made, handmade, and eco-friendly… this oil slick clock is just so gorgeous!

    I hope you enjoyed learning about Made Trade!  Go enter the giveaway if you’d like a shot at getting some of these gorgeous pieces for yourself or loved ones in time for the hoidays. XOXOXO and good luck!

     

    22
    Oct
    2018

    Faux Fur For Everyone!

    You guyyys!!!  It’s the end of 2018, and wearing animal fur is finally taboo!  Excuse me while I pop all the bottles in celebration.  (If you’re wondering why fur has been banned in not only the biggest high fashion houses but in entire cities, take a look at this quick article with 9 bullet points outlining why fur is bad for animals, the environment, and even our health. There are some photos in the article, but not of the very graphic nature.) Basically…. You can’t really wear real fur anymore, it’s embarrassing.

    And aside from the cruelty involved in the fur trade, there is also simply no place for it anymore. Whether you like the look of shaggy or sleek, colorful or basic black, and cropped or floor length… And whether you have $100 or $1,000 to spend… There is a perfect faux fur jacket or coat out there for you!  And I am happy to help you find it.

    Below I’ve listed my top spots to find faux, and under each retailer I have posted a pic of my favorite option available there. Click the photo to shop the exact jacket, or click the brand name to peruse all options!  Also, at the bottom of this post I will link several of my favorite faux options from mainstream retailers.  Enjoy, knowing that you are living intentionally and that your shopping and style choices are reflective of that! It’s a beautiful thing, you beautiful thing.

     

    1. UNREAL FUR (average price $300, available at various retailers and at Unrealfur.com)… I love this Melbourne-based brand because the quality is incredible for the price point, everything is ethically made, they’ve garnered a hip cult following in NYC and LA, are available everywhere from Planet Blue to Revolve to Free People, and they are outspoken about their mission to end animal cruelty. YES!unreal fur
    2. Apparis (Average price point around $250, this is an ethically made, PETA approved brand.) They’ve been featured in Vogue for their stylist aesthetic, and I like the “fluffy” quality of the jackets. The have vibrant jewel-colored options as well as some more traditional colors available. One color blocked one I’m dying for is the LISA. They can also be found at Intermix
    3. Le Seine & Moi (the first French faux fur line ever! A little on the pricier side, but unbelievable quality. Ethically made, variety of neutral and wilder colors available.) 
    4. Spirit Hoods (average price point around $200-$250, 25% off with code HOWL at checkout); their faux is ethically made in LA, and 10% of proceeds go to help endangered species!!!  I personally have their leopard coat and it keeps me SOOO warm… I’ll post a pic of my coat below.  Other faves are the grey wolf coat and the tundra fox bomber. I like that some of their coats have the ears on the hood– hence the name. its a playful, cheeky touch and keeps it from looking sooooo real. Their hooded designs have earned a very loyal, festival-going following… Even though I usually just wear mine to go eat ramen with my family or to run to CVS. To each their own! 
    5. The Design Studio Hawarden (around $150-$200 average price for a faux fur bomber, and just SO FUN and unique!) I love this brand because they don’t take themselves too seriously, while still remaining chic. Fun color blocking, patterns and textures make for an unmistakable aesthetic, and it is made ethically by a mother/daughter design team in the UK.
    6. Shrimps (OMG! OMG! I love EVERY single piece on their page. Super expensive, though, and I’m not willing to sell my firstborn. If you have money to spend, however, no judgment from me, and send me a pic of your fabulous coat!!!) I love their color options, designs, and faux leather bomber options (like photo below)… I only wish their peacoats were not made of wool. Le Sigh. 
    7. A few mainstream retailers that are particularly reliable for offering a plethora of beautiful faux fur options: Free People, Nasty Gal, Asos, Planet Blue.  Hit the arrows on the left and right below to navigate some of my favorite picks from these spots… Anything from Nasty Gal is 50% off!

     

    I hope this has made you feel prepared to tackle the Fall/Winter months in style!  Remember to consider this an investment, just as consumers buying leather and fur coats would consider it an investment; these prices may not be in the $50 range, but you will have them for a long, long time if you take good care of them, and you are supporting ethical business and animal welfare with your purchase. As always, let me know if you have any questions at all. Thank you for caring and shopping conscientiously!

    xx

    M

     

    16
    Oct
    2018

    Jambu Vegan Shoes: For The Woman On Her Feet All Day! (Discount Code)

    Over the years, I can’t tell you how many messages I’ve gotten from women who work in the service industry, doctors’ offices, or some other type of job where they are on their feet all day long— asking me WHERE oh where can they find some truly comfortable-yet-stylish shoes?  i do love a pair of comfy shoes, but I hadn’t found a brand that I could truly wear ALL DAY without my feet hurting… Until now!

    Jambu’s vegan shoe selectionsare made with memory foam insoles, so you honestly feel like you are walking on air. I would wear these to an all-day outdoor festival, traveling to a pedestrian city like NYC, or just a full day of shopping/running errands.  The specific pair I’ve been wearing is the Parker, and let me tell you– if you are looking for comfortable booties for women, these are a MUST. They come in several colors and the price point is amazing ($59…AND i have a 15% off discount code for you! Veggie18, valid until 11/15/18). The shoes run true to size.

    Jambu offers vegan snow boots, athletic shoes, sandals, and booties, all with the memory foam insoles and all at a very reasonable price point.   **Important Note! This is not an entirely vegan brand. If you are perusing, make sure you are in the “vegan” sub-section under the “women” heading!

    On my wish list: their snow boots!  Check this brand out and let me know what you think (remember discount code Veggie18). Your feet AND your wallet will thank you!

    jambu vegan shoes

     

     

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