Men’s Vegan Fashion (Featuring: Will’s Vegan Shoes)

My husband, Matt, has not bought leather in over a year! You know what has made his transition to men’s vegan fashion 100x easier? The mere existence of the all cruelty-free online retailer Will’s Vegan Shoes.

Don’t let the name fool you; in addition to shoes, Will’s offers vegan leather good for both men and women which extend way beyond shoes.  Matt has bought their  belts, briefcases (he even has multiple colors of the same briefcase, as you’ll see below… I’m telling you, the man is addicted), and wallets– and the quality never disappoints.  Another bonus: the super accessible price point!  Everything looks high designer, but is a fraction of the price.

In Matt’s two professional outfits below, all “leather” is vegan and by Will’s.  Check out their website, I guarantee you will be impressed and will find something that you/your dad/your husband/your brother needs in his closet to stylishly represent kind fashion!

Work Look 1

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Work Look 2

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MAS Photography for photos


Will’s Vegan Shoes for all shoes, belts, and briefcases



Rêve En Vert – The Go-To For Consciously-Made, Luxury Fashion

Dressing the bump in:  Mara Hoffman

Rêve En Vert is changing the game when it comes to shopping for luxury fashion.  It has been called “The Net-A-Porter of sustainable fashion” by Harpers Bazaar, a description that is spot-on: The co-founders of REV created the company with the goal of only featuring fashion from designers who met one of their four sustainability criteria: organic, remade, local, and fair.  (But I can’t help but notice that “vegan” seems to have crept in there, as well, based on the availability of animal-friendly handbags on their site!)

Rêve En Vert offers the best of the best in activewear, casual wear, dresses, lingerie, resort wear, accessories, beauty, and more.  Under each item, there is a description of WHY this designer is considered sustainable– what are their practices, their materials?  I will say, I was pleasantly surprised more than once to find that designer I have known of and admired for years has been, unbeknownst to me, consciously making their pieces with sustainable measures in place.  The dress I’m wearing, for instance, is by Mara Hoffman.  I worn pieces by this designer for the past 10 years, having no idea that she actually partners with artisans to make everything in the USA, focuses on employing women using ethical employment standards, utilizes cutting-edge and sustainable materials such as lenzing rayon and birla viscose, and focuses heavily on reducing fabric waste.  Honestly, perusing the site’s featured designers is an education in and of itself.

I want to share some of my favorite, sustainably-made pieces from their site with you guys– I hope you love them!  And go check out the Rêve En Vert site online, it is truly inspiring.

Dream shopping cart:

Von Holzhausen, as seen on me here

Matt & Nat, one of my all-time fave handbag brands

tencel, non-toxic workout gear by Vyayama

Willow Beauty trio of organic oils- cruelty-free, vegan, organic



Ultra Violet : 2018’s Pantone Color of The Year

2018 is in full swing, and with it has come the newest selection of Pantone colors. The color of the year, a very welcome change after last year’s barely-wearable yellow-green, has been declared Ultra Violet, a “blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come,” according to the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

After the year we’ve had, an indicator of changes ahead is exactly what we the people are needing. It shouldn’t be ignored that our color of the year comes from harmoniously blending the politically polarizing colors of red and blue. Could this be the color of hope and peace that is to come in 2018?

So— how do we incorporate this color into our wardrobes/lives for little morale AND style boost? Whether you’re a 20-year-old student, a 35-year-old mama, or just a fashionista in between, I have some ideas and inspiration for you (all animal-friendly as usual). Let’s make like Alice Walker and get into the color purple!


undies: hanky panky- regular or plus size // cruelty-free, vegan lippie: kat von d // velvet jeans: marc jacobs // baby carrier: baby k’tan // tassel earrings: design b london // vegan leather padded headphones: beats // handbag: gunas // grid pattern, long sleeve blouse: sanctuary // backpack: fjallraven kanken // booties: on major sale- aldo //  sunglasses: ray ban // cruelty-free, vegan nail polish: luna // cruelty-free, vegan eyeshadow: half off-  elf cosmetics // scarf: almost sold out- asos



ultra violet jumpsuit urban outfitters purple

Jumpsuit (30% off, comes in yellow as well) (size 4 for reference)

Blazer (petite and regular available)

Black framed/ blue mirrored sunglasses (more colors available)

photography by MAS Photography


Vegan Winter Fashion | Alternatives to Wool, Fur, & Leather : Finding Animal-Friendly Sweaters, Coats, and Boots!

As some of you know, I am now writing and curating the vegan fashion articles for Raise Vegan (the first ever vegan parenting & pregnancy mag!!!).  I could not be more excited to be involved in such an important, cool publication while entering into this crazy new chapter of my life… Motherhood.

My premier article was all about vegan fashion.  I got a pretty positive reaction from readers and subscribers of Raise Vegan, so I thought I would post it here (below) as well, for you to enjoy.  I hope you find it helpful this winter season!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless, of course, you’re an animal or an animal-loving human. Just take a look around you; the very moment the temps begin to drop, you’ll find fur coats, wool sweaters, leather boots, and down parkas abound.

It doesn’t need to be this way. Nowadays, we simply have far too many identical-or-better-looking alternatives available– all of which are just as effective at keeping you warm– to keep on shopping the same old tired, irreverent brands and materials.

Pre-vegan me used to traipse around the city in my vintage, floor length fur coats passed down from my grandmother— I felt I was the epitome of chic. This behavior is now taboo, as evidenced by high fashion houses Armani and Gucci pledging their fur-free statuses in the past year. You can still get the look, though, if you’re into that sort of thing! If you have copious money to spend, look to eco-fashion hero Stella McCartney, whose “Fur Free Fur” coats have truly set the bar. If you’re a mere, average, working mortal like moi, don’t stress! You can absolutely get in on this action with the bourgeoning availability of “cant even tell its faux” pieces by brands like London’s Unreal Fur (prices range from around $200-$350).

Wool: the sneakiest of fabrics. Assumed by many to be the product of a sheep’s simple, peaceful haircut. Five seconds spent googling images of the term “mulesing,” though, and you will know the truth. So what do we wear instead? Ethical fashion house, VAUTE, has sweaters for men and women alike that are not only extremely high quality and vegan, but also eco-friendly! If you’re on a budget, not to worry… Simply check your material tags while shopping (located on the inside of the sweater), and eschew anything labeled as containing wool, cashmere, or angora in favor of materials such as cotton, hemp, tencel, and acrylic.

Winter boots— whether for mountain trekking or city slicking— are absolutely a winter staple. Luckily for us, the vegan leather options are endless these days! My picks for snow boots are Sorel (I own their Winter Carnival Boot), Cougar Shoes, and Columbia… All of which have tons of great vegan options to choose from. If you’re looking for something a little bit more along the lines of a sleek over-the-knee boot, riding boot, or ankle bootie — I would encourage you to check out cruelty-free brands like Bhava, Cri De Coeur, and Matt & Nat. After all, we want to put our money into ethical and eco brands like this so that they can keep on upping the game in the fashion revolution, yeah?

Finally, let’s wind this article DOWN. See what I did there? Joking aside, down is just the worst. Geese are live plucked, and you can only imagine how awful an experience like that would be. Long thought to be the most protective measure out there for frigid temperatures, would you believe that it was actually the military in the 1980’s who sought out alternatives once discovering that down was actually a total liability when wet? I personally decided to splurge on my down-alternative parka by Hoodlamb, because I despise being cold and I visit Colorado every year around the holidays. Let me tell you that this coat is perfection— way warmer and more luxe than a Canada Goose (yuck) and also eco-friendly! If you need to save a few bucks, check out Noize and Save The Duck for more earth-friendly options.

Voila! Hopefully you feel prepared to tackle the winter season with style and with your ethics intact. More info is always available on my blog,, and on my Instagram where I showcase my favorite ethical brands. I am always here to help you! I can’t wait to talk more about vegan fashion with you all in upcoming issues— because it’s a new day in fashion, where cruelty in any form is not necessary, nor is it tolerated.


“Don’t Bully The Bullies” x Philanthropic Blogger Babes: Veggielitas

Rescue tees by Veggielitas. I have on a size medium; Matt wears a large. Photo by MAS Photography

I love meeting fellow bloggers with a cause, and I am especially excited when they also give back.  Let me tell you– the female duo behind vegan lifestyle blog Veggielitas is the real deal. While their blog focuses on delicious plant-based recipes, nutritional tips, & organic, cruelty-free beauty, they have taken their entrepreneurialism a step further in creating animal rescue tees.  The girls give a whopping 40% of the profits from their sales to START rescue, an incredible non-profit group who transfers at-risk dogs and cats from places like high-kill shelters, Mexico, and South Korea to rescue groups.  Be still my heart!!!  Their shirts (I clearly had to get them for myself and for Matt) feature pittie breeds on the front, as they, along with chihuahuas, have the highest euthanasia rates.

When shopping this holiday season, please consider investing in gifts that contribute to the betterment of our world.  We could all use some good karma heading into 2018, yeah?

veggielitas rescue tees



Black Friday / Cyber Monday SALES

I know, I know… Everyone is talking about sales sales sales, and it seems sometimes that our society is just obsessed with STUFF.

However.  You sometimes do need/deeply want said stuff.  And right now you can save a ton of money.

** Note:  I am going to include a few of my favorite “Shop Small” retailers before all of the bigger retailers … Because it is so important to support them, too!  And I won’t be including notorious fast fashion offenders (i.e. Zara, Forever 21, SheIn) which is a shift for me this year.  “Ethical fashion” doesn’t just refer to the use and treatment of animals; it also has to do with the working conditions of human beings who made the clothes.  I am by no means perfect in this area yet, but if I know a retailer to be “bad,” I’m not going to support them in any capacity.

Ready to dive in?? Here are my faves:

Deux Lux | vegan handbags! 30% off with code: Thankful30

Hoodlamb | (winter, weatherproof parkas! Down-free, fur-free, eco)

OSEA MALIBU (if you know me, you know I am a true believer in this brand and use their products every day) Right now you can get a free mega gift set with a purchase of $125 or higher 

Petit Vour | (vegan beauty products + vegan beauty boxes… huge sale section)

Pixie Mood | (vegan bags!) 40% off entire site with code: PMBF40

Vaute Couture | (vegan winter coats! YES!) Various sales packages

Vegan Chic take extra 15% off black friday-cyber monday sales items through 11/27 (great for gifts and shoes/bags/belts shopping for your man, too!)

ANN TAYLOR | 50% Off Everything with code: THANKFUL DATE: 11/22 – 11/24


ASOS | Black Friday Weekend- 30% off Everything DATE: 11/22 – 11/28 CODE: EPIC30 TIP: Search for Shoes and Bags with the NON LEATHER Filter!!!

BB DAKOTA | 50% Off Black Friday DATE: 11/24. VEGAN LEATHER HEAVEN!

BERGDORF GOODMAN | 40% off designer selection

BLOOMINGDALE’S | take $25 off every $200 spent

E.L.F COSMETICS | Get 50% off sitewide using the code CELEBRATE on orders $30+. Plus, your order ships free for a limited time. Exclusions apply. CODE: CELEBRATE

JOSS & MAIN | Up to 80% off! THE BEST home stuff… from furniture to decor

JUICE BEAUTY | Cyber Monday Exclusive Event: 20% Off any order 11/23-11/28. Use code RSCM17. DATE:11/23 – 11/28 CODE: RSCM17 {Juice Beauty Vegan Product List HERE}

MACY’S | take an extra 20% off everything with code HURRY

MADEWELL | Take 25% off everything DATE: 11/21 – 11/26 CODE: DONTSTRESS

MYTHERESA | enjoy 30% off on selected items by entering the code BLACK30 at checkout DATE: 11/23 – 11/26 CODE: BLACK30 (Hello, Stella bags!!!)

NASTYGAL | It’s Black FriYAY with Nasty Gal – 50% off everything

NEIMAN MARCUS | Today only.  Save up to 60% off when your take an extra 33% off select merchandise at

NORDSTROM | Cyber Monday at NORDSTROM! Extra 20% OFF selected sale items. FREE shipping. FREE returns. DATE: 11/24 – 11/2

REVOLVE | Take up to 50% off sale styles DATE: starting 11/23

RIVER ISLAND | 25% off all orders, for a limited time only* – Sale Items + Mark Downs excluded DATE: 11/23 – 11/27 

SAK’S | Designer Sale! Up to 40% OFF* designer selections. In Stores & Online. Shop Now!

SEPHORA | up to 50% off select items with Black Friday deals under $15

SHOPBOP | Get 20% off orders of $200 + .25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17 at Shopbop! DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

STELLA MCCARTNEY | I’ve been waiting all year for this one! Up to 50% off! 

T3 MICRO | Black Friday starts early! Enjoy 25% off luxe hair tools DATE: 11/21 – 11/26 CODE: FRIDAY17

REFORMATION | 30% off everything

TOO FACED | Shop the Pink Friday Sale for 25% off everything DATE: 11/24

TOPSHOP | Save up to 50% off + Free Worldwide Shipping DATE: 11/22 – 11/27


There you have it! I hope you all had a beautiful holiday with family and loved ones!  I want to say, also, that my heart goes out to those who find the holidays hard for whatever reason… You aren’t alone!  And to all of those who saw my Instagram post announcing my big news (more on that to come!)… Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We could not be more excited and thankful. 

xx Happy shopping and happy living,



Find Your Perfect Teddy Bear Coat (At A Reasonable Price)

brown teddy bear jacket from nordstrom

Teddy bear coat (also comes in cream color): Nordstrom | Boots: Bhava (all vegan shoes)

Need a snuggly, cruelty-free way to stay warm this winter? Try my personal favorite wardrobe staple: the teddy bear coat.  It feels like your softest, favorite blanket wrapped around you all day, and is super versatile.   I like to throw mine over fancy outfits OR yoga clothes.  And nothing beats it while traveling.  This is a great option for you if the super-realistic-looking-faux-fur thing skeeves you out; these jackets literally look to be the texture of teddy bears!  Tips:  I tend to size down in these oversized styles, and they are usually made of poly.  Here are my top picks:


The reversible (available in several colors); $89

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The bomber style (available in 3 colors); $168

furry bomber jacket


The vintage look; $178; 40% off with code THANKU

teddy bear jacket j crew


The casual and cost-effective, comes in 3 colors; $33.99

The glam teddy; $168 but 30% off with code MORE17

faux fur teddy bear coat


The heavy coat, 3 colors available; $129

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Happy Shopping!  And thank you for being kind to animals this winter!



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