Fashion

26
Mar
2018

Vegan Leather Watches! (Featuring: CPTN Watches)

I’m so excited to bring CPTN Watches to your attention!

After months of looking online for the perfect vegan watch, I finally settled on an ethically-made, minimalistic, daily-wear one by CPTN.  Made in Australia, CPTN watches are unisex, versatile, and reasonably priced (mine was about $90 and I wear it ALL the time)– Plus, you get a discount code: FASHIONVEGGIE will get you 10% off!

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The vegan leather was high quality and soft, and I definitely don’t feel like the watch is super duper masculine or oversized like some unisex watches can be… I have small-ish wrists that can be easily overwhelmed with an enormous timepiece. CPTN watches are water resistant, but not waterproof (take it off before a shower!).  I like that there are a variety of options for you to choose from:  the vegan leather can be black or tan, the metal/hardware can be silver, gold, or rose gold, and the “dial” (face) can be matte white or black.  It comes in a nice, luxe black box with a black pillow, which I thought would be nice especially if I were to give the watch as a gift.

CPTN offers free shipping and a 12 month warranty.

Check CPTN watches out for you, your man, your family… Let me know what you think!  Don’t forget: a) the dollar amounts on the website auto-populate to AUS, so adjust that in the upper righthand corner of the website for accurate pricing; b) to use the coupon code (FASHIONVEGGIE) for a discount! Enjoy!

 

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21
Mar
2018

Dressing The Bump: Cape Dress + Jeane & Jax Vegan Bag

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dress: ASOS maternity // vegan bag: Jeane & Jax // shoes: Stella McCartney (old); similar pair by Stella ON SALE linked here

One of my goals is to start putting more of my day-to-day looks on the blog, instead of just on my Instagram…  Especially my maternity looks, in hopes that it will help someone else. Because let me tell you, dressing a new bod can be tricky!  Pictured here is one of my preggo OOTD (outfit(s) of the day), which I wore last week when I was in major “boss lady” mode, going from brand meeting to brand meeting.  (When you’re pregnant, you tend to want to be in leggings constantly. Unfortunately, life does not always allow for such behavior.)   Like the majority of my pregnancy wardrobe, dusty rose dress is from ASOS; they have such great, chic, mom-to-be looks at prices that won’t break the bank.  The shoes are last season’s Stella McCartney (I love these similar ones by Stella as well, and they are on major sale!), and the vegan bag is a brand new addition to my closet that came from ethical company Jeane & Jax.  You should check them out– they are super high quality and are also reasonably priced!  I love the neutral, high end lining inside the bag, as well as the rose gold accents.

Style tip:  I have always loved a monochrome look (specifically, wearing different pieces that are in the same color family– but not the very same color), and this is especially true when pregnant.  It lends an elongated effect to your look, and makes you look instantly put together… No one has to have a clue how nauseated and tired you actually are!

xoxo-

Molly

14
Mar
2018

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

 

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8
Feb
2018

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

 

5
Feb
2018

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!

clockwise: 

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

xx

Molly

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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

19
Dec
2017

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, fashionveggie.com, 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.

4
Dec
2017

“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?

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