Fashion

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!

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23
Aug
2018

It’s Vegan… But Is It Eco-Friendly?

As a vegan fashion writer, aligning an appreciation for style with a love for animals has always come naturally.  The trickiest part of my job, however, is finding beautiful, animal-friendly clothing that is also eco-friendly AND made ethically in regards to factory conditions and wages.  This is a challenge, yes, but a worthwhile and rewarding one.  Aligning all of these core values takes extra effort but is NOT impossible, especially if you just give yourself permission take it one step at a time.  Today, we are going to start the process by quickly addressing which vegan materials are eco-friendly— soon, we will also tackle the big picture of ethics together!  We can do this!

eco-friendly fashion from reformation

(Wearing an eco-friendly dress by transparent brand Reformation )

Let’s go ahead and state the obvious: when shopping for vegan fashion, one’s initial reaction is “hey this isn’t that hard!”  Throw a rock, and it will hit any cheapie store selling clothing that doesn’t list any animal byproducts on the labels.  It is important to realize, though, that some of these materials are actually causing major devastation to our animals and the planet we all share and love. Water pollution, emissions, and little plastic microfibers which come off in the washing machine and end up in our oceans (and in our fish) are a few factors to consider when choosing fabrics to invest in.  Let’s break it down:

The Earth-Friendly Five

  1. Buying recycled/vintage/second hand pieces is always best!  Aside from not contributing to rising demand for new clothing to be produced, you are also keeping discarded clothing from going straight to a landfill.
  2. Organic cotton.  This is different from regular cotton, because no earth-harming pesticides or GMOs are used in production. (Regular cotton is very pesticide-heavy, which pollutes our oceans.)
  3. Bamboo. It is one of the most sustainable materials available to us, deriving from a grass requiring no fertilizer or pesticides.  It is very soft and moisture-wicking, perfect for sheets, towels, baby clothing, and more.
  4. Hemp. This is a high yield crop, also grown without a need for fertilizer or pesticides.  It improves soil quality, and is durable and strong as a fabric, which leads to a long wear-time.
  5. Linen. Made from the (entire) flax plant, this is a zero-waste material that requires very little energy/water/resources to produce on a large scale. Linen is recyclable and and biodegradable, plus it is super hardy so you can wear the same garment for decades.

The Fearful Four

  1. Polyester
  2. Acrylic
  3. Rayon
  4. Nylon

While readily available, the chemicals used in the making of these products—plus the chemical waste— is not a great thing for the environment.  They are not recyclable or biodegradable. The production of fabrics like polyester require petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Not to mention, these fabrics are known to contain and be treated with harmful, possibly-carcinogenic chemicals.

One thing to remember is that most of this is not black and white.  Organic cotton, for instance, while clearly the “clean” option, requires an excessive amount of water to be used in production. So, like most things in life, you do a cost-benefit analysis and buy mindfully, doing the best the you can. Remember to be kind to yourself– you care and are learning, and that is by far the most crucial step in becoming an ethical, conscious consumer.

24
May
2018

Artisan Subscription Box Review [ Featuring GlobeIn ]

I love a good subscription box… You know this!  However, I am also trying to reduce clutter in a major way in preparation for baby.  So I am being extra picky with which ones I will invest in and work with.  I definitely couldn’t say no to a GlobeIn box, though– I mean, handmade, ethically-sourced, artisan-supporting products from all around the world?  Thats a yes.  I will say, not every box is fully vegan, so I did take my time researching which ones I could use and promote in good conscience.   The broad term “ethical” as it relates to fashion/products/etc. has, to me, certainly come to entail supporting human rights, dignity, safety and welfare; but I will also never sacrifice my beliefs as it pertains to the rights and treatment of animals.  So for me it’s always gotta be cruelty-free (no animal testing) and vegan (no animal products). Always.

Now, back to GlobeIn!  The skinny is that you can get the boxes for yourself, or gift them… There are many different themes to choose from, and the boxes always contain at least 4-5 specially curated, artisan goods of at least a $70 total value.  The items come from all over the world, and, appropriately, the purchase of your box will support people all over the world.  From providing employment to handicapped artisans to saving elephants to feeding hungry children, you can see the full impact of subscribing to these boxes HERE.

In the photo in this post, I am wearing & carrying fair trade items from the Fashion Forward Box as I headed out for some pool time last weekend.  I LOVE the stories behind every single piece. The main item is the caftan, sustainably made by Symbology Clothing (I wrote an article on them a couple of years ago, here).  While I love the caftan as a chic cover up as shown here, if you follow me on Instagram you might recognize it from this photo! It’s super cute worn as a tunic with leggings or jeans.) My clutch was handwoven in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is roomy enough to hold all of my poolside essentials– sunglasses, sunscreen, phone, keys.  These types of woven bags are trendy right now, and I love that I have “the real thing”– and one that is ethically-made, at that. Also included in my Fashion Box was a delicate pineapple ring, handmade through a very intricate process in Bali to honor their culture. I love my ring, and have worn it twice with “fancy clothes.” I also scored some vegan, cruelty-free, yummy-smelling coconut vanilla hand & body cream.  The cream is by Alaffia, an ethical company that has ensured the health of almost 5,000 newborns and mothers and planted nearly 60,000 trees in West Africa.

I can’t say enough about GlobeIn.  Everything they offer is SO interesting and full of soul, and you get to help others while learning about other cultures via beautiful handmade items. Check out their various box themes, and give one a go.  Or gift a subscription to someone who would appreciate an outside-the-box (pun intended) present for the next birthday or holiday… What a meaningful way to celebrate life.

GlobeIn – Artisan Box Marketplace

 

23
May
2018

My Three Top Maternity Fashion Must-Know Brands

These past 9 months, I have made it my mission to really dive into maternity fashion.  It has not always been easy. In the maternity fashion world, there are loud prints and empire waists abound; neither of which I find flattering, modern, or interesting.  And as tempted as I’ll admit I felt at times, I also did not want to spend my money on fast fashion– i.e. cheapie, “throw-it-on, stretch-it-out, who-cares” preggo wear– like a lot of overwhelmed mamas-to-be end up doing. One: because I’ve moved away from fast fashion for ethical reasons, and two: because, for me, pregnancy is definitely NOT the time to suddenly say “screw it” and quit valuing your appearance. If anything, it has been more important for me than ever to feel truly good about the way I present myself… Not for anyone else’s benefit, but for my own. After all, your hormonal balance is completely out of whack, your body has changed form in ways you never dreamed of, and– especially near the end– you simply aren’t very comfortable.  So, I urge you, when your time comes: invest in solid brands offering soft, high quality fabrics.  Choose timeless, durable pieces that you feel you could potentially (want to!) wear after pregnancy is over, and then again with any subsequent pregnancies you may experience. Choose fashion that CELEBRATES your bump, because it’s an amazing and exciting time.  I went this route, and I must say: even on days where I was feeling my worst, I had a pretty good time getting dressed in the morning.

The following have been my go-to brands throughout my pregnancy.  I hope you love them as much as I have!

 

LEGOE.

All time favorite brand for maternity, nursing, and then life as a mama on the go!

maternity fashion legoe

legoe maternity fashion

Seen here in a casual mini which has since sold out (lots more like it on the site!) and then in the nursing-friendly  Louvre maxi dress (shown tied up and worn as a tunic)

*Check the “fabrication” details on any piece you are interested in. Whiile mostly vegan, LEGOE. is not a fully-vegan brand.

LEGOE. is an Aussie brand that focuses on high quality, versatile, minimalistic garments meant to transition effortlessly to your various life phases as a new mama.  I’d consider it the ultimate “cool girl” brand of maternity wear.  While undeniably high end, the prices are actually reasonable enough (and they always seem to have pretty awesome markdowns, too)– currently on their website, many of their pieces are half off!

(Philanthropy) LEGOE. donates $1 from every purchase to help mothers in underdeveloped nations give birth safely. Upon checkout, you can choose where your dollar goes; the concept is mothers helping mothers.

Storq

Another great transitional brand you can take with you from pregnancy to nursing to parenthood.  Focus on high quality basics and essentials. 

storq maternity fashion

Seen here wearing: Maternity T-Shirt Dress, size small.  Top pulls down for nursing postpartum. Every pregnant lady I ran into while wearing this asked me where I got it… Effortless and easy and flattering.

Go to Storq for the basics (you will wear them all the time), from your maternity leggings (while pregnant, regular pants will be a thing of the past… the Storq leggings are by far my favorite of my maternity legging collection, and bonus- they are eco-friendly and you can wear them after baby, too!) to easy throw-it-on dresses.  The clothing is all vegan except for their slip dress (silk). If you’re able to and want a fully functioning preggo wardrobe right off , I would definitively invest in Storq’s maternity basics bundle.

(Recycling + give back program) Storq has partnered with 2ReWear, so that when you recycle your clothing through them, all proceeds will go to the Homeless Prenatal Program. More info is available here.

Isabella Oliver

This brand has a little bit of everything! I just wish their preggo-friendly shoes were vegan 🙁

If you are an avid jeans-wearer, I can’t recommend their denim options enough. I got this pair in charcoal (for reference, size 1) and have been able to wear them throughout the entire pregnancy… the style and color makes them super versatile, and they are very high quality without completely breaking the bank like some alternatives out there.

Also, they have a whole maternity workwear section— so if you have an office job, this brand is a MUST for you.

Note: fabric details are listed in the description under each item. This is not a fully vegan line, but has many vegan options. 

I hope this maternity fashion brand roundup makes shopping for your bump a little less daunting!  This process should be fun!  As always, let me know if you have any questions at all about my experience with these brands, sizing, or anything else.  

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!

cptn vegan watch

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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