Fashion

6
May
2017

mothers’ day with banyan tree essentials

What to get the mother who is hard to shop for? I wanted to branch out from just sending her to the spa every single year, and she is very particular about what clothing or jewelry she’ll wear.  And let’s face it… Flowers die in a few days, plus she has a boyfriend who sends her those.  SO,  this year, I tried something a little different, and kicked off Mothers’ Day a bit early with a fun dinner + drinks date and a SPA IN A BOX! We ended up with a two box combo (c/o the cruelty-free, 98% vegan spa based in Singapore, Banyan Tree) and it was perfect!  I really feel like this would be a great gift idea for the chic mom, the overworked mom, the high OR low maintenance mom, the long-distance mom… Your mom!

(Sidenote… For those of you who have lost your mothers and for whom this holiday is particularly hard… I am thinking of you, and hope that this post doesn’t make you feel sad. If you ever want to talk, I am here!)  This blog post also applies to yourself if YOU are a mother– heck, even a dog mother! Treat yo’self.

(Before I forget– I have a discount code for y’all!  Enter in MOLLY20 at checkout for 20% off anything you buy on the site. YAYYYYY!)

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The packaging was ultra-luxe AND eco-friendly.  My mother was so excited to hold on to beautiful boxes for future gifting.  She started by opening up the Mum To Be box. Inside, there was a spa-quality, eco-friendly, matching slippers + robe combo; jasmine rice night cream, ultra-moisturizing hand cream, and body lotion.  The creams and lotion smelled heavenly, and she was already very excited. But then, we opened box #2, which was the Nest Maker. Inside, there was a beautiful, hand-crafted, ceramic oil burner, 3 divine-scented essential oils (lavender– which is my fave, litsea, and peppermint), and a relaxing spa music CD!  Essentially, she will be able to create a spa-like experience/ambience whenever she wants to, while in the comfort of her own home.  I would definitely recommend ethically responsible Banyan Tree to anyone in search for a way to pamper their mom this holiday.

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17
Apr
2017

[ von holzhausen ] new luxury handbag alert

“Introducing the best leather bag… It’s not made of leather.” – Von Holzhausen

Hi, friends.  So, brands like Malibu-based Von Holzhausen are why I wanted to be a vegan fashion blogger when I first started out 2.5 years ago.  What we have here is a high end, specialty, beautifully-constructed handbag line– who has always used leather in all of their designs– who now sees the way in which the world is changing and has made the decision to change right along with it.

Luxurious brand Von Holzhausen is pioneering the use of  future-forward “Technik-Leather,” traditionally used in automobiles, in fashion.  Their latest collection of uber-chic shopper bags and pouches are made in the USA with no toxic byproducts or harsh chemicals, no waste factor, and no animal products.  Their bags are substantial yet surprisingly lightweight, and look just like buttery leather… Except no animals were harmed!  On the inside of the bag, you’ll find sustainable suede substitute, “Technik-Suede.”

From experience, I can tell you that this bag is perfection.  I LOVE the shape, quality, and lightweight portability.  It is truly beauty-meets-functionality.  I love putting my laptop in this bag every day on my way out of the door to work, knowing that it was USA made with sustainable practices, and EVERY time I come home after receiving at least 5 compliments on the unique look.  Do yourself a favor and check this brand out!!!!! Let’s support companies who are making strides to improve the way they create fashion.

xoxo

Molly

VON HOLZHAUSEN

 

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14
Apr
2017

shopbop sale : final day! (my top picks)

It’s that time of year again… the ShopBop annual sale.  Since It’s the last day of said sale, I wanted to be sure and share the (all animal-friendly, obviously) things that are in my personal cart.  If you love them, I suggest you snap them up NOW while they are 25% off.  Ready… Set… Go!

Best Shoes 

Best Bags

Best Sunglasses

Best Dresses

 

Treat Yo’Self!

Shopbop Sale: Last Day!

11
Apr
2017

vegan fashion for men … a shopping guide for caring men and those who love them

First comes love.  Then comes marriage.  Then comes a little baby in a carriage.

OR, you’re us.  In which case, first comes a period of fun and passionate dating, then comes Molly going hardcore vegan overnight while her bewildered boyfriend tries to figure out what happened to their perfectly normal life, then come minor disagreements-turned-larger-resentments over half of the things that used to go blissfully undiscussed.  Such as a carton of eggs.  Or Neutrogena face wash.  Or his clothing. I would hug him in his favorite cashmere sweater, and suddenly I’d feel ill.  I couldn’t help it, I just knew too much about what happened to the poor bunnies.

NOTE:  Matt and I are GREAT now!  We’ve pretty much got it figured out.  Hence, we can now help you navigate the complicated (but not-so-much once you learn the ropes) world of vegan fashion for men.

ALSO NOTE: My lovah, God bless him, is a bonafide clotheshorse.  Everything I’m listing on here is Matt-approved and good lookin’. No hemp Birkenstocks for this guy!

Alright, lets get this party started.

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pants: mizzen & main // shirt: mizzen & main // briefcase: matt & nat // shoes: will’s vegan shoes // belt: alternative outfitters

hair products: kevin murphy (the anti-gravity line)

SHOES

  1. Will’s London
  2. Brave Gentleman
  3. Nicora 
  4. Matt & Nat
  5. Kat Mendenhall (cowboy boots!)

-QUICK TIP: If you’re in a hurry and need something overnighted, you can always go to ASOS.com.  Type in “Faux leather shoe” into the search box, then choose the “MEN” filter. Voila! Tons of vegan shoes at your fingertips! 

 

BRIEFCASE/WALLET

  1. Matt & Nat
  2. Brave Gentleman
  3. Will’s Vegan Shoes & Accessories
  4. Eve Cork
  5. Luca Chiara 
  6. Vegan Collection
  7. Dune London- vegan options here & here
  • QUICK TIP: If you’re in a hurry and need something overnighted, you can always go to ASOS.com.  Type in “Faux leather bag” into the search box, then choose the “MEN” filter. 

 

BELT

  1. Alternative Outfitters
  2. Vegan Collection
  3. Kat Mendenhall
  4. Will’s Vegan Shoes & Accessories
  5. Brave Gentleman
  • QUICK TIP: If you’re in a hurry and need something overnighted, you can always go to ASOS.com. Type in “Faux leather belt” into the search box, then choose the “MEN” filter. 

 

SUIT

  1. Brave Gentleman
  2. Ministry of Supply
  3. Express (about half of their suits are wool-free; be sure to check “product details”)

 

JACKET/COAT

  1. Vaute 
  2. Ministry of Supply
  3. HoodLamb (cold weather/snow)
  4. Brave Gentleman
  5. Spirit Hoods (funky/festival/faux fur/ part of proceeds go to animal rescue)

 

SWEATER

  1. Vaute
  2. Express (no wool! yay!)

 

WATCH

  1. Nois 
  2. Wood Watches
  3. Daniel Wellington (1 vegan option)
  4. Lund London 

 

ALL-VEGAN STORE/ONLINE MARKETPLACE

  1. Vegan Scene
  2. Unicorn Goods
  3. Vegan Chic

There you have it!  Vegan fashion for men, simplified.

And remember.. When in doubt (and if it’s warm out), they can always rock my favorite look on a man– linen!

Comment or message me with any questions or additions! I hope this helped. Be kind today! XOX

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(You can find more on vegan fashion for men on my Instagram… Matt is going to be modeling sustainable, animal-loving brands more and more for me! Stay tuned!)

24
Mar
2017

shop for the animals; shop tristin! (online boutique)

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shop tristin, vegan fashion, fashion veggie molly

top: tristin ($22!) / skirt: tristin ($32!) For reference, I am wearing a size small // wooden necklace: savvie studio

I love this set so much, I couldn’t even wait long enough get it hemmed to wear it around town and to put it on the blog (hence the “ombre” look at the bottom of the skirt)!   Oh, the challenges of being 5’3″!  I love that the pieces can be worn separately– I wore this skirt to brunch, for instance, with a low v-neck, cotton, cropped tank.   The material makes this appear MUCH more luxe and expensive than it actually is (the whole thing is only $54!), and it is extremely flattering on.  I like to dress it down for daytime with an earthy wooden + cotton necklace, but I also look forward to having an occasion where I can dress it up; it would be perfect for a gala or holiday party!  The biggest reason I choose to shop at Tristin— aside from the super reasonable price point and the fact that I love supporting a small biz– is that they donate 10% of their proceeds to animal charities, and everything is 100% vegan!

Some of my favorites from their site (ALL of which are very affordable):

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24
Feb
2017

pashmina collection : a perfect fit and USA-made quality

maxi dress (ON MAJOR SALE!!!): pashmina collection // vegan leather tote: pixie mood // shoes: urban outfitters // photos: MAS photography // hair: Elle at Pura Vida Salon (eco-friendly!!!)

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pashmina collection, fashionveggie

pashmina collection, fashionveggie

“I started Pashmina Collection in 2013, because I couldn’t find the right thing to wear to my Friday night meals. I wanted a dress that was chic, comfortable, warm, and modest; one that I could wear when hosting friends and family, but that was comfy enough to snuggle on the couch and read books to my three beautiful kids. When I couldn’t find it, I simply decided to make my own.” -Connie Wolf, CEO

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Hey guys, happy Friday!  So, you wouldn’t believe how many compliments I get on this dress.  And I get it.  It fits like a glove, so flattering, has eye-catching colors, and is perfect for work, home, or play.  Plus- it is super, super comfy, and is now on sale for $35 down from $169!!  For reference, I am 5’3″ and wearing a size small. As you all probably know, I love shopping small and supporting companies who produce here in the USA with fair working conditions… Pashmina Collection is produced in Brooklyn, and can be found in boutiques across the nation plus Canada, London, and Israel.  I’ll post more of my favorite Pashmina pieces below!  Happy Friday, friends. XOX

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knee length, all-occasion black dress

black ruffle skirt maxi– black tie 

19
Feb
2017

5 tips: what you really need to know about vintage shopping

I am so excited to talk to y’all about the wonderful and rewarding world of vintage shopping!

I love wearing vintage for a few reasons–

First, in a time where sometimes it feels like everyone is wearing the same ol’ stuff, you can be someone who stands out.  Also, I love the idea that the beautiful and unique piece I’m wearing has history, has seen the world, has once been important to someone else.  Moreover, I feel like a vintage cut is usually flattering on women with all body types, as they are meant to accentuate curves and oftentimes create the illusion of a small waistline.  And lastly (and perhaps most importantly, really), vintage shopping is eco-friendly!

However, there are several things that you need to know before heading to the shops (or even the online shops).  Otherwise, you’ll end up wasting money (oftentimes vintage shopping is a no-return, no-exchange situation) and/or feeling weird about your bod.  Fortunately for you, I’ve been obsessed with finding and wearing clothing from different eras for about 10 years now, and I’m here to help you out!

  1. Go in person if possible.  I say this with love: vintage pieces sometimes require a subtle sniff before buying.  They are old!  Don’t worry– the majority of the time, dry cleaning has already taken care of the problem and you’re ok to buy… But be especially wary of bags… I once splurged on a BEAUTIFUL old world French suitcase, only to open it and almost fall over from the odor when I got home.  Fool me once…
  2. Another reason it’s important to go in person is because there is a prettyyy notable sizing discrepancy when it comes to vintage vs. modern day sizing.  I’ve grabbed many a size 2 or size 4, only to be surprised when the garment barely fit over my head!  For the most part, when I’m vintage shopping, I completely ignore the sizes, and I come emotionally prepared to buy much bigger sizes than I’m used to. (Not that there’s anything wrong with larger sizes. You know what I mean!) Also, related to sizing: remember that vintage stitching is more delicate, and can’t withstand a lot of pulling– so make sure you have room to breathe, bend, etc.
  3. If vintage shopping at a market or fair, bring cash!  Also, remember that you can always barter, if you’re into that kinda thing 🙂
  4. Remember that new items are added during the week, and that weekends are the busiest shopping times.  I prefer to show up at lunchtime or early after work on Friday so that the new arrivals don’t get picked over before I get the chance to come check them out.
  5. Whether I’m browsing in person or online, I seek shops that organize their goods by decade.  Otherwise, it can all mush together and feel way overwhelming to me.  (Notice how in the photo– taken at Vintage Martini in Dallas–  I’m standing in the 50’s section.  I don’t discriminate, but the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s are my go-to’s.)  Online shops who organize by decade: ASOS Peekaboo Marketplace and Adored (just their dresses are organized by decade).

Good luck out there!!  Let me know what you find, and let me know if you have any questions.

xx

M

Here are my favorite online vintage finds from the:

30s

40s

50s

60s

70s

80s

90s

… and my all time favorite find today: here (70% off!)