Fashion

5
Jul
2017

the ultimate gift for dog lovers, featuring Pop Your Pup!

It isn’t any secret that Matt and I L-O-V-E our doggies!  And we are corny enough to celebrate Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day with cards and/or gifts “from Gia, Buster, and Banksie” every single year.  This year, I decided to get Matt a different little gift from each of our fur babies.  By FAR, his favorite was “Banksie’s gift,” which was a perfectly-fitting t-shirt with a pop art rendition of our pitbull’s face on it by Pop Your Pup!

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It is a super fast and easy process:  After specifying what type of product you want (in my case, a shirt… But I almost went with the canvas option); next, you upload a photo of your animal, then choose what color/type of background you want for the pop art; then, 1-2 business days later, you’ll receive a proof to approve!  I couldn’t believe the quick turnaround, or how perfect the image was!

Some extra reasons I love Pop Your Pup:  They are a USA-based group of artists who love animals.  Their goal is to convey your animal’s personality and subtleties through their art. Perhaps most importantly– the company is extremely passionate about giving back.  A portion of every shirt sold is donated to local rescue groups and non-profits who help animals.

Check out POP YOUR PUP and treat yourself or the animal-lover in your life to this fun, unique gift!

 

 

20
Jun
2017

all the rage: embroidered dresses

asos embroidered dress
asos embroidered dress
dress: asos // light pink mules: matt & nat

I’m not usually one to follow trends… But when it comes to the recent embroidered dress craze, I am all in! I wore this ASOS number to my engagement party, and got LOADS of compliments. The embroidery adds a vintage, unique touch and makes your whole look appear more expensive and special.

Below, I’ve linked embroidered dresses of all types (casual, beachy, formal) and all price points for you. Let me know which one you end up with!

2
Jun
2017

“f is for frank” vegan leather bolo + a surprisingly ethical line

Dress // Bag // (Vegan leather + pewter) Bolo 

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[Necklace]

When F is For Frank reached out to introduce themselves to me, I was like “Ah, cute stuff!  I love the elephant bolo tie, but whyyyy the leather?!” To which they replied, “Oh! Well, we’ll just make it non-leather for you.”  Simple as that.

My point here isn’t to brag about getting this bomb vegan leather bolo (even though it’s pretty cool, right??); my point is that switching to animal-friendly alternatives is incredibly easy when it comes to fashion.  It looks the exact same and is actually more cost effective for the designer and for you.  It is so important that you are vocal in expressing your desire for vegan alternatives, because brands and designers aren’t mind readers– unless you ask, they really have no reason to switch, as they aren’t even aware that there is a customer group who needs it.

But back to F is for Frank.  I love that the unique jewelry makes a statement without being gaudy, and many pieces are great for either sex.  The aesthetic is whimsical yet solid, and defiantly Texan without going into the dreaded, antiquated “Western” territory.

*** IF YOU WANT ANY PIECE AT ALL TO BE MADE WITH VEGAN LEATHER INSTEAD OF ANIMAL LEATHER, SIMPLY SPECIFY IT IN WRITING IN THE COMMENTS SECTION WHEN YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER.  

[Dress] 

DISCLAIMER! I’ve become very wary of fast fashion, and after much research have decided not to shop at Forever 21, Zara, and many other retailers any longer.  However, H&M continues to surprise me.  It’s a proven fact that people feel most comfortable when they are able to clearly categorize something– good or bad, easy or hard, etc.  It is a way to reduce cognitive dissonance, and makes us feel safe.  However, I think it’s important to always remain open minded and resist automatically grouping something without having a proper look at it; you might miss out on something wonderful!  For instance… I was ready to boycott H&M for human rights reasons.  But they are continuously improving their business model, sustainability, and ethics, which is something I definitely want to support. They have a conscious collection made out of sustainable and recycled fabrics, and have ranked as one of the top companies for transparency on the latest fashion transparency index (see the full slide here).  If we don’t support positive change, then what incentive does a company have to keep on improving?

This dress is from H&M’s conscious collection. I love the arty-but-subtle pattern, and I felt so chic in the light, gauzy fabric.  At under $80, this dress is a steal– perfect for travel as it won’t really wrinkle and perfect for work.  As usual, with H&M I would recommend going up one size.

[Bag]

The bag is also from H&M; this exact one is sold out, but here is one that is 99% the same but with slightly different hardware.  I love the faux croc look, and while remaining slender, not bulky, it’s just the right size for your laptop.

[Shoes]

My color block platforms by Melissa x Vivienne Westwood JUST sold out, BUT… Who do you love?! I found them on ebay for you, brand new, on sale!!!!! I truly get compliments on these babies everywhere I go.  And I love that when you’ve worn them out, you can just chunk them in the recycle bin!

 

Happy Friday!  As always let me know if you need anything at all, and have a wonderful, safe weekend.  XO

Molly

30
May
2017

new summer fave: sedette sandals

jeans: carmar// shoes: sedette sandals

Matt and I don’t know where we are going for our honeymoon yet (Got any suggestions?! We just want a beach and an ethical way to see/interact with animals… Hold the Zika!), but I am already on the lookout for animal-friendly, versatile shoes that have a light, summery vibe.  Well, HELLO, Sedette Sandals!  

Inspired by a 1940’s aesthetic and built to last using woven textiles and solid beechwood, Sedette definitely brings something fresh to the table. Whether you prefer something more basic (solid colors), preppier (gingham),  graphic (coral trellis), or tropical (my pick: vintage palm):  there is something for you.

Some additional details I really love about Sedette:

  • They intentionally design their shoes to be vegan, down to the glue!
  • Each pair is handmade and slightly unique with variations in the wood and color.
  • For the next three days, you can use code FASHIONVEGGIE30 to receive 30% off your order!!! 

I love the natural, earthy feel of the sandals and cannot wait to wear them around with me while I travel the world with my love.  In the meantime, I will be breaking them in while in Dallas, and cannot wait to hear about which pair is calling YOUR name!

xoxo

M

To shop all of Sedette Sandals’ debut line, click HERE.

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26
May
2017

so… what’s the deal with Like To Know It?

Like to Know It is wonderful and easy, but also misunderstood. My readers want to know what it is, how it works, why they need it, what’s in it for me. I get it!  I’ll try my best to explain.

Basically, Like to Know It is here to save you tons time and to help you shop my looks from Instagram!  Once registered, you only have to ‘like’ my IG photos, and Like to Know It will send you an email within minutes with the links to every item I am wearing!

(Recent development:  Like To Know It now has an APP!  Y’all, it’s amazing. When you like or screenshot any of my looks (or looks of other influencers, too!), you can shop the full looks in the app, and can browse for more as well.)

 

1. Go to www.liketoknow.it to get started!  There is a tutorial there for you to watch, as well, to further explain how it all works.

2. Register (takes 1 minute, and it is free)

3. Go to my Instagram and ‘like’ one of my photos. Within minutes you will have an email that has all of the outfit details in it!  And if you do decide to download the app as well, you can shop it there within literally one minute. Either way, there will be photos of the items that, when clicked on, will send you straight to online store where I got it so you can see more about the item and shop it! (Note: my clothing, accessories, beauty products, etc. are ALWAYS vegan and cruelty-free!)

4. If I don’t have the exact item I’m wearing linked in the Like To Know It app/email, it is because the store where I got it isn’t contracted with rewardStyle. This does happen sometimes with me since I like to support small businesses, boutiques, and fair trade brands.  In that case, the brand will most likely be tagged in my IG photo or linked on my blog, BUT it you have any questions you can always reach out to me!  Via Like To Know It, I will also always link similar items for you that I love, if for some reason the exact one is not available.

5. Once you’ve registered, you can also shop directly from the app OR the LiketoKnow.It website itself! You can keep track of everything you have liked on Instagram under the ‘My Likes’ tab;  that way, you never forget to shop or lose the outfit!  You can also shop all of your favorite bloggers’ posts by adding their Instagram handle at the end of the URL (as long as the blogger works with Like To Know It) . For example, you can shop all of my posts here: www.liketoknow.it/fashionveggie

Get excited… Shopping just got a whole lot easier!

XO

Molly

Sign up HERE!

 

dress // bag (in other colors; yellow sold out) // favorite sunglasses

(and as always, my whole look– and ALL my outfits– can be found on my Like To Know It page!)

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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SHOP THE BANYAN TREE ESSENTIALS GIFT BOXES AT EVERY PRICE POINT

HERE!

 

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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