17
    Aug
    2017

    Free People x Fashionveggie | Pt. 1: Rose Gold

    top (this color is “ginger”) | jeans (size up! available in many colors) | booties (also in black and white)

    free people rose gold

    I wanted to acknowledge Free People this month on the blog; because in addition to being one of my favorite places to shop (I really identify with the free-spirited, boho-luxe aesthetic, and they always have lots of animal-friendly options to choose from), they just collaborated with PETA for a vegan fashion look book.  Whether you love or hate PETA…  If you’re an animal or an animal lover, this is a good thing; so I for one want to support and honor it!

    So. The way to do monochrome:  different variations in the same color family.  In this case, I paired a peachy, super soft boyfriend tee over feminine, slightly destroyed, dusk-colored denim.  The kitten heel, rose gold, vegan leather booties and gold pendant necklace coordinate perfectly, while keeping the whole look from becoming “too pink.”

    For reference, go a size up in the jeans!  Booties and tee are true to size. 

    Sidenote: while I was shooting this, I got stopped by two women saying they loved my outfit.  I swear, guys– monochrome with a metallic accent is an easy-peasy way to look like you have your act together!

    XOXO

    Molly

    21
    Jul
    2017

    Nordstrom Sale!!! | FashionVeggie top picks

    Hey guys!  Chances are that you’ve heard of the YUGE Nordstrom sale going on… It’s seriously amazing.  I have things in my cart right now that I would typically never be able to afford– 95% of which are under $100, and most of which are under $50!

    I’m going to keep this short and sweet since I’m currently out of town in Cape Cod visiting my fiancé’s family, but I wanted to share my favorites (all animal-friendly, le duh) from the sale with you all.  Remember… If you love something, buy it quick!!! These items sell out crazy fast during this sale, and I’ve already missed out on my favorite pair of vegan leather mules (cry emoji!).

    Tips:

    -Shop fast!

    – I have my top picks divided into the following categories: Clothing; Shoes; Handbags; Beauty; Accessories.

    Click the arrows on either side of the image to shop all the items in each category. (My commentary underneath the photos may help you with sizing, quality, etc.)

    – HAPPY SHOPPING!

     

    CLOTHING

     

    HANDBAGS

     

    SHOES

     

    BEAUTY

     

    ACCESSORIES/ RANDOM

     

     

    nordstrom sale sweater

    nordstrom sale outfit, matching bag and dress

    20
    Jul
    2017

    vegan dog food (featuring v-dog): is it animal cruelty? is it healthy? and just… why???

    Hey guys!  I have been waiting patiently for July (the first ever #VeganDog month!) to talk to you about my dogs’ diet.  I am excited because I really believe in this diet for my fur kids, and have seen their health improve with my own eyes… But I’m also a tad nervous because I know that for every open-minded “oh wow, thats cool, I’m so interested to hear how dogs thrive on a plant-based diet,” there’s a judgmental “you’re abusing your dogs by forcing your belief system on them.”

    So–  let me get this out of the way: I did not decide to make my dogs go vegan simply because I am vegan.  HELL no. I love my babies. And as strict and passionate a vegan as I am, I would feed my dogs meat in a heartbeat if I thought they’d be unhealthy without it.  Without hesitation.

    I was suspicious of store brand dog food way before even becoming vegan myself.  Did you know that dog food may legally contain “4-D” meat: meat from dead, dying, diseased and disabled animals? Typically, these dog food brands also include mill floor sweepings (which they call “grain”) cheap fillers like corn (that are often contaminated with high levels of pesticides and have thereby been deemed illegal to feed humans).  Think about it, you guys… Would YOU eat this stuff? If not, why would you feed it to your best friend who depends on you for survival?

    I was vegan for almost a year and a half before I put my dogs on a veggie diet. I spent that year and a half slowly and thoroughly researching the history of vegan dogs, the teeth and nutritional history of dogs, the current state of the dog food industry and the ingredients of the so-called healthy dog food brands I had bought in the past. I kept on hearing about V-Dog, a family-owned, American, plant-based dog food company, so I decided to check it out. And now we are hooked!

    Why I love V-Dog:

    1. It’s healthy!  24% pea protein, L-Carnitine, Taurine, and vitamins. No fillers, only fresh and wholesome ingredients like peas, lentils, brown rice, and quinoa. I mean… I would eat this stuff.
    2. It’s easy!  I have a subscription, so every month I get 4 bags of kibble and a bag of bones delivered to my doorstep. Zero thought is put into it… Yay!
    3. It’s made in the USA, which is always my preference. Also, eco-friendly, sustainable packaging!
    4. My dogs THRIVE on V-Dog.  Most of my friends’ dogs are overweight (in fact, over 40% of dogs are overweight, and this shortens their lifespan substantially), but my dogs are lean and fit.  My pitbull used to have super watery eyes (allergies) and ever since being on V-dog, its completely gone away.  EVERY veterinarian I’ve ever come into contact with demands to know what I feed them to keep them so lean and shiny with healthy teeth (literally, this happened this morning when I took my youngest baby to get some shots), and they are shocked when I tell them that it’s vegan dog food.  ***IMPORTANT NOTE!!!!! It is important to remember that vets have had little to NO nutritional training, whatsoever. So if your vet throws shade at your dog’s vegan diet, it’s always good to listen to a professional, but my advice is to take it with a grain of salt and do your own research.

    Oh!  Before I forget, be sure and check out these Top 5 Vegan Dog Myths and Facts.  This page drove me to do a lot of my own digging and eventually get on board with the concept of a plant-based diet for my dogs.

    Alright, y’all.  If nothing else, I urge you to simply CONSIDER what you are feeding your beloved animals.  We owe them that much.  Do 5 minutes of research.

    As usual, please let me know of any questions you have about V-Dog, vegan dog food in general, or whatever else.  I am here to help!

     

    15
    Jul
    2017

    Milk + Honey Spa (More Animal-Friendly Than It Sounds) | Austin, TX

    You might have noticed, if you follow me on Instagram, that I often spend time in Austin, Texas. Can you blame me? Its the most fun, musical, vegan-friendly place in Texas!  I kept hearing about this “super cool, cruelty-free, premier day spa” in town, so of course I had to go check it out.  That’s when I discovered the pure magic of Milk + Honey spa, in the heart of Austin’s downtown.  The interior is uniquely beautiful, the services are spectacular, but most importantly– the spa owners vet the hell out of any product line before carrying it.  Cruelty-free is their bottom line– none of their products for sale or used at the spa have been tested on animals (let me repeat!!! NONE of the products!) and most are 100% vegan (with the exception of an occasional product in their signature line with beeswax and/or honey).

    Let me start by telling you about MY experience at Milk + Honey spa (there is also a location in Houston, FYI).  I come in early and spend extra time in the light-filled, modern reception area, because it is filled with fun products that you can shop– from SpaRitual nail polish, to locally-made soy candles. to their signature brand’s delicious-smelling, plant-based body lotion.   The two skincare lines they carry and use in their treatments are: a) my longtime FAVORITE brand, Osea Malibu (you might remember me raving about them back in this post 6 months ago) and b) Cosmedix (another cruelty-free brand!).

    So after I spent way too much time and money in the lobby (I maintain that I truly needed a foot massager ball and 5 new colors of nail polish!), I head from the reception area to the locker room.  This area is also super fabulous and stocked with everything you might need to get relaxed or to get ready.  I put my things in a locker, resist the temptation to stay in their steam room for the rest of the evening, and go instead into their super zen, fruit-and-nut-and-cucumber-water-filled waiting area. It is beautiful and cavernous and I feel the stress of the day slipping away while I wait for my aesthetician to come and get me for my hour-long Signature Facial.

    milk + honey spa

    The girl in charge of giving me the facial of a lifetime is named Bridget.  She is amazing and I love her immediately… You can really tell that she is passionate about what she does, and she has a very calming energy about her.  She uses all natural, organic Osea Malibu products on my face, which I love.  She also does extractions with her sterilized instrument, which is pretty much the most satisfying thing EVER to watch. I thought I already knew everything about the Osea line (because I’m a fangirl), but she coaches me on each products nuances as we go through each step, and I walk away from the facial not only feeling like a new woman… but also like a true expert.  Bonus:  I was able to grab some of my favorite products on my way out, since they sell Osea on site!

    Bottom line:  I would HIGHLY recommend this premier day spa to anyone in the Austin or Houston area.  5 star rating, hands down my favorite. You will not be disappointed!

    Milk + Honey Spa

     

    (photos: Casey Dunn)

    10
    Jul
    2017

    the importance of professional skincare, featuring: McGuiness Dermatology

    Who’s your dermatologist?

    (If you couldn’t answer that question right away… Houston, we have a problem.)

    As for me, I go see McGuiness Dermatology in the DFW area.  If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’re familiar with them– I go somewhat frequently because I love the procedures the perform on my skin, and because frankly I love the atmosphere and staff so much!  They also have 7 locations around Dallas & Fort Worth, so there is always one nearby.

    I used to see them twice per year for skin checks and general maintenance (FYI: this is basically the bare minimum of what you should be doing)– I have moles on my stomach and neck and need to check them regularly to make sure that they don’t change in shape/size/coloration. Truly, guys, I cannot emphasize the importance of mole checks enough… It could be the difference between life and death!!! And make sure your man does this, too, by the way– statistically, men tend to forget to have their skin looked at.  Anways, needless to say, I started going to the dermatologist much more frequently once I opened my eyes to ALL that they can do for you, and am now in there just about every other month.

    I’ll cut to the chase… This is what I’ve done, want to do, and won’t do. (*all procedures I’ve done are vegan!)

    I’m addicted to:

    • Hydrafacial
      • No downtime, super quick procedure (under 30 min),
      • NO pain.
      • Relatively inexpensive.
      • Immediate results.  Makes you feel like a goddess for about 10 days.  The day after Hydrafacial you literally feel like a supermodel; your skin glows.
      • I get this done about once per month.  Done regularly, it keeps your skin super clear and you won’t get breakouts in between treatments.
    • Microneedling
      • Long term results!!!  Super quick procedure (under 30 min).
      • Minimal discomfort, no big deal.
      • Fights wrinkles, uneven texture, scarring, stretch marks.
      • Basically, little micro needles will cause tiny wounds to the skin, which will then initiate the skin’s natural healing process, improving the skin’s texture and appearance.
      • Minimal downtime.  I usually will hide out for a day afterwards because your face is red and a tiny bit puffy, so I will normally get this on a friday.  Pro tip: Don’t put makeup on afterwards for about 24 hours.
    • Ultherapy
      • Basically, this is like a non-invasive face/neck lift, using ultrasound!! The results are TRULY amazing.
      • Notable discomfort, I’m not going to lie. Especially on the chest.  But hey… Sometimes, beauty is pain.
      • No downtime! But it does take a few months for to see maximum results, so be patient.
      • Save up for this one ($$), but girllll it is worth it.
    • Skincare/ at-home-upkeep
      • Bonus if you go to the McGuiness group… The staff and providers are all huge animal-lovers AND simply like to keep informed about their products, and 90% of the products they recommend & sell are cruelty-free!!!!  This is huge.
      • Skincare that you can take home and use every morning/night is key to longterm skin youthfulness, clarity, and health.
      • Karen Adams, the (plant-based!) PA I see pretty frequently, is PASSIONATE about putting together skincare regimens for people based on their specific skin type, wants, and needs.  For me, she uses cruelty-free, anti-aging products that won’t break me out! This is so important, guys.
      • Don’t forget sunscreen daily! So crucial.  I like to get a separate facial sunscreen so it won’t block my pores.  I picked up the Elta MD brand at McGuiness Dermatology, because it is cruelty-free, vegan, won’t break you out and is meant for the face.  Super luxurious-feeling, too.

    What I want to do:

    • Dermaplaning
      • I will probably spring for this right before the wedding. Makes your makeup go on really smoothly.
      • Uses a sterile blade to remove the top layer of your skin, along with “peach fuzz.” (No, the hair won’t grow back dark and/or coarse!)
      • Inexpensive and quick.

    What I’m not into:

    • Fillers
      • I’m just personally not ready for this!
      • Iffy animal-friendly statuses even on those who claim to be cruelty-free… I don’t want to risk it.
      • If you ARE into this, it is SO important to find a good health care professional to execute.  It can be done beautifully (Karen Adams‘ patient photos are very impressive and natural-looking) or not-so-much (poor Meg Ryan, for instance).

    Lastly,  as promised, I will close this little post out with an FAQ, featuring the most popular questions you guys sent me via email or IG.  Answers are from my own skincare guru Karen Adams.  I trust her with my face and my health, because she is animal-friendly, does very thorough research, is very careful and natural, and is a well trained, highly-educated perfectionist. Enjoy!  Learn!

    1) What procedure would you recommend for acne scarred skin? SkinPen by far, since microneedling devices help to stimulate collagen production (to even out texture of skin) and results in little to no downtime.
    2) What would you recommend for Melasma? Melasma is a tricky condition to treat because usually when melasma has occurred, there is already a dysfunction of melanocytes – the pigment producing cells – and it is caused by or made worse by UV radiation and hormonal changes, including birth control and pregnancy. I typically pair a non-hydroquinone cream with a 4% hydroquinone cream for a boost in lightening pigment, then add on a topical antioxidant like SkinBetter Alto Defense with infrared protection, and definitely mandate sunscreen or SPF 30+ that has broad spectrum coverage. At night, a retinoid is needed as well. And that’s just to start!
    3) Are extractions using a metal tool good or bad? I thought we weren’t supposed to pop zits? Even metal extractors can cause damage to the skin, especially if too much pressure is applied or if the skin OR tool is not properly cleansed before use. Always better to have extractions done by a trained medical professional!
    4) How often should I come see my dermatologist? It depends on the skin condition and risk. Skin cancer screenings should be performed every 6-12 months whereas individuals with acne may need to visit the dermatologist every 4-6 weeks until the acne is under control.
    5) Why is picking the right dermatologist important? It’s important to find someone who will listen and address your specific needs and desires. (Molly’s note: Beware of docs who rush you in and out of the room in under a couple of minutes.  Find someone who cares!!)
    6) Favorite animal-friendly skincare line? SkinBetter!
    7) What procedure makes the biggest difference in overall appearance? Microneedling is a fan favorite by far. Usually 3-4 treatments are needed and after each, you get a nice “glowy” look for a few days that makes you look so refreshed. Long term benefits are: a decrease in acne scars, reduction in fine and etched in lines, and just an overall boost in the firmness of skin.
    8) Most common mistake you see as a dermatologist? Most common problem? Many times I’ll see patients give up on medications or products before they’ve been given enough time to work. Patience is important, good things will come if given enough time!
    10) If you could give one piece of advice, it would be: Always, always, always use a good sunscreen with broad spectrum coverage and spf 30+ (EltaMD is a great start) and a retinoid. There are many prescription retinoids and retinoids sold in dermatology offices to pick from, so finding one that is perfect for your individual skin type is doable!

     

    I hope this post has inspired you to call your dermatologist and make an appointment– or to call mine, who I obviously love. Remember: our skin is our largest organ, and it is so important that we take care of it.

     

    (Featuring: McGuiness Dermatology. You can schedule your appointment online!)

     

    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!

    pop your pup tshirt

    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!

     

     

    30
    Jun
    2017

    organic, cruelty-free skincare brand LALOGY

    “It is liquid gold in a jar.” – Story of Mar

    lalogy skincare
    Oooooh man, you know how I feel about some vegan, cruelty-free, organic skincare.

    Meet: one of my new very favorite products from one of my new favorite brands! “The Hangover” by LALOGY is a super intensive, firming, peptide-rich moisturizer that is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of facial expression lines. Real talk: at first I was not sure about the super yellow tint to the moisturizer. But once I rubbed it alllll in (and realized that moderation is key when it comes to this product), I found that the subtle hue actually evens out your skin tone and helps hide pimples. I L-O-V-E the scent, too, which comes from the lavender and chamomile essential oils. Lastly– I keep this product in the refrigerator. WHY, you ask? Because the ingredients come from small USDA approved farms across North America, so it helps keep the product fresh and extends the shelf-life. Also, because it just feels better when you put it on!

    • Some great news: Lalogy generously gave me a discount code to share with you guys! Enter FASHIONVEGGIE at checkout. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! Thanks in advance for supporting cruelty-free products… After this week’s unfortunate NARS animal testing scandal, I extra-appreciate ethical beauty brands like Lalogy who have decided to choose life over profits.