26
    Nov
    2014

    Let’s just polish you up, honey…

    “Hi. My name is Molly, and I am a girls’ girl.”  I adore my girlfriends, and– being that we are all in our late 20s – early 30s–  it seems that one of us is typically going through some major life change at any given point.  On such occasions, I think it’s fun to give that friend a “little something” just to ease the growing pains, give them a quick laugh, or commemorate the experience.

    Enter: Amazingly awesome non-toxic, eco-friendly, cruelty-free nail polish brand GINGER+LIZEach color has a fun name that I find appropriate for any of life’s highs and lows, such as:

     

    1 “Who’s The Boss?”    

    For your girl who just got promoted. Woop woop!

    2 “Unconditional Love”    

    For the one who just said “yes.” Awww.

    3 “Investment Piece”   

    For your friend who just bought her first home. Give with a housewarming bottle of her favorite wine.

    4 “I’m So Over Him”  

    For your gf who just ended a relationship. Remind her that he was a balding jerk anyway.

    6 “Blowin’ Money Fast” 

    For your friend who is expecting a baby… Because, let’s face it, it’s about to be true.

     

    24
    Nov
    2014

    Home is where the faux is

    I hang my hat in Texas, where the leather furniture is as ubiquitous as the big hair.  Aesthetically speaking, this decor is indeed capable of adding a rustic touch to a chic space, or of providing a rich toughness to a “man den.”   If you aren’t down with animals dying just so they can be turned into a cute footstool, however, there are plenty of high-quality alternatives for you.  One of my favorites is RusticStyles, an Etsy shop that has everything from bar stools to benches to matching dog beds, and at an affordable price point.  Order online here,  Cowgirls.

    22
    Nov
    2014

    Going Cyko

    Last night I made my way through the rain to attend a “compassionate shopping” event hosted by CykoChik, the brainchild of eco-friendly and vegan handbag designer Nikki Duong Koenig.  Chik’s Night Out was super fun– but then, I am biased since vegan food+ cocktails+ a great DJ+ local artists displaying their work is basically the perfect night for me.  Nikki was super inspiring to chat with as well; she left her corporate marketing job to pursue full-time her true passion of design in the sustainable fashion arena.  It’s a brave thing to do, to follow your dream so fearlessly, and she fully deserves the success she’s garnered.

    Wristlet wallet: Vegan leather, available here.

    Top: Helmut Lang from Barneys New York.

    Lamé skirt and Levi’s flannel: Vintage

    Lips: Cruelty-free brand OCC Lip Tar in the color “Hoochie,” available here.

    20
    Nov
    2014

    The Rad Hatter

    Finding hats sans wool is not always an easy feat.  Luckily, California boutique Planet Blue has got you(r head) covered with their “Buenos Aires” option by Lovely Bird (100% felt), available here.   Dress: Anthropology, available here, made in the USA.  Wedges: vegan leather by Sydney Brown, available here.

    18
    Nov
    2014

    Glass of rosé not included…

    So much to blush about!

    Top / Skirt by Torn, available at ShopBop.com;
    Capricorn Frame Clutch, $70 by DeuxLux.com;
    Muse vegan patent leather stiletto, $195 by CultOfCoquette.com.

    16
    Nov
    2014

    Tamara the Turkey

    Beware vegans who offer to bring the turkey to the Thanksgiving party…

    Meet Tamara (as in Sister, Sister‘s Tia and Tamara, obviously), my contribution to the annual “Friendsgiving” celebration.  Pinterest fail or success, you decide; regardless, I will now provide the how-to:

    Get a melon and slice the bottom off so that it has a stable base

    Attach a Bartlett pear with a skewer to the melon as a head; then with toothpicks, attach a slice of carrot as the nose, and a slice of red pepper as the snood.

    Attach peppers as the feet with toothpicks.

    Add fruit of your choice, kabob-style, to skewers and add to the melon as feathers.

    VOILA!  You have now effectively created fun controversy at your omnivore friend’s Thanksgiving party.  You are welcome.

    14
    Nov
    2014

    Book Club

    Don’t judge this book by its… Title. Regardless of any social/romantic choices you’ve made, you need to go online and order!  After clearly outlining in the intro all the reasons to go vegan (health, animals, environment), the book serves as a fun, informative road map to a kind and vital lifestyle.

    $19.99 at ShopKitson.com.