21
    Dec
    2014

    Drink Responsibly!

     

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    I know there are no “winners” in a White Elephant holiday gift exchange; but somehow I managed to win last night!  I strategized carefully, ignoring the social pressure not to “steal” a gift from seemingly nice strangers in order to come home with this vegan holiday beer and polyester Santa “snuggie” in hand.

    Beer drinking (and even cocktail drinking) around the holidays can be tricky; for flavoring purposes, certain beer may contain dairy, gelatin, or even shellfish!  And typically, eggnog and hot chocolate is dairy-and-calorie-laden.  Thus, I am providing you with a holiday guide to conscientious imbibing. Cheers.

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    This is a sweet-tasting option, brewed with peaches and pecans.  Australian International Beer bronze award winner in 2013.

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    Brewed with locally harvested spruce tips in Juneau, Alaska, this is a malty, warming, seasonal beer.

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    Brewed in Seattle, Washington, this is referred to as a “winter warmer” due to having higher alcohol content and a bold (in this case, chocolate and nutty) flavor.

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    This dairy-free option seriously tastes JUST like the real thing. Really. REALLY, really.

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    At only 70 calories per serving (woohoo!) this vegan cocoa option packs a slight kick with the addition of cinnamon and cayenne.

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    ** note: polyester snuggies (ie- fleece-free!) are hard to find this year for some reason, but THEY ARE OUT THERE!  I lucked out, since I came home with an unopened, re-gifted snuggie from last year’s party.  Based on my research, your best bet seems to be to peruse ebay for options like this one.  

    XOXO HO HO HO

    -M

    19
    Dec
    2014

    Not So “Black and White”…

    I am suspicious of “Casual Friday.”  After Friday morning coffee dates, I watch some of my friends shuffle off to work wearing ripped jeans and sweatshirts; meanwhile in my profession, you’d get canned for such shenanigans.  I can’t help but feel that it’s a trap.  Play it safe and go a little more loose and funky than you normally would, while remaining respectfully sharp in the workplace before you kick off the weekend.  For instance, you really maybe shouldn’t wear a t-shirt to work.  UNLESSSS said t-shirt features the mug of the chicest woman to ever live, and is paired with a neatly monochromatic ensemble (plus a little flair, in the form of faux leather fringe).  2014 Audrey would approve!

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    Booties: Made in the USA, vegan and eco-friendly, fair trade, available here // T-shirt: similar here // Jacket: available here // Skirt: available  here

    **NOTE: CHECK OUT THE MISSION OF ETHICAL AUSTRALIAN BOUTIQUE LC LOVECHILD HERE

     

     

    15
    Dec
    2014

    ‘Tis the Party Season!

    Mission: look hot, even in the cold.  I spent the weekend running to and from parties of friends, relatives, clients and colleagues; all while taking care of my boyfriend (he just underwent major back surgery), my Great Danes who were somehow BOTH sick with the doggy flu (what in the…), and finishing remodeling the house.  Thanks to the fact that my wardrobe is BY FAR the most organized thing in my life, it only took a few minutes to get ready for the weekend’s “fashion blitz.”

     

    —FRIDAY NIGHT—

    the look: floor-length formal, but with major, girly funk

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    dress: 70’s vintage// faux fur rainbow coat: here

    —SATURDAY MID-DAY—

    the look: sharp but not fussy for a casual outdoor soireé

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    Rick Owens dress:  similar here // houndstooth coat: here // boots: here// shades: here

    —SATURDAY NIGHT—

    the look: soft and romantic but a tad mussed up and sexy

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    Angela Roi purse here // ALC light pink blazer: similar here // For Love and Lemons top: similar here // faux leather skirt: here

    11
    Dec
    2014

    #TBT

    I like old stuff.   I can get lost for literally HOURS in a vintage or consignment shop or at a flea market, just touching and examining the clothing, furniture, and knick-knacks… Therefore I prefer to do my vintage shopping solo so as not to lose friendships or annoy my boyfriend.  I can’t help it… These things have a past, and to me, they’ve got soul.

    That being said, shopping vintage is:

    a) a way to ensure that you aren’t accidentally “twinning” with anyone else at the party

    b) a way to reduce buyer’s remorse ( I hear this is a thing); when you invest in gorgeous vintage clothing, you are essentially recycling.  You reduce your carbon footprint by using less resources. Go you!

    Here are a few vintage finds that may or may not be on my Christmas list:

     

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    1990’s French-made shaggy coat, cotton textile

    9
    Dec
    2014

    Sud Muffin

    It’s stocking stuffer time!  I have been on the lookout for eco-friendly, locally-made, personalized soaps that show just how well you know and love the recipient.  They are, for the most part, a cost-effective addition to the stocking (all that stuff in there- it adds up!!)– plus, everyone has to use soap right? …. Right?  Well, hopefully most people use soap.

    Some ideas for your family member/significant other/friend who….

     

    Loves a theme and the holidays:  This is Lush’s holiday favorite, Snowcake

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    Is soooo artsy:   Full Moon, by Sam’s Suds

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    Is a girly-girl, lover of all things beautiful:  Blushie’s True Romance

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    Is a nature lover:  Sapphire Crystal Geode by Soapsmith

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    Has a sweet tooth:  The Little Soap Store’s Doughnut Soap

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    Has a hobby (yet you can’t afford the clubs):   Golf Soap, again by The Little Soap Store

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    8
    Dec
    2014

    Sundays are For…

    …Bloody Marys, rescue dogs, messy hair and no makeup!

     

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    (Shown:  Waxed cotton parka, available HERE // “Thor” baseball tee from Target // Similar skirt HERE )

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    One of my best friends, Kellie, had always tolerated dogs for as long as I’ve known her. Didn’t love them, but wasn’t one of those frightening people who hated them, either. She took my obsession with my animals in stride– viewing it, I think, as slightly eccentric yet endearing behavior.

    Then one day, when Kellie was feeling particularly vulnerable (Yep. That’s when they getcha.), the face of a little dachshund- chihuahua mix popped up on her Facebook feed. An acquaintance of Kellie’s had found an injured, flea and heartworm-ridden little guy on the streets and couldn’t keep him.  Kel felt inexplicably drawn to the dog, and, somewhat mystified by her own actions, drove straight to meet him. When she arrived, the quivering pup (now lovingly referred to as “Charlie”)– who was scared to make eye contact with anyone else– went straight into Kellie’s arms. It was love.

    Kellie did her due diligence, taking Charlie to the vet and posting “Found Dog” flyers around the area where he was found… But after 2 weeks, she was officially Charlie’s, and Charlie was officially hers.  She still is unsure of what spurred such a change in her; to want and love and care for this dog so deeply.  All she knows, two months later,  is that Charlie has redefined what unconditional love and being a best friend means to her, and that she can’t picture her life without him in it.

    AWWWWWWW.

    6
    Dec
    2014

    Salty Dog on the Rocks, Please

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    99% of the time, drinking with my dogs involves a cold Dos Equis while wearing a t-shirt from 2005 with some sweatpants (bra? what bra??), hazelnut butter with a spoon, and Netflix.  But occasionally, the stars align and my friends love me enough to plan a fun night out at a dog-friendly establishment.  Time for a wardrobe change!   My Great Dane babies, Gia and Buster, help me get ready for our fun Friday night out.  **To find dog-friendly bars and restaurants in your ‘hood, click HERE

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    **shag vest was made in the USA, which is the best way to ensure that your faux is FAUX REAL