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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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. 


    Ha Ha Ha

    Yuckin’ it up at the comedy club with girlfriends. Thanks to the admittedly-copious amount of apple-flavored Pucker consumed, I couldn’t tell you what was so funny… But trust me, it was.

    Coat: Naven.
    Shirt: Vintage concert tee.
    Necklace: Free People, available here.
    Gold canvas clutch with black grosgrain ribbon: Clare Vivier.
    Shoes: Remix boot by Nasty Gal, here.


    Baby B

    Meet Brinkley, a beautiful dog to whom I was introduced today while volunteering at a Texas Humane Legislation Network event for the Humane Society.  Brinkley was rescued from her shelter’s gas chamber just in time, and is the sweetest baby ever.  In case anyone is looking at anything besides gorgeous Brinkley (I don’t blame you if you aren’t):  you can get the houndstooth coat shown here for $158.