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

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    29
    Apr
    2017

    LXMI : vegan, fair trade, and luxurious skincare

    Spoiler alert:  LXMI is a game changer.

    I remember when I first decided to cut out all products which had been tested on animals, I was pretty sad about losing certain luxury skincare products.  La Mer moisturizer, for instance, while outrageously expensive, had never failed to made me look and feel like a million bucks.  Until now, I had chalked that loss up to an “oh well, nothing else will be quite THAT good, but being cruelty-free is obviously way more important.”   But now, things have changed.

    Meet : your old favorite skincare product’s more beautiful, more ethical, AND more affordable counterpart!  LXMI, now available at Sephora. I can barely contain my excitement as I write to tell you guys about her.

    LXMI secret weapon:  Nilotica Reserve.  This is an “organic, cold pressed skin superfood” which achieves incredible results without all the synthetic gunk.  If you want to get more detailed about it– it is a butter extracted from the fruits of East Africa’s nilotica tree nuts, which goes on velvety soft and then transforms into a vitamin A & E-rich oil.  It penetrates deeply into the skin and prevents signs of aging– fine lines are greatly deducted, and your skin feels and appears amazingly hydrated. This is due to LXMI’s nilotica reserve having +25% more essential fatty acids than traditional beauty oils. A more rare and exotic relative of shea, it is harvested seasonally from 20-year-old trees at the Nile.  For more info on this luxurious, hard-to-get ingredient, go HERE

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    LXMI ethics: the Nilotica Reserve is harvested by marginalized women in the Nile Valley.  LXMI prioritizes health and is 100% organic.  A very transparent company, they take pride in being fair-trade– if you’d like to meet some of the LXMI harvesters, click HERE. The products are 100% vegan and never animal-tested.

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    LXMI on you: These products truly smell incredible.  My fiancé asked me what is was that I had on, and said he really loved the scent.  My favorite product is their Pure Nilotica Melt Nourishing Balm-to-Oil I apply it and leave it on overnight, but I also add touchups throughout the day to my chin and under my eyes… basically, anywhere that feels dry and could use some extra hydration.  It leaves your skin looking luminous and youthful, not oily.

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    Shop LXMI:

    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

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    14
    Apr
    2017

    shopbop sale : final day! (my top picks)

    It’s that time of year again… the ShopBop annual sale.  Since It’s the last day of said sale, I wanted to be sure and share the (all animal-friendly, obviously) things that are in my personal cart.  If you love them, I suggest you snap them up NOW while they are 25% off.  Ready… Set… Go!

    Best Shoes 

    Best Bags

    Best Sunglasses

    Best Dresses

     

    Treat Yo’Self!

    Shopbop Sale: Last Day!

    11
    Apr
    2017

    vegan fashion for men … a shopping guide for caring men and those who love them

    First comes love.  Then comes marriage.  Then comes a little baby in a carriage.

    OR, you’re us.  In which case, first comes a period of fun and passionate dating, then comes Molly going hardcore vegan overnight while her bewildered boyfriend tries to figure out what happened to their perfectly normal life, then come minor disagreements-turned-larger-resentments over half of the things that used to go blissfully undiscussed.  Such as a carton of eggs.  Or Neutrogena face wash.  Or his clothing. I would hug him in his favorite cashmere sweater, and suddenly I’d feel ill.  I couldn’t help it, I just knew too much about what happened to the poor bunnies.

    NOTE:  Matt and I are GREAT now!  We’ve pretty much got it figured out.  Hence, we can now help you navigate the complicated (but not-so-much once you learn the ropes) world of vegan fashion for men.

    ALSO NOTE: My lovah, God bless him, is a bonafide clotheshorse.  Everything I’m listing on here is Matt-approved and good lookin’. No hemp Birkenstocks for this guy!

    Alright, lets get this party started.

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    pants: mizzen & main // shirt: mizzen & main // briefcase: matt & nat // shoes: will’s vegan shoes // belt: alternative outfitters

    hair products: kevin murphy (the anti-gravity line)

    SHOES

    1. Will’s London
    2. Brave Gentleman
    3. Nicora 
    4. Matt & Nat
    5. Kat Mendenhall (cowboy boots!)

    -QUICK TIP: If you’re in a hurry and need something overnighted, you can always go to ASOS.com.  Type in “Faux leather shoe” into the search box, then choose the “MEN” filter. Voila! Tons of vegan shoes at your fingertips! 

     

    BRIEFCASE/WALLET

    1. Matt & Nat
    2. Brave Gentleman
    3. Will’s Vegan Shoes & Accessories
    4. Eve Cork
    5. Luca Chiara 
    6. Vegan Collection
    7. Dune London- vegan options here & here
    • QUICK TIP: If you’re in a hurry and need something overnighted, you can always go to ASOS.com.  Type in “Faux leather bag” into the search box, then choose the “MEN” filter. 

     

    BELT

    1. Alternative Outfitters
    2. Vegan Collection
    3. Kat Mendenhall
    4. Will’s Vegan Shoes & Accessories
    5. Brave Gentleman
    • QUICK TIP: If you’re in a hurry and need something overnighted, you can always go to ASOS.com. Type in “Faux leather belt” into the search box, then choose the “MEN” filter. 

     

    SUIT

    1. Brave Gentleman
    2. Ministry of Supply
    3. Express (about half of their suits are wool-free; be sure to check “product details”)

     

    JACKET/COAT

    1. Vaute 
    2. Ministry of Supply
    3. HoodLamb (cold weather/snow)
    4. Brave Gentleman
    5. Spirit Hoods (funky/festival/faux fur/ part of proceeds go to animal rescue)

     

    SWEATER

    1. Vaute
    2. Express (no wool! yay!)

     

    WATCH

    1. Nois 
    2. Wood Watches
    3. Daniel Wellington (1 vegan option)
    4. Lund London 

     

    ALL-VEGAN STORE/ONLINE MARKETPLACE

    1. Vegan Scene
    2. Unicorn Goods
    3. Vegan Chic

    There you have it!  Vegan fashion for men, simplified.

    And remember.. When in doubt (and if it’s warm out), they can always rock my favorite look on a man– linen!

    Comment or message me with any questions or additions! I hope this helped. Be kind today! XOX

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    (You can find more on vegan fashion for men on my Instagram… Matt is going to be modeling sustainable, animal-loving brands more and more for me! Stay tuned!)

    7
    Apr
    2017

    subscription box : vegan cuts

    Subscription boxes are all the rage these days, obviously.   People order these in order to have a new monthly stash of bows for their kid, toys for their dog, makeup for their face, plants for their garden– you name it.   I’ve never gotten very involved in all of that, as I’m trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to live a bit more minimalistic, material-wise.  However,  I am discovering that I cannot say no to the monthly Vegan Cuts boxes.

    They have the snack box, which is what I tried this month.  It contained drinks, cookies, snacks… You name it.  ALL vegan, mostly fair-trade and organic.  I especially love this because my fiancé is slowly going more and more vegan, and I really love to have as much variety around the house as possible for him to snack on, which shows him how totally unrestrictive the lifestyle can be.  Additionally, the box has introduced me to some of my very favorite pantry staples!   So, whether you are new-ish to being vegan or vegetarian, whether you are an omnivore who simply likes snacks, or whether you’ve been vegan for years and just want to add new and fun snack items to your rotation, I highly recommend this monthly box.

    (Pssst!  They also offer a beauty/cosmetics/skincare box!

    Go check them out, let me know what you think!

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    24
    Mar
    2017

    shop for the animals; shop tristin! (online boutique)

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    top: tristin ($22!) / skirt: tristin ($32!) For reference, I am wearing a size small // wooden necklace: savvie studio

    I love this set so much, I couldn’t even wait long enough get it hemmed to wear it around town and to put it on the blog (hence the “ombre” look at the bottom of the skirt)!   Oh, the challenges of being 5’3″!  I love that the pieces can be worn separately– I wore this skirt to brunch, for instance, with a low v-neck, cotton, cropped tank.   The material makes this appear MUCH more luxe and expensive than it actually is (the whole thing is only $54!), and it is extremely flattering on.  I like to dress it down for daytime with an earthy wooden + cotton necklace, but I also look forward to having an occasion where I can dress it up; it would be perfect for a gala or holiday party!  The biggest reason I choose to shop at Tristin— aside from the super reasonable price point and the fact that I love supporting a small biz– is that they donate 10% of their proceeds to animal charities, and everything is 100% vegan!

    Some of my favorites from their site (ALL of which are very affordable):

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