Holiday

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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23
Dec
2016

saved kisses | 30% off this amazing brand for the holidays!

‘Tis the season for being around loved ones, drinking and eating just a little too much… and purchasing, purchasing, purchasing!  My thought is, if you’re going to spend money, MAKE IT COUNT.  Today I want to remind you about a brand I really, really believe in for SO many reasons: Saved Kisses.  There are 4 main things that make this brand special to me, and make their clothing an absolute must-have.

  1. Saved Kisses saves animals!!! Let’s say you’re browsing the SK website and you think “Aha! I’ve been needing the perfect bralette, and this is IT!”  When you add it to your cart, you are automatically directed to “add an animal”– you get to pick which animal benefits from your purchase!  Choices include caring for at-risk dogs in frigid winter temperatures, the conservation of endangered baby sea turtles, shutting down puppy and kitty mills, feeding chimps at a sanctuary, and more.  saved kisses fashionveggie great dane pammies
  2. Saved Kisses has chic, sexy, AND comfortable clothing.  And that’s exactly how you feel when you wear their pieces– beautiful and free.  It feels like you are wearing the softest PJs, but you would never be able to tell by looking at their designs.  They are made to accentuate and flatter the body without being too showy or trying too hard. I’m wearing my jumpsuit all day today while I lounge at home with the fam and wrap presents– and I won’t have to change at all for my holiday party tonight, just throw on some jewelry and platforms. saved kisses jumpsuit, fashionveggie blogger
  3. Saved Kisses is gentle on people, the environment, and your body.  Made in the USA, no cheap labor was hired for the production of these pieces (which is why they aren’t, like, $20 a pop… This is quality, REAL, ethical fashion).  Their amazingly soft fabric is non-synthetic– made from sustainably harvested beech trees– and their packaging is all eco-friendly and recycled. No harsh chemicals or dyes were including in the making of these garments. Read more about their ethical and sustainable vision here
  4. Saved Kisses is 30% off until December 31!!! Use code FASHIONVEGGIE at checkout to apply the discount. saved kisses, great dane in a tutu, fashionveggie vegan blogger

There you have it, friends.  Grab your New Years Eve look at Saved Kisses— whether your night will involve lounging around with your fur babies and some FRIENDS reruns, or being out on the town looking very “chilled-out-cool-girl-chic” in all your open-back splendor.  Know that because of your thoughtful shopping choice, you are effectively helping rescue animals, supporting an ethical and sustainable small business, and guaranteed to look great for whatever occasion may arise.  Love you guys… Happiest of holidays, be safe and have fun out there!  XOXO

___SAVED KISSES___

(30% OFF CODE: FASHIONVEGGIE)

1
Dec
2016

vegan holiday drinks at starbucks you need to try

Drink responsibly… But don’t be afraid to get into the holiday spirit!  Thankfully, there are lots of festive vegan holiday drinks at Starbucks for veg-heads to enjoy.  Bring on the red (green? blue? whatever) cups!  (PS: watch out for three delicious “secret menu items” below… they are some of the best ones!)

1. Chestnut Praline Latte

My personal fave.  Ask for soy, coconut, or almond milk!

2. Peppermint Mocha Latte

Again– get it with your favorite nondairy milk!

3. Caramel Brulée Latte

Pick your milk, say no to the caramel brulée sauce, then add toffee nut AND caramel syrups. Note: The brulée sprinkles are plant-based!

4. Holiday Spice Flat White

Ask for soy milk!

5. S’mores Hot Chocolate

This secret menu item (!) adds the chestnut praline syrup (and sprinkles) to your hot chocolate. So good!

6. Gingerbread Latte

Pick your dairy-free milk and make sure to skip the whipped cream.

7. Candy Cane Frappuccino

Another pick from the secret menu!  The vanilla bean crème frap with peppermint syrup is heavenly. 

8. Apple Cider

Ask for steamed apple juice and add the Oprah chai syrup.

9. Christmas Cookie Frappuccino

Another secret menu item!!  Basically, you get the vanilla bean crème frappuccino, then add peppermint and toffee nut syrup, and lastly sprinkle a raw sugar packet on top.

There you have it!  I hope you try these vegan holiday drinks at Starbucks. Whoever says that being vegetarian or vegan is “limiting” has no idea what they are talking about… It is almost 2017, and there are wonderful options everywhere you look.  Please pass this post to anyone you think might be interested in exploring a gentler, more plant-based lifestyle… Make it easy for them!  And if you want a list of bomb Starbucks drinks (not holiday drinks, just year-round ones) that are vegan, you can find that info HERE.  

Thank you for caring about your health, the environment, and animals!  

XOX- M

 

4
Jul
2016

vegan 4th of july

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bodysuit ($29): uo // high-waisted cutoffs: uo // jellies: american apparel // vegan bag (<$50): uo

It has been such a fun-filled few days!  I love long weekends; they are perfect for recharging and getting to spend some extra time with loved ones.  My Independence Day weekend was full of delicious drinks, delicious vegan food, and quality time with friends and my dogs and my love, all in the name of celebrating freedom. I wanted to share some highlights with you guys.

The ‘fit: I paired this easy breezy red and blue bodysuit (great for a festive 4th look, or for everyday) with vintage looking high-waisted cutoff shorts. I love high-waisted; I think its the most flattering on your legs and booty, and it lends a casual 70s cool-girl vibe to your look. I grabbed this vegan leather bag (super affordable and versatile) and my… wait for it… JELLIES! Yes, they are back! I have them in several colors, and when I wear them I swear every other girl I come into contact with stops me and says “I LOVE YOUR SHOES! Wait– are jellies back???” Major nostalgia value, plus just super comfy and summery. 

The fun times & the grub: On our way to a BBQ party, my boyfriend and I (and our 3 dogs, who were also invited!) swung by the nearest grocery store to grab some vegan necessities: beer, chicken nuggets, and veggie patties. (My favorites to bring to such events are pictured below… I like to bring things that are taste-test approved by my omnivore bf and friends, so that everyone can enjoy! I also like to bring things that are available at any old grocery store– as opposed to the amazing vegan sausage you can only find at an obscure vegan market– to group gatherings, so that anyone who is veg-curious can easily go out and buy it for themselves later on.) Additionally, I made “hotdogs” using a recipe by Neurotic Mommy, one of my favorite healthy food bloggers. Check it out! We were so grateful that we were able to bring our dogs to the house party; we try not to leave them alone on July 4th weekend, since the fireworks freak them out so much.

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The downtime: We watched a hysterical new standup comedy (“Freedumb” by Jim Jeffries, available on Netflix… Don’t watch if you don’t like dark comedy) and ordered in (my vegan favorites: Andy’s TLT from True Food Kitchen, which is an amazing off-the-menu item, and veggie/tofu pho from Dalat (check out your local pho places if you aren’t in Dallas; they are very likely to have a vegan option for you). 

I hope you had a fun and safe and veggie-friendly holiday weekend!!! Remember– if you want to adopt/foster a puppy or kitty, now is the time: 4th of July is the peak overcrowding time for your local shelters (who are forced to put down the dogs and cats who have been there for awhile in order to make room for all of the runaways who fled their family homes during the scary fireworks).  You’ll save a life! XOXO

10
Feb
2015

Queen Of Hearts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!   Whether you’re dating the man of your dreams or Ben & Jerry, you won’t be able to resist getting in the mood with these amor-inspired goodies!

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Shown on me: Lovers Gonna Love L/S Dolman

** Metallic Nail Polish ** Rose Gold Heart Ring ** Coral Bralette **

Lavender Origami Skirt ** Sheer Bow Tank **

Dog Shirt ** Faux Ostrich Belt

** Pink Patent “Leather” Pumps ** Heart String Lights **

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

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