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Vegan Versions / Iridescent

1 May

STELLA MCCARTNEY // Iridescent Sequined Top$877.48

Though we’re still pretty early into spring, one big trend you can expect to see a lot of this season is iridescent. Iridescent doesn’t necessarily mean sequins and shimmer, but more of a holographic type look which if you ask me is WAY cool!

Vegan’s don’t have to miss out on all the fun. Here’s some of my favorite pieces out in stores that are vegan friendly and rock this trend HARD. Even vegan designer hero Stella McCartney has several items in her spring line which make being vegan and on-trend totally lust worthy.  I kinda want every piece in her shoe collection right now.

Here’s some great high and low budget items to work the trend.


FOREVER 21 // Iridescent Crescent Necklace $6.80

CHARLOTTE RUSSE // Clear Heel Iridescent Lace-Up Bootie $54.50
 
 
 
 

TOUCH UPS // Tammy Loafer  $37.99


BCBGENERATION // Rockie Dress Sandals $89.00

STELLA MCCARTNEY // Mirror Prism Pump $760

STELLA MCCARTNEY // Faux-Snake Flat Ankle-Wrap Sandal $445

STELLA MCCARTNEY //  Silver Irridescent Snake Print Ballet $395
 
 

What do you think of the iridescent trend?

 
 
 
 
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Colored and Patterned Jeans for Spring

3 Apr


JUSTFAB Signature Skinny Ombre $39.99

Over the past few weeks I’ve been completely uninspired to get dressed in the morning.  When I tried to figure out why, the answer was simple.  I hadn’t cleaned out my closet in over a year (where I usually do it every 6 months) and much of what I had I simply didn’t like anymore or didn’t fit.  I thank Crossfit for that.

So I finally did a big purge a few weekends ago and sold off most of what I was getting rid of, which then gives me some funds to buy new stuff!

The thing I was needing the worst to complete my wardrobe after I cleaned it out was new pants.  None of my pants fit properly anymore because of Crossfit.  I couldn’t get anything up over my quads anymore.  So first thing I decided to shop for was some new jeans.  Luckily my job is business casual, so I can wear jeans so long as they aren’t standard blue jeans.  Colored and patterned jeans are totally acceptable in my office, which is awesome because this spring that’s exactly what’s on trend so there are tons of options!

These are some of my most recent additions you’ll see on the blog soon enough.  I can’t wait to wear them all!

JUSTFAB Signature Skinny Printed in Black and White Snake $39.95

hmprod2H&M Slim Regular Jeans $29.95

Can’t wear these to the office, but they’re great for weekends.  I’ve been wanting ripped jeans for a while and these were inexpensive enough to try the trend without breaking the bank.

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H&M Ankle Length Pants $34.95

I actually got these in a super cool black colored lace overlay version.  Couldn’t find it on their website.

NYDJ Alina Tuxedo Stripe Jeggings $130.00

What’s your favorite denim trend for spring?

forAnima

20 Mar

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forAnima is live!

I’ve been hearing rumors about forAnima, the all vegan online marketplace for a while now.  forAnima is essentially an all vegan online shopping experience.  All the businesses are vegan focused, as well as the products.  A compassionate Etsy if you will.

I’m not going to lie.  When I first heard of the concept I was a bit skeptical.  In general I don’t find very many vegan focused fashion products aside from a few brands very appealing being they lean more towards a boho aesthetic.  So I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect from forAnima.  I’m actually pleasantly surprised!  There’s a ton of stuff on here I’d totally wear from brand’s I’ve never even heard of.

Here’s a few examples.

Royal Turq Diag Dress $95

All the tees, tanks and dresses by Royal Bitch Couture $30 and up

Love Capri Leggings, perfect for yoga or Crossfit $65

Orange, Green White and Woven Cuff by Amanda Bess $12

They also have categories for shoes and handbags, men’s, children, beauty and health, food items, pets and home decor.  It’s really an all-inclusive, vegan shopping experience.

What do you think of forAnima?

DISCLOSURE: This is NOT a sponsored post.

Iceland

15 Feb

Iceland 2012 Trip

As you may know, this past November I went on a weekend “girls” trip with my Mother, Aunt and my Aunt’s friends to Iceland. To be honest, I went to Iceland with ZERO expectations. I basically knew it was going to be really cold, and that it was one of the few places in the world where you can see the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights was the primary reason we were visiting the country to begin with.

Let’s just say Iceland FAR exceeded my expectations. I’d absolutely love to go back sometime I enjoyed it so much. I was blown away not just by the beauty of the country, but also its people. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Another thing that surprised me was the shopping in Reykjavik, the country’s capital. I came home with so many awesome, unique pieces from the many independent designers who all had boutiques in town.

Though I took over 300 photos while there, these are some of my favorite images during my trip. Knowing I was going to try to catch the Northern Lights, I brought all my good camera gear with me so I got some pretty amazing images to remember this trip by.

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I had a few readers ask me about my experience eating vegan while in Iceland. All in all, I was pretty lucky. We stayed at the Hilton and right across the street was a fantastic raw/health food restaurant called Glo that the locals recommended. I also accidentally stumbled across a health food store behind the hotel that was chock full of vegan goodies, including soy milk and cookies. Funny thing is I got some soy milk to have with cereal at the hotel, only to the next day find the hotel had gotten some to put out at the buffet since I was asking for it the day prior. Talk about great service!

Iceland Trip 2013

All the staff at most of the restaurants knew what vegan meant and guided me to appropriate items I could order. There was only one place I think accidentally served me butter, which I knew due to me being allergic to dairy and getting really horrible stomach aches. Otherwise pretty much everywhere I went, even including local coffee shops in Reykjavik had vegan options, many of which were clearly marked with the universal V sign.

If you have any questions on where I ate and specifics on what I visited and did, please feel free to message me!

Vegan Versions / Leather Vests

13 Feb

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I’m not sure why lately but I’ve been craving a faux leather vest for my wardrobe. I love the idea of throwing one over a blouse and a pencil skirt to wear to work, or on over a tee shirt and skinny jeans for the weekend.

Forever21 currently has a ton of options. What do you think? Which should I get?

Vegan Winter Coat Roundup

12 Nov

This post originally appeared last week on my column Vegan Vogue I write for I Eat Grass. If you haven’t stopped by I Eat Grass yet, be sure to do so!

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Vegan winter coats have come a long way. It used to be the only warm options out there were synthetic filled puffer coats. While warm, it’s sometimes hard to feel chic and sexy when you’re all puffed up like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.  Now with advances in fabric technology, vegans have many more options when it comes to selecting a coat to keep them warm all winter long.

While selecting new coats for myself, I had been on the lookout for a while for a vegan dress coat, as well as a warm, casual parka.  For my dress coat, I’ve fallen head over heels for my Vaute Couture Belden coat (shown on me above, $430.00).  The parka I eventually found and purchased is the Topshop Faux Fur Trimmed Parka below.   Mine is all black (from last season) and absolutely adore it. The faux fur interior keeps me super toasty.

During the Fall 2012 runway shows this past February it was all about big, boxy coat silhouettes. Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you can’t participate in this trend, there are tons of options!  Here are some of my favorite vegan friendly coat picks currently in stores.

Topshop Faux Fur Trim Parka $196.00

Topshop Neoprene Oversize Boyfriend Coat $230.00

ASOS Neoprene Coat $86.23 (currently on sale)

Topshop Petite Check Cocoon Coat $180.00

Topshop Faux Leather Trim Baja Coat $110.00

Old Navy Women’s Long Belted Frost Free Coat $95.00*

*Edit: When I first put this round-up together, the Old Navy coat was listed as being 100% polyester and had no mention of down in the product description at all, which landed it a spot on this list.  Looks like after this post was written, an upset vegan customer posted a negative review on the coat on Old Navy’s website stating they received the coat and were very upset that on it’s label it listed goose down as a material.  This was is extremely misleading based on the website description. Old Navy since has updated their website and it’s safe to say this coat is not vegan.  Sorry for any confusion!

What vegan coat are you wearing this winter?

Vegan Vogue is a lifestyle and style column focusing on all things in vogue and vegan. More tips from Corrie Feld can be found at her website Brooklyn Bliss. Follow her on Twitter @CorrieFeld

Compassion Couture Sale

17 Oct

I’m taking a quick blogging break due to feeling a bit under the weather this week, but wanted to pop by quick to let you know about this kick ass sale.

The ladies over at Compassion Couture (see my interview with Jill and Tracey here) are running a Vegetarian Awareness Month Sale. We’re talking 20% off on the chicest vegan shoes and handbags out there.  To take advantage of this discount, be sure to use the coupon code “VegAwareness” at checkout.

Also, don’t wait too long to place your orders, the sale ends October 21st.  Enjoy!

Vegan Versions \ Fall Sweaters

3 Oct

It’s finally sweater and boots weather! Fall is my absolute favorite season, I love being all cozy in lots of layers.

I’ve been looking for some shopping inspiration to update my current sweater collection, which is a challenge being majority of higher quality sweaters are not vegan. I don’t want any wool in my sweaters. Luckily I came across some pretty fab options from ASOS, and to my surprise most of them are vegan! I’ve been bookmarking away at their site over the past week, trying to decide which ones to get.

Here’s some of my favorite picks.

How to Create a Cohesive Wardrobe

1 Oct

This post originally appeared last week on my column Vegan Vogue I write for I Eat Grass. If you haven’t stopped by I Eat Grass yet, be sure to do so!

It’s taken me years to finally curate for myself a wardrobe collection that all works together. Technically termed a “capsule” wardrobe, I can now wake up in the morning half asleep, in the dark, and pull anything from my closet and it’ll work together.

Here’s how I did it.

My Tastes Change, So Should My Wardrobe

There are two major fashion seasons of the year, spring and fall. With them comes a flurry of new fashion collections, styles and trends. Because of this, I try to keep my wardrobe fresh by cleaning out what I no longer like or wear twice a year, and then shopping to replace it with new stuff I adore.

Despite the fact I love fashion, I absolutely hate shopping.  Sticking to this twice a year model works great for me, being I knock it all out at once and I’m set for the season.  That way my look always looks current, I’m always excited to get dressed, I have plenty of space in my closet, and I’m not cluttered down with a mess of stuff that was last season that I no longer like.

I Have a Well Curated Basic Collection

Basics are the foundation of your wardrobe. Without them, it’s extremely difficult to style outfits for a variety of needs. Your basics can all be styled dressy or casual, so it’s very important to have a well stocked collection to make your other pieces work for you instead of against you. When getting dressed in the dark, a basic always makes up at least one component of my outfit.

I Only Like Certain Colors and Patterns, So I Stick With Them

Despite my trying, I’ve learned I absolutely hate florals and powder pink. So I no longer buy anything with those colors or design. I have however always loved leopard, stripes, geometric/graphic prints, and red, so I make sure my closet is filled with those options.

I’m also careful to evaluate this season to season in case my tastes change. For example, this past spring and summer I transitioned from loving red to loving neon yellow. I updated my wardrobe accordingly.

Mixing my favorite patterns and colors with my curated basic pieces creates my specific style, and allows me to now get dressed in the dark because everything goes together.

I Only Buy What Looks Amazing on Me, or I Get It Altered

No point to wearing anything if it doesn’t look good on you. It’ll just sit in your closet, or worse you’ll wear it and you won’t look your best. I won’t buy anything that doesn’t make me feel awesome about my current body and the way I look. If it’s close, but not perfect, I get it altered. End of story.

I Only Buy Items I Love

If you don’t absolutely love something to the point you just have to have it, there’s no reason it should be in your wardrobe. This also goes for anything trendy, or what you “think” you should have. If you don’t love it, you won’t wear it. It’ll just sit in the back of your closet as you wear the items you actually do love.

Not only does this take up valuable closet real estate, but it makes it harder to select what to wear because the pieces that work for you are buried among other stuff you’re meh about. By only having garments you love wearing right now, you’ll never run into this problem.

All these tips aside, there are still mornings I wake up when I have absolutely no idea what to wear. My go to look? All black. You can’t ever go wrong with it. It’s very NYC chic, and it always looks incredible and in style.

Does your wardrobe work for you, or against you?

Vegan Vogue is a lifestyle and style column focusing on all things in vogue and vegan. More tips from Corrie Feld can be found at her website Brooklyn Bliss. Follow her on Twitter @CorrieFeld

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Chicago Visit

21 Sep

I had the most amazing time in Chicago last weekend. Here’s some of the highlights of my trip.

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Making a homemade vegan dinner with Bex and her husband (who by the way are not vegan, what awesome hosts!)

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Staying with Bex for one evening at her new home in the “country” outside of Chicago.

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Bex being silly / OPRAH!!!!!

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Chicago Trip 2012

Lunch at the French Market where I tried out Raw’s vegan sampler (which was delicious!) and Bex and Vik had sushi.

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Shopping!!!!

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Chicago Trip 2012

Enjoying post-shopping sangria’s and snacks at People.

Chicago Trip 2012

Chicago Trip 2012

Strawberry margarita’s on Vik’s roof deck while enjoying the sunset, and the company of her new puppy Duncan.

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Chicago Trip 2012

Chicago Trip 2012

Finally getting to try out the Chicago Diner!  It did not disappoint.

Chicago Trip 2012

Chicago Trip 2012

Chicago Trip 2012

Bex and I having a fantastic brunch at Meli Cafe, complete with an entire vegan/gluten-free menu!

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The Married with Children fountain!

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Checking out the lakefront.
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Chicago Trip 2012

Dipping our feet in the stream at Lurie Garden.

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Chicago Trip 2012

Exploring Millennium Park, and one of my favorite art installations, Crown Fountain.

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The Bean (aka Cloud Gate)!

I had so much fun visiting.  Thanks Bex and Vik for your amazing hospitality.  Can’t wait to visit you ladies again soon.  XOXO.