Who doesn’t love a little sneak peek into what people are loving these days? Just like the weather, my mood and interests change all the time, much to my husband’s demise. Right now, I’m really into a lot of random things instead of being hyper-focused on one thing, which is quite unlike me. Anyways, I hope you enjoy a peek into my favorites at the moment and I’m curious to know what you’re all loving!
Our New Mini Goldendoodle
Vegan Orange Cranberry Scones
If you want a breakfast that will keep you full for hours, like literally you don’t think about food for hours, then try this decadent vegan treat. Here is the recipe if you want to give it a shot: vegan orange cranberry scones.
If you love some of Gucci’s looks but don’t want to shell out nearly $1,000 for trendy loafers that you maybe won’t love forever, especially if you’re fickle like me, head to Target. I got these red loafers for <$20 on clearance. They’re the perfect pop to a basic outfit and not to mention, it was the perfect hint to red, blue, and white at work the day before the 4th. Being fashionable on a vegan lifestyle is not that hard, and tbh, I’m still transitioning away from my love for luxury to more vegan fashion options.
I’ve literally had avocado toast every morning since I first tried it and I am obsessed with it. I made it for the hubs for the first time this past weekend and even he loved it. Eat this and you’re pretty much vegan 😉
I did buy an iPad Pro and I love it for many things, but I just haven’t figured out a way to substitute it for a good ol’ fashioned planner. The cover of the Panda Planner feels supple to the touch and according to the Panda Planner site, it’s made of pu/vegan leather (and I bet even a cowboy couldn’t tell). Not spon but you can use the code JULY20 for 20% off in the month of July! Or you can buy Panda Planner on Amazon here.
Happy March VCF family! Not unlike January, February was equally short as it was long. Losing two to three days at the end of the month is bittersweet; happy because March is full of exciting things for our family and sad because, well, it’s two days less of time! Any who, you’ll see some February Favorites that are classic OGs and others that are new. What have you been loving this month?
Swiss On Shoes
I’m trying to pick up running again. My schedule barely leaves me time to breathe so I’m trying to fit it in where possible. I know once we move into the new house, my fitness will get back on track, but for now, my treadmill in my living room (ew) will have to do, and these shoes I bought when we were in Manhattan Beach, CA a couple years ago have regained my love.
I’m constantly thinking about work and things I have to do. Instead of carrying around numerous notebooks and post-its and notes, I now do everything on my iPad. Don’t get me wrong–I miss my old fashioned writing and still write in my gratitude journal every morning, but this iPad guys…game. changer.
Hasn’t failed me so far. I use this Ember mug once if not twice a day, morning and night.
Faux Fur Infinity Scarf
Polar vortex. Snow. Ice. Slush. I hate it all, but this faux fur infinity scarf is coming through to keep my neck nice and warm. Best of all, it’s a Target find, for less than $15 (at least when I bought it a couple years ago).
Spring fashion these days is a toss-up. One day you’re grabbing your rain jacket and galoshes and the next you’re sweating up a storm wondering if it’s kosher to take a walk around the park in your sports bra and shorts. Why global warming, why?! Anyway, because of the fickle weather, Spring fashion can be tricky, especially this time of year, which is why I put together one of my favorite things: #lifehacks.
Come spring and summer, you want to be covered enough to feel warm just in case that nice cool spring breeze comes through. So let out your inner ballerina and opt for organic cotton leggings (make sure they pass the squat test) that tie around your ankles or get ones that have cut-outs anywhere on your legs to help with air flow, like these from Alo Yoga. According to Peaceful Dumpling, “Alo is committed to eco-friendly sourcing and production practices, right down to their solar powered offices in LA. Their colorful, modern tank tops are perfect for yoga, pilates, spinning, fitness classes, or running.”
Open Back and Tulip Back Tops
I’m personally not a fan of tank tops and I’m always cold (so hardpass), and the best medium for me to stay warm without compromising all of my skin to the sunshine is through tulip tops or open back tops! You can find these most anywhere, and they’re flowy, cute and Oh so Springy! Pair these with some black leggings, and a cute lace back bra that’s visible in the back and VOILA. S’cute.
Accessorize, Accessorize, ACCESSORIZE
…did I say accessorize? If you’re not a fan of going all out spring color, you can still wear all black, white, gray or what have you and have your pop of color live in your accessories. Consider vegan mustard color flats or vegan sneakers for those super casual days. Let your hair down or put it in a pony, throw on a baseball cap, some leggings, and a cute top…and dang girl, fashionista, much?
If stuffing stockings were a hobby, I’d be a freakin’ pro (toot), but as the holidays come around, it can be hard to find vegan and cruelty-free gifts and stocking stuffer ideas without succumbing to throwing boxes of raisins in those oversized socks. That’s why I’ve come up with some ideas (which also happen to be my faves) that make your non-vegan family members and friends not hate you for gifting them with a “meat is murder” sticker, right? So let’s get less political, and a WHOLE lot more fun!
1. GIFTS FOR THE PERSON ALWAYS ON-THE-GO
If you know someone who is always on-the-go, go, go (hi), then you want to put some travel friendly ideas that scream, hey I’m fashionable, healthy and awesome on to their gift list.
Hair Invisibobble: For those women or men with long hair, being on the go means throwing your hair into a bun (or man-bun) and getting ish done. My favorite hair tool of all time is the Invisibobble (hello millenial scrunchie). It’s that black ring that looks like a phone cord in the picture above. It doesn’t kink your hair, and pulls out really easily. #gogetsome. Now I look at old hair bands and just wonder…but why. I bought mine at Sephora and it sells for $8. I got it for 20% off woop woop.
Vegan Leather Tassle: This tassle keychain is so boujee, it pretty much screams that you love fashion with an edge. You can get any of these vegan tassles (and pom poms!) pretty much anywhere (i.e Charming Charlie, Forever 21, Discovery, TJ Maxx, Target, pretty much anywhere, maybe even Cracker Barrel?!). I got mine on clearance for $3.00 something at Target. They usually range from $3 – $12.
Coconut Oil Packets: If your person travels a lot, remind them to keep their health in check from the plane to the hotel and anywhere else. Coconut Oil is the perfect solution to almost anything they happen to forget, like moisturizer, hair mask, toothpaste (oil pulling), makeup remover, a whole bunch of stuff. I bought my box of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Packets at Trader Joe’s for $3.99.
A Cute Tray: When they do come back home or take off all of their baubles before a bath, give them a place to put it all, like this cute tray! I got this one at Target on clearance but you can get them virtually anywhere.
2. GIFTS FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER
If you have a friend who loves to primp and prime or is all about self-love (hallelujah), then they’ll love these gifts. Especially if they love to smell amazing. Santa will be jealous you thought of these first, well second I guess 😉
Native Deodorant: If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know that I’ve tried every deodorant in the world and after my deodorant review, am now addicted to Native Deodorant. They’ll love that this smells great, and that it leaves them smelling great.
Formula 10.0.6 Pore Strips: With all the big work parties and family dinners or even if you have that hot holiday date (I do every year, hi hubs), you gotta make sure your nose is blackhead free! These Formula 10.0.6 Pore Strips clear out your pores and you’ll be walking with confidence, one nose ahead of everyone else.
Pacifica Perfume: This perfume is both vegan and cruelty-free and comes in a whole bunch of scents. Since perfume is a pretty personal choice, I would give them a fun “coupon” that you drew up yourself for them to go shopping with you and pick their own Pacifica Natural Spray. This means you can give a gift and set-up some time to hang out. Quality time: check!
Bath Bomb: This is a no-brainer. You can wrap this Whole Foods Bath Bomb up with a bottle of some good wine and one of their favorite movies and there you go: spa night! Maybe throw in a face mask too–see the next idea 😉
3. GIFTS FOR THE PERSON WHO NEEDS TO RELAX
Know someone that needs to relax or is always uptight? (um, hi). Then throw all of these into a cute little basket and wrap it up into their stocking and BOOM. I’m falling asleep just thinking about it I’m so relaxed.
Bath Bomb: This is what I was talking about before! You can get festive and throw in an Asili Naturals holiday-scented bath bomb, like the pumpkin spice one above.
Asili Naturals Clay Mask: On my Friday Face-Off, we compared this clay mask with Glam Glow, and guess who won? You called it–this one is AMAZING! This Spirulina Clay Mask doesn’t smell like dirt like most masks (ahem Glam Glow), but smells amazing like lavender. #treatyofriend Throw in a makeup brush too, which makes applying pretty much any face mask much easier, and far less messy.
Handmade Natural Soap: When soap smells good, it makes a shower even more relaxing, literally feels like it’s melting away your stress.
With all of these ideas, you’ll be stocking stuffer royalty. Might as well buy a tiara when you’re out shopping for presents.
Question of the Day
What kind of stocking stuffers do you like? What is your favorite part of gift-giving? Share, please!
As a former designer obsessed fashionista, the hardest part about going vegan was getting rid of my leather luxury goods. Although my LV Neverfull was my pride and joy and most practical luxury purchase to date, I started to feel guilty ever time I used it. “It’s only a bag,” but also, “it’s leather…” would rack my brain over and over again. So I decided to just put it to an end, and find a replacement tote that I would love just enough to replaced my once beloved LV. After months of research and failed purchases…enter Overbrooke.
Now my favorite color is blush pink, but let me tell you that it’s not just the gorg color of this Overbrooke Reversible Tote Bag that you’ll go gaga over. It’s the material. It would fool even a cow. It’s by far, THE softest vegan leather I’ve ever felt. I mean, just look at how it slouches like a dream.
I did a lot of research and went through a lot of purses before I found this one. It’s just the perfect size for me. For a comparison to the LV Neverfull, be sure to watch my YouTube haul where I compare the two.
What’s your favorite vegan leather find? Share with us! I’m anxious to know, ya’ll!