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SYDNEY – BLACK DWELL COLLECTION Backpack $170.00

This is a Matt & Nat vegan leather backpack. A problem I usually have with backpacks is that they are either too small or too large for my frame. I end up wearing the same thing for years because I never find something I like… until I find it in which case, the vicious cycle of wearing the same thing for years renews itself!

 

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Weekday Casy Shirt $61.00

I had the long sleeve version of this shirt a few years ago which I’d found in Goodwill. I’m now wishing I hadn’t donated it back into the thrift system! It even looks as though this one’s made with the same fabric– modal, aka artificial silk.

 

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ASOS WHITE Denim Jean With Tie Waistband In Lightblue Wash $83.00 
I don’t know if you guys could tell by now, but I love loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. This is why I would wear a sweatpant jean like this one.
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Boxy Alien Patch Pocket Tee $12.90
Patch Pocket peek-a-boo embroideries like this one are so adorable. I remember seeing a tshirt similar to this one on Tumblr, except an adorable cat was printed in lieu of an alien.
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Dropped Hoop Stud Earrings $5.90
I’ve noticed that hoop earrings are the new trend in fashion, as a part of the nineties revival (which I am not disappointed by at all. Does that sounds sarcastic? It’s not meant to be). I love wearing hoops and now that they’re in style, beautiful designs are popping up everywhere.
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ASOS Cold Shoulder Blouse with Shirring & Button Front $49.00
This trumpet sleeve is so cute. I wish the shoulders weren’t cut out but that’s okay. I’ve been looking for a shirt like this one (in black and without the cold shoulders) but it’s difficult to find this type of sleeve. The current sleeve trend is the bell sleeve combined with some off-the-shoulder action.

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ASOS Top with Contrast Mesh Insert $25.00

This top is simple and elegant for a night out. It’s perfect for late evening parties in the summer or for going to a bar.

Well, that’s it for now!

Thanks for sharing these random online shopping experiences with me ūüôā

Trump’s Playground – March 20-April 20

Executive Orders:

  • Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders X
    • This order rescinds the¬†Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that requires companies that seek to work with the federal government¬†to demonstrate that they comply with federal laws and executive orders.¬†Source
  • Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth X
    • This order rescinds many strides made by the Obama Administration in combating climate change. This orders government agencies to identify plans that would help decelerate climate change so that these plans could be abandoned. Source A,¬†Source B
  • Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis X
    • This order establishes a commission that will be led by Governor Chris Christie to discuss how to deal with the current drug problem in the U.S. Source A, Source B
  • Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits¬†X
    • This orders a review on the largest trade deficits in 2016 in order to combat and take action against rule-breakers. Source
  • Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice¬†X
    • This order lays out the succession of attorney general in the event of Jeff Sessions’ death.
  • Buy American and Hire American¬†X
    • Orders a review of the¬†H1-B visa program and a plan to propose reforms. This order is intended to make it more favorable¬†to hire Americans than skilled workers from abroad. Source A, Source B

In the news:

6 Reasons You Should Go To The March For Science This Saturday

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  1. If you care about the truth.
  2. If you think facts shouldn’t be a partisan issue.¬†
  3. If you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent who understands the facts of climate change and consider it an obligation to protect the current and future generations from a flooded, polluted, unbreathable planet.
  4. If you are concerned with the regressive policies of the current administration concerning climate change.
  5. If you care about the United States keeping its commitment in the Paris Agreement.
  6. If you care about America progressing into a sustainable future rather than clinging onto a past that does us all more harm than good.

This march is happening on Earth Day, April 22nd, in Washington D.C. and satellite events around the world. If you’ve never been to a protest, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and take plenty of pictures (share them with me!). The marches/protests I’ve been to (a grand total of 2 haha) have been peaceful and well-organized. I encourage you to attend if this is an issue you care about.

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As a side note: your faith does not have to hinder your acceptance of science. This is one of my favorite quotes on science and faith:

“My love for science doesn‚Äôt preclude my faith. For me, science is another language we use to talk about the same miracles faith talks about.” ‚ÄĒ Kala Dandekar¬†

Thanks for reading ūüôā

Things you THOUGHT were vegan but aren‚Äôt ‚Äď Part 2

  1. Soaps
    • Some soaps will list¬†sodium tallowate, aka¬†animal fat,¬†as an ingredient.
    • L-Oreal, Dove, and Neutrogena soaps hold a “bottom” rating on the animal welfare scale, suggesting they’re a company that does animal testing..
  2. Condoms
    • Some condoms are made with¬†casein (the typical¬†latex condom) or lamb intestines.
  3. Shampoos/Conditioners
    • Ingredients like amino acids or vitamin B could be plant-based or animal-based. Some companies don’t specify, making it hard to tell if the product is vegan.
  4. Toothpaste
    • May contain glycerin which can be derived from either animals or plants. Colgate claims to be vegan because their¬†ingredients are not animal-derived, but they do test on animals.
  5. Tattoo Ink
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  6. Candles
    • Some candles have ingredients like¬†beeswax or stearic acid (animal-derived). Yankee Candles are vegan (except for their beeswax candles).
  7. Fireworks
    • Use¬†stearic acid which could¬†be either plant-derived or animal-derived. Not to mention how animals are affected by the sound pollution of the explosions.
  8. Vitamins
  9. Perfumes
    • Non-vegan perfumes will use musk, ambergris, castoreum, civet, or hyraceum.¬†Versace Women,¬†Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker,¬†D&G Feminine, and¬†Estee Lauder Amber Mystique are among the fragrances that use musk as an ingredient.
  10. Gum
    • Some use gelatin or¬†stearic acid (animal-derived). The Wrigley company has claimed that Extra, Eclipse, and Orbit gums do not use animal-derived ingredients.
  11. Deodorant
  12. Plastic Bags
    • Manufacturers may use animal additives to improve the quality of their plastics.
  13. Car/Bike Tires
    • May use stearic acid (animal-based).
  14. Glue
    • “Animal glue” uses gelatin. This type of glue is used for bookbinding, wood work, and instruments.
  15. Fabric Softener
    • Downy contains animal-derived Dihydrogenated tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride.

The Caprice of the GOP

In the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court Justice, Senate Republicans changed a 200-year-old rule that required a 60 vote majority to end any filibustering in order to confirm the Supreme Court nominee.

So, Conservatives changed a 200-year-old rule…when it was in their favor. When people were talking about changing the electoral college, these were the people whose voters/supporters/pundits complained that the electoral college should not be changed to popular rule in order to protect America from “rule by majority” because they believe that majority rule is tyrannical, yet they turn around and change the rules that allow filibustering until a significant percentage of the Senate agrees, to allow rule by slight majority (54-45) in a way that they have described to be tyrannical. 

How to get clear skin and keep it that way

I had terrible acne growing up. After years of trying different products and health habits, these are my tips for getting rid of acne, based on what worked for me.

Change your diet.

Drink water, cut out dairy, and eat foods rich in anti-oxidants.

  • Water will keep your skin hydrated and help your body flush out toxins that may contribute to acne.
  • Dairy (milk, cheese, ice cream,¬†yogurt, etc.) increases sebum production in the skin leading to clogged pores, which leads to more acne. Cutting out dairy will drive¬†a huge turnaround for¬†your skin.
  • Consuming more antioxidants may reduce skin inflammation¬†which could¬†reduce¬†your acne (Inflammation leads to more acne, antioxidants reduce inflammation). Antioxidants also help keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant.

Change your skincare products.

These are the products that worked for me.

If buying from cruelty-free and vegan brands is something you care about, check out these links:

Don’t know if it’s vegan? Double check the ingredients here.

Don’t know if they test on animals? Check here¬†or¬†here.

Workout.

Working out (and drinking water) increases the blood flow to your skin which helps bring more oxygen to your skin cells which helps excrete cell waste from your skin, leading to clearer skin.

Keep your makeup light and don’t ever wear it to sleep.¬†

Also, try going a few days without makeup during the week. Letting you skin breathe will unclog your pores and increase oxygen circulation to your skin.

 

Do you have any skincare tips? What’s worked for you and what hasn’t?

Things you THOUGHT were vegan but aren’t – Part 1

So many everyday products are non-vegan; the most surprising thing that I discovered when I became vegetarian was how many of the “fun” foods contained gelatin, which is derived from animal bones, skin, ligaments, etc. When I learned about how gummy bears were really made, it took the innocence right out of them. This is by no means a complete list, but they were surprising to me as a first time vegan/vegetarian.

Because it contains gelatin:

  • Marshmallows
  • Gummy Bears
  • Jell-O
  • Frosted Pop-tarts
  • Skittles
  • Altoids
  • Starburts
  • Planters Peanuts
  • Barefoot Wine
  • Some Yellow Tail Wines
  • Robert Mondavi Wines

Because it contains Isinglass:

  • Some Beer & Wine brands–check if your favorite booze product is vegan here
    • Most Guinness Beers
    • Some Snow Beers
    • Some¬†Michelob Beers
    • Sea Dog Beers
    • Beringer Wines
    • 19 Crimes

Because it contains L-cysteine that is derived human hair or poultry feathers:

  • Some Bread & Bagels from
    • Einstein Bros.
    • Dunkin Donuts
    • McDonald’s
    • Pizza Hut

Because it contains anchovy:

  • Caesar Dressing
  • Tropicana’s Heart Healthy Orange Juice
  • Worcestershire sauce

Because it contains animal-derived enzymes, whey, or casein:

  • Some chips
    • All Doritos except Spicy Sweet Doritos
    • BBQ chips (not all, but I usually stay away from these if I don’t feel like checking the ingredients)
    • Some Lay’s Chips
    • Some Pringles

Because it contains pork:

  • Cole Bread
  • Cuban Bread
  • Minute Maid Juices To Go Ruby Red Grapefruit Drink
  • Jiffy Mix Corn Bread Mix
  • Special K Protein Snack Bars
  • Rice Krispies¬†Treats Squares
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  • Lucky Charms
  • Several Kellogg’s Cereals

What seemingly vegan¬†food or beverage have you discovered wasn’t vegan? What vegan product did you replace it with?