Let’s go shopping

^^me to you guys right now.

 

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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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 🙂

Things you THOUGHT were vegan but aren’t – 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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    Tattoo Ink

  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
  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.

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?

Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

One of the most iconic lines in cult classic movie history (I recently rewatched Mean Girls). OK, Let’s do this.

High Waisted Jeans from ASOS for $53.00

I’ve been searching for a good looking pair of high waisted jeans. These are so perfect; I love the ripped detail on the hem and the tabs on the waist of the jean. The only bad thing about this jean is the color because all of my jeans are black and I’m looking to diversify my wardrobe–my closet and Wednesday Addams have a lot in common these days.

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Off-the-shoulder blouse at Zara for $39.90

The volume of off-the-shoulder tops and dresses in stores right now tells me we’ll be seeing this style a lot during the summer. I like how elegant this top looks on the model. I’m not sure I’d be able to pull this off but it’s a gorgeous shirt either way.

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T-shirt with embroidered corset at Zara for $39.90

I never thought I’d ever want something that would resemble a corset, but this simple, modern rendition of the corset accompanied with the loose, oversized look of the t-shirt is something I could get into. I would like to see a similar shirt to this one where the corset embroidery has a patterned design, with a pastel color for the shirt/corset (rather than red).

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I stumbled upon an interview on YouTube with Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach about their movie, Frances Ha (one of my all time favorites). In it, Greta talks about a book her husband, Noah, recommended for her to read: The Shadow-Line by Joseph Conrad.

In shopping for this book, I found that my local public library has it and Project Gutenberg has published it online. You can read it here for free if you’d like.

 

Last but not least, the Chelsea Boot. The boot in the photo is the design I’ve been looking for, but the composition and price point are not–it’s 100% calf skin leather with a leather sole– I’m looking for a Chelsea boot that is fake leather (faux leather/ pleather/ vegan); also, this shoe is priced at $895 which is way over what I would ever spend on a shoe. If any of you happen to run across a faux leather Chelsea Boot similar to this slim design, please let me know!

Thanks for reading 🙂

The Environmental Vegan

The world’s leading cause of climate change is animal agriculture, an industry contributing more than 51% of greenhouse gas emissions (a conservative estimate).

Beef is a huge product among consumers, and the love affair Americans have with the industry valued it at $60 billion (in the U.S. alone) in 2015. There is a financial incentive to perpetuate this environmental and health hazardous industry and discredit facts presented by its opposers to maintain the industry’s foothold at the nuclear family’s dinner table. Our consumption of these animals is continuing to enrich this $60 billion industry while we, the consumers, harm our health and our environment.

As you may know, many vegans and vegetarians choose their diets for different reasons, the environment being one of those reasons.  The environmental vegan refuses to accept and contribute to an industry that exists in the environmentally irresponsible way that the animal agriculture industry does. The facts below are some of the environmental reasons vegans and vegetarians choose to refrain from contributing to the animal agriculture industry, thereby “voting with their dollars” against it.

Quick facts about animal agriculture and climate change (Sources: Cowspiracy Documentary, this article):

  • The methane produced by cows in the animal agriculture industry is 86 times more destructive than CO2 in its contribution to climate change
  • Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day
  • Livestock contributes 65% of all nitrous oxide greenhouse gas emissions
  • Nitrous oxide is almost 300 times more destructive than CO2

What if we all changed our diets for the better? (Sources: this research paper, this article)

  • If everyone ate a vegetarian diet, emissions would fall by 44 percent ($973 billion savings in health costs)
  • If everyone ate a vegan diet, emissions would fall by 55 percent ($1 trillion savings in health costs)

So what could it mean for humans if we chose a diet that would be better for our health and our environment? We could live longer, healthier lives and we could have an environment capable of sustaining our extended lifetimes.

Climate change is no longer a problem of the future. The future is here and it’s us– it’s how you and me and everyone else decides to shape it. As soon as 2050, much of our land above sea-level is predicted to be below it. That means that there will be no Miami Beach for me to spend my retirement in (I don’t know about you but I don’t want to lose that view).

Two important documentaries on the subject of climate change and the animal agriculture industry’s contribution to it are Before the Flood and Cowspiracy. I recommend these to anyone who has an interest in knowing the scope of humanity’s impact on the health of the planet.

Informative, easy-to-read articles on this subject from Vegan and Conservation websites:

Can Veganism Save The Planet?

The World’s Leading Driver of Climate Change: Animal Agriculture

What If The Whole World Went Vegan?

 

Taking you online shopping with me

I love the print and oversized fit of this blouse.

Koi Fish Shirt from Zara for $49.90

I found this in the men’s section but I might just buy it for myself. It reminds me of the Miami Marlins and even though I’m not a baseball fan, I like how it reminds me of home.

Hooded Swordfish Print Jacket from Forever21 for $26.99

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I’ve thrifted for mom jeans and high-waisted shorts before, but they never quite fit the way I want them to. It might be time to buy brand new jeans.

Mom Jeans from Urban Outfitters for $79

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This shirt has a nice bowling-silk pajama-greaser inspired look that I quite enjoy.

Bad Luck Greaser Shirt for Lazy Oaf for $68

I probably won’t buy any of these items. I have a window shopping problem. I’ll fill up my shopping cart with all sorts of things, then close the window and act like none of it ever happened. 😂  I can’t be alone in this. Please comment if you’re a shopping cart deserter like me, or if you like any of the items in this post! Thanks for reading 🙂