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 🙂

 

Vegan Side Effects: Healthy Brain & Healthy Heart

Vegans are typically health-conscious individuals who, after cutting meat and dairy products from their diet, also choose to eliminate highly processed foods from their diets, even if those food products are vegan (like Spicy Sweet Doritos, for example).  The benefits of following a healthy vegan diet (it’s okay to cheat on your diet with vegan guilty pleasures every now and then) are many, but the most impactful benefits are the benefits to your heart and your brain.

Heart Benefits

  • At least 25% reduced risk of mortality from ischemic heart disease (Source)
  • TMAO, which increases the risk of heart disease, is lower in vegans/vegetarians than in meat eaters (Source)
  • Reduced risk of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and Stage B Heart Failure Burden (Source)
  • Reversal of existing coronary artery disease (Source)

Brain Benefits

  • Reduced risk of Parkinson’s Disease (Source)
  • Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (Source)
  • Reduced risk of Multiple Sclerosis (Source)
  • Reduced risk of senile dementia (Source)
  • Reduced risk of having a stroke (Source)
  • Regression of diabetic neuropathy (Source)

Check out this fun article on brain superfoods (11/12 vegan options).

Some other benefits: reduced risk of cancer, obesity, hypertension, gallstones, cholesteroldiabetes, and more. Vegans also have lower mortality rates.

Please feel free to google around for more sources. It’s fun to do your research, challenge your beliefs (and challenge assumptions in others’ beliefs), and in the end learn something new! If you’ve ever tried the vegan/vegetarian diet, leave me a comment! How did you feel afterward? Did it help you? Did it not? I’d like to know! Thanks for reading 🙂

Looking at the Menu

The world has changed a lot since 2011, a time when being vegan/vegetarian meant you were forced to stick to the appetizer and sides menus at restaurants. In 2017, nearly every restaurant I go to has at least one meatless entree item and choices that accommodate the dairy-free. When I went to this restaurant called Earls a few weeks ago, I ordered a vegan burger which prompted the manager to come by our table just to tell us that they offered a vegan alternate to every item on their menu (side note: Earls has the best vegan sushi rolls I’ve ever tasted, which the manager gave to us on the house).

If I’m out to dinner and there’s someone at the table I’ve never met, one of our mutual friends will undoubtedly make my diet a topic of conversation before the waiter comes by to take our order. It usually starts off with someone saying, “oh, Natalie is vegan by the way,” to which this new acquaintance will either say “me too!”, or ask a bunch of questions about what it means to be vegan like “where do you get your protein?” or “do you care if I eat meat in front of you?”

As a culture, we are desensitized to what it means to eat meat. Even as a vegan, I can’t say it bothers me to see people eat meat because it is so engrained in our culture. But if I really think about the question “do you care if I eat meat in front of you?” I have to think, why are you eating meat if the ethical option is there for you? When we think about the health risks of eating meat, how animal agriculture is damaging our environment, and the millions of animals who are suffering for five minutes of our gustatory satisfaction, contributing to this industry seems insane but our society does it anyway. The right choice is clear but we’ve designed it to be the alternative, and although the groupthink is changing, it’s not changing fast enough.

This week I’m going to write about the three common reasons people become vegan/vegetarian: health, environmental, and moral. I think a lot of people who aren’t vegan/vegetarian assume vegans/vegetarians abstain from meat eating because we don’t think animals should be killed for human consumption. While that is part of the reason for many of us, it’s not all of it.

Spoiling Your Loved Ones On Valentine’s Day–Gifts For Girls

Valentine’s Day is next week! Here’s a list of things a girl between 15-30 would love. You can buy any of these items for a sister, friend, significant other, what have you! These are all cruelty free gifts 🙂

 

LA VEDETTE MESH FULL BLACK for $114 at CLUSE

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ROUGH EMERALD RING for $35 at RINGCRUSH

 

VEGAN PUPPY LOVE or PRETTY IN PINK 16 pc. for $24.95 at ROSE CITY CHOCOLATES

 

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PEACH EMOJI HAT for $14.99 at BRAINDAZED

 

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 90 INSTANT FILM CAMERA for $123.00 at FUJIFILM

Where Do Vegans Get Their Calcium?

Hi guys! I made another clustered bar graph to show my common sources of calcium. The graph is based on the serving sizes on nutritional labels. If you haven’t tried Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Milk, you’re missing out!

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For more information on vegan sources of calcium, click here. Below is a quote directly from The Vegan Society webpage which easily explains calcium absorption.

Some foods, such as spinach, contain a high amount of calcium but is bound to a substance called ‘oxalate’ which hinders calcium absorption.This is why replacing spinach with low-oxalate vegetables such as rocket, cabbage and kale are key to a calcium-rich diet.

Interestingly, calcium in cow’s milk is not as easily absorbed, meaning that vegetables such as kale are much better sources of calcium than animal milks or ‘dairy’.

🙂