Faux Zara

Faux leather is nothing new. However, attractive, affordable, and well-made faux-leather is. I remember the days where “faux leather” was just nice way to describe plastic. There is something about leather and fall that is as classic as peanut butter and jelly.

Zara’s fall collection is overflowing with gorgeous faux-leather looks ranging from skirts to jackets paired with chunky knits and bold accessories. My own faux-leather jacket is a Zara purchase I made a few years ago in Paris. It’s a staple that has stood the test of time, bars, and weather, yes even the wet kind.

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-B

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Shoe Cult

Yesterday, I tweeted this awesome article from the New York Magazine’s fashion blog, The Cut. The slide show curated some seriously chic, vegan garb. One of my favorite finds from the slideshow was Shoe Cult, the vegan shoe brand from Nasty Gal. As a newbie to cruelty-free clothes, I’ve acquainted myself with brands like Nicora Johns and, of course, Stella McCartney, but I’m thrilled that I keep discovering vegan brands all.the.time. Nasty Gal knows what they are doing when it comes to shoes. I easily could have shared 10 more shoes that I’m lusting over. These ones are classics:

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Nicole Pump $78 [Absolutely perfect work to happy hour pump!]

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On the Hunt Leopard Flat $40.60 [leopard print is a neutral as far as I’m concerned]

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Ramble Chelsea Boot $88 [a little sexy, a little tough, a little edgy = boot trifecta]

-B

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Bon Weekend

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Bar prep got REAL this week. The amount of hours I’m dedicating daily has seemingly gone through the roof now that we are on state specific topics. T-32. Aside from studying, I finally made it over to the new vegan bar in the Gayborhood, Charlie was a sinner. (yes, the name includes punctuation). I was really impressed, although not surprised, by how Nicole Marquis (owner of HipCityVeg) upped her game from vegan “fast food.” The vegan ricotta spread was one of the most delicious iterations of tofu I’ve ever had (read: not like tofu at all!).

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The BF and I both got the mango lassi mocktails which were more like a mango lassi cocktail than the smoothie like texture of a normal lassi. Delicious nonetheless and I can’t wait to try the non-alcoholic version! The rest of the cocktail list looked incredible. As I was reading through the menu, I found myself saying “Ooh! This looks good!” to just about every drink. I’m so glad the vegan scene in Philly is ever expanding!

Here’s a bit of what else on my radar this weekend:

+   Save 20% during the summer sale at BaubleBar! I’m obsessed with the brand new BAUBLEBAR x STRIPES & SEQUINS collaboration which is included in the sale. I may or may not have already purchased the Crystal Mason Ring. The Mason ring is such a stunner (and only $28)! Most of the collaboration can be seen in the top image!

+   Speaking of sales, I don’t know what’s going on at Piperlime nearly the entire site including tons vegan leather apparel is on sale. Happy shopping!

+   Behold: the complete Philly guide to outdoor movies this summer. I’m all about seeing one of my favorite movies, Ratatouille, on August 9!

+   There is a new free yoga class being offered in Bella Vista (8th and Fitzwater). It will be held on Monday nights at 6 pm. Just bring your own mat!

+   J.Lo is creating a new line of vegan supplements, according to Philly.com, following her 22-day vegan cleanse. I’m really curious to see what this line is going to look like! Vitamins? Protein Powder? I’m hoping lots of B-12!

+   Cue the tissues. These pictures of humans saving animals are beyond heartwarming. I love my puppy to the moon and back and feel that all animals are deserving of that compassion. These images struck a chord with me because it was posted by a friend who frequently posts her fantastic meal-filled dishes and reminded me of the disconnect I had with food.

-B

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Video Review of the Vegan Cuts June Box!

Vegan Cuts sent me their June Snack box to review for you all. I have to say, I’m impressed! Vegan Cuts is a monthly subscription service where you get boxes of vegan snacks, vegan fashion, or vegan beauty products sent right to your door each month. The snack box, at $19.95/month, is a great way to try out new products that you may have never heard of before or may not be stocked in your local grocer. Find something you like? You can buy it over at the Vegan Cuts shop! So easy!

I recorded this video about a week ago and couldn’t decide if I wanted to upload it because I felt so awkward, but I figured what the hell, this is my first one. Once I got over seeing myself on screen, I realized I actually had a ton of fun making this video and definitely plan on making more video posts in the future. You can subscribe to my new youtube channel here.

There were 10 products included in the June box, which I describe in my full glory in the video. I was really surprised by the amount of snacks included. 10 snacks is good for 2 weeks of packed lunches for work! As a newbie to a plant-based diet, I LOVED this because 9/10 items were things I never had or even heard of before. I also really appreciated that the snacks were all from small producers, you aren’t going to find vegan products from say… Kashi in their boxes. I haven’t had a chance to try the all of products yet but I will post again when I do.

P.S. I found video blogging to be a great way to work on my presentation skills. I definitely talk way too much with my hands #jerseyproblems and say “and” as a mental tick. I’m glad blogging has a side benefit for this future attorney! If you have any other constructive feedback I’d love to hear it!

– B

Disclosure: I received a free Vegan Cuts box from Vegan Cuts in exchange for writing a review on the blog but all reviews are honest and my own.

Brand Crush: The Graceship

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I’m a bag girl. In fact, my previous blog was wholly inspired by my inability to find a professional, yet feminine work bag. Seriously, go to Coach and ask for a “business bag” you’ll get directed right to the men’s section. Infuriating. However, in the past few years, I’ve noticed an uptick in smaller designers making bags for the professional woman that weren’t repurposed diaper bags or totes. The creation of C+Q added another criteria to my bag hunt: socially conscious.

Meet the holy grail of professional bags: The Graceship. Incredibly gorgeous handbags that are vegan, sustainable, lead & chemical free, produced in a healthy, safe working environment, AND priced under $200. It honestly sounds too good to be true but just look at these bags! Sign me up!

My favorite is the London! It reminds me a lot of classic Mulberry satchels without the hefty price tag! I love how the interior is filled with pockets that have the professional woman in mind. For example, the London has a laptop sleeve that fits laptops up to 15″, business card holders, a cell phone pocket, charger pocket (!!), and pen holder. Perfect, no?

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What are your favorite socially conscious & professional brands?

– B