As a vegan or vegetarian, you are conscious of what’s in your food and what goes into producing it, but what about what’s in your makeup bag? Nowadays many of us are privy to what toxic ingredients to avoid in cosmetics, as well as the harsh realities of animal testing; But researching and staying current on which beauty brands do and don’t test on animals can be overwhelming. Not to mention the idea of going through our makeup bags and potentially parting with some of our beloved favourites can be anxiety-inducing! However, the payoff of taking the leap to go completely cruelty-free with our beauty products while simultaneously decluttering our makeup bags can be rewarding.
Although I am a scary movie buff year-round, I love this time of year when the fall weather gives us an excuse to cozy up and watch Halloween movies with delicious vegan snacks and spiked hot cider on hand. Ever since my friend introduced me to his signature sweet popcorn recipe, it has become a fall tradition among our friends to serve it at every movie night between September and November, and it is now a quintessential part of me and my girlfriends’ annual Hocus Pocus viewing ‘party’ held at the apartment.
As my friends will attest, the moment you taste this popcorn you will be hooked — it has been aptly described as tasting inexplicably “like fall” and although I tend to gravitate towards savoury over sweet popcorn, this homemade popcorn seasoning recipe strikes the perfect balance between the sweetness of the sugar and the depth of the spices. The cinnamon incites feelings of coziness when paired with the warmth of the clove and nutmeg, while the ginger provides a subtle kick that makes this sweet popcorn topping totally addictive.
Read after the jump to learn how to make this sweet popcorn recipe that’s perfect for fall…
As a vegan or vegetarian, you are always consciously thinking of what’s in your kitchen, but what about the rest of your home — in your wardrobe, in your make up bag, even in your decor? As Marie Kondo, author of The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up and the genius behind the “KonMari Method” says, “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.” So to state the obvious, if you are vegetarian or vegan and want to have a truly, completely cruelty-free lifestyle then you must only surround yourself with, and wear things that aspire to the compassionate life that you want to live and that speak to your beliefs. This post will show you how to apply the principles in The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up in this more compassionate way while upping your vegan fashion game.
Confession time: In the last year I’ve become a little obsessed with minimalism and the KonMari Method. It all started with decluttering videos which were the “gateway” that got me hooked on minimalism and lead me to binge watch countless decorating and wardrobe culling videos on YouTube (Muchelle B’s 30 Days To Simplify Your Life Challenge series was my fave).
As most minimalism journeys go, all roads lead to the book, The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and consequently her signature “KonMari Method”. I had heard of the book previously but never realized the need to read it until now. Although I won’t be giving you a full fledged book review, I will say that despite some of the book being a little too “out there” for my tastes, the core concept of The KonMari Method is brilliant.
But unlike other articles you may have read about the KonMari Method of decluttering, this post will show you how to apply it within the context of a cruelty-free lifestyle so that your home decor will not only align with your ethics, but the life you aspire to.
Banana Republic Lace Top, French Connection Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, Zara Trench Coat (similar here), Lulus Vegan Leather Ankle Strap Heels (similar here), NARS Lipstick in ‘Roman Holiday’
Have you ever found a clothing item that you can instantly envision pairing with several pieces in your wardrobe and that as soon as you buy it, it is immediately in constant rotation? That is exactly what happened with this gorgeous top from Banana Republic (which I scored for only $15 off Carousell!) As soon as I saw it I pictured pairing the delicate white lace with both my French Connection leather look pencil skirt and my favourite Cupcakes and Cashmere faux leather leggings to add an edgy appeal to each ensemble.
Sorry for the delayed post! I have been sick for the past 2 weeks but still working and going about my days with a pretty packed schedule between freelancing, my full-time design job, and various home projects with my (very patient) boyfriend. But now that I have time, I am beyond excited to introduce you to your new favourite textile designer, Lee Coren. And guess what? Her designs are vegan!
I’m super excited to announce that I was featured on one of my favourite blogs, Chapter Friday this past week in this post on Moroccan inspired rugs! My bedroom decor was featured along with interior inspo from Glamour, Rue Mag, and designlovefest. It’s no surprise that Yara Michels of Chapter Friday would dedicate a entire post to the elegance of the black and white Moroccan shag rug. After all, my Moroccan rug (from Rugs USA) is one of my favourite pieces in my apartment. I love how it’s simple yet chic, and the ivory colour is warm and inviting in my space. To quote Yara Michels of Chapter Friday, “There’s something perfectly simplistic about this ivory rug, with its thick, shag style. It’s so neutral and warm that it blends into almost any room. Combine it with pink accents or a lush, leafy plant; it all works.”
As a vegan, it can be be tough trying to monitor the ingredients in everything you buy. Sure, you don’t have to worry too much about your food when you make all your meals fresh, but what about your drinks? Because as weird as it might seem, your favourite drink might have more than just alcohol in it! Brewmasters, winemakers, and distillers often include animal ingredients in their products directly, or use them in the processing and filtration. Additionally, dairy products are often added to the final recipe—and you won’t find any of these ingredients on the label!