April Favorites on Friday

Friday, April 29, 2016

April Favorites on Friday
Say what? Yes, it's true. I have brought back Favorites on Friday- monthly style! Ever since I phased out my popular feature, I have received tons of feedback that it is missed. To explain, I stopped Favorites on Friday due to the fact that life got pretty damn busy and it was becoming difficult to find the time to search for great links every week. However, I have decided to mix things up a bit on the blog, add some new types of posts, and this feature is one of them. Although I may not have time to compile a list of awesome links each week, I think a monthly list is totally doable. Plus, it's exciting to once again have a place to share my online discoveries rather than just emailing my mom random links throughout the month. 

Thank you to everyone who requested Favorites on Friday to come back! If there are any other types of posts you want me to start incorporating- specific reviews, routines, advice, beauty/fashion questions, etc. please leave a comment, email (caitlin@theveganchickpea.com), comment on Instagram, tweet, or Facebook message me. I often get very random, but relevant, questions from individuals that I answer on a case by case basis, but would love to incorporate them into the blog.

Love this Instagram post from Cheryl Strayed. Do you use your "future self" as motivation for the present?

This was me on Sunday night... and will continue to be me until I get what I want.

My lady friend started making weekly YouTube videos again and I couldn't be happier.


Another beautiful vegan baby is on the way!

Obsessed.

My dream cookie right here.

I went to this restaurant last month when I was in LA and feel very conflicted about the situation.

If you are wondering who my favorite vegan beauty blogger is, it's this girl.

Recently heard this song for the first time at a friends' wedding and I wept.

Who else is excited?

But I don't hate Hannah... I just don't understand her.

I wish Cadry would invite me over for breakfast.

Dayv and I binged watched this show in two days and it was damn good.

Um yes please.

This burger may have originally been an April Fools joke, but I, for one, would totally order it.

I always appreciate Sayward's authenticity.

In case you are wondering, Richa is still killing it.

Have a great weekend!

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands
I am really picky. So, when I find something that I like, I pretty much obsess over it. Such is the case with these four brands. If you follow my blog and/or social media regularly, you know these companies are my absolute faves when it comes to eco-friendly apparel. Check out some details below and let me know your top fashion brand picks.

Amour Vert | I recently wrote about this brand in my Creating a Minimalist Wardrobe post. I currently own their Zoe Top and Dallas Tank, and have a wish list that includes their Yuma Skirt, Miley Skirt, and newly launched Iconic Jeans. I love that they concentrate on simple, timeless pieces that mix and match perfectly with each another. FYI not all of their pieces are vegan, so double check the fabric before making any purchases.

Groceries Apparel | I have been stalking this brand ever since getting their Seam Leggings and Joan Baez Dress. They make great everyday staples including a variety of tops, leggings, and bras. Their website is very low on stock and styles, so I am hoping that means they will be launching a new collection soon.

Indigo Apparel | This brand is perfect for when you want something fun and different for the warmer months. Their use of color and tie-dye blows me away along with the garment design. Currently, I own the crochet top and long skirt from their Statement Collection, and the Infinity Wrap. I recently wrote about Indigo's new Garden Daze Collection, of which I want it all.

Miakoda New York | I have been a fan of Miakoda for a long time and have a variety of their pieces. Current favorite pieces in my wardrobe include the leggings, oversized tee, and sweatpants. They are in the process of liquidating their inventory in preparation for their new collection launch. I, for one, cannot wait.

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Indigo Apparel | Garden Daze Collection

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Indigo Apparel| Garden Daze Collection
Indigo Apparel, one of my favorite indie vegan fashion brands, recently launched their spring/summer collection and I am absolutely blown away. Known for their playful and colorful tie-dye garments that scream warm weather and the beach, this collection takes originality and eco-friendly fashion to the next level. I love the mixture of fun, colorful and classic with an edge pieces, which can be worn year round when properly styled. Although I genuinely love every piece in this collection, pictured above are four "favorites". Check out the Garden Daze collection and let me know which styles you love the most!

Garden Daze halter dress | This dress is made with 100% hemp challis and hand dyed with non-toxic dyes. It is the perfect piece to wear when you are running out the door and want to be comfortable but also super cute. I imagine wearing it on a trip to the beach or on vacation in a tropical location.

Calla Lilly poncho | Lately, I am all about ponchos and bat-wing tops. Although the picture provided does not give exact detail, I imagine this top draping beautifully on the body with an option for some off the shoulder action. The description does not have details on whether there is tie-dye, but I believe I see a hint of red interspersed on the side and sleeve. It's made with a mixture of organic hemp and organic cotton, so it's super comfy. There is also an equally adorable white poncho with pink tie-tye (I only picked the black over white since the majority of my wardrobe is black).

Daisy pom pom help shorts | How insanely adorable are these shorts with the pom pom detailing? Since the 100% hemp jersey used is natural in color, it pairs perfectly with both the black and white ponchos, as well as any other summer tops. I can also imagine it looking adorable with a crop top. These shorts along with the poncho would definitely be my summer weekend attire.

Golden Blossom hemp dress | Talk about a chic staple piece for a summer wardrobe. I love the 3/4 sleeves, low back, and ability to dress it both up and down. It's made with 100% hemp jersey (aka super comfy); There is nothing better than looking stylish and comfortable at the same time.

Check out my previous posts on Indigo Apparel here and here.

My self-care routine

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My self-care routine
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the importance of self-care and how difficult it can be for some individuals to truly honor themselves. Self-care comes in all shapes and sizes, and no self-care routine can be compared to another. To me, self-care is honoring oneself, discovering and implementing what makes oneself truly happy, and enacting specific strategies to create one's own happiness. Because, at the end of the day, the only person who can make you happy is yourself.

Self-care has been important to me for years, but the weightiness and time spent each day has accumulated over time. I think this is due to that fact that as I have grown and changed; I have a better understanding of who I am and what I need to feel good. I also think it has to do with the fact that, along with growing older, I have more of a YOLO attitude. What do I want for myself? What can I do to make myself feel good? What do I want for my future? These questions often go through my head as I continue to understand myself on a deeper level and make strides in my self-care routine. 

I am sharing my self-care routine in order to provide ideas for individuals that may have a difficult time knowing where to start. It can be incredibly easy to overlook our personal needs in the hustle and bustle of life, but understand the pivotal importance of creating your own daily happiness. 

I am Number One | If there is one lesson I have learned over the years, it is to put myself first. I do not think this belief is selfish, as we are on this planet for a short time and the only person we are with all of the time is ourselves. There is no person more important than ourselves and we need to honor that truth. Time is precious; If I don't want to do something, I say no. If I desire something, I ask for or give it to myself. If I need someone to depend on, I depend on myself. When I seek approval, I seek it from myself.

Daily Exercise | I have been exercising daily for the last eight years. My routine has changed over time (yoga, pilates, Zumba, HIIT training, weight lifting, Tracy Anderson), but my dedication has never faltered. Every morning, I wake up at 4:45 or 4:30 (depending on my bladder) and exercise immediately. Exercising is so engrained in my daily routine that I never question or skip it. Sometimes I wake up and am extra tired, but I know that after I am finished working out, I will feel amazing for the rest of the day. And week. And life.

Healthy Eating | I never think about making healthy choices, I just do it. I think once you switch to a vegan diet that works well with your body, fuels you properly, and makes you feel energized, you never want to stray. There are so many different vegan diets out there and I do not think one is better than another because every body is different.

Napping | Getting enough sleep is an absolute necessity in order for me to feel my best and accomplish the most. Every weekend, I take long naps to recover from the previous week (and getting up super early) as well as prep me for the week ahead. My naps are very important to me and only on very special occasions will I give them up. Dayv knows how important they are to me, too, and never questions my need for them or their length. On days when I'm getting grumpy, his response, "Go take a nap."

Important Relationships | I recently declared to Dayv that I only have time in my life for him and Mina, my parents, and my four closest friends. Dayv and I continue to have our date night take out every week, which is our time to connect, relax, and enjoy each other's company and favorite food. Secondly, I am a 30 year old woman that sees her parents twice a week and I have no shame. I freaking love my parents. Lastly, Some people can have a slew of friends that they see on a relatively consistent basis. For me, I prefer to see my best friends every week, or couple weeks, or every few months (I miss you, Lora). These relationships that are the ones that are important to me and the ones I want to consistently nurture. Of course, Dayv and I have friends that we invite to our parties, go to their weddings, and see on a casual basis. But, on a week to week, month to month basis, the individuals described above are the ones with which I choose to spend my free time.

Reading | I love reading and learning. At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to reading two books a month; I felt that this goal was reasonable and attainable. I was not able to achieve this goal in March because I was in LA smack dab in the middle of the month. However, I have been doing well otherwise. I am hoping to find time during the year to read an additional book for a couple months so I still achieve 24 books in the year.

Look good for myself | No matter how crappy I feel, looking good for myself always makes me feel better. Every morning, I take the time to put on body lotion, perfume, makeup (including eyelashes), and straighten my hair. This routine takes about 20 minutes, and even though I'm sometimes running late, the time is always worth it. I also take the time once a week to give myself a manicure. There is no better feeling than leaving the house and looking good for myself. Do I care if other people notice? Do I fish for compliments? No. I solely do it for my own joy. 

Minimizing Wardrobe | I wrote a bit about minimizing my wardrobe last week. This area of my life has also evolved over time. However, I am now at a point where I really only want to wear things that truly make me feel good. I want everyday to be a dress up, confident day. I want to wear brands and clothes that are not only vegan, but also eco-friendly. I do not want a huge closet, only one with complete essentials.

Imagining "Future Caitlin" | For the last couple of years, I have increasingly been practicing the idea of imagining my future self and manifesting her into the present. This description may sound a little odd, but it is really quite simple. In my mind, I have a clear idea of my future self. I believe my duty, in the present, is to manifest her in ways to eventually become that person. For instance, a few years ago, Future Caitlin had a Master's degree. I manifested her throughout the application process, then through the two challenging years of juggling work, school, and home, to graduation last May. Three years ago, Future Caitlin M.A. was only an image and now I am that Future Caitlin M.A. Whenever Dayv and I talk about our future, I always refer to "Future Caitlin" when making plans. "Yes, that is exactly what I want for Future Caitlin!" or "Yes, that goes along completely with what I have planned for Future Caitlin!" 

Let me know if you are interested in learning more about any of these specific items and I am happy to do a dedicated post about them. Also, I'd love to hear some of the ways you honor yourself and provide self-care.

Petit Vour March Box | Review

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Petit Vour March Box | Review
Spring has officially sprung (please ignore the snow). March's Petit Vour box was all about the little things- a good purifying face mask, dependable base + top nail coat, refreshing facial mist, and moisturizing shampoo. Let's take a closer look.

My Petit Vour box was filled with...

Suki transfomative purifying masque | Most facial masks come in a jar, which force you to scoop out the product with your fingers. I love how this one is in a pump, which really helps you control the amount you apply at a time. I used it as a spot treatment for a pesky pimple that appeared on the side of my face. It made me feel like I was being proactive rather than just picking at it, like I usually do. I think it may have sped up the amount of time the imperfection stayed on my face, too.

Little Barn Apothecary geranium + white tea beauty mist | Beauty mists have become very popular recently and I've got quite the stash to prove it. The PV exclusive (see the label??) is super hydrating, florally, and the perfect little add on to your skin routine after cleansing and moisturizing your skin.

Lauren B. Beauty base + top coat | If there is one thing I've learned from painting my nails every week for the last couple of years it's that a good base and top coat are integral in a long lasting manicure. This one dries to be super shiny and helps keep your nails chip resistant for days at a time.

Yarok feed your moisture shampoo | I have tried out many Yarok hair products over the last few years and am always impressed with the formula. Although I have a tried and true shampoo/conditioner I use every time I wash my hair, I am excited to pack this sample next time I travel.

Each month I am always so excited to receive my creme de la cruelty-free Petit Vour box. For $15 a month, you receive the most luxurious of beauty products. Oftentimes, Petit Vour is the first to introduce newer beauty companies to the scene before they make their rounds to everyone else. If you want exclusive, vegan, cruelty-free, exquisitely curated beauty products delivered right to your door, Petit Vour has it going on.

You can subscribe to Petit Vour here.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Creating a Minimalist Wardrobe & Amour Vert Wishlist

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Amour Vert | Wishlist
Over the last few years, I have become increasingly interested in getting rid of the majority of my possessions in order to concentrate on what makes me happy, is beautiful, and has true purpose. I have performed many clothing and accessory purges, donating things that no longer bring joy or are not being utilized to their fullest potential. But, I still crave an even more pared down lifestyle, one that has been stripped down to the most beautiful, well loved, and fully embraced possessions.

At the end of last week, I received a fairly large order from Bead & Reel and, before incorporating the items into my wardrobe, performed a huge purge on my closet, chest of drawers, jewelry, and shoes. I decided that from now on, I will only wear pieces that truly hold love and value in my heart. In essence, I am choosing to whittle my wardrobe down to the bare bones in order to reconstruct it with pieces that are universal, versatile, transitional, and, best of all, eco-friendly, locally-made, sustainable, fair-trade, and organic. Although these types of pieces are more expensive, they are very high quality, and made to last. For the majority of the clothing and accessories I have ejected from my wardrobe, I am in the process of setting up an eBay store to sell them. These pieces are still in very good condition, often from higher end clothing stores, and I want them to find homes where they will be loved and appreciated like they deserve. 

While I am in this process of renewal and regeneration, I have begun to search for the new items that I want to incorporate into my new minimalist wardrobe. A brand that I have grown to know and love from Bead & Reel is Amour Vert. Their style is very functional, versatile, and simple. The majority of their pieces can be worn throughout the entire calendar year with a little styling. Their clothing is made from fabrics including modal, organic cotton, and linen. Although their clothing is a bit pricey, I did notice a 20% off discount code on their website last week, which of course disappeared the next day when I went back to check out my favorite items again. Now I know to jump on the next discount code I see.

Below are three of my favorite Amour Vert pieces. I believe these items will compliment my mostly black wardrobe perfectly and seamlessly transition throughout the seasons.

Agnes | Made with a combination of modal and spandex, this top is gorgeously soft and silky. I love the halter/wrap design, which would pair perfectly with a pencil skirt, cropped pants, or skinny jeans. 

Yuma | A well constructed pencil skirt is an essential in every wardrobe. Made with modal and spandex, this skirt is soft and hugs the body in all the right places. It's also available in gray on Bead & Reel.

Miley | When I saw this dress, I nearly died. If there was one item I could get from Amour Vert, it would be this piece, hands down. It is so flattering, with its side slits and v neck, and is basically everything I love made into one perfect dress. The possibilities are endless- sandals in the summer, heels and a statement necklace for a night out, leggings and booties with a cardigan during the colder months. Can you see the potential?

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La Ritzy March box | Review

Thursday, April 7, 2016

La Ritzy March box | Review
In case you haven't realized it, La Ritzy kills it every month with their cruelty-free vegan beauty box. I always think it can't get any better, but you know what? It does. Let's take a look at March's box...

La Ritzy March box | Review
My March La Ritzy box was filled with...

Deco Miami nail color in feeling fuego | Since I am a nail polish junkie, I was super excited to receive this new-to-me brand nail polish. First of all, the packaging is incredible and a true work of art. In addition, the formula is vegan and cruelty-free (obviously), 8-free, and THPH free. I love this orange-color color for the spring and summer.

Juice Beauty green apple nutrient eye cream | I love eye cream. As a 30 year old lady, I am extremely perceptive to all laugh/smile lines and want to look young forever. This product is formulated for the 20+ crowd that wants to remain youthful. This product is formulated without parabens, phthalates, petroleum, and all those other gross chemicals. 

Modern Minerals eye shadow in autumn | I have been a big fan of Modern Minerals for a long time and am loving this new packaging. As always, this mineral eye shadow provides a natural, yet pigmented shimmer on the lids. I especially love it for everyday looks.

Lippygirl extra virgin lip gloss | I recently announced on Instagram that this lipgloss is pretty much the best thing ever and I still believe it. It provides a wonderful juicy sheen to the lips, is not sticky at all, and smells like citrus. I use any excuse to reapply.

Among the competitive ranks of vegan, cruelty-free subscription beauty boxes, La Ritzy is definitely among the best. I am over the moon about March's box. I cannot wait for April's box to arrive! There are two subscription options- $24.99 for the full box, which contains 4-5 full sized products, and $14.99 for the LaMini box with 2-3 products. 

You can subscribe to La Ritzy here.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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