Favorites | On Friday

Friday, March 27, 2015

This article really hit home for me.

To fill your Easter baskets.

A stunning ring from a Philadelphia-based designer that specializes in reclaimed and ethically sourced materials.

Give up, SeaWorld.

I'm a daddy's girl through and through, and this post is so accurate.

Jess and her husband are total rockstars.  Period.

I could watch this guy all day long.  He cracks me up.

Wish I could have been in the audience to witness this amazing panel.

The sweetest 10 minute movie (please watch).

Vegan meringue made from chickpea brine?  Magical!

Have a great weekend!

Vegan bag wishlist

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vegan bag wishlist


Lately, I've had bags on the brain.  Before Christmas, I used a purse that was way too small, had no zipper, and all of my belongings fell out of it on a daily basis.  Plus, I'd often also carry a tote that held my school books, planner, and other miscellaneous items.  After Christmas, I moved all of my belongings out of my purse into my school tote and have been using it as a purse and school bag ever since.  Although I like my tote ok, it has no zipper so lippies and other items often scatter out of it, and it just doesn't have enough pockets on the inside to hold all those little things that require special room.  So, I just really need a new bag.  

Although I am so ready for a purse change, I am an extremely indecisive individual.  When faced with too many options, I often end up just walking away than committing to one decision.  (My husband knows this as my frequently uttered phrase- you decide.)  And nowadays with so many gorgeous vegan bag options available, how do I choose one?  

Below are the bags on my wish lust list.  Which one is your favorite?

Jill Milan soma punching bag in gold antique, $500 | This bag has been on my radar since October and I still think about it on the daily.  I am obsessed with the color, style, and the fact that you can tell it's impeccably constructed.  The fabric looks top of the line and I love the drawstring at the top.  The size is perfect for the massive amount of belongings I carry with me on a daily basis.  Additionally, Jill Fraser (the owner) is super sweet and I just adore her to pieces.

Gunas cottontail in slate, $139 | If I'm being completely honest with you, I was first drawn to the powder pink version of this bag.  However, I got real with myself and decided that the slate gray is a more appropriate color to transcend seasons and looks.  I love the super girly, yet chic and high end look of this bag.  The size is just right for holding my belongings without having a large bag attached to my body.  Sometimes less is more.

Freedom of Animals mara backpack in sand, $360 | I'm not traditionally one for backpacks, but this one is crazy gorgeous and chic.  The color is stunning and the design is minimal but classy and elegant.

Angela Roi minimal bucket bag in ivory, $110 | I love this bucket bag's ivory color, minimal design, and size.  There are several pockets inside and a zipper closure.  I'd feel very sophisticated carrying this bag.

Leni Penn ostrich tote in slate, $230 | This bag is amazing for so many different reasons.  First, it is the perfect size for daily use, but also for travelling and commuting.  The inside has a variety of pockets and zippers so that everything has its own place.  I've found that it's rare to find a large tote that has a zipper, so the enclosure is a definitely plus, as well.  I especially love the ostrich design because it reminds me of Black Swan (one of my favorite movies) for some reason.

Hipsters for Sisters fringe belt bag in nude, $165 | Although this bag could never replace my need for a larger, everyday bag, I really love the fringe, color, and that it's attached to a belt for hands free carrying.  It's perfect for those days where you need to run out the door with just your wallet, keys, and phone, which happens for me more times than not.

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Modern minerals mermaid + willow shadows | Review

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Modern minerals mermaid + willow shadows review

Modern minerals mermaid + willow shadows review

Modern minerals mermaid + willow shadows review
Modern minerals mermaid + willow shadows review
Modern Minerals is an amazing makeup line that specializes in vegan, cruelty-free products that make you feel your most natural, beautiful self.  I first discovered them through Petit Vour and have been in love with the company ever since.  I love Modern Minerals philosophy of how truth and beauty work together to create the best version of yourself possible.  Also, if you take one look at the founder of the company, Diane Reed, you know she is doing it right- she's gorgeous (both inside and out).

Among the vast eye shadow color options that Modern Minerals has available, I was immediately drawn to mermaid (because I want to be a real life mermaid).  It is a beautiful, shimmery teal blue with silver highlights.  When I first applied it to my eyelids I was in awe of the perfectly pigmented color.  Blue eyeshadow has a bit of a reputation for being dated and 80's, but this is the perfect hue that makes your eyes sparkle without looking too overdone.  Willow is a wonderful complimentary color to mermaid, as it is a shimmery greenish-yellow color.  I love to fill in my entire eyelid with mermaid and then dab willow in the corners of my eyes.  Real life mermaid status achieved.

I love Modern Minerals eye shadows and am interested in exploring more of their line, especially the finishing glow and foundations.  

Shop Modern Minerals here.

What are your favorite natural eye shadows?

PS- Let me know if you want me to start including pictures of me wearing the products in my beauty posts/reviews, and I will be happy to do so.

Disclaimer: Items in this post were provided to me by a representative of the company.  Thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own and I love Modern Minerals.

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, March 20, 2015


The most beautiful rainbow bowl.

One of my goals after I graduate and have more free time is to make a gigantic Middle Eastern feast.

As a visual person, this article on what 2,000 calories looks like at various food establishments is very interesting.

Love this apartment tour (and make sure to read the text- it's a good one).

Have you ever seen a more beautiful galette?  The answer is no.


An amazing interview with one of my biggest lady heroes.


I'm an Irish girl who loves a good potato dish (especially one that's just the tiniest bit burnt looking).

To go along with my blog post from yesterday.

I love this dog's strategy.

Have a great weekend!

Vegan almond belgian waffles

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vegan gluten-free almond belgian waffles recipe
"You must do the thing which you think you cannot do"-Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote has been stuck in my mind for the better part of six months and has been my overall mantra for the last two years.  It has helped me challenge myself in ways I otherwise would not have attempted if not for making the conscious decision.  I still live with confusion, doubt, and the oscillation between the need for complete control and the desire to let go on a daily basis.  But, at the very least, I know that fear is not a reason to ignore a potential life path or exploration.  Life is change and the only way to grow is through change.  And, there's nothing more I want out of life than to live, experience, and reach my full potential.  To grow.
 
Vegan almond belgian waffles
I made these waffles for dinner earlier this week when all the feelings were going through my mind and I just needed some solitude.  I always forget the peace and comfort that comes along with some time in the kitchen.  Making these waffles made me feel calmer, more in control, and they smelled delicious and cooked up perfectly, too.  

When life gets confusing, scary, or overwhelming, make waffles and then drown them in butter and maple syrup.  You'll feel at least a little better.

Vegan gluten-free almond belgian waffles recipe

Almond belgian waffles
makes two waffles
1/4 c almond meal
1/4 c sorghum flour
1/4 c tapioca starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
3/4 c unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp smooth almond butter
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp coconut vinegar (can use apple cider vinegar)
chocolate chips, optional
vegan butter and maple syrup to serve

Preheat waffle maker to desired setting.  In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients (first five ingredients).  Add in almond milk and whisk until smooth.  Add almond butter and whisk until smooth.  Add maple syrup and vinegar and mix until completely combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Lightly grease preheated waffle maker with vegan butter and pour in allotted batter.  Cook until machine signals that it is finished cooking or until waffle is golden brown.  Remove from waffle maker, top with vegan butter and maple syrup, or your desired toppings.  Repeat with remaining batter.  Enjoy!

Ellovi vanilla body butter + lip butter | Review

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ellovi vanilla body butter + lip butter review

Every lady has one beauty issue that they have struggled with all of their life.  I consider myself very lucky, because aside from the large bags under my eyes that I've (still) refused to cover up, my biggest "problem" is dry skin.  During the cold winter months it is not uncommon for me to look down and see that I am bleeding from one (or more) of the many little cuts on my knuckles from cracked skin.  Or to get changed and notice my flaky legs.  So attractive, right?

To top it all off, I am so bad at moisturizing (aside from my face).  I often hate the way lotions and body butters feel on my skin and take seemingly forever to absorb.  Also, I am always cold after getting out of the shower, adding to my avoidance of appropriately moisturizing.  However, if there is one product I have recently come across that has helped ease me into some sort of moisturizing routine, it's Ellovi.

Ellovi vanilla body butter + lip butter review


I was first introduced to Ellovi when the tinted lip butter was featured in the Sepember Petit Vour box, and again when the mint chocolate body butter was in February's Petit Vour box.  I was immediately smitten with both products- I keep the lip butter on my desk and is my go-to when my lips need quenching at work, and, well, the body butter didn't last very long because I practically used the entire jar on one application (I wanted to smell like a thin mint).  Their products are just so good.

Ellovi's vanilla body butter and lip butter are just as amazing, if not more so, than their other products I have sampled in the past.  The vanilla scent is so fresh and natural, as opposed to other vanilla fragrances that smell artificial.  The vanilla lip butter is sooo buttery, glides on super soft, and is ultra hydrating (in my experience, even more so than the tinted lip butter).  I often find myself reapplying it just because of how velvety smooth it feels.  The body butter smells clean and feminine, is very hydrating, and absorbs fairly quickly into the skin.  The quality of Ellovi's products are very evident.  Made with macadamia, coconut, and shea butter, a little goes a long way.  These products have become my go-to for relieving my skin from the dry winter blues.

Check out Ellovi's amazing products here.

What's the one beauty issue (or issues) you struggle with?

Disclaimer: Items in this post were provided to me by a representative of the company.  Thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own and I love Ellovi.

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, March 13, 2015

The exact questions I need to ask myself right now.

Extremely poignant essay on the blogger culture.

I loved learning more about Madeline of Petit Vour.

Amazing post about the importance of sticking together and lifting each other up when things get rough.


My favorite Easter candy veganized.

A super interesting look into the psychology of color in marketing.

I always love reading Sarah's keepin it real posts that are accompanied by beautiful photos of baked goods.

Love Studio Mucci's etsy shop relaunch.

I am so hopeful for a near future where animals are no longer exploited for human entertainment.

Have a great weekend!
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