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Petit Vour’s July Beauty Box Review

I have been receiving Petit Vour’s Monthly Beauty Box for several months now & I have to say that the July Edition, co-curated by Tashina from Logical Harmony, has been my absolute favorite. I am loving each & every item in this collection! 

In the July Box I received ~

  • Pelle Beauty “Nourish” Facial Oil - Full of good stuff with a sweet & subtle smell. This oil is rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants & essential fatty acids, Rosehip, Borage & Argan oils to provide comfort &  sustained moisture for your skin. It is highly concentrated, free of preservatives & synthetics. I loved the feel of this oil, it is not too greasy, absorbs nicely into the skin & works beautifully under makeup. However, my aging skin could use a bit more of a powerful boost, so I would probably purchase their Luxe Oil.
  • Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant in Lavender Sage - Now I know what you’re thinking…nothing “natural” works.  Well, think again & get excited because you’re about to become a believer. Truly, this stuff works like a dream to neutralize odor & keep you dry. Schmidt’s is made with good for you ingredients, & none of the bad stuff like parabens, petrochemical, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes or fragrances. Total Vegenista stamp of approval!
  • Modern Minerals Eye Shadow in Anju - I love this brand! I’d received a smaller size of Cherish in a previous box which I wear all the time, so I was excited to receive a different color. The “Anju” is a beautiful warm metallic gold that is perfect for summer. These highly pigmented shadows produce rich, long-lasting color. They have awesome staying powder - no creasing & can be worn both wet (to create intensity) or dry (a more sheer wash). 
  • LVX Nail Laquer in Loli - Love! The color iI received is so sweet & the formula is opaque & long lasting. LVX’s chip resistant & gel-like formula is free of the 5 toxic harsh chemicals found in most common nail lacquer formulas (No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, & Camphor.) This is my first time trying this polish & I will definitely be buying more colors for fall. 

As I said, I think this is the best box yet! But all previous boxes have been awesome as well. I have discovered & fallen in love with so many new cruelty-free brands & products. 

Think Christmas only comes once a year? Think again! You can have a cruelty-free Christmas every month if you sign up for Petit Vour. Each month you’ll receive fresh beauty miniatures which are always vegan friendly, cruelty-free, & ethical. The samples are generously sized (and sometimes full-sized!), with enough product for you to figure out if it’s right for you. Compassionate & affordable — WIN! WIN!

I can’t wait to see what August has in store!

Watermelon, Peach & Mango Panzanella Salad

There is a new recipe at Vegenista’s Kitchen! A unique spin on a popular bread salad is incredibly summery, delicious, cool & refreshing. This mouthwatering melange of watermelon, mango & peach is a definite winning combination. The kale gives it a bit of substance, the rosemary croutons & pecans add a nice bit of crunch, while vegan mozzarella adds a nice salty bite. The salad is tossed with a zesty lime & honey dressing which adds a lovely sweet & sour balance of flavor. Pure summer in a bowl! Yummy :) 

Lemony Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
I made up this salad a few weeks ago when I was busy with my yoga teacher training weekends. It was the perfect protein packed lunch to get me through the long & rigorous days. It is an absolutely delightful combination of summer colors & flavors. This recipe features all of the usual suspects one might find in a Mediterranean inspired dish ~ cucumber, pepper, tomato, olives, basil, fresh lemon juice. I added chickpeas for extra protein, & a handful of chopped spinach for some extra greenery. It’s a super light, refreshing, flavorful summer salad that kept me (& a few yogi friends who had a nibble) going strong all weekend long. 
Get the recipe at Vegenista’s Kitchen: http://vegenistaskitchen.com/lemony-mediterranean-quinoa-salad/

Lemony Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

I made up this salad a few weeks ago when I was busy with my yoga teacher training weekends. It was the perfect protein packed lunch to get me through the long & rigorous days. It is an absolutely delightful combination of summer colors & flavors. This recipe features all of the usual suspects one might find in a Mediterranean inspired dish ~ cucumber, pepper, tomato, olives, basil, fresh lemon juice. I added chickpeas for extra protein, & a handful of chopped spinach for some extra greenery. It’s a super light, refreshing, flavorful summer salad that kept me (& a few yogi friends who had a nibble) going strong all weekend long. 

Get the recipe at Vegenista’s Kitchenhttp://vegenistaskitchen.com/lemony-mediterranean-quinoa-salad/

"Unplugging" with my mama for a few days at our family home in the Julian mountains. She just brought me this lovely breakfast - cinnamon Kashi cereal topped with summer peaches, blueberries & banana over almond milk. Ready for a quiet weekend of rest & relaxation 🍑💚😴 (at Julian Family Cabin)

"Unplugging" with my mama for a few days at our family home in the Julian mountains. She just brought me this lovely breakfast - cinnamon Kashi cereal topped with summer peaches, blueberries & banana over almond milk. Ready for a quiet weekend of rest & relaxation 🍑💚😴 (at Julian Family Cabin)

Vegan Chocolate Giveaway! 

Hey y’all! Who wants a chance to win a copy of the Fran Costigan’s "Vegan Chocolate ~ Unapologetically Luscious & Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts"???

This amazing book, by the acclaimed “Queen of Vegan Desserts,” offers recipes for an abundance of chocolate delights ~ cakes, brownies, truffles, puddings, ice creams, & more! It’s no question that these recipes will appeal to every chocoholic – vegan or otherwise! Dedicated vegans will likely agree that it can be challenging to find truly indulgent desserts that accommodate their cruelty-free diets, but this breakthrough book will delight them & unite everyone who truly, madly, deeply loves CHOCOLATE. Raise your hand if you love chocolate! You, & you, & you, & you….oh, who am I kidding, do I really need to ask?

In Vegan Chocolate, you will find better-for-you interpretations of 120 classic beloved chocolate desserts: chocolate truffles, Brooklyn Blackout Layer Cake, Eclairs, White & Dark Chocolate Cheesecake (oh, yeah!), Black-Bottom Cupcakes, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Mocha Creme Brulee, Brownie Crumble Ice Cream, & even Moon Pies made with homemade vegan grahams. There is even an entire chapter dedicated to Chocolate Beverages (adult-friendly included!). All of the recipes are plant based, some are gluten-free & some are raw, but every single one is absolutely chocolate & made with quality, easily sourced ingredients, sans dairy, eggs & refined white sugar.

This book is a chocolate lovers dream. From set up & cooking to storing & keeping, Queen Fran’s fool-proof recipes & detailed instructions make for perfect results everytime. With full color mouthwatering photographs by the talented Kate Lewis throughout, Vegan Chocolate is a beautiful must have for any cookbook collection, & will fill your recipe repertoire with pure chocolate love. What’s that you say? Oh you haven’t yet added it to your cookbook-shelf? Well, fret not dear ones, I am giving one away to one lucky reader (open to US residents only, sorry my lovelies).

Just visit click on this link to head on over to the giveaway at Vegenista’s Kitchen. And while you’re there you can get your hands on the recipe for "Very Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies." They’re to die for!!!

PETA’s Vegan Fashion Pop-up!

Hey, hey, L.A. & anyone in driving distance! The first ever "PETA Pop-up Retail Shop" is taking place soon at their Los Angeles headquarters! Admission to the shop-up is completely free & will be held on the rooftop deck of PETA’s Bob Barker Building right in the heart of Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Doors open on Saturday, August 23, at 11 a.m. sharp!

THE 411 ~

What better way to spend your Saturday than shopping the latest designs from dozens of designers & retailers that take fashion to the next level by making you look & feel good while also taking care of animals & the planet? This fancy group includes our headliners, PETA’s 2014 Most Influential Designer, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart—the first all-vegan designer to show at New York Fashion Week—& Stephanie Nicora, PETA’s 2014 Most Talented New Designer, among other favorites who are steadfastly changing the course of fashion as we know it. Don’t miss your chance to rub elbows with these visionaries! Add raffle giveaways, vegan cupcakes, & jackfruit tacos to this mix, & you have yourself a magical afternoon.

WHAT: A vegan fashion pop-up retail event hosted by PETA 

WHERE: On the rooftop of PETA’s Bob Barker Building: 2154 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

WHO: You, your pals, & today’s leading designers in compassionate fashion ~ VAUTE • Nicora Johns • Sydney Brown • Freedom of Animals • Cri de Coeur • MooShoes • James Payne • Delikate Rayne • Gunas • Della • Bruce Heart • Delia Seaman (Les Pommettes) • Lencería Boutique • Kumquat Baby • 100% Pure Cosmetics • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics • By the Bloom flowers • & more!

Raffle giveaways include a special-edition “Freedom of Animals x PETA” handbag, Gabriela Artigas jewelry, & a limited-edition VAUTE Couture dress! WOW!!

Get ready LA! Hope to see you there!! 

Check out all the details at PETA.org/ShopUp & RSVP on Facebook: http://bit.ly/VeganFashionShopUp

LAIKA Magazine: Issue 4
My copy of LAIKA’s 4th Issue just arrived & I am loving it! Seriously folks, if you have not subscribed to this magazine, you must go do so immediately.
LAIKA is a quarterly vegan lifestyle magazine. The magazine is a reflection of vibrant vegan living, asserting that a full, exciting, interesting & satisfying life can be had — without ever having to inflict harm on another. It is BEAUTIFUL. The photography & art direction is absolutely stunning. The content is INSPIRING. LAIKA features ground-breaking thinkers & doers, visionary fashion & beauty, inventive food, transformative travel experiences, stories of courageous activists & the animals they defend. Read on for a synopsis of what you’ll find in the issue…

Our Fourth Issue: The Future Issue is dedicated to the people, innovations, & activism that is propelling our society into a better tomorrow — today. Gracing the cover is the stunning Emily Deschanel — the talented & versatile star of the hit show Bones, devoted animal advocate, & a vegan of over twenty years. The enchanting & humble actress opens up to LAIKA in an exclusive & inspiring profile, giving us an inside look into her life, taking us behind the scenes of Bones, shedding light on her craft, and on how she channels her creativity to make a positive impact on everyone around her. We bring together personal insights from some of veganism’s visionaries like Sam Simon, Russell Simmons & Jill Robinson. With equal attention & dignity we give to our human subjects, we tell the stories of animals, exploring the depth of their emotional world. We celebrate delicious, bountiful Mexican cuisine & simple, flavorful vegan dishes. We profile brave vegan female entrepreneurs like One Lucky Duck’s Sarma MeIngailis, & turn the mic on rising star & MTV Canada host Lauren Toyota who is raising her voice for animals in the media. We get to know leading chef Bryant Terry closer, & what makes his brand of vegan cuisine at once a throwback & an exciting window into the future. As usual, we have vibrant travel stories, we showcase some of today’s most stunning vegan fashion & beauty— all gorgeously photographed by some of today’s top talent. Each page asserts the breadth & energy of veganism & the animal liberation movement, celebrating the forward- thinkers who are setting the pace. With every story, we reinforce the LAIKA credo: that one can live a fulfilling life without ever harming another.

It’s their most magnificent issue yet! Click here to subscribe! You know you want to!

LAIKA Magazine: Issue 4

My copy of LAIKA’s 4th Issue just arrived & I am loving it! Seriously folks, if you have not subscribed to this magazine, you must go do so immediately.

LAIKA is a quarterly vegan lifestyle magazine. The magazine is a reflection of vibrant vegan living, asserting that a full, exciting, interesting & satisfying life can be had — without ever having to inflict harm on another. It is BEAUTIFUL. The photography & art direction is absolutely stunning. The content is INSPIRING. LAIKA features ground-breaking thinkers & doers, visionary fashion & beauty, inventive food, transformative travel experiences, stories of courageous activists & the animals they defend. Read on for a synopsis of what you’ll find in the issue…

Our Fourth Issue: The Future Issue is dedicated to the people, innovations, & activism that is propelling our society into a better tomorrow — today. Gracing the cover is the stunning Emily Deschanel — the talented & versatile star of the hit show Bones, devoted animal advocate, & a vegan of over twenty years. The enchanting & humble actress opens up to LAIKA in an exclusive & inspiring profile, giving us an inside look into her life, taking us behind the scenes of Bones, shedding light on her craft, and on how she channels her creativity to make a positive impact on everyone around her. We bring together personal insights from some of veganism’s visionaries like Sam Simon, Russell Simmons & Jill Robinson. With equal attention & dignity we give to our human subjects, we tell the stories of animals, exploring the depth of their emotional world. We celebrate delicious, bountiful Mexican cuisine & simple, flavorful vegan dishes. We profile brave vegan female entrepreneurs like One Lucky Duck’s Sarma MeIngailis, & turn the mic on rising star & MTV Canada host Lauren Toyota who is raising her voice for animals in the media. We get to know leading chef Bryant Terry closer, & what makes his brand of vegan cuisine at once a throwback & an exciting window into the future. As usual, we have vibrant travel stories, we showcase some of today’s most stunning vegan fashion & beauty— all gorgeously photographed by some of today’s top talent. Each page asserts the breadth & energy of veganism & the animal liberation movement, celebrating the forward- thinkers who are setting the pace. With every story, we reinforce the LAIKA credo: that one can live a fulfilling life without ever harming another.

It’s their most magnificent issue yet! Click here to subscribe! You know you want to!

Last Chance for KOOSHOO Journey Shawl Pre-sell! 

If you are connected with Vegenista on Facebook, then you probably remember me posting about KOOSHOO’s Kickstarter Campaign, which was wildly successful by the way, a few months ago. I’ve been meaning to share here as well, but life’s been busy & I’ve been a little forgetful! I received my "Journey Shawl" reward last month & I love it! It came just in time for my yoga teacher training mantra & meditation weekend & I rocked in more ways than one ~ from the beach, to the studio, & in between - as a scarf, a wrap, halter top & more. It’s beautiful, comfortable, lightweight & oh so soft. And what’s best, these shawls are made with so much care, conscience & love!

About KOOSHOO ~

KOOSHOO was founded by Jesse & Rachel, husband & wife yoga teachers proudly based out of North Vancouver, Canada. Together with a small, tight-knit team, they have set out to create a lifestyle company that does good at every level – from the communities growing the textiles to the beautiful souls wearing the final yoga headbands, hairties & fashion scarves.

KOOSHOO was founded for a simple reason: to help others feel good. That includes everyone from the individuals growing the crops right through to you, the end consumer. We achieve this by operating our business with the core values of honesty, transparency & love.

We are dedicated to finding & working alongside ethical & sustainable companies in the fashion industry. This has led us to work with family businesses in LA that weave, dye, cut, sew & package our products. It’s their beautiful work that brings these products to life.

In Hawaiian there is a beautiful word for family called ohana. With ohana it’s understood that family is there to help uplift each other so there is never anyone left behind. This is how we view KOOSHOO - as our Ohana - & for this reason we choose to donate 11% of KOOSHOO sales to charities that help uplift. With this family, we can help people everywhere feel good by creating beautiful products in a way that uplifts all.

Wow! Such an awesome company with a beautiful concept & mission statement! 

If these gorgeous shawls strike your fancy, now is the time to get a hold of one, as midnight July 30 marks the end of KOOSHOO’s extended 20% OFF Pre-Sale on the Journey Shawls. Already received your shawl & looking for a little inspiration on how to "Rock It," or just curious to see it in action? The tutorial videos are now live! Simply click here to be transported to a land of learning (once you’ve clicked on the link, scroll down to find the Journey Shawl Ways-to-Wear videos).

The rave reviews have been pouring in from around the world, so if you’ve had your eye on the 12-outfit-in-1 Journey Shawl act fast. Shop the Journey Shawls here & let them know that Vegenista sent you. Be check back here soon, as I’ll be partnering with KOOSHOO to host a giveway!