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Buckwheat Salad with Yogurt Cardamom Dressing

There is a new recipe at Vegenista’s Kitchen! It’s a wonderful sweet & savory ayurvedically inspired buckwheat salad that I created in conjunction with Laura from Food: A Love Story for the Sophia Leadership Camp for girls. I was recently interviewed by one of the camp attendees & you can read that here

Get this delicious “vata reducing” recipe & read more about my experience playing “chef” for a week here -

How rad is this limited edition "Meat Free Morrissey" Tee!!! Love, love, love! There is an awesome tote bag too that I just ordered! Can’t wait to “tote” it around town. 

Please support Blood Tight Apparel!They are UK based, but offer free shipping & have beautiful & thoughtful designs. 

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We are really passionate about being vegan & living a cruelty free lifestyle. "Blood Tight" is symbolic of the connection we feel with animals.

It is so important for us to tell other people that you can live a cruelty free life and not ‘miss out’ as people so often assume.

We hope Blood Tight Apparel will become an outlet for people to spread the word of veganism & encourage others to show compassion.


Fig, Kale & Almond Smoothie

Good Morning! There is a brand new & beautiful smoothie recipe over at Vegenista’s Kitchen am back to work this week, & with early mornings & a busy schedule, I need something quick, easy & nourishing that I can pour in a mason jar & drink on the go. My friend Shelly gave me some delicious figs from her tree & I decided to add them last minute to my favorite basic kale & almond smoothie. The result was rich, creamy deliciousness!

There are many ways to enjoy a fig beyond the iconic “Newton” cookie. Fresh summer figs make a beautiful accoutrement on a vegan cheese plate, are lovely tossed into a green salad, delicious sliced over a bowl of oatmeal, tasty atop flatbread with greens & vegan “goat” cheese, & perfectly wonderful on their own too. I’d never thought to add them to a green smoothie & so glad the mood finally struck me!

This smoothie is wonderfully luscious & delicious. The flavor is subtly sweet, which I prefer, but if you like added sweetness, a date would be perfect. The combination of homemade almond milk, figs & frozen banana makes the smoothie rich & thick ~ like a healthy milkshake! My new morning favorite. 

Get the recipe here:

Nicora Johns Ethical Footwear Celebrates 1 year with a New Collection!

Hey Fashionable Friends! Did you know that Nicora Johns, my absolute favorite ethical shoe company, recently celebrated their one year anniversary? They did, indeed!

If you are unfamiliar with Nicora Johns, allow me to acquaint you ~ they’re a Los Angeles based shoe manufacturer whose beautiful shoes are handcrafted, ethical, socially responsible, eco & vegan friendly. To read more, check out my previous post

The Nicora Johns team had quite an exciting first year - from a successful & fully funded kickstarter campaign to NJ’s founder, Stephanie, winning this year’s well deserved Peta Award for “Most Talented New Designer.” So awesome & big congratulations! In honor of their anniversary, they’ve re-branded & launched a beautiful new collection which you can check out here

And, if you’d like to become more acquainted with the amazing cobbler behind the brand, then please visit Chic Vegan for my exclusive interview with Stephanie Nicora ~

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Vaute Couture’s Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection Pre-order is Live! 

Wow…this is a stunning collection! Coats, hats, dresses & more! Love, love, love!!!

Every year Vaute Couture’s darling founder, Leanne, rewards her longtime loving supporters by offering  50% off for 24 Hours when you order your winter coat while it’s still summer. The brand new vintage inspired hat collection will be offered at $85 a piece for 24 hours as well!  We all know that Vaute is not cheap, but it is absolutely worth every penny if you can afford & even better if we can save a few bucks!

Well, the time is now, so don’t delay! See EVERYTHING HERE: Best Prices till 6pm EST 8/14

I love coats, hats & fall!!!!

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!