One of the nice things about being a vegan blogger is discovering new companies. There are so many amazing companies out there who are not only making great products but also helping the environment and animals in the process. I find most of them via instagram, but every once in awhile one will reach out. I recently had someone from Deux Lux send me an email and I immediately fell in love with their bags. They asked I would like one and DUH of course I did 🙂
As some of you may or may not know, this year my goal is to only support companies that align with my vegan lifestyle, buy less stuff in general, thrift a lot more and to stop buying any fast fashion (the stuff I already own I will continue to wear until it falls apart but won’t be purchasing anything new from said stores). With wanting to consume less, when brands reach out I really have to ask myself “Is this something I will actually use or wear?” If the answer is no, then I politely decline the offer.
One of the many things I love about Deux Lux is that it’s not only vegan + cruelty free, PETA approved, but it’s also “proudly woman owned” company. Their story via the Deux Lux website
“Inspired by art, architecture, movies, vintage jewelry, the runways, and (our favorite muse) color, Deux Lux strives to bring grace and whimsy to every collection in a way that is accessible to all women.
Deux Lux bags are always designed with the word “happy” in mind and their universal appeal is the reason they can be found the arms of women from Tulsa to Tokyo.
Deux Lux is carried in boutiques and stores across the country and internationally, and has been featured in blogs, television shows and magazines from Oprah to Lucky to InStyle. Stay tuned…”
Also…they can monogram your bag, which I think adds such an awesome personal touch. Monogramming is great for gift giving as well. I got the Annabelle Tote and I love it! It’s a pretty big bag so it’s perfect if you want to throw your computer in your bag, pack all your clothes for the weekend or use it as a beach bag. It also features a cute little coin bag/wallet that can be detached. Be sure to check out their website here
Today is exciting because we are talking about vegan cruelty free makeup! When I first went vegan it took me some time to slowly transition everything, besides food, to accompany my newly vegan lifestyle. I wasn’t sure if I should throw away all my non-vegan makeup or just use up what I had and then replace it with vegan cruelty free stuff when I ran out. I ended up doing a combination of the two. I don’t really wear that much makeup so I probably was holding on to stuff that should have been thrown away a long time ago and also I’m an all or nothing person. If you are making the transition to vegan or just wanting to switch to cruelty free products, I think it’s totally fine to use up what you’ve already bought and then just replace it with vegan/cruelty free when you need new stuff.
I can’t remember exactly how long I’ve been vegan (3.5-4 yrs) which is crazy because honestly it is one of the best things I’ve ever done. But I’ve tried a lot of different products over the years and I’ve compiled a very very small list of the things I like and use on a daily basis. I made a video for your viewing pleasure. I’d love to hear what some of your FAVORITE vegan products are! I’m always on the hunt for new products.
I’m not a huge cook, but recently I’ve been trying to change that. My boyfriend, Adam, and I are always trying to veganize recipes from our childhood. We are huge fans of Beyond Meat products and have been buying the new Beyond Burgers a lot. One day Adam looked at the patties and said, “I bet you could make meatloaf out of these.” And with that…we did!
Here is what you’ll need:
3 packages of Beyond Meat: The Beyond Burger (1.5lbs)
1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs – I like Ian’s Panko Bread Crumbs
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal combined with 3 tbsp of water)
Mushrooms (I used 5-6 large white ones)
1 cup flat leaf parsley (chopped)
4 cups spinach/kale mix or just spinach (chopped)
1/4 cup ketchup (I try to buy ones without high fructose corn syrup)
2 tbsp Dijon mustard (I used Tabasco’s Spicy Brown mustard which is BOMB!)
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl combine the flax meal and water and set aside to thicken.
- Chop up the onion and mushrooms and sautée in a pan until the onions are translucent.
- Measure out one cup of parsley and four cups of spinach and then chop them up throughly.
- In a large bowl combine the Beyond Burgers, spinach, parsley, bread crumbs, mustard, tomato paste, flax egg, ketchup, mushrooms and onion mix, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper
- Transfer the mixture to muffin pans. Depending on your pan, you may need to spray it with non-stick spray. I always do just for good measure. Fill the muffins up to the top, they don’t spill over so make them full as you like. It should make about 15-16 muffins. More or less depending on how big your onion/mushroom mix is.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. Once the top is nice and browned is when they’re done.
PS: I guarantee you can use these Beyond Burgers in your mom’s meatloaf recipe and it would be delicious.