Deux Lux Vegan Bags

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.

My Favorite Vegan Makeup

Hey Guys!

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.

xo

Jessica

Polka Dots

I love me a cropped onsie, especially when it’s got polka dots and ruffles!  Perfect for summer and you can dress up or dress down depending on where you’re going.

Jumper: Princess Polly

Jacket: Blank NYC

Shoes: Aerosoles

Necklace: House Of Harlow 1960

 

VEGAN LEATHER JACKET

I’ve been looking for a vegan leather jacket for awhile but hadn’t been able to find the right one.  I’d known about Blank NYC but had never really perused their catalog.  Guys!!!! They have such amazing stuff and it’s  all their “leather” is vegan!  Hooray.  And aside from those, they have a ton of other great clothes.

I love supporting companies who share the same vision as me.   I get stopped so often in Los Angeles by people who ask about my bags, or my shoes, or clothes and more than half the time they are shocked when the find out their vegan.  I feel like if I can help one person to stop supporting the harming of animals, then I’m doing my job (though I’d like to reach a shit load of people).

I never preach at people, I find that has an adverse effect on them.  I just share when people ask, and educate people at how easy it is to be vegan.  My mom just came to visit for a week and she at vegan the whole time and was blown away at the food she was eating.  So much so that she, the woman who swore she would never give up half and half, ordered Nutpods off amazon to have when she went back to New Mexico because she loved it so much.  So that is one small victory.  Starting at 69 is never too late.

Jacket: Blank NYC

Skirt: Olaf Design Studio

Shoes: Lulu’s

Necklace: Kendra Scott

California’s Crazy Super bloom

All the rain in California this year has been a godsend.  The last 6 years have been so dry and our winters felt more like mild summers.  But not this year!  This year we were blessed with shit tons of rain which resulted in these crazy super blooms!  The Antelope Valley and Lake Elsinore were the 2 main spots everyone and their grandmothers were going to take pictures.  When we got to “the spot” in Lake Elsinore there were like 200 other people there (i’m assuming a lot of them were bloggers) taking photos.  It was kinda cool to see.  My allergies were hating every second of it but it was well worth it.  We didn’t see any poppies that day but as you can see from the photos we got tons of yellow wild flowers.  I hope it rains like this every year.

Dress: Lovers and Friends

Boots: Very Volatile

Vegan “Meatloaf” Muffins

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 onion

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  In a small bowl combine the flax meal and water and set aside to thicken.
  2. Chop up the onion and mushrooms and sautée in a pan until the onions are translucent.
  3. Measure out one cup of parsley and four cups of spinach and then chop them up throughly.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Once the top is nice and browned is when they’re done.
  7. Enjoy!

PS:  I guarantee you can use these Beyond Burgers in your mom’s meatloaf recipe and it would be delicious.