70’s Inspired Fall Fashion

70's inspired fall fashion

This season, the 70’s are coming back into fashion. The bold styles of the 70’s can be a bit intimidating, so in this post, I will demonstrate how to incorporate bohemian details into modern and wearable outfits for the fall.

1.  Button Front Denim Skirts

Button front skirts are shaping up to be a massive trend this season. These mid-length jean skirts give a casual and laid-back vibe, yet are still neat and dressy. For a balanced look, pair them with a flowy lace blouse or brightly colored peasant top.

2. Shift Dresses

Feminine and flattering, loose shift dresses make excellent layering staples. Try styling one in neutral color with a faux leather jacket, scarf, and tights. For a simple yet head-turning look, pair a dress in a statement pattern with boots. If you prefer a more fitted look, define the waistline with a thin leatherette belt or tie a patterned scarf around your waist for a 70’s inspired detail.

3. Bell Sleeved Tops

Though not the most practical, bell sleeves are an iconic look of the 70’s. Since bell sleeves make a bold statement on their own, try pairing a top in a neutral color such as cream, black, taupe, or caramel with jeans or a suedette skirt.

4. Shawls, Kimonos, and Ponchos

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Shamelessly twirl your heart out in a flowy chiffon kimono this season. To channel your inner Stevie Nicks, style a fringed shawl with neutral-toned staples. Paired with cognac riding boots and jeggings, western themed sweater ponchos make a stylish go-to on a chilly autumn day

5. Flared Jeans

This daring jean is the most difficult to style of all the cuts, but makes for a real head turner when paired with complementary pieces. Try wearing them with flowy blouses, loose tees or sweaters, and jackets. For footwear, choose a structured boot or wedge. If a bell bottom is outside of your comfort zone, give a boot cut a try instead.

6. Fringe Details

Fringe is not just for music festivals anymore. Style a fringe-detailed piece with casual fall textures such as distressed denim, leatherette, warm knits, and autumn-toned prints. As a rule of thumb, be sparing with fringe to prevent the look from venturing out of hand.

8. Bohemian Jewelry

Eye-catching bohemian jewelry has re-emerged this season. Complete your outfit with silver statement bangles, long pendant necklaces, turquoise and silver rings, tassle bracelets, or coin-detailed statement necklaces. Don’t be afraid to layer jewelry for an eclectic look.

9. Patterns and Color

The 70’s were all about bold prints, bright colors, and fearless layering. This season, try spicing up your wardrobe with colorful floral blouses, patterned maxi skirts, and bright scarves. Style a single bold piece with neutral staples, or mix prints for a more daring look.

10. Maxi Skirts and Dresses

Feel like a goddess in a comfortable yet stunning maxi skirt or dress this autumn. Be creative with colors, patterns, and textures and even dabble with stylistic details such as tiers, ruffles, and layers. Pair these statement pieces with neutral toned sweaters and jackets. To take the look a step further, layer with vests or kimonos.

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And of course, for an outfit that truly radiates peace and good vibes, be cruelty-free and avoid animal-derived materials such as leather, suede, fur, and wool. ❤

Best,

Leila

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10 Tips to Shop Smarter

10 tips to shop smarter

I love shopping as much as the next girl, but I will be the first to admit that nothing good comes out of a mindless shopping spree. There are a ton of cute clothes out there, but a jumble of adorable pieces does not make for a functional closet. Below are 10 tips to help you get the most out of your shopping trips.

1. Decide What You Need

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Just browsing can be fun, but if you want to make it a productive shopping trip, it is best to go with a plan. Figure out what you need.  Is your closet missing sweaters or a coat for the upcoming fall season? A top to match the skirt you picked up last time? Shopping with a purpose will help make your shopping trip a productive one.

2. Go Pre-Shopping

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Pinterest is a great place to see what’s trending and get style inspiration

Before heading out,  browse the online stores to give yourself an idea of what to look out for. For even more outfit inspiration, visit fashion sources such as Teen Vogue (still useful even if you’re not a teen!) and Pinterest. Getting up to date on the season’s upcoming trends is a great way to give your shopping trip direction and inspiration.

3. Budget Your Trip

Before going shopping, check your bank account and decide upon a rough budget for the trip. This will encourage you to make more thoughtful purchases instead of buying first cute item you find. Also, don’t forget to check for any good sales going on, and whether you have any coupons to use.

4. Shop Alone

Going shopping with friends is a lot of fun, but if you want to get the most out of your shopping trip, it is best to go solo. When shopping with others, you may tend to take less time to think through your purchases, view fewer options, or buy what everyone else is buying. Shopping at your own pace allows you the freedom to accomplish what you need to.

5. Leave Your Options Open

If you come across something you are thinking about purchasing, don’t be afraid to leave it and come back later. This gives you the opportunity to think through whether the purchase is truly necessary and allows for the possibility of finding something else you like better.

6. Staple Pieces vs. Statement Pieces

The bright daisy print dress is a statement piece and the nude sweater and brown belt are staple pieces.

Statement pieces, such as stunning patterned dresses and floral blouses, are most tempting when browsing a store. But staple pieces, such as basic tees, tanks, and cardigans, will get the most wear. Staple pieces can be worn together, but statement pieces typically need to be paired with neutral-toned staples. Maintaining a balance of staple pieces and statement pieces is the key to avoiding having a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.

7. Try It On

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And sometimes a dressing room mirror selfie is completely necessary!

For the life of me, I don’t understand why people buy clothes without trying them on first! Sometimes a piece that looks really cute on the mannequin turns out to be disappointingly lackluster after trying it on. In the fitting room, move around, check out the back, lift your arms/legs, and really get a feel for whether you could live in the piece. Don’t be afraid to try on multiple sizes!

8. Ask Yourself…

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While examining a piece in the dressing room, ask yourself a series of questions: Am I prepared to care for it as recommended on the label? How often will I wear this? How would I style this piece with the clothes I already have? Would I feel comfortable wearing this all day? Do I have something like this already? Answering these questions will help you choose the pieces that will contribute most to your closet

9. Know What You’re Buying

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This is the only reason why an animal should be in your closet!

Every time we make a purchase, we are voting with our dollars. It is important to know what we’re voting for. I avoid purchasing animal materials such as leather, fur, wool, and down because I cannot truly know how these animals were treated. Even animals at “humane” facilities are often subjected to cruel treatment and are ultimately slaughtered. I also try to inform myself about a company’s treatment of their workers to avoid supporting companies that do not treat them fairly.

10. Hang On To Receipts

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The fridge is a great place to keep new receipts!

In case you change your mind about a piece or notice any defects, keep the receipts in a safe place until you are completely sure that you love your new finds. This takes a lot of the hassle out of making returns.

Those are my 10 tips for shopping smarter. I hope these tips help you make wiser purchases during your next shopping trip!

Best,

Leila

Jaunary Fashion and Beauty Haul

IMG_20150131_201210161I did some shopping this month and picked up some cute fashion and beauty items. I am excited to share them with you, so let’s get into the haul!

Fashion

Black Dress

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I found this cute black dress at PacSun. I love the flowy, off the shoulder sleeves. The dress is quite loose, but still flattering. The buttons and the thin crochet insets give it an element of dimension. I love the way this dress looks with black tights and black boots.

Black Long Sleeved Tee

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PacSun was having a buy one get one free sale, so I got this for free along with the dress. I probably would not have purchased this otherwise, but after trying it on at home I was very glad I did. I love the way the loose fit and tighter sleeves complement each other. I adore the elegance of the neckline as well.

Beauty

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions

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Finding cruelty-free and vegan acne fighting products can be difficult, but I really like this product. It contains salicylic acid and willow bark to help speed the healing of acne, yet is also natural and gentle, making it suitable for sensitive skin. I have been using it for a week and it has been helping heal the acne I already had and has prevented new break outs. Hopefully it helps me get my skin under control!

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

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This was a repurchase. This salve is has been a staple for me and I have used it nearly every single day since I last purchased it. The first tin lasted about a year. The skin on my lips can become a bit dry during the wintertime, so I like applying this at night. When I wake up, my skin is soft and smooth.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

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I have heard amazing things about this liner, which is cruelty-free as far as I can tell. (Kat Von D herself is vegan!) Hopefully, this product lives up to my expectations.

NARS Lip Pencils

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I got these lip pencils as a birthday gift from Sephora. It was a pleasant surprise, as my birthday was over a month ago. I was worried the gift would be a from a company that tests on animals, but I was happy to find it was cruelty-free. The colors are Rikugien and Cruella. I love how creamy and smooth these lip pencils are, though they are not long wearing. I have been wanting to try a matte red and mauve pink for a long time, so this sample was perfect.

That’s everything I picked up this month! I hope you enjoyed this haul. If you have done some shopping recently, feel free to share your finds with me. I would love to know what you have been enjoying! 🙂

Best,

Leila

January Outfits of the Week

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There’s no better way to kick off wool-free winter than with a week full of fun outfits! In this post, I will share the outfits I wore each day of the week, Monday through Friday. (No, I won’t be showing you the super fashionable sweat pants and tee shirts I wear over the weekend!) Of course, all of the outfits are vegan because animals are meant to be loved, not worn! So here are my outfits of the week:

Monday

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On Monday, I wore a black long sleeved tee shirt underneath this adorable jacket. I love how it is has the comfort of a sweat shirt with the put-together look of a denim jacket. I paired the jacket with a pair of distressed black jeans. I am also wearing a pair of crew socks with my trusty black combat boots (which will be glued to my feet all winter).

Tuesday

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On Tuesday, I wore my adorable elephant tee shirt with a long gray cardigan. For bottoms, I wore a pair of dark washed jeggings, a pair of crew socks, and my favorite shoes 😉 .

Wednesday

IMG_20150114_173536714On Wednesday, I wore this adorable 3/4 length tee decorated with unicorns, bunnies, kittens, and puppies having a tea party under a tree. What could be better than that? Hopefully, the adorable shirt distracts from the fact that I wore the same cardigan two days in a row :P.  I tucked the tee into these dark indigo high rise jeggings, which match nicely with the design on the tee. And of course, I had to wear socks and boots again!

Thursday

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Thursday’s outfit was a bit more casual. I paired a cream colored shoulder-studded sweater with simple black leggings. I wore brown and white mottled socks today with my boots (of course).

Friday

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For my final outfit of the week, I wore a gray cable knit sweater paired with a turquoise and blue infinity scarf. I paired this with dark wash jeggings, pale blue crew socks, and boots.

Those are the outfits I wore this week! I hope this gave you some cruelty-free winter fashion inspiration. I would love to know which outfit was your favorite. Have a relaxing weekend! 🙂

Best,

Leila

Vegan Winter Fashion Staples

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It is officially winter now! If you live in a climate that receives cold, snowy winters like I do, then warm winter clothes are a must. However, many winter clothing pieces such as coats, sweaters, and boots are made from cruelly obtained animal fibers and skins. Fortunately, cruelty-free vegan alternatives are just as warm and stylish! In this post, I will share my vegan winter fashion staples.

Jackets and Coats

There are plenty of warm coats that are made free of down, wool, and leather. Mine is from the company Columbia. I love how warm it is, despite how thin and lightweight it is. When the temperatures are subzero, I like to layer it with a faux fleece jacket for added warmth.

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Columbia Jacket. Sticker from peta2.

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Columbia Jacket and Aeropostale Fleece.

Warm Sweaters

Warm and snuggly sweaters are my go-to in the wintertime. Sadly, some sweaters are made from wool or angora. Fortunately, many stores carry vegan sweaters in a wide variety of styles and colors. Lately, I have been loving longer, oversized sweaters. They give a dressier vibe to an outfit and can also be worn with leggings.

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Sweater from H&M

Cozy Socks

Wearing cozy, crew-length socks with boots is a great way to keep your feet warm in the winter. Thick socks look so cute paired with boots. I love the extra texture they add to an outfit. Target and American Eagle carry many varieties of cozy, wool-free socks.

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Leftmost two pairs of socks from American Eagle, rightmost two pairs from Target.

Waterproof Boots

Warm and waterproof boots are a must for staying warm in the winter snow. I adore these faux leather black combat boots I found on Amazon.com. Their thick rubber sole keeps my feet dry in rain and snow. I love the edgy flair they add to any outfit.

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Boots by brand Soda, from Amazon.com

Hats, Gloves, and Scarves

Hats, gloves, and scarves are a must for protecting your fingers, ears, and face from the cold during the winter. Sweaters and jeans can get repetitive, so a cute beanie or scarf adds an eye catching touch to a plain outfit. Don’t be afraid try out fun colors and prints to fight the drab, gray winter!

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Matching hat and gloves from Meijer, scarf from Kohl’s.

No matter how you choose to dress this winter, please dress vegan! Before purchasing a garment of clothing, always read the label. If it contains wool, angora, leather, silk, or down, save a life and leave it on the shelf.

I hope this post gave you some compassionate winter fashion inspiration. Please let me know what your winter fashion staples are! 🙂

Best,

Leila

Vegan & Cruelty-Free Holiday Shopping Guide

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The final week before Christmas is a busy time for shopping. I know I will be scrambling to pick out gifts for my friends and family this weekend! As if the stress of finding the perfect present was not enough, the cruelly obtained fur, wool, leather, and cosmetic products can turn the mall into a minefield! So in this guide, I will provide some pointers for shopping cruelty free, my favorite stores, and a few gift suggestions. Good luck with your holiday shopping!

Why Shop Cruelty-Free?

That angora sweater is so cute! I need those leather boots! But Revlon’s lipsticks are so nice! Why should I care that they aren’t cruelty-free and vegan?

At the end of the day, these things are just things. No, your life does not depend on you getting those boots into your closet. There are other lipsticks out there. The good news is, your favorite stores carry plenty of other cruelty-free, stylish alternatives that work just as well! A sweater, pair of shoes, or an item of makeup is not worth someone’s entire life. If the tables were turned and you were in the animals’ place, you would hope for compassion, too.

what they must endureHow do I know if something is cruelty-free and vegan?

First, read the label. It is an item of clothing, the label should be around the collar, waistband or sewn into the side of the garment. Check either side of the sole of the shoe or underneath the tongue to find what materials were used. If the garment contains leather, wool, angora, fur, silk, or down, leave it on the shelf.

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For makeup and personal products, first read the ingredient label to check if it is vegan. Avoid beeswax, milk proteins, albumin, or casein. For a complete list of animal products to look out for, look here. To check if the product was tested on animals, pull out you phone and conduct a quick google search. Just type “Does brand-name test on animals?” It only takes a minute, but saves lives! Items marked with a leaping bunny or the bunny with heart ears are cruelty free but not necessarily vegan.

Which stores carry the best variety of vegan and cruelty-free gifts?

This depends upon your geographical location, price range, and person you are shopping for, but here are a few of my favorites:

1. Bath and Body Works.

All Bath and Body Works brand items are cruelty-free. They do not test their products on animals; however, their sister company Victoria Secret does. They carry plenty of wonderful body lotions, perfumes, spa products, and candles. Most are vegan, but not all, so be sure to read the ingredients. They even carry men’s products, too! The price range is quite affordable. You could definitely find a nice gift for under $20. I would highly recommend this store for your holiday shopping!

2. American Eagle Outfitters

This store has a great selection of vegan sweaters for women and men. Their jeans are amazing as well. The price tag is a bit steeper here (most items are $30-$50); however, I think the quality and durability make the expense worthwhile.  They carry perfumes and colognes as well. However, their animal testing policy is very vague, only saying they are “against animal testing.” This could mean that they comply with animal testing policies when it is required by law, so I do not recommend purchasing their personal products.

3. H&M

H&M carries a huge variety of vegan, cost-effective clothing items. They recently stopped manufacturing products containing angora, which is a huge win for animals. They still carry wool and leather though, so beware. They carry a wide variety of styles for men, women, and children, so you are sure to find something nice if you look hard enough!

4. Ulta

Ulta is my favorite place to buy makeup because they carry both high end and drugstore brands. So I can get fancy with Urban Decay, or I can go budget-friendly with NYX.  In addition to makeup products, they carry spa and hair items, as well as many nice holiday gift sets. They also have excellent deals in their online store that are unavailable in store, so you can pick out your holiday gifts from your couch. 😉 They do carry brands that test on animals, so be aware of this while you are shopping.

5. Lush

This store is completely cruelty-free, but does carry products that contain animal ingredients. They carry a wide variety of body, hair, cosmetic, and fragrance, gift sets, and bath products.  Conveniently, all of the products that are vegan are marked with a “V” symbol on their website. Their products are not terribly pricey and high quality, too.

Help!! I have no idea what to get!

Shopping cruelty-free and vegan is not restrictive at all. There are many awesome vegan and cruelty-free gifts in every store. Here are a few gift suggestions!

1. Holiday Treat Stocking

Single gifts can be hit or miss sometimes, especially if you are shopping for someone picky. By assembling a stocking full of smaller gifts, such as candy, cosmetics, and technology items, there is bound to be something they like. This gift is also very easy to personalize depending on the person.

2. Quality time

Material things cannot compare to spending time with friends and family. So instead of buying a physical present, you could purchase  tickets to see their favorite band in concert, a small outing, or a night out to dinner and a movie. Spending time together during the holiday season can be the best gift anyone could ever receive from you!

3. Giving to a Cruelty-Free Charity

Despite our efforts, not everyone will be shopping cruelty-free this holiday season. Many animals are losing their precious lives for the presents people scramble to buy and soon forget about. Equally unfortunate, many people living in our own communities cannot afford to buy presents or food at all. To bring more happiness to the world, you can donate to a cruelty-free charity in a loved-one’s honor. Just make sure the charity does not test on animals, donate livestock, or discriminate against people based upon race, sexual orientation, or any other identities.

A great idea would be sponsoring an animal at a local farm sanctuary! Farm sanctuaries are nonprofit and rely upon donors to support and rescue animals from horrifying cruelty. A small donation can help to give an animal the life of peace and safety it deserves. For an extra special treat, you could go on a trip to visit the animals at the farm sanctuary together!

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This is Jefferson from the SASHA Farm Sanctuary in Michigan! You can sponsor Jefferson and his friends here.

A present that cost someone’s life is no present at all. Please make this holiday season joyful for everyone by only purchasing cruelty free and vegan products.

Best,

Leila

Ask Me Anything!

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I want your questions! Ask me anything, whether it be about me, college, makeup, fashion, my pets, going vegan/cruelty-free, living straight edge, my advice/opinions, or anything else you may be wondering. (Just keep them respectful, please! 😉 ) Leave me your questions in the comments, and I will answer them in a Questions and Answers post later this month or early next month. ❤ So ask away!

Best,

Leila