Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vegan Luxe by Raven Kauffman

Hello Loves!

I am back from hibernation!  I have spent the last two months working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition was going on.  It was a fantastic opportunity for me, and I feel so lucky that I got the chance to participate in such a major exhibition, but unfortunately it did not leave me with much free time.  But I am back now, and in the mood for some fall shopping...

When I decided to become a vegan, I figured I would not have to worry about saving up for a statement bag anymore... Boy, was I wrong!  I discovered Raven by Raven Kauffman through mentions in both Elle and Lucky Magazines.  When I went to the website, I was in love.  The craftsmanship is so impeccable it is difficult to believe they are made from rubber, not animal skins (warning: not all of Raven's products are vegan... but there is plenty of cruelty-free eye candy to ogle).  The product styling has truly stolen my heart.  Each piece is presented in a classic vignette with just a hint of edge that I find completely intoxicating.

Maxine "Crocodile" Patchwork Tote, Raven by Raven Kauffman

This image immediately transports me to Saturday morning, my first taste of weekend freedom spent exploring and running errands.  I am going to begin saving so I can splurge on this $650 (eek!) bag, and then mimic exactly the rest of this completely-casual-yet-perfectly-pulled-together look. 

Billie Envelope Clutch, Raven by Raven Kauffman
This is my ideal evening clutch.  I love the color, the closure, the clever origami detailing... essentially pure perfection.  Now I just need to find the right shoes to wear with it...

It is probably a good thing that the online store at Raven Kauffman is available yet, but the Maxine bag is for sale at Saks Fifth Avenue's website. 

So good to be back! 


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Good News!

Hello Loves!

I cannot believe I have been away for so long, but I have been busy.  I finally, unbelievably, thankfully...


I am so excited I do not think I have stop smiling since my interview.  And the best part is, the gig is at a completely vegan company we have here in NYC called Organic Avenue.  Organic Avenue produces fresh raw juices and foods for cleanse programs and regular consumption, and their products are crazy delicious!  I just celebrated my one week anniversary with them, and I completely and totally love it. 

Organic Avenue is also 100% raw and gluten free, so I am totally excited to learn more about these movements my own veganism has no exposed me to yet.  Stay tuned, it is going to be an incredible ride!

Although it is nearly impossible to choose a favorite product, here are the two drinks I find myself going back to over and over again:

Image via Organic Avenue

Yes I know this is a picture of a beet...hehe.  That is because beets are the delicious main ingredient in Veggie Vibrance, a delicious veggie juice with carrots, cucumber, celery, chard, spinach, ginger, parsley, and lemon... YUM!

Image via Organic Avenue
This bad boy is a Cacao Smoothie... need I say more?  It is so decadent and delicious and perfect.  and p.s., how adorable are the bottles?  Organic Avenue reuses them as well, which I love. 

If you are ever on the Upper East Side and feel like some raw vegan goodness, stop in and say hello! 


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Random Vegan Love

Hello Loves!

Those of you who know me know that I can be a little... all over the place, to put it nicely.  So today I am going to embrace my inner scatterbrain and share all of the insanely random things that I am LOVING all over the web... all vegan of course.  Please forgive me for the excessive abuse of caps and exclamation points that are surely to follow.  Hope you enjoy loves :)


The prices are insane and a percentage of your purchase goes to PETA.  I have blogged about my affection for Matt & Nat before, but I keep finding more and more styles that I love.  Here are some of my faves from the current sale:

Sedaris Vegan Leather Handbag in Blue, image via Pure Citizen

As if the blue color was not enough to win me over, the shape is vaguely reminiscent of the Dior bags I have been coveting since I was about 12... but way more awesome because this bad boy is completely cruelty-free.

Muse Vegan Leather Handbag in Rust, image via Pure Citizen

A true classic... for only $66!  I love the flap, the slouchy shape, and the short strap.  This bag is my definition of perfection... swoon.  The ideal investment piece, and it is not even really an investment!


I have a confession.  I LOVE hot chocolate.  In all its non-vegan creamy deliciousness.  So this winter, which has been uber-cold in these parts, I have missed hot chocolate like CRAZY.  I have resisted, making gallons of coffee and tea to ease my craving.  This has not worked so well.

When I was poking around Elizabeth's Kind Cafe Blog, an awesome new-to-me blog, I came across something that has completely changed my life (OK, I am being dramatic, but it made me REALLY really happy) - an amazing delicious creamy sweet yummy warm VEGAN hot chocolate recipe!!!!!!  (Even the excessive use of exclamation points does not capture how great my joy was)  And it is so incredibly easy to make, I feel foolish that I ever mourned the loss of delicious hot chocolate in my vegan life.  I can be very silly.  Here is a link to Elizabeth's recipe, which I changed ever so slightly.  My recipe is:

  • 3 cups soy, rice, or almond milk (I have had great success with Earth Balance Soy Milk, my favorite thing on earth after my husband/family/kittens.  Yes it is that good.)
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • A generous squirt of agave nectar (I know the chips have sugar in them, but I try not to over do it with the processed sugars, especially since I will probably consume this about 3 times a day until spring gets here...which could be August at the rate we are going.)

Put milk in a saucepan over high heat.  Heat through, then add chips and agave, stirring constantly until the chips melt completely into pure hot chocolate decadence.  Pour into your favorite mug, wrap yourself in a blanket, put your feet up, and enjoy your pants off!

Note:  When Elizabeth came up with this stellar recipe, she was looking to feed her two children.  So this makes enough hot chocolate for two.  So hypothetically you could half this recipe if your just want one cup... but why the heck would you?


The Kind Life is truly one of the greatest vegan websites there is, with awesome recipes, product recommendations, and advice for being a healthy, happy vegan.  This week Alicia asked for Kind Bloggers to alert her so she could share more vegan blogs on her website.  The response has been incredible, and now I have a Google Reader full of awesome vegan blogs.  You can see them all if you check out the comments on this post.  Here are some of the ones I cannot get enough of:


I instantly, unequivocally trust any one who introduces me to this beauty.  image via

This fellow vegan fashion site is written by the completely fabulous Ciara Peter, and I love it because she succeeds brilliantly at what all vegan fashionistas strive for - living cruelty-free without sacrificing an ounce of style.  She also covers everything from cosmetics to lingerie, so you are sure to find excellent guidance for any question that you may have. 

Oh Vaute Couture... how I love thee!  image via Chic Vegan

Chic Vegan

I promise I do not simply like this blog because of its clever name (sound familiar? :)  The site has a collection of bloggers, so they cover all sorts of awesome topics, from how to improve your complexion to excellent monthly roundups of vegan and ethical fashion


image via the kitchn

I am going to be honest.  For my husband and I, the biggest challenge in our marriage so far has been finding, something, anything, that both of us will eat.  So far corn chips, salsa, and guacamole are really our only points of overlap.  Delicious?  Yes.  Enough to sustain ourselves with?  No (Although some days we try).  So when I came across this chili recipe on the kitchn, I had high hopes.  Victor loves chili, and this recipe claims to taste meaty.  So I decided to give it a try on Super Bowl Sunday, chili's biggest day of the year.  I bought Daiya cheese and Tofutti Sour Cream.  It was a vegan spectacular.

...and Victor hated it. 

However, the other non-vegans in my life, my parents, who are far less fussy, LOVED the chili.  And so did I.  It had a heartiness that is perfect for this frigid winter weather.  I simply made it vegan by using agave nectar instead of the honey.  And I mixed things up a little by using black beans, red kidney beans, and cannelloni beans.  It was like a bean fiesta!  I hope you like it more than Victor did :)

And finally...


Look no further, all of your vegan accessory dreams have been met!  Chloe Jo did an excellent job of rounding up the most coveted cruelty-free brands so being vegan never means having to sacrifice.  Enjoy!

Loves, I think that is all the randomness I have in me for today.  I hope you enjoyed this crazy long post.  Also, I would LOVE to hear if you have any favorite vegan blogs/brands/recipes that you cannot live without!  I am always on the lookout. 


PS - If you buy a Matt & Nat bag, send me pictures!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Hello Loves!

Hurry on over to Pure Citizen, where they are having a sale on Vaute Couture.  They have gorgeous coats that are magically not wool but incredibly stunning.  But I must admit, I am totally drawn to this bad boy...

image via Pure Citizen

Every girl needs a cape, right?  And the proceeds go to PETA.  Looks and feels fantastic :)

image via Pure Citizen

I am so tempted to get this adorable shirt too... I think it would make me giggle every time I put it on.

Happy shopping loves!


Vegan Uggs?!?!?

Hello Loves!

I must admit, I loved Uggs.  They are by no means sexy, but they are too warm for me to reject outright.  So, I knew when I became vegan that I would definitely need a cruelty-free replacement.  Luckily, my Uggs are still in good shape, which has bought me some time to find the right substitute without settling or freezing my toes off :)

image via Girlie Girl Army

So I was very excited to come across this post on Girlie Girl Army about Neuaura, the animal friendly footwear company that is behind these cozy, warm Ugg alternatives.  I must admit, I love the buckles.   And if I have learned anything from all my winters in snowy New York and Chicago, it is that staying warm is the most important thing... hypothermia is just not sexy :)


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I'm Back!

Hello Loves!

I missed you!  I am finally back, after a fantastic honeymoon and some time to get my life at home in order.  I am working on a post to recap the trip to Mexico that should be ready today or tomorrow, but in the meantime...
image via Oprah


Well, just for a week, but she is taking all of her staffers with her, so hopefully it sticks for some of them.  I am so thrilled to hear this, I LOVE Oprah!  And as we know, when she says something, people tend to listen.  Hopefully she will inspire people who have never even considered it to pursue a cruelty-free lifestyle.  I am going to tune in today to get all the details :)

On a related note, a little research uncovered that Oprah did a 21-day vegan cleanse awhile back... have any of you ever tried any sort of cleanse?  I am an admitted cleanse virgin, but after the holidays and the honeymoon I am ready to get my healthy eating back on track, and a cleanse might be just the way to do it :)  Thoughts?

Glad to be back!


Saturday, January 15, 2011

We're Off!

Hi Loves!

We are going here!  YAY!  image via Maroma

Victor and I are off to Mexico in 7 hours (EEK!  Thank goodness I am packed!), and I just wanted to say goodbye!  Back to blogging like crazy when I come back January 24. Until then, have a wonderful week and eat lots of delicious veggie creations... I know I will!


Friday, January 7, 2011

Go Oslo!

Hi Loves!

I was so excited to hear that Oslo Fashion Week has banned fur!  How awesome would it be if this caught on in other places?

image via Refinery29

Yay Norway!  Maybe leather will be next to go...


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Welcome 2011!

Hi Loves!

As promised, I am going to share some resolutions I made this year.  I am not sure I have ever kept a resolution I have made at New Year's, but isn't it fun to think about?  I would love to hear your resolutions to... I find plans oddly inspiring.  So here goes, my big goals for 2011:

1. To be a better blogger.
I was an atrocious blogger in December.  And I do not want that to happen again, because I love this little tiny blog, and it makes me smile.  And I LOVE to smile.  So I promise to post every week day, come up with a feature schedule (more on that later) and do all the things that good bloggers do... like take photos and share more pertinent things than which website is having a sale (don't worry, I will still do that too, I promise!).  Thank you so much for sticking with me through my not-so-excellent blogging stage, I am excited for what is to come!

2.  To be a better vegan.
I have been a strict vegetarian for 10 years, and soon after I became a vegan, I discovered that it was much trickier to avoid dairy and eggs than it ever was to avoid meat.  I decided early on that all I can ask of myself is to do my best, and slip-ups are unfortunately inevitable.  HOWEVER, I know M&M's are not vegan, and I ate A LOT of them this holiday season.  But I know that the dairy industry is yucky, and I feel yucky when I eat dairy, so I will try to make 2011 an M&M free year.  I know I will have setbacks, but I am going to do my best. 

3.  To be easier on myself.
OK, here is where I over share.  I am very tough on myself.  I always have been, and I just feel like I cannot help it.  Here is an excellent example of this behavior: I had a breakdown the day before New Year's Eve because my husband and I were having a party and I was terrified it was not going to be fun, and I quote "People will forget they had fun at our wedding because this party is so bad." (Did I mention I become melodramatic when I am hard on myself?)  The worry was in vain.  People had fun, and they laughed at me when I told them of my fears.  But even if they didn't have fun, I know it would not have been my fault, and I need to work on remembering that.  I know this issue is compounded by my insecurities about entering my seventh month of unemployment, but I am making a conscious effort not to allow this behavior to continue in 2011, for my sake and the sake of those I love (Sorry, Mom, Dad, and Victor, for the now infamous NYE debaucle).  I cannot control most of the things I blame myself for, so the energy is completely wasted.  And wasted energy definitely does not go with my vegan zen world view.  Hey, maybe all this saved energy will allow me to complete my final resolution, which is to take up yoga (a little too self explanatory for its own bullet), something I have been meaning to do since freshman year of college (6 years ago... oh my!). 

So that is all.  Hopefully by 2012 I will be a calm, superstar blogging vegan yogi, or at least well on my way.  In the meantime, I had some things I wanted to share.  First, I am obsessed with Alicia Silverstone's Granola recipe from The Kind Diet, and I realized I had not shared it with you yet.  This recipe was one of the first I made from the book, and I believe it is why I am so enamored with her.  It is so delicious.  And not just for vegans... my parents love it so much that I gave my father a HUGE jar for Christmas, and even Victor eats it!  It is delicious right out of the jar, or with soy milk, or soy yogurt, but my favorite way to eat it is on a parfait with your favorite smoothie.  I promise this meal will change your life.  Enjoy!

My beloved granola parfait... image via me

Mom's Granola

Makes 2 quarts.

6 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup maple sugar (This is tough to find, and admittedly expensive, but so worth it.  I am considering buying online in bulk because I make this granola so much!)
3.4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sesame or sunflower seeds (I prefer sunflower)
1 cup chopped nuts or raisins (I use a cup of both, and always use almonds)
1/2 cup safflower oil (My favorite oil!  I think I like it more than olive oil... weird I know!)
1/3 cup maple syrup (sweetest version) or brown rice syrup (slightly milder) (I obviously go for the maple syrup... so yummy!)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spread the oats on a rimmed baking pan , and bake for 10 minutes.  Transfer the oats to a large mixing bowl, and add the sugar, wheat germ, coconut, seeds, nuts and raisins.  Stir to mix well, and then add the oil, syrup, and vanilla extract.  Mix until everything is moistened.  
Spread half of the mixture on each of two rimmed baking sheets (or bake in two batches), and bake for 10 minutes.  Stir after 5 minutes to brown evenly.  
Let the baked granola cool on the pans, then transfer to a bowl and stir until crumbly.  Store in an airtight container. 

A shirt that says kale?!?! I am in heaven! image via well + good nyc

Finally, I needed to share this with you.  My father and I went to Candle Cafe over the holiday, and I spotted this shirt.  Given my aforementioned love of kale, I am pretty sure I need to buy it. 

I hope you enjoy the granola!  I would love to hear your resolutions, or any tips you have for acheiving mine! 


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy 2011!

Isn't it gorgeous?  image via Maroma Resort and Spa
Hello Loves!

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season!  I am recovering from an excellent but busy New Years, and I am becoming super excited about a mid-winter treat that Victor and I have coming up in a few weeks... our honeymoon in Mexico!  We found a deal at the Maroma Resort and Spa outside Cancun in Solidaridad on Jetsetter (which I am OBSESSED with!).  Victor was in school when we got married, so we had to leave Maine the day after the wedding so that he could be back in class at 6:30 am Monday morning (it makes me tired just thinking about at!), so we are very ready to take a relaxing trip to celebrate being newlyweds.  Our criteria for a destination were simple: the flight had to be less than 6 hours (Vic only has a week of vacation, so we did not want to lose two days getting there and back), there needed to be a beach, a spa, and little else to distract us from relaxing and enjoying ourselves.  Neither of us have been to Mexico, making Maroma Resort the perfect first escape as a married couple.  

I am currently doing a little vegan friendly shopping for this getaway, and I have found some adorable things... most of which I probably don't need, but would love to share anyway :)

image via Need Supply Co.
I honestly never thought I would get excited about a denim dress, but the shape is so playfully retro modern I cannot help but being drawn to it.  And the best part - the belt is faux leather!  Yay!

image via Crow Watches
I have a watch I adore (a man's Diesel watch I bought in Italy while I was studying abroad), but I lost a link and I have not gotten around to seeing if it could be replaced, mostly because I am scared they will say no.  At only $50, I feel like this sturdy watch by Crow Watches is the perfect watch for me while I work up the courage to have my heart broken.  Also, I love this this neutral cream color is called "bisque."  The name just sounds satisfying...

image via wanderlust
I discovered wanderlust cambodia through Madewell, and their casual, dreamy fashions seem to be the ideal honeymoon wardrobe.  They use some leather, but it is easy to avoid.  The garments are all hand made in Cambodia, which is also pretty awesome.  I find myself especially drawn to their boyfriend shirts, and there are a ton of dresses that look perfectly comfortable and hippie-ish.  I dream of laying on the Mexican beach in my bikini and shirt casually sipping a margarita and reading in the sun... sounds like heaven. 

Just a few items on my wishlist right now... come back tomorrow for The Chic Veggie's 2011 Resolutions!  In the meantime, have you added any vegan goodies to your shopping lists? 

Glad to be back loves!