I still have a Cantiq obsession, and Little Shop of Oils helps keep my babies fresh <3

As the title states, I have quite the Cantiq Los Angeles obsession. I’ve been amassing a collection of lacy creations by designer Chelsea Hughes for a few years now, and I love every piece dearly.

How, then, to preserve these hand-made lingerie articles of joy?

Cantiq recently collaborated with Little Shop of Oils, an all natural apothecary, on a line of anti microbial/bacterial lingerie mists!

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These are a couple sample mists I received with an order, but you can snag some full-size mists via Cantiq’s site as well!

The mists keep your lingerie fresh for a few more wears, so you don’t have to constantly wash them and put miles on a delicate piece. As I said before, each piece is a work of art and dearly beloved by me, so anything that allows me to get longer life out of them and make them smell heavenly in the process is a win/win!!

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“When you read the care instructions of your handmade bralette, do you let out a sigh when your eyes gloss over “hand wash only”? Well now we have teamed up with Little Shop of Oils to bring you a Anti Microbial/Bacterial Lingerie Mist, tested on each of our cantiq Laces, that will allow you to stretch out your time between washes. Scented lightly with organic essential oils, our Lingerie Mists are sure to keep your bralettes fresh
Made with organic and high quality ingredients
Made by hand in small batches in California 
Includes gemstones infused under each full moon
2 oz glass bottle per scent” Photo Credit: Cantiq Los Angeles

 

 

 

The Plantbased Jetsetter x Groceries Apparel


I had the pleasure of being gifted a t-shirt from the brand Groceries Apparel, and I’m delighted with it! 

Their clothing is made in the USA, it is Monsanto free with no pesticides involved, and sooo soft, made of 100% cotton! 

The shirt is great to lounge around in (as you see me doing here), paired with a handmade lingerie set from Cantiq Los Angeles, or one could dress it up with some accessories and have a great night out.


Check out this great brand! 

Review – Vegan Cuts Beauty Box!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today I am reviewing one of Vegan Cuts’ monthly beauty boxes – and let me tell you, this was no hardship.

I used to get their monthly boxes, and to be honest, I had tapered off a while back after amassing a small army of teeny-tiny beauty oil samples and single serving wipes.

It looks like they rethought their strategy, however, because this loot was choice, and I’m delighted with the contents.

  1. Terre mère blush brush – The crown jewel in this loot for me – I am always delighted to receive new cruelty free, vegan brushes, and this one is soft, gentle on the face, and lovely to look at!
  2. everclēn facial toner – A full sized toner!? Someone pinch me. Toner is the beauty product that I go through the most, and I am picky about the toners I put on my face. This fragrance free beauty was just the ticket. I am still using it and I love the results!
  3. Medusa’s Makeup bronzer – This bronzer is a little dark for me, so I have to blend vigorously and use it in a more strategic way. It is perfect for light contouring, though! I used the blush brush in tandem with this bronzer and I wasn’t mad at the results.
  4. The Granola Goat face serum – I was bummed that there was so little of this serum (I get it, serum is expensive!) simply because I loved it so much! There are a lot of premium oils in here, including red raspberry seed oil, sea buckthorn berry oil,
    Frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, myrrh, rose, and sandalwood essential oils as well. I am considering grabbing a full size because my face wants more!
  5. Molly Rose Balms Exfoliating body scrub in grapefruit basil – This is much more reminiscent of my past Vegan Cuts boxes, size-wise. The scrub is lovely, but I hate these sample sizes! I would much rather cut out two sample sizes for one full size item I can enjoy and really try out. That said, the scrub is incredibly fragrant and delightful, and it made my arms (the one time I was able to use it) happy.

That’s it for now! Here’s hoping their future boxes will keep being amazing. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo cred – Vegan Cuts

Style snapshot – cantiq LA x Wrenn

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Happy Tuesday!

Here’s some cruelty free, locally made, and stunning style choices for you plant based travelers and fashionistas.

I can’t get enough of these luscious red tones from both cantiq LA and Wrenn.

You all may remember cantiq LA being mentioned in my Valentine’s Day postcantiq LA is a local Los Angeles lingerie brand; the brainchild of designer Chelsea Hughes. Her lingerie is unique, handmade, and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. I’m obsessed with it!

 

Chelsea is also releasing a new line of swimwear just in time for those summer pool parties and overseas jaunts that are likely in some of your summer plans. Stay tuned for wet by cantiqLA, coming soon!

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The other half of this little collab, Wrenn, is a lovely vegan, cruelty free nail polish brand by Alissa Wrenn Smith. Her “5-free” nail polishes are inspired by the colorful stones featured in the druzy jewelry she makes.

I’m wearing the “Uncorked” color in the photos above.

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What is 5-free nail polish?

5-free means that our polishes are NOT made with 5 of the most common and dangerous ingredients found in nail polishes that have been linked to cause cancer: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

While this does not make 5-free nail polishes “Toxic-Free”, they are a much better alternative to any 3-free or regular nail polishes out there.

For my next pedicure, I’m going to try the “Better off Red” color!

I’m always looking to feature beautiful, unique, vegan/cruelty free brands, and I’m delighted that I can point you all towards small business owners like Chelsea and Alissa who are killing the style game.

Do you have such a brand you’d like to share? Comment below and let me know what I should feature next!

A plantbased birthday!

It was my 30th birthday this Monday and I decided to go all out, drive to Los Angeles, and have an actual birthday weekend!

Many plantbased shenanigans ensued.

Friday night I joined my LA girl cult at Pour Vous, a lovely little French-themed speakeasy that features delicious champagne, vegan crepes (if you ask for them), and aerial performers.

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Here I am sipping champagne at Pour Vous in a floral jumpsuit I snagged on a whim. Jumpsuits don’t usually fit me because I am so tall, but this one miraculously did! It’s a birthday miracle!

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My lovely friend Annaliese is the driving force behind a lot of the LA-based events I attend, and arranged for the yummy bday champagne. Hooray!

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Saturday I gathered a group of lovely ladies (and one guy) and headed over to the ever-delicious Sun Cafe in Studio City. I had been craving their vegan mac n’ cheese for weeks, and as usual, it did not disappoint. I even added the tempeh bacon option because it’s my birthday, damn it, and I wanted to be in a food coma.

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They serve it in a cast iron pan. Look at it. I want another one right now. It was so good.

As usual, my friends knew me well and brought me champagne, SouthWest gift cards, and general bday cheer. I waddled home sated and happy.

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Sunday was family bday and the Superbowl; I spent the morning preparing food with my mom, wherein I made my famous vegan deviled tomatoes (recipe here)!

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Mmmm.

I don’t really care about the actual Superbowl, but it was nice to hang out with my family and some of my best friends; my lovely bff Victoria brought me a bouquet filled with money folded into origami shapes, which was the best thing ever.

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And my Dad got me some junmai daiginjo sake, which is my favorite type of sake (the rice is very finely polished and it tastes like rainbows.)

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On my actual birthday (Monday), I drove home to Vegas and went out to dinner at Lakeside, one of the many restaurants at the Wynn that offer delicious gourmet vegan options.

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Eggplant dish of the gods – this melted in my mouth and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Truffle arancini – Also melted in the mouth and I almost ordered another plate of them, but I knew that would fill me up too much.

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Vegan crab cakes – Mmmmm. I crushed this plate. The flavors used here are phenomenal and would satisfy even the most grumpy food critic.

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All in all, it was an amazing birthday!! Below are some more of the cruelty free, vegan presents I received from my thoughtful friends.

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The limited edition Glitter Bunny clutch from Gunas (from my bff bizarro-sai) – I’m obsessed. This is such a lovely little clutch and I am going to be extra careful with it. No drunken nights out for you, little clutch!

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My brother and sister in law sent me these vegan cookbooks! Oh She Glows is one of my favorite blogs of all time, and Miyoko Schinner‘s cuisine is everything.

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Last but not least – my friend Charity got me a vegan set of bath bombs, lotion bars, and soaps from Lush!
BEST. BIRTHDAY. EVER.

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Vegan style snapshot!

Wednesdays are vegan style days! Expect a style post every week.

I try to wear clothing and cosmetics that are cruelty free and vegan exclusively, save for a few pieces from my former life that aren’t worn out yet.

Today’s style post features a few brands that are close to my heart. Check them out and support them if you can!

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ShoesCri de coeur

JeansCrossroads (secondhand)

JacketZara

BagGunas

Cosmetics – E.L.F. foundation and primer, Fior Minerals eyeliner, Marie Natie lip gloss, Jing Ai blush, E.L.F. bronzer, and Giovanni hairspray (Fior Minerals, Jing Ai, and Marie Natie I get discounted on Vegan Cuts marketplace! They also have a cool monthly beauty box that I’ll post about later.)

Location: – Wynn hotel and casino, Las Vegas

 

 

Ps: *Some of the links provided in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase through these links I get a (very) small commission at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I use myself and firmly believe in.

Love Goodly – Subscribe to a cruelty-free delight

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I’ve tried most of the vegan/cruelty-free subscription boxes on the market thus far. I’ve liked them for the most part, even though I now have an ungodly amount of body oil that I will be using until the end of time.

Love Goodly’s subscription box, however, stands out to me. The box alone is 3x larger than any of its competitors; the samples therein are more often that not, full sized products or at the very least, premium samples.

Thus, I am happy to report that Love Goodly‘s December/January box did not disappoint me.

  1. Deux Lux Sequin Cosmetic Bag in Silver sequins“This fun custom-made cosmetic bag from Deux Lux, a fashionable vegan purse line featured in Oprah and InStyle, has plenty of room for your makeup, lip balm, compact, and more.”

    Indeed. I LOVE Deux Lux bags; I have a few of them myself, plus a rather awesome wallet from their line that I’ve carried for over a year. This sequined cosmetic bag is super cute, with a lining that is luxurious to the touch. I’m a fan. Though I note that the sequins might look a bit ratty if they snag anything. Will have to see.

  2. Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick in ‘Schmoopy’“Lippy Girl Makeup’s Vegocentric lipstick line is certified vegan. Made with organic and wildcrafted natural oils and waxes and only natural mineral pigments, they are 100% vegan, bee-free, gluten free, and chemical free. Schmoopy is their bestselling dusty rose color.”

    I have a few lipsticks and a wonderful lip gloss from Lippy Girl, and I like them. I didn’t have this color though, so that was lucky! My only warning with this brand is to keep in a cool space, or even refrigerate your lipsticks if you are in a very hot climate. They tend to melt and I’ve had an entirely new lipstick just snap in half when the tiniest bit of pressure was applied. (Use a lip brush on the remnants if this unfortunate occurrence does happen! I didn’t throw it away, of course.)

  3. hellomellow Balance Body Butter“Luxuriate in all natural, hand-crafted body butter that is densely packed with pure avocado and mango butter scented with essential oils. Moisturizing with this body butter leaves you with incredibly soft, silky skin.”

    I would like the world to know that I didn’t even try this first; my mom snatched it and began rubbing it on immediately. Then my grandmother asked to try some, and of course I let her. My mom gushed over it right away, and that’s high praise. My mom is the queen of lotions and potions. If she endorses it, I’m on board.

    After I did try it, I saw what she meant. The body butter rubs in very easily and the essential oils produce a heaven-scent aroma (see what I did there.)

  4. Auromere Ayurvedic Toothpaste – Travel Size 

    “Clean your teeth and freshen your breath with all-natural botanical extracts and essential oils. Auromere Toothpaste contains no flouride, gluten, artificial sweeteners…dyes, or harsh chemicals commonly found in many toothpastes.” The toothpaste is vegan as well! Hooray!I’m always on the lookout for little travel toothpastes I can pop into my travel bag. They don’t make many cruelty free, effective toothpastes that can be brought onto a plane with little effort. Can’t wait to try this one on my next jaunt!

  5. Hello Gorgeous Toothbrush“PLUS ULTRA’s bamboo toothbrush is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic toothbrushes. The bristle heads feature a wave shaped design that cleans difficult to reach areas with soft, nylon bristles that gently massage the gums.”

    I love a bamboo toothbrush! Any effort to stave off the waste that plastic products create is ok by me. I’ve tried a few other bamboo toothbrushes in my day, but I am eager to see how this one feels. I will report back after exhausting my current toothbrush.

 

And there you have it! Until the next box!

I’m going to go fill up my Deux Lux cosmetic bag now.

*Some of the links provided in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase through these links I get a (very) small commission at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I use myself and firmly believe in.