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Olsenhaus Shoes – Animal-Free from Head to Toe #fashionablyvegan

Olsenhaus Fashion Shoes

An overcast day in Los Angeles was the perfect excuse to bring out my Olsenhaus boots! Elizabeth Olsen makes outstanding vegan shoes free of all animal-products. I fell madly in love with these boots but after tottering a bit with an extra half inch of height I brought them to Sam (at Fast and Best […]

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Cliff Belts: All Tree, No Cows Involved

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I’m magically in love with these belts. I was looking for a good non-leather belt that wasn’t stiff or prone to shredding to sport my favorite Heidi Abra belt buckles when I learned about Cliff Belts.  Cliff Belts are made from sustainably harvested cork. Cork is the outer layer of the cork tree which is […]

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Flowers: Faux to Real and the Ugly in Between.

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I love flowers! I love how they brighten a room, or tell someone you love them wordlessly… but I was stuck reconciling my love for flowers and the damage I believed flower farming did to the planet. My first solution was to stick to artificial flowers which didn’t appear to be harmful to anyone and […]

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The Sun Will Come Out….Tomorrow…

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…but until then…keep your feet warm and dry with my new favorite throw-on, all-purpose, retro-chic and very vegan boots Bogs Boots. I wore Uggs for years. Like most people I never considered what animal was being destroyed to make my warm calf-high boots, I just liked that they were indoor/outdoor and easy to put on. […]

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Peaceful Dreams in a Compassionate Bedroom, Your Quilt!

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In my ongoing attempt to continue to make my bedroom as harm-free as possible, I recently said good bye to my feather duvet. I must admit I had a very sentimental attachment to my feather duvet because I bought it years ago when I lived in London — years before I considered that ducks would […]

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Animal-Free Hair Care for the Busy and Gray Rooted

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I am gray. Which apparently isn’t as much due to my age (44) as it is to my stressful lifestyle choices. My hair stylist found my first gray at 31. I was horrified and have waged a red-haired war on those little wirey strands ever since. To quote my favorite playwright: I am not going […]

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No Scaredy Cats or Unkind Tricks in Our Happy Halloween!

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Nothing is as much fun as Halloween in Los Angeles. Between our warm fall evenings and our infinite creative talent (I mean we invented movie makeup and special effects), this city gives a great All Hallow’s Eve. I love wandering the neighborhoods, family in tow, ogling the kids and the dressed up homes. What I […]

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Not Down with Duck? DIY Feather-Free Pillows

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I think few books made as much of an impression on 7 year-old me than Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Make Way for Ducklings, written in 1941 and Caldecott Medal winning a year later, tells the tale of a duck family and their relationship to the city of Boston. I was so captivated […]

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What Do Vegans Eat? A Look at My Fridge

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I’m vegan. Prior to becoming a vegan, I was a “I could never give up cheese” vegetarian for many years. I liked to use the term “vegan adjacent.” By 30 years old, I had given up ice cream and milk in my coffee but I held on to cheese desperately. I loved cheese. I would […]

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Peaceful Dreams in a Compassionate Bedroom

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Half of our life is spent in our bedrooms (and if you ask me, the better half!) so I’ve embarked on a journey to see how cruelty-free I could make my bedroom. What does that mean? The idea of cruelty-free means that no animals were used to make the products that we live with. The […]

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It’s Healthy to Be Salty!

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Some people are sweet people and some people are salt people. I am both people. I love sweets like dates and raisins and chocolate just as much as I love chips and nuts and popcorn. But today’s post is on salt. Because I love salt. However I don’t take salt for granted. Not all salts […]

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Coconut Milk & Cookies + Ice-Cream Maker = Kid Hit!

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This kid is not a vegan, but I am. So how does Nicholas get his sugar kid fix when he comes to grandma’s house? Coconut Milk “Cookies and Cream” Ice-Cream. Sound intimidating? Not at all…check it out. The only advance thinking required in this recipe is to remember to chill the coconut milk for 24 […]

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Sunday Farmers Market and the Walnut Guy

If you are not eating walnuts daily you and your body are missing out!

Meet Christopher Schubert of Rancho La Vina, growers of the most truly delicious walnuts known to animal and humankind. No kidding. These walnuts kick all other walnuts’ shells. To be honest I wasn’t particularly hip to the super powers of walnuts until I met Christopher. But without much arm twisting needed, Christopher convinced me to try my […]

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