• fashion
  • 30 Stylish Leather-Free Fall Boots

    It’s finally here! My list of 30 (yes thirty!!) stylish leather-free fall boots. I have been absolutely scouring the internet for the very best leather-free fall fashion. Putting this list together took days of searching all my favorite websites, cross checking with other websites to make sure the boots were leather-free, and reaching out to brands directly to confirm when I still wasn’t 100% sure. In years past it has been such a challenge to find leather-free boots that are actually cute. But you’ll see below that this year even designers like Rebecca Minkoff, Ash, Sam Edelman, Jeffery Campbell and Calvin Klein now offer high quality faux-leather options.

    The whole purpose of my blog is to make animal-free products more accessible to everyone. Because the truth of the matter is that leather comes from an industry that breeds horrific cruelty. And most people will never take the time to consider what’s truly behind the leather they buy.

    So that’s where I come in. My goal is to do the work for you. I’ll find you clothing and accessories that are cute first, vegan second. Whether animal welfare is on your radar or not, you can put your money toward boots like these because they look good, plain and simple. And when it is this easy to make fashion choices that don’t harm animals, why wouldn’t we?

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    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Sam Edelman | 5  | 6 | 7  | 8 | 9 (made from recycled plastic!) | 10 | 11 Jeffery Campbell | 12 | 13 | 14 Sam Edelman (also comes in black) | 15

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    16 Rebecca Minkoff | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 Ash | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30

    xo,

    Tedi

  • health
  • Directly from the Source: Vegetarian DHA

     img_1481-1img_1479-1img_1475-1img_1480-1 You know you’re a health nut when you don’t have children, and aren’t planning on having them anytime soon, but your shelves are full of books on everything from pregnancy to infant health and childhood health too. If you’ve visited here before then you already know that health, wellness and nutrition are big parts of my life and big parts of this blog. Maternal and infant health is of great interest to me because it sets the foundation for health throughout the lifespan.

    When babies are first born, their bodies and immune systems are still forming and learning how to react to everything in the world around us. That’s why it’s so fundamentally important to put healthy nutrients in our bodies from day one. DHA omega-3 is one of those nutrients that we often hear babies need in order to grow into healthy little kids and, eventually, healthy adults. Research shows that DHA supports brain development and eye health in utero, in infancy and throughout the entire lifespan.

    What people don’t always agree on is where DHA should come from. DHA for human consumption is often sourced from fish. Given that I eat a plant-based diet, and I believe all the nutrients we need can be found in plant foods, my first question about DHA is, “But where are the fish getting the DHA from?” And surprise, surprise, fish actually get their DHA from a plant source…algae! Why consume DHA through fish, who consumed it through algae, when we get can source it directly from the algae itself?

    Luckily brands like life’sDHA® source their DHA directly from the algae where fish themselves get it, making their DHA a high-quality vegetarian source of this healthy nutrient. life’sDHA® is an ingredient in foods, beverages and supplements throughout the world. You can look for the life’sDHA® logo on product packaging to know you’re getting a vegetarian source of DHA omega-3. And that’s better for our health, the environment and of course, fish!

    People often ask me for advice on transitioning to a healthier diet. One piece of advice I always share is to strive to eat as close to the source as possible. Fortunately, in this day and age, with brands like life’sDHA®, we have more and more options to make this way of eating a reality.

    Learn more about life’sDHA® on Facebook: @lifesDHA, Twitter: @lifesDHA and YouTube.

    xo,

    Tedi

    *This post sponsor- life’sDHA® educated me on the importance of nutrients -including DHA omega-3 – for all stages of life.

  • fashion
  • ASOS Fall Favorites

    Just in time to usher in some early fall weather I’ve put together some of my ASOS fall favorites. I’m all about bomber jackets, slip on sneakers, comfy but stylish jeggings, great bags and more. And as always everything listed here is animal-friendly aka not made of leather, fur or wool.

    Asos Fall 2016

     

     1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16

    xo,

    Tedi

     

     

  • food
  • 3 Things to Check Out at Brooklyn’s New Whole Foods Market Williamsburg

    Last week I checked out Brooklyn’s newest Whole Foods Market in Williamsburg. I was in food heaven! The store was spacious, clean and so well stocked. Plus, it was super vegan friendly! There were three things about this new Whole Foods that I just loved and wanted to share with all of you. If you find yourself in Brooklyn this grocery store is definitely worth a visit.

    1. Ugly Greens. You read that right, ugly greens! Gotham Greens, an NYC urban produce farm, has rolled out a new concept called “ugly greens” at this Williamsburg Whole Foods Market. Ugly greens are the greens that weren’t “pretty” enough to make it into a normal bag of greens, but are still tasty, edible and nutritious. Since these greens aren’t as pretty as the usual greens that make it onto the grocery store shelf, they are cheaper than your average bag of greens. Not only are ugly greens more affordable, they’re also sustainable because more of the greens are actually being sold instead of wasted. This is an awesome concept all around. And as you can see below they still look quite good.Ugly Greens
    2. Smoothie bowls. Right when you enter this Whole Foods you’ll find yourself at their coffee and juice bar that also sells smoothies and smoothie bowls. I had the pink power smoothie bowl made with banana, almond butter, cacao nibs, dates, strawberries and hemp milk, all topped with raspberries (strawberries for mine cause they were out of raspberries), sliced almonds and hemp seeds. Smoothie bowls are one of my favorite ways to start the day so this is a great addition to any grocery store.
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    3. Layered – A vegan parfait bar. I cannot even tell you how awesome I think this parfait bar is. At Layered everything is dairy-free. You can choose to make your own parfait or order one off their menu. I ordered the tropical whip parfait, which was recommended as their most popular one, and it was UNREAL! So, so, so delicious. It was made of vanilla chia seed pudding, mango, pineapple, coconut whip, nuts + seeds and toasted coconut. It was fabulous. Next time I find myself in Brooklyn, this parfait bar will be one of my first stops!
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    Do you have any awesome vegan-friendly features at your local grocery store? If so leave them in the comments below!

    xo,

    Tedi