• fashion
  • Vegan Summer Sandals

    Hi guys! It’s finally warmed up here in NYC and I’m so happy about it. It’s time for dresses, tank tops, bathing suits, sunglasses, and of course, vegan summer sandals! If you’ve visited my blog before then you know I’m a firm believer that animals shouldn’t have to suffer for the sake of fashion. That means I’m all about buying clothing and accessories that are free of animal products like leather, wool and suede (just to name a few). If you’re anything like I used to be, when I would buy shoes in the past, I didn’t think twice about the fact that they were made out of a once living, breathing creature. But, it eventually “clicked” with me and I made the decision to buy clothes and accessories that are free of animal products.

    And while I’m a firm believer in not buying clothes and accessories that are made of animal products, and I have no trouble finding awesome vegan bags, vegan leather jackets, vegan sweaters, etc., I will also be the first to admit that the vegan shoe game is a challenge. Fashionable vegan shoes are not easy to come by. Not because high quality vegan shoes couldn’t exist, but just because that’s the way it’s always been – shoes have been made out of leather – and therefore, that’s how it continues to be.

    But that’s where we come in! How we use our money speaks volumes to brands and stores. When we buy shoes or other products that are vegan, we’re telling the brands and stores, “Hey, we want more of this.” It’s simple supply and demand. And the good news is more and more brands and stores are carrying sustainable/vegan options.

    In fact, back in April I was shopping at Nordstrom in Florida and found a pair of summer sandals (above) that I liked. I checked the inside of the shoe to see what materials they were made of (always a good trick when trying to find vegan shoes), and I was so happy to see it said “All Man Made Materials.” SCORE! Vegan and cute. Now they’re my go to sandals this summer, and I get so many compliments on them. Check out all my current favorite vegan summer sandals below.

    xo,

    Tedi

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  • fashion
  • Vegan at Free People

    You guys know I’m all about fashion that’s free of animal skins and furs. In my book, there’s really no reason whatsoever that an animal should lose its life, or suffer, in order for me to dress well. Right? But, at the same time, I still like fashion. I still like to follow current trends. I still like the same stores I always liked. And I still like the same brands I always liked too. So, when I decided I wanted to shop a little kinder, I didn’t abandon all my connections to the mainstream world – not at all! Instead I learned how to shop more consciously and how to discern what clothing and accessories are made of.

    Because of how I like to shop, now I have a real sweet spot for mainstream brands that have vegan friendly options. When I hop on a brand’s website and see the word “vegan” anywhere on it, it makes me so happy! And one major brand I wanted to highlight today that offers vegan friendly options is Free People. Free People even goes as far as having a whole vegan shoes section on their website!

    Up above you can see two of the Free People pieces I’ve been wearing this season. The skirt is the cotton This Way or That Mini Skirt, which I love and have in black and white. I also have been wearing the super cute Dip Die Cut Off Shorts (above) and the Jax Denim One Piece Overalls, which are both made of cotton too.

    Below I’ve put together a list below of my current vegan friendly Free People favorites. Wish I had it all! So, so cute…and animal friendly! Which pieces are your favorite??

    xo,
    Tedi

  • fashion
  • Wool-Free Winter Accessories

    Long before I ever knew about the cruelty involved in the production of wool, I started to lean toward non-wool winter accessories because wool is so itchy. And while I found wool to be so itchy, I found other materials like acrylic and cotton to be so soft. So, needless to say, once I finally did learn about how wool is produced, I was appalled. I made the official switch to non-wool winter clothes and accessories and they have been keeping me warm, toasty and itch-free ever since. 🙂

    Here are my favorite wool-free accessories this winter.