Saturday, December 31, 2011

New year's eve reflections

It's hard to believe another year has come to a close. Is 2011 really over? Time seems to be speeding up. And I am reminded how short and precious our time on this earth is. 

I generally don't do "resolutions" at the new year. Probably because they feel like just one more "to do". One more thing to feel like you're not doing well.  What I like to do instead is spend some time "visioning" what I hope to manifest in the year ahead.  And generally I like to do this in a really non-linear way - like a vision board. I plan to set aside time tomorrow with a pile of magazines, scissors and glue and see what my subconscious is yearning for in the coming year! 

For now I will say that I am grateful for my health, my sweet rescue dog, Zandia, my friends and family and my ongoing commitment to veganism.  I'm saddened and horrified by the regular investigations that uncover  unspeakable cruelty and squalor at major meat and dairy facilities. And I know that by eating vegan I am consciously choosing not to support this kind of inhumanity.  If you're looking for a resolution that will allow you to be healthier, more environmentally responsible and compassionate to animals then you should consider giving vegan a try!

The good news is that vegan diets are getting more and more attention for all the right reasons!  Check out this piece called “The Mainstreaming of Vegan Diets” in US News & World Report.  It begins, “nutritionists now believe that a well-thought-out vegan eating plan could be the most healthy way to live for most people.” Now, that's something to lean into in the new year!  And Mark Bittman just wrote a piece in the NY Times called “No Meat, No Dairy, No Problem.”  Absolutely!

So, as you reflect on the year that's about to slip away and imagine what's possible in 2012...I hope you think big! I hope you find a way to live the life of your dreams - one that has purpose and meaning and is aligned with your values. And one that tries to make the world a better place.  After all, isn't that really why we're here?  

Wishing you a truly wonderful 2012!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Shine on, ladies

Oh, aren't these just over-the-top, outrageous,
"nobody puts Baby in the corner", fun!?

Below are some real-life options for putting
some sparkle in your new year's eve. 
(vegan of course!)
They are definitely not for wallflowers.
But then, you don't need
to worry about that, do you?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Meditation

Merry Christmas!

"Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me."
- Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A little magic

I have a regular run I like to take 
along a path by the lake near my house.
There are trees dotted along the path. 
And in one spot there's a small cluster of trees
that for some reason I started 
referring to as "the magic forest".

I always feel good when I run through those trees.
I don't know what it is.
And I thought it was just me.
Until the other day when I was running
I saw an elderly Asian woman going up
to the trees and pressing her
palm into each of their trunks. 
She was loving those trees.
Intentionally connecting with them.
Pressing her skin against theirs.

So on my way home I decided to do the same.
I felt a little silly.  But why?
Who wouldn't want to connect with the 
ancient wisdom and grounded strength
each of those trees represent?

Trees represent something
a little bit magical to me.
And I like that.

May your holidays be full of magic!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry red soles

Every girl knows red shoes
add a certain dose of magic to an outfit.

Below are some vegan
options that will let you kick up
your heels in style...
and with a happy heart.
Faux suede pumps

Faux leather slingbacks
Faux suede red slippers

Burgundy vegan suede wedges

Monday, December 19, 2011

A little change of pace

I have been blogging now for almost six months!
I started my blog shortly after I made the decision to go vegan.
Once I became aware of the true horrors we inflict
on animals to satisfy the short term fix of a food craving or
fashion statement, I felt compelled to personally do 
something to spread the word that being vegan
is healthy, chic, environmentally responsible
...and of course kind.
My passion for this remains stronger than ever!
But my posting daily has started to feel like 
a little too much at the moment.
So, in the spirit of being kind to myself, 
I'm going to cut back a bit.  
We'll see how it goes.
Just wanted to let you know 
that I'm changing pace just a little.
And thank you for reading along as 
I continue this journey!
Remember, it's chic to be kind!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Light

I love Christmas lights.
So cheery and bright during
a time of year when
we don't get much daylight.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Faux fur wrap

Need a wrap for a holiday ensemble?
How about this chic faux fur stole from Garnet Hill?
I like it because it's not a tiny shrug.
It actually looks substantial enough
to keep you warm!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gorgeous grey bootie

I've been loving booties this season!
Especially wedges.
These little lovelies are
on sale at Vegan Chic
for just $43.99.
I heart the 
gunmetal grey color.
A perfect neutral.
I think it would look especially
cool with brown.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gift idea

Looking for the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy for friend?
I just ran across this lovely bangle from Kate Spade's
Hand in Hand program.
It's inscribed, "there's strength in numbers"
and 25% of the proceeds benefit
an amazing charity doing
life-changing work around the world.
Proof again that it's definitely
better to give than to receive.
Merry, merry!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Faux fur vest

Looking for a fun accessory to stand out
at holiday parties?
This faux fur vest from H&M
would be perfect with skinny
jeans and a boho blouse or over a dress.
Chic and cozy...and kind.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Roxy

The Roxy is meant to make a statement.
Vegan leather with rhinestones and riveting
add some sass and sparkle
to any holiday ensemble.

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