Vegan Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are right around the corner so we’ve put together a fantastic gift guide and giveaway featuring vegan, cruelty-free and sustainably-made products everyone on your list will love!

Let’s jump right into our Vegan Holiday Gift Guide for 2021!

Hollis + Hahn / Sarah Babcock Studio

Hollis + Hahn’s coconut bowls and coconut candle holders are the perfect gift! Sustainably-sourced and oh-so-adorable, these gifts will keep giving all year round!

Happi Hippo Plant Organics Dental and Lip Products

Animal and eco-friendly beauty and hygiene products in sustainable packaging? Sign us up! Happi Hippo Plant Organics dental and lip products are as good for you as they are for the environment! Say goodbye to wasteful plastic tubes and containers, and hello to Happi Hippo Plant Organics!

ArtiSun Bath & Skincare Handmade Vegan Soap

ArtiSun Bath & Skincare offers handmade vegan soaps with gorgeous scents, colors, and designs! Pick up a few for your loved ones (and yourself) and check out their full lines of bath, body, and hair care products!

J & L Naturals Beard Oil and Aftershave Rub

Not sure to what to get the vegan, eco-friendly guy on your list? You can’t go wrong with J&L Naturals Beard Oil and  Aftershave Rub! Packed with high-quality ingredients and natural scents, these products are the perfect stocking stuffers!

INDiBAG Handcrafted Vegan Handbags

Looking for gorgeous, vegan handbags? INDiBAG’s handcrafted handbags are made with eco-friendly materials including premium vegan leathers. Exceptional quality and detailing combine to create these stylish, wearable bags with an urban point of view! 

Sweet Hazel & Co. Hot Cocoa Bomb

What’s better than hot cocoa on a cold winter night? Enjoy one of Sweet Hazel and Cos hot cocoa bombs, curl up in a blanket, and have the coziest night ever! Check out their full line of vegan holiday sweets, pies, and more!

Sustainable Haus Pot Handle Holders

Sustainable Haus makes mini pot handle holders that fit perfectly in your hands! Use these eco-friendly holders as you touch and move the lids of pots and small hot dishes this holiday season. They’re made from upcycled cotton and fully compostable. These make the perfect hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or special something for the sustainable cook or baker!

Summer & Rose 1920 Vegan Candles

Summer & Rose 1920 craft artisan candles packaged in sleek, eco-friendly glass containers. Create a stunning display with their candles and highly-aesthetic jar of matches to fill your home with holiday fragrances and magical candle light.

RUVI Age-Defying Glow Serum

Give the gift of glowing skin! RUVI’s Age-Defying Glow Serum is formulated with just five powerhouse ingredients to deeply moisturize and nourish all skin types. This ultra-luxurious beauty oil is a gift everyone will enjoy (pick up a bottle for yourself, you deserve it)!

So Boxsy Vegan Gift Box

Want a beautifully-packaged, thoughtful gift that everyone will love? Get a curated box of vegan and sustainable gifts! So Boxsy’s festive box of seasonal items is sure to make the holidays merry and bright!

Sol Terra Bamboo Reusable Water Bottle

Sol Terra Shop’s Bamboo Reusable Water Bottle is made with 100% organic bamboo and is designed to keep beverages hot or cold. Perfect for people on the go, this stunning water bottle keeps you hydrated and avoids tons of single-use plastics! Win-Win!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win all of these vegan, sustainable items! 

Happy Vegan Holidays! 

Ethical Business Spotlight: HOUSE OF FLUFF

This week’s Ethical Business Spotlight features Kym Canter, Founder of House of Fluff! For this series, I ask vegan and cruelty-free businesses 5 questions to share what they’re all about!

Kym Canter, Founder of House of Fluff

Bio Kym Canter

House of Fluff founder Kym Canter spent a decade as the Creative Director of luxury fur brand J.Mendel. She is considered responsible for building this small luxury fur brand into a globally- recognized lifestyle brand. Prior to joining J.Mendel, Kym was a fashion editor and a top fashion stylist. Ms. Canter held editorial positions at Elle Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, and O The Oprah Winfrey Magazine. Her styling work has appeared in publications as diverse as The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, InStyle, Surface Magazine, and The Face.

Since launching House of Fluff in 2017, Kym has become a sought-after expert on cruelty-free fashion, ethics, and sustainability. She has spoken on panels sponsored by the National Retail Federation, The Business of Fashion, New York University, and the Real Real. Kym has been quoted discussing her point of view about the future of fur, sustainability, and entrepreneurship in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, BOF, In- Style, O The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, and the BBC.

Let’s jump into the interview with the incredible Kym Canter!

1. What is the inspiration and mission behind House of Fluff?

Our mission is to create animal-free and earth-friendly, conscious luxury goods. 

House of Fluff Pink Mink Jacket

2. Vogue describes House of Fluff as “incredibly glamorous and blissfully guilt-free.” Are your customers animal advocates, environmentalists, fashionistas, or all of the above? How do you create garments with your customer base in mind? 

We find our customers are not just vegans or environmentalists, which we are fine with. The idea was always to make a product so great it would appeal to everyone. We think this is the best way to effect change and show people that they can move away from the use of animal products.

House of Fluff Vintage Mahogany Mink Jacket

3. As an industry powerhouse and expert on cruelty-free fashion, ethics, and sustainability, you have been quoted in the Wall Street JournalVogue, BOF, InStyle, O The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, and the BBC. What led you to become a fashion-focused activist for animals, people, and the planet?  

I really feel I  came to this late in life. I grew up in the 70’s when most people thought it was ok to eat meat, have pets, support animals, and wear fur! It was a culturally confusing time. At the end of 2016, I had my “ah hah” moment and realized I no longer felt comfortable wearing animal fur. When I could not find any luxury products to replace my real furs with, I decided to sell 26 of my own fur coats and build a brand for people searching for alternatives to animal-based fashion.

House of Fluff Vintage Mink Coat

4. In addition to offering animal-free fur, you recently launched your first collection of vegan leather made from Mexican cactus plants. Why did you choose this plant-based material and what makes it special?

We were searching for petroleum free, animal- free leather for a while and we tried almost everything. When we found the cactus leather we loved it because the plant uses very little water, no herbicide or pesticides are used, it can regenerate itself after harvest, and it was well priced and felt really luxurious.

House of Fluff Cactus Oversized Trucker Jacket

5. HOF uses excess fabric scraps to create (adorable) plush collectibles called “Scrappy’s,” which is a unique and fun way to reduce waste. Which Scrappy’s is your favorite and why?

I love them all!!! We are always selling out of them and then someone in the office will make a new one and we will all play with naming them. We love when the customers that own the Scrappy’s send pictures of them so we can see how they are doing!

6. What’s next for House of Fluff?

We are actually about to launch a home collection which is great and we are very excited about it!  In November, we will be launching our first group of bio-based animal-free fur!

House of Fluff Vintage Mink Coat

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House of Fluff is the epitome of animal and earth-friendly fashion. If you’re a conscious consumer who wants outerwear made from luxurious, high-performing faux fur and vegan leather, you must check out House of Fluff!

Huge thanks to Kym Canter for participating in my Ethical Business Spotlight series! Your dedication to making the world a better place through sustainable, cruelty-free fashion is truly inspiring and we can’t wait to see what is next for you and House of Fluff!

Ethical Business Spotlight: VALANI

Happy Saturday!

This week’s Ethical Business Spotlight features Vanni Leung, Founder of Valani. Vanni is a life-long vegan, entrepreneur, and breathwork coach who resides in California. Read on to find out more about Vanni’s journey to create her vegan, eco-friendly clothing line!

Vanni Leung, Founder of Valani


1.  What inspired you to create your vegan, eco-friendly business?

Valani is really an extension of my vegan lifestyle… eco-friendly, plant based and full of compassion and respect for all things. I’ve been a vegan for 24 years, so it was really important to me that my brand reflects this lifestyle as well.  I started Valani to create awareness of plant based options and to show that sustainable fashion doesn’t need to be boxy and boring.  It can actually be fun and beautiful. 

2.  Your website says, “We’re reimagining sustainable fashion for the next generation.” What are some of Valani’s eco-friendly practices?

Sustainability is an ongoing journey and we’re always going to be looking for innovative options.  So far, this is what we’re doing…

The fabrics that we use are vegan, plant based and biodegradable.   

We’re currently using hemp, Tencel and banana fabrics.  Banana fabric is made from discarded banana tree stems. 

We use a combination of recycled, recyclable and compostable packing materials.  

Our patterns are strategically designed for low waste.  Fabric scraps are used for scrunchies, crafts or recycled.  

We also plant 1 tree for every garment sold and donate 10% of our profits to environmental and animal charities.    

Valani Vanna Hemp Dress


3.  If you had to choose one garment to represent the mission and overall aesthetic of Valani, which one would it be and why? 

Our Sokha dress in pink banana fabric is my favorite.  It’s definitely a statement piece and embraces feminine beauty.  The design is inspired by both nature and the female body – it’s light, flowy and curvy with a double layer ruffle neckline.

Valani Sokha Banana Dress


4.  What has been the biggest challenge and biggest reward you’ve experienced while creating your business?

The biggest challenge is balancing so many objectives.  There’s always so much to do!

Our brand is built on the concept of Lighter Living – lightening the impact on the planet and yourself. We have a FB group for women who are interested in sustainable living and also offer free monthly breathwork sessions within the community. Breathwork is a great way to practice self love and release the heavy emotions. When we take care of ourselves, we’re able to better take care of others.

It’s free to join – and no purchase is necessary. Sign up for our email list to get access to free breathwork sessions here.

The biggest reward so far is being able to connect with so many women and emphasizing the importance of compassion for all things and self love. I love guiding women through the wonders of breathwork. I believe in women lifting other women and breathwork is just one of the ways that I do it.

Valani Malina Tencel Top & Phalla Tencel Pants


5.  What’s next for sustainable fashion and Valani? 

We are working on some knit garments that are more ‘elevated basics with a feminine flair.’ These should be released for Spring 2021.

Thank you, Vanni, for creating stunning designs that are vegan and sustainable! Check out Valani’s website and give them a follow on Instagram for gorgeous photography, videos, product launches, and more!

Celebrate Earth Day with Nature Inspired Art and Accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

Happy Earth Day! Today is the PERFECT day to share the beautiful, nature-inspired and animal-friendly art and accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

If you’re anything like me, you truly love nature! From the ocean to the forests, to the mountains. I’ve lived in and have loved them all! My admiration of nature and animals are reflected in my personal style and home. These items from Rainbowgrove Dreams fit my aesthetics and ethics perfectly and you will LOVE them too!

I’ve wanted to work with this company for quite some time! Laura, the founder of Rainbowgrove Dreams, aims to educate and ultimately change the world, just like me!

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a beautifully curated collection of unique accessories, art, and home decor items that are vegan, cruelty-free, and showcases the exquisite world around us! This wonderful company gives back to exemplary organizations like Mercy For Animals and Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary.

I truly appreciate a company that offers special items and supports worthy causes. It shows that their heart is in the right place! Alright, let’s get into the review!

Company: Rainbowgrove Dreams

Products

Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art

Casual Messenger Bag (Blue)

Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green)

Reviews:

 

To kick off this review, I’m starting with the item that just so happens to be one of my favorite art pieces of all time! The Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art is a stunning print on canvas that I could stare at for hours! The vibrant magenta and purple hues of the flowering fields pop against the dreamy, cloudy sky! I love art that gives you the ability to add your own personal flair to it. This item comes with 5 individual canvases that you can arrange as you see in the picture or any way you like! This is definitely a conversation piece that brings the beauty of nature into your home!

Next up, is the Casual Messenger Bag (Blue) by Amelie Galanti. This bag is perfect for just about every outfit and is very high quality. The faux leather has a glossy finish and the texture of actual leather. It has dark chrome hardware and multiple pockets and compartments to fit all of your belongings! It comes with a shoulder strap and a long cross-body strap so it can be styled to meet your needs. This bag is built to last, made with animal-friendly materials, and is the perfect everyday accessory!

Last up, is the Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green) that may just be the cutest wallet on the planet! This tri-fold wallet features an adorable, vintage-inspired floral pattern and high quality faux leather-esque material. It is large enough to fit all of your cards, bills, coins, and even your cell phone. This could even double as a clutch to add some springtime flair to your outfit! The inside is a pretty pink faux leather material with a sateen floral material inside the pockets. If you love vintage style, vegan accessories, or are just looking for a new item for the warmer weather, this wallet is it!

The Bottom Line

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a fabulous shop that offers special items that are anything but ordinary! The materials used are vegan and made to mirror the beauty of nature and the world around us. These items are gorgeous and of excellent quality, but most of all, they do not use leather and they are used to support fantastic organizations that make the world a better place for everyone.

This Earth Day, head on over to Rainbowgrove Dreams and check out all of the fabulous items that they have to offer!

 

*Special thanks to my sister for modeling!*

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Corkor’s Gorgeous Cork Bags… Perfect for the Eco-Fashionista on Your Holiday Shopping List!

Company: Corkor

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Corkor’s Goals:

“Sustainability is one of the biggest issues of our times. It touches many aspects of our lives, right down to the materials we choose to buy. In these defining times where our choices can and will define the future of the planet, cork stands out as the number one eco–friendly raw material.

At Corkor, we feel we can truly make a difference by providing people with a premium, eco–friendly alternative to other highly polluting products. Cork is good for the environment in more than one way: recyclable, reusable and sustainable, cork is also a high–end alternative to leather. Beautiful, sustainable and vegan accessories are our contribution to a better, greener world.”

Why Cork?

“The extraction of cork also maintains the vitality of the “Montado” habitat and promotes multiple economic, environmental and social gains, allowing for thousands of people to go on living and working in otherwise deserted areas of Portugal.”

waterproof, buoyant, elastic, fire resistant and unique in its appearance, it is a naturally harvested material, mainly originating in the cork oak forests located in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain).”

Product: Cork Clutch Natural

Review:

Every girl needs a good clutch for nights out or days that you don’t want to carry around a huge bag. That’s why I am so excited to share Corkor’s Cork Clutch Natural with you! If this is your first time to my website (welcome!), you must know that my style is quite casual and based on comfortable, multi-purpose pieces with a rock and roll flair! Of course, my main interest is vegan, cruelty-free fashion!

IMG_1412.jpgOk, let’s start with the basics! The dimensions of this clutch are 7.5″ long x 4.7″ wide x 2″ inches deep, so it is roomy enough to fit all of your essentials like your phone, wallet, and other necessities. This bag is made of smooth, durable cork from Portugal (yes, the same stuff that tops your favorite wine bottle) that is water-resistant and super high quality.

The neutral color will match everything in your wardrobe which I truly appreciate because I seriously don’t have time to think about what bag matches my outfits on a daily basis!

I love that the natural cork gives it an earthy, eco-vibe while the super shiny, silver metal hardware gives it a classy and slightly edgy look (my fav!). This clutch easily transitions from a fun, daytime over the shoulder or crossbody bag to a sophisticated nighttime accessory, simply by removing the chain. I love multi-use products!

The Bottom Line

I adore this clutch! I love how it easily adds style to any outfit and is perfect for a casual trip to Whole Foods or for a night out! It truly is a special bag and you can count on people asking you about it when you wear it!

Using a sustainable material like cork is a genius idea! It just goes to show that leather and other animal products are not necessary to look fabulous! This clutch is sure to please anyone and everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Thank you, Corkor, for sending me this stunning clutch to review!