Eco-Friendly Night Out look + Interview with Viva Creatures!

Happy #fashionfriday! We are currently working with eco-friendly designers to showcase how beautiful these fashions have become! Our featured item is the Victor Bag by www.vivacreatures.com retailing for $305 and large enough to bring everything you need while still looking chic!  Complete the outfit with pics by #vivacreatures #cridecoeur #eileenfisher #amourvert and #piperlime - all materials are either organic, cruelty-free, or eco-friendly! It’s easy to Be kind!
Still chilly outside but looking to spring! #vegan #cruelty-free
Check out our interview with Nora, creator of Viva Creatures!  (The Victor Bag is featured above!  To look at more of the collection go to www.vivacreatures.com)
  • How did you get started in the vegan fashion world?

-       I have always loved fashion and creating things, two passions that were not satisfied in my first profession as an attorney. I wanted my career to reflect these interests, so I set out to design something beautiful, lasting, and impactful. I had what you could call my “aha!” moment one day when I was coveting a gorgeous bag made of calf skin and realized that what it took to make that bag was anything but gorgeous. I began to question the status quo. Why is leather considered luxurious anyway?  Shouldn’t every element of a piece be beautiful for the end result to be beautiful? I concluded: A beautiful bag is a beautiful bag, but the notion that its material is immaterial is outdated. Viva Creatures! was born.

  • Why and when did you become vegan?
    • I have always flirted with vegetarianism, but I became a firm vegetarian after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals. The book opened the doors not only to the untold suffering farm animals experience, but also told of how beautiful, clever, and loving these animals can be. This was always on my mind as I began designing handbags. Why couldn’t accessories be gorgeous and save animals? Viva Creatures! proves that they can.
  • How would you describe your line of handbags?

-       Our aesthetic is clean, modern, and structured.

  • What is your go-to vegan handbag?

-       Oh, I love them all! I carry my Severine tote (which debuts in the spring!) when I travel.  However, my Valkyrie crossbody is definitely my go-to.  I love the round design – it goes with everything from morning errands to date night – and the double-bag is the perfect size for all my essentials.

  • What is the biggest obstacle you face?
    • Great question. Some women want ethical luxury. Others just want luxury. We meet the needs of both, but we may not fulfill the “fast fashion” trend.  We are the opposite of fast fashion.  We aim to provide accessories that serve our customers long-term by designing clean, classic pieces. Our materials are gorgeous and more durable than leather. The USA-made craftsmanship is impeccable.  We hope that our pieces will become our customer’s favorites and part of her story, not a bag she’ll toss out the following season.
  • What can we expect next?
    • Our new spring pieces! Keep an eye out for additional styles available in the early spring. The colors are stunning– very fresh and natural. The look remains consistent with the clean lines and structured feel of the opening “V” collection, but the new pieces can take you from a breakfast meeting to happy hour with girlfriends, effortlessly.

Holiday Gift Guide!

You vote with your dollar!  Give “green” gifts whenever possible this season.  Click on the link below to see lots of our favorites!

http://www.pinterest.com/stepsinstiletto/fall-2014-ethical-fashion/

Here’s a preview!

Pleated Vegan Leather Skirt #anthropologie
Vegan Leather Midi Skirt $178
Hipsters for Sisters- Leopard Flat Convertible Bag w/ Gold C
Vegan bag from Hipsters for Sisters $145

 

Telau Gold Braid Wrap Bracelet/Necklace || Fair Trade Gold Bracelet/Necklace Made With Recycled Beads
$88
Arden Wohl x CDC Percy Double Zip Flat Boot - Black – Cri de Coeur
Vegan Designer Shoes $320
Love Love Love
Arbonne Lipstick
$25

Check out more!!!  http://www.pinterest.com/stepsinstiletto/fall-2014-ethical-fashion/

Fall Fashion 2014!

http://www.pinterest.com/stepsinstiletto/fall-2014-ethical-fashion/

Check out all of our Fall Fashion eco and animal friendly picks by clicking the link above.  Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Here are a few high-style, animal-friendly favorites!

JET by John Eshaya Faux Fur Hoodie | Piperlime

JET by John Eshaya Faux Fur Hoodie | Piperlime

C Label Sandra 11 Dark Brown High Heel Boots at LuLus.com! vegan leather

C Label Sandra 11 Dark Brown High Heel Boots at LuLus.com! vegan leather

 

substantial vegan leather. The ribbon on each Angela & Roi bag represents a different cause. Angela & Roi donates $5 of each purchase to the cause represented by each ribbon. The Green Square Tote sale will enable a donation of $5 to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The ADAA is the leader in education, training, and research for anxiety, depression, and other stress related disorders.

Substantial vegan leather by Angela & Roi

 

Check out the rest by clicking the link at the top of this page!

 

Which Mascaras to Avoid!

http://foodbabe.com/2013/07/27/how-to-find-the-best-natural-mascara-that-actually-works/

How To Find The Best Natural Mascara That Actually Works

By Food Babe http://foodbabe.com/2013/07/27/how-to-find-the-best-natural-mascara-that-actually-works/

YOUR EYEBALLS.

They are so important. We must protect them. Letting makeup filled with coal tar and petroleum that’s contaminated with carcinogens, parabens that promote aging and sagging skin, and acne causing ingredients found in airplane deicing liquid drip into your eyeballs is not the answer!

I have to be honest though, I LOVE the way my eyes look when I have makeup on, but I hate the act of putting on makeup, so I do it, grudgingly… And once I found out all the crazy toxic ingredients the makeup industry uses in many conventional products my entire perspective changed. I go days without a lot of makeup on my face unless I’m on camera or have an event. Don’t get me wrong, being on camera has its perks and its disadvantages. It allows me to spread the message of organic, real and non-GMO food living to so many more people, but it also requires heavier makeup at times – those camera lights can be harsh let me tell ya!

When I’m behind the scenes blogging or living my day to day life I wear the least amount of makeup possible – maybe a little blush and lipstain and that’s it. But when I go on camera – it’s eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara. Mascara was the first makeup product I changed out of my makeup bag, but it took me a long time to figure it out which brands actually work.

Avoid these:

 

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First, let’s talk about the ingredients in mascara you want to avoid:

  • PARABENS - Used as a preservative and is an endocrine disrupter that messes with your hormones. (Top Offenders: L’Oreal, Cover Girl, Avon, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Revlon, Chanel, Lancome)

  • PARFUM (a.k.a. fragrance) - Why do you need parfum on your eyes – that’s crazy. Oh it’s to cover up the smell of coal tar! This is even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies, asthma and acne, linked to cancer and neurotoxicity, and are harmful to fish and other wildlife.  (Top Offenders: Neutrogena, Lavera, Milani)

  • ALUMINUM POWDER - Considered a neurotoxin and linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other cancers. (Top Offenders: Cover Girl, Estee Lauder)

  • BHA and BHT: Used as a preservatives and is an endocrine disruptor and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. (Top Offenders: Maybelline, Rimmel)

  • PROPYLENE GLYCOL:  Linked to acne, eczema, and other skin allergies. (Top Offenders: L’Oreal, Mineral Fusion, Rimmel, Avon, Maybelline)

  • COAL TAR DYES: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number. The U.S. colour name may also be listed (e.g. “FD&C Blue No. 1″ or “Blue 1″). Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. (Top Offender: Maybelline)

  • FORMALDEHYDE RELEASING PRESERVATIVES -  Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. (Top Offender: Almay)

  • RETINYL ACETATE (VITAMIN A ACETATE) - Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) (Top Offenders: Elizabeth Arden, Almay, Revlon)

    *Ingredient research provided by The Environmental Working Group and David Suzuki Foundation*

I am a firm believer that if I eat the way I do, I can avoid the impact of most of the chemicals in my surroundings, but I also want to vote with my dollars and I refuse to buy products from companies that continue to pollute the environment and our bodies with loads of toxic substances. I also don’t like the idea that something I put on my eyes can potentially cause cancer over time, cause acne, aging or disrupt my hormonal balance. That’s why I went on a search to find a clean mascara – here are the ones that make the cut that I’ve personally tried… I know there may be some other ones available, but these actually work based on my experience:

 

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Food Babe Approved Mascaras

  • Tarte “Lights Camera Lashes” Natural Mascara (Available for $14.99 at Amazon) - This is my absolute favorite mascara, it doesn’t clump or flake over time and it’s easy to wash off with any kind of facial cleanser – especially coconut oil. They also make a waterproof version called “Lights Camera Splashes” (Available for $19.00 at Amazon).

  • Josie Maran (Available for $22.00 at Sephora) - This one feels very luxurious with big volume, especially if you add another coat. 

  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear (Available for $11.60 on Amazon) - I like this one because it is available at most drug stores. One time I forgot my makeup bag while I was traveling and found this one at Walgreens – it totally did the trick considering all the other toxic alternatives that were available.

     
AND don’t forget to add Arbonne’s latest, “It’s a Long Story Mascara” to this list as they also avoid the dangerous chemicals listed above!