Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Essentials!


I love winter.
I love the rain, the candles, the hot cocoa, Christmas shopping & everything in between!
One thing I'm definitely obsessed with right now is plaid!



I found this adorable plaid craft paper at Michaels Stores, and this perfect plaid hair scrunchie from Goody Hair!

Some of my other favorite goodies are the Jolly Gloss by Kylie Cosmetics, and the winter eyeshadow kit from Chanel Makeup!

I've also included in the photo, a candle that smells like delicious ripes apples, and a gorgeously wrapped bar of soap that I've received as a gift :)

What are some of your winter favs?

Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Vegan Handbags

One of the biggest struggles I have been having lately is finding a vegan handbag.

Kate Spade used to be my go-to bag, but since they literally have ZERO vegan bags, I had to do some searching.

Now I know what you're thinking. Vegan bags can't be as luxurious or well quality as real cow leather.

But you're wrong! Not only can vegan bags be beautiful and durable, but you will also be contributing to a more sustainable fashion industry :)

One of my favorite brands is Urban Expressions!
They have so many styles and their prices are insanely affordable.

Check out my top 5 from their online store!












What do you think?!

Check out all their styles at www.urbanexpressions.net :)

What are your favorite vegan handbags? Let me know in the comments!





Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Vegan Thanksgiving

This is my first  Thanksgiving as a vegan! (It is also my boyfriend's first time too ;))

And, with that being said, I have done quite a bit of research to find the best and most delicious vegan alternatives on the market.

I had been a vegetarian for about 10 years, and that meant I could eat all the sides that had dairy and eggs, so I never really felt like I would be missing out. 

But now as a vegan, most everything is out of the picture! 
---None of my mother's infamous mac n'cheese, no green bean casserole, and definitely not any homemade apple pies.---

So what is a girl to do?

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of vegan options that I found in my local supermarket.
Sprouts Farmers Market had a whole section for just vegan Thanksgiving items!

To help you guys out, here are the best of the best! 
*I found many of these items at Safeway, Whole Foods, and Sprouts Farmers Markets*

Roasts



Field Roast Celebration Roast
This is one of my favorites simply because of the minimal prep. You just heat and serve!
Its big enough to satisfy at least 4 people, and can even be sliced thin as deli meat.
There are a couple different flavors of these roasts, but this one was the one I was able to find at all my local grocery stores.



Gardein Holiday Roast
This roast, although it has a lengthy prep, it is totally worth it.
Its has a crispy breaded outside, with a warm and chewy inside.
Plus, this one came with gravy!

Sides & Desserts

 Now, these aren't necessarily things you can buy, but instead they are some of my favorite recipes that you can make from home :)

Lentil Shepard's Pie
I made this last weekend for an early Thanksgiving and it was to die for!!

Vegan Stuffing Cakes
I might make these tomorrow! They looks so good!

Vegan Apple Pie
I have been dying for a deliciously warm apple pie ever since I became vegan and this one looks like a winner to me.

Vegan + Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
What's better than this no-guilt pumpkin pie? Literally nothing.



I hope you guys check out these recipes and have a deliciously filling Thanksgiving.

I am so thankful for the knowledge I have gained over the years regarding animal cruelty and the ways in which the American food industry has corrupted our minds and bodies with filth.

This Thanksgiving I challenge everyone to give thanks by sparing the lives of others. I am sure you are thankful for your own life, so now let's give back.

Don't buy a turkey or ham. Instead, buy a vegan one!
 Not only will it save you so much time and stress, but the beloved tradition can still live on.

Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and friends, and I can't think of a better way than by sharing the good health that we are so capable of having.

God Bless & Happy Thanksgiving :)




Friday, September 9, 2016

More Summer Smoothie Bowls :)




This summer, I am all about smoothie bowls. 
You can literally toss every fruit you want (frozen of course) into the blender with a cup of non-dairy milk and voila! 
A beautiful smoothie bowl :)
But, in case you need a little guidance, this is what I put in mine!
- 2 frozen bananas 
 - 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches 
- 1 cup grapes 
- 1 cup almond milk 
Topped with hemp seeds, chia seeds, shredded coconut, and fresh berries!


Enjoy!
Let me know if you try it :) 

xo Danielle
 :)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

SoulCycle



This morning, my friend and I woke up for the 8:30am spin class at the new SoulCycle studio in Walnut Creek!

I have always wanted to try SoulCycle, and had a few free passes given to me during the promotion for their grand opening, so I figured I might as well go soon!

So, my friend and I walk in and immediately we were in awe of how sleek, clean, and bright everything was! It was like walking into the studio of your dreams! 
We filled out all of our paperwork, tried on some clip-in shoes (they cost $3 to rent), and headed to the lockers to get ready before class.

The studio was so welcoming and had everything from hairbands to deodorant to back you up in case you forgot anything!

Now, about the class.

At first, I was extremely intimidated. There are so many bikes and it seemed like everyone was a regular, so I felt a little anxious, but just wanted to see what all the hype was about!

The second the class starts, you're nonstop moving.
 I felt like I was going to die the first 10 mins, but then, everything just felt right. 
The music was on point, and so loud I couldn't even hear my own panting (although sometimes it made me want to sing along and I quickly realized how hard it is to spin and sing).
Since you're clipped into the bike, once you start going, it's hard to stop! So, there was never a moment when I was still, and I was okay with that.

I loved how fast-paced the workout was, and how it incorporated hand weights and movements to get a full body sweat.
I was seriously even sweating on my abs ---- it was that intense. 

Needless to say, all the times I almost lost my breath, I kept at it and I am glad I did.
I felt so refreshed and full of energy leaving the studio!

SoulCycle is my new detox :)

Have you guys tried SoulCycle? What do you think?

xo Danielle

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Positive Affirmations | Read with me :)




More often than not, I find myself reaching for my phone first thing in the morning. For one, it's usually by my bed, and two, I feel the need to check all my emails and messages to catch up on all the things I had missed while I was sleeping.

But what was I really missing?

I was missing the reason why I was waking up every day. I was so caught up in routine and making things perfect, that I forgot to just live a little. It was during this realization that I remembered something I'd read a few years ago, about how picking up a book when you wake up, instead of an electronic, will positively affect both your mood and health. So, I tried it.

I picked up the book Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr. 
It's full of positive thoughts and empowering words for all stages of life. 
I bought this book a few years ago, and since then, I believe Kerr has released another book in this collection that I am sure is worth reading as well :) 


Another book that I think is great to read when you need a little dose of wisdom is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I like the description written on the top of the book "A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom," because I feel like that perfectly describes this book.
When reading this, I feel like I am getting the answers I need to get through life, 
in the most peaceful and beautiful way. 


Bloom, is a book I received from a friend who knew I needed some positive affirmations to get me through all the stresses of school and life. 
The preface begins with, "Don't just go through life, grow through life," and there is a quote on every page that symbolizes growth and blossoming into your best self. 


I hope you guys try picking up a book instead of your phone one of these mornings! 
I swear, it not only helps your eyes adjust to the morning light, but it awakens your mind so that you can have a productive and enlightened day :)

What are some of your favorite books?
Let me know in the comments below!

xo Danielle


Friday, August 12, 2016

My Top 10 Favorite Cruelty-Free Makeup Companies

When I decided to commit to being fully vegan, I went through all of my makeup products to see how many of them were actually cruelty-free.

Surprisingly enough, I found that some of my favorite brands are not only cruelty-free, but vegan as well, making me feel a lot better about the makeup I am using!

For those of you wondering, the reason why buying cruelty-free products is so important is because innocent animals such as bunnies, cats, and even dogs are forced to sit in cages and have products tested on their skin; eventually leading to infections and more often than not, death.
 *Any company that sells its product in China is automatically not cruelty-free as it is required by law in China to test on animals. 


On that note, I am going to share with you my top 10 favorite cruelty-free makeup companies :)
Products are in order from most affordable to most splurge-worthy.
  1. e.l.f. Cosmetics
  2. NYX Cosmetics
  3. EcoTools (The BEST vegan makeup brushes!)
  4. Physician's Formula
  5. Bare Minerals (Note: although they are considered cruelty-free, some of their brushes contain goat hair, so always opt for the synthetic brushes!)
  6. Kylie Cosmetics (all products are vegan & cruelty free except for the Kylie Lip Kit in shade Candy K).
  7. IT Cosmetics
  8. Josie Maran Cosmetics
  9. Urban Decay
  10. Lush Cosmetics

Do you guys own any products from these companies? 
What are some of your favorite cruelty-free brands?

Let me know in the comments! :)

xo Danielle