Shop Like You Give a Damn: Cruelty-Free Christmas for the Kiddos

Where oh where has this year gone? Santa Claus is making is final rounds already and perhaps you haven’t even started your shopping yet? Guilty as charged! Be sure to check out our three previous Shop Like You Give A Damn Gift Guides for some smashing gift ideas for the Vegan foodie, trendsetter, or mister in your life.

For our final installment of the Vegan Holiday Gift Guide Series, we’re offering up some thoughtful gifts for the little ones in your home… and yes, this also means the fur babies get some love too!

Just when you think that actress Jessica Alba couldn’t be more perfect… she topped herself and co-created eco-friendly (and affordable) The Honest Company.

Gift new parents with the New Baby Arrival Kit that includes natural and non-toxic baby basics like Shampoo, Bodywash, Healing Balm, Hand Sanitizer, Wipes, and Diapers too!

Honest Diapers

 

The Honest Company New Baby Arrival Kit ($45.95)

 

Cute and compassionate, the Mini-Moos will make any kiddo or grownup smile. The perfect baby shower or gift for a mini-me! Olsen Haus produces quality, stylish, cruelty-free vegan shoes and vegan accessories with standards of fair trade and ethical business practices.

Mini Moos baby shoes

 

Olsen Haus Mini Moos ($40)

 

 

Hipster kiddos won't feel ironic about not knowing who Blondie is. This toddler tee from Junk Food is an affordable $17 to boot. #SuriInBrooklyn

Blondie kids tee

 

Junk Food Toddler Blondie Tee ($17)

 

 

Every Suri needs some Rubber Duck SnowJoggers... do I even need to tell you that they leave small duck prints in the snow?

Rubber duck snow joggers

 

Rubber Duck Snow Joggers ($65)

 

Your babe will be bad to the bone in this pretty pedal pusher. Check out those chrome fenders! #roadster

Schwinn Roadster Tricycle

 

Schwinn Pink Roadster Tricyle ($79)

 

Teach 'em right when they are young! A $20 Nooworks tee is a heckuva lot cheaper than a Harvard education, folks.

Nooworks Eat right tee Nooworks Eat Right Tee ($20)

As a single mum to my two furry children, I proudly showcase their little mugs on my mantle thanks to Old Made Good. The resemblance is uncanny and always ensures a smile. This is a thoughtful gift for the animal lover in your life. (or for yourself!)

OldMadeGood portraits

 

Old Made Good Pet in a Suit Portrait ($85)

 

Sometimes your pup may crave a doughnut... a gourmet one, at that. Here's your chance to win over your little furry friend. ($12.95) And, nobody will judge you if you take a bite too. (just a little)

Gourmet Dog Dougnuts

 

Baxter Bailey & Company Gourmet Doughnuts ($12.95)

 

 

Have your pup support his furry friends with this adorable tee.10% of the proceeds go to the Tiny Tim Fund.

Tiny Tim Signature Dog Tee

 

Tiny Tim Signature Dog Tee ($15)

 

Have a Happy Holiday Stella Shoppers!

I can’t wait to spend another compassionate and cruelty-free year with you in 2013.

XOXO Marcia

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Photo Credit: Cameron Powell

Shop Like You Give a Damn: A Smidge of Merriment for Your Mister

The countdown is on and here at Shop Like You Give A Damn HQ, we’re happy to share tips on some gifty goodness for those fellas in your life! Peep out this third installment of our cruelty-free Christmas Guide and if you happened to miss the Foodie and Trendsetter edition, it’s not too late to get these items wrapped and delivered. I swoon for this Limited Edition Farm Sanctuary Ambassador tee ($40) by NYC based fashion designer and activist John Bartlett. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the fund!

Your special sir will look extra snazzy in this hand-stitched Otis James bowtie ($90). The blue houndstooth fabric is made from cotton with each label individually numbered.

If he digs Band Of Horses and My Morning Jacket, buy him “Quiet Light” (yes, the entire album) because Roadkill Ghost Choir is that GOOD ($5). Standout tracks include: Devout Beggars Guild Bird In My Window

The mahogany shade in Brave Gentleman’s 100% vegan and fair trade boot is absolutely perfect ($300). Who needs leather, right?

Perhaps he got a little carried away with Movember spirit? This little kit ($10.95) would be a dandy little gift for the bearded boy in your life.

A man wearing Imogene & Willie’s smart and trimly cut flannel ($218)? Please. And. Thank. You. #callme

F*ck Chuck. Meet Bensimon. Men love their Chuck Taylors but perhaps he's down to try a European twist on classic kicks? ($40)

Vaute Couture’s Joaquin (named after animal activist Joaquin Phoenix) vegan coat boasts a European slim fit that is completely weatherproofed ($420). He will never miss wool!

John Cusack. Say Anything. ($169) #boom

This cap from designer John Varvatos is available in three warm shades, but the Ivy tickled my fancy. Faux leather trim on the visor adds a refined touch. ($60)

Buy a pair of Warby Parker's ($95) for your gent and the company will in turn give a pair to a person in need. Totally perfect reasoning for you to purchase the bold and geometric Robinson, rightio?

Next week, we hook you up with gifts for the little ones!

See you next Sustainable Sunday shoppers.

XOXO Marcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Cameron Powell

Shop Like You Give a Damn - Vegan Trendsetters Holiday Wish List

Last week, we broads here at Stella Shops hooked you up with the tastiest treats for the foodies on your holiday shopping list. Vegan or not, our finds will result in a thank you card and not a request for a gift receipt. Yup, we’re that good. This go around, we’re giving you some tips on what to scoop up for the style maven in your tribe. Nashville has had the honor of hosting two of the most respected and revered Fashion industry leaders in just one week's time! First Mr. Sartorialist himself, Scott Schuman made stylish memories with his recent jaunt to Nashville to host an event at beloved retailer Parnassus Books to support his newest book, Closer. Schuman’s gorgeous street style images boast a diverse assortment of style and beauty from around the world. Our friend and fellow Nashville blogger Elise Yetton of Pennyweight was recently featured! Can we say Holy Grail?

Elise Yetton of Pennyweight

On Sunday, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts along with model and singer-songwriter, Karen Elson hosted the gracious and GREAT Grace Coddington for a casual conversation and book signing. “If Wintour is the Pope...Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year.”Time. Any lover of fashion or the arts, will appreciate a copy of this interesting retrospective.

 

Show your affection with a bold and brazen smooch with the Valentine Big Kiss bracelet from Vivienne Westwood! I. Want. This. Madly.

Vivienne Westwood Valentine Big Kiss Bracelet ($185)

Add some sparkle to a lucky giftee with these slouchy yet stunning Sequin Drawstring Pants by Madewell. Let’s hope that you’re both the same size so you can borrow!

Madewell Sequin Drawstring Pants ($175)

Does she love animals as much as she does her accessories? You’re guaranteed a smile when you gift the No Animals Harmed Tote by vegan owned Vaute Couture. This tote is perfect for everyday use and will help spread awareness at the same time.

Vaute Couture Tote ($36)

Comfy doesn’t have to mean boring and Mink Pink’s Don’t Cheat On Me baseball style tee will infuse some sass into her wardrobe. This versatile piece can be dressed up or down with ease!

Mink Pink Tee ($79)

Since we’re on the topic of purr-fect gifts (forgive me, I just had to), famed hatmaker Eugenia Kim adds a dose of personality with The Caterina. Pick one up for yourself too and form a catpack!

Eugenia Kim The Caterina ($240)

Every lady needs her dainties, right? A lovely seven-day Bikini Kit by Stella McCartney is packaged beautifully with little drawers denoted for each day of the week. No need for gift wrap for these beautiful embroidered panties.

Stella McCartney Knickers ($228)

Remember those Miu Miu booties on the runway that had her salivating for months on end? She’ll squeal with excitement over the affordable Gilt To Thrill Bootie from ModCloth. This kicky little number exudes all the best features without the leather or high pricetags!

ModCloth Gilt to Thrill Bootie ($69)

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Please share this post so we can spread the word on a stylish yet cruelty-free Christmas!

See you next Sustainable Sunday shoppers.

XOXO Marcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Cameron Powell

 

 

Shop Like You Give a Damn: Vegan Foodie Holiday Wish List

Have you awoken yet from your Thanksgiving food coma? All I will admit to is a heaping portion of vegan broccoli casserole…well maybe some fried squash. Okay there was that adorable and tasty whipped sweet potato in orange rinds concoction, oh and greens beans…rosemary potatoes, pasta, chocolate tart, and all of that damn wine. Why am I writing this and not running a marathon right now?

Sigh.

Okay, I’m back.

The jingle jangling of holiday tunes reminds me that this is the perfect time of year to share vegan epicurean delights with your loved ones. Here are some of my suggestions for the foodie on your list!

Perhaps Mommy Dearest is still scratching her head over “What is there left for you to eat without the essentials of cheese, butter, and eggs?” She’ll happily accept a ride on the clue train when she unwraps Betty Goes Vegan ($15). From the adorable vintage inspired cover to the over 500 classic recipes, this one will result in a killer raw vegan pumpkin pie during Christmas break!

Does your stylist know how to throw down in the kitch? Hook her up with Top Chef (and one of my favorite Nashvillians) Arnold Myint’s Hickory Smoked Salt & Apricot Grain Mustard Flavor Pack ($23). I literally put the salt on nearly everything and even stick some in my purse.

If your Bestie is on a health kick or has been eluding to jump starting a detox program, snatch up 1-3 days of The Cleanse Kit ($36) from Juice. You’ll put some pep back in her step with this delicious yet thoughtful gift. Should I be hinting now that I’d love one of these? See paragraph one regarding Broccoli Casserole-gate on why I NEED some Juice in my life.

The renowned Babycakes in NYC is my all-time favorite bakery in the world. This sensational sweet spot specializes in vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free sweet treats. Your loved one can now bake the classics ranging from donuts to Snickerdoodles with this book!

If noshing is more their forte, bypass the book and do the doting instead with some special delivery Brownies, Skinny Buns, or Macaroons. Babycakes will happily FedEx a stash!

Every broad has a chocoholic in her clique so why not treat her to a decadent vegan truffle collection from Vosges Haut-Chocolate ($25)? The 12 pieces of dark chocolate ganache are blended with agave nectar and coconut milk and will rock your tastebuds. This is one of the very rare occasions where I would advise you not to share. Enjoy each and every last morsel your damn self!

Does your hostess with the mostess preach that cheese is a treat but has only experienced the slimy faux versions thus far? Gifting Dr. Cow’s Tree Nut Cheese Box ($85) is a game changer. Five aged gluten, dairy, and soy-free nutty cheeses and one cream cheese will proudly be paired with fruit, crackers, and wine of course!

Don’t feel guilty if you order one of everything for yourself. It’s a cruelty-free Christmas y’all!

See you next Sustainable Sunday guys and dolls.

XOXO

Marcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Cameron Powell

 

 

Shop Like You Give a Damn - All Grown Up

As the weather cools and I shed my Summer skin, I feel the overwhelming urge to smother on hydration to protect my face and body from the elements.  Dry or chapped skin is never a good look lasses! I am smitten as a mitten over my recent discovery: Grown

Based in Australia, Grown is branded as a “Botanical Beauty” & “Organic Alchemist” product line. In addition to their incredible collection of skin, body, and hair care, I happen to appreciate their philosophy on their relationship with nature.

“Beyond our insightful knowledge of human biology is our profound belief in the power of natural alchemy. Unveiling the sophistication of nature’s infinite remedies of our passion. Proudly Australian made and owned, our ingredients are derived directly from nature… Grown, not manufactured. We source and use local ingredients in all our products. All our products carry a NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS logo as we do not test any of our products on animals.”

Beautifully written, eh?

Here are some of my personally picked products from this very thoughtful brand: Grown

I look forward to my morning shower ritual each day now due to the reviving benefits of this Chamomile, Bergamot, & Rosewood Body Cleanser ($28.95). This carefully curated concoction protects my skin from oxidative damage and premature aging while promoting new cell growth too. Yes, please!

 

Hands down my favorite body cream of all time! The Mandarin & Rosemary Leaf scent attracted me but when I read through the “Bio Active Ingredients” of this deep hydrating body cream ($67) … I was hooked! Check out the nourishment and restoration benefits here.

Is your skin aching for a new facial regime? Order the Grown Facial Kit for $59.95. This little darling handmade hat box will be on it’s way brimming with generous travel-size portions of the following:

Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Rose-Bud - Facial Cleanser

Rose Absolute, Ginseng & Chamomile - Facial Toner

Camellia & Geranium Blossom – Facial Moisturizer

Radiance Restoring Borago, Rosehip & Buckthorn Berry – Facial Serum

Comment below if you’ve used Grown’s hair care line or used any of their other products OR let me know what cruelty-free body care products are part of your prep process!

See you next Sustainable Sunday!

XOXO Marcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Cameron Powell

 

 

 

Shop Like You Give a Damn: Pretty with a Purpose - Vivi Peatman

A few years back, I was a Grassroots Campaigner for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and day in and day out, I would travel across this country and meet animal activists who participated in our demonstrations and campaigns.

That’s me in the center and Vivi is the lady on the far right!

Although, I am no longer employed by PETA, I still keep in touch with some of the amazing people who I was lucky enough to meet in my journey. Vivi Peatman is one of them. We met during a demonstration down on Broadway that promoted a Vegan lifestyle and I was taken back by her sweet disposition yet powerful conviction. We casually kept in touch and I was elated to hear she launched a vegan bakery last year. Who says it’s no fun being a Vegan? Not, this broad.

Her incredibly delicious baked treats have converted many of my friends and guests into a different mindset of vegan dining. Are you ready to meet Vivi Peatman? Your tastebuds and soul will thank you.

 You may make special request orders at veganvee.com!

 SLYGAD: Share your story on what motivated you to create a new line of cruelty-free products and to expand your business?

 Vivi: Growing up in Germany as the youngest of seven children, I was very fortunate to have had parents who loved animals. We were surrounded by dogs, cats, birds, horses and many others. Animals were my life, from volunteering at the local animal shelter after school, to caring for injured animals, to spending as much time as possible at the horse stables, to dreaming about becoming a veterinarian - everything that was really important to me revolved around animals.

I first made the connection between the food on my plate and the live animal on my 10th birthday while eating a chicken leg. I bit through a vein and realized that I was eating someone else's body. It did not turn me into an instant Vegetarian, but it did send me well on my way. By the time I was 16 I had stopped eating all meat except for the occasional fish and started collecting signatures for PETA in Germany.

German Bee Sting Cakes

Being a Vegetarian in Germany was fairly easy, as there were several health food stores around my city, but I could not really afford specialty products and had to start learning to cook vegetarian items for myself.

I moved to Nashville at the age of 20 and over the next several years I married, had 3 children (raised Vegetarian), went to Culinary school and worked as a personal chef.

Going Vegan 12 years ago, was not a very hard switch for me, as I never liked eggs or the taste of milk, but baking without them at that time was a challenge and took some getting used to. As I got better at it, I started baking for family and friends and donated to fundraisers/ bake sales etc.

People started asking about placing orders, so we permitted the kitchen in our office building into a commercial kitchen. While the kitchen was taking shape, I was fortunate to be able to bake out of The Wild Cow restaurant kitchen a couple nights a week and get feedback on my products through them. It took some time to get the kitchen approved and ready (including redoing plumbing, electrical, adding a wheelchair approved bathroom, ramps, etc.), but Vegan Vee officially opened in November 2011 as a special-order bakery! My husband and I are currently expanding the kitchen and are adding separate prep areas for our Gluten-Free and Raw products.

Vegan & Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies 

 SLYGAD: What business owners or other people/brands in your industry motivate and inspire you?

Vivi: I would really like to bake/train with a woman called Kim Veganwondercake, who has a great looking cafe in Dortmund, Germany called Cakes 'n Treats. Her cakes look amazing! I would also like to meet Colleen Patrick-Gourdreau, because her book The Joy Of Vegan Baking was the first vegan baking book I bought and is still one of my favorites!

SLYGAD:  What current food trends bring you glee? Make you shudder?

 Vivi: Raw and Gluten-Free desserts! I really love the challenge of translating and veganizing traditional recipes and adapting those recipes to a Gluten-Free diet. I also really love raw chocolate and because it's getting more popular, the ingredients are now easier to find and (slightly) less expensive.

Raw chocolate bars

I was truly blissfully thinking that the world is starting to change and is moving more towards a Vegetarian/Vegan lifestyle with all these new amazing products popping up, like Gardein, Daiya etc, until we got cable for the first time two weeks ago and I started watching the Food Network! The amount of baby lamb being eaten on these shows makes me ill. Enslaving, abusing and then eating animals is horrible enough, but to take an innocent little baby away from its mom and slaughtering it so you can eat its little legs? Why and how people can do that is just beyond horrible.

Vegan & Gluten-free almond cupcakes are some of the many flavor options available here.

SLYGAD:  What are some of the dining establishments and foods that are worth each and every calorie?

Vivi: Beans and Greens Buffalo style at the Wild Cow!!!! Also, vegetables and fried Tofu with peanut sauce at Siam Cuisine (hold the fish sauce)!

 Vegan and Gluten-free cupcake assortment!

SLYGAD: What do you believe is the biggest misconception about being a vegan?

Vivi: The most obvious one would be that Vegans don't get enough Protein, or are all weak and skinny. Many people also think once they go Vegan they will miss out on old favorites, instead of getting excited about all the new amazing foods they will discover! Some people think if the meat they eat is expensive or has been given a fancy name it will be amazing, but it will always just be the flesh of another tortured, murdered creature. Nothing elegant about it! Vegan food is so much more elegant-with no bloody aftertaste!

SLYGAD: Share with us your favorite VeganVee recipe!

Vivi:  Pains au Chocolat

1lb 2oz all purpose flour 2oz soft vegan margarine (earth balance only works for savory pastry-too salty) 9fl.oz cold water 9oz cold vegan margarine 2Tbls cider vinegar 7oz dark chocolate (about 2 bars) 3 Tbls vegan sugar melted margarine and extra sugar for brushing

- Sift the flour into a lg mixing bowl - Add soft marg. and mix it into the flour until crumbly - Pour in the vinegar, slowly add water while kneading (hands) - Knead until smooth and firm, wrap in plastic and refrigerate about 30min - Turn dough onto floured surface and knead again - Roll dough into a rectangle twice the size of the margarine and place marg. on half of the dough, fold other side evenly over marg. Press lightly - Roll out thinly. Fold both ends to meet in the center, then fold in two, forming four layers. Refrigerate if needed for a few minutes. - Repeat last step 7 times (dust with flour when needed) - From the rectangle cut 10 strips of dough - Place 2 squares of choc. along each small strip of dough - Roll in both ends of each strip until they meet in the center, turn over so flat side is on top - Transfer to baking sheet (parchment paper) and brush with melted marg. and sprinkle with sugar - Let sit in warm place for about 15min while preheating the oven to 400* - Bake for about 20min

Ta-da!

So, who’s going to make a batch of vegan goodies today? Feel free to drop off a care package to your favorite blogger… just sayin’!

Do comment below any of your favorite vegan baked goods recipes.

See you next Sustainable Sunday!

XOXO

Marcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Cameron Powell