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?


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.











Photo Credit: Cameron Powell



Shop Like You Give a Damn: British Invasion

I have never fought with my friends over men but alas… it was bound to happen, I suppose.

Yes, Stella Shops Editor Carla and I nearly came to blows when we were claiming turf over Noel Gallagher (uni-brow with checkered past and all) when he and his band the High Flying Birds graced us with their presence at the Mother Church - The Ryman a couple weeks ago.

Let’s be honest though, she may be taller but I’d use weapons… ahem.

To prevent any violence amongst gentleladies, I’ll just scoop up my cruelty-free covet item of the week instead:


You too can score this fabulous accent (unlike Madonna’s contrived version) from my Luvocracy marketplace for $148. This vegan leather British Union Jack Moto Jacket will charm the pants off everyone… perhaps even Noel? Yea, I said it.

See you next Sustainable Sunday!

XOXO Marcia










Photo Credit: Cameron Powell

Editors Note: This score may never be settled. #Oasis4Life



Shop Like You Give a Damn: Marcia's Luvocracy Marketplace

Stella Shops Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Carla, and I are professional shoppers. No kidding. It’s great for our wardrobe, but can be quite painful for our bank balances. Ah, vices can be so fun, right?

As this site continues to grow (thanks to all of you readers), we realize that adding interactive and easy to maneuver shopping components were the next natural step. (Notice the Shop tab in the menu above?) Love that crazy gorgeous vegan leather Karl Lagerfeld dress I posted a couple of weeks ago? (I mean, how could you not?)

Check out my Shop Like You Give A Damn vegan marketplaces on fabulous new Click here for a member invitation.

In my opinion, Luvocracy is a fun and interesting way to buy recommended pins, posts, tweets and shares. Members find the best things to buy, meet people through the products they recommend, and give and receive gifts with every purchase. Pin with a purpose people!

I currently have 21 curated collections for you to peruse on Luvocracy. Here are some that may tickle your fancy:

Shop Like You Give A Damn: Vegan Kicks

Music Makes My World Go Round:

Don’t Be So Humble About Your Abode:

It’s A Techie Thang, You Wouldn’t Understand:

No Gift Receipts Needed:


I have posted all of my hand-picked Shop Like You Give A Damn items on my Luvocracy marketplace so that you can purchase with ease.

Check frequently as I will add items daily! Be sure to “trust” my collections by checking the appropriate boxes so you receive updates. Comment below with your personal Luvocracy link and I will follow you too.

See you next Sustainable Sunday!

XOXO Marcia










Photo Credit: Cameron Powell