Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vegan Leather Trim Sweater

A vegan leather trim sweater? I know what you're thinking. Isn't it almost summer? Well yes. 

Buuuuuuut... As per the trend of this entire year so far, the weather the past week has been pretty bonkers. I drove down to Norfolk, VA to play a show last Thursday and it was 91. Yesterday I drove up to NYC and it was 58. Really spring? Can we call it halvsies and stick with something in the 70s? 

Anyway, short story: I was cold in New York, which made me really wish I had a nice warm sweater coat and some comfy pants. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Solar FREAKIN' Roadways!

I am so stoked on this video. I *wish* I owned a home so I could invest in a solar driveway. Sadly I don't.

Buuuuuut... I do have $10 that I am more than happy to donate to the cause. I would love love love it if you contributed too! Learn more and make a donation at: Solar Roadways - Indiegogo

Monday, May 26, 2014

Cruelty Free Haul - Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal gets me every time. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend they offered an additional 50% off already reduced prices. A sale on a sale (GAH!), how could I resist? Here's what I snagged and it's all Cruelty free! 

Nasty Gal does a really good job labeling the content of all their items, which is hugely appreciated by consumers like me. Both pairs of shoes are all synthetic materials and the brushes are synthetic as well. I'm still struggling to find cosmetic brushes I love since going cruelty free. I'll keep you posted on how I feel about this set in a few weeks. 

Did you guys partake in any holiday sales? What'd you get?? Tweet at me and share your super awesome finds!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Inspiration #6 - peach

Prosecco Sangria via Martha Stewart  |  Katy Perry's Peach Bob  |  Pastel Fashion by Everly  |  Peach Colored House

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! This Sunday Inspiration is all about peach (one of my favorite summer fruits!) What's inspiring you this week? 

Don't forget to check out Tulle and Combat Boots to see what peach hued things are inspiring Gina!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cruelty Free Cosmetics

Interestingly, I've had 3 friends from completely separate social circles ask me about cruelty free cosmetics recently. I supposed now would be the opportune time to share some of my personal experiences as well as a butt load of resources for people interested in supporting the Cruelty Free Cause!

For years and years (and years) I was a die hard MAC girl. I loved their products. Loved. And it was a company I could easily feel good about supporting because they were cruelty free. And then a sad, sad, sad day came. MAC changed their policy regarding animal testing, and by my standards (and the standards of many other cosmetic enthusiasts) I decided I could no longer purchase their products. Thus began my awareness on the issue and my slow transition to going completely cruelty free.

I'm gonna be totally up front right now, it's not easy. That being said it's not hard, it just takes some work.

Let's talk personal decisions. Cruelty Free means a lot of different things to different people. For me it started with cosmetics. Then I got to thinking... What about all the other personal care products in my house? And what about all the cleaning products in my house? And what about all my leather shoes? And what about the eggs and milk I still consume? The further down the rabbit hole (bunniiiieeeesss!!) I went, the more I realized how important it was for me to support companies I could feel good about. I wholeheartedly believe though, that ANY step into the cruelty free world is positive. If it's just cosmetics for you, that's AWESOME. If it's cosmetics and avoiding leather, that's AWESOME. If it's just talking to your friends and doing a little research on animal testing, that's AWESOME.

With all that being said and without further ado, here is a list of Cruelty Free Resources I use on the regular:

People process change at totally different rates. If you slip up, don't beat yourself up, we all slip up. Just get back on the wagon and forge on. Know that there is a HUGE community out there to support you if you have any questions. Me especially! Tweet at me, Email me, Post questions on my Facebook page, Follow my Pinterest boards. I am more than happy to help where I can.

xoxox kat

**Just a note to clarify, terms like "cruelty free," "vegan," and "not tested on animals" are not necessarily interchangeable.  For example, some companies may not test on animals, however have animal byproducts in their cosmetics (or other products) making them NOT vegan. Many people feel that to be considered truly cruelty free a company must be vegan as well as not test on animals. Feel free to ask me questions if you need more info**

Friday, May 9, 2014

Electric Palette - Urban Decay

Another day, another look with my new favorite makeup palette. The Electric Palette by Urban Decay is still inspiring me. Today I used Chaos, Freak, and Thrash. 

I started the look by lining my eyes with Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Chaos about a third of the way in from the outer corner on both the top and bottom lids. I then switched to Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Freak. On the upper lid I continued the line another third of the way toward the center. On the bottom lid I took it all the way to the tear duct. Next I pulled out a small angled brush and dipped into the Electric Palette. I started by going over the Chaos liner with Chaos pigment. I then switched to a clean small angled brush and went over the Freak liner with Freak pigment. Without cleaning that brush I used it to blend Chaos in to Freak. I finally grabbed another clean small angled brush and loaded up on Thrash. I started at the inner corner and took the pigment out to meet Freak and blend the two together. As usual, I finished the look by curling my lashes and applying a couple layers of NYX Voluptuous LL04 mascara.

Want more? Check out all my Electric Palette looks HERE!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Inspiration #4 - mint

Happy Sunday and May the Fourth Be With You! Today's Sunday inspiration is brought to you by Star Wars and minty green loveliness.

What's inspiring you this week? Be sure to head over to Tulle & Combat Boots to see what mint-hued things are inspiring Gina this week!