Friday, October 31, 2008
The graduate student spent nearly a month of her vacation
time this summer volunteering at an orphanage in Peru, working for Mosoq Ayllu, a nonprofit organization based in Huancayo in the Peruvian highlands, about seven hours outside of Lima. She was matched with a family-run orphanage, where she worked helping to care for babies.
"I want to travel the world saving babies," McLanahan said. "I don't know how I'm going to work that into a career, yet. I might work with families wanting to adopt so I can counsel them and work on helping them to connect with the babies."
Read the entire article here.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The matching pants are also on sale, but only are available in a size 0. They were originally $129.00, and are now $54.18.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Pre-vegan, I would have replaced the Coach boots with these UGGs (pictured left). I love that it is different than most other UGGs, yet still a tall, warm boot. But it has dead cow (suede) heel guard, is lined with sheepskin, and is knit with a wool blend. Ouch. So, I found a similar version that uses no animal products . . . and bought it. It's made by Union Bay (pictured right) -- and is half the price. The boots are super cozy, although possibly not as fuzzy or warm as the UGGs, but warm enough; and I am willing to give up some fuzz for the animals. I'm also not thrilled that the toe isn't as reinforced as the UGGs, but if I want to remain a vegan, I must take what I can get.
Now all I need to find is a pair of vegan boots that can replace my super-sturdy, snow-mounting, puddle-smacking, ultra-waterproof, long-lasting black UGGs. That might take a bit more time.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Similarly, Juicy Couture recently announced that it plans to go fur-free by 2009. You can thank them here.
2) Matt & Nat, headquartered in Montreal, makes a line of very popular (and gorgeous) vegan handbags and shoes. The bags range from $200 - $300 and wallets range from $75 - $100. Once my funds replenish, I want this wallet (pictured right).
3) olsenHaus, under the direction of designer Elizabeth Haus, also makes purely vegan accessories. Its website emphasizes its line of shoes, but it also has a line of vegan handbags.
I also was impressed by NYArtificial, billed at the "first alternative handbag and accessory stores in New York City," which seems to carry only vegan handbags and accessories, and Chinese Laundry, which, likewise, seems to sell only vegan handbags.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I've wanted to replace it since I became a vegan because, put simply, it is a huge hunk of leather. A very nice hunk of leather, but nevertheless, lots and lots of leather. But, every comparable handbag I considered contained at least some leather. As far as I can tell, Cole Haan doesn't make a single acceptable handbag that doesn't incorporate leather; neither does Coach, Tumi, Furla, kate spade, Burberry, Tory Burch . . . even Longchamp's signature Le Pilage collection has leather handles and a leather flap. I browsed Nordstrom, Saks, and Bloomingdale's stores and websites. The only vaguely acceptable alternatives I found were a few Le Sportsacs and Vera Bradleys, none of which I was willing to part with my Cole Haan for.
I thought my search was in vain until I wandered into Kohl's with friends this weekend. Last September, Kohl's launched Vera Wang's new collection, "Simply Vera." I love Vera Wang--especially the dresses, of course--but I was skeptical when my friends reminded me that Kohl's carries "Simply Vera."
Yet, I found the perfect handbag, which is part of the "Simply Vera" collection . . . and bought it. I chose the chocolate faux patent leather, which looks very nice and has a cranberry tint to it. With its cranberry tint, the bag goes well with black, brown, navy, and gray suits, while adding a touch of fall color. Similar to my Cole Haan, it is large enough to hold an 8x11 folder, a couple books, and my pumps. There is an inner zipper compartment and two large inner pockets. The zipper closure is smooth, and the bag maintains its shape even when unzipped. And it is not made from leather or any other animal-based products. Even better, it was 45% off . . . only $48.95.
In fact, I was tempted by this slightly larger bag too, but resisted.
So, now I own my first replacement item, and now a woman at Dress For Success will have a lovely leather handbag to bring to interviews.