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nyl Skincare – Vegan, “All Natural” & Organic

Originally, I came across nyl Skincare via my friends over at VeganCuts.com.  I have been in search for a new line of skincare products.  I stumbled upon nyl and I am so glad that I did.  Carol Sondesky, the founder of nyl Skincare graciously sent me ample amounts of her product to try.  Most packages [...]

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Christmas Jumpers: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

It’s almost that time of year again…the time when would-be merrymakers stare into their closets and ask themselves: “Do I pull out my Christmas jumper, or do I shove it further to the back?” Not to worry: go ahead and pull that jumper out. And not just so you won’t hurt great-aunt Thelma’s feelings. There’s [...]

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Make Your Mark with Macbeth!

  Many a Vegan has had the same encounter with someone that questioned them and their choices – ‘You’re Vegan, but you’re wearing leather trainers right?’ wrong; or so is the case with Macbeth. Lesser known in the fashion world, Macbeth Shoes are a giant in the action sports industry where footwear that’s both great [...]

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Three Lip Colors for a Hot and Wild Summer

By Kami Kreaps   Summer is the perfect time to show off your style. You have been waiting all year for the weather to be warm and to take that well-earned, luxurious vacation, so why limit yourself to crop tops and teatime dresses when shopping? To complete your look, stop by the makeup counter, online [...]

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Make Amend – Cassandra Pons in Australia

By Kami  Kreaps Simply adorable fashion. Make Amend is a new fashion label by emerging designer Cassandra Pons that captures the charm of yesteryear with a fun modern edge. She creates fashion and accessories from recycled materials, using handmade and redesigning techniques. All items are one of a kind and unique for you. Make Amend [...]

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TEXAS VEGFEST 2014 AUSTIN TEXAS

Texas VegFest 2014 Austin Texas

Head to East Austin’s Lady Bird Lake on Saturday for this well-curated FREE event  for yummy Vegan treats, amazing speakers, local bands, craft beers, and of course the latest Vegan fashion brands.

Ethical Fashion Lines will include:

 

Live Music:

      • 11:30-12:30    Chazz Bessette Solo Set
      • 12:45-1:45       One World (R)evolution
      • 2:00-3:30         Seven Circles
      • 3:15-4:15          The Asteroid Shop
      • 4:30-5:30         Jetsuns

 

And the Vegan Food of course (including but no limited to)….:

 

This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with your Vegan/ethical favorites and discover what’s new on the Vegan front!!

See ya’ll there!

 

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Originally, I came across nyl Skincare via my friends over at VeganCuts.com.  I have been in search for a new line of skincare products.  I stumbled upon nyl and I am so glad that I did.  Carol Sondesky, the founder of nyl Skincare graciously sent me ample amounts of her product to try.  Most packages that were arriving at my doorstep in December were for friends and family for Christmas.  So of course I was really excited to come home to a package that was just for me!

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Most people don’t realize that when you apply lotion to your skin it should NOT sit on the skin.  Lotion should immediately absorb into the skin without much effort.  I am happy to report that nyl Skincare’s Whipped Organic Hand & Body lotion  is now one of my absolute favorites that I have tried.  The scent is subtle and fresh.  It will take a lot of lotion for your entire body but the ingredients are top of line and worth every inch of lotion you buy.  The Velvet Trans formative oil is remarkable as well.  I have applied it to my dry lips, a scar that was healing and my favorite is adding a few drops to my lotion so I can get more coverage.  This will help the lotion last longer.  The oil soaks into your skin very easily.  Try the oil around your eyes and see those crows feet start to disappear!

I personally have very sensitive skin and when I take my eye makeup off I have to use something that is very gentle or my eyes will become very swollen overnight.  When I used their eye makeup remover I had no redness and my skin did not become irritated.  Nyl has an eye makeup remover that is great for removing daily eye makeup.  If you are use to wearing heavy eye makeup it will take a little elbow grease to work all of the makeup off but it does work.  

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The face wash is organic and comes in two different scents, Rosewater and Chamomile  I really enjoy both scents very much.  Be careful though when using the pump for the first time.  The soap is mostly water and will come out very fast.  Although it will not take much to get a soapy feel and to clean your face well. 

Other great extras to try are nyl’s sugar scrub, Castile Hand Soap and Body Balm There was nothing she sent me that I did not just fall in love with.  There is also travel sizes to choose from and a little gift bag with samples.  This is one of the first skincare lines I have tried in a while that I will be ordering from time and time again.  I will definitely be standing by these products.  Carol has done an amazing job of coming up with all natural, simple and effective skincare products that really do work.  It is the personal time and touch that she has invested into these products that have made them come out so well.  

 

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It’s almost that time of year again…the time when would-be merrymakers stare into their closets and ask themselves: “Do I pull out my Christmas jumper, or do I shove it further to the back?” Not to worry: go ahead and pull that jumper out. And not just so you won’t hurt great-aunt Thelma’s feelings. There’s another good reason: They’re back.

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The back story

That, of course, begs the question: “How did Christmas jumpers get started, and where did they go?”. Some trace it back to the 1950s, when the commercialization of Christmas first took the world by storm. But according to The Mancunion, most people attribute the phenomenon to American actor Bill Cosby, who proudly sported a Christmas jumper on TV in the early 1980s. Regardless of the origins, however, the Christmas jumper then disappeared into obscurity and disdain. It regained the attention of pop culture in 2001, when Mr. Darcy sported a Christmas jumper in “Bridgette Jones’s Diary.”

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The reemergence

Since then, the image of the Christmas jumper has morphed from tacky to, “It’s so ugly, it’s cute.” Mr. Darcy kicked it off; then other celebrities like Justin Bieber and Matt Damon joined the trend. Barry Tulip, of Gieves & Hawkes, offered this theory for the rise in popularity: “It’s always been part of London’s street style scene to experiment with clothes that look ‘wrong’ or ‘uncool’, and the obsession with cringe worthy Christmas knits is a perfect example.” Chief executive Paul Marchant of Primark hypothesized that people overwhelmed by economic difficulties were seizing the opportunity to be festive.

They may all be right. After news presenters like Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby wore Christmas jumpers on their morning show, the trend took on a life of its own. Mirror reports that Amazon’s sales of Christmas jumpers increased a whopping 600 percent between 2010 and 2011, and the trend shows no sign of slowing. Christmas jumpers are so popular right now that shops are racing to keep up with demand.

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What’s in store for 2013?

What does Christmas 2013 hold in store for Christmas jumpers? Well, Good Housekeeping reports that Friday, December 13, is Christmas Jumper Day. The charity Save the Children, with the goal of “making the world better with a sweater,” has created Christmas Jumper Day to help raise money to save children’s lives worldwide. A lot of celebrities are already on board. All you have to do to participate is wear your favorite Christmas jumper on December 13 and donate £1 to Save the Children. For more information, go to christmasjumperday.org.

And that’s not the only charitable drive centered around Christmas jumpers. The Red River Valley Fairgrounds in North Dakota hosted an Ugly Sweater Run to raise money for Toys for Tots. While serious runners often pay big money for streamlined, low-friction gear, more than 1,000 runners gamely donned bulky sweaters complete with bows and jingle bells.

A group in Kansas City, Missouri, is busily planning their 9th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. A fundraiser for a children’s organization, the party includes food and drinks, live entertainment, and an auction. Guests can even rent Christmas sweaters if they don’t have their own.

It doesn’t have to be a fundraiser. The Christmas Jumper Party has become a rite of passage; in some circles, it’s the highlight of the holiday social season. It’s easy to host and fun to attend. Invitations often include photos of the worst Christmas jumpers to inspire guests. Hosts encourage participation by offering prizes for Ugliest Jumper, Ugliest Couple, Ugliest Pet Jumper, etc. The website Parties4Me even offers a Christmas Minute to Win It section chock full of games that will add silly fun to any Ugly Christmas Jumper Party. And be prepared to have your picture taken as you arrive. No Ugly Christmas Jumper party would be complete without a live slideshow. Guests can vote for the winners in each category.

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This Christmas season, join the fun and drag that Christmas jumper out of your closet. If you don’t have a vintage one, buy a new one. Think of it as an opportunity to break out of your typical fashion bubble and just have good, old-fashioned fun without having to worry about having the most stylish outfit at the party.

Megan Barnes is a style enthusiast. She frequently writes about fashion history and new trends.

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Many a Vegan has had the same encounter with someone that questioned them and their choices – ‘You’re Vegan, but you’re wearing leather trainers right?’ wrong; or so is the case with Macbeth. Lesser known in the fashion world, Macbeth Shoes are a giant in the action sports industry where footwear that’s both great looking and functional is an absolute must.

You only have to look at what people are wearing on the street to see what’s in fashion at the moment, and when your eyes are down you’ll see that every other foot is wearing Converse or Vans trainers. But what many don’t realize is that these brands have been standard footwear for skaters, BMX riders and surfers for decades and when you dig a bit deeper into the sports scene there are some fantastic styles that everyone can enjoy. Macbeth is the perfect example and with Vegan ethics at the top of a very nicely iced cake.

 
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Co-founded in 2002 by Blink 182 rocker, Tom Delonge, Macbeth aims to bring stylish footwear that’s inspired by musicians and sportsmen and women, to the masses. You don’t have to be Vegan to wear Macbeth and Delonge says that one of the driving forces behind the brand is the notion that more and more people are becoming interested in Vegan footwear and are aware that the products that go into regular shoes are not the kindest to the environment. With this is mind, Macbeth have developed a collection that anyone – Vegan or not, sporty or lazy, can enjoy. Available in a choice of fashionable shades, the Macbeth Vegan shoes look great with everything you want to wear from suits and trousers to casual jeans. The Macbeth shoes are made from Vegan fabrics and materials that are not only durable, but comfortable so you can wear them all day, every day. They won’t break the bank either and starting at less than £50 they’re also a bit of a steal for an alternative to the regular casual styles available on the high street.

You can buy Macbeth Footwear at Extremepie.com, the leading online retailer of action sports lifestyle clothing and footwear.

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By Kami Kreaps

Red Apple Lipstick Vegan Fashion

 

Summer is the perfect time to show off your style. You have been waiting all year for the weather to be warm and to take that well-earned, luxurious vacation, so why limit yourself to crop tops and teatime dresses when shopping? To complete your look, stop by the makeup counter, online or off, and get these three essential lipstick and lip gloss colors for an unforgettable

summer:

Vibrant Orange

Pretty Pastel Pink

Sexy Neutral

Now that we have the colors, what are the best brands that will make sure you are geared up for summer? Shall we start with vibrant orange? I think we shall.

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Orange is always a beautiful color and during the summer there is nothing hotter. Not only does this luscious color make your lips the center of attention, but it also matches a more neutral or white-on-white outfit. Most people wouldn’t wear something so bold everyday, but why shouldn’t you show it off? These lip delicacies will definitely turn heads:

 

  1. M.A.C., Sounds Like Noise for $15. If you’re looking for the brightest, this is the brightest and most vivid orange color.
  2. Red Apple Lipstick, Sunkissed for $23.50. This lipstick might be a little more toned down, but there is definitely enough color here to make you stand out. It is also a 100% vegan product!

3. Dior Addict Lipstick, Sheer Coral Sheen for $31. This coral color is         not as bright, but will definitely give you that orangey feel when it is applied.

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Pretty Pastel Pink

With yellow also being a hot color this season; a nice pretty pastel pink lipstick will be the perfect match. Pink is a popular color for lipstick, but nothing quite compares to a pale lipstick that can be thrown on last minute. Pastel pink draws just enough attention to your face without overwhelming your look. When choosing the perfect light pink for you, remember these unforgettable companions:

1. Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss, Petal for $24. The name says it all, a light petal pink that gives you a perfect shine.

2. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, Parfait for $34. It’s Chanel…nothing more to say here.

3. NARS Lip Gloss, Turkish Delight for $25. Truly delightful, this light pink color is an easy pairing.

Nude is always sexy. And a neutral colored lipstick might be just what you were looking for to tone down your bright-colored dress.  Understated and elegant, these neutrals can go with any outfit at anytime:

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1. Dior ‘Rouge Dior’ Lip Color, Beige Indecise for $32.  This neutral is prefect for summer and beyond.

2. Red Apple Lipstick, Summer Sands for $23.50. Summer is in the name, and for a good reason. This will match the sand in your toes, while adding a little sparkle to you lips.

3. Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss, Bronzed Heather for $24. This color will add that needed shimmer to your tan kissed skin.

I hope these options have shown you that you can get all three of these colors and complete your summer wardrobe. Each of these colors can complete any outfit and make an evening more memorable.

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By Kami  Kreaps

Simply adorable fashion.

Make Amend is a new fashion label by emerging designer Cassandra Pons that captures the charm of yesteryear with a fun modern edge. She creates fashion and accessories from recycled materials, using handmade and redesigning techniques. All items are one of a kind and unique for you.

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Make Amend is an ethical fashion label as all garments and accessories are hand crafted by this young designer. Recycled materials are used always, breathing new life into vintage fabrics and garments. “This is my way of making a difference in the world, minimising waste and opening people’s eyes to a fashion with a conscience” says Miss Pons. 

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Make Amend began as a hobby for Cassandra, who has been artsy and creative for as long as she can remember. It was in high school though that her passion for fashion took off. She was passionate about her studies of Home Economics and Art, and also about wanting to express herself through fashion. There are limited boutiques in Townsville, (Australia) and Cassandra felt frustrated at the lack of unique fashion available. She began redesigning clothes for her own wardrobe, but it wasn’t until other people started requesting her designs that she thought about taking fashion seriously.

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Cassandra worked hard to establish her label, and has now taken the plunge making it a full-time business at age 18. Make Amend is stocked at a local artist/designer hub Artisans on Flinders where Cassandra works from her studio and sells her designs. She has been in contact with stockists for her label, and also sells online. She plans to use her label to educate people about making informed decisions about fashion. 

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Visit the Make Amend store/studio at 345 Flinders St, Townsville or give us a bell on 0413596680.

If you want to take a closer look and order from Make Amend you can check out some of her fashion statements on her Etsy.com site!

xx, Kami

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Looking to contact Cassandra directly?

Email Me cassandra.maree@hotmail.com            

Website www.makeamend.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/makeamend.cas

Etsy Store  www.etsy.com/shop/MakeAmend

Instagram:@makeamend                               

Twitter: @makeamend

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By Kami Kreaps

Meet the Bark wallet, simple yet beautiful and all natural. Designed and Made in California, two UC Berkeley students have set out to start a designer to consumer line of goods called the minimal duck. Both avid animal lovers, the two have vowed to never use animal products in anything they design. In a search to find a good alternative and that does not look like leather. They found Cork. Cork is naturally water resistant, can actually be cleaned up with warm water and soap, and also is as durable as leather. It can withstand approximately 50,000 rubs! The tree that the cork is harvested from continues to live and reproduce cork once harvested. This happens over and over again during the life span of the tree. It takes in 10 times more Co2 than a regular tree. We need more Cork Trees!!

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The duo known as AMCW, has come up with multiple uses of the material in their first Kickstarter project. They have designed a beautifully, simple, card wallet that holds up to 10 cards. This constraint was designed by the team in order to keep the wallets thin profile and reduce the temptation of hording everything in your wallet. Have you seen a guy’s wallet…I feel like I need an extra purse for the guys wallet! 

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AMCW has also come up with 2 iPhone accessories, accommodating both the iPhone 4/4s and the iPhone 5. The first one is an elegant iPhone backing that adds to the beauty of the phone but also adds a unique feel and grip to the phone. An IPhone gets handled too many times to count, so it’s nice to have something on the back that you can wash when it gets dirty as well.

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The Bark Team has also come up with an iPhone pouch/wallet. This was designed to be the only thing you take with you when you go for a night out. It holds your phone and two cards while providing 360-degree protection. Sounds like I definitely need one of these for a night out on the town.

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This project is currently live on Kickstarter. Check them out and show your support. The project will only be funded if they meet their goal, only 10 days left.  Please spread the message with your friends, Facebook and Twitter Fans!!

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Link to Help Bark through KickStarter -  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bark/bark-a-minimal-wallet-made-from-cork

    Link to youtube vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pltWrfL42Tc

 

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