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Guest Post – 5 Vegan Companies That Rock

4 Nov

I’m  thrilled about this next post! The Streets I Know, run by Toronto-based blogger Melanie, is one of the few blogs devoted to Vegan fashions. She is dedicated to keeping up on the latest trends and new companies coming out in the market. The theme of the blog – Vegan is the New Black. So true! There are so many options out there on the market, there is no reason not to shop consciously.

I asked Melanie a seemingly impossible question – what are the best vegan companies out there?  She thoughtfully mulled it over and came up with a great post. Enjoy!

Hi there Mock-Off readers! I’m super excited to be guest posting for World Vegan Month. It’s my pleasure to share with you my 5 favourite Vegan Companies. I’m not going to lie it was REALLY hard for me to pick just 5 companies to share with you because there are so many fabulous vegan companies out there right now. However I did after a few hrs of mulling pick these 5 companies below to share with you. These 5 in my opinion are the Bees Knees of Vegan Fashion. Enjoy!

1.Cri de Coeur
Is a vegan eco-friendly shoe & accessory line from NYC. Their shoes are chic, versatile and the perfect addition to any cruelty-free wardrobe. They have along with their regular shoe line a equally fashionable diffusion shoe line (Hearts Of Darkness) for the budget conscious vegan.

Cri de Coeur
Source: Cri de Coeur

2. Pansy Maiden
Handmade eco-friendly vegan bags for women, men & children. “Cruelty free bags for cruelty free people”.  Each bag is lovingly handmade in Medford, MA.


Pansy Maiden

Source: Pansy Maiden


3. Lion’s Share Industries
Is a Seattle based t-shirt company that sells limit addition vegan tees designed by vegan artists. 15% of the sales from each series of tees is donated to a different charity.


Lion's Share Industries

Source: Lion's Share Industries


4. Everyday Apparel
A hip fair trade & 100% vegan clothing line based in Los Angeles, California with locations in Bali and Sydney as well. They make clothing, shoes & accessories for both fashion forward men & women. Some of the line is also made from recycled materials.


Everyday Apparel

Source: Everyday Apparel


5.Vaute Couture
Is a Chicago/NYC based eco-conscious vegan fashion line. The line includes winter coats, statement tees/sweatshirts, dresses, jewelry and much more. Vaute Couture the go to shop for a cruelty-free warm & fashionable winter coat! 


Vaute Couture

Source: Vaute Couture


Thank you so much, Melanie! Be sure to follow @thestreetsiknow on Twitter and fan her on Facebook.


Guest Post – Cruelty Free Fall Make Up Trends

3 Nov

Guest post is from Melisser over at Cruelty Free Face.  Well seasoned make-up artist whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, People, GQ, Rolling Stone and on TLC’s “What Not to Wear”. When her love of animals prompted her to go Vegan, her make-up kit soon followed. She now Vlogs about cruelty-free products and offers amazing beauty tips.

Melisser was kind enough to offer up some cruelty-free make-up suggestions for fall.


OCC Lip Tar

OCC Lip Tar in Anime


Many people are unaware that not all makeup is animal friendly. From animal testing to animal based ingredients put in everything from mascara to lipstick, it can be difficult to navigate what’s truly animal cruelty free. Luckily, more and more lines are talking about their policies and listing ingredients to take out some of the guess work. Another option is my site Cruelty Free Face where I let you know not only what isn’t tested on animals, but what doesn’t have nasty animal bits inside it. After all, harming animals is never beautiful!

Bright Lips – While many lipsticks have carmine, a beetle laden pigment in them, you can get bold lips without the bugs. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, or OCC has you covered with their Lip Tars. NSFW is the perfect red, while Anime has you hot pink lovers covered, and those of you ready for trendy purple lips can try Plum. Not only do they have excellent products, but OCC is 100% vegan and cruelty free!

Bold Brows – When you want a defined brow without going overboard, check out the Brow Tech To Go by Smashbox Cosmetics. One side is the perfectly angled soft pencil, while the other side has a clear gel to seal the deal. It’s easy to apply and builds up nicely, if you really want to make a statement.

Eyeliner – Fall is a fabulous time to layer the liner and go bold with your eyes. For a thick cat eye, ELF Waterproof Liner has you covered at only $3! When you want the smudgy grunge look, go for something creamier like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero.

Thank you so much for all of your tips, Melisser!

Don’t forget to grab Melisser’s book The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life and check out her book tour (including dates in the UK!).

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