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Growing up I always loved to read. Scott S. Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Emily Dickinson, and Tennessee Williams were among the few of the more romantic authors that I could read again and again. I love the way each sentence just melts off of the page with each beautiful word, leaving you wanting more. People don’t really talk the way they do in these novels, people don’t do the big romantic gestures like they do. That always made these books very special to me – And now I am still a sucker for a beautifully strung sentence.

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When it comes to shopping, Romantic details are something I always gravitate towards. Whenever I wear pieces like these, for the rest of the day I play my encounters back inside my head as if I were in one of those novels. This top has the most beautiful off-the-shoulder sleeves. The rousing of the sleeves gives the fabric more volume and creates a dreamy silhouette. The top is made from this gorgeous lilac satin and is super comfortable and light. Paired with some light wash jeans to keep the look light and poetic. I added a simple chain necklace and my favorite Alex & Ani bangles to finish it off.

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Outfit Details:

Top – Ricci (Similar here)

Pants – Citizen of Humanity

Heels – Mod Cloth (These are to die for!)

Necklace – Bauble Bar (Similar here)

Bangles – Alex and Ani

 

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What are some of your favorite styling details?

XOXO

 

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Monat Hair Products

** This is a collaboration with Kelli Aurand. The thoughts and opinions are entirely my own**

My Hair:

My name is Ramsey and I am a hair dye-aholic. I dye my hair way too often and my hair is especially parched on account of it. Split ends and breakage are huge hair concerns that I have mostly always had. When I was younger I had super thick hair. Over the last couple of years I have seen my hair become a lot thinner. Because of how much thinner it is, my hair gets greasy super really quickly which forces me to wash it way too regularly. My hair is ridiculously long right now, especially for me. Because of the weight of my hair, I find it extremely had to keep any kind of volume – curls and styling eventually end up just hanging limp.

 

About the Products:

Monat states that their products contain naturally derived, sustainable ingredients. They claim the key to the hair loss prevention is “Capixyl™, powered with Red Clover Extract, a gentle emollient that reduces scalp inflammation, strengthens and thickens hair, and hydrates the scalp to stimulate natural, noticeable hair growth.” (Quote from Monet publicity materials).

The Monat Volume Shampoo and Conditioner does not contain:

  • Phthalates
  • PEG
  • DEA/MEA
  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • Harsh salt systems
  • Harmful colors
  • Harmful fragrances

My Experience:

 

Revive Shampoo and Revitalize Conditioner –  

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I told you above about how my hair has gotten thinner over the last coupe of years. Well  I have really noticed that my hair had more lift and body to it after using this for just one week. My hair feels incredibly soft and has a beautiful shine to it. I am usually a product abuser and use way too much per wash. With this product I was told only to use a small amount and really work the product in my hands before applying it to my hair. A pea sized dollop on my palm really did go a long way.

 

Rejuveniqe Oil-

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This made my hair so incredibly soft that I could not keep my hands out of my hair! If you have used argon oil and loved the results but hated the build up, then this is the hair oil for you.  The active ingredient is Abyssinian oil which is a natural seed oil that is super light and non-greasy. I mixed this with everything – I put it in with the shampoo, used it as a mask while I slept, and after reading about how it conditions hair while you apply color, mixed it in with my hair when I dyed my hair this week.

 

Blow Out Cream – 

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I had absolutely no frizz after blow drying my hair with the cream. Usually I have all these strands that  just frizz out and stick out the sides of my head – Not this time. My hair was super silky and soft. I noticed that it was easier for me to style and manage my hair. I’ve never used a blow out cream before, but I am a firm believer in them now.

 

Pros & Cons:

Pro

  • Smells AMAZING!!!
  • small amount of product goes a long way.
  • Does not contain: Phthalates, PEG, DEA/MEA, Sulfates, Parabens, Harsh salt systems, Harmful colors, Harmful fragrances

Cons:

  •  Pretty expensive
  • If you skip a day between shampooing and conditioning the hair isn’t as soft or shiny.

 

All in all I really loved the way these products made my hair look and feel. The price is the largest hurdle when it come to these products. They are pretty expensive as far as hair care products go. I like how far the product went – I was able to use a small amount per wash and get the full result of the product. This will make your money go father in the long run. I also liked that it is made of all natural ingredients. I did wish that the results lasted a little at least a day or two longer.  Kelli Aurand was kind enough to gift me these products and can take your orders if you would like to try any of their lines out. You can contact Kelli on Instagram here or directly from her Monat page here.

Have you tried these products before? What did you think?

Until next time my wild pretty things ❤

XOXO

Take Me Out to The Ball Game

 

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I absolutely love going to sport events! I am by no means a sports kinda girl, but there is something about being at a game that makes it s exciting. Sports T.V. I find to be  ridiculously boring, but when your in the seats watching a game from the side line it just pulls you in. Chanting ‘Charge!’ and doing the wave are crucial components to the full game experience. Up until this day, my usual experience was from high up in the stands, but today we were watching the game from one of the BMW box suites.

 

 

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It was pretty much the coolest way to see a game there is. The suite was fully stocked with beers, soda, and tons and tons of food. There was a Dodger dog station where you could top unlimited amounts of Dodger hot dogs with a variety of different toppings. They had chicken wings, a salad bar, and a bunch of other snacks. Later into the game a dessert cart came by the suite and it was loaded with huge cakes and other tempting sweets.

 

 

One of the really cool parts about the suite was all of the baseball artifacts they have displayed all around the hall where the suites are located. Unfortunately, we caught the Dodgers in a bit of a losing streak and this game wasn’t any different. They lost by like 8 points which is always disappointing, but we still had such a good time.

 

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Outfit Details:

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Top – Zara (Similar here)

Pants – Articles of Society

Shoes – Steve Madden

Purse – Rebecca Minkoff (Love this color!!)

Sunnies – Sonix 

Necklace – Sashi

 

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Until next time my wild pretty things.

XOXO

 

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Vegan Challenge: Reflection

Last month I decided to try a vegan challenge and remove all animal products from my life. I wanted to wait to post a reflection on the last month until I had time to process everything I took in over the last 4 weeks. The information on how the meat industry and meat itself affect the environment, your health, and the lives of the animals, was extremely overwhelming and really gave me a lot to think about.

 

It’s easy to get into habits and never really think about the impact your decisions are making on the world. This process has really opened my eyes to the power that each of us have to effect change in the world. When we are equipped with the knowledge of how our decisions impact the earth we can make a conscious effort to make better decisions. That does not necessarily mean entirely getting rid of those bad habits, but instead limiting them or looking for better alternatives. This was absolutely the case with my coffee addiction. There is no way I was going to cut coffee out of my life (Coffee is bae ❤ ) but there had to be a better way to have a milky cup of coffee without the blah after taste of almond milk. In week three (Post here) I found the perfect creamer that lets me continue my addiction without contributing to the abuse of dairy cows.

 

I am not ending this series saying that you should give up meat 100% right now or your a jerk. However, if you are going to continue to eat meat, you can effect change my choosing to eat meat that comes from cruelty free, grass fed, local farms. Choosing to purchase from the slaughterhouses that use the brutal tactics seen in Meet Your Meat sends the message to these companies that you are alright with the abuse the animals suffer before they are turned into the meat you are eating. (See post on Meet Your Meat here) Purchasing power is the best way to send a message to a company that you are not alright with their practices. Limiting your meat protein to fewer meals a week or choosing to support local free range farms are great first steps to take towards making a difference.

 

From this month I have found that it’s best to always remain curious and try new things. Some of the vegan options that I tried this month are things I wouldn’t normally even notice. I mean tofu cheese… Who would honestly flip over that, and now my go to recipe for garlic bread with always include Tofuti slices. (Post here) We live in a time when there are amazing alternatives for most animal products. I encourage anyone to try some of the options. You might just find it’s easier to switch to more plant based products that you thought.

 

My Future Eating Habits:

Over the last month I kept a record of my food intake so that I could ensure that I am getting the right amount of calories and the right macros. I have found that my protein intake over the last month was pretty consistently below my bodies requirements. This is not me saying that you cannot get enough protein from a vegan diet, you absolutely can. I at this current time do not posses enough food knowledge to ensure that I am getting that intake. This is going to be something that I continually work on and research so that I can keep making the best decisions for my body and the world. I want to continue exploring a plant-based diet, but I also want to make sure that I am taking care of my body.

Meat isn’t the only product that is making a huge negative impact on the world. Soy bean production causes a lot of destruction to the plant and the environment. Miles of the Amazon rain forest are destroyed every second for the production of soy bean as well as animal agriculture. Excessive use of soy products is hazardous for your health and can lead to certain cancers rapid growth. However, soy is one of the go to ways for vegans and vegetarians alike to get their protein intake. To continue with my journey towards being fully plant based I want to continue to explore new alternatives that don’t have the same negative impact. One product I have been meaning to try is Hemp Tofu which contains 15g’s of protein per 4 oz of tofu. Finding things like this will help me make better decisions and take care of myself.

One aspect that took a lot of thought was my love of food and trying new places. Variety is the spices of life and I LOVE to try a new spot. While I will be eating plant-based most of the time, I am going to allow myself to try meat options once a month. The information I learned is not wasted on me, I do see all of the bad that comes from the meat industry. But, I don’t think this has to be all or nothing. Before I took this challenge, each week I would probably have all my meals with a meat protein with the exception of  2-3.  Since the challenge, I have almost entirely eaten plant-based with the exception of 1 meal. This series has made a huge impact on the way I eat and the decisions that I have made. In the future, I want to work towards a fully planted based diet, but for me right now I want to allow myself the option. This does mean that I will be looking for places that use care in selecting their ingredients from local farms that use good practices. This is a very LA thing that isn’t too hard to find. (Comment below about the availability of these options where you live! I would really find that interesting)

 

 

Another aspect of life that would complicate my decision to remain vegan would be traveling. When you travel a huge part of experiencing another culture is in their food. When I was in Germany, the classic dish was schnitzel. In Prague it was goulash and Belize it was the royal rat (Not really a rat, more like a rabbit) There are always those cultural dishes that connect you with the people and history of that place. These are the kinds of moments that I do not want to miss. I have also considered that there are a number of places where it would actually be very hard to eat anything that was vegan. Meat has become such a staple in many places diets that there might not be to many other options.

So to wrap it all up – I will be continuing on a plant based, leaning towards vegan diet. I am still working towards making the full conversion and I feel god about the positive changes that have come with this process. I would love to hear your thoughts on my final decision. Comment down below!!

Until next time my Wild Pretty Things ❤

XOXO

 

 

 

 

Vegan Challenge: Week Four

This last week of the vegan challenge was a cinch. Thanks to last weeks hunt for the perfect non-dairy creamer, I have my dairy cravings on check and don’t really have any other temptations to eat animal products. I have found some pretty solid go to options which have made it some much easier to eat. (Developed a pretty strong obsession with pretty much everything on Veggie Grills menu – Yum!) Some of my favorite munchies from the week are down below.

 

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Veggie Grill: Rica Burger – This thing is so delicious and comes with a fake cheese sauce!

 

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Whole Foods veggie rolls – These are Bae ❤

 

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Fruit with Chili and lime juice – I always have to stop and get one of these when I see a vendor. So good!!!

 

I’ve also accomplished all of the personal goals that I set for myself. My sugar intake has drastically dropped -Although there was a huge spike when I found out that Oreos are vegan (I can’t help myself!) I am also hitting the gym more regularly and rewarding my body with a workout. The best results I have seen this week is continued desire to make good decisions.

 

I looked into how the animal cruelty of the meat industry has turned many people to chose a vegan diet. I watched a short film called Meet Your Meat which showed the brutality animals suffer before being slaughtered. (I have a full review here) This was the topic that I was most dreading so I decided to save it for last. The film was really shocking and horrifying to watch the way that livestock is treated.

 

This weeks challenge was to head out to Smorgasburg LA, a foodie fest in DTLA, and try to stick to a vegan diet amongst all the delicious options…

 

Smorgasburg LA:

 

Nothing is better then a refreshing smoothie bowl on a hot LA morning. Since I have heard about Smorgasburg LA I have been dying to try the Amaze Bowls. Since my trip to Belize, I have had an obsession for dragon fruit. Belize is where I first tried the delicious pink fruit and made sure I ate it everyday I was there. It is hard to find dragon fruit in LA that doesn’t cost like $8 a piece. So when I see dragon fruit anywhere I have to try it. This was the really cute sign they had over by their booth – I love this!

 

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The bowl I got was called Dragon Bowl Z and contained dragon fruit smoothie with fruit, shaved coconut, edible flowers, and dried fruit. It was as tasty as it was gorgeous!

 

 

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I have seen pictures of these mason jar iced teas everywhere and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. I chose the raspberry apricot and it was delicious and perfect for the heat.

 

 

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The vegan burrito was from Cena vegan. Anyone who gives you that much guac in a burrito is alright by me 🙂 This thing had refried beans, rice, pico de gallo, salsa, Cashew chipotle crema, and a plant based carne asada.

 

 

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Next was the vegan mofongo from The Ricans Food. I have never had a monfongo before, but I am a huge fan now. It’s made out of mashed plantain that are then fried and served with veggies.

 

 

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This is just a table shot – most of these things weren’t vegan so I sadly couldn’t try them, but it all looked to cute on the table.

 

 

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I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t tempted (There was this shrimp thing served in a halved pineapple that everyone we talked to was raving about and I wanted it so bad!) but there were plenty of vegan options to keep me satisfied.

Until next time.

XOXO

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Why be Vegan? For Animal Rights

 “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.” – Linda Mccartney

 

This was the topic that I was most dreading researching so I left it for last. The cruel treatment of animals is probably the most widely known reason to become vegan. I have seen the horrific photos that Peta uses in their ads, but I have never been brave enough to watch a documentary or video to actually see the abuse that these animals suffer. I decided to choose Meet Your Meat because it has a 12 minute and 48 second run time. Maybe, just maybe I could handle it for that long…

 

Meet Your Meat:

We started the short film by looking at the cruel ways that chicken and turkeys are treated before they’re slaughtered. The video shows thousands of chicken tightly crammed in cages that are littered with dead chicken. Many chickens will die from breaks in their legs caused by being grown to large too quickly. After they’re legs have broken they will remain left on the ground until it dies of starvation. It’s also very common for the chickens to die from hear attacks cased from stress.

There is then a Graphic video of man killing sick turkeys by beating them with a led pipe. The animals are left half alive squirming on the floor for six hours before being taken to the slaughter house. In the slaughter house they’re hung upside down and have their throats slit. They’re then scalded half alive to remove feathers.

5-11 hens crammed in a cage for egg production. Often fight go insane and attach each other. Due to this, they take a hot blade and  burn their beaks off. When egg production stops, they give the birds a hard electric shock to get them to produce more.

Next, they move onto the treatment of cattle. They show a video of a bull being castrated without any kind of pain medication. They also cut off the bulls horns. Injuries and illnesses will go untreated while the cows are growing in their cages. When being slaughtered many are skinned and dismembered while still fully conscious.

There was a video of a cow that has been hung upside down and it’s throat slit as a worker drains the blood into a bucket. As the worker walks away the cow in moving it legs and tongue- still conscious.

In dairy farms, baby cows are taken away immediately after birth. The male calves are taken and sold to veil farms. Veil caves are kept in confide spaces and give a low nutrient diet so they do not develop muscles and remain tender.

Lastly, is the treatment of pigs. Confined in small cages where they cant move, many go insane from lack of stimulation. The video shows pigs tightly crammed into cages with no room to move. We see a mother pig strapped down with no spaces other then the room where her babies are feeding. After being born, their ears deformed, teeth taken out, and they’re castrated all without pain medication. The video has the most disturbing cries from the babies.

There is a video of sick pigs being slammed against the floor head first. Other sick animals are left untreated until taken to the slaughter house. When it does come time to kill them, they move pigs by beating them with rods. Packed tightly onto the trucks headed to the slaughter house, their legs break from the weight of all the other animals crammed with them. The short film ends with a video of two large pigs hung up and killed. One pig falls from the leg constraints and squirms on the floor.

 

Reflection

It was really difficult for me to watch the awful ways these animals were treated. I cried through the entire film and am still pretty shook up. While videos like this can be really horrific to watch  think this is something that more people should take the time to watch. For me I have always kept a my head in the and when it comes to eating meat. I will refuse to eat anything that comes on a bone or is too close to a joint. Those are the pieces of meat that just get a little to real for me. Seeing this video breaks that disconnect and allows you to really see the price that comes with that cheeseburger you’re about to enjoy.

 

The most disturbing thing about this short film was the cries and sounds of panic that over took the animals in they’re last few moments. Mixed with the disturbing footage of the abuse suffered at the hands of men. I was so heart broken seeing the brutality and knowing that there are people out there who lack so much empathy to treat a liking creature like that.

 

I chose this film because of it’s short run time, but it may have well been an hour. ( It crams a lot of brutal videos and information into those 12 minutes!) If you have never built up the courage to watch one of these videos and get a better understanding of the treatment, then take the time to watch this short film.

 

Thank for checking out this weeks Why be Vegan?! Comment down below if you saw this short film or any longer ones on the cruelty of animals.

Until next time!

XOXO

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Vegan Challenge: Week Three

What do vegan zombies say? – Graaaaaains! Graaaaaaains!

 

Last I left you, I was pumped about the 7 pounds I lost and made plans with myself to get up in the AM for a run. Well, I did it! Not only that, but this week I have taken 3 yoga classes, a Pilates class, more cardio, and I lifted weights. I checked the scale before starting this post and I am down another 3 lbs. – That is 10 lbs. in just three weeks. I have discovered that Oreo’s are vegan so we will see how that plays out in my last week on this vegan challenge.

 

One of the myths I wanted to bust was does being vegan give you more energy. If you have seen Scott Pilgram vs. The World then you are aware of the theory that vegans have super powers. In the last three weeks I have sadly not developed any super powers, but  have noticed some changes. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I have more energy. Over the last three weeks I have been making healthy choices are far as what I have been eating. Mentally I feel like these healthy choices make it easier to make other healthy choices throughout the day.

 

The largest hurdle in starting to work out is getting over the dread of going to the gym. You know what I mean, right? Those days when you literally give yourself a pep talk while you sit in your car in front of the gym. (This just can’t be me.) Well This weeks work outs have required no pep talks at all – I wanted to work out, I wanted to do something good for my body. While some people say that being vegan gave them the energy to work out, I say that it gave me a clear healthy mind that was more accepting of making healthier choices.

 

Quest for the Perfect Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer:

 

One of the hardest challenges for me through this process is to not use half & half in my coffee. I instinctively gravitate towards the milky goodness that is that evil half & half bottle. What makes this so hard is that some of the non-dairy options out there just do not pair well with the robust flavor of a dark roast. So this week’s big challenge was to find the perfect coffee creamer! Let’s get started with my top 5 list of the top coffee creamer.

Silk Almond Milk:

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Oh, almond milk, there was so much hope for you. You’re probably the non-dairy option that most people would first think of and you pair so well with cereal  and granola. But, boy you let me down when it comes to my caffeine fix. Almond milk does not pair well with the flavors of coffee. It laves this funky after taste that take me out of those moments of enjoying a delicious cup o’joe. Another thing I don’t like about almond milk is that the coloration change when you add it to the coffee. There is something so exciting about watching your coffee get milky – you wont get that here.

 

Trader Joe’s Soy Creamer:

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Soy milk was much better than almond milk in the flavor department. Right from the moment the coffee touches your tongue you just get the delicious flavor of coffee. It is the after taste that I do not agree with – It lingers in an unsatisfying way and leaves you with a weird taste afterwards. I was conducting one taste test session with my cousin Kyle, and she mentioned that this is her favorite non-dairy creamer. She has been vegan/vegetarian for two years and said that the taste has grown on her over that time. So it might just be an acquired taste that I have not developed yet. Still no victories in the coloration of the coffee, unfortunately.

 

Califa Coconut Cream and Almond Milk:

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This stuff was really delicious and offered only a slight, subtle after taste. The coconut milk makes the coffee super creamy and tasty. This brand is also great because they offer the creamer in a wide variety of flavors, if you are someone who is into that. I personally love tasting the flavor of the coffee I am drinking, but I thought that was really a cool feature of the brand as most non-dairy creamers don’t have too many favor options. We start to see a coloration change in the coffee, but it’s not quite what I am looking for just yet.

 

Ripple Creamer:

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I picked this stuff up at Whole Foods and honesty had no idea what I was buying at the time. When I got home I looked up the creamer and found that it is made from pea protein, among other ingredients. Reading this I was really concerned about how this option was going to taste, but all of that was for nothing because it was INSANELY delicious. There was a tiny after taste, but adding a little bit of sugar masked the taste and made for a very satisfying cup of coffee. I would say that this was the first cup of coffee where I was able to fully enjoy the taste of my beverages. Another bonus, you get that milky complexion to your cup of joe – Finally!

 

Living Harvest Coconut Hempmilk:

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Who knew that hemp could be so good as a milk???? This was the boss B@*%h of all of the options. It was super creamy and had no after taste what-so-ever. It wasn’t half & half, but you honestly would not mind – The flavor was pretty on point! The coloration change with this stuff was absolutely picture perfect. If you are looking for the perfect non-dairy alternative for your coffee I 100% recommend you try out coconut hempmilk blend!

 

I hope that this weeks update helps all you coffee addicts who are scared to go vegan and give up their caffeine fix. If you have tried any of thee options or any other options I have left out then please comment below. I would love to hear what you guys are loving! I also am linking some adorable mugs that I have or would love to add to my crazy cup collection.

XOXO

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