A few days ago, I wrote a lengthy post about 2017; what I loved and what I hated, how my resolutions went, and my resolutions for next year. So another post probably isn't necessary, but I want to send 2017 off with a positive affirmation, as we prepare to bring in the New Year tonight, and I hope you'll join me. Here it is:
Depending on your time zone, you may have a few hours left before midnight, maybe more, maybe less, and it may even be passed midnight. Either way, that's okay. There's still time to stand strong in your conviction that you're not going into 2018 with your 2017 problems. Realistically, tomorrow is just another Tuesday. New month, new year, but with it comes hope. Sure, realistically, your problems; whether they be financial, job related, work related, etc.. they'll still be there. You can work on changing them, which I encourage. If it's broke, fix it. It takes time, but it's worth it. So, even though when midnight hits, they don't dissolve from your life, you can still step into 2018 with one thing that is different, and that's your mindset. That's one of the few things you can try to control in this world. You can't control the bills that never stop, or asshole people, or for whatever reason your job situation. But, you CAN control how you view it. And you can make this vow, right here and right now, with me, that you WILL change what needs changing, even if it takes time and it hurts, you WILL do it. You WILL have a positive mindset, and not let the first negative thing negate the progress you've made and continue to make. With this new year comes a renewed sense of hope and faith.
By default, I'm a realist, who leans more pessimistic than anything, because I know the world is a shitty place. But, I also know a thing or two about self-fulfilling prophecies. You wake up, and tell yourself it's going to be a shitty day, and the one bad thing that happens (which there will always be at least one), you'll be telling yourself "see, I knew today was going to be shitty." Don't do that to yourself. I know this from experience, it's the life I have lived for years, and it's not worth it.
So let's be #team2018 and vow not to let that hope slip away, and vow that you're going to do what's best for YOU this year. I'm going to end this post, my last post of 2017, with one of my favorite quotes, from one of my four favorite movies of all time. Dr. Frank N Further, mad scientist and sweet transvestite, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show sang a song about it, and they are five beautiful words to live by.
DON'T DREAM IT. BE IT.
One of my awesome followers on IG messaged me about vegan shoes, and it occurred to me, I've never once posted about vegan shoes! There is a plethora of shoes you can choose from that are vegan. I'm going to start with one of my favorite websites, The Animal Rescue Site, where I've bought several pairs of boots that I basically live in during the cold winter months.
These paw print boots are cruelty free, with man-made materials, mid-rise, sweater material up your ankle and lower calf, complete with button details and little paw prints stitched into the front. Seriously cute and comfy!
Each purchase made from their website goes to help animals in need. These paw print boots are my JAM. They look great with my leggings, which is essentially all I wear anyway. I like the mid-rise, because I'm short. I have these in tan and lavender. They also make them in brown. Below, is another pair I bought, that's a little higher up. I don't like them as much as I like these, but I still like them. They match all the things!
These ones have one paw print on each boot, that's bigger and blingy! They have faux fur inside and down the side. They're cute, I just prefer them a little shorter, plus I love the sweater look. My mom wants these ones, so, I'm going to probably give them to her, since I ordered these today:
I also donated $5 to help where it's needed most, and my purchase funds 71 bowls of food for animals in need. Plus, look how cute they are?! I love the all over paw print design. The silver paw prints pop against the black, as do the white buttons against the black sweater! They also have some flip flops, sneaker, and sneaker sandals. So, you're bound to find something you like. I can only speak to the quality of the boots, because that's all I've ever purchased from them.
Some other places you can look are simply Target or Kohls. You can check the material, and make sure that everything is man-made. That's the simplest option, and often most affordable. There's also MooShoes. Here's the website: https://mooshoes.myshopify.com
You might have to copy and paste it. I still haven't gotten the hang of hyperlinks yet, despite writing over 300 posts on my blog lol. You'll find shoes and accessories for a variety of prices, some in the $30s, and others in the $100s+. There's a sale section too. They've got a lot of styles, and a lot of brands I've never even heard of. But, the exciting thing about that is, as you explore new brands, you can go on their websites and check out what else that brand has to offer.
As for walking shoes, I wear Adidas. But only certain pairs, and I bought two of them in different colors. Not all Adidas or Nike shoes are made with leather. These are a man-made upper and rubber sole. Here's my two pairs:
One pair I got at Kohls, and the other Famous Footwear. I have flat feet, so finding comfortable shoes that are both supportive but don't irritate my lack-there-of arch is important. These fulfill both of those needs. They're SO comfy and I love them.
So, finding adorable, affordable, and comfortable vegan shoes just takes a little research!
Here’s a fun fact you all probably know by now: I’m Disney obsessed! And, I feel like in a past life, I was a princess. So, I connect with the Disney Princesses on a soulful level. And the OG princess, Walt’s first full length feature film, debuting in 1937, involved a pretty little lady named Snow White. I’m actually going to be Snow White for Halloween next year. I found a Lularoe dress for $15 that matches her outfit, and I’m gonna wear red sneakers (because you won’t find me in heels) and get some red ribbon for my hair and to tie around my waist, and I’m gonna be all set! I digress...
Look at my bag!
LOOK AT ALL THE GLITTER! I will say that the glitter has held up well, but it does come off sometimes. But it’s okay, because...
THE BAG ITSELF HAS PINK GLITTER BUILT INTO THE FABRIC! So much shine. I was having a hard time deciding between Snow White or the Evil Queen, because I also feel like, in another past life, I was a Villainess. I’m all over the place. But the poison apple charm on the outter pocket really sold me.
I have this new found obsession with backpacks, and I literally can’t get enough of them. I like them better than regular pocketbooks. Maybe because I carry a million things on a daily basis everywhere I go, I love just being able to swing it on my back and go.
I love that it’s plastic and it doesn’t cause any staining, and it’s black, so that’s always a bonus. It does have similar issues to the Beast backpack, in the sense that it’s so wide, and the zipper is a pain. I just don’t understand why there isn’t two zippers to open either side.
It’s big enough to carry everything I need and then some. I wish they made like a smaller backpack, just like slightly smaller, so I didn’t have all this extra space. I like this material much better than my Beast one, since it’s easy to clean and it doesn’t stain. Notice my Snow White pouch too? Always gotta match!
I love this backpack. I now own 3 of them, that I can rotate between. I’m trying to sell off all my other bags, because I think backpacks are life now. It retails for $78, but I got mine during her Black Friday sale. AND- there’s a 25% sale starting tonight at midnight, so if you’ve been thinking about treating yourself, now is the time! I’ve gotten SO many compliments on every Danielle Nicole Disney bag I own. Everyone loves them. They’re modern and grown up, with just enough kid flare to still keep that childhood flame burning. Check out her collection and make an order during the sale time, you won’t regret it!
.I treated myself to a little pre-Christmas shopping for myself at Ulta, with a 20% off my entire purchase coupon! I have some stuff to review for you guys! Today, we’re just working on one, and that’s the HEMPZ lotion.
Spun Sugar and Vanilla Bean literally couldn’t be more Ashley if it tried. I love love love sugared anything, and live my life for vanilla. So, I needed it in my life. Did I need more lotion? Probably not. But, I don’t do dry skin. And it’s wintertime. So, it’s best to stock up. That’s my logic.
This scent is basically, in a nutshell, fabulous. It smells SO good. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I think it’s the natural HEMPZ scent, but after wearing it for a little, it grew on me so fast lol. And the scent lasts like all day long. Not just the scent, but the moisture it provides.
This lotion leaves a subtle shimmer on your skin. It’s not excessive. It makes your skin look healthy and revitalized. That subtle glow is so pretty!
This is a generous sized bottle, 17 oz., which is a good thing too, because it’s $23. But, it’s worth the $23. It lasts, you don’t need a lot to get the smooth skin you want, it smells great, and the scent lasts long. My only complaint is that I don’t like how it feels on my hands. So, I use my 100% Pure Vanilla Bean lotion on my hands, but I use this on my body. I don’t know why, but I feel like it leaves an odd film on my hands. Maybe it’s the shimmer. I’m not sure. But, it’s not a big enough deal for me to not use it, and to not repurchase it. Especially when I have a coupon!
Here’s a little bonus tip: I use my NCLA Pumpkin Spice Cuticle Oil in addiction to lotion all over my feet, paying special attention to my heels. Their Cuticle Oil mixed with the lotion does a great job at helping my heals not be super dry and flaky. When you’re on your feet all day, you almost can’t escape it. I also use Thesis Beauty Chocolatier’s Scrub on my feet once a week too, for added benefits. There’s my tip of the day. Smooth and supple feet don’t require all the extra money you would spend at a salon, all you have to do is put a little extra TLC into them and they’ll be good as new! 👍🏼
Peppermint Patty: "Have you made any New Years Resolutions Chuck?"
Charlie Brown: "Yes. You know how I always dread the whole year? Well, this time, I'm only going to dread one day at a time."
Charlie Brown gets me a soulful level. He is my spirit cartoon.
It's not hard for me to tell you that 2017 HAS NOT been my favorite year. In fact, it's been one of my least favorite years to date. I've had worse, but I've had better. I got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease this year, Hashimoto's Disease, which will never go away, and I've yet to get to the right levels, despite taking my medicine daily. My anxiety and OCD hit a peak, and I had a mental breakdown, and thought seriously about checking myself into an institution. I had the worst panic attack I've ever had, which says something, considering my history with panic attacks. We got awful uniforms at work, and I wish I could tell you that's the worst part of my job, but it's not. It's a toxic environment that's only made my health worse in all regards. I've had my OCD thrown in my face, with no regards for my feelings. I've seen people for who they really are, and some of those revelations have been painful to learn. Kevin and I have had a tough year, with battling our own demons, and that creates tension. We've had difficulties financially, which doesn't help either. I've put myself in boat loads of additional debt going back to school. I've put my own self care to the side, because I don't have time for it, which only makes my health issues and my mental health issues worse. Leopold, one of my sweet cats, has something wrong with him. Despite a strict vet diet, we can't seem to get him to stop throwing up. They thought it was IBD, but only affecting his stomach. The vet wants us to take him back to get more tests done, which I don't know what tests are left to do. And if you know me, you know that when my cats hurt, I hurt. They're my children, and I love them as such. We've had non-stop issues with our neighbors, and they're basically the worst. I've coped in unhealthy ways (thank you, shopping addiction), which has caused me to feel really bad about myself, worse than usual. I had such faith in my football team, until our QB tore his ACL with only 3 games left to play, and that was a gut punch. Football is life for me, so that really sucks. We're in a great position, but without him, it's like having an advantage for no particular reason, because it's not going to get used. I know that's not all of it, but if I keep going, I might cry lol. To add to it, I'm presently sick, writing this blog post to you from my bed, where I've been since last night, and had to call out of work today. I *ALMOST* made it one December without getting sick, which would've been the first time in all of my 29 years, but I'm certainly not that lucky.
It can't rain all the time though, right? There's been some positives to it. I started going back to school, to obtain my BA in Psychology in Addictions, so that one day I can have a job I love, and make a difference in people's lives. All that debt has to mean something right? I've completed two terms at Kaplan, and am presently on my third. But, I'm 2/2 on being on the President's List for having a 4.0 GPA in both terms! Despite the health issues I've faced, I've persevered through them, and have found a renewed strength in myself in doing so. I've gotten surprisingly good at getting blood work too, which I'm actually quite terrified of. I've even been able to get it on my own! Even though Kevin and I have had rough patches, we still have each other, and we'll never let each other go through anything alone, because that's what marriage is all about. Anyone that tells you marriage is all rainbows and butterflies is full of shit. I know that I will always have someone by my side, as long as I have him around. Me and Amber got to relive our youth and see one of our favorite bands from our teenage years, HIM, for the very last time during their Farewell Tour. We had a blast! My Halloween tree was by far the best one I've done yet. I may not ever take it down lol, even if the cats broke part of it and the center lights no longer work (I'm looking at you, Luna Moon!). Kevin and I saw a musical of Beauty and the Beast at a local theater recently, and it was just magical. One of the highlights of my year. I've successfully paid off 4 loans! F-O-U-R! Sometimes I win at adulting.
But what about my resolutions? If you recall, I vowed to read 15 books, and to better manage my anxiety. Let's talk about what I thought would be the easier one; reading 15 books. I have not been totally successful in that area. Granted, going back to school has taken up almost all of what little free time I have. And, on my list, I didn't include text books that I've read, which is presently 4 total so far. Here's my list:
So, I wasn't completely successful, but I didn't totally fail! And, I'm like 3/4 done Yes Please, so maybe I'll be able to finish it before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st! So, I give myself a pat on the back regardless.
As for working on my anxiety, I've done pretty good, actually much better than I expected. I've been seeing my therapist since January of this year, and she's great. She's helped me with tips, and she's been a great addition to my support circle. I've got my anxiety journal that I've consisted written in, and it's also Beauty and the Beast themed, so it's pretty much amazing. I try to practice the tips my therapist has taught me when things aren't good, and I try to teach them to others, because knowledge is power. If I can help someone, with anything, I will. I made the leap to take medication for my anxiety and panic, which was a HUGE step for me. I still have difficulty accepting it, but it does help. Am I cured? No. Will I ever be? Not a chance. But taking these steps, big and small, have made a big difference in my life.
So what's your resolution(s) for 2018? I'm holding out hope that it'll be a wonderful year, because 18 is my favorite number, so it has to be wonderful, right? It's flawed logic, but I'm going to use it. I've created a list and put it in my phone, so that I can always refer back to it, when I need that motivation.
Complete College Comp 1 and get it over and done with.
Maintain my 4.0 GPA and be on the President’s List every term.
Remove myself from most of the Lula groups I’m in (barring my favorites.)
Go through FB/phone list and delete all toxic people from my life. If you don’t have anything positive to offer me, you don’t need to be involved in any aspect of my life.
Find a new job, that’s not the bank, while attending school. The bank is toxic, which means I’ve gotta leave it behind.
Ambitious aren't I? You gotta have dreams. As my Nite Nite Monster's Inc PJs say, "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."
In case you don't know, #GivingTuesday is the day after CyberMonday, and instead of spending money on all sorts of gifts, it gives you the opportunity to give back to your favorite groups, by either donating time, money, goods, services, etc... It's a wonderful day, and I participated myself, as I usually do. I donated to the Providence Animal Shelter, Chenoa Manor, and bought a new KVD liquid lipstick called Thumbelina and 20% of proceeds go to Farm Sanctuary, a sanctuary the helps farm animals after they've been rescued from the horrible conditions they're subject to on farms.
#GivingTuesday is but one day, with the rest of the month basically dedicated to materialistic presents and spending unnecessary amounts of money on things that people don't really need. So, I motion we turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingDecember. Why should one day out of the whole year be dedicated to helping out those who need it? 31 whole days, and but 1 to help others. That seems a big crazy when you stop and think about it, doesn't it? So, I wanted to give you some examples of things you can do to extend this #GivingTuesday into #GivingDecember. No act of kindness is too small. Here we go:
1) Volunteer your time to Meals on Wheels, a local animal shelter, a homeless shelter, or any local organization. Trust me, especially during this time, they need the help.
2) Instead of buying presents for others, offer to do them a favor. Maybe your brother needs his house cleaned? Merry Christmas! Maybe your mom needs some help organizing some paper work? Merry Christmas! Maybe your sister needs her wash done? Merry Christmas! Ask your loved ones, "what can I do for you to help out?" Everyone appreciates a favor, and they never go out of style.
3) When people ask what you want, tell them, in lieu of presents, take whatever money they were going to spend on your present, and ask them to donate it to your favorite organization.
4) If you have the time, money, means, and responsibility- adopt a shelter pet! A pet is the absolute best gift you could ever give to yourself, and to them. Often times I wonder, when I look at my fur babies, who rescued who? When I'm sad, they're there for me. When they lay on my lap, snuggle up next to me, and give me kitty kisses, they make my heart full of joy. A pet's love is unconditional. You don't find that often in this world.
5) Look at the children in your life. How many toys do they have? The ones in my life have like 9 billion. Get them something small, but instead, open an account for them, and for every holiday and birthday, whatever money you we're going to spend on them, put it in that account. When they're older and they pursue their career goals, they're going to appreciate those funds for college or trade school. I promise you. I wish I had that in my life.
6) I know if you look in your closet, you have more clothes than you wear. Donate them!
7) There's Toys for Tots and collection boxes for jackets/gloves/scarves to help those less fortunate than yourself.
8) Have a potluck with friends and/or family, and just spend quality time together. Memories made are cherished, and less forgotten than that sweater you could've bought them. Start a new tradition with this, and even if you've got friends and/or family that don't look forward to this time of year (it has the highest rate of suicide amongst the entire year), this will give them something to look forward to every year.
9) Never underestimate the joy a homemade present or card bring. You don't need to spend tons of money to make others happy.
10) Above all else, be nice to others. Giving the gift of politeness, compliments, smiles, and joy can make a world of difference to everyone. Everyone is going through their own battle, and sometimes all it takes is a smile to change that person's day.
As I've said before, be the person your pet thinks you are. If you live your life by that sentiment, you'll turn #GivingTuesday into #Giving December, and into #GivingEveryday in no time.
Happy Holidays, my friends!
Kat Von D, my woman crush always, have her studded lipsticks on sale for $12, regularly $21, for Black Friday. And with any Studded Lipstick purchase, came three mini studded lipsticks! You couldn't choose your colors, but the three free were: Lolita, Coven, and Plan 9. I ordered two full size ones too. I've worn most of them and I wanted to review them for you!
The first, and my most favorite, is Wolvesmouth, which is described as a "metallic berry," and is by far my most favorite of the bunch. The color reminds me of blackberries with a little raspberry thrown it. I don't see much in the way of metallic, but that's fine by me. I feel darker colors look better with my skin tone, and I loved the way this looked on me, and apparently so did a lot of others because I got a lot of compliments. It's fierce, and I felt fierce! This one is one I'll wear frequently. And, despite the constant lip balm I applied to my lips, it did last pretty long.
Wolvesmouth is pictured below:
Next is Bauhau5. Don't ask me how to pronounce it, I couldn't tell you. This is described as a "matte deep raspberry" and I feel that it's definitely raspberry, but not a deep raspberry. I do like the color, I think it's pretty, but it's a little brighter than I had anticipated. This one also lasted pretty long overall, and I had a really rough day when I wore it, so I was impressed. Other than wishing it was a little bit darker, I really like it.
Bauhau5 is pictured below:
Next is Lolita, which is a "matte dusty rose" and is probably one of the most popular shades, and after trying it, I can see why. It's a very versatile shade, and it's naturally flattering on everyone who wears it. It goes with pretty much everything you wear too. I actually got a double of this one as my mini, instead of Plan 9 which I'm fine with because that one is an "opaque, deep sea-foam green" and I know I would never wear it. So, I'm gifting the second one for Christmas!
Lolita is pictured below:
The last color is Coven, which is a "matte lavender." You won't see me swatch that, because I'm doing a December giveaway, and that's going to be included in it! Make sure you're following me on IG, because all the details will be on there! I'm hoping to get it posted today! So, keep your eyes peeled!
I love painting my nails, and aside from my lack of patience for them to drive, the other thing that drives me crazy is the fumes. I'm very sensitive to smells, and nail polish, and especially nail polish remover. Talk about a headache. I've actually had this for awhile now, but I have another one I'm using so I wanted to wait to try it until I finished my other one, but today I went ahead and tried it, so I could review it.
First, let me tell you, no harsh odor AT ALL. I didn't really smell much until I tried to, and I mainly smelled the lavender oil. So that was a welcomed and pleasant surprise.
It's oil based, so it is a little oily on your finger when you use it, but that just means that oils, and the Vitamins A, C, and E are all absorbing into your nails, and those are great for nail health and moisturizing. You just want to make sure you wash your nails thoroughly before applying any polish so there's no oil residue left to mess up your manicure and/or pedicure.
The removal process is a little different than what you're used to with regular nail polish remover. First, you saturate a cotton round or cotton ball with the remover, wipe each nail first and let the remover absorb for like half a minute, then proceed to remove the polish. Honestly, I had my hesitations, because I was wearing Pagan, my favorite shade of polish, which is a blackened purple from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I had my doubts, but honestly it came off clean and completely, and I ended up using less than I would've with my normal polish. I only needed two cotton rounds, and the color was completely off! This bottle is 4 oz and cost $11.50, which seems high, but not for how little you use. I can't wait to try it with a glitter polish! That's the real test. I'm going to include a photo of the ingredients below, taken from the Ella + Mila website.
Overall, 2 unpolished thumbs up from me!
Let's take a vote: what's the best meal of the day? If you didn't say brunch, you've been brunching all wrong you're whole life. Brunch is the best of both worlds, breakfast and lunch, meaning you can have pancakes with a side of French fries if you want, washed down with a mimosa or a root beer. You can have a veggie burger with some hash browns and some apple juice. You can have just breakfast, or just lunch. The possibilities are endless, and delicious! The Greyhound Cafe, one of my favorites, offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays only, and it's so good. Kevin and I have vowed to go once a month, at minimum, because it's that good. So, let's talk about one of my most favorite things: food.
Look at all those options! I got myself some banana pancakes, with some potato latkes (minus the onions because ew) and some OJ. Kevin got friend chicken and waffles, which is really fried cauliflower that's breaded and seasoned. As a side note: cauliflower is one of the most versatile foods. Look up some recipes for it, you'll be surprised.
We had gotten there when they just opened so it took a little longer than anticipated to get our food, but it was well worth the wait. In the meantime, let me just show you how awesome my leggings were that day, and my outfit in general:
I'm a black, gray, and white girl. Color isn't my cup of tea, but when I do color, I do purple. Lularoe leggings aren't cheap, but they're so soft and so comfortable, and they don't irritate my tactile sensitivities, and it's like you're not even wearing pants. This pair in particular is like a pale lavender with some of my favorite Disney Villainesses on there. I love Disney, as you know, and I love the Villains just as much as the good guys!
Back to food...
The OJ is literally fresh squeezed, so it's delicious. Potato latkes remind me of my Great Grammy, who used to make them all the time. She was Polish, and a tremendous cook. She passed away when I was 15, but everything she made required, at minimum, one stick of butter. Everything was almost always home made. Her potato latkes were my favorite. I get them in her honor pretty much every time I go, because I miss her dearly, and if I know her, I always think she's looking down saying "I bet they're good, but not as good as mine." Lol. She would be correct, while these are deliciously crunchy, with a side of apple sauce, nothing will ever beat my Great Grammy's, and since she's gone, these are the next best thing.
Now, let's talk banana pancakes. Holy carboload are they good. They're so fluffy, and they have home made "butter" with a side of syrup. And they're huge! You get 3, which is more than enough, and they're chock full of banana slices. I like that they use slices and not chunks, I wanna taste all the bananas because I love bananas! These are my favorite, and I also get these every time I go too. I'm a creature of habit, what can I say? Lol.
Maybe next time, I'll switch it up. If I don't, I know Kevin will. He loved his chicken and waffles, and couldn't believe the chicken was cauliflower based. It also came with French fries, which I may have nibbled on one or seven of them. Potatoes and avocados, I have no limits lol. I will gorge myself until there's no more left. When people talk about "saving half an avocado for later" I just look at them like they have 5 heads. Like, just eat a second avocado lol.
My recommendation? If you're local, tomorrow morning, get up, wear comfy clothes, even if that means your PJs (no one is judging you), and get yourself some brunch at They Greyhound Cafe, and you can thank me later.
This post marks my 300th blog post! Holy cannoli! I can’t believe it! It hasn’t caught on with as many people as I would’ve liked by this point, but I’m so proud of myself for following my passion, which has been to review products and share recipes, and share my own personal experiences as well. I’ve heard some really positive comments from others, and they’ve all made me smile. I’m glad to be spreading the word of veganism and cruelty free living with others, and I hope to continue to inspire others to join they life style.
It’s ironic that my 300th post is also a post about The a Tree Kisser, who has shut her virtual store doors and pursued her passion back to activism. I admire her dearly. And I’m so glad to have been able to make a final purchase from her, donate a little more to help the animals, and grab two pieces I didn’t previously have. These are “vintage” styles if you will, from when she first began, and I’m so happy to add them to my Tree Kisser collection. I was so honored to be her 2nd best customer ever! How exciting is that?! But I will always shop businesses that I respect, and I really respect Jess. So, without any further ado..
We’re gonna begin with the shirt on the left- “Are You Making The World Better Today?”
The message on this one is simple, yet thought provoking. It challenges you. If you’re not making the work better today, why not? Go out there and do it! This T-shirt is white with black writing, and a size M. It’s a little big, but the style is boxy so I expected that. Personally, I think showing a little shoulder is much sexier than having your boobs and/or your butt all out. It’s a classy sexy, so I like that I can wear it and feel pretty and a little saucy, but not slutty. Never underestimate the power of a saucy shoulder! The fabric is super soft, as expected from her shirts, and it’ll match everything I own lol. I love it.
Lastly.. my favorite design “Animals Are No Fabric.”
This is actually my favorite design by her. I love that it's a statement, but it's not overly in your face, but it leaves no questions to be asked or wiggle room. Animals Are Not Fabric. The capital letter and bold design makes that known! I have this design in a sweatshirt, a long sleeve shirt, a tank top, a tshirt I think.. I think almost everything she made it in. Now, despite the fact it looks white in the photos, it's not. It's more like an off-white, kind of like a cream color. This is also a size M so it's a little bigger, but that's the style I prefer.
While I'm sad that these will be my last Tree Kisser purchases ever, I'm gonna rock them while I read Jessica's blog, find some new recipes to try, and watch her IG stories. I always like purchasing from companies that have owners with core beliefs I can follow, and who are just genuinely good people. Do I know her personally? Of course not, but she's a vegan, she's all about helping animals and animal activism, and she's donated over $50,000+ to various animal charities through her store. It's quite simple actually, if you're friend of animals, you're friend of Ashley lol.
I truly hope you decide to keep following her too, even if you're not a vegan, or animal activist. You just might learn something new, and embrace a change! Please join me in wishing her the very best on her new adventure!
And a big thanks to all of you, who read my blog, ask me questions, get inspired, and support me. Cheers to 300 more posts!