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Wish I Could Come But I'll Be Home With My Cat | Tee + Skinny Jeans + Jacket + Slides

Monday, April 23, 2018

Hi there! Who else is a borderline recluse homebody? For as long as I can remember, I've always been the type who prefers to stay home rather than "going out." Honestly? I don't particularly like crowds of people - and I really pride myself on creating a cozy space in my homes. (There have been a lot of homes over the years, thanks to the fact that I am a millennial. #ForeverRenter) Thankfully I found a partner who also loves staying in with our fur kids as much as I do. This is all to say that I kinda feel like the t-shirt in today's post was created specifically for me. (It wasn't.) 🙆 Because at the end of the day, I do wish I could come but I will most certainly be home with my cats.

"Wish I Could Come But I'll Be Home With My Cat" white t-shirt: The Daily Tay

Olive green military jacket (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy

Light-wash ripped skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Target

Black satin frayed crossband slide sandals: Target - 20% off with code 'SHOES" for a limited time!

Madewell gold circle ring (also seen here & here): Shopbop

24K gold personalized roman numeral cuff bracelet (also seen here): c/o oNecklace - on sale!

Cognac belt (also seen here, here & here): Gap

Do you enjoy hittin' the town? I do about twice a year. Other than that though? On any given Saturday night, you can most likely find Matt, our babes, and me sittin' on our couch binge-watching the newest Netflix docu-series and eating vegan food. (Just the way I like it!!)

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Trip Tips | How to Travel as a Vegan

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Who else has the itch to travel now that those beautiful spring temps have finally arrived? 🙋 This time of year makes me wish adult spring breaks and annual summer vacations were a real thing. And speaking of needing a trip, I previously wrote a tiny bit about my experience of traveling to Harry Potter World as a vegan and the difficulties that can arise - if you don't plan ahead. I asked if anyone would want a blog post about how to travel as a vegan and the answer was "Uh... sure?" so here we are! Gaze below for the wisdom of a little over a year 1,000 suns.

Plan ahead - first and foremost

This probably seems pretty obvious; however, if not for my mom, I wouldn't have planned nearly enough for our Orlando trip a few months ago. I would've just winged it, assuming I'd be fine - in which case I would've been pretty unsatisfied with my food options the entire time. We didn't have a car while in Florida and we were staying on property at Universal Studios; therefore traveling anywhere to get food would have cost more since we'd have to hail a Lyft every time. Thanks though to the wisdom granted only to mothers it seems, my own suggested using Amazon Prime Now. It offered cheap delivery and plenty of plant-based snack options. This service ended up saving the day because after researching online for vegan options actually sold in the amusement park, I realized they were pretty bleak for a whole day extravaganza. (High praises to Mom and Amazon!)

Look at all your options (AKA vegan-ize pre-offered items on the menu)

Sometimes you may be at a chain restaurant, for example, and assume there is nothing for you on the menu. Do a little research on a vegan's BFF -- Google, of course -- and see what you can do to make your own menu items. Oftentimes it's as simple as asking for no butter on the potatoes or substituting tomatoes for the cheese.

Download the Happy Cow app

This is an app I have on my phone that I forget about all too often even though it's pretty much a Godsend lifesaver. (Okay, that's a hyperbole but it is super helpful all the same.) You pay a one-time fee (I believe it was $4.99) and then have unlimited access to it. In my opinion, it is 100% worth the minuscule investment. You can open the app wherever you are and see what veg-friendly options are in the area, as well as reviews and people's recommendations. The minimum effort in return for maximum convenience factor makes it the perfect plant-based travel companion.

Pack as many snacks as if you have a cranky toddler in tow that you need to bribe to behave

If you're hopping on a plane for your trip you can almost always count on airline food to be... less than vegan-friendly. That said, if you're like me and need to eat every few hours to avoid getting hangry, make certain to pack yourself plenty of snacks in your carry-on luggage. (One of my personal favorite go-tos is vegan jerky. This brand is SO GOOD.) *Pro tip: Be sure to leave enough food for your travels back, too. (I struggle with the self-control this takes if I'm being honest with you... I love me some snacks.)

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So there you have it - my vegan travel tips! Seeing as I have only been plant-based since January 2017, I haven't taken a ton of trips yet; thus, this is the small amount of knowledge I've gained so far. If you have any of your own tips to share (especially for international travel), please share in the comments!

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Pastel Pink | Wrap Dress + Stacked Heels + Clutch

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hey there! When did it get to be mid-April? I ask this because, if you didn't know, for the past six months I've been working on a ballot measure that aims to reduce the suffering of animals on factory farms. We are so close to our goal and only have a few days left, so it's both a very exciting and exhausting time! After this phase, it makes it onto the California ballot in November. After that? It changes the world for the better, people! I'm incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to work with this amazing group of human beings, and I'm so excited to see our future unfold to be less cruel. 💚

Blush pink ruffled wrap dress with bell-sleeves: c/o PinkBlush
Breaking News: After years of gazing lovingly at them from afar, I finally tried out wrap dresses. (I know what you're thinking. And yes. I am so, so brave.) This blush pink was perfect for spring so I couldn't resist. And boy oh boy, am I glad I went for it because this dress is going to be a new go-to.
How perfect would it be for spring weddings?! Pretty darn perfect, that's how.

Report nude strappy stacked heel sandals (also seen here, here & here): Famous Footwear
[similar - on sale!]

24K gold customized roman numeral cuff bracelet (also seen here): c/o oNecklace

Madewell gold circle ring (also seen here): Shopbop

Wooden clutch (also seen here, here & here): c/o Uncommon Goods

Gold half moon necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique

(This is WAY off topic now but... Remember when I said I colored my hair for the first time ever? Well, this here is the first ever LunaVida post featuring said new hair! I can't imagine going back now. Every hairdo I do now automatically looks more interesting. Why oh why did I wait so long to bayalage?!)

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Casual & Converse | Cardigan + Tank + Skinny Jeans + Sneakers

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hi! As I'm sure you are aware, we are well into spring at this point; therefore, this outfit post may very well be the last featuring a sweater for a while. 😱 (Boo though, because I actually like that we can still wear sweaters right now. However, I suppose that would be a different story if we were still dealing with a "real" winter in April...) I will say, though, that I am super excited for what this next season of life has in store over the coming months!

Rare cameo by Kingsley (Hi, sweet boy!)

Gray chunky knit cardigan (also seen here & here): Target

Coral "Born to roam" graphic print tie-up tank: Ross

Kensie dark wash high-waisted skinny jeans (also seen here): Marshalls

Blue Converse Chuck Taylor All Star "Shoreline" slip-on sneakers: DSW - on sale!

Silver triangle hoop drop earrings (also seen here, here & here): Target

Cognac belt (also seen here, here & here): Gap

As my top today alludes, this lady is ready for a warm-weather road trip. Matt and I have actually never been further north in California than LA. We keep saying we need to plan a trip up the coast and see Big Sur, Yosemite, all the famous pretty lakes, our friends up in San Francisco, etc, etc, etc. This state has so much to offer but, even 1.5 years in of living here, we find ourselves still exploring our own city's gems!

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Marooned | Oversized Cardigan + Ripped Jeans + Ankle Boots

Monday, April 2, 2018

Happy Monday to one and all! Last week I did something that I've never done in my 29 years of existence... I got my hair colored for the first time ever! It was something I had been considering for the past few months (this is because, in my 28th year, a spread of white hairs decided to pop up on my head. I suppose maybe it was to act as a constant reminder that I am getting close to 30?) but was way too scared to do. Thankfully Katie at Rinse Salon gave me my dream bayalage - and helped blend those white hairs!

Black and white print oversized cardigan (also seen here & here): The Blue Door Boutique

Maroon cold shoulder top (also seen here & here): Marshalls

Light-washed ripped skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Target

Beige ankle boots (also seen here, here & here): Macy's

Black "Ruby" oversized sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): DIFF Charitable Eyewear

Black crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): Target

I've previously mentioned my love for cruelty-free brand Kenra before. Most recently I've added the Kenra Platinum Luxe One to my hairstyling repertoire and, guys, it's a gamechanger. It protects from heat damage and leaves my hair SO soft for days. You can buy it at Ulta and try for yourself!

Are you experiencing those springtime feels yet? We are having them on and off over here in SD. It'll be gloomy one minute and sunny the next. Fine by me though because I don't really want to unpack all my warm weather clothes just yet if I'm being totally honest 😬

PS: There are only a couple more days to enter the oNecklace giveaway so don't forget to get your entries in here!

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