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What To Wear To a Late Summer or Early Fall Wedding

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

As I recently mentioned, Matt and I are headed on a road trip this month for my best friend since 6th grade's wedding (hooray, Roxanne and Lele!). The wedding is outside of Denver, Colorado during that spectacular late summer/early fall. This time of year is personally my favorite for a wedding - buuut it also can be difficult to dress for as a guest. Therefore, today I am sharing some ideas of what you can wear if you have any upcoming nuptial celebrations and aren't sure what to wear for those 80-degree daytime and 60-degree evening weather days. All you have to do is bring a nice jacket or sweater to layer on once the sunsets (and the party begins)!

Side note: These picks would also work well for a rehearsal dinner outfit too if you're a part of the bridal party and wearing a bridesmaid dress on the actual big day.

Casual outdoor wedding

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Conservative wedding

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Fancier affair

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What is your go-to look for a late summer/early fall wedding? I mean, obviously a simple white dress is always a hit for a wedding guest to wear. Can't go wrong with a classic! (Kiiiidding. Please don't kill me, brides.)

PS: The road trip up to Colorado is sure to be stunning. We're making stops in Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Denver, Santa Fe, and Phoenix so be sure to follow along on IG @alliegee319 to see all the sights!

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Transitioning Your Wardrobe From Summer To Fall

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Happy (practically) fall! This time of year is always welcomed in my book. I love that we start to wake up to those crisp mornings, the daytime warms up, and then it's back to chilly evenings all within 24 hours. As lovely as summertime may be, autumn is by far my preferred season. No matter where I've lived throughout my life, this time of year has always been my favorite. The only downfall each September? Determining how to best utilize my wardrobe when it's cool early on in the days but hot by noon. That's where flowy sleeveless tops, distressed cropped jeans, ankle boots, and the like (AKA pretty much the exact outfit in today's post) come in the save the day! Breezy for the rising afternoon temps but super easy to add on a cardigan for the nighttime 💁

Flowy rust print top with lace detail: Target

Guess light wash ripped girlfriend jeans (also seen here, here & here): Macy's

Perforated cut out heeled ankle boots: Target

Wooden clutch (also seen herehere & here): c/o UncommonGoods

Hammered silver cuff bracelet (also seen here, here & here): Souvenir from our trip to Greece

Speaking of love and autumn, Matt and I are headed on a big road trip soon with the pups! We are headed up to my BFF's wedding in Colorado (YAY! - more on that to come), where the fall "ViBeZ" should be flowing! I am so ready for the cooler weather, leaves changing, and warm cups of coffee out on the front porch. Basic? Sure. Do I care? Absolutely not ;)

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5 Easy Ways to Veganize Your Everyday Life

Thursday, September 6, 2018

As I've previously mentioned, it took me 14 years to go vegetarian, and then another nearly 14 years after that to go vegan. That being said, I truly, fully, deeply understand the need for some of us to go plant-based in steps. Therefore, today I am sharing some simple ways to "veganize" your daily life because any progress forward is better than none at all!

1.) Stop buying clothing, furniture, etc. that contains animal byproducts

For me, my first step into vegandom was going plant-based in my diet. Shortly after I followed suit in my entire lifestyle by only purchasing cruelty-free items and the like. This included no longer buying leather, suede, etc. Today's faux versions of these materials are just as pretty and last a long time - but best of all, they don't involve animals being skinned and killed!

2.) Purchase only cruelty-free products

Certain products, such as cosmetics and cleaning supplies, conduct tests on animals. These tests are extremely painful (and totally unnecessary). You can vote with your dollar each time you shop by no longer supporting the companies who partake in these outdated practices. *Looking for an easy way to see which brands are cruelty-free? Use the Logical Harmony website to check in a matter of seconds!*

3.) Switch out meat and dairy products for substitutes

I get it. Meat and cheese products taste good to a lot of people. But when you actually think about the fact that they come from innocent bodies, we quickly realize that is gross and directly causes extensive harm (and in the case of meat, death) to the animals they come from. If you're not ready to totally transition to a plant-based diet, start with just a day or two per week, such as Meatless Mondays or eating veg only on the weekends. There are so many delicious and affordable "fake" meats, milk, cheeses, ice creams, butter, and even eggs (!) these days that contribute to less suffering of animals and our planet. Some of the easiest to find crowd favorite brands include Gardein, Follow Your Heart, So Delicious, Miyoko's Creamery, and even Trader Joe's! (See some of my personal go-tos here and here.)

4.) Support your local veg-friendly businesses

Even if you're not totally vegan yet you can still patron your local plant-based and cruelty-free companies! Show your support for their animal saving missions by spending your hard-earned money at their establishments. My all-time favorite restaurants have been the vegan spots we've discovered in Southern California. (See some of our most visited here. I am serious - their food is better than any I've ever had in my lifetime. And all the better that they don't pay for any suffering in their supply chain!)

5.) To all my fellow Californians: Vote YES on Prop 12 in the November election!

This one isn't necessarily about veganizing your life; however, I included it since it is a super simple way to help improve the welfare of certain farm animals. You can learn more about this ballot measure here.

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Have you been thinking of cutting back on your meat and/or dairy intake? If so, what's your advice to help it stick? If not, what's holding you back? (You can do it!)

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