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Polka [Dot] Dance | Cardigan + Top + Skinny Jeans + Ankle Boots

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hello! I am currently writing this cuddled up on our couch in a blanket, with Dakota at my feet, in front of our big living room window with the best early 2000s playlist on in the background. Doesn't get better than that, does it? Oh, but wait. It does get better. It's also currently RAINING. I know, I know. A lot of people hate rain but between living in Arizona and now Southern California for the past few years of my life storms have been a scarcity in my life. I have always loved the sound of rain so this is heaven on earth to me right now 😊

Oversized black cardigan: Target
^ I recommend sizing down. I didn't but wish I had!

Black and white polka dot gathered top: Target
[similar - on sale for under $13!]

Raw hem high-waisted skinny jeans (also seen here, here, and here): J.Crew
[similar - currently super on sale!]

Blowfish black ankle boots with buckle detail: Amazon

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

Gold hoop stud earrings (also seen here, here, and here): c/o Happiness Boutique

Gold bracelets (also seen here, here, and here): J.Crew Factory & Madewell via Shopbop

Splendid LA black vegan leather crossbody tote bag (also seen here): Shopbop

So this is totally off topic, but even though I've been blond-er since December, I still get taken aback whenever I see photos of myself with light hair! Does the shock ever wear off? Also, if you know of any great cruelty-free products to help with the extreme dryness, please let me know! I have never before needed hydration in my hair so badly. 

And continuing on with the theme of not staying on topic even a bit but needing recommendations: Next weekend I am headed on a road trip up to Oxnard for work. I've never been up there before. I hear it's gorgeous, and I am very excited! I will be super busy during the days but if you have any evening spots we must see/do - especially vegan-friendly spots - please share those too! Thank you!!

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Gift Guide | Last Minute Vegan Valentine's Day Ideas

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Happy almost Valentine's Day!

Did you forget Valentine's is just a matter of days away? Me too, me too... Thankfully though, if you have access to an Amazon Prime account you can have vegan and cruelty-free presents delivered and ready to go in time for your significant other, family member, friend, or any loved one on your list! All of the below gift ideas are via Amazon, and many are eligible for free two-day shipping!

* You can order directly by clicking on the photo of each item. *

🍫 Put together a vegan-friendly candy basket

Pretty cute and festive, eh? Some of my personal favorites are included. (Side note: Putting this together felt like torture to myself since Matt and I are still doing our plant-based Whole30.)


🛀 Create a vegan and cruelty-free self-care set

Or you can always purchase a pre-made one. Either way, it's perfect for the homebody love of your life!


👕 Try something more traditional

Think along the lines of cozy clothing items, cookbooks to try the recipes out together, etc.


🐖 Make a donation in their name to an animal protection nonprofit

This is my personal favorite option, and it's great for those who don't want/need any material goods. Some of the top-rated animal charities are The Humane League, Animal Equality, Animal Place, Mercy For Animals, and Farm Sanctuary. You can also consider making a donation to a favorite animal rescue near their city. (Personally, my favorite local to San Diego sanctuary is Farm Animal Refuge in Campo, California!)

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If you need more ideas, check out past LunaVida cruelty-free and vegan gift guides here. If you are more the type to celebrate by spending quality time rather than exchanging presents (which is 100% Matt and me seeing as gift giving is the last Love Language for both of us), check out some inexpensive and free date ideas here!

Do you celebrate V-Day or do you prefer to skip right over it each year?

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