Stop everything! Nana is back! This woman gives me life!! Though she may not remember it, she was the first person to introduce me to hummus, Ezekiel bread, pancakes, and organic food. She was the one who encouraged me to become a dancer, and then supported me with all her heart when I decided to switch to acting. And when I became infatuated with healthy eating, she was the one who told me I should pursue it as a career, and that decision has made my life so sweet.
Amen, the world is changing!! When I became vegan 5.5 years ago, there were only a handful of stylish, fair-trade, and sustainable brands selling vegan bags. Until earlier this year I was relying on Forever 21 and Target for my on-trend animal-free accessories; then I started learning about the exploitative and environmentally unfriendly practices of fast fashion companies. Just like before giving up animal-based food, I tried to justify purchasing fast fashion. I used excuses like “I don’t have enough money” and “globalization is good”. Thankfully my boyfriend had sworn off fast fashion before I did, and he challenged me to start making more ethical purchasing decisions. Lucky for me, in 2016 there are so many amazing vegan bag brands who are also committed to fair-trade, safe working conditions, and environmental sustainability!
I had the best time creating this video and modeling these stunning vegan bags. I also loved putting together this long list (down below) of other ethical handbag companies. Vegan fashion is here to stay! I’m so excited to learn about new companies, and watch them all grow.
There are as many vegan breakfasts as there are non-vegan b-fasts, and they’re even yummier 😋 I hope this video gives you ideas about what you could be eating for breakfast. Make sure to visit my recipe page for many many more vegan recipes (many are healthier than what you see in this video).
Within the last year I have fallen in love with having my nails done (vegan & 5-free nail polish only, of course). You’ll rarely spot me without at least a clear coat on my finger nails, and my toenails are never bare. Part of what sparked my interest in nail polish is the growth of the vegan and non-toxic beauty revolution. As vegan food has grown in popularity since I changed my diet, so have vegan and cruelty-free beauty products. There are so many incredible companies making high-quality, non-toxic, and animal friendly products you’ll have no problem finding exactly what you’re looking for!
The 4th of July is almost here, and I’m making raw coconut cupcakes to celebrate! Moist, sweet, decadent, and even healthy, these cupcakes are the perfect accompaniment for fireworks, BBQs, and time spent with the ones you love.
To make these no-bake raw cupcakes I used shredded coconut, almonds, and ZICO coconut water to make the batter moist and rich. For the icing I used creamy and refreshing coconut cream topped with fresh berries. These raw coconut cupcakes are so easy to make, but they look so fancy––ideal for impressing friends 🙂
We shot this cupcake video over the course of 3 days in New York City. Our first stop was Governor’s Island to capture the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower in the background. I had never been there, but I think it would be an amazing place to watch the fireworks from on the 4th. I didn’t want to, but we even filmed in Times Square. I usually avoid that area, but I’m so glad we went. People from every corner of the globe were everywhere I looked, smiling and taking pictures with their families in front of the American flag.