Striped and Skirted

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I have a serious obsession with stripes lately. Most of my recent purchases have been striped tees and sweaters with varying sleeve lengths and necklines. My go to shops when stripe shopping are J.Crew and Forever 21. J.Crew has the best classic striped tops while Forever 21 has a wide variety of styles all at budget-friendly prices. This particular tee was a steal from Forever 21 at under $10! I love dressing it up a bet with a statement necklace and vegan leather quilted bag.

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Garden Romance

Free People is one of my go-to brands for everyday wear. They have a ton of cruelty-free clothing which is of course a huge plus for me. Many of their tops are rayon and polyester while they have quite a few cotton and acrylic sweaters that are completely wool free! In addition to the style aesthetic of the brand, they also maintain comfort and wearability with their pieces. The Days of Romance printed blouse in no exception.

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Valentine’s Day Vacation

I’m back with a brand new blog design and cool new feature thanks to Pradux! My posts are now completely shoppable thanks to Pradux! Just mouse over the first image and check out the tags of what I’m wearing. You can even purchase them directly from Pradux! I’ll be continuing to use this feature and have updated my past posts as well so be sure to check those out. Now onto the story behind my Valentine’s Day date look…

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Gluten-Free Thin Mints

Gluten-Free Vegan Thin Mints

Girl Scout cookie season is rapidly approaching and with it comes childhood memories of biting into crunchy Thin Mint cookies and swooning over the pillowy layer of peanut butter in Tagalongs. When Girl Scout cookie season hit last year, I was on the cusp of transitioning from vegetarian to vegan. Yet of course those pesky Girl Scouts persuaded me to buy quite a few boxes of cookies. But after dipping my feet in the water of veganism, I started to loathe those cookies in my cabinet which tempted me with their not-so-vegan ingredients.

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Chocolat Chaud

The Best Vegan Hot Cocoa

My book of choice this winter has been Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas, a food blogger and self-proclaimed “sweet freak”. The memoir chronicles Thomas’s Parisian adventures  sampling all the decadent desserts the city holds. One of which, was Parisian patisserie Angelina’s creamy and ultra dreamy chocolat chaud. After reading just a few sentences of Thomas describing the Parisian treat, I was desiring a cup of hot cocoa myself, vegan of course!

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Breezy Layers

So far, winter in San Diego has just been a cool breeze with lows of 50 degrees leaving me reaching for light sweaters. I purchased this Caslon Open Knit Sweater from Nordstrom last winter and it has been tucked away in my closet for a quite a while now. Its lack of warmth previously posed a challenge in the past but this season it couldn’t be more fitting for the weather. I decided to give it new life by layering a Free People Trapeze Slip Dress underneath it and topping it off with a simple gold necklace from Forever 21. A pair of James Jeans Twiggy Skinny Jeans and vegan faux-leather lace-up boots finished the look. I spotted these Mossimo Khalea Combat Boots at Target and was thrilled to see they are composed of 100% man made materials and they are incredibly similar to the Steve Madden Troopa Boots, which are not vegan-friendly. Finding cute, budget-friendly vegan boots can be challenging, but I’ve found that affordable stores like Target or even ModCloth tend to have quite a few cruelty-free options! These looked so much like genuine leather, I had to check the inner label twice to be sure they weren’t leather!

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Welcome To Vegan À La Mode: A Vegan Fashion and Food Blog

Vegan À La Mode: Vegan Fashion and Food Blog

Welcome to Vegan À La Mode, a vegan fashion and food blog! I’m Karissa, a 21 year old fashion blogger of 5 years and this is my first time focusing my blogging on veganism! I’ve loved fashion since the moment I first laid eyes on the Style Network and have been searching for a way to connect my two passions since becoming a vegan one year ago. Though I had been a vegetarian for almost 5 years before switching to vegan, I was blissfully ignorant when it came to the origins of my leather boots and wool sweaters. Becoming a vegan opened my eyes to the world of cruelty-free living and I sought to make my closet 100% vegan. I’m a devout shopaholic, chocoholic and lover of all things French-related (hence the blog title)! I hope to inspire all my readers (vegan or not) by creating a place where fashion meets compassion. I’ll be posting a mix of cruelty-free fashion looks, delicious recipes and lifestyle posts. I also am looking forward to connecting with others living a compassionate lifestyle so I hope to hear feedback on post suggestions and your own favorite vegan products/recipes! Feel free to reach out by commenting or emailing me!

Enjoy!
Karissa

Photo Credit: Novak Photos

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