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Guest Editor: Jackie Johnson of Natch Beaut

This month’s Guest Editor is Jackie Johnson, founder and host of Natch Beaut, a fun podcast all about modern trends, cruelty-free beauty and skincare, and the golden years known as the late 90s to early 2000s. We chatted with Jackie about why she started her podcast, her favorite LA vegan sushi spot, and Weird Al (um, you will have to read on to find out…)

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Image via Jackie Johnson

How start doing a podcast?
I have been doing live comedy in LA for several years, and last year I got really into Snapchat. I discovered it as a way to directly address my audience in a conversational way, and people started watching and the audience grew. Through the growth, I was encouraged by some fellow comedians to parlay this into a podcast so more people could find me and hear what I was doing. I knew doing a podcast on something as visual as makeup might sound crazy, but I had a hunch it would work if I handled it correctly. And a few months later, Natch Beaut was born!

What is your biggest challenge with producing a podcast? biggest reward?
The biggest challenge I have personally is relinquishing control. I planned an all vegan wedding last year and learned that about myself- I am a control freak. Luckily, I trust my producer Steven Ray Morris along with the entire team at Feral audio implicitly, and they help guide me down this path of team work. I still answer every email I receive myself because the audience is very important to me. I want them to know I am grateful for them for spending an hour of their week with me. The biggest reward hands down are the daily messages I get saying I have opened so many people’s minds up to the plant-based lifestyle and cruelty-free makeup and skincare world. Natch Beaut gives full transparency about the harsh truths of the beauty industry that no one really talks about, and I love that so many listeners have vowed to no longer support these injustices with their wallets!

How do you partner with Feral Audio – explain what they are?
Feral Audio is a “fiercely independent” podcast network (like a TV network, but for podcasts instead of TV shows), which means they host Natch Beaut on their server and allow me to record in their beautiful studio. Every show on Feral is 100% creator-owned, uncut, and unfiltered. When I started shopping Natch Beaut around, I knew I wanted it to be on Feral for those reasons. Plus, the name makes me think of kitties and raises important awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering your pets! We can all get behind that message.

Why is cruelty-free beauty important to you?
Beauty to me is not about achieving perfection. It is about self-care, taking time for yourself, and feeling like the most confident and best version of yourself. As a vegan and an animal lover, having animals harmed for the sake of my beauty would be an absolute irony of the entire point. We can all look beautiful and feel beautiful, animals included, without anyone being hurt in the process.

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Who inspires you?

My sister, who makes motherhood of two look easy. She still hot rollers her hair every day and had both of her babies all-natural at home. She is beautiful, inside and out, and has eaten a plant-based diet since she was a child.

My dog Chooch because she lives her life with such wild trust and unconditional love of all people and things. She is also vegan and the most gorgeous creature I’ve ever seen.

Lisa Simpson for being one of the first people (albeit a cartoon person) for first presenting me with the idea of not eating animals if you love them.

Weird Al Yankovic for being one of my first big comedic inspirations, as well as a longtime friend to the animals.

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Image via Jackie Johnson

What is your morning routine?
The first thing I do every morning is take Chooch on a walk. Then I wash my face with my face wash du jour. Right now I am all about Source Vital apothecary, which is an all-natural, cruelty-free skin care line out of my home state of Texas. I love their algae deep cleanse, and their custom facial cocktail has changed my life. I would bathe in it if I could! I also ALWAYS sunscreen my face and neck. I’ll give the hair and teeth a good brushing as well. I may or may not do makeup, as I love to take a break and enjoy a natch-faced day when I can. I also start every morning with a cup of organic jasmine green tea with a splash of almond milk. I am a big tea lady! And I will most likely check all of my social medias a few times throughout this whole process, let’s be honest.

 

What is your favorite restaurant?
I love the all-vegan sushi restaurant in Los Angeles called Shojin. I have every birthday/anniversary/excuse to celebrate there that I can. They have truly elevated the art of vegan cuisine there, and they are also so ridiculously nice there. The bathroom is also very cute. Go eat there and go in the bathroom and you will see what I mean!

…vacation?
My husband and I love to travel! We love to go on local trips in California, like to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, or down to San Diego where the vegan cuisine scene is top-notch. We did a Euro trip for our Honeymoon and it was absolutely magical. We also love a short jaunt to Vegas for some slot machine action and our favorite vegan pizza place, Slice of Vegas inside of Mandalay Bay!

…Drink?
I don’t drink alcohol, but if I could drink a cold pressed juice from Kreation juice every day of my life, it would be the ultimate #LifeGoals. Everything in that place is delicious and makes my life brighter, although my favorite is the illuminate juice! It is truly the organic nectar of the Gods.

…Thing to do in LA?
I love taking my dog to the beach. She comes to life when her paws hit that sand. She also loves to sunbathe, which she got from her mom (although I SPF myself to a comical degree!) My favorite one is the Huntington Dog Beach. We always get lunch at Vegan Nirvana beforehand, so it’s not an entirely selfless excursion.

If you could have dinner with any 4 people in the world, who would they be?
This is a very difficult question, as I love having dinner with people and have a lot of favorites:

Paul McCartney because he means more to me than any person in the world I’ve never met for many reasons (He is a Beatle, he is a longtime animal advocate, and I like to think on some level that he is my dad.)

Howard Stern because I have been listening to him for so many years and following his life and career. We spend so many countless hours together- it would be nice for me to finally be able to respond to the conversation.

Weird Al. Is it weird that I’ve mentioned him twice in this post? Too late cause I’m going there.

And, Adam my husband who is my favorite person in the world to dine with.

Any advice for budding entrepreneurs?
Just do it. I waited for years to start my podcast because I kept talking myself out of it. “There are already so many podcasts; no one will listen to it. Get a life and stop listening to so much Weird Al, ya goof!” I was just afraid of “failure” or of what people might think. I was being lame. Don’t be lame like me. Put your art into the world. It will resonate with people who appreciate it and that is truly the only thing that matters. Do YOU, honey!

 

Guest Editor: Suzi, Founder & Blogger of Gurl Gone Green

This month’s Guest Editor is Suzi from Gurl Gone Green. She talks about her nontoxic beauty and skincare journey, her inspiration, and her favorite food (p.s. you can find a recipe in our blog here!).

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Why did you become a natural blogger?

After reading a book called No More Dirty Looks, I realized what was in my products was anything but pretty and I needed to make the switch. I had already switched over to clean eating, so this was the next step towards a natural lifestyle. I knew I wanted to share what I had learned with others in hopes that they to would transition to a toxic free life.

 

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Instagram @ GurlGoneGreen

How do you balance your career with being a mom?

 

Oh man, this is a hard question! It’s a challenge for sure. For me it’s about taking advantage of nap times, and at night when they’re sleeping. My husband is so great and will take the girls when I need to get something done. We always say we’re a team and I fully believe it. He helps me with a lot of the technical aspect of blogging, which is huge! I think overall planning is key. If I don’t plan things out, then I set myself up for failure.

What one piece of advice do you have for new bloggers?

I would say just be consistent and write from your passion. It’s easy to get focused on what everyone else is doing but I would just focus on what you want to do, then you’ll be effective. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Just be you, that’s what people love as corny as it may sound.

Why is nontoxic beauty and skincare so important to you?

I know firsthand the toxins lurking in the beauty industry. Being a cosmetologist I’ve seen it in hair products, skincare and makeup. It’s important because if we don’t advocate for cleaner products, then this is what my daughter’s are going to grow up using. It’s about making this world safer for the next generation. Knowing that I did my part to help protect my girls and others against toxins is a great feeling.

Who inspires you?

My brother. He is the first person that really challenged me to take my health seriously and helped me switch over to eating clean. Then he raised the bar and challenged me to look into cleaner beauty products. I’m so thankful for his passion to live life to the fullest, because it’s caused me to challenge myself!

What is your morning routine?

I go to the gym with my sister-workout for an hour. I always listen to a podcast while working out-me time. Come home, shower, wash my face, brush my teeth, do my makeup, blow dry my hair and then feed my youngest daughter(7 months). Then I make a smoothie for myself.

How did you decide to start a podcast?

I love listening to podcasts! Really that’s what started me thinking I should start one. I just really love learning as much as a I can and getting other people’s perspectives. I thought what better way than to start a podcast and share all of the nuggets with my audience. Plus, it’s totally different than writing and thought it might be nice to have something in a new format.

What is the most challenging about being a blogger?

One word that comes to mind is juggling. You’re constantly being pulled in a lot of directions. I could spend a day just responding to e-mails alone! Then you have new content you want to create, plus be consistent on social media, people want to interview you, you need to get new photos taken, update your website…etc. There’s just a lot of constant juggling happening. I’ve become an avid list maker-helps a ton!

What is the most rewarding thing?

Getting e-mails or messages telling you how your blog has changed someone’s life and how they’ve switched over their products. People will tell me how much the podcast has helped them. It makes it all worth it and so rewarding. It’s what it’s all about.

 

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Instagram @ Cafe Gratitude

What is your favorite food? drink? restaurant? place to vacation?
Mexican is definitely my fave. Give me some chips and guac and I’m good! I’m a lover of sparkling water-add some lemon or lime makes it even better. My favorite restaurant is definitely Cafe Gratitude even though we don’t have one where I live. Every time I go to L.A. I have to hit it up-so good! Hawaii is definitely my favorite vacation spot-nothing beats the beach.

What one (or 3) words best describes you?

Passionate, driven, consistent

We hope you enjoyed reading about one of our favorite women in vegan lifestyle. Thank you for visiting the LOVE GOODLY blog, where we promote a cruelty-free and nontoxic lifestyle!

Guest Editor: Jen From Cuddles and Chaos

This week, LOVE GOODLY sits down with wellness blogger Jen – founder and creator of Cuddles and Chaos. We find out how this “real life mom from the suburbs of New York City” navigates through her daily life and her tips on going gluten free!

 

What is the biggest challenge you face balancing family, work, and personal health? 

When you think of balance when it comes to yoga or surfing or tight rope walking, it’s actually constant motion. Lots of tiny little movements to compensate and keep everything from tipping too far in one direction or another. Balance in our lives is no different, but somehow we aren’t conditioned to think of it the same way.

My biggest problem is beating myself up when I’m tipping too far in one direction instead of just taking a deep breath and trying to refocus and adjust my priorities.

What advice do you have for other mothers trying to balance these areas in their lives?

Give yourself a break. No matter what social media tells you, no one has their shit completely together. We’re all just doing the best we can. Some days, your kids are going to need every last bit of attention you’ve got. Your work and sanity might suffer that day, but as long as you keep realigning, everything will be ok. The universe will not implode. The earth will keep spinning.

And if things don’t feel right? Make a change. This bit of encouragement from Dallas Clayton is one of my favorite things to turn to when I start to feel overwhelmed: Make a list of things that make you happy. Make a list of things you do every day. Compare the lists. Adjust accordingly.

Share with us your top three wellness tips.

1.     It’s not all or nothing. I don’t know about you, but the second I have a moment of weakness, I’m ready to throw in the towel and dive face first into a bowl of chocolate. When you do something that doesn’t contribute to your wellness, you should acknowledge it, think about how you can react differently to the situation next time, and let it go. The same is true for trying to make positive changes for your wellness. You don’t have to do it all at once. Start small and build off of that. I’ve been trying to do that with my monthly wellness challenges.

2.     Hydrate. Until recently I was admittedly terrible at making sure I drank enough water throughout the day. But I challenged myself to focus on it one month (and I tracked my progress to make sure I wasn’t lying to myself) and my skin is clearer, I have more energy and less headaches. I feel like a new woman!

3.     Self-care is essential. As a mom, it’s easy to put myself last. I have small humans who rely on me for so much. But if you don’t take care of yourself, everyone will suffer. You can’t give your all when you’re a shell of a human. This means getting sleep. It means setting time aside to exercise. It means carving out pockets of time to do things that you love and to do it in peace.

Has being gluten free changed other areas in your life?

Going gluten free made me much more aware of my body. It’s amazing to see symptoms that you weren’t even fully aware of (like bloating, skin issues, and brain fog) disappear when you remove foods that don’t agree with you. It’s made me pay closer attention to the other foods that I eat and how they affect me. It also made me pay closer attention to my skin care products and how they affect me. Reading Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore of SW Basics drove that point home even harder.

What is your favorite new gluten free food or recipe?

I was always a big fan of pasta. Since I haven’t found many gluten free pastas that taste like the real deal (especially texturally), I’ve gone the veggie route. I’m absolutely obsessed with zucchini noodles with pesto or hummus. It’s not the same as pasta, but I’m ok with that now. I also really like brown rice salads, especially in the summer months. We make them similar to pasta salads with lots of fresh veggies. We just sub brown rice for pasta.

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What is the hardest thing about being gluten free, e.g. eating out, explaining to friends?

The hardest thing for me has been tuning out other people’s opinions. I gave up gluten after bloodwork came back inconclusive for celiac. My doctor said I might have a sensitivity to it and suggested I eliminate it from my diet for a few weeks. It’s my life. I should be able to do what makes me feel good. But people like to spout their opinions. People have told me that gluten sensitivities are made up or accused me of jumping on a weight loss fad bandwagon (nevermind that weight loss was never the reason behind it). I’ve even had waiters spout off about how everyone thinks bread is evil now.

What advice do you have for people transitioning to a gluten free lifestyle?

Google is your best friend. For real. It’s insane how many things have gluten hidden inside them (from spices to soy sauce to things that get cross contaminated, like oats). When I first started, I Googled everything. I also make sure to check out menus before I go to restaurants. Many places clearly list their gluten free options now.

Shop LOVE GOODLY’s favorite Gluten free products here!

Guest Editor: Halle Jacobs – Our Summer Intern!

Our summer intern – Halle Jacobs has been a vegan advocate since she was a little girl! It would be hard not to be when her mom is the owner and founder of Real Food Daily! Read on to find out what it’s like growing up vegan and why it’s so much more than a “hipster fad”…

While sharing lunch with a friend one third grade afternoon, she offered me a bite of a small, circular shaped potato-type food. After popping it in my mouth, I exclaimed, “wow, this is really chewy! What is it?”.

Her response that “it’s chicken” prompted me to immediately spit the bite out onto the grass and reminded her, “I’m vegan!”.

“Oops, sorry, I forgot”, she responded.

“I’ve never eaten meat”, I said.

She raised her eyebrows, her eyes widen, and she craned her neck forward with her jaw dropped – a look of astonishment on her face. Baffled, she ask, “but how? It tastes so good!”.

I responded with, “it’s just how my parents raised me”.

Born into a vegan family, I’ve grown up with the smell of home-baked granola wafting from the kitchen instead of cheerios drenched in frothy white milk; on family road trips, we always make sure find the local natural foods store rather than drive(ing) ‘thru’ Burger King for a quick meal. The first time I ate (or rather, picked at the ‘vegetables’ that rested on the crinkly romaine lettuce of my salad) at McDonald’s on a school trip was also the first time I was exposed to the the opposite end of the vast array of foods in the public spectrum. Until stepping outside the comfortable world within my vegan upbringing, I was naîve to what lay beyond its borders. However, in recent years, I’ve come to realize that it’s more significant than a diet I’ve passively assumed because of my alternative childhood, but rather a lifestyle I’ve chosen in order to best represent my personal values and worldview. My vegan mindset has opened its borders to a flood of influences outside of food, with immigrants including sustainable household products, an eco-friendly and cruelty-free beauty regime, and overall informed and conscious consumer practices.

Some believe that veganism is a restrictive diet for those lose trying to lose weight or young, ‘hipster’ college students. Au contraire, being vegan provides the opportunity to grow as a ‘foodie’ and, most significantly, a conscious consumer. Veganism goes far beyond the parameters of just a plant-based diet. It’s a lifestyle that finds its way into every action you take and every purchase you make. As a high-school student, I found this especially applicable to my experience growing up in the consumer-driven mindset of Los Angeles.  

While broadening my vegan diet to an all encompassing lifestyle, I’ve grown hyper-aware of the products I buy, their ingredients, and the environmental implications. It’s easy to spend hours at the grocery store, cross-examining labels and double-checking ingredients or scouring a restaurant menu for the right meal choice as the waiter painfully attempts to aid in your quest to find the right option that can be prepared vegan. The ingredients that blend the increasingly popular organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free, nut-free, dairy-free (and, of course, vegan!) smoothies from one of the many popular juiceries found in Los Angeles are often colorfully displayed on a chalkboard above the array of blenders visible to all customers: you can literally see your smoothie being made. However, beauty products are quite different. The components of your favorite grapefruit body soap, coconut hand lotion, or peachy-pink blush are not displayed right before the buyer, considering that not many purchase their beauty products directly from the laboratory they’re made in.

I’ve become a strong advocate for cruelty-free beauty products, however the harmful chemicals and the ensuing environmental impacts of the beauty industry had yet to draw my attention until my first makeup purchase. Since I attended an all-girls school, my interest in makeup was delayed until my 16th birthday, whereupon I entered Nordstrom’s beauty section, pacing the aisles, frantically searching each brand name on my iPhone to decide whether to consider purchasing their makeup products based on their environmental philosophy. Afterwards, I immediately rushed home to clear out my assortment of hair products and body washes that failed to meet sustainable standards.

[Is your mouth watering yet?! Real Food Daily is Southern California’s premier organic plant-based restaurant (and my family’s restaurant!) that serves a quality, authentic, creative, and nutritionally balanced menu. Since 1993, RFD has been a cherished destination where community happens around education, connection and hospitality, over delicious, accessible food that’s real.]

Nevertheless, it proved difficult to easily find products that fit all of the key search words: non-toxic, cruelty-free, organic, sustainable, and vegan. The beauty of Love Goodly allows the conscious consumer to take a break and, while scrolling through their website, find products they love without hours of scrutinizing tiny labels with unpronounceable words. In turn, by opening my mind’s borders to a lifestyle rich in challenges and growth, I’ve found an ally in Love Goodly.

 


Guest Editor: Alexis Farah – Founder of RandomActsofLipstick.com

After nine years in New York City — and beauty editorial gigs at a magazine and website under my belt — I packed up and moved to the West (best) Coast to launch my own brand, RandomActsOfLipstick.com. In my “free” time I love to explore the city by way of paddle board, hiking, biking, and sitting in hours of traffic (just kidding, I don’t actually enjoy the latter but it’s certainly a right of passage for Los Angeles!). I never leave home without the perfect red lipstick and SPF 30+,” Alexis Farah

Find out more about the powerhouse behind RandomActsofLipstick.com after the jump!

What do you do?
 
The beauty of my job is that no two days look alike. As a freelance writer, I create lifestyle content (think beauty, nutrition, and relationships) for websites like Dermstore.comSelf.com,EverydayHealth.com, etc.
 
I also spend quite a bit of time helping brands with social media strategy (if you’re not on Snapchat – stop what you’re doing and sign up now!) and work with beauty companies on different video campaigns. 
 

My passion project — and hopefully my full-time job one day — is my spanking new site, RandomActsOfLipstick.com. On the website I curate content that combines beauty + giving back and even have a shopping experience for users to help support a cause close to my heart, New Alternatives for Children (http://nackidscan.org/home/index.php), while also scoring an adorable classic-meets-glam tote with the RAOL logo.

 
Why did you start your blog?
 

Because I’ve been in the beauty industry for so long (and am still stimulated by it 10 years later…), I knew I wanted to start my own beauty-related company. The challenge was how to differentiate it from everything else that was out there. A friend suggested I narrow down the topics that moved me the most, which lead me to focus on beauty brands and influencers who also have a socially conscious mission (like you, Love Goodly!). I’ve spent much of my life supporting nonprofits in both New York and Los Angeles so fusing the two into one online destination made perfect sense. 

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[One of Alexis’s LOVE GOODLY faves? S.W. Basics gentle, non-drying cleanser that contains no alcohol. Next to cleaning your face with water, this is as simple as it gets! Cleanser, $22.00]

 
What’s the best part about your job? 
 
Raising awareness about the beauty brands or influencers doing really cool things to make the world a better place. It’s refreshing to uncover the ones that care about more than just the bottom line. 
 
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
 
The most challenging part of my job is trying to juggle all the freelance and consulting work with keeping Random Acts of Lipstick up to date while also brainstorming new ways to reach bigger audiences. But nothing motivates me to post more than wanting readers to know about these brands (which they may already know and love), who are leading the charge as activists. 
 
What’s the most under-rated thing about LA? 
 

Daybreaker dance parties (http://www.daybreaker.com), which have recently landed in LA. They’re basically 6 am yoga classes followed by sober dance parties that take place during the week. They’ve gotten some pretty decent DJs too! I’ve been several times with my friend Alexis Wolfer of TheBeautyBean.com and we agree that it’s one of the best (and most energizing) ways to start the day. 

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 [Be stylish and make a statement at those Daybreak Dance Parties in this limited edition Vaute Couture tank designed exclusively for LOVE GOODLY. The best part? 100% of the proceeds go to our partners at Farm Sanctuary! Special Edition Tank, $29.95]

 

Why do you love LOVE GOODLY?
 
Love Goodly takes the guesswork out of finding safe and healthy products. It’s a relief to know that whatever I’m getting in my monthly box or ordering straight from the site has already been vetted for eco-quality by Katie and Justine. Plus, like me, the brand is committed to using their voice and influence to raise awareness for causes they feel strongly about like Farm Sanctuary and Cure Cervical Cancer .
Where did you go to college? 
 
I went to Bucknell University. It’s a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania … in the middle of the corn fields (ha!). But I loved every minute of my time there. 
 
What is your favorite movie? 
 
A League of Our Own. I’ve seen it a couple thousand times and it never gets old. 
 
What’s your favorite restaurant? 
 
In LA, True Foods. In New York, Stanton Social (try the french onion soup dumplings … you’re welcome!).
 
What do you have for breakfast?
Nothing too exciting. Sometimes I have eggs, sometimes I have fruit and oatmeal. But if I’m feeling especially hangry I’ll go straight for chocolate!
 
What’s one beauty tip you can share?
 
Just one? The best way to distribute hairspray through your hair is to spray it in an upside down “U” in the air and then flip your hair through it. It’s my top secret weapon for a perfectly even application.  
 
Coffee or tea?

I love tea. I think I was probably British in a past life …

One of my current favorite teas.
[One of Alexis’s favorite teas: Pukka Vanilla Chai Tea, $6.95]

 
 
One tip to women entrepreneurs? 
 
Accept every invite you can for social gatherings, nonprofit events, and networking nights. You never know who you’re going to meet. People I’ve met at some of the most random gatherings ended up being supremely helpful as I launched RandomActsofLipstick.com.
 
And always have business cards on hand for these occasions. 

Guest Editor: YouTube’s Cruelty-free Beauty Expert, Leticia Costa

You, too, can look this flawless without the big-name products that test on animals. Photo from Instagram: @xoloveleti

You might think you’ve finished Spring Cleaning, but are you sure you haven’t missed a spot in your beauty cabinet? Popular brands and common products could be lurking there that are harmful to your health, the environment, and animals they are tested on. Our May guest editor, YouTube vegan beauty star xoloveleti, is here to help! An expert in all things vegan and cruelty-free, Leti’s combination of integrity, approachability, and on-fleek everything make her YouTube channel and Facebook group a top destination for product reviews and beauty advice. Here she shares with us her three dirty products you need to ditch ASAP, fave resources for vegan veterans and rookies alike (including a must-have checklist!), and all that’s in between.


– First three products in a makeup kit to switch out for cruelty-free ASAP:

I am a firm believer in a balancing act with makeup for those not quite ready to take the fully “green” beauty collection plunge- and going cruelty-free is the perfect opportunity to do just that!

I would definitely start with your foundation, mascara and lipstick. I can get away with wearing just that most days, and there are endless vegan and nontoxic options that can work for anyone! I personally swear by the Illuminare foundation as there are formulas to suit any skin-type as well as great undertones. You can find gorgeous vegocentric lipsticks BY LIPPY GIRL in the LOVE GOODLY shop that add just the right amount of tint and moisture to your lips, as well as the Juice Beauty lash defining mascara (I’m dying to try their new products, including the foundation! You just can’t go wrong with JB).

 
Start your cruelty-free journey off right with a perfectly pink pout! Pictured: Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick in Hot Diggity Yam 


Healthy and ethical beauty is so easy, it’s nothing to bat an eyelash at! But go right ahead with this Juice Beauty Mascara.

– Favorite stops for cruelty-free and vegan info:

I definitely use LogicalHarmony.net as my beauty bible. I do not trust anyone else’s list/certification process more than LH’s! It’s holy grail. The blog is also filled with vegan lists and more. Of course I must shamelessly plug my awesome Facebook group Bunny Lifestyle where like-minded cruelty-free people everywhere join in a positive space to help one another and participate in giveaways, swaps and more. My close friend Katie Petix helps me run it and is a huge reason why it is still alive today.

I also have a 30 days to cruelty-free pdf which you can find on www.LoveLeticia.com that I created after years of experience in becoming cruelty-free and finding a good balance that (hopefully) doesn’t overwhelm others! I definitely plan on doing a shoutout video on my channel YouTube.com/xoLoveLeti soon to showcase more awesome creators!

 

Find Leti on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/xoLoveLeti

– Something you always run out of: 

I’m going to answer with what I am always SCARED to run out of that I repurchase the most, which is my brow pencil. I am scared to leave the house without having my Anastasia Brow Wiz ready to give my face some life. As a child of the 90s, I suffered through the unfortunate overpluckyourbrowsaritis syndrome, and my sparse (already light) brows now suffer for it. Thanks to the pencil it now takes me seconds to create the brows I’ve always dreamed of, and I love having fun trying out different shapes & techniques!

– Lately you’re always:

Hungry.

I’m hungry right now. Seriously. I’m going through an awkward stage of moving out, where a kitchen isn’t easily accessible and a few lunches have consisted of french fries and pickles (no, I’m not pregnant!). I can’t even begin to talk about how much the Purely Elizabeth muesli in my previous LOVE GOODLY box saved my life. It was so, and I mean SO yummy and nutritious but low maintenance.

 

– Your morning routine in four words:

Minimalistic, refreshing, reflective, and……… coffee (I’m just not a morning person).

 
Refresh your own mornings with a light facial cleanser, like Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Facial Cleanser!

– Guilty pleasure you’ll never give up:

Gilmore Girls, Britney Spears, and those OHMYGODYES vegan dark truffles from Nicobella LOVE GOODLY blessed me with. Oh. My. Glob.

 

– I’m in love with:

My rescued cat Waffle, snapchat, liquid lipsticks, great thrift scores (I officially sound like a hipster but LET ME LIVE MY BASIC LIFE OK), and… VEGAN DARK TRUFFLES! Oh and LOVE GOODLY, of course 😉 No, seriously. I love LOVE GOODLY.

GUEST EDITOR: COFOUNDER KATIE BOGUE MILLER

Meet Katie.

Meet our cofounder, Katie. As head of merchandising, she’s responsible for selecting the brands we feature in  our boxes. A FIDM graduate, she is a serial entrepreneur, a passionate advocate for animals, and a longtime vegan. About to have her second baby, Katie is a role model for women looking to balance career and family.

What’s the most under-rated thing about LA?
Having a mix of nature and city all in close proximity is amazing.

 

What animal would you use to describe yourself?
Cat –can be calm and collected but can also pounce!

 

How long have you been vegan?
Vegan 10 years, vegetarian for 24 years

 

Where did you go to college?
Gettysburg College (small liberal arts college in PA)

 

Name one thing did you learn from FIDM?
Importance of networking— and that the pesky merchandise math class does come in handy every day

 

What is the country you most want to visit?
Been around the world literally but have not been to Australia. From diving to their fashion and music scene, it is a must see for me.

 

What is your favorite movie?
Lost In Translation– I love to travel and the movie is just beautiful

What tip do you have for working moms?
You do the best you can. Set your computer aside at home for a block of well deserved quality time with kids and family.

What’s the best part about your job?
Getting to try new brands and products while making a difference in animal lives and the environment

What’s your favorite restaurant?
Herbivore in San Fransciso- Real Food Daily here in LA, Bloom in NYC

What do you have for breakfast?
Oatmeal with blueberries and chia seeds–everyday with my son

What’s one beauty tip you can share?
A dedicated nightly routine of beauty oil or pure argan oil on the face really refreshes, moisturizers and re-energizes so you can glow the next day.

Coffee or tea?
Wine

Favorite dessert?
Strawberry Vegan Shake

One tip to women entrepreneurs?
Confidence and determination are integral to all parts of your journey from idea, to launch to daily business.

Guest Editor: Top Youtube Vlogger, Cornelia Grimsmo!

Meet Cornelia. Photo: Instagram @grimcorn

While you’re wearing green and hunting down four-leaf clovers this month, LOVE GOODLY is here to bring you a guest editor who knows a thing or two about creating your own luck. Her beauty and brains may have you thinking that she’s just #blessed, but actress, model, and vegan advocate Cornelia Grimsmo is completely responsible for her own mega success as a vegan social media personality, and she recently put in the work to add a new title to her belt: author. 

Cornelia’s e-book “How to Build Your Inner Home” is a culmination of the big-sisterly lifestyle advice that brought her to YouTube fame, and created a loyal, ardent fanbase across Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond. So put down that leprechaun and read on while we chat with Cornelia about her favorite things, the best thing that’s happened to her this year, how she feels most confident, and what makes her feel lucky.

Best thing that’s happened to you this year?
-“It’s not about what happens to you, but what you make happen for yourself – I finally published my first e-book!”

What do you want to happen to you this month?
-“I want to move back to LA.”

Cornelia spends her time between LA and Norway. Photo: Instagram @grimcorn

Three things that are always in your bag? 

-“My phone, some kind of fruit or energy bar and a notebook.”
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Two things you always splurge on?
-“Food and scented candles.”
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I can’t get enough of

-“Videos of baby animals being cute.”


Cornelia with her dog Sunday. Photo: Instagram @grimcorn

What is your perfect meal?

-“Lots of veggies, noodles and sweet chili saus -YUM!”

What makes you feel most confident?

-“Being aware of my core values. Turning vegan made me more confident. It doesn’t matter if people judge me, cause I know living a vegan lifestyle makes a difference for the better.”


Setting intentions is important! Buy a matching Dogeared “Make a Wish” Bracelet. Photo: Instagram @grimcorn

What makes you feel lucky?
– “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. I’m making a choice to work hard and put myself out there every day. Having that choice makes me feel lucky.”

You may recognize Cornelia from our Eco Beauty Brunch, where she shared with us her favorite gifts to give and receive: The Cellar Door Tokyo Citrus Candle, and the Dogeared Curved Tube Necklace!

While visiting, she also had her makeup done by green beauty expert and author of “The Green Beauty Rules”, Paige Padgett.

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Valentine Gift Guide: Amber J Lawson

Introducing Amber J Lawson from Good Amplified, who will be sharing what green goods she loves for Valentine’s Day!

As a supporter of social good, I am honored to be guest editor for Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t love shopping and selecting their favorite gifts?! By supporting a cause with each purchase, LOVE GOODLY‘s mission is aligned with my personal mission to use technology to affect change. My own company, Good Amplified, unites nonprofits to leverage the power of YouTube. And I love that each brand in their shop is better for you and for the planet. Happy shopping!

 
 
 
 

Learn more about your new bestie Amber by checking out her Twitter! Curious about Good Amplified? Good Amplified is the first and only multi-channel YouTube network exclusively helping nonprofits build and engage with communities, drive awareness, and create revenue streams through channel optimization, content strategy and influencer matchmaking. Based in Hollywood, California, the company’s goal is to leverage new and existing content to engage and move audiences into action, while creating global impact through storytelling—in short, doing good at scale.

Guest Editor: Jen From Cuddles and Chaos

What is the biggest challenge you face balancing family, work, and personal health? 

When you think of balance when it comes to yoga or surfing or tight rope walking, it’s actually constant motion. Lots of tiny little movements to compensate and keep everything from tipping too far in one direction or another. Balance in our lives is no different, but somehow we aren’t conditioned to think of it the same way.

My biggest problem is beating myself up when I’m tipping too far in one direction instead of just taking a deep breath and trying to refocus and adjust my priorities.

What advice do you have for other mothers trying to balance these areas in their lives?

Give yourself a break. No matter what social media tells you, no one has their shit completely together. We’re all just doing the best we can. Some days, your kids are going to need every last bit of attention you’ve got. Your work and sanity might suffer that day, but as long as you keep realigning, everything will be ok. The universe will not implode. The earth will keep spinning.

And if things don’t feel right? Make a change. This bit of encouragement from Dallas Clayton is one of my favorite things to turn to when I start to feel overwhelmed: Make a list of things that make you happy. Make a list of things you do every day. Compare the lists. Adjust accordingly.


Share with us your top three wellness tips.

1.     It’s not all or nothing. I don’t know about you, but the second I have a moment of weakness, I’m ready to throw in the towel and dive face first into a bowl of chocolate. When you do something that doesn’t contribute to your wellness, you should acknowledge it, think about how you can react differently to the situation next time, and let it go. The same is true for trying to make positive changes for your wellness. You don’t have to do it all at once. Start small and build off of that. I’ve been trying to do that with my monthly wellness challenges.

2.     Hydrate. Until recently I was admittedly terrible at making sure I drank enough water throughout the day. But I challenged myself to focus on it one month (and I tracked my progress to make sure I wasn’t lying to myself) and my skin is clearer, I have more energy and less headaches. I feel like a new woman!

3.     Self-care is essential. As a mom, it’s easy to put myself last. I have small humans who rely on me for so much. But if you don’t take care of yourself, everyone will suffer. You can’t give your all when you’re a shell of a human. This means getting sleep. It means setting time aside to exercise. It means carving out pockets of time to do things that you love and to do it in peace.

Has being gluten free changed other areas in your life?

Going gluten free made me much more aware of my body. It’s amazing to see symptoms that you weren’t even fully aware of (like bloating, skin issues, and brain fog) disappear when you remove foods that don’t agree with you. It’s made me pay closer attention to the other foods that I eat and how they affect me. It also made me pay closer attention to my skin care products and how they affect me. Reading Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore of SW Basics drove that point home even harder.

What is your favorite new gluten free food or recipe?

I was always a big fan of pasta. Since I haven’t found many gluten free pastas that taste like the real deal (especially texturally), I’ve gone the veggie route. I’m absolutely obsessed with zucchini noodles with pesto or hummus. It’s not the same as pasta, but I’m ok with that now. I also really like brown rice salads, especially in the summer months. We make them similar to pasta salads with lots of fresh veggies. We just sub brown rice for pasta.

What is the hardest thing about being gluten free, e.g. eating out, explaining to friends?

The hardest thing for me has been tuning out other people’s opinions. I gave up gluten after bloodwork came back inconclusive for celiac. My doctor said I might have a sensitivity to it and suggested I eliminate it from my diet for a few weeks. It’s my life. I should be able to do what makes me feel good. But people like to spout their opinions. People have told me that gluten sensitivities are made up or accused me of jumping on a weight loss fad bandwagon (nevermind that weight loss was never the reason behind it). I’ve even had waiters spout off about how everyone thinks bread is evil now.

What advice do you have for people transitioning to a gluten free lifestyle?

Google is your best friend. For real. It’s insane how many things have gluten hidden inside them (from spices to soy sauce to things that get cross contaminated, like oats). When I first started, I Googled everything. I also make sure to check out menus before I go to restaurants. Many places clearly list their gluten free options now. 

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