Yup, I’m Vegan.

Yup, I’m Vegan.

Surprise! Or not a surprise? I’ve been vegan for 2 years and a lot of people know but also a lot of people don’t know! So, with that, I figured that I’d share WHY I went vegan (because SOO many people ask) and a lot of questions that I’m asked and other vegans are asked! Hopefully, this will answer all of your questions (and DON’T ask where I get my protein from…I’m fine). But, I also wanted to share some of the top vegan restaurants in St. Louis!

During my freshman year of college, I had to take a public speaking class and for one of our speeches, we had to do a persuasive speech. So, in typical Sydney fashion, I waited until the night before it was due to actually start it. Which at that point, I was at a complete loss and scrambled to search a topic on google that would be good. I stumbled on the topic on why you should be vegetarian, “simple” is what I thought. I knew there would be a ton of information to support my speech so I rolled with it. At the time though, I was still eating meat but only when I was home from school or at restaurants because I was living in the dorm and I wouldn’t dare touch the dining hall meat. After reading about why you should be vegetarian, I made the switch overnight. I was vegetarian the next morning I woke up and I kept reading more information and started reading about being vegan. After more and more research, I did it without thinking about it. At first, I never thought I could give up cheese and ice cream but it turns out, it’s not that hard! The hardest thing about going vegan is definitely learning what you can and can’t eat and you’d be surprised how many products unnecessary ingredients are in!

  1. What do you actually eat? Um….everything? Just no animal products. All of the fruits, vegetables, and grains you can think of, I eat. Plus, there are so many vegan supplements like cheese, milk, meat that you’re really not missing out on anything, I promise!
  2. Is your partner vegan? How do you feel about that if they aren’t? Here’s what I think…I’m not going to force somebody to go vegan. It’s their decision and they have every right to their own decision about what they eat. But, I’m not going to cook it so they’re on their own. As long as I’m not eating or cooking it, I really don’t care.
  3. How do you get enough protein? 1. Please stop asking. 2. Protein is in almost everything I eat! I eat a TON of nut butter which has protein. Also, my almond milk has protein, nuts and seeds have protein, oatmeal, tempeh, hemp seeds, tofu, nutritional yeast (the holy grail), blackberries, bananas, broccoli, potatoes..you get the point by now.
  4. What made you want to be vegan? Read my story above! Everybody has a different answer! For some people, they do it for the animals, for health reasons or for the environment.
  5. Isn’t it sooo hard? Nope! Sure, at first it’s difficult because you’re learning what you can eat and choose not to eat but you’re also learning how to cook without animal products and what types of food make you feel good and fill you up! For me, it was hard to give up cheese and dessert. But, I don’t miss it because there are so many good vegan options out there now! I’ve been vegan for two years and there are SOO many more options now than there were two years ago! (Aka vegan pizza rolls. Thank me later).
  6. Isn’t it expensive? Actually, for me, it’s not! While living on my own I stuck to a lot of whole foods such as rice, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Those are typically pretty cheap. A lot of people think that fruits and vegetables are super expensive but you can find cheaper options. I eat a ton of bananas when I’m living on my own because they’re so expensive but you can eat them in so many ways so you don’t get bored of them!

Now, my favorite part! The restaurants:

Lulus: ALL TIME FAVORITE. Their menu rotates for spring/summer and fall/winter so if their spring/summer menu doesn’t interest you, the fall/winter menu will! My favorites for the spring/summer is the buffalo cauliflower wrap, obviously the buffalo cauliflower bites and the BBQ jack!

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Photo by me.

 

Lona’s Lil Eats: Super good for Asian inspired wraps! The restaurant isn’t fully vegan but their menu is great at labeling what is!

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Photo from Lonas Lil Eats website.

 

Pizza Head: Vegan pepperoni pizza. Mmmhmm. This place is fully vegetarian so you don’t have to worry about real meat! The restaurant is super super cool and the pizza is good too!

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Photo from Pizza Head website.

 

Tree House: Such a good brunch option! Good for cocktails as well!

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Photo from Tree House website.

 

Sweet Art: SUCH GOOD CAKES/CUPCAKES! Ugh, I could cry just thinking about it. This is where my 21st birthday cake was from and to be honest, I hid it from my family so I didn’t have to share…it’s that good. They also have a different special for each day of the week that look super good!

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Photo from Sweet Art website.

 

Small Batch: Small Batch is a whiskey lounge so it’s definitely one of the nicer dining options!

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Photo from Small Batch website.

 

Seedz: A really really good all vegan restaurant option! Um also, their cheesecake? Yes, please. Plus, they have baked vegan donuts! Does it get any better?

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Photo from Seedz Instagram.

Pura Vegan: They have really good acai bowls for a decent price and raw vegan desserts.

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Photo from Pura Vegan Yelp page.

Confluence Kombucha: Kombucha on tap? Yup, yes, please!! This place is vegetarian/vegan so your friends can find something to eat here too if they’re totally weirded out by vegan food.

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Photo from Confluence Kombucha Facebook.

Bombay Food Junkies: They have a restaurant and a food truck so you’re bound to find them somewhere! This restaurant is an Indian/fusion vegan restaurant.  I’ve never been but everybody that goes loves it! A super plus is that the owners are so nice!

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Photo from Bombay Food Junkies website.

Of course, if you have any questions then my Instagram inbox is ALWAYS open!! I’m here to help you!

 

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Last Minute Under $50 Gift Guide

Last Minute Under $50 Gift Guide

I’m officially the worst blogger by getting this gift guide out on December 11th. But, if you’re anything like me, you have NO idea what you want for Christmas and it’s in 14 days (HOW?!!). So, I present you with 30 or so under $50 gift ideas. A whole lot of home and drink wear with some jewelry and beauty incorporated. I hope you enjoy!

Home:

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Nest Fragrances Ceramic Votive Scented Candle Gift Set/1.2 oz.

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Urban Botanics Book

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‘Home State’ Glass Coasters

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Eat Better Not Less

 

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Spekled Planter Set + Tray

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Agate Bottle Opener

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Capri Blue Mini Zodiac Candle

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Ceramic Skyline Trinket Dish

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The Yoga Kitchen

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Inez Bottle Opener

Jewelry:

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Mamba Drop Earrings

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Crescent Hoop Earrings

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Square Drop Earrings

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Uphill Climber Earrings

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Limitless Hoop Earrings

Drink :

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Camille Red Wine Glass (AKA the Oliva Pope Wine Glass)

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Hydro Flash 32- Ounce Bottle

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Copper Ombre Stemless Wine Glass – Set of 2

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Mimira Mug

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Monogram Mug

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Gilded Monogram DOF Glass

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Night Sky Mug

Beauty:

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Jo Malone London Bold& Bright Christmas Cracker Gift Set

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Mario Badescu Brightening Kit

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First Aid Beauty Tales of FAB Skin

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Moondeli Supplement Trio Set

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray

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Tory Burch Deluxe Mini Coffret

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Ouai To Go Kit

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Seeing Green

Seeing Green

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetHonestly…when I die, please bury me in this dress. Okay, maybe that wouldn’t be so comfortable but I think I would die for this dress. I LOOVE this color green on people which is why I don’t know why more people don’t wear it. So, if you don’t have a green dress, GO GET ONE! I promise you that you need it. I first wore green to my junior prom and got so many compliments on it. I waited until this past year to wear a green dress again and realized why I liked it so much. Green isn’t your typical go to dress color but honestly? It may have just become mine. This dress is from Zara for SO cheap. It’s on sale right now for $12.99!!!!!! At the end of this post, I’ll be linking some of my other favorite green dresses.

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The cut out detail on this dress is nice because you can really tie it anyway. I tied in in a bow this day where as you could totally just tie it in a knot and leave the rest hanging down. Also, I liked the little bit of skin that was showing. While the color was something different, so was the side cut out with the one shoulder aspect. You can really tie it as tight or as loose as you want which is nice because it’s all based on personal preference and gives you room to experiment with it.

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While the dress is inexpensive, it’s decent quality! I was worried that when I got it, the fabric would be thin whereas it’s actually pretty thick fabric and holds you in. I felt comfortable in the dress regardless of it being super tight and I do think a lot of that has to do with the fabric being so thick. It’s nice because I’m not worried about it being see through at all!

I just paired this dress with nude heels that I got from target in April but this style of shoe is super easy to find! Here’s a pair by Steve Madden that’s really similar! Also, here’s another pair that has a shorter heel, from Unique Vintage!

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Alice + Olivia – $189

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J. Crew One Shoulder – $130

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Bershka Frill and Cut Out – $48

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ASOS Bow Cold Shoulder – $33

A Walk In The Park.

A Walk In The Park.

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a great week so far, we’re halfway to the weekend! Which also means it’s almost 2 weeks until I go back to school….not looking forward to that.

Anyways, I’ve been looking for a denim skirt that I like but haven’t been able to find one. For awhile I really wanted a white one…then a jean colored one…then a black one. I finally settled on this black one from Forever21 for $19.50!!!! SO SO CHEAP. The main thing that drew me into this skirt was 1) not only was it black and cheap but 2) I liked that it was different than your basic denim skirt. Or your basic black skirt. It’s different enough, but it’s still suuuper casual with the ability to dress it up. I was having a hard time trying to think of how I was going to dress up a regular denim skirt, and I kept going back to a black skirt which is part of the reason I ultimately bought this one. Personally, I don’t think of regular denim as “dressy.” Although I know it can be, I definitely resort back to black bottoms when going out! I paired this with some random black belt I found at home mainly because the skirt was too big, but they didn’t have a smaller size. I’m super impatient, so when I want something, I don’t want to wait a week to get it…oops.

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And yet again, I can’t stop wearing this shirt from H&M that’s only $14.99!! It’s so comfortable to wear, and it’s an upgrade from a typical white t shirt. The ruffles really dress this outfit up and dress this shirt up!

Going back to black denim and this shirt, I wore this out with black jeans and black heels, and it looked really dressy while being super comfortable and quite casual if I’m honest. Also, I think how you decide to do your hair, and makeup can dress it down or up! Obviously, if you style your hair, it’s going to make you look less casual in an outfit!

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I made this outfit more casual just by wearing different shoes! I wore this exact outfit for my friend’s going away party with my beloved Steve Madden platforms which made it more dressy! But I was just walking/taking outfit pictures in the park, so I wanted to be comfortable. My Converse are a great option for that! If you don’t have a pair GET THEM NOW!!! Especially if you’re in college or going to be in college. I’ve included a link directly to them, so it’s easier for you!

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4th of July Daydream

4th of July Daydream

IMG_09564th of July is THE BEST in Webster. Just like Thanksgiving, everybody comes together and celebrates it the best. If I say so myself, Webster celebrates it the best. I know it’s actually quite common for many people to go to the lake for the 4th but for me, Webster 4th of July is all I’ve ever known and all I ever want to know as far as that goes. I’m saying this now (and don’t hold me to it because really, not a single clue what I’m doing with my life or where I’ll be in a few years) but I will not miss 4th of July in Webster.

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It’s the best small town feel in not a small town. There’s a carnival every year, fireworks, really just the entire week leading up to the 4th is the best….ok, July 1st-July 4th so really not a week. Going to the carnival growing up

was a social scene. It’s where you went to hang out with friends, show off new outfits and actually just to be seen, you didn’t typically ride on the rides unless you were young. I did this up until this year where I just didn’t have time to go, I guess that’s what happens when you get older.

On the actual 4th, it’s a huge party. There’s a parade that’s basically the same every year. I live a street over from the parade route so that makes it more fun now! People set up their chairs before the day of, and it just get’s everybody excited. With that being said, there are definitely parties all day long! Just like Thanksgiving, the 4th of July is a fashion show. You get new clothes to wear for the day, and that’s how it’s always been.

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For my outfit, I opted for a more casual look. While in New York, I always make it a point to stop into Brandy Melville which is where my dress is from! A lot of people had on similar dresses in the same style and it was flattering on everyone I saw! Because of that, I think this style of dress would work on may different body types! This dress linked is from Urban Outfitters! Mine isn’t online but it’s so similar and will give you the same look.

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Red lips have quickly become something I love!! I wore one to prom my senior year, loved it and didn’t really ever wear one since. I was constantly worried that I’d have to touch it up but I’ve found two products where I don’t have to do that! The one I wore to prom is Nars Dragon Girl. I maaaayyyy have gotten it because Taylor Swift said she wears it but it’s the perfect red! In these pictures, I am wearing is an Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick.

I didn’t wear anything on my eyes other than mascara because I wore my Ray-Bans. My necklaces are from Nordstrom Rack and Kendra Scott. I kept my shoes really simple and just wore my Tory Burch Miller sandals!

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