Month: September 2013

RileysStar Jewelry

RileysStar :”Jewelry that speaks, because they cannot.”

RileyStar’s one of a kind jewelry is designed beautifully in such a way that we feel the warmth and compassion towards animals.
I am in love with my pendants and I am so proud to wear them. The idea of giving out a message to people through jewelry is so powerful yet fun. I strongly recommend people to look at her jewelry, there is a fun, adorable and gorgeous piece of jewelry for everybody!
I love my pendants, they are absolutely gorgeous.
There are so many different pendants with different messages. There is for sure at least one for you.
I will post pictures of me wearing my RileysStar Jewelry.

I advise you all to go on Kendra Harry’s profile ( Kendra is the owner of RileysStar) and read her “about” section. She sends an important message.

You can find this amazing jewelry on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RileysStar?ref=search_shop_redirect

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Faux Fur. Don’t buy faux fur.

I used to love faux fur and I had several coats, jackets with faux fur collars, purses…
I’m not buying faux fur anymore for two reasons:
-To start with because people can think that this is real fur and I don’t want to get the message across that it’s ok to wear fur.
I have come into Animal Rights because i watched a video of a little fox anally electrocuted for his fur. I was so shocked, so upset that I spent the day crying.I didn’t know that such horror existed.
I put these emotions into action.Poor animals. I love so much animals and it hurts me so much to see what they are doing to them for vanity.

-Fake fur is real fur in many cases now.

Please read this article:

Are you opposed to wearing fur? It will be an unwelcome surprise, then, to learn that you may have some hanging in your closet.

“Fur is back in a big way,” Jezebel has announced. Winter coats sport fur trim around the hoods, but that is just the beginning. Jezebel says that designer houses’ shows previewing their fall lines were heavy on fur, including those of BCBG Max Azria, Caroline Herrera, Ralph Lauren and J. Mendel.

Sadly it looks like time to break out the red paint again. But how can we distinguish between real and fake fur coats, and between people who knowingly bought real fur and people who thought their fur was fake?

People who oppose fur buy it accidentally because some clothing manufacturers and sellers are mislabeling it as “faux fur.” Much of it is from raccoon dogs (see the picture above). Both manufacturers and sellers know that Americans are less likely to buy fur if they think it came from a dog or cat, so they say it didn’t.

The fur of rabbits and other animals also winds up mislabeled as faux fur, perhaps because manufacturers realize that there is widespread opposition to using animals for fur and want to capture more customers than they could if they admitted the fur was real. I can’t think of any other reason businesses would mislabel clothing, especially since their inaccurate labels violate federal law.

An investigation into New York City’s popular discount department store Century 21 revealed real furs masquerading as fake both in the store and online. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal conducted an undercover probe and discovered that garments with real fur lining and others with real fur trim were labeled as faux fur or were not labeled at all.

HSUS then went online and bought three Marc Jacobs jackets from Century 21′s website, which described the garments as having fake fur trim. When the jackets arrived, lo and behold — they carried labels stating that the trim was real fur from China. HSUS had the trim on one of the jackets examined and confirmed that it came from a raccoon dog. Under New York law both manufacturers and retailers are liable for mislabeled fur according to Rosenthal, who wrote the 2007 legislation.

Woody Harrelson narrates a video for HSUS that gives some very basic facts about how living animals are turned into fur products — don’t worry, they use a stuffed animal for demonstration purposes, no images of violence to real animals:

Are you opposed to wearing fur? It will be an unwelcome surprise, then, to learn that you may have some hanging in your closet.

“Fur is back in a big way,” Jezebel has announced. Winter coats sport fur trim around the hoods, but that is just the beginning. Jezebel says that designer houses’ shows previewing their fall lines were heavy on fur, including those of BCBG Max Azria, Caroline Herrera, Ralph Lauren and J. Mendel.

Sadly it looks like time to break out the red paint again. But how can we distinguish between real and fake fur coats, and between people who knowingly bought real fur and people who thought their fur was fake?

People who oppose fur buy it accidentally because some clothing manufacturers and sellers are mislabeling it as “faux fur.” Much of it is from raccoon dogs (see the picture above). Both manufacturers and sellers know that Americans are less likely to buy fur if they think it came from a dog or cat, so they say it didn’t.

The fur of rabbits and other animals also winds up mislabeled as faux fur, perhaps because manufacturers realize that there is widespread opposition to using animals for fur and want to capture more customers than they could if they admitted the fur was real. I can’t think of any other reason businesses would mislabel clothing, especially since their inaccurate labels violate federal law.

An investigation into New York City’s popular discount department store Century 21 revealed real furs masquerading as fake both in the store and online. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal conducted an undercover probe and discovered that garments with real fur lining and others with real fur trim were labeled as faux fur or were not labeled at all.

HSUS then went online and bought three Marc Jacobs jackets from Century 21′s website, which described the garments as having fake fur trim. When the jackets arrived, lo and behold — they carried labels stating that the trim was real fur from China. HSUS had the trim on one of the jackets examined and confirmed that it came from a raccoon dog. Under New York law both manufacturers and retailers are liable for mislabeled fur according to Rosenthal, who wrote the 2007 legislation.

Woody Harrelson narrates a video for HSUS that gives some very basic facts about how living animals are turned into fur products — don’t worry, they use a stuffed animal for demonstration purposes, no images of violence to real animals. You can watch this video on you tube.

China is the largest source of fur in the world. Fur farmers there strangle, bludgeon, and electrocute some of the animals to death — the lucky ones. The rest are skinned alive.

The only way to be sure you are not buying real fur is not to buy anything represented as faux fur either. If you think you have found an instance of mislabeling, contact HSUS.

Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive to Make Boots

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/faux-fur-is-often-real-fur-from-real-animals-dont-buy-it.html#ixzz2gFSytdT0

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/faux-fur-is-often-real-fur-from-real-animals-dont-buy-it.html#ixzz2gFQsWlcd

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UPDATE ON RED APPLE LIPSTICK

The fall collection is going to be released in October. You need to register to be able to purchase the new colors. You can see the colors on Red Apple Lipstick’s FB page.
I haven’t tried any of the colors so i can’t give you more details. The colors seem gorgeous.
I’m posting here pictures to give you an idea.
If you want to register , here is the link:
https://nn131.infusionsoft.com/app/linkClick/3703/aff54d0ca0a57146/806437/d979f8bf8153f014

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Leather. Don’t buy leather.

I used to wear and buy leather like everyone else. I was thinking, well, I’m eating meat so the skin is the leftover.
It is actually so cruel and i’m so glad that i’m not wearing leather anymore. There are other options which exist and they are not cruel. I find such beautiful items and I always receive compliments.
I’m going to post more about cruelty free brands.
There is no way I want to wear a dead animal who has been to hell to become a pair of shoes, or a belt, or a bag…..I want to wear lovely items but i don’t want to hurt anyone in the process.
please start to see the items as animals because this is what they are. Think about the suffering.
They don’t deserve that. They have done nothing to us and look how we are treating them.
If i was a cow, i would prefer never to be born. It’s hell for them .I’m trying not to post horrible photos and that’s the thing. It’s not normal that i can’t even post how those items are made.

Here is a very interesting article, please read it:

We all know what leather is, but how often do we stop to think about where it actually comes from, or more importantly, who?

You only have to mention fur and the majority of people are up in arms raving about how cruel, barbaric and inhumane it is, but you mention leather and the only protest you’ll hear is how there is no other material that lets their feet breath, or how there is no way they’re ever going to be caught dead wearing oil-based plastic shoes (as if that’s the only alternative).

Thanks to the widespread awareness about the cruelty involved in fur production, it is now largely rejected by consumers worldwide, which is why we now need a huge push to shed the light on the reality of leather production, because just like fur, leather is also the skin of an animal, and these animals are equally deserving of our help.

By far, most leather is sourced from cows and although easy to spot, it can just as easily be overlooked. From clothing and accessories like belts and handbags, to furniture and car seats, leather is found everywhere.

Most people are led to believe that leather is a byproduct of the meat industry, that it’s simply a ‘leftover’, and if we don’t use it, it will go to waste. This is a common misconception, and one that I used to believe myself. The truth is that much of the leather sold comes from animals killed primarily for their skins.

Leather is not a byproduct and it is not produced in efforts to minimize waste. It’s produced because it is a highly profitable and lucrative business. A cow’s skin is approximately 10% of her total value, making it the most profitable part of her body. Surprisingly, leather actually makes the meat industry more sustainable (as selling skins is very profitable while meat isn’t always so), not the other way around.

The majority of leather comes from India’s cows, who are abused, beaten and poisoned in order to make leather for high street stores. As India forbids the slaughter of cows, these poor, innocent animals are forced to endure brutal and grueling journeys where they are confronted with an unimaginable end.

When travelling by train, anywhere up to 900 cows are crammed into a wagon that is supposed to hold a maximum of 80 to 100, and upon arrival 400 to 500 come out dead. On some routes they don’t bother with trains and instead they tie them and take them on foot. The cows are not allowed to rest or drink, so to keep them moving workers beat the animals across their hip bones where there is no fat to cushion the blow, break their tails to force them to rise, and torment them by rubbing hot chilli peppers and tobacco in their eyes.

It’s not only cows that are suffering though. Goats, pigs, sheep, lambs, horses, deer, kangaroos, snakes, alligators and elephants are also all among the victims of the leather industry. Perhaps even more alarming is that China, the world’s leading exporter of leather, annually skin an estimated 2 million dogs and cats a year, which is then unknowingly purchased by consumers due to mislabeling and inaccurate indications of the origin. As if that isn’t scary enough, another particularly prized form of leather is ‘slink’, which is made from the skin of unborn calves.

If you don’t want to contribute to the brutal leather industry, you don’t have to. There are so many cruelty-free alternatives available, both natural and synthetic, from stores such as MooShoes, Beyond Skin, Vegan Essentials, Alternative Outfitters and Vaute Couture. When buying anything, always read the label and do your best to support ethical companies that care about their impact on the planet.
please read this article too:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/leather-vs-pvc.html

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/the-shocking-truth-about-leather-no-its-not-a-meat-byproduct.html#ixzz2gFFc8Auu

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CAbi Fall 2013.

First you receive an invitation:I received an invitation from my friend Annette to assist to a CAbi show.I was so tired that day, but i’m trying to never refuse an invitation because i love to meet new people.
I was welcomed by Karin at the door and she was so adorable straight away.
Karin was actually showing the clothes.
I was so impressed her professionalism and her passion.She knew exactly how to match every item with one another in a perfect way.I found Karin really inspiring. I love to meet people who are inspiring me. She loves what she is doing and you can feel it. She also wears the CAbi clothes perfectly. She was funny and really relax and it was really a brilliant presentation.I don’t know how is a show presented by someone else, but by done by Karin , i just loved it.
It was so fun to see all Annette friends and Annette herself modeling to show how the items look when they are worn.
The best part is when you are modeling yourself because Karin is right, when you are trying the clothes on you, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the beautiful fabric and the amazing cut.
The clothes are totally slimming and look wonderful on.
I could have bought so many outfits. The prices are a bit high but you can tell that the clothes are gorgeous.
i had to make a choice , luckily it was my birthday a few days ago, so my choice became my birthday gift from my parents.
the whole experience is really lovely.you can look, touch everything, try on everything , this is so fun. I just loved it.
I really loved the evening, we had a wonderful time.it’s maybe my personality but i love to be with a group of people.of friends.
I really want to buy a few more outfits a bit later if i can.
If you are invited to a CAbi evening, you really should go.Don’t hesitate and try the clothes on, this is the best way. It’s really important to see how you look in the clothes and to feel the great fabrics. It’s a lot of fun.You are having a wonderful and relaxing time , eating and drinking while you are looking at the clothes and meeting new persons. This is awesome.
My sweet friend Annette is vegan so it was great for me.
I can’t wait to go to another one. Or why not to hostess one day. At the moment, i don’t think that i know enough people. We have moved from Europe less than one year ago.But i would love that .
You get great benefits being an hostess. and it’s so nice.
Do you want me to tell you what i have preferred in the fall collection?
Of course it’s my taste.I really think that the clothes are flattering. Really enhancing your features.
They fit really well and you feel confident and pretty in them.
I will post photos in my outfit soon.
Thank you Annette for inviting me to this lovely party.
Feel free to ask me any question you could have.
You can watch the videos.

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Parabens. Japanese honeysuckle

I’m not a chemist but i learnt so much going on Stephanie Greenwood’s site: Chemical of the day.
You have to be so careful with the products that you are buying and applying on your skin.
Stephanie wrote:

I would like to announce today that I now have irrefutable evidence that Japanese Honeysuckle Extract does indeed contain parahydroxy benzoic acid, a “natural paraben” which has been shown- in lab tests- to act estrogenically like synthetic parabens do. No ifs, ands or buts about it!

In other words,if you are trying to avoid parabens, and find organic products with written Japanese Honeysuckle, it means that this products has parabens, natural ones but with the same effect on your body.
I have found a few organic brands using Honeysuckle: 100%Pure , i need to look for the other one, it was actually an organic shop in London….
I suggest that you could read these articles that i’m going to link.
I’m telling you, it’s so hard to shop.

Start by watching : The story of cosmetics by Annie Leonard.Please watch , it will change your way of shopping and you will understand how it works:

http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-cosmetics//

you could then read what Stephanie has written:

http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/most-controversial/2010/5/8/the-final-word-on-japanese-honeysuckle-extract.html

I’m not a chemist but i learnt so much going on Stephanie Greenwood’s site: Chemical of the day.
You have to be so careful with the products that you are buying and applying on your skin.
Stephanie wrote:

I would like to announce today that I now have irrefutable evidence that Japanese Honeysuckle Extract does indeed contain parahydroxy benzoic acid, a “natural paraben” which has been shown- in lab tests- to act estrogenically like synthetic parabens do. No ifs, ands or buts about it!

In other words,if you are trying to avoid parabens, and find organic products with written Japanese Honeysuckle, it means that this products has parabens, natural ones but with the same effect on your body.
I have found a few organic brands using Honeysuckle: 100%Pure , i need to look for the other one, it was actually an organic shop in London….
I suggest that you could read these articles that i’m going to link.
I’m telling you, it’s so hard to shop.
you could start by reading what Stephanie has written:

http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/most-controversial/2010/5/8/the-final-word-on-japanese-honeysuckle-extract.html

http://www.myantho.com/Ingredients-to-Avoid_ep_45-1.html

http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2012/03/japanese-honeysuckle-extract-parabens.html

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17679.cfm

So we can say that companies labeling their products “paraben free” are misinforming their customers.

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Let’s talk about clothes.One of my secrets.

When i went to Maui on holidays,I discovered this shop.I found lovely clothes there that i was still wearing a few years later.
When i went last summer, they still had lovely things. Most of the clothes are affordable and what i love is that you can’t see them everywhere.
You can now order online and that’s really nice. The delivery is free is you spend more than $50 I think.There is a promotion code that you can use at the moment so it’s really interesting.
They are selling Vegan bags and i haven’t seen even one thing in leather so this is great.
One bag had a Peta tag on it when i went to the shop, i’m sorry i can’t remember the brand.I will try to find out.
I am on a budget and i can’t spend a fortune on clothes , i wouldn’t anyway,so this is perfect.
I have bought this skirt and this tee shirt online and they are lovely.i have bought it in a size small and i also have a similar one in a size medium. They both fit because the waist is elastic.

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I have bought this one when i was on holidays this summer.

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I’m always trying to find clothes that i can’t keep and wear the next summer too and not be fed up with it.
You could give a try. I really love this shop.
I had a lovely exchange of emails with Carly when i couldn’t find my size or when i wanted more informations.She was really sweet with me and very helpful.
This so important when you are shopping.: A good communication and kind sale persons.

Here is one of their Vegan bags:

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and another one:

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This is the coupon in case you want to give a try:

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About the shop:

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I’m not affiliated to this shop , paid by the shop to make this review. This is my sincere opinion.