5 Juicy Facts about Second-hand, Luxury Consignment Shopping

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping, Wardrobe /

Second-Hand Never Looked So Fabulous! Before I get into Luxury Consignment shopping, let’s be super real for a moment here. Fashion is an integral part of who we are as individuals. Clothing can be transformative, elevating and fun. But garment production is also one of the main contributors to environmental pollution. And as someone who […]

5 Juicy Facts about Second-hand, Luxury Consignment Shopping

I’m Currently Obsessed With | #01

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping, Skin Care /

A New Series From The Purist All About Real Obsessions. I’ve never been one for those “favourite-of-the-month” posts and videos. I don’t like to talk about a product or idea until I’m sure about it. It’s the same reason I don’t make too many “haul” videos on my YouTube channel. How can you know if […]

I’m Currently Obsessed With | #01

6 Small & Easy Ways to Help Protect the Planet

The Purist / Wellness /

Switch-Up Your Habits to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint. Smalls changes with large-scale impact is the theme of today’s post. We only have one planet. 🌍 Collectively, it’s up to you and me to take care of it! And while that may seem daunting, I assure you there are some super-simple things that you can start […]

6 Small & Easy Ways to Help Protect the Planet

Why You Should Buy Luxury Items in Neutral Colours

The Purist / Wardrobe /

Ensure Your Investments Are Timeless. Buying anything in a neutral colour is an almost 100% guarantee that you’ll enjoy it and use it longer. When it comes to fashion trends, the most prominent things that fluctuate are colours, patterns, and silhouette. Of course, there’s always the dreaded trendy “it” item. (Do you remember when ponchos […]

Why You Should Buy Luxury Items in Neutral Colours

The Sustainable Reformation Wrap Dress That I’ll Be Living in this Summer

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping, Wardrobe /

Reformation is your new eco-chic girl crush. This Reformation dress is on fire! I literally do not want to take it off. Ever. But let’s take a few steps back. I’ve been eyeing the ethical and sustainability-focused brand Reformation for a few years. Their designs are swoon-worthy (you’ve probably pinned a dress or two from […]

The Sustainable Reformation Wrap Dress That I’ll Be Living in this Summer

My Go-To Vegan Makeup Routine for Work

The Purist / Beauty, Makeup /

My Super-Simple Vegan Makeup for Work or Every-Day Wear When it comes to makeup, everyone has the balance that works for them. For me, I am very comfortable walking out of the house with just a little undereye concealer, lip balm and something to tame my eyebrows. However, I think I have finally found the […]

My Go-To Vegan Makeup Routine for Work

3 Amazing Non-Toxic, Vegan Mascaras You Need to Try

The Purist / Green/Holistic, Makeup /

Natural & Vegan Mascara Favourites for Flirty Lashes. When I first committed to buying only vegan products, I wasn’t sure what sort of sacrifices I would have to make with my beauty routine. Not because finding vegan makeup is that difficult, but because I’m the sort of consumer who is also concerned about toxins in […]

3 Amazing Non-Toxic, Vegan Mascaras You Need to Try

The Best Vegan Brunch Spots in Toronto

The Purist / Travel, Vegan Food /

Seven Ultimate Places for Vegan Brunch in the Six. I’m big on brunch. Especially vegan brunch. If brunch were a competing category in the Olympics, I would be representing Toronto on the world stage. I love everything about it: bringing friends together to catch up, sipping a mimosa at 10 a.m. with zero regrets, or […]

The Best Vegan Brunch Spots in Toronto

What to Wear in Early Spring

The Purist / Wardrobe /

Break out of Your Winter Blahs 🌷 Every year around mid-February I get “the itch.” It starts small, barely noticeable. But by March I’m in full-blown “is it freakin’ Spring yet???” madness. This year it feels particularly painful. If you are also cursed restricted by living in the North, you know the exact feeling I’m […]

What to Wear in Early Spring

Marc Jacobs Beauty: Are they Cruelty Free and Vegan? + Product and Ingredient Review.

The Purist / Beauty, Chemical Index, Makeup /

I’m taking a deep-dive into the burning question: is Marc Jacobs Beauty vegan? Do they make any vegan products? It turns out that this is kind’a difficult to answer. So grab some tea and snacks, cause this will be a lengthy investigation. Marc Jacobs Beauty is a cruelty-free company that does not test on animals […]

Marc Jacobs Beauty: Are they Cruelty Free and Vegan? + Product and Ingredient Review.

4 Super-Sustainable Brands to Watch in 2018

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping, Wardrobe /

Who Says Sustainable Fashion is Bland? That’s so 2008… Cute Vegan + Sustainble Fashion is Here to Stay! Sustainable fashion, much like vegan fashion, is misunderstood. Many consumers conjure images of green burlap ponchos and shoes made from recycled rubber tire. What’s up with that? 2018 is a promising year for head-turning sustainable fashion brands. […]

4 Super-Sustainable Brands to Watch in 2018

5 Trendy Fashion Pieces Made Vegan

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping, Wardrobe /

Finding Stylish Vegan Fashion Has Never Been Easier. At this point in time, vegan fashion is just as lust-worthy as conventional clothing. I know that was not always the case… I remember when my shoe options were basically plastic or canvas. However, times have changed. There are so many high-quality and down-right gorgeous options for […]

5 Trendy Fashion Pieces Made Vegan

Polish & Plump Sugar Lip Scrub (LUSH) Recipe

The Purist / Beauty, Skin Care /

A Quick, Natural & Cheap DIY to Pamper Your Your Pout. This is a super simple, 4 ingredient sugar lip scrub recipe inspired by LUSH Cosmetics. It’s perfect for winter months, or whenever your lips need a little TLC. Both my sister and I are big fans of the sugar lip scrubs from LUSH. They […]

Polish & Plump Sugar Lip Scrub (LUSH) Recipe

Varadero to Havana: Part II – Fusterlandia

The Purist / Travel, Wardrobe /

Day-Tripping in Fusterlandia. After a full day of traveling the streets of Havana, I didn’t think there was much left that could surprise me. However, I was about to be pleasantly surprised. I described this “trippy, mural place” to our tour guides, in hopes they knew what I was talking about. Thankfully, they knew I […]

Varadero to Havana: Part II – Fusterlandia

Varadero to Havana in a Bright Green Cadillac: Part I

The Purist / Travel, Wardrobe /

My Heart is in Havana. Is it just a coincidence that Camila Cabello’s song “Havana” came out in time for our long-awaited trip to Cuba? I’d been dreaming of visiting Cuba since a photographer friend showed me photos he’d taken there. It may have been my American upbringing, but for some reason, Cuba was never […]

Varadero to Havana in a Bright Green Cadillac: Part I

The Best Green, Vegan, + Cruelty Free Winter Skincare Products – 2018

The Purist / Green/Holistic, Skin Care /

Odacite, May Lindstrom, Josh Rosebrook, Okoko Cosmetiques, and More Essentials for Winter Skincare! All of these beauty brands are cruelty-free and use high-quality botanicals. Plus, every skincare item listed is vegan. It’s the start of a new year and I could not be more excited! But it’s also the dead of winter in Canada. Which […]

The Best Green, Vegan, + Cruelty Free Winter Skincare Products – 2018

Three Vegan Outfits for Winter that are Stylish AF

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping, Wardrobe /

Super Stylish Outfit Inspiration for Vegan Gals (and Guys!) Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or #mondayagain, there’s always wiggle room to dial-up your outfit’s wow factor. And choosing ethical fashion definitely doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Vegan fashion finds are popping up everywhere in 2018. There are so many options to choose from! These outfit guides are […]

Three Vegan Outfits for Winter that are Stylish AF

Is Diptyque Cruelty Free and Vegan?

The Purist / Animal Testing /

Is the Luxury Line of Home and Beauty Products by Diptyque Cruelty-Free… or Vegan? Diptyque is legendary amongst members of the “in-crowd.” For those seeking natural fragrance collections that are both luxurious and oozing in heritage, this brand is ideal. The famous scents they produce are intoxicating and, for the most part, fairly natural. Diptyque […]

Is Diptyque Cruelty Free and Vegan?

How To Rock Winter Whites

The Purist / Wardrobe /

White is One of My Favourite Colours to Wear Year-Round. Here’s How I Make it Work With My Luxury Vegan Loafers by GUNAS. I’m not sure why wearing white or pastel colours in the winter gets a bad rep? It’s such a cheery pick-me-up! I love to layer with either light colours or even sparkles […]

How To Rock Winter Whites

Cake Beauty – The Hair Raiser + Wave Maker Review

The Purist / Beauty, Hair Care /

Creating Va-va-voom Hair in Minutes With Cake Beauty. With A schedule as hectic as mine, spending even a half-hour on my hair is not realistic. “Envy” would be an accurate word for how I feel when I see an other woman with perfect hair. Unfortunately, sleep, skincare, and espresso come well before hair in my […]

Cake Beauty – The Hair Raiser + Wave Maker Review

Fight Acne with Cruelty Free Products

The Purist / Skin Care /

Battling Acne Breakouts with Non-toxic Products There is a Wide Range of Cruelty-Free Acne Treatments. Find Out Which One Are Best for Your Skin’s Unique Needs. I’ve literally been dreaming of clear skin since the age of 14 or 15. For one reason or another, it’s something that has been difficult for me to completely […]

Fight Acne with Cruelty Free Products

What I Look For in Quality, Ethical Leggings

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping, Wardrobe /

The Best Ethically Made Leggings Plus, What Makes for The Perfect Fit? Hint: 🍑 There was a point in my life where the thought of wearing leggings in public made me shudder. But that was before I discovered high-performance athleticwear. Now I wear leggings several times a week, even *gasp* when I’m not heading to […]

What I Look For in Quality, Ethical Leggings

Shelter From the Storm

The Purist / Mental Health, Wellness /

What to do When Facing Anxiety, Depression or Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder? I was in a highway car crash on October 26, 2017. It was one of my greatest fears. I was pulled over on the left shoulder of the highway, hazard lights blinking and ears ringing. In my rearview mirror, the hood of a white […]

Shelter From the Storm

Where to Shop for Vegan Bags and Shoes in Toronto

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping, Wardrobe /

Vegans Living in Toronto, Consider Yourself #Blessed. The Ultimate List of Where to Find Non-Leather Handbags and Shoes in Toronto. As someone who hails from the deep south, Toronto is a vegan haven. And it’s getting greener each year! First, there was the slow but steady march of vegan bakeries popping up in trendy neighborhoods. […]

Where to Shop for Vegan Bags and Shoes in Toronto

How to Style a Cozy Sweater (And still look Chic)

The Purist / Wardrobe /

My Go-To Outfit for Fall 2017 A fluffy vegan sweater and faux-leather are the perfect pairing for a stroll through The Junction. So, you rocked your skinny jeans and skirts all summer and I’m guessing you can’t wait to transition into your moody layers for fall. Most people love this time of the year. Especially […]

How to Style a Cozy Sweater (And still look Chic)

The 6 Best Naked Lush Products to Pamper from Head to Toe

The Purist / Hair Care, Skin Care /

When it comes to making responsible beauty products, LUSH still reins Queen. What is really great about LUSH is that it brings green, sustainable-focused products to the public in an easy-to-access way. Across the UK, Canada, and the US, you can find a LUSH shop in most major cities. If you have a large mall […]

The 6 Best Naked Lush Products to Pamper from Head to Toe

Cruelty Free Swap: My Luxury Work Bag

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping, Wardrobe /

The Sunday Tote II by Angela Roi You may have noticed that I have a thing for luxury handbags. It’s funny though, as the vegan luxury handbag options are limited, I’ve found that going cruelty-free has reigned in my spending! But I have nothing but praise for the Angela Roi brand. Every piece they produce […]

Cruelty Free Swap: My Luxury Work Bag

Kypris Glow Philtre Refining Mask Review

The Purist / Green/Holistic, Skin Care /

Luminous, youthful skin requires a beauty arsenal.* Make sure the Kypris Glow Philtre refining mask is in yours! *Plus a healthy diet and plenty of H20! There are few brands which tick all the boxes for me: green [ check ], luxurious [ check ], cruelty free [ check ], effective [ check ], and beautiful […]

Kypris Glow Philtre Refining Mask Review

Getting Sweet on Sugarpill: Trinket and Glint Lipsticks

The Purist / Makeup /

Glamorous, Gilded Vegan Lipsticks for Eco Divas Okay, this Sugarpill review has been a long long time coming and I can’t wait to share this with you! It was undeniably love at first sight when I first laid eyes on Trinket, the mauve-pink-gold liquid lipstick. This Sugarpill shade is quite the shape-shifter, and it’s difficult […]

Getting Sweet on Sugarpill: Trinket and Glint Lipsticks

How My Body Changed After I Started Eating Vegan

The Purist / Health & Fitness, Self Care, Wellness /

I Anticipated that Eating a Produce-Focused Vegan Diet Would Change Me… However, I Couldn’t Imagine How Dramatically My Body Would Transform I was never 100% sure that I could commit to eating a vegan diet. And after all, eating plant-based foods is just one part of being vegan. There are other ethical cornerstones, such as […]

How My Body Changed After I Started Eating Vegan

Cruelty Free Shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart

The Purist / Cruelty Free Shopping /

Buying Cruelty Free Beauty Items at Shoppers Drug Mart When I think of places where Canadians shop frequently, Shoppers Drug Mart is near the top of the list. But what cruelty-free brands do they carry? Shoppers is a massive Canadian shopping chain that you can find in most major cities. And yet after searching the […]

Cruelty Free Shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart

Slide Loafers & Spring Time in Toronto

The Purist / Wardrobe /

Spring Time, the Perfect Time to Fall in Love It was love at first sight. The kind that had my heart pounding in my chest cavity and my palms sweating. It seemed almost too good to be true. Exotic but familiar? Classic and modern? Head turning yet practical? I’m talking, of course, about the backless […]

Slide Loafers & Spring Time in Toronto

Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist and Pink Clay Mask Review

The Purist / Green/Holistic, Skin Care /

Getting Summer Ready with Herbivore Botanicals In the previous post, I complained about the rash of bumps and pimples spreading across my jawline like teenage wildfire. While the appearance of new blemishes has definitely slowed down, there was still work to do. My face desperately needed something capable of heavy-duty-acne-fighting. But I also wanted to […]

Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist and Pink Clay Mask Review

Ocean Cleansing Mudd and White Algae to the Rescue!

The Purist / Green/Holistic, Skin Care /

After a long flight from Toronto to Dallas, my skin was freaking out. Topical blemish treatments stopped working. Was this stress-induced acne? I had to try something new. Enter: Ocean, Sun, Earth and Atmosphere. Or OSEA (Oh-SEE-uh) for short. This brand caught my eye due to a) their minimalist pretty packaging and b) their natural, […]

Ocean Cleansing Mudd and White Algae to the Rescue!

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Purist / Mental Health, Wardrobe, Wellness /

Searching for happiness in a world obsessed with image can be daunting. And sometimes, destructive. Just like Alice, I found myself chasing a white rabbit through an illogical reflection of reality. So many twists and turns! So many hopes dashed. I withdrew deep inside myself to reflect. The ‘white rabbit’ in my story is, of […]

The Pursuit of Happiness

Charlotte Tilbury: Luxury, Cruelty Free AND Vegan?

The Purist / Makeup /

Glamorous Makeup for the Cruelty-Free Vegan Beauty Lover All Hail Charlotte Tilbury! As you may know, Charlotte Tilbury is one of the very few luxury makeup and skincare lines that is cruelty-free! (The company does not conduct or require animal testing in any part of their makeup production. And they do not sell in China […]

Charlotte Tilbury: Luxury, Cruelty Free AND Vegan?

Visiting the Premier Holistic Beauty Expo

The Purist / Green/Holistic, Makeup, Skin Care /

Queen West was host to Toronto’s very first Holistic Beauty Expo. We stopped by to sample what was new, learn about holistic whole-body health, and see what it takes to become a green beauty guru. Green and holistic beauty brands pride themselves on the integrity of their ingredients. And there really is a science to […]

Visiting the Premier Holistic Beauty Expo

Break All The Rules, Featuring Angela Roi

The Purist / Wardrobe /

Don’t Like the Rules? Then Write Your Own! Back when I was a fashion student, it seemed like everything I loved was taboo: under 5’9? ‘You should stick to all black to look taller.’ Curvy physique? ‘Make sure you don’t wear horizontal stripes! Think fashion should be ethical?’ *insert evil Disney villain laughter*. Studying and […]

Break All The Rules, Featuring Angela Roi

6 Tips to Always Look Expensive

The Purist / Wardrobe /

Building a wardrobe has to be one of my favourite pastimes. My only dilemma? I’m not a millionaire. I know this may sound a little taboo, but I’m not a huge fan of fast fashion. Many of the clothing items from these lines cut corners in production, and it shows in the final product. Awkward […]

6 Tips to Always Look Expensive

Trying out Pixi Products

The Purist / Makeup, Skin Care /

The cruelty-free drugstore brand finally comes to Canada. Pixi is such a cute brand! Not only are they cruelty-free, but the packaging is adorable and the pricing is accessible. However, up until recently, it’s been difficult to find Pixi products in Canada. The other day I was doing my weekly peruse through Shoppers and stopped […]

Trying out Pixi Products

Weekend Rituals with May Lindstrom and 100% Pure

The Purist / Green/Holistic, Self Care, Skin Care /

Stress Release, Long Soaks and Decadent Skin Treatments Your personal rituals reveal a lot about you. For me, weekends rituals are all about indulgence. Long bubble baths, mimosas at brunch, pedicures and snuggling with my cat. (Ok, I snuggle with my cat everyday. But weekend morning are especially cozy and lazy.) Although my weekend schedule […]

Weekend Rituals with May Lindstrom and 100% Pure

Suffering with Dry, Dehydrated Skin or Chronically Dry Eyes?

The Purist / Skin Care /

Dry or Dehydrated Skin? Both?? It’s Probably Affecting More Than Just Your Face. Full disclosure: I didn’t even realize there was a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin until this past winter. Further disclosure: I’m embarrassed to say… I was dealing with both. Between accepting a new position at work, taking blogging & YouTube’ing […]

Suffering with Dry, Dehydrated Skin or Chronically Dry Eyes?

Back To Black: Featuring Stella McCartney

The Purist / Wardrobe /

My odds are stacked. I’ll go back to black… Everyone loves a classic all-black outfit. It’s timeless, chic, and flattering. Everyone should have one of these in their closet that they can rely on to feel good in. Is your little-black-number a fitted dress? Black jeans and a tee? A pencil skirt paired with a […]

Back To Black: Featuring Stella McCartney

Top 10 Cruelty Free Vegan Luxury Bags

The Purist / Wardrobe /

The Top 10 Cruelty Free + Vegan Luxury Bags I’m Lusting After Handbags are one of those items that I research and ponder over for months before purchasing. I think it goes without saying that each of these ten vegan luxury bags are not only functional, but gorgeous. The Angela Roi Sunday tote, in particular, […]

Top 10 Cruelty Free Vegan Luxury Bags

Cancer Causing Toxins in Deodorants and Antiperspirants

The Purist / Chemical Index /

Ah deodorant. One of the many taboo subjects women aren’t suppose to talk about. The purpose of this post is to start the conversation. Chances are, you apply this product daily, without a second thought. But have you ever taken a look at the chemical contents of commercial deodorants and antiperspirants? They frequently contains toxic […]

Cancer Causing Toxins in Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Omorovicza Remains Cruelty Free!

The Purist / Animal Testing, Skin Care /

Omorovicza Enters, and Swiftly Exists, the Chinese Market Disappointment would be an understatement. Jump back to the winter of 2016: My heart sank when I read that Omorovicza would be entering the mainland China marketplace. The vast majority of luxury brands eventually give in to the profitable temptation of selling cosmetic goods in China. They put […]

Omorovicza Remains Cruelty Free!

Carmine – The Bugs in Your Blush

The Purist / Chemical Index /

Is Carmine Vegan? What Is It Exactly? If you are not familiar with the ingredient “Carmine” already, prepare to be a little grossed out. Known for it’s bright red (though sometimes pink or purple) pigmentation, Carmine is a colour additive found in MANY cosmetics and food items. Note: It is not dangerous to ingest Carmine […]

Carmine – The Bugs in Your Blush

Silica Is Everywhere You Look

The Purist / Chemical Index /

It’s safe to say that Silica is more common than Starbucks franchises. The stuff is literally everywhere! But what is silica exactly? If it’s so commonly used in various products, it can’t be that bad if used in beauty products… right? I’ll leave that up to you, dear reader, to decide. But first, let’s start off […]

Silica Is Everywhere You Look

Is Origins Cruelty Free?

The Purist / Animal Testing, Skin Care /

Sadly, Origins is not cruelty free. What a bummer! The Origin’s face masks are basically a cult beauty classic. I’ve been a fan of the face masks myself for a long time. Call me a hippie, but I was initially drawn to the brand’s products by the logo (a silhouetted tree) and promise of plant-to-formula skin […]

Is Origins Cruelty Free?

Polysorbates are a little over-hyped…

The Purist / Chemical Index /

But what are they exactly? If you have a ever tried to mix olive oil and vinegar, or any oil with water for that matter, you would see the dilemma many manufactures find themselves in when creating face creams, body lotion and other creamy concoctions! Polysorbate 20 and Polysorbate 60 are emulsifiers that help bond […]

Polysorbates are a little over-hyped…