8 Ways To Use Your Hip Purse And Backpack This Winter Season

The infamous hip purse and backpacks, some people love them (like me) and others are not fans. That's perfectly fine but no matter what side of the spectrum you're on, sometimes you need inspiration. As Winter is upon us, I put together a Vegan Bag Style Guide where I share 8 looks using these two vegan handbags from White Rhino.

But First, Let's Find The Right Bag...

Whether you want a bag to travel in or for everyday use, it's important to stay true to your style. After living in my White Rhino bags, I recognized what's important to me… lots of pockets. Aside from being your one stop shop for cruelty-free, vegan leather bags and accessories. These vegan handbags provide just the right storage space while also remaining compact.

Do you tend to dress more athletic, casual or glam? Is color the most important feature for you or is it size and fit? Hip purses and backpacks are versatile. Once you determine what features are right for your style, mixing these bags in your wardrobe will soon come naturally.

Monday: All Black

Black is my classic go-to when I want a traditional bold look. Try pairing a neutral color together for this outfit. Whether it be all black, all red or picking two colors, the 'Allie Hip Purse will be a solid addition.

Tuesday: Twice Unique

Why not couple two unique looks, a hip purse, and overalls. Another side to fashion is to be a bit daring. I mean why not? Honestly, you never know what outfit you will enjoy until you try it on. So exercise your right to experiment.

Wednesday: Your Favorite Combo

My favorite colors, red and black are two striking shades to wear. Here I used the hip purse as a belt to create a silhouette with an oversized blazer. Essentially you can replace any belt with this bag.

Thursday: The Suit

Another way to wear your hip purse is as a cross body bag. Connect the bag at the last hole and test what side you feel comfortable with best.

Friday: Earthy Tone

The Dark Avocado Signature Backpack was unconventional for me. For these next two looks, I wanted an earthy lighter mood to complement the darkness of the backpack.

The Weekend: The Darker Shades

Following my roots, for this look, I paired the backpack with black. Whether it's an athleisure look or blacked out with a pop of color, the green stands strong.

Bags have more than one purpose. Yes, they are meant to carry valuables but they also give life to your look. As I wore my White Rhino bags not only did I feel at peace with the fact that they are cruelty-free but a sensation of ease fell over me. These very bags allowed me to tell my story. My story through what I represent as a cruelty-free activist and creator. What story are you telling with your fashion?

To learn more about White Rhino's cruelty-free, vegan bags and receive 25% off your order for the month of January use code JESS25 and click here.

Live Balanced. Live Great.

All There August

Jessica Salazar

*In essence, I only partner with brands I truly believe in and all opinions stated above are mine.


Dog Birthday Party Ideas: A Quick Guide to Throwing a Cute Party For Your Pet

Yes, We Said A Dog Birthday Party!

A dog birthday party. Sit on that for a second. Some may think it's ridiculous and crazy to throw a birthday party for a dog, or any animal for that matter. Others, well, others know exactly how kind the sentiment is and fully believe every dog (or all animals actually) should have a birthday party.

I consider my dog part of the family. Putter (my rescue pup) has been with me for 10 years now and that means he has seen and felt heartache, loss, happy moments, travel and all the in-betweens with me. He has been there and I love him for that. Of course, Putter is not perfect. My dog is probably the sweetest, evil pup you will ever meet. That's just his nature but with me... I feel his love, see his love and know his love. Putter may not comprehend what a birthday is but throwing a party for him is my thank you. It's a gesture saying Putty, Putt, Snuggle Bug, Buddy you are my dog and I am your human. So excuse me if this does not make sense to you but it does to me. As a paw mom, these pets are our children and I will be darned to take that lightly. I'm here to say it's ok to celebrate your pet. You should.

As a result, if you're thinking hey, I've always wanted to throw a party for my pet but don't know where to begin. Or, you want an insight on what I did for Putter's Day, I put together a list of things to consider and how I celebrated my pets life.

Let's Get This PAW-ty Started!

A Perfect Location Will Set The Mood

I always start his day by taking him to the park. That's his favorite thing to do so we do that. I've also hosted Putter's birthday party at my house, grandmas house, my brother's house and this year we took it to a local dog-friendly coffee shop called Coffee With Companions. It was his 10th birthday so I wanted something different for him and for everyone joining us.

Coffee With Companions

When thinking of a location first ask yourself what your goal is for the gathering? Then, what mood do you want for your party? Is it a small backyard Vegan BBQ with the family and pets or do you want to share the moment with your community? Listen to your fur baby, you know your pet best and also know what they are comfortable with.

Secondhand And Upcycled Decoration... All The Small Details Matter

True Story, I was driving by a yard sale and saw a piñata for sale. Yes, I bought it. I mean think about it... a secondhand piñata in perfect condition for our guests and pets to enjoy, heck yes! I added my touch to it and used construction paper I already owned to spruce it up a bit.

Putter posing for the camera in front of his party decor

Putter's actual invitation I created

I'm also going to be upfront with you from the start. I created birthday invitations for Putter's Party! A party needs PAW-ty invites.

Here, think about the things that make you and your pet happy. For me, it's taking pictures, pet goodie bags, dog toys, a piñata with human and dog treats, party hats, props you name it.

A Dog Inspired Vegan Birthday Cake

Finding a local female owned business to create our vegan cake was important to me. I collaborated with 4 Little Pies and asked Vivian to surprise me and create her magic. Here's his birthday cake. Yes, we humans ate it but I did make Putter a cake too. Plus, we had vegan-friendly hot dogs to set the mood.

4 Little Pies Lemon Flavored Vegan Cake

Putter's Homemade 3 Ingredient Cake (Peanut butter, oats and organic pumpkin all mixed)

Vegan Hot Dogs from Lightlife

Whether it's a cake you purchase, one you make or vegan hot dogs it's wonderful to incorporate both human and dog foods. Let's face it, we all eat cake at the end of it all!

Send Guests Home With A Gift

In the hope that I was going to use them for something later, I upcycled brown paper bags I had from a past event for goodie bags. I took the time to paint pet names on each bag. Yes, this took a moment but I found it to be relaxing and fun.

Dog Goodie Bags, the cats received bags too

Additionally, I placed dog treats in each bag. In previous years I passed out toys but I wanted to focus my energy on making homemade vegan dog treats this year. Three ingredients (peanut butter, oat, pumpkin) and really easy to make. These treats are also a great way to incorporate kids. My nieces joined and they loved making treats and feeling involved.

In essence, think about what thoughtful gift you want your guests to leave with. I enjoy creating dog goodie bags every year for the pups, that's my happy place. Furthermore, it's a great way to keep pets entertained during and after the party.

Live In The Moment

At the end of it remember the reason you are gathering. It's to celebrate life and be with the humans and pets you love. I tend to get caught up with "everything needs to be perfect." I'm learning it's vital to breath have a "moment" and enjoy yourself. No matter what anyone else thinks or says it's a special unique time you created. Even though your pet may not understand or be able to speak to you, they know and feel your love. So have a drink, eat some cake and play.

Putter at the end of his day

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar

P.S. We made sure to recycle all the decor and waste we produced to continue our eco-friendly efforts

Wheatgrass and Matcha: Wonderful Things To Know About These Two Green Powders

The Wonderful Things... Wheatgrass, Matcha, And A Glass Shaker? The New Normal.

It seems with every magazine article released there's a new health product on the market. A product for hair, skin, your immune system, and weight but are they good for you, ethical or plastic-free? As Plastic-free July falls upon us today, I've found myself more aware of what my part in this world is and in what ways I can do good. I then realized that no matter where I start it all begins with me, my body and the capability of my body performing that task or even just the simple act of thinking clearly. Doing good requires my whole being. Which is why I single-heartedly consume two simple yet powerful powders... wheatgrass, and matcha.

Wheatgrass & Matcha

When you search health and fitness items what site do you normally go to? Are they mainstream brands, do you know all the ingredients that your supplements contain or where your fitness products come from? At Wonderful Things, a place with beautiful products and lifestyle tips to make our world a little more wonderful. All the items are curated, sustainable, ethical, or American made, and the content they promote inspires good living. Here, my friends is the unique space where sustainability, ethical living and health meet. From clothing and accessories to my very favorite wheatgrass, matcha and a glass shaker bottle Wonderful Things is the good place where I found what I needed and didn't have to question my buying choices.

So you may be asking what in the world is wheatgrass and matcha and... aren't shakers plastic, why do I want a glass one? If you are not familiar don't be alarmed a lot of people out there don't know what they are either, much less the benefits of consuming these two powders or using glass instead of plastic. So in order for you to reap the benefits and learn a little more about my eating habits and lifestyle. I invite you this month to ponder on this thought... let's be conscious of our mind and body above all else. Starting with what we eat and how we eat it.

Wheatgrass and Matcha, What Is It?

Why do I consume wheatgrass and matcha? What are they? Where can I get them and how do you eat or drink these powders plastic-free?

Yes, I do love to try new things but at the same token I am also curious and question ingredients or where items actually come from. Supplements have come and gone in my life but there are two little green powders with a huge impact that I've kept in my daily routine for a reason. Wheatgrass and matcha, some may love, hate or not have a clue what they are but let me tell you they are here and making a statement. So I begin here if you see these two powders side by side it's a bit difficult to tell them apart. Both green, yes, but they equally both have a different impact on your body and here's how.

Matcha (left) Wheatgrass (right)

Wheatgrass

You may look at wheatgrass in its natural state and think to yourself, this looks like my lawn outside. Believe me, it's not. Wheatgrass is young grass usually crushed and squeezed to make juice.

  • Low in calories, yet it contains over 70 minerals and vitamins, hundreds of live enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants
  • Used to help cleanse toxins from the body and generate healthy energy
  • USDA Organic, Kosher, Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), Vegan and Gluten-Free

Matcha

Matcha (green tea) undergoes a different farming process. Instead of a loose leaf, like a traditional green tea. Matcha comes in a powder thus making it more concentrated and potent. So essentially, it’s the unicorn version of your green tea.

  • 100% Organic Culinary Grade Matcha Powder
  • Supports balance, cellular renewal, energy and vitality
  • Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), Vegan and Gluten-Free

Glass Bottle Shaker

Shake It Like A Glass Shaker

To be honest, there are plenty of ways to incorporate these powders into your diet. I personally put them in smoothies or I will take a straight shot of them every morning. As a matter of fact, I recently discovered that taking them straight has been easier and faster with this one little device. The Glass Shaker Bottle, but first, I'll be honest. I've never purchased a shaker before. I didn't own one. For the reason being, I couldn't find an ethical device, that wasn't plastic. Also, I truthfully thought... they didn't work so for me it was a hard pass, all the time.

When I tried the Wonderful Things, Glass Shaker Bottle, of course, I was a little hesitant and skeptical. I thought the wheatgrass or matcha wouldn't mix fully but it did. Entirely. In addition, you could hardly even hear the shaker, well, shake. Then comes the plastic versus glass. Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile which is why you see it everywhere but because of their properties, it is also an environmental hazard. Plastic is responsible for 80% of all waste that accumulates in the oceans. Which means our marine life is directly consuming it and we indirectly consume it if eaten through the food chain. It's also important to point out that China is no longer accepting our recycling products so now more than ever is the time to make a change.

Pollution Seen In Our Oceans

Wonderful Things made me a believer and I love the glass shaker, here's what you get...

  • All parts Certified BPA free
  • Odor-free, stain-free, clean-tasting glass bottle that won't stink
  • Leak-proof lid designed for carefree transport
  • Extra thick silicone sleeve protects and provides a No-Slip Grip
  • Silicone shaker ball minimizes noise when shaking

How Do I Eat Or Drink Them?

Need some recipe inspiration? Here's how I've shaken it up with my glass shaker and green powders.

Wheatgrass and Matcha Recipes

The Clean Drink

  • 8 oz. cold water
  • Matcha or Wheatgrass
  • If you are feeling really "green" mix both powders

The Zesty Green

  • 8 oz. cold water
  • Matcha or Wheatgrass
  • Add lemon as desired

The Healthy Beach

  • 8 oz. cold coconut water
  • Matcha or Wheatgrass
  • Add lemon as desired

The Sweet Earth

  • 8 oz. cold coconut water
  • Matcha or Wheatgrass
  • Add agave as desired

Today think about shifting to plastic-free options and leading your health and fitness life ethically. Together with online spaces like Wonderful Things and our intent to be conscious of our mind and body above all else we can make a difference. It all starts with us.

To shop and learn more about ethical health products at Wonderful Things click here.

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar

Disclaimer* We love recommending health products to you but remember, we are not Nutritionists and the content provided is just advice.
*Wonderful Things provided product so that I may create an accurate review. In essence, I only partner with like-minded brands I truly believe in and all opinions stated above are mine.

3 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

Have you ever looked into your closet and can't find anything to wear? We have all done it, we stand there looking at our clothes wondering what to put together. Little do you know, of all the accessories we own, the scarf is the most versatile. With endless (in this case 3) possibilities you will never look at a scarf the same way again.

To bring you this How-to, I've collaborated with Arielle Toelke from Four Rabbit, an eco-fashion brand inspired by sustainability and lightweight travel for a Guest Post. Below Four Rabbit will show you how you can wear your scarf in 3 different ways creating a conscious wardrobe.

How to Wear a Scarf in 3 Stylish Ways With Four Rabbit

The Reality

We live in a consumer society where single-use plastic and fast fashion reigns. Social media has greatly influenced the need to keep up with new trends. Fast fashion stores make it easy and affordable to keep up with fashion forecasts by using unethical labor, and poor quality fabrics. The industry itself is shifting; we no longer have two collections a year but a new collection almost every two weeks. Clothing has become single-use, disposable, and unloved.

Landfills are piled high with clothes worn just a few times. Taking 200 or more years for a cotton t-shirt to biodegrade and this is just the textile waste from already constructed clothing. The energy and waste created while manufacturing clothing is devastating, adding to 20% of the world’s industrial pollution. About 12.8 million tons of pre-consumer textile waste is discarded every year. While chemical dyes used to color clothing are creating 2.5 billion tons of wastewater annually.

The textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world after big oil companies. Before buying the latest trend, think about the energy and pollution it took to get the "newest look" at the store. Buying less, and buying what we truly need and love lessens clothing waste in our daily lives. Purchasing from ethical and sustainable designers or secondhand is another option. Or... what if instead of buying, we look at what we already own and refashion or restyle existing pieces! Let's create our own trends, and create new styles — sustainably.

Styling Your Scarf

Using two items that are in almost every closet, a black dress, and a large scarf. We can create different styles and outfits, with scarves. The combinations are infinite.

What you need...

  • Black Dress
  • Large Scarf

A Scarf Top

Fold diagonally into a triangle, tie the two top points around your neck. Wrap the two bottom points around your back and then tie them.

A Kimono Top

Lay the scarf flat and tie the two points on the left side together. Then, tie the two points on the right side together, creating armholes.

A Belt

Fold the scarf into a triangle, roll (how wide or narrow the final belt made is up to you) then tie around the waist.

The same black shift dress is worn using additional scarves for an infinite variety...

Fashion used: Artists & Revolutionaries and large square scarf from LL Bean, Fahari Bazaar, and Four Rabbit, Arielle's personal collection.

 

Learn more about Arielle and her sustainable fashion brand at

Four Rabbit

Support Four Rabbit's Kickstarter Campaign here.

Post Resources

Mau, D. Fast Fashion is More Dangerous Than We Thought. Retrieved from Fashionista

Wallander, M. Why Textiles Should Be Banned From Landfill. Retrieved from TriplePundit

G. Textile Recycling Facts and Figures. Retrieved from The Balance

Breyer, M. 25 Shocking Fashion Industry Statistics. Retrieved from TreeHugger

Sweeny, G. Fast Fashion is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World. Retrieved from EcoWatch

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar