It’s 2017 and were somehow STILL supporting brands that test on animals. So why do companies test on animals? In most cases it’s a cover… Not to say that their products are safe, but to say “Hey! At least it was tested!” and other time it’s just the way some markets work. On Tuesday Nars took to social media to address why they will start using animals to test their products:
“WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE HEAR YOU. THE GLOBAL ELIMINATION OF ANIMAL TESTING NEEDS TO HAPPEN. WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT PRODUCT AND INGREDIENT SAFETY CAN BE PROVEN BY NON-ANIMAL METHODS, BUT WE MUST COMPLY WITH THE LOCAL LAWS OF THE MARKETS IN WHICH WE OPERATE, INCLUDING IN CHINA. WE HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE NARS AVAILABLE IN CHINA BECAUSE WE FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT TO BRING OUR VISION OF BEAUTY AND ARTISTRY TO FANS IN THE REGION. NARS DOES NOT TEST ON ANIMALS OR ASK OTHERS TO DO SO ON OUR BEHALF, EXCEPT WHERE REQUIRED BY LAW. NARS IS COMMITTED AND ACTIVELY WORKING TO ADVANCE ALTERNATIVE TESTING METHODS. WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT THE INSTITUTE FOR IN VITRO SCIENCES (IIVS), A GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATION AT THE FOREFRONT OF ADVANCING NON-ANIMAL METHODS IN CHINA AND AROUND THE WORLD. NARS IS HOPEFUL THAT TOGETHER, WE CAN WORK TOWARD A CRUELTY-FREE WORLD.”
I know I’m not alone when I tossed my beloved and oh-so-good Nars products in the trash, but here are some cruelty free brands we can love:
Available at Sephora:
- Anastasia Beverly Hills
- Beauty Blender (%100 vegan)
- Cover FX
- Farsali (%100 vegan)
- Kat Von D (%100 vegan)
- Too Faced
- Urban Decay
Available at Drugstores:
- Ardell (%100 vegan)
- EcoTools (%100 vegan)
- Cover FX
- Kat Von D
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
- B. Beauty
- PHB Ethical Beauty
If you’d like to put an end to animal testing, sign the petition by clicking here!
While I fully support pet adoption and animal rescue, I do believe it’s important to find the right companion for you. I spent hours upon days upon weeks searching through various shelters to find the one, but it just didn’t happen. As a young, working couple we needed a dog that would be happy in a condo, that didn’t require constant and vigorous medical attention, and was good around other animals and children.
Buying a dog from a responsible breeder does not make you a bad person and buying a dog from a responsible breeder does not cause overpopulation. Deciding to expand your family with a pet should be taken as seriously as children. Do your research, know what you’re getting yourself into! I will not judge you for making the decision to buy a dog over adopting, but I will judge you for turning them over to a shelter.
We got Fillis from Canada’s Pom Boutique when she was 12 weeks old. She is a purebread toy Pomeranian weighing in at a bursting 2.2kgs. We’re always on the go and she cozies up with us on planes, trains, and automobiles without having to leave our sight, making her the ideal travelling companion.
Choosing a breeder is a lot of work, but it definitely paid off for us. Canada’s Pom Boutique went above and beyond our expectations (not only do they breed, but they have also rescued and rehabilitated poms). All of their puppies include:
- Purebread Registration
- Potty Trained
- 2 Year Health Guarantee
- 8 Week Insurance Policy
- International Health Certificate
- Dewormer Program
- Deflea Program
- Lifetime Breeder Support
- A Forever Home
When we picked up Fillis she also came with potty pads, 1 bag of puppy food, a bed, a blanket, a handful of toys and an informative puppy guide they had written up for us.
If you are considering a new pet I encourage you to check out your local shelters, research what it takes to be a good dog breeder or check out Canada’s Pom Boutique. Most importantly you need to make sure you are prepared.. Do you have other kids or animals around you need to consider? Are you financially capable to handle a puppy? Do you have enough time and are you willing to train a new dog?
Wether you are choosing to adopt or go through a breeder you are choosing to support your new family member throughout their lifetime.
Every woman’s closet has a secret- and I’m going to share mine with you: you don’t have to entirely break the bank to look bad and boujee.
We can’t all dress like Beyoncé. Most of us can’t even afford rent (hello, Vancouver housing market) let alone be able to dress head to toe in Gucci! Now, I’m not talking about hitting up your local Value Village for those Gucci Princetown slippers you’ve been eyeing up since last fall. Let me introduce you to my favourite luxury consignment stores that will leave you and your bank accounts happy!
The Ritzy Secret
$50 off any online item, use code: RENCHRIST
- Based in Vancouver
- Worldwide shipping
- App coming soon
The Ritzy Secret is run by a very sweet woman who has a passion for fashion. If you check out the website you will learn it all started trying to sell her own pre-loved items, and it became so natural. She is so up-to-date on inventory that she has coming in that most of her items are sold before they are posted. Although I haven’t consigned with them yet, I have bought from them before and I was not disappointed! Keep your eyes on this one:
- Based in Vancouver
- New client deal
- Worldwide shipping
Ace consign is relatively new to the game, but since they’ve started they have been slaying. They have a very diverse inventory that is continuously growing every day and if they don’t have what you’re looking for they will track it down for you! I chose to consign with Ace because they are local which makes pick-up and delivery easy, and they have amazing customer service. You can check them out online or follow their insta:
Luxe du Jour
- Based in Calgary
- Worldwide shipping
This shop sells faster than I can blink. With such a high-following you really have to turn your post notifications on to keep up. Although I haven’t bought or consigned with them yet I find myself constantly drooling at their Instagram. They offer amazing deals and flash sales so you better get your wallets ready..
- Based in Vancouver
- First purchase shipped free
- International shipping
- Authentication Services
If you’re all about high standards then this is the one you need to check out. She is constantly bringing in tons of like-new inventory for a fraction of the retail price (dreams do come true). Becca is super personable and very accommodating while making consigning so effortless. Her customer testimonials really show how amazing she is!
Can be used for:
- Singing in the shower
- Driving in your car
- Cleaning your house
1. Kodaline – Love Like This
(there’s also an acoustic version!)
2. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
3. Britney Spears – Work B*tch
4. Galantis – Runaway (U & I)
5. The Wombats – Greek Tragedy
6. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
7. The 1975 – Girls
8. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
9. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
10. MisterWives – Reflections
11. G.R.L – Ugly Heart
12. Brett – Golden
13. Clean Bandit – Rather Be
14. Disclosure – Latch
15. MGMT – Kids
16. M83 – Midnight City
17. Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling
18. Lorde – Greenlight
because that piano is a 10/10.
19. Young Empires – White Doves
20. The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
21. Virginia to Vegas – Lights Out
22. What So Not – High You Are
23. Tove Lo/Hippie Sabotage – Habits (Stay High)
24. Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
25. Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man
Picking your first designer bag can be exciting, but it also be a little overwhelming especially when you’re deciding wether or not you should drop 1k on a purse!
By the time I turned 20 I was a working woman, and found myself ready to step up my purse game. Although stores like Aldo and Spring made chic bags, they never lasted long in my arms and I guess it’s true when they say you get what you pay for.
1. Louis Vuitton Speedy 30
I’m going to start with the Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Speedy Bandouliere 30. This was my first designer bag (minus the bandouliere) and I love it! I recommend getting the bandouliere because hand-carrying can be such a pain, but I do love the classic look a bit better. If you have a busy lifestyle it’s a lot easier to throw it over your shoulder and grab your kids, dog, or groceries. On the downside this bag can look a bit saggy, but a purse organizer is an easy fix. Other than the sagging the only other con is the Damier Azur. The DA is perfect for spring and summer and works well with warm colours but please be cautious of colour transfer! (yeah JEANS i’m talking about you..) So keep in mind the Monogram tends to be a lot more versatile and safe.
2. Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM
While we’re on the topic of Louis Vuitton, let’s talk about this iconic bag! This is a very common bag and can be so versatile. It really lives up to it’s name because it’s neverfull, and that’s what I love about it. This size is big enough to comfortably fit a 13″ Macbook or textbooks, but it doesn’t have many built in pockets. Luckily it does come with a removable zippered clutch that can be used separately or as an added pocket. I adore the monogram print with the cherry and would easily settle for the pivoine interior. I find the pop of colour so refreshing year round.
3. Chanel Classic Flap
Have you been dreaming about this bag as much as I have or do you already own 10? With a selection as diverse as Chanel’s it’s hard to find at least one flap that you wont fall in love with. Owning a Chanel is like letting yourself into an elite group of women from actresses to royalty to you! Not only are these bags timeless but they will last forever, seriously forever. Durable Leather > Durable Canvass. If you can afford to seriously splurge I say do it, but fair warning their smallest bags cost more than my first (and second and third) car did.
4. Michael Kors Studio Mercer Satchel
For my ladies on a budget this ones for you! Michael Kors has been on top when it comes to mid-ranged designer bags offering a big range with a small price tag. Similar to the LV Neverfull, this bag is equipped to carry your laptops and books but also has an interior slip pocket and a zip pocket. If you’re looking for something a little more compact I’d suggest the MK Selma Saffiano Medium Leather Satchel.
5. Chloe Drew Bag
I am definitely obsessed with this bag! It’s such an easy transitional bag from day to night and the colour selection is seemingly endless. There’s no doubt that you’ll get so many compliments with this bag. I prefer the small size to the mini because it fits a bit more than you’d expect.