I’m excited to announce that I was one of the first Washingtonians featured in the new Washingtonian Magazine series by Elliot Williams called “What I’m Wearing.” I talk about my commuting style strategy, what I wear to big meetings as well as discuss my time when I was part of the local comedy scene, performing stand-up around DC.
While you may know cruelty-free fashion is a passion of mine, what you may not know is my journey to a cruelty-free lifestyle started with food. I have been eating plant-based/vegan diet since 2016, and diet was the door that lead me to a cruelty-free lifestyle. Recently, I had the opportunity to be featured in Flourish Height’s Girl Chat Series and talk about my passion for living a plant-based/vegan lifestyle as well as key milestones about my health and wellness journey.
The series is run by Valerie Agyeman, a passionate Registered Dietitian based locally here in the DC-metro area. Her business is all about helping women “plant their health on higher ground!” Check out my interview here: http://flourishheights.com/casey-shea/
Happy Black Friday friends! We held Thanksgiving at our home again this year in Baltimore and it was amazing. My mom is the real MVP. She not only cooks for 20 people, most of whom are not vegan, she also makes sure I have a lots of food and dishes to enjoy with everyone. Seriously, she’s amazing.
Anyway, back to the Holiday Shopping Guides! I posted my Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide yesterday, but because it’s Black Friday and I have work off, I thought I’d double up and post the next gift guide in the series: Jet Setter. I absolutely LOVE to travel, so even though this one lost out to Stocking Stuffers (71-29) I thought this would be a fun one to post.
ONE. LUGGAGE TAGS This set of three luggage tags is perfect for any jet setter. I like the marble color but there are a bunch of other styles that are worth exploring too.
THREE. TIMEMORY WOMENS PONCHO Every traveler needs a cozy poncho that can double as a blanket. I like this one because the colors will work well in both summer and winter.
FOUR. QUIETCOMFORT 35 WIRELESS SMART HEADPHONES Noise cancellation headphones are a must have. These Bose headphones would make an incredible gift for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling, particularly on trains and planes.
SIX. WASH ME TRAVEL BAG I love this wash me bag! It’s so adorable and perfect for separating out your dirty from clean clothes during trips.
SEVEN. SCRUBBA WASH BAG I am soooo intrigued by this portable laundry bag, especially since I like to travel with just a carry on. Being able to wash and rewear clothes on my trips would be a game changer.
EIGHT. TRAVEL JEWELRY CASE I was so excited when I found a vegan leather item from Mark & Graham, like this travel jewelry case.
ELEVEN. ANYWHERE TRAVEL GUIDE I think this guide is such a fun idea! It’s a deck of 75 cards, which feature interactive prompts like “buy a stranger coffee” to make your next travel experience a true adventure.
TWELVE. PASSPORT HOLDER Paris is always a good idea, as is Rome, Vienna, Prague, etc. I love how fun and bright this passport holder is.
THIRTEEN. AWAY SUITCASE The away suitcase change my life. I’m not even kidding. It’s the best luggage I’ve ever owned and I rave about it to anyone and everyone. I bough the bigger carry-on, and have had no issues fitting this over head on planes of all sizes. I have found that airline attendants will try and check it at the gate, but it does fit, even on those smaller European planes.
FIFTEEN. 2-IN-1 TRAVEL SCARF AND INFLATABLE NECK PILLOW This airplane pillow scarf inflates to give you neck support and makes a soft, warm infinity scarf between flights. I don’t own this product, but the reviews were shocking good.
Are there any travel items I missed? Tell me in the comments below!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I did a poll to see what’s the next gift guide you’d like to see and stocking stuffers beat out the jet setter theme 71 to 29, so here it is! This guide is a hodgepodge of items since I wanted to feature a variety of gifts, so bear with me. A LOT did not make this list, because I wanted to cut back and keep all items $30 or under, but hopefully this still has a little something for everyone.
ONE. SCENTED JAR CANDLE The shining metal lid and vintage-vibe glass jar gives this candle a little something extra, don’t ya think?
TWO. VELVET BOW HAIR TIE These velvet bow hair ties are my favorite purchase from J. Crew, maybe of all time. I’ve got them in black, gold, mauve, and academic green, and I’m about ready to buy out the rest of the colors – they are that good.
THREE. ROSE QUARTZ CRYSTAL FACIAL ROLLER I’ve always wanted to try these, but when they first hit the market these rollers were/are a staggering $40! This one’s available for $17 and let me tell you, I’m highly considering it.
FOUR. HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN PERSONAL STYLE KIT Evidently this kit is filled with “Everything a man needs to be a gentleman and a scholar!” and contains 16 essentials including emergency cufflinks, adjustable collar stays, lint remover, shoe shine towelette, breath freshener, etc.
FIVE. WINE GLASS WRITERS These pens are the perfect little gift for a hostess with the mostess.
ELEVEN. WOOD BARK COASTERS (SET OF 4) These coasters have me daydreaming of cabin vacation in the woods. I also love how the full set of four is only $15, which tends to be the price of only one coaster nowadays.
TWELVE. PERSONAL MINI HUMIDIFIER This stocking stuffer is for anyone who appreciates the straight up magic of humidifiers. It’s perfect for travelers because it works with a battery or USB and fits the size of a standard water bottle.
FIFTEEN. POO-POURRI BEFORE-YOU-GO TOILET SPRAY This may feel like a gag gift, but I promise you it’s not. This stuff is the best. It scientifically tested and stops bathroom odors before they ever begin. It’s also made of essential oils and other natural compounds so it’s completely chemical-free.
I can’t believe how quickly time is flying! In only a week, I’ll be home in Baltimore celebrating Thanksgiving with the fam. With Black Friday on the heels of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few more gift ideas before the hustle and bustle begins, so I present my second holiday gift guide of the season tailored for Beauty Queens. I pushed up the timeline for this post because I’m giving away #16 to to one lucky winner, but the giveaway ends tonight at 7:59pm EST. See this post for details on how to enter.
As a side note, I had so much fun putting this gift guide together! I love finding and sharing items that are cruelty-free/vegan, but may or may not be marketed as such, and this beauty theme is perfect for that. I hope you enjoy reading it/exploring the items as much as I enjoyed making it.
ONE. EYESHADOW PALETTE An eyeshadow palette is an amazing gift for any beauty queen. I love this tartelette™ palette because mixes mattes and micro shimmers in universally flattering shades. Perfect for everyday use.
TWO. MATTE BRONZER I’ve been raving about this Too Faced Matte Bronzer since I bought my first compact years ago. Turns out, Allure agrees and made it a Best of Beauty award winner.
THREE. PHOENIX FACIAL OIL This is the face oil you never knew you always needed. Trust me on this one.
FOUR. PACIFICA NAIL POLISH These nail polishes are not only quick drying and full color, but they are free of the toxic chemicals you’d normally find in nail polish. I love this neutral blue holiday set.
FIVE. CHARCOAL FACE/BODY SOAP BAR Don’t think I can say it better than this reviewer: “The actual soap lasts a long time and lathers really well. Helps keep my skin clear and reduces my red acne scars. This is my holy grail when it comes to face soaps and I tell all of my friends and family about it.”
SIX. CHEEK STAIN Tarte does cheek stains SO WELL. It’s brush-free application, so you just smile, dot and blend it – so easy!
SEVEN. MICRONEEDLING TOOL SET
So, I’ve never tried a microneedling but I’ve always been curious! This limited-edition set definitely has my eye.
EIGHT. TATTOO LINER Kat Von D is the QUEEN when it comes to eyeliner. Her tattoo liner makes doing cat eyes almost effortless.
NINE. AIR CONTROL™ HAIRSPRAY Three things you need to know: 1. its most amazing lightweight hair spray, 2. it’s cruelty-free, and 3. Aveda funds renewable wind energy to offset the Co2 associated with this product so it has a net-zero impact on the Earth’s climate.
TEN. T3 STYLING WAND I’ve had this styling wand for years and love love love it. The interchangeable barrels make it so easy to switch up styles. Lately, I’ve been loving the tapered barrel to get loose beachy waves.
ELEVEN. COCONUT LIP SCRUB This handcrafted, 100% natural coconut sugar lip scrub would make a perfect stocking stuffer!
THIRTEEN. DEEP CLEANSING FACE WASH This Pacifica Beauty Kale Detox Deep Cleansing Face Wash is super affordable and works wonders.
FOURTEEN. THERMAL PROTECTION SPRAY One of the reasons I started this blog is because I showing amazing products that are also undercover cruelty-free and vegan, and Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press heat protector is a prime example.
FIFTEEN. MONOGRAMMED CANVAS MAKE-UP BAG Couldn’t make a beauty gift guide without an adorable make up bag, now could I? I love this one is from Tuckernuck.
SIXTEEN. MOTD ESSENTIAL BRUSH SET If you’ve been following along you know I totally love this M.O.T.D. vegan make up brush set because the brushes are super soft, don’t shed at all, hypoallergenic, and anti-bacterial (unlike regular animal hair brushes). I’m also giving away a set to one lucky winner. See this post for details on how to enter.
Let me know in the comments if there are other items that should be on this list!