I’m a known evangelist for vegan leather goods, and bags are my favorite accessory to shop for. As with anything that is usually made with animal products, buying well made bags that are NOT crunchy looking can be hard to come by. Add on not cheap looking to that list. Usually, vegan bags are cheaper than real leather bags…which can sometimes mean that quality is compromised. More on that in a bit. 

Even though vegan bags are usually less pricey,  I’m not one to pay a 9586869 million dollars for bag that is not just perfect. It has to have a very specific look (for what I’m going for and to fit in with my lifestyle). Not covered in logos, not flimsy. The list goes on.  

Solarfun handbag – on Amazon for under $20!

Tips for Shopping for Vegan Handbags

  1. Go for the classic look. Think Chanel minus the leather. I like buying bags that have an added dose of personality…but it can’t be too crazy. For example, this bag above is so gorgeous and classic, but the chain strap makes it a little more edgy. 
  2. Choose a neutral color to start off – neutral color bags automatically look more expensive. My favorite neutrals for bags are nude, black, and white. 
  3. If you’re going for something a little more BAM an flashy, go for a spicy red or a metallic. 

The best places to shop for vegan handbags:

+ ASOS

+ Topshop

+ Beyond Skin

+ Stella McCartney

I picked up these sparkly babies at Topshop over the weekend – I LOVE some sparkle!

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Thanks to genetics, I have mild scalp psoriasis (among a few other skin issues), which is BEYOND frustrating to deal with. Unfortunately there is no cure , but there are ways to manage these issues. Let me say that dry scalp is a little different than having psoriasis or eczema…it’s more mild and usually flares up due to weather changes. But the other two are usually ongoing, but can really flare up at times.

I have tried a million potions, creams, shampoos, conditioners, and prescriptions and unfortunately not a whole lot has worked for me. My scalp psoriasis is like a nagging little bitch that just will not go away! If you suffer from any of these issues, you have probably tried it all too.

While I haven’t cured myself, I have discovered a few ways to keep my scalp psoriasis in check over the last 6 months or so. Yes, it took me 20 freaking YEARS to figure this out!

USE COCONUT OIL

For years, my mom would bathe my scalp in baby oil to make those pesky, disgusting flakes go away. A few years ago, my dermatologist told me that baby oil is actually very drying for people who have scalp psoriasis and that coconut oil would work a lot better. I have been using coconut oil on my scalp ever since, and it truly works. What kind? Make sure it’s unrefined coconut oil – Costco sells a huge tub of this stuff for $20! Make sure that you store it in a cool, dry place. 

Keep in mind that a little goes a very long way. take a teaspoon amount and then from there, take a very small amount, rub it between your fingers, and apply directly to the scalp. Try to avoid getting too much of the oil in your hair. Because it will be a fucking nightmare to wash out! If you’re short on time, leave it on as long as you can, or even better, sleep with the oil on your scalp and then wash your hair in the morning. Not only will your scalp feel amazing, but your hair will also be silky smooth. I recommend doing this at least once a month, or more if you have the time.

EXFOLIATING SHAMPOO

Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo is AH-MAZING! I cannot tell you how many shampoos I’ve gone through. All natural shampoos, homemade shampoos, prescription shampoos, dry scalp shampoos…99% of them do not work for me. As an aside: if you can avoid it, do not use a steroid shampoo (AKA a prescription). While these work, the risks are so not worth it. 

I bought the Briogeo shampoo a few months ago, thinking it was not going to work. Well, it has consistently worked for me and I can’t sign its praises enough. Never have I used a shampoo with exfoliating beads before! The ingredients are pretty cool: charcoal, peppermint, tea tree oil, and coconut oil..among others. I love that when I wash my hair, dryness doesn’t appear 10 minutes after washing (that was a consistent theme for me for years and years). 

Not only does it smell so good, it feels good too! Your scalp and hair will feel so clean, but not stripped.

WASH AT LEAST EVERY OTHER DAY

This one is kind of sad, for me at least. If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you might know that I used to go a VERY LONG TIME without washing my hair…and for awhile, it was okay because my hair was so dry. 

Honestly, I hate(d) the itchy feeling and started washing my hair every other day, and now my hair is accustomed to that pattern. If I go any longer, my hair gets so greasy and extra itchy. It’s just gross. The lazy girl in me hates this, but I also love it because nothing beats feeling clean and fresh. 

LIMIT HEAT STYLING

99% of the time, I let my hair air dry, and then I will use a flat iron or a curling iron. The point is to avoid direct heat on the scalp (blow drying). 

Do you deal with any of these issues? What has helped you?

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You know I am the queen of neutrals. I wear a lot of black, a lot of blush, a lot of nude, as well as white. One of my favorite pairs of shoes are my white Gucci-esque loafers…however I’ve been finding myself leaning towards darker pairs of shoes lately, like black, gold, and nude. I started making mental notes of what I was pairing those white shoes with and why they looked weird to me with some outfits.

AND THEN IT ALL CLICKED. 

It all has to do with hair. Yep, hair color. When I was blonde, I wore so much more white. I even wore white sunglasses, which now look really harsh on me. I tested this theory out, and shopping for neutrals that match your hair really works if you’re trying to discover your neutral color. Mine is nude/blush. My hair is a dark BRONDE (it’s a color, okay?) right now, so I can switch it up between darker colors like black and dark brown as well. But the overall color of my hair matches nude clothing and accessories so well. 

I like to sprinkle in nudes throughout my outfits. Maybe it’s a nude top with any color on bottom, paired with nude shoes. Or a colorful outfit with nude accessories. Just let the look be balanced and I promise you will look so put together.

If your hair is dark, invest in darker items – black will never do you wrong. If you are bronde or have lighter brown hair, go for the nudes, grays, and even a light shade of olive green. If you’re blonde, well aren’t you lucky! Go for whites and light blushes. 

xo, Lynn

A girl can never have too many leggings…

Am I right?

If you’re like me, leggings are both for exercising & for just about any other occasion. 😉 They’re just so comfortable! Thank goodness the athleisure movement is not going away anytime soon. 

My favorite kind of leggings? HIGH waisted. I recently donated or gave away all of my non-high rise leggings because they just weren’t as comfortable, especially for working out. I like to feel like everything is sucked in and supported, especially when I run. If you haven’t tried high waisted leggings yet, give them a try and I promise you’ll notice a huge difference in comfort. 

My favorites are from Lululemon, Zella, and Beyond Yoga. Each of these brands caters to the stylish woman who also wants to be comfortable while working out or just living life. My favorite part is that these leggings are not thin. There’s nothing worse than a thin pair of leggings that expose your butt when you bend over or do squats at the gym.

My favorites:

xo, Lynn

have you guys heard about the glass skin trend that has taken over Korea and is now sweeping the US? I LOVE IT. Glass skin describes flawless, poreless looking skin that is the antithesis of caked-on makeup. I tried the trend out and I just love it because skin is in…and this is a look that is very similar to my everyday makeup. 

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