<![CDATA[vegancoloredglasses.com - Blog]]>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 02:20:12 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Quarantine Fun In The Sun]]>Sun, 26 Apr 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/quarantine-fun-in-the-sun
I know during this time we are supposed to stay at home, isolated from others, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go outside and have our fun in the sun. The question is, what is there to do while outside? Well, there are plenty of activities to do alone or in a group, so here is a list of activities to do outdoors.
Physical activities 
If you have a nice backyard, or a parking lot that is not busy, then doing physical activities would be a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Some fun physical activities to do alone are biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, exercising, and running. If you share a space with others, you can do group activities, like baseball, volleyball, corn hole, flag football, catch, scavenger hunt, biking, gardening, and soccer, just to name a few. You can also go swimming, if you have a pool. 

Relaxing activities for the outdoors
You don’t have to be active in order to enjoy the sun; you can also relax while outside. You can eat, play games, write, read, take a nap, meditate, listen to music, work on projects or homework, work on crafts, or just sit there and take in nature’s beauty. If you, again, share a space with others, then you can play board games, have a craft party, write a story together, have a picnic, or do group yoga.

So, there you have it. A list of activities you can do with your companions, or alone. I understand it  is a rough time right now, but try to relax and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. 

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<![CDATA[Green Fashion For Earth Day!]]>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/green-fashion-for-earth-day I decided, since the official Earth Day is coming up, I'd talk about ways to help the earth through fashion. I actually mentioned a few ways in my other blog posts, but I decided to go into detail here.
#1 Don't use bleach. 
Bleach is a chemical that is harmful to not only the earth, but humans as well when used in laundry. Bleach can leak into oceans, lakes, and rivers, which can harm all the animals around the water and in it. 

 #2 Don't Wear Animal Derived Clothing. 
The main material to avoid is leather, especially since it is one of the most harmful. More leather means more cows. Cow poop causes green house gases which is harmful to the ozone layer and the gas can trap sunlight, making it hotter on Earth.


  #3 Thrift, Donate, & Sell.
Another way to help the Earth is by thrift-shopping for new wardrobe pieces, and by donating or selling your old clothes . Giving away your your old clothes and thrift-shopping is a way to decrease the amount of waste you send to landfills. It also saves you money. 

These are only a few ways to help. There are plenty more ways to help the Earth. The Earth is important, so keep it clean! Happy Earth Day, everyone!

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<![CDATA[Follow Your Heart | Vegan Ranch Dressing Review]]>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/follow-your-heart-vegan-ranch-dressing-review
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Quarantine has really been messing with my anxiety and causing more physical symptoms than I normally experience. The first few weeks were rough, my focus was terrible and the future appeared so bleak to me. I felt as if everything was going downhill. I noticed that I was tired and needed naps more; the hours of the days were running together and slipping away so fast. Once those first few weeks were over, I began to feel better, feel more optimistic. I had developed an indoor life that had more normality and rhythm to it. I had been furloughed from my job and felt motivated to focus on my businesses. However, my anxiety prevailed, and so my jaw became tight, teeth hurt from grinding, developed neck pains and headaches, and a lack of appetite. Even when I thought I was better, my body has been telling me otherwise.
I feel that I absolutely must start taking better care of myself. I need to go to sleep earlier (get all of the sleep that you can during this time, guys!), and I need to FEED myself. I have had a hard time eating normal meals, and would often go to bed hungry. My water consumption has been low and I’ve been avoiding vegetables like the plague. This past week, though, I have made more of an effort to eat three meals a day, and healthy ones at that. So, I am back to my salads :).

Because I am making salads a normal thing for myself again, I have fallen back in love with my favorite dressing: RANCH! My first up-close encounter with ranch (not vegan, and not eaten of course) was when I was about 9 years old. I had gone on a ride to a fast food restaurant with my godmother, her son, and her niece between basketball games that we were playing in. My god brother next to me in the back seat pulled out chicken nuggets and a little packet of ranch dressing, which he identified for me upon my asking him what it was. I don’t know why, but it looked SO good to me, and I continued to hold that same perception over the years. A white sauce, that was forbidden due to the amount of eggs in it, in my vegan eyes was that dreamy food that I so badly wanted to try. When the Cincinnati Loving Hut added ranch dressing as a side to their meals, I was so excited that I could finally taste what I had always assumed would be very delicious. I was not disappointed; it was love at first bite.

Since my first ranch dressing experience, I have found vegan bottled versions of it at Whole Foods and Kroger. I have tried two different brands, Daiya (the makers of the melting vegan cheese) and Follow your Heart (the creators of vegenaise). The one that stuck was Follow Your Heart, mostly because I felt that their flavor was better and not as lemony. The following is my review of this product. 

Aroma:
If you’re looking for a comparison between the non-vegan ranch smell and the vegan ranch smell… Well you’re not going to get it. I, unfortunately, have no idea what real ranch smells like. I’ve only imagined it, and in my mind it smelled like any savory white sauce. The vegan ranch smells very garden-like, as if it is a salad itself. Don’t think of that as a bad thing though, it still smells delicious. I would describe it as natural with a touch of lemon.

Flavor:
As mentioned, I am in love with the flavor of ranch dressing. I like this brand, but only wish that they had given it a little more salt. It seems these products always lack in the sodium category. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t completely bland. It is good enough, but I want it to be fantastic. I don’t know if they make it in house at the Cincinnati Loving Hut, but theirs had a nice salt-seasoned flavor to it that I was hoping would be matched in the Follow Your Heart product. Although it is nicely seasoned in other ways, I do have to add salt to my salads to make up for where it lacks.

Texture:
The beautiful white creaminess speckled with black and brown spices gliding out of the mouth of the bottle onto freshly rinsed leafy greens is enough to signify just how gorgeous this product is texter-wise. It isn’t at all watery and it has a nice thickness to it. There is no grit, it is very smooth.

​My review of this product seems to have a little better outcome than my last one (if you haven't read it, here's the link http://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/natures-path-organic-buckwheat-waffles-review). This one isn't a food that I just tolerate for the nutritional value. This dressing is a product I eat because I think it's delicious! I think it's certainly one that should be tried by anyone looking for a great vegan ranch dressing. It is a pretty good replacement. 

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<![CDATA[Should We Eat It Just Because It’s Vegan?]]>Sun, 12 Apr 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/should-we-eat-it-just-because-its-vegan
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I have been plant-based since before “plant-based” was a commonly used label. I was eating this way before veggie burgers changed colors while cooking, before there was a plethora of vegan milks other than soy, before chain vegan restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, though, I welcome most of those changes. 
The first time we visited a restaurant 8 or 9 years ago, my children distrusted everything. They all prefaced their order with, “Is that vegan?” We now visit that restaurant several times a year and it’s an outing that we continue to enjoy. In the beginning of our journey we were a soy milk family. Of course, that was all that the major grocers were selling at the time. We’re now regularly drinking almond milk. My point is that we embrace change, but this new plant-based burger boom frightens me. I’m still trying to figure out if it is real food. 
Let us not even consider the fact that in the popular, mainstream burger joints, all the food is cooked on the same grills and in the same oil as meat. Let’s get past the fact that they garnish the burgers with animal-based toppings and let’s instead focus on the plant-based food itself. Is it really food? Is it natural? Is it healthy?

According to the Impossible Foods website, their products contain “2 genetically engineered ingredients: heme (soy leghemoglobin) – the “magic” molecule that makes meat taste like meat—and soy protein.”

To make heme: We take the DNA for soy leghomoglobin, insert it into yeast, and ferment the yeast. By making our heme using genetic engineering, we avoid growing and digging up soy plants to harvest heme (from the root nodules), which would promote erosion and release carbon stored in the soil. The method we’ve adopted enables us to produce heme sustainably at high volume and make meat from plants for millions of people that is delicious, nutritious and vastly more sustainable than meat from animals.”

On UCSUSA.org (Union of Concerned  Scientists), sustainable agriculture is described as “good stewardship of the natural systems and resources that farms rely on.”
This involves:
  • Building and maintaining healthy soil
  • Managing water wisely
  • Minimizing air, water, and climate pollution
  • Promoting biodiversity
Several key sustainable farming practices have emerged such as rotating crops and embracing diversity; planting cover crops to protect erosion, replenishing soil nutrients, and keeping weeds in check; reducing or eliminating tillage reducing erosion and improving soil health; applying integrated pest management to control pests while minimizing use of chemical pesticides; integrating livestock and crops; and managing whole systems and landscapes to control erosion, reduce nutrient runoff, and support pollinators and other biodiversity.

What about genetically modified soy, says sustainable agriculture?

Unfortunately, there have been no human trials on GMO’s effects on the human body, but according to experiments done on rats, GMO’s are harmless and show no significant adverse reactions. Yeah, right. Fortunately though, there have been people resourceful enough to get around the limited info on this topic to reach some conclusion. 

    A study entitled “GMO Myths and Truths – An Evidence-based Examination of the Claims Made for the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods” explicitly outlines the dangers of the consumption of GMO’s. It counters the popularly repeated results of animal testing with, “Most animal feeding studies on GMOs are short-term or medium-term in length – too short to show long-term (chronic) effects such as organ failure, cancer, or reproductive problems.” It continues, “What is needed are long-term and multi-generational studies on GMOs to see if the signs of toxicity commonly reported in shorter studies develop into serious disease. But such studies are not required by government regulators anywhere in the world. Industry and regulators often dismiss findings of toxicity in animal feeding trials on GMOs by claiming they are “not biologically significant” or “not biologically relevant”. However, these terms have never been properly defined in the context of animal feeding trials with GMOs and are scientifically meaningless.”

My choice to be vegan originated with the desire to be healthy, so GMO’s wrapped in our new favorite label, “plant-based” is off our menu. I appreciate all the new options that we have, but we need to be very careful in our choices. Some of these new options are really just ploys to get our money despite the risks that come with the products. Many of these organisms haven’t been proven to be dangerous to us, but they haven’t been proven to be safe either. These new creations can bring new problems that we never intended to have. I will be sticking to the foods that support good health, not big business.

If you are interested in the study, you can find it here. http://livingnongmo.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/GMO-Myths-and-Truths-edition2.pdf

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<![CDATA[Vegan Sources of Vitamin C & D]]>Sun, 12 Apr 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/vegan-sources-of-vitamin-c-dDuring this time we are supposed to stay at home, but that is almost impossible considering we have to constantly restock on supplies. There are people who still have to go to work as well. Now, there are ways to prevent yourself from getting sick, like washing hands, wearing masks, and keeping yourself distant from others, but there is also another way that is not talked about as much. Eating foods with good sources of vitamin D and C is known to help boost your immune system. Strengthening your immune system helps you have  a smaller chance of getting sick. So, for those who have to go to work or just want to not get sick, here is a list of vegan vitamin D and C sources.

Good Vitamin D Sources 

Sunlight 
Sunlight is not necessarily a “vegan source” of vitamin D, but it is a good way to get vitamin D. Sitting in the sun for 15-30 minutes everyday is the best way to receive the vitamin D from the sun.

Enriched soy and almond milk

Enriched soy and almond milk are also a good way to get vitamin D. You can add milk to your bowl of oatmeal or cereal, and your smoothie. You can also drink it plain, which is actually really gross, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Also, make sure that it is enriched almond/soy milk because the vitamin D does not occur naturally; it’s added.

Good vitamin C Sources

Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits are good sources of  vitamin C. You can add citrus fruits to fruit salads and smoothies. You can also drink the juices of them to clear out your sinuses. I recommend drinking lemon water to help clean out your sinuses.

Broccoli 
Broccoli is another good source of vitamin C. Broccoli can be added in stir fry, salads, or soups. You can also eat it by itself, with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

Strawberries 
Strawberries are also a good source of vitamin C. Strawberries can also be added in fruit salads and smoothies. They can also be added in granola, cereal, and oatmeal. Strawberries are also pretty good on their own. They are also easy to grow, if you have any garden space.

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<![CDATA[Vegan Chemical-Free Nail Polish]]>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/vegan-chemical-free-nail-polish
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I've been wearing nail polish since I was 5 years old. Over the years I've tried a few brands. I didn't stray too far from the brands I knew. I didn't want chemicals or animal byproducts in my nail polish.
Perhaps you don't know what makes nail polish not vegan. Well, I didn't know either. I only knew I didn't want it on my nails. So I decided to research it. Non-vegan nail polish contains gelatin, milk, lanolin, honey, beeswax, royal jelly, and carmine. However just because it's vegan doesn't mean it's cruelty-free.
While researching for this I found out about the toxins in the normal nail polish and realize that a lot of these nail polish brands are very harmful to us when we use them. So I've put together chemical free, cruelty free, and vegan nail polish into a list.
Before we go into the brands let's talk about the 7 major toxins in nail polish and the affects it can cause.
Toluene-This is a liquid which is very harmful to your nervous system. It can cause nausea and can cause you be light-headed. Toluene can also cause birth defect.

Formaldehyde-Is used to preserve dead humans and animals. It's vapors can trigger asthma.

Dibutyl  Phthalae (DBP)- Is used to make plastic and is linked to cancer. It can also cause birth defects.

Camphor- A poison that can cause seizures and disorientation, if used in large doses. It can act as a shield for your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causes yellow stains.

Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP)- Is used in plastic and is flame retardent. It can affect your hormones, your reproductive health, and slows your metabolism.

Xylene- It irritates your skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. It can also cause problems in your organs by ingestion or inhalation.

Formaldehyde Resin- Is used in production of coatings and adhesive. It is less toxic than Formaldehyde but can be an allergen.

Here's a few labels that you should look for on polish bottles to make sure you're buying chemical-free polishes:
3-free means it's free of the worst trio of chemicals.
5-free means free of the worst trio plus two of the seven.
7-free means free of the worst 7 toxins.

Polish brands:
Zoya
  The first brand I've used. It was founded in 1986 by the couple Zoya and Michael Reyzis. Zoya wanted healthy and natural ingredients in her spa for her clients. Micahael Reyzis, a chemist, created the formula for their brand. Their products are cruelty-free, 5-free and vegan.

Mineral Fusion
    Their nail polishes are vegan, cruelty-free and is 4-free.They are a natural brand.

Floss Gloss
    Founded in San Francisco in 2011, it was formed by Aretha Sack and Janine Lee.The bright exciting colors make it stand out from the others on this list. This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and is 7-free.

Using toxic nail polish can have toxins seep into your blood stream and pores. So please consider buying chemical free products. Thanks for reading!

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<![CDATA[Nature’s Path Organic Buckwheat Waffles Review]]>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/natures-path-organic-buckwheat-waffles-review
A few years ago it came out that RoundUp (a pesticide) and the chemicals in it were harmful enough to cause cancer in farmers and others who used it. The harm doesn’t stop there though, as traces of the product can be found in the grains it is used on, including oatmeal. My mom was alarmed by this and cut off all oatmeal making and oat products from being brought in the house in no time. It was a great decision, except now, we had to rethink breakfast entirely, because, literally, every morning was either oatmeal as a hot cereal or oatmeal in homemade granola.
We began eating other cereals, such as the corn and quinoa cereal line offered by Nature’s Path Organic, which is how I became introduced to the company. The other cereals we bought that used oat flour alternatives, I recall being not as great. I still buy that corn cereal, but I don’t consume it in the traditional in-a-bowl-swimming-in-almond-milk kind of way. As I embark on my journey in 2020 to not use the microwave and to overall eat healthier, the cereal is most often in a Ziploc baggy packed with my other food for the day. When I get to the office I’ll sprinkle it in yogurt or mix it with nuts and dried fruit to create a trail mix. I’ve even layered it in between banana vanilla pudding, strawberries, and blueberries to make a gorgeous breakfast parfait!
I eventually found out that the company makes other breakfast foods that utilizes other flours such as rice flour and potato flour, allowing me to expand my choices in oat-less breakfast options. After I became bored of the Ezekiel english muffins I had been buying, I decided to try Nature’s Path Organic buckwheat waffles in the flavor “wildberry”. The following is my review of them.
Preparation
I do not own a toaster oven or a toaster, so I opt for the oven preparation option where I am instructed to lay the waffles on the oven rack by the box. Total cooking time is supposed to be 2-3 minutes until “crisp and hot”. I never quite achieve the “crisp and hot” that they are referring to, because I have experimented with the amount of time that they are in the oven and they either come out too soft...Or too hard. Like really hard, especially when they cool. They snap when you try to break off a piece. The softer side of the completely cooked waffle is crumbly and difficult to apply spreads to.

Texture
I tend to allow them to come out of the oven a little soft because I am actually afraid to bite into them when they are hard, so I do myself a favor. The cooked waffles’ texture is somewhere between cakey and dry. They don’t have your traditional pancake batter waffle feel, and are the exact texture that drives omnivores away from wanting anything vegan. Even if I put margarine on them fresh out of the oven, the moisture does nothing for the dryness.
Flavor
As if I haven’t already been pretty honest so far in this review, I’ll be even more honest: to taste a berry in these waffles, you’d have to imagine it. You may even have to imagine the flavor of the waffle itself. The product is so incredibly bland, that even if you layer peanut butter, honey, blueberries, bananas, etc. on top of them, the blandness is still pretty obvious. I was really disappointed in that. Anything berry is my favorite flavor, and I really wanted to have little pieces of freeze-dried berries explode with berry-licious-ness in my mouth. I also expected them to be slightly sweet, which they ended up not being.
By my review, you’d assume that these waffles are nasty, no bueno. I’ll let you use your own words. I’m known to tolerate the flavor of foods, even if they aren’t great, so perhaps for someone these are downright unbearable. What I will say is that Nature’s Path Organics could make many improvements, especially since their cereals are so great. I feel as though they missed the mark on these. Do I still buy them from time to time? Yes, I do. But it is only for the sake of convenience, and the fact that they contain buckwheat, which is a great source of fiber.

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My name is Naimah. I’m a career-driven entrepreneur (designabovethegrid.comnaimahquinae.comtalkpidgintome.com) and business school student, constantly on-the-go in a non-vegan world. As someone who loves to explore spirituality and who is an advocate for mental health, I like to decorate my home with plants, burn incense, & listen to music as a few ways to keep me balanced. I am vegan-raised, and was taught to cook for myself in a variety of ways so that I can keep my meals exciting. When I don’t have time to cook due to homework or deadlines, I like to go on food adventures, exploring restaurants that have attempted to accommodate the growing “health-conscious” crowd. 

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<![CDATA[Get Your Smoothie On]]>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/get-your-smoothie-onWhen it comes to preparing meals for myself, I can be lazy. I’m like many busy moms. After I get my children situated with the myriad of things that children need: food, bath time, school, extra-curricular activities, and on and on, I try to do some self-care. That self-care often involves meditation, exercise, and preparing healthful snacks.
All of these things are very challenging for me to fit into my daily schedule, so if I can fit at least one in, I’m doing the dang ole thing. My go-to snack that includes as many nutrient dense foods as possible is the ultimate green smoothie. Sipping my food is my way of getting many of the foods down that I probably wouldn’t otherwise eat because of lack of time. My littlest sweetie is even a fan. Unfortunately, that means that I have to share.
This smoothie recipe is really not a recipe, rather a guide for creating your own favorite green smoothie.
Water is my base. I usually use spinach or kale for my greens. Of course, you can feel free to freak your smoothie however you like. Kale is a good source of calcium, fiber, and protein. Spinach is a good source of folic acid, calcium, and iron. My uncle and his wife told me that they add broccoli to their smoothies and it kinda grossed me out. But if it works for you, go for it. My mother adds carrots. Yeah….. I don’t know about that either. The options are endless.
All of my green smoothies must have fresh pineapple. For some reason, my mouth will burn and/or itch when I eat fresh pineapple, which suggests that I may have an allergy. I find that blending the pineapple in my smoothie doesn’t cause that reaction. I believe that pineapple makes every fruit or green smoothie better, so I have no intention of leaving it out. By the way, pineapple contains an enzyme, bromelain, that may help with inflammation and ease digestion.
I add a variety of fruits, which can vary depending on season or availability. Apples, rich in beta-carotene; oranges, known for its high vitamin C content; strawberries, rich in flavonoids; blueberries, containing vitamin C; bananas, which provides long-term energy; and peaches, also rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene have all been thrown in the blender, all at once or not. Depending on my nutrition goals, I will include ground flaxseeds, good for protein and fiber; hempseeds, providing protein and magnesium; chia seeds, good for fiber and calcium; coconut oil, a good energy source; or sea moss gel, which is thought to relieve anemia and help with thyroid issues. Of course, only you know what your body needs, so let your body be your guide.
You can literally have a different green smoothie everyday of the year. This will allow you to eat the rainbow, which can give you the various vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal health.
My favorite smoothie has kale, pineapple, frozen strawberries, banana, apple, sea moss gel, flax meal, and distilled water. It gives me the energy to get through my day, but it also gives me the confidence that I’m doing something positive for my body.
Experiment with your food. There are food combining charts that you can use to help you avoid combinations that may cause gas or bloating. I kinda like finding out what works for me on my own. Either way, choose good quality products, be mindful of the calorie count, and enjoy.

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<![CDATA[Good Hygiene Practices]]>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/good-hygiene-practicesSince we are in a troubling time, regarding our health, I thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone about good hygiene practices. 
Wash hands
Washing your hands is the most important hygiene practice to prevent getting sick. We touch on so many things that others touch on when we are out in public, like door knobs, money, shopping carts, gym equipment, etc. So many germs end up on these objects, which is why it is important to wash your hands. Wash your hands when you come home from school or work, before you eat, and after you use the restroom. If you want to take it a step further, you can wash your hands every time after you touch a public item. 

Cleaning public items
Cleaning public items is also a way to prevent getting sick. Like I said before, we touch on a lot of items that are open to the public. Although this is not an option for every public item, unfortunately, there are usually wipes so you can clean whatever you are about to use. If wipes aren’t an option, hand sanitizer is also offered, so when you are done using whatever you were using, you can use hand sanitizer to remove the germs on your hands. 

Washing produce
Cleaning off your fruits and vegetables is also a way to prevent from getting sick. This also goes back to public items being constantly touched and collecting germs from contact. Produce has always carried germs, as evidenced by food-borne illnesses, which is why it is important to wash your produce. Washing produce with produce cleaners can clean off dirt and germs. 

It doesn’t hurt to try and be a little cleaner. So please, try these hygiene practices and protect yourselves from this virus.

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Hello! My name is Ikella, and I have been involved in physical activity for fourteen years. Throughout those fourteen years I have eaten nothing but vegan foods to keep me in the best shape. 
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<![CDATA[Styling Vegan Platform Shoes ft. Koi Footwear]]>Sun, 08 Mar 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://vegancoloredglasses.com/blog/styling-vegan-platform-shoes-ft-koi-footwear
I was excited when I found Koi Footwear, as I am a huge fan of chunky and platform shoes! They are a 100% vegan show company that offer just that! If you are a fan of platform shoes, then please read the rest.
 Based in the United Kingdom, Koi Footwear focuses on offering cool and cute styles to their customers while keeping their vegan mission. Style genres you're able to find on their website include gothic, punk, as well as trendy looks. They also have gym shoes, which are just as chunky and cute.
    For a person who loves platform shoes and is vegan, this place is dreamy! Although, I have not bought from them, yet, I plan to in the near future. Until then, I am sharing a few of my favorite styles from their site, as well as making suggestions on how the shoes can be coordinated with an outfit.

Kitana Pink  Laced Boots

I would coordinate an entire outfit inspired by the black and pink in these boots. I would either match these with hot pink knee high socks or black or hot pink fishnets. Layered over it would be a black tennis skirt. To top it off I would add a bright colored  cartoon shirt, preferably with hot  pink and black in it.

Sai Mary Janes

These shoes would be perfect for a cute a school girl look, and that is exactly what I would do. I'd pair a plaid skirt with a white button down, and accessorize with either a matching plaid tie or a solid color tie that brings out one of the skirt's colors. 

Liquid Bane of Exile

I think cargo pants would go well with these shoes, along with a layered look on top. I would take a matching green long-sleeved shirt and layer a loose black t-shirt over it. For accessories, opt for chain jewelry and other chain extras.
  I hope in the near future I can order these shoes and do a proper review. Until then, thanks for reading!

*All pictures are screen captures of images from www.koifootwear.com

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My name is Nacala. I spend my days gaming, sewing, and drawing. I also enjoy looking into the many types of Harajuku fashion. I've been vegan my entire life.
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