OK folks, this is waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than your chemical filled McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. I know many of us yearn for that shamrock-y shake love this time of year, so I put together a waaaaaay yummier CHOCOLATE version of this shake (um, hello? How can chocolate not make it better!?). It took me about 5 minutes to throw this together for a healthy, tasty, minty treat. It’s EASY PEASY, vegan and made with all healthy stuff too, so feel free to indulge.
5-8 pitted medjool dates
1/2 half banana
1 cup – 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk or almond milk (I used coconut here)
2 drops of peppermint oil (I used DoTerra essential oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp of raw organic cacao powder
1-2 cups of ice
(I used organic ingredients, but you can use what you can find.)
Put this all in a Vitamix, or blender of choice, and blend away! If you want it sweeter, add the whole banana and/or a few more dates. Throw in a eco-friendly bamboo straw and you are ready for spring time. Best part is, you can have one of these a day, vs. that chemical ridden goop from McD’s.
You can also use peppermint extract instead which is less potent than the DoTerra essential oil, but I have all the essential oils and plus the peppermint oil is great for SO MANY other things (like headaches!). You can find it here.
So today I didn’t feel like doing any thing too elaborate. Well, honestly, I guess that’s how I always dress, but who doesn’t love some super comfy, lazy day vegan wear? On days where I just want to wake up and go, I always reach for leggings. Even when you’re being lazy, a pair of kick-ass leggings can make it look like you are making an effort (little do they know!).
In the real world, I wear size small tops, but I often buy size medium or large for days like this so I can have a nice big, flowy fit (this works great in case you need something to wear after you’ve eaten too much BLOOOOOAT!). I have a big thing for the sporty number look, so I went with a white 100% cotton 3/4 sleeve shirt. Underneath is a shelf bra tank top – also another go-to item (100% cotton). The leggings make me think of spring, and since it was a beautiful 75 degrees out today, I went with the light floral design. The leggings are a soft 92% polyester with 8% spandex.I added the lazy day Sanuks that don’t match at all, but match just perfect – 100% vegan sandals. The trucker hat is my fav. It adds a little contrast and really, I just wanted to hide my bed head.
“Yes, sometimes unusual things happen after a switch to a vegetarian diet. I’ve seen a number of cases in which the poor people broke out in violent attacks of good health,followed by bouts of physical exercise and sweet thoughts.”
Ahhhhhhhhhh. The old what do I wear to the beach thing. Well for me, I wear all kinds of kooky stuff.
On beach days, my thought process goes like this: 1. Stay comfortable 2. Can I walk in the very shallow water with what I’m wearing? 3. Will this outfit be annoying if I get sandy. Once I’ve gone down that checklist, I’m ready to pick out what I’m wearing and go!
This beach day happened to be very overcast and slightly cool. I was on a surfer’s beach, so I wouldn’t be laying around, mostly walking (high tides and cliffs). So, I went with super comfy leggings, a rad, lightweight beachy, ripped sweatshirt and an extremely lightweight cotton long sleeve for underneath.
The leggings are 92% poly and 8% spandex – super soft. I got them on Zuilily’s. You can find tons of great, inexpensive leggings on Zulily
The sweatshirt is 100% cotton, pink and gray with a completely ripped back. It’s long in the back than in the front, a good butt cover! I got this gem at Love Culture for $6.99!
The lightweight 100% cotton seafoam green top is Mudd’s Burnout Top, from Kohl’s. I got it for about $5 with a coupon. And when I say lightweight, I mean it’s like it’s almost not there.
I got tons of comments and compliments on this outfit in this tiny little surfer beach town. Including one person thinking I was on a model photoshoot. I’ll take it! (Ignore the flops, the Sanuks I had on got all sandy and wet, oops). // Leggings – Zuilily // Sweatshirt – Love Culture // Mudd Burnout Top – Kohl’s //
Shoes by Tigerbear Republik. 100% vegan. They use sustainable fabrics, water-based glue, eco-concious materials and are vegan! Hip hip hooray! You can read more about them here – http://www.tigerbearrepublik.com/
Hello! I’m January J. Johnson. Yes, that’s my real, given name, however, I tend to go by any month you want to call out. I’m vegan. I’m sporty. I like clothes. I own a ton of clothes. For a loooooooong time I always got positive (although some “are you nuts!?”) comments about what I am wearing. I also get the, “I wish I could wear that” or “I wish I could get away with that”. Well, I’m here to tell you you CAN wear that, who says we always have to walk around fitting the typical fashion mold? And who wants to even fit in anymore?
I started this blog because I wear some pretty funky stuff AND I blend it with being VEGAN. This means I don’t (purposely) wear anything that harmed one of our wonderful animal friends. I also wear Earth friendly, recycled, re-purposed or handmade items. I post about what I wear, what materials the clothes are made of and where you can find the same or similar items.
So, I’m pretty sure I don’t “match” (or whatever the rules are for matching) most of the time. And that’s the way I like it! I don’t really follow fashion rules, I just enjoy throwing together what looks right in my eyes. Usually this involves a lot of colors, and then more colors. I can tell you I don’t own much black. I’d say my style is certainly more casual, everyday stuff but with a really unique twist. I’ve been called a hippie quite a few times and I’ve been known to wear stuff that makes people stare and ask confused questions.
Next I believe in mixed fashion. This could be wearing a $1.00 tank top from wal-mart and a fancy mid-level $30 sale blazer from Kohl’s for example. I try to make all kinds of crazy combinations work. Typically I find some good bargains and add my spin to it.
I’m also addicted to shoes, especially sneakers, but then who isn’t addicted to shoes? Oh, and I’m obsessed with Sanuks too. One day I’ll own them all.
Lastly, I LOVE me some comfort clothes. Sweatpants and sweatshirts are my best friends and I always try to tie them into looking swanky somehow.
OH! And in addition to dressing like some rad, crazy hippie I am a certified plant based nutritionist through T. Collin Campbell and Cornell University, and I am also an herbalist. I love to preach health. So more often than not, I’ll post and/or rant about what I’m eating and what you SHOULD be eating. Because I care.
Thank you for being a part of my blog, my style, my health rants and more! I look forward to being in touch with many of you and helping you find and keep and vegan closet!
A few notes: Before I was vegan, I owned clothing that wasn’t vegan, like leather, silk, wool… etc. BUT, my choice, was to keep those items and celebrate the lives of the animals vs. throwing them away and having their lives have been in vain. Plus, I’m not perfect. I’m always learning and I try to research everything and keep everything vegan and eco-conscious. **We are all not perfect. I don’t judge. I educate.