I always love snooping around to see what other people are into (tell me I’m not alone!), so I thought why not share some of my go-tos as well? Since this is my first blog post featuring my favorite things, most of these items have been in my life for quite a while—which is even better, because with ample testing time, you know they’re great. So, shall we get started?
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been super into labradorite lately… and it all kind of happened by accident. There’s been a handful of instances where the crystal has come into my life, quickly making it a favorite—and my go-to for meditation thanks to a woman at a crystal shop who told me I needed one for that very reason. It’s known for being an “ordinary stone that transforms to the extraordinary” and is said to be a useful companion for change, “imparting strength and perseverance.” I’m not too woo-woo, but it does feel nice wearing this necklace given to me by the lovely Asha, the girl boss behind Asha Patel Designs. (Spoiler: It’s one of *four* labradorite necklaces I have now… but you wouldn’t be able to tell. They’re hidden within the design!)
I love the look of boots like these, but it’s really hard to find a non-leather version—trust me, I scoured the interwebs for months. After searching high and low for something cruelty-free, I finally came across these from the brand MIA at Nordstrom. Then I promptly ordered three sizes, just in case, and my regular size fit flawlessly. The quality is amazing, they look even better than leather, and are super cozy and warm. Plus—the best part for my klutz self!—they have really great traction, meaning I won’t be slipping around in the snow this year.
I’ve been using this backpack for a few years now and after hauling around my laptop, water bottle, and everything else I constantly squeeze into it on the daily, it’s faux leather material is still holding up flawlessly. I not only love this brand because it’s vegan—it’s also super sustainable. The lining is made from recycled bottles, which has gotta be the coolest thing ever.
Sometimes you just need some cheese puffs in your life and that’s why I’m so happy I came across this vegan option from Earth Balance. Before going vegan, I used to chow down Cheetos like it was my job, so having a healthier junk food option around is definitely a plus. Another perk: You don’t end up being stuck with neon-orange fingers for days after eating them.
I’ve turned into a big tofu fan, which I never thought would happen. Ever. But when I’m too lazy to crisp it up myself (easy-to-follow guide coming soon!), I love picking up this option from Fresh Tofu Inc. It’s low in sodium, high in protein, tastes great, and can be thrown into everything from salad to stir-fry. I always have some stored in the freezer just so I have it on hand whenever I need it.
I don’t love a lot of workouts, but I really love modelFIT. Unlike other classes, they’re unique in that they help you tone and strengthen your physique with super-small (but seriously powerful!) movements. Whenever I think an exercise is going to be easy, it ends up burning the worst—and that burn lasts for days. Your abs and butt will be on fire, I can promise you that.
The classes at the New York City studio are great, but they can get pricey—and they’re also hard for me to get to with my schedule. That’s why when they launched their online classes, I was instantly hooked. I’ve been trying them out the past month and I’m so obsessed that I’m going to continue after my trial runs out. Especially because it’s only $19.99/month, which is pretty insane considering this is a boutique studio that trains everyone from Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss to Taylor Swift.
I’m so picky with what I use in my hair because my skin is ridiculously sensitive. If something has weird chemicals or a strong fragrance in it, it’ll break me out—guaranteed. I was cautious when I first tried this product from R+Co because it had been quite a while since I had used anything besides shampoo and conditioner, but it’s been about two years and I haven’t stopped using it since. Using ingredients like aloe leaf extract, coconut oil, and prickly pear fruit extract, it not only protects your hair from blowdryers and hot tools, but it also hydrates, repairs, and smooths everything out.
What vegan and cruelty-free products are you loving this month? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram @tehrene!