About the Blog
The plant-based lifestyle has vastly evolved since I first joined in. The movement has been exploding with followers; grocery stores, restaurants and even the fashion and beauty industry have caught on by stamping “vegan,” “plant-based,” and “cruelty-free” on menus, labels and advertisements to meet the growing demand. Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, for example, just announced that are officially going fur-free! After nearly a century, the concept is becoming mainstream – it’s no longer just a “hippie movement” berated by institutionalized excuses.
For me, social media has been extremely helpful in navigating through the vast array of products that result in cruel exploitation of animals to find those that don’t. Kind + Chic allows me to share what I have found with friends, family and all of you out there, whether or not you are new to the plant-based life. There are alternatives to practically EVERYTHING. Kind + Chic is an all-in-one resource to find these alternatives, so be sure to check out my Instagram for links blog updates!
Originally from Michigan, I moved to Washington, D.C. for grad school and to begin my career in social and environmental policy. By day, I work as a public sector management consultant and when I’m not doing that, I spend my time sharing my knowledge and experiences with others to promote a plant-based future.
I have been an ethical vegan for about seven years. I struggled with the concept of meat-eating ever since I was a child, but my new lifestyle became official while I was a student at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and registered for a sociology class called Animals in Society. My degree required me to take quite a few social science credits and since I loved animals, I thought this class would be a piece of cake. Little did I know it would change my entire perspective on life.
The professor, who was vegan, invited a world-renowned animal activist by the name of Gary Yourofsky to speak to the class. Unlike the professor, no one in the class was vegan. After hearing Gary speak, the class left with their blinders off and in tears. We left thinking about how we were so naïve to not see the violent culture meat-eating had propagated. And that was it – from then on I looked at the world through a new lense; there was no going back.