Hello! Several lovely readers encouraged me to cover this topic and I am happy to oblige. As I have said before, I was raised with both American and Indian cultural influences. I make a concerted effort to practice Ahimsa to the extent that it is reasonably practicable.
As one part of this, I follow a delicious and nutritious plant-based diet. My family has attended DC VegFest for 5 years straight and the picture above is from DC VegFest 2012. The grid of pictures below shows what we serve at our frequent dinner parties.
As another part of this, I avoid fur, leather, silk, suede, wool and all other animal-sourced materials. My blog, clothes and project cars reflect this as well. When shopping for car builds, I avoid animal-sourced materials altogether.
While some people feel that this must be difficult or restrictive for me, I swear that the only part that I find difficult is choosing from so many wonderful options! I rounded up some pictures encompassing a variety of outfits and listed their fabric content. Compassion and fashion can peacefully coexist in all kinds of settings, from a boudoir shoot to a wedding and everything in between.
The Victoria’s Secret Cherry Blossom Very Sexy Bra & Cheeky Panty set (32DD/S) is made of lace, nylon, polyester and spandex.
The Passional Corset Dress (26), worn for a boudoir shoot, is made of cotton and polyester.
The Sabo Skirt Coachella Dress (XS), worn for my bachelorette weekend, is made of cotton and lace.
The Kate Spade Sequin Fit and Flare Dress (0), worn for my wedding ceremony, is made of polyester and sequins.
The Pepperberry Satin Stripe Prom Dress (8 Curvy), worn for my wedding reception, is made of satin and tulle.
This Ivivva by Lululemon headband, scarf and shirt (girls’ 12) combo, worn for a car purchase, is made of nylon, polyester and spandex.
The Deadly Dames Downtown Dame Dress (S), worn for my New Year’s Eve Party, is made of polyester.
The Athleta Minka Minka Coat (XS), worn for a hot meal on a cold day, is made of polyester.
The Deadly Dames Tie Me Up Dress (S), worn for the road trip to CURVENEWYORK, is made of cotton and spandex and the Ewa Michalak Bra S Przeplatanki (70F) underneath it is made of cotton, polyamide, polyester and spandex.
The Bravissimo dress (8 Curvy/Really Curvy), worn for CURVENEWYORK and pictured above, is made of polyester and spandex and the Victoria’s Secret Sport High-Neck Mesh Sport Bra (S) underneath it is made of polyamide, polyester and spandex.
I am trying to figure out what to wear for my upcoming birthday and I have a variety of options to choose from.
I could wear this Deadly Dames Downtown Dame Dress made of polyester with the matching bolero. It is a solid contender because I know for a fact that this particular style of dress fits me perfectly around the bust, waist and hips.
I could wear this Ixia Car Print Dress made of cotton and spandex. On the other hand, it looks like it would be perfect for Easter dinner with extended family. My best friend, who I have known since I was 14, thinks that “it’s a solid choice for Easter” and that I “find all the coolest patterns.”
I could wear this Tatyana Estella Dress made of polyester. It is also a solid contender because it is stunning, supportive even without a bra, and twirls well. Now you can start to really see what I meant when I said that the difficult part is choosing from so many wonderful options! I still need to figure out a birthday dress that isn’t my “birthday suit” but at least I know what I’m wearing for Easter dinner. Thank you for taking a look at how compassion and fashion can coexist beautifully!