allTRUEist: Fashion Conscious Wish List + PROMO CODE [Cruelty-Free Holiday Gifts Series]

For the next installment of my Cruelty-Free Holiday Gifts Series, I've complied a wish list with my favourite finds from allTRUEist, a Montreal-based Ethical Designer Boutique that offers a collection of high-quality, vegan fashion and beauty products, including handmade luxury handbags (with innovative vegan materials like pineapple leather), jewelry, beauty products and accessories made by ethical and sustainable fashion designers from across the globe. 

So you might be wondering why we should choose vegan products when it comes to fashion and lifestyle items. In addition to causing the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year, the production of animal-based products like wool, fur, and leather significantly contributes to climate change, land devastation, pollution, and water contamination.* This pollution is the result of both animal agriculture practices and the toxic chemical process generally involved in converting “the putrefactive raw skin into a durable material (i.e., to keep it from rotting in the buyer’s closet)”.* [For a detailed look at the issue of sustainability within the context of animal agriculture practices I highly recommend checking out Cowspiracy].

The allTRUEist ethos is simple - to provide its customers with great fashion that is made with the highest standards of design, craftsmanship, sustainability and ethics. Founder and President, Marcus Aliaga, ultimately wants to see the classification of “ethical fashion” become synonymous to “vegan fashion”. Around this time last year, I interviewed Marcus and asked him all of the big questions about how he got his start in fashion and what sets allTRUEist apart in the Canadian fashion scene. You can check out the interview here.

In celebration of the holidays, I've teamed up with allTRUEist for a GIVEAWAY! Keep reading to learn how you can enter to win a $50 gift certificate. PLUS I've got an exclusive promo code from allTRUEist for my readers: use promo code "LOVE" for 15% OFF on your next purchase on the online store!

I've included my holiday wish list picks below with all of the items that I'm absolutely loving right now from allTRUEist. I made sure to include items for guys too! You can click the images below to check out the item details on the allTRUEist website, and don't forget to use the code "LOVE" at checkout to get 15% OFF your order!


BLACKBERRY BUCKET BAG (PINEAPPLE LEATHER) by Alexandra K

This beautiful bucket bag from Alexandra K. made from pineapple "leather" is at the top of my wish list this holiday season! Piñatex™ is an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven, high performance textile made from pineapple leaf fibers. The fibres are the by-product of the pineapple harvest and no extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce them. What's more is Piñatex provides new additional income for farmers, while creating a vibrant new industry for pineapple growing countries.

This beautiful bucket bag from Alexandra K. made from pineapple "leather" is at the top of my wish list this holiday season! Piñatex™ is an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven, high performance textile made from pineapple leaf fibers. The fibres are the by-product of the pineapple harvest and no extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce them. What's more is Piñatex provides new additional income for farmers, while creating a vibrant new industry for pineapple growing countries.

I am always in search of stylish, warm, vegan boots and my prayers were answered with this stunning pair of Black Alcantara Under the Knee Boots by Opificio V. Fitted with a low heel, Opificio V's black under-the-knee boots look so chic. Made from super soft Alcantara (high end Italian faux-suede) and padded with Thermore insulation (composed of 50% recycled fibers) to keep your toes warm. 

I am always in search of stylish, warm, vegan boots and my prayers were answered with this stunning pair of Black Alcantara Under the Knee Boots by Opificio V. Fitted with a low heel, Opificio V's black under-the-knee boots look so chic. Made from super soft Alcantara (high end Italian faux-suede) and padded with Thermore insulation (composed of 50% recycled fibers) to keep your toes warm. 

These stylish rain boots are perfect for when the snow starts to melt into slush and you can wear them right into spring time. The new women's Chelsea boot from Opificio V is made from Vinyl - PVC Free: No Phthalates, carefully crafted in Italy meeting all REACH regulations (a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals).

These stylish rain boots are perfect for when the snow starts to melt into slush and you can wear them right into spring time. The new women's Chelsea boot from Opificio V is made from Vinyl - PVC Free: No Phthalates, carefully crafted in Italy meeting all REACH regulations (a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals).

Investing in the right bag is crucial when travelling for business or presenting in the boardroom and this Alexandra K. briefcase is an astute choice. It has been handcrafted in Poland from black pebble grain vegan leather and contrasting Pineapple leather, a true conversation starter. It has an internal padded slip for your laptop and and organizational pockets for essentials, it's ideal for ladies & gents on the go. Fits up to a 15" laptop.

Investing in the right bag is crucial when travelling for business or presenting in the boardroom and this Alexandra K. briefcase is an astute choice. It has been handcrafted in Poland from black pebble grain vegan leather and contrasting Pineapple leather, a true conversation starter. It has an internal padded slip for your laptop and and organizational pockets for essentials, it's ideal for ladies & gents on the go. Fits up to a 15" laptop.

These black Oxford men's Brogues, from Opificio V's "Black Label" line,  are hand-crafted to the highest specifications in the company's Italian atelier. The fine vegan leather and clean, sweeping lines create a distinctly elegant appearance which disguise the complex skill and construction required to make such luxuriously well-appointed footwear. A smooth polished finish marks a sleek Italian-leather oxford accented with meticulous broguing and traditional craftsmanship (hand stitched using the Blake method). They also come in brown, which you can check out here. 

These black Oxford men's Brogues, from Opificio V's "Black Label" line,  are hand-crafted to the highest specifications in the company's Italian atelier. The fine vegan leather and clean, sweeping lines create a distinctly elegant appearance which disguise the complex skill and construction required to make such luxuriously well-appointed footwear. A smooth polished finish marks a sleek Italian-leather oxford accented with meticulous broguing and traditional craftsmanship (hand stitched using the Blake method). They also come in brown, which you can check out here

This Kiki is Maaaaarvelous! Kiki: A party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress. May involve locked doors, tea and salacious gossip. This cat ear crossbody handbag/clutch will be your go-to bag and take you into a fun evening with a removable coil chain turning into a fab clutch.

This Kiki is Maaaaarvelous! Kiki: A party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress. May involve locked doors, tea and salacious gossip. This cat ear crossbody handbag/clutch will be your go-to bag and take you into a fun evening with a removable coil chain turning into a fab clutch.

10-FREE NAIL POLISHES BY TRUST FUND BEAUTY

Trust Fund Beauty polishes are one of my top choices in my nail polish collection (and I own A LOT of nail polish). Their formula is quick-drying, chip resistant polish, and most importantly, made with vegan, ruelty-free, paraben-free, GMO-Free, 10-free ingredients (aka none of the typical toxic ingredients). What I love about Trust Fund Beauty is that their products are made in facilities that do not test on animals and that do not use any animal byproducts, nor do their third party affiliates.The polish pictured above is "SEXTING".

Trust Fund Beauty polishes are one of my top choices in my nail polish collection (and I own A LOT of nail polish). Their formula is quick-drying, chip resistant polish, and most importantly, made with vegan, ruelty-free, paraben-free, GMO-Free, 10-free ingredients (aka none of the typical toxic ingredients). What I love about Trust Fund Beauty is that their products are made in facilities that do not test on animals and that do not use any animal byproducts, nor do their third party affiliates.The polish pictured above is "SEXTING".

Inspired by vintage stereo design, the Apollo by LSTN has real wood housing and a custom grille. The stereo imaging is provided by twin 45mm drivers and huge bass powered by dual passive radiators. It even has built-in speakerphone capabilities. What I love about LSTN is that it is a for-purpose company that produces premium audio products and uses proceeds from their sales to change lives through the power of music. For every purchase, they help provide hearing aids to a person in need through their charity partner, Starkey Hearing Foundation. 

Inspired by vintage stereo design, the Apollo by LSTN has real wood housing and a custom grille. The stereo imaging is provided by twin 45mm drivers and huge bass powered by dual passive radiators. It even has built-in speakerphone capabilities. What I love about LSTN is that it is a for-purpose company that produces premium audio products and uses proceeds from their sales to change lives through the power of music. For every purchase, they help provide hearing aids to a person in need through their charity partner, Starkey Hearing Foundation. 

I have personally been using (and loving) this hair oil from ZAYA, which is a Toronto-based, vegan and toxin-free skincare company. This hair oil is made with organic ingredients and contains no parabens, sulphates, phthalates or any other synthetic ingredients. It's a lightweight, easy to wash off formula, containing 7 plant-based oils that leave your hair feeling silky and nourished. I use this treatment a minimum of 20 minutes before I wash my hair by applying a couple of drops to my fingertips and working it through my scalp and hair, concentrating on my ends (which are usually the driest). I highly reccomend using hair conditioning treatments, like this oil, especially during the dry winter months. 

I have personally been using (and loving) this hair oil from ZAYA, which is a Toronto-based, vegan and toxin-free skincare company. This hair oil is made with organic ingredients and contains no parabens, sulphates, phthalates or any other synthetic ingredients. It's a lightweight, easy to wash off formula, containing 7 plant-based oils that leave your hair feeling silky and nourished. I use this treatment a minimum of 20 minutes before I wash my hair by applying a couple of drops to my fingertips and working it through my scalp and hair, concentrating on my ends (which are usually the driest). I highly reccomend using hair conditioning treatments, like this oil, especially during the dry winter months. 

LONG LINE BRALETTE - NIKKI by Mayana-Geneviere®

This luxuriously supportive bralette by Mayana-Geneviere®, a Toronto-based high luxe, intimate apparel line, works beautifully as a stand alone piece under a blazer or as a layering item. This bra supports a wide range of sizes and undetectable nursing capabilities.  Mayana Genevière® is proud to be the official sponsor of Maternal Goddess®, a non-profit organization of industry experts who are dedicated to providing education and awareness towards the changes and challenges women experience postpartum. As part of the philosophy to enhance women’s postnatal recovery experience, a portion of every purchase from Mayana Genevière® is contributed to advancing the Maternal Goddess® Mission. 

This luxuriously supportive bralette by Mayana-Geneviere®, a Toronto-based high luxe, intimate apparel line, works beautifully as a stand alone piece under a blazer or as a layering item. This bra supports a wide range of sizes and undetectable nursing capabilities.  Mayana Genevière® is proud to be the official sponsor of Maternal Goddess®, a non-profit organization of industry experts who are dedicated to providing education and awareness towards the changes and challenges women experience postpartum. As part of the philosophy to enhance women’s postnatal recovery experience, a portion of every purchase from Mayana Genevière® is contributed to advancing the Maternal Goddess® Mission. 


Instagram Giveaway Details

I've teamed up with allTRUEist for a special giveaway just in time for the holidays. We've got a $50 Gift Certificate for the allTRUEist online store up for grabs! To enter: Visit my Instagram post from today (pictured below) by clicking here.

Pictured above, I'm wearing "Kiss Kiss Darling" vegan and toxic free nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty, available through allTRUEist!

Pictured above, I'm wearing "Kiss Kiss Darling" vegan and toxic free nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty, available through allTRUEist!


Shipping Details: allTRUEist ships from Montreal, Quebec to Canada and the US. Between November 23rd to December 25th, 2016, allTRUEist is providing Free Standard shipping (Ground) within the US & Canada for any purchase over $50. Shipments outside this timeframe will be subject to the Standard shipping policy

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Happy Holidays!

#LoveWildLiveFree

This post was in collaboration with allTRUEist. This is an unpaid endorsement and I was gifted the Trust Fund Nail Polish for review. I only share content about products that I personally support, and that are of the highest integrity. The coupon code provided is an affiliate link, which means that if you use this code to purchase product, I’ll get a commission. Don’t worry – the price is still the same for you, plus you'll get a 15% discount with my promo code! 

To work with Avra and Love Wild Live Free on collaborations, reviews and sponsored posts please get in touch on the Contact page!  

Promo Code Details: The 15% off code "LOVE" from allTRUEist can be applied to your entire purchase on www.alltrueist.com. This code expires January 15th and is limited to one use per customer.  

Source: 

*”Wool, Fur, and Leather: Hazardous to the Environment." PETA. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2015. <http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/animals-used-clothing-factsheets/wool-fur-leather-hazardous-environment/>.

Note: Products in the NAU collection contain recycled wool and recycled down from post consumer products that would have otherwise gone to landfill. While those products technically contain animal product that has been recycled, the focus of NAU is creating sustainable products as an alternative to similar items that would otherwise be made using new animal-products or new synthetic materials.