Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PLANT BASED DETROIT VEGAN VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE - CHICAGO EDITION.


My Chicago babes - I didn't forget you either! Read on for the Chicago edition of my vegan Valentine's Day guide.

Whether you're celebrating with a significant other, friends, or even just yourself, it's totally possible to have an indulgent AND kind Valentine's Day! I put together a list of some of my favorite ways to spoil myself and my loved ones - locally and beyond. Even if you waited until the last minute to pick up your Valentine treat, relax! There are so many awesome local places to grab last minute gifts! Spoiling someone abroad? Order online and ship directly to their doorstep!

Have any special treats you love to indulge with? Don't keep it to yourself! Share the wealth in the comments below, or on Instagram.

GET PAMPERED

Show that body of yours some love this Valentine's day with some luxurious products and services from these awesome local companies.

Carley Quill Hair and Makeup
Contact Carley at carleyquill@gmail.com
My friend Carley happens to be an extremely talented hair and makeup artist located in Chicago (she did my hair and makeup in the photo above). Big Valentine's date, or special night out coming up? Carley can make you look like the best version of yourself. Bonus - she uses cruelty free hair and makeup products from brands like Kevin Murphy and Kat Von D Beauty!

Lena Rose
Visit them at:
4668 N Manor Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Lena Rose is Chicago's premier natural beauty oasis, offering both clean beauty products and services. They even carry their own vegan makeup line!

Karyn's Day Spa
Visit them at:
1717 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Owned by the illustrious Karyn Calabrese (of Karyn's Raw, Cooked etc.), Karyn's Day Spa offers vegan-friendly, holistic treatments for not only outer beauty, but overall health.

AIRE Ancient Baths
Visit them at:
800 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60642
Holy heaven - visiting AIRE Ancient Baths is truly an otherworldly experience. You have to just trust me and go. Offering a series of different baths (read pools), featuring the Dead Sea mimicking 'flotarium', and indoor/outdoor pool complete with waterfall, and the bath of a thousand jets - it truly doesn't get better than this. Escape the Chicago winter together for 90 minutes luxuriating in this urban oasis.

INDULGE

Who doesn't love the gift of a sweet treat? So many awesome local Chicago companies baking up vegan treats. A few favorite to spread the love with:

Kal'ish Vegan
Visit them at:
1313 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Located in Uptown, Kal'ish not only offers decadent baked goods, but a full plant based menu! Definitely worth the trip up north to visit for a meal, or even pick up treats!

Sweet Mandy B's
Visit them at:
1208 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
During my college years, Sweet Mandy B's cupcakes were a staple in my diet (for better or for worse). Thankfully, even now that I'm vegan I can still partake in the tradition, because they offer vegan options alongside their 'regular' confections!

Alliance Bakery
Visit them at:
1736 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
Alliance has been a mainstay in the Wicker Park neighborhood for years. I recently visited again when they were selling the Chance the Rapper 3 hat cookies to support Chicago Public Schools, and had a chance to try out some of their vegan treats. Gotta love any place that reps Chance, CPS and vegans!

SET THE MOOD

No matter if you're trying to look good for yourself or someone else, it's always great to feel good about what you're wearing underneath your clothes (cue the Shakira), whether you're getting dressed or undressed.

Jas and Paul Photography
Contact Jasmine here.
Share the love this Valentine's Day by sharing yourself! My friend Jasmine of Jas and Paul Photography shoots beautiful boudoir portrait sessions (she shot the photo above). She is great at making you feel super comfortable, and look as good as you feel!

Azura Bay

Visit them online at https://www.azurabay.com/
Get 10% off your order using the code 'LOVE10' through 2/14/18
It can be overwhelming to try and find undergarments, let alone desirable ones, that align with your ethics. Luckily, Azura Bay has done the hard work for us! They curate a collection of eco-friendly, vegan lingerie and loungewear brands from all over the world. They even have this handy sorting tool that will show you all their vegan pieces! I recently wore some pieces from their site (bralette pictured above) for a photoshoot, and loved that I could feel good about supporting and sharing the brands I was wearing!

Sustain Natural
Visit them online at https://www.sustainnatural.com/
Ok, we're all adults here - sex is of course going to be a natural part of the conversation. Shouldn't we be giving just as much thought to what's going into our bodies as we are to what's going on to it? Fortunately companies like Sustain are offering healthy, vegan, fair trade alternatives to the standard drugstore 'personal care' offerings. Did you know that most conventional condoms contain carcinogens and animal products? Not to mention they are produced with child labor! I don't know about you, but those are not things I want invited to my downstairs party.

Reckless Records 
Visit them at:
1379 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Joyride Records
Visit them at:
1914 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Now that we've got the safe sex business out of the way, let's set the mood. Chicago is home to some of the country's best record stores, and what better way to get down than with some vinyl on in the background?

More of a 21st century listener? Don't worry, I have you covered with a Valentine's (or any time) Spotify playlist.



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