Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PLANT BASED DETROIT VEGAN VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE.

Photo: Jas and Paul Photography
Hair & Makeup: Carley Quill
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.


INDULGE

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

Detroit Cookie Company 
Visit them at:
23421 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220
Located in Ferndale, Detroit Cookie Co. offers both freshly baked and ready to bake cookies! They have rotating vegan and gluten free options - so be sure to call and check what they're serving up daily. I love the Vegan Choco-Chippy!

Sister Pie
Visit them at:
8066 Kercheval St
Detroit, MI 48214
I love supporting female owned companies, especially locally owned ones that cater to the vegan community! It's been so fun watching Sister Pie grow and finally establish their own brick and mortar. Their vegan brownies and buckwheat chocolate chip cookies are worth a visit to the West Village!

Dilla's Delights
Visit them at:
242 John R St
Detroit, MI 48226
The family of legendary late hip hop producer, J. Dilla, opened this Detroit donut destination in his honor. They offer a great selection of vegan donuts - pick some up for a Valentine breakfast of champions, turn on your favorite Dilla track and enjoy!

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.

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.

Peoples Records
Visit them at:
1464 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

Hello Records
Visit them at:
1459 Bagley Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

Paramita Sound
Visit them at:
Detroit is the New Black
1426 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

Third Man Records
Visit them at:
441 W Canfield St 
Detroit, MI 48201

Now that we've got the safe sex business out of the way, let's set the mood. Detroit 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.



GET PAMPERED

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

Detroit Rose Ritual
Visit them at:
Stockist List
DRR has some amazing products, and to be honest I indulge in their candles on more of an everyday basis. For your Valentine, I'd recommend an on theme gift of their Rosa candle (heavenly!) and  Rose+Coconut Milk Soak.

Dirty Girl Farm
Visit them at:
316 E Eleven Mile Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48067 
(Saturdays and Sundays only)
Offering an extensive selection of vegan and organic (not to mention super affordable) personal care products, Dirty Girl Farm is a great spot to find body care products you can feel good about using and sharing. For a great Valentine's Day combo, I'd recommend the Rose Quartz body wash and  Rose Clay face mask.

Alchemy Slow Living Studio
Visit them at:
22750 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220
Alchemy not only offers nourishing facials and sumptuous skincare products, they also do the most gorgeous body henna. A truly unique experience to give yourself or a loved one for Valentine's, or any special occasion. 

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