Part 2 

So a quick recap on part 1 of 3 on my journey of self discovery in becoming a non-meat eater. In a nutshell, I watched a video, it enlightened me on the cruelty in the meat industry, so just like that I became a vegetarian. 
Taking that step and becoming a vegetarian truly made me feel better inside and out. I feel like I was truly getting to know my essence and it led me a step closer to who I truly was(am). 

One thing I didn’t mention in part 1, is that prior to watching the video I actually had done a High school book report on the book Fast Food Nation. It basically talks about the horrors behind the meat industry, not just with animals but also with the workers. Many of them have no voice and don’t speak up against injustices that may occur to them. I’m not saying every company in the meat industry is the same, however, there are unheard injustices out there. I always had that book on the back of my mind, watching that video was the cherry on top that made me no longer desire eating meat. 

I turned vegetarian the summer after higschool in 2013. It felt as if  the years flew by! Before I knew it I had been vegetarian for two years!!! Guys I felt proud knowing I gave up something I grew up thinking I needed every day. For the first time, I felt like my thoughts and actions were mine. Not those of anyone else. My family at first was shocked but after the first year(and definitely by year two) they actually started to wing off meat themselves. 

I became aware of sooooo many vegetarian options with a bunch of protein!! Such as soy, tofu, tofurkey, among many others. So yes I would substitute the protein meat has for protein in tofu and other products. I was vegetarian and LOVING it. Despite some people’s  thoughts on vegetarianism I never let them get to me because my reasons for being so were stronger than any remarks. 

Ok so I had been vegetarian for two years, one day as I was sitting in the sauna after an amazing workout I started thinking. I thought about life, my eating habits and felt I was ready for something more. I had never thought I had the will and could actually be vegan. I tried veganism once a few months after becoming a vegetarian and failed miserably(mainly because of my addiction to cheese). But that day in the sauna I was ready. I felt like I wasn’t doing enough for the animals. So after thought and research on my mobile, it was that day in the sauna that I made another life changing decision. I chose to be vegan. This time I knew I was ready. 

So I go home and inform my family of another life changing decision. This time they were abbot less shocked but still thought I wouldn’t be able to quit cheese since they knew my serious addiction to cheese(since I was a little girl). I felt it in my heart however that being vegan was the right choice for me. 

Veganism was different but I was ready for it. I quit eating dairy products and anything animal related. I did what I thought I was not able to do and gave up another thing I love(cheese). 

(To be continued) 
P.S. The cheese obsession was real. Thanks for reading part 2/3. Part 3 coming next week❤️

For the Girl on a budget: Fathers Day Gift Guide 2017

Hey girl, fathers day is just around the corner and you’re on a budget? No problem(Ryan Gosling voice). I have compiled a list of simple yet meaningful gift ideas for any dad. Because most dads deserve to be pampered. Even though I am a sole believer that days should not be classified as a particular thing (because why can’t it be fathers day or mothers day any day of the year ?), your dad still deserves to be pampered like every other dad in the U.S. will be.

Ok so here they are:

  1. A homecooked meal. Stay away from mainstrdadblogposteam restaurants. Unless your dad is a lover of a certain popular chain (if so I am sorry to say you may possibly experience a very long wait), home cooked meals are the way to go. You do not only save money but also time. What is your dads favorite dish? Dessert?  Cook(or bake) up something good and show your dad how much you appreciate him. This is always a great alternative to an expensive day or morning eating out. You save money and practice your cooking skills all the while showing your dad how much you appreciate/love him. Check.

2. A Wallet. A wallet is definitely one of my favorite gifts to give because there are so many good ones to choose from. Online you can find gorgeous ones ranging from 25-125.00. The priciest ones could definitely take a toll on your wallet but siblings do the trick. Gather up your sister,

dadwalletbrothers, or both and pitch in for a grand wallet for dad(if applicable). If you are an only child or just rather not you can always shop at stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. You will find designer brands there and not break your budget. If you feel like a wallet is not enough you can always pair them with home baked pastries to add that extra step.

3. ONLY READ IF YOUR DAD IS A COFFEE ADDICT. 

A personalized coffee mug alongside a giftcard to his favorite coffee shopdadcoffee
. The site 4imprint offers many different options to customize your choice of mug. Think outside the box for this one. Does your dad own a business? What symbolizes alot to your dad? His favorite sports team alongside his name? This is definitely very meaningful. If you hurry and order it now(like today) chances are you will get it on time. You can also follow this notion and order him a customized baseball tee, shirt, etc.

4.A Watch.  May sound like a cliche gift but it is also an easy on the wallet route and most of the time effective. You may want to group up with your siblings for this one. Macys has beautiful mens watches ranging from brands like Fossil to Diesel, Michael watches.jpgKors, etc. They typically start at about $100.00, but if you group up with your on a budget siblings the cost could come up way lower for each of you. Watches are such an easy way to go for dad because there are so many styles you can choose from. There is a style for every dad out there. What better to pair a nice outfit than with a nice watch!

Ok loves so there you have it. These are my top go to gift ideas for the girls who are on a budget and the procrastinators (or both). Above all spend your day with your dad and let him know how much you appreciate him!! Of course these are just my go to gift ideas! If you have any of your gift ideas I would love to hear them!

Thanks for reading beauties and don’t forget to subscribe and follow me @karlajocellyn for more on Talking with Karjo and style guides!

Thanks for tuning in,

Karla Jocellyn 

Pink Rompers and Fanny Packs. 

✨”Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it.” – Anonymous ✨✨

Fanny packs are BACK! I cannot describe how comfortable they are!! I’m in love with this one particularly (from ASOS). I Felt so comfortable knowing I didn’t have to worry about loosing/forgetting/carrying my purse. Moral of this post: I’m in LOVE with my fanny pack✨

UO romper is perfect for a casual and comfy day out. The embroidery on this romper is everything💕

Definitely a chill coffee filled Sunday in my onesie and fanny.🌷

Wearing

Sunnies: HM

Romper:Urban Outfitters

Fanny Pack: ASOS

Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue

Lip Color: Kylie Matte lips in pumpkin

Memorial Weekend Beach Day/Dia De Playa

A beautiful day at the beach. Seriously good vibes all around! Always make sure to do things you love, with rad people you love. That’s how you’ll truly enjoy any moment!❤️ 

From forgetting to close the gas cap, to finding a spot for pictures at the beach, a perfect day. 

Mother Nature is truly beautiful❤️🌊

Sobré todo un dia lleno de felicidad y risa. Recuerda siempre juntarté con personas que sacan Lo mejor de ti y no te draw un momento Aburrido. Definitivamente buenas vibras. 🌞#riévivéama

Madre Naturelaza es demasiado bella.🌊🌞

Wearing: 
Shorts: H&M

One Piece: Juicy Couture

Glasses: H&M

Sombrero: Forever 21

Shoes pictures: Asos

P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe loves! 😘❤️

P.D. No se les olvidé subscribirse.💕😘

H&M Oufit Pick

Part of the love your vibe tribe, the simplicity of the high waisted denim shorts complements the patterns of the graphic tee and the thick starry choker.





I am wearing: 

Shirt: H&M

Shorts: H&M

Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue

Choker: ASOS

Over the shoulder purse: Express

                                            ✨ “Whatever you wear, wear it with confidence.” 💕

My Favorite Vegan Places.

Hey beauties! Karla here. Just sitting and thinking about how darn HARD it is to be vegan in the valley. Do not get me wrong I LOVE being vegan and everything it entails but my goodness there are limited vegan options when it comes to dining out with family or friends. So for my vegan friends who live around the California central valley, you know the struggle. For those of you who are not vegan now you know too.

Growing up I truly took for granted being able to eat literally anywhere I wanted. Now I sometimes have to hunt for vegan place or simply do what I do best and just drive out of town for one. So yes, there are limited options as a vegan but there are some! Below I have compiled a list of places I have gone and yet to go!

Veggie Grill

My go to place is seriously veggie grill. I drive about one hour and a half simply to have their nachos and buffalo sticks. They are AMAZING!! First time alert, EVERYTHING is vegan. I was so skeptical when I went because some food looked to good to be vegan (their is a slight misconception of vegan food at times). My definite recommends are Vegan Nachos and their sweet potato fries. They are sooo good!! Veggie Grills are a wide known vegan chain and are located across California. You will be able to find them in big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. I Seriously recommend you trying this at least once in your life!! The drive is worth it. Oh and one last thing before you leave is trying their Cucumber mint tea. It is truly AMAZING. So if you are a vegan enthusiast or just want a healthier alternative, I definitely recommend Veggie Grill!

Natives

Natives is located in Los Angeles near UCLA and it is actually pretty good! Their buffallo sticks and Macaroni are amazing! Being honest I’ve tried their cupcakes and am not too fond of them. I am very particular on vegan pastries however so you may think otherwise!

Vegan Donut Gelato

This is definitely not a restaurant but one of my favorites!!! Vegan donuts have always been hard for to find. When I found out this place was being built nearby I nearly freaked!! I was genuinely super excited and anxious for its opening. I tried them and seriously fell in love!!! They are soo good and taste similar to a non vega
n doughnut. My sister had them( granted they are not vegan) and they were surprised on how authentic it tasted. This is hands down my favorite go to place for a quick morning pick me up with coffee or just when I am craving something sweet. They also have vegan gelato which I have honestly yet to try but it looks amazing!! If you try it feel free to shre your thoughts!

Veganburg                                                                   

Omg!! This has to be one of my absolute favorite from the burgers to the ice cream, they have it all. It is located on Haight street in San Francisco. I remember being super hungry and typing in vegan places near by. I was then presented with a list of choices and decided veganburg looked like the best one. My gut was definitely not wrong. I found vegan heaven. It is soo good. Everything is so fresh and there is so much to choose from!! They have an option for garlic fries! I would definitely recommend those as well as (of course) the buffalo sticks. There interior decor is an additional plus.

ZPizza

ZPizza is located throughout various locations but the one I have gone to is in San Francisco by where the mall is. It is so good as well. As you can see in the picture they have everything in it. You can always customize it to what ever you want added! Definitely another recommend for the city!

Another friendly vegan option that is not a wide known vegan chain:

Red Robin- Definitely the underdog for vegan food. Their vegan Boca pattie option is great. As long as you stay away from dairy products on your sandwich or the butter on the bread( I usually sub it for lettuce) you will have your self a vegan meal at Red Robin.( shocking right?)

So that is it beauties! Grab your significant other, your bestfriend, or your puppy. Plan a roadtrip, and go binge on vegan food!! Or you know, just do something that makes you happy! Also you can follow me on Instagram and Snapchat to explore more vegan places and fashion with me!!

Thanks for tuning in beauties!! There you have it, my favorite vegan places in the Central Valley and well,a bit beyond. Stay tuned for my next article! (Oh and dont forget to subscribe!)

Being Vegan at Starbucks

So as you may already have deciphered I am vegan. I became vegan a couple years ago and have never felt better! But do not worry this is by no means a “You suck if you are not vegan” article. If you may not have known already I , it is very much safe to say, am addicted to Starbucks. I have not been able to stray away from their drinks and teas. Many people ask me what my options are at starbucks, my answer alway is PLENTY.

Starbucks is pretty vegan friendly and are becoming more so with all their new additions! I could go on and on about my addiction but for now ill stick to basics. So to sum it all up these are my absolute favorite vegan friendly drinks (Must warn some alot cheaper than others).

  1. If you havent guessed it yet(Refer to many of my instagram stories), Strawberry Acai with Coconut Milk. Hands down my favorite drink. I usually get it in the mornings before work and it has enough caffeine to get me pumped for quite the while.
  2.  Green Tea with Almond Milk and add macha powder! This is by far one of my favorites. I love the macha taste. To make it sweeter you can add vanilla pumps. If you havent tried macha in your drink yet, its definitely a MUST!starbucks pic 1
  1. Green Tea with mango pumps. I was reffered to this drink by a trainer. Its not too sugary and just refreshing/delicious. Perfect for when you need the energy or just finished your workout but dont want all the sugar and calories!img_8132
  2. Green tea with two pumps classic. This is also a perfectly refreshing not too sugary drink!
  3. Mocha Frappuccino with Almond Milk( Extra Mocha Drizzle if you are craving something sweet). Skip out on the protein powder, whipcream and WHOILA you have yourself a vegan Mocha Frappuccino. Leave it to me to know about a super sweet Starbucks drink! This is one of my favorite but further down the list because it is super sugary. This is definitely good for cheat day!

 

There you have it beauties, from the top of my head these are hands down my  favorite Starbucks drinks. However, you can pretty much make anything vegan by:

A: Skipping out on dairy by substituting it with Coconut, Almond, or Soy milk.

B: Skipping out on protein powder

C: Last but definitely not least, making sure the drinks do not have a dairy base to it.

Being vegan is not as difficult as many presume. There is alot more to it. I will be sharing many vegan items throughout my journey with you guys. Stay tuned!

XOXO

Karla Jocellyn