883. Meeting Amazing People doing Amazing Things

This weekend is Vida Vegan Con in Portland – a conference for vegan bloggers, and I’m so happy to be among the attendees.  It sold out early so many hopefuls were not able to be here, screw procrastination!

But many are, and the people I’ve met in the short 4 hours since I registered are funny, kind, compassionate, interesting, productive souls. We all look different in every kind of way, yet something within all of us is so very similar.

I like being with nice people like this, it is energizing and motivating, thank you, new friends.

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884. Walls of cute shoes and bags!

How great to walk into a store and know that everything in the store is not the result of skinning or plucking an animal!

This was my experience today at Alternative Outfitters in Pasadena.  Their primary business is online but there is a storefront to see, smell and try on the merchandise in person.  Yes, I said smell – no leather smell in that store!

Shoes, belts, bags, wallets are often a problem for vegetarians because bits of leather sneak into everything, even if not the entire product it’s often trim.  Reading labels for a pair of shoes is much more difficult than food – they often say “All man made materials” or “leather upper” or similar but not always.  I have to depend on small and touch, and frankly I can’t always tell.   It is truly shopping in ease at a store like this!