Back to school – vegan shoes for work and office wear

It is that time of the year again. For many youngsters, it is the time for first day of school jitters, all packed up with fresh new school gear and a crisp new school uniform.
This has spiked the Beyond Skin team to treat you to some new work gear inspiration – for your feet. If you have been out shopping new kids rugsacks and pencil cases for days, or been wearing the same black pumps for months at work  - Or you may be starting a new job and need to look especially professional for this new beginning - then you certainly deserve new work treats.
This week Beyond Skin have hand picked shoes from our entire online collection that are perfect for the office and 100% cruelty-free.

 

 

Sissy

Sissy is an elegant vintage inspired flat pump with an elegant gold and black brooch front detail.  The brooch features exquisite italian woven herringbone fabric and the body is made in revolutionary Dinamica suede. These shoes have caused no harm  to animals, humans or the environment during its making process – just like the rest of Beyond Skin’s vegan footwear collection.
Sissy is perfect for the casual office with a comfortable 1cm heel height and in black Sissy will go well with almost any outfit. And best of all, Sissy is currently on sale!
Sissy original RRP was £125 but now available at only £69.

 

 

Cleo

Cleo is absolute essential to your work wardrobe. Cleo is simple, elegant and suitable for wearing for hours with the sensible 4cm kitten heel. And absolute vintage classic.
Cleo is made is vegan faux patent leather and features an elegant pointed toe.
Works very well with both a skirt or slacks.

 

 

 

 

Adriana

Adriana is our vintage brogue inspired stiletto. Essential if you have an important interview or presentation, where you need to excel professionalism and power.
Adriana features a hidden 1cm platform and an impressive 14cm stiletto for you to rise above and look down upon all your competitors.
Adriana is made in Dinamica recycled faux vegan suede and faux patent leather – a cruelty-free killer look.

You might have spend all your money on school gear for the children, so we at Beyond Skin have decided to put Adriana on sale so you don’t have to feel guilty for treating your self to new work accessories.
Before the sale Adriana could be purchased  at £145 but is now available at only £75.

 

Dannie

Dannie is contemporary mixed with classics as this Chelsea style bootie also makes it on to our top work  footwear highlights. With a 9cm sturdy heel covered in black vegan leather, Dannie is English elegance with its check printed upper.
100% vegan and is perfect for the woman on-the-go with its easy access elastic feature.  Will look amazing teamed with grey slacks.

 

Suni

An other elegant pump perfect for the office is the Beyond Skin Suni who is quite new to the Beyond Skin family.
Suni is a simple, elegant vintage styled pump designed to fit any proffesional outfit so you don’t have to have a different pair for every work day. Even though that would be quite a dream come true.  :)
suni backviewSuni features our favourite vegan textile Dinamica suede made from 100% recycled PET bottletops as the main body of the pump. To make Suni stand out she also features a very elegant vegan pantent leather toe detail and vegan pantent piping around the topline – but that’s not all that make Suni stand out. Suni also features a beatiful strengthening back detail in the same vegan patent leather for a little surprise for when you’re proudly walking away from presenting that business proposal.
Suni can be worn all day long with her sensible 1cm heel and can easily be worn from day to evening.

 

 

LucyLucy is not just a simple black brogue. Black Lucy features a geometric printed fabric insert to give the classic brogue a little vintage excitement. To keep the classic brogue styling, Lucy is a shiny vegan faux leather  brogue lace up which makes her easy to wear with various outfits. We suggest a pair of folded up slacks.  This flat vegan lace up is a real investment piece, and will be a wardrobe staple for the months to come.

 

Lucile

 

Lucile has been with Beyond Skin for years. Lucile is a constant top pick with our chic costumers because of the versatile style. All black, Lucile is made in Dinamica suede and features a vegan patent leather detail going from the toe and turns in to the tongue. To match this, the 9cm heel is covered in the shiny faux patent leather as well.
This strong lace-up piece is a perfect candidate for your new office wardrobe  and works well with both trousers and tights.

 

 

Tara

Tara is a brand new addition to the Beyond Skin family and admittedly, which gives us butterflies because the style is so gorgeous in it’s elegant simplicity.
Tara is completely cruelty-free made in vegan patent leather featuring an elegant pointed toe and an 8cm heel also covered in vegan patent leather.
Perfect for an important work-related event and goes perfect for after work drinks and get easily be dressed up or down.

 

 

Tabitha

Tabitha is also one of our newbies and is a very fierce little lace-up bootie. The special thing about this vegan stiletto is that the style is made in delicate Italian fabric and perfectly matched with the stronger yet beautiful faux patent leather. This is a timeless design that will last for several seasons.

You should take this back-to-school occasion to treat yourself to something nice because it is not just the kids who need new wearable daytime treats.
Hopefully this week’s blog has helped you to choose your next work accessory where you can both be a woman of eminent style, class and professionalism while protecting both animals, humans and the environment.  How tempting is that, for guilt-free shopping…

Beyond Skin

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The Ultimate Veggie BBQ – that will make all your guests swoon

As a vegan or vegetarian, you have probably often heard something in the lines of: “You’re having a BBQ? Didn’t know you could grill salad”
Not many meat eaters (Meaters) know how many delicious meat-free BBQ dishes can be made on the flames.  They are often even more exiting than the classic sausages and burgers.
It is tempting to go to the shop and get a pack of vegetarian sausages for your meat loving guests, who always seem a bit nervous whenever you are treating them to a meal.  They are trying their best not to insult you but deep down, they are really just worried that they will be leaving your dinner party hungry. ;)

We at Beyond Skin love treating our carnivore loved ones’ to a right feast, where the guests will leave having had a new adventure to their tastebuds and their minds.  This also included a small evil agenda of making the food so tasty, that they completely forget that they went a whole meal without meat.  The ultimate test is the meat lovers holy grail – the BBQ party.

As we are saying goodbye to the last days of the summer, we would like to treat you, dear readers, to our favourite vegan and vegetarian BBQ recipes.

No summer BBQ is complete without a fresh salad. A salad is often tossed quickly together and the main focus is kept on the grill.  Remember that this doesn’t mean that the salad has to be boring or what you usually would expect when you introduce a salad to the BBQ table.

Oh She Glows  is an vegan recipe blog by Canadian Angela Liddon, who explores great vegan recipes while also including little anecdotes from her family life. Cute, quirky and absolutely delicious dishes. We tried her vegan Grilled Salad - so yes – you can grill salad, and it was such a taste adventure that we had to share it.

grilled salad

The Oh She Glows grilled salad is a party in it self as it is packed with flavour. It includes, amongst other things, peppers, zucchini, corn and is covered in both mustard and syrup and much more. Wow!

A taste sensation and an absolute must-try at your next BBQ.
Check out the full recipe on Oh She Glows blog.

Honestly Healthy has a lot of various eye-opening salad recipes and we are delighted to introduce you to one of our favourites, that has had amazing responses at out vegan BBQ’s.  The message behind Honestly Healthy is Living the Alkaline Way.

Mango dill

“This salad packs a deliciously creamy, flavoursome punch. Mangoes are a fantastic digestive aid and a potent source of magnesium and calcium.”

Avocado, Mango & Dill Salad is a great addition to the table if you have nervous meaters as guests. Avocado is very filling and contain lot’s of protein to give your guests that sense of a full belly, that they are used to.
Avocado is an irresistible creamy superfood, that goes perfect in a summer salad mixed with juicy mango and fresh dill. So delicious, that you will have to make a load because it is one of those salads, that even after you are stuffed, you can’t help but having just one extra bit…because this salad is just so appetising.

We like to use the last flames on the grill for the dessert for a complete BBQ theme.

bananas

“Baked Bananas – perhaps the ultimate childhood memory! Wrapping those bananas up and fidgeting for what felt like hours until they were ready. We used to eat them so quickly in fear that a lingering spoon from our parents would swoop in and take the last bit. What better way to get your kids to eat potassium rich energy food – this way you can have it all without the sugar laden refined chocolate too!”

Baked Bananas with Raw Chocolate Sauce from Honestly Healthy is perfect for the BBQ and super easy.
You just need to wrap your bananas in tinfoil and let the magic happen. then add cinnamon, vegan chocolate sauce, almonds and nuts. Y-U-M-M-Y!
Check out the full recipe on how to make this delicious BBQ style dessert.

It is not all about what food to cook, it is also about what shoes to wear.
For this ultimate vegan/veggie BBQ we suggest getting your toes out for one last night with the elegant wedge sandal June.
June

June is an ultra cute summer sandal in fresh summer colours. You can strut around in June all night with a glass of prosecco in your hand due to June having a sensible 4cm wedge height and buckle strap for a perfect fit.
June is made of Dinamica recycled bottle top suede and imitated snakeskin gold leather.
Fresh and cute and even on SALE!

If it has become too cold, where you live for free toes, then you should check out our AW14 collection. Lot’s a new amazing vegan styles have been added to the collection  and is definitely worth a look.

Now you are ready to start inviting your friends for this coming weekends’ ultimate veggie BBQ dinner party.

See you next week.
Beyond Skin

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Best Summer outfits this 2014

It’s time to say goodbye to our summer wardrobe and opt for something a little warmer, as the UK rain starts to set up.  (much to our dismay).

As much as we love snuggling up in knitted sweaters and fluffy winter boots, there is something about the colours and freedom of a summer wardrobe that leaves us nostalgic when we have to realise that the season is passing.

As a last farewell to the strappy dresses we salute this past summer with taking a look at what was trending this summer 2014.

It has been a summer of block colours and prints in great variations. Especially south pacific inspired flower prints and a new trend in prints we adore is animal prints. We are no longer afraid to wear colour and we at Beyond Skin have been loving these new trends.

Before we hit the the summer of 2014, trend forcasting Guru’s WGSN predicted what was in store for us in the aproaching summer.

WGSN predicted wet paint and graphic prints to be part of this years summer outfits.
And boy where they right.

fashion forecats wgsn

Stella McCartney’s addition to the paint/tie dye trend was a vegetarian silk Penelope dress in beautiful green black and white contrasting colours for that fresh summer look.

stellaYou can still get that Stella Summer look and check out Stella McCartney’s other Tie Dye style dress just in time before the fall colours take over.

Motel is dedicated to vintage fashion and started out in the 90′s redesigning secondhand clothing from the Californian coast line and bringing it to the UK.  Since then, the brand has expanded but have kept their vintage line, where they up-cycle second hand clothing.
Their addition to the paint style 2014 summer trend was this cut-off polo shirt with all over paint style splatters.

Motel vintage

Motel has lots and lots of other vintage wonders on their website for your ethical shopping.

Prints was highly popular this summer season, and still are.  At Beyond Skin, we have never been able to get enough of prints so this summer has been a delightful treat for us.

Check out the Beyond Skin Uma sandal with a striking geometric print wedge cover.

uma
Uma was part of our SS’14 collection and has been a big hit this summer.
But since the season is coming to an end, you now have the opportunity to get the Uma sandal in our half price shoe sale!!
Uma is made in Italian geometric printed fabric on the wedge cover and the ultra feminine straps are made in both vegan patent leather and faux metallic leather with a little buckle strap for easy adjustable fit.

Nancy Dee is a british ethical fashion company who makes beautiful high quality ethical fashion items.  Nancy Dee’s summer print addition is their soft elegant Gwen peplum dress which had been an emerging summer trend of 2014.

Nancy Dee

This dress is made in Britain in Organic cotton and bamboo with an aki leaf print that makes the dress super soft, ethical and on trend.  We just love it!

An other Beyond Skin print wonder this summer was Mona in red geometric print.

Mona

Mona is made in Italian printed fabric with a delicate red binding on the topline – completely cruelty-free. And is a very on-trend flat pump with it the front collar detail.
Mona is now in sale – yay – and though she was a summer hit, Mona will go splendidly with your fall coloured wardrobe.  Mona features a 1cm heel so you can go all day without sore feet.

Another trend that has emerged this summer is matching top and bottoms.
It used to only be allowed to full on match when wearing a suit for the office, but with the new summer 2014 print loving trend, we need print everywhere and it is almost dificult to go overboard.
Stella McCartney’s addition to the all over print trend is a sophisticated croc style print shirt and skirt.

stella shirtskirt

The all over print set is in a low key nude colour, and is made in very light linen and vegetarian silk on georgette.

The translucent georgette has been trending for a couple of seasons by now, and we hope it will keep going for an other couple of seasons still. Especially mixed with animal prints.
Animal print are essential for any woman with respect for her wardrobe and this summer was packed with animal prints.

Beyond Skin has been long known for our animal printed footwear and you can find many animal printed shoes in our entire collection in both flats and heels.

Inspired by the summer trend and Stella McCartney’s animal print summer suit, we thought you readers should take a look at Josie before she is completely sold out after the summer sandal rush.

Josie

Josie in pale Gold is made in faux snake skin printed vegan leather with beautiful intricate strap detailing on the front. Josie also comes in faux snake printed pewter coloured print with black Dinamica suede straps.
Josie features a 10cm block heel and approximately 2cm platform for a bit more comfort and 100% vegan.

No summer is complete without flower print dresses and as WGSN predicted, south pacific print has been a big fashion hit this summer in both men’s and women’s summer outfits.

“Ruby Rocks clothes are made in a small factory in Bali, where no children are employed and they are all fairly paid well above the average for the country and industry. The company know everyone who makes the clothes, provides them with recreation areas, healthcare and healthcare for family members as well. ”

 

ruby-rocks-dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are not ready to say farewell to the summer yet, so let us all salute this last bit of summer celebrating these best outfits of the summer 2014 in this short time we have left.

See you next week…

Beyond Skin

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