The name might imply basics, but the book "How to Be Vegan," which hit shelves in April, is more than a beginner's manual. It is non-judgmental, approachable, and chock-full of facts and tips that even seasoned cruelty-free advocates can use.
"When I was writing 'How to Be Vegan,' I had in my mind that it was going to be for people who had just heard about veganism and wanted to know more -- people who needed a jumping off point," said the tome's San Francisco-based author Elizabeth Castoria, a longtime vegan and former editorial director of VegNews Media. "But my thinking has changed [since completing the book]. I've heard from a lot of friends who are already vegan that they actually are getting a lot out of it, too."
In a chapter devoted to fashion, Castoria goes into detail about where commonly-worn animal products come from -- including materials like wool, which tend to fall under the radar when it comes to curating a cruelty-free closet -- the best alternatives, and where to shop. Castoria also sprinkles in some fab facts (Project Runway's Tim Gunn insists that the show be fur-free -- so cool!).
After reading "How to Be Vegan," I had the honor of chatting with the author via phone. Keep reading for Castoria's take on being stylish and kind.
Best beauty products:
Right now, I'm super-obsessed with Pacifica. The beauty creams, eyeshadows, eyeliner and nail polishes are amazing.
People always look stylish when they're living their values.
I definitely have a casual look. I'm mostly a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of gal.
Favorite item of clothing:
I have the good fortune of owning two Vaute Couture coats -- the Belden in two different fabrics. Every time I wear one, people stop to say, "It looks great on you." It's a really good conversation starter [about cruelty-free fashion].