Chic Vegan is a place where compassionate fashionistas and vegan vixens meet up to discuss how they can make the world a better place for people and animals alike. Chic Vegan was created in 2008 as a place for women to keep up to date on new cruelty free fashions. It has since become an extravaganza of fashion, cosmetics, self-improvement, diet, eco-love and many, many other things.
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In January 2012 Gretchen became the Editor of Chic Vegan. In addition to her editing role, she also pens Chic Vegan’s “Ask Grettie” Nutrition Column. Gretchen is a Nutrition Specialist with Certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University. At a young age she experienced a series of illnesses which propelled her to seek nutrition-based solutions. She is absolutely passionate about sharing the health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and can be found doing so through Chic Vegan and her website Veggie Grettie. Gretchen lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and 4 legged best bud. She dreams of living on a farm someday surrounded by animals and the most amazing organic garden she can imagine.
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Mandi is the Founder of Chic Vegan and has undying passions for saving animals, circus arts, and creating new and exciting things every day. She has been vegan for over 5 years and ran chicvegan.com from June of 2008 through December of 2011. Mandi’s mission is to spread the message that you can be fashionable, eat amazing food and live a remarkable life all while making the most ethical choices possible. Going vegan has been an amazing experience that has changed her life in countless ways. To learn more about Mandi and her adventures you can tune in to her personal site: poniesandunicorns.com.
Dina is tofu; she is a little silky thing with many roles. She is a yogi, artiste, music lover, and a firm believer in positive energy and the wonders it can do to your life. She is a fashionista who always looks for a bargain. Dina loves all things colorful—food, clothing, nail polish, you name it, and she’ll probably love it. She is an avid reader of all things YA, with an affinity for dystopian novels, cookbooks, despite her inability to cook well, yoga, and spirituality. For the past three years, she has worked as a reading and writing instructor, where her goal was to challenge and bring fun into the learning process. She has been vegan since January 1st, 2008.
Dianne Wenz, VLC, HHC, AADP is a Holistic Health Counselor, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Plant-Based Nutrition Specialist. Dianne coaches people from across the country to help them improve their health and well-being, and she helps people make the dietary and lifestyle changes needed to go vegan. Dianne lives in New Jersey, where she runs the busy MeetUp group Montclair Vegans. Through the group she hosts monthly potlucks, runs charity bake sales and organizers guest speaker events. An avid cook and baker, Dianne also teaches cooking classes to local clients. In addition to food and nutrition, Dianne loves crafts and cats. To learn more, visit Dianne’s website and blog at VeggieGirl.com
Lotta Muurinen is a thirtysomething vegan librarian from Helsinki, Finland. She shares her life with her Scottish house husband and their two kids. Lotta is passionate about vegan baking, ethical fashion, organic beauty products and other fairly frivolous things. She also loves yoga and writing her Finnish vegan lifestyle blog, Keidas. Her favorite English word is “lunch.”
A former actress turned writer, Sascha was born in Russia, raised in Sweden, and has lived in Italy and California. She left her glossy job as a fashion copy editor to move to London and become a freelance writer, going on to work with several Swedish, British and Italian women’s magazines and websites. Sascha has a passion for vegan fashion and cruelty-free beauty. She also loves travelling, listening to loud music, drinking coffee and volunteering at animal shelters. Sneak a peek into her daily life at her blog, Coffee and Heels.
Karen Arluck is a Licensed Masters of Social Work practicing psychotherapy in Austin, Texas- offering individual and group psychotherapy. Karen is also a Hatha yoga teacher certified at the 200 hour level (RYT 200). She is founder of Ready Set Green, an Austin based support group and network for those living or aspiring to live a plant-based vegan lifestyle. In addition to her work, Karen is a native New Yorker, living in Austin, Texas with her two rescued dogs, newly plant-based husband, and more yoga pants than one girl should own. Karen believes that being vegan can be fun, inspiring, easy, and even girly, all at the same time.
Yifan is a San Francisco Bay-Area based freelance illustrator and fitness professional with a passion for helping others lead more active, fulfilling lives, all while making more compassionate choices for themselves, the planet, and all of its inhabitants. She currently spends most of her days teaching group fitness and healthy eating classes to both adults and kids (and refueling with LOTS of plant-based goodies!). In her spare time, Yifan competes in triathlons and road races, spreads good vegan vibes via dinner parties and her fitness/food blog, and spends an inordinate amount of time getting excited about her next Halloween costume. To see some of Yifan’s artwork, please visit her illustration site.
Robin Patalon has been vegan for over a year, after almost 20 years as a vegetarian. When she’s not working at her real job, she enjoys running, yoga, spending time with her family and reading about healthy living. Robin is always on the lookout for new products and companies that support her vegan lifestyle and she has an extensive cookbook collection that is not digital.
Jodie is a writer, researcher and nutritional medicine student. Hailing from Australia, she moved to the United States with her husband in 2011. A veghead for over 15 years, Jodie enjoys writing on vegan food, nutrition, health and wellness topics. She loves yoga, hiking, swimming, reading novels and cookbooks, red wine, dark chocolate, traveling (especially if it’s back to the beach) and, perhaps most passionately, tea.