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Let’s face it: a good pair of black boots are the foundation to every wardrobe. Any and every outfit can be given a special edge with black boots and, man, there’s just so freaking chic. The thing is, though, most boots tend to be made from leather which is a big no-no for me! I want some rad shoes not to wear a cow! The good news is that there are so many cruelty-free options made from synthetic materials that are often much longer lasting and enduring than skin.

Whether you’re a vegan looking for a fresh pair of leather-free booties or you’d rather not stomp around in an animal’s skin, here are some completely dazzling cruelty-free black boots for compassionate babes.

 1. Dr Martens 2. Shoe Cult  3. Modcloth

4. Stella McCartney 5. Modcloth 6. Silence + Noise

7. Press Playlist 8. Advant Garde 9. Bogs Rider

Leather is so common place that wearing it is often overlooked and never treated as seriously as fur-wearing. Thankfully fur is mostly shunned and people rock the faux furs, but still leather is everywhere! I say let’s go leather-free, save some cows, and put an end to the needless and cruel trade – you don’t have to sacrifice your boots! It’s a common belief that leather is a by-product of the meat industry but that is just not true. Animals are killed separately and specifically for their skin and turned into shoes, jackets, and countless other fashion pieces. And, it’s not just an animal rights issue either, the leather industry is largely run in third world countries where “children as young as 11, become ill because of exposure to hazardous chemicals and are injured in horrific workplace accidents.” All in all – leather is no good!

If you’d like to learn more about the leather industry I recommend watching Earthlings (always!) and having a read about where leather comes from.

What are your thoughts on wearing leather?

Forever leather free,

Gabi

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Wanna know my not-so-secret guilty pleasure? Blasting power ballads. The more 80s the better. Whitney Houston kills it in the Battle of Ballads that lies in my mind. Girl hits all the right notes and knows a thing or two about the importance of self care and love.

I don’t remember a time before not knowing all the lyrics to Whitney’s greatest hits so I kinda skimmed over the actual lyrical content. But Ms Houston’s 1985 number, ‘The Greatest Love of All,’ came on shuffle the other day and, while singing passionately along, I started to really listen.

“I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe”

Can you even?! In times of self-doubt this is the jam to blast and get you in the zone for world domination.

Now join in and bellow with me…

“The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all”

Gabi

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I’m in love. You see, I got a hot pink metallic parcel in the post last week, in it was as a soft cloth bag and layers of white tissue paper and pink ribbon. Then, right there, were these crystal-encrusted cat ears. They combine two of my most favourite things: cats and a hella lot of sparkle.

Crown and Glory are one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to running a small business. Everything they create leaves me with heart eyes!

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I’ll be at both Blogcademy classes this coming weekend and next week, as well as the mixer event, and you’d better believe I’ll be sporting these sparklers. I can’t wait to actually meet their creator, the beautiful Sophie!

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Cats and crystals,

Gabi
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Here at PIXIEandPIXIER.com things have been a bit heads and tails. You probably know that I have recently moved from Australia’s Gold Coast to the big smoke that is London town. Man, who knew moving to the other side of the world would be so tough? From packing (and drastically condensing!) all my worldly possessions into two battered suitcases and hopping on a couple of planes, stopping off in Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Stockholm on the way, I’ve somehow come to be a Londoner.

Not only has this put my personal life in a topsy turvy (hence the Dawson level emotions) but it also means that I’ve been shifting and re-settling the shop and this here blog. Well, good news – the shop is completely open for business and I’m accepting custom orders again! Yay! So hit me up with your hilarious and obscure jewellery requests (seriously, I love hearing of your amazing ideas and it makes me so freaking happy that there are such cool people in the world who would ask for Parks and Rec earrings and necklaces of their cats).

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Head over to the shop now and use the code LIVEOUTLOUD to get 10% off your entire order!

Jewellery kit at the ready,

Gabi

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