How I got here
Fourteen-year-old me sits at home in Montreal, watching Alicia Silverstone on Oprah. The actress talks about being a vegetarian and I’m blown away by her passion. Sure, I’m a Clueless-obsessed adolescent at the time, but it’s not the fandom that draws me in. Alicia taps into something that, up until that moment, I always knew about myself but didn’t really have a framework for. Without fully understanding what it all entails, I decided to go vegetarian.
I often think about what my journey would have been like if, 20 years ago, I had more resources to turn to when I had questions about society’s treatment of animals. There were definitely times when I fell off the wagon. Specifically, whenever I traveled to new cities, I would often feel pressured not make a fuss at social outings.
My transition from vegetarianism to veganism wasn’t perfect either. As I bopped around from Montreal to Vancouver, London and San Diego (where I currently reside with my husband and rescue pit bull Gus-Gus), I was still at times consuming fish and honey. You’d also occasionally see me sporting leather boots or gloves—as someone passionately involved in the world of fashion, I would struggle to find vegan/cruelty-free products that meshed with my personal style. In fact, it was only in 2018 when I gave up animal products entirely.
All this to say, I know from personal experience that a blossoming relationship with activism and heightened empathy towards animals can be crushed by inconvenience and a lack of information. I also understand how the intense passion from those already involved in the cause can be alienating to someone new. I genuinely believe that most of us want to do the right thing but let’s be real, always doing the right thing can feel exhausting. I’m not here to make others feel bad about their choices. I may be vegan, but I’m still a work in progress.
I’m creating this site for that Montreal girl watching daytime television 20 years ago. She knew where she wanted to go, but the roadmap was always a little fuzzy. I want to provide a forum where it’s okay to discuss eco-fashion vs. cruelty-free fashion without feeling attacked. I want someone who eats meat to learn about an amazing vegan leather jacket and see it as a fashionable alternative. Mostly, I want to create a platform where people who have been living the lifestyle for years can share their wisdom and inspire us.
The concerns that often spark a vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle go beyond animal welfare. They touch upon environmentalism, consumerism, and even human rights. There are lots to talk about. I hope this curated, actionable lifestyle guide encourages people like 14-year-old me to speak openly and ask more questions. At the end of the day, Get Seasoned isn’t about being a master of one’s craft; it’s about the process of working toward it.
Where we're going
People have always been encouraging me to start a blog. I have my passions and I love writing so why not, right? The problem is, when your passions are fashion and veganism, you’re often bombarded by platforms promoting impossible beauty and activism standards. Voices meant to encourage a certain lifestyle have at times felt discouraging and even alienating to me. The last thing I wanted to do is turn people off from the topics that matter to me most.
Moreover, I felt torn between two worlds. It’s no secret that the fashion industry and vegan community are often at odds with each other, either yelling over or ignoring one another when it comes animal- and environmental-rights issues. For years, I wanted to inspire people but wasn’t sure how.
And then it struck me: this tightrope I walk between two worlds must be a reality for others, too. Instead of running from my missteps and uncertainties, why not embrace them? Why not document my journey of trying to balance fashion and veganism, one decision at a time?
Just as there’s no such thing as a perfect person, there’s no such thing as a perfect vegan. And that’s okay; imperfection is all part of the adventure. Get Seasoned is as much about asking questions as it is about celebrating our passions. With it, I hope to pave the way for others looking to make a difference, no matter how big or small.