We Heart Our Readers: Mandi of Chicvegan

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Editor’s Note: Thanks to you, we are feeling the love. To show our gratitude, we are profiling some of our most cherished readers who often stop by to see what we have cooking on the site. Please make them feel welcome by saying hello!

Name: Mandi Hoffman
Location: Portland, OR
Website: Chicvegan.com

1. When did you first starting reading EcoSalon?

To be quite honest, it was so long ago I don’t really remember! Your archive only goes to 2008, but I swear it was before that. Maybe EcoSalon first existed in my mind, and then became a dream fulfilled? Anyway, I’m a design snob so I was drawn to the simple and intuitive design of the site as well as the attention paid to details. I got hooked on the never ending flow of friendly information and the to-the-point articles written by smart ladies.

2. What topics do you enjoy reading the most about on EcoSalon and why?

Obviously, anything vegan related immediately strikes my fancy. I am also interested in cruelty free and toxin free beauty products. The reason I like EcoSalon so much is because it covers such a broad range of topics, I am constantly discovering something new I didn’t know about.

3. Would you consider yourself a very conscious individual? What about in relation to being kind to the planet?

I am the most eco-conscious person I know! The main way I green my life is by living a vegan lifestyle. (The livestock industry is responsible for a huge chunk of greenhouse gas emissions, water use and environmental degradation.) I also rarely drive and when I do I rock a bio-diesel Jetta! Eighty percent of my clothing is thrifted and the rest comes from local or independent designers. I don’t use chemicals in my house or on my body. I am the quintessential hippie, but with heels and deodorant.

4. What’s your all time favorite products?

Right now I’m in love with Hurraw! lip balms. They are organic, vegan, raw and amazing. I also love Marie Veronique Organics tinted moisturizer. I’ve been on a DIY kick lately and have been making my own cleaning products (I should buy stock in baking soda) and perfumes. Making your own scent is so easy! I recommend it to everyone.

5. Tell us a bit about your blog/website and other websites/blogs you enjoy visiting.

Chic Vegan is a blog I have been running for about two and half years. It’s a place for smart, savvy, ethical women to hang out and be fabulous. I post about everything from food to fashion to self- actualization to activism. It really depends on my mood. I also offer consulting services and a free e-book. I’m all about helping people go vegan and improve their lives!

Obviously, EcoSalon is one of my fave blogs of all time! I also frequent The Streets I Know, an amazing little fashion blog from Melanie Pyves. She is on top of every ethical brand that has ever graced this earth! And Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life is another one of my faves.

Outside of the eco/vegan realm, my favorite sites are: Cute Overload,  Post Secret, and Zen Habits. I believe they are all vital to my sanity.

6. You are the happiest when . . .

I’m cuddling with an animal (this includes, but is not limited to, my boyfriend). When I am out in nature. When I’m eating a delicious meal. When I’m working hard on a project. Pretty much all of the time. Life is too short to do anything that makes you unhappy.