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Have you shopped with us before and love our vegan store? Or maybe you’re a new customer and love the idea of a cruelty free shop with the latest vegan fashion! Either way you’re sure to love these little extras, the perfect way to say “Hey! I shop cruelty free and I look good!”.

Alternative Outfitters Ball Point Pen: The classic black and pink AO logo printed on a black and white ball point pen complete with rubber comfort grip.  Use it at the office or keep it in your purse. $3.50 or FREE with a purchase of $75 or more.

Shop With Compassion Button: Pretty in pink, this classic button features a cruelty free bunny, our name and the words” Shop With Compassion” in white flower studded print! Pin it to your reusable shopping tote or put it on your key chain and spread the message of compassionate shopping! $1.25 or FREE with a purchase of $30 or more.

No Leather Button: This black and red pin says it like it is “Animals Are Not Fabric”. If you agree you’ll want to put this on your makeup pouch or pin it to a gym bag or canvas tote. Pin it just about any where and confuse people with your hip faux leather boots or trendy faux leather jacket! $1.50 or FREE with a purchase of $50 or more.

These little extras are a fun way to start conversations with people who may not know anything about cruelty free fashion.  You can let them know it’s possible (and easy!) to fore-go leather, wool, silk and animal tested products and still look your very best.

Shop with Compassion

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Co-owner of Alternative Outfitters, Jackie Horrick, was a featured guest on the Live Natural Live Well Blog Talk Radio Series by Doc Heather Lounsbury today. They discussed Jackie’s “ah ha” moment when she became vegetarian and then later vegan, the environmental impact that the leather industry has on the planet, the fashionable cruelty-free offerings that Alternative Outfitters has to offer this holiday season, and much more! If you listen carefully, you will even receive a coupon code for 15% Off on your entire order at AO through December 25th, 2011. Click HERE to listen to the interview.

Doc Heather Lounsbury

Jackie of AO and Clover The Beagle

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Join Our Team for the Race For The Rescues

We’re very excited for the 6th annual Race for the Rescues at the Rose Bowl on October 23rd!  We’re putting together a team, the Alternative Outfitters Avengers, to raise money and run.  Check out our team page here to join us and if you aren’t able to run (or walk!) then please consider donating to help us reach our goal of $400.

The race will benefit 10 non profits including After The Finish Line, A Dog’s Life Rescue, Angel Dog Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, Molly’s Mutts & Meows, The Ozzy Foundation, Pets For Vets, Stray Cat Alliance, Take Me Home Rescue & The Rescue Train.  There will be a pet costume contest, fun prizes and celebrity judges as well as face painting for kids and a pet psychic! The first 300 dogs can get a free micro chip courtesy of the Angel Dogs Foundation. You’ll be able to check out products from vendors post race and get in on the silent auction.  The race itself  is either a 5k (once around the Rose Bowl) or a 10k (twice around) and you can walk or run.

We hope you’ll join our team for a fun filled day to benefit the once forgotten animals of L.A. so that they can find their forever homes once and for all.  Please share this post with you friends and family and ask them to run with us or donate. Hope to see you there!

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Every Wednesday on twitter we will ask our followers a trivia question and the first person to answer correctly will win a prize! What kind of prizes are we giving away?  Sometimes it will be coupons you can use for our stylish vegan products or we may give away products we sell like vegan cosmetics, t-shirts or bags! It’s easy and fun and all you need to do is follow us (@VeganBoutique) on twitter and then watch for the questions every Wednesday!  Tell your friends too so they can play along.

What kind of questions will we be asking?  Some will be trivia questions about our store so if you shop with us or like to browse our website you’ll have an advantage!  We will also have questions whose answers can be found in this blog and since you’re already reading that, you’ve got an even better chance to be the winner!

So let’s review…here’s what you need to do:

  1. Follow us on Twitter (@VeganBoutique)
  2. Read our blog and browse/shop at our Vegan Boutique
  3. Tell your friends
  4. Watch for our trivia question ever Wednesday
  5. Be the first to answer correctly & WIN!

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The ladies from Our Hen House came to visit Los Angeles for the 2011 Animal Rights Conference and they stopped by our Pasadena showroom with friend and L.A. correspondent Ari Solomon to do some shopping and to interview our own, Jackie Horrick, about what it’s like running a vegan business and all things vegan in LA.  You can check out their fabulous podcast interview  by going to their blog at or subscribing on iTunes.

We’re also excited to have a new addition to our vegan handbag selection, the Our Hen House signature tote bag!  This limited edition super-adorable-one-of-a-kind vegan tote bag reads, “A Place To Find Our Way To Change The World For Animals”. This cute black, yellow, and grey tote was designed in collaboration with Lion’s Share Industries and Our Hen House, and was created by artist Razi Bhatti. It is made from 100% recycled soda, water, food containers, and was printed using eco-friendly ink.

Our Hen House Tote

Our Hen House Tote

We had so much fun visiting with Jasmin and Mariann from Our Hen House and we look forward to their next visit to LA!

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Finally! We have a new vegan restaurant here in Pasadena. Green Earth Vegan Cuisine opened a few days ago, so we headed over to Old Town Pasadena to try them out. I was a little worried that it would be a repeat of the other veggie Asian restaurants around (not that they are bad, just getting a little tired of the same old thing), but I was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere at Green Earth was really inviting and the staff was very friendly. It’s in the perfect location if you want to go spend the day in Pasadena shopping at Alternative Outfitters and Old Town Pasadena or seeing a movie at the new Gold Class Cinema. There is a parking garage right across the street and you get 90 minutes parking for free.

Anyway, back to the food. It was all really fresh and colorful and you can get anything from Asian, Indian, Italian, or Mexican. They even have a variety of burgers and sandwiches too!  We decided we would stick with Asian during this visit and try something else next time.

We started with the Summer Rolls. They were fresh and yummy. The perfect combo of veggies and protein (vegan ham and tofu) and the peanut sauce was just right. Nice and thick, not runny.

Then we had the Tom Yom Soup. It was delicious and had just the right amount of spicy kick. However, if you like it really spicy, then you may want to ask them to increase the heat or get some chili sauce on the side, but I loved it. We ordered a small which is the perfect size for two, but they also offer it in a larger bowl.

Next was the Avocado Salad. We were surprised to find that it was a nice blend of cucumber chunks, avocado chunks, a little red onion and BBQ “chicken” chunks. The “chicken” almost tasted like Gardein, but I don’t think that is what it was. It was really good though and the combination of flavors, textures, and the dressing was perfect; all really fresh too.

Our main dish was the Three Flavors and this was by far the prettiest dish. It had a really nice variety of veggies (pumpkin, eggplant, tofu, onions, sweet basil, bell peppers, and mushrooms) and the colors were really pretty. The sauce was to die for too and it all went together really well. This was probably one of their healthier dishes and it also comes with brown rice.

We were lucky that a couple of friends stopped in (who already had dinner, but had to come check out our new Pasadena Vegan Restaurant) and they decided to try out the Quesadilla. The Quesadilla was filled with peppers and eggplant. It may have even had some onion in there and they use Daiya Cheddar. It wasn’t huge, but perfect to start with and it comes with guacamole and pico de gallo on the side. It was good, but not as interesting to me as the other dishes we had; still great if you are craving a little quesadilla though.

We all really enjoyed the food and are looking forward to going back again and again. I love that they are in such a busy spot. Hopefully, Green Earth will get a lot of walk in traffic and show all the non-veggies how good vegan food really is.

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