About Chic Vegan

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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Editor

Dianne Fall

Dianne Wenz

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Dianne Wenz is the owner and editor-in-chief of Chic Vegan. She 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 organizes 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
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Regular Contributors

Karen Arluck

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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.
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Adrienne BorgersenAdrienne Borgersen

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A 25 year veteran of the music industry, Adrienne took a leap of faith in 2008 to start her business “It Factor Image Consulting”. Along with extensive experience in the imaging and branding of high level recording artists at major record labels, she is a certified Image Consultant by NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Adrienne’s passion for the vegan lifestyle has led her to focus her craft on helping people look their best, while keeping in alignment with her ethics. The more she learned about how leather, fur, wool and silk are produced, as well as animal testing on beauty products she could no longer justify using them. Incorporated into her services is educating clients on the impact to the animals and the environment. Then showing them fabulous alternatives that make an equal, if not greater impact on their style and their lives. Adrienne is also certified as a vegan lifestyle coach and educator by Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy.  More about her services and contact information at www.itfactorimage.com
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CookAshley Cook

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Ashley Cook is the Boston-based blogger behind A. Cook in the Making, where she writes all about vegan food and making time for plant-based cooking while managing a busy work-life schedule and inter-dietary household.
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Dina Hady

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.
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Nicole HoffmanNicole Hoffman

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A native New Yorker, Nicole is a lifetime fashionista and graduate of New York University with a Bachelor’s in Media, Culture and Communication. She feels most at home in a closet full of cruelty-free clothes and accessories, more so if sparkles are involved. She loves traveling and hopes to impress the people of Paris with her limited but well pronunciated French vocabulary one day. Pink is her color, chocolate is her food and shopping is her sport (if it were an option in gym class, she would have gotten an A+). She blogs about cruelty-free fashion, beauty and city life at Too Chic for Meat.
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InesInes Isabel

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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.
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Yifan Luo

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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.
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Melissa VegenistaMelissa Martin

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Melissa is the author of Vegenista.com, a Southern CA based lifestyle blog dedicated to living joyfully, healthfully, & fashionably cruelty-free. When she is not cooking, writing or blogging, she can be found peacefully protesting in favor of animal welfare, shopping for vintage dresses, playing with cruelty-free make up, meditating & practicing yoga. In addition to heading up vegenista.com, Melissa works as a Speech-Language Therapist for children with Autism & Special Needs. She lives in San Diego with her pug, Lucie Lu.
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Sascha Mejeritcher

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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.
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Robin PRobin Patalon

Robin Patalon has been vegan since 2011, 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 educating herself about healthy living.  Robin is a Certified Health Coach and a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator.  She 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.
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Colette_RiceColette Rice

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Colette is a writer, actor, director, Shakespeare devotee, and Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach. After many years in the New York City area, she has returned to her native northern California, and is enjoying the vegan delights of living in the Farm to Fork Capitol, Sacramento. Colette has been vegan since 2011, and, as Vegan in Bloom, she is committed to the cultivation of a compassionate world.
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MeMegan Teet

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Megan Teet is a favorite aunt, a west coast girl who recently moved to Texas, started school and is working hard each day fitting in to vegan. To learn more, visit Megan’s blog at Fitting Into Vegan

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Former Editor

Gretchen Tseng

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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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Founder

Mandi Hoffman

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.
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