Chic Vegan contributor, Sascha Mejeritcher, is a former actress turned writer. Sascha was born in Russia, raised in Sweden, and has lived in Italy and California. Sascha has a passion for vegan fashion and cruelty-free beauty. She also loves traveling, listening to loud music, drinking coffee and volunteering at animal shelters. Read more about Sascha’s daily adventures at her blog, Coffee and Heels.
I just celebrated my first vegan anniversary in June!
Chic Vegan: Who or what inspired you to make the change to a vegan lifestyle?
I had been pescetarian and vegetarian since I was 11. When I found out more about the milk and egg industry, it didn’t make sense to eat dairy any more. I wanted to live as compassionately as I possibly could, which also meant saying no to wearing animal products and using products tested on animals.
Chic Vegan: If you could give someone who’s thinking of going vegan advice, what would you say?
Find out as much info about vegan life as you can – read up on your new lifestyle! Don’t be daunted by it. I’m a huge advocate of taking it step-by-step, even if a lot of people go cold turkey and are successful. And don’t beat yourself up if you mess up – it WILL happen and it’s okay.
Chic Vegan: Let’s talk beauty. What’s your favorite cruelty-free product?
The salesgirls at LUSH all rejoice when I come in because I shop so much! I’m crazy about their skincare and have recently discovered the I Love Juicy shampoo that’s fabulous! Most of their products are vegan too.
Chic Vegan: Where are the best vegan bargains?
I live in London and there are lots of vegan bargains here. I love H&M and ASOS – so much vegan fashion for such a low price! And I love London markets, where you can easily find a vegan bag for £17-20.