What I'm Wearing / Vaute Couture Belden Coat / Old Navy Tee (similar) / Mavi Jeans / JustFab Avoca Boots / Husband's Beanie It's election day! I got out to vote first thing this morning before work. If you haven't voted already, be sure to do so! It's an important election and your vote counts! It's finally getting pretty cold here in NYC, and this week has been my first chance to finally wear my brand new Vaute Couture Belden coat. If you're unfamiliar with Vaute Couture, they are a vegan specific brand that has been making gorgeous dress coats since 2009. In particular, vegan dress coats are exceptionally hard to find being wool is a prevalent material used in them. I've honestly been wanting a Vaute Couture coat for years now, and have loved the Belden style because of its classic shape as well as it's multifunctional three-way collar. I'm really excited to have finally pre-ordered and gotten mine this year! Besides being 100% vegan, Vaute Couture's coats are also eco-friendly and made of high-tech fabrics that are 100% recycled. They are also produced by workers making a living wage or above. I can tell you now that I own one, that their coats are much lighter, softer and warmer than any wool dress coat I've ever worn. Wool is freaking itchy and scratchy. These are not. Plus it helps that it's a stunning coat when worn. I've received so many compliments on it since I've gotten it. Considering it's election day, and Vaute Couture is pronounced like "Vote" Couture, it's reminded me how important it is we also make sure we vote with our dollars for causes that are important to us. Though Vaute Couture's pieces aren't cheap, considering what they produce and what they stand for, it was important for me to save up for some time to purchase one of their coats over other brands. You vote every time you purchase something, from the type of produce you get to the clothes we wear. The more people purchase eco-friendly and organic options, the more demand there is and therefore the costs will eventually go down. I thought it was also especially fitting to talk about eco-friendly fashion this week following Hurricane Sandy. I'm not going to kid anyone, I'm probably one of the only vegan bloggers who's posts don't have a heavy eco-friendly, sustainable slant. Though I purchase the majority of clothing second-hand, I still like mass retailers for shoes and such. That will probably be changing for me now. It's pretty obvious at this point we have a major global warming problem. By being selective on what products you buy and how they affect the environment, you can do you part to help this large global issue. That's going to be a focus of mine in the coming weeks. How do you vote with your dollars? *This is not a sponsored post. I'm just a really big fan of the brand.