Merry Wednesday, all! It’s been a while since I’ve done an interview here on the blog! There are SO many of you guys I want to get to know so, don’t fret, there will be more to come! I’d like to introduce you all to Jordan, blog owner of The Blonde Vegan! Fact: I have been following Jordan on Instagram for quite a while now, and her feed is one of my favourite to follow. She shares tons of recipes, city eats, and tons daily inspirational quotes! It’s a fun one! On top of everything, Jordan recently just released her very own clothing line – TBV Apparel and it is lovely! Of course, she teased us with a few previews on her IG and has now made it a reality! Yay! I hope you all enjoy what she had to say to fellow Veganadian‘s readers + guests! Let’s hear it, shall we? …
V: Thank you so much for joining us today, Jordan- happy to have you on Veganadian. First off all, congratulations on your new journey – The Blonde Vegan Apparel! Wow, we love it! What inspired you to create your own line?
The Blonde Vegan Apparel, By Jordan, Of The Blonde Vegan.
TBV: Hi, Holly! Thank you so much for having me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support. I had been thinking about creating my own line for quite some time, but the tipping point was when I had a revelation in a yoga class that the line had to happen, and it had to happen ASAP. Might sound silly, but I walked out of that class and I knew 110% that the line was happening. I wanted to create a clothing line that was both cute and comfortable, the two things I look for when I’m getting dressed. Most importantly I wanted to create a line that promoted health and veganism – getting people excited about the awesome healthy lifestyles out there and showing them that all sorts of vegans exist… even vegan fashionistas! There’s a whole lot of us.
V: I love that you’ve incorporated “hashtag vegan” (because social media) as one of your t-shirt slogan! How has social media impacted your daily life and now blooming success?
TBV: Social media has had a huge impact on me and the entire TBV brand. I started The Blonde Vegan on Instagram as an outlet to share my vegan food creations with friends and family without having to bombard them from my personal Instagram account. I started using the hashtags that I saw other vegan bloggers using (my favorites like Oh She Glows, Nom Yourself, Organic and Happy, Meals Full of Color and more!) and quickly realized that there was a huge interest in vegan food photos and health accounts. I gained followers rather quickly, and the exciting response ignited a passion within me to keep on creating, keep on connecting, and eventually build upon the Instagram to create a blog, Facebook, Pinterest, cleanse program, personal challenge program, the t-shirt line and now getting my health coaching certification. I have met amazing people through my Instagram account and blog… including a few of my closest friends in NYC, like Tara from SkinnybyTara and Cassandra from GoSweetandSkinny. The “hashtag” actually has a pretty deep meaning for me – even though it is a more lighthearted t-shirt!
V: How was “The Blonde Vegan” born? I’ve always been intrigued about the story behind your name; care to share with us how it all began?
The Blonde Vegan
TBV: It’s funny how the name “The Blonde Vegan” was born – I didn’t have to think about it at all. I had always imagined creating a blog called “The Blonde Yogi” because I was (and still am) super into yoga. Once I became vegan, I decided if I ever created a blog or an online presence then that would be my name. There was no second choice – that was it! I am lucky that it wasn’t taken or else I would have been in for a real disappointment. We are in the midst of creating a fashion blog for my mom, and we probably brainstormed 150 names before landing on the perfect one. TBV came so naturally compared to that! And it is very self-explanatory as to what my site is about, which I like.
V: How was your journey to Veganism? Does it define a lot of who you are today?
TBV: My journey to veganism was a long time coming. I went vegetarian when I was about 14 because I didn’t particularly love meat to begin with and I wanted to support the animals. I still ate eggs and dairy, and fluctuated for years between adding fish and chicken in and out of my diet and being fully vegetarian. I suffered from terrible stomach problems my whole life, which I write about extensively on the blog. I’m talking debilitating pains, indigestion, bloating, migraines, and discomfort to the point where I was more comfortable eating nothing than I was eating anything at all – no matter how healthy it was! I dabbled in veganism throughout college but didn’t really know enough about eating a balanced vegan diet in order to make it sustainable. To kick off 2013, I did a 5-day plant-based cleanse with my mom. All we ate for 5 days was fruits, veggies and nuts, and we drank two vegetable juices and one smoothie per day. I. Felt. Amazing. My stomach problems and migraines disappeared. I was full of energy and felt happy, content and confident. By day 3 I knew I was never going back. It has absolutely shaped the person I am today in just about every single way.
TBV At Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, NY! ** Photo Credit – TBV**
V: What is your must-have pantry staple? And honestly, how many Mason Jars do you own? :)
TBV: Must-have pantry staple: Bananas. I put them in everything. One in my smoothie each morning, one for a snack later on in the day, and I use them in just about all of my dessert creations. Same goes for almond butter. And I couldn’t live without cacao powder. How many mason jars do I own? Let’s just say my tiny NYC apartment kitchen is overflowing with them. ;)
V: What are you most looking forward to this summer, in New York? I absolutely love the city, so many eats! What are some of your favourite places to eat in town?
TBV: I am most looking forward to a trip to the Hamptons that I have planned for Memorial Day weekend! It will be my first time there and I can’t wait. I am actually moving from NYC to LA in July, so I need to soak up everything the NYC summer has to offer between now and then! My favorite restaurant is Candle 79 and my favorite juice bar is Juice Press… so I plan on hitting both of those up as often as possible.
Angel’s Nacho From Candle 79. ** Photo Credit TBV**
Peanut Parfait From Candle 79. **Photo Credit TBV**
V: Let’s say I was to randomly fall upon your blog (love it, by the way), what would be the first thing you would want people to know about The Blonde Vegan? Would you say that your blog is a good representation of who you are?
TBV: The first thing I want people to know about The Blonde Vegan is that I am an advocate of eating the way that best works for your body. For me, that it plant-based veganism. For others, that might not work so hot. All you’ve gotta do is start eliminating foods and then re-adding them back into your diet in order to make a change – health is a lifestyle change! Not a diet. If you eat a healthy diet and allow yourself to be consistent with it, you will see changes. And yes, I think my blog is a very accurate representation of who I am. I know bloggers who say “there’s so much more to me than my blog,” etc., which is awesome. I lay everything on the table with my blog. Personal stories, lots of photos, and I write basically the exact way that I talk. Not much left to the imagination there!
V: Quick- walnuts, broccolini, apples, sweet potatoes, shallots, miso paste and phyllo dough- what do you make?
TBV: WOW – what an awesome combo of ingredients. I would ignore the phyllo dough (sorry!) because I am a gluten-free nut, but I would definitely make a stirfry with the rest of it (walnuts included… love me some toasted nuts!) and serve it up on top of some quinoa or brown rice.
V: Jordan, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions today. I know you’re busy with everything that’s blooming in your life so your time was very much appreciated! Any last words you’d like to share with us? Also, again, congratulations and best of luck with your new journey- The Blonde Vegan Apparel, I can’t wait to flaunt my tee very soon! – V
TBV: The only last words I have for you all are… check out The Blonde Vegan Apparel! My current love child. And that I am always here to talk/inspire/motivate. I love connecting with my readers more than anything else. You all rock. Especially you, Holly! TBV over and out. J
Again, many thanks to Jordan for joining us today!! If you didn’t know, Jordan also offers a 5-Day Cleanse Program!
The Blonde Vegan 5-Day Cleanse Program!
What does the cleanse include?
- The cleanse includes a total of 25 original recipes: 1 smoothie, 2 juices, 1 salad and 1 soup or roasted veggie meal per day along with food photos, full nutrition information, and mini-blog post style stories to go along with each recipe.
- There are introductory pages that tell you what to expect before/during/after the cleanse, how to prepare, a grocery list, the benefits of this type of cleanse program, and of course a personal story about how this cleanse came to be.
- You will be added to an email thread with me and a group of others who are doing the cleanse at the same time as you. (This is totally optional, but most people find that it’s very inspirational to have a group to report back to and gain motivation from!) I will be available to answer any and all questions all throughout the cleanse; before, during and after! – The Blonde Vegan
TBV Apparel Store: www.theblondeveganstore.com