Joining the growing ranks of celebs-turned-designers (think Chloe Sevigny, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, SJP), Natalie Portman will be debuting her footwear line for New York-based Té Casan in February. With a major difference: Portman has created a line of vegan shoes, with 5 percent of proceeds going to charity. The shoes will be released in February, with pre-orders from Jan. 15, and reportedly will retail for around $200. It's not cheap, but it's not Stella McCartney, either. Judging from the pictures out so far, the shoes look pretty mainstream, as heels go -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Finally, vegan girls can look just as stylish as everyone else.
On the vegan theme, I just checked out Babycakes in the Lower East Side last night. The vegan and gluten-free bake shop offers pricey cupcakes, brownies, and cookies amid fanciful decor, with a spot or two to perch delicately while nibbling. For the price (and not being a vegan), I wouldn't switch from Sugar Sweet Sunshine, but the agave-sweetened frosting was delicious.