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Who needs an excuse to make margaritas?! I’ve never had any trouble coming up with one, but if you really need a reason, today is Cinco de Mayo! I started making these a few years back and they were a hit with mis amigas, and are SO easy, so I decided to share the love here. They key is gauging the heat level of when infusing the tequila…I like it HOT, so keep all the seeds, and let it sit for about 24 hrs. The fun part of these is the straining method…a French press! The process of French pressing your coffee is super fun and we decided to apply that to another fun beverage…tequila. Enjoy these responsibly and ¡Salud!

 

Ingredients:

-Silver Tequila (we used Espolon)
-7 Cups Grapefruit Juice
-5 Large Jalapeños
-5 Limes (reserve one for garnish)
-1/3 Cup Honey
-1/3 Cup Filtered Water
-Margarita Salt

*Note: This process takes a couple of days…So plan your party accordingly!

 

Instructions:

To infuse the tequila: Wash and slice jalapeños, place half in French press. Pour half of the tequila over the jalapeños and cover with saran wrap, refrigerate remaining jalapeños. Leave mixture in French press on counter for at least 8 hours per batch…just remember the longer you let it set, the hotter it will get! When you are ready to strain tequila, place lid on French press and press down just like you would with coffee. Pour off tequila and place in freezer while you make the 2nd batch (we just used the original tequila bottle for storage).

To make the margaritas: Heat honey with water in a small sauce pot to create a simple syrup. Let cool. In a pitcher combine grapefruit juice, 2 1/2 cups of the tequila, and the juice of four limes. Stir together. Add in simple syrup and ice. Salt the rims of your favorite glasses and serve immediately.

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Festival Fashion

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Cutwork Strappy Tank | Strappy Back Bra | Lacey Denim Cutoffs | Metal Belt Arm Band Duo | Joe Boot | Bleeker Bucket Bag

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Has it really been a year??? When Coachella rolls around I’m always astonished at how fast time goes by. We’ve been in LA for a year now. Crazy. Apparently there have been a few upgrades this year like actual bathrooms, and a new app that includes a “friend finder” as well as a way to organize set times. Coachella is obviously a music festival, but its equally about the fashion. I always seem to opt for the biker-chic look, which includes boots, that for me, are a crucial part of survival. Pair with a comfy pair of cut-offs, and add the fancy/girly on top with a cutout crop that has sexy tie details. Every girl wants to look good, but don’t let your appearance take over the whole weekend, if you plan ahead, you wont have to focus on that. Remember, it’s all about the dancing, frolicking, ferris wheel rides, and only a little about taking pictures. Check out last years style post here, and a Festival Vest DIY here, and stay tuned for an upcoming Festival Survival Guide on Thursday…

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Dine LA: Gracias Madre Weho

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Three Course Dine LA Menu 

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It’s not always easy for us Westsiders to drive down to Hollywood during dinner hours, so we’ve made it a point to go during lunchtime. LA has so many food options to explore and my guy had never been to Gracias Madre, so when I saw it was a part of the Dine LA Restaurant Week we zipped down for the afternoon. Gracias Madre is an entirely plant-based and organic restaurant, that has become one of my personal favorites (listed in LA Faves back in May). We each chose something different for all three courses;

Starters: Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Cashew Crema, Toasted Pepitas | Gorditas, Warm Salsa Verde, Avocado, Cashew Crema

Entrees: Roasted root Vegetable Winter Empanadas with Kale, Tomato Habanero Jam, Cilantro Tamarind Chutney, Cumin Lentils | Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion, Pico, Guacamole, Black Beans

Dessert: Mexican Wedding cookies with Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream and Fudge | Fudge Brownie with Salted Mezcal Caramel, Coconut Bacon, and Orange Coconut Whipped Cream

Everything was fabulous, let me tell you, you won’t miss the meat or cheese!!! Their salsas, and cashew crema are kind of magical, and the flavor combinations don’t disappoint. The soup was on point, and the gordita may have been our favorite. I’m usually not a dessert person, but we were stunned by the Fudge Brownie with Salted Mezcal Caramel…out of this world. At $20 per person, you cant beat this deal. Dine LA ends This Sunday February 1st, so don’t miss out!

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Juice Cleanse (& a new category!)

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First Day of Our Green Juice Cleanse from Moon Juice

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So we decided to jump on the cleanse bandwagon this January. Why? First, living in LA now, there are literally hundreds of juiceries that do the work for you. It can be daunting to put together a wholesome cleanse program yourself, and after doing my research, I felt that the Juicery I go to most (Moon Juice-Venice location) was right on par with what I had in mind. They serve CCOF certified organic, cold pressed, medicinal juice each day which “keeps your metabolism going, your organs supported, and your brain active so you can be fully fed and functioning.” I’m down with that. Having done both the master cleanse, and 2 day intense liver cleanse a few times before, I knew that I wanted something more hearty this time, a cleanse that would feed my mind, body, soul. The green juice cleanse from Moon Juice is a super clean, sugar free cleanse that you can feel good about drinking. Each day of the Green Cleanse includes:

•4 Goodness Greens-Kale, dandelion, parsley, spinach, and celery
-This juice alkalizes, heals, stimulates, and lifts mood.

•2 Canyon Greens-Collards, rainbow chard, parsley, ginger, celery, and cucumber
-This juice nourishes bones, enhances blood, and boosts energy.

•1 Enzymatic Aloe Tonic-Aloe Vera and E3 Live Digestive Enzymes
-Promotes radiant, glowing beauty and happiness.

• 1 Moon Milk of choice (Hemp & Coconut, Hazelnut, or Pumpkin)
(We chose Hemp & Coconut) Hemp seeds, coconut meat, alkaline, mineralized, and oxygenated water, coconut nectar, vanilla bean, and pink salt
-This milk beautifies, balances the brain, and is high in complete protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

***Each day of the cleanse you flood your system with 20 lbs of certified organic, raw produce and nuts or seeds! Try eating all those veggies…it’s just not possible…enter, juice!

The second reason is that I am a veteran cleanser, and I truly believe that cleansing helps reset your entire body. Moon Juice says “Juice cleansing enables the body to naturally go into detox mode while flooding it with live nutrients and enzymes. We like to think of our Moon Juice Cleanses as a juice feast, a holiday for the body, the ultimate indulgence.” Read their concise, and informative “cleanse basics” here. After cleansing I notice an overall change in my body chemistry. The two things effects that I feel the most are, increased energy, and decreased cravings. With all of the junk I loaded my body with from spending the holidays in Mexico, I knew a cleanse was on the horizon, and I’m glad I took the plunge. We started our five day cleanse yesterday. Today is day two. I have a slight headache, and yes, I feel hungry, but it’s nothing  overpowering and I know I can handle it. The benefits will be worth it! Ill check back in a few days with an update…but for now, go get your cleanse on!

 

 

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O’Neill X Go for the Gusto

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My perfect day? The pictures pretty much sum it up. Making the most of a California summer, cruising down to Malibu. Walking the pier, watching surfers catch waves, delicious lunch at Malibu Farm Cafe, ending at the beach. Of course doing this all with someone I love. Sun, sand, and good tunes, are my ultimate relaxation and idea of perfection. On that note, I’m happy to partner with O’Neill on their Today Is Perfect campaign. If you were wondering where to get the dress pictured, head on over to O’Neill Women’s site. This flowy bohemian dress is so comfortable and totally perfect for a day at the beach. The best part? YOU can enter to win your perfect day courtesy of O’Neill! Here’s how:

Snap a picture of you and/ or whatever consists of your perfect day and then…

-Follow O’Neill on Instagram, post your picture with the hashtag #TodayIsPerfect, and tag O’Neill Women

-Like them on Facebook and upload your picture there under the “Today is Perfect” section

-Follow them on Twitter, and tweeet your photo with the #TodayIsPerfect hashtag

-Upload your picture to their website The winner will receive $5,000 courtesy of O’Neill to fulfill their dream day!

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Pool Blue

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Desert Wanderer Playsuit-Spell and the Gypsy Collective | California Kissin’-Benefit  |  Rebel Bikini-Boys and Arrows  | Braided Bracelet Set-Pura Vida  |  500ml Glass Water Bottle-BKR  |  Desert Wanderer Shorts-Spell and the Gypsy Collective  |  Ocean Tide and Sea Salt Jar Candle-Paddywax  |  Pool Blue Nail Polish-RGB  |  Acqua Slim Flip Flop-Havaianas

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Translucent, nunaces of aqua, seafoam, ocean. I’ve heard both “pool-green” and “pool-blue” but when diving in, blue is the shade that ultimately comes to mind. Pool blue is an interesting arena of color because it is inherently, always-changing. Reflection of light on undulating water causes hundreds of tonal shifts per minute… you never really know where the color is headed. A natural gradation which is art in itself.

 

Listen: California Sunset-Poolside

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Giveaway: SIN-MIN

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We’re stoked to announce a SIN-MIN giveaway this week! SIN-MIN is a yummy horchata “lipspread” that is both buttery in texture and cinnamony in flavor. This lipspread is made form beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E, secret horchata flavor extract, cinnamon, and honey..all the good stuff. AND its made right here in LA. The best part? Everything is organic! Awesome. All you have to do is leave a comment to enter, winners will be announced next week. Buena Suerte!

Find SIN-MIN @ Firefly on Abbot Kinney or The Golden State Store on Rose

***SIN-MIN cinnamon illustration, and pictures shown here by P. Witte

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We visited Erewhon Natural Foods Market in West Hollywood for some grocery shopping and lunch last week. The only thing I can describe it as being close to, is Peck Market in Milan…and we left obsessed. Erewhon sells only the “purest, ethically and sustainably produced foods, wellness and beauty products, and household items” most of which is packaged in glass jars, and has a pretty hip juice bar as well (you actually sit down and order shots/drinks that are juiced right in fornt of you). We sampled a few of their pre-made items from the deli and loved the cauliflower crunch salad, so we made sure to list the ingredients in order to recreate it at home. Here is our attempt…it’s pretty damn good!

Ingredients:

Cauliflower (1/2 head)
Kale (1/2 head)
Garbanzo Beans (1 cup)

1 cup diced each, of the following:

Yellow Bell Pepper
Orange Bell Pepper
Celery
Cucumber
Sweet Peas
Red Onion
Green Olives

Vinaigrette:

Olive Oil (1/3 cup)
Hemp Oil (1/4 cup)
Lemon Juice (1/3 cup)
Garlic-diced (6 toes)
Dijon Mustard (2 tsp)

 

Directions:

Wash and dice everything except garbanzo beans. Combine together in a large mixing bowl. In the mixing cup attachment of an immersion blender, combine all vinaigrette ingredients. Pulse together, then steadily blend, until creamy and frothy. Pour over vegetables and fold in to mix.

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I noticed this week that the three most plentiful things at the market (and at our house) were; tons of organic juicy strawberries (3 square containers for $10 at the farmers market), big bright yellow lemons, and two rosemary bushes in the courtyard, so naturally lemonade came to mind. The rosemary adds a beautiful herbal flavor and aroma to the drink, and makes it a bit more interesting than regular lemonade. Crushing the rosemary between a wooden board and wooden spoon is the secret, and slowly releases all of the oils into the beverage.

Ingredients:

Lemons (7 juiced/about one cup lemon juice)
Strawberries (fresh-3/4 cup sliced)
Rosemary
Agave (1/4 cup)

Directions:

Rinse strawberries and rosemary, put rosemary aside. Slice strawberries and drop into the bottom of whatever pitcher you have chosen. Juice lemons, by cutting each one in half, and inserting a fork into the center of each half, twisting as you juice (I find this is the easiest and juiciest way). Strain and discard seeds. Stir agave and lemon juice together, add to strawberries. Add in 5 cups water and gently stir. Place rosemary on your cutting board and with a wooden spoon, press down and roll. Push rosemary stems down into lemoande and serve.

**This beverage only gets better with time, overnight is even better

***Add some vodka or gin for a refreshing cocktail

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