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Ever notice that when you look good you feel good? Conversely, The same is true. When you feel good, you look good. It’s a healthy cycle that feels amazing when you’re in a good rhythm, but that’s easier said than done.  I’m always more motivated to get in the gym/run outside/do yoga (and such public exercises) when I’ve got gear that fits well, and looks cool. Naturally, I choose mostly black, because when investing in more expensive workout clothes, I like to think that the more basic, the more versatile they will be. Black leggings will go with everything, and are obviously more flattering. A neutral bra with a cute print is the same. I’m averse to the neon/reflective and totally nauseating workout clothes making a comeback, because the last thing I want to do is stick out like a traffic sign in the middle of the gym. If you’ve ever made the long walk from the cardio room through the weights to the locker room, you know your tight-ass pants can leave you feeling like, for lack of a better term, a piece of meat. I’m not trying to call attention to myself at the gym in LA, where that walk feels more like the last judgement…I’m keeping things on the DL. My last tip is that it’s important to purchase pieces that that translate from gym to everyday outings, and ones that can be used for other activities besides sports. In So-Cal, its completely appropriate to wear a cute pair of cut out leggings (shown above), with a nicer comfy tee and cute bralette, outside of the gym. Add an oversized tote that doubles as a grocery bag and you’re set. It’s comfy-chic, and looks effortless…because it was. 

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Indigo Dreams

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Lace Romper | Sacred Stacked Necklace | Jennie Tee | Levis C&T Jean

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It was such a blast shooting with Free People for the Indigo Shop a few weeks back. A dreamy Malibu at sunset was a picturesque backdrop for the tonal blue/denim/neutral pieces. The amazing Amanda Julca captured the scenes beautifully, utilizing the sea spray and naturally occurring orbs of light that helped grasp the feeling of that moment, and freeze them in a photograph. I felt honored to have been included in a shoot showcasing the natural beauty of my new home here in Southern California, not to mention with a company whom I’ve loved for years. After the shoot was done, I paused a moment  to take in the sunset and be quiet for a bit. I got little emotional while I internalized that I was in a place I’ve always wanted to be, and a part of something truly creative (not to mention fully powered by a team of incredible Women). It was a day that allowed me to acknowledge and appreciate that I’m on the right path, and that there are a few angels up there steering me in the right direction.

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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 Recap

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 Moon Juice | Moon Milk | Moon Juice Pantry | Zenbunni Chocolate

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Ok so it’s been two days since we finished “the cleanse,” and I’m feeling pretty damn good. I feel LIGHT. I’m energized. I feel like I’ve completed a goal, so if nothing else it’s boosted my self-confidence lol. But really, my body has had five days to reset itself, and it shows, but before we get down to results, I’ll give you the rundown of each day. Day one was well, not amazing. On the first day you’re coming to terms with the fact that you wont be eating for the next five days, so it’s really the most mental day. You’re coming down off the holidays, which is like the heroin of drugs am I right? You have to switch off your brain a little, stop looking in the fridge, and god forbid read the new issue of Bon Appetit. It’s time to be quiet. Read, drink tea, sit in the sun, contemplate, and internalize WHY you are really doing this. It’s going to help your body, it’s going to reset your metabolism, and it’s the mecca of willpower tests. Day two rolls around..Alright! We made it through one day, four more to go. This day isn’t fun. It’s hard. You might have a headache (which is totally normal), you may feel cold, and yes, you’re hungry, but you make it through. Day two and three are definitely the hardest. It’s day three…you are HANGRY. All of your wildest inner fat child cravings emerge. Pasta, pizza, something with a creamy dressing, oh maybe some sugar (remember this cleanse is basically sugar-free), and COFFEE. Give me my coffee. I always crave coffee the most on a cleanse. Let me tell you, if you can make it through three days of any cleanse, you can make it to 10 on the master-cleanse. THE FIRST THREE DAYS SUCK. But you know what? It’s all down hill from there. Day four-alright! You can do this. Feeling pretty good that you’re over the hump. Only today and tomorrow. Headache is gone, and your mind is clearing from the fog. Day five…success! So the results: I feel no bloat. Like I said, I feel lighter, I haven’t weighed myself, but everything feels just a little looser. Under eye circles, where have they gone?? Skin looks preeeeety good! One thing that was new for me on this cleanse was my nails. My nails have no more transparent spots where the white begans. They are white and feel STRONG. This must have been from all the chard and kale we drank. 20 lbs of veggies and nuts a day…that adds up to a total of 100 lbs for the entire cleanse. No wonder I’m feeling like super woman. SO,  now that its over, we’ve been really successful in not gorging ourselves on whatever we were dreaming about mid-cleanse. We made a huge pot of veggie soup, and have lots of things  to snack on around the house (organic peanut butter, nuts, rice cakes, apples). We are continuing the “dry-January” thing as well, so no wine here. I also really advocate for drinking a ton of tea. Green, Kukicha (really savory and satisfying), and Yogi Detox tea are some of my faves. I usually drink them without any added sweetener, but sometimes at night if Im craving dessert, I’ll add honey and coconut creamer. I have to say, I enjoyed Moon Juice’s green cleanse regimen, and I’ve loved Moon Juice since we moved to Venice. They have so many other juices, snacks, and pantry items that keep me coming back for more. I definitely recommend this to anyone, and if you aren’t in LA, then create your own juice cleanse regimen, its the best 5 days you can give your body.

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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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Mexico Essentials

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Reversible Bikini Top-Mara Hoffman | Pom Pom Shorts-Vintage | Weekender-Stela 9 | Travel Soap Collection c/o Not Soap Radio | Horchata Lip Balm-SIN-MIN | Gold Aviator Sunglasses-Ray Ban

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Vamanos! We’re off  to Mexico for a white SAND Christmas. Although I’ll have to admit I am a little sad to be missing my hometown festivities, I’m stoked to hang with the fam and drink a margarita (or two, or three). We’re Mexico fanatics, and usually venture to Isla Mujeres, or Baja, but opted for Playa Del Carmen this year. I’ve never been to this part of Quintana Roo, and plan to visit a couple of cenotes, dine at a few choice restaurants recommended by friends, take a day trip to Cozumel, and dance 2014 away on the beach with Odeza in Tulum. Above are a few of the essentials Im taking along…Note I will not be checking a bag and we’re staying 8 nights (bikinis don’t take up much room).  I’m temporarily retiring the pink weekender that my Dad gave me about 15 years ago. It’s been all around the world with me (like seriously everywhere…even Nepal), but it’s a little, uh, tired looking. I’ll never throw it away but decided it was finally time for an upgrade, and this rad Stela 9 embroidered beauty was the one. When you know, you know. When I saw this Mara Hoffman Bikini at Principessa in Venice it was love at first sight, and the fact that it’s reversible to black helped solidify the decision. Thrifed pom pom shorts are perfect, and fun to be paired with most anything either casual or dressy. SIN-MIN, my fave chapstick, because it’s the bomb, and its horchata…fitting. Not Soap Radio travel bath gels are fun, portable, and smell insanely good. Not to mention there’s one for everyone in the fam. Sunnies and PASSPORT! Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo mis amigos…Adios!

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Snack Swap

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It’s Monday morning again and the question arises “What snacks do I bring for the work week ahead?” Do your body a favor and skip the soda and candy all together. There are so many yummy options to snack on that are healthier than their calorie filled counterparts. I’ve been loving Kevita’s sparkling probiotic drinks. If you aren’t a fan of kombucha, try this. I’ve found they are much lighter in flavor and have little to no sediment or weird pieces of “mother” (the source of fermentation for kombucha). At only 10 calories a bottle bc they use Stevia, you won’t be drinking your whole days worth of calories either (Im looking at you frappucinno). The coconut lime mojito and lemon cayenne are my two fave flavors. As for chips, try some Red Hot Blues, organic blue corn chips with a light dusting of cayenne, way better than Doritos. Sorry, I said it. Im also a fan of Kind Bars, especially the almond coconut flavor which tastes almost identical to an Almond Joy, and some Pirates Booty, a great option for a snack swap from Cheetos. As regulars at Cafe Gratitude Im surprised we didnt know about the “I am Cool” milkshake. It’s their version of a mint chocolate chip milkshake…and it TASTES BETTER!!! The “shake” is made with cashew coconut ice cream, fresh mint, Vitamineral Green powder, and raw cacao nibs. It’s seriously delicious.

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Case of the Mondays

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Everything here explains what I would like today. Coffee, minimalism, comfy shoes, blogging, candles, sushi. Alas, I am a working girl now, and its Monday…so thats a no-go. The good news? Vacation is on the horizon…I leave for a week in Colorado this Saturday. Summer Red Rocks shows are calling my name. Flume, Cut Copy Chromeo=dancing all night. I just have to get through this week. Stay tuned for updates…

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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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