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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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Giveaway: Mason Cold Brew

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It’s no secret. I LOVE COFFEE (love is an understatement), It’s really difficult for me to put into words my affinity for said caffeinated beverage. I’m excited to announce a giveaway in conjunction with Mason Coffee this week! When I  find something I love I stick with it, and Mason Cold Brew Coffee has become a favorite of mine. This refreshing coffee is the brainchild of Anna and Elijah Senn, born and brewed right here in the city of Angels. Mason Cold Brew is served in it’s namesake jar, making it recyclable and totally reusable.  Whats in it you ask? Only three ingredients; filtered water, light roasted Ethiopian coffee beans, and mint leaves/vanilla bean/or lavender buds, for their subsequent flavored cold brews. The beauty of this individually packaged cold brew? It’s lack of sweetener. I’m super picky about my coffee preferring it with just a hint of sweet, and I find most bottled coffee unplatably sugary, with an egregious amount of additives. Mason is simple, and allows you to customize your own cup (or jar) of coffee, and I appreciate that. Served at the likes of; Ashland and Hill, Make Out Everyday Cafe, Simons Market on Rose and more. Make the switch and taste the difference here. Comment below to win a sample pack of all the Mason flavors delivered right to your doorstep! Three winners will be chosen and notified on May 2nd. Good Luck!

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Natural Products Swap

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       I think that even a small change is a valiant effort in taking control of your own physical health. In this day and age where the emphasis is on easy/fast/cheap, health can often take a backseat to work, kids, social interaction…you name it. I don’t want to preach and by no means think I am a health expert, but most of my life has been spent in cities that  are probably the most health conscious environments in the country. Just by osmosis I feel like I’ve picked up so much information about new, healthier, products and techniques that can make a huge difference in your health and well being.  If a health overhaul seems daunting (and expensive), and you don’t know where to start, pick one thing and stick to it. You can slowly add less toxic products to your routine going forward. For example, three years ago I stopped using conventional, store bought, and completely TOXIC deodorant. I’ve probably tried most of the aisle of natural deodorants in Whole Foods, most of which had little to no effect for me personally, and I’ve heard time and time again from others, that they have felt the same way. After trying and tossing most of the natural deodorant sticks I bought, I tried the crystal. This product apparently has some sort of negative “hippie” stigma.  Every time one of my girl friends saw it in my travel bag, or if a guest saw it in my medicine cabinet, they would give me a strange look and comment on it saying something like “thats for crunchy granola eaters.” Well guess what people…IT WORKS, and I’ve found that in conjunction with a natural spray deodorant (the crystal needs a wetting agent, such as water) this miracle combo lasts all day. My absolute favorite spray deodorant is from Aesop and contains refreshing vetiver, which adds a double dose of protection.

Enough about deodorant. Facial cleansers and scrubs are another crucial part of the everyday routine. The objective for cleaning your face is to remove dirt, grime, pollution…not add to it! Most all grocery store brands have harsh chemicals and parabens that can add to problems like breakouts and damaged skin. I love using  organic brands like Eminence, but these products can add up and break the bank. Simple homemade face scrub can be used with just baking soda and water. This mixture is super alkaline and after using it for even a few days, you will notice a balance in your skin. Put a few tablespoons of baking soda in a small mason jar, and add a pour spot top for an easy dispenser. Add a few shakes to wet hands and scrub. Use twice a day for best results. Easy.

Anything you rub, brush, paint, or spray on your body goes INTO your body. I try and think about this beyond just the lotions and cleansers that I use. Fragrance can deliver a potent spritz of chemicals and preservatives which can in turn cause rashes and allergic reactions. I have super sensitive skin and have started using essential oils as fragrance almost exclusively. There are a few exceptions to this, my favorite being Le Labo. This company’s fragrances are completely organic and natural. The “fragrance life” of Le Labo is what may have made this company so popular. The oils in the perfume linger for days, and changes in a lovely way as the hours roll on. They have an awesome program where you can purchase samples that contain a few days worth of fragrance to make sure you love it before you take the plunge. These perfumes are pricey but a bottle will undoubtedly last you a year or longer…and the best part is  you don’t have to feel bad spraying it on your body!

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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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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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After the slew of shows we’ve been to lately (Blood Orange, Sbtrkt, Banks, Ivory Deville) I’ve realized there really is an art to concert going attire. Im not claiming to be an expert, but have been to enough to hold my own, and aim to share a few tips to make your experience easier. The main goal is comfort, body temperature control, easy access, and of course, style. The number one tip that I’ve found helpful is a small purse…messenger style. It sucks to be dancing around with a huge bag on your hip, and it’s not very considerate of your fellow show goers (I’m probably annoying enough being THAT GIRL who is dancing uncontrollably, hands over head for the entire night). This fringed Cleobella number does the trick, and the black leather totally overlaps into everday wear. While were on the subject of fringe, these suede Seychelles booties are comfortable enough to dance all night in, and at $150, they don’t break the bank. I’m loving a crop top layered over a body chain…thanks for that idea Bey. Add a 90’s inspired collar for an eclectic accessorized look. Pile on the rings, especially this set from House of Harlow, and to keep the pops of silver going finish with Nars metallic nail polish. Crimp-free hairties are a must for a ponytail option, plus they and add to wrist stacks when not in use. These python print ties that I found at Nordstrom are rad. As far as touchup essentials, go with what fits in your purse. A few key items like face refresher spray (try the mini size from MAC…they now have mini sized everything!!!), eyeliner, and the obligatory Sin-Min horchata lipspread (has a natural plumper which makes your lips full and soft) are minimal but keep you looking fresh.  When in doubt choose most anything with fringe or distressed detailing and you’ll be good to go.

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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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