VEGAN LIFE

Just kidding! I am definitely not a vegan and neither is CA. About a month ago my boyfriend decided we should be vegan for the day – that lasted all of 2 hours – and that’s because for 1.5 hours he wasn’t eating and after that he was eating pork AND chicken at a Mexican restaurant. Shout out to that vegan life. Fast forward to the past couple of weeks and he decided we try to do things a little differently – vegan dinners. And so we did. The verdict – we loved it, we were full, and we felt good. I wanted to share three of the vegan restaurants we went to, what we ordered and what we liked. I think it’s important to switch it up every once in a while – CA is an athlete by nature and his body is always on point regardless of what he eats (I know, so annoying) but it was still cool to try something new!

Check out the three restaurants below, what we ordered and what we liked the most!

SUNCAFE ORGANIC [STUDIO CITY]

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BBQ Cauliflower – pan seared cauliflower w/house BBQ sauce, ranch dressing,
pepitas, green onions & dill pickles, GF (YUM!)

Sheperd’s Pie – a rich stew of navy beans, potatoes, mushrooms, carrots & peas. Topped with dill & rosemary whipped potatoes & finished with fresh
herbs. Served with a mixed green side salad. GF

GRACIAS MADRE [WEST HOLLYWOOD]

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Grilled Street Corn – chipotle aioli, pumpkin seed parmesan, lemon (WE BOTH LOVED IT!)

Bowl Dos – braised lentils, peanut sauce, spinach, pico de gallo, coconut rice, pineapple salsa, pumpkin seeds, avocado

Enchiladas Verdes – tomatillo, zucchini, avocado, potato, cashew crema, black beans

BY CHLOE [SILVERLAKE]

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Avocado Pesto Pasta – avocado-cashew pesto, grape tomatoes, fresh basil, almond parm

Whiskey BBQ Burger – smoky Portobello mushrooms, seitan, sautéed kale, onion marmalade, grilled pineapple, bourbon bbq, potato bun (TOO GOOD!)

Mac N Cheese – sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce, skitake bacon, almond parm

 

THE VERDICT – WHISKEY BBQ BURGER WAS THE BEST! We’ve actually gone twice since then just to have that burger. Honestly, I am salivating thinking about it now.

Any vegan restaurant recommendations for us? XO.

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TWENTY GR(EIGHT)

LET ME START THIS OFF BY SAYING – Regardless of what I write about my birthday celebration two months ago, nothing I say will do it justice. SUCH an incredible birthday. The day started off with some shopping and Peet’s Coffee with my mom, gifts from my parents and a quick breakfast. My boyfriend then took me to Beverly Hills for the afternoon where he bought me my birthday gift. There are no words to describe how much my birthday gift from him means to me. Let me set up how my afternoon went…side note: I may leave out some personal details but I’ll do my best to share as much as possible.

During our drive to Beverly Hills I felt this sense of calm that I have never felt before. I loved my birthday outfit, my boyfriend looked perfect per usual, and the mood was so relaxed. We drove through Coldwater Canyon and chatted the whole way – I, of course, took some videos of us and he basically let me do whatever I wanted LOL. When we got to Beverly Hills we went straight into Cartier…he asked for someone by name and the next thing I knew, I was trying on the Cartier LOVE ring in pink gold. I remember sitting down with the sales associate as he put the ring on my finger – I was so excited for so many reasons. The Cartier LOVE collection is timeless and classic and I couldn’t believe I was getting my first piece. When he handed me the Cartier bag when we left the store I was TWIRLING around (I have boomerangs to prove it). I felt like I was on cloud nine. Something so special was given to me on a birthday that was SO VERY IMPORTANT for me. This year, 2017, has been the happiest year of my life. I have watched this year unfold in the most amazing way. Christian and I started dating in March and I found myself HEAD over HEELS in love with him within weeks. 8 months later – and here we were – more in love than ever. Getting this ring – an iconic piece of jewelry – was just icing on the cake for me. No material item could ever replace the feelings I have for him. This ring was a bonus. The Cartier LOVE collection is an iconic symbol of love that transgresses convention–it’s a timeless tribute to love–and here I was receiving my favorite gift I’ve ever received from my favorite person ever. I met Christian when I was 17 years old and 10+ years later he was putting a ring on my finger that I have yet to take off 2 months later. E P I C.

We spent the rest of the day shopping in Beverly Hills before dinner with my whole family. Before we came back to the valley, Christian took me to this overlook in Beverly Hills that still takes my breath away when I think about it. I look back at those photos and nothing comes close to standing over those views with him. Stunning.

My birthday dinner consisted of my parents, my brother, my sister in law, my cousin and her boyfriend, my aunt, my grandmother and Christian. Basically, my favorite people all at one table-with the exception of some missing cousins (JY and TA). I received the most beautiful gifts from each of them. It was almost as if everything had come full circle for me at dinner. I was surrounded by so much love at one of my favorite restaurants (JOEY WOODLAND HILLS) and I was having the best time talking to everyone and laughing the whole night—nothing else really mattered. There are no words to describe the way I went to sleep that night. I was absolutely blown away by my birthday–it will probably go down as one of the most memorable birthdays of my life– with my 5th birthday party as a close second LOL.

PS: Before my actual birthday, Christian took me to TAO and the Getty that weekend. TAO was SO much fun – the vibe was perfect and the food was even better. The Getty was epic: warm summer night, enjoying art and goofing around. I wouldn’t change my birthday weekend for the world.

Gifts and experiences aside- my 28th birthday was a game changer for me because it was the first time I’ve ever truly felt completely content with everything going on around me. I was content with who I was in that moment when I woke up on September 5th. Those moments, those feelings, and everything else that happened that day will go down as one of the best days of my life. And to think…there are so many more incredible days to come. MAGIC.

Pictures below! XO

BOSCIA BOSCIA BOSCIA – MY SKINVESTMENT

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I AM SO EXCITED to share my BOSCIA obsession with you all!

I am well aware that water, sleep and your diet play a HUGE role in how your skin looks and feels. For starters, I suck at drinking water – my best friend is always screaming at me to put on my seatbelt and DRINK MORE WATER (LOL oops)!

I find that drinking water is such a hassle when I am trying to work work work and not get up from my seat. NOW – with that being said – WATER IS CRUCIAL for your skin…especially if you’re drinking coffee the way that I do. I truly believe the only way to have good skin is with water (and good product…but I digress).

Next – SLEEP. Well, well, well – the good ol’ Zz’s! I have to say, I was sleeping really well for a while and then something shifted and my sleep patterns have been nothing short of LAUGHABLE. I am someone who truly values sleeping at 11 pm and waking up at 7 am LOL, I LITERALLY VALUE THIS. Yet for some reason I have not been able to sleep lately and it’s awful. I recommend a few things to get those Zz’s right – valerian root, melatonin, stress relief drops, lavender oil and white sage. Try them – tell me how you feel. I slept 6 hours and 43 minutes yesterday according to my Fitbit and that’s because I basically did all of the above. Go figure HA!

Last – DIET. I would love to tell you that I have a green juice in the morning, no sugar, and tons of protein throughout the day – but I’d be LYING. My day consists of 2-3 cups of coffee with nonfat, vanilla soy or unsweetened almond milk. I have sugar every single day. And I do not eat properly – the one thing I definitely do is have a salad basically every single day (lettuce, carrots, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, cucumber and a scoop of tuna)…but SUGAR. I am a caffeine and candy fiend. I find myself snacking on a Tootsie Pop before I snack on hummus and carrots. I live for a good piece of candy (let me digress once more and give you a quick list of my favorite candy –  Boston Baked Beans, Caramello, Twix, Dots, Sour Patch, Twizzlers – the list goes on and on).

Now, because I find myself not sleeping, drinking enough water or eating as well as I should – I RELY on good products. BOSCIA (pronounced boe-shuh) is where it’s at for me – it originates in cutting-edge, preservative-free Japanese skincare – it’s called boscia, for “botanical” + “science.” The main reason I fell in love with boscia is because the girl who told me about it had gorgeous skin and let me know that all their products were natural and had an expiration date. Do you drink milk after it expires? Me either. SOLD! Being able to know when my product is not at its best is crucial for me – boscia’s innovative formulas combine advanced technology with nature’s very best. They combine soothing botanicals + high-levels of active anti-aging ingredients to fight fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, sun damage & enlarged pores.

I wanted to share my 4 step process with you below. Please note that this is a morning/night time routine and it does not change. Have any of you tried boscia? Let me know! 🙂

STEP 1 – PURIFYING CLEANSING GEL

STEP 2 – SAKE HYDRATING AND BRIGHTENING ESSENCE

STEP 3 – TSUBAKI BEAUTY OIL

STEP 4 – SAKE BALM

I have linked everything above – feel free to click on each item to see the price and what each product is used for. XO!

DATE NIGHT. 1C, 2C, 3C, 4C.

I love a good date night. Quality time is so important to me. Quality time consists of many different things for me – a date at a new restaurant, a gym sesh and dinner at home, going to the driving range, a double date, a movie, wine and good conversation…you name it. Date night is mainly special because of the person I am going on these dates with…The one and only, CA. Granted, although we’ve only been dating for 6 months now…date nights have been consistent since day 1. Here’s some background on why I love our weekly date nights (The 4 C’s):

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  1. Consistency. We have date night – every week – on the same day – and it rarely changes. Because of that, no matter what’s going on in our lives and whether I am able to see him or not during the week, I know that date night is around the corner and we’ll have quality time soon enough.
  2. Checking in. Checking in is so important. I think sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in everything that’s going on in our lives – work, friends, birthdays, holidays, weekend plans. Our date night is for us. It’s a time for us to talk things out, temperature check, have fun, and even plan. Speaking of planning, who has a shared calendar with their S.O.? HIGHLY suggest it! 🙂dn1
  3. Commitment. One of the reasons why I love date night so much is because it shows a willingness to make the other person and your relationship a priority by setting aside special time. Really all I mean by that is – my boyfriend and I make sure that we don’t make plans on that day of the week with other people. Work engagements, friends, other obligations – those are set aside for the other 6 days of the week. It’s a great feeling to know that date nights are usually spent without our phones or our work emails.
  4. Communication. Scroll back to number 2. TIME TO CHECK IN. I’ve noticed that if there’s something a little heavier I want to talk about, I sometimes wait for date night. PAUSE – I know that could be a problem since date night is supposed to be fun, but hear me out! Communication is probably one of the top 3 reasons I truly appreciate the relationship I am in. My boyfriend is emotionally intelligent (AND VERY PATIENT) and takes time listen to whatever it is I have going on. With that being said, sometimes, it’s easier to talk something out over dinner…or while hitting a golf ball…or sipping on a glass of wine. 🙂 I know that interruptions will be few and far between during date night and having his undivided attention is critical when I am trying to communicate anything. Texting a long paragraph at midnight on a Tuesday while your S.O. is asleep won’t do much for you on Wednesday morning when he wakes up wondering WTH is up with you! LOL. In-person communication is key and I truly value the conversations we have – light, heavy, happy, fun, sad, etc.!

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Lastly, since a lot of times our date nights start/end at a restaurant…I thought I’d share some of my favorite restaurants that we’ve visited so far:

  1. Cafe Santorini
  2. Kravings
  3. Din Tai Fung
  4. Bacari
  5. Zinque
  6. The Little Door
  7. Republique
  8. Tao LA

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A few fun date night activities:

  • Driving range
  • Movies
  • Drinks
  • Dave & Busters
  • Bowling
  • Gym sesh + dinner
  • Cooking at home
  • Visiting a museum

Do you have a weekly/monthly date night? What do you usually do for date night? Suggestions are always welcome! XO.

THE WILL TO WIN

This weekend was exactly what I needed…I spent the whole weekend indoors and basically left the house just to get food. My poor boyfriend has been sick but I like to smother him so I sat in his house for three consecutive days while he was ill/in and out of sleeping/coughing/etc…You get it. He couldn’t do much and I really didn’t want to do much so we spent much needed time indoors doing a whole lot of nothing. It was SUCH a dream. LOL. We’re always doing SOMETHING…it’s the only time I’ve ever gotten him to sit still and do nothing. Some quick insight: Even when we’re laying out by the pool he has his laptop out doing work, or he’s going downstairs to get us boba or he’s playing with the dog…SIT DOWN. It was so nice to watch him relax…Sorry babe! 🙂

We watched lots of cool documentaries, some on interior design, algorithms, and even math (sounds boring but I PROMISE they were all interesting)…BUT MY FAVORITE ONE was the Tony Robbins Netflix documentary: I Am Not Your Guru. I’ve heard many people talk about it but I needed to see it for myself. Needless to say, I loved it. He talked about living a deeper life, being fulfilled and how to have more meaningful relationships. I don’t want to give too much away because I HIGHLY recommend everyone see it for themselves but I do want to share one thing from the documentary that stuck with me…

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Tony describes a life changing moment where he “felt the grace of God.” Sometimes things happen by chance or because you put it in motion, but MANY times, we fail to see where God’s grace could be the real reason certain things happen for us. Tony describes a poem that was given to him by a professor (I won’t go into detail as to how this poem changed his life) but it is a poem I now love and wanted to share with you!

Read below and HAPPY MONDAY!

PS- I am looking to buy a book by Tony Robbins and I’m unsure which one to choose! Any suggestions?!

The Will To Win Speech

By Vince Lombardi

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win
once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them
right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and
that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay,
and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl
game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has
been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win,
and to win.

Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the
ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of
him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got to
be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got
to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky
enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going
to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of
organization – an army, a political party or a business. The principles are
the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds
hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive
games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete.
To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to
win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.

And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run,
deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There
is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh
reality of head to head combat.

I don’t say these things because I believe in the “brute” nature of man or
that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe
in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the
greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has
worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of
battle – victorious.

MODERN FAMILY

Happy September! Last month my boyfriend and I had a wedding to attend in Utah. Plans changed last minute and he offered me a new trip – a trip to Palm Springs with my family. He knows how much I LOVE Palm Springs and I was genuinely excited. I am always impressed by his ability to take action quickly and change a situation from negative to positive! He told me that he’d put it together if I was able to get everyone on board so I immediately called my brother and then my parents (I waste no time). Once my brother and his fiancé were on board, I called my parents…EVERYONE LOVED THE IDEA! NEXT- We were onto the planning phase! Where were we going to stay?! Leave it to my brother and my boyfriend to find the COOLEST homes for us to choose from. SWOON.

There we were- a week out from family vacay #1! I was ecstatic. This was not only thoughtful on my boyfriend’s end but it was SUCH a GREAT break for me. I hadn’t been on a vacay in a while and I was excited to pack nothing but bikinis.

Next on my list – bikini shopping! I live for a good high waist so I immediately bought 3 bikinis online and rush delivered them 🙂 I honestly didn’t pack anything until the night before but I was so excited nonetheless. We were gone for three days and the vacation consisted of homemade breakfasts, dinners on the Palm Springs strip…and LOTS of sun. Here are just a couple of photos from the trip – I have so many more saved on my phone and many were shared on my instastories!

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I also wanted to share some photos of the modern home we stayed in. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Every space in that home was built from my dreams. Clean lines, concrete, and high ceilings. Dream aesthetic!

We played games of pool/Jenga, took lots of fun photos and ate REALLY good food! I can’t wait for the next family trip! XO

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SUMMER SOUNDS

Where did Summer go?

We’re about three weeks away from the Fall season and I wanted to share my favorite songs of the Summer. I love music – all music – and I thought I’d share my favorites from the last 3 months. I heard the VMAs we’re on last night? How did I miss that?!

This has been such an incredible Summer for me and I love having a soundtrack to my life…so thank you Spotify for keeping all of my playlists in order! I narrowed it down to 12 songs – and I love ALL of them. There are so many more songs (many personal ones that probably aren’t that popular, that I decided to keep off the list) but I am pretty sure everyone has heard these 12!

Click below to listen to my favorites of the season. XO

  1. Wild Thoughts
  2. Unforgettable
  3. Magnolia
  4. Despacito
  5. It Ain’t Me
  6. Crying in the Club
  7. First Day Out
  8. Redbone
  9. Signs
  10. Blem
  11. Mask Off
  12. LOVE

Feel free to share yours below 🙂

5 SUMMER READS!

SIX WEEKS LEFT OF SUMMER! I love this season, honestly, keep me in hot weather for the rest of my life. Sun worshiper over here! I wanted share some of my favorite books that are perfect for laying out under an umbrella and diving into. How often are you guys buying books? I just ordered a book on Amazon before I wrote this post. Honestly, I can’t help myself. Today happens to be National Book Lovers Day, so I thought I’d share five of my favorite summer reads at the moment. Check them out below.

HOW’S YOUR SOUL

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This is a book about being okay on the inside. It’s a book about being satisfied, stable, and healthy on a soul level. The author explores what it looks like to cultivate a healthy soul. This book takes you through the journey of realization where we come to terms with the fact that our soul’s only true home can be found in one person, God.

SWEETBITTER

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Details, details, details. This book is written so well. The way the author describes everything – using every sense – especially taste and smell…SO good! Sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, New York and a love triangle are all things you can expect to encounter in this book.

HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING

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Some great things you’ll learn in this book (haven’t yet finished it):

  1. How to eliminate fifty percent of business worries immediately.
  2. Avoid fatigue — and keep looking young.
  3. Add one hour a day to your waking life.
  4. Find yourself and be yourself.

I hope these four reasons alone are enough to have you order this book NOW.

HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE LEAD

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This mini book was given to me by mom a couple weeks ago. It’s a New York Times best seller, 150 pages long and truly breaks down what it means to take your influence to the next level. When she gave me this book the first thing I did was grab a pen and hit the nail salon! LOL. What better place to read and take notes? This book is broken down into 5 levels and each level is more important than the next!

THE UNTETHERED SOUL

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I will write about this book over and over again until all of you have it in your hand/on your bookshelf. The one question this book always comes back to is this: Who are you? Are you a partner in a relationship? Are you a collection of experiences that have shaped you? Are you a teacher? A student?

So many of these questions can be answered if you think outside of yourself and truly look at yourself as an individual being with many experiences that have shaped you up until this very moment. When you think of who you are what you believe in, you become more in tune with who you are meant to be. A MUST READ.

 

If you have any questions regarding any of these books or others that I have blogged about, message me or comment below! XO.

 

AUGUST MUST HAVES

HAPPY AUGUST! You may have noticed I only blogged once last month. HECTIC month to say the least! Super excited to start this brand new month in a good headspace. I can’t believe we’re starting MONTH 8 OF 2017! Where has the time gone? I can’t even begin to explain how incredible 2017 has been for me, the best year of my life…but that’s for a different blog post! 🙂

Check out my August Must Haves below!

MMM DYPTIQUE!

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This is an every month must have. I understand it’s a little expensive but I LIVE for the scent!

HELLO GUCCI.

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I just can’t get over Gucci’s rebrand of the new GG logo. I honestly would take this bag in any color but how PRETTY is this mystic white Marmont?

MULE LOVE IT!

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I am a sucker for a good mule. I love this rose gold color too. They tie up any outfit and they’re acceptable for work 🙂

BODY CON.

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I. LOVE. BODY. CON. ANYTHING. I just think there’s nothing better than a girl who’s Body Con(fident) enough to show off all those curves! I love the Leith brand and happened to wear a Leith dress last year on my birthday.

ELIZABETH AND JAMES FTW!

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I’m obsessed with bags. I had this bag in my hand recently while my boyfriend took me shopping and I put it down last minute. Sometimes I regret those decisions LOL. I am super indecisive when it comes to fashion though…I’ll live. How great is this color?

ONE MORE TIME, WE GUCCI!

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I love a good espadrille. And obviously, at this point, we all know I LOVE Gucci.

 

Once again, happy August! I hope something REALLY exciting happens for each and every one of you this month. Enjoy the last full month of Summer! 🙂 XO

WHITE ON WHITE ON WHITE

CURRENT OBSESSION: ALL THINGS WHITE.

Maybe it’s the weather? The season? MAYBE it’s my bright white nails as I type. Lately, I have been obsessed with all things white. YSL, Balenciaga, Gucci…just some of the best designer brands coming out with bright white handbags just in time for the summer. I picked 5 of my favorites to share with you. Click below! Happy July! 🙂

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GUCCI

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CHLOE

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BALENCIAGA

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VICTORIA BECKHAM

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