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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Perfect Pants; Flynn Skye.


I have to say, I've really gotten quite good lately about just hitting delete to really amazing email offers that I've destructively put myself on the mailing list for. Like Spiritual Gangster and your 25% off every other day of the week plus brand new sale items...you can spiritually suck it.

This morning though, as I was checking my work emails and shuffling through $10 dollars off if I spend $1,000 and all of my dignity or more enticements, I came across one that I couldn't not click on.

And it wasn't because I didn't have my coffee aka willpower and ability to function, I had a cashew milk latte in hand - what I call armed and ready.

One of my favorite boho brands Flynn Skye, designed in Venice, CA by the beautiful Amber Farr, is giving away a pair of Perfect Pants if you spend $250 or more. Super dope, I know.

And, if you know anything about Flynn Skye, you know how easy peasy it is to spend $250 in one quick swoop. Even amateurs to the hippie chic world of online shopping can do it.

Here's how...





By the way, one of the things that I absolutely love about Flynn Skye are all of the gorgeous prints. Every style comes in multiple, so don't say I didn't warn you if you end up with 5 different pieces of each style just because you absolutely had to have florals, pinstripes, and "morning latte" - just for the name, of course.

RE: Perfect Pants, you'll be prompted to select your size when you click "checkout" on the shopping cart page...it's that easy! This promo ends May 10th, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST, so get on it today because the offer will only be rollin' out while supplies last.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Simple Superfood Soup for the Soul.


I absolutely love soup, but I'm disgustingly picky about where it comes from.

No cans, no soggy noodles or rice fillers, no unnecessary sodium, no preservatives, and hold the rest of the sh*tty ingredients...please and thank you.

Whole Foods was even getting lame for awhile because their freshly made soups without dairy or meat were limited and they kept running out of the overpriced raw soups in a bag in the refrigerated section - for what reason they were flying off the shelves I don't know, because the beet gazpacho sucked.

Anyway, fed up and clearly hangry, I decided to drag myself into the kitchen and make some awesome soup for myself.

I was delighted to find it A. super freaking easy, and B. ridiculously cheap.

But then again, anything was cheaper than the $11.99 8-oz pouch of raw vegetable guts.

I then experimented with thousands of soup recipes, I was seriously addicted to my new soup making hobby. I didn't even care that it was 80 degrees outside, I was effing stoked.

Don't worry, I'll share lots of them with you, but one of my favorites is a really simple yellow squash and avocado soup. It's (somewhat) satisfying and the flavor is super tasty. I tried out this recipe when I didn't have any onions or garlic in the house - flavor staples for a decent soup - and was surprised that it actually tasted incredible.

Oh, and it's incredibly balanced if you're into ayurveda.

Here's my simple superfood soup for the soul...

Yellow Squash and Avocado Soup

Yellow Squash and Avocado Soup

Ingredients:

1 yellow squash
1 small zucchini
1 yellow pepper
1 avocado
2 cups vegetable stock
2 tbs raw hempseeds
A twist or two of ground Pink Himalayan salt 

Directions:

1. Pour the vegetable stock into a pot on the stove and turn up the burner to a saucy medium heat.

2. While your stock enjoys a nice jacuzzi, chop up your squash and zucchini in large chunks with the (washed and organic) skin on. The chunks should be too thick to want to dip into a really yummy hummus, but smaller than an annoyingly big piece of awkward sushi. 

3. Chuck your chunks into the pot of stock and cover with a lid. Let it simmer and steam for only a couple of minutes while you half and pit an avocado. While you're at it, half and core your yellow pepper. Do not toss this into the pot unless you suck at following directions and already did. No one will notice, but the raw yellow pepper gives the soup a nice crunch and the raw enzymes don't hurt either.

4. Turn off the stove and get out your Vitamix or blender of choice. A food processor works too, but I honestly don't understand why anyone still uses those...they're such an effing pain to take apart and clean...but that's just me.

5. Carefully (sh*its still hot and steam loves to travel to the delicate skin of inner wrists) pour the contents of your pot into your blending appliance and throw in half of the avocado and half of the yellow pepper.

6. Blend it, baby. But, not too much...you don't want actual baby food consistency. 

7. Pay attention to your soup when you take the lid off your blender, not because anything is alive and is going to go flying (hopefully), but because a super cool steam is going to transcend from your brew and it looks pretty rad.

8. Pour your soup into a bowl and top with some of the remaining avocado and yellow pepper - slice it into strips and get all artsy with it, this is the key step to making your simple soup sit pretty.

9. For added effect, and a little plant based protein, sprinkle some raw hempseeds on top. I also like a quick twist of ground Pink Himalayan salt for flavor.

10. Dig in while it's hot or refrigerate for a chilled summer soup.

Servings:

This simple superfood soup recipe serves up enough for two souls...but you'll probably want a sandwich in an hour. Just saying.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Best Damn Mat; Manduka.



The beauty of yoga is it can be practiced anywhere, anytime, and on anything.

I love doing yoga in a highly energetic heated studio space, on the beach with my toes in the sand, high up on a mountain top overlooking the world...

But, I also regularly get in my yoga resting in corpse pose early am in between aggressively hitting the snooze button, deep breathing mental chatter (okay, road rage...) away while stuck in traffic on the 5, and occasionally striking a dancer's pose in the produce section of Whole Foods while I wait for my veggies to be juiced.

Point being, your yoga is always with you. Rad, right?

If you happen to find yourself practicing yoga on a mat however, I'm going to tell you right now about the best damn mat. Story time, readers.


Manduka was founded by architect turned yogi, Peter Sterios, who in the late 90's, designed a black mat that completely revolutionized his yoga practice. On the simple idea that a better yoga mat could make a world of difference, and the combination of firm grip and complete support, Manduka mats and yoga accessories are crafted using simple, enduring, natural, and whenever possible, renewable materials and a fine attention to detail. Built by and for yoga teachers and their students, Manduka is authentically "for your practice and for our world."

Badass, I know.

Also, Manduka is committed to eco-responsibility and is super mindful of every decision made in the manufacturing process. They support fair labor practices and toxic-free emission facilities, and minimize impact on the environment by designing mats to last a lifetime with biodegradable rubber sustainably harvested from rubber trees with no toxic glues. Which, and I can't stress enough, is so incredibly huge.

Who wants to be practicing on a mat built from bad karma and toxins? I certainly don't.

Manduka pledges to protect and honor our earth and its beings. Namaste, homie.



P.S. Right now Manduka is having a super killer sweepstakes going on every day until March 6, 2015, where you have the opportunity to enter once a day to win a free eKO Mat a day. I'm convinced at least one of my readers is going to win, so enter away to win the best damn mat.



Manduka

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blog Snagged; Nut Butter Truffles, I Dig.


So I recently chopped off my hair again. And when I say recently, I mean like a day ago. This time, my locks (or lack thereof) coming up higher on my neck than a lot of the guys I've dated with manbuns. Liberating, I know.

For some reason, having short hair allows me to think clearer, be more direct in my communications, and feel freer in my physical body. Sh*ts dope. Don't be terrified of shedding the initial energy trapped in your hair, it will grow back, Mother Nature's promise.

Speaking of directness, I woke up this morning wanting one specific thing for breakfast. Most specifically, a side to my black coffee. 

I woke up craving these orgasmic nut butter truffles I saw posted on the Free People Blog (a resource for everything great and more) the other day. They're 1. easy, 2. paleo, 3. vegan, 4. gluten free, and 5. totally indulgent. Right up anyones' alley.

I made the Sunflower-Cinnamon truffles this morning because I love cinnamon and I felt like sunflowers were a really beautiful way to start the morning, but next time I do this I think I'll attempt to make all three for an assortment and package extras up for loved ones.


Here's the breakdown...

1. Ya start with a base. That's right, a base, no treble. Cringe.

Base: 1/3 cup nut or seed butter (almond, cashew, sunflower, etc.) combined with 1/4 cup coconut butter. Mix butters in a bowl and microwave for about 15 seconds, stirring again after to make sure both butters are melted together in a lovely buttery marriage.

2. Toast your toppings (choose from below, #3 options).

Toast: Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread nuts or coconut out on the parchment and toast for 5 to 10 minutes, shaking it up often so your crunch doesn't burn.

3. Now for the fun...three balls of lust to choose from.


Coco-Hazelnut: 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1-2 tbsp cacao or coco powder, 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts.

Combine vanilla and cacao with the nut butter blend and mix thoroughly. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool until hardened. Remove the blend from the fridge and scoop out by the teaspoon, rolling each scoop quickly into a ball. These tend to melt easily with the warmth of your hands, so it's important to work fast. Roll each ball in toasted hazelnuts and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Coconut-Almond: 1 tsp pure almond extract, 1/4 cup almond silvers, 1/2 cup finely-shredded unsweetened toasted coconut.

Mix the almond extract and almond slivers together with the nut butter blend. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool until hardened. Remove the mix from the fridge and scoop out by the teaspoon, rolling each scoop quickly into a ball. Roll each ball in the toasted coconut and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Sunflower-Cinnamon: 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds.

Mix the vanilla and cinnamon together with the nut butter blend. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool until hardened. Remove the mix from the fridge and scoop out by the teaspoon, rolling each scoop quickly into a ball. Roll each ball in the sunflower seeds and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I Tackle Weeds Just So The Moon Buggers Nibble; Rainy Sundays.

Alt-J - Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)

Those of you who know me, know that I walk to the beat of Alt-J's drum on a daily basis. This music resonates in my soul so much, I feel it from the tips of my toes all the way to my crown. I dig it.

On rainy days like today, I love to hunker up in my room in my fuzzy vegan muckluks with a cup of tea and purge my closet, paint, practice inversions, write some sweet poetry, cleanse my crystals, binge on pinterest, you know, the usu.

I pretty much ignore all life and inspire for the week ahead. It's blissful.

Here's to holing up with inspiration...


Moon metallic body paint. So cool.


A wedding dress I actually wouldn't hate to wear.


She's so rad. I want to be her friend.


Actually, I think I just dig the septum ring and the vamp lips.


Maybe just the septum ring? Yes/no?


Ok, I'll start faux. Just ordered these three from Etsy.


Fun sh*t.


Want to make this for my room using crystals.


Ya, right?


Yum.


Double yum.


I wonder how all of the bearded men are going to look once beards go out of style and they all are forced to shave.


Eh. I think they'll be just fine.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Clean Whole30 Meal An Idiot Could Make In Their Sleep; Sautéed Kale with Hempseed and an Avocado Poached Egg.


Lately you guys have been giving me a really huge head by complimenting me on my insta-filtered cooking masterpieces, and while I appreciate it, I have to have an honest moment.

I am not a culinary genius. At all.

I'm actually super lazy, picky when it comes to ingredients I like to use, and get super ADD if I have to make something that takes longer than an episode on HBO pantry to plate.

That being said however, the sh*t I whip up for myself is borderline phenomenal and literally is so easy that an idiot could make it in their sleep.

All it took was a little effing practice. That's my secret.

A couple of years ago my culinary claim to fame was making a reservation. I was blessed with boyfriends who were incredible cooks, so naturally I was left tending to the coffee (I'm an excellent milk frother, btw), and opening up wine bottles (depending on the meal, of course). 

One of my exs made the best freaking eggs, to this day, I have ever tasted. Sauteéing the little bell peppers, whipping up yolks into fluffy little clouds, melting cheese to perfection. I don't know how he did it. Another was a boy who could barbecue a mean one, his marinades were downright out of this world, I'm pretty sure he was a Chilean chili pepper gatherer or hippie herbalist in a previous life. And let's not forget the badass baker I was pretty into for the sole reason that he made better cookies than my grandma. He was a keeper for a good hot second, at least until I needed to start zipping up my pants again.

Anyway, after these talented morsels of men came and went, I decided to start cooking for my own. Let me tell you, dear reader, it was touch and go there for awhile. But, after doing the time, I started to get freakin' good. Practice is an extraordinary thing that many people take for a load of crap.

So if you're a certified retard in the kitchen, take a little time and concentrate. Don't be an a**hole and give up. You're better than that. You can so do this. If I can, you sure as sh*t can.

Generally when I cook for myself I eat either raw, vegan, or follow the Whole30 meal guidelines. I like to keep it clean so that when I do actually go out, I can have whatever the hell I want. And, unless of course I'm cooking for someone else and trying to show off, I keep it easy peasy.

Here is a clean Whole30 meal I whipped up today that an idiot could make in their sleep, try it out...

Sautéed Kale with Hempseed and an Avocado Poached Egg

Sautéed Kale with Hempseed and an Avocado Poached Egg

Ingredients:

1 aggressive handful of kale
1 tbs cold-pressed coconut oil
2 tbs raw hempseeds
1 scallion (if you don't know what this is, don't assume, google it)
1/2 a fresh avocado
1 egg
A pretty pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 or 400 degrees if you're an impatient betch, like me. 

2. Take the seed out of the avocado and scoop a little of the avocado out from around it to have a large enough hole to crack your egg into. Eat the extra avo, feed it to your dog, whatever. Place the scooped avocado half onto a baking tray, lined with foil or parchment paper, you don't need any oil.

3. Crack your egg into the avocado hole. If it overflows, just be grateful that the spillage is saving you a couple extra calories, then shove the tray into the oven. 

4. Set the timer for about 10 minutes, but keep an eye on it for sure. Everything cooks differently and honestly, I never use a timer, so I'm just guesstimating here.

5. While your avo bakes, heat up a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan, and once it gets warm and liquifies fully, toss in a chopped scallion (I hope you googled this if you were unsure) and your aggressive handful of kale, maybe two if you're feeling frisky and want to up your greens.

6. Sauté that sh*t away on medium heat. You'll know it's done when you get the most beautiful hunter green color out of your kale. It shouldn't take more than 2.5 minutes. If it's taking forever, crank the heat up, your avocado is almost ready.

7. Plate your sautéed kale and sprinkle with 2 tbs raw hempseeds. This not only adds protein, but also gives your greens a great texture dimension should you choose to Instagram it.

8. By now the egg in your avocado should be completely poached. If it's not, keep watching it until it is and adjust heat as necessary. Once it looks delicious and like something you'd enjoy eating, take it out and carefully place it next to the kale - the skin of the avocado gets super hot!

9. Sprinkle a little pink Himalayan salt over your egg and kale if you wish. I personally like salt, so sue me.

10. Eat up and be proud! You just made a killer healthy meal for yourself that looks super impressive, has ridiculous amounts of nutrition in it, and drumroll please...tastes bomb. Enjoy!

Servings:

This clean Whole30 Meal an idiot could make in their sleep serves one hungry chomper.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

7 Reasons Why I'm Starting My New Year In Savasana.


Year after year I have rung in the New Year freezing cold, in too tight of an Herve Leger dress, teetering on brand new sequin shoes that I would never wear again for the sole reason that they were so painful they made all of my toes go numb, and lightheaded from overpriced champagne running through my veins that a 'nurturing' boyfriend of the hot second would provide for me so that I didn't have a total effing b*tch fit.


What a way to welcome in the New Year - not.

New Years Eve was always amateur hour that I got dragged out to participate in, but it subsequently ended up dragging along bad vibes into my New Year as well. No thanks.

That is why this year I am down doggin' my way into the New Year.

Here's 7 Reasons Why I'm Starting My New Year In Savasana:


1. Sweet, sweet savasana. Foremost, let's define savasana and what will fundamentally be going down. Basically, starting the New Year off in savasana means that I will be posing like a corpse, flat on my back, allowing my body a chance to regroup and reset itself, rejuvenating body, mind, and spirit. This is somewhat of an enlightened nap time, so to speak. What better way to start a new beginning than with a conscious, peaceful mind and a balanced body?


2. It's a requirement to be barefoot. That's right. I am yogi-policy required to kick off my tacky "but, they're so NYE appropriate...Daffodile Strass Louboutins for the utter bliss of a barenaked foot times two. 

Sidenote: I swear, those shoes were close to ending my last relationship a New Years Eve ago. They're so painful that I just about stomped a bloody massacre inside of the restaurant when I had to slip my shoes back on (extra credit reading: Linen Tablecloths; A Girl's Best Kept Secret.) to stand up for the champagne toast, which would have obviously all been my (now ex) boyfriend's fault. Naturally.


3. I get to wear spandex. And not the type of constricting Herve Leger spandex that has just about as much stretch as a piece of duct tape mummify-ably wrapped around your body in a contortionist form. Yoga-ing my way into New Year wearing the stretchiest of spandex actually allows me to have carbs weeks prior without punishment of a popping seam. Sugar cookie me.


4. I don't have to worry about Sloppy Sally's getting all up in my space. At my yoga studio we have respectful marks in the room for guiding mat placement and in return, receiving the most use out of the space. Upon entering the room, all you have to do is find an open slot, throw down your mat (I mean, quietly place...), and pop a squat. This is now your personal real estate for the entirety of the class. I highly recommend that nightclubs invest in this concept. Even the most secure of bottle service doesn't keep the basic betches from wandering through.


5. Actually, I don't have to worry about Sloppy Sally's period. Unless you're drunk off kombucha, which come on Lindsay Lohan, pull it together, it's like 0.5 percent alcohol tops if you're lucky, you most likely will not be coming into a hot power flow class white-girl wasted. 


6. I will be hangover free. Since I won't be in velociraptor-style heels, picking fights with my boring boyfriend, and dodging Sloppy Sally's wanting to festively cheers their vodka cran to my cocktail dress, I will have absolutely no use for hate drinking the night away. Peace out Dom-induced destructive hangover, you're so last year.


7. I will be able to start the New Year with the best of intentions, among beautiful souls, in the best of space (both physically and mindfully), with only positive treasures - not attachments a.k.a. stage 5 clingers -   that I choose to carry with me into the New Year.

Namaste.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cheers-ing With Malahat Spirits Co.


'Tis the season to get boozy and deck the bars with rum!

There is seriously nothing I love more than a tasty handcrafted rum, and in particular, a handcrafted San Diego rum. And dear reader, when I say a handcrafted San Diego rum, what I really mean is three rugged San Diego men working on my booze with their hands. I know, super hot. 

Let me introduce to you Malahat Spirits Co., who behind it are three crafty friends that sought out extraordinary ingredients, combined with traditional techniques (they're literally chopping up ginger and crushing vanilla beans by hand) and a flare of innovative experimentation, to create handcrafted spirits, made in small batches, entirely from scratch.

"We are proud of every drop and
will only produce what we love to drink ourselves."


Not only are the guys who founded Malahat Spirits Co. ridiculously cool, but the history behind the company's name and vision is also really interesting. The Malahat was actually a five masted schooner that sailed down the West Coast during Prohibition, carrying over 60,000 cases of spirits at times and delivering more contraband liquor than any other ship in the Pacific. This boat was a bossy little betch. She would anchor off the coast of Southern California and deliver her spirits to rum runners who would take the precious cargo to awaiting patrons onshore. Badass, right? 

To make a fascinating story remarkably short, if you drank your liquor in San Diego during Prohibition, chances are your booze came from the Malahat, also known as The Queen of Rum Row.


But most importantly, check out what Malahat Spirits Co. is bringing ashore right now...



Spiced Rum

Personally, I'm known to spike the cider during the holidays (come on, someone's got to do it!) and there is no better rum to do the job than Malahat's. Slip a little bit of spiced spirit into the Dutch Oven and watch that bad betch brew, it's delicious. While you wait, enjoy a nice crystal tumbler of the Ginger Rum to cleanse your palette.

If you want to liven up the night even more, why don't you invite dear Jean Harlow to the party.

How to resurrect Jean Harlow in her best form in under 1 minute:

Ingredients:

2 ounces rum
2 ounces sweet vermouth
Lemon peel for garnish

Directions:

Pour the rum and vermouth into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, shake that bad boy something feisty, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with the lemon peel.

Cheers!

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