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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Morning (Un) Routine; How I Became An Accidental Type 'A' Meal Prepper.


Routine is the death of me.

My body physically refuses to comply and my mind has already left the building. Just the very thought of a routine makes me shake and develop hives and my feet swell so much that they can't even be shoved in a pair of Louboutins two European sizes too large.

I kid, I kid. But...seriously.

Routine sucks. At least for those with a routinephobia like myself. Some of you brilliantly obsessively controlling type 'A' friends and family of mine have routine down to a capital T. Which is so cool and admirable. But, I just don't dig it.

If you're under the impression that those without a routine never get up in the morning, you're wrong.

On Mondays, I rise and shine at 5 am for a hot yoga class so I have enough time to shower and green juice it out in my kitchen before I have to head into work at the office by 7:30 am.

Sometimes though (often times, speaking after a night that a bottle of wine was opened and shared), I sleep in until 7:30 am, leave the house at 7:45 am, get to Starbucks just in time for a grande iced Kenya coffee, no room, and hurry into the office by 8 am with an obscenely messy bun and only a pout of lip stain.


Yesterday morning however, I made a change. A completely un-routine change. A change for the better. I accidentally decided to make a huge batch of steel cut oats. For the record, "accidentally decided" is code for "measured incorrectly because my coffee wasn't ready yet."

This accidental decision turned out to be four one-cup servings of steel cut oats, which took forever to make. Literally forever. It took so long, that while my steel cut oats were cooking on the stove, I made a 6-ingredient green juice, drank my coffee and refilled my mug, went through the first 8 songs on Lorde's album, and bathed Jack in the sink. Jack is my sister's little toy fox terror, btw...I mean, terrier.

Needless to say, by the time my oats were ready, I was totally over them. So, I put them into four little tupperware containers because I couldn't find one big enough to fit the entire batch and then it dawned on me. I totally became a type 'a' meal prepper by accident! I just put together four individual servings of steel cut oats for the rest of the week. And how lucky did I get seeing that Monday was a holiday, I have exactly four days of the week left to eat my oats. Holy smokes.


Since I was on a roll, I put together four tiny Ziploc bags full of a variation of toppings to mix in.

Day 1: 1 tbs chia seeds, 1 tbs ground flax seed, 1 tsp cinnamon, and tossed in some dried goji berries and crispy dehydrated coconut flakes.

Day 2: 1 tbs maca, 1 tbs raw cacao nibs, and tossed in some dried dark cherries.

Day 3: 1 tbs ground flax seed, 1 tsp cinnamon, and tossed in some dried apple, slivered almonds and a packet of raw local honey that I found floating around in the napkin drawer.

Day 4: 1 tbs raw cacao nibs, 2 meijool dates (pitted), and tossed in a few chopped walnuts.

I'm so type 'a' right now. I can't even. Maybe next week I'll make another accidental decision and prep lattes for the entire week, complete with little containers of various nut milks and stir-ins. We'll see.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

4 Ways to Resuscitate a Dead Mani.


I don't know about you, but my manis take an aggressive beating during the summer months.

A. Pool water and sandy beaches are tough habitats for even the strongest top coat, B. skin is drier than ever, even if you're religiously slathering on just as much La Mer as that oil-free SPF of yours, and C. the last thing you probably want to do is sit for an hour in a toxic nail salon.

Maybe I'm just speaking for myself per usu., but my nails look like total sh*t from June to the day before Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September.

This summer I decided to forego the excessive summer manicures and go au naturale. After all, there wasn't anyone to impress that was more critical than myself. And you know what? It not only saved me hundreds...and I mean hundreds of dollars in cold hard cash, but it also saved me an ungodly amount of precious time and put a few extra hot minutes on the lifespan of my lungs to boot thanks to acetone not rearing her deadly ugly fumes. Win to the win.

But, before you decide to throw your cuticles into the wind and never get a mani again, take a second to read these few tricks I've laid out below to keeping your nail beds tidy, clean, and moisturized.

Think of going au naturale as going glamping with a hot man, a rustic cabin, and a bottle of red - not as going camping, camping. Although that's cool, theres a time and there's a place. The tips of your fingers are not the place.

Whether you're going sans any polish or you need to simply polish up your fingernail flatliner, here are...

4 Ways to Resuscitate a Dead Mani:


1. Moisturize with coconut. Your body thanks you the second your lips meet a refreshing coconut water post Bikram, well don't you think your exterior skin may benefit too? You bet. Make an easy moisturizing concoction by mixing together one half cup coconut oil, one tablespoon raw honey, and one half tablespoon vanilla extract. Rub all over your hands and sit pretty for a good 10 minutes, plus. Rinse off once your stir craziness has reached it's peak.


2. Keep out the coconut oil and the raw honey because this time we're throwing together a scrub. Stir together one tablespoon coconut oil and two tablespoons raw honey. In a separate bowl, add in one quarter cup sea salt, one quarter cup organic sugar, and one tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Before you add in some tequila and blend yourself up a margarita, pour the dry mixture over the honey mixture and stir until smooth. Use this scrub to exfoliate your hands and rise with warm water.


3. Here's the kicker, want to know how to naturally buff your nails minus the tools and the ear piercing sounds? Pour a couple drops of olive oil onto a soft cloth and buff away! Rinse off the olive oil and not only will you have given yourself a great cuticle oil application, but you'll have super buffed out nails. I just found this trick out and am obsessed. Your welcome.


4. Yellow nails are just about as nasty as yellow snaggle teeth. Not a hot trend to rock. Whether you have leftover stains from Chanel's 'Vamp' or O.P.I.'s famous 'Lincoln Park After Dark' (which was more famous than the band, for the record), or you're just looking to brighten up your nail beds, mix one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide with two and a half tablespoons of baking soda as if you were treating a bee sting. Make a paste. Using a cotton swab or q-tip, push a small amount of this paste underneath your fingernail tips and on top of every nail as well. Leave this paste on for a good three minutes and rinse with warm water.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

End of Summer Lip Shades for Day.


Just as much as I love my Manolos, I also love my super bright Tom Ford matte lipsticks. But sometimes, the season calls to tuck away some shades...at least during the day. In my opinion, wearing too bold of lipstick in the summer is like wearing heels to the beach. It's just slightly an extremely bit tacky. 

Getting bored with my constant nudity of the lip, I scoped out the make up counters and found some great glossy shades that are completely seasonally appropriate for the endless summer days. Not to harsh, not to "warrior-esque painted on," these shades you can effortlessly rock at any hour of the day. As much as I love, live and die for the matte look, these shades offer an effervescent effect that I'm truly super into right now.

Check it...



Monday, August 25, 2014

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice; Skinny Style.


The pumpkin spice latte returning to Starbucks is like the return of football season for white girls.

Today marks that day, betches. Woohoo.

But, before you get too crazy double fisting your pumpkin spice lattes this morning, remember that it is still summer and you won't be able to hide your pumpkin spice chub under sweaters for another couple of weeks...maybe even months if you live in sunny Southern California.

That being said, you may remember my post a few months ago, Forecast This; Anorexic Starbucks Drinks That Will Change Your Life., and instead of changing your life this time, I will merely save your bikini bod for the rest of summer.

Here's the anorexic recipe, order up...


Pumpkin Spice Latte

How to order: (size), coffee, 1-2 inches steamed nonfat milk or soy, 1 pump pumpkin spice flavored sauce.

Add in at the bar: Cinnamon, nutmeg.

Note to vegans: many of you may remember from last year the huge earth shattering controversy over there not being a "vegan" option for this drink as the pumpkin spice flavored sauce contains condensed milk. So yes, this still stands, even if you use soy.

Sad story, I know.

But, here's an amazing DIY recipe I found that is skinny, tastes super delicious, and is vegan to boot...


Ingredients:

2 cups strong coffee, freshly brewed

1 cup nut milk (almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, etc.)

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sweetener of choice, to taste (agave, brown sugar, coconut crystals, stevia, honey, maple syrup, etc.)

Optional additions: ground nutmeg, ginger, garam masala, cardamom, other warming spices, to taste. 

How to make:

1. Make coffee, the stronger the better. Always.

2. Make pumpkin milk by combining all other ingredients in a small bowl and whisking by hand or by blending up in your Vitamix. Warm up the pumpkin milk mixture so it doesn't cool off your coffee when you combine.

3. Pour 1 cup of brewed coffee into a mug and pour half the pumpkin milk mixture over the top of your coffee and enjoy.

*Makes 2 servings

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finally, An Un-Sucky Self Tanner; Karora Cosmetics.


I think we can all agree that self tanning is an effing nightmare; the streaks, the smudges, the stains...one ultra-giant sh*tshow. Leave it to the professionals or book a trip to Bali. If I have to be caught orange-handed self tanning, I'd rather keep it Casper-friendly and drop the bottle than look like a friggin' Oompa Loompa.

Until of course, Karora Cosmetics came knocking on my door.

I was skeptical at first, because it was actually my super rugged - and not in a hot way - FedEx delivery man who was knocking (and I doubt he had very much experience perfecting the art of self tanning) with a giant box filled up of Karora.


As I opened up the box of colorful Karora bottles wrapped up in teal and royal purple tissue paper (love the jewel tone color scheme, btw) I was super excited to get started. I immediately stripped off all my clothes.

It wasn't until I was standing in the bathroom bare naked that I thought to myself, "Am I actually going to perform this self tanning procedure on myself? I need to open up a bottle of champagne. No, wait, I need to be sober for this. This is the fate of my body's canvas we're talking about." FML.

Anyway, I didn't have all night, so I read (sort of) the directions and balls to the walls, figuratively speaking, begun to God forbid, self tan.


And you know what? The results rocked.

Oh, and it wasn't because of me. I can assure you of that. It was 100% the product that left me an amazing glowing so-not fake tan that looked so much more real than the lady who always goes in front of me in yoga wearing super short shorts sporting little white creases underneath her perfect butt. Score!

Here's what I used...feel free to copy and repeat...




*Karora also threw in some amazing bronzing towels which helped the process (and the palms of my freshly manicured hands) immensely. These are a necessity! 

P.S. Order online, pop into the nearest Ulta, or head straight to Bendels.

...cause it's that good, duh.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tie-Dye Dealings.

Tie-dye is so much of a thing right now that I'm having a hard time getting into it. Or maybe I'm having a hard time getting into it because it kinda sucks.

Stella McCartney

The only tie-dye you'll ever be able to catch me in up until this point in time is a neutral color paletted tie-dye so incredibly small that it gets confused for a snakeskin print. I'm completely not-so-silently protesting Barneys.com at my desk right now because the first thing I see on the welcome page this morning (and yes, I check Barneys.com along with the New York Times every morning, it's a ritual, lay off homie) is a Dries Van Noten Tie-Dye Miles Sweater hanging over a crisp oxford and pleated trucker - not East Hampton Village pleated - pair of baggy below the knee shorts. This was on a guy FYI.  And this guy looked like a total Barney (early-90's slummer).

P.S. Quoting Clueless, no pun intended.


I'm so all for grunge, especially 90's inspired "I'm having a difficult time being a teenager, but check out my sneakers, they're so cool..." grunge. But, this tie-dye sh*t has got to go. Peace.

*Sidenote: Absolutely none of these images are re-pinable.




Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Detox, Obvi.; Seasonal Style.


Mondays are amazing days.

They drag your a** out of bed bright and early and kick off the beginning of the week. They fuel your caffeine addiction - make it a Venti, please. They make an excellent excuse for a wine night with the girlfriends, even after spending Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of last week with your BFFs and savory bottles (you lushes).

Oh and speaking of wine and being a lush, most of all, drumroll please...Mondays mean it's time to detox, obvi.

The women of my family always start a detox on a Monday, even if it ends by 8:00 pm in favor of a mandatory detox surrender to Pinkberry...with dark chocolate chip crisps and raspberries, please.

It's kind of like a family legend.


Well, recently, my aunt found an amazing nutritionist who specializes in detoxing with the seasons. She is well studied in Chinese Medicine and uses it as a basis for her seasonal cleanses. Basically, her detoxes are brilliant.

I could go on and on about cleansing with the seasons and what crazy "hokey pokey" sh*t is involved relating to your vital qi (life force) and the organs you're cleansing, but why don't we save me the time and lost followers and have you go google that yourself if you feel so inclined to learn more. There are true legit sources out there, I promise. Not that I'm not totally legit, but I'm just regurgitating the info I learn and making it sound cool.

Point being, cleansing with the seasons is the way to go. And it's super easy! It's all about nourishing yourself with the freshest sources of nutrition the planet has to offer during each season and of course, cutting back on the champs and caffeine.


Easy peasy, blonde and breezy.

So today, since it is a Monday, marks the start of a fab detox. If you want details, feel free to email me, tweet me, deliver me personalized Sprinkles cupcakes spelling out your request (I can freeze them while I'm detoxing, don't worry).

This detox is total DIY style and up to you to cut out the crap in your life; No soy, no dairy, no Cheetos. Capiche? Come on, this isn't the first Monday cleanse you've ever started.


Here are the basics:

What to eat: non-dairy milks, all fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, seeds.

What not to eat: animals, carbs in the form of baked goods, Skittles, vodka, grilled cheeses, ranch dressing, gooey chocolate chip and walnut brownies, basically anything not on the "what to eat" list.

When to eat (not eat) it...your daily sched: Wake up with lemon water, breakfast (smoothie, juice, tea, keep it liquid), mid-morning snack (a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts, half an avocado, you don't have that much to get creative with), lunch (raw salad, nourishing soup, not a Cobb salad), afternoon snack (if you are hungry, a fresh green juice is a great way to go), dinner (something light to prepare your body for sleep not a marathon), bedtime (tea, not booze).

Keep it seasonal and keep it fresh. Fresh to death, betches. Juice up. Xo.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Love/Hate Rebellion Towards Lululemon.


I love Lululemon. But, it currently sucks.

Yeah yeah, I still wear it, I still buy it, I still hoard it like I'm trying to get on the next episode of Hoarders. Remember the Claire and Vance episode? Vance hoards half a million books (not exaggerating) and Claire collects creepy cat figurines and Beanie Babies like it's 1998. That power couple's got nothing on my Wunder Under Crop collection.

However.

Lululemon has become a basic betch.

It's overproduced and becoming more and more appealing to the mass public. Lululemon stores are getting thrown in every "luxury" - and I use that word very lightly - shopping center and mall from San Diego to New York City, regardless of whether or not hot yoga has even become a thing in the midwest yet...I don't know, has it? Not to mention, the quality of Lululemon is sucking. And I mean really, really sucking. The newer the pieces, the faster they wear. My brand new Breathe Easy Pant is on a ventilator and about to flat line where as my five-year-old Lululemons are alive and kickin'.

Not only is Lululemon a basic betch, but it's also a cheap, tacky betch. Gross.

It's practically clipping in extensions, carrying around a fake Louis, and drinking warm, buttery chardonnay.

But, enough of the sh*t talking. Point being, Lululemon is no longer a thing. I'll still religiously wear it, but only because of its fond memory. What I'm trying to do now is find new amazing pieces to incorporate into my dresser full of Lulu.

All of the true yogis at my sister and my studio have the coolest pants ever. Strategic rips, tie-dye chakra color schemes, Hamsa print pinstripes, you name it. We really want to get involved with this movement. And maybe get a nose ring.

Totally inspired, I went on an online search, here's what ended up in my shopping basket...






P.S. Etsy.com is my new BFF of a search engine when it comes to finding clothes for my newly established anti-Lululemon yogini self. Yogi apparel gets hardcore on there. Saving that for another post, but go scope it.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Taste the Leather; Vegan Fruit Leather.


I don't know what got into me, but yesterday morning my palette woke up on 5-year-old Lisa's side of the bed. I threw kale into the wind and didn't hold up my Vitamix to catch it. Rise and shine.

Throughout the course of the day I consumed a Strawberry Shortcake Bar, a grilled cheese sandwich and french fries, and a Confetti Cupcake. Ok, ok, I had two margaritas in addition to that, but I am just as shocked to report as you are to hear, that they did not influence the food choices 5-year-old Lisa made.


Waking up this morning though, I was determined to get back on the plant-filled wagon. While drinking my morning tea tonic and looking through my raw cookbooks for breakfast inspiration, I came across the coolest recipe for fruit leather

Little Lisa was still clearly present, incase you're wondering. 

Unfortunately, this word-full of a recipe called for a thousand weird superfoods that even I hadn't ever heard of. Organic binders and rising herbs...betch, please, ain't nobody got time for that. Especially not at 6:00 am.

An hour later in the office, with fruit leather still on my mind, I searched high and low for a super easy fruit leather recipe. Seek and you shall find, dear readers. Moral of the story.

This recipe I found is as organic as you make it and has two ingredients, one of which is calorie-free water.

It's all about the preparation, and thanks to brilliant blogger HonestlyYUM, this recipe is honestly as simple as it gets.

Check it...


Ingredients: 5 lbs of *stone fruit, 1/2 cup of water.

*Stone fruit is a fruit with flesh or pulp enclosing a stone (a pit).

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
2. Wash fruit and cut in halves.


3. Place fruit into a large pot and cook over medium-low heat until fruit has completely broken down. Stir occasionally.
4. Allow to cool before blending in a food processor or blender.


5. Pour fruit mixture over a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet and spread until 1/2" thick.
6. Bake for 5-6 hours or until the fruit is not tacky to the touch.


7. Carefully peel away from liner and cut into 2" strips.
8. Store in an airtight container (or disclaimer, these strips will break your teeth) and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

5 Amazing Vegan Breakfasts That Aren't A Total Snooze.


The worst part about being vegan is breakfast. Sorry for being a Negative Nancy this early on in the post, but it's true (or maybe I'm just hangry). It's totally and utterly depressing.

I used to look forward to my giant cup of black coffee with a side of breakfast. Deliciously poached eggs, savory cheese danishes, fresh lox, buttered Belgian waffles, and God forbid a melt in your mouth hollandaise sauce if I'm really trying to contribute to dying a slow death first thing in the morning.

Now it's all about meals when tempeh and tahini are involved. Definitely after 12 pm. Gag.


For breakfast on the daily I like to bore myself with raw vegan superfood smoothie concoctions, maybe a not-so-great big bowl of goldilocks oats (steel cut and gluten free, please), or if I'm feeling really wild, a piece of sprouted toast with smashed avocado and an assorted mix of herbs and spices to egg on a wee bit of satisfaction. Pun intended.

Oh, and don't even get me started on the variety of raw chia seed puddings and vegan granola bowls, bars, and balls shoved down a vegan's throat day in and day out.


Case and point being, if you're vegan, your typical breakfast is a basic betch.

"What about incorporating fake sausage and scrambling up some soy eggs?"

Great question, but I'd rather choke.

Substituting nasty fake things for whole, plant-based foods totally defies the health benefits of being vegan. You might as well eat a McMuffin at McDonald's and call it a McMorning.


Anyway, I had one of those "aha moments" over the weekend as I poked at my oats. I scavenged around my Pinterest feed, and gathered up five amazing vegan breakfast ideas that aren't a total snooze and don't use any fake Birkin-scaled impersonators in the ingredients.

Check it out...






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