The Springs

DTLA lovers, look no further than this hot spot that serves up brunch (+ other daily treats) AND yoga. Yes, it’s true. The Springs has a yoga studio and a wellness center in the back and a kitchen and juice bar in the front. Spacious and not to mention has free parking (which is a rarity anywhere in LA), this space is a gem and the perfect place to grab a book and take a breather in the midst of the bustling city.

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#FaceByClarisonic

For those of you that don’t know, I suffer(ed) from cystic adult acne. I say suffer(ed) because I’m currently in the process of undergoing treatments and am luckily seeing great results. [treatment to be discussed at a later time] Nevertheless, with my intense regimen and products in use, it’s important for me not to over abrade my face, which would in turn cause more issues in the healing process. Clarisonic’s mia Fit has been a perfect addition to my daily routine as it’s a non-exfoliant, but gently lifts away dirt. No wonder Clarisonic is the #1 cleaning device recommended by US dermatologists. Even more than it’s effective cleaning abilities, the mia Fit is portable in size and a terrific gift to get anyone (nudge, nudge). Happy holiday’s everyone! xx

 

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Brought to you by Barefoot

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Boozy afternoon, anyone? Yesterday was the #BarefootBubbly fest hosted at the gorgeous Simon House in Beverly Hills. We indulged in everything from fruit-filled cocktails to a watching a special performance by the Aqualilies. After a bit of fun under the sun, I’d probably have to say that secretly one of my favorite parts of the event was discovering a blackberry flatbread that was TO DIE FOR…ingredients above 😉

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What Sunday’s Are Made Of

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The perfect Sunday consisted of a decadent brunch and all things vintage shopping. To fuel up for the day with the ladies, we took quick detour to Sqirl, located in Silverlake, CA. This place is fan-tas-tic! No wonder there’s always a line out the door for this vegan-friendly restaurant. They cook up a mean Pesto Rice Bowl (pictured) as well as rich pastries, lattes and a variety of toasts, avocado toast included. The bowl was devoured before I had a moment to breathe and needless to say, I’ll be back (too) soon.

 

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MY TOWNSKE GUIDE

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Finding local hot spots is even easier then ever before! Townske reached out to me to be a part of their amazing launch as a featured publisher & I couldn’t be more thrilled. Essentially, Townske is a new social media publishing platform and a community of like-minded travelers who appreciate quality experiences. Rather than using Yelp or other websites with reviews or lists of places and things to do, Townske is your one-stop-shop for just that. You can search by keywords, places and more and you’re presented with beautiful imagery and a specific point of view from your fellow “like-minded” travelers. Additionally, Townske has integrated the ability sync Instagram images to the your guide which makes it extremely user friendly! Check out my Townske Guide here & browse the site for your next travel destination / favorite new local hot spot.

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THE BOWL

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Health has a new shape and it’s round in form. With juice fads and crazy diets, it’s impossible to know what’s truly healthy or what is substantially necessary for your diet. What I do know however is how fulfilling it is to create something with little time and ease and in a way that doesn’t break the bank. Stay tuned for more posts about my favorite bowls; something sweet and savory for everyone.

Today’s bowl: Veggie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

yield: 1 serving

1/2 cup of quinoa, rinsed
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of water
broccoli, cut into florets
mushrooms, sliced
cheddar cheese, grated
salt & pepper, to taste
1 egg
Heat a little bit of olive oil in a pan over medium high. Add broccoli and mushrooms, and stir-fry until cooked (around 5 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine milk, water, and quinoa in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring regularly*, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Add vegetables, cheese, and salt & pepper to the pot of quinoa and stir to combine. Cover and set aside.

Fry a sunny side–up egg.

Transfer the quinoa to a bowl, then top with the egg.

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CUCUMBER COOL

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Spring is all about revival, rejuvenation and fresh beginnings. The one color that comes to mind when I think about this delightful season is green. To think that one green thing encompasses just what these words have to offer is remarkable!

My Saturday morning started with slicing some of these bad boys to have a crisp clean additive ingredient to my morning water and soon I couldn’t help but to think… a cucumber is so amazing! Check out my 10 favorite silly & informative facts about this magical fruit below! After reading, you’ll want to add this to your daily regimen… guaranteed!

1. Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Cucumbers are about 95% water.

3. The outside of a cucumber can be used to erase pen, crayons and even markers!

4. Rubbing a cucumber slice along your  mirror can eliminate fog buildup after a shower.

5. Eating a few cucumbers before bed after drinking alcohol can help hydrate and prevent that next day headache/ hang-over.

6. Place a slice of cucumber and press to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath.

7. Use  a freshly cut cucumber slice to rub over a shoe to help create a quick durable shine that repels water.

8. The high water and potassium content helps to check weight gain and high blood pressure.

9. Cucumbers can assist with removing wrinkles and cellulite.

10. Rubbing a cucumber slice can remove tarnish and provide shine to  surfaces. A green alternative to harsh chemicals!

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A THOUSAND CRANES

The Japanese culture is known for, yes, not only their sushi, but their amazing culture as well. Although I cannot say I know much of the culture myself, being Japanese-American, I do enjoy the art and craft of making origami, or cranes to be specific. It’s something I learned as a child and am so glad to be putting my origami skills to use today. This New Years, me and my cousins came together to make 90 cranes for my grandmother’s birthday. Although the culture is to make 1000 cranes for good luck, we decided to do a goal that was a little more within reach, about 15 cranes each. Nevertheless, we hope this brings her good fortune for her healthy years to come!

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