21 December 2014

Because Christmas – DIY Printable Gift Tags

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How’s your holiday gift wrapping going? If you’re like me and waited until the last minute, you’re probably going to be wrapping all week long. The designer in me is VERY particular about gift wrapping, especially during Christmas time. I purchased chartreuse & white striped wrapping paper and I wanted something red-orange to complement it. I was on a time crunch and I didn’t want to search the stores (nor did I want to pay the price of something I can most likely make myself) so I whipped these gift tags up. The download is set up to be printed on standard 8.5″x11″ paper so you can print it at home or even take it to your local print store and have them print it out on card stock, double-sided.

To make these into gift tags, I added eyelets and baker’s twine that I had on hand. The eyelets I found at my local Michael’s in the scrapbooking section along with tools to set them. Here’s a list of what you will need in case you would like to add in eyelets to your gift tags.

  • Holepunch (the size that you’re eyelet will fit through without it being too big)
  • Eyelets
  • Eyelet setter
  • Small hammer, or something substantial to set your eyelets

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Ready to print these? Click here to download your printable gift tags.

10 November 2014

Chocolate Acai Bowl with Avocado and Cashew Nut Milk

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Acai smoothie bowls have been a favorite of mine for years. Recently, I’ve started to make my own instead of buying them (thanks to my Vitamix!). Not only is it easier on my wallet, but I can also experiment with different recipes and combinations. I had some ripe avocados on hand and some leftover homemade chocolate cashew milk so I decided to throw that into this acai bowl. The result was a super creamy consistency that satisfied my belly AND my chocolate craving! Win-win.

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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen acai smoothie pack (Unsweetened)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen spinach
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries or strawberries (or both!)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 chocolate cashew nut milk or milk of choice (more depending on your blender)
  • Agave syrup to taste

Method

  • Blend all ingredients together based on your blender
  • It’s recommended to blend the milk, spinach, avocado and acai smoothie pack together first and then add the rest of the ingredients in
  • Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite ingredients – I topped mine with sliced banana, bee pollen, flax seeds, raw cacao nibs and hemp seeds
21 September 2014

Made in America

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Earlier this month, I went to my first music festival! It was local enough that I didn’t have to figure out a place to stay and it fell during Labor Day weekend meaning I didn’t have to take any days off of work. It was a win-win. Although it was scorching hot (when is it not in SoCal), it was so much fun! I took the Gold Line for the first time and felt more “LA” than ever. Definitely a weekend full of firsts.

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The first performance we saw was Capital Cities. I became a HUGE fan after watching their show. They are amazing live! Their awesome set definitely set the tone for the rest of the weekend. Day 2 we decided to stop by Stone Brewery and we ordered pizza from the restaurant next door before getting to the venue. One of the best decisions that weekend. I’m a sucker for stouts and it was my first time trying one from Stone. Their Milk Coffee Stout is on point.

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We saw a bit of DVBBS, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Weezer (!!!), Sublime with Rome, Steve Aoki and John Meyer. Made in America closed with Kanye.

Experiencing the music in the heart of Downtown LA, is definitely indescribable. It was a great weekend with great people and awesome music…even though I paid $14 for a Strawberita – I know, I still can’t believe either. Can’t wait for the next one!

3 September 2014

Criss Cross

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Dress (UO), Necklace (Jexagon), Slide Sandals (Zara), Strappy Bralette (Free People)

It’s been a while! My apologies for my absence but I have big things coming in the future! I’ll have to let you all know later but I just thought I would do a quick outfit post. These sandals have been my go-to lately. Throwing on a black dress is a no-brainer when I don’t know what to wear. And yes, I changed my hair. I asked my hairstylist to lighten it for the summer. I went to Made in America, Los Angeles this weekend so I’ll be recapping that. Stay tuned!

Hello to my new followers and thanks to everyone else who have been here since the beginning.

31 July 2014

The Packing District

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Top (Anthropologie), Shorts (Zara), Purse (3.1 Phillip Lim for Target), Sunnies (Elie Tahari), Shoes (Nine West)

I took a much needed day off of work – everything work related. Full-time + freelancing is no joke. Decided to trek over to the Anaheim Packing District to see what this local instafamous place is all about. It’s a foodie hipster’s paradise. Seriously though, I got iPhone-happy and started snapping away. If you follow me on Instagram, you know what I’m talking about.

It’s been extremely hot in SoCal these days so I strayed away from my all black errthang and went for an all-white ensemble. Luckily, I didn’t spill any of that delicious braised beef poutine from The Kroft on me.