How You Glow

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I’ve become slightly addicted to How You Glow, a lovely new website dedicated to all things healthy, healing, nourishing, and beautiful by Tara and Jesse. It’s both a lifestyle how-to guide and a behind-the-scenes look at a standard of living that I only wish I could emulate: days filled with fresh pressed juices and homemade smoothie bowls, garden yoga at what’s called the “How You Glow Treehouse”, and dress-up adventures at vintage boutiques. And Tara and Jesse get to essentially live and breathe this lifestyle 24/7—Tara is a natural foods chef and holistic nutritionist, and Jesse is a certified yoga instructor and art therapist.  

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Through their site, you get to come along on private yoga sessions with instructors such as May Che…

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…into the kitchen to make these vegan and gluten-free Raspberry Crumb Bars

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…out and about town to profile equally fabulous women like Ali Kay and her backyard full of organic produce and fruit…

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…on a beauty date with braid extraordinaire Ashley Streicher

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…and of course model amazing pieces for new online vintage boutique The Neck Down.

What a life! You can peruse more stories, features, and tips on their site here. Plus, if their website isn’t envy-worthy enough, their Instagram feed will make you want to quit your job, do yoga all day, and just frolic around hip L.A. spots.

p.s. After doing some digging around, I discovered that Tara is actually the sister of Roxy, one of the cast members of E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills!

{photos via How You Glow}

30×30

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I’m pretty excited about today’s post because it’s all about my wonderful friend Supattra! I met her a few years ago through our mutual friend Mike, and ever since then, we’ve gotten chummy over dinners, happy hours, bar nights, and even a sumo wrestling competition! I love her for so many reasons: she’s always up for something fun; she seizes the everyday but isn’t afraid to admit her fears and mistakes; she’s lived abroad and went to Kenya last year (pictured throughout this blog); and it’s so easy to have hours-long conversations with her about life, relationships, ambitions, and all the complications of growing up and figuring out what on earth we’re here for. Our talks always leave me inspired.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, Supattra was being her usual inspirational self again. ;) She reached out to a bunch of her friends and asked them to join her in completing a “30×30″ list she had created. It’s a list of 30 things she wants to do by the time she’s 30—and 30 still counts, she says! (She’ll turn 30 in May 2015.) I thought the list was so fun—it’s full of big goals (hike Yosemite’s half dome), small goals (watch the full Star Wars trilogy), and playful goals (stomp on grapes like in I Love Lucy).

Supattra kindly let me share the list, plus a Q&A with her on what she’s learned from her 20’s and what she’s looking forward to about turning 30:

Supattra’s 30×30

1. Defy gravity (skydive or paraglide)
2. Hike the half dome (Summer 2014 anybody??)
3. Visit a continent I haven’t been to (planning for South America 2015! Who’s with me?)
4. Experience Coachella (planned for April 2014)
5. Go to something big somewhere else (Burning Man, Carnival, Oktoberfest, La Tomatina)
6. Go laser tagging for the first time
7. Learn to ride a motorcycle
√ 8. Hike to the hollywood sign to see the sunrise over L.A. < CHECKED 1/19/14
9. Learn to play and sing a full song on my ukelele or guitar
10. Stomp on grapes like in I Love Lucy
11. Buy my own first car
12. Host a dinner party and cook for friends
13. Take a spontaneous Jetsuite trip somewhere, anywhere
14. Go skinny dipping
15. Run a marathon
16. Learn at least 10 family recipes
17. Learn how to do an oil change, jumpstart a car, and change a car tire
18. Attempt to get over my fear of birds…
19. Go on an epic road trip with friends
20. Surf and snowboard on the same day
21. Watch the full Star Wars trilogy
22. Learn a new dance
23. Aprende Espanol (at an advanced level)
24. Get certified in something
25. Eat unprocessed foods and go gluten-free for a full month just to see how it feels
26. Clean out my storage and donate all unneeded things
27. Fall in love
28. Be a mentor
29. Quit a job I hate to follow my dreams
30. Look and feel my best at 30

And now…a Q&A with Supattra :) Continue reading

Paper Princess

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Have you guys heard about this 4-year-old fashionista? Affectionately dubbed “Mayhem” by her mother, Angie, this tot enjoys clothes so much that she was always playing with her mom’s scarves and sheets. Then one day, Angie suggested the two of them start making paper dresses instead so they could create to their heart’s content…and suddenly an incredible collection emerged! Proof below…

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…and then came celebrity-inspired concoctions!

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How adorable and imaginative is this mother-daughter duo?! And those last three photos…I think we all know who wore it better.

See more amazing designs on Angie’s Instagram. And thanks for letting me know about this story, Jess!

{via HuffPost}

What 35 & Single Looks Like

Have you guys always known you wanted to get married and have kids, or do you feel like neither are for you? While I definitely believe in marriage, it wasn’t until after college that I started feeling like, OK, maybe I can do the mom thing…but also maybe more like after I’m 30. ;)

But what if you’re over 30, single, and have little to no desire to ever get married and have kids? How does a free spirit fit into a world where society’s expectations often dictate our lives? (And lead to funny looks when you don’t live up to them?) I love how Paula Schargorodsky, an Argentine woman, answers these questions with her beautiful little film above.

{via The New York Times}

The Year of More

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For New Year’s Eve, Stephen and I donned our jackets, got a nice long dinner together, and then joined Kim and Matt at Grand Park in Downtown LA for the countdown. I can’t remember the last time I left the house for New Year’s Eve. A lot of them have been spent at my parents’ house with our family watching the ball drop on TV while eating cake and playing cards (which is a pretty awesome way to spend it). But this year, it was wonderful and beautiful to be outdoors under the night sky, counting down with thousands of people and seeing the streets come alive with revelers (also, how has LA never had a public countdown before this year?!). The four of us walked back together after midnight and there were cars honking and people dancing, singing, and whooping every which way. It’s easy to make NYE a cozy night in, but it sure was great to feel like we were celebrating with the whole city for a night. And thanks to Kim for taking this photo and managing to squeeze in City Hall, the 11:58 time stamp, the fountain, and us! :)

So what are you hoping 2014 holds for you? This year, I’m hoping I can really take this quote by Annie Dillard to heart: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to fill up my days and, for me, I’m hoping the theme of 2014 will be the year of more. More laughter, more love, more stories, more writing, more reading, more travel, more friendships, more family, more hugs, more kisses, more doing, more listening, more exploring, more absorbing, more faith, more creation, more learning…the list could go on. As we get older, every new year seems to pass by faster and faster, and I just want to squeeze in as much as I can every single day. Plus, I like to think that the more you do and see and feel, the more you you become. This is another favorite quote:

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What do you want more of in 2014? And seeing that this NYE seemed extra special, I have a really good feeling about this year. ;)

Lunchtime Sandwiches

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My workplace is all about packing lunches and eating around a big table together. It’s such a money-saving alternative–and a great way to hang out together–except I’m usually not that I excited about what I have to bring. If I’m lucky, I’ll have restaurant leftovers from the night before, but most of the time I’m either eating a typical salad or making either turkey or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for five days straight.

Then I saw this Whole Living feature on 50 sandwich recipes and was totally inspired by all of the simple, healthy ideas that I actually don’t feel too lazy to try them. From Artichoke and White Bean to Tuna and Quinoa, they look genuinely delicious.

And there’s also always the Spring Sandwich pictured above, with boiled egg, seared asparagus, and pickled onion.

Do you guys bring your lunch to work or go out for food? What do you normally eat? I’d love to hear any easy recipe suggestions you’ve got!

Marilyn Monroe the Yogi

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Kim and I joined a yoga studio (Yoga Circle in Downtown LA) and last night was our first class together–and for Kim, her very first venture into yoga ever! She was, of course, a complete natural right away because she’s naturally talented at everything like that that. And in honor of our new yoga adventures, I wanted to share these pictures of Marilyn Monroe doing yoga, which I’ve never seen before! I didn’t even know she was into yoga, did you guys? She studied from renowned yoga teacher Indra Devi.