What I Want this Wednesday

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Beachy Hair Tutorial

I have finally figured out (and by figured out I mean forced my little sister to come over and do it for me) how to edit my video to be something watchable. While I spend about 17 minutes waving my hair, and I don’t find that that time consuming actually, I do think you all would be pretty bored watching my do it for 17 minutes. So, here is the condensed version for ya! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will answer.

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What I Want: Marble + Copper

This Wednesday’s lust list is dedicated to anyone who is dying for a kitchen with marble countertops and copper finishes. Everyday I butter up my fiancé with beautiful images on Pinterest of my dream kitchen, just to make sure when the day comes he will know EXACTLY what our kitchen will look like (and it won’t come as a shock). In the meantime I am just filling my life with smaller (and much less expensive) doses of marble and copper to get my fix.

But seriously, how beautiful is that duo? I’m just glad I already have my copper KitchenAid mixer and canisters…2 less things to purchase (when the time comes, of course).

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Something I’ve Learned

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If only things were so simple that I could just say ‘here’s what I’ve learned’ and maybe sum it up in one word. I guess as you grow older and experience more, things just become more clear and every time something does become clearer to me, I feel enlightened. You might be thinking ‘duh’, but to me it wasn’t always obvious that learning things about yourself and other people is such hard work.

Lately all the magazines I read (Vogue, In Style, Glamour) have cover stories of celebs who are discovering how to deal with life–health, relationships, age–typical stuff to some people. However, things are starting to make more sense as I am in my 20′s (on the way out of them, to be more specific), and am a little daunted by what my 30′s supposedly bring. At least, according to Jennifer Aniston I have stuff to both look forward to and be scared of.

I would like to say that I’m a fast learner and this year so far I have kept a very open mind about pretty much anything. Things that typically bother me I have made a conscious effort to see in a different light. And honestly, pausing for one second to think about ‘it is worth getting upset about?’ has helped keep me in a more positive state of mind. I am learning to cope with decisions other people make that I don’t necessarily agree with, and am also learning how to not let their choices, words, and actions affect my well being. I tend to immerse myself in people’s problems who are close me, and while I do it from my heart it doesn’t always appear that way to others.

Learning to 1) back off when others do not want my help, and 2) not let it affect me will be my biggest challenge this year. This realization came after 3 different instances (in the first 12 days of this brand new year), and I resolve to make this my goal.

If all you’ve taken away from this post is I’m a little too sensitive for my own good, you are probably right. I overthink and analyze things said and done to me by people who have an influence on me. It is a hard reality, but sometimes for your own sake it is better to just move forward and do the best you possibly can. Acting from your heart holds a genuine quality that some might not understand, but that is just another something to learn along the way.

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Skinny Snack: Belly busting green juice

green juice

This week I busted out my juicer from hibernation and got to work. It has been quite some time since my good ole days of making fresh juice each morning, and instead I’ve been spending $6-$12 (yes, the Beverly Hills Hotel charges $12 for Pressed Juice!!!) on juices, practically throwing away my money. My tolerance for gross drinks has definitely gone up and with that in mind, I did my homework to find the best belly busting juice that is pretty damn gross but totally tolerable.

Sidenote: I drink lemon, ginger, and apple juice on a regular basis for fun. So, keep that in mind when trying to gauge what I mean by “gross.”

This juice is heavy on the greens, which we all know is necessary to our health, but also has key characteristics that break down the tough fat in our bellies that never seems to want to leave even with the most regimented work-out schedule. Nope, not bitter or upset about that at all…

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Here’s what you need. These quantities will yield juice for 2 people. Like, 2 full glasses:

  • 3-4 “sticks,” “strands” (?)  of kale
  • 10 strands of spinach
  • 4-5 stalks of celery
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 full cucumber
  • 3-4 strands of cilantro
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2″ of ginger
  • A generous amount of mint

Depending on your juicer you may need to cut these into smaller pieces, however, mine is pretty tough. I’ve listed some super inexpensive juicers below if you are just starting out and want to give it a try before seriously committing (taste-wise & money-wise). Cheers!

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The Dirty Truth

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In the past few months I’ve received an overwhelming amount of compliments on my hair, which is highly shocking to me for a myriad of reasons. You can ask anyone of my friends or family and they would all tell you that my hair is the thing I spend the least amount of time on. I don’t find myself good at doing my hair, which is why it is typically an afterthought to me. I get my hair colored–and by colored I mean raising my ombre to start at my eye level–approximately 2-3 times a year, and one of those times I will get a 1/4″ trim. Very unexciting stuff happening on my head.

Aside from that, I have a strict routine I follow in order to minimize the washing and doing of my hair. Yeah, that’s how much I don’t enjoy hair.

I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled to know that most of the time my hair is dirty. The “styling” of my hair sort of requires it to achieve that beachy, messy, wavy look. So here’s the 411 on my hair–you’ll need to understand (and quite possibly get on a similar schedule to avoid too much heat damage) this phase before we move on to the actual curling part. A video is coming for that portion.

Monday: After my evening workout I wash my hair and let it air dry.

Tuesday: I curl/style my hair.

Wednesday: Hair is looking loose and beachy. Some might say Day 2 is the best hair day.

Thursday: Hair is starting to get dirty. Depending on oily-ness, I will either use some dry shampoo or wear a hat. My poor hats are reserved for hair days…

Friday: After my morning work-out I wash, air dry my hair, and style it the same day.

Saturday & Sunday: Hair is semi-clean/dirty and looking good for the weekend.

This hair-washing schedule works for me, and has reduced the amount of grease at my roots from lowering the frequency of washing my hair. Washing your hair too often does strip the natural oils from your hair, which can often leave hair limp and drab. You can’t possibly have bouncy, beachy, messy waves with hair quality like that!

If you are just starting a new hair-washing schedule, trust me, dry shampoo and hair cologne will be your best friends. Check for my favorite products below.

Stay tuned for the video tutorials for how I wave my hair.

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S

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My relationship with my blog

Camel coat

I have, on more than one occasion, been accused have having an easy life because I am a blogger. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but 1) I also run a creative consulting firm, and 2) blogging is in no way, shape, or form something that can be done while sitting back and relaxing Monday through Friday. In fact, fitting blogging into my life is the biggest challenge, therefore making it one of the most time-consuming, frustrating, and misunderstood part of my life. I have noticed lately that a lot of the bloggers I follow are sharing more and more of the troubles and difficulties they undergo trying to make blogging their career while also keeping it “real.”

Let me break it down a little. Basically my weeks are filled with shoots for my clients, not myself (my blog). I spend hours editing, coming up with captions, scheduling, planning, servicing our clients, and of course, trying to come up with new concepts at all times. In this day and age you must be cutting edge in order to survive in the digital world, and no amount of Instagram stalking will do the trick. You must read articles, network, attend events, seminars…the undesired list goes on. Trust me.

Come the weekend I couldn’t be more excited for a moment to sit down and do nothing. But nope, Saturday & Sunday mornings I get dressed to essentially go nowhere. I scout locations with whichever photographer I conned (jk, not conned but sometimes it does feel like that) to work with me, and then we shoot until something works. Typically after a shoot I sort through the 100′s of photos and edit immediately to get it out of the way. But honestly, all I want to do it turn on Gilmore Girls for a straight 5 hour marathon! Is that too much to ask?!

So why do I do it? Well, because it is now part of my life. It is my creative outlet with complete creative freedom. It is my public diary that serves as some serious therapy (ahem…this entry). I need my blog and it needs me. Our symbiotic relationship has truly grown into one that straddles the thin line of love & hate, but ultimately, I rely on my blog more than people will ever understand.

Lastly, while the time and effort I put into my blog is endless, something that keeps me going is the thought that one day my kids and/or grandkids will be able to search my name on Google and find this open book of time stamps, important moment, feelings, style, pictures, and creativity straight from my mouth (you know what I mean). So yes, blogging is a serious commitment, and no, I will not pretend like it is easy!

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I’m wearing: Lookbook Store camel coat // Elle A motto jean (another jean I like) // Rails plaid shirt // Old Steven Madden booties (similar here) // Karen Walker sunglasses // Nashelle rings 

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What I Want Wednesday


I am bringing back one of my favorite activities of the week: the day I share all the things I’m currently lusting over. They tend to range from super cheap (obvious purchases) to huge splurges (must clear credit card and buy later), but at least there’s variety, right?! In case this is your first time viewing one of my [many] lust lists, all you have to do is scroll over the item to get the info and/or click on it to shop. Easy as pie! Hope you all enjoy…feel free to let me know if there’s anything YOU are loving from my lists. You know, to make me feel less guilty about being all materialistic and stuff. Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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Repeating History

BLANK NYC 2 tone jacket

There are some things, it appears, I will just keep repeating. For instance, these boyfriend jeans. I have bought them more than once, believe it or not, for these reasons: 1) They are cheap, 2) They are comfy, and 3) They are the perfect amount of baggy for my size. I also have worn this 2-tone jacket countless times this season–for almost the same reasons as the jeans. When I find basics that work, I work them to death. But not to worry, I always replace them immediately.

And hey! Remember that resolution I made about trying new hairstyles? Well, I’ll have you know that this weekend I wore a deep side part to dinner, but by the time I woke up the next morning my hair magically made its way back to a center part. I’m not even kidding. So, since a forced part seemed wrong, I gave my hair a rest from the heated iron and opted for a messy ponytail instead. Still getting used to seeing my hair pulled back in photos, but at least I’m trying, right?!

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2015 Resolutions

2015 resolutions

I really enjoy setting resolutions. I don’t view them as big, scary, unattainable goals (as many people do), but rather small areas of my life to put extra focus on. I always glance back at the previous year’s resolutions (having them documented is always nice…especially when it’s just one search bar click away on a blog) to see just how close I came to sticking to them and am pleasantly content with my small achievements. And areas that weren’t as great will be put back on the list–ahem, saving money. This year I am setting resolutions of a similar nature; small, to-the-point, realistic, positive. Instead of putting emphasis on parts of my life that are negative (and trying to change them), I am going to simply be rid of them. Why have anything negative influencing your life? To me, the answer is clear and simple, you shouldn’t.

1. Wear lingerie:  This may be TMI, but I really wear the most basic underwear and bras. While they may be “lace” (aka a stretchy fabric disguised as lace?), they are ill-fitted and very unsexy. By the way, that conclusion was drawn completely on my own. I just think I need to step it up underneath my clothing!

2. Host more dinners: I am very lucky to have all my family back in Los Angeles and want to indulge in that privilege as often as possible. Having my family scattered around in various states really made me appreciate having my family just down the street. Literally.

3. Try new hairstyles: I get a lot of compliments on my current hair (dark brown ombré and wavy) but I can’t stress enough how bored I am of it! If I wasn’t getting married this year I probably would have chopped it by now. BUT, since I won’t be doing that, I vow to try more styles from Pinterest. Any tips, suggestions, and ideas are welcomed :)

4. Buy more shoes: This is probably the opposite of what most people set, but I’m not even kidding when I say I need more shoes. I’ve never really been a shoe girl but I’m finding they have the power to transform even the most basic outfit, which is typically what I’m wearing! So, need more shoes. For the blog, of course ;)

5. Save more money: Oh, hi again. We’ve met. Every year. That lingering resolution that always seems to get lost among my other way more exciting resolutions. Ok, ok…to be fair, I paid off a student loan this year so THAT’S why I didn’t save. But I’ll try again this year. I promise.

6. Enjoy my wedding year: Well, because I can only set this resolution once in a lifetime, I will. Up until this point (6 months away from my wedding) I’ve been able to enjoy the process of planning my wedding and relish the rare moments shared between a newly engaged couple. This may even sound weird, but I’m actually ready to be married now! I know I said “yes” a year and a half ago, but I went into it knowing we would have a long engagement. Now THE year is finally here and I’M finally ready!

7. Write love letters: Not only do I love hand writing letters, I have ridiculously cute stationary. THAT, and the fact that I like to find reasons to be sweet with my fiancé is reason enough to have that be an official resolution this year. And…he’s been sending me love letters for years and I have yet to respond…so yeah, resolution, set.

8. Cook fish at home: I absolutely love eating fish but have let my irrational disgust of touching fish get in the way of me preparing it at home. That explains why I always order fish when I eat out! This year I would like to overcome that “fear” as well as expand our home cooked meals to include more than just chicken and tofu (we don’t eat red meat). Wish me luck!

9. Take bubble baths: I love baths but I can count (on one finger) the amount of baths I’ve taken this year. Yup, at my in-laws’ because they have the best bathtubs. It’s a lost art in my own house that I plan to revive, seeing I love my oils, books, and wine, and what better way to enjoy all 3 than in a hot bath?!

10. Seek adventure (in MUSE): MUSE is my creative consulting firm. We are pretty much a non-stop operation, as we provide social media content for brands. As we all know, social media is a full-time gig, so we are full-time shooting product, editing, coming up with creative copy, etc. Sometimes I feel as though it is never-ending, leaving me adventure-less. But guess what? Who says you can’t have fun while working? Trust me, that’s not a concept lost on me, but I would like to take it to the next level…MUSE may just end up in Bali. Or Morocco. Locations to be determined. 

11. Be fair: I find myself being exceptionally fair to other people. I never want anyone to feel I am taking advantage. I also can’t sleep/think straight/move on/enjoy life when I have unresolved issues plaguing me. I carry around my emotions (Scorpio behavior) to a point where I just break down and have to talk myself into letting it go. This resolution is tricky because it means confronting issues/people even when I feel I can’t. I’m very non-confrontational and this is a big deal to me, but I think it is time to treat my mental/emotional health as well as I treat my physical health.

Thank you for reading. This blog has motivated so many areas of my life, and keeping resolutions have become a lot easier due to the overwhelming amount of support I receive from friends, family, and people I’ve never even met! I hope whatever your resolutions are, you are excited about them. Wishing everyone an incredible new year! See you in 2015!

 

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