Friday, October 31, 2014
When Jule from Rue La La emailed me the other day asking if I could share what I tote around with me everyday, I got really excited. I love creating spreads like these.
Anways, if you look on their website, you'll see that Rue La La is based in Boston, and that they basically curate boutiques that stay open for only 48 hours with special prices and all. On their blog, they have a specific style guide for handbags, which I thought was pretty neat and well thought-out, considering I'm a die-hard handbag fanatic. I have too many to count.
As for what I carry in my bag everyday, I have quite a few essentials. First of all, I do wear the Walk handbag. I bring The Walk Bag with me everywhere I go, because not only does it carry absolutely everything, it somehow goes with anything I wear, and it's the perfect length so that I can carry it either on one shoulder or hold it cross-body. Seriously, if you don't have one yet, mosey on over to my Book River Store and get yourself a Walk Bag! You'll also be doing some good, because not only is The Walk Bag super cute (!), but it provides work for the monks that run orphanages in the hills of Hanoi, Vietnam. With this income, they can better provide for the children in these orphanages, giving them a better quality of life. I'll be going to Vietnam later next year (hopefully) to go and visit these orphanages for myself. These bags are also 100% vegan :)
Here are the essentials I carry with me (almost) everyday:
I wear lipstick everyday. I am a lipstick-loving girl and i'm not afraid to go for some crazy colors. Ask my friends, they know that I will wear bright red lipstick even to go grocery shopping. So, I always make sure and bring several different colors with me wherever I go (dark purple, maroon, Russian red...). My favorite brands are NARS and Benefit, both cruelty free and vegan.
2. My car key
I feel like this one is pretty self-explanatory, but I would like to add that my Prius C is named Jared after my adorable 12 year old neighbor, Katie. When we were at the car lot, I knew I had to name my new car, and since Katie was with us picking it out, she looked at my car and automatically knew his name had to be Jared. Katie is the cutest.
3. My phone
How else am I going to take pictures of my adorable puppies, Biche and Kuma?
4. All sorts of punch cards/credit cards/business cards and obviously money haha
Side note to this- I NEVER leave the house without my business cards, and it seems that the days I need them the most are the days that I somehow always forget them. The world is an unforgiving place.
I need to remember to bring these with me everywhere I go, because I do indeed live in Los Angeles, where it rains maybe once every 20 million years, and is sunny even when it does rain.
6. My beats headphones
I have tried so many other types of headphones in my life, and boy do none of them compare with these ones. If I forget them, my entire day is potentially ruined.
7. My ipad
Since I can't bring my computer with me everywhere I go, I bring my mini ipad to catch up on assignments if i'm in a waiting room and to answer that never-ending stream of emails I receive daily.
8. My weekly planner
A lot of people ask me what type of planners I like to use, and I even made a post about them here! I would be completely and utterly lost if I didn't have my planner with me at all times! It keeps me feeling organized and gives me the illusion that I have my life completely together.
So, that's pretty much everything I carry around on a daily basis. Thank you Jule for introducing me to Rue La La!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I am a morning person. I always have been.
On weekdays, I am always the first one to get up in the house, and somewhere, there is an unwritten law that states that I am responsible for all of the most important morning duties; make breakfast for my sister, coffee for my parents, feed and take the puppies out, put on the news as comfortable background noise, and finally wake everyone up to get ready. Before all of that though, I have my own morning ritual during the week.
|smoothie jars layered with crunchy granola|
Then the weekend comes around, and boy are saturday and sunday mornings my favorite. They're both so entirely different yet equally satisfying. I get so much done in the mornings, because I find that I am most productive in the early AM. Biche and Kuma are my alarm clock on the weekend, wining to go outside and get fed. Kuma will generally plop onto my chest and scratch my face at 7 AM and once my eyes open, I get bombarded by a million kisses from both of them. It's really a fantastic way to wake up, I highly suggest it.
On saturdays, after I wake up, I go downstairs to make coffee for the entire family and make a double espresso for myself. I like my coffee black and strong. Lately, I have been obsessed with Cafecito Organico's espresso- it's fruity and bitter, just the way I like it.
Before breakfast, I'll make a to-do list for the day and start getting work done. I will usually get the majority of my homework done in the morning, leaving the rest of the day for going for a walk on the beach, yoga classes, or catching up with pen pals. Saturdays are my leisure days.
|I make my study guides on saturdays and study from them on sundays|
|sometimes when I'm feeling fancy, |
I'll wake up and drink a bottle of homemade detox water :)
I live for mornings- they are a time for me to be productive and spend some quality time with Biche and Kuma, and just appreciate the little things like a smooth cup of coffee or the comfort of a fuzzy sweater.
|planning for the week and going through the next few months deciding what to do with my life|
What are your morning rituals?
Friday, October 17, 2014
"let them eat cake"
|PRESSED JUICERY VANILLA COFFEE|
|P.F. CANDLE CO. |
I figured I should do a post on my fall essentials to really set the mood for the changing seasons and a precursor to my favorite time of the year- WINTER! aka wrapping presents, giving said wrapped presents, and obviously chipmunks christmas music! Anyways, fall.
I would first like to point out that fall weather (or California fall weather I should say) does not agree with my skin. at all. That's why when fall comes around the corner, I'm always prepared (did that sound cheesy enough?). But seriously, I use the Tokyo milk "let them eat cake" moisturizer almost religiously because not only does it really smell like freaking cake batter, but it does the job quite nicely. If I could eat this stuff, you know I would.
And even though I just criticized fall-themed coffee drinks, I should say I am a bit of a hypocrite because I do have my favorite fall-themed coffee, even if it doesn't have the word "pumpkin" or "spice" or a combination of the two. To me, vanilla is basically fall. If fall were a flavor, it would be vanilla. and coffee. Pressed Juicery has made all of my wishes come true- combining my two fall flavors into one blissful coffee drink that is so good for you it would be unhealthy not to drink it.
Last but not least, the spiced pumpkin candle from P.F. Candle C.o. If I could give you one word of advice, it would be to stop everything you are doing now and buy one of these babies, light em' up, and just sit there and bask in their glorious fall-emitting scents. It's basically pumpkin and spice and everything nice all wrapped up in a little perfect candle.
Enjoy the fall-ness! Let me know what your fall essentials are :)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
So that is where COYO comes in; an all-natural, vegan coconut yogurt with minimal ingredients and processing, filled to the brim with healthy fats and taste, it's an optimal yogurt replacement for anyone who lovessss coconut and is as busy as I am! My lovely mother, knowing that I have been through a rough week, surprised me with all three of their flavors the other day, as I wouldn't shut up about how much I wanted to try them. First of all, how fantastic is my mother?! Anyways, after I opened them up, I immediately smelled the delicious coconutty-ness and after my first bite, I fell in love with COYO. I tried the raw chocolate, Mixed berry, and natural flavors, and out of all three, I would have to say the mixed berry wins by a landslide. It's so silky smooth and thick, just like the greek yogurt I used to eat daily. And unlike other vegan yogurts I have tried, COYO is much thicker and way more natural, being sweetened with stevia leaf, and not cane sugar.
My favorite way to have COYO is definitely with frozen mixed berries and homemade quinoa puff granola, all layered in a cute little jar. Presentation is always key, right? ;) So, when I'm on the go, I can just grab a tub to have as a snack and it keeps me full for hours! The healthy fats power my brain for those AP Bio study sessions that last for hours, and my body for hot yoga or long runs. Plus, it tastes like dessert!
Oh goodness, now I'm craving some!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
So, school. How do I do it?
I'm a senior in high school now, and since i've gotten this far, I must know a few things on how to be successful at school. Some might say determination, ambition, and discipline, but I say it all comes down to how organized you are. If you're notes are sloppy and disgusting, but you are disciplined and whatnot, you'll get through those notes, but will you get through them quickly, efficiently, and happily? I would say not.
But, then again, i've always been a stickler for clean and neat notes. That's my #1 tip. You need to always have NEAT NOTES!! trust me, reviewing will be so much more enjoyable if you just clean up your handwriting and put a little extra effort into your note-taking. Buy some new pens (jetpens is the bomb) and have fun playing with different styles and colors. By the end of the year, your notebook or binder will be so beautiful you won't want to throw it away. That's how I feel about last year's AP US history notebook (seen above and below). It's too gorgeous to throw out.
Another important part about staying organized is consistency. If you start your notes out one way, then finish them that way. Don't decide to put a bolded title to your unit 1 notes and then not put any title for your unit 2 notes. You'll be confused by the time your final comes along and you'll probably have a panick attack. (I am saying this from experience, yes). Consistency is key here, and you need to make sure that all of your ducks are in a row. Use the same highlighters to indicate the same things, and use the same pen throughout all of your notes. Don't decide to suddenly "change it up" midway through december. You just don't do that.
Next, draw adorable pictures. I don't mean to doodle all over your notes, because that is a very very bad idea. I mean that, if given the chance in class or at home, draw pictures within your notes to help you visualize the concept better. Make it fun by using different colored pens and keeping the picture NEAT. If you put in the effort, the grade will come along with it.
Oh, and this is the most important tip of all, I think. plan every. single. thing.
I will constantly say this to everyone- buy a cute planner. customize your cute planner. use your cute planner. Don't just let it sit around while you say to yourself, "eh, i'll remember those 58 homework assignments I have for next week, I don't need to write it down". Sorry to break it to you, but yes, you DO need to write it down. Write it all down. Make note of the days you have to tutor, differentiate the important things by boxing them with colors. Highlight the items you have completed. plan, plan, plan. If you could pull one piece of advice from this post, I would say it has to be this one. If you stay on top of things in school or work, then you won't feel so overwhelmed in the long run. It will feel good to plan. trust me, i'm a senior ;)
I hope you found all of these tips helpful, because boy I would have if I was just starting out.
And if you want to see more of my handwriting/notes/school posts, then take a look at my tumblr morning oats, you won't regret it, I promise :)
Sunday, August 24, 2014
|photo from Ally Maki|
And don't forget, you can buy the Walk Bag here!
Stay tuned for a guest post by Ally coming up soon, and a refreshed back-to-school post as well :)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Veggie Bowls: A summer necessity that leaves you feeling fresh, vibrant, and energetic all day long. These bowls of goodness pack a nutritional punch- filled with fiber, protein, vitamins, and healthy fats, you'll be buzzing with veggie vibes ready to take on the day or try out a new workout.
During the summer, I feel like having something cold, fresh, and crunchy, and these veggie bowls cure my daily summer cravings. And since they're extremely customizable, you can make one everyday and be surprised each time by the wonderful flavors and textures of pure, unadulterated vegetables.
Also, make sure to buy local and/or organic whenever possible, or if, like me, you have a gorgeous veggie garden, use whatever you're growing and taste the difference! Most often, organic veggies taste the best, and since they aren't sprayed with pesticides, they're much better for you too!
Here are some of the interchangeable combos that you can make in less than 10 minutes (all of these recipes serve 1 person):
|Spicy Kale and Capsicum Bowl |
1 large bunch of kale
1 large red capsicum
1 cup of sprouted green lentils
chop and place everything into a bowl and add top with freshly cut habanero chilis + lemon juice + a dash of pepper.
|Crunchy/Creamy Veggie Delight|
1 large romaine heart
2 persian cucumbers
4 medium carrots
2 baby red capsicums
1/2-1 large avocado
chop everything and place in a bowl. drizzle with olive oil + lemon + a dash of ginger juice.
|10 Seconds Flat Bowl |
1 large romaine heart
4 medium carrots
1/2-1 cup of sprouted green lentils
2-4 tb original hummus
2 tb hemp hearts
chop veggies + put into a bowl. drown in lemon juice + pepper.