Archive | May, 2012

The Ghost Who Haunts My Dreams

23 May

Yayy I did a new photo shoot on my new camera! My friend Megan came over to my apartment to shoot around my neighborhood. She’s amazing, incredibly sexy and gorgeous and an awesome person. I’m very happy about them! I put it in my head, I even said out loud to her, that I’m not going to get caught up on trying to be perfect, I’m just going to shoot and not over plan! I say it worked, my creativity finally reined free. I hope you like them! 🙂

Sunday shopping in Los Angeles

19 May

The past few Sundays my man and I have set out to a few different popular spots to shop to see for ourselves what all the Yelpers have been talking about. Some were a waste, some were goldmines. But for certain, Sunday is the best day to be in LA! Here’s some tips if you ever find yourself here in the city and want to mix with the locals for some good ole’ LA shoppin.

Melrose Trading Post (At Fairfax High, corner of Melrose and Fairfax)

The mecca of the young and hip, the odd and the whimsical. With a $2 entry fee you get to walk around a large parking lot and browse through vender after vender of vintage furniture, distressed vintage clothes, old cameras, miscellaneous knick-knacks and accessories. Maybe you’ll spot a celebrity picking out some ceramic dishware while you munch on a delicious crepe in the food court.

Sometimes I walk away with nothing, usually because I don’t spend much time really digging, I’ll just enjoy the atmosphere. But I have come away with some good finds on occasion, like a beautiful vintage sweater and shirts, and my boyfriend has found some tanks, jewelry and books he took home. Remember to bring your haggling skills!

It runs from 9-4 every Sunday. They have a free parking lot in the back. It’s right in the middle of the Melrose shopping district which is fun. It’s a great Sunday pit-stop or day trip.

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JetRag (on La Brea Ave)

I’ve heard countless times to go to JetRag on Sundays for their $1 sale. I finally ventured that way and found piles and piles of clothes in front of the store and people digging through to find some treasures. My boyfriend went inside while I took a closer look at the piles. Most of the pieces were torn, smelly and over size 16. I didn’t get the allure of this place, I guess you have to have some imagination for creating things. Inside was very vintage, like ugly dresses my conservative aunt would wear in the 80’s. It wasn’t my cup of tea.

Hollywood Farmers Market (Selma Ave in Hollywood)

This is a great farmers market for locals to pick up some produce. I say great because of variety, the vendors made up what you’d see the produce section of a grocery store, there was pretty much everything there. The downside was how extremely packed it was, and the vendors didn’t seem to offer better prices than a Trader Joe’s would. Some of the vendors had organic produce and all of them were local, so that’s a plus. But I wouldn’t make this a regular shopping trip because I think I’d spend less at a grocery store all together. It is a fun trip and they do have a really good food section where we got a whole coconut to drink and some Greek food. They also have a section for fresh flowers and a few vendors sell jams and fresh bread.

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Rose Bowl Flee Market (At the Rose Bowl in Pasadena)

This was basically the Melrose Trading Post on crack. It was huge. I wish I took pictures, but if you want to imagine just multiply the photos at the beginning of this post x40. They had antique and vintage sections, furniture, clothes, accessories, food, pretty much everything. I came home with a pair of vintage Levi’s high-waist jeans that were made into shorts, a cute tank top, sunglasses and a great picture frame, and I haggled my little butt off too. We came at the perfect time, an hour before closing time at 3pm, we hit all the vendors as they are trying to get rid of their stuff and even packing up. An hour or two was all we needed there to look through what we wanted and pick out some stuff. The cheaper stuff is way in the back along the edges across the bridge. There is where the local people who bring their own finds and custom stuff for cheaper, not the traveling flee market vendors in the big tents who do this for a living. It was a great Sunday spent!

So get out there you LA folk on Sunday and SHOP!!

Blackberry Banana Cream Oatmeal

10 May

YUM. My favorite oatmeal recipe I’ve ever made. And it’s super easy, too.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 medium banana
  • 4-5 blackberries
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia/Agave/Sugar
  • (optional) 1 tbs vanilla coffee creamer

Boil the water in a pot and add pieces of banana and the blackberries. Try to mush the banana with a fork, but leaving some chunks too. Stir the fruit around for a minute or two, then add the oats and let boil until almost cooked, stirring occasionally. Add the spices and sweetener, and finally the creamer if you want a creamier oatmeal. The end result will be pink with chunks of banana and blackberry swirling perfectly in the delicious flavors. NOM. Pat yourself on the back for a deliciously healthy and satisfying breakfast 🙂

Beautiful Faces

5 May

My favorite photos tend to be faces. Sharing some of them from previous shoots, which is a pretty good recap of what I’ve shot this year……

Banana Pumpkin Spice “Shake”

4 May

Okay, I’ll admit it, I have full-blown Fall nostalgia. It’s my favorite season. The weather has been gloomy lately and it’s bringing it out in me, plus having canned pumpkin sitting in my cupboard is so tempting! So I give you the healthiest pumpkin pie “shake” you’ll ever find!

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3-4 tbs canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla coffee creamer
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Stevia extract to taste

It’s thick, creamy and delicious, and it’s healthy! It tastes like a shake but nothing evil in this recipe. I love to make “desert” drinks when I have a sweet tooth but can’t afford the calories that day. Pop all those ingredients in a blender, I have a Magic Bullet look-a-like, and ta-daa…. a great addition to a light lunch or a snack on it’s own 🙂 How can you not love this? Look at it!!

Introducing myself // what I wore

3 May

Hey there, this is me… don’t I look happy? That’s some model face muggin’ right there…

ImageBut I just can’t help it 😛 I was pretty happy though. Today was a no make up, no shower kind of day and those are happy days. Even better with my man around, we just ran some errands, had to look somewhat cute as I was going into my agency. Fun stuff.

I’m on borrowed style here. As I’ve said before, we’re living in our friends apartment while she’s abroad in Australia. She has a vintage line…. grabbed an item or two to complete my outfit here hehe. Nothing special with this thrown together outfit…. vintage hat over a side braid, vintage knit green crop sweater, Flying Monkey skinnys, cheap Target oxfords, Imoshion red bag… and can’t forget my water tumbler 🙂

Style on, lovers!

xo

Creamy Cinnamon Smoothie

3 May

This smoothy reminds me of Autumn, but it’s fruit based! Perfect medley of Spring and Autumn.

It uses a base of fresh juice, but if a juicer is unavailable you can still make it with purchased juice. Here’s what I used for the juice, which has a hidden vegetable for added nutrition!

  • an orange
  • a carrot
  • mini apple (gala)
  • 1/2″ fresh ginger

Once you have the fresh juice get out your other ingredients for your blender:

  • the juice
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 small/med banana
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon
  • sprinkle of Stevia extract
  • a few ice cubes

You can use a frozen banana for an even creamier texture. The Greek yogurt adds a protein benefit while thickening it, and the almond milk makes it drinkable. Careful not to add too big of a banana because then the taste will take over, otherwise it blends in with the other flavors and brings out the cinnamon cream flavor. Great afternoon snack! Have with some pita chips and hummus… mmmmm 🙂