Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! The weather in southern California has been crazy lately-- it was mid 80s on Monday and today it's windy and cold. Boo. I can't wait for more consistent Spring weather. Anyways, here are my favorites for the week:

1. My new Magic Bullet NutriBullet. I already have a big Ninja blender, but it's too much cleanup and mess during the week when I just want to make a small smoothie before running out the door to work. The magic bullet blends so quickly and there's so much less to clean up-- you blend directly into the cup you will be drinking from, so all you have to clean are the blades.

One of my favorite smoothies to make consists of:
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
  • half a banana
  • 1/2 cup of Trader Joe's Orange Peach Mango juice

2. And speaking of Trader Joe's, I already love their Soyaki sauce for things such as stir-fry veggies, chicken, etc. They now have Island Soyaki, which is a slightly sweeter version of the original that can be used as a marinade for meat, poultry, fish, tofu, etc. 

3. The Shopbop sale that is currently going on is pretty good (up to 25% off on select styles).  I picked up these sandals for summer because I think they look cute AND are probably super comfy.

4. I finally finished my closet organization for Spring (I purge my closet twice a year) and it feels so good to have everything organized again. I did a post on this yesterday which you can read here.

5. I believe the Sephora VIB Rouge sale starts today. I will be buying this hair product to try because I have heard nothing but rave reviews about it. Every single person I know who uses it swears by it. Although I don't color my hair, I have heard it is good for ALL hair types because of its amazing repair properties. I will do a post reviewing this product after it comes and I have used it a few times. If you have used this product, let me know in the comments below if you like it.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How We Wednesday: Spring Cleaning/Organizing

Hello friends!

This is my first 'How We Wednesday' post (linking up with Shay) and this topic spoke right to me because I am the queen of organization and all things clean.  Today's topic is, 'How we Spring clean/organize.' A few things to know about me: I LOVE to purge/clean/'s very therapeutic for me. If I'm stressed, you can find me cleaning or organizing. If my house/work space is not organized, I get distracted and can't focus till it's organized.

Here are my tips for Spring cleaning/organizing:

1. Clean your closet at LEAST once per year. I actually do this about twice a year, once in the Spring and once in December. I either donate what I don't wear or sell it on Poshmark. One trick I use in between the periods of cleaning is to turn my hangers for pieces I have worn. When it comes time to clean/purge, I can easily tell which pieces I am no longer wearing, and then I can donate them.

2.  Install custom shelves, baskets, drawers, etc in places where you store things.  This makes a HUGE difference.  Before I remodeled my closet, it had no shelves and just basic rods.  I bought the Martha Stewart closet organizers from Home Depot and my dad created and installed the space for me.  My closet is so much more organized now and can fit so much more.

3. When buying a new pair of shoes, I force myself to get rid of (i.e. donate) an existing pair. I have limited space for my shoes, so this ensures I always have room. I actually did a HUGE shoe purge this past weekend and am happy to report my closet looks much more organized now.

4. Buy clear bins, containers, and/or dividers. I do this for my closet, drawers, and pantry to help with organization. For my closet, I store delicate items in there (silk tops, etc); for drawers, the organizer compartments store socks and small articles of clothing; for the pantry, I use the containers to store loose items such as gum, mints, sugar packets, etc. The only exception for this is my Christmas ornaments:  I store them in a red and green bin because that's easily identifiable.  I store those on shelves in the garage, which is another tip:  add storage shelves in the garage on top, instead of the floor.  That will save you space.

5. Tackle one room/area a day. Don't try to do everything in one will become overwhelmed and give up. I tend to tackle the hardest/messiest area first...because then I feel accomplished when it's done.

6. Build shelves in spaces where it makes sense. My downstairs coat closet was such a mess before I put shelves in (wrapping paper was piled up, and it was like Tetris to remove something without something else falling). I had my dad install shelves for me and it has made a huge difference (and has allowed me to store more items).

7. Start a community yard sale! My community does this and it encourages everyone to organize/purge/etc. And you can donate the proceeds to charity. :)

8. Hire someone to deep clean your house at least once a year. I'm fine with cleaning my house weekly, but do I really want to deep scrub the tub and dust the walls? No thank you.

9.  And finally, have a system for organizing important papers.  I don't let mail pile up-- I sort through it immediately in my home office and file it away (I have two file cabinets for storage).  I also don't let magazines pile up and only keep the last few copies on my coffee table. I figure if I don't read them in a timely fashion, I should recycle them.

That's all I have. Looking forward to reading everyone's tips! :)


Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I am back. I was hit with the flu pretty hard for two weeks and still don't feel 100%, but I am slowly recovering. Here are my favorites for the week:

1. Saks Fifth Avenue is having their Friends & Family Sale which means 25% off selected clothing and accessories. I ordered these sandals for summer and this structured bag.

2. I bought an Apple Watch a few weeks ago and love it! It only comes with one rubber band, so I was on the hunt for a band that was a bit more formal. I came across this shop on Instagram and ordered a Louis Vuitton watch strap (to match my purse!). What's great about this shop is that he hand-makes custom watch straps using old, authentic LV bags.

3. I am a huge fan of girl scout cookies, especially the thin mints. This candy bar tastes JUST like that and even better.

4.  And finally, for those who live in the L.A. area, Dominique Ansel (the guy who invented the cronut) has opened a bakery at the Grove.  His pastries are not only delicious, but look like beautiful works of art.  Case in point:  this chestnut rose cassis mont blanc that I tired last week. 

Have a great weekend!


Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week. It's been rainy here in Southern California so I'm hoping the sunny forecast for Saturday and Sunday sticks. Here are my favorites for the week:

1. My new coffee table decor! I updated my coffee table after about 5 years of staring at the old decor and love it! I posted about it here. Here is the after:

Items shown: Tray (similar), Flowers (similar), Chanel Book, Acrylic Coasters w/gold base (sold out at Z Gallerie, similar here), Candle (same scent but different jar design)

2. This beautiful, floral ruffle top. I will be wearing it for Easter and spring. It will look great with white pants or even light pink pants, and I like that it's longer in the back.

3. I love all things cats, so when I received this key top as a gift, I put it on my house key. So cute!

4. This hair mask. I received it as a sample from Ulta and decided to try it after reading the reviews. It's an Australian brand and smells AMAZING! But apart from the smell, I love how soft it leaves my hair. I use it twice a week and will be purchasing the full size when my sample runs out.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Coffee Table Update

I don't know about you, but interior decorating stresses me out! When I bought my house 5 or so years ago, I didn't give much thought into decorating, per say. I did do a lot of remodeling when I moved in (kitchen cabinets, installing wood flooring instead of carpet, new paint, new fixtures, etc) but didn't give much thought to interior decorating. I find it so hard because it LOOKS so easy (no thanks to Pinterest, btw), but is actually really hard. Things like mixing metals, fabrics, etc is so confusing. I see others do it and it looks amazing, but when I try to pull it off it looks odd.

I finally decided to update my coffee table and go for a more Pinterest-worthy look, so I thought I would share. If I can do it, anyone can! ;) What do you think?


Items shown: Tray (similar), Flowers (similar), Chanel Book, Acrylic Coasters w/gold base (sold out at Z Gallerie, similar here), Candle (same scent but different jar design)

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week flew by and it was so busy that I did not get a chance to blog at all. Next week will hopefully be a bit calmer. Here are my favorites for the week.

1. I bit the bullet and finally got the iWatch. I guess you could say this has been a long time coming (I've thought about it in the past but the price always kept me away). When my Polar heart rate monitor and Fitbit both stopped working, I decided to cut my losses and spend a little bit more to get everything in one device. In the past, I used my polar to measure heart rate, exercise time, calories burned, etc, and my Fitbit to measure steps. When I saw the iWatch combines all this and more, the decision was easy. I will do a blog post soon reviewing the watch, but so far, I love it!

The specific one I purchased can be found here. And of course, I went for the dusky pink one because it pairs well with my other jewelry like this bracelet that I'm wearing with it.

2. These leggings. They. are. amazing. They suck you in at all the right spots and are super comfy.  Bonus: They come in a blush pink color too. :)

3. 85 Degrees Bakery.  One recently opened near me and I am in love! My favorite item from there is the Sea Salt Iced Coffee (amazing-- just make sure you shake it well before consuming) and the yummy bakery items they have available.

4. This mug I found at Home Goods.So funny!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week flew by and for that I am glad...bring on the weekend! Here are my favorites for the week:

1. I have been on the hunt for a coin necklace I can layer without breaking the bank and finally found this one. How cute is that? And it's affordable. :)

2. As you already know, I love coffee AND I'm a fan of cats, so when I saw this sweatshirt online, I had to buy it. I wear it all the time-- to the gym, when lounging around at home, and when traveling. I paired it last week with comfy pink leggings on a rainy day. It also comes in two colors (black or white). You can find it here.

3. And speaking of cats, how adorable are these cat mugs? I *almost* bought them from Home Goods but I honestly don't have room for more mugs at home. I have a gazillion mugs already.

4. As of Latte, who makes the cat sweatshirt in #2 above, also sells coffee! They sent me these two flavors to sample and I can't wait to try them. Hello Whisky #7!

5. And finally, my last favorite item of the week is Trader Joe's cauliflower pizza crust. I posted a full review here for those interested.


Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Review: Trader Joe's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Happy Tuesday!

Today, I am posting about one of my favorite foods (pizza) but with a twist: I am reviewing Trader Joe's cauliflower pizza crust. I had been curious to try this since it first launched last year, but it was so popular that Trader Joe's was always sold out of it. I finally found the item last week while shopping and was super excited to try it, so I thought I would review it on here for those who are curious.

Nutritionally speaking, the crust has less carbs than a traditional dough crust and is less caloric. Here is the nutrition info for those interested. It is meant to be cut into 6 slides, so the info below is per slice. Not too shabby.

The crust comes frozen and is supposed to remain frozen until you use it (do not thaw it). You place the frozen crust on a baking sheet and bake for 450 degrees F for about 15 minutes. Then you flip the crust and bake the other side for the same amount of time. This is where I ran into some trouble: I could not flip the crust without breaking it. I even tried using two spatulas with no luck. Here is the before pic and after pic of my sad, broken crust. If anyone has a trick or secret to flipping this, let me know in the comments section below. But I pieced it back together and forged on with the toppings.


Once you bake the crust, the rest is easy: spread the sauce of your choice, add the cheese, and finally the toppings. I like lots of veggies on my pizza, hence the pile.

You then place the pizza back in the oven on the broil setting and leave it in there for a few minuets (or longer if you like your pizza crust crispy).

The entire process was very easy. Here is my finished pizza and a slice to show you the thickness of the crust.

Now onto the important question: taste. In terms of taste, it was quite good. I likened the crust to polenta for some reason and really liked it. I would definitely buy this again.  In summary:

-Comes frozen so you can keep it in your freezer for days you want to quickly make a pizza.
-Cost: only $3.99!
-Crust is thin and you are saving some carbs with this.
-Bakes quicklythe whole process took about 30 minutes, minus chopping all the veggies-- that took the most time.
-Taste: quite good!

-Size: If you are feeding a family of 3 or more, one pizza is not enough. This pizza is meant for one person (if super hungry) or can be split.
-Availability: It's often sold out at Trader Joe's and can be hard to find.
-Breaks apart when flipping. I think next time, I will forgo flipping the crust.


Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 Oscar Fashion

I love watching award shows mainly for the fashion, and the 2018 Oscars did not disappoint! I noticed a trend of metallic and bright colors, which I loved because I find it hard to stand out in a black gown. Color and sparkle are what get my attention.

My FAVORITE gown was this draped brown dress that Zendaya wore. So stunning!

And here are the other gowns that caught my eye worth mentioning:

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