lately i’ve been…xviii

(Oh, hello! It’s been a while. I hate going this long without blogging, but sometimes life gets in the way.)

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working on the Thailand post. All blogging was put on hold for a while, but I’m trying to gather my thoughts. If there is anything in particular you’re curious about, let me know!

reading Jab, Jab, Jab, Right HookThe Husband’s SecretIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?Crunch Time (part of a food/murder mystery series), Crazy Sexy Diet, and The Kind Diet. (affiliate links!)

crafting!!! Not really, but making my own food photography backgrounds. Or attempting is probably a better word.

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doing lots of fun research: chilaquiles!

working on some backend blog stuff. My site should be faster for you all now, and I apologize that it has been so slow lately. Ugh.

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eating at PettyCash Taqueria. It’s a beautiful space with creative nachos: pig ear and a vegetarian crispy kale and cauliflower. So it means we’ve been there twice already and have tried both nacho varieties.

stitch fix

trying out stitch fix. (affiliate link!) I’ve always been curious about this “online personal styling service” and since I’ve been seriously hating everything in my closet, it was time to try it out! I’ve only gotten one “fix” so far but was pleasantly surprised. A lot of the things I’ve seen in reviews aren’t my style so I honestly wasn’t expecting much. I ended up keeping one sweater (that I love) and would have kept a few other items but they didn’t fit right/were a little too much money. Getting surprise clothes in the mail is amazing. :)

social media, social media, social media! I put together a presentation for work and then did a slew of learn.ist boards on social media for business. It was really fun.

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having some of our best friends in town (+ godson) for a long weekend full of LA activities, lots of food and many hours staring (and smiling) at the baby.  

so excited to have no plans this weekend and get back into the kitchen!

What have you been up to lately?

lately i’ve been…xvii

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attending the Torrey Pines Golf Tournament in San Diego.

reading: Americanah – so good! Then I have no less than a million books already downloaded to read next. By the way, have you used AmazonSmile? You can designate your favorite charity and then 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to the charity of your choice. (I obviously chose MAZON!)

alma restaurant

celebrating Valentine’s Day early at Alma, the 2013 Best New Restaurant by Bon Appétit. (Shown above: homemade english muffin + buratta + uni + caviar) 

house of cards. still obsessed.

making these amazing almond flour muffins from elana’s pantry. I eat them in the morning with my smoothie/juice!

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spending a glorious week in Mexico. Lazy, beach vacations are the best, especially when they involve family. (post coming soon on Sayulita!)

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making fresh ceviche in Mexico. I worried a few times about the fish not being kept cold enough, the little friend who was stabbing the fish with a stick, and keeping it in the fridge for a day. But my brother quickly shut me down, reminding me that I’ve never had fish that fresh. Ok then.

not attending Expo West this year. It’s the first year in seven that I haven’t attended and I’m kind of depressed about it/I feel really out of the loop.

starting to kind of run again. By kind of I mean, walking for a while and running for a while. I don’t hate it.

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still eating my favorite lunch on a weekly basis: qrunch burger + goat cheese + avocado + some turkey slices with more avocado + carrots. It’s satisfying, delicious and requires NO prep.

using four elements golden crown botanical elixir – for mature skin. Because as you know, I’m freaking out about wrinkles. I’ve also started getting serious about using products that are as natural as possible. This line is as good as it gets and I love supporting businesses that I know and believe in (everything is made in my home town).

testing out a ton of new recipes (a lot of them were inspired by our Mexico trip and many will be coming soon!).  

What have you been up to lately?

lately i’ve been…xvi

(I started writing this post SO long ago…where does the time go?)

Republique

eating an AMAZING dinner at Republique. I think it was one of the best meals of my life.

Christmas

really wanting to send out Christmas cards. It seemed like the adult thing to do. But we just couldn’t get our act together so I made a “virtual” one and shared it on facebook instead. Next year?

celebrating New Year’s Eve with an old-school dinner with friends: standing rib roast + roasted fingerlings + mushroom sherry sauce

making some 2014 resolutions/goals. Some are really cool like a big trip and others are…wearing lipstick + perfume every day.

reading and seeing The Wolf of Wall Street. (Thoughts?!)

oatmeal scones

baking these oatmeal scones

eating at L & E Oyster Bar in Silverlake with friends who were visiting.

picking up a copy of kinfolk. Have you seen these magazine/books? Motto: Discover things to cook, make and do. They come out quarterly and are simply stunning. (Recommended by same friend.)

seeing James Turrell exhibit at LACMA. (Also, with same friends…it was a great weekend!)

subsequently deciding that an annual pass to LACMA was necessary.

LA Times

taking a tour of the LA Times. This tour was FANTASTIC. (Did you know that the LA Times is one of the only papers in the country that has a test kitchen?)

on a total smoothie kick. (How to make a green smoothie.)

Getty Villa

visiting the Getty Villa. No words.

Malibu

drinking overpriced wine and mediocre food at Moonshadows in Malibu. (At least the sunset was amazing.)

really busy at work. It’s Spring newsletter season!

loving this lunch: veggie burger (Qrunch and Hilary’s Eat Well are my faves!)  + a slice of melted goat cheese + fresh avocado. OBSESSED! I add baby carrots and deli turkey or chicken on the side for a prep-free meal that is SO satisfying and delicious.

What have you been up to lately?

lately i’ve been…xv

drinking tea again. I don’t drink much tea in the summer, but now that the weather has (sort of) cooled down, I’m all about it. I also try to use Sugar Cookie tea as a dessert in the winter. Sometimes it works. :)

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finishing my half marathon! I ran the Rock N’ Roll Los Angeles on an early Sunday morning. I hit my goal of finishing under two hours (I think my time was 1:57) and I’ve got the terrible race photos to prove it. It feels like that was SO long ago now!

discovering starbucks rewards app. So many convienient things about this app. I can load money and pay with my phone which is the most amazing thing. I’m hooked.

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having little bro in town! We had a great weekend full of exciting hikes, football games, rum at the Tiki Ti and lots of chicken wings.

making fun cocktails. Bourbon Maple Apple Cider from fruetcake was a big hit. I’m not a huge cocktail person, but I tried a sip and Richie loved it. I think it’s a new favorite in our house. Not to mention we now have 78 ounces of apple cider…

having friends in town! SO fun. Dinner at Connie & Ted’s, lunch at Villa Blanca (complete with a Lisa & Ken Vanderpump sighting), shopping, drinks at The Beverly Hills Hotel and dancing at SUR. We packed a lot into 48 hours.

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updating my “About” page. It was long overdue!

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obsessed with all things holiday parties and holiday decorations. (Above is one of my favorites, from Haiti.)

not running. I don’t think I’ve run since the half! I’ve been doing elliptical and/or incline walking, the 7-minute workout and barre3 dvd’s.

getting some Christmas shopping done at Uniuqe LA (modern, made-in-America goods).

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trying out a new restaurant in Culver City called FIN. Delish sushi (and my favorite, crispy rice)!

wrapping lots of gifts and getting them in the mail! CB2 has the cutest wrapping station FYI.

watching my friend Mercedes (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth) on The Today Show! She did absolutely amazing, I’m so proud.

What have you been up to lately? Ready for Christmas?