Loving Lately

Hi Sweet Friends! Welcome back to another favorites post πŸ™‚ I’ve been loving a lot of things recently so I’ve been trying to break it up into some different posts so you don’t have to read a massive text book of the things I’ve been obsessed with!

I’ve been really diggin’ all the floral vibes and when I saw this bag at Aldo I couldn’t resist. Also, this store has become a problem for me-a problem in the sense I can’t seem to leave without buying something every time I go in. What’s wrong with me??

The bag can be crossbody, a wristlet, or you can carry it as a clutch which I love because I love having options.

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I discovered this next item on whim. I was standing in line at Trader Joe’s hungry (story of my life) and I saw this chocolate. I couldn’t resist and threw it into my basket and now here it is on my favorites list.

The chocolate is creamy and smooth, but the plethora of hazelnuts add crunch. If you love Hershey’s with almonds I think you’ll love this…the chocolate quality is better here too πŸ˜€

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I LOVE smelling good and good smells just make me so happy and if I could somehow photograph smelling good as a favorite I would, but I can’t so instead I’ve picked a couple of my favorite scents this summer.

These body sprays by VS smells fruity, floral and sweet. I’ve been spraying them on post shower, when I need to feel refreshed, and even at bedtime. I can’t tell you how delicious these smell!

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Last, but not least are fresh flowers. I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about fresh flowers as a favorite, but I really love having them around the house. They just add a pop of color and can freshen up any vibe you’re going for.

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Do you love having fresh flowers? What’s your favorite chocolate currently? Talk to me friends and let me know!

 

Meals with Friends: Sage

This is a little mini series I am currently doing that has to do with some fun eating we’ve been doing with friends. Here is post one and post two.

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Out of the three restaurants that we had been to this one may have been my favorite! It was all vegan errything and it was amazing.

This restaurant was picked by the friends we went to lunch with and hats off to them because Sage was everything I wanted/needed and more.

They had kombucha on tap so we got a glass to share between the hubs and I.

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We also ordered some nachos for the table so we could munch over the menu. These nachos were made with delicious, fresh tortilla chips, jackfruit (as the meat), pickled veggies, guac, and cashew cheese. Everything about this was incredible and delicious and so satisfying.

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It was crunchy, creamy, spicy-ugh I want another plate now!

For our main we shared the breakfast burrito which came with beans, rice, tofu scramble, avocado, and potatoes. This was seriously so hearty and filling and perfect.

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Again, we did not have dessert here…this seems to be a common theme with us! But due to the heat we had a cone and Mcflurry from Mickey D’s! Also somehow didn’t get a pic of this…bad blogger!

What are some of your favorite vegan spots?

Let’s talk Arugula

I think it might be the summer heat that’s left me craving fresh salads all the time-including breakfast πŸ˜€

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I’ve been loving mixing up greens and a particular green I’ve been enjoying throwing in is arugula. It goes great with some eggs for breakfast or into a salad for some extra flavor in your greens.

This peppery leaf can be a little underrated though. I feel like kale and spinach get a lot of the glory, but arugula is still a dark(ish) leafy green. It’s filled with antioxidants and who couldn’t use more of those?

It’s also got some vitamin C to help with boosting your immune system. It’s hard to imagine now with it being so hot, but when cold and flu season come up this might be a good mix-in for soups, omelettes, and other warm dishes.

Arugula contains vitamin A which is great for your eyes since it helps protect the surface of your eyes.

Did you know it also contains some calcium for strong and healthy bones? I don’t do dairy milk so getting in calcium wherever and however is pretty important to me and I know my bones will thank me later on.

There are so many different types of greens out there and they all have so much good nutrition in them so if arugula is not your thing that’s totally okay. I just wanted to highlight it because I think it’s a fun change up!

Do you like arugula? How do you use it?

Brunch with Bae

Do you guys remember when I talked about Blu Jam Cafe? It was a pretty excellent experience last time and sadly we hadn’t been back since then. I guess that’s the issue of living in LA. Too many places to go and not enough time or belly space πŸ˜€

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We made time last week and hit up Blu Jam for round 2. I got the Migas this time and bae got the Powerhouse.

Migas came with eggs, beef chorizo, mozz cheese (I subbed cheddar), and tortilla chips. It came with a side of the crispiest breakfast potatoes and a few corn tortillas! This was honestly me in a breakfast bowl.

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Bae’s Powerhouse came with egg whites with spinach and two pieces of chicken with salsa to top it all off.

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It was a hot day and so we ended up skipping their famous french toast this time around and stopping by Menchie’s for some frozen yogurt.

I got pineapple sorbet and cake batter with some mango popping balls!

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Bae got all the sorbets: pineapple, watermelon, and honeydew plus some strawberry froyo. He added some mochi, almonds, and whipped cream on top πŸ™‚

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Perfect to cool down us and our sweet teeth!

Are you a sweet breakfast person or savory? Let me know in the comments below.

Meals with Friends: Badmaash

This is post 2 in my mini series of Meals with Friends. If you want to read the first one then feel free to go here.

The hubs and I heard about Badmaash a LONG time ago. We’ve been wanting to come since then, but timing would never work out or we weren’t feeling Indian.

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When a friend hit me up to go to Badmaash specifically we knew this was the perfect time to make the leap and go for it. Badmaash is Indian with a modern twist. The restaurant is small, but well designed.

It was pretty warm in there when we went, but we had food and a friend so we were content.

We started with both types of samosas-butter chicken and veggie. They were known for the butter chicken and it was the favorite of the two, but I think it would be impossible to Β go wrong with either.

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One is fried dough with curried chicken stuffed in it and the other is stuffed with spice filled vegetables-that’s winning in my book.

We also got the tandoor chicken which came with these beautiful pickled radishes and onions. The chicken was charred to perfection-savory and juicy.

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We also got the butter chicken curry and naan to go with it. It was slightly sweet, savory, and had a lot warming spices. The naan was fresh and hot and I love that slight burnt taste too πŸ™‚

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Even though all the desserts were enticing we had dessert planned prior to this and decided to go to SK Donuts and try their new Creme BrΓ»lΓ©e donut.

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Obviously we had to get some of our usual favorite as well…

If you live in SoCal have you tried Badmaash? What did you think??

Full Day of Eating

Happy Monday Friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and I wanted to share with you another full day of eats.

I don’t know what the deal with was this day, but I wasn’t super hungry. Normally I’m ravenous once I wake up and especially after my workout, but my body was not about the food this morning. So I kept it basic and started my morning off with a multi grain waffle with almond butter and some bluebs.

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Some friends and I had made plans for lunch at noon! We went to Joey and I felt my appetite kind of crawling up so I was excited πŸ™‚

I ended up going for the rotisserie chicken sandwich. It had rotisserie chicken, cheese, tomato and lettuce. It came with these thin, crispy, perfect fries so I definitely ate some of those.

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I ate half of the sandwich and had half the fries and took the rest of the sandwich home to hubby.

Hubby and I ran around after he got home from work and after all the running around I was getting hungry again so we had a pretty early dinner at Tomoya.

To start we got some miso soup. I love miso soup and it totally hit the spot-so warm and soothing!

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We also nibbled on edamame while we figured out which rolls we wanted.

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We ended up picking 2 rolls: a spicy tuna without rice and a rainbow roll with blue crab. Both were good, but I definitely preferred the spicy tuna!

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We had made plans to go see Hotel Transylvania 3 after dinner, but we made in time to find dessert first. We went to Jeni’s. Honestly some of the best ice-cream I have had to date.

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We ended up getting a flight of minis so we got to pick 3 flavors. We picked peanut butter with chocolate flakes, gooey butter cake, and brown butter almond brittle. The hubs loved the PBC and gooey butter cake the best. I loved the gooey butter cake and brown butter almond brittle the most.

We watched the movie-super cute by the way and then headed home! That concludes my FDOE which kinda turned into a bit of a full day of living too.

What did you eat today? Let me know in the comments below!

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Random Foods I’m Loving

I’ve been loving a lot lately and I know from this blog you know how much I love food so here are some foods I’ve been really enjoying!

These snap pea crisps are light, crunchy and delicious. I like that they have a little bit of protein in them and they really satisfy my crunch tooth πŸ˜‰

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Speaking of crunchy things these plantain chips are not filled with protein, but they are savory and delicious. These have been my favorite flavor recently!

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This jackfruit curry from Trader Joe’s has been hitting the spot when I need a meal I don’t need to think about. It is spicy and flavorful!

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I just can’t seem to get enough of s’mores this summer and so I keep eating them and eating them…

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Last, but not least the roasted potatoes from TJ’s has been my go to for breakfasts. I’ve been making breakfast burritos every morning and these are the perfect addition to them!

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Obviously this isn’t all the food I’ve been eating or enjoying, but these are some of my more recent favorite finds (minus the s’mores) so I wanted to share! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what foods you’ve been enjoying this summer!

 

Meals with Friends-Joey

How are things in your neck of the woods? Also, how did “neck of the woods” become a thing?

Over here we’ve been little social butterflies and having all the meals with some peeps we just love. Because of that we’ve been eating at some new, some old, but all delicious places so I thought it would be fun to share in a mini-series called Meals with Friends.

Super orig. I know…let’s just get on with the socializing and eating, yeah?

You know how much I love Joey so it seemed like a good place to gather some friends to eat some good food and hang out.

We app’d it up with some wings (freaking crunchy, savory goodness)Β and some lettuce wraps (fresh and sweet). Sadly no pictures of it…oops!

I won’t lie I felt super torn about what to get for dinner, but ended up ordering this bbq salmon bowl. The salmon was perfectly cooked. The bbq sauce wasn’t over bearing and super sweet which I liked. It came with some steamed (?) veggies and brown rice.

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The hubs also had some difficult food choices, but he settled on the Farmer’s Chopped Chicken salad. We shared both things and I really enjoyed the salad. It was fresh and the chicken added heartiness to make it feel like a meal.

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We were too full for dessert, but later that night the hubs and I did try out some new ice-creams πŸ˜€

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T’was a lovely night and any meal shared with loved ones is a great meal πŸ™‚ What are your favorite go-to places for dinner with friends? Do you have a usual spot or do you like to try new places?

Let me know in the comments below! See you next time!!

 

A true brunch

I feel like I’ve posted on here about Leo & Lily’s a few times, but it’s definitely one of our favorite go to spots for any meal, but especially brunch.

We came one Saturday for brunch and then I made a rash decision to have a sandwich from their lunch section. Major shocker! But isn’t that what brunch is about? Combining lunch and breakfast and making it one beautiful delicious meal?

I ended up getting the pastrami sandwich and it was amazing, but I could only finish half of it along with all of my side salad. Β We did end up eating the rest late night though so that was a nice treat πŸ™‚

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To keep up with the breakfast side of things the hubs stuck with the breakfast section and got his usual egg white frittata that he loves!

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I love that there is something for everyone here! It’s seriously great food-I’ve never had anything bad here and it’s such a super cute spot to bring friends, family, a date πŸ˜‰

What is your go-to brunch place?

 

Loving, into, obsessed-My favorites

Honestly, whatever you wanna call it, it’s basically a favorites. I’ve been kinda loving a lot lately and it all makes me happy as anything!

This NYX Slip Tease in the shade Rosy Outlook is so beautiful and glossy. I’ve been loving glossier lips and this is an incredible color. I ate with this on and even though it did come off it didn’t come off patchy and awful. It kinda just looked faded or rubbed off, but evenly. Does that make sense?

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When it was still fresh and unopened…

I’ve been loving doing my nails again and find it pretty therapeutic. This hot pink color from Sally Hansen has been brightening up my hands and feet!

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This play-suit that this picture is doing no justice for. It’s the most gorgeous, vivid green and it fits amazingly. It’s light and easy to throw on for when you want to look nice, but don’t have the time, energy, or effort to put in πŸ™‚

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I found these earrings at Aldo and needed them because I needed a few more everyday pairs and I like shiny things!

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The missing pair are these golden bubbly studs!

This basic white t-shirt that is made not so basic with the cactus coming out of the pocket was too cute to not have.

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Another polish I’ve been really into is this turmeric yellow shade from OPI. I found this at TJ Maxx and couldn’t resist it.

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These shorts were on sale at H&M and they are so nice! I love that you can tie them up to really accentuate your waist and what more-they have butterflies on them!!

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Speaking of glossy lips, this lipstick by Revlon in the shade Wine with Everything #520 is beautiful. It gives you subtle, pearly shine and a good wash of color. It’s not super pigmented, but it’s great for a everyday no mess, no fuss type of situation.

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I LOVE this dress. It’s navy and floral and who isn’t digging the floral situation this summer? It’s just lovely to look at and even better on!

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There are so many other things, but I will cap it off at that for now! Next Friday, I’m thinking about doing a food favorites type of situation. Let me know what you think!

What are some things you are into lately?