Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Have I mentioned how much I love Instagram, I think I have. What I try to tell people who don’t understand why I’m on my phone all the time (mostly my mom), is that the amazingness of your feed is all in who you follow.

Here’s a few of my current favorites in the lifestyle category…


1. Hannah Bronfman

2. Kelli Lamb

3. Local Milk

4. UniqFind

Friday, January 8, 2016

In an effort to add consistency to my healthy lifestyle, I need to find more recipes that are both easy and yummy. I refuse to eat anything that’s healthy but doesn’t satisfy me. Or something that’s yummy, but takes way too long to make. That being said, here’s something I tried and will for sure make it again, which is why I’m sharing.

Eat Clean_Lentils

I found the lentil mix on Pinterest because I bought a bag of lentils and had no idea what to do with them. I just knew I wanted to eat some. The recipe included the lentil/sweet potato mix, I decided to add the brown rice and avocado, which made it a more hearty meal. It’s really easy and yummy. Here are the ingredients so you can decide if you’re interested, but head over to Eat, Live Run for the instructions.

  • 1/2 cup green lentils
  • 1/2 large carrot, peeled and small diced
  • 1/4 cup small diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 stalk celery, small diced
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

The recipe makes enough to have three bowls like the one above and use the rest for a delicious soup. I blended the remaining lentil mix with some coconut milk and it was an easy way to turn one meal into two!

Note: This is supposed to be a spicy dish, but I did not include the serrano pepper in mine.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If you saw my post about wanting to lose weight where I posted “before” photos of myself, then you know food and body image has been a struggle for me since about the age of 10. You may also notice I deleted that post with those photos because, oh my god what was I thinking?!

The update, however is that I lost about 25 lbs!! There will be no “after” pictures because I’m over the over-sharing thing.

Eat Clean / Pretty Haute Mess

I’m talking about food and body image today because I’ve had another growth spurt in this area and I wanted to share… When I recently lost those 25 lbs, I was on a mission to eat super clean, exercise a lot and get my six-pack back. My husband was whispering to me that I was being extreme (again), but I didn’t listen (again).

Thankfully, I realized my extreme ways again before it was too late. This time, instead of reverting back to my laissez-faire ways (aka, self deprecating) and gaining the weight back, I caught myself and realized I wanted to give moderation a try. What if I didn’t stress about food and how much I’m exercising or how thin I wanted to be, and just kept active and ate real food (no fried or fast-food and limited sweets)…? While this may seem so easy and obvious for most, it’s actually the first time I have been willing to give it a try for more than a day. It’s been a few weeks now and I feel like a weight is lifted. I will try my best to keep it going….

I wake up in the morning and go running with my dog for about 2.5 – 3 miles. I don’t go to Crossfit or to TRX anymore… While I truly loved those workouts, I just can’t do anything that drives me to extremes. Trying to fit in all those workouts, plus some basic cardio, was exhausting. I have to keep things simple. I have so much fun running with Bishop, but never thought it was a “good enough” workout for me. Lame.

I’m eating clean, real food, not perfect food. By “perfect” I mean, no carbs, no bad fats, limited good fats and no desserts. I really don’t think it’s a breakfast like the one above that makes me gain weight (real eggs with whole grain toast, Balade light butter and organic jelly)… It’s the binges, the processed food and the sugar that destroys my health and my confidence. But believe it or not, this breakfast feels like a spurge to me.

I would love to hear your thoughts, especially if you’re in the same boat. It will always be a struggle, we just have to keep growing and work through it, right?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Monster Cupcake_Oh Happy Day

Love these printable mini-monster cupcakes holders! I might download them and wrap them around little planters with mini succulents… Since cupcakes don’t last long in my home. To be honest, neither do plants, but at least longer than food.

***You can download the prints and see the DIY over on Oh Happy Day, along with SO MANY more Halloween ideas for food, costumes and decor.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

instagram / Pretty Haute Mess

1. There’s a new Joan’s On Third in Studio City, which opened about a month ago. I’m really excited about it since the other one is in mid-city on 3rd street and it’s impossible to get to it because of parking. Plus it’s just a lot farther for me now that I live in Sherman Oaks. This cafe/market is somewhere I can see myself making a second office when I’m no longer working full time. There’s yummy food and desserts, but most importantly great design and atmosphere.

2. Not sure what all of you are doing for Halloween tomorrow, but I’ll be watching Gremlins with the kids (my cat and dog). Lamont will probably end up at a party since he likes people.

3. The weather in L.A. is not as cool as I would like it, but it’s definitely cooler and it’s helping me get out of the office more for lunch. Even if I just run a couple errands, it’s nice to get out since my office doesn’t have any windows.

4. I’m so excited for the little re-design going on in our apartment. We’re making some changes in our shared office and if all goes as planned, it’s going to be awesome. Little hint: large white desk! However, currently I want to pull my hair out with the mess that exists in our entryway and office (which share the same wall). I gave my niece our white console table, but haven’t found (or built) the shelving I want for the entryway yet.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I apologize for the super cheesy post title, but I couldn’t resist. Now, you might think I’m celebrating being vegan for a year perhaps, but you would be wrong. Today, I’m celebrating the small milestone of being vegan for one whole month. This is big guys.

Veganniversary / PrettyHauteMess

For the past couple years I have wanted to go vegan, or at least vegetarian, but did neither. Instead, I criticized my brother and his wife for being vegan. Lashing out was my modus operandi, until I realized I was just envious of their ability to do it and to have that kind of discipline. Food was the part of my life where I had almost zero discipline. Food has always been my biggest weakness. Until now.

For the last month, I don’t even know if I physically feel different yet because I’m too caught up in how awesome I feel emotionally after simply making the decision to go vegan and being able to stick with it. To be clear, my decision had nothing to do with my food addictions, but it has really given me strength just knowing I can overcome them. Some foods I thought I could never live without, I don’t even miss.

So if not to overcome my food issues, why then you might be asking?… The reasons to be vegan just simply outweighed the reasons not to.

My reason why not to be vegan:

“I just can’t do it, food is too important to me.”

My reasons why to be vegan:

*Environment/Politics – Factory farms are the leading cause of global warming. Factory farms mistreat workers (not to mention the animals).

*Health – Animal protein is the leading cause of heart disease.

*Animals – I care too much about animals to eat them or support what is done to them at factory farms.

Now, if you’re not vegan you might be asking, can one person really contribute to changing those HUGE issues? The answer is yes, all change starts with one person. For a very long time, only 1% of our population was vegan and over the last year that has doubled.

Maybe even some of you who are on the fence will be inspired by this post and decide to go vegan. I can only hope this is the case, even if just one of you.

If you’re already vegan, I welcome tips, advice and recipes of course.

**Digital Illustration:  Ongoing project of mine turning Instagrams into vector drawings. This was my niece on her 18th birthday.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

As an introvert, I love Twitter and Instagram. They’re my outlets. However, I don’t do either one as often as I’d like because I believe in just living life without an iPhone glued to my hand. These are just a few of my favorites lately.

I”m not a huge fan of “selfies”. If I were, then one of these instagrams would be of me with my new haircut. In an effort to get my swag back (not sure where I lost it), I recently chopped all my hair off and did a little shopping at Buffalo Exchange. I love my hair and the few great pieces I found to add to my wardrobe.

At least twice a month my husband and I grab breakfast at Phil’s over at the Farmer’s Market. And then we do our loop around The Grove since it’s next door. We’re usually there early so stores aren’t open yet, but Barnes and Noble opens early. I LOVE the magazine section and I feel like there’s always a million mags I’ve never seen before.

Sometimes, after our romp around The Grove, we take the scenic route home through Brentwood and Santa Monica just to switch things up. We take Sunset all the way to the coast, head North on PCH and then take Topanga Canyon.

We recently purchased an iPad and I feel super spoiled with it. It’s a worthwhile purchase since I have an iMac. Rather than buying a laptop, the iPad is my mobile device. The day after we bought it, I hung out at Graffiti Cafe eating a yummy muffin, drinking a yummy latte and perusing my favorite digital magazines. It was a good day.