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I’m about to unplug but I thought I’d leave you with a little outfit post. We’re on our w ay to Boyaca (a department outside of Bogota) to my grandpa’s new farm, where we will begin our calbagata (horseback riding trip). We will end in 3 days in Suesca at my aunt’s farm, stopping in small towns along the way.

On day one, I am inspired by a classic equestrian look: oatmeal colored turtle neck, plaid scarf, leather riding boots and riding pants. My hat is by Goorin Bros.

A little trip: travel essentials

I’m currently sitting at LAX, sipping a $14 smoothie (the absurdity), waiting for my flight to board. This week, I’m headed to Colombia for a little pre-holiday adventure with my family.

It’s set to be my most challenging vacation yet (no beach to be sat on, no TV, Internet, or phone), but rather a lot of time to sit and think and see and feel and enjoy the company you’re with and the wine you’re drinking. Sometimes, you need to take a moment and reset your self.

I’m a huge fan of NOT having to travel with extra baggage, so I tried to pack as light as possible.

Here are my travel essentials: Goorin Bros hat for going incognito when I need to, some reading material I’ve been dying to catch up on: Alpine Magazine, my iPad, a few books. My new favorite scarf to cozy up with and my camera to capture every moment

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LA Holidaze

I’m in LA this month, and I’m not sure if it’s the 80 degrees, or the busyness of catching up with friends and family after months of not seeing each other, but I’m NOT in the holiday mood. Or rather, I’m not feeling like it’s the holiday season.

I’m currently forcing myself to listen to Christmas music while I bake cookies in hopes that it will spark something. Does everyone else feel that way? It’s not that I’m rejecting it, it just feels like it’s happening so fast!

Anyway, here are a couple snaps I’ve taken during the last two weeks. Starting with some California sunsets (11.27.14)

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Griffith Park hike (11.29.14)

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Lunch with Mateo (11.30.14)

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Dad’s Office (12.03.14)

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On Wilshire (11.24.14)

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The LACMA, Pierre Huyghe (11.24.14)

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The Rose Bowl (11.27.14)

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Beverly Hills (12.05.14)

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Mostly just a bunch of palm trees and beautiful views. I’ll pop more on here tomorrow! I’m leaving next week for some more adventures! Can’t wait to share them with you!

 

Better Than Your Nonna’s Meatballs.

Sometimes, I get into Italian Momma-mode and want to make the biggest, carb-iest, most comforting dish! It’s usually meatballs, which is perfectly fine because meatballs rock and you can never have too many. My mom is Italian and Mexican, and we grew up with a lot of recipes passed down from the Mexican side, and very few from the Italian side so I’ve begun to create my own dishes.

These, I call my “Better Than Your Nonna’s Meatballs”. (And don’t worry, you don’t have to tell Nonna that mine are better. It’ll be our little secret). They’re your traditional meatball recipe crafted to foodie and Dre-Dre perfection! I think you’ll love them.

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When creating a recipe on my own, I usually take a base recipe (one from my favorite cookbook, Pinterest or a family recipe) and then completely deconstruct it and flourish it until it’s my own. For this recipe, I used The Barefoot Contessa’s meatball recipe from her book, “How Easy Is That?”. My recipe is entirely different than hers (mostly just used for measurements) but I think it’s fair to give her credit.

My version is: gluten free, dairy free, and paleo-ish (they have bread crumbs).

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To put Nonna to shame you’ll need:

1/2 lb italian sausage

1/2 lb 80% ground beef

1 shallot sauteed in butter

chopped parsley (about 1/4th cup)

handful chopped basil 

one egg

3/4 cup of wine red wine

1 pinch celery salt

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp red chili flakes

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 c gluten free italian bread crumbs (you can use regular though)

1 pinch of rosemary

1 (BIG) pinch of salt and pepper

3 tbsp grassfed butter

1 zucchini *(if making zoodles or regular pasta/spaghetti if you want that)

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Off camera, I chopped my shallot and sauteed it in some (1 tbsp) butter in a skillet. Next, I placed all my ingredients in a bowl plus a nice splash of my vino (wine) and mixed them all up. You’ll probably need to get a little dirty in order to mix everything up, so don’t be afraid to use your (clean!) hands.

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Once everything is mixed, start forming your mixture into 1 1/2″ balls and set them aside.

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Heat your cast iron skillet on medium with the rest of your butter. Once the pan is hot, place your balls into the skillet. Brown each side for about 4 minutes on each side until lightly brown all around.

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Add the rest of your wine (1/4 cup) to your skillet and place the whole thing in the oven. Cook them for about 15-20 minutes. When they’re done, pop ‘em out and put them back on the stove.

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Now, for this part I kind of cheated: I used jarred pasta sauce (“If you can’t make your own homemade sauce, store bought is fine!”lol, points if you get my reference)… but don’t worry Barefoot Contessa! I used GOOD pasta sauce. I put the pan on very low heat and poured my sauce over the meatballs to heat it up.

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This night, I decided to be low-carb/GF so I used a peeler to make shred my zucchini into zoodles. I heated them up in a shallow pan with a tablespoon of water and a pinch of salt. Tyty made regular spaghetti which is good too.

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Top your pasta with the meatballs and sauce and enjoy!

Buon Appetito!

Knits

There’s something about the first snow that jumpstarts me into holiday mode! All I want to do is drink chai by a fire and cozy up in my favorite sweaters.

I’ll be spending the holiday season in warmer temps this year so I’m savoring as much pre-christmas snow time as possible, starting with my outfit ;)

Below I’m wearing my new Forever 21 cable knit, a tartan blanket scarf, and J.Crew wool boot socks.

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Knits and wool are just so comfy on a chilly day! What are YOU wearing on a snow day?

#BreakTheInternet: My Kim K Appreciation Story.

Okay, I waited a day or two to write this piece because, like myself, I think the whole online world was trying to wrap their head around it…

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Kim Kardashian posed in her bday suit (ironically, shortly after her actual bday) for the cover of Paper Magazine with her very large, very baby-oiled derriere on display. Backlash ensued:

“You’re a mother! Have some respect!”

“Eww so photoshopped.”

“Omg! This is so, totally racist!”

And of course, “Why is she even famous!?”

I find it remarkable that this grinded so many people’s gears! Granted, I was a little surprised to find that the spread included full-frontal nudie pics, but honestly, the original cover picture wasn’t so shocking or tasteless for me. Art is art, even if you don’t agree with it. There’s a million and one ways to perceive this photoshoot. Does this backlash come because of who she is? Because she’s a reality star turned icon (to some, maybe to others not so much)?

She’s a public figure, and in today’s reality-TV filled, social media crazed, pop culture world– it’s no surprise she is where she is today. The world and culture changes as time goes on… The meaning of “celebrity” evolves and it is no longer confined to “actress”, “model”, “singer”. As technology and culture evolves, things are no longer black and white.

Isn’t that the point of social media anyway? To blur the lines between what and who we know personally and go beyond that? To connect people in a way we’ve never seen before this generation? If this is the case, why is it so shocking that a “normal” has turned into the #mosttalkedaboutcoupleintheworld (ha, see what I did there?). It’s not like she’s sitting on her famous ass (ha, another one!) doing nothing like some Insta-famous people do..

-She owns multiple stores (not just boutiques that some parent slapped her name and face on, but actual brick and mortar stores she and her sisters built)

-She has a clothing line, a makeup line, and is the brand ambassador for countless products and brands

-She pioneered a new genre of television that we are all apparently EATING UP. (How many reality shows have spawned since the start of KUWTK?)

-She’s also had a couple minor rolls in movies, television, and Bound 2 videos (lol).

-She even tried her hand at singing (rapping?), which sucked, but at least she tried. How many of you have tried to sing?

-All the while she has maintained stardom as a wife (more than once, so what!), a mom, and a style and beauty icon.

Moreover, she turned her 15 minutes of Paris Hilton-induced fame into $45 million dollars and a Kardashian family media empire. You gotta respect the hustle with that. In fact, we helped create these opportunities for her by keeping her in demand. By talking about her in magazines and tabloids, by buying the products and watching the shows. If they didn’t bring in an ROI, then these brands wouldn’t keep using her. This new style of business and marketing works, and it’s here to stay.

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Personally, I owe her a lot: Back in pre-Kardashianland, it wasn’t cool to have dark hair or curves. I grew up with a lot of blonde hair, blue eyed peers and secretly wished I looked like them. A couple years later, I had just transferred schools and a group of girls made it their job to be very, very mean to me. They made up rumors, called me names like “ugly” and “Armo” (an extremely rude ethnic slur–which happens to NOT be my ethnicity but they were pretty ignorant to begin with…), and fat. I struggled greatly with my body image (who doesn’t at 15?) and my butt seemed to get in the way of everything (particularly my pants). I developed an extremely self loathing attitude.

During this mean girls experience, Kim K began her epic rise to stardom. There was this stunningly beautiful Armenian woman who everyone was obsessed with–and she had a HUGE ass! Suddenly, every one wanted long dark hair. Curves, big butts, and boobs were embraced by men and finally the women who had them. I think a lot of people forget that aspect of Kim K. She might be a bit of an exhibitionist and overly sexualizes herself, but she has flaws and she’s different and she embraces that. A lot of people didn’t do that before. I admit, I was finally confident in myself again and maybe for the first time in my life. If that sounds a bit superficial, fine. But that’s the way it is (and was) for me.

She might be “famous for nothing” to some, but to me she reminded me that despite looking “different” we are all beautiful and there is no shame in having a big butt. (Even if it is awkwardly covered in baby oil and plastered on a magazine cover…)

All this being said, I know this is not everyone’s story nor is it everyone’s opinion. I just want people to see that this is a hard working woman. She may have made some mistakes in the past and may be building her empire in a very unconventional way, but that is what entrepreneurship is all about: finding a market, doing something you love in that market, and making a change. She’s changed the market for celebrity, changed it for business, and definitely changed it for marketing. It just so happens she’s doing it in a new age way by #breakingtheinternet.  We helped her with that too.

What do you guys think? I know we ALL have opinions on the Kardashian brand and I wanna hear yours! Discuss, discuss in the comments!!

Snowy Days

Well… The beautiful days of fall came to a screeching halt! Since Monday we’ve had non-stop snow and temps at ZERO degrees. SO COLD. Yesterday, I decided to warm myself up with Starbucks’ new Chestnut Praline latte. A friend had posted about it on Facebook and you know I love myself a festive drink!Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

Pumpkin spice things are good, but I wasn’t running around buying PS-flavored burgers and bacon and toothpaste.. (Okay, I might have bought pumkin spice chips but that’s because they were on sale… ) Either way, I’m glad there’s a new flavor in town! The Chestnut Praline is damn delicious and doesn’t have that heavily sweet taste that the PSL or other flavored drink have. I take mine with soy, no whip (200 cals, 4 g fat/tall) but apparently the non-fat milk version is only 160 cals with no whip. Sounds like a calorie bargain to me!

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GO AND TRY IT! Let me know what you think!!!

ps. today is buy one get one on holiday drinks, so you HAVE to try one ;)

Saying Goodbye to Fall

Boulder has had a rather unusual autumn season. While beautiful, the fall months are usually extremely short: hints of color and crisp autumn air for about two weeks and then it’s all lost to the first frost in early October. Halloween almost always has snow on the ground and costumes are planned around being weather proof.

This year was different though. The summer felt longer, warmer, and when autumn came we were really able to enjoy it. Weekends were always gloriously sunny and in the mid-70s. Tank tops and roof decks were still an option and we had NO snow before Halloween!… In fact, as I write this, we still have not had any snow.

The colors were exceptional this year, and I think that most Boulderites agreed: this was the most beautiful autumn they’ve ever seen in Colorado.

 

We knew that this weekend would probably be the last beautiful one for a while, so Tyty and I decided to take advantage of it. We started off Saturday morning with a latte at our neighborhood cafe, Spruce Confections.

 

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We then hit Pearl St, which was bustling and busy with others enjoying the 75 degree weather. We popped into a couple shops and talked about how we wished it wouldn’t snow quite yet.

To celebrate the warm weekend, I wore my new Nasty Gal dress that I was sure I’d have to keep in my closet until I went to LA later this month.

We finished with a wine tasting at our favorite: West End Wine Shop.

How did you enjoy the weekend?

Skinny Teatox Challenge: Part 2

Alright, so I’ve officially completed 48 hours of this teatox. Here’s what’s been goin’ on since I started, staring with my meal/workouts…

First things first: the tea. The teatox is made up of two teas. One is a loose leaf “Morning Tea” which you drink in the morning after steeping for about 5 minutes. It’s energizing and tastes good too (like a mix between mate and green teas). The second is the “Night Tea” which should be had every other night after being steeped 2-4 minutes.

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Day 1:

Breakfast: I started by my making my tea (boil enough water to fill a mug and steep the loose tea in it for about 5 mins) and sip on it throughout the morning, drink 2 glasses of water, and eat a banana.

Lunch: I usually make a salad at home: something along the lines of spinach with avocado, chicken, and tomatoes and a lemon, olive oil/red wine vinegar dressing. I also sprinkled some chia seeds for extra omega-3’s and had a hard boiled egg about an hour later.

Dinner: I had some chicken noodle soup from Zoe Ma Ma (my favorite) and a bao bun (probably not the best option, but I can’t resist!)

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Before Bed: Steep the non-caffeinated “Night Tea” in boiling water for 2-4 minutes. It has laxative effects to help clear your digestive tract. And it’s not messing around! I drank it at 11pm and it started working promptly at 9 am the next morning. Don’t be caught somewhere you don’t wanna be, if you catch my drift.

Day 2:

Breakfast: Morning tea, 1 tbsp Justin’s Almond Butter (all natural, no added sugar). Almond butter is great in the morning, but I try to limit it since I’m capable of eating the entire jar at once… I LOVE nut butters.

Lunch: I wasn’t feeling very hungry so I went with a PowerBar with 20 gr of protein. (A better option would have been a Joe Dillon protein smoothie with almond milk)…

Dinner: Still wasn’t very hungry (maybe from the Night Tea?) so we had a simple meat, cheese and olive platter. The cheese was a bit to heavy for my gurgling stomach so I stuck mostly with dolmas (rice and seasoning wrapped in grape leaves) and some bread.

Day 3:

Breakfast: Morning Tea, haven’t made breakfast yet..

Lunch: (planned) Egg white scramble with tomato and maybe avocado.

Dinner: unknown

Work outs: I ran a half marathon two weeks ago and injured myself severely during the 11th mile! I’m not sure how it happened but I sprained my ankle and wasn’t able to walk for a few days. I’m just now starting to feel better on it so I’m finally able to get out and run!

The Day 1 I was still in recovery so I tried to walk as much as possible and worked on a few planks and pushups. Day 2 I went out for a slow and easy 5k to get back into the groove. It feels amazingggg to be back out running. Especially now that the air is crisp. Today (Day 3) I plan on running another 5k and hitting the gym to test out my new Nike Training Club app!

How I feel: 

So far so good! The Morning Tea tastes really good (I’m a huge fan of yerba mate, and this has a similar taste) and keeps me energized and focused all morning long. My habits needed a bit of work but by the end of Day 2, I could feel my body becoming more conscious of what I was eating and felt the need to get out and workout (where the last week I’ve been a bit lazy). The Power Bar wasn’t an ideal lunch since they are extremely processed and my body could tell.

The Evening Tea is a little rough for me. It doesn’t taste bad but it’s very strong. My stomach was a little uncomfortable the morning after I drank it, but then it eased and I felt okay until about 5pm where I endured a bubbly, grumbly, generally uncomfortable stomach until I woke up the next morning. I’m a bit hesitant to drink the tea tonight… but maybe I’ll have only half a mug and steep it for only a minute.

Here is me on the morning of Day 3. Physically, I feel better: more energized, focused and motivated to work out. My body is reacting to conscious, healthy changes I am making. Visually, I don’t see a difference but we’ll see how things are looking after Day 5… Stay tuned!! Let me know how your teatox is going!

Day 2 Skinny Teatox results

 

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Thanks to Skinny-Teatox for helping make this post possible! 

LACMA Art + Film Gala

This weekend, the LACMA hosted their fourth annual Art + Film Gala to honor artist Barbara Krueger and Quentin Tarantino. The event was hosted by Leonardo di Caprio and Gucci and attendees included every film, fashion, and art star you could imagine. Oh yeah, and my parents. (How lucky of them, right?)

Here is a brief list of all my favorite looks!


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Salma Hayek in Gucci is absolutely stunning!

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Jennifer Lopez in Gucci is possibly the most beautiful woman in the world right now.

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Amy Adams (also Gucci) played it safe but this blue looks fantastic on her.

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Toni Garn (Gucci) looked ultra chic in this minimalist, structured gown.

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Kate Beckinsale brought a little bohemian glamour to a simple, chic mock waist gown.
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Lastly, Kanye West looked cool in leather trousers and a black blazer. Kim on the other hand.. well I felt the dress was thrown on last minute and didn’t quite fit her.

Thoughts?? I would die to wear a gown like J.Lo’s!