Sunshine Blogger Award

I want to give a huge shout out to My Dee Dee’s Diary for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award 2017 and for being a beautiful, positive soul. Being such a new blogger, I am very excited and overwhelmed by this opportunity. I look forward to passing on the honor to Wild Pretty Things I nominated below ❤

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is similar to the Liebster Award. Its main purpose is to assist smaller bloggers to gain a following online and to make connections between like-minded bloggers. This award offers a great opportunity to make new friends and work together to create amazing content!

Below are the 11 questions select by My Dee Dee’s Diary , my 11 nominations for the award, and my 11 questions for the nominees.

11 Questions:

1. What inspires you to wake up each day?

I am inspired to wake up each day by my overwhelming desire to reach my goals and aspirations. In my experience, if you want something, and I mean really want something, you have to live it – Breathe it, eat it, sleep it. To be successful in your endeavors you have to know, not think, that you can accomplish them.  Now this isn’t all it takes to be successful. You also have to work towards those goals by actively planning the steps you will take to achieve those goals. For me this means planning each day out and looking for new opportunities to focus on those goals. I am a total lit person, I make one each morning with all the goals I have for myself. Waking up each morning is another opportunity better yourself.

2. What is it that makes your blog stand out from the crowd?

I think that each blog has it’s own personality and flair. Yes, blogs can have similar topics, but each is peppered with the personality of it’s author – making no two alike. I think that my personality really shows in my personal style and some of the more serious topics I have covered.

I have always had a personal style that was a bit different from friends and colleagues. From a very young age I would raid my mothers closet to steal too look for thinks that you just couldn’t find in kids stores. I was a bit shy through High School and always found clothes as a safe way to express myself. As I have gotten older, I worked the kinks out of my style and really feel like I have grown into something really interesting.

A blog, large or small, is a platform to get the word out about things you are passionate about. For me that is self-love & the treatment of animals. I think that using this media to support the issue you think are important really makes the blog unique from others.

3. Where do you see your blog going in the next ten years? (think big and be specific)

I want this blog to be a place where people can go to see or learn something that makes them smile. There is so much negativity in the world, especially these days, that if I can create a place where people feel inspired, or happy, or take something away that makes their lives even a shred better, then I have created something that gives me meaning. I want this to become incorporated with the people who view it – This is for you and I want you to take part in it. Through this blogging journey I want to push myself like I never thought I could, and hopefully this makes you want to do the same.

4. Who is your favorite person in the entire world?

My mother is my favorite person in the entire world. My mother is the most kind and patient person I know. She constantly goes out of her way to help others at any expense. She grew up in a large, low-income family and despite not being able to buy all the things she wanted, she found ways t express herself with what she had. In High School she was a punk rocker and was very vocal about the injustices she saw in the world. She taught her children to be strong and to stand up for themselves and the things they believe in. As a child, she would always buy me clothing items that were WAY ahead of any of the trends. She encouraged me not to just do what the world says is “In-Style”, but to decide what you personal thought was style.

5. What food can you not go one day without?

My phone! I am so obsessed with that darn thing that my boyfriend has bestowed it with the name “My Other Boyfriend”. With work, school, blogging, and maintaining a social life my phone is my lifeline.

6. If you were given a million dollars, but could only buy things starting with the letter “D” what would you buy?

I would donate some of it to causes that help abused animals. This is something that really pulls at my heart strings and a lot of the no kill shelter could use the support. I would definitely buy a few rounds of drinks at the bar for my friends and I. And lastly, lots and lots of dinners at the best spots in the city.

7. Which television character would you trade place with for a week and why?

I grew u reading the Gossip Girls books and loved the show. I loved Serena’s free spirited attitude and all the adventures she would find herself in. Okay, well maybe not the whole murder thing with Georgina. Or, the excessive drug use, but you know what I mean. She always had the best wardrobe on the show and the infinite trust fund for excessive shopping trips wouldn’t be too shabby either.

8. Name your top five movies of all times.

  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • A League of Their Own
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Baby Driver
  • Clueless

9. If you could design the best pair of shoes in the world, what would they look like?

They would be super strappy and colorful for sure. They would be high heels, but they would be 3-4 inches with a wide heel so thy were comfy. If I was designing a shoe, I would want it to be different or special from other shoes. I wold want to have some unique detail – I really like the Sofia Webster winged heels.

10. What is your hidden talent?

I think that my best talent is to take something ordinary and make it special. One of my favorite things to do when I go shopping at T.J. Maxx is to find something is the ale area and make it look interesting or expensive. I like the idea of buying something that no one else saw beauty in and making eye catching. Some of my best outfits have come from this endeavor.

11. Which book world would you wanna live in?

If I could choose a book to live in I would have to say that it would be Alice In Wonderland. I love the idea of being in a place where the impossible could happen. Where anything you think r dream could become a reality. Plus, who wouldn’t want to hang out with a talking bunny??

I Nominate…

  1. Margot Lee
  2. Dudette’s Edge
  3. Joniamac
  4. The Pretty Clique
  5. The Lazy Outfitter
  6. Saradiz
  7. Charlotte’s Makeup Blog
  8. Ainsley Louise
  9. Yow Yow!
  10. Kiss Kiss Winks
  11. Itsmarifashion

My 11 Questions:

  • Why did you start your blog?
  • What are some things that inspire you?
  • Where do you see this blog going in the next 5 years?
  • What is something you are really passionate about?
  • Where is your happy place?
  • What is a pet peeve of yours?
  • What is something you regret?
  • What is a hobby of yours?
  • Who is one of your style icons?
  • What is your favorite thing about yourself?
  • Whats your best piece of advice for a new blogger?

Let’s Eat: A Food Affair

 “Remember all the time you let me walk you to class
And you would kiss my cheek, I’d never have to ask
You’re going away in late September
But here’s a thanks for a summer I’ll always remember.”

 

When I was in High School, Hello Goodbye played a concert in our auditorium and it was one of the funnest nights I can remember. When I saw they were playing a show to celebrate their first album I called up my best friend and decided that for the sake of nostalgia we had to go. This show was also at The El Rey Theatre which is located mid-Wilshire in Los Angeles – The perfect location for an amazing meal, a bar with a cool vibe, and amazing night at a concert. I had never been to A Food Affair, but when I saw the menu I knew that it was a spot we had to try.

 

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I think that attention needs to be paid to detail put int this gorgeous restaurant. Right when you walk into the door you feel right at home. They have the cutest decor and styling – from the mixed matched lighting fixtures down to the silverware this place has put a thought to everything. (Which I love!!!) Even the bathroom was super adorable! (Uh- yeah I did take pictures of that too…)

 

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That Starter Tho:

A Food Affair is a cozy French-America restaurant with gorgeous decor and a menu littered with tons of delicious options. We started off with the bone marrow appetizer with crispy potatoes strings and a salad made of arugula, parsley, garlic, apple, and fennel. If you have never tried bone marrow – Get on it girl! The best way to describe bone marrow is that it is meat butter. The marrow tastes like the tenderest, juiciest steak you have ever had and spreads on a piece of baguette like the softest of butters.  I have only had bone marrow two other times in my life, but this took the cake a the best bone marrow experience I have ever had.

 

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The Main Event:

To balance out the carnivorous starter, for my entree I got the Farmer’s Market Casserole. The Casserole came with these delicious brussel sprouts with shaved carrots and spaghetti squash with a heavenly dollop of burrata on top. Tiffany got the Alaskan Dungeness Crab Cakes which had a mango salsa and a coconut curry yogurt.

 

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My Girls Get Dessert:

 

Once we got the dessert menu we instantly regretted not just getting one of every dessert from the start. Everything looked so go that we could almost not decide what to get. We ended up deciding on the warm chocolate cookie and the creme brulee. While we waited for the desserts to be completed the head chef came out to our table and greeted us. It was really nice he took the time to come out and say hi and gave us a chance to praise his culinary skills. We started with the warm chocolate chip cookie that came out straight from the oven. This is the way a cookie should be – it was partially cooked with a gooey, doughy center and packed with tons of chocolate chips. It has a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and was devoured in what had to be record time.

 

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Next we attacked that creme brulee. It was perfectly creamy and you could taste the fresh vanilla bean that was running throughout the custard. It was topped with little figs and assorted berries and the sugar was perfectly torched and crunchy.

 

When we were finally able to pull ourselves out of the food coma we were falling into, we headed to Busby’s East which is right down the street from the concert venue. Busby’s is a really cool bar that features tons of arcade games, a dance floor, and even a mini golf course. You enter from the street and go up the stairs where you enter the massive bar. They have a ton of beer options on tap so we grabbed some Hefeweizens and grabbed some seats at a high to table.

 

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After a few beers we headed to The El Rey Theatre for the show. The show was way more then I expected and as soon as that first song started I was taken back to my awkward 17 year-old self. This is my favorite part about music – no matter how much time has passed, certain songs have the power to take you back in time and make you remember what you thought and how you felt when you last heard it.

 

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If you are in the L.A. area and looking for a comforting, delicious meal and a beautiful ambiance, then you have to stop and try A Food Affair.  In fact, I would just go for dessert if my sweet tooth was aching and I was in the area. While everything was served to perfection, the desserts definitely made the meal.

 

Until next time my Wild Pretty Things- Stay Hungry!

XOXO

WPT Blog

Beetle House LA

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Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

Lately pop-up bars have been sprouting up all over LA and I couldn’t be happier about it. It makes the usual bar crawl so much more exciting! Growing up, Tim Burton movies were always among my favorites. Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish were movies I could always turn to for a huge dose of the feels. Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas gave you that spooky glimpse into fantasy and you kept coming back for more. His Batman’s are the best as far as I am concerned – I loved that Tim Burton wacky kind  of evil. So When I heard that there was a Tim Burton themed bar called Beetle House in Hollywood, I had to check it out!

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You are greeted with this cryptic entrance and then walk into a dark staircase with this awesome “Come as you are…” neon sign at the end. As you walk up to the bar, It is covered in Tim Burton themed art work that has been submitted by artists from all over Los Angeles. There were some really cool pieces all over the bar!

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The bar was one of the coolest locations in the place. Not only did it look totally awesome, but they had AMAZING themed cocktails. One we ordered was this fish bowl sized glass that had this light blue, slightly sweet cocktail inside (At this point in the night there was no way I was going to remember the ingredients…). They add dry ice and the drink instantly started smoking – So cool! I am such a sucker for a cocktail with a gimmic like that. If everything I mentioned above hasn’t made you want to get Hollywood right away, then let me tell you that they have a full length mirror wall as you leave. Nothing makes me happier in the morning then going through a million terrible photos of drunk me trying to take a selfie…

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Outfit Details:

Top – Shein (Similar here)

Jeans – Madewell

Sunnies – Sonix

Flats – Chinese Laundry

Clutch – Sam Edelmen (In love with this!)

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XOXO

WPT Blog

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Vegan Challenge: Reflection

Last month I decided to try a vegan challenge and remove all animal products from my life. I wanted to wait to post a reflection on the last month until I had time to process everything I took in over the last 4 weeks. The information on how the meat industry and meat itself affect the environment, your health, and the lives of the animals, was extremely overwhelming and really gave me a lot to think about.

 

It’s easy to get into habits and never really think about the impact your decisions are making on the world. This process has really opened my eyes to the power that each of us have to effect change in the world. When we are equipped with the knowledge of how our decisions impact the earth we can make a conscious effort to make better decisions. That does not necessarily mean entirely getting rid of those bad habits, but instead limiting them or looking for better alternatives. This was absolutely the case with my coffee addiction. There is no way I was going to cut coffee out of my life (Coffee is bae ❤ ) but there had to be a better way to have a milky cup of coffee without the blah after taste of almond milk. In week three (Post here) I found the perfect creamer that lets me continue my addiction without contributing to the abuse of dairy cows.

 

I am not ending this series saying that you should give up meat 100% right now or your a jerk. However, if you are going to continue to eat meat, you can effect change my choosing to eat meat that comes from cruelty free, grass fed, local farms. Choosing to purchase from the slaughterhouses that use the brutal tactics seen in Meet Your Meat sends the message to these companies that you are alright with the abuse the animals suffer before they are turned into the meat you are eating. (See post on Meet Your Meat here) Purchasing power is the best way to send a message to a company that you are not alright with their practices. Limiting your meat protein to fewer meals a week or choosing to support local free range farms are great first steps to take towards making a difference.

 

From this month I have found that it’s best to always remain curious and try new things. Some of the vegan options that I tried this month are things I wouldn’t normally even notice. I mean tofu cheese… Who would honestly flip over that, and now my go to recipe for garlic bread with always include Tofuti slices. (Post here) We live in a time when there are amazing alternatives for most animal products. I encourage anyone to try some of the options. You might just find it’s easier to switch to more plant based products that you thought.

 

My Future Eating Habits:

Over the last month I kept a record of my food intake so that I could ensure that I am getting the right amount of calories and the right macros. I have found that my protein intake over the last month was pretty consistently below my bodies requirements. This is not me saying that you cannot get enough protein from a vegan diet, you absolutely can. I at this current time do not posses enough food knowledge to ensure that I am getting that intake. This is going to be something that I continually work on and research so that I can keep making the best decisions for my body and the world. I want to continue exploring a plant-based diet, but I also want to make sure that I am taking care of my body.

Meat isn’t the only product that is making a huge negative impact on the world. Soy bean production causes a lot of destruction to the plant and the environment. Miles of the Amazon rain forest are destroyed every second for the production of soy bean as well as animal agriculture. Excessive use of soy products is hazardous for your health and can lead to certain cancers rapid growth. However, soy is one of the go to ways for vegans and vegetarians alike to get their protein intake. To continue with my journey towards being fully plant based I want to continue to explore new alternatives that don’t have the same negative impact. One product I have been meaning to try is Hemp Tofu which contains 15g’s of protein per 4 oz of tofu. Finding things like this will help me make better decisions and take care of myself.

One aspect that took a lot of thought was my love of food and trying new places. Variety is the spices of life and I LOVE to try a new spot. While I will be eating plant-based most of the time, I am going to allow myself to try meat options once a month. The information I learned is not wasted on me, I do see all of the bad that comes from the meat industry. But, I don’t think this has to be all or nothing. Before I took this challenge, each week I would probably have all my meals with a meat protein with the exception of  2-3.  Since the challenge, I have almost entirely eaten plant-based with the exception of 1 meal. This series has made a huge impact on the way I eat and the decisions that I have made. In the future, I want to work towards a fully planted based diet, but for me right now I want to allow myself the option. This does mean that I will be looking for places that use care in selecting their ingredients from local farms that use good practices. This is a very LA thing that isn’t too hard to find. (Comment below about the availability of these options where you live! I would really find that interesting)

 

 

Another aspect of life that would complicate my decision to remain vegan would be traveling. When you travel a huge part of experiencing another culture is in their food. When I was in Germany, the classic dish was schnitzel. In Prague it was goulash and Belize it was the royal rat (Not really a rat, more like a rabbit) There are always those cultural dishes that connect you with the people and history of that place. These are the kinds of moments that I do not want to miss. I have also considered that there are a number of places where it would actually be very hard to eat anything that was vegan. Meat has become such a staple in many places diets that there might not be to many other options.

So to wrap it all up – I will be continuing on a plant based, leaning towards vegan diet. I am still working towards making the full conversion and I feel god about the positive changes that have come with this process. I would love to hear your thoughts on my final decision. Comment down below!!

Until next time my Wild Pretty Things ❤

XOXO