Friday, November 21, 2014
I've had no motivation to blog recently and I thought I would talk about what's been going on with me lately. Back in the beginning of July I got out of a relationship that was making me feel very unhappy. I felt that we would be better off as friends and that is what we tried to do. A month into trying to stay friends things went sour and I felt like I was going through the breakup all over again. I felt emotionally drained and exhausted that I just didn't have the energy to post any content I thought was worthy to post on my blog. I also didn't want to air out my dirty laundry to the world. The past couple of months, I have had a lot of time to self reflect. The number one thing I realized was that I had to start being honest with myself. Being honest with yourself can sound easy to do but I found it easier to say then actually do. I have lived my life trying to live up to the expectations I set out for myself and I realized over the years that I am my own worst critic. The past two months, I have spent countless nights staying up late crying because I felt an overwhelming about of despair and anxiety. All because I felt like I wasn't doing much with my life and that was really scary to admit. I was hesitant to write a blog post about how I was feeling but after much thought I thought it would be better to be honest not only to you guys but to myself as well. This blog space should be a space where I can write what I think and feel and there is no point for me to sugar coat things to make it seem like everything in my life is perfect when it isn't. Despite this rather more negative blog post, I must say that there are definitely things in my life that have taken a new turn (in a good way). I have a few mini weekend trips planned in the coming weeks and I hope to share them with you guys if you care to take a look ( I might even vlog a bit so maybe I'll post a video on here as well)! Thank you for reading through this rather long rant of mine. It feels good to clear the air and start blogging again with a new perspective. Happy Friday and I will talk to you all again soon :)
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to try out the new Victoria Secret Sport collection. Influenster sent me a VS Sport Voxbox where they sent me a sports bra and workout pants to try out. I recently joined a gym to get back into shape so I was super excited to try on my new workout wear. Let me just say this sports bra from VS is amazing! I was so amazed by the overall fit and support! They have 9 different sports bras in their collection and the one I got was the Runway Front Close sports bra. It has wireless support with a locking-zip front closure! The padding definitely lifts and shapes so I recommend it to anyone who is small chested like me.
For pants they sent me the Knockout Crop which is their medium rise, form fitting crop pants. The nylon performance fabric has an amazing feel to it. These pants also have a thing called a body-wick that keeps your body cool and dry throughout your workout! It's been my new favorite pair of pants to wear when I work out at the gym.
Overall, I am super happy with my new workout clothes from Victoria Secret. I must say they are a bit pricey but the quality of the collection is absolutely amazing and it's worth checking out in stores. Apparently if you go in a store they will help you find the right fit for your body. Since various styles of their collection fit a certain type of body type if you visit a VS store you'll get the right help you need to find your perfect fit! I think that's pretty awesome since I personally have a difficult time finding workout clothes that fit my body perfectly.
Have any of you guys tried the new VS Sport collection or have a brand of sports clothing you recommend? Let me know in the comments!
Friday, July 25, 2014
I've seen a few bloggers do this "Taking Stock" post and I personally enjoy reading them because I find them to be an interesting read. I feel like it allows me to get to know the blogger a little bit better and see how things are going in their lives.Plus, I feel like it would a great way for me to journal on my blog what I'm thinking and how things are going in my life. I'm hoping to do this post maybe like once a week or every other week so let me know in the comments what you guys think!
Remembering: to stay relaxed and calm.
Trying: to blog more and read more AND sleep earlier!
Cooking: I haven't been cooking lately but I have been juicing! Check out my blog post where I explained about it (blog post).
Drinking: I have two drinks I have been constantly drink this whole week. The first one is my juice I make everyday from my juicer (check out my blog post about it) and
Reading: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Wanting: to travel
Watching: Orange is the New Black Season 2
Deciding: what shade of white I should paint my room tomorrow.
Wishing: there was more time
Planning: to get my room repainted on Saturday. So excited for this new change!
Enjoying: the fact that the weekend is around the corner
Loving: Hey Claire's YouTube channel.
Needing: a Panda milk tea from Panda Express's new concept store Innovation Kitchen & Tea Bar! What can I say? I am obsessed!
Smelling: nothing interesting
Wearing: nothing fashionable
Noticing: that I totally should have posted vlogs on YouTube when I was in grad school. My friend Alex and I made a lot of fun videos while we were on the same film project and it would have been amazing to share that on YouTube.
Thinking: about sky diving.. should I? or should I not..
Buying: a liz earle cleanser cause I am almost out!
Getting: a milk tea.. hopefully soon.. cause I need one.. now..
Thursday, July 24, 2014
So today I wanted to share with you something I have been doing on a daily basis for the past two and half weeks. I am sure you already guessed from the title and photos but yes, I have been juicing fruits and veggies on my new juicer!
A little back story..my parents had bought a juicer 10 years ago but I haven't seen them use it for the past 8 years. One of the reasons why they stopped was because cleaning the machine is a total pain! Recently, I have been watching a lot of these health type documentaries and it made me want to try incorporating juicing as a part of my daily diet. So at first, I was using my parent's old juicer because I didn't want to fork out money to buy a new one when I didn't know if I would continue on with the juicing. After juicing for a couple of days and totally enjoying it my juicer broke on me :( So basically, I had to buy a new juicer anyways and I ended up getting the Breville juicer. This juicer was featured on a documentary I saw on Netflix called "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" which was a doc done by a man called Joe Cross. It followed his journey of juicing and how he was able to turn his life around from incorporating a healthier lifestyle.
The juicer is really awesome. I totally love the design of it and I think it is super easy to use. Cleaning it is still a chore though. I really wish they would make a juicer that cleans itself! Wishful thinking, I know...
So I've been juicing everyday and what I like to do is make a green juice and a red/orange juice. I don't really follow the rules when it comes to sticking to a specific juicing recipe. I tried following some of the juice detox recipes I found online but those tended to be nasty and I know they are probably healthier but my thought on that is.. I rather just juice the veggies and fruits that I think taste good and continue it on for more than three days rather than juice healthy nasty tasting drinks that I only end up drinking for three days. I hope that makes sense.. haha
I really enjoy the red/orange juice the most because the mixture of beets, carrots, apples and oranges gives it a naturally sweet flavor which is absolutely delicious. I also add kale, celery and cucumber into this juice to get a bit of greens added into it. I typically drink this juice in the morning but sometimes I will switch off and drink it at night. I make my green juice with kale, cucumber, celery and apples. It can be a bitter depending on how much kale you put in but the apples helps with the taste and this juice is great to drink as a substitute meal.
I am really hoping to keep this going so it would become apart of my lifestyle. I have started to see changes in my body that make me want to continue juicing.
Do any of you guys juice? Have any recipes to share? Let me know in the comments!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On Monday evening after work, I went to Lawry's Prime Rib Restaurant during the DineLA Restuarant week to try out their $45 dinner menu. I've been to Lawry's when I was a kid and truth be told I don't remember a thing about it. My group of friends have wanted to try out DineLA so we thought Lawry's would be a great place to dine since we would be getting a fantastic deal on their food! Plus, we were celebrating a birthday so it made the whole dining experience 100 times more fun!
Food Rating- 5/5
OMG. The prime rib is amazing! I'm drooling just thinking about it! The carving station comes directly to where you are seating and they prep the food right in front of you. I got my prime rib medium rare and it was so juicy and flavorful! There house salad was a fun experience as well because our server came with a spinning bowl where she tossed the salad in front of us. The salad portion was pretty big which definitely surprised me because I thought they would be serving something half that size. Our meal came with mash potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. It was my first time having Yorkshire pudding and I enjoyed it a lot!It was not what I expected it to taste like but the texture and flavor went well with the mash potatoes and prime rib. We also got a piece of lobster which was delicious! I am not much of a lobster person and even I thought it was good so I'm sure if you enjoy lobster you would love it. When you get your prime rib you're able to order a couple of things a la carte. I ended up ordered the corn and I am so glad I did. If you love cream of corn or just corn in general, I would totally recommend this. IT WAS AMAZING! We topped off our dining experience with dessert! I ordered crème brûlée and it was sooooo good! If I wasn't full from all the food I think I would have ate the whole thing.
Atmosphere & Decor- 4/5
If you're looking for an old fashioned type dining experience, this is definitely the place to go. When you walk in the dining area you feel like time has stopped. The female servers are dressed in uniform which is something you don't see at a restaurant these days.
The service is impeccable! I can't say anything bad about my dining experience. This is the kind of place that gives you a chilled fork for your salad. I don't know how to correctly explain what I want to say right now, but basically they have a person for each thing. There was the lady who took our orders down and helped served the food, there was the gentlemen who carved our meat for us, there was another lady who came by to take our group photo (when we asked for our photo to be taken), there was another lady who just prepped the salad for us, and then there was another guy who put our food into boxes at the end of the night. So, I just felt very well taken care of cause I never had to ask for anything. They were so attentive to detail that I was amazed cause usually I would have to ask if I could take my leftovers home or to get the check or a refill on my water. I never had to ask for anything which was awesome and made me feel super pampered!
Till the end of this month you can try their $45 DineLA dinner menu. Here's the link if you're interested in checking out the menu.
And here's the restaurant's website: http://www.lawrysonline.com/
*This is not a sponsored post *