• FLIRTY LILAC

    One of my day 1 looks for Coachella. I went with this beautiful lilac dress and gold statement accessories for the 1st half of the day and switched into ...

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    COACHELLA 2016 IMAGE DIARY

    Rather than inundating you with endless Coachella posts I thought I'd round out a diary to give an idea of our weekend in the desert. We had yet another ...

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    SUN BEACH FUN

    Spent a lovely Sunday with our friends and BabyBlue. We found a perfect spot along Santa Monica beach, drank Rosé and people watched all the while soaking up some ...

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    CAMEL + NAVY

    Today I wanted to share one of my favorite looks right now. It's a little bit Chloé inspired with a camel hued wide leg pant and a sporty tunic paired ...

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    DESERT WANDERER

    Whether you like it or not, festival season is here. Personally I couldn't be happier.  Growing up in LA I've learned that most of the artists touring the festival ...

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Herbal_Essences-12A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaming with Herbal Essences to try out their new Naked Collection. It’s a line free of heavy residues and I loved their ethos of taking your hair to its naked state where the beauty comes from hair being healthy and natural.  I think most of us can agree that it’s easier to have a great day when you’re loving your hair. To really take the idea of beauty coming from health, Herbal Essences curated a beautiful day of mindfulness for me to enjoy while I tested out the line of products. 

Herbal_Essences-1HERBAL_ESSENCES-2HERBAL_ESSENCES-3HERBAL_ESSENCES-4I started my day by meeting with their lead celebrity stylist, Charles Baker Strahan, who helped me understand how the Naked collection is a more premium line from the brand that is free of parabens and dyes. After talking through my hair type we decided to use the Herbal Essences Smooth & Soft Collection to help nourish my hair.  The shampoo is silicone-free and Charles had an amazing level of knowledge of the products and gave me tons of helpful tips. My favorite tip is using Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo after styling clean hair to help keep the style in place longer. We decided to give me a Bridget Bardot inspired look to carry me through the rest of my day. I loved the way my hair felt light and not weighed down by the products.

HERBAL_ESSENCES-6HERBAL_ESSENCES-7Herbal_Essences-13HERBAL_ESSENCES-8My next stop was at Cook LA where I worked with a private chef to create two stunning vegetarian meals. We made a quinoa salad with citrus dressing and spring rolls. I have always wanted to learn how to make spring rolls, but they’re a little trickier than you might think.

Herbal_Essences-14HERBAL_ESSENCES-9HERBAL_ESSENCES-10My last stop was at Unplug Meditation. I had a personalized guided meditation session. I never thought I’d have the patience for something like this but it was surprisingly relaxing and invigorating. I can see myself going again.

Throughout the whole day my hair felt light, clean, healthy and shiny. The scent was also amazing. I really loved trying the new Herbal Essences Naked Collection. The best part is that it’s wildly accessible and easy to find.

This post was in collaboration with Herbal Essences.

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Wearing: Dress – Rebecca Taylor, shoes – Calvin Klein, Cuff – Alexis Bittar, bag – Vintage, necklace – Marni, iPhone Case – Sonix

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I love taking a  simple, clean look like this one and elevating it with pieces that are a step above basic with subtle details like a bell sleeve and a touch of lace at the hemline.

Wearing: Top – Free People, skirt – Zara, bag – Gucci, sunglasses – Prada, cuff – Lulu Frost, shoes – ANTHOM

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SUNDAY BITES SPRING ROLLS-5Today I wanted to share a recipe for fresh vegan spring rolls. I learned to make these at a private cooking class. They’re actually really easy but the rice paper wraps just take some practice. Once you master the rolling technique you’ll start making these all the time. I make them with pretty much whatever I have in the fridge. I recently made some with all fruit and they were frightfully delicious. I’m also including a recipe for a spicy peanut dipping sauce.

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Ingredients :

Cucumber

Carrots

Mango

Avocado

Fresh mint

Fresh cilantro

Peanut butter

Soy Sauce

Jalapeño peppers

Rice wine vinegar

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Directions :

I left all of the ingredients amounts blank because it’s really all about how much you’re making and your own taste preferences.  The amount of vegetables and herbs you see in the picture is what it took to make the 6 rolls above.

Start by slicing all of the veggies into long thin spears. Once all of the veggies are prepped you can begin rolling the wraps. Start with the mint on the bottom, layering the rest of the ingredients on top. Get a large bowl, one that will fit the entire rice paper inside, and fill with warm water. Submerge a sheet of rice paper completely in the water for 10 to 15 seconds. I like to keep mine in for 10 seconds so the sheets never gets too soft. Lightly wet your rolling surface and gently lay out the paper. Arrange your ingredients in layers an inch away from each side and a little over an inch on the side closest to you. Fold over the left and right sides and begin to tightly roll the paper with the filling folding the the edges under as you wrap. My tip is to use more filling than you think you’ll need and to roll tight. Don’t be afraid of ripping the paper. Once it’s rolled up tight cut in half at an angle and set on a platter. Make sure the wraps don’t touch or they will stick together. Continue making wraps until you’ve made enough for what you need.

For the sauce use a food processor or blender to combine about a 1 cup of peanut better, with 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar, roughly chopped and seeded jalapeño pepper, and a little water depending on how thick you want the sauce. Blend everything together and taste. You can keep tinkering with the recipe until it’s what you like. I like mine spicy so I also add in spicy garlic sauce or more jalapeño pepper. You can also add a little brown sugar if you want it sweeter. The possibilities are endless.

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FLOER FRIDAY SIMPLE-1Happy Flower Friday!

Here’s a pretty little bouquet of peonies, ranunculus, winter roses.

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