MAD FOR PLAID

Happy First Day of Fall Y'all!!

I love this time of year, AND it actually feels like fall here in Los Angeles...which nevers happens! I'm sure it'll be back to 90 degrees in a couple of days! So I'll enjoy this weather while it lasts! I'm ready for  nights are the firepit and cool breezes... Who's with me?!

I LOVE FALL Y'ALL!!  

I LOVE FALL Y'ALL!!

 

COFFEE TALK

It is no secret my undying love for coffee. If you follow me on Instagram, (you better be!!) more specifically my Insta Stories then you know I love a starting my day with a cup of caffeinated magic and an equally fun mug to enjoy it in!! Here are some of my favorite mugs that are a total bargain and my favorite coffee makers that are worth the investment!

 

 

ENJOYING COFFEE AT  ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVS OLIVE & OLIVER IN HONOLULU

ENJOYING COFFEE AT  ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVS OLIVE & OLIVER IN HONOLULU

PLANT BASED NACHOS RECIPE

Y'ALL I LOVE A NACHO!

There, I said it! I crave junky food just as much as the next person, but I will say eating plant based and clean has made so many cravings change for me. I used to be a sugarholic, (I've never met a cupcake I didn't like) But now I crave sugar in the form of fruit and of course wine... let's be honest!

One thing I'll never quit is my love of Mexican food, and a good nachos are on top of that list! So I've figured out a plant based nacho that I believe is out of this world and even the pickiest of meat eaters wouldn't know the difference! Please let me know if you make and what you think!

 

WHAT YOU NEED

1 bag of Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips or any Tortilla Chip that you love!

1 cup of Dairy free Cheese I love Daiya Cheddar Style Sherds 

1 container of Pico De Gallo

1 container of Guacamole

2 Tbsp of Vegan sour cream

1/4 cup of torn Cilantro

1/3 cup of green scallions

 

WHAT TO DO:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Then place the full bag of tortilla ships on an oven safe plate, and  add the Dairy free cheese. (feel free to use more than a cup if so desired)

**Please note that Dairy Free cheese in general take a bit longer to melt than traditional cheeses. (around 10 to 15 minutes to melt but please keep an eye on the chips so they don't burn)

Then pull the nachos out of oven. PRO TIP: If you would like to transfer the chips and cheese to a room temp plate, feel free too. (I always do so guests don't burn themselves)

Next, layer on the Pico De Gallo I spoon it on generously all over the chips. Then, add a scoop of guacamole and a scoop of sour cream. I then sprinkle the cilantro and diced scallions and you've got some yummy plant based nachos!

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MY PLANT BASED DIET MUST HAVES

I've gone Hollywood y'all!! I'm KIDDING!!! If you've been following my story on Social Media, I watched the documentary  WHAT THE HEALTH on the 4th of July (after eating my weight in bacon wrapped hot dogs...Keepin' it all the way real. And needless to say it changed my life. So here I am more than 60 days later living that plant based life. I feel better, I have more energy and my skin is clear as can be. I know it's not for everyone, but it's working for me!

The first thing people say when I tell them I'm not ingesting anything animal based (No Dairy, Eggs, Meat, Poultry or Fish) They roll their eyes and go, oh I need so much protein, I can't do that. The irony is, I'm eating more plant based protein now, than I did when I was eating meats/fish So I thought I'd show y'all some of my favorite products that make me keep full and fabulous! (I'm not a spokesperson for any of these products, I just really dig them!)

 

 

I can't say enough amazing this about BEYOND MEAT PRODUCTS I eat them every week and the Feisty Crumble in the frozen section, makes the best tacos and nachos ever!!!

I can't say enough amazing this about BEYOND MEAT PRODUCTS I eat them every week and the Feisty Crumble in the frozen section, makes the best tacos and nachos ever!!!

I have a small obsession with Chive Cream Cheese, and I'm very picky about fake cheeses in general, Kite Hill Products get it SO right and their Yogurts and Ricotta are amazing too!

I have a small obsession with Chive Cream Cheese, and I'm very picky about fake cheeses in general, Kite Hill Products get it SO right and their Yogurts and Ricotta are amazing too!

Gardein Beefless ground is SO GOOD! I use it all the time from lasagna to chili and everything in between it's so darn good!!!

Gardein Beefless ground is SO GOOD! I use it all the time from lasagna to chili and everything in between it's so darn good!!!

I have a real problem with tortilla chips, I swear they should be a food group on their own. Siete Foods is my new favorite and their grain free! Your welcome and I'm sorry because you will now be obsessed.

I have a real problem with tortilla chips, I swear they should be a food group on their own. Siete Foods is my new favorite and their grain free! Your welcome and I'm sorry because you will now be obsessed.

Orgain Protein Powder is Dairy free, with 21 grams of plant based protein and it tastes amazing. Also Costco and Amazon carry it so it's easy to get. I'm a fan of the vanilla, but the chocolate is delicious too!

Orgain Protein Powder is Dairy free, with 21 grams of plant based protein and it tastes amazing. Also Costco and Amazon carry it so it's easy to get. I'm a fan of the vanilla, but the chocolate is delicious too!

4th of July Fruit Wands and Celebration Popcorn

I LOVE 4TH of July! I feel like summer has truly started when we get to celebrate with BBQ's and fireworks!  I also love all the fun food that goes with it, that doesn't take all day to make! Here are recipes for two of my favorites that scream 4th of July!! My Stars and Stripes Fruit wands and my Celebration Popcorn.

Here are my favorite patriotic summer treats that are so EASY to make!

Here are my favorite patriotic summer treats that are so EASY to make!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED!

1 Bag of Mini White Marshmallows

1 Large container of Blueberries

1 Large Watermelon

1 package of wooden skewers

1 Medium Star Shaped Cookie Cutter

 

 

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Take your wood skewers and start alternating piercing the blueberries and marshmallows onto the skewer all the way up leaving about an inch and a 1/2 of space for you to finish the wand with your watermelon star.

Then slice your watermelon into triangles and use your star cookie cutter, and press down firmly to get your watermelon star. Then gently press into the top of the Blueberry and Marshmallow sticks and Enjoy!

 

 

Celebration Popcorn is a fun dessert that is a quick as it is yummy!

Celebration Popcorn is a fun dessert that is a quick as it is yummy!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 bag of white popcorn kernels or 2 bags of microwave popcorn

1 package of white chocolate Candy Melts

1 container of Red, White and Blue Sprinkles

1 package of Treat Cups

  • Pop your popcorn and set aside.
  • Then take the package of Candy Melts and following the microwave melting instructions. (I like to melt mine in a glass bowl, I find it easier to pour out after it's melted.)
  • Take the Popcorn and put it in a container that has a lid so that you will be able to shake it with the white chocolate.
  • Once the white chocolate is melted I drizzle it into the popcorn that is in the container. Please do it sparingly it goes a LONG way! I pour about 1/2 in and then put the lid back on and shake up the popcorn and the white chocolate so it gets an even coating.
  • Then I hand form treat balls to put into the mini treat cups 
  • finish with sprinkles
  • I like to serve it room temperature. you can also refrigerate and serve later.

3 Favorite Coffee Must stops on Oahu

When I get to enjoy my favorite beverage, Coffee. In my favorite place, Hawaii. Then clearly it needs to be celebrated and documented. Here are my top 5 (in no specific order) of must stop coffee shops. ** I have never been to the big island that is the only reason they aren't on there!

 

Kalapawai Market Kailua, HI

This out of the way family owned market on the east side of Oahu is a popular stop with the locals and travelers alike. There are 2 locations in Kailua I prefer the one by Kailua Beach Park it's got that original country store feel and make a mean Americano.

Olive & Oliver Waikiki, HI

Not only is everything here a social media worthy post...They make a mean cup of coffee too! Located just inside the Surf Jack Hotel ( which is also it's own little slice on heaven in a tourist heavy part of town)

 

ARVO Honolulu, Hi 

From the Moment you walk in ARVO you feel like you found your new neighborhood spot that that its in a shared space with  PAIKO Botanical Boutique (which will be it's own blog later I promise) and  MILO a Surf Boutique. It's laid back atmosphere coupled with its equally aloha vibed staff. From their Chia pudding to their amazing Avocado toast there's just about anything you're craving to go with your coffee... I have had many there,but the lavender coconut milk latte is my jam. Check them out you won't be disappointed!

 

 

Lavender Coconut milk latte at ARVO

Lavender Coconut milk latte at ARVO

5 Statement Chandeliers on a Budget.

I love a good statement piece, and nothing has a bigger impact to me than a show stopping chandelier! Every season I go thorough this, where I want to change out all the lighting in our house... Clearly I don't, but I'd love too!! Here are 5 that are all making me smile right now!

 

Here are 5 chandeliers I'm loving right now!

This vivid turquoise wood beaded chandelier from Target is checking in at only $405 compared to most Turquoise stone beaded chandeliers that is a steal! 

 

At only $197.99 the Zuo Sapphire Chandelier makes you stop and stare for more than one reason

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I'm obsessed with this Cyrus 6 Light Sputnik Chandelier and at $199 I feel like I need it in my life

My Southern is showing with my joy over this delicate feminine Grace 5 Light Chandelier I feel like it needs a good screened in porch to live it's best life on... and for only $163.99 it will find a home fast!

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This is the perfect compact chandelier if you want a huge visual impact in a small space this beauty is from West Elm and is only $199

My Swimsuit Ready Quick Tricks & Tips

SHipwreck beach on kauai, Hi.

SHipwreck beach on kauai, Hi.

Who's ready to feel fierce in your body this summer?!

Gettin' it right and tight is an all year round battle...but then I see tacos and margaritas and it becomes slightly seasonal....Anyone else? I am constantly in the struggle of eating clean and living in real life. I also work in a business that being "camera ready" is part of the job. Thank GOODNESS I don't have to throw on a bikini and go to work! Those women are rockstars and I applaud them! Luckily I am friends with so many awesome women who are cool enough to share their swimsuit ready secrets with me, so CLEARLY I had to share them with y'all... I mean... what are friends for!!

 

You're sackin' me up in what?

OK, I know y'all have seen women snatched up in every version of a Waist Trainer all over social media and I too was completely skeptical until my girlfriend Kelly insisted I get one so that we can be sacked up in them together. I instantly wanted to tell her can't we just wear spanx and drink wine, but since she's an actress and a fitness model I figured she knows what she's talkin' about. I ordered it and let's be real, a Waist Trainer is basically a Boujee word a good ol' fashioned corset...You know, like Scarlett O'Hara used to have to get sacked up in by 3 people in GONE WITH THE WIND... Well, I  have been wearing mine in 2 hour increments and I have to say I now realize I have NOT been holding my core in, in my everyday life. Which, let's face it we all slack on from time to time. and I can really see a difference. PRO TIP: Don't sit for long periods in it or drive in it! I got stuck in LA traffic wearing it, and it wasn't cute.

I'll Drink to that!

Did y'all know that most of the time, when you're so hungry you could eat a 3 day old half eaten  protein bar you found in the bottom of your purse you're actually just dehydrated and thirsty! It's true!! The best tip that I've been given to curb my appetite and stay hydrated is to drink half my body weight in ounces a day. So if you weigh 130 pounds you drink 65 ounces of water a day. You can also get that hydration and add to your daily water goal from drinking Iced Tea or Hot Tea (try to stay away from sugars) but sadly not coffee or wine (because you know I asked.) Go here for more tips on staying hydrated this summer.

 

Everyone looks better with a Tan.

Ok, that might not be a true statement, but my Mama has sworn by this my entire life so, naturally It's a personal life goal to keep a sun kissed glow...Which I have to be careful, because I love a tan so much I can quickly turn into Magda from SOMETHING ABOUT MARY if I don't check myself. I used to never wear sunscreen (PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN) now, I wear it everyday and I don't have the time I wish I had to be outside soaking up the sun safely. SOOOO, I've got 2 products that I swear by AND that work! Oh, and  smell good! The first is  Tarte Brazilliance Plus Self Tanner and Mitt it's only $39 and Sephora carries it. The mitt makes it easy to see going on and it's really is streak free and the closest I've seen to a natural glow for every skin tone. My personal method is to shower and exfoliate and put in on before bed wait about 10 minutes before I put on clothes. (I also have only white sheets and it never rubs off)

When I don't have time for Self Tanner and I need an instant tan I use Tarte Better Bod Bronze & Contour +Mitt  Its no joke and it's waterproof (full disclosure I have never swam in it, but I have sweat to death in it and it didn't come off) Now, be careful, because you can get REAL dark REAL quick! Then, the next thing you know you look like you're competing on DANCING WITH THE STARS. (Not that I'm ever opposed to that, especially if I got to wear one of those magical outfits!) So use it sparingly and know that what it looks like going on, is the actual color you will be. I like to let it dry a good 15 to 20 minutes before I put on clothes. You will have to scrub it off in the shower because it really is waterproof.

I did my first Facebook Live this week with my girlfriend Kelly Dowdle and we covered all this and more go here to watch it, Like it, Share it, and turn on notifications so you can follow all the fun!

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts (Most have free shipping!!)

Mother's Day is this Sunday Y'ALL!!! And it just dawned on me this morning! I know, it's awful I swear it snuck up on me this year, Ok, it might sneak up on me every year! Here's some last minute gift ideas that will still get to your Mama's house by Sunday, and not totally break the bank! Woohoo!

IMAGE Spartina 449

IMAGE Spartina 449

Y'all I LOVE a good tote bag, and I bet your Mama will too! I love my southern sisters at Spartina 449 this is their Sand Tote and it comes in a bunch of fun designs and they do free shipping for all orders over $100

Shari's Berries are always a great gift and they're awesome at last minute on time delivery! and who doesn't love ANYTHING dipped in chocolate! Their full dozen gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries are under $30 this week!

Image: Kiehl's

Image: Kiehl's

I love a good gift set and I love skincare that doesn't brake the bank! Your Mama will love that you were thoughtful, without having to live on Ramen noodles to give her something as awesome as this Kiehl's Ultra Facial Collection 6 piece gift set it's one of my favorite and it's only $50 and they're doing free Express shipping using Code: MOM 

IMAGE Starbucks

IMAGE Starbucks

Every Mama I know is constantly on the go and in some way or another fueled by some form of caffeine! As a proud southerner we love a great glass of Iced Tea and this Iced Tea Gift set from Starbucks is a multitasking mama's dream come true!! complete with travel tumbler, pitcher and  passion iced tea bags. Free shipping on orders over $50

We all know our Mama's say it best! What better way to let her always have her wisdom on display than with her own personal Quote board from Letterfolk they come in many different sizes and backgrounds to choose from starting at $65

Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Wreath

The first Saturday in May, is a VERY big deal in the great state of Kentucky, for the last 143 years it has been known to us as Derby Day. Kentuckians love a good party, and throwing a derby party is right up there with the perfect wedding! We have to have lots of food,  lots of drinks, and LOTS of Roses!!! 

Kentucky Nerd Moment:

Garland of Roses  or as we call it.... The Run for the Roses

Each year, a garland of more than 400 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing with the seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the Twin Spires and number of the race's current renewal on the other. Each garland is also adorned with a "crown" of roses, green fern and ribbon. The "crown," a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the Derby Winner's Circle.

 

So clearly I celebrate Derby Day every year, no matter where in the world my travels take me! When I'm home in Los Angeles I always through a proper Derby Party (PS. I love the Derby so much I had my bridal shower on Derby Day) This year I wanted to take my decor up a notch, but make it something I could keep (fresh roses get expensive quick!) So I was inspired my the garland of Roses that the winner gets draped with and I am tickled to show you how easy it is to make my DIY Run for The Roses Wreath!

You will need:

  • 15" or bigger (depending on your  door width) U form
  • 4" Red satin ribbon
  • 3" Gold ribbon
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 3 dozen plastic red roses
  • Scissors
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Start by wrapping  the red ribbon around the U form, start at the top and working your way down I do it in 2 sections. I hot glue gun the end to the fabric 1/2 way and then start wrapping again until you've reached the top on the other side.

 Pop or cut the flowers off the plastic stems (they should pop right off) and hot glue them onto the ribbon wrapped U form starting at the top and building out as you go down and make it thicker thick 2 to 3 roses building it all the way around the U form.

Keep hot gluing the roses in clumps of 2 and 3 and glue in some of the leftover stem greenery as well to fill in your wreath. 

Now measure out your hanging ribbon ( I chose gold you can do a silver or a red ribbon, whatever you love!) to the desired length. IF you have a wreath hanger I suggest making it much shorter, so that it hangs properly in the desired location on your door. Also allow for 3 to 4 inches of extra ribbon on either side, so it can be used to glue down on the U form.

Place the hot glue on the U form then gently press the hanging ribbon in the glue then press it and let it set and dry before you hang it. ( I let this one set for 3 hours before I hung it... I really wanted to make sure it held and it's great!)

Finally, I stand there and admire my work, I always  do that, because I'm tickled to death that what  was in my brain actually came to life!!  I'm hanging my on my front door, but this could be great anywhere as decor for a Derby Party! Enjoy and Happy Derby Day y'all!!

Kentucky Derby Cocktails of choice

Their are SO many things I love about being from Kentucky, from cheering on the University of Kentucky Wildcats, GO BIG BLUE! To the Bourbon trail, there's nothing that makes Kentucky more universally known than the Kentucky Derby. And the only thing more iconic than the silhouette of the twin spires of Churchill Downs is the world renowned Mint Julep and it's lesser known cousin (but equally as tasty) Lily Oaks....So y'all know I had to give you the recipe! Enjoy!!

Mint Julep Recipe

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Fresh Mint Leaves
Crushed Ice

INSTRUCTIONS

Express the essential oils in the mint and rub them inside the glass....That's a super fancy way to say tear the leaves and muddled them. In the same glass, add simple syrup, bourbon, and crushed ice. Stir. Garnish with more ice and fresh mint.

Proper Mint Julep

Proper Mint Julep

Oaks Lily Recipe

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 1/4 oz. GREY GOOSE® Vodka                         
  • 1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 1/4 oz. Triple Sec
  • 3 oz. Cranberry Juice

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour all ingredients in shaker and and shake thoroughly then pour over crushed ice and  place stemless wine glass,  and garnish with a blackberries and lemon wedge.

Image FROM MY FAVORITE KENTUCKY GIRL FOODIE SITE... MY MODERN COOKERY

Image FROM MY FAVORITE KENTUCKY GIRL FOODIE SITE... MY MODERN COOKERY