Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Art Major: Laika Magazine

I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot a beauty spread for Laika Magazine. Laika is a vegan magazine that covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle, health as well as animal rights issues. Not only was it a fun shoot, it was great to connect and meet with other vegans as well as learn what's on the beauty market for vegans. 

If you want to see more of the spread or learn more about Laika magazine, you can order a copy on their site or pick it up a certain news-stands.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Currently Listening To: Sia

Chandelier- 1000 Forms of Fear (2014)

"I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist
Like it doesn't exist
I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier"

I love the fact that she is singing about a topic she has personally dealt with: alcoholism. The song has haunting lyrics as you seem to get an idea about how the conversation probably sounded in her head while she was fighting this battle. It isn't a glamorous song about getting "faded" but a song of a woman who is aware this isn't the answer but it's the only thing she feels she can turn to.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Feast: Vegan Portobello Pizza

Summertime should be all about great memories, great friends, great nights and great food. They all tie together to give you the best Summer ever.
That being said, I love to find new, flavorful takes on classic dishes and drag my friends into making them with me.

The Minimalist Baker always has fresh ways of making classic dishes. So, this weekend you will probably find my friends and I making this quick and easy vegan and gluten free pizza.

Vegan Portobello Pizza
  • 3 large portobello mushrooms, wiped clean, stems removed
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mixed veggies (onion, mushroom, tomato, green pepper, etc.)
  • Vegan Parmesan Cheese
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place cleaned mushrooms on a baking sheet and lightly drizzle both sides with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, basil and oregano, then bake for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prep veggies and prepare pizza sauce if you haven’t done so already.
  • Once par-baked, pull mushrooms out of the oven and top with desired amount of pizza sauce, veggies and a sprinkle of vegan Parmesan.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the veggies are mostly cooked.
  • Serve with fresh basil, red pepper flake and extra vegan Parmesan.

Let me know you guys try this recipe out this weekend, and what are some of your favorite new takes on classic meals.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Words Wednesday: Henry Miller

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
When we take the time to enjoy each step on this journey called life, we will find ourselves in a state of true happiness. 
Enjoy the now instead of waiting to enjoy the next. 
When you do, life has more meaning and becomes more fulfilling. 

Enjoy the ride to the destination, it makes it more exciting when you arrive.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fall Inspiration: Candice Swanepoel for Free People

This pretty much sums up my inspiration for Fall: oversize jacket, vegan leather skinnies, multiple necklaces,  and a simple blouse.

Currently Listening To: Parade of Lights

Golden- Golden EP (2014)

"Everybody get golden, so we can go until we shine.."

L.A. based indie band Parade of Lights might have the Summer anthem of 2014 on their hands with this song. I've had it on repeat all day.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

On My Radar: Organic Shield Choker

I love statement neck pieces, and when I mean pieces I mean that they are the center of attention. Sabrina, designer of SSL Jewelry has the neck pieces down. This hand made organic shield choker is the perfect piece for the Summer evenings paired with a maxi strapless dress.

Check out her site for more of her awesome pieces.