Hi loves!!! With Halloween behind us, I can’t hardly believe that the end of the year is upon us. As you know, Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but I loveeeeee fall, so…. I had to show support and at least get dressed up. Here’s a shot of us at my girlfriend Kelly’s house. She threw a great lil party. Honestly….I have absolutely no clue what I was supposed to be, but, it kind of resembled a sheriff from New Mexico. Of course, a bit of a sexy version. Whatever. Lol.
Anyway…for those of you wondering…(since I never post pics of boys) this is Marcin. He’s dressed up as a “big black cloud” and he’s dreamy. Sighhhhhh
Ok, moving on to more fall news;) finally time to start getting rid of some of these sugar pumpkins all over my house. From decoration into my belly!!! I decided to cut this puppy up, and roast it.
Pumpkin is pretty tough in texture and typically takes quite some tie to roast and soften in the oven, so I cut it up into small squares to speed up the cooking. A lil impatient you could say…..
Here’s an idea of what to do with the seeds when you remove them from the inside of the pumpkin. Lord knows…I HATE wasting food. SWEET CACAO ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS.
These little pumpkin bites were roasted with:
SALT & PEPPER
Roast at 400* for 40 minutes.
(note: pumpkin in itself isn’t very sweet. Do not get confused with “canned” pumpkin. When roasting real pumpkin, if you want it sweet, make sure to add a bit more honey to compensate for the bitterness.)
As you all know, Halloween comes with copious amounts of candy, on candy, on CANDY!!!!! Shit candy, really. Kit Kat, twix, snickers, ughhhhhhhhhh! I’m not gonna lie….I did give in and have a few. C’mon…who really didn’t have ANY shit candy?????
Well, yes….I’ve got a gnarly sweet tooth & will absolutely admit to having sweets (sometimes a bit toooooooo often) , but…….. if I’m gonna get cray on some sugar, this is what I wanna stuff my face with.
So, we’ve covered pumpkin, now, let’s explore another fall flavor. CARAMEL!
One of my favorite clients from the salon, Diane of Nerdhavenfarms.com has really hit the jackpot with these. I was a lucky son of a bitch to get to sample these sweet but slightly salty beer & Pretzel caramels. We have the best time when she comes into the salon. We chat, laugh, share blogging tips, compare recipes and bounce ideas. I love it. She has a total foodie like me!!
If I’m gonna get down on some sugar, I’d seriously prefer for it to be in this form; handmade with local ingredients, organic, & homemade with love! This is the best way to enjoy sweets my sweets! How freakin cute is there packaging though!!!???
I not only wanted to share these perfect little morsels because I LOVVVEEE them, but also because I was super inspired by Diane’s passion for whole, clean foods as well as her life balance of health with a bit of added sweetness;) I truly aspire to find that balance and find that passion. I promise I will make sure to send y’all a link soon on how you can get ahold of these, because they truly are such a great gift idea!
No babes…… You cannot have some….. Pups begging;)
November is here!!!!! This is how naughty I’ve been…. I haven’t been posting enough, I know. We went from the end of oct-the begging of Nov without a post! Wtf! Well, November pretty much came so fast, it practically slapped me in the face! This past Sunday ( November 2) was a a very special day.
My best friend Alicia (on the right) and I, along with close family and friends ran the 6th annual Heroes of Hope grey ribbon crusade to continue brain cancer research, in which all proceeds benefit childhood and adult brain tumor research at UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Alicia’s uncle was recently diagnosed with a lrg brain tumor and is currently undergoing chemo through Cedars-Sinai. We pray that he recovers and continues to live a healthy and cancer free life.
Sporting my new Saucony “The guide 7” running shoes that they so graciously gifted to us at the Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event.
The event was held at beautiful Dockweiler State Beach Park. I was surprised that the fog rolled out fairly early. We ran in sunny & beautiful weather:) Absolute best part: Loads and loads of supporters showed up!
For some reason, I thought we were gonna be running a 10k but apparently we signed up for the 5k. Whatever, I was just stoked to be running by the beach. It was actually perfect because I haven’t really been running lately, so a 10k at 7:30 am prooooobably wasn’t the best idea for my problematic, not trained feet. Lol. The 5k was perfect and super fun!
I came in 69th place. With a time of 26.38. Not too shabby! Well, for me;)
Any time, after a run….I am famished. Lol.
I’ve been a fan of Detour protein bars for some time now. (Since they were a sponsor at blend retreat) they are seriously awesome. These and quest bars are always my go-to!
Detour just came out with these and they are fab! IM SORRY BUT THESE NUTRITION FACTS SAY IT ALL.
Serving Size 1 Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2.5g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 3g
If you ask me, that is really great.
SWEETENED WITH STEVIA
MADE WITH ORGANIC OATS.
Scarfed it down as soon as I passed the finish line;) they were passing out SoyJoy….but I way prefer this.
I spent the rest if Sunday hanging with my bro, who is home visiting from vancouver;) This weekend, I also decided to make an excuse as to why I needed to buy a million new bras and panties, and open up a Victoria secrets credit card. goooooood lord.
At least I saved $15, ha!
This is the thing…..I NEVER find bras that fit me perfect. I always just “make it work” lol. Soooooooo, when I tried on “THE DATE UNLINED BRA” I realized that I had met my match, my soulmate! I’m a sucker for a good deal, and guess what!? If you bought the bra ($28.50) you practically received a free matching panty! Whatttttttt!? Hell yeah. Bring it betch.
A set for $30!? I’ll take it….times 5. Lol
Anyway, back to things of importance. Fitness.
Yesterday, Monday, marked day 1 or the LIVEFIT TRAINER from bodybuilding.com.
First day of week 9…LEGS.
Ok, so I didn’t actually do this whole workout today. Reason being, that I knew I had to teach Zumba at 7 pm and seriously thought it may be too much on my body. Sometimes, you just gotta be honest with yourself. I couldn’t do it.
My class was fantastic though and we had a great time finding out inner sexy bitch.
I surprised myself when I decided to stay for the next class, which was body sculpting.
Oh girllllllll! My body said “oh hell no!”
I immediately filled my tub with Morton’s Epsom salt, grabbed some reading material and soaked! Soaked my tired and sore muscles. Womp womppppppp.
Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!!!! I am sooooo excited to visit my other bestie, Amy in the Bay Area this coming weekend!!!!
Btw…. DOES ANYONE HAVE A FUN 10k IN THE LA OR SURROUNDING AREA THAT THEY LOVE PARICIPATING IN!???
Ahhhhhh! Hi lovelies! I’ve got to catch you up! So, this week officially marks my first week with Wednesdays off from the salon;) wooooohoooooo. Also, this Wednesday is my first ZUMBA class! Oooommmgggggg. They don’t know what’s comin’…I’m about to go ZUMBA crazy on their asses. Also what I think I may start doing, is posting a new dance once every couple of weeks on the blog, that way students can refer to the post to learn the dance before coming to class. What do you think? ZUMBA instructors out there…thoughts?
Come dance with me Wednesday at 10:30 am
And Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m
Anyway….notice something new on the site? My lovely friends at optimal fusion helped create a new freakin AWESOME LOGO! Super cute:) apparently the ” Fries” were actually McDonalds fries spelled out ” fries” on a desk, and photographed. GENIUS. Anddddd….we all know that fries were my binge food of choice. Ugh.
These days it’s all about freshness. Check out these lovely ORGANIC fruits I picked up on Easter morning at the farmers market with the folks.
super food central.
Easter was great..mellow. Just what I wanted. Consisted lots of dancing in the garage in front of a mirror. Just practicing my ZUMBA moves, NO BIGS.
This morning’s breakfast was super duper clean.
I had made a big batch of roasted veggies, and have been pretty much adding a handful to every meal:)
ROASTED CAULI, BRUSSELS, ASPARAGUS,GREEN ONION, ONION,ZUCHINNI, AND PEPPERS
A TBSP FROMAGE BLANC ( my fave alternative to 0% Greek yogurt)
EZEKIEL FLAX TOAST( one piece)
Monday morning Zumba was RIDICULOUS! It was a fabulous surprise when the LULULEMON girls showed up from the Studio City location. They did awesome, and were SUPER stoked on SC fitness. Looking forward to having them in take class more often! Really sweet girls!
This week, I’m planning on either locking myself in my house practicing my Q’s and dances, or in the studio. I know really predictable:)
After zumba, I have the pleasure of visiting the dentist…sooooo fun! Luckily, no cavities:)
Lunch was again, roasted leftover veggies, along with some red lentils (Trader Joe’s) in low sodium broth, cayenne, turmeric, yellow curry powder, cumin, paprika, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Cooked on low till lentils are soft and soaked.
Topped it with, of course, Fromage Blanc & siracha
The afternoon seemed quite hectic. Mondays usually go by way to fast, my list of errands keeps getting bigger and busier. I had planned to double up classes this later this evening, but my body said. “Ummm, NO.” My tummy was killing me ;( womp wooooomp. I sound like such a whiner, gross. I ended up taking it easy at home, catching up on some reading. My sweet client sent me this article knowing that I’m a huge fan of juicing and the vitamix. APPARENTLY, it’s all the craze:)
I’m known to come up with crazy concoctions when it comes to refreshing mid-day drinks. This is my new fave ELIXIR:
RAW CHIA SEEDS
SPARTOS SUGAR FREE PROTEIN WATER (strawberry coconut flavor)
ULTIMATE REPLENISHER ELECTROLYTES
ACACIA FIBER BLEND
I no longer buy trail mix that has been pre packaged. Usually, it contains too much added sugar or oils, and usually not raw. Now, I get all of my favorite raw nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, superfood berries ( goji, mulberries) and cacao nibs, and mix them all up in a mason jar. Perfect snack without additives. A handful ( palm of hand ) equals to a serving.
No, I did NOT eat all three quest bars, but my girlfriend Haley surprised me with 3 bars of her new favorite flavor for me to try, and I just had to share my heavenly experience with MISS. Chocolate brownie. Holy sweet party in your mouth!!!
1 bar = 6 grams of fat
1 gram sat. Fat
Net carbs: 5 grams
20 grams of protein
One a day, keeps the doc away;)
Didn’t spend too much time in the kitchen today, but I did manage to bust out a batch of my favorite Blueberry Protein Muffins. They are super easy and take no time! You know me, meal prep Monday;)
Tonight was all about me. I wasn’t feeling my best. I laid down and actually took a nap, which absolutely never pans out for me. This time I was out for at least 2 hrs. Sooooo nice. Never made it to my back to back classes, but I did get in for a 9 p.m hour long massage.
There’s an amazing place around the corner from my house, called Foot Inspiration, that I can’t get enough of. I’m trying to get 1 massage a week, but paying $75 for an hour/ once a wk was outta the question, so this place is the bomb. It’s considered a reflexology massage. They really do hit every pressure point all over your body. I strip down to a sports bra, and booty shorts, since it is more of an ” out in the open” kinda place. I must say, I slept like a cozy lil baby!
Last but not least…I saw this on instagram last night, and thought, ” What a perfect way to start the month!” So here you go, courtesy of my insta friends;)
Enjoy this fabulous week!
Yada,yaya,yada…Well, what can I say, I had yet, another fabulous weekend, and a great start to my week. Busy as ever, so I will try my best to catch you guys up on the latest and greatest in Paula world;)
Remember, as of APRIL 1, I will finally have Wednesdays off from the salon to focus on my blogging and ZUMBA, woooohooooooo! I feel like so much has happened since the last we spoke!
Let’s start with my bridal shower meeting on Sunday with the girls. No, not my bridal shower, (puleeeaaazeee) my bestie Brooke’s. Remember……San Fran weekend????? Lol.
Alicia hosted a fabulous brunch at her house in which she served homemade yummy fajitas, with low carb tortillas ( love her), fresh fruit salad ( bananas, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries)
Champagne, and fresh squeezed OJ.
Ladies who brunch….
Annddddddd….the “MOST ORGANIZED” award goes toooooooo……
I mean, how freakin cute is this. She had made pamphlets for each one of us that included:
We accomplished soooo much, and designated assignments for each one of us. Super stoked on my job… LOW CARB DESSERTS AND SANGRIA! I’m about to blow this shit out da water!
Today is officially the first day of SPRING, and I am on it like white on rice! Stopped at the farmers market this weekend and picked up some beautiful fresh flowers to brighten up the house. I am feeling spring, FOR SURE, except that…for some reason….I’m in all black today. Hmmmm. Weird.
I went a little overboard with all the damn flowers, lol. It may or may not be a bit much.
So, as you all know, I’m gearing up to teach Zumba, so this weekend was full of practicing. Writing down the routine helps immensely… One DVD after another…
Not as much as dancing the routine in front of the mirror though!! I would catch up on some bills, and blogging, then jump into a routine while yelling out Q’s. Lord bless my neighbors. Loud Latin music, yelling, and stomping. Keeping it classy.
Later that day, I joined the Sandy Campy Fitness team for a meeting about the new upcoming schedule. I will be teaching Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, and Thursday nights at 8:00pm. We had loads of fun, ate delicious pot stickers and a raw kale salad. Oh, I forgot…..and BOMB ASS chocolate mousse cake. Yummmmmmmmmm. Sandy is so sweet. Before we left, she gave each one of us a cute little heart shaped gem stone on a chain. Along with the stone, we also got a list of different gems and what each color stands for. Love my new team:)
Made sure to take time to do a bit of grocery shopping as well. Trying a few new things.
Jarlsberg LITE Swiss cheese. ( 1 slice= 3.5 fat, 0 carbs, 9 protein)
Suzie’s kamut cakes (30 calories, 0 fat, 5 carbs)
Applegate herb turkey slices ( 2 oz= 0 fat, 0 carbs, 10 protein)
Words you, and I should live by….. This is totally true. Seriously…because knowing me, after a couple glasses of wine…..I start raiding the pantry. Not a good look on anybody. If there’s anything remotely unhealthy in my house, trust me, it’s gone in 2 seconds…all of it. I’m trying to work on this. I promise.lol.
My most exciting purchase this weekend! I’ve been looking for the perfect Popsicle molds and hallelujah!!! I have found them! I stopped into Crate & Barrel and of course, wanted to buy everything…and saw these from the corner of my eye. The best part was, they were 13 bucks for 6 molds! Please do follow one of my favorite instagram friends who inspired me to start making protein pops. FITALICIOUS_ME. Time for summer…and ice cream;)
Best news of all!! I taught a song in Sandy’s class last night! My first time front and center:) It was AWESOME! The room was full of fantastic vibes, and I had my Spartos to keep me hydrated and full of energy!
This Thursday, I will be showcasing 2 songs in Sandy’s class:)
This week’s Pinterest Health find:
A great cheat sheet for the benefits of foods.
Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! Any plans for east weekend???
I’ve got a lot of very exiting stuff coming your way! A couple of great new recipes, some reviews, and an awesome giveaway! Stay tuned babes!
Hey guys! Hope the week was amazing for all of you! It’s a gorgeous day in sunny LA, and I’m sooooo looking forward to a weekend laying by a pool somewhere;) can you tell, I’m so ready for summer? This post is primarily focused on breakfast recipes. I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately specially about my protein pancakes, so he they are!
On another note, I’m so excited and honored to be announcing Kelly from EAT YOURSELF SKINNY is doing a sponsor spotlight on my blog. OOOMMMGGGG. Yes, I know.
This girl is an amazing inspiration to me and From Fries To Fit. Please do check her out for ridiculous healthy and delicious recipe ideas and more. Thanks Kel!
So now, I invite you all to enjoy Saturday morning breakfast with me. Well, Sunday brunch too;) I’ve got some yummy low carb, protein filled, über healthy recipes for you to try this weekend!
I never skip breakfast, and neither should you. After all, it is the most important meal of the day, and those who know me, know, I eat like a queen in the morning. It sets the tone for your day, so make it count, and make it clean!
The whole “oats” thing is new to me I must admit. Being on a pretty strict Low carb diet, (with the occasional carb/sugar binge) I never really got into them…but now that I’ve upped my cardio and weight training, I’ve been advised that perhaps incorporating these fiber packed bad boys into my diet, it would be super benefitial.
So here it goes,
CHOCOLATE COCONUT PROTEIN OATS ( with banana..optional)
1 packet or scoop of About Time chocolate/peanut butter whey protein
3/4 cup organic oats
1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsp fromage blanc ( I use Vermont creamery)
1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
1/2 cup silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
4 drops stevia
Optional : vanilla extract and 1/4 cut up banana
Pour oats in a bowl.
Add milk and water and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes or boil milk and water and pour into bowl of oats. Whatever is easier. Add in the rest of your ingredients, mix well and top with banana. Let sit to allow for the oats to soften.
Next up…. The recipe everyone keeps asking me about;) Protein pancakes!
There are so many different ways to enjoy these pancakes. The foundation is easy. Simple…just your favorite protein powder along with 3 egg whites, and add whatever you want to the mix or for a topping.
- 1 large scoop of vanilla whey protein
- 3 egg whites
- 1 tbsp canned pumpkin
- a pinch of cinnamon
- a pinch of nutmeg
- (vanilla extract optional)
- 4 drops stevia
- Pre heat a skillet. (batter can be quite runny.
- grease with a bit of coconut oil, or smart balance spray.
- in a bowl, mix dry ingredients first, then add egg whites.
- mix well, to ensure no clumps.
- spoon in batter.
- they cook really quick, so keep your eye out
Seriously breakfast never looked so good. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now…I’m finally adding proper nutritional info for all of the recipes I post on here now;)
Ok, so this next recipe is from a friend, fitchick428 on instagram! This chick is FIT, and is constantly knocking it outta the park. I follow her religiously and her recipes are nothing short of delicious and, of course, CLEAN,CLEAN CLEAN!! She posted these pretty little donuts and I couldn’t help, but get my ass in the kitchen to try them out. They were so good I had 2 1/2 donuts in one sitting with my coffee and had absolutely no guilt about it. None:)
Please do check out her site for more!
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tsp psyllium husks or flax meal
- ¼ cup baking stevia or erythritol (or coconut sugar for paleo)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 2 lrg egg whites
- ¼ cup blueberries fresh or dried (no sugar added)
- non stick spray or coconut oil
- Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray your donut pan with non stick spray (or coat with coconut oil).
- In a bowl combine all your dry ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, psyllium, stevia and baking powder. In a second bowl whisk together your egg, egg white, vanilla and coconut milk.
- Combine your wet and dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Fold in your dried blueberries.
- Divide the batter evenly among 4 donut molds.
- Bake for ~ 20 minutes or until the spring back when touched.
CINNAMON PUMPKIN MINI MUFFINS WITH ALMOND/MAPLE GLAZE
I absolutely LOVE anything pumpkin. It’s a great source of fiber and always make me feel like autumn is in the air:) Although not at all the case, the flavor is something I can’t get enough of. I suppose you could also sub pumpkin for sweet potato or butternut squash, but I haven’t tried it yet. This is my third time making these, and I swear, never fails, I can never just have one:)
- ¼ cup pure unsweetened canned pumpkin
- 1½ scoops vanilla whey protein
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)
- (or sub these last two ingredients with GASPARI NUTRITION Myofusion Pro- Cinnamon roll)
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ⅓ cup egg whites
- 2 tsp almond butter
- just under ¼ cup sugar free maple syrup (recommended: Vermont by maple grove)
- dash of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the muffin batter
- Spoon into a small cupcake pan that has been sprayed with non-sticking cooking spray.
- Place in oven and bake for about 10-14 minutes. Be careful not to overcook.
- Remove from oven, and allow the rolls to cool slightly.
- Microwave the glaze ingredients for about 15-20 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well.
- Dip tops of mini muffins in the glaze mixture, set on a rack or plate to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- To maximize freshness, store leftovers in fridge.
INSTAGRAM PRODUCT FIND!
One of my friends posted this, and I freaked…yes..ordered two from iherb.com
Ok, babes. Enjoy your weekend! I’m headed to Ojai Monday;) maybe try one of these for Sunday brunch! Xo
Hey friends! It’s an exciting day for us bloggers! Yes, it’s that time of the month;) it’s February Foodie Penpals reveal day! This idea was brought on my a fellow friend, and blogger, the Lean Green Bean.
This is such a fantastic way for bloggers and blog readers to keep in touch, and stay connected through our viral lifestyles:) I was stoked when I saw the UPS guy coming through the doors at work…my PENPAL package had arrived:) this month, my penpal was Denise Evans of Eat*laugh*love. I love her tag line.
“A collection of healthy eating recipes, dedicated to eating with joy, seasoning with laughter, and cooking with love.”
She uses all organic and non processed ingredients in all her cooking, and considers her passion for food like yoga in the kitchen. She’s a machine! Posting amazing healthy recipes almost daily, while keeping a full time tech job. Power to ya girl! Check out her blog for some delicious homemade ideas for yourself or your family!
She really got my box SPOT ON! I made sure to take pics of all the yummy goodies she sent, before scarfing them all down;)
#1: DUKKAH seasoning by Trader Joe’s.
I haven’t used it yet, but excited to try it.
Dukkah is a savory nut and spice blend of Middle Eastern origin.You can use as a rub or crust for chicken and fish, as a seasoning for vegetables.
#2: FLACKERS! my absolute favorite low carb cracker option. Love having these at the house. Super guilt free. Created by a doctor, these bad boys are gluten free, low carb and low glycemic. They offer loads of fiber and are really high in omegas. They are made up of flax seeds and spices. Nothing hidden or ingredients you can’t pronounce. You can find these online or at your local health food store. I’m completely obsessed with them!
#3: 10 MIN. FARRO by Trader Joe’s. I’ve never cooked farro before, so I’m curious to try it out in the recipe she sent along with the package pictured below. It’s considered a whole grain, a good source of fiber, aids in lowering cholesterol. AND, high in vitamins in minerals.
Also considered a “Smart Carb”
Farro’s complex carbs break down slowly, keeping your energy level stable. The grain also has cyanogenic glucosides, a type of carb that may boost the immune system.
#4: YOGI GINGER TEA. If there is anything I need, it’s help in the digestion department! Holy, digestive issues. It’s caffeine free, so this has been lovely to drink up at night. It helps to sooth the tummy after a meal. Also, the taste of ginger isn’t so overwhelming, which I appreciate.
#5: MARCONA ALMONDS roasted and salted with rosemary..OOOOOMMMMGGGGG. I mean, never have I EVER had something so amazing and flavorful. WOW! I highly recommend these. They are naturally a bit oily, but enjoy it as a treat.
Here is the recipe she sent with the box:) such a sweetheart. Thanks so much Denise! Can’t wait to try this! You guys should try this recipe out, and let me know how it comes out!! Also, if you are interested in joining FOODIE Penpals, Here’s some more INFO.
Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! Kissssessssss xoxoxoxoxox
I’m so excited to start sharing some of the latest fashion inspirations that make me wanna say “Hellllllll YESSSSS!
Style is something created my your own sense of self, and inspirations of others, so I wanted to share a post that was dedicated to what I see myself in. I LOVE FASHION. Even though most times, you can catch me in trainers, and gym clothes, I work as a hairstylist, so I need to be on top of my game as far as the hottest looks.
If you are not on Pinterest, get into it, it is an online inspiration board that offers ideas in everything, from fashion, food, travel, and DIY projects. Most of you know that this is my shit. I love this site. So every week, I really want to start sharing with you what I’m into at the moment.
I’m all over the place so,I don’t know if you would say that I have a particular “Paula style”, but you could say that I love to mix and match, and play tomboy every once in a while.
So, that’s what I’m sharing with y’all today….
” I wore my baggy pants today” looks.
I can be girly at times, but mostly I like to functional and comfortable. I’m on my feet 9 hrs a day, so, really, you won’t be catching me in stilettos. Yeah. No.
Sexy is something that comes from within ladies. Hold your head high, and your shoulders back.
You’ll be turning heads like you wouldn’t believe;) It’s all about confidence in your body and faith in your fashion choices.
Remember…there is NO right or wrong in fashion, only insecurity.
Check out what I’m Soooooo into right now…
Quality over quantity.
Basics that will carry you through the year.
Black, white, gray.
In every shape, baggy, tight, whatever.
Pair with a trouser, knee length skirt, or a great pair of boyfriend jeans;)
This look, I LOVE! How chic is this?
I definitely see myself out to dinner in this, or even at work. Well, minus the gnarly heels, but, I am feeeeeling this.
The hammer pants are makin’ a comeback babes!
If you don’t already know, I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and this look reminds me of the girls I see walking downtown during the fall. Tis look is effortless, intellectual, and extremely feminine.
Tis look oozes confidence to me…the hat n’ all.
THE MODERN SCHOOL TEACHER
you can re-create this look for, I bet you, $50 bucks or less.
Simple. White button up, and an elastic band skirt, really? C’mon. I could find this at gap tomorrow.
It’s all about you owning it!
Buttoned up to the top, FAVORITE part.
How bout’ that fringe too? Damn.
DENIM. GIRL NEXT DOOR
Get over it. Denim will never be out.
As a matter of fact, it is longest living trend out of alllllll of these.
You got nothin’ on denim.
This is a hot look. Try using this method. Different shades, and textures of denim together, with some great shoes, and jewelry. Head turner.
Anddddd. You knew I couldn’t help myself…..;)
These a nuts. Ahhhhh I need!!!!! Click pic to odaaaaaa!
FITNESS DEAL OF THE WEEK:
And, last but not least, for those of you wanting to start the new year off with something new….
A few days left. Get it!
Crossfit Studio City
Today, I woke up feeling refreshed. Maybe cuz I allowed a bit of extra sleep-in time. First things first… Coffee. Espresso with almond milk to be exact. The fave in the house. You guys seriously, get a Nespresso Pixie with the froth. I’m not kidding, one of my Prized possessions. I finished off the last two cookies from the batch;)
Then made my 3rd green smoothie of the week since I purchased the Vitamix. It’s FANTASTIC. I can’t wait to make some soups in there, since its been cold, cozy weather lately over here in LA. Yes, the freakin thing actually heats up to make soup, because the blade is soooo strong, and creates a friction. Pretty crazy.
Loving my new paper straws from Paper Source. Aren’t they the cutest!
best Green Protein smoothie/shake
The workday today was super busy, so I really didn’t have time to take pics of lunch and snacks. For some reason I’ve been super hungry the last couple days. All I want to do is snack all day. Ugh. Do you guys ever have days like that? So annoying. At least, FINALLY, the chocolates are gone from the staff room! They were the devil. No more holiday sweets Puuuuuleeease, I’m soooo over that shit.
My lunch was a BIG ass salad, with everything you could think of in it.
– egg whites
– Swiss chard
– goat cheese
– pumpkin seeds
Really, no lie, HUGE.
My snacks today were:
– roasted seaweed snacks from trader’s
– a guava
– kale chips
– a handful of raw walnuts
Such a snacks lady today… Ugh just get me to Zumba already.
Class wasn’t till 8:30 p.m. So I got to relax at home with Willy for a couple hours before class. Since I knew 9:30- 10 p.m is wayyyy to late to eat, I reheated my latest creation for dinner:)
I call them my ” Pink Magic Mushrooms”
They are soooo freakin good, and sooo hearty. The texture of the portobello makes you think your having a big ol’ slab of meat, when really, you’re having something super lean. That’s why I luvvv em’. These, I stuffed with rainbow chard,( my fave, and hence, the pink color) garlic, skim cheeses, onion, Greek yogurt, and some other super goodness!
I’ll mos def be sharing this recipe soon, with lots of way better pics;)
They kinda look crazy.
Perfect appetizer for, oh I dunno….maybe Valentines day…. Into it.
Ok, so today…I finally received the package I have been so anxiously awaiting….my new at-home, food photography studio;)
Most of you know that I’ve been really trying to improve my ” no f*%#ing lighting in my house situation” so I was super excited to get home and rip through this box. Yeayyyyyyyy! Finally:)
This this is the whole kit.
The CowboyStudio photo soft box light tent.
Ok, looks good….
4 chroma key backdrops, ok, right….
The lighting kit…yup…
Ohhhhh, n then….this happens.
Yeah, I know, didn’t look that damn big all coiled up. Gooood lord.
Let me remind you, this is suppose to be to photograph food, not to be able to photograph a freakin party scene in there. I swear you could fit 3 effing people in there.
Ughhhhhhhh. This is when I hate surprises…
There is no freaking way I can keep this. I mean, look at it, it takes up the whole living room.
All I could do was laugh. I looked at the receipt from amazon..
And of course, I said, right on there. 40 inches.
Dumb ass didn’t see that. Whoops. So, I looked up the return policy, and turns out, since it was not their error, I’ve got to eat the shipping cost. Womp wooooooomp.
Whatever, get this thing out!
It took my 20 minutes to figure out how to coil it back up to the tiny little bag it came in.
I gotta go online mañana and order the right size.
Now, I was really ready to sweat out some frustration. 8:00 rolled around, so I took off to Zumba. A couple of girlfriends met me there from work to take the class as well, so tonight was extra fun! We went alllll out! This class is phenomenal…
I, of course wore my Polar watch and transmitter to measure my heart rate, calories burned, and to track my fitness goal for the week.
689 calories burned!
WHAAAAAAAAAAT! that’s what I needed. I’ve never sweat so much.
It was Haley’s first time taking the class, and she freakin rocked the house. She picked up all the choreography, like it was her J-O-B!. That’s right gurrrrrrl. So much fun. This is what it’s about, finding something you love, and stickin to it;)
Apart from Zumba, as you know, I just built my at home cutie little gym, so I’m always on the lookout to share some at home workouts ANYONE can get down with. Especially when you don’t have a lot of time.
Here’s a great one to try out. It’s pretty killer.
Along with that… A wheeee bit of motivation to get off you ass;)
I am sooo excited to present these lovely treats by Brad’s Raw Chips! These are a great, healthy alternative to your standard greasy, gross, chip. They come in a variety of flavors, and taste delicious! Please click the link above to get to know Brad’s story, and how you can too get your hands on these perfect FIT snacks!
His website is really informative, and also offers a really great 7-dat raw challenge for those of you looking to start a healthy cleanse for the new year. Screw the master cleanse, with that, you are literally drinking sugar water, and starving yourself. Get real. With this program, Brad will have you feeling clear, clean, and pure!! I may do this as well! Shall we try together??
Happy Thursday everyone!
I hope you’ve been enjoying the recipes! I’ve been eating them up like a crazy! Today feels like its been jam PACKED. I had to be at work at 9 a.m. this morning, so, no gym for me. Instead, I busted out the Lebert equalizer, and did a quick 15 min powerhouse circuit. Of course I woke up ready for some yum in the tum I had a a quick breakfast. CG bran crisp bread, with some raw hemp butter, and Nature’s Hollow sugar free preserves. Oh yeah, sprinkled with raw cacao nibs. BOMB.
If you’ve never heard of the Lebert Equalizer, you have NOW! These things are genius. Great for agility training, pull ups, push ups, dips, you name it. They are perfect if you haven’t got the space to do too much. I first heard of them through my girls at Purely Twins. I am so grateful, I immediately ordered them online.
I was dying after! Quick but effective. Strength trading using your own body weight. The only rest is between set one and two. My muscles were burning. Morning sweat sesh… A SUCCESS.
Check out other ways to use this AmAZinG product!!!
After my workout, I was in the mood for a cookie with my coffee. I’ve always been more of a “sweets for breakfast” kinda gal, so when I found this recipe, I knew it was perfect for me! It’s packed full of the perfect blend of carbs, protein, and fat. Mostly protein:) the carb comes from the banana. I will post the recipe soon!! It took all of 15 minutes! Freakin no time!
I had 2 cookies, and hoped in the shower.
Leave it to clients to F*@k up your ROLL!
Today, the salon was FULL of sugar!!
The first one I tried, I put it in my mouth, just to taste, spit it out. It was delicious. Too good. If I had one, it would be over, the batch would be mine….
Well, of course, there were three different types… By the time I tried the 3rd variety, I swallowed.
The “extremist” came out in me, and “moderation” was out of the question, so I walked away after 2.
Ok… 2 1/2;)
I wore my cute little bracelet today that I found at TJ Maxx this weekend. Let me remind you…. $14.99. RIGHT!???
Although today was quite busy, I managed to squeeze in getting my color did. Just my roots. Yes I have grey…not much, but, no thanks.
I always leave the ends out, I like them lighter. I’m doing the whole hombre thing I guess.
While I processed, I put together my packed lunchie… Queen of the perfect bite, you can imagine my everything-in-one salad!
-1 can wild salmon with lemon, salt, and pepper
-1 tbsp raw salsa
– leftover homemade Zuchinni pasta with sundries tomatoes, pesto, walnuts,and marinated artichoke hearts on top
– a dollop of spicy hummus
Tossed all together= PERFECT BITE
Snacks during the day ( not pictured)
-a small gala apple
– 1 package Trader Joe’s raw almonds
– a small persimmon.
– tbsp almond butter ( right outta the jar)
I’m gonna SCREAM!
Not gonna lie… I had a quarter… Don’t kill me!!
I had to try the new peppermint flavor, duh.
But I mean, c’mon, that’s enough, Paula!.
Sprinkles cupcakes, are by far the best in town. There are still lines outside the damn place!
Ill be doing my second workout of the day tonight, so, not worried. ZUMBA!
After work, i heajded straight To the studio.You may have taken a local Zumba class, maybe at your gym? Well, nothing compares to this class. Taught by Sandy Campanella, a trained dancer at some of the top schools, brings something very special to the table. Great choreography (this ain’t jazzercise), amazing physical challenge,, and always full of energy. I will be doing a whole Q & A with her coming up, so be on the lookout!
Btw, I reckon I burned 500 cals.
Ok, in other news: HUGE NEWS!
My recipe for deep dish Veggie Pizza made it to chowstalker.com
I’m gonna leave you guys today with one of my FAVOTE workouts right now. GET AFTER IT!
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
How do you cope with constant sugar prezzies coming your way!???
The time has come, I’m pretty sure that this is the lastweekend we have to reallyshop for our Mothers, Fathers, Friends, and Lovers. I have to admit…eeeeek, I have not even thought about it till now! Usually, I’m done by mid-December. Tis year procrastination has gotten the best of me.
Does ” I’m super busy” count?
If you are struggling looking for the perfect gift, I’ve got some great ideas below!
For the BETTY’S:
- Gorgeous silver hammered stackable rings. They are feminine, classic, and enhance any look. These rings are a product of Nadine Jewelry. These are gorgeous & at around $75 bucks, you cant go wrong. She works with recycled siver, rose gold, and gold. Any girl would absolutely rock these. Check out her ETSYSHOP
- Cuisinart handheld mixer. A perfect gift for anyone who likes shakes, smoothies, and just loves being in the kitchen. I thought I had just about everything I needed in my kitchen, until I received this as a gift, then I realized I was missing out all this time. I use it constantly. I used to ALWAYS have to bust out my big blender every time for 1 smoothie. Too much work. This makes my morning protein shakes LIKE A BOSS! At around $50 bucks, she’ll be stoked, and you didn’t brake the bank.
- Ok, california doesn’t exactly have snowy weather, but, who doesn’t love a great BEANIE!? We are loving this BURTON beanie. They have got so many styles, it’s hard to choose from. Remember, color is in right now, so dare to be bright. Especially if this chick takes off to the mountain in the winter. Color is the THING! At just $25 dollars, this makes a great stocking stuffer!
- These Kerastase products continue to win ALLURE’S best and favorite products award. Learn more about their amazing and innovative technology on their website. These are a great gift! Being a stylist myself, I know, very well, the importance of using the best products for your hair. What girl doesn’t want to protect their hair from blowdrying and other heat styling. Nobody wants dry hair, right? These thermique products ensure full spectrum protection while smoothing and add nutrients to weakened hair. It’s hard being a girl people! We can’t always buy nice products for ourselves, it gets expensive. So, I am positive any babe would freak when they see this wrapped or in a stocking. If you live anywhere close to SASSOON Beverly Hills, we are offering karestase gift packages for a great discounted price for the holiday! Stop by!
- Baby its cold outside!!!! This awesome NORTH FACE running jacket is super light while adding protection from wind and cold weather . If we don’t have the proper gear, it really does make it hard to want to exercise outside. I have some great Northface gear that I’ve had forever. The quality is impeccable, you wont regret it!
- Ahhhh, Gift this amazing wine! I’m a HUGE fan of Santa Barbara Winery. Their wines are at a great price point and are exquisite! Every girl loves a great bottle of wine. My personal favorite is their pinot noir.
- Last but not least, this could be one of the best gift ideas ever! The POLAR heart rate monitor watch. Best gadget for a FIT girl! Improves fitness level by monitoring what heart rate zone you are in, cals burned ,and soooo much more! Worth the price. Invest in health!
Boy oh boys…They need love too;) I actually really love to shop for boys. I’ve come up with a few options whether it be for your man, dad ,brother or friend. Let the shopping begin!
He doesn’t have to be an avid backpacker to appreciate a great travel pack. I think every guy should have one. It’s multi use, they can be for camping, backpacking, traveling light ( no suitcases) , or used for long hikes. REI has a wide variety of awesome packs ranging in affordable prices. Hurry and take advantage of the free shipping!
NFL Sunday ticket is mos def on most guys wish list. C’mon, obvious. He will freak if you surprise him with this gift. A football lovers dream. Something to think about ladies!
Looking for a great stocking stuffer? STANCE socks are it!
STANCE is dedicated to the spirit of individuality with a design philosophy that believes in expression and function. Super unique and creative, with the best fit. Made with the highest quality materials. Check them out! They’ve got some great looks for the Betty’s too!
I’ve got news for you ladies…guys secretly, are soooo into their hair. They tend to just used whatever we’ve got in the shower, mostly because they just never know what brand to purchase. They don’t know what is good or what suits their hair type best.Honestly I think some guys are just a ill embarrassed to buy hair products for themselves. With the new Kerastase Homme mens line you can’t go wrong. These products provide strength and density for the specific needs of men’s hair. Maintaining hair mass is the concern of 70% men. * The first dual action hair maintenance system designed to leave hair feeling and looking stronger, thicker and refreshed.
I’ve never seen a NIXON watch I didn’t love. For men and women. These watches are of the highest quality, and come in so many different styles. This is the gift.
Last but not least…if your guy is into camping…this is the coolest ! A portable burner by JINYU. Small, compact , and with a sup sleep design. Something different and will definitely show that you were thinking outside the box!
Happy shopping beauties! I gotta get to it myself! We only have a week left! Ahhhhhhhh
My beautiful people,
I am so excited about my new Pro Compression socks that arrived in the mail yesterday! I have to share with you guys what I think.
First thing I did this a.m, was put these bad boys on and headed straight for the gym.
This review is purely my own opinion in regards to this product, and I ain’t holdin back!
Since recently becoming more of a consistent runner, I’ve noticed that the bottom half of my legs have become uber sensitive to strenuous activity. Sucks, but true. I’ve developed this weird lump over the years, just right above my left ankle, that causes some discomfort and sometimes pain. Something I have yet to figure out.
I went to see the best vascular doctor there is, to see if maybe it was varicose veins, seeing that my mom had them at an early age. But no, not the case. Honestly, if it were up to them, I would be seeing every doc in town to see what it could be but, I’ve come to learn, that only you, can be your own advocate. They are guessing just as much as we are.
I found these compression socks from reading stuff mama.
This is what they claim to do:
Compression technology helps improve blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster
More efficient muscle recovery.
In addition to improving vascular performance, Marathon compression socks provide support to critical muscles and tendons, helping reduce inflammation and soreness.
PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood. The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference.
PRO Compression socks are noticeably tight and require more effort to put on than standard socks in your drawer. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference.
All of their claims, I find to be true. Some people wear them during races, some after a workout, and some during a weight lifting session. I highly recommend those especially with knee problems. These socks provide added support to the ankle and the calf. I find them extremely helpful and have definitely improved how my body feels during and after the workout. I purchased these through their website and to my sweet surprise,the white ones were 40% off! Be sure to sign up to their mailing list to recieve great deals and info.
WEDNESDAY WORKOUT Re-Cap:
I’m loving my interval elliptical cardio workout that I’ve been doing lately.
intervals of : 2 min @ incline 8/ resistance 5
3 min @ incline 5/ resistance 9
Sweaty netty was in the hizzy.
Did a little jump rope today in the circuit, along with oblique twists, side planks, mountain climbers, dead lifts, and cable cross.
Foe a grand total of 1 hour and 15 minutes. WOOHOO! Feelin good and tight.
Lately I’ve been loving the gym, instead of working out at home for some reason, I think maybe, watching everyone else work out, pushes me harder. Do you guys ever feel that?
When I got home, I threw together this delicious SOUTHWESTERN HEALTH OMELETTE. It tastes naughty, but couldnt be healthier. Get into it. Sometimes I eat this for dinner:)
I swear, If I could put cilantro and flax seeds on everything, I would. Soooo yummy.
I forgot to pack my lunch last night. (annoying). So I rushed to do it this a.m. I just threw a bunch of stuff in baggies to make a salad. Boring, but yummy. I usually use tupperware, but have been accidently been leaving them all at work and had none left this morning. It’s funny, by the end of the week, I leave work with a Trader Joe’s bad full of tupperware to take home.
OK… this is where it gets GOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!
Oh yeah, I’ve got the secret ladies! This is a breakthrough.
My friend and co-worker Aaron Bock, AKA: Mr. Perfect Skin, is my hero for finding this, adapting it, and sharing it with us girls.
He’s always on top of it with the latest and greatest beauty tips, secrets, products, and websites we should be into. We all know that keeping your face clean, and wearing sunscreen is a must, DUH. Ok, what else… Well, I am convinced that NOT enough of us realize that what we put inside our bodies is just as important. This is the best way to FEED your FACE and BODY:)
Unlike juicing, which tends to extract most of the fiber from the veggie, and leave you with all the sugar, blending in the greens, ensures that you receive all of the benefits and nutrients from the greens. Who the heck wouldn’t be into this?
I have been drinking this the last couple of days, and I, not only feel amazing, but my skin is reaping the benefits!
You have GOT to take my advice, and incorporate this into your daily beauty regimen. You can use any ol’ blender, you don’t need a Vitamix. Although the VITA is my FAVE! Greens need to be worked down to a creamy consistency, but most people simply don’t chew that much! The unbelievable flavor will blow you away. It comes out REALLY green, but there is nothing bitter about it. It’s delicious.
Proud to announce the launch of “Beauty Sludge”
One of my favorite snacks throughout the day… baby gala apple. It’s like dessert to me. Excuse the neglected un-manicured nails;/
I had a dine in dinner date with a girlfriend of mine tonight in mi casa, so when I got home from work , I put out a few appetizers, and whipped up this delicious salad. Don’t you love when your friends eat healthy too? God, it really does make life easier.
Some RAW pistachios
Roasted sea weed snacks from Trader Joe’s
& my fave: Kaia salt n vinegar kale rounds topped with fromage blanc, Nature’s Hollow sugar-free apricot preserves, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. (you gotta try these) Great little finger foods.
PLEASE, if you haven’t yet tried these healthy (gluten free, raw) snack chips, you are missing out. Have them alone or top them with anything you would like. They are a powerhouse of nutrients. Food as Fuel, right?
Get these at your local whole foods, a health food store near you, or online.
I roasted some red peppers for the salad in my convection oven. I find that these are a great additive to any side dish or salad. I love them. Plus, they get all sweet, gooey and yummy! LOVE.
I shall call her: “Winter’s Dream Salad”
- @ big leaves swiss chard
- 1/2 a stem chopped green onion
- 2 tbsp dried unsweetened cranberries
- 1 heaping tbsp chopped mint
- 1 tbsp capers
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
- 1 chopped heart of palm
- 1 chopped roasted red pepper
FOR THE DRESSING:
- 1 tsp grainy mustard
- 1 tsp sweet & spicy mustard (trader Joe’s)
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp crushed garlic
- salt and pepper
We had a great dinner and of course lots of laughs. Gotta get up earlz tomorrow so it’s an early night!
oh before I forget….
FIND OF THE DAY:
I saw these and felt they would be yummy together … maybe as a cocktail? Any suggestions??