My Fave Healthy, Yummy & Fast Breakfast

This weekend I had a bit of time to cook breakfast for myself and since I needed the brain power to fuel me through my 10 page essay, I decided to bake some brain boosting food (hence the avocado (fatty acids) and egg (protein))! Cooking has always been a release for me and always takes my mind off of the outside world and responsibilities, It keeps my full focus on the food I’m making, always making sure it turns out delicious! Anyways, as I was contemplating whether i should make an eggs benedict.. I thought I’d opt for a healthier option! So ,I made these amazing egg filled seasoned avocados! It only took me 20 mins (with baking) and was super easy to throw together! All the ingredients I already had lying around in my fridge so it was just a matter of cracking the eggs open, scooping the center of the avocado out a bit, seasoning the avocado and egg, then placing it in the oven! Below are the steps to create this delicious creation! Let me know how yours turns out!

Alex’s Oven Baked Breakfast Egg-A-Cado:

1. First I started by washing the avocado and then slicing it in half, removing the pit and gently carving a deeper center so the egg would be able to fit in.

2.) I seasoned the avocado with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and a bit of garlic salt for extra taste!

3.) Then I cracked the egg into the avocados.  I included only yolk in some and in the other I added the egg white. I’m not really a fan of the yolk so I just made the yolky avocados for design ;)

4. Then I added extra paprika on top just because I’m in love with that seasoning!

5.) Then I oiled a baking pan very gently with coconut oil so the avocado/spilt egg whites wouldn’t stick to it.

6.) Then after placing the avocados in the pan, I put the avocado in the oven at 425F and baked them for 15 minutes

7.) While they were baking I sliced some green chili peppers, green bell peppers,  and tomatoes as my side and placed them on my plate of healthy yumminess!

8.) Once the egg looked baked and after the 15 min. mark I gently took out the avocado, waited for it to cool, then had a delicious Sunday morning breakfast!

Bon Appetite :)

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Get Pumped Up: A Workout Playlist

During my long hiatus on basically everything in my life, including this blog, I finally resorted to going back to the gym and boy did it feel good! Midterms and the 34893243 papers I had to write definitely tied me down to the library and had me eating super unhealthy, oops junk food just basically gives me a brain boost? haha Obviously does the opposite but I had to treat myself during the miserable midterm period! Soooo, I went back to the gym and it was hard to start out but after the first 10 mins on the treadmill I couldn’t stop. I literally kept going till I reached my hour and a half mark off  on/off interval running and it felt amazing to get back in the zone! Not only did it make me feel great about myself, but the endorphins also stimulated me to wake up and pay attention to the rest of my classes that day. Anyways, I’m not writing this post to brag about my accomplishments.. but to hopefully give you guys a playlist that will also motivate you to run all your tension out! These are the songs that popped up on my playlist and needless to say they worked and got me energized! So here you go, enjoy my NONSTOP workout playlist that I curated from my first trip back to the gym! Enjoy dolls! :)

Carnage, Erick Morillo, Harry Romero ft. Mr.V- Let the Freak Out

Sander van Doorn ft. Aleesia, DVBBS & Martin Garrix- Gold Skies

Bob Sinclar ft. Cece Rogers- I Want You (Club Remix)

Kaskade & John Dahlback ft. Sansa- A Little More

CamelPhat ft. A*M*E- Paradigm

Dimitri Vangelis &Wyman X Steve Angello- Payback

Play Hard- David Guetta vs. R3HAB

Armin van Buuren ft. W&W- This is What it Feels Like

Jack U ft. Kiesza- Take U There

Sultan +Ned Shepard ft. Quilla- Walls (Original mix)

Martin Garrix ft. MOTi- Virus

Lionhearted (Arty Remix)- Porter Robinson

Get to Know Me

Hey guys! While I was searching through numerous lifestyle/fashion blogs the other day, one thing I noticed was the lack of info I actually got to know about the blogger themselves! I mean…you are reading this persons opinions, likes, thoughts, etc. it makes sense to know them a bit better, and nothing is more exciting than a few fun facts! So for the lack of connection I’ve had on here and since I am in the makes of totally revamping this site and becoming more consistent with my posts,  I thought maybe I’d introduce myself with 10 completely random facts about me! If you guys have any questions or want me to answer anything for you guys please feel free to email! :)

1) I almost always wear black, not because I’m in a depressed mood..but because it’s easy and always looks chic! My style is very minimalistic and when you open my closet it’s mostly greys, blacks, whites, with pops of red, navy, and green! My go to outfit: Obsessed with my high waist busted knee black skinny jeans, I pair it with a loose white tee, tousle my hair, add a leather jacket if it’s cold and I’m out the door. PRESTO!

2) I am obsessed with coffee. The baristas at Starbucks know me too well, feels like a family reunion every morning..lol! I get an iced hazelnut/vanilla latte every morning!

3) I never believe in depriving yourself of anything. If you want that chocolate bar go ahead and eat that damn chocolate bar! It’s all about BALANCE, basically everything in life needs to be well balanced!

4) I love to be busy. If I’m stuck with spare time and have nothing planned I go cray and feel like I’m wasting time. It’s actually pretty bad, one of my new years resolutions was to learn how to relax, kickback, and accept doing nothing. Things that help me relax are: Bergamot Jasmine candles and my soft and fluffy VS Pink robe.

5) I love love love music, especially house music! No, not that shitty big room but the deep, tech, minimal, electronic house. My fave artists are Solomun, Loco Dice, MaceoPlex, Daft Punk, and The Chemical Brothers! I start every morning with trance music (it’s my alarm ringtone), I blast it in the car, and listen to it through headphones at work/school. It keeps me going and lets me get through my busy day!

6) As much as I love going out, with time I’ve noticed I love staying in a bit more! Nothing feels better than waking up early and getting things done to make yourself feel accomplished and proud! My old guilty pleasure: clubbing; My new guilty pleasures: happy hours, discovering new local restaurants, and getting to sleep by midnight!

7) I am a maniac when it comes to to-do lists! I need to complete everything! I guess you can count my mini Smythson planner as one of my prized possessions because it keeps me in sync with what I need to do!  But of course I  have to add some fun things to my list… like to buy a new pair of shoes, pshhht…I’m not thaaaaaat serious ;)

8) I love love love baking! I love coming up with new gluten free recipes for my fam and friends! Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face then spending time with the people I love and treating them to new and delish treats! Compliments also don’t hurt ;) My fave desert to bake would be my all natural 4 ingredient only gluten free/vegan soft & chewy banana dark chocolate cookies! I’ll post my recipe on the blog soon, they’re pretty amazing!

9) I believe a lipstick can do so much for a woman! Honestly no need to put on makeup.. just powder, mascara, a nice deep lipstick and the 2 minute routine looks like it could have taken 20 mins! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! My faves are: Snob by MAC, Rebel by MAC, and Lady Danger by MAC

10) I am obsessed with ripped jeans! I also only like to wear black & grey jeans, they are my staple must haves! My fave go to brands for jeans are: Anine Bing, Rag and Bone, and Mother!

xx,

Alex

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Palm Springs’in ☀

I love my mini get-a-ways, especially those ones I take to Palm Springs! Palm Springs is the perfect getaway destination for any Angeleno! It is super close (only 2 hours away with car) and always has the most beautiful weather! I swear it’s the beginning of February and I was basking away in the heat waves of the 85 degree heat! Anyways, not only is the road down to Palm Springs so reminiscent of Coachella and allows you to have good road trip vibe and have long talks with friends, but it also shows you the vast undiscovered beauty of the California desert! Going to this little city in the middle of nowhere is the perfect getaway because you feel like nothing can reach you when you’re out there!  So I’m telling you to take a staycation or mini day get-a-way, turn your cell phones off , leave all the electronics at home and just drive down! Walk along the strip and catch a few happy hours (my personal fave: Kaiser Grille), go check out the Parker to chill pool side or for a relaxing spa day, and always make sure to appreciate the great weather that has been given to us that we take for granted alllllll the time!

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The drives there are the best!

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My Appletini fun in the desert! Of course at Kaiser Grille, where else? Happy hour starts at 3p.m. everyday and ends at 6p.m.! VERY VERY highly recommended!

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Don’t disturb me when I’m drinking my martini ;)

P.S. I also recommend their lemon drop, it’s one of the best ones I have had yet!

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I love taking pictures, especially when I go on mini trips..

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I felt so 70’s chic in my ensemble, nothing better for day tripping in the desert!

IMG_9289 You can’t leave without waiting for the sun to set, nothing is more  beautiful than watching the sun slowly lower past the hills!

Till next time dolls, xx

Hold, up….WHAT?

How is it already Saturday again? Honestly, I feel like time is flying by so quickly and I honestly am not even noticing it until the weekends! The weekdays just fly by and it feels like the weekend isn’t even around! Work, my internship, and school keep me occupied throughout the day and I’m just like wtf, how is it already the end of the day when I get home at like 10p.m.!  Anyways, with only two weeks to go till my huge Vegas B-day celebrations I have been trying to stay clean and not consume any alcoholic beverages or intoxicate myself with anything else that is not 100% natural to my body! You know, I gotta stay energized and be prepared to go all out in Vegas…my body needs to get prepped for all the shit that my body’s gonna go through there lol! Now back to this weekend! I woke up super early for my hot yoga class this morning and I am ready to conquer my day and finish all my hmwk assignments and even squeeze in a brunch and bit of shopping before I go out tonight! Woohoooo, nothing feels better than starting your morning early, sweating out toxins, stretching and completing a bunch of tasks! Speaking of brunch, a.k.a. my favorite part of the weekend and what I live for, I will be posting my top 5 brunch spots in LA next blog! Probably will include where I am going today since it is one of my go-to’s, so stay tuned!

Peace, Love & Brunch <3

XX

Rise and Shine!

Starting my morning early today as I’m getting ready to jet off to my internship soon. I attempt to go for a chilled out vibe today so I hit up Spotify and was immediately drawn to their #throwbackthursday playlist, now I’m stuck listening to Rollout (My Business) by Ludacris, WTF? haha Not my song choice but I’ll see what’s coming up next, anyways……. As I’m sipping on my Chestnut Praline Iced Latte from Starbucks (their new holiday bev I’m OH SO THANKFUL FOR!) I’m kinda bummed that I missed my 6:30 am yoga barre class but I mean, fuck it happens…especially when it’s Thursday and the week has gotten you soo exhausted! Usually missing something on my schedule gets me off for the day, like I feel like I already fucked up and there’s no turning it around. Well, today I attempt to make this feeling disappear by focusing on things I want to accomplish instead of focusing on my past (early morning) mistakes! So I challenge all of you, my amazing fabulous readers!!, to ask yourselves this whilst getting ready and are headed out the door to start your long day: What will today bring me? What would I be so happy to accomplish? How can I get there (small steps, big steps)? How will I reward myself at the end of the day for the small steps toward this goal that I had done? (i.e. nice & long lavender infused bubble bath, a nice glass of champagne)! It is very important to reward yourselves you guys! Even if you didn’t accomplish your full goal, notice the smaller steps toward it! Don’t be too harsh on yourself and TREAT YO SELF! Don’t let one bad decision you made early in the morning (i.e. not going to your workout class [guilty], drinking that sugary coffee drink [double guilty], or eating that donut & bagel [about to be triple guilty])  get you down! Don’t focus on these smalls but look to the bigger things that you have set for thevday and strive on those! You can do it, I can do it & we BOTH can do it!

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Weekend In the O.C.

On Saturday, I must admit I woke up a little hungover..Although I literally NEVER EVER get a hangover but it must have been all the mixing of vodka, champagne, wine, and whiskey I did the previous night. I guess I got out of it pretty easy though since I only ended up with a pretty minor headache, lol!!! Anyways, I ended up spending a day with my mom down in Laguna Beach and it was BURNING hot! I checked the weather and it was legitimately 93 degrees! Isn’t that crazy?! In November?? Well, expecting it to be a bit cooler I didn’t go bikini clad ready so I wasn’t able to enjoy the waves and sunshine. My unpreparedness ended in me resorting to enjoying a nice lunch and shopping trip to the mall (how brutal)! It was nice to reconnect with my Mom and try to  better our relationship by talking about our personal lives without bringing up any past drama. Sometimes it really helps to just hold your tongue and keep calm & cool when expressing true feelings and hearing out the other persons side of the story, cause you know life is too short to fight and constantly hold grudges. Well as I previously stated, since life is SOOO short I had a huge and amazing breakfast/lunch at Heidelberg Cafe in LB! It was my first time there and after hearing so much hype about the place and coincidentally walking right past it I couldn’t resist but order a nice and yummy NUTELLA latte and a spinach and mushroom omelette! YUMMM!My mom ordered the salmon and egg croissant and that looked super appetizing as well!

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After our nice lunch we just walked by the beach for a bit talking about life, super calming and fun! Later we went shopping at Fashion Island where we got the cutest workout outfits from VS PINK and got some basic everyday wear from Neiman Marcus, Bloomies & Brandy! Later, checked out this little coffee shop I mistook for Le Pain Quotodien but it was actually Le Pain Mode haha but they had an almost as amazing vanilla almond latte as LPQ!

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Anyways, sorry for being so MIA life has been hectic and as I am saying that I am literally multi-taskfully painting my nails before I need to rush off to class!

XX

Cutest “Just Because” Gift Ideas & Randomness

In between one of my breaks yesterday I decided to “ATTEMPT” to go for a nice and easy shopping spree, you know just look for things and buy anything that catches my eye! I went to Bloomy’s in Santa Monica and was in awe of their amazing holiday house gifts that they had in stock! They were both funny and witty little knick knacks that I know a bunch of my friends would love so I def am gonna go back and buy things!! But until then, here’s my fave that I found so far! HAHA Isn’t it Hilare?!

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On a side note, just so you guys know what I’m feeling at the moment, I’ll tell you my newbie highlights of the week! So basically bought the best ever face cream highlighter that illuminates cheek bones at MAC along with the best ever nude lip liner!! The cream colour was called Pearl and it is a nice subtle bright color that highlights your face majestically, literally radiates like a pearl! Also, found a lip liner in Naked that is amazing for making it appear like you have fuller lips if applied accordingly with a nude lipstick and clear gloss! YAY! In music, my fave DJ duo, Ax & Ing dropped “Can’t Hold us Down” on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio Show today and I am so stoked to hear their new album!! Literally heard a little preview of it at the office I work at and it’s going to be fucking amazing! Get ready guys because they are here to stay! On another note, any music recommendations you guys are feeling? Any new songs dropped that you just HAVE to hear?! Let me know in the comments below!

Peace, Love, and Happiness! Hope you guys are still motivated and on your way to achieving your last minute goals for the year! <3

School Goin’ Down on a Mondayyyyyyy

Apologies for the retarded title of this post, I was trying to reference one of my fave songs at the moment that I always enjoy a good laugh too (Club Going up on a Tuesday by ILoveMakonnen, or whatevs his name is) ! Anyways, I already feel super productive since I’ve been up since 5 a.m. and completed a 6a.m. morning sesh at CycleHouse and made it to my 7am class on time with all of my papers done, ready to get my A++’s! Anyways, November is one of my favorite months and I’m so happy it came so soon! Thanksgiving, my B-day, and all the fall leaves and cooler weather is what I have been longing for! As I am typing this I am snuggled up in my cozy Bardot leopard print asymmetrical cardi that I bought last year in Australia sipping on my Cow’s End White Latte and it just feels sooo good!

In honor of it being a new month, and seeing as I always see new months as ways of change and challenges, I made some new month resolutions that I plan to keep even in doubt of my already busy schedule. I solemnly swore to workout at least 4 times a week and focus more on classwork and my blog, OBVI! After finishing off October with a shit show Halloween, I decided to make a few lifestyle changes which include not turning up at a club on a Tuesday and actually paying attention to what I consume both drink and food-wise as well as be able to wake up for my 6 am yoga/cycling classes and make it to my 7am class on Wednesday! Honestly, nothing feels better than proving to yourself that you can accomplish something! Thus, by my B-day a.k.a Thanksgiving Day this year (GOBBLE GOBBLE), I plan to be a changed person and have a prioritized list of things to accomplish day to day that will not only help me get through long busy/hectic days but that will also make me feel productive and feel like I’m actually doing something that will further me in my future goals.

Inspiration is found in so many ways, you just need to stop being lazy get up and go chase after your dreams. I am a terrible dog owner and when I do go home to visit my parents in the valley I never devote time to taking my pup on a walk/run. However, this new state of mind that I am in this November prompted me to get off my bootay, grab my dogs leash (which the poor thing was so excited to see me do, he couldn’t stop wagging his tail;) ) and decided to go on a early morning brisk walk. Getting out there not only woke me up and made me feel more energetic, but it made my creative juices start flowing and I had come up with so many new ideas and projects I want to complete before the end of this year. The end of 2014 is nearing and will be here soon before you know it! Wouldn’t you want to look back and marvel at what you have accomplished? Wouldn’t you wanna see the up’s and down’s of the process of something amazing that you had just completed? Well, it’s not too late and hopefully like for me this month will bring all of you success, prosperity, and motivation to make these last weeks count! Do something different and find what interests you and create a project around it. No need for there to be something uber rewarding at the end, just something that you can be proud of when the clock hits 2015!

 

Cheers betches!

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Fashion For Breakfast- Los Angeles

One of my favorite events that is hosted bi-weekly in Los Angeles is the Fashion for Breakfast breakfast-eons (similar to like a luncheon) at Ceconni’s in West Hollywood. This service was created for and is an amazing opportunity for all fashionistas who are considering ever running their own clothing label or working in the higher tiers of fashion. Even Time Out LA honors this event as being a fun LA “must-do”!

A couple of weeks ago I had the ability to attend one of these informational filled events, and nonetheless it was very inspiring! I had the ability to get first hand expert advice from one of my favorite Swedish designers Anine Bing and see how she started her amazing clothing line that is continuously growing and getting recognized by celebrities worldwide. Not only was this Q&A session educational, but it also allows you to get a glimpse of how she started her own brand. She shared information on what inspires her as well as what her daily routine is like and what had prompted her to create a clothing line in the first place. After leaving this event I felt motivated to go out there and take stride for my passions and work towards a goal I want to accomplish! Hey, if Anine can do it so can I! It will just take hard work, dedication, and a lot of coffee! Especially if your trying to break into the fashion or entertainment industry ;)

For those of you interested make sure you sign up for their emails and check their Facebook page for more events with amazing designers!

Here are some photos of my Breakfast-eon (love my new vocab) at Ceconni’s! Enjoy!

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Anine Bing Q&A’ing it with the Fashion for Breakfast curator!

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Amazing Breakfast + Ceconni’s= Brunch Vibes for a Casual Thursday Morning <3

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My friend and I after the event, the inspiration just razzle dazzles off of us!