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  • Be Creative Just Because It's FUN!

    We live in a result-orieniented world. We naturally want to get from point A to point B and much of our every day life reflects that. Though there is nothing wrong in taking action we often neglect the part of ourselves that want to play. Creativity has taken quite the hit lately, especially with the internet at everyone’s fingertips and Youtube and Instagram stars becoming the norm. All too often our creativity is seen as a means to money, a means to success and though this is certainly possible and there is absolutely nothing wrong with making money as a result of creativity, I urge you to take some time to be creative with no end goal. Just be creative for creativity's sake and then if something comes of it great but don’t be so attached to the end result. I saw this with my hairdresser. He’s a very successful guy. He has some of the biggest names in LA come through his doors and could just stop there but one day while getting my haircut he told me about a magazine he created. When I asked him what inspired him to do so, he responded “you often forget why you got into this profession in the first place so every so often I like to remind myself and just make something for fun” I just thought that was the coolest thing. And what we don’t realize is that by being creative just for fun we are then opening our creative channels for our actual work as well. What you’re being creative at for fun doesn’t have to even be some thing you’re necessarily good at. Is there something you always wanted to learn or were just interested about? Check it out. Take a dance class, write a screenplay, paint a picture. It can be big, small or somewhere in between but savor the wonder of creativity. Lose yourself in it. Rejoice in it. And if the big bucks come from some random thing, great but don’t let that be your only criteria.

  • Best Organic Good-For-You Foundation

    Finding the perfect foundation can be tough but finding a great all-natural foundation is damn near impossible. Most are too runny, too orangey or too sheer, leaving you running back to your Laura Mercier and Makeup Forever. So I'm extremely happy to report that I've finally found it! An organic good-for-you foundation with great coverage, no weird tones and not at all cakey. 

    To apply, use the W3ll People Narcissist Foundation Stick to draw a few lines from your nose out to the edge of your face and blend in with your finger tips. I like to do two coats. The first round is very sheer but the second is perfect coverage and you can do it very quickly. The one thing I noticed about this product is it will look one way when you first put it on and then about 10 min later when you happen to glance in a mirror you'll see the coverage looks even better and your skin looks flawless. My favorite party? It's also camera friendly so go ahead and take as many selfies as you want! #naturalbeauty xo

  • Sweet & Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

    I'm not that crazy about soup but really good soup can get my attention every now and then. Realizing what a filling meal it can be, I wanted to come up with my own that I would actually be excited to eat. So here it is! 

    • diced butternut squash (they sell a container of it prechopped at Whole Foods often)
    • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
    • 1 garlic clove chopped
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 quart veggie stock
    • 1 tbsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup

    In a large pot heat up the olive oil over medium heat. Add the red pepper and garlic and sautee for 3 min. Add the butternut squash, chili powder, salt and maple syrup and mix together. Add the veggie stock, bring the heat to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer for 45min. After the 45min, let it cool down a bit and then blend the soup in a blender (you'll probably want to blend half and then blend the other half as to not overwhelm your blender.) Return the soup to pot and reheat. Serve with a few grinds of fresh ground pepper and choped chives.

    xo

  • Fancy Friends: Susan Saint-James

     Going home for Thanksgiving has never been more fun! This (well, now last) year I interviewed my fabulous mother-in-law, actress & activist, Susan Saint-James. This is a must watch for anyone trying to achieve their dreams especially if you're feeling a bit discouraged. xo

  • Project January

    There's so much to be grateful for in the new year but sometimes I think it's important to approach things in a way that cultivates gratitude through our actions. We're coming out of the holiday season where everyone was a little nicer, activities and parties were plentiful (as were the cookies and champagne) and it's easy to feel like January is just one huge balloon deflating. We usually spend our January's on fad diets, trying to keep resolutions and getting back into the grind. Last year I decided this was kind of unfair to January and that I was going to make an effort to make January a lot more fun (though a bit healthier than December) so I can end the month a bit more grateful. Here are a list of activities and ideas on my docket for this January. See if there are some fun ones for you to implement or come up with some of your own. I'd love to hear about them! Tweet me @thefancyhippie to tell me about them, Cheers to you January!

    Project January List:

    • Karaoke
    • Go Carting
    • Ballroom dance class
    • Laguna beach
    • Harry Potter movie binge
    • Disneyland
    • A healthy dinner party
    • Coloring more
    • Boxing class
    • Swimming
    • a real hike
    • Watsu
    • Mini golf
    • Dog beach
    • Golden Globes party
    • Volunteering
    • DIY party
    • Vision board making
    • Dinner or coffee with new friends or those you haven't seen in a while (and want to:))

    What other activities sound fun to you?

  • 3 Tips For Living In The Present Moment

    We all want to be more present in our lives. Technology and the hustle and bustle of every day life has a way of keeping us living in the past or focused on the future which is a shame because all the magic lives in the present. Seeing as we all could use a little more magic in our lives, here are 3 tools to get you to the present moment faster. Try using some (or all) of them this week and see what happens! 

    Gratitude. Look around you right now. What are you grateful for? Using our gratitude muscles is a great way to get into the present moment. Just don’t think it though. Really feel your gratitude. That feeling is a one way ticket to the present moment.

    Sensory. Feel the breeze on your skin. Really look at everything around you. Take the time to actually taste your food instead of scarfing it down. When we awaken our senses we can feel our way into the present moment.

    Joy. When you’re enjoying yourself you’re automatically transported into the present moment. Just think of those times you’re with friends and you’re all laughing so hard your stomachs hurt. How present are you then? Very. Seek out things that bring you joy. Do more of them. Having your joy tank full is one of the best things you can do for your life. Your happiness only begets more happiness. You don’t take from others when you’re joyful, you give. Allow your joy quota to increase this week. Keep your tank full.

    What things do you do to keep yourself in the present moment?

  • Healthy & Simple to make Chicken Tacos

    I love tacos. I could eat them every day — especially these healthy ground chicken ones*. Dress them up any way you’d like. I like to keep them pretty simple with a big slice of avocado and some cholula hot sauce.

    what you need:

    1lb ground chicken (dark meat preferably) Note: Ground turkey is an option as well!

    1 red bell pepper chopped

    1 other pepper chopped (green, orange, yellow or another red. Whichever you like best!) 

    2 tablespoons chili powder

    2 teaspoons cumin

    2 teaspoons garlic powder

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

    olive oil

    corn or gluten free flour tortillas

    what you do:

    In a large pan heat up 3 tbsp olive oil. Add the pepper and sauté for 5 min. Add the ground chicken along with the chili powder, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Continuing sautéing together, breaking up the chicken as you go along till the meat is nice and browned (about 10 minutes).

    Heat up your tortillas either in a dry skillet (my preference) or the microwave. Put a nice big piece of avocado on a tortilla, scoop on some chicken & peppers and top off with hot sauce.

    Simple. Delicious. Good for you.

    xo

    L

    *Note: This recipe is a variation on Gwyneth Paltrow'sChicken Fajitas recipe. Her cookbook is worth the hype!

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  • Best Workouts In Los Angeles

    Working out is important but it can often feel like a chore. Here are some of my favorite fun yet effective workouts in Los Angeles because if you're going to workout - you better see results!

    1. Barrys Bootcamp:

    What it is: combination of 30 min sprinting on a treadmill with 30 min of strength training divided up however the trainer is feeling that day. A full hour of strength training is also always an option. Each day of the week is a new body part (hello Thursday abs!) with the weekend dedicated to Full Body

    Atmosphere: A very in shape nightclub. Lights are low, music is loud, fast and filled with remixes of your favorite songs. 

    Best Trainers: Astrid, Chris Tye Walker & Allie Cohen. They all work you hard while paying attention to any injuries and making sure the class is fun (even if they're yelling at you to go faster).

    2. Studio MDR

    What it is: Pilates class on a reformer. Sorry, a VERY HARD pilates class on a reformer. This class is designed to build long and lean muscle.

    Why this class: I've never taken a class this hard. Because it relies so much on your core and using your own body weight to build muscle you'll find yourself shaking and wanting to sit down more often than not. As unpleasant as that sounds you at least know it's a good thing for getting the body you want!

    3. Soul Cycle Beverly Hills

    Why: If you've been to a Soul Cycle you know that it's a fun and intense way to burn a maximum amount of calories but more importantly, the class is only 45min.

    Best Instructor: I've been to many Soul Cycles around America and the best instructor is Jenny C at the Beverly Hills studio. Although I love SC I've had many chiropractors tell me it's not so nice for your posture. All that jumping up and down and clapping may make the class interesting but it's doing a number on your spine. Jenny's class has enough of the tap backs and side to sides we all love in SC but she does it in a way that is natural with the beat and doesn't hurt your back. The playlist is always fun, she's always chipper and singing along (in a beautiful voice) and making sure you're inspired to pedal faster!

    4. Physique 57

    What it is: A barre workout that ups your heart rate and tones your body.

    Why this one: I've been to many barre classes but this is the first that had me really break a sweat all while targeting muscles I didn't know were there.

    5. Body By Simone

    What class: Trampoline class is where it's at. Jumping on a trampoline is great for your lymphatic system and is a wonderful cardio if your someone who generally gets injured from running or spinning.

    What it is: A full body workout that incorporates jumping, dancing and running on a trampoline as cardio and toning. It's very challenging but also a lot of fun.

    Other +'s: The beautiful studio offers showers so if you go on a Sunday you can rinse off and do your makeup in time to meet up with your friends for brunch in Weho. Priorities.

    Where are your favorite places to workout?

     

  • Boston

    I don't know how I made it growing up on the East Coast without several visits to this heart warming city. As a Mets fan I've always loved Bostonites too, we always got along through our shared hatred of the Yankees (Go Red Sox!). I recently took a trip there and though it was certainly chilly I couldn't have enjoyed myself more. I'd walk through the Boston Commons in the morning with my delicious coffee, enjoying the fall leaves and wondering "Why on earth have we not come here more?!". And because when I travel I'm very picky about keeping my conscious yet decadent lifestyle in tact in my 3 days there I found a few places you'll want to scope out if you find yourself in this wonderful town.

    1. Thinking cup. I think bad coffee is a waste of time so one of the first things I do when I travel is find the nearest and best coffee shop possible. Thinking cup has several locations around Boston, serves Stumptown and has a food menu equipped with gluten free grilled cheese. Need I say more?

    2. Myers & Chang.  A mixture of Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese food, each dish here is better than the last. They have a gluten free menu and also cater to nut allergies (ugh, peanuts!). Don't miss out on the miso glazed carrots or the Nasi Goreng.

    3. Pastoral. Holy Moly. Best. GF. Pasta. Ever. So tender and soft and delicious and perfectly seasoned and meaty, oh and the environment and the service! Oh my I could go on and on!!! We ordered the GF pasta bolognese and the GF margarita pizza but I imagine anything on this menu would be a win. Not to mention among a stellar dessert menu is the GLUTEN FREE chocolate pizza. Wow. The brussel sprouts were good too.

    Where are your favorite places to go?