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Thursday, November 8, 2012

What Beauty Means to Me

Beauty is an energy that special people project toward the outside world. It has no limits and can’t be defined by a physical shape, hair color, or facial feature. Beauty is not a tangible good, cannot be bought or fit into a box. Beauty isn’t simply what you see in a mirror, it is who you are. Do you remember meeting your best friend for the first time? There was probably something you couldn’t pinpoint that drew you to them. He or she light up the room and radiated confidence. These types of people embrace what they have, accept who they are, appreciate what they have been given, and work towards becoming the best version of themselves. They have made the choice to be beautiful. I made this decision two years ago while I was at a casting and told I was to curvy for the part, mind you I am a size 0. Naturally this upset me and I called my agency in tears. My agent said, “don’t worry, this client was seeking a different look and the right opportunity will come to you soon.” I needed that reality check, I can’t be who everyone wants me to be all of the time without losing myself. At that point I decided I needed a mental and physical makeover. I outlined a plan inspired by an acronym I once heard, LEAF, Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, Food. First, I adopted a socially responsible lifestyle by volunteering for organizations such as Feeding America, Equality California, and now the California Right to Know campaign. I started recycling and reducing my carbon footprint. The hardest part was swapping my old beauty product favorites for new natural color cosmetic and skin care alternatives. Second, I took up yoga, pilates, hiking and dance. These types of exercises reduce stress, build strength, encourage me to connect with nature, and make me smile. Third, I started a mental makeover by incorporating positive affirmations and meditations into my daily routine. I keep a notepad on my nightstand and before I go to sleep I write the affirmation and repeat in in my head. In the morning I read the affirmation again and say it in front of my mirror. Repetition adds power to what I am trying to achieve. I also write them on my calendar in my kitchen, set them as reminders in my phone, and I have positive words on refrigerator magnets and on my phone background. Some of my favorite affirmations are “I uplift everyone I meet,” and “Every thought I think is creating my future.” Lastly I changed what I ate to a whole foods, organic, vitamin and enzyme rich diet. I consume a lot of raw leafy green vegetables, fruit, grains like quinoa, healthy fats like avocado, and lean protein like fish and chicken. It is also important to stay hydrated. I feel that what I put into my body gives me the energy to project a beautiful personality which attracts other positive people to me. I also enjoy taking care of my skin to prep the “canvas” for what I will create with color cosmetics. I love getting creative with color cosmetics but most of the time I use make up sparingly to enhance my natural beauty. Occasionally I’ll do something different like a  purple smoky eye, or pink lip. Fragrance is another thing I like to add because I think it helps express my personality and is my “mood ring” to others. All of these things I do make me happy internally and help me project my best self to the world. Beauty is accepting that you are a unique individual and choosing to be confident. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

TREND: Vending Machines
We know about online shopping, even mobile commerce but what about in person on the go shopping? What used to be for convenience foods like soda and candy, is now becoming a high end shopping experience. Vending machines are seen in hotels, retailers, and even restaurants. The vending machines are now stocking items such as iPods, name brand jewelry, high end cosmetics and more. 
This machine below I saw at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. It has a touch screen operation and guests can purchase items they would usually get in a gift shop or mall. 
This Best Buy vending machine stocks items like mp3 players, phone chargers and cameras. The vending machines can be seen in select Macy’s stores.

 This colorful vending machine can be seen outside the Sprinkles cupcake shop in Los Angeles. It allows people to skip the long line and get there cupcake packed and ready in seconds. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Earth Hour "I Will If You Will"

WHAT: Earth Hour
WHEN: March 31st 2012 8:30pm
WHERE: Everywhere in the world!
WHY: To help reduce the planet's energy usage... in turn saving mother nature!
HOW: For one hour wherever you are at 8:30pm this Saturday turn off all lights and unplug electronic devices.

If 100 people participate and tweet me a photo of your dark adventure I will send each of you a signed photo from my Playboy pictorial!

While it is important that you participate it's also important that you make it fun.
Some ideas of things you can do: Cook outside, go for a swim in the dark, candle lit family game night, prepare a raw vegan candlelit meal, or have friends over to host a candle lit clothing exchange. It would be great if you could host a party because it gets more people involved.

Chace and I will be having a candle lit raw vegan meal and might play a game or add to our inspiration board.

Aside from Earth Hour it is important to take care of our planet every day. Here are some tips below, also be sure to watch my YouTube video for more tips.

  1. Recycle (well duh) But also when buying products try and choose those without as much packaging, or that have recyclable packaging. If you have a garden use your leftover food scraps for compost. Your soil will be happy!
  2. Reuse: A lot of the containers I buy I end up washing and throwing other things into them.
  3. Buy in bulk. Try and shop in the bulk section to reduce packaging. I love buying almonds, dried fruit, spelt flour, coconut sugar, flax seeds and all sorts of other things from the Bulk Section at health food stores. This way I save money and I can place all of these items in glass jars or tins that were once used held another product.
  4. Choose Organic. Organics are chemical free & all natural this means its healthier for you and the planet.
  5. Shop locally. I try and shop at farmers markets. Its fun, supports the local economy, you can find unique items that aren't typically available in a supermarket, food is fresher, and large trucks aren't driving it around polluting the earth so it can be delivered to you.
  6. Use your own canvas bag. If you must: choose paper; plastic bags end up in landfills and do not ever absorb into the earth. 
  7. Don't buy greeting cards. People read them and throw them away a few days later. Why not create your loved ones something more sentimental like a frame, pillow, candle, or plate. 
  8. Give gifts in reusable bags. Adds a little bit more value to the gift also! 
  9. Buy organic/natural beauty products. If this idea seems new to you then look up the ingredients on your beauty products, lots of them cause cancer and most are bad for the environment.
  10. Plant trees
  11. Use alternative transportation. Bikes, subways, walk, carpool.
  12. Maximize your gas mileage by getting the proper tires, changing your oil, and if you can afford it switching your car that gets a better MPG at best it would be an electric or hybrid vehicle. 
  13. Switch your animals food to organic and use biodegradable cat litter. 
Hope some of these help!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wheat Free Dairy Free S'More Cupcakes

Hey everyone I decided to try and make s'more cupcakes that were as healthy as possible while still being delicious! They turned out amazing and I made them for my little brothers birthday. I was inspired by Sprinkles' s'more cupcake that Blake Lively designed so I created a recipe that I could enjoy being wheat and dairy free.

A S'more cupcake is pretty much a chocolate cupcake with a graham cracker crust and toasted marshmallow top.


-Preheat Oven to 325

-Place cupcake papers in cupcake pan. I made 12 big cupcakes and 24 minis. 

-For the graham cracker crust:
  • 1 Box Organic Gluten Free Graham Crackers (minus one cracker if you plan to use pieces as a garnish after) I used S'moreables by Betty Mills. 
  • 1/4 cup melted Earth Balance (natural vegan butter substitute) or organic extra virgin raw coconut oil. (I used Soy Free Earth Balance) 
  • Pulse graham crackers in a food processor until they are crumbly. 
  • Pour in melted Earth Balance or coconut oil while pulsing until mixture is combined but still crumbly. Do not pulse too much or the mixture will be gooey, and we want crunchy for this recipe. 
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the cupcake papers.

-For the Chocolate cake:
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened raw cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups raw organic coconut palm sugar or 1 Cup agave
  • 1 cup organic spelt flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoons Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 cup cultured coconut or soy yogurt (plain or vanilla flavor) *if you eat dairy you can use goat or greek yogurt.
  • 2 eggs, preferably organic and free-range *to make vegan substitute two flax eggs. I'll show you how to make flax eggs below.
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance (vegan all natural butter substitute) If you can't find this simply use all coconut oil.
  • 2 Table spoons Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Mix liquid and dry ingredients separately then combine in a mixer. Cake batter should look like gelato if done properly!
  • Pour cake batter on top of graham cracker crust into the cupcake wells. 
-Chocolate filling
  • For a chewy chocolate filling drop an organic dark chocolate truffle into each cupcake. I used Vegan dark chocolate balls from Whole Foods, you could also use something that resembles a Hershey Kiss (except please don't use processed/artificial chocolate.)
  • Bake until center is set and a tooth pick comes out with a few crumbs on it. If you bake until the tooth pick comes out clean cake will be too dry. 
-Marshmallow topping
  • One 10 oz package of All-Natural Vegan Gluten Free Marshmallows. (I used Dandie's) 
  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance
  • Melt both ingredients into a saucepan on low.
  • Pour Marshmallow cream into a frosting/piping bag and top the cooked cupcakes
  • Use a kitchen torch to "toast" the marshmallow. If you don't have a torch try the broiler for a few seconds. Don't walk away from it, sugar burns easily! 


*** To make Vegan-- Substitute two eggs for two Flax Eggs.
Flax egg is 1 TBSP Flax to 3 TBSP water refrigerated for at least 15 min until it is a gummy gelatinous texture. 

***To make Gluten Free sub equal parts Spelt Flour for Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Southern Comfort Food made healthy! Fried Chicken and Cheese Grits

Buffalo Fried Chicken w/ Ranch and Cheese Grits

So we all love comfort food, but everyone knows you gotta keep that tiny waistline. One of the most delicious and equally unhealthy southern dishes that has always been a favorite of mine is Fried Chicken and Cheese Grits. Here is my version of this hearty dish, it's Organic, Gluten Free, and Dairy free.

What you'll need

For the chicken:
Two Organic/Vegetarian Fed/Free Range Chicken Breasts
Organic Quinoa Flour
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Organic Buffalo Style Hot Sauce
Earth Balance Butter (Vegan Butter Substitute)

For the grits:
1 Cup Organic Buckwheat Groats
2 Cups Purified Water
1 Cup Daiya Cheese (Vegan Cheese Substitute)
1/4 Cup Organic Unsweetened Soy or Almond Milk
French Celtic Sea Salt to taste
Organic Black Pepper to taste

For the ranch:
Organic Ranch Packet
Soy Milk

1. Boil the two cups water in a saucepan
2. Clean chicken and pound it out with a meat tenderizer
3. Cut chicken into desired size pieces. I prefer small bite size pieces
4. Dredge the chicken in the quinoa flour
5. Heat 4 tbsp coconut oil in fry pan
6. Pour the cup of Buckwheat Groats into the boiling water and reduce heat to low. Simmer groats covered until all water is absorbed and groats are cooked thoroughly.
7. Add chicken to medium high pan and fry. Continuously stir until chicken is cooked all the way through and crispy.
8. Toss in 1/4 cup Buffalo sauce and 1/4 cup earth balance to chicken. Stir until earth balance is melted and everything is evenly distributed throughout the pan.
9. Stir in 1 cup Daiya cheese to cooked groats until cheese is melted.
10. Add a splash of soy or almond milk to groats, just enough to make sure its creamy.
11. Add salt and pepper to taste

Mix Ranch Powder with Veganaise and soy milk until it is a good taste and consistency

Here are some fun facts about the nutritious ingredients in this recipe.

Quinoa is rich in protein content. In fact, it is a complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids, especially lysine, which is required by the body to grow and repair tissues.

Buckwheat contains linoleic acid, vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, E, P), essential amino acids, minerals - chromium, copper, manganese, folic acid - and is an excellent source of magnesium.

Coconut oil
In addition to a whole host of amino acids, coconut is also a great source of the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese, as well as vitamin C and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Also contains Omega 3 fatty acids! 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Megan Fox Inspired Lips

Hello glamourpusses ;]

So for my first make up tutorial I wanted to start with my every day basic look. This look was inspired by pictures Megan Fox put on her Facebook yesterday. She has a very full lip so I also show you how to create that in my video.


For my base make up I used the Temptu Airbrush make up system. I will show how to use this fun gadget in my base make up tutorial for  tomorrow.
Foundation: Temptu 08 Honey
Concealer: Clea De Peu Beaute in Ocher
Blush: Temptu Soft Peach
Bronzer/Contour: Smashbox Contour Kit
Highlight: Temptu Pink Pearl

1.I started by brushing my full lid with a matte creme shadow (Too Faced Heaven)
2.Then I went in with a luminous light gold all over my bottom lid (From a sephora palette)
3.I took a sparkly yellow gold from my inner corner to my mid bottom lid.
4. I then used the same sparkly yellow gold underneath my bottom lash line. (Also from a sephora palette)
5.After I layered Giorgio Armani's "Maestro" Eyeshadow toward the lower bottom lid, and underneath my lash line on the outer corner.
6. Lastly I used a dark brown in my crease (From Dior's "Beige Massai" Palette) then blended it out with Giorgio Armani "Maestro" again.

Before eyeliner goes on I curl my lashes w/ a Shu Uemura Eyelash curler.

For liner I used Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black.
1.First I used a brush to fill in my upper lash water line. This can be tricky and you can easily poke your eye out, so I will do a tutorial on this step specifically. If you can achieve this without hurting yourself, I suggest you do it because it will give you the appearance of thick lashes.
2.Then I used an angle brush to line the top of my eye, thinly, and carried it out just a tad past my eye to create a cat type look.
3.Lastly I used what was left on my eyeliner brush to fill in my lower waterline. I used barely any liner and did not let it touch my lower lash line.

I curled my lashes before I put my liner on because I think its easier to access the top line that way.

1.I put Loreal's Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on the inside of my lashes. (The side that is closest to your lid) This may seem difficult but, if you can get it on there it makes your lashes look more like falsies.
2.Then I coated them with Lancome's Hypnose Drama in Black for added length and volume.

1. I prepped my lips by exfoliating them with a wet wash cloth.
2. Then I overdrew my top lip and lined them with NARS Nude Lip Liner in "Fantasia"
3. To top it off I used my finger to lightly apply Burts Bee's Lip Shimmer in "Rhubarb"

Ta da! Your off for the day :]

INSPIRATION: Megan Fox's Facebook Photo

A few pics of the Final Look:

Friday, July 8, 2011

Starting at the base! SKIN

I always always get asked what products I use for all sorts of things, but I am going to start first with the base underneath everything... YOUR SKIN!

You really cannot get that glowy look without being adamant about the way you take care of your skin. Make up can only do so much.

#1 Celebrities get so many facial treatments and have access to so many things we cannot afford, so do not beat yourself up if your skin does not in any way shape or form resemble Jessica Alba's.

#2 Everyone's skin is different. My skin care routine is going to be much much different than someone with oily, or acne prone skin.

#3 Soo many factors play into the way your skin acts. Such as age, environment, genetics, and hormone levels.

#4 What goes in... must come out. What you put into your body doesn't just affect your belly and thighs.. It comes out of your pores too.

#5 There is so many advantages in going with high quality products, but there is now some great affordable lines out there.

OK so think of your skin as an onion for a minute.. well except for the awful smell. What I am trying to do is give you a Shrek analogy. There is so many layers that must be cared for in different ways.

Your diet! Diets that are high in bad fats and artificial ingredients can put extra stress on acne prone individuals.. (Hence, the name pizza face) But diets that are high in good fats, make your skin extra extra glowy!
You can find these good fats in supplements, Omega 3 fish oils or Flax Oil, in your food Olive Oil, Fish, Coconut oil, Hemp meal, or... Both!
Another thing that I have been plagued with my entire life is awful dark circles. This is due to genetics, allergies, being anemic, never getting enough sleep, dehydration and lack of phytonutrients.
So if I take my medicines, supplement the iron my body is lacking, get great beauty rest, drink enough water, and eat lots of greens I am fine....... YEA IN A PERFECT WORLD!
But for those times I cannot do this... 99% of the time, there is a great trick that I have found to help temporarily perk up my tired eyes. I'll list this later...

To uncover another layer of your onion, we will talk about the most simple basic beginning step to everyones skin care routine. Cleaning your pores. I have very normal/combination skin and really love the feeling of a deep clean without my skin drying or flaking off.
If I am wearing make up that day, the first thing I do to get clean is remove it with a make up wipe. I get these at Costco, but I also know MAC, and L'Oreal make great face wipes also.
I know this seems like the only step you would have to take to clean your face, but this is untrue.
It is important to first wipe off your make up to clean the surface, so your cleanser can penetrate deep into your pores to remove impurities.
Moving on, after I remove make up I then use CHANEL's Gel Purete Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser $45 at Nordstrom.
If you have sensitive skin another favorite of mine is Kate Sommerville's Gentle Daily Wash $42 at Nordstrom's and some Sephora's. Philosophy Purity is also a great basic one, that wont over dry your skin. About 2-3 times a week a use a face wash with Glycolic Acid. Glycolic is great because it opens your pores, helping them absorb ingredients in your serum or moisturizer. Glycolic also is great for controlling oil, lightening dark spots, and chemically exfoliating skin (great for anti aging.) I don't use it every day because it can strip your face of essential moisture. I love Peter Thomas Roth's Anti Aging Cleansing Gel with Glycolic Acid.  Everything can be bought at Nordstrom, and some things at Sephora.

Toners are typically used as a step following your cleansing routine to finish cleaning what your cleanser did not, and also to pH balance your skin. I don't really need a toner because my skin can get dry (and the alcohol in toners makes this worse) I use a spray that refreshes my skin and puts back in some essential oils to it. It is Organic Rose Water from any Henry's, Whole Foods or Sprout's. This is sometimes in the vitamin section. I decided to do this because toner's would often times advertise that they included rose water, so I just decided to put that directly on my face.... seems to be working and it is a hell of a lot cheaper than adding another expensive item. It also doubles to help set your make up, and is great to spritz on your face throughout the day. At a whopping $3.86 I love this guy.
Or order here...

Now for another layer... SERUM

This step can be skipped but, can be important for any special needs. Serums are concentrated formulas used to address a certain concern. Here is where your skin type really comes in to play, any concerns you have about your skin should be addressed with serum. I am most concerned with protecting my skin from the future. The thought of having wrinkles someday really freaks me out, so I use a multi vitamin/ antioxidant serum to fight free radicals, create radiance, even tone, and prevent future aging: Kate Sommerville Multi Vitamin Serum. On days when I feel my face looks dry and dull, I switch to a serum that is anti aging and moisturizing: Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Serum. Using a Glycolic cleanser helps open up your pores, so serums like these can easily be soaked in! Like I said Serum can be skipped if you don't have any special concerns or acne prone skin. Both can be bought at Nordstrom and Sephora.


This is my favorite layer. I have very dry skin and love love when my skin is moisturized. I am constantly trying new face lotions, and alternate them depending on the season. 

-It is important that your moisturizer actually moisturizes your skin. Even if you have acne prone skin, too many drying products can actually make you break out more! (Because your skin cracks, flakes and bacteria can get trapped behind it) Moisturizers with Shea Butter, and Rose oil are my favorites but oil-free options can also be great. I love Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream in Fall/Winter. ($45 at Whole Foods)

-It is great if your moisturizer has peptides (amino acids that help your skin produce collagen), vitamin C (helps fight free radicals and creates luminosity), or anti aging sea minerals. Although you shouldn't get to crazy with the technical stuff. Serums are meant to go deep into skin, moisturizer sits on the outer layer; serums are more effective with skin concerns that moisturizers are. A peptide rich moisturizer that is good year round is Kate Sommerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer, light and refreshing! (At Nordstrom and Sephora) Also a great inexpensive option for a Vitamin C Moisturizer is Avalon Organics Vitamin C Moisturizer can be purchased at any natural foods store, or Target.

-SPF is essential for everyday protection. It helps prevent lines, age spots, uneven tone, and makes sure that current damage doesn't get worse. SPF 15 is perfect if you don't burn in the sun, but if you have light skin go with a heavier SPF. If your favorite moisturizer doesn't have SPF, you can layer a sunscreen serum on top of your moisturizer, Like Kate Sommerville SPF 55 sunscreen serum. (Sephora, Nordstrom) A great moisturizer with SPF is L'Occtaine Shea Butter Moisturizing Fluid with SPF 20, $35 at Nordstrom and Sephora. 

-Night creme! When you sleep your skin is repairing and creating new skin cells. I wear a heavier moisturizer at night, the same one I wear during the day in colder months, to wake up glowing. Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream is my favorite face cream ever. Don't let the "day cream" fool you it is thick enough for night too! This is a favorite of a very glowy celeb, J.Lo! Buy this at Whole Foods :] 

-THE CREAM OF THE CROP! If you can afford it (and I certainly cannot) Creme De La Mer is the best best moisturizer I have ever experienced. Almost every celebrity swears by this stuff and for good reason. The sea minerals do wonders for anti aging, luminosity, and acne prone skin. It is very thick but you must first warm it up in your hand then apply for supple glowy (not oily) skin. This is perfect for day and night. $250 at Nordstrom and Saks. 

-The nipples of the face! EYES (House Bunny Quote)
As I mentioned earlier I have been plagued with dark circles, and I know why. Unfortunately as a model, and business woman I am always on the go and don't get much sleep. I have tried about every eye cream, and serum there is out there and nothing has made a significant difference. (If you know of something please let me know!) Currently I am just using one that I find very hydrating, Dior Hydra Life  eye cream (Sephora, Nordstrom) 
*TRICK! I do have a trick that you can do with your eye cream that helps wake up tired eyes. I keep my eye cream in the refrigerator. Cool eye cream under the eyes help refresh, and de puff tired eyes. 

I hope some of these product suggestions and fun facts help you get your glow on. :]