LG Faves: April 2019

LG Faves - March 2019

Hi friends! I am sorry I have been so MIA this past month. Things have been busy and I haven’t been able to sit down, settle my thoughts and write something out. I have gotten out of the habit, but I really miss it. I will be writing more soon, I promise. In the meantime here are some of the things I have been loving in March/April!

Music: Gabrielle Aplin

One of Gabrielle’s songs came up on a Spotify playlist I was listening to and I loved her voice and the song lyrics. I looked her up and then fell into a rabbit hole of her pretty, girly music. My favorite songs have been: Waking Up Slowly, Miss You and Nothing Really Matter.

TV shows: Shrill & Broad City

Shrill has been an incredible, refreshing show i have watched. i talked about how it has made me feel and why I’ve loved it here.

Broad City is a hilarious quirky show I can watch at any time of the day. I love seeing Ilana and Abbi’s ridiculous antics and how they are there for each other no matter what happens. The show always makes me laugh out loud and leaves me feeling good.

Food: Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

I love making this quiche at the beginning of the week and having it for brunch or lunch throughout the week. It is a nice way to switch up what I usually eat but I am still getting some great protein and vegetables. It is satisfying, easy to make and delicious. I loosely follow this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen but I make it in my own way — I don’t use the vegetable suggestions in her recipe, but instead my favorite combination is: red onion, spinach, zucchini and red bell pepper. I also love mushrooms instead of the zucchini sometimes. And, I don’t use egg whites, like the recipe suggests, but instead use about seven eggs, and I use whatever cheese I have on hand which has been: goat cheese, feta cheese, Daiya cheddar or mozzarella cheese.

Nonfiction Book: Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

My best friend HIGHLY recommended this book and I absolutely see why. It is a book that discusses attachment theory and how by understanding your attachment style you can navigate relationships more wisely given your style and that of your partner. It is “an insightful look at the science behind love, [so readers can have] a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections.”

Fiction Book: The Bell Jar

I started reading this classic novel and am enjoying it so far. I want to make my way through reading classic feminist texts so I knew this was a must read. The themes of mental health and feeling stuck in a patriarchal society always hit home for me so I am excited to continue reading it and sharing my thoughts.

LG Faves: February 2019

LG Faves February 2019

It’s time for some February favorites. Since I have been following my February intention of read more, stream + read online less, I have two books and no TV shows, lol! A big part of being able to read more is to not be addicted to a TV show. Anyways, I hope you find something interesting to check out below.

Food: Lavva Coconut Yogurt

Oh Lavva how I love thee! I have finally found a dairy free yogurt that I actually enjoy, doesn’t have tons of sugar, and the ingredient list is normal. I had been missing dairy yogurt because I grew up with my mom putting a dollop of yogurt or cottage cheese on so many things: fruit salads, oatmeal, granola, toast, etc, but as I got older I started having skin issues on my arms and we found out that it was linked to dairy so the yogurt had to go. I had been searching for a replacement but I didn’t enjoy the flavor of any of the ones on the market – until I found Lavva! It is delicious and the ingredient list and sugar content is amazing. I highly recommend checking it out if you have to find a dairy free yogurt alternative.

Nonfiction Book: What Made Maddy Run? by Kate Fagan

Oh this book! I have talked about it a lot now – you can read my takeaways from it here. I can’t recommend it enough. No matter who you are you will learn something and gain some empathy and understanding reading this powerful book.  

Fiction Book: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

This book is so much fun. It’s all about entering into a different magical world surrounded by magicians, kings, dragons, fairies, and I just loved it. It was a nice change from such a serious book (Maddy) and you find yourself falling into a wonderful fantasy hole that sweeps you away. If you’re looking for something fun this is the book for you. 

Music: Lizzo

Lizzo’s music is upbeat and empowering. She has an incredible voice and her music reminds me of powerful woman’s voices from the Motown, soul, disco era. It immediately puts me in a good mood and makes me want to dance, and I love that most of her lyrics focus on loving your body, embracing who you are, and strutting your stuff. It is refreshing! She just came out with a new song called Juice and her new album – Cuz I Love You – is coming out in April.

Clothing: Girlfriend Collective Bodysuits

I have been wearing these bodysuits for a while and can’t believe I haven’t mentioned them before! I love them. The brand – Girlfriend Collective – is amazing. They believe in slow fashion and only use ethical manufacturing and recycled materials for their clothing. The body suits are so soft and comfortable. The Lily bodysuit is my favorite so far, and I love that theres button snaps at the bottom so you don’t have to take the entire bodysuit off to go to the bathroom, makes life so much easier! They’re soft, comfortable, and flattering.

Movement: Running

I started running again after many years of having to avoid it because of recovery and it has been so special. I can’t believe how much I have missed it and am so grateful I was able to reintroduce this movement back into my life. I am going to write a longer post about this because there is much more tied with running and my eating disorder, but for now what I want to say is that I feel so profoundly happy that I have reached a point in my recovery where I can enjoy running again in a healthy way.

 Movie: The Boy Downstairs

I have always liked Zosia Mamet from her days on Girls and the column she wrote for Glamour. I find her very interesting and thoughtful so I enjoy following the work that she does. I recently saw this cute rom-com she did on HBO and enjoyed it. It was a quirky indie film but a nice light watch with a different storyline than the typical rom-coms and takes place in hipster Brooklyn which is always fun.

LG Faves: January 2019

The Original LG January Favorites

It’s time for some January favorites! The first of the year :) I have discovered some amazing things that I am loving, so I am excited to share!

WORKOUT: Kait Hurley Move + Meditate

I am obsessed with Kait Hurley’s workouts because they leave you feeling SO GOOD. They provide a great mix of: mindfulness, toning, getting your heart rate up and being challenging, great stretches throughout that relieve tension and feel amazing, and then ending with a lovely meditation that helps you tune inward and cultivate presence. By the end you feel like you had an amazing workout and are also calmer and more present. I can’t say enough on how much I love this program. She has many different workout classes: fun toning high intensity workouts, mindful running workouts, yummy yoga flows, and guided meditations. I cancelled all of my workout class passes here in LA because I enjoy doing these workouts more.

WELLNESS: Ayurvedic Oil Pulling

I have become addicted to this habit because it leaves my teeth and mouth feeling amazing. It feels like conditioner for your gums and mouth. Basically oil pulling consists of swishing about 1 tbsp of Ayurvedic oil around in your mouth for a few minutes (making sure not to swallow any of it), then spitting it out into a trash can, and then rinsing your mouth with some warm water. Some directions say to swish the oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes — but that’s too long for me! I usually do it for about 7-10 minutes first thing in the morning. It leaves your mouth and breath feeling clean and refreshed, and also has tons of other benefits that you can find here. I know it sounds weird, but I highly recommend it!

BOOK: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This book has been extremely helpful in managing my anxiety and overthinking. It feels like it is a handbook on taming mental activity and relieving you of pointless suffering. The way that Eckhart Tolle explains and breaks down all of the concepts is very powerful. It is also a spiritual book and has introduced me to new ideas I had never thought of or even fathomed that are very freeing. I highly recommend reading this book if you’re someone who struggles with anxiety, depression, overthinking, unhappiness, or pretty much anyone who wants to be more at peace, because it helps you live a more present, mindful, content life.

MAKE: Homemade Nut Milk

I started making homemade nut milks and have loved how creamy and delicious they are.  They upgrade everything you put them in — lattes, matcha tonics, oatmeal, smoothies, etc. I don’t always have the time to make it but when I do it makes me so happy. It is honestly very simple to make, it just takes some planning. My recipe is on my Instagram here if you’re interested!

MUSIC: My Winter - Fresh Playlist!

I made a Winter playlist a few weeks ago that I have been playing on repeat. I pulled this playlist together with the theme of fresh, fun, dance-y, melodic beats and a mix of some new stuff that I am enjoying at the moment. You can listen to it here!  

TV Show: Schitt’s Creek

My best friend told me about this show a few weeks ago and I have been watching it most nights ever since. It is hilarious and I love all of the characters. It is about an extremely wealthy family that loses all of their fortune so they are forced to live in a rural town and adapt to a whole new way of living. Throughout all of these changes, they go through so many hilarious situations that they have to deal with. The show is easy to watch and light-hearted which is exactly what I have been needing lately.

BEAUTY: Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation

I don’t like wearing much makeup, but as an actress I need to have a solid makeup routine. The only time I wear actual makeup is when I have an audition or am filming something, on other days I simply wear some moisturizer with SPF, curl my eyelashes, and a little blush. Anyways, in the past I had been wearing a very light, tinted moisturizer and it just wasn’t enough for on camera work, so I went into Blue Mercury to try out a few different foundations and discovered this incredible one from Ilia! Right away I loved it, it is natural and feels like I am not wearing anything, but provides great coverage. It’s moisturizing but it didn’t leave my skin looking very glowy and shiny the way a few of the other foundations did. Ilia is an incredible clean beauty brand, only using organic and natural ingredients. I am so happy I found this foundation that checks all the boxes for me!

Winter Playlist - Fresh

The Original LG Winter Playlist

I have gotten a few requests for music playlists from the songs I have been playing with my Morning Matcha videos — so your wish is my command!

I pulled this playlist together with the theme of fresh, fun, dance-y, melodic beats and a mix of some new stuff that I am enjoying at the moment. These songs uplift my spirit while keeping me calm and grounded. It’s a lovely mix of catchy tunes that are easy to listen and dance to.

Hope you enjoy!

Favorite 2018 Articles

TOLG Favorite 2018 Articles

I wrote up my list of 2018 favorites but as you might have noticed, I did not include my favorite articles in that list. The truth is that I had too many to choose only one or two! I knew I would have to dedicate a full post to the subject so I could share the variety of great articles that I read this past year.

As you will see in the list I like to read different topics from a few different sources. My favorite outlet would be The New Yorker though because in my opinion they have the most interesting well-written articles. Plus my brother has a subscription that he always lets me use :)

So without further ado, here they are in no particular order. Hope you find something interesting to read this weekend!

Profiles:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Acts Out – The New Yorker

Riz Ahmed Acts His Way Out of Every Cultural Pigeonhole – The New York Times Magazine

Nicole Holofcener’s Human Comedies – The New Yorker

Donald Glover Can’t Save You – The New Yorker

Feminism:

Rebecca Solnit: Whose Story (and Country) Is This? – Literary Hub

Rebecca Solnit: Protest and Persist: Why Giving Up Hope is Not an Option – The Guardian

Lena Dunham on Her Decision to Have a Hysterectomy at Age 31 – Vogue

Social/Political Issues:

When Deportation is a Death Sentence – The New Yorker

The Birth of a New American Aristocracy – The Atlantic

Why Are the Poor Blamed and Shamed for their Deaths? By Barbara Ehrenreich – The Guardian

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, In Her Own Words — JACOBIN

‘Our Minds Can Be Hijacked’: The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia — The Guardian

Spirituality & Health:

When Anorexics Grow Up — The New York Times 

Mama Medicine: How Deciding I Was Enough Transformed My Life — Well + Good

Why Perfectionism Is On The Rise and How To Overcome It — Goop

The Original LG 2018 Favorites

The Original LG Favorites

As the year is coming to a close, here are some of my favorites from 2018. From favorite books and movies, to greatest memories and lessons learned, these are some of the things that comprised my roller coaster year. 

It’s nice to end off the year reflecting on the things that brought me joy and the lessons I learned; and then move forward into 2019!

Movie: Eighth Grade

Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor – It’s about the life and legacy of Mr. Rogers

Fiction book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Nonfiction book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Music: Seeing HAIM in concert with my best friend in Santa Barbara

Song: Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle

Podcast: Let It Out with Katie Dalebout

Drink: Matcha! That’s absolutely no surprise 🙃

Food: Honey Hi gluten-free sourdough bread with sunflower seed butter & banana - so simple but so good.

Dessert: Doughnuts from Donut Friend 🍩

Restaurant: Honey Hi

Adaptogen: Ashwagandha

Clothes: Leotards & Overalls

Activity: Hiking

App: Clue — period tracker app

Emoji: Heart with sparkles 💖

Random thing: Sending voice messages to my brother over Whatsapp. We would end up having full on back and forth conversations through them! He lives in Panama so it was a lovely way to stay in touch and hear his voice.

Inspirational woman: Deborah Hanekamp aka Mama Medicine

Learning: All about Digital Marketing 🤓

Acting Memory: Playing the lead role in my first film 🎬

Overall Memory: Hiking the English countryside with my mom

Learning moment: Rebuilding my relationship with my father and learning how to communicate with him.

Lesson learned: The power of honesty 💛

Word: Resilience 🦁

LG Faves: December

The Original LG December Favorites

It’s time for December Favorites! Here are some of the things I have been loving lately. Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays with family and friends! xoxo

Podcast: Jen Gotch is Ok Sometimes

I can’t believe I hadn’t listened to this podcast before — it has my name written all over it. Basically Jen Gotch, who is the founder of ban.do and a mental health advocate, talks all about mental health and various struggles she has dealt with and how she has worked through them. She is honest, relatable and funny. She shares helpful information on a sensitive topic in a positive way.  

Book: The Untethered Soul

This book is bending my brain. Whenever I describe something as bending my brain what I mean is that it is making me see things in a completely different light and ultimately seeing the world differently — so now you know for the future when I say this again ;) Anyways this book is all about mindfulness and being profoundly aware of the thoughts, emotions and voices in your head. It helps you learn to release yourself from limiting thoughts and hurtful patterns. I haven’t finished reading it yet but it has been an insightful read so far and is incredibly illuminating.

Music: Maggie Rogers 

I have been following Maggie Rogers since 2016 when her song Alaska came out. It is such an awesome song that had me immediately hooked. Her music is unique with a catchy dance-y alternative pop sound and her vocals are beautiful. She recently came out with new music so I have been listening to that on repeat.

Instagram: @recipesforselflove

This is such an incredible Instagram account. I love it so much. They post the coolest pictures with the most beautiful messages. They are positive, encouraging and non-judgmental. The lady behind the account is so talented. If you are looking for some positive empowering content to follow on instagram that will always make your day better - follow this account. It’s the best.

Movie: Widows

I saw this movie during Thanksgiving weekend and I was happily surprised. I didn’t know much about it besides seeing the trailer, which made it seem like a simple girl power movie where the women would get the job done that the men couldn’t do — but I was SO WRONG. This movie was something completely different. There was an incredible plot dealing with political corruption and gangs, and it took you on so many twists and turns — it reminded me of the film, The Departed. The best way I can describe it now is a suspenseful heist movie. If you are on the fence about watching it, I assure you it is much different than the previews made it seem and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

TV Show: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 

I will call myself out on this – I have watched the new Sabrina show and I liked it. I love stories and movies about witches and magic, and was excited that they were going to make this take on Sabrina darker. I thought the plot was really good. It focused more on Sabrina’s life as a witch and that magical world, than her life as a teenager in the mortal world. I watched it with my brother and he enjoyed it as well - so if you’re skeptical about it, you might be surprised. I am looking forward to watching the Christmas special that just came out :)

Beauty: DIY Hair Masks

I have recently started doing DIY hair masks and I am obsessed. They are so easy to make, you leave them in your hair for 20 minutes, then take a shower and your hair feels amazing and so healthy afterwards. I have made very simple hair masks as my facialist told me that it is better to keep it simple. Here is the recipe I have been using: 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. I mix all of those ingredients together, dampen my hair, spread the mask evenly all over my hair and wrap it up in a towel, leave it in for 20 minutes, and then take a shower and shampoo it out. She also suggested a simple overnight coconut oil hair mask — leave it in overnight (sleep with a towel on your pillow) and then wash it out in the morning. She said this mask would be a nourishing, moisturizing and de-frizzing hair mask. I haven’t done it yet but will be doing it in the near future!

The Ultimate Matcha Review

Morning Matcha

My love of matcha is no surprise. I drink my matcha tonic every morning and enjoy it as an afternoon pick me up if I’m feeling tired.

If you want to know exactly how I make my morning matcha you can find the recipe here.  

How did I become so obsessed?

I’ve known about matcha for a while but I didn’t start drinking it religiously until a few months ago. I used to be a coffee drinker and was in the habit of drinking that every morning. The switch to matcha happened for two reasons:

  • I stared having strong reactions to coffee with the medication I was taking for anxiety. It would make my heart beat fast, make me extremely jittery and it was causing sleeplessness even if I drank it at 10am! I started noticing that when I didn’t have the coffee I would sleep really well and was much calmer. I know these are normal reactions to coffee but I had never experienced them before.

  • I discovered how to make a matcha elixir and that blew my mind. Before this I had only had matcha lattes at coffee shops and they aren’t that good compared to the tonics I started making myself. When you add collagen and coconut butter and adaptogens and all sorts of magical ingredients it really takes your matcha game to the next level.

So, needless to say, I now drink a lot of matcha and have done comprehensive research and experimentation on which matcha is my favorite. Here is a thorough review of all the matcha brands I have tried that takes into consideration quality, flavor, price points, and convenience so you can choose the one the best fit your needs.

Ippodo Matcha

Ippodo Tea

This is the best tasting, best quality matcha I have tried. In my opinion it blows the other matchas out of the water and hard to go back to other brands once you’ve had it. Ippodo Tea Company has been producing superior quality green tea in Kyoto Japan since 1717 — so basically they are masters at it.

They have a few different flavors of matcha: Rich, Balanced and Smooth.

I have tried the Rich and Smooth flavors, and, in my opinion, the difference between the two wasn’t extreme. The Rich was a little bit stronger and had more depth, the Smooth was a little lighter and smoother. The Smooth flavor is cheaper so that has become my go-to matcha.

Here are the prices for the largest size tin (40g): Rich — $46.99; Balanced — $39.99; Smooth — $32.99

Overall Thoughts: If you’re going to spend the money and invest in the best quality and tasting matcha — I would absolutely go with Ippodo.

DoMatcha Organic Matcha

DoMatcha

I found DoMatcha at Whole Foods when I wanted to see what matcha selection they had available. They had a large tin available or single serving packets that were sold individually. Having the ability to buy the single packets is incredibly convenient for travel or if you want to make sure you like it before investing in a larger quantity.

I bought a few of the single serving packets. This brand is more on the expensive side so I was grateful for the single packet alternative. The tin they had available at Whole Foods was the Summer Harvest 80g tin for $32.99.

This is the best matcha I have bought at a grocery store. I wouldn’t buy the larger tin because if I am spending that money I would buy the Ippodo tea, but it was good and the closest matcha I have found in terms of quality and taste to Ippodo.

Overall Thoughts: This was a great quality matcha and my second favorite in terms of taste that I have tried. Having the ability to buy it at Whole Foods and get single serving packets make this matcha brand extremely convenient. These single serving packets were my favorite for blending quality, great taste and convenience.

 

CapBeauty Matcha

CAP BEAUTY - The Neat Matcha Stick Box

 CAP BEAUTY sells a good quality, expensive ceremonial grade matcha that you can purchase in individual packets or a larger tin. I purchased the “The Neat Stick Box” so I could have those available as an easy travel option. When I tried them however I didn’t find the flavor that rich so I couldn’t really taste it in my matcha tonic. In order to get a stronger matcha flavor I had to use two of the packets or if you purchased the tin you would have to use an even larger amount which ends up making it more expensive.

You have to order CapBeauty online if you don’t live in LA or NYC.

 The 39g tin they have available online costs $36 and the Neat Stick Box costs $34 and comes with 15 packets.

Overall Thoughts: The Neat Sticks are convenient for traveling but I enjoyed the DoMatcha single serving packets better which I can easily buy at Whole Foods. If you’re going to spend the money on matcha I recommend Ippodo, or if you want to go the single serving packet I would recommend DoMatcha.

Pure Leaf Matcha

Pure Leaf Matcha

I was recently in Texas and forgot to pack my travel matcha – what was I thinking right? I don’t know what was wrong with me that morning – anyways all of this to say that I had to see what I could find at our local grocery store. I found this brand in the tea section and decided to give it a try. Pure Leaf is probably easier to find and more convenient if you don’t live in an area with a Whole Foods and you don’t want to spend a lot of money or order online. I saw that it is also sold at Target.

This ended up being my favorite of the matchas I found in Texas - it cost $7.99 for 12 packets, but I had to use two sleeves of matcha for each drink because the matcha just wasn’t rich enough for me. When I made my tonic with just one sleeve it was too light and not enough matcha flavor.

Overall Thoughts: This isn’t the matcha I would drink if I had my ultimate choice but it was the best one i could find in Texas at the local grocery store. I think it’s a good option for convenience, availability, and price point.

Navitas Organic Matcha Powder

Navitas Organics

This was another matcha brand that I found at the local grocery store in Texas in the health food section. I had high hopes for this one because it looks like it’s good quality but was disappointed. The flavor of this matcha was bitter and not smooth. I ended up using this one least.  

It cost $21.99 for a 3oz bag.

Overall Thoughts: It will probably be better used for cooking or something else but in terms of in a matcha drink the flavor isn’t good and makes your drink bitter.

Green Foods Corporation Organic Matcha

Green Foods Corportation — Organic Matcha Green Tea + Brown Rice Solids

This was the last matcha brand I found in the health food section of the grocery store in Texas. I was apprehensive about it right away because the ingredients weren’t pure matcha - it clearly says in the front that it also has brown rice solids. When I opened the jar the powder wasn’t a bright kelly green like matcha should be, but instead was a light muted green so I was expecting for the flavor of the matcha to not be pure. When I tried my matcha drink it didn’t have that rich matcha flavor but tasted more like the other ingredients in the drink. It was smoother than the Navitas brand but it wasn’t great matcha either.

Overall Thoughts: Better than the Navitas Organics matcha but still not great. If you’re buying matcha at the grocery store I would recommend Pure Leaf before this one or Navitas.

Well there you have it — a comprehensive review of my favorite matchas and some brands I have tried due to where I have been when traveling or a current circumstance. If you have a matcha brand you recommend I try let me know. Hope this is helpful for you when selecting which matcha best fits your needs!

LG Faves: November

Holistic spirituality

CRAVING: Sunflower Seed Butter & Ginger Tea

The weather has been getting cooler and drier here in LA so I am craving warm, grounding foods. 

I recently discovered sunflower seed butter and can’t believe it took me this long! It is so good – blows almond butter out of the water for me. It is a little nuttier, creamier and not as sweet. I love having it on some gluten free toast with banana for breakfast or with an apple for a snack.  

Ginger is my current go-to tea. I like how the warmth and spice from the ginger feels like it is heating you up from the inside out. It is the perfect mix of spice and comfort at the end of the day.

MUSIC: Empress Of

I love Empress Of! Her dance-y beats and cool vocals are very catchy. It’s such a dreamy pretty electro-pop. I love alt-pop so mixing that with a female sound is my sweet spot. I also love that she sings some of her songs in Spanish. It’s such a great way to represent her roots in her music. My favorite Empress Of songs are: I Don’t Even Smoke Weed, When I’m With Him, and Love For Me.

MOVIE: Bohemian Rhapsody

This movie is so good! I was familiar with Queen and most of their music but I didn’t know their story or much about Freddie Mercury. I was fascinated by their background and how they became Queen. They were true visionaries and trailblazers creating such unique and incredible music. It is a fun and exciting movie and leaves you inspired by their vision, perseverance and amazing musical talent.  

BOOK: Material Girl, Mystical World  

This book was such a great read. It is a nice intro to all sorts of different now age and spiritual practices. I was familiar with most of them but I enjoyed the overview of each and it did a good job explaining how we can apply these practices to our lives in the world today. The book includes stories from the author’s life and her experience with all the various topics covered in the book so it reads like a memoir instead of something informative. Ruby is a great writer and I loved learning about her spiritual journey.

HEALTH: Lola Tampons

When you learn about regular tampons it’s frightening to see all the bleach, chemicals and sh*t that’s in them. All of those toxins are being absorbed into your body when you use them, which can’t be doing anything good. So I wanted to make a switch to using something with natural safe ingredients. I had read about the Diva cup, which looks amazing but I don’t know if I can do it lol. So as a first step I started using Lola tampons — which are 100% natural, vegan, non-toxic, organic cotton tampons. I used them for the first time last month and they were great — so easy to use and since you can customize the box it was exactly the assortment that I needed. I am definitely going to only use Lola from now on.

My Favorite Spots in Los Angeles ☀️

I have been in LA for a little over a year now. There are so many cool spots to explore and endless things to do. Here are a few of my favorites so far!

Honey Hi restaurant in Los Angeles

Food:

Honey Hi – Hands down my favorite restaurant in LA. They serve craveable, sustainable comfort food with thoughtful ingredients. The food is so delicious and their menu changes seasonally. They use organic and locally sourced produce, as well as 100% organic, humanely raised animals and eggs. Basically they serve exactly the food we should be eating because everything is so thoughtfully chosen and comes from the best local sources. I always feel amazing after eating at Honey Hi.

Kitchen Mouse - Cute vegetarian restaurant in Highland Park. The menu is delicious and the space is adorable.

Botanica Restaurant - Amazing farm to table restaurant in Silverlake. The food is local and seasonal and their menu is made up of innovative vegetable dishes. Love the ambience and the vibe here too. Good to go with friends.

Hiking in Griffith Park

Hiking:

Fryman Canyon - This is my go-to hiking spot! It’s a great loop that takes about an hour and is a nice mix of incline, flat and downhill. It is easy to get to with great parking and beautiful views. I am so grateful this hiking trail exists.

Griffith Park - So many great hikes here. You can always be changing it up and exploring new paths. I love to come here when I have more time and can explore. Great views of LA and the Griffith Observatory.

Skylight Bookstore

Bookstore:

Skylight Books - Cool indie bookstore in Los Feliz. They curate a thoughtful collection of books on numerous topics that’s on the cutting edge of culture. They are always putting on great events with incredible authors and have reading groups as well. I love spending hours here.

Go Get Em Tiger

Coffeeshop:

Go Get Em Tiger - Such a cool coffeeshop. They have won numerous awards for having some of the best coffee in LA and the food is great. My favorite place to get coffee in LA and they have a few locations around central/east LA.

Maru - THE BEST MATCHA! This is my go-to spot for my absolute favorite matcha in town.

Highland Park

Explore:

Highland Park - I love exploring this neighborhood, it is my favorite area to just hang out in when I have some extra time. Lots of unique record/music stores, vintage shops, restaurants and bars. Favorites here are: Highland Park Bowl, Donut Friend and Gimme Gimme Records.