LG Faves: September 2019

TOLG September Favorites

These are some things I have been enjoying a lot lately so I wanted to share them here with all of you!

TV Show: Unbelievable on Netflix

I didn’t want to watch this show at first because I was scared to watch a story about such a heavy subject matter. It follows the violent rape of a young teen, Marie Adler, who is accused of lying about the rape by two male detectives who are very condescending and treat her poorly. It then goes on to follow a string of similar rapes that take place in Washington and Colorado and the two incredible female detectives who start investigating the similar crimes. I was so hooked to this show that I watched the entire thing in less than 24 hours. This is crazy for me because I rarely get hooked to shows, and usually prefer reading in the evening. This is the single best thing I have watched in the past few years. It was extremely educational, horrifying and moving. I highly recommend everyone, especially women, watch this powerful show.  

Food: Yogurt with fresh berries & granola

I know this sounds boring but it has been SO HOT in LA, that I have been craving very cooling foods. Yogurt with fresh berries and granola is one of the few things that actually sounds good most of the time. I eat this most days at home and even when I go out to breakfast I have been ordering this because it has been the most appealing to me. When I am feeling so hot and zapped of energy it’s hard for me to want eggs or anything cooked. Homemade granola really ups the yogurt game, and when the fruit is fresh and in season it’s delicious. Sometimes you crave simple and light, and this has done just the trick!

Nonfiction Book: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

I was very excited for the release of this book in August. Jia Tolentino’s New Yorker articles are always my favorite to read. Her writing is sharp, relentlessly self-examining, horrifying, hopeful and brilliant. I very much enjoyed reading it and seeing her speak at Skylight Books. If you haven’t read Jia’s writing before, I highly recommend checking out her New Yorker articles or this book!

Fiction Book: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I am flying out to Paris this Thursday and wanted to take a book on my trip that would be a delight to read. I did some research and City of Girls looked like the perfect book. I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing and the story is dazzling and fun. It's a love story that takes place in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. I am about a third of the way through right now and loving it so far.

Movement: Pop Physique

I am obsessed with Pop. Like completely hooked. I would go every day if I could. It’s a barre workout that is just so much more fun and hip than any of the other barre classes I have done. What I love about Pop is that I am always left feeling good and energized afterwards. I have done many workouts that don’t feel good on my body and leave me feeling completely depleted. Pop is the complete opposite for me. My body loves it and I have been seeing such great results. If you’re in LA or NYC — I HIGHLY recommend it.

Movie: Hustlers

I saw this movie yesterday and really liked it. I went into it skeptical and unsure of how I would feel about the story line, but I saw that it had good reviews and that showtime worked the best for us, so I figured — give it a shot. And I am so glad I did. The movie really surprised me, more than being a movie about strippers or revenge on Wall Street guys it felt like a story about strong female friendships and finding a family and a sense of belonging when you’ve been dealt a tough lot in life. I also felt like it was a different way of showing female strength and intelligence that didn’t involve trying to make it in a man’s world, which I really appreciated. It was an important story to be told and really blew me away.

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.

The Art That's Made Me

The art that’s made me

I listened to a fun podcast the other day on Let It Out with Katie Dalebout that was all about the the books, music, movies, tv shows, and media you grew up with which has helped shape you into who you are today. I thought it was an interesting idea, and of course it got me thinking about the pop culture, art, and media that have been meaningful in my life. 

Since I thought it was a fun topic, I wanted to share “The Art That’s Made Me,” here with all of you, and I hope it gets you thinking about this in your own life. What were the meaningful movies, TV shows, books, songs, etc, that you consumed in your life that have made an impact on the person you are today? It’s a cool thing to think about :) Here are mine:

Books

I didn’t enjoy reading when I was little — shocking, I know. It wasn’t until I was older, around 10-12 years old, that I started finding books I wanted to read.

I found World War II novels fascinating and I enjoyed reading stories about kids with special powers or in magical worlds. What can I say — I’ve always loved magic.

These are the first books I remember loving:

Number the Stars // The Giver // A Wrinkle in Time // The Chronicles of Narnia // The Harry Potter Series

Once I was in high school I started devouring books, and luckily most of them were required reading for my classes. The books that I remember had a big impact on me were:

The Stranger by Albert Camus // The Awakening by Kate Chopin // Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger // Siddhartha by Herman Hesse // Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë // The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Movies

Like most children, the first movies I saw were Disney. I remember enjoying The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast (like every other girl who grew up in the 90’s), but my favorites were other Disney movies and characters that weren’t as popular:

Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell in Peter Pan // Alice in Wonderland // Pocahontas // Bambi

I really enjoyed movies about animals, nature, and magical lands, although Bambi tore me to pieces, I loved those movies.

When I got older I enjoyed musicals and classic films, like: The Sound of Music // Newsies

Then I became obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and loved Roman Holiday // Sabrina // Breakfast at Tiffany’s

TV Shows

I grew up with an older brother so I had to watch a lot of the things he wanted to watch, which resulted in me enjoying more boy-ish tv shows — which is fine! Here are some of the shows I remember liking:

Captain Planet // Power Rangers // Ninja Turtles // Sailor Moon

As we got older, I remember watching these shows after school:

Saved by the Bell // Fresh Prince of Belair // Sabrina the Teenage Witch

AND:

The Simpsons — that’s how I become obsessed with Lisa Simpson, I loved how she was so much smarter than her older brother, Bart, and did her own thing within her crazy family. I had never seen a strong, smart, independent young female character like her, and she inspired me.

Once I got to high school I barely ever watched TV because I didn’t have any time.

Music

As a kid, I liked music with a lot of beat. I remember loving:

Ace of Base // ABBA // Selena // The Jackson 5 // Musicals: Disney music and the songs from The Sound of Music.

THEN I remember that my mom was given a CD by a band called Pink Martini, that I loved. My favorite song on the disc was a French song called Sympathique — which was all about smoking, lol! I had no idea what the words meant but I had all of them memorized and would just play it and sing it on repeat.

As I got older I started liking my own types of music and it was very girly, poppy, female driven or angsty music. I remember listening to:

Shakira in Spanish — her Pies Descalzos CD // Alanis Morissette // Spice Girls // Britney Spears // Avril Lavigne // Janet Jackson

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!

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.

LG Faves: February

Here are my February faves! This monthly series is a roundup of cool things I'm into at the moment or that I've recently discovered that I wanted to share. Hope you enjoy! 

Podcast: Hidden Brain

THIS PODCAST.  I can't believe I didn't know about it before. It’s all about understanding the world better by using science and storytelling to reveal patterns that drive human behavior. All of the topics discussed are fascinating and keep you captivated the entire time. I particularly enjoyed the Why Now and Power Hour episodes, but start wherever you like, you seriously can’t go wrong.

Book: Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion

Continuing on my quest to read all of Joan Didion’s book – I read Play it as it Lays. This was the first fiction book by Didion that I read. It’s dark and intense and leaves you feeling stunned. I thought it was a very good book but want to warn that it’s not a pleasant read that leaves you feeling happy or good about the world, but it does leave you thinking. It’s a harrowing book about America in the late 1960s. Maria is the main character and she is in the middle of a breakdown. She is having a hard time finding meaning in her life and the people around her are constantly drinking, doing drugs or involved in some kind of immoral behavior. The main themes that come to mind are moral decay and disillusionment when thinking about this book and it leaves you thinking about what’s really important in life.

Movie: Molly's Game

This is a thrilling movie based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic class skier who ended up running the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested by the FBI. The whole story is fascinating and the acting is incredible. I liked that the movie explores how Molly became such a competitive and driven person and the relationship she has with her father.

TV Show: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

I have always loved profiles and in-depth interviews. There is something so satisfying to get a deep dive on a person whom I find interesting. And that is exactly what this show is! It’s a new talk show on Netflix that’s hosted by David Letterman. In each episode he sits down with one guest and has a really intimate conversation with them. Two episodes have been released so far – in the first one he interviews Barack Obama and in the second one George Clooney. I really enjoyed both episodes and am looking forward to the next one, where he’ll interview Malala Yousafzai.

Website: The Cut

I recently started enjoying this website and have been surprised by their variety of stories and smart articles. It has turned into a normal lineup on my list of websites I skim each day. I like their mix of topics, sleek layout and how they break up their sections. It feels like a more empowering woman’s website than most that I have seen out there. I always look forward to reading their How I Get It Done segment where they ask hardworking women how they manage their busy days. 

Magazine: Rookie Mag

I am not a teenager but I still love reading Rookie Mag. There’s something about it that just makes you feel good and less alone. The pieces are very smart, well written and honest so you can always find something relatable and thoughtful. Rookie also released a book called Rookie on Love last month, which I really enjoyed reading. It’s a collection of essays, poems and interviews from some of their favorite voices about all kinds of love.