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.

Spring Playlist - Pretty

Spring Playlist - Pretty

Pretty melodic songs that lift your spirit and remind you that colorful spring flowers are starting to bloom. These are delicate fun songs that build as you listen to them — so they go from softer, more atmospheric to stronger, poppier sounds. They will leave you feeling empowered and energized.

It’s a pretty eclectic mix — there’s some indie pop, hip-hop, pop, electronic, alt pop — but it’s a great combination and it’s all the stuff I’m loving right now.

Hope you enjoy!

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

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!

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.

New Music!

La

I have come across two new artists that I am loving so much right now.

The first is: Lauren Daigle

Lauren’s music is soulful and moving. There are gospel, blues and Cajun music influences which make her music so rich and unique. Her lyrics are honest and raw, they strike a chord in you. I am obsessed with her new song: Look Up Child, but all of her music is just wonderful. You can hear more here:

The second artist is: Emily Kinney

Emily’s voice and music remind me of bubblegum pop. It is sweet and girly but has a fun beat to it. She just released a new album called Oh, Jonathan that I’ve been loving. Her songs are candid about the ups and downs of relationships and are so relatable. Her music is very easy to listen to and puts you in a good mood. Here is her new album Oh, Jonathan: