Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What Is Your Favourite Combo?

Mint, Yellow, and Lavender!

How did you know?

Oh yeah. 'Cause it's all I wear. Ever.

I regret nothing.

Also, later Buster looked so cute I had to snap a pic on my webcam =^.^=

Dress -- Cotton On
Cardigan -- Forever 21
Yellow Flats -- Charlotte Russe

Saturday, June 22, 2013

No Long, Extensive Post This Time?

Nope! I'm keepin' it simple today.

I know my last few posts have been a lot to take in (especially if you actually took the time to read them) so here's just a simple outfit post. 

I'm calling it Pink Paradise!

Dress -- Goodwill
Shoes & Cardigan -- Forever 21
Sunglasses -- Urban Outfitters 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Are Those Orange Pants?

Yes. Yes they are. 

I don't know if I've ever posted it on here, but anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely DETEST orange. 

Anything orange. The colour. The fruit. Anything with the flavour. It's even an ugly word. Orange. Blech. And how it doesn't rhyme with anything --  I mean, what's that all about?

Anyway I really don't like it, in case you can't tell, and own only 2 articles of clothing in the offending colour. One of those being my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups shirt (featured ages ago on the Reese's Facebook page) and for obvious reasons because peanut butter cups are awesome....

...and these orange pants. They are hand-me-downs that I took because of my desperate need for pants. I am constantly trying to make them work and, with the approval of my roommates, I think I have finally succeeded! And the more I look at them, the more I can convince myself that they're more red, really.... I mean, kind of like a tomato red. But then, I hate tomatoes too. So there's really no winning here. lol.

Outfit Details:

My new sunglasses to replace my purple ones that I lost at Disneyland (moment of silence). All sunglasses at Urban Outfitters are on sale for $10 right now! It's kind of hard to see but they're mint green.

Onesie & Earrings -- V Generation
Shoes -- Nine West
Sunglasses -- Urban Outfitters
Flower Ring -- Forever 21
Reese's Shirt -- Target? I don't remember
Pants -- Hand-Me-Downs

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Why Did You Decide To Become A Vegetarian?

Okay. I'm gonna try and not turn this into PETA pamphlet or anything so I'll just sort of sum up the many years of reasoning and influences that brought me to the decision of becoming a vegetarian.

To start off, I think I should define the term "vegetarian" (seems nonsensical but you wouldn't believe how many times I've been asked what the difference is between vegan and vegetarian).


a person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetablesfruits, nuts, grains, etc.


1.  a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet.

Basically, a vegetarian does not eat any type of meat and may also choose to abstain from eating some animal products such as milk and eggs. If you abstain from ALL animal products, then you qualify as a vegan. 

Get it? Yes? Okay good. Moving on.

Now as for me, I remember it all starting when I was little and, having been raised on The Simpsons, watching the episode where Lisa becomes a vegetarian. It especially hit home because of all the animals to make her not want to eat meat anymore, she thought of the little lamb and it just so happens that my grandparents lived on a farm where I spent half of my childhood and raised sheep. 

So while it was always something that intrigued me, being the animal lover that I am, I never thought I had a good enough diet to be able to go without meat (I was a very picky eater with a major sweet tooth). Plus, my family is pretty traditional and conservative (I guess you could call my liberal self the black sheep of the family. badum-tish!) so they don't really put up with "that hippie crap" *Cue Rolling Of Eyes Here*. And, to top it all off, my dad is a gourmet chef (I'm very spoiled when it comes to good food) so of course all of his dishes revolve around perfectly cooked meat with everything else in the dish meant simply to complement it. I just may have starved had I chosen to quit meat then (okay I'm exaggerating, but I may have been pretty malnourished since I wouldn't have known what I was doing).

So whilst living at home it would have been very difficult to make the transition, especially when I wasn't fully convinced I could, or should, do it. But over the past couple of years I have been eating SO much healthier, my parents can't even believe I'm the same person. Besides just the goal of losing weight, I also just wanted to feel good and in shape so I started substituting drinks and foods with healthier versions (e.g., I grew up drinking nothing but whole milk so I switched to non-fat and later to soy or almond milk). I doubled up on the veggies and forced myself to try more fruit (I hate fruit-- I don't even understand why but it's a texture thing) and joined a gym and the whole shebang. I dropped some weight and felt so much better about myself. It helped to clear up some of my evil acne too.

As I've learned more and more over the years through health classes, science classes, blogs, documentaries, ect... I've developed an appreciation for paying closer attention to all things that I put in my body, both through food and through products that I use everyday. Having decided to take a more natural approach to taking care of my body, such as using vegetable and essential oils in place of many chemical-filled products I always used without thinking twice, I started eating less meat just because. It seemed reasonable to cut out heavy fatty meat and replace it with extra vegetables and legumes (which for those of you who don't know, consists of mostly beans and grains). Just about as reasonable as cutting down on sweets and not eating ramen everyday. It just made sense.

Then I watched Forks Over Knives in my History of Documentary Class and that just about set me over the edge.

It's a great documentary that focuses on the health benefits of maintaining a plant-based diet. I mean, you follow some people over a couple of months who literally reverse some of their health issues or diseases (two people stop taking insulin for their diabetes and a man whose cholesterol is in the major danger zone cuts it down by more than half!). It is copiously filled with scientific studies explaining how meat & animal products affect your body on a cellular level. It's a great documentary that I highly recommend, not to convert you or anything, but more to give you information and things to think about and do more research about on your own. 

So that was it. I made the decision later that day to give it a try. What would I lose, really? If I didn't like it I could always switched back. Of course later that night my friend took me to Chilies for the first time and talked about nothing but the hot wings so I decided that I might as well go out with a bang and say my goodbyes to meat with these revered hot wings. They were delicious.

And since then I have been meat-free! It's been just over a month now and you know what? It's really not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I don't really miss meat all that much, especially since now I'm eating healthier than I ever have before and I feel GREAT! To start off I did some research on how to make the transition. I found lots of helpful websites that not only contain a lot of info and recipes, but will also send you free catalogs, such as ChooseVeg.com and TryVeg.com. I also have several vegetarian friends who I can consult when I have questions and who give me tips. I find that it's much cheaper as well because most of the bulk parts of my meal consist of brown rice, quinoa, lentils and beans, all of which are very cheap, have a long shelf life and a little goes a long way, so you're really getting the bang out of your buck. And then my fridge is a colourful wonderland filled with tons of veggies and, yes, even fruits. And for those who think that the same old vegetables would just get boring and tastless after a while, let me tell you that I'm always trying new things I never really had before. When you actually sit down to make a list of all the veggies out there, you will be amazed how many there actually are -- sounds silly but just try it. There's more to life than just broccoli, corn, peas, carrots and tomatoes. There are SO MANY. And about a bajillion recipes for each. And then even MORE recipes when you combine them with different starches and legumes. If anything, not having meat as a staple to all my meals has forced me to get even more creative in the kitchen as opposed to my usual chicken & rice or steak & bakes.

What's more, going vegetarian has tremendous benefits for both the environment and for the treatment of animals. According to ChooseVeg.com "In the United States, 70% of the grain grown is fed to farmed animals. Imagine how many people we could feed with that food." That was a staggering fact for me and I started doing more research about studies people have done on this issue to gather these statistics. Not to mention all of the greenhouse gasses produced by the overwhelming and unnatural numbers of cattle raised every year to sustain our voracity for beef. And another notable moment in my life contributing to my interest in vegetarianism, is a pamphlet I found when I was about 15-years-old in the back room of my friends workplace. This one little pamphlet almost turned me right then and there. It was all about factory farming and the mistreatment of animals used for food. 

Now this one you can do plenty of research on and let me tell you, the pictures aren't pretty. Let me just put it out there that I was raised to know the way life works. Fish's gotta swim, bird's gotta eat. It's the circle of life and while I may not want to look or hear or think about it, I don't deny that nature has it's way of sustaining balance and plenty of creatures on this Earth, including humans, are carnivores or omnivores. Don't worry, I get that. But I can say with utmost abhorrence, that factory farming is disgusting and cruel. There is a difference between doing what you must naturally do to survive, and having no compassion and thinking that you are self-entitled to whatever you want in life. Just because you eat an animal does not mean that you have the right to torture it before you do so. "Each year on today’s factory farms, over eight billion animals are confined in windowless sheds, tiny barren crates, and filthy wire cages. The vast majority of these animals are mutilated without painkillers, denied veterinary care, and ultimately slaughtered. Sadly, they have little to no legal protections. Simply put, life for them is a hell you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy." And you know those things we're all afraid of, like e. coli and mad cow disease? Yeah that's from neglected cows that end up having to stand in their own feces and the carcasses of other cows who died off because they have no where else to go. You're really going to pay money to eat a cow that's been sitting in and soaking up all that nasty, deadly bacteria? Really? And what's ironic is that after I got out of the movie for my documentary class, I went to the ladies room and found the exact same pamphlet I had seen all those years ago sitting in my stall. I'm not one to believe in signs or anything but it was a freaky enough coincidence to knock me off the tightrope I'd been walking on and decide to commit to a cruelty-free lifestyle.

I am very happy I made the switch and don't think I'll be switching back anytime soon. My body feels healthier and I'm delighted that I am not contributing to the destruction of our planet and its' people or the harming of innocent animals :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend... Wasn't That...?

3 weeks ago? Yes. Yes it was.

I enjoy being fashionably late.

Although in my defense, Memorial Day Weekend was set smack dab in the middle of finals AND I forgot my camera so I had to wait for my cousins to upload pictures. 

But enough with my excuses. Late or not, this trip deserves to make its' online debut since so much went into it. 

Every summer, and multiple longer-than-normal weekends, since I can remember, I have gone up to Shasta Lake with my family where my grandmother owns a houseboat. The boat is like a second home to me. Seriously. I absolutely LOVE Shasta Lake and if it were legal and I were rich, I would totally build a home and live there. As it is, my grandma has always let us use the boat for vacations and such throughout the years. We are very, VERY lucky to have this luxury, and I have only been able to appreciate it more and more the older I get. So while I may have complained when I was younger that my friends were all going to different states or even different countries for their summer vacation, I am very fortunate to have always had the lake to come back to like a tradition, especially since moving to LA where my life is so completely different than the one I had lived for 16 years in San Francisco. When you move out and your parents change your room and you live in a tiny little apartment that you have to cook in and clean and pay bills for and all those other scary things about being an adult, it's hard to hold on to things that keep you grounded and prevent you from feeling too homesick. I even get anxious every time we drive up to Shasta, thinking that somehow, this time, things aren't going to be the same, just like everything else in my life.

 But then we drive down the winding road, over the bridge and the shining water and finally step off the dock onto the houseboat, my houseboat, and it's like a breath of fresh air. I'm 10-years-old again and I'm ready to go swimming and take the ski-boat with my dad to the harbor to go get ice cream. It's such a nice thing to still have to come back to.

Which is why after maybe 20 hours of sleep that week, coming home after failing my math final I had studied my brains out for that Friday, we drove 7 hours to SF, checking in at 4:00am, got up at 9:00am on Saturday and drove another 4 hours up to the boat only to be there until Monday afternoon.

And it was so worth it.


My sister, Grace, and my brother, Derek.
Me and my cousin Jason getting gas (you don't even wanna know what the prices are like up there!)
 The boys pushing off. Jason was having a little too much fun with his new fish-eye camera attachment for his iphone.
My beautiful lake! 

 Their relationship in a nutshell.

Friday, June 14, 2013

When Did You Go To Disneyland?

Welllllll a little while back when my sister Grace was working on the Disney Dream cruise ship (shes back on land now, yay!) she sent me these for my birthday 

with the promise to take me to Disneyland when she got back since she could get me & another friend into all of the parks for free, plus discounts on food & merchandise (aren't connections sweet?). Of course due to scheduling conflicts and with her moving back to SF, we only finally got to go just last week. Here are some highlights from our magical day!

Me and Grace
 On a safari adventure
 Cinderella Crown! This is pretty much mine and Mollys releationship.
Fastpass to Indiana Jones (where I lost my favourite purple sunglasses! SAD FACE :( ) And of course my sister is a rebel. I'm talkin' bonafied badass here.
 Squinting and preparing myself to walk around blind for the rest of the day
 I make Storm Troopers do Evea poses. I'm a boss like that.
On the teacups right as the parade was passing by
 Anyone else hear that if you yell "Andy's Coming!" the Toy Story characters will drop and go limp like the movies? 
LIES. Here's the proof. 
My sister on the other hand..... lol
 My new best friend
 So excited to go on Star Tours! Molly and I were freaking out over the real-life R2D2 & C3PO (I finally made her watch all the movies!)
 My favouritist!! I love me some Ewoks!
 Swear to god if I had the money I would own these right now.
After heading across to California Adventure we went to Cars Land where we all squished into one little compartment at the Junkyard Jamboree (And with my ears finally on right, since no one told me they were on backwards throughout all of these pictures. oops. lol)
So apparently California Adventure is privately owned meaning you can drink alcohol in public -- a happy surprise! Well, it would have been happier if my sister hadn't decided to take us to California Screamin', which happened to have the fastest moving line of the day, meaning we had to chug our drinks before getting on a super fast loopty-loop roller coaster. Not an example of our best judgment. haha.
 And then the LONGEST line of the day (but totally worth it) for Hollywood Tower Of Terror! 
 Then we rushed back over to Disneyland to make our fastpass time for Space Mountain, which could very well be my favourite ride of the day (and if I may insert some nerdy-love here, I could TOTALLY see a way to make this a Dr. Who themed ride!)
  With our eyes drooping and our feet screaming bloody murder at us, we hop on the tram back to our car. It's been a successful day at the Happiest Place on Earth :)