City Guide: 5 Days In Los Angeles

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Los Angeles City Guide

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I recently spent five days in Los Angeles visiting my friend Sheena of Space.Plate.Create. I love California but this was my first time in this city. I fell in love with the city so today I’m sharing my recommendations on what to do while you are in Los Angeles. 

Day 1

Eat: Lunch at Larchmont Bungalow

Drink: Grab happy hour at Mama’s Shelter

Shop: Spend the afternoon shopping in Larchmont Village

Love: Score some scenic views and Instagram-worthy shots of the Los Angeles city skyline with a trip to Griffith Observatory

Day 2 

Grab a rental car from Skirt and head up the PCH to spend the day at the beach in Santa Monica and Malibu. 

Eat: Grab lunch in Santa Monica on the pier at Pier Burger

Drink: Grab a refreshing juice blend from The Hive

Shop: Spend part of your afternoon shopping at Malibu Country Mart

Love: Spend the day at Zuma Beach  and El Matador State Beach in Malibu. These are both great places to score some Instagram-worthy shots. 

Day 3

While you still have your rental car from Skirt head to Pasadena for the day. 

Eat: Grab lunch at Tender Greens Order the Happy Vegan salad. 

Drink: Grab tea at this Intellengista, a trendy coffee shop. Order the Turmeric Tonic. 

Shop: Spend the day shopping in Old Pasadena

Love: Take the scenic route to Pasadena and drive down Mulholland Drive. You’ll be able to get up close views of the famous Hollywood sign. 

 

Day 4

Eat: Grab some pho at It’s Pho

Drink: Enjoy happy hour at the vegan Mexican restaurant, Gracias Madre. 

Shop: Visit one of Los Angeles’ many outdoor markets. 

Love: Start your morning with a workout at Exhale Spa in Hollywood. If they are still offering it take the Helicopter Skydeck yoga class. It’s an experience of a lifetime. Imagine taking a yoga class thousands of feet up in the air. 

Day 5

Eat: Grab brunch at Tart. Order the chicken and waffles. 

Drink: Soak up some liquid libations and scenic views at Ivory on Sunset

Shop: Spend your last day shopping at the Grove in Los Angeles

Love: Craving dessert? Grab ice cream or dessert from MILK

Live in a city that you love? Want to share your favorite places to Eat.Drink.Shop.Love. E-mail me at Jewel@eatdrinkshoplove.com about contributing to my city guides column. 

 

How to pack the perfect picnic basket

How to Pack a Picnic Basket

How to Pack a Picnic Basket

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How to Pack a Picnic Basket

How to Pack a Picnic Basket

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The summer months call for us to turn off our ovens and dine outdoors. Rather it be outside at the park with friends or at the beach with family, picnics are a great way to come together and share a good meal. Over the next few days, I’m sharing how to pack the perfect picnic basket along with some of my favorite portable recipes.

Today I’m kicking off this three-part series with a guide on how to pack the perfect picnic basket. I’ll be sharing with you a checklist of all of the essentials you need to prepare for your next picnic.

1. Wine- Wine is what makes an alfresco dining experience fun! Have each person coming to your picnic bring their favorite wine to pair with their dish. This is a creative way to turn your picnic into a wine tasting. Worried about keeping your wine cold on a hot summer day? This wine cooler is perfect for keeping your bottles chilled while dining outdoors. 

2. Non-Alcoholic Beverages-Its important to stay hydrated during these hot summer months. I love bringing lemonade, sweet tea or fruit infused waters to picnics. I always try to keep in mind that everyone doesn’t always like alcohol and there may be kids around. 

3. Plates and Utensils- Try to find plastic plates and utensils to reduce waste at your picnic. I found these cute wine glasses and plastic plates that are easy to toss or clean when you get home. 

4. A Basket- Searching for the perfect basket can be a challenge because there are so many on the market. I loved this basket because it collapses and is waterproof, so if you are having a picnic at the beach its easy to carry and take home. 

5. A Blanket- Finding a waterproof picnic blanket is essential when dining outdoors. It makes spills easier to clean up because you can just shake it off, wipe it up, and put it in the wash when you get home. 

6. Fruit- Fruit is a great way to add a splash of color to your picnic. Bring a variety of colorful fruits like sliced strawberries, kiwi, peaches, and grapes in portable containers for your friends and family to enjoy. 

7. Sandwiches- Sandwiches and wraps work really well at picnics because they don’t require refrigerator for a long time. You can make a variety of meat and vegetarian options to satisfy everyone attending. 

8. Salads- I like to bring a variety of salads to my picnics. Salads are great because they can be chilled on ice or left alone for about an hour. I like to bring a pasta salad and a regular salad to give my friends and family options. You can put your salads in individual mason jars or to-go containers to personalize the experience. 

9. Desserts- Desserts are tricky when dining outdoors because bugs like sweets. But I have a huge sweet tooth and love having desserts at picnics. Finding a plate cover can prevent food poisoning and bugs from ruining your food. 

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What’s up? Where have you been?

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What’s up? Where have you been? A question I’ve been getting a lot lately from readers of the blog. Let’s just say life got extremely busy during July. So I let the blog take a back seat so I could enjoy a little summer break. I’m still in grad school and my class this summer required me to run a separate blog. If you are interested in marketing check it out here. I also started a new job that I love, working in content marketing for a global brand. I’m also training for a 5k with Women’s Health Magazine. Which I’ll share more about this week, because i need your help. 

So that’s what my life has looked like lately. But the good news is the blog is back and i’ve got some amazing content lineup to share with you this month. 

Thanks for sticking around and asking me where the heck I’ve been.  

PopSugar Must Have Box June 2016

PopSugar Must Have Box June 2016

PopSugar Must Have Box

Just in time for the start of summer, PopSugar just released their June Must Have Box filled with all the summer essentials a girl could use. This is my first time receiving the PopSugar Must Have box, but I must say this is the best monthly subscriptions out there. I love that PopSugar sends subscribers full-sized products that we can actually use. 

This month’s box included:

  1. A Neutral Diamond-Print Sarong by Hat Attack
  2. A “Cheers” Gold Bottle Opener by Sisters of Los Angeles
  3. Ridley’s Game Room “Who Am I” Quiz by Wild and Wolf
  4. Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer by NCLA
  5. Are you Ready (For your Close-Up?) Compact by Knock Knock
  6. Underarm Deodorant Wipes by Pacifica
  7. Sriracha Chips by Pressels

A monthly subscription is $39.95. All Eat.Drink.Shop.Love readers can save $5 by using the code JUNE5. To learn how you can sign up to receive a PopSugar Must Have Box visit http://bit.ly/1sGETFK . 

**POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try.

Women’s Health Magazine Action Hero

Women's Health Action Hero

I am excited to announce that I’ve been selected by Women’s Health Magazine to join their 2016 Action Hero program. I’ve been handpicked by their magazine team to serve as a brand ambassador. I will be representing the magazine with several other bloggers, fitness professionals, social media influencers, and readers from around the world. 

As a brand ambassador for the magazine, I will have the opportunity to blog for Women’s Health a couple of times a month and collaborate with the publication on special projects. The big part of this announcement is that I will be representing the Atlanta area as an ambassador at their Run 10 Feed 10 race later this year. So you’ll be following along with as I train for my first 10k in the fall of 2016. I’ll be blogging about my journey for training for my first 10k and my experience as a Women’s Health Magazine Action Hero. 

There is also an opportunity for my readers to get involved with the program and the race later this year. I’ll be announcing how you participate later in May. So stay tuned!