Fashion

Fabulous Faux Leather Handbag

Living in LA, vegan and faux leather options are all the rage. I have never found a handbag I have liked that wasn’t real leather. The reason is the faux options tend to look cheap and do not wear well, with the styles sometimes being dated and more trendy than classic. Well, listen up all you hippie dippy, kind hearted souls….there is a fabulous array of handbags that won’t break the bank and will keep your conscience clean.

I have fallen head over heels for the Large Structured Handbag from the Daily Look. This bag resembles the Celine bag that everyone owns, but is only a fraction of the price and is a fashionable non-leather option for those who simply will not wear leather. I still love the Celine bags out there and of course, would love to own one, but this is a wonderful way to get the look without wearing leather and compromising on durability, feel, and style.

I purchased the beauty in black and love the versatility of it. You can add the long strap to wear it on your shoulder and also expand the sides to accommodate an iPad or some magazines and snacks for the plane. I was so pleasantly surprised when I received this handbag in the mail and took it for a spin around my neighborhood. I already have received so many compliments and cant wait to take it out more.

You can buy this bag at http://www.dailylook.com for $74.99 in black, navy, or raspberry.

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All Things Foodie

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Nibbles

A friend of mine posted a picture of these little vegan gems she was making for her daughter’s school. She eats really clean and has a fabulous yoga body so I decided to whip them up and see if I liked them.

As you all know, I love to bake and prefer to use full fat, from scratch recipes, but every so often I come across a great healthy alternative. This is exactly that kind of healthy treat that is tasty and totally guilt free. The recipe only has four ingredients and I super easy to make. You will need two ripe bananas, dash of cinnamon, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1 1/4 cup oats (I used gluten free).

Mash the bananas in a bowl until they are completely blended. Add the oats, cinnamon, and chocolate chips until mixed well. Take a small ice cream scoop or two spoons and scoop out the batter onto a greased cookie sheet. I used coconut oil spray to grease it. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins and allow to completely cool. They are sweet and slightly crunchy on top. Perfect for a snack or even breakfast. The recipe makes 12 bite size morsels, so if you need more feel free to double the recipe.

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The Hollywood Farmer’s Market

A great farmer’s market is a must find here in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Farmer’s Market on Sundays is the best one in my opinion. My friend Randi and I used to frequent it every weekend, but our visits have become a little less frequent. I was missing my jaunts there, so I promptly packed my reusable bags and a stocked my wallet with cash and drove over to Hollywood to purchase whatever my little heart desired.

Upon entry of the market, there are tents that line every piece of asphalt filled to the brim with fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other delectable delights. The bright colors of all the food items is like a wonderful rainbow of healthy and non-healthy eats. The sugar on the crust of pies glistens in the sunlight and the pie maker entices you to try samples of all the flavors of such as strawberry rhubarb and cinnamon apple. Every booth has a different sample to try. It is in your best interest to show up hungry because these venders are sure to feed you until you couldn’t possible eat another bite.

My favorite vendors are the orchid guy, who sells the most beautiful orchid plants in white, purple, and yellow shades for a mere $8-10 a stem. These are perfect for a birthday present or for that Sunday supper you are attending later in the evening. The greek guy will give you delicious samples of cheeses, spreads, and the best yogurt you will ever have. The white pumpkin yogurt is the best flavor and is so rich and creamy it is just as enjoyable as ice cream. You can actually also purchase his yogurt at Erewhon and Bristol Farms under the name Aris. The vegan Korean food stand has the best seaweed salad and the tempeh is to die for. The thai food stand has the best little coconut cakes and sticky rice with banana, but get to this stand early because they sell out! I sadly missed the window this time. The fig goat cheese by Leilo and Son’s will change your cheese and cracker game for life. It is creamy and the fig hits you with the perfect amount of sweetness. Make sure to stop by the Bolani stand, which is this special low carb flat bread filled with spinach and topped with a yogurt spread and jalapeno jelly. They have other variations, but this is my favorite combination. The freshly squeezed orange juice lady is a must visit and please sample all the fruit vendors. You will never have better tasting fruit and they are always happy to help you select the ones that are best for eating right away and a few to eat later in the week.

Celeb sightings are normal here and fun for when your out of town guests come to visit. This farmer’s market is quite vast and has everything you could possibly want. Ready made food is also offered for those of you who are not interested in toting your loot home, but rather just enjoying it there. Make sure you bring cash, as most vendors are cash only.

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market is located at Ivar Avenue and Selma Ave between Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd, near Vine St. The market is open from 8am-1pm and is open almost every Sunday.

http://www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.net

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