Vegan Valentine’s Dinner Pop Up

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Going out and doing things on the weekend is a rare occurrence for me, now that I’m consumed with grad school life. However, last weekend, I made sure to make time to attend another event hosted by my dear friends, The Harvest Hands, in collaboration with Living Life Fresh and Compassionate Collective Co. It was such a delight to spend the evening with some of my favorite people, and I met some new people too, including Madeline Alcott (Petit Vour)!

My friend Veronica Rouly (Cherries Roses Chains) and I went together as galentines! Veronica is a passionate YouTuber and fellow vegan foodie. So as you can imagine,  we had a great time obsessing over all the food and discussing future plans for online content collaboration! Continue reading

One-Pot Green Goddess Noodle Soup Bowl

I’ve been neglectful of many things lately–including my blog and self-care. After weeks of challenging late nights at school and an all nighter to finish my first design project of the semester, my work outs and meals have become more sporadic, and my body has signaled to me that it’s not happy with me. I pushed my limits and I did very well on my project at school, but I also know I need to seriously take care of myself in order to sustain the amount of work that’s asked of me in grad school.

I’m not super sick, but I’ve been pretty worn out and sniffly. I planned to post a couple new recipes this weekend, last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas I’ve had lined up for weeks, but I found I just wasn’t up to it. I’ve had to take some personal time lately–I’m truly sorry about this, but ultimately it will help me be at my best so I can create better things for you in the future!

Today, I felt absolutely exhausted in all senses of the word. I was glad to have the house to myself–I took a nap and made myself a giant bowl of noodle soup, brimming with spicy ginger and green goodness. I put it together in about ten minutes, and it was divine!!

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2015 Best Nine on Instagram | Behind My Best Nine

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I almost didn’t finish writing this post because I found myself critiquing every flaw in my 2015 best nine photos on Instagram–it was starting to read like a list of my 2015 worst nine. Eek! However, one of my personal resolutions is to accept my mistakes and go forward from the experiences, instead of obsessing, and to focus on the positive!

My 2015 best nine was all photos of food, which came as no surprise to me. Since I get asked about my photo process pretty often, I decided to share some notes about my photo set ups and styling for each of my top nine photos. I don’t claim to be an expert and there’s always room for improvement, but hopefully these notes will be useful to somebody out there! 🙂  Continue reading

Winter Drinks For Definition Fitness Magazine | Outtakes

The holidays aren’t complete without sibling disagreements about silly things, like what kind of Christmas music to listen to…

Anna: What is this? Is this even a Christmas song??
Me: Well, most of the songs on this playlist aren’t classic Christmas songs, but I really like them because they capture the essence of Christmas for me…
Anna: Ann, I want ACTUAL Christmas songs, not this indie nonsense!
Me: But these are so dreamy…! Ok, fine.
Anna: Ooh, Silent Night, something I recognize!
Me: Oh yes! But it’s in German…
Anna *shaking her head*: Ann, PLEASE!

This exchange with my sister made us both laugh and resulted in a playlist with songs we both like…I hope you enjoy it.

For me, Christmas season is a time to cherish with loved ones, and a time for personal spiritual reflection. Whatever you celebrate, I hope you’re making the best of the holidays!

Since it’s Christmas Eve, I figure today is a good day to share my favorite outtakes from a dreamy recipe shoot I did for Definition Fitness Magazine’s winter issue. For the issue, I developed some unique winter drink recipes (not your average hot chocolate). Check them out below–I had a blast styling and shooting these! I’ve been wanting to share them with you for a while.

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