Food

Foodie Vibes: Juicy Ladies

February 1, 2018

Hey ya’ll!
Hope you’re in the mood for a rave…because I think I found my new favorite spot to eat! Juicy Ladies in Woodland Hills, with a second location opening soon in the Palisades, is beyond delicious! A full menu of healthy takes on everyday favorites with a killer smoothie bar!

It’s a hole in the wall spot for sure and from the outside you may not expect much…

…but when I opened the doors, I surprisingly found the decor and setup to be really vibie! Tons of hanging plants, beautiful patterns on the walls and textiles, and natural light made this a bright and open space and great spot to grab breakfast or lunch. Cheyne I dropped in around brunch time for a meeting out that way.

The first thing I ordered and my first foodie rave was the Greens Smoothie. HOLY MOLY! Probably the best greens smoothie I’ve ever had! Typically I find smoothies are either so earthy they taste like dirt or overly sweet. This was not the case. The Green Smoothie was packed full of fresh flavor with just a subtle hint of sweetness to keep things interesting, but not at all overpowering. Cheyne tried the Vanilla Almond Smoothie and was pretty impressed as well. Certainly not cheap, these smoothies, but really well put together. We were both super pleased.

Then came the entrees and I have to be honest…these price tags too were a bit of a turn-off.  Like many healthier spots that are becoming more popular, if every dish was just taken down a few dollars I think the accessibility would really encourage more people to eat clean, healthy, and most importantly DELICIOUS guilt-free food. That said, when the entrees came I had no complaints.

We started off with an Avacado Egg Sandwich (vegan style). Instead of eggs, which it normally comes topped with, we swapped it out for their vegan scramble. Sandwich that in between two pieces of toasted sprouted wheat bread (gluten-free is available) and top it off with avocado, peppercinis, micro greens, and a tangy vegan aioli! Simply WOW. Zesty, fresh, filling, flavor for days! So YUMMY.

The last thing we tried, that I’ve literally been dreaming of ever since—the Healthy Belly Bowl. I ordered this one as a recommendation and now all I can think about is how I’m going to make this at home!

A guilt-free combo of spinach, kale, quinoa sauteed in garlic, roasted yams, sauerkraut, avocado, nori, roasted almonds,  sprouts, and pumpkin seeds. Top that all off with a zesty green tahini sauce and I was one gloriously happy customer! Like everything I tried there, PACKED WITH FLAVOR! Dreamy flavor that I can’t get out of my head! That good. Only recommendation, the next time I ordered this I asked them to go light on the garlic and found that to be a little less offensive when going home to my hubby =) But honestly, this one hit a home run!

Hope you’re enjoying these foodie vibe posts! I strongly recomend giving Juicy Ladies a try and if you have restaraunt suggestions, SEND THEM MY WAY!


XO,
Rachel

Beauty

My Current Beauty Routine

January 25, 2018

Hey guys!

I wanted to share my current beauty routine. I’ve definitely tried my fair share of products, but I’m always switching it up and trying to find the best combo.

Current Shower Essentials 

Instead of using drugstore brands, I’ve been searching for more natural options. Right now I’m really liking the Jason Shampoo with Tea Tree Oil and the Coconut Miracle Oil Conditioner.  Tea Tree oil products are a natural alternative to scalp care that I love. The coconut conditioner smells like a creamy vanilla coconut. I love that smell in my hair all year long. Much prefer a vanilla coconut scent as opposed to a more tropical, pineapple- coconut scent.

The body wash I’ve been using is one of the several CBD based products that I’ve been experimenting with for body pain and aches. Instead of reaching for an over the counter option, I’m loving what CBD has to offer. I’m no longer breastfeeding, so right now I use CBD  for body aches and pains. The Soaked CBD Body Gel is great! It makes for a really great relaxing shower at the end of the day. On days when I don’t use this, I use a soap bar. If you haven’t tried CBD products before, it’s important to know what you’re getting and what specifically it’s purpose is. You can find CBD based products that don’t contain THC. THC being the psychoactive element in cannabis, and CBD being a simple pain reliever that can be very soothing to sore muscles. Plus, I love that it’s natural. A friend of mine sent me several of the CBD products she makes, and they are fantastic. She also has amazing CBD bath bombs. ☺️

Bodywise I’ve been sticking with the Dermadoctor Body Peel Wipes and they’ve become my go-to! They’re a vitamin C based peel that rejuvenates the skin, making it bright and glowy. Big fan of Vitamin C for radiant skin.  You notice the difference immediately. After the peel, I follow it up with the Eccobella Vitamin E Body Lotion. It has the warmest vanilla fragrance and it really is quite hydrating. I also love an instant tanner. I’ve been liking the Tantalizer by Lorac for years, although I do think they’ve changed their formula over the years. I originally used their mousse, which also contained caffeine for firm legs. I LOOOVED that stuff. This version does transfer a bit to clothes if you use alot. I always do a quick swipe with a towel before putting on clothes. I love that it gives my skin a healthy glow, with a very subtle shimmer. Instant sexy legs!!

Facewise I’ve been sticking with Dermadoctor, because well…they’re just good! These Kakadu C peels are a less abrasive version of the body peel, but for your face. Again, I urge you, TRY VITAMIN C! It works, people. Seriously.

My last go to of the year is the Revenge Anti-Aging Serum.  I love it because this contains hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture from the air and immensely hydrates the skin! It pairs perfectly with a vitamin C peel—which brightens, lightens, and tightens the skin.

Hope you enjoyed reading my 2018 skincare faves! More reviews to come throughout the year.


XO,
Rachel Talbott

Music

The Music Room (My Home Studio)

January 18, 2018

A huge goal of mine this year is to just be more authentic and true to myself. I’ve long felt the desire to honor the history of music in my family and fulfill my life long dream of continuing to make music.  I love being in a studio, singing on tracks, and just being around the creative process in general. Several years back I started feeling the urge to invest in studio equipment. Instead of expensive handbags or luxuries, I decided to put some money towards making my vision come to life. I never imagined I’d have a space like this to work with, but somehow after moving into this home we chose this random room to start unboxing all of my “investment pieces”. As I slowly built this room, it’s come so beautifully together; a true dream studio space for me. It’s been a long time coming, but this vision of mine hasn’t gone away, and now it’s coming to the forefront. Today I wanna give you a first look at what I’m doing in this room that I now called #TheMusicRoom.

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Hanging plants outside the doors and gardenia bushes planted to the right (not pictured). Come spring this space is gonna be an Oasis of my favorite greenery, flowers, music & good vibes. Stay tuned!!

Of course, the studio tour must start with our office mascot. Ozzy has become my support system in the wee hours!  He sleeps at my feet until all hours of the night as I tinker with all of my toys.

He’s a great desk companion too! Speaking of which, we made this desk out of two eye soar filing cabinets and a piece of scrap wood we found in the warehouse! A quick coat of grey stain and we had a fully functional workspace that looks great–if I do say so myself!

This is Cheyne’s workspace/happy space. Swell bottle and MacBook always within reach =)

This couch has experienced a bit of re-utilizing…Like the file cabinets, we needed to make this couch work for the space we had. Once an L-shaped sectional, we had to transform it into a sofa that fit flat against the wall.  After a trim and stitch, we now have the perfect resting spot for the space. I plan to add some more pillows and throw blankets in the future.

These shelves were a Byron find that I absolutely love! He found them on Etsy. I plan to fill it with music books and a few pics that I love.. I think the pic of me with Celine Dion will be a must, and perhaps a Beatles book signed by my Dads boss, Ringo!! To the left, my dream is to have an upright piano. All in due time, right? I need to save a bit for that one, and practice more!!

For now, I have this decorated with childhood keepsakes like these tambourines that were my mothers.. She is an elementary school music teacher. She had plenty of fun instruments to share with The Music Room. =) The large black rectangles are sound dampeners. Helps keep the music in the room, and not throughout the whole house. haha

…plenty of splashes of greenery and a yummy candles that I’ve been obsessed with!

In the corner, we were able to tuck in a tea bar—aka a singer’s dream! The more you use your voice, the more tea time becomes a necessity. I’m a tea freak regardless. I have teas for days! Should I do a “Tea Obsession” blog?

This piano I’ve had for some time now, but I’ve never utilized it the way I can with this new space and editing station! It’s a Yamaha MOXF8. This was my first major music investment a few years back. I played and wrote songs on my fathers piano all the time as a child, and I would practice in college in the practice rooms  for hours. One day I realized how sad I was without an instrument in my home, and I decided to change that as soon as I could.

It was actually kind of sad how out of practice I was. I’m a firm believer that practice makes perfect—it’s an age-old sentiment that will always apply.

Let’s get to an even bigger challenge…the editing bay! Just as computers do, the second I learn a new program and begin to take off the training wheels, CRASH! It never fails, but I remind myself that patience is a virtue and I’m determined to continue learning. I couldn’t edit video to save my life 7 years ago, now I know my way around and can quickly edit a creative concept that I have. With patience, you can learn something new. I have Logic and Pro Tools. I’ve been experimenting with basic arranging of my original songs in Logic, and I like Pro Tools for editing vocal sessions. Here I’m opening up a brand new project and just starting from scratch. It’s been fun to experiment. You can hear some bits and pieces of what I’ve been working on in my Instagram story highlights.

Decorwise I needed to be inspired, so you know I had to throw in some hippie vibes! Crystals, macrame, dreamcatcher, and greenery…they all transcend me to a different era of music that I grew up listening too. It makes me feel in touch, at peace and inspired to create.

The mic was a gift from my precious Grandma, who recently passed. It’s a Neumann TLM 103. She gave it to my father years ago and requested he use it to help me get my voice out into the world. He gave it to me for my studio, and it’s such a beautiful piece. I’m so thankful for this precious gift, and hope I make her proud with it.

My biggest goal of the New Year is to simply create as much music as I can!

I hope you enjoyed this post!


Peace and love,
Rachel

Home

New Year Cleaning Tips & Tricks

January 18, 2018

Hey Guys,
This post is sponsored by Grove Collaborative and I have to say this is probably one of the easiest collabs I’ve ever done! I’ve been a monthly subscriber for a while now and it was pretty obvious after my first monthly delivery that I’d be a long time customer. Grove makes it simple with their fantastic inventory selection of products that I know are safe for our home and the kids! It’s a monthly subscription service that delivers your favorite cleaning products to you every month. Super easy to adjust your order each month, so you only get what you need and if you’re anything like me you’ll be a kid in a candy shop! And this month only, they’re offering a free cleaning kit filled with Mrs. Meyer’s products for all first-time customers!

A goal of mine this year is to continue to strive for a more eco-friendly routine. That means cutting back on harmful chemicals that are bad for my family and the environment, minimizing the number of products I use to a select few and to try to stick to re-usable materials and containers to avoid waste.

 Of the batch of products I received this month, my favorite ones were definitely the re-useable glass spray bottle that I ordered with the cleaning concentrate.  Rather than buying those giant re-fill cleaning agents that are a huge waste of plastic, you can use the same glass bottle and buy these little tubes of concentrated cleaner.  All you have to do is add water and it’s good to go! With a blend of natural essential oils, it leaves a very subtle yet beautiful aroma behind. No fragrance headaches here!

 I’m also really enjoying the Seventh Generation line.  I get a lot of feedback online about what’s the safest cleaners to use and I’ve been getting nudged towards this brand for a while, so I’m so happy Grove carries their entire line! Again, I appreciate that the products contain essential oils and smell very pleasant, but not overpowering.

I’m excited to keep testing out products and giving you all my honest feedback. I’m also excited that Grove is giving all of my followers a free gift with purchase offer for NEW customers! For the New Year when you sign up with Grove through my link (www.grove.co/Racheltalbott) and spend at least $20 on your first order, you get this great FREE offer! It’s only available for a limited period of time, so jump on it! Free offer details include:

Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap (Any Scent)
Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap (Any Scent)
Mrs. Meyers Multi Surface Spray  (Any Scent)
Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges
Free shipping & Free VIP trial
TOTAL Value is over $40

And if you already use Grove you can get a free set of their Walnut scrubber sponges using the same link and it’ll auto apply.


I’ve got to say anything that will help me achieve this year’s New Year goals is perfect for me!

XO,
Rachel

Food

Foodie Vibes: The Daily Harvest

January 15, 2018

Hey Guys,
I discovered a gem on my way home from dropping Oliver at school.  Honestly, I haven’t found a ton of lighter healthy options in the new neighborhood, so I was over the moon to stumble across The Daily Harvest!

The entire vibe of this hidden treasure was fresh, quality, seasonal food.

I have to say, this place was stunning! The decor was exactly what the doctor ordered.

It’s a bright open space, Instagram ready, with the hippie-boho vibes that I’ve been dying over lately! Light and airy, understated, but intentional. I loved every bit of the decor. Tons of inspo for my e-commerce shop COMING SOON!

The menu has something to offer everyone.  Many vegan and gluten-free options for anyone with diet restrictions. Altogether a really well-rounded menu with too many options to try all in one sitting.

A couple of things I didn’t order, but can’t wait to try later are definitely the Burrata Toast, the Pesto Spaghetti Squash, the Breakfast Pizza and the Banana Chia Muffins! You can clearly see why I have to come back for more.

The cold brew definitely hit the spot and I love that they offer milk alternatives. We’re an almond milk family all the way, though I’m always open to trying other alternatives.

Cold-brew aside, the real star of the show was certainly the juice! It was a blend of pineapple, apple, cucumber, bell pepper, and cayenne.  It reminded me a little of the detox lemonade, but it wasn’t nearly as tart and the spice was subtlely enjoyable. Next time I want to try the Mad Beets and Liquid Gold! I’m a sucker for ginger and those both sound like they’d hit the spot.

For lunch, I ordered the Avacado Sandwich and the Arugula Flatbread.

The flatbread was thin and crispy with a light tomato sauce, arugula, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and a lemon vinaigrette drizzle. It was simple, fresh, and a great appetizer to split! Really light, but with plenty of flavor.  Felt like a very guilt-free snack that’d I actually like to recreate for my kids.

The sandwich came with a simple arugula side salad topped with parmesan.  Much preferred to a heavier side. I like to leave enough room for the main entree!

The main entree being this SUPER YUMMY sandwich that was made with a hearty ciabatta roll (my fave), an avocado mash, jalapenos, tomatoes, a red cabbage slaw, and a vegan aioli spread. This hit the spot! I even ordered a side of their reduced balsamic glaze to add even more of a bite. SO GOOD! Definitely recommended


Altogether I can say without a doubt that I am a new regular at The Daily Harvest. A crowd pleaser without a doubt.

XO,
Rachel