Food, Health

Foodie Vibes: Moonjuice

February 5, 2018

Hey Guys,
On the way back from a meeting in the city I stumbled across —Moonjuice! I’ve used several of their products in the past, I’m a fan of their Vanilla Mushroom Protein, because it’s vegan and not overly sweet, which is a big deal for me. I prefer shakes and such that have more of an earthy essence than that ultra sweetness that doesn’t leave your mouth for an hour.

Funny enough, I’ve never been to an actual Moonjuice location.  The gentleman that made our order waited patiently for us to try our hot drinks and make sure we approved, which I did! Definitely, recommend the Spirit Dust Chai Latte with “moon milk” and cinnamon! It’s supposedly  “vibe raising” and seeing how yummy it was, I believe the hype. Felt very vibbie 😉

The decor was super sweet and simple, a lot like their brand.

Products at Moonjuice get straight to the point! Beauty Dust, Sex Dust, Spirit Dust…they’re not about hiding intent in the slightest, and I’m not hating on it.  Just tell me what the product does! Simplicity is key in my book. Working with mom-brain over here!

The grab and go section would be a great choice on-the-run! Plenty of juices, protein shakes, tonics, and even little breakfast goodies to choose from.

I went with the blue moon protein. Made with alkaline water, coconut, brown rice protein, chia seeds, tocotrienols, blue spirulina, stevia, and pink salt—it definitely contains a lot of the goodness! For me, the flavor was a tad too chalky. Not my favorite, especially for the $10 price tag. YIKES!!! I probably won’t order that one again.

All-in-all, Moonjuice is worth a try if you’re in the area.


XO,
Rachel

Health, Shop

Mother Nature’s Remedy

February 2, 2018

Hey Guys,
This place that I’m sharing has been a family favorite of mine for over a decade! My mom used to take me to the original location in Northridge, CA. Now it’s only grown bigger, better, and my obsession continues to grow!  Mother Nature’s Remedy is a Valley gem and the perfect place to go for all things holistic, herbal, and now it even has a cool little cafe that serves food and drinks!

The same owner still runs the store. He asks me about my YouTube channel every time I come in, because he remembers when I was just starting out. =) Him and his wife are so chill and down to earth, it’s clear he runs the shop with passion and years of experience and knowledge.

 The curation of natural goods gives me so much shop inspiration!  There’s everything from essential oils, to tonics, beauty care, natural enhancement shakes and proteins….

…I even found real sea sponges! I think they’re so interesting and beautiful. Perfect addition to bathtub tray.

They also carry salt rocks galore (every shape and size), smudge sticks for days, incense, holders…and honestly just a ton of my favorite things!

The ultimate favorite being the herb wall of wonders!

Every type of dried herb, root, tea, petal, and MORE that you could possibly imagine. Talk about a kid in a candy shop moment!

I even picked up some Red Raspberry Leaf for a PMS Hacks video that I’m working on. Making a custom blend tea to take the kick out of cramps.

A few other things that make this shop particularly unique is they also offer homeopathic treatments on site. They have an infrared sauna, massage therapy, and acupuncture available.

The cherry on top is the newest addition to the Mother Nature’s brand, their little cafe! They open a few hours earlier than the shop and offer some pretty spectacular treats, tonics, acai bowls, and even savory options like their gluten-free vegan waffles and the surprisingly delicious and nutritious, Cashew Cream Cheeze and Sea Clear (contains kelp and chlorella) toast with avocado. Didn’t see that one coming, but it was pretty dang good!

And then there’s the coffee, tea, and juice selection! What else could I ask for? Any bulletproof coffee fans out there?  I tasted the one they serve at MNR and it was so rich and SOOOO delicious!

I would highly suggest you stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.  It truly is a one-stop shop for holistic self-care.


XO,
Rachel

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