Project 365: Day 109 “Play Me, I’m Yours Street Pianos”

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“Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram that has been touring since 2008. Simple concept: place pianos in public places that display the message of “Play Me, I’m Yours” and see what happens.

So for 3 weeks from
April 12-May 3 the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra brings the traveling artwork to the streets of LA. Thirty pianos decorated by local artists and community organizations were scattered around town for the public to find and play.

Love this idea.

Play Me, I’m Yours.

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Project 365: Day 108 “KTG Makeup Tutorial”

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Every meeting of our Kitchen Table Group has a theme. The host gets to decide on the theme and tonight the theme was makeup tutorial night.

So we had a makeup artist come over and teach us a few tricks of the trade and then followed up with a photo session to boot since it was a school night and we couldn’t really go paint town red.

Overall, realized that besides a little powder, concealer and eyeliner, I’m not much of a makeup person. But, I did see the difference that could be made. It’s like painting on canvas.

Project 365: Day 107 “Facial Scans”

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My coworker sent out a cordial invitation for a free facial photo scan at Murad which was followed by a recommended regimen program as part of a beta study they were rolling out.

As wiling participants, we were scanned by a high-tech photo machine that captured the amount of pores, wrinkles and damage on our face. Then a personalized recommendation was spit out that contained a list of 9 products to use in the AM and PM.

We were then instructed to use the products in order of numbered steps. Then in 30 days we would be schedule to come back for our followup photo scan to gauge and capture improvements.

Now, initially one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 was to simplify my life, which also included my beauty routine. This program goes against all of that. Nine products in one day. That’s a lot. But, the $400 worth of products were complimentary and I was actually curious of the experimental outcome from a scientific perspective.

So, here I am faithfully applying gels and creams morning and night hoping to see a difference.

I’m a living, breathing science experiment.

Project 365: Day 106 “Sunday Brunch with the ‘Rents”

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My parents have a standing weekend ritual. They go have breakfast together at the local Thai restaurant near their house every Sunday where they order the sunrise special that consists of rice porridge, Thai coffee and crullers served with pandan pudding.

One morning, I happened to be down at their house and decided to join them. I realized that in these tiny slivers I was getting to know my parents as real people and not necessarily as parents. I overheard their hopes, their fears, their gossips, their gripes.

So, I started joining them randomly when I could to make up for lost time.

Project 365: Day 105 “Lady Luck”

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Luck was in the air for my mom when she hit the second jackpot on the nickel slots and won $3000-something dollars. I’m not a huge gambler but after a long, hard week I needed some mind-numbing activity and I tagged along with my mom and dad to Morongo casino.

Recently, I’ve been having a lot of deep thoughts about life and the fragility of it and it made me want to spend as much time as possible with my parents. I know daily life sometimes gets the best of us but before we know it a week, then month, then year passes by and goes all that precious time you could have spent with the people you love.

Best Saturday night I’ve had in awhile. I love my mom and dad.

Project 365: Day 103 “Vegan Pizza”

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Z Pizza makes my favorite vegan pizza. I usually order the Mexican pizza with Daiya cheese, no mozzarella or sour cream and sub veggie crumbles for the chicken. Comes out pretty darn delicious and have even had meat-eating skeptics like it. Z Pizza can make any of their signature pizzas vegan friendly. All you have to do is ask or go with the menu-ready Berkeley, all veggies and Daiya cheese. Also delish!

Project 365: Day 102 “Chef Chloe”

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Vegan Chef Chloe Coscarell, of Cupcake Wars fame, released her new cookbook recently. I discovered her blog about a year ago when searching for a garlic soba noodle recipe, which just happened to also be vegan. Everything on her blog looked delicious. So I found a new fave chef and began following her. A year later her cookbook was released and of course I had to get it. I have yet to cook something from it but everything looks so yummy! I still cook the soba noodle dish at least once a month. It has become my go to dish. Easy, quick to make and people love it.

Project 365: Day 101 “Foam Art in My Latte”

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Latte foam art makes me happy. I appreciate little details like that. It just makes my heart warm.

My friend J was in town from NY for work this week so we met up for a burger at Thee Counter and decided that we wanted to get a tea somewhere. Little did we know that we were about to embark on a coffee shop goose chase since everything was just closing right as we got there. It was like dominoes. And we couldn’t get far ahead to get in front to stop it from closing with us not on the inside.

Went from Coffee Bean to Starbucks in a Von’s to another Starbucks by itself to Peet’s to another Coffee Bean to Urth Cafe, which was open! Our last resort would have been Intelligentsia. Luckily we were able to get in a few more moments of catch-up time drinking almond milk matcha green tea lattes and vegan cookies.

I heart Urth Cafe:)

Especially for the foam art.

Project 365: Day 100 “21-Day Vegan Kickstart”

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It’s that time again. Kickstarting my body into a detoxing micronutrient immersion 21-day vegan cleanse.

I aim to do this at least once every 3 months. Eating a plant-based diet makes you skip the overly processed, fatty, oily, salty, sugary things of a normal diet. After watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead I started to supplement eating plant-based with juicing.

What a difference it made in my healing. My energy level spiked, I slept better, my thought process became faster. It was if my body was operating at its most optimal. I was hooked. Such drastic results in such a short period of time.

So, I vowed to maintain with a 21-day vegan cleanse every 2-3 months.

And thus begins day #1 of the 21-day vegan cleanse.