Wednesday, June 26, 2013



For anyone who mildly knows anything about me, knows I love food.
Not just any kind of food, but the most delicious and more often than not... the least healthy.

Living in Los Angeles gives you plenty of opportunities to feel guilty and unhealthy in comparison to the droves of men and women in their fitness gear climbing Runyon and eating at the hipster vegan joints like Cafe Gratitude. 
{Okay but confession, I'm totally trying it out this weekend for brunch}

I have snubbed such a lifestyle and was under the impression I could maintain my teenage body whilst frequenting my taco truck on 6th & Vermont at 2 am and doing donut runs with my roommates who I violently wake up in order to not go han solo.

But the time has come for me to find some sort of balance between these two worlds.
So I am currently exploring my options of healthy eats:

Grilled veggies

Variations of quinoa + veggies + chicken
By the way, I had no idea how to pronounce quinoa (keen-wah) until I had dinner with my friend Amanda who gently and graciously corrected me: "It's not kee-no-wuh, it's keen-wah."
Thanks boo.

Salad variations with my must-have avocados in it

I hope shrimp is healthy... with veggies

And eggs too?... with veggies?

Understandably, just eating right won't be what bring me to my finish line.
So I've started a work out plan with my boyfriend + sister who are keeping me accountable!
It's hard to not work out when the person you want to hang with is waiting for you to suit up and hit the treadmill. 

But it's the healthiest decision I've made all year long I feel.
And I'm so excited!

But keeping it real, this transition isn't as easy as pictures and inspirational quotes would lead us to believe.
Trust that I sit here daydreaming of chocolate chip pancakes.

But I am fully aware it will not lead me to my goal of:

Alright folks.
I've officially hopped onto the fitness and great health bandwagon after fighting it tooth and nail for the past 20+ years.
Wish me luck!

I wish you a beautiful Wednesday this fine summer day.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer's here.

It's official.
Summer is finally here.

One of the many perks of living on the west coast is the access to the beaches literally 30 minutes from anywhere you are.

Although this convenient paradise is so easy to access, I confess I do not use it enough.
Every summer, thousands of Angelenos swear to go to the beach more often.
Or is it just me?

Either way, summer is upon us all.
And I couldn't be happier.
Why is it that everything seems so much more delicious with the sun?

Iced teas taste more fresh.

Veggies taste more crisp.

And clothes and shoes get way more comfortable.
The two staple pieces of a comfy summer are:

A fabulous pair of simple sandals that you will wear everywhere.
Let those toes breathe.

A romper:
I happen to love wearing black, even in the summer.
So a relaxed black romper would be my number one choice.
Wearing them with ankle boots and a crossover bag would be perfect summer concert wear.

Since chambray seems here to stay, a light denim romper with oxfords is a mighty cute look.

Perhaps you want to dress it up?
Try a lace detail romper to wear for a summer evening out.

This gingham look is runway certified by supermodel Liu Wen for the Dolce & Gabanna Spring 2011 RTW show

If I could wear rompers every day, I swear I would.
The pros are obvi: comfort, comfort and cute.
The cons only creep up on us when we realize we must unclothe ourselves like babies when we need to use the restroom.
Who thinks about that when making the purchase??

I will be updating on some more summer fresh looks for you to try so stay tuned.

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With a busy week coming up, and an even busier weekend, I will have lots to update you with in the summer weeks to come!

I hope you lovelies all have a busy summer schedule that will keep you galavanting around town and enjoying the warm weather and summer sun.


P.S. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @PrettyStems for food & fashion

Oh and some selfies.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Happy birthday Mijean.

This is dedicated to my lovely little sister on her birthday.

What a cutie.
You can find her blog here.

To many many more years of fabulous fun together.
I love you.
Happy birthday.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Trending: Summer Overalls.

Summer is really right around the corner and with the temperatures slowly rising, I am creating a list of summer wear that must be worn excessively before the winter chill hits LA mid-December.

Number one on my list?

I'm really digging the black leather overalls but I cannot imagine the amount of breathability that is definitely NOT available whilst playing around.


I love this with the mesh top.

Also liking the tie around at the waist.

I hope you've all been well! 
Lately, summer wear, summer fitness and summer foods are consuming my mind.

Is anyone else obsessed with brussel sprouts like me?

If you have any great websites for healthy eats and cooking, please send them my way!
I'd love to take a look.

It's Friday and I cannot wait for the weekend.
What are you lovelies all up to?
Whatever you choose to do about town, I hope you have a fabulous time.
I will be posting more summer trends so stay tuned!