• life
  • 2020 GIFT GUIDE: DO GOOD, BE GOOD, GIVE GOOD

    thrifted outfit // skirt: thredup, jacket: value village, bralette: gifted

    I have been so inspired to do better this year. Instead of shopping on Amazon and big corps, I am committed to shopping small, local, female-owned, and BIPOC-owned this holiday season. I hope you’ll join me! With the way this year has gone, it is crucial that we support them more than ever. I will also be sharing a lot of my favorite sustainable-forward brands because that is very important to me.

    black-owned

    mcbride sisters wine paired with homemade charcuterie

    mcbride sisters // wine

    golde // matcha + skincare

    beauty bakerie // cruelty free cosemetics

    mented // cosmetics

    grounded // plants

    brave and kind bookshop // books

    inbooze // diy cocktail/mocktail kits

    rooted in blk co. // planters

    calm and cure candles // candle

    brown and coconut // plant-based skincare

    good girl chocolate // organic chocoalate

    corky’s nuts // organic walnuts

    blk + bold coffee beans

    blk + bold // coffee

    bright lights jewelry* // inspirational bracelets

    city sweats* // infrared wellness spa

    boon boona coffee* // coffee

    the shoppe seahurst* // misc. gift shop – local to seattle

    the zen succulent // plants, ceramics, misc. gift shop – local to raleigh durham

    sustainable

    handpicked lemons curated holiday gift boxes

    handpicked lemons* // intentionally curated handcrafted boxes

    dear survivor // jewelry

    stasher // plastic-free ziplock bags

    final // reusable and portable straws and utensils

    discount code: SayNoToSingleUse for 10% off

    meow meow tweet // zero waste beauty + skincare

    zero waste store // home

    girlfriend collective // activewear made out of recycled water bottles

    thred up // secondhand clothing + accessories

    $20 code with the link above

    nw bulk market // online farmers market

    el cholo’s kid // handbags

    ellie’s best // nut milk bags and misc. home

    discount code: kaleintheclouds for 10% off

    w&p design // food storage

    eco collective* // zero waste home

    out of the closet* // thrift shop

    simple living shop // sustainable shop, local to redding

    beauty

    cocokind skincare products

    cocokind skincare // nontoxic skincare

    cocofloss // the best floss ever

    discount code: kaleintheclouds for 20% off

    araza beauty // nontoxic makeup

    primally pure // nontoxic skincare

    eco lips // nontoxic lipcare

    frank body // body care

    home

    pacific candle co. // hand poured soy candles

    the little reason goods // handcrafted candles and body care

    dot bee co. // beeswax candles

    shakes and speares* // handcrafted pnw inspired gifts

    glasswing* // plants and misc. home goods

    sugar pill* // apothecary and misc. home goods

    retrofit home* // home goods

    fun stuff

    crokd // diy ceramic kits

    jot // ultracoffee (similar to a coldbrew concentrate)

    discount code: kaleintheclouds15 for 15% off

    kaman things // stickers and apparel

    movement the brand // ethically made clothing and accessories

    dancing for donuts // made to order tie dye

    the opal creative // polymer clay earrings

    miss meli mac macrame earrings, made to order

    miss meli mac // macrame accessories

    dknits etc // knit, crochet, and embroider goods

    roothie // handmade scrunchies

    robinson creative house // stationery

    shinnsparkle // intentional jewelry

    moon juice // adaptogens and wellness elixirs

    copina co. // plant-based collagen

    naoki matcha // matcha

    mother whale* // polymer clay earrings

    frankie and jo’s* // ice cream

    chateau ste. michelle* // wine

    coffeeholic house* // coffee

    atulea* // matcha

    experiences

    rainy day picnics* // outdoor picnic set up

    justine hays creative* // photography

    candids by cass // photography (socal based)

    graze together* // charcuterie boards

    thistle // meal delivery service

    cards

    the lonely robot paper co*

    seattle ink and paper*

    other ideas:

    acts of service: cooking a meal for or together, cleaning the house, washing their car, asking “what can i do to help?” etc.

    gift cards to your local coffeeshops and restaurants

    digital art – there are lots of artists on instagram who do commission work, IE: megan john and the happy doodles

    supporting locals at farmers markets

    print out more recent photos and write about your favorite memories together

    shopping local bookshops

    cookbooks from black chefs

    i’ll take out the trash/wash the dishes/clean the bathroom coupons

    virtual personal training/group fitness classes, IE: lexi stelzer and moses yim

    adopting/fostering a pet from an animal shelter (obviously only if you have the means to)

    donating money to an organization they are passionate about

    * indicates local to Seattle, Washington

    Hope this inspires you to think outside the box with me! If we start early this year, we won’t have to lean on Amazon and big shops for the convenience. Let’s commit to doing better together.

  • life
  • LIVING SOLO ON A BUDGET

    After spending about a year home hunting for a condo in downtown Seattle, I threw in the towel and decided to rent a 475 square foot apartment in the city to test the waters. Living alone in downtown Seattle has been such a dream. Sometimes lonely. Scary. But magical and has allowed so much growth. This was also my first time living alone and I thought I would share some tips and tricks on how to do it on a budget and also share about some of my favorite apartment pieces!

    THRIFT LIKE IT’S YOUR JOB

    Thrifting became my favorite hobby when I first moved into my apartment. I thrifted so much it started to feel like a job. I figured the things I wanted to save money on were things that you couldn’t see, IE: akeware, drawer organizers, shelf risers, over the door hooks, and lazy susans. However, my favorite things to thrift for were furniture, antiques, and decor. It’s such a fun way to make your space look one of a kind while still saving a ton of money. I went to chains such as Goodwill and Value Village, but I also went to flea markets, the Fremont farmers market, and utilizing online secondhand resources such as Craigslist, Let Go, OfferUp, Buy Nothing, and Facebook Market.

    INVEST ON ESSENTIALS TO LAST

    There are some items worth investing in to prevent repurchasing in the near future. For me, these were my bed frame, mattress, and television. These were my essential items I absolutely knew that I was going to reuse for years no matter where I end up living. It helps to make a list of things you need a circling these key items, then doing research on what websites have the best deals while keeping your max budget for each item in mind.

    SAVE ON TRENDY PIECES

    I think it’s so important to honor your taste and style in the moment, even if that means donating or selling the trendier pieces upon moving out. However, budget on these items!! They may not be your forever pieces, so I just feel like pinching pennies makes sense here. Trendy pieces I saved on: my velvet chaise lounge I got on Amazon versus Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie, my tiny home media console I got on Amazon versus West Elm, my bar stools I got on sale at Target versus everywhere else because bar stools are EXPENSIVE.

    LIVEN IT UP WITH PLANTS!

    Living alone can be isolating and feel extremely lonely. One easy way to liven your space (along with keeping a rolling queue of podcasts playing) is with plants. It’s nice to have something to take care of and it honestly just changes the energy of your home. Plants are also relatively affordable. One of my favorite places to get them is Trader Joe’s. I also enjoy supporting local nurseries, but try to avoid the trendier ones because I find it can get pricey pretty quick.

    DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED

    I know this may seem like weird advice, but think of ALL THE THINGS you have in storage or just in the corner of your room collecting dust because you don’t remember the last time you used it. And by no means am I telling you to go around asking all your friends for a TV, but I don’t think it would hurt to mention that you are in search of one. I mentioned that I was looking for a shoe rack to a friend and she just happened to have one that she wasn’t using! Never hurts to mention or ask!

    UPCYCLE WHEN YOU CAN

    I mean, there’s a reason why there are so many wedding and home decor DIYs on Pinterest, right? It saves you SO MUCH MONEY. One of my favorite DIYs for my apartment was upcycling old jars of all shapes and sizes (nut butters, marinara sauce, etc.) and turning them into pantry staple containers. Containers from The Container Store, Amazon, and even TJ Maxx really adds up. I ordered a label maker off of Amazon and turned it into a really cute and fun project! Upcycling jars and containers is a great way to prevent waste too!

    HAVE PATIENCE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SALES

    This is kind of a no brainer but I can’t stress this enough. WAIT FOR SALES. I saved so much money on some of my favorite pieces that I couldn’t say no to, but couldn’t justify paying full price for, IE: my rug from Urban Outfitters, my bar stools from Target, my television from Amazon, my Stasher bags, and my decorative pillows from Urban Outfitters. Turn on your e-mail alerts especially when you know your favorite shops always have sales.

    I hope this helps! If you have any other questions or want to know more about my experience living alone or in the city, let me know! Until next time. All the love. <3

  • life
  • MY APARTMENT ESSENTIALS

    As promised, I am sharing my apartment essentials with links to where to purchase! I apologize in advance if I can’t find the exact product but I will definitely link the closest thing I can find at the same price point.

    LIVING ROOM

    VINTAGE PENDANT LIGHT KIT // AMAZON

    TASSELS PARTY BANNER // TARGET

    PLANT STAND // AMAZON

    RUBY TUFTED RUG // URBAN OUTFITTERS

    NATHAN JAMES MEDIA CONSOLE // AMAZON

    TOSHIBA FIRE TV // AMAZON

    MOROCCAN POUF // AMAZON

    KNIT FLOOR PILLOW // URBAN OUTFITTERS

    IVORY THROW WITH TASSELS // NORDSTROM RACK

    IKEA POÄNG ARMCHAIR // THRIFTED FOR $8, LINKING FROM IKEA

    VELVET CHAISE LOUNGE // AMAZON, LINKING SIMILAR

    PET FRIENDLY SOFA COVER // AMAZON

    KNITTED THROW // TARGET

    ACCENT TABLE // TARGET

    SLEEP SPACE

    BED FRAME // AMAZON

    MATTRESS // TUFT & NEEDLE

    WAKE UP LIGHT THERAPY ALARM CLOCK // AMAZON

    MACRAME // AMAZON

    THROW PILLOWS // URBAN OUTFITTERS, NORDSTROM RACK, AND TARGET

    SILK PILLOW CASE // BROOKLINEN

    KITCHEN

    SHELF RAISERS // THRIFTED FOR ~$3 EACH, LINKING SIMILAR

    STASHER BAGS // STASHERBAG

    BEESWAX WRAPS // BEESWRAP – USE CODE ‘ROSIE20’ FOR 20% OFF

    CORNER COUNTERTOP ORGANIZER // THRIFTED FOR $5, LINKING SIMILAR

    LAZY SUSAN // THRIFTED FOR ~$3, LINKING SIMILAR

    FRIDGE ORGANIZER CONTAINERS // THRIFTED FOR ~$3 EACH, LINKING SIMILAR

    BRIM POUR OVER COFFEEMAKER // CRATE & BARREL

    BRIM ESPRESSO MACHINE // WILLIAMS SONOMA

    ELECTRIC KETTLE // AMAZON

    SMEG TOASTER // WILLIAMS SONOMA

    ALMOND COW MILK MACHINE // ALMOND COW

    AIR FRYER // BELLA

    VITAMIX // AMAZON – SNAGGED ON SALE ON AMAZON DAY

    DISH SCRUB // AMAZON

    KITCHEN MAT // WORLD MARKET

    BATHROOM

    AMBER GLASS JAR // TARGET

    EVERYTHING SOAP // FOLLAIN

    SHOWER CURTAIN // TJ MAXX, LINKING SIMILAR

    TASSLE BATH RUG // WORLD MARKET, LINKING SIMILAR

    REED DIFFUSER IN SANDALWOOD ROSE // NORDSTROM

    JEWELRY BOX // NORDSTROM, LINKING SIMILAR

    CERAMIC JEWELRY DISHES // THRIFTED FOR $1 EACH, LINKING SIMILAR

    OVER THE CABINET TOWEL BAR // THRIFTED FOR $3, LINKING SIMILAR

    OVER THE CABINET APPLIANCE ORGANIZER // THRIFTED FOR $5, LINKING SIMILAR

    OVER THE DOOR HOOKS // THRIFTED FOR $7, LINKING SIMILAR

    MISC.

    LABEL MAKER // AMAZON

    SHOE RACK // IKEA

    FULL LENGTH MIRROR // IKEA

    LUGGAGE STAND // THRIFTED FOR $3, LINKING SIMILAR

    DRESSER // AMAZON

    FURBO DOG CAMERA // AMAZON

    RECYCLE BIN // TARGET

    PANTRY CARTS // IKEA

    ORGANIZING BINS // THRIFTED FOR ~$2 EACH, LINKING SIMILAR

    VINTAGE PAN AM PRINT // AMAZON

    WOODEN PRINT HANGER // URBAN OUTFITTERS

    BAR STOOLS // TARGET

    WOOD LETTER BOARD // TARGET

    VASE // IKEA

    CLEANING SUPPLIES // BRANCH BASICS

    COOK BOOKS // HALF PRICED BOOKS, AMAZON, LOCAL SHOPS

    CRYSTALS // MOSTLY FROM MOORE THAN ROCKS IN KENT, WA

    CANDLES // MOSTLY ANTHROPOLOGIE AND TRADER JOE’S

    All of these products brought my little 465 square foot studio apartment to life! I recorded and shared an apartment tour on YouTube, which you can watch here. Hope this helps and gives you some space saving and budgeting ideas for your big or little space! All the love.

  • health
  • Q&A WITH FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR KAELI BAUMAN OF FLIGHTFŪD

    It should be no surprise by now how much of a fan I am of FLIGHTFŪD. But I don’t think I’ve shared much about how much I am absolutely impressed and amazed by Co-Founder and Creator of the brand and product, Kaeli Bauman. I met Kaeli last summer in a coffeeshop while she was visiting Seattle, and I left our coffee date feeling inspired as ever. We talked a fair amount about flying (as she is an ex-flight attendant for a major airline), her beloved product, the side effects of flying in which she shared so much incredible research that pretty much blew my mind, our favorite layovers, and other jumpseat topics. I really admire her, not just for what she’s created, but for what she stands for and I am excited to share this interview with you.

    What was your favorite thing about being a flight attendant? Least favorite?

    My favorite thing about being a flight attendant was the flexibility in my schedule and the sense of adventure I felt every time I came to work. My first year as a flight attendant was, in particular, very memorable. It didn’t matter where I was flying to or where my layovers were, I had so much fun. The morale was really high with crew members at that time and we all had so much fun no matter where we were. I made some lifelong friends, and my time spent working as a flight attendant holds a very special place in my heart.

    As many good things are, my favorite part of being a flight attendant was a double edged sword – despite loving the flexibility and travel that came with the job, I started to crave more routine and stability with my weeks. It was hard on relationships with people who weren’t in aviation – it was very much it’s own little bubble which other people didn’t understand. 

    What was the inspiration behind FLIGHTFŪD?

    The inspiration came from my experience working as a flight attendant and getting curious about what was happening to my body in the air. I didn’t feel great while flying and I sensed that it was taking a toll on my body. I went back to school to study holistic nutrition and did research on flying and health – this is where I discovered that there are 6 main effects of flying on the body. 

    I went to several health food stores in Toronto (where I was living at the time) and on layovers in NYC and LA looking for a product which could address these 6 effects. Every store gave me 6-9 different supplements to take which wasn’t awesome because I lived out of a suitcase and was really looking for an all-in-one solution specifically for flying. This is when I decided to go out and create the product I wanted myself.

    How long did it take you to do all the research you needed to get the product created?

    About 3 years. There has been a lot of foundational work behind the scenes prior to our Oct. 2019 launch. Originally, it was just myself, and now there are 3 of us building the company and bringing the brand to life. I had no idea where to begin to start a food and supplement brand, so the first year was what I call a “sponge” stage – learning a lot about manufacturing, regulations, formulations, food science, supply chain, building my business acumen etc. We launched two concept products in 2017/2018 to test the product and get feedback and then officially launched at the end of 2019. 

    When was the moment you realized FLIGHTFŪD could succeed?

    I knew it could succeed when we started getting repeat orders. It’s one thing when someone purchases your product to try it for the first time, but when they love it and come back again, I think it really shows a successful product-market fit and validates that you are solving a problem people care about. 

    What has been the biggest obstacle with launching FLIGHTFŪD?

    Great question. I think an interesting challenge for FLIGHTFŪD is that we are, in a way, creating a new market. People don’t really know what is happening to their bodies when they are flying and so because of that, they aren’t actively seeking out a product to help. This means that we have to get creative with our marketing – a lot of what we do is around education.

    What is your biggest tip for female entrepreneurs when starting their own company?

    I have 3 tips:

    1. Make sure that your business is something you are really passionate about and which adds value. 
    2. Have a lot of patience. You’re going to have to put in a lot of work without any “reward” initially. This is the opposite of how most of us operate, we’re living in a very “instant gratification” obsessed world right now.  
    3. Practice resourcefulness and resilience. You’re going to have to get creative and scrappy, be solutions focused, and bounce back and pivot from setbacks. 

    Aside from FLIGHTFŪD, what are your travel essentials?

    A big scarf which can sub as a blanket, a good book, and some healthy snacks pre-packed from home. 

    What foods do you eat when you fly? Is there anything you avoid?

    I try to eat food which is easy to digest and packed with micronutrients. I love packing apple slices with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. I avoid meat and dairy because they tend to take longer to digest and are mucous forming. I also avoid cruciferous veggies like broccoli or cauliflower because they make be feel bloated.

    Where can travelers purchase FLIGHTFŪD? 

    Right now they can purchase online at www.flightfud.com and soon some local stockists as well. We also offer an Aviation Employee Program where flight attendants and pilots can enjoy our product at 40% off. We launched this program to make the product more affordable and accessible to them – https://www.flightfud.com/pages/aviation-employee-program.

    What’s next for FLIGHTFŪD?

    We’re focused on building awareness of our flagship product Inflight Elixir, but expect new food products in the future 🙂

    How much of your success do you think is hard work and how much of it do you think is luck?

    Love this question. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about ideas and how they are brought to life in her book “Big Magic.” She believes that “Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made. Therefore, ideas spend eternity swirling around us, searching for available and willing human partners. When an idea thinks it has found somebody – say, you – who might be able to bring it into the world, the idea will pay you a visit.”

    I fully believe that the idea to bring FLIGHTFŪD to life found me when I was at a place in life where the idea was relevant to me (working as a flight attendant) and I paid attention. So I’d say there is a bit of luck with having the idea. The important part is the execution, which is definitely hard work. I fully believe, with conviction, that you can’t “out work hard work.” So for this, I’d say FLIGHTFŪD’s success to date is 10% luck and 90% hard work. 

    And with that, I will leave you with the link to support Kaeli and her amazing creation (MY absolute travel essential), FLIGHTFŪD. Try it for yourself the next time your plans call for travel. All the love and take care of that body!


  • life
  • ACCOUNTABILITY IN 2020

    As we get ready to wrap up another year, I can’t help but get so excited for 2020. Perhaps it’s my love for even numbers or just the fact that I love the feeling of a fresh start, but either way it inspires me to set goals for myself. I know we should never wait for a new year to set intentions or goals, but I feel like it’s always a good idea to reflect and see what else you can do differently to make yourself proud. Here are some of mine!

    • travel out of the country once a quarter/season
    • call one friend I’ve lost touch with just to say hi at least once a month
    • use a recipe from a cookbook once every two weeks
    • sleep for at least 8 hours a night
    • go on at least one solo trip
    • see a therapist
    • take a new workout class once a month
    • cook for a friend once a month
    • give myself one day off at least once a week (no flying, instagram, emails, etc.)
    • shop at the farmers market at least once every two weeks
    • stay in a treehouse
    • volunteer at least once a month
    • give myself enough time to meditate and journal every morning (even if it’s just for a few minutes)
    • go to at least one concert every few months
    • take mom to italy
    • read one book a month
    • take a lesson in something

    This next year, I really want to focus on my growth. I have noticed that I’ve plateaued in my learning and I want to devote more time to learning new recipes, workouts, languages, cultures, activities. As much as I think we should honor where we are today, I think it’s also healthy to set attainable and measurable goals to challenge ourselves. Change can be so good, if we let it. I’d recommend making some small attainable goals of your own. Remember to be specific so you can hold yourself accountable and that way, it’s not as overwhelming too. And remember that less is more! All the love!

  • recipes
  • MOCKTAILS AT 33,000 FT.

    Perhaps it’s pure boredom after passengers in the first class cabin have been fed on a 5 hour flight, but I also had an idea for this post as I was jotting down ideas for Blogmas. I’ve always wanted to be a barista so naturally, I’ve come to love creating different concoctions on the plane. So just imagine my face when taking orders and someone replies with, “surprise me!”. But not everyone is a drinker, and these are so great to try whether you’re working the flight or killing time getting home or onto your next adventure!

    CRAN YOU ORANGE? SPRITZ

    The perfect sweet drink for anyone! It’s a fan favorite amongst the little ones. You can change the sweetness by playing with the ratios of the juice versus sparkling water.

    • orange juice
    • cran-apple juice
    • sparkling water

    Equal parts of each, served with a lime wedge!

    GINGER ZINGER LEMONADE

    I love having ginger tea on flights because it helps aid digestion, so it’s definitely one of my favorite ingredients to work with on the plane. Next time you fly, add ginger tea to your list of things to pack to create this detox mocktail.

    • ginger tea
    • hot water
    • lemon (bring your own or ask your flight attendant for some!)
    • ice

    Make a ginger tea with a half cup of hot water, let steep for a few minutes before adding room temperature water. Add a squeeze of lemon and ice.

    FIGHT FŪD TONIC

    You guys are probably sick of me talking about Flight Fūd at this point, but I am just so obsessed, okay?! I normally just have it in about 16 ounces of water, but this time, I tried it with sparkling water and WOW. Just wow.

    Mix the pack of Flight Fūd elixir with sparkling water. Simple as that!

    SEATTLE MULE

    A spin off of one of my favorite cocktails – a Moscow Mule. Spicy, sweet, and just right.

    • lime (bring your own or ask your flight attendant for some!)
    • ginger beer
    • splash of juice (POG is my favorite in this one, but cranberry is tasty too!)
    • ice
    • sparkling water – optional to make it less sweet

    Muddle the lime. Add ginger beer (and sparkling water if you prefer it less sweet), and a splash of juice. Top with ice.

    Enjoy, loves! And as always, fly safe, be kind, and don’t poke your flight attendants!

  • eats
  • OH WHAT (TO)FUN

    Scrambled tofu with kale and soyrizo (from Trader Joe’s) with a side of tots. DUH.

    I’ve been eating (mostly) plant based for about two months and one thing that I am LOVING is tofu. I grew up eating tofu, so it never creeped me out. I had experimented with cooking tofu before, but they were always super basic recipes and nothing as good as my mom would make. This time around, let’s just say the obsession is real. Here are 4 ways I’ve been loving having tofu.

    SCRAMBLED

    Can I just say I don’t even miss eggs? Not even a bit. I know. I know. I was all about my savory breakfast (most commonly eggs on avocado toast) in the morning, but a lightbulb went off when one day, I decided to experiment with tofu and turmeric. Turmeric adds the perfect golden color which mimics eggs which is borderline creepy but it seriously tastes SO GOOD. I love cooking with turmeric because of its anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s just a bonus that it helps with the aesthetic of my “eggs.” I like to play around with different spices and herbs, but here is my go to recipe:

    • 14 ounces extra firm tofu (one standard container)
    • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
    • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric (option to start out with 1/4 teaspoon and add little by little, especially if you are not fond of the taste of turmeric)
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I actually used Firefly Kitchens probiotic salt but sea salt will work fine!)
    1. Drain and remove excess water from the tofu by using paper towels and pressing it onto the tofu with a heavy weight (I use books).
    2. Heat up the oil on a large skillet.
    3. Lower the heat to low-medium and using a spatula, break up the tofu block into crumbles.
    4. Add spices.
    5. Mix well and bring the heat to high.
    6. Stir frequently and sauté the tofu until the color darkens and tofu gets a little crispy.
    7. Add more salt, pepper, and/or crushed red pepper (if you like it spicy) to taste.

    MARINATED AND AIR FRIED

    This has got to be one of my favorite things I’ve been eating, period. All you need to do is drain the water from your tofu, cut it into 1/4″ thick slices, and marinate it in whatever sauce you have in your fridge. My favorite so far has been Sriracha BBQ (literally just Sriracha mixed with barbecue sauce). After marinating for 20-30 minutes (option for longer too), I pop them in my air fryer for about 15 minutes at 400F. Every air fryer is different, so keep a close watch! When finished, the sauce should be dried and created a crispy layer. Spicy, sweet, and delicious! Perfect for buddha bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

    PURÉED INTO AN AIOLI

    Definitely gotta give credit to Dig Inn for this one. My absolute favorite sauce is the garlic aioli made from tofu (they’re all so good, try them all cause they are free! Bless them!). Though I haven’t tried making it myself, I always get a few when I visit them in New York and Boston so that I can add it to my bowls and salads. From there, I also got hit with an idea to create a nut-free vegan alfredo sauce using puréed tofu. I will be posting a recipe on my Instagram soon, so be on the look out!

    TOFURKY DELI SLICES

    Perhaps not the “healthiest” by any means, but easy, and such a great alternative when all you want is a sandwich or wrap with something to complement all the veggies. I’ve been a fan of Tofurky deli slices for quite some time, but have just recently grown such an appreciation for it since going plant based. Not only is it affordable, but I actually love the way it tastes. I love the texture. Because it is a processed food, I try to have it in moderation. But either way, I am so grateful there is a great plant based alternative for sandwich lovers!

    Hope this inspires you to try something new, even if it’s not tofu! All the love!

  • health
  • INVEST IN YOURSELF

    Exploring the night market in Hoi An, Vietnam

    Not until just recently, it was almost a little taboo to do things for yourself. To take time to meditate in the morning or time the time and money to pamper yourself. Did mental health days even exist?! I think self care is so important and here are some of my key items I think are worth investing your time and money into when caring for yourself.

    Gym Membership or Gym Equipment

    Whether you’re into yoga, spin, prefer to workout at home, or enjoy a variety of fitness activities (check out ClassPass), you are investing in yourself and your health. So own it and go on with your bad self!

    Supplements

    I’m talking adaptogens, collagen, probiotics, etc. These are all things that will benefit you in the long run. I’m personally taking a multivitamin to supplement my plant based diet and they’re not the cheapest, but they are worth every penny.

    Skincare

    My skincare regimen is so sacred to me and I’m not mad about it. I choose to invest in locally made and nontoxic serums and my skin has never looked or felt better. I highly recommend @herbivorebotanicals to anyone looking to switch things up! I would also recommend looking into nontoxic makeup. It can be pricey, but chemicals in makeup and nail polish can be very damaging to your body over time.

    Hobbies

    Whatever it is that sets your soul on fire, do that. Love cooking? Take a cooking class! Enjoy trail running? Make the time for it! You are so deserving of fun things.

    A Good Walking Shoe

    Honestly though. Think about your poor feet and how far they’ve taken you thus far. It’s time we take care of em. New Balance makes some great ones and I can always find them at the Rack for a great deal. But it’s definitely worth the splurge to get a style that suits you.

    Therapy

    Not only is it worth the money, but it’s worth your TIME. I am a bit of a hypocrite here though, because going to therapy is something that has been on my back burner to do list for far too long. Let’s be accountability buddies and make it a goal to meet with one next year. 

    Cocofloss

    THIS IS NOT A JOKE. Perhaps this is my personal opinion because oral hygiene is so important to me. So aside from an electric toothbrush (also an essential), I think investing in a good floss is also something to consider. This is going to sound gross, but just think of all the plaque lingering on and in between your teeth. My teeth have never been so clean after using Cocofloss and I will never go back.

    Closet Essentials

    Think timeless pieces and also items that you wear often. For me, that’s a pair of black Chelsea boots. A travel friendly backpack. A pair of blue jeans so comfortable you can also wear them as as a non-revenue passenger. Workout pants. It’ll be different for you, but just consider investing in quality pieces. Not only is it more sustainable, but it will actually save you money and time in the long run too.

    Travel

    So I am totally biased here but I truly believe that so much growth (and honestly LIFE) happens in traveling, especially alone. It’s not always affordable to travel, so I recommend setting financial goals to keep yourself on track with saving to make the trip. It’s also not a bad idea to start with a smaller trip. One of my favorite U.S. cities worth visiting is Austin, TX and it is pretty affordable! Keep your eyes peeled for flash deals on flights and hotel too. Hotel Tonight is also a great resource for more affordable last minute accommodations.

    This is my own personal list. Honorable mentions: dirty dozen six organic foods, your living space and what goes in it to bring you peace and joy, and BOOKS! What’s on yours? All the love.

  • life
  • A WORD FROM THE WISE – TRAVEL TIPS FROM FLIGHT ATTENDANTS

    “Sleep when you’re tired, eat when you’re hungry.” – Christie, SEA based.

    “Pack slippers because Airbnbs can be dirty.” – Vina, ORD based.

    “Whenever traveling to a different time zone, immediately put yourself in that time frame, even if it means pushing through exhaustion. Because then when it is time to go to sleep, you can have a full night’s rest and then be ready to go and fully on that time zone without the jet lag.” – Sean, SEA based.

    “Bring snacks!!!!!” – Lindsey, ANC based.

    “Pack snacks, bring your sleep kits (eye mask and neck pillow). Plan travel around an event, a race or concert or festival.” – Megan, SEA based.

    “Try not to stress about the small things. Getting there is the hardest part! Drink water. Eat your veggies. Smiles go a long way!” – Allie, LAX based.

    “Be prepared! Keep a small bag that fits under your seat for easy access with a pen, water bottle, and big scarf to use as a blanket.” – Amber, SEA based.

    “Travel light.” – Marina, HKG based.

    “Say yes! Try everything, do everything, and don’t hold back! Also, drink water and utilize melatonin. And find travel companions! Cause they elevate every experience and make it even more memorable.” – Kristina, SAN based.

    “Always pack a cocktail dress and a pair of heels. You just never know.” – Fay, SEA based.

    “Always keep a small bag with headphones, Advil, toothbrush and paste, moisturizer, etc. with you that you can keep under your seat so you don’t have to dig things out of your bigger bag (if it wasn’t checked). I like to do this since I like window seats. I don’t have to disturb others.” – Josh, SEA based.

    “I always have a change of clothes in my carry on bag (I’ve been spilled on or had ‘misplaced’ luggage several times and that has totally saved me! Also I (almost) always have my hydroflask on me to cut down on single use plastics and I #FillBeforeIFly” – Justin, SEA based.

    “Use packing cubes. I’m the messiest with my clothes and it keeps me organized, even once I get to my destination.. and they keep me from overpacking!” – Vanessa, SFO based.

    “Always bring your own hand soap and hand lotion.” – Ashley, SEA based.

    “Bring your own healthy snacks and water bottle to fill up past security.” – Shelby, SFO based.

    “Travel light by wearing Merino wool and be flexible.” – Sean C., SEA based.

    “Show up early. I’d rather enjoy a drink before a flight instead of stressing out in rushing to your flight. Travel can be so unpredictable these days. I think in general, try to incorporate my daily habits into travel. So I can enjoy traveling without feeling any ‘guilt’.” – Rosella, SEA based.

    “Less is MORE. When I flew to Greece from my honeymoon, I was fully prepared. Fuzzy socks, toothbrush, mouth wash, eye mask, neck pillow, headphones, snacks, a tablet, the whoolleeee meal deal. Once I sat in my tiny seat I quickly realized i brought WAY too much. Now I know to condense and only bring what I really need! Not only do you have more space around you having not brought as much, but you’re less likely to forget things on the plane! I bring my water bottle, headphones, tablet, a snack or two and call it good!” – Jane, SEA based.

    “Treat others with respect. Kindness goes a long way. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” – Victor, SFO based.

    “For health: Vitamin C. In general: get a massage right before a long flight, don’t plan your entire trip out, spend time every day at a cafe and people watch.” – Patty, SEA based.

    “Take the local bus and talk to locals always. On the bus, in stores, everywhere. They will tell you secret places and unique things to see.” – Sarah, ANC based.

    “Layer. [for the plane] and bring chapstick.” – Celina, SEA based.

    “RESERVE your meals! So helpful on both ends!” – Justine, PDX based.

    “Utilize your pockets in the TSA line. If you’re wearing a jacket, vest, or hoodie, throw all those electronics/odds and ends in those pockets. That way, when you get to the front of the line, you can just put your vest/hoodie/jacket thing in the bin and then take it out and run for that flight you’re probably late to.” – Khai, SEA based.

    “Smart and light packing. Trust your gut.” – JS, FRA based.

    “It’s a part of travel but my best tip would be NOT to put our suitcase on your bed when packing. The wheels are soooo gross!!” – Suzanne, SEA based.

    You heard it hear first! All the love and safe travels!

  • health
  • BEST OF VEGAN CHEESE

    vegan charcuterie board from Rebel Cheese in Austin, TX – a vegan deli

    Cheese is probably my favorite food of all time but unfortunately, my sensitivity to dairy makes it hard to enjoy it without stomach pains. Oh the joys of getting older!! FORTUNATELY though for us, there are so many alternatives out there now. It’s amazing and honestly mind blowing. Here are the best of the best!

    Kite Hill Cream Cheese

    My first love. This almond milk based cream cheese has the texture of cream cheese and the taste will have you wondering if you accidentally had the real thing. I am obsessed with the jalapeño flavor!

    Miyoko’s Kitchen Cheese Wheel

    An absolute MUST for any vegan OR non-vegan charcuterie board. The flavors are absolutely insane and they are the true reason why I could do without real cheese. The double cream chive, garlic herb, and sundried tomato garlic are all BOMB.

    Miyoko’s Kitchen Mozzarella

    IT MELTS. I REPEAT. IT MELTS. This cheese is my favorite to top on pizzas and tastes amazing in Caprese salads too!

    Spero Goaty Chevre

    If you’re a goat cheese lover, you are freaking welcome. One of the best plant based cheeses I have ever had, period. Clean ingredients. Win, win, win!

    Field Roast Creamy Original Chao Slices

    One of my favorite plant based sliced cheeses. I prefer to have it melted in a sandwich versus cold but still good either way!

    Violife Just Like Smoked Provolone Slices

    Super tasty hot or cold. Kind of crazy how they nail the taste of Provolone.. just not gonna question it.

    Kite Hill Ricotta

    I find that vegan ricotta is one of the easiest cheeses to make, but if you don’t have the time, this one is a WINNER. Taste and texture on point.

    Rind Paprika Brie

    The ONLY reason why this isn’t at the top of the list is because it’s so hard to get your hands on. I tried it for the first time at Rebel Cheese, a vegan deli shop (equipped with vegan charcuterie boards) in Austin and I just can’t stop thinking about it. I have been dying for a Brie that actually tastes like Brie, and well, this is it.

    Siete Spicy Blanco Cashew Queso

    The name speaks for itself. It’s spicy and delicious and the list of ingredients is one of my favorite things about this brand. Absolutely ZERO fillers and junk!

    The Honest Stand Cheddar Style Dip

    WOW. JUST WOW. My favorite lazy day mac and cheese recipe has been brown rice elbows, two large spoonfuls of this dip, a splash of non-dairy milk, salt, and pepper. You won’t believe your eyes or your taste buds!

    Hope this wasn’t too CHEESY. If you’re skeptical, just give one of these a try. I promise your mind will be blown. All the love!