Smoothie Love

Smoothie Love

I make the same two portion smoothie every other day, one to have immediately and the other to save for the next morning. I don’t measure anything and there’s nothing too fancy about it. I just throw everything into a slender jar and mix it up with my immersion blender. It’s so much easier than getting my giant blender out. If it seems too thick I thin it out with a splash of coconut water or almond milk. I do mix up the fruit from time to time depending on what is in my fridge but banana, strawberries and blueberries are staple fruits I usually have on hand. Avocado is a must, it really changes the texture of a smoothie. Whatever bag of greens I’ve got go in by the handfuls. Sometimes it ends up more green, sometimes more purple but I don’t worry about it, it’s all going down the hatch. Word of advice, don’t add the chia seed until you are ready to drink the smoothie because it tends to make the mixture clump together.  Other than that it’s pretty simple. I’m not too crazy about my diet but I do attempt to focus on eating whole foods and this smoothie makes me feel good. If I do end up eating something terrible later in the day then knowing I had this for breakfast makes me feel like somehow I’ve countered that naughty choice.

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Signing Out With Love,

Kapfanny

Outfit Honorable Mention

Outfit Honorable Mention

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Green Utility Jacket

Black Ribbed Wrap Top with Black Lace Bra Underneath

Wide Leg High Waist Tweed Trousers

Black Converse Shoes

The Occasion: Drinks and small bites at a sports bar

To see more of my outfit combinations click on my Pinterest icon and view the My Favorite Outfits Board.

Signing Out With Love, 

Kapfanny

 

 

 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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I’ve seen the sun rise and set so many times in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and it never gets old. This is the one vacation I never sleep in on and I know just where I want to be at dusk. I can’t seem to justify missing one of the two most spectacular parts of each day.  Orange, purple and pink kaleidoscope dreams on my mind when I reflect on many trips to Cabo. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula and just a short two hour flight from Los Angeles, you get to experience the beautiful Sea of Cortez and the vast Pacific Ocean.

Soundtrack for this post:

  • Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream
  • Caradefuego Tranquilla
  • Selena Como La Flor

 

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We have always stayed at The Playa Grande Hotel and Resort, it has a private beach and lots of pools, a wonderful spa and the people are so nice. I also recommend Grand Solmar Hotel and Resort, both places are beautiful. One of the great things about Cabo and our hotel is that you can basically walk anywhere you want to go for the most part. So you don’t really need a rental car to get around. However, if you are feeling sluggish you can always take a reasonably priced taxi to get to most places. One tip I will offer is that if you have already set up your ride from the airport to the hotel you don’t really need to stop once you get your baggage and talk with the time share sellers, unless you want to. We have done some time share tours and it’s cool to see other resorts and get a free breakfast but if your time is precious and you are eager to get your vacation on then just say no thank you, try not to make eye contact and whatever you do don’t stop walking, they are persistent to say the least.

A typical day on vacation in Cabo for us starts with an early morning workout (if we are not too lazy) then back to the room in time to watch the sunrise on the beach. The first morning we are there we always go to Solomon’s Landing for breakfast. It’s a nice restaurant on the marina where you can dine outside and people watch. Gorgeous boats line the water and there are plenty of people offering all kinds of activities like glass bottom boats, whale watching depending on the season, sunset cruises and fishing trips. We have experienced a variety of the activities in Cabo and they are all fun. Decide what you like and do that.

 

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Now that we are professional Cabo vacationers our days are spent sunning, swimming and sometimes napping either on the beach or at the pools, lying around and ordering food and drinks with an iPhone and headphones or a juicy book in hand. I must say we’ve really mastered the art of lounging on these trips.

 

Late in the afternoon we play volleyball or watch a sports game until it’s time to pick a spot for dinner. My favorite restaurants in Cabo are Salvatore’s, Maria Corona, Desperados, Romeo & Juliet, Los Barilles and Baja Cantina. Mango Deck is a good time too especially for New Year’s Eve. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Word of advice if you are in Cabo during peak season then make a reservation for dinner, tables fill up fast. If you are in the mood to explore start with the marina. You can walk and shop, stop to eat and drink then keep on walking.

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From there you’ll find lots of pathways to the streets where you can dip in and out of stores and markets with all kinds of things to purchase that will remind you of this place when you return home T shirts, ceramics, jewelry and much more. I really like to see the Dia de Los Muertos dolls that are displayed throughout Casa Maria, Glen Zen Mar and Mi Casa. Most are handmade by artists who you can tell put a lot of time and effort into their work.

 

If your hotel has a spa anything like the one at Playa Grande do yourself a favor and make an appointment to get a massage. It was so peaceful; I thought I was in heaven. All I remember was white robes, steam, hot rocks, the subtle scent of oils and warm tea in the palm of my hands. All my stress melted away. We have taken a few deep sea fishing trips in Cabo. You meet your captain at the marina just before dawn, then you are whisked away in search of Tuna or Mahi Mahi or if you are really ambitious Marlin. It’s a whole day of being on a boat and if you are there December to April you may be lucky enough to have this trip to double as whale watching too. If you end up catching fish you can take it to most restaurants and request for them to prepare it any way you like.  We had our hotel grill our fresh Mahi Mahi, it was a lovely meal.

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If you are going to Cabo get ready for a good time. I wish you good weather and strong margaritas. Happy travels! Until next time I want to thank you for reading and invite you to come back and visit my site pretty please with a cherry on top. Leave a comment and click the follow button on the screen and you will be updated every time I have something fun for you to read or look at.

Signing Out With Love,

Kapfanny

 

Grown Folks PB&J: A Twist on a Classic

Grown Folks PB&J: A Twist on a Classic

Okay I know I said Cabo San Lucas, Mexico would be the next topic on my posting agenda, and it will be, but first I have to tell you about the weather. IT’S BEEN RAINING IN LOS ANGELES. I used to have rainy days all the time while I lived in Oregon and now it’s so rare, that it gets me all excited when the sky is dark and angry. Days like this have become special to me, it warms my heart and I just have to do something to commemorate it. Like make hot chocolate or put on rubber boots and take a walk while all the true Angelenos hide in their homes and wait for the sun to come out again. I like to drink hot tea, or read a book, but my new favorite thing to do is make this delicious sandwich.

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I used to just toast the bread on my peanut butter and jam sandwich and I thought I was really doing something fancy. Then one day I decided to grill the bread with butter in a pan almost like a grilled cheese, then I’d add the peanut butter and jam and I was so impressed with myself. So good, the bread is warm, golden and crunchy then you add the peanut butter and it melts; it’s magical. Lately I have been taking it a few steps further, by grilling the bread in a compound butter consisting of rosemary and thyme. Then I add fresh blueberries that are warmed in the microwave for thirty seconds to the jam side and I add chopped cashews over the peanut butter side. Sometimes while it’s still warming in the skillet I drizzle a little bit of honey over the top. It’s so yummy and comforting and I can’t get enough of this sandwich especially on a rainy day in LA.

Try it out for yourself, tell me what you think.

Signing Out With Love,

kapfanny

 

The Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory

The View Speaks For Itself

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The Griffith Observatory is located in Griffith Park in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California. I live close by and this is a place I frequently visit. The view is spectacular. I personally prefer to go on a weekday. If you are taking a weekend trip here be prepared to sit in some traffic, search for a parking spot for a while and once you find one you may need to walk to get to the site; especially if the weather is nice. Another option you have is to take a DASH public bus to the observatory, on a busy day it might simplify your visit. Just a heads up, they are closed on Mondays. Inside the building there are space and science exhibits to explore. One of the best things about this place, on top of all the interesting stuff you get to see, is that admission is free, but you do have to pay for parking.

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There are also lots of other fun things you can do around this area if you want to make a day of it. For instance, you could take a hike on one of the nearby trails. There are parks for children if you drive down near Trails Café. I like to have breakfast at Trails Café from time to time. There is the Southern Railroad, it’s a mini train ride mainly for kids but anyone can get on if you’re in a playful mood, there are pony rides right next door too. I love to bike around here. If you can catch a show at the Greek Theater that’s always fun. Have brunch at Mustard Seed Cafe. Or keep it simple and enjoy the sights, get lost in thought and look out over the city for a while. If you are in L.A. you should definitely experience this Historic Monument.

Next topic on my posting agenda will be about my many trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I have been there around six to eight times. I’ve kind of lost track. So come back and visit my site pretty please with a cherry on top. Click the follow button and you will be updated every time I have something fun for you to read or look at.

Signing Out With Love,

Kapfanny

 

Wedding Dress Concoction

Wedding Dress Concoction

My husband and I decided we didn’t want to spend a fortune on our wedding day; we both took an extremely practical outlook on the event. Partly because we had to, and partly because when we recognized how much effort planning a day like that involved we both said “no thank you”. All we really needed was our family and an officiant so we were happy to make an appointment at the courthouse. Even though I wasn’t making a fuss about the venue, the flowers and cake I knew I wanted to wear something special on that day. Not something expensive, just something that felt like my style, something I would look back on and love thirty years down the road.

My wedding dress has a unique origin to say the least. I had a good idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like. I knew I didn’t want anything too fancy because I was going to the courthouse not a palace. I did a ton of searching on the internet and in stores for my dress and I became rather frustrated and sad that I would never find what I was looking for. Out of desperation I realized I would need to get creative, really creative. I also realized I’d need help from a seamstress and when I accepted that things began to come together. I was hesitant and worried that this wouldn’t work out, but I was so wrong. Let me tell you exactly what happened.

There were a few things I was sure of. I liked lace and I wanted some sort of sleeve to my dress. I also knew I didn’t want to wear pure white. I favored an ivory tone for my dress. The first piece of my dress that I found was an ivory chiffon skirt from American Apparel. The skirt was around fifty dollars but it was sheer and I didn’t want to give everyone a show at my ceremony so I needed to find a cream slip that would offer me the coverage I needed at the bottom of my dress. Which was easy, I went to Macy’s and found a slip, no problem. Another concern with the skirt was that it was too long. I wanted my dress to cut off mid-calf and this skirt fell down to my ankles. The last issue with the skirt was that it had an elastic waist band that I thought would make the dress look cheap or just not formal enough, it was my wedding after all. The next piece of my dress I found was a cream lace top from Victoria’s Secrets, it was like thirty to forty dollars. This was when they were still selling clothing on their website. The top had a boat neck line, not quite off the shoulders but a significant scoop and short sleeves. The top was sheer too but I found a cream V-neck tank top at Forever 21 for a few dollars and wore it underneath, it covered me well. Now here is where my tailor came into play. I took the skirt to the tailor and asked her to hem it. Then I asked her to make me a belt with the excess fabric that would cover the elastic waist band that I didn’t like. I needed something to make the two pieces come together. She was so nice to me, she understood me. I was and still am so grateful for her help. She measured my waist and we talked about what I wanted the new waist band to look like. This lady made all my dreams come true. I know she does this everyday but it meant a lot to me and I cannot even thank her enough.

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So I left my skirt in her good and capable hands and was off to my next mission which was to find the perfect shoes. I looked online, basically for a cream colored pair of heels. I found a ton of options and I was almost ready to pull the trigger on this cute pair of cream leather sling backs with a peep toe. I had them waiting in my cart online but I still was not all the way sure. Then I was in the mall one day, I walked past a Payless and I was thinking what the hell I’ll just go in and see what they’ve got, what do I have to loose. I ended up finding the perfect shoes, they were cream colored satin shoes with a round toe and a modest heel and the satin fabric overlapped on itself which gave the shoe an interesting texture. I couldn’t believe it, I loved them. The satin added a classic vintage flare to my dress that I wouldn’t have got from a new leather shoe. When I returned to the tailor to pick up my skirt I was so pleasantly surprised, she did everything we discussed to perfection and I was so happy. This all came together like a week before we got married so I was stressing just a little bit.

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I just want to say that if you can’t find your perfect dress, you may need to alter your expectations, have a little flexibility of the mind. I spent a couple of months thinking I was going to walk into a store and exactly what I had envisioned was going to be hanging on a rack in my price range. I found out that if you are working within a budget the odds of that happening are slim to none. I also feel happy that no one else has my wedding dress; it is couture by kapfanny. I can’t image how people put these huge weddings together, I only had to stress over my outfit, what if I had to think about all the other elements of a wedding day. I mean I can see how a big wedding would be fun and glamorous but that’s a lot of work for one day. Needless to say, I was glad we made the decision to keep things simple. My dress probably came out to be about one hundred and fifty dollars with alterations included. I was so thrilled to get ready that morning and I loved putting on my wedding dress. Even though it’s not technically a dress no one else seemed to notice that and I just keep the details to myself when someone commented on my ensemble. It’s still something I look back on seven years later, and think, my dress was everything!

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For my next post I will feature one of my favorite places to go in Los Angeles, California. Hints: it’s located on Mount Hollywood, it opened in 1935 and Wolfgang Puck is in charge of the food. So come on back to my website pretty please with a cherry on top, there is plenty more where this came from.

Signing Out With Love,

kapfanny

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Like A Boss

Like A Boss

MOMA aIf you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself.  -Sebastian The Crab.

An Introduction Letter from me to you…

Take that leap, it’s so worth it! I have been going back and forth on whether or not to start this blog and now I’ve finally made the decision to go for it. In the past few years I have found myself able to gather the courage to tackle some big obstacles. Now this is the moment when I must take time to give myself a little credit for not giving up. When I started creating what seemed like impossible goals I knew I would need a plan to execute, it was exciting but mostly frightening. I’ve hit some milestones that were once so far out of reach. Although I know I still have work to do, I figured why not add blogger to my list, and you know what, I must admit, this is getting fun!

My name is Stephanie and I live in Los Angeles, California. I love to travel, cook, dress, experience, explore, read, organize (I could go on.) and I want to share it all with you so thank you so much for taking the time to check out my site. I will be posting one to two times each week letting you all get a glimpse into my methodical madness.

My first piece will feature the city I grew up in, Portland, Oregon. It will be a two part piece where I explore the city with fresh eyes, along with my husband, Daveed. I have been in Los Angeles now for seven years and when I decided to spend my birthday in Portland last June I found I had a giant list of things I wanted to do, a list so long it’s going to take two trips. With one down I have a lot to share and plenty more to come. So sign up to follow me. Also check me out on Instagram, Pinterest and Poshmark by clicking the icons at the top of the page. Stay tuned 🙂

Signing Out With Love,

Kapfanny