The Plantbased Jetsetter x iLoveKickboxing 

 

Many of us are still in the throes of our New Years’ resolutions – one of mine was to lose the 20lbs of what I call ‘happy fluff’ that I have accumulated over a year of living in Vegas and eating at the Wynn at 4am too much. 🙂

Enter ilovekickboxing on Flamingo and the 215 freeway!

I’ve partnered with this high energy gym in order to transform my body into a lean, mean, fighting machine once again.

Of course, diet is a big part of a body transformation, so you’re going to see a lot more greens and lean vegan protein in my posts for the forseeable future.

Stay tuned for transformation pics! I’ll be posting bi-weekly so you can see the changes that will be taking place.

Go go kickboxing and greens!!

A plantbased birthday!

It was my 30th birthday this Monday and I decided to go all out, drive to Los Angeles, and have an actual birthday weekend!

Many plantbased shenanigans ensued.

Friday night I joined my LA girl cult at Pour Vous, a lovely little French-themed speakeasy that features delicious champagne, vegan crepes (if you ask for them), and aerial performers.

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Here I am sipping champagne at Pour Vous in a floral jumpsuit I snagged on a whim. Jumpsuits don’t usually fit me because I am so tall, but this one miraculously did! It’s a birthday miracle!

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My lovely friend Annaliese is the driving force behind a lot of the LA-based events I attend, and arranged for the yummy bday champagne. Hooray!

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Saturday I gathered a group of lovely ladies (and one guy) and headed over to the ever-delicious Sun Cafe in Studio City. I had been craving their vegan mac n’ cheese for weeks, and as usual, it did not disappoint. I even added the tempeh bacon option because it’s my birthday, damn it, and I wanted to be in a food coma.

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They serve it in a cast iron pan. Look at it. I want another one right now. It was so good.

As usual, my friends knew me well and brought me champagne, SouthWest gift cards, and general bday cheer. I waddled home sated and happy.

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Sunday was family bday and the Superbowl; I spent the morning preparing food with my mom, wherein I made my famous vegan deviled tomatoes (recipe here)!

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Mmmm.

I don’t really care about the actual Superbowl, but it was nice to hang out with my family and some of my best friends; my lovely bff Victoria brought me a bouquet filled with money folded into origami shapes, which was the best thing ever.

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And my Dad got me some junmai daiginjo sake, which is my favorite type of sake (the rice is very finely polished and it tastes like rainbows.)

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On my actual birthday (Monday), I drove home to Vegas and went out to dinner at Lakeside, one of the many restaurants at the Wynn that offer delicious gourmet vegan options.

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Eggplant dish of the gods – this melted in my mouth and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Truffle arancini – Also melted in the mouth and I almost ordered another plate of them, but I knew that would fill me up too much.

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Vegan crab cakes – Mmmmm. I crushed this plate. The flavors used here are phenomenal and would satisfy even the most grumpy food critic.

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All in all, it was an amazing birthday!! Below are some more of the cruelty free, vegan presents I received from my thoughtful friends.

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The limited edition Glitter Bunny clutch from Gunas (from my bff bizarro-sai) – I’m obsessed. This is such a lovely little clutch and I am going to be extra careful with it. No drunken nights out for you, little clutch!

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My brother and sister in law sent me these vegan cookbooks! Oh She Glows is one of my favorite blogs of all time, and Miyoko Schinner‘s cuisine is everything.

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Last but not least – my friend Charity got me a vegan set of bath bombs, lotion bars, and soaps from Lush!
BEST. BIRTHDAY. EVER.

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