Pictures Of Things + Le Love List

August 29th, 2014 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

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Hello hello! Happy weekend! I hope all of you out there are feeling fun and fancy-free, and for the American set – hooray for the impending 3-day weekend! As for me, I had a truly fantastic week, filled with lots of work AND lots of play. The very best kinds of weeks, I say!

Here are a few bits and pieces I managed to capture :

beach wagon

New wagon.

The BEST thing about summer in SoCal is dinner on the beach at dusk. And dancing, of course. Lots and lots of dancing. (This video makes me so happy. I’ve watched it probably 957,462 times already, and I just can’t help but smile every time.)

Kind Kreme Sage
I’ve known Peri since we were 11 – we went through the torture that is Junior High together – but for the past decade or so we’ve been little more than online acquaintances. Recently, we began connecting online in a more meaningful way, and last weekend, Waits and I were able to meet up with her at Sage Organic Bistro in LA. Peri is a magical being, truly touched, and I look forward to learning all that she has to teach me. Also, she ordered corn ice cream. CORN ICE CREAM. But hey, it was good!

PETA popup fashion LA
Also in LA, the PETA #VeganFashion Pop-Up Shop, where I got to reconnect with so many people! But Waits was having a rough afternoon, so shortly after this picture was taken, Whitney + Jason + Waits + I took off, grabbed a few smoothies, and spent the rest of the evening at Griffith Park. We talked food and health and racism and journalism and politics and blogging and business and self-limiting thoughts, all while Waits played with new friends on the playground, and it was one of those incredible conversations that you just don’t want to end. And I am so grateful for new friendships that continue to deepen.

This Greek Coffee Smoothie, which was so good that I had to recreate it at home the next day.

ice cream party
Having friends over for dinner (tacos) and “ice cream” (blended frozen fruit), and also the soul nourishing mamas-talk-while-the-kiddos-play. Those two ^^ are best friends, and it melts my heart.

darth vader kid costume
Darth Vader. I mean, c’mon!


And now it’s time for my favorite weekly ritual, Le Love List

True to form, I have fallen in love with Pinterest roughly 2 years behind the rest of the Internet. Let’s say I work at my own pace. Anyway, Pinterest is amazing! You should follow me, and I want to follow you! I have boards on gardening, fashion, fermenting, and all sorts of other fun stuff. The board I’ve been working most excitedly on is Vegan Kids. I think it’s a really great resource! // The pictures that Waits’s preschool teacher texts me throughout the day. // Urban foraging. // I posted this homemade vegan pho on Instagram and got soooo many requests for a recipe. Jeremy and I have been happily working on that . . . // Finding an natural + organic product to combat the powdery mildew which has completely taken over my garden, grrr. // Therapy. // The public library. // One of my idols started following me on Twitter. What a rush! // Putting my energy and intention into my friendships. That feels so important, right now. // The F word. // Gluten-free waffles with pan-seared figs, smothered with maple syrup. And the company that came with them. // I’ve been talking to women in their 30s about what it’s like to be a woman in your 30s, and these conversations have been flippin’ fantastic. The cultural messaging women get about age – well, it doesn’t match how my friends and I feel. I’ve been asking women: “Tell me what you fucking love about being in your 30s” and the answers I get are nothing short of inspiring. I’m thinking of writing about this, and I’d love to hear your thoughts as well!

Alright everyone, the ball’s in your court. I hope you’ll share your Love Lists in the comments below, so all of us can read about the things that made you smile this week. Sharing is caring! Spread the love!

And please, have the most wonderful weekend!

♥ ♥ ♥

  • Elizabeth

    Hey, try chamomile tea for the powdery mildew. It works! Also, I followed you and would be flattered if you followed me back on Pinterest (lots o’ vegan or veganizable food :).

  • Rachel in Veganland

    Ahh, Le Love List has got to be one of my favorite parts of the weekend! That tiny little Darth Vader of yours just slays me. What a darling.

    Le love list:

    Getting an all vegan manicure//baked tofu so savory the whole house smells divine//moving around my sleeping cat on my yoga mat//a successful first week as a graduate student//making new friends and talking for hours like we’re old ones.

  • Lacy Davis

    I turned 30 this year and I fucking love that I am owning my body, so stoked on it and proud of it, after years of eating disorders and self-hate in my 20′s. THIRTY FOREVER.


  • Lacy Davis

    oh yeah and my pinterest!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Followed! And thanks for the tip on the Powdery Mildew. I might just try that! Do you have to brew it extra strong, or will regular strength do?

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Oh I’m so happy for you Rachel! Congrats on a successful first week – what an exciting time! I’m so glad to hear it’s all going well so far. ♥

  • Sayward Rebhal

    YESSSS!!! That has definitely been the overwhelming theme : self-acceptance, letting go of insecurity, gaining comfort + confidence, and no longer having fucks to give about what anybody else thinks. Yay 30s!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Followed! ♥

  • theveganchickpea

    followed you on pinterest, lady! and i’d love to hear about being a woman in your 30′s. i just turned 29, so it’s definitely something that’s been on my mind lately.

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  • Elizabeth

    Yeah, let it steep all day or overnight, strain well, then put in a spray bottle and go to town. We (the hubs and I) were skeptical but it seems to have really helped our bee balm.
    And thanks for the follow! I feel like I’m having a brush with celebrity :)

  • lysette

    I agree to all of this! I often find myself thinking “If only I knew this in my teens/twenties” but I can’t linger on shoulda-woulda-coulda. Being in my mid 30′s, I know what I want and I’ve got a better grasp on how to take care of myself-and others. 30′s are great, 40′s will f-ing rule!
    Love list:
    xox All of this xox

  • Sonja

    I would love an article about women in their 30ies (as I am one of them, too). My love list: spending an afternoon with old friends, cycling through my city, visiting the organic farmers market, signing up for yoga classes, snuggling with my boyfriend, finally making my first seitan sausages and eating them with my loved one. Happy weekend to everyone!

  • stephie137

    Totally noticed thenew pins! Went and read a bunch of the posts (many I had seen before, but it was jice to have them all together like that). Going through a difficult phase were I know I’m doing the right things, but it’s so damn _hard_ all the time. Nice to be encouraged by those articles.

    I LOVE being in my 30s!! I care so much less what others think, and I’ve got some perspective now. Who I am, what I want, what’s important. The noise just fades away.

    LLL: everyone is napping right now, even the cat. Staying in my jammies with the little ones all day, puttering. Sister dates. Planning trips. Being missed by friends who are so cool. Toronto Veg Fest next weekend!

  • Erin

    30′s – I just don’t give a fuck about other people’s opinions about me. I’ve finally learned to embrace the cobbled together person that I am. I am mature enough to own up to my shortcomings and failures. I try and work to be a better person instead of dismissing those shortcoming as someone else’s problem. Sex is better! (For lots of those same reasons.) I spend time working on me for ME and not for someone else (I want to get healthy for me, and not so I can look hot for someone else.)

  • Rachel in Veganland

    Sayward, thanks so much. As you know from your own grad school life, it’s quite an adventure complete with a new town to explore to boot.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks, I’ll definitely try that! Especially preventatively on my fall crop. Thanks!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    So much. An adventure, and scary, and exciting, and overwhelming, and fulfilling, and affirming, and panic-inducing, and basically ALL the feelings. haha.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Followed you back!

    I’m hoping to write about this. Not sure where and in what way, but I do hope I’ll be able to . . .

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Awesome Love List Sonja! Thanks os much for sharing – seitan sausages sound amaaaazing. ♥

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Oh, I love hearing that you’re finding value in old pasts, thank you for letting me know that. Means a lot to me. Jeremy actually just dug up this old post and said it really resonated with him. I’d completely forgotten about it!

    And, YAY for our 30s which are SO much greater than our 20s. And thanks for sharing your Love List! Hope you had a great weekend!!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    WORD! Oh man, ALL OF THIS. So well written and on point Thanks for sharing Erin!! ♥

  • Sandi

    I love your jeans in the cute dancing video! I am tall and haven’t been able to find any skinny jeans that are long enough. Do you know what brand they are? Thanks!!

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Oh, I’ve been meaning to make corn ice cream for ages!

    LLL: Spotting a new Michael Dickman poem in the most recent New Yorker // All things Margaret Atwood. All the things! I bet she would have a few interesting insights about one’s fourth decade. // Introducing Nina to Daisy, the chicken she named (and sponsors) at the animal sanctuary I work with. // Finding out that Daisy inspired Nina to give an impromptu lesson on debeaking to her classroom on the second day of class. // Homemade pizza. // Being back in school. // Listening to Nina’s litany of all the things she thinks I’ll be able to do when I have my law degree, and realizing afterwards that every. single. thing. on her list has to do with animals. // Nina making the connection between Hermione’s S.P.E.W. campaign and slavery, which has led to countless conversations about the underground railroad, and then of course to the Ood. Because all things lead to the Ood in a conversation with Ni. (I’ve completely lost you now. Sorry!)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Hi Sandi! Omg I feel you so much on the long legs problem. So these are J Brand and I LOVE them, I have them in 2 colors and I’m looking for more (I only buy secondhand so that makes it harder). If you also prefer secondhand, I’ve seen lots of J Brand jeans on sites like Poshmark (also makes them waaaay cheaper, haha)

    Hope that helps!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Love this love list. ♥