Thanksgiving 2018!

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The Decorations

The Drinks

The Food

My family is from El Salvador, so Thanksgiving is not really a crucial holiday for us. So, I usually try to spend that day with my partner’s family cause he is more American in that way (he’s from Canada and they do have Thanksgiving there too but in October). But, now that we’re older there really is no need for that division. We’ve been trying to merge our families more and more as we grow older, and we try to be the hosts for these events to make it pain free for everyone else.

My Canadian mom is always in charge of Thanksgiving dinner and no way anyone else can do it, so she is responsible for all the delicious food we had. The most popular recipe is Flemming’s potatoes. EVERYONE wanted that recipe. She makes chicken cause no one really prefers turkey in this family. I was in charge of the side, an altered green bean casserole from Basics with Babish,  I made poinsettia spritz punch from Half Baked Harvest, and bloody Marias from What’s Gaby Cooking. My partner did the most ambitious cheeseboard I’ve ever seen in this house! It was incredible. He got all the meats and cheeses from Whole Foods, and if you like pickles you gotta eat Bubbies (too good!). Finally for dessert I made this strawberry balsamic creme fraîche from Adventures in Cooking (my favorite food blog right now!).

I researched my decorations on Pinterest and created my own mood board for it! I ended up just foraging around our neighborhood for the placeholders which were fall leaves as well as for the lavender and other green accents around the flowers. We got orange tulips (my favorite flower) to match with the red/yellowish color scheme. My partner carved the apples that held the candles. Last touch was adding a bit of a neutral color, brown, with aromatic pine cones and some pine cones that I have collected from Big Bear. I really loved the tall candles as a last elegant touch.

We had the cheesecake and homemade eggnog to cap off the night. It was lovely. We all went around the table saying what we were most thankful for. I’m definitely the most thankful that my partner’s family and mine can come together and celebrate life together. Special thanks to my mom for helping me write the placeholders since I was really busy with so much other crap. It’s not easy hosting people! BUT the best =)

Best wishes to your family from mine! Love the holidays <3

MØ @ El Rey Theater

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My favorite musician right now is definitely . I saw her live this year for my birthday at The Glass House in Pomona and then again at El Rey for her pre-Forever Neverland tour. The album came out in October after a long wait, which was fine cause in the interim she released an EP called When I Was Young – now one of my favorite records ever. It was really an EP that introduces the same emotions tackled in this LP.

The thing about MØ (AKA Karen Marie) that’s so attractive is that she feels super genuine. From the way she performs on stage – devoid of rules or doubt – to how she can transport me to being 15 again with a dancey beat. I told my partner that she has the emotional and theatrical essence that Freddy Mercury had. Freddy was inspired by Liza Minnelli’s histrionics and I feel that Karen of MØ has that passion on stage that’s so captivating. You gotta watch the girl dance and break her own heart on stage.

We’re one year apart in age so her subject matter is very moving to me cause I am feeling all those same pains of growing up, feeling nostalgic about the past, looking back at irreparable mistakes, reminiscing on first and lost loves, fighting for your dreams, staying true to yourself, finding your voice, and learning how to be OK with all of it.

I notice a pattern in musicians that hit big with their first album: their second album is always about the struggles of being famous. Meaning since most of their fans are not famous, we can’t relate to them anymore on the level we related to their music the first time around. They lose it cause they get lost in the fame. Karen does have lyrics on that subject in her sophomore record (“West Hollywood”, “Purple Like the Summer Rain”) but it’s still so gorgeously written with melancholy that really plagues all of us regardless if those qualms come from being famous or not. Her message still stays universal as she rejoices that she made her dreams come true. Now that’s a feeling we can all strive to want to experience one day.

My favorite song on the album reflects this ability to stay real, true to yourself and to the message that your fans fell in love with. “Blur” is the main reason I posted this today because she just released a music video for it this morning! LOVE her music videos, this one is my favorite. Not watching this one ’till I post this but this acoustic performance of it is my obsession.

She’s currently touring in Europe, but you can catch her next performance at the timeless LA venue, The Wiltern ($30 for floor!).

This is what I wanted all my life, no one can take it, no
Pour me all the wine and let me picture that I made it, oh
This is what a universal fairytale is made of
Sugar in my veins
Sugar in my veins
This is what I wanted, don't stop
Playing with the old stars above
This is what a universal fairytale is made of
Sugar in my veins
Purple like the summer rain

People! Los at LA River w/ Rigo

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It’s the utmost pleasure to meet people that share your passion for photography! Surrounding yourself with people who want to create, explore as much as you want or even more is so amazing and fueling.

I found Rigo through Instragram after searching for the Watts Tower hashtag. Of course, the uniqueness of film totally attracted me to his style. I call him a visual anthropologist. He captures the people from this eclectic city in beautiful, harsh sunny light that I’ve come to embrace! I’m used to shooting during sunset when the sun is not so shiny, but he has turned me to the other side.

Excited to learn film photography with him. I’ve always been pretty scared of film. It’s uncertain! There’s no instant gratification, no sure way of knowing how that film turns out. I like that now. It’s a great exercise in letting go of control, cause we don’t really have any control so it mostly gets rid of that ridiculous illusion. JA!

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People! Jess at Echo Park

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Jessica could not be more perfect, even though her ambition forces her to strive for more everyday! A woman with a spirit that radiates confidence and joy. A writer who’s a sucker for a compelling tale about discovering your identity in this world and finding the beauty within yourself. No wonder as she herself has committed so fully to her calling in the arts. In her day to day she applies her skills and wisdom towards helping others pursue their dreams in writing. She is the co-creator of the series “Rapid Development” happening yearly at the Fountain Theater.

It is my favorite event of the year. Jessica reads through millions of words from plays submitted by Los Angeles writers under 30. She narrows this pool of incredible talent down to 4 plays that compete to have their play staged at the historic Fountain in its entirety. Jessica along with her creative partner, James, are the producers and mentors to these young playwrights. Every year it gets better and better, with more elaborate production and blistering talent from the entire team. It’s great to see the energy all these creative people feel around each other; fueled by each other to keep on creating their best work!

Quick cute thing I love about Jessica is that she reads as she walks. Right? Adorable – girl doesn’t waste a minute of her time. She’s a star