exactly the same but completely different - a back to school post

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saturdays that turn into sundays and then become mondays which lead to tuesdays

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A few moments and meals captured from the long weekend of staying in and going out.
One of my sisters was in town for a few days so naturally we took her to our favorite brunch spot, Republique which of course was incredible. We had drinks and pastries and breakfast and loved it all. highly recommended if you're in L.A. Tried on a bunch of shoes at the Nordstrom sale and of course everything I liked didn't come in my size *tears* Stayed up late wandering around by the ocean and avoiding homework with Jason and some rose flavored gelato. Woke up late and enjoyed the morning light in our freshly re-painted bedroom with some raw vegan donuts from Moon Juice. Jason showed me around his new school where he is improving his programming skills. Made a wreath out of some leftover flowers from a design project I did for Nanette Lepore last fall.

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becky with the good hurrr

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I posted a couple weeks ago about how I wanted the miniest of mini bangs for when school starts and I have no time to deal with anything hair-related. On thursday it happened. I went to see my girl Helene, brought her some inspo pictures, and she worked her magic. They're pretty tiny right now but I'm into it and I feel like Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice.
Lipstick & eyebrows by Glossier of course.


my experience with juice cleansing

If you follow me on Snapchat (username: nivelliot) I shared that I was taking on a 6 day juice cleanse the week before school started. Since then I've been getting a lot of questions from people who want to know how it went, if I felt terrible, if I was losing weight, why I decided to cleanse... the list goes on. So I figured it was something you guys were curious about and maybe this post will shed some light on the mystery of juice cleansing and why it worked for me.


This is my first cleanse experience so I am in no way a pro but for the average person who is curious about cleansing, maybe you will find it interesting. I dabbled with the idea of the master cleanse before my wedding but after one drink I knew I couldn't do it. Years ago, when Pressed Juicery first opened, I asked for their beginner 3-day cleanse for Christmas but I'm guessing everyone thought I was crazy because I somehow didn't get it as a present that year. Jason did a cleanse through his acupuncturist a couple years ago where he had to eat packets of herbal concoctions every time he was hungry and he had a really good experience with it and finished 30 lbs. lighter in 1 month. So this summer I took matters into my own hands.
My internship ended in the beginning of August and I had the rest of the month to clean the house, finish my pre-semester homework, and take some time to re-focus on my goals. We have been working towards a healthier diet all summer long but we don't like the idea of formally cutting something out of our meals, rather getting balanced meals, creating healthy habits, and consuming reasonable portion sizes. With Jason and I both having such an intense schedule this fall, both going back to school 5-6 long days a week, I knew I wanted to focus a lot of my energy on eating food that would be filling and energizing, instead of the usual cafeteria fare.


I did tons of research on juice cleansing beforehand and read all about how they can give you mental clarity, a better night's sleep, clear dewey skin, and even result in weight loss. What could go wrong, especially right before school started?! You're supposed to cut out red meat, dairy, caffeine (if you can), and processed foods in the days leading to and following the cleanse. I followed that pretty religiously although it's hard to say no to Chipotle when everyone else in the car wants it, so the night before, I got a salad with veggies and said no to both sour cream and cheese... which is exactly as hard as it sounds by the way. Bright and early Monday morning I started and immediately felt the effects of the cleanse after my first juice and especially after my third. I'll spare you the details but needless to say, I'm glad I did it while I was home. During the first half of your cleanse it's common to feel a lack of stamina and even headaches while your body shifts it's energy from digestion to fat burning, and I definitely struggled with that until halfway through wednesday. Throughout the week I noticed that my sleep was much deeper and I wasn't waking up in the middle of the night, by thursday morning I felt energized and motivated the entire day, and on friday my skin was looking fresh and dewey.


I was super hungry in the first couple days but by the end of the cleanse, when I went grocery shopping for the next week's food, the unhealthy items had almost entirely lost their appeal and a bite of carrot was the most deliciously flavorful thing in the world. Juice cleansing is not for the faint of heart and if you're looking for sweet, fruity juices this isn't where you'll find them! Not to say they're bad, they just definitely aren't something you'd want to casually sip 6X a day. Some companies are better than others in terms of flavor and I've found that price pretty much directly correlates to both the taste and cleansing benefits you're getting from the drink. I'm guessing if the single purpose of your cleanse is just to eliminate toxins and skip the whole appetite shrinking part, a 1 or 2 day cleanse would do the trick.
I lost over 5 lbs. in my first 2 days of cleansing and by the end of the week I had gone down over 14 lbs! As my cleanse is ending I'm trying to eat as many veggies as possible, less grains and dairy, and choose healthy snacks, some of which can easily be found at Moon Juice. Although it was hard, I would definitely do it again and recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it. I've linked some sources below for my favorite local juicerys.


My 5 favorite juicery's:
Moon Juice - their cleanse includes 8 drinks a day which will be really helpful if you think you're going to be too hungry to try, and bonus: they are all super tasty - even the green ones! They also have an incredible selection of snacks and tonics to try if you just need a side of #health with your morning coffee.
Pressed Juicery - the OG of juiceries. They are located basically everywhere and their delivery service is amazing. My favorite drinks are their signature nut milks and of course the charcoal lemonade.
Juice Served Here - they are pretty recent to the L.A. juice scene so the selection is a lot smaller but the juices taste good, especially if you aren't trying to cleanse but maybe just want to skip having a burger for lunch in favor of some yummy drink. If you do want to cleanse they offer customizable selections if you want a little more carrot and a little less kale.
Peel'd - for my friends in Sacramento, this place has some super tasty juices, soups, salads, and bowls which you can pick up or have delivered. Plus how cute are the names for each drink?!
Juicebox - if you're in Seattle, they have a lot of variations you can order for cleanses between 1-5 days, and at their cafe you can get super healthy and delicious breakfast lunch or dinner.

Have you done this or any other type of cleanse before? I'd love to hear how it went in the comments below!


100 years of national parks


A visual diary from just a couple of my trips to Yosemite in the last few years. My family has had a lifelong affinity to that park in specific. My parents having lived there for a year when they were newly married, my mom wrote a book about day hikes you can take with kids in the park, We hiked the John Muir Trail starting from there, my sister hiked the JMT again as well as the Pacific Crest Trail which goes through the park. I just can't seem to get out of hiking in Yosemite every summer! Jason likes Yosemite but his family grew up going to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park when they were young so I'm excited to see what that is like.
What is your favorite National Park? I'd love to know it the comments below!

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moody coastal moments

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There isn't much to do in Palos Verdes, especially if you don't live there. They aren't known for their endless restaurants, they don't have any great boutiques, there aren't any places to see a concert or a show, but the best show in town is the beach. Jason and I love the Palos Verdes coastline so much that we got married there!! The amount of trails in the area is practically endless and you can visit lots of cute tidepools and hidden surf spots along the way.

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One of the easiest places to get to the water is from Terranea, a local resort that caters to Angelinos wanting a getaway close to home. They have some good restaurants and an amazing spa on the grounds, and on summer weekends they host live bands by the cliff, so the vibe is really fin and chill. I would recommend getting a reservation at Nelson's around sunset (trust me on the reservation part!) with a table on the patio and trying the delicious pretzels or lobster rolls they make.
I wore a Zara dress, American Apparel belt, Rebecca Minkoff bag, a necklace I made, Earrings from Asos, Throwin' Shade sunnies from Urban Outfitters, and a pair of sandals I found by chance when mine broke by Vera Wang for Kohls.

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