Country Living

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There’s something about living in the country that entices me. I grew up in a small farming community, so it’s never been an out of the box idea. But now that I’ve been living in L.A. for over 7 years, the country has been calling my name. Every time I go up to the San Ynez Valley I feel recharged. Alive. I don’t have to go very far to get that small town America feeling. I used to hate that I grew up in a small town. I remember it was a big deal when the new shopping center was built in high school and Blockbuster was getting a bigger space. Now, Orcutt has new trendy bars in restaurants. Old Town Orcutt is looking more like a wine country destination rather than a spot to stop off on the map to fill up the tank. I would never move back there, but I would move to another small community in the wine country.

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Vintage Flea Market Dress {similar}, Latigo Boots, Alex and Ani Bracelets, Drop Earrings {similar}, Chanel Sunglasses

Note: Sometimes you need a little country living to refresh the soul.

Wednesday Woman of Note: Ashley Corlis

Ashley Corlis Yoga

I’ve decided to make my ‘Wednesday Woman of Note’ a regular thing. I have so many inspiring gals in my life and they’re doing so many great things, I want to highlight them and their work. Whether it’s their creativity, their profession, or their beautiful soul. I hope this new series encourages you to strive for your dreams and passions. The women I will be highlighting certainly have inspired me.

Ashley Corlis is a beautiful soul with an infectious smile and a warm heart. As my friend and yoga teacher I look up to her for many reasons, one of which is for always being so happy and positive. She always looks on the bright side, and it’s not just because she’s a yoga teacher. Although I’m sure the two are linked. It’s part of who she is, and it makes her an amazing yoga instructor. She was the one who continued to encouraged me to enroll in yoga teacher training and to further my practice. I hope one day I can bring the joy and good vibes to my students like she does to hers.

Describe a typical day. I take my dog for a walk or for a hike, do a home practice, teach about 3-4 yoga classes, make delicious and nutritious meals for myself & my husband, and somewhere in between do a little light reading or journaling, but not necessarily in that order.

Woman of Note Wednesday: Ashley Corlis

What encouraged you to become a yoga instructor? I loved taking yoga and being a student so much that I thought to myself, how can I do this all day? The idea of becoming a yoga teacher was the natural answer. Being a yoga teacher does not only mean that I make a commitment to my students’ practice but it also means that I make a commitment to my own practice. I love being a student and a life-long learner. What I learn, I pass on. And when I teach I am always learning too. It is a continuous cycle of balance.

What are your top 3 beauty must haves? SPF tinted moisturizer, mascara and lip balm

Who’s your fashion icon? I can’t really say I have a fashion icon, but I do look up to anyone that is comfortable and radiant in their own skin. In my opinion, that is the definition of true beauty.

How would you describe your style? My style is casual, comfortable and a little bohemian. During the week I look like I either came from yoga, I am going to yoga or I am currently in yoga class. But otherwise, I love to wear jeans or dresses. My typical hairstyle is my hair blown by a walk with my dog or the windows rolled down in the car.

Where have you been daydreaming to travel to? I would love to go to Italy to look at paintings and drink wine. I would love to go to Bali or Hawaii on a yoga retreat. I would love to go to Greece to swim in the ocean and dine on delicious food.

What’s next for you? I am completing an Urban Zen Training at Yogaworks that helps people alleviate pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive issues,exhaustion and practice the art of self-care. I am already implementing this in my teachings, especially with private students. I feel passionate about this work and the idea that everyone could use a little more self-care. I hope to give back to the community in this form and teach others how to practice self-care to better themselves and the world we live in.

Ashley Corlis

What’s your biggest passion? I love teaching yoga in its many forms because it is accessible to every person. The beauty about yoga is that it is a self-healing and transformational practice. You can do it wherever, whenever, and under any circumstance. Yoga meets you where you are. I am always amazed after class when someone says, “Thank you for that great class,” because I honestly feel that they should just be thanking themselves for being open to the practice. Our own practice reveals so much to us if we allow it to speak freely. I am passionate about showing people that they already have the tools and the ability to be their best selves; loving, kind and peaceful. I also love encouraging people to follow their dharma, or life’s purpose because then life can be so fulfilling! Being a teacher is a gift that I am thankful for everyday.

Follow Ashley on Instagram for a daily dose of fun and inspiration @ashleycorlisyoga or subscribe to her blog, You should definitely go to one of her classes at Yogaworks Tarzana, Yogaworks Studio City or Inner Power Yoga. You might even see me there.

Ashley Corlis Yogaworks

Note: The light within me recognizes the light within you. Namaste!

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Vegan Gal

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From Top Left: Kaufmann Mercantile Kiriko Japanese Cotton Scarf, Kensie ‘The Scholar’ Satchel, Bite Beauty BB for Lips, Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, Dr. Martens Vegan 3989 WingTip Shoe, West Elm Rewind Candle, Free People Delicate Baquette Cuff, Topshop Faux Fur Vest, TOMS ‘Noah’ Sunglasses

It’s that time of year again, holiday gift guides are here! Every year it seems like they come earlier and earlier, but even still, they’re always the same. Gift guide for mom, dad, the boyfriend. They’re never really specific. This year I have very specific gift guides coming at you for those unique people in your life.

My best fiend is a vegan {which I’ve talked about here and here}, and it’s often difficult to go shopping for her. It’s not like she wears organic everything, although she wishes she could, but she’s a very conscious buyer. She only uses organic beauty products and doesn’t wear any leather. Since I haven’t figured out what I’m getting her for Christmas, this gift guide is partially for myself. And for those that need to get a gift for the vegan gal in their life.

Note: Check back next Tuesday for another holiday gift guide.

Weekend Sales

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Yay for the weekend! Here are a few sales to check out this weekend to get a jump start on the holiday shopping. I’ll be scouring these sales to see who I can check off my list. It’s so much easier to shop online and avoid the lines during the holidays. See below for some deals for the weekend!

Madewell: extra 25% off with code “FALLBACK” | ends 11/17

Kate Spade: 25% off with code “BEMERRY” | ends 11/17

Old Navy: 25% off with code “SAVEMORE” | ends 11/15

J.Crew: 25% off with code “SHOPNOW” | ends 11/17

GAP: 30% off with code “HAPPY” | ends 11/14

Macy’s: 25% off with code “GIFT” | ends 11/16

Note: Image via Pinterest here

Cole’s French Dip Sandwiches

Since the boyfriend moved downtown we’ve been exploring new restaurants that I probably wouldn’t have gone to otherwise. They’re all amazing places and there are so many great spots popping up downtown, but it’s just I never really went downtown before he moved. Unless is was for the L.A. International Film Festival or a theater performance, I’ve had no real reason to venture out that way until recently.

Cole's French Dip Sandwich

The other night we went to Cole’s French Dip Sandwiches. This isn’t a new spot but it’s a hot foodie and locals spot. Established in 1908, Cole’s is coined as the originator of the French Dip. I’ve never been a fan of the French Dip, but they converted me. French Dip sandwiches are usually made with beef, which I don’t usually choose in a sandwich, but Cole’s has a variety of meats to choose from to dip in the au jus sauce. I chose turkey and it was delicious. The warm au jus and side of tomato soup was comforting that chilly night. They also offer it with homemade mustard made with cayenne pepper. That will really warm you up.

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Inside, it reminded me of a cozy old restaurant you would find back East. It was like Cheers. The dark wood decor and dim lights, the helpful cheery servers and the loyal regulars. On one side of the velvet wall were pictures of celebrities who have come into the restaurant, on the other was old photos of downtown L.A.. I appreciated sitting on that side. The restaurant doesn’t have a website, but there are plenty of sites that show the menu and give rave reviews. There have always been great restaurants downtown.

Cole's LA

Note: I’ll be sharing more of my new favorite downtown restaurants.

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