A week of being Vegan

In the past few years, veganism has been steadily gaining more followers and supporters as people want to promote a lifestyle that not only is healthier but also prevents animal cruelty.  Netflix has even come out with an original movie this summer, Okja where the central message shows the general public that consuming animals is harmful and works to sway opinions on turning vegan.  Veganism is being vegetarian with the addition of avoiding all dairy products and any other animal by products such as honey, fur, leather, etc.  I started noticing that veganism was blowing up since more and more people were making the decision to become vegan and start a completely different lifestyle so I tried becoming vegan for a week.  

On day 1 I decided to kick off my vegan week by going to one of the most popular and well-known vegan restaurants in the LA area- By Chloe in Silver Lake.  I got a “guac burger” and fries with beet ketchup and the meal was so delicious.  Although the burger obviously didn’t taste like real meat (as some people try claiming vegan patties do), the patty made up of black beans, quinoa, and bread crumbs was equally as delicious as an In-N-Out burger!  The fries tasted normal and even better than non-vegan fries in my opinion so all in all, By Chloe was a great start to my vegan diet and I would definitely go there again.  

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After my meal I got an acai bowl for dessert at UbaTuba and it was a super tasty dessert that I always got anyways so it helped that it also happened to be vegan.

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On day 2 I decided to go grocery shopping so I could make my own vegan meals and I got bagels, avocados, tomatoes, cereal, rice, beans, and tofu.  For my first meal, I made a toasted bagel with avocado slices and lemon pepper for seasoning and it was super yummy and simple.  For dinner I made imitation scrambled eggs using the tofu and adding different seasonings that I found through YouTube tutorials and put that on toast.  

On day 3 I went to fast food places that I like and just modified my orders so that it would be vegan and I knew how to modify the food also through videos I found (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNeaf2m_vyA&t=222s).  Knowing how to modify my orders to make it vegan made it a lot easier because I would be able to eat my favorite foods still all while still sticking to the strict vegan diet. bagel.jpg

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 On day 4 I went to a korean tofu house and made sure the broth wasn’t meat based and didn’t get meat inside of my tofu soup.  The soup was still very rich and delicious and I was able to eat the traditional korean sides that were vegetables such as the kimchi, the pickled cucumber, and the bean sprouts.

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 On day 5 I started struggling more because I would crave chicken and beef since I’m so used to those being in my everyday diet.  It was harder to stick to the vegan diet because I couldn’t even eat eggs which I also really love.  However, I knew i needed to keep going so I looked up some recipes that could substitute veggies for meat and tried making imitation chicken fried rice.  The recipe didn’t end up really tasting like chicken so I went to Whole Foods and bought Daiya chicken and added rice and other veggies to make it more flavorful.  

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On day 6 I cooked a stir fry with yakisoba noodles, assorted veggies (broccoli, red and green peppers, spinach) and a homemade sauce of soy sauce, oil, and brown sugar.  The stir fry ended up tasting really good and was pretty filling as well.

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 For my last day I went out to eat again at By Chloe since it was so good and I wanted to end my vegan week at a true vegan restaurant just to wrap up the whole week.  

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After my week of being vegan I realized it was a lot harder to adjust to this lifestyle than it seems and that you have to be really dedicated in order to stay vegan.  At some points I wanted to cheat and have meat so you also need to keep a strong mindset and remember that you are changing your thoughts on meat.  The hardest part about being vegan was remembering that even if the food item isn’t meat, if it is associated with an animal (animal by product) then you can’t eat it as well.  I would forget that even Nutella isn’t vegan so I couldn’t eat that when I snacked and I couldn’t eat cereal with normal milk.  Although it is hard becoming vegan all of a sudden, I think it would be a lot easier if I watched more videos talking about the cons of consuming meat and if I eased into it more.  This week taught me a lot about the dedication people have for a cause that they are passionate about.  Comment below if you would try challenging yourself to a week of being vegan and seeing if this lifestyle is for you or not!

The Fab Team,

Edith, Itzel, & Sara

Betrayal By Poetry

We love supporting local artists and this past weekend, we were SUPER excited to support our beloved Eric Byrd of Story Byrd Productions in the debut of his first stage play, Betrayal By Poetry.  Eric’s vibrant poems and the 6 member cast that brought his words to life took us on an AWESOME ride of highs and lows with laugh-out-loud comedy as well as tender moments that made us reflect and think.  Remember, you heard it from us first…we predict that not only will Eric Byrd and Story Byrd Productions produce many more FAB projects in the future, but we also predict that we’ll see a second round of Betrayal By Poetry coming to a theatre near you so DON’T MISS OUT.

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As a sponsor of the event, all ticket holders got to walk away with two thank you notes from our popular Thanks Shirt Notecard and Hey Thanks Notecard sets.  We appreciate all of the FAB feedback and LOVE we received for these sweet notes.  We were thrilled that we could share some FABULOSITY with guests in support of a great event.  #thankful #weknewhimwhen

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Coachella Recap

With weekend 2 of Coachella finally over, the post-festival blues are kicking in pretty hard. Thankfully, reminiscing and looking back on photos and videos is doing a good job at keeping our spirits alive. We hope our mini recap will keep you going throughout the week!

The Music:

The festival’s eight stages (can’t forget about the Do LaB) allows for such a diverse music experience. From the non-stop party at Sahara with EDM and hip hop talent to the cool and collective vibes from the Mojave tent, there’s something there for everyone. We spent some time enjoying the talents at each of the stages. Acts such as The XX and Bon Iver were extraordinary and allowed for you to either dance close to the stage or to take a seat in the grass and enjoy the show from a distance. Porter Robinson and Madeon had a very special show Sunday night. It was their last time ever performing together, and they made it a beautiful finale as their show was perfectly timed with the sunset. We got to learn a dance with Capital Cities and listen to a full orchestra with Hans Zimmer. Each show had a combination of lights and visuals that were mesmerizing and blew us away. We watched as many performances as we could, and could go on and on for hours about each one. The lineup this year did not disappoint at all. We’ll have to keep watching our videos to relive those beautiful moments.

 

The Art:

Each year tops the prior year when it comes to the art installations. This year was all about color. The giant party piñatas served multiple functions; they were both amazing blocks of colors to serve as photo backgrounds as well as the perfect provider of shade during the hot daytime hours. The other installation we loved looked like it had jumped straight out of Dr. Seuss’ world. Trees made of odd shapes, lumps, colors, and patterns formed a perfect forest of amazement. Each tree figure was unique and a great presentation of the diversity that Coachella brings. The mirror installation was quite the sight both during the day and at night. The one difference that separated it from the other works of art was that you weren’t able to see it up close and could only obverse from a distance. Although the balloons are there every year, they are always a hit and so much fun to photograph. However, did you know that if you followed the balloon train to the end of the line that you could actually get to hold the end of the rope? If you don’t mind waiting in a small line, you could get the perfect Coachella shot holding the infamous balloons.

  

We can’t forget about all the other aspects of Coachella either… there’s the yummy food, the sea of beautiful and thoughtfully planned out outfits, and the rose gardens, among others things. Coachella may be over until next year, but the summer festival season is just getting started. And to help style your festival outfits, we have hand selected our favorite bags, bottles, and flasks for you to bring with you to your next music festival! You can shop them all here!

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Sara & Aleksandra

the FAB Team

Spring on the Puns!

Spring has sprung! With this week being the first week of spring, I thought it may be fun to find some clever spring puns! Feel free to use one (or all) of these in your greeting

cards.

Spring it on!

Hoppy birthday! / Hope you have a very hoppy Saturday!

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall – and a pretty good spring and summer, too.

Is there a best month of spring? There May be.

Gardeners like to spring into action.

So, how’s the flower business going? Oh, it’s blossoming quite nicely.

His daughter grew flowers because her poppy liked to see them every daisy.

I saw gasoline selling for one dollar a gallon, but then I saw that March had just ended. It was an April fuel’s joke.

Admit it… you chuckled to yourself just a little reading these. If you have any other great spring-related puns, feel free to leave them in the comments below! Hoppy Spring from the FAB team!

Aleksandra & Sara

the FAB Team

*images taken by FAB team member Sara Rodriguez at Descanso Gardens. 

Step Up Your Instagram Game

If you’re anything like me, you’re always trying to find the coolest spots to take hip photos at. It’s so exciting to find a trendy location to shoot at… but unfortunately, most of the ones that we all go to are extremely over-Instagrammed. Everyone knows about the pink wall on Melrose and the Urban Lights at LACMA, but where are all those trendy, hidden, not-so-over-Instagrammed photo-op spots? I went out exploring our home of DTLA for a few months and compiled a small collection of some these hidden gems. Now’s the time to step up your Instagram game.

1) Weller Court Shopping Center

This spot is straight out of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video. It’s located in Little Tokyo in DTLA, off 1st Street and Main Street. It’s so hidden that you almost miss it as you’re walking directly past it. The lights change a the perfect gradual pace… slow enough to allow you to take plenty of shots at your favorite color but quick enough that you don’t have to wait too long if you miss the color you were waiting for.

 
2) OUE Skyspace LA
This 360-degree view of Los Angeles is unlike anything else. It’s beautiful during the day, at sunset, and at night. With nothing there to obstruct your view, you are free to take the most trendy photos with your wind-blown hair and jaw-dropping views. #goals
 
3) Arts District
I know what you’re thinking… everyone takes photos at the Arts District. This is half-true, though. Everyone takes pictures at the angel wings at the Arts District, but I have yet to see someone Instagram a photo at this specific wall. It’s on the side of the Angel City Brewery building and it is crazy cute. The bright pops of blue will make your feed stand out against everyone else’s pink wall pictures.
  
4) The Last Bookstore
This place is heaven for those who love to read, as well as for those who love to take pictures. The ground level is your typical hipster bookstore, but the second level is where all the fun begins. Books are transformed into pieces of art, windows, tunnels, and more.
 
5) Hanging Lights
This is one of my favorite places because it’s like having Christmas lights up year-round! It’s the perfect spot for lights-enthusiasts. The lights are located down 4th Street and Spring Street.
Aleksandra

the FAB Team

 

The FAB Team Explores the LA Market Show

This past Sunday, the Fab Design  team had the opportunity to attend the LA Gift & Home Market Week shows at the LA Convention Center and the LA Mart. It’s always so exciting to be able to stay involved and attend events right in our home of downtown Los Angeles.

Upon entering the event, we were greeted with a flood of different vendors. Almost overwhelming, but in the best way possible. Photography was not allowed at this event but just picture rows upon rows of beautiful handcrafted jewelry, purses, and other accessories.  The rich blend of jewelry, fashion, and home decor screamed diversity and reminded me of Los Angeles itself and the diversity community we are blessed to be a part of.

eThe vendors ranged from popular, well-known brands to new start-ups with dreams of becoming a household name. The diversity in business owners and business concepts was a beautiful reminder that everyone and anyone can follow their passions and create something out of their dreams. Business owners of every ethnicity showed us their products with such pride that I am still inspired days later. We should never take for granted how lucky we are to live in a city that thrives off of and encourages creativity and pursuing your personal passions.

With that being said, I would like to end this post with a simple reminder to take a second to appreciate the diversity that surrounds you and how fabulous it is to live somewhere where it is able to grow and thrive.

 

Aleksandra & Sara

the FAB Team

FABULOSITY…

We’re celebrating Black Poetry Day with a FAB poem created for us by Writer/Poet/Artist Eric D. Byrd of Story Byrd Productions about FABULOSITY of course. Check it out…

Fabulosity can be in many forms.

Mixed matched or uniformed.

Fashion forward or slightly worn.

Vintage pieces or fabrics torn.

Even FADS were once FAB.

The next big thing you gotta have.

And that’s just the fashion sense.

Not to mention the present tense.

Of feeling fabulous in fabulousness.

A state of mind of awesomeness.

Fabulosity in all regards, personally speaking and afar.

We marvel at the superb notion,

that “fabulous” is just fashion focus.

Fabulosity can bring many meanings.

It’s more than the visual that your seeing.

It’s the beauty inside of us that’s living and breathing.