A Hike (+ Video!) with Jewel Toned

A Hike (+ Video!) with Jewel Toned


Even though it doesn’t mean much for Southern California weather, I absolutely adore fall.  It’s my favorite time to go hiking.  Honestly, even though it’s totally necessary most days (or the 112 degree days) of summer, hiking in very short shorts always weirds me out (hi snakes, critters, spiders, brush, thorns and everything else in between!) and I always seem to be caught in something a little too big for me, with lots of flowy flaws for nature-times.  So it was the perfect time to pick up some fall friendly yoga and hiking gear – something longer than shorts but shorter than pants – to keep me cool, as well as calm and collected during my favorite exercise with Raelie.

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You can check out the video I shot in my Jewel Toned to see how the street smart biker shorts wear during my recent hike.

Jewel Toned is shapewear made for every day.  Also based in LA, I absolutely love this go-getting brand.  Every single piece is designed to be worn on the outside (ok… maybe not the panties? 😉 )  It hugs curves perfectly while also “tucking in” undesirable areas.  These bike shorts are a new yoga staple for me.  Besides the cute design, butt hugging curves and the fact that they’re totally comfortable, these shorts don’t give you the dreaded cameltoe, which means these forward thinking women really have their shiz together. No chance of embarrassment  – just you hiking, running, walking, jogging, yoga-ing with your perfect self.

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At first I topped it off with a long sleeved, Quad-Tiger flowy box top from Wildlife Works – but it’s still a little too warm here for those! I managed to get a few photos in it, though, which is amazing because Wildlife Works is one of my favorite brands of all time.  Go check out all the awesome work they do through REDD+ and their incredible humanitarian efforts to bring not just awareness, but to make better solutions to poverty and conservation, as well as create jobs.  The company also finances the development of small businesses such as an eco-clothing factory, and sustainable charcoal production and distribution.
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I also broke my Ombu Lifestyle shoes out again since it’s not sandal weather anymore!  I forgot how much I totally adore them! First of all, they plant a tree for every single purchase.

Second, they’re eco-friendly themselves.

Third, they’re run by women.  3 sisters in fact.

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Either getting into or out of tree-pose. . . Raelie is in “catch me if you can” pose.
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Whats your favorite thing about fall?  Who do you turn to for yoga gear and shape wear?  I’d love to hear in the comments! 

Happy Autumn everyone!


Join Me On… Blog Talk Radio

Join Me On… Blog Talk Radio

ImageJoin me on Blog Talk Radio with my good friend Ace Michaels from Music Box (& House of Blues) as we discuss Politics, MusicKickstarter, Modeling, Living the dream, travel, being an American, staying healthy, and a host of other lovely and relevant topics!

If you’re pressed for time, skip to about 14:00 mins in. 🙂

Thank you very much.

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An Exclusive Look Into … THE WAKE UP EP!

Music Monday: Serling by hindu doggie

So, when I was little I used to dream a lot about having the ability to record myself singing every single day.  A passion of mine since I was 7, the most I really got to view were the shaking hands of someone’s uncle in the back trying not to cough for my blurry 15 minutes on stage of whatever musical theater show I was currently doing, a VHS that didn’t land in my hand for a good 4 months after the performance was wrapped.

My house now has: 2 iPhones, 1 iMac, two MacBooks & 14 cameras in it, and I haven’t recorded myself singing anything in 3 months.

Shame. On. Me.  Seriously.

It’s not that I don’t sing every day, or play every day.  I just never think to share it, even though that’s one of the parts that I enjoy the very most about making music.

In order to rectify this, I bring you the first performance of Music Monday: Serling, a song that I wrote last year, performed by my band, hindu doggie.

Feel free to jam out, dance, sing, and be merry!

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You can also hear the original here.

It means so much to me to be able to bring this kind of stuff to you.  The passion that I have for my music and the creative visions of others really does well up in me; really does make me who I am.

Some other videos/covers and music videos I’ve done this year:

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Thank you for all of your support & Love!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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Beauty Blast: Bubble & Bee


Happy Saturday!  Me & Raelie say “What’s up?” from Venice Beach!

What a productive week!

I’ve had a bunch of meetings with acting, modeling and talent agencies to secure one that is willing to work strongly with me on my goals.  I’ve gotten some wonderful feedback which I appreciate immensely, met some remarkable people, signed a few contracts and still have a few meetings scheduled before I’m ready to announce who I’ll be working with, but I am VERY excited to say the least so far!  

I’ve been singing my little heart out on some new tracks for hindu doggie, American Plugs & writing my little heart out for a follow up song/video for Visual Exchange while gathering super talented musicians to work on some new tunes.  I’m excited for you guys to hear it all!

I’ve had a lot of phone conversations to secure ecofriendly and organic brands for the Around the World Lookbook, and packages have been coming in droves with absolutely beautiful (seriously, I am absolutely speechless at the quality and thought that goes into these pieces!) eco conscious, handmade & organic brands!  I’ll be teaming up with another couple of blogs to bring you more Organic Life, which has been a goal of mine since before I can remember.  I really love spreading the love!

All very exciting news, and I couldn’t be more grateful.  I’ve been saying my Positive Mantras and kissing the ground, believe me!  🙂

But meeting after meeting has been rough on me, and the travel from my secure little House in the mountains down to Hollywood for meetings, casting, & music has been rough on my skin.  I’m really not used to wearing makeup, the whole of what I do wear is minimal, and my skin has a tendency to dry out, flake, and crack in the sun if not tended to properly ( or if makeup is left on it for say, hours at a time… which just happens to be a huge part of my job :P).  Combine that with Los Angeles’s striking 75 degree March weather a week after coming home from New York, and you’ve got a Beauty Blast! 🙂



I’ve been rocking me some Bubble & Bee this week, which is just fantastic not only because whipping this adorable packaging out at a casting or a shoot gets you a zillion questions,  but because Stephanie Greenwood, founder, is another scientist and a girl after my own heart.  And you know how I love supportive my scientists turned beauty gurus [ call it Self-Love 🙂 ]!  I can’t say enough about this company!  One Google search will tell you everything: everyone who’s ever tried them is simply in love!  And Bubble & Bee’s Coconut & Lime Lotion Stick is 100% organic, contains no water ( almost impossible to find!), contains no synthetic chemicals or estrogen mimickers, goes on smooth, doesn’t wash off like water-based lotions, heals dry hands fast, is airline permitted (so important for me!  So many of my beautiful products have been thrown away at TSA!), has a convenient application, great value, great for sensitive skin, no animal testing, & gluten-free.  Seriously, what more could you WANT!  It’s perfect for chapped hands, feet, elbows!  And perfect for travel!



Okay seriously I don’t know what more to say about this Raspberry & Vanilla Body Butter except that it’s my absolute favorite scent and I wish I had invented it!  Raspberry.  And. Vanilla.  AHHHH why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

Organic shea butter moisturizes deeply, delivering essential protecting lipids to the skin, while organic coconut oil with retained coconut meat keep this formula smooth but not greasy.  It’s perfect for after-bath moisturizing!


Last (but certainly not least!) to treat my face I’ve been using the Bubble & Bee Organic Certified Face Cream (For Women).

With only 3 super important and organic ingredients, it fights wrinkles, dry skin & aging without any nasty ingredients or water added!  A small amount on the face and I’m good for the rest of the day.  I cannot tell you how tremendous that is!  On the East Coast I’ve had to put moisturizer on all day long to no avail!  Remember:


A big THANK YOU to Bubble & Bee for being true to their customers, and a big thank you to everyone on their support not only of this blog, but of my entire life: all of my little endeavors, my music, my writing, my ideas.  I appreciate your responses to my heartfelt approaches to you all for creative input, and you dealing with my stubbornness about .  I know sometimes I may come off kind of preachy, but I really believe in this stuff, and I love you all and want you well! 🙂

Do yourself a favor: relax, check out Bubble & Bee, do some healing research, listen to some good tunes this weekend & spread the love!

An early Happy St. Patty’s Day to all my fellow Irish & to my Irish readers!

Love you all!

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An impromptu visit and near-storm escape to and from the motherland [ New York 🙂 ] has put me in kind of a strange place.  I am really happy to be back in California and (for the third time in a year!) somehow booked the last flight out to my destination and completely missed a horrible snow storm.  Someone up there likes me! 🙂

I didn’t exactly come back to sunshine, however: it’s been drizzling here, but on the bright side, it’s been just enough to spur some serious veggie growth!  I am really feeling this set that I shot with K in Palm Springs a few weeks ago.  It reflects my mood recently perfectly, and I think it’s just dark enough to bring some drama into the day!  I am really happy with the look we achieved with all-natural makeup!  And they said it couldn’t be done! 🙂

 Lyrics: hindu doggie | Photographer: Kris Rodammer | All Natural Makeup: MarieNatie CosmeticsHoneybee Gardens Smokey Eye PalletteTruly Natural Mascara | Necklace: Morph | on location at Palm Springs, CA

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New Body (everything is different)

there’s no time to dwell

 in this New Body


you’ve gotta

give it everything you’ve got

cause this is just a system wrought with fear

this is just us changing gears

with every tear


 this is just the valleys passing with the wind

this is just the ground you break when you begin

tear each page from bind

each limb from limb

and each adapts to be the one

that they’ve been dreading

this is what the meaning of real living is to me

you don’t know the meaning of this New Body


Everything is different in this New Body


this is what the meaning of real living is to me:


Don’t worry about me


I have a new body

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Words, Photographs & Bath Tea: Tara Mackey | New Body: hindu doggie 

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