Goodbye Gluten

by Koko on November 17, 2015 · 2 comments

in Cooking, Gluten-Free, Recipe

IMG_7151My last night of gluten :(

Yes, it’s true, it is time for gluten and me to part ways. Here’s how the sad story all started: about two years ago, I started getting what felt like food poisoning once a month. It sucked. So last month I went to a food allergist, who said that after 52 needle pricks on my back, there were no conclusive results. He thought maybe I had a sensitivity to yeast, and probably histamines (red wine, strawberries, chocolate), but he wasn’t totally sure. I was upset, but didn’t feel like I had a good answer as to why my tummy was so upset.

So I researched, asked around and found a fantastic nutritionist: David Allen. I met with David, told him all of my issues and he set me up right away by pulling 13 vials of blood from me and doing a saliva test (and some other gross ones). He came back a week later with my results: highly allergic to gluten. WHAT?! Yup. My body just doesn’t like gluten and apparently doesn’t process it well. I pouted the whole day, and then got to researching. Did you know gluten is in soy sauce? I didn’t! Also all the good stuff like pasta, bread, tortillas, baked goods. :(


Lunch looks a lot more like this now.

David also left me with this fun 2-week cleanse to clean out my gut (post on that coming up later this week). Cleanse = no carbs. So that made the transition to being gluten free that much easier. I’m on day 8. It’s been less than fun, although I have had a lot of help with food ideas from a chef at work. So yup, there’s that. Depressed Koko who can’t have gluten anymore (minus my birthday and maybe special occasions because let’s be honest it is ME, the gluten lover here). Q even looked at me over the weekend and said, “This couldn’t have happened to a worse person.” And I believe it. But I am keeping a good attitude about it and hoping to see changes all around without having gluten in my life. And hey, at least it isn’t histamines that I am allergic to- so red wine, you and I are besties again!

Oh, and all the air popped popcorn I can eat on this cleanse. WIN



This & That

by Koko on November 6, 2015 · 0 comments

in Tangent Tuesday

I took Carl back to Tennessee last weekend to spend a few months with his dad. I could not believe how beautiful Tennessee was! Leaves falling, a crisp breeze in the air, I thought to myself “oh THIS is what fall is!”


I’m not going to lie though, Carl wasn’t too excited to get on a plane again.


I celebrated my 30th birthday last Saturday! Holy moly, my twenties are gone! I celebrated with a fun birthday dinner with my girlfriends the week prior and on my actual birthday (Halloween) Q, Carl and I handed out candy to trick or treaters and had wine and pizza (my favorites and our annual tradition).




Headed to NY this weekend, Q is meeting me for what is going to be a super fun weekend with friends!



Recent Reads/Listens

by Koko on October 27, 2015 · 2 comments

in Books


My commute each day is about 45-60 minutes each way. It’s my “me” time. I do a few work calls, but mainly take the time to listen to an audiobook. I am an avid reader and I love reading a novel every night, but there is something really fun and relaxing about listening to one. No matter the traffic, it calms me and focuses me. I go through almost a book a week in the car and one every two weeks in bed at night. These are some recent reads & listens:



The Martian: I went into this book knowing I had to finish it before the movie came out. It is a boy book I think (am I wrong?). But I loved it. Science-y, suspenseful, written as a journal log. It is a little tricky to follow with all of the science, but the plot is fascinating and it was a quick read. (I actually picked it up to read it). 4 out of 5 stars.

Leaving Time: I love Jodi Picoult. This book centered around a daughter’s search for her missing mother. It was a sad adventure story. There’s an elephant sanctuary involved (you learn a LOT about elephants), and some great relationships formed. Big twist at the end. 4 out of 5 stars.

Perfect Match: Another Jodi Picoult focused on a mother’s moral dilemma after her son is abused. Another great twist in this one. A quick, yet dark read. 4 out of 5 stars.

Denton Little’s Deathdate: I’m not sure if this book was written for pre-teens, but it felt like it. The book is set in the future where everyone knows the day they are going to die. Denton Little’s death date approaches and it is a day filled with different events that should kill him, but don’t. Why is the mystery. I struggled to make it through, and still wasn’t impressed. 2 out of 5 stars.

Big Little Lies: Such a fun weekend read. Upper class Australian soccer moms drama after a murder among them. A really good suspenseful read. 4 out of 5 stars.

Me Before You: Jojo Mayes gets me every time. I loved this story about a girl hired as a paraplegic’s nurse as much as I loved One Plus One. Tears never stop flowing in this one. 5 out of 5 stars.

The Paying Guests: It took me a lifetime to get through this one. Set in 1900’s about a girl and her mom who take in a couple as lodgers. It is LONG and sometimes tedious to get through. I pushed through, but still didn’t love the ending. 2 out of 5 stars.

The Goldfinch: Another lengthy and somewhat boring read. The story of a boy and a painting and the adventures it eventually takes him on. It started off with potential, but quickly died. Had it been 200 pages shorter maybe there could have been hope! 2 out of 5 stars.


Up next:

Station Eleven: Heard this was fabulous

Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns): Funny and quick read.

Fates and Furies: A story told about one marriage over 24 years.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel: A debut novel by a new author that I heard was outstanding.



Favorite Fall Jeans

by Koko on October 22, 2015 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

I bought these super cute gray J. Brand jeans last week and have not taken them off since.I love the color, fit and style. Truly the most comfortable jeans I own! (PS definitely size down, they are a little stretchy).


Jeans: J. Brand / Sweater: Vince / Loafers: Charlotte Olympia / Bag: Chloe / Phone Case: Minnie & Emma 

PS the weather has FINALLY cooled down enough in LA to wear a sweater (and yes 65 degrees in LA calls for a sweater).