That Time I Turned Into a Hippie

by Koko on November 20, 2014 · 1 comment

in Beauty, Health, Me, Review


Guys, I’ve officially turned into a hippie. This converted Southern belle/Los Angeles gal has turned a new leaf (hahaha). So what turned me into a crazy person… I’ve found a love for essential oils. Q calls them my “snake oils,” but I am fully convinced they make me healthier, more focused, and best of all sleep better. It’s crazy, I know. Me = hippie.


It all started before I headed to my girlfriend’s wedding in Napa. The day before I was set to get on a plane, I felt horrible- scratchy throat, flu-ish, like I wanted to stay in bed all day. I was terrified of getting on a plane and feeling like that, so I called my girlfriend, Laura, who had been talking about these crazy oils. I was desperate and I told her to load me up. So she gave me a diffuser and a couple of oils and sent me home with instructions. And 24 hours later- feeling like 90% of myself. 48 hours later – 100% back to normal. I was a believer.


So I bought some oils and a diffuser and Q thought I was crazy (and still does). And when I feel sick, I swipe some oils in my mouth and diffuse in my house. When I’m sore after a workout, I make some bath salts with oils. And when I’m tired, oh ya there’s an oil for energy. For teaching, it is the best germ killer and I have that diffuser running all day long. Hippie dippie Koko has arrived folks! I know it’s weird and sort of out there, but I love them.

bath salts

And I guess it runs in the genes since my mom has been using essential oils for 20+ years…. so I guess I had a little hippie in me from the start :)

I use Young Living oils because they are 100% pure and therapeutic grade.I completely trust them to ingest, diffuse, rub all over :)

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Milo & Olive

by Koko on March 14, 2013 · 1 comment

in Restaurants, Review

After last week’s amazing breakfast at Huckleberry, my mom and I decided to stop by Huckleberry’s sister restaurant, Milo & Olive for lunch with a girlfriend this week. For not being a “westsider,” I’ve been heading over there quite a lot recently thanks to this whole dentist thing! We headed to Milo & Olive early (11:30) since the small restaurant, which seats around 20, fills up quickly during the lunch rush. The menu is mainly pizzas with a few pastas and salads thrown in for good measure.


We ordered the Burrata Pizza, cauliflower and chopped salad. Don’t be confused by the caulifower which you think is going is going to be a pile of veggies only. Instead it is a bowl filled with goat cheese, spinach, pine nuts and roasted cauliflower, a perfect side salad. The chopped salad was filled with garbonzo beans, red onion, cheese, salami and cherry tomatoes and was equally as delicious as the cauliflower. The pizza is the true star here. With a perfect crust and unique toppings, the pizzas at Milo & Olive are perfection. We had the burrata pizza which was creamy, salty (there is some prosciutto on there) and a little spicy thanks to some arugula thrown on top. I would definitely try the mushroom next time, which are neighbors got and loved.


The wait staff is SO friendly, the coffee is one of the best I’ve had and the baked items are to die for. Yes, we did order a glazed doughnut before we had pizza. If you can come early and without a line, this place is unbelievable. I guess even with the line it would be well worth the wait!


Milo & Olive 2723 Wilshire Blvd.  Santa Monica, CA 90403 p 310.453.6776

BAKERY Opens at 7am. BREAKFAST 8am to 11am daily, LUNCH & DINNER 11am to 11pm daily

Oh and just for fun, what I wore to lunch:


Jean Jacket: Earl (old, but similar from J. Crew $128) / Tank: J. Crew $18 / Skirt: Jessica Simpson (old, but same skirt, different pattern $36) / Sandals: Sam Edelman $65 / Necklace: Similar J. Crew $85

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by Koko on March 7, 2013 · 8 comments

in Restaurants, Review

I rarely head out to Santa Monica unless it’s for a dentist appointment or if I need something from the Promenade. On Tuesday, one of those lovely dentist appointments came up and my mom and I headed out to the westside for a little lunch before my can’t-eat-real-food-for-3-days surgery. We decided on Huckleberry, which is known for its baked goods and yummy breakfasts and we were in heaven!


To start, we ordered coffees and the Maple Bacon Biscuit, one of the more famous bakery items. Much to my mom and Q’s chagrin, I’m not a bacon person. I’ll eat bacon, but I don’t ever order it on purpose. But I figured if this biscuit is as good as everyone says it is, then I have to try it. This biscuit makes a non-bacon lover love bacon. It is a great consistency and the saltiness of the bacon offsets the sweet of the maple perfectly. YUM.


For our mains, I got the fried egg sandwich (bacon on the side…) and my mom got the half roasted chicken. We both loved our dishes. The sammie I got was on fresh homemade bread with a perfectly cooked, very yellow egg. The chicken was juicy and cooked with a Moroccan/cinnamon type spice which was unusual, but delicious.



We were lucky that we headed over for lunch early (11) because by the time we left at 12, the lunch crowd was pouring in. Huckleberry is owned by the same people who are behind Milo & Olive (bakery similar to Huckleberry), Sweet Rose Creamery (an ice cream shop), and Rustic Canyon (fine dining). Fun fact: Q actually learned most of his impressive chef skills at Rustic when he worked there for a summer. The food at Huckleberry’s wasn’t only delicious, the ambiance and decor was lovely. I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait to go back to the dentist’s office, so I can stop by for lunch here first!


Huckleberry / 1014 Wilshire Blvd. / Santa Monica, CA / 90401 / 310.451.2311

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Best Carry On Ever

by Koko on January 22, 2013 · 6 comments

in Review, Travel


I asked for the Lo & Sons “OG” bag for Christmas and Q, being the sweetest fiancee ever, bought it for me. My first trip with my new carry on was a big one: I was going to take it to Paris, San Francisco and finally LA over a 2 week span. Packing for international travel is tougher than a quick jaunt to LA for the weekend. I had to be prepared for a 15-hour travel day and have everything I would need on hand. And this bag did not disappoint. It has compartments for everything including a padded one for my computer and a separate zipped area for travel shoes. I LOVE that everything had it’s own little spot and I knew exactly where I could find it all.


It’s SO light, waterproof and durable, I had this pup loaded up with my goodies and it held up perfectly. And it looks good! I got the all black with silver hardware and think it is super chic. Those two zippers at the bottom open up so your bag can hook onto a rollie suitcase (genius design feature).


And here are my travel essentials that fit inside!


Neck Pillow:  I’m not going to lie, I stole this from Q on our last flight after seeing how cozy it looked. This is the best thing for sleeping on a plane and not having your head bounce around.

Scarf: Stella & Dot, this is a great in-flight blanket and it’s cute for travel days!

Accessories: I always take a face cream for my dried out skin, hand lotion and hand sanitizer!

Tech Gear: My Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones are the best purchase for traveling. Yes they are pricey ($300), but they make being on an airplane with kids/people talking a breeze. They cancel out the noise and make listening to music amazing. My iPad and computer are also travel staples. Reading with my kindle app on my iPad and being able to watch DVDs on my computer make long flights fly by.

Snacks: I don’t like getting hangry (that place where hungry and angry meet), so I always carry a snack with me. Think Thin bars are some of my favorites.

DVD: The Good Wife is addicting. Q and I can’t get enough. Seriously watch it.


So if you couldn’t tell, I adore this bag. It was pricey for a carry on, but SO worth it. I can see myself using this bag for years to come and for other things besides travel like going to the gym. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Lo & Sons makes a smaller size carry on, if this one seems like too much called “The OMG” and also some other amazing bags on the website!

*I wasn’t paid or given the bag for free, I just loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you!

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