EAT — GLOW — WEAR — Crazy April Continues …

(Feel Good Food — Eat Here + Wear This + Make This — Purple Sadness)

Mercury is going retrogradge, along with 5-other planets. Sounds crazy, no? — You’d think we were already there… This month, so far, has been crazier and more complicated than it needs to be. I will not go into a “dear diary” moment here, telling of all the bull$#it that I’ve already encountered, quite needlessly. I will say this — keep calm, lay low, think positive! — Because there is another perspective: “If our collective consciousness looked at a retrograde event as something purely positive, it would have a much different effect on humanity as a whole. Retrograde has never been something negative or something to fear; it is a time for us to grow into ourselves more, and sometimes growing can be a bit painful.” — Get all your loose ends wrapped up by the 28th, if you can. Then, chill out. See article

*GOOD News — Summer is around the corner! You can wear your fabulous new dresses now, until it gets too cold. DRESS20 is the shop-code for your 20% Off made-to-order dresses @kajanistudio & other dresses @SpeakEasyBoutique.

OK, let’s talk Food! — Food for your skin — Places to try if you’re in LA. Some fave eateries + What to wear when there (I know LA is notoriously casual, but try to refrain from wearing yoga pants and cut-offs everywhere). It is well worth pulling yourself together and making a bit of an effort.

For Healthy Skin, Feed Your Body Right

List of beauty foods that pack a lot of punch. Healthy fats are #1, get your omega 3 fats — Fish high in omega-3 while being low in toxins like mercury include wild-caught Alaskan salmon and small fatty fish like sardines and anchovies. Another option: A high quality animal-based omega-3 supplement, such as krill oil or wild Alaskan salmon oil. Both have the added advantage of naturally occurring astaxanthin, which helps protect your skin against UV radiation damage. — Other healthy fats: Coconut oil, avocado, olives and olive oil, and raw nuts. Macadamia, pecans, brazil nuts are higher in healthy fat, lower in terms of carbs and protein, good source of selenium, can help protect against sun damage.

For Radiant Skin, Boost Your Vegetable Intake — Fresh vegetables are essential for creating healthy skin — (ideally organic, to avoid toxic pesticides). Vegetables are high in both water and nutrients, and promote optimal functioning of your natural detoxification systems.

Vitamin C Promotes Tighter, Clearer Skin — Aids in your body's production of collagen, which is the protein that forms the basic scaffolding of your skin. It also helps with skin healing, if you’re struggling with any kind of skin problems. — Foods high in C include citrus fruits, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, red bell peppers, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Citrus fruits also contain limonene which is associated with a 34 percent lower risk of skin cancer.

Green Tea and Dark Chocolate Also Boost Skin Health — An excellent source of antioxidants, green tea is packed with vitamins A, D, E, C, B, B5, H, and K, manganese, other beneficial minerals such as chromium, zinc, and selenium. — Dark chocolate is another source of valuable antioxidants. Cocoa flavanols in particular have been shown to boost skin hydration and improve blood circulation, ideally 70 percent cacao or higher.

Preventing Sunburn and Skin Damage With Nature-Made Sunscreens — Lycopene and astaxanthin are two other nutrients that can offer protection against UV radiation damage by acting as internal sunscreens. Tomatoes are a prime source of lycopene. + Vitamin D, which is metabolized when UV rays strike your skin, has been shown to reduce your risk of melanoma.

Read full article HERE


  — If You’re In LA — Go Here > Eat > Wear —

Here: A few of my favorite places to eat in Los Angeles. (I have more...for another time) Yes, there are a million-gajillion restaurant guides out there — from all the experts — I’m not trying to be one of those, but I know what I like, so I thought I’d share some places with you. Most often when you read reviews for restaurants they refer to the dinner menu, but I LOVE day-time dining, (sometimes more than dinner), both casual and more refined varieties. I think it’s good to know some offerings out there for fans of lunch, business and pleasure. If you have eaten at any of these, then try other places, or ask me for more recommendations. So if you’re a lover of day-time dining — come with me and wear something nice!  LA is quite a food town with many wonderful eateries. I’m giving you 4 to try now.

1. Market Provisions (formerly Cooks County, mid-city) One of my fave places for brunch, lunch, dinner — can’t go wrong with their delicious farm-to-table menu. I’ve eaten here a lot and have never been disappointed. (Sometimes they can be a little heavy handed with salt) For brunch, try the polenta and egg dish, all the hashes are always really good. Menu is seasonal, sometimes things change. I’ve yet to try the ‘hangover special’, but it looks so good. Almost the entire lunch menu is pretty darn great, but you gotta try the burger, it’s BIG, so be hungry. If less hungry, try the grilled asparagus. They always do great fish dishes, too, my fave is the trout, not currently on the menu. The happy hours are also good. Wear: casual, but on the dressier side. Wear something NICE that makes you feel good, a pretty dress, skirt and top, good jeans with nice blouse, even something sleek and chic, but not over the top.

You can tell I’m no food blogger, because I start eating, enthusiastically, before I photo the food…no good ;-)

2. The Rose (Venice) It took me a while to eventually get to this lovely, open and airy cafe. It’s big, with a big menu to match. It’s very California, very laid back, very yummy. For lunch, I love the grilled asparagus with egg, roasted avocado salad, chicken liver mousse is my fave, the burger — all so yummy — wash down with a glass of prosecco, (other stuff I’ve yet to try all sound good too). Farm-to-Table goodness. Wear: I said laid-back, but not sloppy. There’s nothing I dislike more than seeing people dining out, dressed like slobs. Making an effort is perfectly civilized and does not need to be uncomfortable. Throw on an effortlessly cool dress, a casual tee with a nice skirt, jeans and a button-up, etc… you get the idea.            

3. Republique (mid-city) A big, beautiful, light-filled, place with a nice menu. Dinner is of course fab here, but the breakfast and lunch menus are pretty darn great. I hear the shakshuka is fantastic, but I’ve yet to try it. The bread is wonderful, and I’m not a big bread eater. The breakfast potatoes are yum, perfect if you’re a bit hungover, too. I love the smoked salmon tartine, the daily soup is always good, the omelette, croque madame, mushroom toast … good stuff … with wine or coffee. Wear: I always spot unfortunate ensembles wherever I go, this lovely place is no exception. So pull yourself together with a pair of loose-comfy-chic pants and a nice top, jeans or skirt with a nice jacket or top, a good dress. Be comfortable in a civilized way.

4. Pine & Crane (Silverlake) I have BIG love for this place and get insane cravings for their food. The menu is partly seasonal, but does not change between lunch and dinner. The place is casual and very delicious. Families gather, neighborhood hipsters are there, others from further away come to this much beloved place. The line for seating can sometimes get very long … it’s worth the wait. I love all the simply prepared fresh veggies from their farm. The Taiwanese cabbage is my fave, but I love them all. LOVE the woodear mushrooms and I’m all about the small plates. Favorites: Scallion pancake, potstickers (both veggie and pork). The dumplings are good, but not as good as the potstickers. I don’t think anything here is not good, but I heart the small plates most. Wear: A cute dress with a cardi or denim jacket. It’s very casual here, but plenty of people dress nicely, along with those who dress slovenly, it’s a mix.

5. TheSpeakEasy (mid-city) — That’s right, make an appointment and come to SpeakEasyBoutique @kajanistudio atelier. You can actually shop us IN PERSON, by apptointment. Try on whatever you like, get a fabulous archive piece (on sale!), or order something made for you. Details HERE

Two HOT Items To Consider — Wear to any luncheon or daytime outing. The question is, are you a fancy-top girl or a fancy-skirt girl or both? Either way, we've got you covered.

*BONUS … The easiest pancake recipe! (from scratch)

Healthy, delicious, and grain free. This equation serves 2, multiply for more people. You will need a blender. (I use my “magic bullet” and it works great) Here are the essentials and the suggested embellishments.

Essential Ingredients: 2 Eggs, 1 Banana, Pinch of Sea Salt, 1/2 tsp Baking Soda, Coconut Oil (for cooking)

Embellishments: 1/2 tsp.Vanilla Extract, Pinch of Cinnamon or Nutmeg, 2 Tbsp of Coconut Flour — Extras: fruit of your choice, grass-fed butter, raw honey — to drizzle. Substitutions: can sub the coconut flour for buckwheat flour if you prefer hardier pancakes with more body.


Instructions: *Put all the above ingredients into a blender gingerly, blend until smooth and combined. *Heat your skillet or stove top griddle (these are the best and I highly recommend having one) on medium for about 2 minutes — be sure you have a hot & oiled surface for cooking your pancakes — heat your oil, depending on the size of your surface, anywhere from 1 to 3 teaspoons, all at once or a little at a time. *Ladle out the batter, about 2 to 3” inch size circles, (a little smaller or bigger makes no diff). — Takes about 2 minutes per side, to cook, give or take — check to be sure they cook but don't burn. They are light and delicate and tend to cook quickly. Makes about 4 to 6 pancakes, depending on size. Serve: Hot off the stove with some grass-fed butter, fruit of your choice, drizzle of honey.


 I hope you’ve enjoyed this FOOD segment. Let us know below. I’m happy to oblige with more food stories. As always, feel free to ask me questions. See you all in 2-weeks.

Until next time … Ciao!

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*His Purple Majesty — Prince — has shuffled off the mortal coil. Taken from us much too soon. An immensely and fabulously talented artist and humanitarian that will be tremendously missed. He touched our lives in many ways … I hope he’s inspired us all to be more and to dress-up more. PEACE Be Still & Thank You For Being.

When Doves Cry

So many amazing artists have left us this year. It’s not fair … time for the Universe to start whisking away some of the scum of the earth, like war-criminals, instead … because things appear to be a bit out of balance.

*PS — As it is April 24, it's the 101 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide*

 and Commemoration