Gettin’ Cozy for The Holidays + Seasonal Wellness Tips

YIPPPEEEEEE it’s the holiday season and I for one am more stoked than life. Well, let’s be clear: I am more stoked than life about the fact that it’s finally no longer 90+ degrees in Los Angeles, and also about the fact that I get to celebrate and have fun with my family all season. We are going to Mexico for Thanksgiving this week — Woo! Not very traditional, but very us nonetheless.

Even though I will be in warm Cabo weather, I am glad it’s cooling down here in LA. I am not necessarily a cold weather person, but I like to see a legitimate change in seasons whenever appropriate. The holidays are such a special, charming, inspirational, family-oriented time… And when the weather is still trying to trick us into thinking it’s summer I sort of get really annoyed.

Rocking Live Love Dream in all below photos, and all photo creds to Tynan Daniels & Austin Daniels, the talented dudes who bring my visions to life <3 


To celebrate the upcoming holidays, I’ve partnered with Aeropostale‘s new Live Love Dream activewear line to showcase how fitness & this special time of year can converge and create overall awesomeness. Just because the holidays are coming up does NOT mean we have to surrender to the unhealthy foods & lack of time to workout and just accept that holiday weight gain / unhealthy feeling we all fear so much.

The truth is, this time of year is so heartwarming and beautiful if we let it be. There’s no reason to fear it because of food insecurities, funky schedules that may not allow as much time to exercise, or because of holiday blues I know people experience when they don’t have the greatest holiday memories to draw back on or because they’re having a rough year. Trust me, as a deeply introspective and oftentimes anxious/overanalytical person, I UNDERSTAND the feeling.


Alternately, because the holidays always cheer me up no matter what type of shit is going down in my life, I can’t even think about the months November and December without my heart fluttering a little and reminiscing on family memories, holiday parties, moments with close friends, hot chocolate by the fire… I’m one of those real holiday lovers.

Even in the depths of my eating disorder I found a way to enjoy the holidays with my fam and even though I was eating the strangest foods while they ate from the typical holiday spread (and a healthy version of it at that, because my family is a very healthy bunch). This year I want to help you guys not fall prey to fear of overindulgence of fear of calorie restriction over the holidays.

Because guess what?!?! The holidays aren’t about that. They’re for enjoying time with the ones we love. Take food out of the equation. Have confidence in the fact that you can still make time to exercise and keep your healthy routines in check. And here are some tips to keep from overindulging:Favorites-6

Tips to Keep from Overindulging over the Holidays:

  1. It’s not about the food, it’s about spending TIME with your loved ones.
  2. Eat slowly. On Thanksgiving especially, I find that people often feel like if they don’t stuff themselves silly then they’re doing something wrong. If you focus on taking small bites, chewing thoroughly, and engaging in meaningful conversation while you eat, your body will naturally give you the signal when it’s full — then you don’t have to let your brain do all the work.
  3. Load up on side veggies! If you have a bunch of nutrient-dense, filling leafy greens on your plate, you’ll be less likely to overindulge in the less healthy departments.
  4. Don’t beat yourself up! Holidays are for ENJOYMENT. Eat that dessert. Have some of that pecan pie. Whip up a dessert with your mom/dad/sister/friend/roomie and trust yourself around it. Enjoy, and move on the next day!
  5. Make it part of your family tradition to exercise in some way before or after you eat: go on a walk, go on a morning run, catch a yoga class. My brother-in-law and I have made a morning Thanksgiving yoga class part of our tradition for years, and it’s been awesome.


Another thing that will keep you happy, healthy and feeling good is rocking cute activewear clothes that inspire you to get active and stay active. These Live Love Dream clothes are ridic comfy, soft and they scream HOLIDAY. A bunch of them even have holiday phrases on them! And you know I’m a girl who appreciates a good graphic tee…!

Above all, as with all things wellness, don’t get caught up in the tiniest aspects of the holidays that you may or may not be concerned about — just let yourself ENJOY.

When I let my fears and concerns go, awesome things seem to start happening.

Like this moment. We were shooting photos, it started raining, we witnessed a guy who was pitching a tent to stay dry from the rain because he was homeless and living on the beach, and then, above us, this rainbow appeared.Favorites-17

There can be so much beauty in a singular moment if we allow space for it.


Throughout this holiday season, my best advice for you is to let go, let yourself live in the moment and experience the tiny joys that deserve to have space in your life.

Starting this week. Happy Thanksgiving, my sweet loves. Grateful for all of you.


Let’s Get Inspired: Elle McPherson’s Super Elixir + Chia Pudding Recipe


My new thing on the bloggy blog is that I want to start highlighting, in depth, women who inspire me. I have done this in the past with the TBV Babe of the Week series, the Recovery Series, the Inspirational Highlight series, on and on. But especially right now in the wake of all of the SHITTY things going on in our world and the utter lack of compassion and respect for others’ lives (and successes), I think now is a more important time than ever to use my blogging space to SUPPORT other people who are absolutely, abashedly, without a doubt, KILLING IT.


On that note, can I get an AMEN for hottie beauty lovely wonder woman Elle McPherson being a literal goddess on earth? I have followed her career for years, and not just because she is the most beautiful person on the outside — which, um, she is. I follow her journey and successes because I am always endlessly inspired by women in the public eye who succeed in one area (for her: MODELING, duh) and use their platform to go on to create further business ventures and do so much good in the world.

The lovely miss Elle leads a very healthy, active and packed lifestyle. She is the founder, primary model, and creative director for a series of business ventures, including Elle Macpherson Intimates, a lingerie line, and The Body, a line of skin care products and NOOOWWW wellness super elixir company WelleCo.

Let me preface this by telling you that I am in love with WelleCo — not only the mission behind their company but also the taste. #MINTY. I’ll get there in a sec. I am super passionate about working hard to alkalize my body and balance my pH, because I’ve found that when my pH is leveled I feel so much better in my daily life. You know how my stomach problems are, so when I find something that helps… Like chugging water all day long and incorporating this Super Elixir — I stick to it.


WelleCo is all about alkalizing the body. When Elle learned from her nutritional doctor that acidity in her body from the toxins of our every lives — the chemicals in our foods and the ones we pump into our atmosphere — was causing her to feel run down and yucky, even though she lived an otherwise super healthy lifestyle, she developed a passion for alkalizing foods, and sharing that passion with others.

So what she did, like the badass businesswoman that she is, is partner with some other fabulous and accomplished women, PHD Nutritonal Doctor Dr. Laubscher, and marking and publishing extraordinaire Andrea Bux. Together they created their first product, which is the one that I happen to be obsessed with. SUPER ELIXIR!


The product is an all-in-one organic, high potency Alkalizing Greens supplement. It’s all about celebrating feeling great, keeping it simple and promoting becoming the best version of ourselves, without the pressure. Now THAT is something I can stand behind. In the wake of all of the “you’re only healthy if you eat THIS way” talk and the “my diet is better than yours” mentality, I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to come across a company that wants to promote us feeling our best in our own bodies — point blank.

You can add the Alkalizing Greens powder to anything. Anything at all. I am all about adding it into smoothies with bananas, almond milk and almond butter (YUM TOWN NATION), but you can also mix it into water, yogurt, chia pudding, any milk of your choice, etc.

In this particular recipe, I added it to a vanilla chia pudding.



Vanilla Chia Pudding: 3 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (or honey or agave)

Purple Smoothie on top: 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon Alkalizing Greens powder

Toppings: Gluten-free granola, coconut chips, chia seeds, anything you prefer!

So, if you’re interested in learning about alkalizing foods, balancing your pH, drenching your bod in nutrients, tasting something healthy and delish and PACKED FULL of greens, check their stuff out. And with the holidays coming up, they have a lot of fun holiday gift sets. They even have candles… I know some dear friends of mine who would be obsessed with getting a yummy healthy smelling candle as a holiday gift!

Also, again — I just think it’s so cool when successful people in one industry go on to create business ventures across a range of industries — ESPECIALLY when their creations are helping people be happier, healthier and overall to feel great. <3 LOVE. Who’s with me?!?!

Loving Lately // 11.19.15

Hey hey hey! So in the wake of yesterday’s “Why I’ve Been Feeling MIA” post… I’ve decided to do a Loving Lately write up to get myself back in the TBB groove. This style of bloggy post is my favorite kind, because it’s really just a medley of all of the things I’m into right now — and it’s in LIST form, and you guys know I love a good list!

Readdyyyy? Let’s get it goin’!


▶▷▸▹► Kitten Snugs. So if you follow me on social media, you are well aware that I am in love with my four month old kitten Hudson Riley. Obsessed. Cat mom central. I may as well plan to never leave LA again because every time I leave him (with friends/fam, of course) for even a few days, my heart aches for him so badly and I have to actively try very hard not to think about him or wonder what he’s doing at every waking second of the day. One of my absolute favorite things as a first-time pet owner is how SNUGGLY Huddy is. He nestles himself right up into my chin to fall asleep at night, and while I write on the couch during the day he wraps his furry little arms around my legs to get in some good cuddles while he naps. I may sound like a total kitten mama freak to you right now, but anyone who has had a serious bond with a pet knows what I’m talking about. It’s just me and Hudson at home — no roommates, no significant others, no nada. We have developed a super intensely close relationship, and from the moment I got him I tried to get him used to being around people / cuddling / being held in my arms. When he stares into my eyes I can FEEL his little soul connecting with mine, and it’s one of the best feelings in the world. My baby Hud has my whole heart.

Below photo taken by the fab Iselin + Hale, a.k.a Huddy’s beautiful Auntie Danika

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▶▷▸▹► Good photography. I am an absolute sucker for great photography. Actually, I’m a sucker for anything creative that is done well and done with passion and good intentions. I had such an amazing day shooting for Eddie Bauer with the talented Katie Shuler a few weeks ago, and while we were snapping pics we had an incredible conversation about branding. We discussed the difference between someone who is super passionate and clear about their brand identity versus someone who “sells out” to try to either copy someone else’s brand, be the next big thing, make the most $$ possible off of their brand, etc. There is a fine line when you’re creating a brand based around creativity and personality, because of course you have to monetize it (for me, that means brand partnerships), but people are really there to hear you write and create content from your SOUL. Katie experiences similar feelings when it comes to branding her photography business, as far as only wanting to take on clients’ tastes that radiate the aesthetic she is most passionate about. Where I’m getting at with all of this is — Katie Shuler’s photography brought me to TEARS when I saw the photos we’d taken. They were just so, so, so, so ME and so what I am going for with The Balanced Blonde (remember in yesterday’s post I talked about honing in on my focus). My emotional reaction to her photos from our day was such a beautiful reminder that while sometimes I have to pump out content like it’s my job (because it is), it is SO important to wind down, reflect, and really think hard about partnerships that I agree to. This blog is my baby, my muse and my livelihood, and I want it to have as much longevity as possible — a.k.a I want to do it forever! Cheeeers to good photography to supplement the messages and stories I am so passionate about sharing.


▶▷▸▹► Making up my own hashtags. I spoke on a panel at Social Media Club LA on Tuesday night, and I found myself giving this advice to the audience of creative entrepreneurs: make up your own hashtags! Be silly with it. Use them to showcase your personality. Stray away from the #thinspo, #thinspiration, #skinnybitch kinds of hashtags because to be honest, those aren’t empowering women at all. They are promoting one lifestyle, and usually they are promoting one singular way of eating and/or living. I am ALL about gaining inspiration from people on social media and the Internet, but wellness advice and weight loss advice do not go hand in hand. I am not a medical professional and I have never claimed to be– I am all about sharing real life experiences with real life people! #nodisclaimerneeded, because I just share my tips and tricks and use hashtags like #TBBisobsessedwithkale and #TBVapparelallovertheworld and #thebloglife and whatever I feel like typing in that very moment. I am all about that real time talk — being REAL with my audience has never served me wrong. Don’t try to be cool, try to be you. :)

hashtag-memes-funny-2 ▶▷▸▹► TBV Apparel partnering with Elite DailyOne of the coolest things about working in the social media influencer space is having the opportunity to connect with other influencers who are KILLING it. Elite Daily is beyond the prime example of that (they’ve grown to 1 million followers from about 40k earlier this year and we are obsessed with them), and we were lucky enough to partner with them for a shopping spree giveaway to TBV Apparel! Congrats to miss Jennilynn F. on Instagram for WINNNINNNGGG – we cannot wait for you to pick out your swag!

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▶▷▸▹► GRAZE Snack Boxes! I am all about the healthy, portion-controlled snack options out there — because while I am all about balance and listening to your bod, I also know that a lot of people who are trying to find and maintain a healthy lifestyle need a little bit of help in the portion department. I love Graze because their subscription snack boxes customize a selection of healthy snacks that come in fun little containers with the coolest names — like Banana’s Foster (banana chips + nuts + little fudge pieces), Berries & Cream Gelato (white chocolate buttons, mini dried strawberries, dried raspberry strings, yogurt covered strawberry pieces) and all sorts of combinations of dry-roasted, unsalted nuts. The snacks are all pre-packaged and light-weight, so you can pack them with you and take them on-the-go (I like to snack on them in the car after a day of meetings / before yoga), and they aren’t going to overly fill you up before your next meal. Check them out on their website, and tell me this service isn’t one of the coolest ever…

I also did a Q&A with them that you must read! So fun. **Lastly, use code BBLONDE to get your first box of Graze FREE!!!**



▶▷▸▹► Seeing my BOOK on shelves at Barnes & Noble!!! Okay, honesty: I haven’t been into a B&N yet since the book has launched (life has been too crazy for words), BUT a lot of my friends, family, fellow bloggers and even my mama have spotted the book at B&N and sent me fun photos and videos! It is truly a surreal feeling to know that the book is out there and reaching people that have never seen my blog and are not yet familiar with my story, and that makes me so happy I could burst. Here’s a photo my mama snapped at the book store and then uploaded to her Instagram on her OWN (very impressive, as I often post for her…!!). It made my day like you wouldn’t believe.

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▶▷▸▹► Almond milk lattes. YEP. I put “almond milk lattes” on our TBV Apparel “Loving Lately” tee when we created that list over a year ago, but in all honesty I was way more of a cold brew with almond milk kinda gal. Lately I have been ALL about my iced almond milk lattes from Alfred (my place, you know this) — and I add an extra shot of espresso for that extra fuel. I’ve been getting it nearly every single morning so I couldn’t not share. It’s definitely on the list.

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▶▷▸▹► Foray Collective. Okay, so this is awesome. A few lovely gals I know started Foray Collective as a new kind of shopping platform to discover both style inspiration and cutting-edge designers. They’ve gathered a mix of influencers from all platforms to help tell the stories of each brand, and I am lucky enough be sharing my passion for fitness and comfort/athleisure in partnership with one of Foray’s athletic wear brands Booty by Brabants. I certainly love a good pair of neon pants, especially when I am headed into a yoga class or when I’m running at night (it gets dark SO EARLY NOW and I like to stand out so cars don’t see me). Their stuff fits so comfortably and has that extra stretch and versatility that makes them especially perfect for gym-to-errand activities (a.k.a my life in a nutshell). Check ’em out below! Wearing their Rosa LeggingsSpandex Tank TopLove both, for the record.

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▶▷▸▹► VIRTUAL BLOG TOOOOUR: Breaking Vegan is being shared on so many lovely blogs that I admire and read on the daily. Yesterday Andie Mitchell featured the Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe from the book on her blog, and today the lovely Hanna Montazami Kelly LeVeque will be sharing. Stay tuned for Davida of The Healthy Maven and Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential  to share later this week — along with some fun giveaways sprinkled in!

What are you guys loving lately? Anything I mentioned here strike your fancy in particular? PS, I CANNOT believe that next week is Thanksgiving — headed to Cabo with the fam and I am so exciiited!!


Life Update: Why I’ve Been a Little MIA + Feeling Rejuvenated

Hey guys! I’ve missed you!!! I have found it difficult to stick to my regular posting schedule lately for a few reasons. Let me tell ya why…

A) Head is SPINNING with everything going on! And I’m not saying that in an, “Ugh, I’m so busy I don’t even have time to blog” kind of way. I’m saying it in a “Wow, my brain is in overdrive and there is so much to focus on” kind of way — and when I feel that way, it can be really hard for me to write from the heart. It’s kind of like how I spent all of my free time writing fictional stories for fun until I went to grad school for creative writing and could NOT for the life of me focus on creative writing. And that was because I was so focused on the blog. And nooowwww I am so focused on the book and trying to keep everything in order with my current travel sched that a lot of ideas I’ve had for the blog have just felt — DULL. And I refuse to write dull content for you guys. So I’ve kept my posts to a bit of a minimum lately while I let my head do the lil’ spinning thing that it’s been so good at lately…

B) TRAVEL! I mentioned it above, but that has been a huge one. Whenever I get into the routine of traveling a lot, my normal sched gets much more difficult to maintain. I often trick myself into thinking that I will be fine and get tons of work done on the plane, in the hotel room, etc, which DOES happen, but not quite the most creative stuff. I can stay up to date on emails, projects, TBV Apparel, interviews and other things of that sort, but when it comes to creating content for the blog, I like to be in a very specific headspace. And when I am on a red eye to Miami and then spending 3 days on a boat I am stimulated in a whole different way, but not necessarily in the creative way.

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C) I am so inspired, I want to let some things sink in. I had an unreal time at the Summit at Sea event I was at this weekend. I got to hear panelists speak from Martha Stewart to John Legend to Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) to Travis Kalahnick (CEO of Uber) to Mark Sisson (writer of the Primal Blueprint) to some of the most badass yoga teachers in the biz and more… And wow, did I soak in a LOT. Emotions, motivation, inspiration, intense feelings, new friendships, super deep conversations, lots of reflection about all sorts of things that have been going on lately, refining my focus/vision of the future of my brand and so much more. With so much shifting and evolving within my vision, I have felt it especially necessary to take a few breaths before pushing out content.

D) Now that the book is out, my story is OUT THERE. For those of you that have read my book, you know that it captures a lot of my life. From my intensely personal eating disorder journey to details about my childhood, my lifelong relationship with food, my vegan journey, recent family hardships and so much more — I put a lot of sh*t on the table. Now that that is all out there, I am free to move forward and move on from the eating disorder recovery chit chat. I will always be here for you guys to talk to, ask questions to, vent to, relate to, etc. when it comes to eating disorder recovery, but I am personally at a point where I very much look forward to moving on from that phase of my life — so the blog will be moving along right alongside of it. That is a very special and groundbreaking feeling — and also a terrifying one, because bringing the brand in somewhat of a new direction is always terrifying!

E) I love sharing healthy recipes & restaurants with you guys, but I am getting misrepresented about my food choices in the media & it has made me step back a little. You’ve seen the headlines… “Veganism almost killed her,” “How girl almost died while on a vegan diet,” “Vegan diet threatened TBB’s life,” and so on. Well, I am here to tell you that none of that is true. The media likes to sensationalize things and twist words to make headlines. I have been thrown into the fire a little bit because some people assume I am cool with those headlines, but I’m not. It’s been really heartbreaking to watch my story get twisted and watch words being put into my mouth — and a whole community of people have been angered because of it. I choose not to focus on the negativity being slung my way, because I know that I have represented myself in a very truthful and authentic way. Anyone who chooses to look into my story will see that. BUT it has made me slightly uncomfortable about sharing MY version of healthy food with you guys right now, because I feel that I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t. I am not anti-vegan, and I don’t eat junk food. I have been getting slammed for being “too healthy” on one end of the spectrum and slammed for not being healthy enough on the other end — this isn’t affecting me on a personal level, but stepping away from writing recipes on the blog to reflect about what kinds of recipes I am MOST passionate about sharing with you guys feels like the right thing right now.

F) Interviews!!! I have been doing a lot of awesome interviews for the book lately. You can find me in this month’s issue of ELLE Magazine, I am on my dear friend Andie Mitchell’s blog today, I will be on The Angriest Trainer podcast in coming weeks (so fun talking to him), Maddy Moon’s Mind Body Musings, Kathryn Budig’s blog, and more. I will keep you guys all very posted on that — all super exciting!

Who’s with me?! When I have a lot going on, it can be the most difficult thing in the world to just FOCUS and feel creatively stimulated. Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts. I’ll be back tomorrow with a Loving Lately post — woo woo!

I Refuse to Get Sick… Who’s With Me?

Guys, flu/cold season is coming up and let’s be real… Who has time to take a sick day? In the next month I’ll be traveling to NYC, Miami, Cabo, Big Sur and Sacramento for Breaking Vegan’s book tour and for the holidays… I don’t think I have much time to breathe let alone get sick.

And trust me, even though I am a busy person I by no means am one of those people who thinks or acts like they are busier than everyone else. We are all busy, we all have a lot going on and we all do our best to juggle what we can while staying present in our own lives. And in order to stay present, we have to stay healthy.

I went through a phase in college where I got sick all the time. I mean ALL of the time. I was sick more than I was healthy for my first two years of school in LA. It was either a raging cold, the flu, or (my very least favorite thing in the world…) STREP THROAT. I subsisted on only Vitamin-C filled smoothies for weeks at a time because my throat would get so inflamed.

Appropriate college photo because these were the years where I was ALWAYS sick. Not this day, but after the debauchery of this day definitely!

Appropriate college photo because these were the years where I was ALWAYS sick. Not this day, but after the debauchery of this day definitely!

Can you say #NOTFUN?

Then I discovered the art of healthful living, otherwise known as eating super well and getting enough sleep. Sleep is a biggie, we all know. And it’s especially hard to fall asleep and get good rest once we are already sick — talk about lying in bed with a miserable stuffy nose, ugh — so when I am sick I turn immediately to VICKS’ NyQuil to help me clear up and fall asleep soundly. (I have been doing this since I was a child — thanks to my Dad for the inspiration!). Now they have NyQuil Severe for your worst symptoms.

To give you a glimpse into just how much I CANNOT get sick right now, let me tell you about a day I had last week where I pushed through while not feeling so hot…

I took a last minute trip to New York last week to promote the book (woo!) and take part in a super fun photoshoot with SELF Magazine. I will leave the details of the shoot for a future post, because it’s a little too early to release exactly what we were shooting for, but I can promise you it’s an inspiring and awesome story they are working on.

I woke up at 6:30am to get a bunch of work done and run a few miles before hopping on a plane from LA to NYC (5+ hour flight). Because of the time difference, I landed in NYC at 3:30pm, got my bags, got in a cab, picked up my mom who had flown into a separate terminal (yes, she met me there and yes, it was so great having her there to join in the fun and the madness), drove to the hotel, checked in and unpacked.

Once we did all that it was already dinnertime, and we were both already pretty much zombies. Knowing that I had an early call time for SELF the next morning, we decided to grab a quick bite near our hotel and then call it an early night to get some rest.

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Cheers to our first night in the city!

But, alas, Manhattan is Manhattan and there is no such thing as an early night in that city. Every time I am in town I have so many great friends I want to see, and because we are all busy peeps during the day, we like to meet for drinks at night.

I did that and still managed to make it home at a decent hour, but I was so excited about the shoot the next day let’s just say I didn’t sleep my soundest.

We got up for coffee and breakfast in the morning and headed to SELF for our early call time. The day was a WHIRLWIND in so many amazing ways. It was by far the most efficient and fun shoot I have been on in such a long time, and everywhere we turned around there were more people to meet, chat with, and gain inspiration from.

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On set at SELF!

It was late afternoon by the time we emerged from the super cool Pier 59 building where the shoot was, and duh we were going to make the most of the rest of the day so we bounced around downtown and then met one of our dear friends for dinner at Da Silvano.

THEN time to answer the onslaught of emails I had not been able to look at all day, and hop on the phone for some quick phone interviews about the book (because Pacific Standard Time is still a thing, even when you’re on the east coast…). THEN writing captions for partnership photos. THENNNNNN bedtime.

By the end of the day… it started to hit me that I was beyond the point of exhaustion.

I was delusional. And I had a stuffy nose.

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The end of the craziest day!

Crap. A stuffy nose. I knew it was a terrible time to get sick and that the next day would only be as busy as the last. Not to mention a race with my marathon team the morning I landed back in LA and a segment with The Today Show the following morning.

So what did I do? I loaded up on NyQuil Severe and DayQuil Severe to combat the oncoming sickness!!!

And guess what?? Here I am, 5 days later, feeling healthy, well-rested, and ready to tackle my trip to Miami this weekend.


Who else knows they can’t afford to get sick days?! Tell me about the craziest day you’ve had where you had to push through getting sick or being super tired.

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Selfies at SELFFFFF. Had no idea at this point that I was exhausted / getting sick — I was too excited!

Also, follow @NyQuilDayQuil’s brand new Twitter channel! They have some awesome blogger takeovers going on right now with a few of my favorites. And join in the #NoSickDays challenge with us and tell us how you stay healthy!


Get Inspired to Live YOUR Adventure

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hi, my beautifuls! Today we are talking about something super important, something I truly believe we all need to prioritize in order to live our best, happiest and (importantly) our most sane and inspired lives: being outdoors.

Live Your Adventure. Do you know how many people dream of getting outside of their comfort zone but NEVER DO IT? You know the whole, “I’ll do it tomorrow, I’ll do it next year, I’ll do it in a few years when I can get the time off and my life is in a different place…” mentality? I know you know. I know you know because you’ve been there, and I have too.


( BTW, all pics from this post were from an adventure day in Malibu Creek State Park with the insanely talented Katie Shuler working her photo magic, and all clothes are Eddie Bauer #outerwhere. I feel ridic lucky to be associated with this person AND this brand that both inspire me so much. And if you haven’t been to Malibu Creek State Park… GO THERE. It will re-inspire you to live your life big and live it loud. )

We get so stuck in our everyday lives. And for a lot of us, our everyday lives are nothing to complain about. We have great jobs, we are surrounded by great people, we have great food on our plates and clothes on our backs. But we live inside of a comfort zone, our very own bubble that we create for ourselves without even trying. We get so used to living the lives that we do, and before we know it anything that is out of the ordinary feels like FAR too much effort to plan and execute.


( Contemplating life under the pines. This Eddie Bauer jacket, though. I AM OBSESSED.)

I know I’m not the only one who plans on going to the snow all winter and then before I know it, I turn around and it’s April and the snow has melted. “Next year,” I tell myself. “Next winter will be the YEAR.”

Well, how about this?

How about NOW?

I have made it a priority this year to live 100% in the now as much as I possibly can. That doesn’t mean I am always necessarily successful in doing so, but shifting my mentality to be a doer rather than a dreamer has made all the difference in the world. (I am still a dreamer, don’t get me wrong — but I make my dreams a reality too!!). Prioritize trying new things, and surround yourself with people who are also making trying new things a priority.


( Wearing the Eddie Bauer Women’s Year Yound Plaid Vest… In front of the coolest tree in all of mankind. )

What Inspired Me to Make This Shift?

One thing that has inspired me to live my most adventurous life is my partnership with Eddie Bauer. I was given the incredible opportunity to travel to their headquarters in Seattle, Washington and experience their brand from the inside out. I got to explore the natural beauty of Whidbey Island and tour the inspirational archives from the brand’s earliest days where they created the first ever DOWN JACKET and Eddie Bauer himself made clothes specifically for outdoor adventures.

I don’t know about you, but I am a Type A person. If I let myself, I could sit in front of the computer for days on end pounding out work and coming up with all sorts of crazy projects for myself. I am SUPER hard on myself, I am a perfectionist, and I take on way too much at once. I get overwhelmed and sometimes I even feel like I am drowning because I have said “YES” to so, so many things simultaneously. (You guys know that I am a routine over-committer.)

“He stood there a moment, listened to the creek, and let the mountain air blow against his face. Even with all this heartache, it was beautiful here.” – Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child


( GLASS WATER. Hi, perfect creek that just reaffirmed life as I knew it. Wearing Eddie Bauer Movement Leggings and the comfiest black long sleeve. )

That being said, doing things that force me outside of my comfort zone are completely necessary to the balance of my overall mental health. Anyone who knows me well has seen me in what I like to call “zombie mode,” where I basically stop sleeping well at night and balancing my days and instead dive headfirst into an extreme project (like writing my book) or attempt to do a month’s worth of work in a 5 day period.

When I prioritize getting OUTDOORS, planning adventures, challenging myself, and committing to fun things that are outside of my immediate comfort zone, I remember to not only LIVE but to live in the moment. I also remember how freakishly beautiful the world is when we aren’t so caught up in our heads and thinking about “me, me, me” all the time. Seriously. Try standing on top of a mountain or in front of the sprawling ocean and thinking about yourself. IT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN.

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more. – John Burroughs


( Hello again, fav jacket. )

Nature is our greatest reminder that the world outside of ourselves is a beautiful, massive, symbiotic place. Our problems seem so small in the vast scheme of things. And spending time with people outside, away from technology and the bustle of our daily lives, is good for the SOUL. I am all about doing things that nourish my soul and make me extremely happy from the inside out.

And then — guess what? Once you do that, you come back to your daily life so much more inspired and with such greater perspective. I get such better work done when I am not drowning in it, and after a weekend away in nature where I can truly contemplate what’s important to me and what I want to focus on in life.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein



  • Training for the LA Marathon with my #TeamNutriBulletInspired team and awesome coaches
  • Heading to Big Sur in December with my best friends for a weekend of outdoor adventure, free from technology
  • A technology-free weekend in Miami (THIS WEEKEND!) on a boat, surrounded by inspiring people, feeding my soul and learning from some of the most successful and accomplished people out there
  • Weekly solo hikes — I made a promise to myself in October that I would take myself on at least one weekly solo hike in my neighborhood to clear my head and take a break. Adventuring doesn’t have to mean going far away or spending a lot of $$, you can find adventure in your own back yard
  • My Malibu Creek State Park adventure with Katie Shuler that is documented in this very post. I felt so refreshed after getting outside, not being afraid to get soaking wet in the creek, and talking about life, what inspires us, what we want for our brands moving forward, family, adventures and so much more. Being outside with someone who not only was capturing the beauty of our day but someone who was soaking in the surroundings as much as I was was extremely inspirational and special.

SO!! Say it with me: THANK YOU Eddie Bauer, for inspiring us to live our best lives by remembering to get outdoors and live our adventures. Oh, and thank you for creating the best #OUTERWHERE (and the cutest athletic wear there is) to make sure we are prepared for any/all adventures we take on this season.

And BIG THANKS to the incredibly talented Katie Shuler for adventuring with me in Malibu Creek State Park and working your magic along the way. I needed this adventure day more than I can put into words.

“The whole concatenation of wild and artificial things, the natural ecosystem as modified by people over the centuries, the build environment layered over layers, the eerie mix of sounds and smells and glimpses neither natural nor crafted- all of it is free for the taking, for the taking in. Take it, take it in, take in more every weekend, every day, and quickly it becomes the theater that intrigues, relaxes, fascinates, seduces, and above all expands any mind focused on it. Outside lies utterly ordinary space open to any casual explorer willing to find the extraordinary. Outside lies unprogrammed awareness that at times becomes directed serendipity. Outside lies magic.”
– John R. Stilgoe




“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

The Last Word.

Hi all! I hope everyone is having the best week. I want to thank you all for the support you’ve shown with the release of the book. It has been an exciting and whirlwind week, as you can imagine. On the topic of the book, I want to address something here, right now, so that I can put it to rest from here on out.

While those of you who read this blog and know my story have been super supportive about my book, I also know that there is a lot of negativity surrounding the story and the fact that I have chosen to leave the vegan lifestyle and write about it. In particular, there is a lot of negativity and anger about certain headlines that have been made (out of my control), and the fact that I have chosen to title my book Breaking Vegan, rather than Breaking Orthorexia, or something of that nature.

I have said it before, and I will say it again: I have no ill will toward the vegan lifestyle or plant-based dieting. I support all diet choices and ways of life, and I am a firm believer in people finding what works for their individual body. My vegan diet did not cause my eating disorder, and I have been clear about that from the get go. I know many people who thrive on a vegan diet, and I also know many vegans who support my decision to switch my diet.

On the topic of those who believe that my speaking out about my journey is a disgrace to veganism, the animals, and the environment, I am sorry that you feel that way and your believing that would be misconstruing my words. I ate a plant-based diet for two years and while I was on that diet, I developed an eating disorder. The reason I developed it is due to my personality, my tendency toward extremes, and many other factors that I cover extensively in the book.

The reason I spent the last year and a half writing this book is to share my story, from beginning to end, and I would hope that my story and my truth would overshadow the Internet trolls who hide behind their computer screens.

I chose to title my book Breaking Vegan for the sole purpose that I needed to break free from the labels I had chosen to confine myself with. “Vegan” was one of those labels. I had many others. My blog was titled The Blonde Vegan, and such the word was part of my identity. Breaking that label, changing my blog name and ultimately my business name, and incorporating more foods into my diet was pertinent to my eating disorder recovery. This is an eating disorder recovery book. It is a memoir. One person’s journey. Never once have I told people they should or should not eat in a certain way.

I maintain compassion for all human beings, and I recognize that we are all in different stages of our lives and the way we are able to view and perceive situations. If you feel the need to continue attacking me for my journey, I can’t stop you. If you have further questions, that is the reason why I wrote my book. And if you have not uttered a word of negativity, then don’t worry – this is the last time you will find me addressing this issue publicly.

Sending love to everyone, and hoping that those reading this can find it in their hearts to do the same. Anger is not helping anyone’s cause.

Exciting Things This Week + My Skincare Prayers Have Been Answered!

You guys!!! So much exciting stuff has already gone down this week, and it’s only Wednesday! MY BOOK released on Sunday, those of you who preordered have been receiving the book and beginning to read it (ahhh!), a story about Breaking Vegan is the #1 (!!!!) trending article on the NY Post today, I am currently en route to NYC for a super fun SELF magazine project that I can’t wait to share with you guys, and, um, did I mention I’ll be in NEW YORK for the rest of the week with my mom?! Excitement city.

Oh, another cool thing? I am currently writing this blog post from the air, thanks to a little thing I like to call Fly Wi aka Wi Fi in the air aka Flying Wi Fi. Don’t ask me how I thought Wi Fi was pronounced when I was in high school (when the term first started being used), but let’s just say my Spanish teacher was the first person to use the word around me so I said “Wi Fi” in Spanish for years before someone corrected me… (HINT: “Wee Fee”). #LOL

Anyway, I digress. I haven’t slept much in a few days so you have to forgive me for my rambles. Also, I haven’t been able to post in a few days so I will admit I’m feeling extra rambly because there is so much to say!  :)


Now for the topic of this post: Did you guys know that October was National Eczema Awareness Month? Yes, I realize I’m about a month late (or a week, depending on how you want to look at it), but when I heard about it I knew I absolutely had to get involved. I’m not sure if you know this about me or not, but I have a lot of skin issues… Mainly due to the fact that my skin is extremely sensitive, I have a lot of allergies and I react to things like crazy. I have suffered from eczema and psoriasis since I was a kid, and although my skin issues with both have gone through highs and lows, I am never surprised when a little eczema patch pops back up somewhere on my body.

When I was in elementary school I had HORRIBLE eczema behind my knees that pretty much looked like the chicken pox but worse, and I was itchy all the time. I also sported a transparent green Baby G watch (yeah, you know the one!) that gave me raging eczema on my wrist but I refused to stop wearing it because I thought I was too cool for school. Every cream I tried from my doctor was a steroid cream that was greasy, stung my skin and didn’t do much to clear up my issue. Plus, even if it worked, my eczema eventually came back — that’s how steroids tend to work, especially for people like me who don’t respond well to heavy meds even if they’re topical.


NOW that I’m an adult, I’ve learned that eczema (along with other skin issues) can 100% be stress-induced. I definitely acknowledge that I lead a pretty stressful life… Between all the travel, juggling a few too many projects at once and not necessarily balancing it all out the way I know I need to in order to maintain my inner ZEN that keeps me sane.

So, around last year I went on a hunt for natural skincare products that don’t contain nasty additives, acids, alcohols, cooling ingredients, essential oils (my skin is way too sensitive for that even though I like them), fragrances, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and scrubs… I discovered Skinfix and I was STOKED. When you have as many criteria as I did, you really don’t expect to happen upon a company that actually works. 

In the past I’d been told that because of my sensitive skin, I should avoid additives but I should also avoid NATURAL skincare because “it wouldn’t work” to clear up all my issues. That sucked for me to hear, because I am all about the natural route and really didn’t want to put products on my face that were going to contain anything that would inflame my skin / bother me personally.


Products like Skinfix are the answer to my skin problem prayers! And the awesome thing is, their products are not just for cleansing / moisturizing… They also have an ECZEMA BALM that legitimately works. I wouldn’t tell you it did if it didn’t. And although it’s thick (I mean, it’s a balm), it’s not greasy and it doesn’t have a fragrance so it doesn’t leave that yucky, pungent residue that a lot of other products on the market tend to leave.

Even though my eczema has been cleared up for the last several months (knock on wood), I still get severely dry skin as the weather starts to change and I am always looking for a product to reach for that’s not just going to dry me out even more once it soaks into my skin.

Lastly… I’ll leave you with this info because if you’re anything like me, you will want to know all of the details before you make a purchase of something you are going to use on your precious SKIN!! I am a firm believer that your bod is a temple and the way you treat it says a lot — once I took the leap into really taking the time and effort to care for my body from the inside out (especially my skin… and my hair and my nails, but exercise and whatnot too), I felt a HUGE difference in confidence. People also respect you more when you take the time to take care of yourself. You deserve it.

  • Dermatologist tested and recommended
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Free of fragrance, steroids, parabens and phthalates
  • Treats and reduces eczema flare-ups
  • Calms irritation, redness and itching
  • National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™

Active Ingredients: zinc oxide 15%, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil 7%, colloidal oatmeal 2%, allantoin 1%.

Inactive Ingredients: beeswax/cire d’abeille, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, buxux chinensis (jojoba) oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, paraffin wax, petrolatum, tocopherol.

f8BIZemGAhSsJCl9x_wuxnpWQBM9_twXsGiOAQ9vuGISO! Who wants healthy skin? I’m going to be doing a takeover on Skinfix‘s Instagram next week and I cannot wait!!!! Check them out at Target, and if you try it, let me know your thoughts!

ALSO… THE BOOK — Have you read it? Have you received it in the mail? Have you seen it in your local B&N?


TBV Winter Look Book Has Arrived…

When we started TBV Apparel over a year and a half ago, we had our core designs like “Oh Kale Yes!” “Is Vodka Vegan?” “Health is the New Black” “Yoga Junkie” “Hashtag Vegan” and a couple of others. The theme was very much health, and we translated that directly onto the tees. You also probably know that at that point in my life, health was nearly ALL that I cared about… And that was certainly showcased through the blog and the clothing line.

At the time I never would have / could have imagined how much we were to grow in a short period of time — and now with the official launch of our WINTER COLLECTION (ahhh!) I feel that our brand personality has evolved tenfold and is taking it’s own shape and form beyond just this blog and this audience.

( And when I say “we,” I’m talking about my business partners Tynan, Cole and myself. I am beyond lucky to work with them both (they are seriously the strengths to all of my weaknesses — as it should be in any good partnership), AND they are also some of my very favorite people to be around for so many reasons. Together we have crafted the vision for what TBV is & where we envision it going. )

Here’s a snapshot from our first ever TBV shoot in March 2014 — which was pretty much just me gathering a bunch of friends to rock the tees and have fun on camera (maybe that aspect hasn’t changed a whole lot from then to now? Ha!):


Over the months, it has become pretty clear to us that people are into relatable, funny, very current & comfortable graphic tees — especially people buying clothes on the Internet. Everyone likes having a reminder to keep it healthy, stay inspired, get their yoga on, drink their green juice, etc. Plus, it’s so fun to rep those phrases in public and have such a seamless conversation starter with other people who also get that lifestyle. The health phrases have always been our thang!

As more time passed, we realized there was a desire among our audience for more than just wellness tees, so we started playing around with a few other phrases and designs — more stuff related to inspirational, “make your own magic,” “fall in love with your life,” high vibe kinda living. We still have fun with the health phrases, but now that we are really developing our brand personality we have honed in on our focus.

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In a short, at TBV we want to help inspire you to fall in love with your life & remind you that creating a life that you ENJOY every second of is actually awesome. Have Mad Respect for your Mondays, Express Yourself with No Regrets, Always Stay High on Good Vibes & Remember to LET LOVE IN.

It’s hard to use an exact sentence or two to define the brand, because it’s been evolving before our very eyes and now it truly is more than ever, but at the moment if I could sum it up, I would say: We want to inspire you to live life to the fullest, and we want you to look damn good doing it.

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We still have fun with the wellness puns & relatable health topics (“Acai What You Did There“…), BUT what we are becoming is so much more than just health. Wellness is part of the puzzle, but creating a life you love is a full on lifestyle.

With our new phrases like Let Love In, Nap Guru, Mad Respect for Monday,  Buddha for President, and (way) more, we are giving you guys a glimpse into what’s important in our lives, and spinning it into something you actually want to rock on the streets. 😉


And because my two business partners are guys, we couldn’t NOT expand our men’s collection with these new seasonal looks. We are sooooo beyond stoked to share these with you (and your brothers, husbands, boyfriends, friends, dads…) because before our guys’ phrases weren’t totally cutting it — we know that. We are growing and figuring it out as we go. These phrases were crafted for men in particular, and ladies… who doesn’t love a good man bun?

We also have new SWEATSHIRTS (!!!!), SWEATPANTS (!!!!!!!!!!) and muscle tanks for you to shop this season, because as we’ve grown we’ve also made note of the importance of effortlessly comfortable style with you can wear in a variety of settings. Especially cozy by the fireplace with some hot chocolate — Am I right?


Check out the look book on the site… And check out my current favorite phrase while you’re at it. 😉

As always, so incredibly grateful for you guys who have supported us along the way, shopped our stuff & inspired us to grow and continue building this brand. If you’ve made it this far into the post… Use the code “jordanheartsyou” for 10% off all items for the rest of the week to celebrate not only the launch of the winter collection, but the awesome new direction that the brand is going in.

Special thanks to Natasia Lutes, Magen Mattox, Wes Aderhold, Austin Daniels, Cameron Lindsay, Andi Layne, Jerry Wolf & of course Ty + Cole for making this new collection come to liiiife. What would I do without any of you guys?? TBV would definitely still be in my head, so um, glad that’s not the case. :)

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PS Tynan made the entire look book, edited the photos & consistently makes our TBV visions come to life, so I would highly suggest following him on Insta and checking out his stuff. His photography will blow your mind (he also tends to travel the world and make you feel like you’re there through his photographs, so trust me he’s fun to follow along with). How did I get so lucky to snag him as my designer / partner / photographer / dear friend?

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My Book Comes Out Next Week… WHAT?


Yesterday I was just doing my usual Monday morning thing: sitting on my couch, responding to emails, sipping on some iced cold brew coffee, petting Huddy… And I get a text from a friend saying, “Your book comes out in 6 days!!!!”

I wasn’t surprised by his saying that– the release date of my book has changed around quite a bit and I can’t expect everyone in my life to know that November 15th has been the official date for the last several months. Plus, at this point, since it’s been available for preorder since May, I am beyond used to people thinking that it’s already out and available to read.

But this particular person doesn’t really throw around statements he’s not positive are correct, so after reading his text I checked my Amazon book page for the hell of it. And when I checked, sure enough it said release date: NOVEMBER 1ST. Otherwise known as six days from yesterday. Otherwise known as THIS SUNDAY.

ExCuuuUuuSeee Me?!?!?!

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I know the 1st and the 15th of November may not seem all that far apart from each other in the grand scheme of things, but when you’ve been waiting for your own book to hit shelves since you finished writing in in February — a two week difference is a damn huge one. That means I only have to wait one week instead of three to share Breaking Vegan with you guys… Especially those of you who have preordered. (Which, by the way, THANK YOU for that times a million.)

I don’t know if it’s more exciting that the book will be OUT and that you guys can read the story once and for all (YAY!) or that when people ask me when my book is coming out, I can say that it’s OUT. I don’t have to give the whole, “Oh, it comes out mid November, but go ahead and preorder it if you’re interested…” which, let’s be honest, 95% of people just don’t do. It’s hard enough to get people to commit to buying a book and then reading it, let alone to preordering it months before it comes out!!!!

Every day someone in my life says, “Ah! I am so sorry, I am the WORST friend but I haven’t read your book yet. Where can I get it?!?!?” And I tell them they aren’t the worst friend at all because the book isn’t even OUT yet. When I post photos of the cover on social media, etc. I know it totally gives the impression to most Internet-scrollers that it’s out, butttttt as of now — not yet.

I AM SO EXCITED for the book to launch, and I am DOUBLE EXCITED that Well & Good NYC shared the first ever before seen EXCERPT of the book on their site yesterday!!! I have been so appreciative of everyone’s feedback and support, and it’s so fun having a little slice of the book on the Internet that I figured I would share a few little paragraphs with you guys here:

This is from the chapter No One Plans to Develop an Eating Disorder, which is the 3rd chapter in the book.

No One Plans to Develop an Eating Disorder…

“Right after the initial plant-based cleanse and my decision to start eating vegan, I took a road trip from Sacramento to LA with my best friend Jillian to start our last semester of college. When we stopped to get gas on our way out of town, Jill looked me up and down and said, “Holy shit, Jo! I have never seen you this tiny!” Of course I played it off like I barely knew what she was talking about (“Who, me?!”), but inside I was glowing because I knew that my outer frame reflected the mind-body connection I was developing with my plant-based diet.

The drive is six hours long, so midway through we stopped to get something to eat. Jillian got orange chicken and vegetable fried rice from a Chinese takeout place—yes, I’m that creepy friend who remembers people’s orders verbatim years later—while I cracked open my leftover butternut squash soup from the cleanse and ate a few big spoonfuls until I felt satisfied. I remember the look on her face that very clearly read, “That’s all you’re going to eat?” and then her many attempts to get me to try a bite of her deep-fried chicken. It was a no-go.

We chatted the drive away about life, the wild New Year’s Eve we’d just had in San Francisco, and how panicked I was to run into my now ex-boyfriend once the semester started back up. We were planning to go to a pajama-themed party that evening and decided that when we got back into town, we would go shopping for cute matching pajamas. (Jillian ended up swapping her pajamas with my friend Sarah at the party.) I wanted to have some kind of plant-based snack beforehand because the soup barely sustained me for more than an hour, but I didn’t have any snacks with me and it made more sense to drive straight to the mall. I told myself it was fine—I could embrace the empty feeling, as I’d done many times before.”

Head over to Well & Good to read the rest, and head to THIS LINKKKKK to preorder the booky book!!! Would be so, so, soooOooOoOOoOOoOOOOOO (can you tell I’m excited?) beyond appreciative of your continued support.

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Sending you all so much love! Exciting tiiiiimes!!!! Also found out I am going to NYC next week for a super fun SELF magazine photo shoot that I kinda sorta can’t wait for…. See you east coasters REAL soon. :)