Livin’ Lavish in Catalina

It’s been a while! I’ve been catching up on a lot of things – work, homework, life… But beyond this i was able to go on a little vacation! I’ve never been to Catalina so I was HYPE. I’ve heard so many great things about it but I never would have though a one night stay would be this amazing; in a small town like this, I still needed more time. Let me just say this: I’ve never lived so damn lavish. For those of you who don’t know, my mom was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast and bone cancer. Although everyone feels bad and thinks of her as someone who’s ill, she still manages to put a smile on everyday and live life like she’s still 100% healthy. Life is short, so she’s definitely trying to make it worth while. Our vacation was bliss. For the first time, I really found faith in this fight; she wasn’t alone. She didn’t have one moment where she seemed sick on our short vacation. Shit, she even went parasailing with me. We all took a helicopter to the island. It’s really crazy to see how short life can be, and I’m glad I was able to be a part of such a happy and blissful couple of days.

First thing’s first; I departed Long Beach with my aunts and mom on a HELICOPTER! That’s one check off of my bucketlist, thank you Joy and IEX Helicopters… We arrived at the home we were staying at, which was cute as hell. Since Catalina is pretty much trying to remain untouched, everything is built up, rather than out. All of the houses are built upwards to maximize the small amount of space on the island itself. It kind of made me feel like a giant. We walked around the little walking area which had a couple touristy shops and restaurants. Pictures can’t even begin to describe the beauty that this place displays. The water was clear and everything was clean. It felt like I wasn’t far away from home, even though we weren’t all that far away. We ate good food and slept well, saw the most beautiful sights and shared a lot of laughs. My mom and I went parasailing and that was one of the most peaceful moments I’ve ever experienced in my life. Faith and love radiated from us. I haven’t felt that way in a long time. 

This was a short post but I hope the pictures show enough of what I experienced since I can’t really put it into words…

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Milk and Eggs

Wow. Who would’ve thought I’d be going to my first media event as an “influencer” in the first two weeks of 2018? Of course I have to give a quick shout-out to my friend Alexander Siu for passing on the invite! Upon invite, I sought out information about the event. Milk and Eggs was a fresh food delivery service that was collaborating with The Container Yard, an art venue in downtown LA. The event would have complimentary drinks/food as well as art installations – food and art are never a bad thing. Even though I tried to do some research, I was still going in blind.
 
Despite the feeling of being unprepared, this place went above and beyond my expectations! The collaboration between Milk and Eggs x The Container Yard really created an amazing time. In the last couple of months I’ve become more and more intrigued by pop-up art, so this was no different. The “Fresh Art Fair” installations put up by The Container Yard were amazingly cute. Not only this, but Milk and Eggs brought in their own vendors who passed food and snacks out the entire event. I honestly wish I took more pictures but I think I was so enamored by everything that I forgot to. I had been served by brands such as Boxed Water, Domenico’s Foods, Forager Projects, and Stumptown Coffee. The event really praises organic foods that are sourced from farm to table. I’ll admit that I didn’t really understand the importance of healthy foods and knowing where they come from. Ultimately, the event was such a fun time – good food, good people, and good vibes. I’m really glad I got to attend this event as my first media/influencer event!
 
Milk and Eggs so graciously blessed all of the influencers with a $50 voucher to their store, so of course I have to write about their services as well! After attending the event, I realized how good it is to be aware of the food you’re eating. For example, Forager Project makes chips out of pressed vegetables (think of the leftovers you get after juicing a vegetable); it may sound strange but they were ridiculously good. In fact, the chips were so good that I bought two bags off of milkandeggs.com! Milk and Eggs has a huge variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy items, meats, and snacks; after ordering online, your order is delivered for FREE (in LA/OC) as soon as the next day. If you’re interested, you can use the code “kyra” for $15 off purchases of $35 or more. This is such a good option for people whotake forever in grocery stores like I do. Plus what grocery store is gonna give you a discount like that at a quality like this?! Probably no where! Now let me rave about my order. I got two trays of Domenico Food’s ravioli (1 cheese/1 porcini); after having it at the event, I talked about it for like two days. I am more than excited to eat those. I also got two bags of Forager Project’s organic pressed vegetable chips in Chipotle BBQ and Wasabi. Add in two bottles of Better Booch’s kombucha in Rose Bliss and Ginger Boost mostly because I wanted to be a basic California girl. I also purchased a bottle Broguiere’s Chocolate Whole Milk because the bottle was really cute and who doesn’t like chocolate milk? Also there’s a bag of Chile Smoked Almonds from AG Standard just as a little add-on to my order.
 
In the end I’m happy that I not only attended my first media event, but I also learned
something new. It really is important to support local businesses, especially when they give out better quality at a better price. There’s a stigma of organic/healthy foods being much more expensive, but Milk and Eggs is seriously affordable. People always say millennials are lazy but hey, fresh food right at your doorstep for 50% of the regular grocery store price? I’d call that innovative! Remember, use the code “kyra” for $15 off purchases of $35 or more on milkandeggs.com and don’t forget that delivery is free to LA and OC! Shop local and sustainable!
 
Brands Mentioned:
  • Better Booch – Kombucha isn’t my cup of tea (get it?), but this is definitely one of the more flavorful/smoother kombuchas I’ve tried!
  • Boxed Water – Water in a cute box, which is good for the environment.
  • Broguire’s Dairy – Rich chocolate milk in a cute glass bottle (also good for the environment)
  • Domenico’s Foods – Ravioli that I thought about for days! I recommend the porcini ravioli – you’re welcome.
  • Forager Project – Delicious chips (and other products) made with good ingredients; even better is the message behind the brand.
 
Special Thanks:
  • Milk and Eggs – Thank you for throwing such a delicious and fun event! It’s amazing to see all of the farm to table goodness you guys bring.
  • The Container Yard – Thank you for adding such cute/lively art to Downtown LA. Not only in this event but all the time!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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