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50 Random Facts About Me

Hi! Long time. no talk! So as you guys know, I have been wanting to create more video content for quite some time now. I finally posted a new video to my channel, and figured I share it here, as well. Be sure to follow along over on my YouTube channel so that you can always be the first to see new ones (there will be more very soon 🙂 ).

I wanted to kickstart my channel with a video where you can get to know more about me; hopefully you don’t find it boring! I always enjoy watching these types of videos, so I’m guessing you will as well. Let me know what types of videos you would like to see — I want to make the content you want to see!

Hope you enjoy:

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I hope you enjoyed! Thank you so much for watching xx

Los Angeles Travel Diary (& Video!)

I touched down back in New York a few days ago, and have been in a delirious state ever since… Jet lag has magically hit me much, much harder than it did for my trip to Bali! Anyways, today I’m back with my favorite kind of post: a travel diary. I’m sharing all of my favorite places to eat, play, shop, and stay in the Los Angeles area (and boy, do I have a lot of recommendations!), and giving you all the details on my trip. Also, I have a quick video that I filmed while I was there, so stay tuned until the end to watch! Without further ado, here is my Los Angeles travel diary…

This was my first visit to LA, and I absolutely loved it! In fact, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the city. It is so, so different than New York City — my second home — in the best ways possible. We all know the weather is near perfect, it is so much less crowded when you’re walking around, it felt cleaner, the people were friendlier, it is much more progressive — the list goes on and on! The traffic didn’t even bother me. What might be my favorite thing is how you have the mountains and the beach right in the same area; that’s essentially my dream world 🙂

Did I mention that I saw Kendall Jenner, Brittany Snow (one of my absolute favorites), and Cameron Dallas? I never see celebrities in NYC for some reason, so it was so funny to see so many in such a short amount of time.

{around west hollywood}

We stayed at an Airbnb in West Hollywood, which ended up being my favorite neighborhood in Los Angeles. The palm-tree lined streets were filled with cute coffee shops, tons of amazing shops and restaurants, and the coolest street art everywhere you looked. It was amazing.

My absolute favorite places to eat in WeHo were Carrera Café or Verve for morning coffee, Rawberri for an açai or pitaya bowl, Urth Café for lunch, and Gracias Madre (all plant-based Mexican? Yes, please!) for dinner. All of these places were picture perfect, and I would go back to each in a heartbeat — there were so many more items on the menus that I would like to try!

{view from hollywood hills}

Hollywood Hills is truly amazing. The houses are gorgeous, the winding roads weaving up and down the hills are insane, and the view of the city of Los Angeles can’t be beat. We went on a quick hike at Runyon Canyon which was nice — it was sunny and beautiful and an easy hike. Parking was a little iffy — we were so happy that we were driving a Jeep Wranger that could park on the uneven grounds! I would love to do a hike to the Hollywood Sign next time around.

{malibu views}

{el matador state beach}

{malibu wine safari}

My other favorite area was Malibu, which is of course a little ways outside of Los Angeles. It was absolutely stunning; there are no other words to describe it. All of the beaches that we saw were gorgeous, but I’d have to say my favorite was El Matador State Beach.

We also visited Malibu Wine Safari which was nothing short of perfect. We did the Giraffe Tour, so we got to meet and feed Stanley the giraffe who is a retired Hollywood actor. (Yes, seriously). We basically all got into a safari-style truck like you’d see on an African safari and rode it around Saddlerock Ranch. We got to meet so many animals who all had the most clever names… My personal favorites were the llamas, including Barack and Michelle Ollama, the Dalai Llama, Kendrick Llama, and Llama Del Rey. In between meeting and feeding the animals, we tasted both red and white wines. Animals and wine — you couldn’t ask for a more perfect combo!

As far as food, Sunlife Organic was my favorite place that we ate at in Malibu. I had one of the best açai bowls I’ve ever had! Too good.

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{venice}

The Santa Monica and Venice areas are talked about a lot, but I have to say they weren’t my favorite parts of the city. I’m so glad I got to see and experience them, but I didn’t love them as much as the other neighborhoods that I talked about. The Santa Monica pier was fun to see (and the sunset from there is supposed to be really pretty!), the Venice sign was iconic (stop by Animal House to shop around while you’re right there), and I could sit and people watch at the Venice Skate Park all day long. Other than that, it was a little too gritty for my taste.

{a few random iphone snaps}

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I would be placing a heavier focus on videos moving forward. So, I decided to put together a one-minute look into my trip. It’s definitely not my favorite thing I’ve ever created, but it felt like a great way to get started with cinematography. I recently read a quote that said something along the lines of, “in order to get good at something, you have to be willing to be bad at it.” It really resonated with me, and perfectly describes how I feel about videography at the moment.

That being said, this video was so much fun to create, and I can’t wait to make more (better!) videos soon. Thank you so, so much for watching — it really means more to me than you know! I hope you enjoy. And hey, if you have any ideas for videos that you want me to make, please just let me know 🙂

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So that just about wraps up my Los Angeles travel diary! Have you ever been to LA? What are your favorite places to eat, play, shop, and stay in the area?
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Kennebunkport Travel Diary
03.
Montauk Travel Diary
04. Lake Placid Travel Diary
05. New Orleans Travel Diary
06. 
Quebec City Travel Diary
07. Nantucket Island Travel Diary
08. Newport, Rhode Island Travel Diary
09. Mont-Tremblant Travel Diary

What I Eat in a Day | Vegan (video!)

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{watermelon fruit bowl}

I get so, so many questions about what I eat in a day, whether it’s in person or here on the blog. I find these really interesting myself, and they are popular on YouTube and on some blogs as well. I think people are especially curious because of the fact that I eat a “whole foods, plant-based vegan diet.” (I was vegetarian — but very, very close to vegan — for a long time, but have since switched to completely vegan. Honestly, best decision ever.)

A lot of people wonder what exactly that entails when they hear that phrase — their initial question is always followed up with “…what do you eat then, just like lettuce?” So today I’m sharing a little video that I filmed yesterday, showing you exactly what I eat in a day…


{p.s. robby is not my favorite anymore, after last night’s episode! #teamchase for now, lol}

morning

Like many others, I like to start my morning off with a glass of water that measures out to be two cups. I drink eight to ten cups of water a day, so I like to get a few cups out of the way as soon as I wake up. It helps to wake me up a bit, too, giving me a boost of hydration and energy as soon as I wake up. If I feel like it, I will have the water warm and add a few lemon slices or squeeze lemon juice in it. Warm water with lemon aids in digestion, strengthens your immune system (hello, Vitamin C!), and keeps your metabolism going at a healthy and quick pace. I do this about half of the time.

I take this with a Vitamin B-12 supplement, the only supplement I take on a daily basis. Most people have low levels of B-12, and it’s the only vitamin that vegetarians and vegans don’t get naturally. (Fun fact: meat-eaters only get this vitamin because farmers give cows with artificial B-12 — they don’t get it naturally, either.) It’s a very important vitamin, though, so be sure you are getting enough in your diet, too!

Once I’ve finished my glass of water, I like to have a cup of coffee with a bit of soy creamer and make something for breakfast. This day I decided to make an açai bowl, one of my very favorite breakfasts and post-workout meals lately — they are especially perfect for the warmer months. To see the recipe for my favorite açai bowl, you can check out this post where I walk you through the ingredients and the steps to create it. This is filled with fruits (and açai is a superfood), so you get tons of nutrients and vitamins all in one meal. Also, they’re fun to make, which is always a plus — no one likes preparing food when it feels like a chore.

afternoon

Açai bowls keep me full for quite awhile, up until it’s time for lunch. One of my favorite lunches to make is a Buddha bowl. They remind me of açai bowls because you can mix and match ingredients to switch them up every time, and also because it’s basically a big bowl of stuff, which I like. That said, my favorite Buddha bowl is the one I made on this day, and it’s a super simple one (you can find the recipe here, the only difference is that this time I added in some brussel sprouts and sesame seeds)It’s a staple in my book; I make it every week.

I also have a snack in the afternoon, and it’s usually a big serving of fruit. I love carving out half of a melon and filling it with some fruit. I mostly do this with watermelon and a mix of berries and a banana. The melon makes the perfect bowl, and it’s easy to spoon out to eat with the other fruits that are inside. If I don’t feel like making an entire fruit salad, then I will usually just cut a melon in half and eat one of the halves by itself, like I did on this day. You can see a few more of my favorite snacks here. (Note: the KIND bar isn’t vegan, though.)

night

Dinner is my least favorite meal of the day — dinner foods are just not my thing! But, today I had a delicious tomato soup recipe that so tasty! I know most people associate soups with the fall and winter months, but they are one of the dinner foods I like having the most. I roasted some chickpeas with oregano, cayenne pepper, garlic, onion powder, and sea salt until they were super crispy and crunchy, and then sprinkled them on top of my soup like croutons. I also added a little fresh basil from our garden — yum!

My sweet tooth can’t go the rest of the night without having something sweet! My favorite snack for nighttime is a few medjool dates. They are so delicious — seriously like candy! They are sweet and taste a bit like caramel, which I love. A lot of nights I’ll have these with a bit of peppermint tea, but I just wasn’t in the mood for hot tea on this day.

If you’re interested in seeing behind-the-scenes looks into what I eat on a day-to-day basis, add me on snapchat (@emilykgannon). I try to post pretty frequently on there about what I’m eating, so you can see more of my favorites meals and snacks on the daily!

What do you eat in a day? Would you like for me to make more of these types of videos/posts?

xoxo

 

The Perfect Instagram (video!)

Something that I get asked probably more than anything else — both in person and on the blog — is about Instagram. How do I edit my photos? What are my tips for creating a theme? How do I get a cohesive feed? So today I am back with another video, dishing all of my tips and tricks to creating the perfect Instagram!

Also, fun fact: my very first photo on Instagram was a macaron — way back in October 2011. This was way before the blogging world blew up and Instagram was really even a “thing.” I clearly was on the right track and was meant to be a blogger, lol!the-perfect-instagram-3

Well, what do you think? Are you going to try out any of these tips?
Share your Instagram in the comments below — I’d love to see your pages!

xoxo

Spring & Summer Sephora Haul (video!)

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Happy Friday, everyone! Today I am back with another video! (Didn’t see my first one? You can watch it here!) Sephora recently had a 15% off sale for VIB and VIB Rouge members and 10% off for Beauty Insiders, which you know I can’t resist! Whenever Sephora has a sale, I find it to be the perfect time to stock up on my old favorites and purchase some new products that I have been wanting to try. I told you guys that I would do some more videos (and I always love watching hauls on YouTube!), so I thought this would be the perfect second addition to my video series. Without further ado, here is my spring and summer Sephora haul…

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new products: skin-boosting mist // tinted lip balm (shade: opal) // tinted lip-conditioning oil (shade: i rose you) // perfume
old favorites: bronzer (shade: laguna) // clarisonic replacement (type: normal)
point perk samples: mascara // lip gloss (shade: bare baby) // hair hydrating shot

 

Have you purchased and spring or summer beauty products lately? And would you like to see more videos on my blog?

xoxo

Loose & Wavy Curls (video!)

I’ve been wanting to start a video series here on Baubles & Brunch for a few months now, and I’m so excited for my first one! I used to make YouTube videos years and years ago, so I was quite “out-of-shape,” so to say. I had a lot of fun filming it, but I had almost forgotten how much work goes into video production! (Almost.) I really hope you guys enjoy it.

I figured I would start with my everyday hairstyle — loose, wavy, kind-of-beachy, curls. I wear this hairstyle more often than not — if I’ve styled my hair for the day, it’s most likely going to look like this. I get a lot of questions about how I do my hair (both in-person and on blog pictures), and I thought walking you through step-by-step in a video would be the best way to show you how to do it.

I have to say, this is a super easy style to master; it might take you a few practice rounds if you’ve never used a curling wand before, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time. On a day-to-day basis, the curling process takes only about 10-15 minutes. So, without further ado, here is my first video tutorial, showing you my everyday loose and wavy curls… Fingers crossed you like it!

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ONE // I start off with an oil-based product when I get out of the shower; my favorites are here and here (you’ll notice this oil is a recurring theme — be prepared!). It helps keeps my hair smooth and shiny.

TWO // After my hair has air-dried, I add a little more oil to protect my hair from the heat. I like to start at the ends, and then use whatever is left on my hands on the top half of my hair.

THREE // I curl my hair with this 1-inch curling wand. I’m actually kind of obsessed with it! It heats up super quickly and leaves my hair soft and shiny, unlike a lot of other curling irons and wands. It doesn’t feel like it damages my hair at all, and it creates the perfect curl in just a few quick seconds. I couldn’t recommend it more!

FOUR // After all of my hair is curled, I top it off with a little more oil… Don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉 Again, this just keeps my hair smooth and shiny (think of this as like adding a top coat to your manicure).

FIVE // Now it’s safe to stow your oil away, because we’re finally done with it. Sometimes I like to spritz in a little of this sea salt spray, if I’m feeling a beachy and piecey vibe that day.

SIX // Or, on those days where I just think my hair needs a little more “oomph” or I want to add in some extra volume, I like to spray just a touch of this texturizing spray into the roots. Then, I just work it in and fluff up my hair. I ran out of that one a few weeks ago and haven’t gotten around to repurchasing it yet, so I’ve been using this dry shampoo in its place, and it gives a very similar effect — I highly recommend both! The dry shampoo is my favorite I’ve ever tried because it actually cleans your hair by absorbing all the oil, as opposed to just masking it. It also leaves no residue, which is one of my biggest complaints with other dry shampoo!

SEVEN // Another optional step: If I’m feeling a bit fancier, I’ll top off my hairstyle with just a few spritzes this hair perfume — it smells amazing! It’s especially good for days where you know you’ll be hugging people a lot, because it adds a very subtle hint of vanilla to your hair, so people smell a little tiny trace of it when they lean in.

Do you want to see more videos on my blog? If so, please, please, please leave your requests in the comments!

xoxo

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