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This past Sunday was Easter and I spent it differently like I have in the past. Typically, I head over to the East Bay and celebrate with family. But, to be honest, after a long work week all I wanted to do was sit and hang out.

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Fino and I drove over to Front Cafe over in Potrero Hill. The space was cute and cozy and really minimal. And their cold brew coffee was spectacular. Being in this area made me think of how much I just want to live in a bigger industrial loft to take photos and lounge in.

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I love weekends like this. Where all you have to think about is where you are in your life and how you can move forward. I’ve been thinking so much about how I can take everything to the next level. After all, it is the year of progression.

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Cheers!!! His and her cold brewed coffee. Thank you, Fino, for a great Easter Sunday!

vegan nutella milk

When I went vegan, it was such a sad moment to find out that I couldn’t eat nutella. My college years consisted of spreading nutella on bread to snack on during my late-night studying. Luckily, there’s a better way to satisfy my current nutella cravings. The vegan way.

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Vegan nutella milk is something I’d drink in the morning or mid-afternoon to savor my sweet tooth. Read on for the recipe!

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Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups raw hazelnuts
5 cups water
1.5-2 cups vegan chocolate chips (I used SunSpire Vegan Carob Baking Chips)

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Directions:

1. Place your hazelnuts in a large bowl with about 4-5 cups of water and let soak overnight.

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2. In the morning, drain the hazelnuts and place them in a blender with 5 cups of water. Blend until smooth.

3. Strain your fresh hazelnut milk using a cheese cloth. You’ve just made your own hazelnut milk!

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4. Heat the hazelnut milk over medium-low heat, stirring often.

5. Pour the chocolate chips into the milk, a little at a time, stirring on low heat until melted and well mixed.

6. Remove from heat, allow to cool, and enjoy! Store in an airtight container the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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recipe courtesy of bldg 25

paceline status

Love to go cycling on the streets of San Francisco? We’ve got ya covered. Here, Courtney’s modeling the fancy new Paceline Capsule for lululemon athletica. It’s fun, it’s bright and it’s functional.

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Paceline Jacket: We engineered this lightweight jacket with a grippy dropped hem to keep us covered on our climbs. Light wind and water-resistance paired with reflective details ensure we’re ready to face changing conditions from the start of our ride to the last leg home.

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Paceline Jersey: Shift happens. We created this lightweight, quick-dry jersey so we can stay focused on our cadence whether it’s a bumpy road or a steep incline. The silicone hem helps keep our shirt down as we climb and breathable mesh helps keeps us cool in the heat of the race.

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Paceline Short: We designed these cycling shorts with long training rides in mind - a body-contoured padded chamois (aka a built-in cushion) helps soften the hours we spend in our saddle. Moisture-wicking Luxtreme™ fabric has chafe-resistant seams providing us with extra comfort when we work up a serious sweat.

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As always, Court’s one of my favorite models and she really does bike to work. Every. Single. Day. Such an inspiration, right? She’s just got that athletic model status.

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athletic styling & photography by lexie tiongson // modeling by courtney ochoa

one pieces

It’s that time of the year! It’s been a long time since I’ve worn a swimsuit and I think the last time I had a need for one, I didn’t even own one. I borrowed it from my sorority sister while we were on Spring Break in Santa Barbara.

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So in preparation for my trip to Vegas, I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect swimsuit. I haven’t found the right one yet, but these ones really please the eye.

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the cut-out // the monokini // the tied sides // the color block 

herbivore botanicals

It took awhile for me to transition from non-organic beauty products to natural, vegan ones. It’s been a long ride of trying to find the right one and seeing which one would also fit in my everyday lifestyle.

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I stumbled upon Herbivore Botanicals over the Holidays on Etsy for gift shopping. Their branding is on point and finding what I needed was so easy. So, after a couple of uses on their Hair + Body Sea Mist, my collection expanded. Ever since then, their Etsy shop has grown and most of their products can now be found at Anthropologie.

This weekend, I encountered them at one of my new favorite shops in The Mission, Little Paper Planes. They had everything I needed: face toner, soap and bath salt. Ever since I’ve started using vegan beauty products, my body has been at it’s most natural state.

Shop Herbivore Botanicals here.

everyday uniform

A lot of people have been asking me what I wear everyday. There’s always that go-to uniform. This usually involves a jean jacket and some brown boots. I’m always on the go, no matter what, so I like to be as casual as I can.

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Since I moved to San Francisco in 2008, my style has obviously changed. It’s gotten a little bit more classic, really simple and casual.

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Most of the time I’m carrying a backpack for all of my essentials and my camera bag in case I need to photograph anything for work. When you live in a city where you take a bus downtown and are pretty much stuck there, you kind of look like a pack rat.

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j.crew: new nolita denim jacket // clarks desert boots // lululemon: wunder under pant & here to there tank // madewell: the transport rucksack & eaton shoulder bag

creating space

Yesterday, I found out that the amazing yoga studio** I’ve been going to for a year and a half will be moving it’s location. The realization of not being able to go to New Tree Cafe before class for a cup of tea hit me slowly in my first downward dog. I wouldn’t be able to whisper before class in the lovely, yet tiny hallways of this studio. My mat wouldn’t have it’s true home. I just couldn’t imagine how Happy Hour would be in a new location. Everything was unknown. Where would it move to? Would I be able to get to class? What about all of the other teachers?

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So with all of these questions in my head, Debbie led us through many chaturangas, warriors and sun salutations that created space not only for our poses but for this community. It was an emotional class. The energy in the room was lit up, but we were all on fire with anger of the unknown.

If something hits us in our lives, we either need to take a step back or step forward in order to create space. It’s a moment where we almost have to let the window open up to see what kind of things either fly out or fly in.

It’s time to look for those tiny little gaps in order to let go and create space.

Namaste,
Lexie

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