Back from Sabbatical

Welcome back dear reader. I am happy to announce that I am back from an unannounced blogging sabbatical. Thank you for your patience during these past 2 months, your comments, emails, and text messages asking where the heck I was have been appreciated. I’ve been going strong on Twitter and Instagram, which I hope you’re following, but here’s an update on what I’ve been up to since we last spoke.

It’s all been about my career and love life in 2012. I finally landed the kind of job I’d been working so hard for, with an amazing group of women, at a design and brand consulting studio in Atwater Village. I have continued to review restaurants, hotels, and other businesses for Citysearch L.A. in addition to being named their Social Media Manager. Another gig I grabbed during this off time was writing a chef profile for a popular hotel who is flirting with the idea of launching a magazine. Hoping that goes to print! The last of my jobs is being brought on as a lifestyle blogger for Miss KL (part of Karmaloop), so keep your eyes out for some good pieces!

As for my love life, my Twitter feed explains most of that. Famous to non-famous, the men of this year are appreciated. Thanks for getting me right.

This year I have taken my own advice and it’s all falling into place. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. Trust. Now on with the program.

Back to Blogging

Trill

You are reading this, aren’t you? I am back to blogging after what turned out to be almost a month-long hiatus. My friend Sara insinuated last week that I was too busy living life to blog, which we both had a good laugh over. I’m not actually sure who is reading this anymore but I’ve had more hits than ever so that is a good thing. Why don’t you say hi in the comments just to give me a head’s up?

Let me break some things down, Livejournal style. 2012 has been my motherfucking year. Dropped my dude after 8 years (more on that later) and seriously cannot believe how amazing single life has been – when I say that, one of the things I am talking about are all the creative freedoms that have seem to entered my life with the release of something big . The past 6 months has inspired me to return to zines after almost 10 years with the upcoming 90 Days to Becoming a Player: A Girl’s Guide. Most of my time has been spent dancing, juggling dudes, working out, hanging with girlfriends, and looking for the perfect job. I have removed almost all the ridiculous stress creators in my life and the permanent smile I’ve been sporting is worth everything to me. Trust me when I say you wanna hang with NJ.

I really love my friends & I love you dear readers, even the haters.  The name of this here blog is changing this week, pretty sure. Done.

Big Changes 2012

Nothing beats the classic Mac Photo Booth screen cap, am I right? A single girl has to take matters into her own hands. Last week the blog was quiet but that only means one thing, big changes up in here! I already claimed 2012 as my year and the universe keeps reinforcing this idea, so if I go on and on about ballerz, playerz, & every other word that ends with a “z”, I hope you feel me. I am riding a high of happiness and I hope you’ll join me in my adventures. It is about to get really good!

New hair? Bam! Septum ring? Bam! Renaming this here blog? B A M ! To be continued…

 

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

CAFAM
I am so happy that 2011 is over because I was so ready for 2012 to begin. A new year always feels like a new start and though I make resolutions all the time, I especially love making them when I feel fresh and renewed. In 2011 my boyfriend and I departed ways after 8 years, one of my best friends “broke up” with me over an email (seriously), and I faced the ups/downs of working in the world of freelance. Despite those hardships, looking back on the year I say goodbye with a thankful heart because I have a wonderful family, true friends, a roof over my head and food in my belly. In the end, this is all that I need.

Last year marked many adventures in travel, delicious meals, and new friendships. I know this new year will only bring me more of the things I love. I have never felt so free which means I plan to use my time wisely! Here are some of my favorite photos throughout 2011.

Homegrown Tomatoes

Chico

Atlanta Oysters

Atlanta Aquarium

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo Paletas

La Paz

Ojai

Ojai

Supply Room, Santa Barbara

Agua Frescas

Native Foods

Succulent Workshop

Dim Sum Duh

Dumplings

Pide

My First Hanukkah

My First HanukkahDid you know I was Jewish? Neither did I until 3 weeks ago when I uncovered my Jewish lineage. Since then I have been doing everything possible to find out how this became a Mormon coverup only two generations ago. I am sure you are dying to know how I discovered this amazingness so here’s the breakdown. Recently the power was out in the neighborhood due to those crazy L.A. winds. I joined my parents for dinner at one of the only places with electricity and got started on the topic of ethnicity with my Dad, as I have always been convinced he was more than just a white guy from Utah. He talked about his family, their names, etc. but it was still all the same things I had heard before, that is until he physically wrote down his family tree.

I stared down at his chart of names and Maud Gressman immediately jumped out at me! My eyes bulged out of my skull and I shook my Dad, asking him to say that name. He read it and said “Grisham” to which I exclaimed loudly “No!” All these years my Dad has been pronouncing his Grandmother’s name incorrectly but I would soon discover that was just the tip of the iceberg. Upon my research I discovered Maud’s parents, Joseph Gressman and Laura Kessler, did not die in a car accident as their children were told. I have not figured out the story yet, but all 10 of their children were adopted by Mormon families in Utah; therein lies the conspiracy to coverup our Jewish heritage. Through research I have discovered Jewish ancestors with amazing names like Asher, Ephileader, Phebe and Essie. This is a pretty huge story so I am just sharing a bit for now but I must uncover the rest! If you have any Jewish ancestry tips, please let me know.

The photo above is a bracelet my Mother gave to me just now in celebration of my first Hanukkah. She has been extremely supportive of my quest and now I can officially call myself a Mexi-Jew.

My First Hanukkah

My First HanukkahDid you know I was Jewish? Neither did I until 3 weeks ago when I uncovered my Jewish lineage. Since then I have been doing everything possible to find out how this became a Mormon coverup only two generations ago. I am sure you are dying to know how I discovered this amazingness so here’s the breakdown. Recently the power was out in the neighborhood due to those crazy L.A. winds. I joined my parents for dinner at one of the only places with electricity and got started on the topic of ethnicity with my Dad, as I have always been convinced he was more than just a white guy from Utah. He talked about his family, their names, etc. but it was still all the same things I had heard before, that is until he physically wrote down his family tree.

I stared down at his chart of names and Maud Gressman immediately jumped out at me! My eyes bulged out of my skull and I shook my Dad, asking him to say that name. He read it and said “Grisham” to which I exclaimed loudly “No!” All these years my Dad has been pronouncing his Grandmother’s name incorrectly but I would soon discover that was just the tip of the iceberg. Upon my research I discovered Maud’s parents, Joseph Gressman and Laura Kessler, did not die in a car accident as their children were told. I have not figured out the story yet, but all 10 of their children were adopted by Mormon families in Utah; therein lies the conspiracy to coverup our Jewish heritage. Through research I have discovered Jewish ancestors with amazing names like Asher, Ephileader, Phebe and Essie. This is a pretty huge story so I am just sharing a bit for now but I must uncover the rest! If you have any Jewish ancestry tips, please let me know.

The photo above is a bracelet my Mother gave to me just now in celebration of my first Hanukkah. She has been extremely supportive of my quest and now I can officially call myself a Mexi-Jew.

Catching Up

First things first, the winners of the jewelry giveaway are Jenna Fain and Rachel Chung. Congrats ladies!  A big thanks to random.org for making it easy. For those of you interested in the pieces created by Stefani Greenwood, Gilda Davidian and myself, you can buy them online at the Edition Of 24 online shop.  Thank you to everyone who entered, I truly appreciate your support and enthusiasm.

Secondly, as you may have noticed, Fashion Intel was quiet last week but I can guarantee you exciting things to come.  Something I have wanted to share is that I am now contributing food writer for Refinery 29 Los Angeles.  You can read my most recent article, L.A.’s Most Mouth-Watering Cheap Eats, to find out about my favorite spots in L.A. that I promise will satisfy your taste buds and not break the bank.

Lastly, I just want to say last week was a whirlwind of fun.  From Tina Fey’s book signing at Club Nokia to getting down with Prince at The Forum, I am a bit pooped now but it was all worth it.  In between that I managed to chop off most of my hair (a total of now 14 inches gone) and secure a new client.  Now I’m packing for Atlanta and looking forward to sharing with you that adventure.

Dog v Raccoon

There is a reason I haven’t blogged for the past 6 days and that is my dog Cha Cha was nearly killed by a raccoon.  I have been by her side since the attack and have not had the chance to share anything new here on Fashion Intel.  Thank you for all your kind words and positive vibes via twitter and facebook – it really means a lot to me.

Cha Cha is on the mend, and at 13 years old she still has so much spark.  Before we all start damning the raccoon, I have to say that I’m absolutely sure my sweet little dog attacked first, because she has a history of fighting (killing) animals (that aren’t dogs).  What can you say except hey, she’s an animal.  Thankfully I got my dog to the hospital before she bled to death and she’s now resting quietly here in my bedroom.  Her checkup and draining tube removal at the veterinarian went well yesterday and things are starting to get back to normal over here.

This really shook me up and I’m really going to stop taking things/people/pets for granted.

Hello

I wanted to start this Monday morning with a photo of the vanilla latte I love over at Roaster Family Coffee (link) in Alhambra.  RFC is a chain of Taiwanese coffee shops with two locations in the states, both in the San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia and Alhambra.  I appreciate that their beans are Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.  Did you know 80% of all Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is exported to Japan? Moving on…  I never understood the appeal of working on my computer in cafe, that is until I actually tried it.  No distractions, just work.

This looks to be a promising week.  I should have a couple of announcements and am looking forward to the continued unnamed necklace project with A Collection Of.  Thank you again for your continued readership and amazing support!  I love seeing this blog community grow.

Which local spot(s) do you like to get coffee?

 

Hello

I wanted to start this Monday morning with a photo of the vanilla latte I love over at Roaster Family Coffee (link) in Alhambra.  RFC is a chain of Taiwanese coffee shops with two locations in the states, both in the San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia and Alhambra.  I appreciate that their beans are Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.  Did you know 80% of all Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is exported to Japan? Moving on…  I never understood the appeal of working on my computer in cafe, that is until I actually tried it.  No distractions, just work.

This looks to be a promising week.  I should have a couple of announcements and am looking forward to the continued unnamed necklace project with A Collection Of.  Thank you again for your continued readership and amazing support!  I love seeing this blog community grow.

Which local spot(s) do you like to get coffee?