April 29, 2013

My Week on Instagram

Taking a moment to share a few of my favorite snapshots from the past week:


homemade chicken picatta
I love a good chicken piccata in all of it's lemony and capery goodness. I used this easy recipe

On the day of my birthday, Steve and I (along with some friends and family) hit up the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale. Being Swashbuckler's Day I gave my costume a bit of a pirate twist but I think I ended up with a more boho-biba type of look.

camel renaissance faire
Highlight of my day: riding a camel! 

birthday flowers
Gorgeous birthday flowers from my family-- I love the watercolor-esque effect!

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram at @manda_wanda. What did you enjoy most about your week/ weekend?


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April 26, 2013

Happy Friday!

lace dress
Lace dress, Forever 21 | Booties, Shoedazzle (similar here)

 It's been a long week and I'm sure I'm not alone when I say Friday is greeted with open arms. I came across this cute navy high-low dress from F21 a couple of weeks ago-- the weather has been gorgeous in LA so it was the perfect day to break it out. Don't mind the stark white legs.


 Today also marks my final day as a 27 year old! I feel like for the past year or so I've been going through a quarter-life crisis-- stressed out and anxious about my future. That's normal... right?! Anyway, all that goes out of mind when I receive thoughtful gifts, such as this beautiful watercolor birthday card made by my talented co-worker, Hyunah. Everyone at the office looks forward to their birthday and getting a Hyunah-designed card!


For my birthday, I'll be visiting the local Renaissance Faire (yes, dressed up!) with the boyfriend and friends. I'm planning to spend Sunday having dinner with my family. Hello 28!

What are your fun weekend plans?


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April 25, 2013

Tropic Dreams

vacation outfit

Last week, Song of Style's Aimee posted a look from Coachella with a gorgeous tropical print shirt-- since then I haven't been able to get tropical prints, and dreams of a beachy vacation, out of my mind. Today's tropical prints aren't your dad's Tommy Bahama button downs of vacations past, today's look is modern, bright, and fun.  I picked out these fine items, perfect for a Hawaii or Fiji vacation... or just to get that tropical vibe going:

1. One Teaspoon Tropical Print Skirt  | 2. Roxy Tropic Tango Bandeau Top and Bikini Bottoms | 3. Jessica Simpson Calista Sandal | 4. Dior 'Vernis- Bird of Paradise' Nail Duo | 5. Zara Tropical Print Kimono | 6. Target Mossimo Tropical Print Shorts | 7. Forever21 Tropical Print Cutout Dress

  Are you a fan of tropical prints?


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April 18, 2013

How To: One-Day DIY Detox Juice Cleanse

I recently came across a doable, budget-friendly DIY juice cleanse (based on Ritual Cleanse’s cleanse program) from PR Blonde—the juices sounded good and I figured I would get my feet wet with a one-day cleanse before treading into anything longer, such as a 3 day cleanseI’m not looking to lose weight or diet but I do want to feel healthier and start developing better and healthier habits. And mainly, I wanted to try this detox juice cleanse out of curiosity.

I always imagine that people in other places typecast all Los Angelenos as kale-eating, diet-obsessed, gluten-free’d health nuts—heck, I live here and even I think that!  Riding on the coattails of the smoothie craze are juice bars and more specifically, juice cleanses. There’s always someone who has done one, on one or who wants to— even those I never thought would do anything remotely healthy for themselves are interested (and yes boyfriend, I’m talking to you!). There are so many companies offering juice detox and cleanses in the LA area but they can be pricey, even a one-day detox cleanse isn’t in my budget.  

juicing


Below is a diary of my day and thoughts on my DIY one-day juice cleanse:

Prep: 
The day before the cleanse I skipped my morning cup of coffee and drank green tea throughout the day and attempted to eat lighter fare although I’m hoping the spinach lasagna rolls and Texas toast I had for dinner don’t count… right??  The night before starting the cleanse, I made 5 of the juices (I made #6 prior to drinking it the night of) and bottled them so they’d be fresh and ready to go the next day. I purchased all the produce ahead of time and it took me about an hour and a half to prepare all the juices. You can get the full recipes here (use Green Juice recipe for juices 1, 3 and 5 or switch it up and use the CAB Juice recipe for juice #5)

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How To One Day DIY Detox Juice Cleanse
 5of 6 juices ready to go!

How To One Day DIY Detox Juice Cleanse
Numbered the caps so I knew in which order to drink

1st Juice: Breakfast
Green Juice: Apple, Spinach, Kale, Kiwi and Banana
Initially I wanted to wait until 8am to drink this while on the road to work, however it all didn’t fit into my to-go cup so I drank the entire juice just before 8am.

I drink a smoothie every morning on the way to work so this wasn’t too different than my normal routine (minus the scrambled eggs I have as well). The juice is yummy and sweet from the apple and kiwi—I do get more of a “greener” taste from the spinach and kale, however the banana covers up most of that earthy flavor.

2nd Juice: Morning Snack 
Pineapple, Cucumber, Apple Juice
This one is extremely tasty and super easy to drink. The cucumber is very distinct but so refreshing, especially poured over ice!

Just before I started drinking this juice my stomach started to gently grumble—at this time I’m typically reaching for a granola bar or crackers—but for me, the juice was enough to quench that rumble and tie me over until lunchtime.

3rd Juice: Lunch
Green Juice- Same as juice #1
As with when it came time for juice number 2, I was starting to feel hungry again before the third. Co-worker was heating up a scrumptious smelling pizza so I slipped outside to drink my third juice for lunch. I’m a sipper so I put it on ice and took about 40 minutes to drink it. During the afternoon, I felt more energized than I normally do, and while that pizza smelled amazing, I felt satisfied after my juice lunch.

They recently purchased a juicer for the office and a co-worker was making a juice this afternoon, and I drank a glass—kale, green apple and lemon. Not cheating, just a little extra serving ;)


4th Juice: Afternoon Snack
Spicy Lemonade: Lemon, Cayenne Pepper, Honey, Filtered Water
The fourth juice is a spicy lemonade, which I actually really like and will typically drink a couple times a week (I'm drinking this now as a I write this!). I added a bit too much cayenne to this one, but it was still drinkable and refreshing... with a good kick.

How To: One Day DIY Detox Juice Cleanse

Aside from having to use the bathroom more due to the amount of liquids I’m consuming, there isn’t much to report. I do feel more energized, I’m not starving, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the juices. At this point I’m even planning to continue the cleanse until lunch tomorrow (I don’t have enough produce to get through another day and going to the grocery store might be a bit TOO tempting!)

5th Juice: Dinner
Green Juice: Same as  juices #1 and #3
I drank the fifth juice in traffic on my way home from work—I couldn’t help but notice all the Burger King, Carl’s Jr.’s, McDonald’s etc. all around me—a nice, burger with all the fixin’s sounded AHH-mazing. I don’t even like burgers.

6th Juice: Dessert
Almond Milk, Banana, Cashews, Cinnamon, Filtered Water
I drank the final Juice (more like a nut milk) just before bed as my dessert—I put all ingredients in the blender along with some ice and made a smoothie— the mix of the banana, almond milk and cinnamon was delicious! Since coming across this recipe I’ve been making this blend regularly as it’s a great (and healthy!) meal or dessert replacement. If you're allergic to nuts, you can forgo to almond milk and cashews and use coconut milk instead.

At the end of the cleanse, I went to bed feeling fairly full and happy to have done something healthy for myself. I’m glad I started with a one-day as I was not sure what to expect with my body as I typically start feeling headachy and nauseous if I don’t eat throughout the day. I didn’t experience either of these  on cleanse day and I even took my cleanse into the first half of the following day before I ran out of produce. The only cons I experienced were non-stop treks to the bathroom due to all the liquids, and I noticed a couple new zits sprout up, which could mean toxins leaving the body. This might be TMI but I am happy to report there was no weird, gross diarrhea or other scary bodily functions one might associate with a cleanse or juice diet. I felt more energetic throughout the day and an overall sense of healthiness. Coming up, I plan to go for a three-day cleanse—stay on the lookout for an upcoming diary!

If you’re on the fence about juice cleanses or just don’t have the money to fork over, I recommend trying this DIY version and making the juices yourself.  This one is perfect if you’re not ready for a three-day or longer cleanse—perfect for a day of detox!

What has your experience with juice cleanses been?

* The original recipe calls for cardamom, but I did not have any and used cinnamon instead.


April 17, 2013

Four Favorites

pretty iphone case

I came across a fun Four Favorites link-up today from Let It Be Beautiful and Fancy Things and thought it would be fun to share a few of my picks that are currently on my birthday wishlist (next Saturday people, mark it down!), although I have a feeling I may be picking up a couple of these as presents to myself! 

I have been wanting a Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC for ages-- I love this soft blueish periwinkle shade, in fact, I think it would look lovely with this cute floral hi-low dress I spied at Tilly's a few weeks ago (and of course hinting to the boyfriend about!). A girl can never have too many shoes and I am in desperate need of a fancier black pair, I thought these cute Dolce Vita's would do. How gorgeous is this pink ombré phone case? I am definitely still on that ombré train!

Here is what is on my birthday wishlist:

What are your four things made your favorites list this week?


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April 15, 2013

Welcome!



Hello there and welcome to my new blog, A Good Hue!

Get it? Hehehe...

I have been wanting to start a blog for awhile now and I'm not sure why I waited so long to officially start a blog-- not enough time, scared to post, lazy-- but I'm here now and am looking forward to seeing what this blog evolves into. While I don't feel I am the most interesting, most stylish, most whatever person, I thought about why I read blogs (job duty excluded!) and what draws me to particular blogs. I look to a myriad of blogs for recipe ideas, outfit inspiration, home decor, and more. I'm hoping to share a few of my favorites and finds with you.

While this blog is about me, what I like, what I don't like, etc. I want YOU, the reader, to be able to find relatable nuggets to hug on to or use it as a source for inspiration in your own life. I look forward to 'meeting' new readers, sharing ideas, and opinions. Please feel free to comment and please, please follow this blog!

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