Meet my new fav BLOGGER: Caroline Juen of Love & Loathing in Los Angeles

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Hello hello!

Welcome to a new week y'all. 

Excited to share this one with ya.  A little intro to my fav blogger, Caroline Juen of Love and Loathing Los Angeles.

Not only does she have the dopest logo, but she does all the shit in LA that I should/need to do. She's down to earth, has a really unique and creative eye, and has a perfect balance of art, food, culture, fashion and shit you want to read about.

It's really hard to stick out in this space, and I've been so impressed with her ability to be a unique voice, with a unique creative vision in today's blogging world. 

She's adorable with dimples, and her photography is OFF THE CHAIN.

A little reminder that I need to up my game in the photography space, fo SHO.

For me, acknowledging and giving props to the best of the best (from my perspective) is #womensupportingwomen  - no competition is needed anywhere, since we're all different and bring something different to the world. 

I am so EXCITED for this interview, and some of my favorite Caroline photos to share with ya. She's a true joy to read, has a real wit and fun loving part about her and I know that you're going to fall in LOVEEEEE (no loathing) with her.

Shout out to Caroline for helping on da post!


Tell us a little about who you are, what you do:

My name is Caroline Juen, I’ve been an Angeleno for about 7+ years now, and I run a lifestyle blog called Love & Loathing Los Angeles!

Why did you decide to start a blog?

Originally I wanted to write a BOOK, but after telling my mother about all my big literary plans she brought be back down to earth and suggested I start with a blog first. The intention behind the whole thing though was to create more positive conversation about a very misunderstood town. LA is not “literally the worst”, and people who say that it is have likely never been to LA or have visited and did all of the wrong things. LA has such an incredible spirit, it’s a place worth visiting, talking about, and yes even residing. 

How do you describe your blog to a stranger? 

“Food, fashion, and fun in Los Angeles.” 

What's your favorite thing about what you do?

That’s a hard one, because I can’t quite nail down just one. I love being able to create content on my own terms and have it be received with open arms, support and positivity. I love meeting so many wonderful people because of it. I love running my own show. I love the struggle, I love the success, I love the journey of always being excited over “what’s next” for Love & Loathing LA. It blows my mind everyday that I get to do what I want do with my life and that it keeps simply moving forward. 

The hardest thing about what you do?

“What’s next” is a double edged sword, it’s exciting but also terrifying. Freelancing means there’s no guarantee and if you get to deep into your own head it can be detrimental. I try to stay on top of making sure I feel like I am consistently trying to make new connections and relationships to keep things moving forward. 

Something you'd like to do more of that you aren't currently doing already?

I feel like I can’t do enough of anything as it is!!! I wish there was just one more of me! If there WAS one more of me, I might explore a little more video though, could be fun!

Advice for other bloggers on standing out in a saturated place:

Create a very specific voice/narrative, be personable (be you!!!), and be consistent. And never ever never skimp on quality - quality ALWAYS stands out. (No blogging for bloggings sake.)

Find out what your edge is, what makes you different (whether that be voice, photography, style, you’ve been to more restaurants than anyone you know, etc.) and run with it.

Advice or tips for curating the perfect instagram feed (fucking love yours):

SO MANY. #1 trick I use to curate is by using a fake Instagram account to test my photos on. There ARE apps for this, but I much prefer the “real” thing. I love to test out photos for my feed before posting; I think of my Instagram as my mini editorial lifestyle magazine, it’s all gotta be cohesive. Another tip I think really helps up the Insta game is to find your filter and stick to it.

I use A Color Story to edit my photos and I truly believe it helps me with that cohesiveness amongst all of my photos!

Describe your perfect day: 

No gym, we’ll just start there. Someone else will have worked out for me, and then I would probably do something along the lines of breakfast and sun consumption in my backyard hanging with my boyfriend and dog, then lunch at Kazu Nori, carefree shopping spree at Reformation or ACNE, a movie at the iPic theater (*VIP SEATS* obviously), then either a bougie dinner at Spago, or burgers and cocktails at Everson Royce Bar. Cant decide there.

There’s so many ways to have a perfect day in LA though, it’s incredible. That’s just the kind of day I want TODAY I think :)

Why the LA love? What makes LA so great from your perspective?

LA is so incredibly magical, I was trying to nail down my favorite thing about LA the other week and it was just impossible to come up with just one. I love that LA is so insanely welcoming and supportive of so many people and cultures, we really get to enjoy and experience it all here. And for a large as LA is, there really is a huge sense of community here - we all seem to more or less be on board with “we all come up together.”

The creativity that emanates from this place is palpable, it’s inspiring, and it’s unlike anywhere else on earth in my opinion.

Brand you wear that describes your style?

Calvin Rucker. Love & Loathing LA has more or less grown up with this brand and I have to say if I could only wear one brand for the rest of my life it might be theirs! They’re talented women, founded and made in DTLA, and their designs are just incredible. Their M.O. is edgy yet feminine - think Gwen Stefani. All I ever want in life is to be Gwen Stefani, and Calvin Rucker gets me kinda close. 

Best beauty secret? 

Wash your face and moisturize at night, even if you’re too tired and/or drunk. I use Guinot religiously (like will not be persuaded by other brands), and I swear it has changed my skin. 

Best advice you ever received?

"Either you can or you can’t, either way you’re right.” I’ve got about a billion and one more great bits of advice where that came from, all given to me by my #1 - my mom. 


What's next for you in 2017?

I am “a day at a time” kinda gal, but I am really hoping to get to Europe this year. I could really use some culture and some travel this year :) otherwise it’s just maintaining this train and keeping it moving forward!

Where can people find and connect with you?

You can find me on my blog for a more in-depth curated look at life around LA

 loveandloathingla.com 

Or you can find me on Instagram for the more "in the moment” perspective  

instagram.com/loveandloathingla (@loveandloathingla)


So SO good right? I loved how she thinks of her Instagram more as an editorial - making it polished cohesive and fresh. If you ever visit L.A> especially for my babes out of the area, DO go to her site and get all the good recommendations. 

Love this, truly! Inspired just reading and doing this with Caroline.

Excited to hear what you think!

xoxo

Krista

Interview with a MAJAH babe and SOULCYCLE instructor Lindsey Simcik

So this needed to happen, and I'm SOOOOO excited it did. 

I've been thinking for a while I need to interview Lindsey for The Hundred Blog.

I mean, she's got mad credentials. She's a BADASS SoulCycle instructor here in L.A. teaching at studios all over (with riders that are obsessed with her). She's a model for some of the best brands, like Nike, Carbon38, Pointestudios and Goldsheep clothing. She's also an actress who has big goals and dreams and lives for encouraging others. The bonus (besides the abs) she's thoughtful, smart, funny, beautiful...and on the daily, inspires and motivates everyone she meets. 

My people, no?

Plus she also works out in just a sports bra so that's pretty much #goals.

I met Lindsey through my friend, another LindsAy (girls lol) a few months ago, and began attending classes with her at SoulCycle to first introduce myself when I was new in L.A. My girl crush is going to show in this post, but her MUSIC IS SO DOPE. Obviously we all know how important music is in a SoulCycle class, but this girl plays like Phil Collins and Future in the same 45 minutes.

Phil Collins is seriously the greatest of all time, btw.

So for those that haven't done Soulcycle, you may have heard a little bit about the spiritual and soulful aspect of it, where instructors motivate, inspire and encourage you throughout the class as you drip sweat and essentially dance as a team on the bike. Dads go to class too, and try to STUNT on the bike. It's fun but I also make sure that they know what's UP. Hehe.

But anyway, understanding the dynamic of the room, and flow of WHAT to say and WHEN to say it - is a freakin' art. There's a fine line between corny and inauthentic, and those instructors that I go to, that can speak in the 'flow' are modern day Buddhas. 

Lindsey does that. Knowing her now as a friend, I hear her kind and encouraging words, but in class am able to see the truth and believe that she offers to her riders - which is nothing short of amazing. It's like, shit that makes you leave class believing in yourself and ready to take on the day. To be someone who can motivate an entire room of diverse people from different places, you have to also be LIVING in your truth and being your most authentic self. 

So okay that was deep, but leaders and visionaries need to be represented, ha.

 

 

So I HAD to interview her. Just needed to know (and share) where she gets her dope music, her beauty tips and tricks, about her journey into fitness and what it's like being a professional sweaty person, in front of a room of 60 or so people 3x a day....

 

I am so excited to introduce you to Lindsey Simcik.


Can you tell us a little bit about you? A quick introduction:

I'm originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, very close to where Washington crossed the Delaware! COOL, right!?  I'm a nerd.  It's beautiful--lots of cornfields and deer.  I'm a daughter and a sister, the eldest of four kids, a performer, a SoulCycle instructor, and a big dreamer.  

Tell us a little bit about your journey to becoming a SoulCycle Instructor...

I was a rider for a little under a year.  I was hooked.  It's hard to explain, so I just let the feeling take me on a crazy ride (no pun intended).  I felt like I just couldn't fit it into my life.  I was a fit model for a well-known designer at the time, while pursuing my acting career.  It was a great gig, but something was missing.  So after a big push from a few SoulCycle instructors, I said f@#$ it, whats the worst thing that could happen!?  So I auditioned with about 100 other people.  It was SO MUCH FUN.  The energy in the room was electric and I just felt myself fall into something special. 

I made it past the audition and the interview process and was offered a spot in the SoulCycle training program.  I'm tossing the ten weeks I ate, slept, and breathed the SoulCycle training program, into the bin of best experiences of my life.  I met the most amazing, hard-working, compassionate, energetic people, and they will be my friends for life.  I was pushed physically and emotionally in the most loving way.  I could go on forever.  Let's just say I came out of the program, stronger in every way, more sensitive, and deeply connected to my intuition and intentions.  

 

You moved from your hometown, in PA, to NYC to now LA to chase your dreams. What advice would you give someone who has big goals? 

TRUST. 

Bumps in the road, detours on your path are opportunities.  I always knew I would live in NYC.  I always knew I would live in LA.  I didn't know how or when I would make it happen, but I really believe that because that intention never dimmed, I manifested all of this crazy, beautiful sh*t!  If you have a vision, it will pull you forward.

What do you love about your job?

Girl, it is impossible to keep this short.  But I will try.  I love the community, the energy in that room and how it's different every single time we ride.  I love forming relationships with riders, watching them grow, giving them permission to let go.  I love sweating.  I love that my uniform includes athletic leggings and a sports bra.  I love being a part of a team.  I love music and discovering how it can influence our movement and mood.  I love how it has given me new perspective on my own health and a new appreciation for my body.  I love food, so I love and am thankful that I can eat, eat, eat!  I love that it never gets old.  I love the Soulcycle front desk staff's and our corporate team--they keep this big, beautiful machine going every day.  I love that I get just as much out of each class as the riders do.

Can you walk us through a day in the life?

Each day is a little different.  In general, I wake up around 7/7:30am and eat something right away.  A greek yogurt with berries and a little bit of granola is a perfect, easy breakfast.  I make sure I drink at least 8-10oz of water as I continue to get ready for my day.  I'm taking lots of vitamins these days, feels good to have a regime that I know will benefit me now and later.  I love to move my body on my own before I teach a class.  So I will normally go to Hot Yoga Sculpt or Barre at HOT8YOGA, a Boom session at Gloveworx (both in Santa Monica), or do my own workout and a steam at Equinox.  If I have time before I teach, I usually have auditions or go-sees, take care of errands, tend to some music research for class, and I absolutely fit in lunch and a coffee (ex: sauteed spinach, good culture sun-dried tomato cottage cheese, slice of rye bread and an egg over easy...and an almond latte).  I make sure to save time for stretching and rolling out before classes.  Before and after classes I'm sure to hydrate and eat equal parts protein and carbohydrates.  If classes bring me to the evening, I take an epsom salt bath into a shower when I get home.  I have a pretty extensive skin routine, so I take weird pleasure in committing to that every night.  I'm approaching 30, which honestly doesn't mean much.  But it's important to me to take care of my health, my skin, my insides and outsides now, so that I age gracefully later!  And finally I light my favorite candle and read for a bit before bed.  Right now I'm reading "Add more ~ing to Your Life" by Gabrielle Bernstein.  I sleep 7-8 hours per night, no less!  

Oh, and WINE.

Besides SoulCycle/fitness, what is your greatest passion?  Acting.  I've performed and studied acting for as long as I can remember.  I am still pursuing my acting career and am so happy to be able to couple it with SoulCycle. 

What is your greatest fear?  That's a tough one.  I don't know.  I know that I am anxious sometimes that I might miss an opportunity because I'm not prepared or paying attention.  I have moments of insecurity that say "Will I ever find a partner for life?", "Will my acting career gain momentum?", "Am I doing enough?"....We all have these thoughts that make us doubt the NOW.  And in those moments i just remind myself to worry less and live more.

What is one of your proudest moments in 2015?

I signed with a commercial agency this year, which was exciting, as it's my first year in LA.  I bought a car.  I had my baby sister live with me while she prepared for, took, and totally kicked a$$ on her nursing exam...She is now an adult with an apartment, a car, and  a big girl job at a Children's Hospital in San Francisco.  I'm so proud, I cry often.

Obviously SoulCycle plays a big part of it, but what do you eat to stay energized and keep your model bod!?  

I love my fruits and veggies and give the reign over my diet.  I keep fruits and whole grains (bread, oatmeal, brown rice, etc) to the first half of my day.  The evening is protein and green heavy.  I love snacks on the go--nuts, apples, greek yogurt, clementines, Nut Thin crackers.  And I am absolutely, proudly addicted to La Croix sparkling water--Pamplamousse (Grapefruit) is my favorite.  I allow myself cheat moments.  I love pizza and wine and ice cream and CARBS in all forms.  I try not to deprive because then I just want to sabotage.  So if I want a little something "bad", I eat it and then get right back on track.  

 

What other workouts do you do to cross train? Your abs are AH-MAZING.

Oh jeeeez, thank you!  I take Hot Yoga Sculpt and Barre at Hot8Yoga 2-3 times per week.  The heat and the yoga aspect helps me to prevent injury on the bike.  I have also become addicted to boxing!  Gloveworx offers a small group BOOM session, which I love.  I feel so strong when I box.  And as a "fitness professional" it is humbling because it's SO HARD!!  I've also discovered some pretty awesome classes at Equinox, like their "Tough Love" class, which mixes high intensity cardio and strength training.  I just like to mix it up, ALWAYS.

 

What are some of the most powerful lessons you've been taught in your life?

My dad always told me to do what I love, no matter what.  I take that advice very seriously--So seriously that I find it hard to commit and work hard if I'm not passionate about what I'm doing.  I'm also learning the power of choice, the power of thought, and the power of the ego.  I usually have to notice and then turn down the volume on the ego and negative thoughts, and increase the volume on my power of choice.  I'm learning!  And finally LOVE.  It just works.  

 

In your classes you always have dope playlists, where do you get your music? 

I peruse different music blogs like "HYPEM", "Eargasmic", "This Song is Sick", and "Dancing Astronaut".  I fall into deep music holes on SoundCloud and YouTube!  I also ask friends for requests, which serve as inspiration!  I love to play top 40, hip hop, throwbacks, dope remixes, heavy hitting instrumental or electric sounds, and I've even played country!  It'll surprise you what you could ride to!

 

You also have a really powerful way with words, and speak directly from a really powerful place during class - inspiring and motivating people...where does this come from?

That's a good question.  It's interesting what happens when you move your body to music in a dark, candle-lit room with a group of people who want to do something good for themselves for 45 minutes.  It's freeing and exposing.  I feel pretty vulnerable.  I think what comes out most times is inspired by what I am dealing with in my own life or what those close to me are dealing with.  I read a lot for inspiration, I watch TED talks and YouTube channels...I love Gabby Bernstein, the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, Brene Brown, Mark Nepo, among others!  I'm in this together with my riders.  I'm learning with them and, many times, from them.  

What are your favorites type of workout apparel for day into working out or workout into night? 

Mesh is a great go-to for versatility.  I tend to wear black.  ALL THE TIME.  It's classic, its easy, its sleek, it makes me feel confident.  Give yourself the gift of layers.  It's fun to shlep around in layers and then when you get to the gym for your workout, take off a few.  When you leave, ditch some of the sweatier pieces and layer up again in a different way for your happy hour cocktails.  Stylish sneaks are my newest obsession.  I wear them for a night out, or errands around town.  They're fun and no right or wrong way to wear them!  

What is one of your New Years Resolutions for 2016? 

More presence.  Being okay with progress and not perfection.  Stillness.  Meditation.  More cooking at home.  Deepening my yoga practice.  Travel. 


How about that on a MONDAY RIGHT? A perfect post if you're in L.A. and booking your bike at 12 PM today! For the interviews, I really love just getting into it, seeing the habits and rituals of the inspirational people like Lindsey. Coming from the East Coast, pursuing her dreams, going for it, and now living in L.A. leading the way for chicks like me to get my sweat on to Kendrick Lamar.

She's done a few interviews with SoulCycle which you can also find here. To also know about what she eats check this out here, last make sure to book your bike with her in Brentwood, Santa Monica and Newport Soul's on Monday's.

How rad is Lindsey right? The music spots, I need to check out, the authors she mentioned, and eating tips are KEY. Let me know what you think. Have you been to SoulCycle? Heard of it? Anything you want to know here? 

HAPPY MONDAY! I just came back from Palm Springs this weekend, writing a weekending and guide from it. Feeling relaxed and SO EXHAUSTED from the spa-life, ha.

Lots of love,

Krista 

xx


Shop some of Lindsey's favorite books:

 

 

Weekending in Silver lake.

Yooooooo!

This weekend sort of getting back in the groove of L.A. and decided to spend lots of time in Silver Lake, a part of Los Angeles that's super rad. It's like the Brooklyn of L.A. (can I say that?) but it's very unique. Lots of cool stores, vintage shops, a very cool flea, and tons brunch spots (my friend Zach said it's the 'brunch capital of L.A' LOL). There's also Echo Park, which is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city where you can chill and even go pedal boating (which I made Justin do - OBVI). 

So if you're in L.A. I would highlyyyyyy recommend going to Silver Lake for a day or so. It's a gem, and if I didn't love da beach so much I would probably buy tons of stuff from Urban Outfitters and move there. 

// Things to do // 

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// Places to eat //

  • For vegan fare: Fiore is a hipster haven with awesome dishes like the Tempeh Tu-no Salad.
  • Forage: A restaurant that sources all of its ingredients locally, and has tons of healthy filling options. The menu literally changes daily. 
  • Naturewell: A health food and juicery that's BOMB. Coconut kale smoothie. Like I know i'm such a white girl but it ruled. 
  • Bar Stella: Very hip spot right on Sunset, apparently gets live at night, but was great during the day to chill. 
  • Hyperion Public: V romantic place which everyone can find something to eat. 
  • Barbix: One of my favorite meals in L.A. Roasted cauliflower, and butternut squash salad were so right. 
  • Millie's Cafe: This place was poppin' off. There were so many people there! The menu is huge and you can find basically anything you want. Acai bowls, etc. 

// Places to shop // 

  • Mohawk General Store: Probably the most known in the area, a vintage shop for both men and women.
  • Painted Bird: My favorite in the area. Lots of good women's stuff here. 
  • Clover: I love the brands they carry here, a bit pricey but good when you want something nice. 
  • Undefeated: For men's clothing
  • Clare V: Sassy, homemade looking stuff. 
  • Dream Collective: Such a beautiful store inside, v expensive sunglasses and accessories. Swoon worthy.
  • En Soie: A kitchy-type store with lots of random things. 

Also did some Vice watching with friends on a lazy ass Sunday and I have so many thoughts. It's SUCH A GOOD SHOW. But really makes you think about a lot of things. Highly recommend. 

Okay, do you guys have any other recommendations for spots to visit in Cali? I want to make sure I cover everywhere that's cool. Let me know! 

Hope you had such a good weekend.

Chat soon, xo

Krista