Month: August 2014

My August Favorites

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  • LIPS

IMG_4330SEPHORA’S Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Cranberry Luster
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect red shade for what seems like an eternity. In love with this product. Makes my lips feel silky smooth and oh so pretty!!!
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  • DIY


DIY: Lanyard Keychains
Is it totally nerdy to start a lanyard making craft club?? WHO’S IN?? Cause I’m down for any sort of crafty business. #lanyardclub
  • tech stuff


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Fun Creature USB Ports
How could you not love a little creature toy guy that turns into a useful gadget when you pop his adorable head off?
(This one’s made by LINE Friends)

ombre sneakers
Wild Ombrcolored sneaks
If I can’t have ombre in my hair, then why not have it on my sneakers? One look at these wild brights and I’m all pumped up to go to the gym.
  • bags bags and bags!

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The Walk Bag


B3My uber talented cousin Brianna Honkawa D’Estries designed this fav……and she’s only 17!!! She’s such a sweetheart and gave me one last time I saw her and I love the crap out of it. The bright funky colors and functional shape and pockets make it the perfect Boho chic bag to rock when you’re on the go. Best part is, every single bag is 100% handmade by craftswomen in Vietnam making each one completely unique. Here’s the link to her Etsy shop to get one of your own: Book River Etsy Shop I’m going to have her guest blog on here in a few weeks so ya’ll can get a taste of her amazing style and talents. So proud of this one!
Miss Bee BeeYou can check out Brianna’s blog full of cute vegan recipes and crafty ideas here- Walkotws Blog


Rob Lowe’s book: “Stories I Only Tell My Friends”
Without a doubt one of my favorite reads EVER. Whether you are in the industry or not, there is much to be learned from Rob’s incessantly entertaining and autobiographical accounts of his life as an actor. After the last page, I felt like I was BFFS with Mr. Lowe.

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That’s it for August guys! I love you all. Gonna try and make this “favorites” list a monthly thing so keep checking back. And if you have any favs you’d like to share please comment below or tweet/insta me. <3



Having watched the movie Jobs the night before I heard of the passing of Robin Williams, I was left with one very nagging question.
Why are all these greats taken from us too early?
Storytellers, innovators, tech giants….
Robin Williams is an icon. His memory will live on through his work, touching generations for years and years to come….. inspiring new generations to rise up, affected by him and the vast characters he has brought to life.
Maybe this was his final masterpiece. Leaving this earth to allow for new storytellers and creatives to step forward. To be motivated by this loss; perpetuating his greatness.
It’s your move, chief.
If there was one thing Mr. Williams taught me, it’s to be bold. Be fearless. Throw caution to the wind and speak the words you want to say. In any way you want to say them.
So thank you dear sir. And may we never forget you.

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ally maki

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ally maki b & w

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Photography by T.Graham



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Hey summer kids. This is part of a new series of posts that I’ve titled “LAZY GIRL RECIPES” after my passion of NOT cooking. I am a lazy chef. When I think of going to the store, gathering all the ingredients (spending half my life savings on organic), hauling them out of the car, washing them, prepping, peeling, chopping, processing, heating, baking, searing, cooling (the food and MYSELF it’s so DARN HOT I’M SWEATING), plating (how the hell do you make food look photoshoot ready?), and serving it is enough to scare me out of cooking for anyone EVER. And on top of that, I then have to eat it in the company of friends and look semi cute? Too. Much.
So, I’ve put together some fun ideas if you’re like me and just want simple, creative meals that aren’t totally lackluster. This one was adapted from a Food Network recipe that I tweaked to make easier. I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I was of myself for making my own tomato sauce from scratch! This is unheard of for me.
It’s all about pushing boundaries people! Cooking isn’t in my wheelhouse of special skills, but this year it’s all about challenging myself, so here we go.
Bon appetit!
xx, ally
basil picking

Fresh basil is one of my favorite things in the world.

In the grocery basket:
2 lbs of fresh tomatoes (I used a mixture of larger vine and cherry)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 red onion finely chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
Pinch of chili flakes
1/2 box of angel hair pasta
1/4 cup chopped basil + a few whole sprigs for garnish

fun ingredients


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1. Get two large pots.
1st pot: bring water to a boil.
2nd pot: fill with water and ice to create an “icebath”
Sounds weird, just do it.
2. Cut a small “x” on the bottom of each tomato. Tedious, but do it.
3. The dreaded ICEBATH!
This was the step that freaked me out. It sounds harder and way more extensive than it really is. Trust me, so easy…and actually sort of fun. I felt like I was giving little babies baths!
In batches, place the tomatoes in the boiling water (blanching them) for about 30 seconds-1 min, or until you see the skins are peeling off.
Remove and quick like fire, plunge them into the ice bath! Repeat until all the tomatoes are done. You’re basically trying to get them soft so the skins are easily removable.

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chopped tomatoes4. Peel the tomatoes and cut them in half horizontally (not from the stem down, cut into the middle and across). Squeeze out the seeds. Dig in there kids and get them all!!
5. Now that they are peeled and seeded, you can chop them up and set them aside for now.
Insider secret: If you are REALLY LAZY, you can skip all this and just use canned tomatoes. But honestly, it tastes 10,000 times better when you make it fresh.



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6. Bring a saute pan to medium heat. Add olive oil.
7. Once hot and sizzly, add your onions and garlic (the sweetest combination known to mankind) and saute for roughly 2 minutes.
8. Add thyme and chili flakes. Wait until garlic starts to get all golden browny.
9. Now, little chefs add your tomatoes and sugar. Stir. Lower the temp and cook for 15 minutes, or until the sauce is pretty dry.

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10. Boil your pasta in salted water! I’m pretty stoked about how my pasta came out. I just followed the darn directions on the box and cooked my angel hair for 4 minutes on the dot and they came out perfectly al dente. Experiment with yours as each brand is probably different. I taste tested a noodle virtually every 30 seconds like a crazy person to make sure they were perfect. Hah!


Put it all together. This is where your creativity comes in. Pick a pretty pasta bowl. Garnish with your basil and maybe even some grated parmesan! Invite friends or skeptics who didn’t think you would ever make your own pasta sauce from scratch and make them eat your concoction…..and then rub it into their faces.

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Love you guys. Comment below with any ideas for other yummy summer foods or recipes. What do you like to cook?

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