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SNAPSHOTS: Flying to Guangzhou

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We officially made it to Guangzhou, China after almost 24 full hours of travel. The flight to Tokyo was almost 12 hours + 3 hour layover in Tokyo + 4 hour flight from Tokyo — Guangzhou + 1 hr drive from the airport to our hotel = 20 hours! Close enough.

Flying United was awesome. We were delirious from the start but watched a ton of movies and ate so much food I can’t even tell you. The eating officially began as soon as we stepped on the plane.

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There’s a lot of snackage going on here. And yes, it’s a weird tradition of mine to always bring cherry tomatoes on board. The dry air always makes me crave veggies.
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Our first selfie of the trip. I need to buy a selfie stick stat.
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This seemed like a great idea at the time.

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Starting it off with some bubbles!

Fun not so fun story. Employee at the LAX airport does not get a gold star by making fully sexist remark to Clo and I as we were checking in.

Sucky male employee: So where are you headed to?

Me: Tokyo, Japan and then to Guangzhou.

Sucky male employee: Oh, you two girls must be headed there to go shopping for rich husbands! (winks grossly)

Moment of silence for that.

Chloe: Yeah, why else would two Asian girls ever travel to Asia right?

Sucky male employee gives confused look.

I’m glad that some people really have open minds to the world.

Here’s our reaction to above story.

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IMG_0217I tried to organize my little compartments (above)….but by the end they looked like picture (below) which was very reminiscent of back when Chloe and I had an apartment together. Girls have a lot of stuff.

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Touch down. Landed in Tokyo, Japan!!!!! This is me taking pictures in the bathroom. I was pretty excited about everything as soon as we landed including the public restrooms. Is that weird?
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis moment happened almost immediately out of the gate and I freaked out. I think I accidentally pushed some sweet looking Japanese girls out of the way just to capture this. Sumimasen!

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I was super fascinated and about to cry because EVERYTHING in the airport was my size!!! Even this mannequin was the same height as me which means…..I am officially sample size in Japan. Does that finally make me a model?

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TOTORO DISPLAY. ENOUGH SAID.

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Yes I will take a dozen boxes of mochi.

Everything here has a face on it. This now explains my obsession with small things with eyes. It’s just in my blood.IMG_0229

Pictured above is my first OFFICIAL meal in Asia ever! The United Club in the Tokyo Airport was awesome with unlimited bowls of soba, sushi and edamame. We completely outdid ourselves by having about 8 bowls of soba collectively. Great job Clo, we really worked as a team there.
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Spores= Soba Filled Pores,

Ally

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I’m Going To Asia with My Girl Chloe Bennet!!!

You guys!!!!

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Taken by Melly Lee

 

So darn tootin’ excited to share with you all that I’m going to be in Asia for the next TWO WEEKS! My girl and former roomie Chloe Bennet, who you probably know as Skye from “Agents of Shield”, officially used her earthquake powers on me a couple weeks ago when she shattered my world by asking if I wanted to go to China with her. I promptly freaked the f out and said YES. DUH YES!!!! We decided to extend our trip and hit up Tokyo after since I am Japanese and have sadly never been to explore my roots. I have actually never been to Asia period. It works out perfect that we both get to see our cultures (Chloe’s half Chinese). It’s going to be crazyyyy.

This will be us for sure. Courtesy of giphy.com

This will be us for sure. Courtesy of giphy.com

 

Throughout the next two weeks, I am going to be posting on here our little adventures through Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Tokyo so check back often. I’ll be posting pictures of WonderCon (which Chloe will be at so come meet her!), our idiot like tendencies as our characters Mel and Gina (if you don’t know yet, get ready). and of course LOTS AND LOTS OF FOOOOOOOD. We plan on getting really plump off of ramen and sushi while we’re there so hopefully you recognize me when you get back. It’s not likely. I may have to adopt the nickname MSG-Maki.

Alright guys, I gotta go pack a life’s worth of clothes and shoes into one mid sized luggage, so wish me luck. I am really…really bad at packing. Really.

Peace and see you guys in ASIA!!!!!

It’s Bout to Get Real,

Ally

My August Favorites

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  • LIPS

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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

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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)
  • WORK IT OUT!

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Wild Ombrcolored sneaks
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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

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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
  • #BOOKCLUB

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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

xx,ally

DARE TO BE BOLD

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.
xx,ally

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Photography by T.Graham

RECIPE: “LAZY GIRL” TOMATO BASIL PASTA

 

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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

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OKAY. I’M GOING TO MAKE THIS SUPER EASY FOR YOU.
PREPPIN’ THE TOMS:

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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.

 

MAKIN’ THE SAUCE

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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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ZEE PASTA!

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!

PLATING

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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YOU DID IT! NOW ENJOY. I TOLD YOU. EASY.
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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My New Favorite Summer Drink

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Hi my healthy little summer lovelies!!!

Found my new summer drink…..and it’s both non-alcoholic (shockingly) and way too healthy (annoyingly). And before you ask, no one paid me to say this. I just really liked this drink. May I introduce the: Health-Ade Kombucha

…..in BEET flavor.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. I ain’t drinking no beets, bitch!! But seriously if you are a fan of kombucha drinks, you will love this drink! And if you’ve never tried one and are being stubborn little Sally’s then suck it up and try it. This is a great one for first timers. The beet flavor is ever so slight giving the juice an overall sweet flavor, with a hint of earthiness. And the sparkling water makes it nice and bubbly. I swear it tastes like a healthy soda.

All the ingredients are organic, raw, natural, vegan, gluten-free & kosher (okay, we get it this product is basically saving lives, jeeesh!) and the produce used is all from local farmers. To top it off, the packaging is so freaking adorable! The glass bottles are actually UV-protective and made from amber, giving it that pretty color. I’m saving mine to use as a water bottle!

Trust me,  I wouldn’t stray you guys wrong.

xx, ally
kombucha

Other flavors include:


 Pink Lady Apple, Plum, Cayenne Cleanse, The Original, Ginger Lemon, and Carrot.

Has anyone else tried these? Let me know!

LOVE YOU!
ally maki

MY MALIBU ESSENTIALS

Malibu Essentials
I recently spent some time in Malibu staying at my aunt and uncle’s house in the hills overlooking PCH. It was such an incredible time. Malibu has it’s own unique character and way of life that I could seriously get used to living here one day permanently. Here are a few of my favorite things that I packed for my beach filled week!
xx, ally

MALIBU ESSENTIAL GUIDE


one piece swimsuit
I am so into one-pieces right now! They are a great piece to easily transition from the beach straight to a walk on the promenade. Just throw some cute jean shorts on over for an instant outfit!

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smashbox o-glosseasy read
A makeup artist on set recently used Smashbox’s O-GLOSS on my lips before a scene and I fell in love with the product. It makes your lips look clean, fresh, and with just the right amount of gloss to look sun kissed and summer-fied.
Whenever I go to the beach, I tote along a read that is easy and massively entertaining. Such is Emily Giffen’s novel “Something Blue.” SO MUCH FUN DRAMA!!!!! Definitely a great read if you’re looking to fall into a twisted sort of love story told from the POV of a rather unconventional narrator: the self-centered narcissist. Check out page one below and note Giffen’s lovable and fun writing style, mirroring a sort of stream of consciousness straight from the thoughts of a woman — it’s like she’s IN MY BRAIN! —-

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 Why bring one swimsuit when you can bring two?
So in love with the twisted bandeau tops of this season. Not only can you find them in all sorts of fun fabrics, I also happen to find them inherently flattering on most body types. The top can serve double purpose as a cute bra top under a tank as well!
Moving on to SPF. Although we got our gloss on, SPF is so incredibly important. So, while sunscreen is not featured on the list, I cannot stress enough how important it is. I’ve always been extra cautious ever since a friend told me that her dad- who was a stickler about putting sunscreen on everyday – got diagnosed with skin cancer on his EARS. It was the one place he never thought to protect! (He’s alright now, don’t worry.)
Ladies, skin cancer is never sexy so slather up – and don’t forget those lips and ears!

MAC Prep+Prime

 Great little thing to bring along with you on a hot day. Mac’s Prep + Prime Powder works great over a face of makeup to create a silky finished look and help reduce those pesky pores. If I’m heading to the beach, I’ll usually just moisturize (with an SPF lotion of course) and then throw this on a bare face and head out the door. Helps keep you shine free throughout the day!

makeup bag

This floral makeup bag is the perfect size to serve as a pseudo purse for your day out at the beach. Because of its plastic lining, its safe around the water and sand. So next time, leave the purse at home and bring along a little goodie bag that’s light and no fuss.
You can never go wrong with a pair of Ray-Ban aviators. I have literally had these bad boys for about five years and they are still always in style.

hairbow sandals

I am so in love with this fun find from Aldo. Who says your feet can’t be absolutely adorable even at the beach?

That’s it! Love you guys. Comment below your favorite beach essentials and also if there’s any places in Malibu you’ve hit up that you know and love! (I def want to go back.) 🙂

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Bohemian Summer in Brandy

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 Hey guys!!! It’s most definitely summer, am I right?

There’s nothing I love more than to be comfy and carefree during one of LA’s frequent heat waves. I recently discovered the greatness that is Brandy Melville. They have such great basics that are super cute, affordable, and capture that effortless LA girl style. My best find right now has to be the Alexah Pants – thin, comfy Bohemian style pants that come in different patterned fabrics. They are a steal for $35! Girls, I have no shame….I am a SUCKER for a deal. I should actually be on Extreme Couponing. This is how WE DO!

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Body chains are so rad.

red lips

Rockin’ a red lip in the summertime makes me feel like a BOSS!

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

Undershirt: Chiyo Top, BRANDY MELVILLE, $19

Crochet shirt: Chelsea Top, BRANDY MELVILLE, $16

Pants: Alexah Pants, BRANDY MELVILLE, $35

Bodychain: Gold Bodychain, BRANDY MELVILLE, $8

Shoes: Jeepers Sandals, CHINESE LAUNDRY, $58

Hat: ZARA

Sunglasses: QUAY EYEWEAR

To all my bad girls out there, you are all so beautiful and remember your individual style is what makes you YOU! So own it all year round, but ESPECIALLY during the summer.

Hope ya’ll are having some fun in the sun!

 

xxx, ally

Photos by: CHaynes

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