A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for Gray Malin's latest collection, Aqua Glam. In case you don't know, Gray Malin is an amazing photographer who is known for his stunning beach aerial shots. Gray's Aqua Glam collection features the fabulous Aqualillies, a water ballet troupe! I got to know Gray a few years back and have enjoyed seeing his talent flourish! Here are a few snapshots from the party, and don't forget to check out the Aqua Glam collection here!
I bought one of those very large Mexican papayas the other day and just couldn't get through it all. So I decided to get a little creative and use it in my salad dressing! I give you, Bad Joan's Fresh & Creamy Papaya Salad Dressing (scroll down for the recipe) ...
Small handful of fresh, ripe papaya.
Fresh lemon juice (from a quarter of a lemon).
About 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest.
About a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
2 or 3 small leaves of fresh purple basil.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Blend all the ingredients together (I used a hand blender since it's just a small amount), and dress your salad. In my salad I used: iceberg lettuce, baby heirloom tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, shredded carrot, garbanzo beans, and crushed walnuts.
It was delicious, and made from fresh, healthy ingredients that your body can make use of! I also think it would make a great marinade for red meat or chicken.
I visited my favorite florist this morning, Toyo Florist. It's a tiny flower shop located a few blocks from my house. They are a small, family owned business, and they are always so friendly and helpful. Plus, they always have a gorgeous selection of fresh flowers, like these beauties that I came across today...
I love starting the day (and the weekend) with bright colors and sweet scents.
Hope everyone is having their own bright and sweet Friday!
Every year I have the privilege of attending the most beautiful Easter Brunch with one of my oldest friends and her family (and all of their friends!). The surroundings are surreal, like something out of a fairy tale, and the Easter Egg Hunt has something for everyone, whether you are a child or an adult. It is my favorite event to attend! Take a little peak at some of the beauty and fun...
I hope that everyone enjoyed their own Easter event, or just enjoyed a lazy Sunday. Now it's back to the grind... Happy Monday!
P.S. - My dress is from one of my favorite lines, Bel Kazan, and it is available right now in their online store here.
I'm an L.A. native, so I have a special place in my heart for palm trees. And since it's Friday, and since I feel like it, here are a few gratuitous palm tree shots from my last trip to palm springs...
I recently got to work with Bel Kazan (one of my favorite lines EVER) on some images for their Fall/Winter 2014 Collection. I am obsessed with all the new prints and styles that will be coming out in a few months, I can't wait to own them all!
Here is a little sneak at a couple of the new prints/styles...
Start your weekend off with a little shopping! I have a great deal for you on some incredible dresses. The line is Bel Kazan and it's one of my favorites! All of their prints are 100% original (like you), plus the fit and fabric feel are amazing. And now you have a chance to snag a few pieces for yourself at 40% off retail! Just go to the Bel Kazan shop and use the code BADJOAN40 at checkout...
Offer is valid today through Sunday 3/30. Stock is limited so click here to start shopping!
There is a cute little flower shop a few blocks from my house called Toyo Florist. The shop is actually tucked away behind a hardware store! It's a hidden gem and I'm so happy I discovered it. I love to go and pick out fresh flowers for around the house. Like these...
Next time you are on the east side of L.A., check them out!
What do Midi Rings, Oranges, and Sailing have in common you might ask? They are all part of my adventures working with Samanca Jewelry. I have so much fun taking pictures and "hand modeling" for them. There are just too many fun pics to post here, you have to visit their Instagram to see them all... BUT here are a few of my recent favorites...