Vegan Matcha Latte + A New Year 2018


Anyone else not a fan of coffee? The taste, the smell, I’m just not crazy about it.

However, I AM a big fan of matcha lattes. This recipe is super easy + super tasty, using vegan creamer instead of traditional milk.

Matcha is the whole ground leaf of young green tea, which means it has the highest caffeine content of any tea. It’s also rich in antioxidants and has a lovely, earthy flavor. But honestly, the best part about matcha is the COLOR. Green is my favorite color, so sipping on a cup of green goodness just makes me really happy.

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With the new year upon us, I’m thinking of the things I want to accomplish/work on/do in 2018. They’re not exactly resolutions, but they are things I am striving for.

  1. Move out : I’m fortunate enough that my parents were able to support me while I went to college, but now that I am officially done as of December, it’s time to save up and leave the nest.
  2. Work on my online presence : Everything is online nowadays, and building your presence online is so crucial. I personally want to work creating cool, fun content on my blog, YouTube channel, and Instagram.
  3. Have more fun with my wardrobe : Be bold, be colorful, be fun. This is the year to experiment.
  4. Go on more dates : Jose and I are such homebodies, but we both need to get out of the house more.
  5. Be more environmentally conscious : Shopping second hand, carrying around my reusable cutlery set + metal straws, reducing my meat consumption + eating produce in season…this is the year to take stock of my impact on the environment as a whole. I can’t change the world overnight, but small changes can lead to big things.

Do you have any goals/mantras/resolutions for the new year? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy New Year, everyone ✨


4 DIY (Crazy Easy) Modern Plant Stands

I don’t want to say I’m a lazy DIY-er, but I believe you shouldn’t need a lot of complicated tools and steps (or spend a lot of cash) to make beautiful DIY’s. I’m definitely one for shortcuts and easy steps. Minimum effort, maximum impact is my M.O.

Plant stands are an easy way to elevate your plants, literally AND figuratively. These plant stands look pretty easy to make, however they can be made even easier with the right know-how, which totally works for me!

completed diy modern planter stand
via The Bali Blog

I’ve been seeing these kinds of plant stands all over Instagram and Pinterest, and stores like Urban Outfitters have them for $50+. BUT, why pay for that when you can DIY your own for way less, plus feel the satisfaction of knowing you made something amazing with your own two hands?? The tutorial on The Bali Blog is great, but you could totally use L-brackets to make this DIY even easier. And who doesn’t like that?


Make this Mid Century inspired plant stand to show off the houseplants you haven't killed!
via A Beautiful Mess

This side table/plant stand is just amazing. But you’ve got to be committed and stocked with the right tools (in this case a jig saw) if you wants to copy this tutorial to a T (and yes, this is the correct way to spell this idiom, I checked). This tutorial can be made even easier by buying pre-cut wood circles  instead of trying to cut them out yourselves. Check our your local craft store or even Home Depot for wood circles.


via A Beautiful Mess

This little guy has got to be the simplest plant stand, but it still packs a visual punch. A Beautiful Mess sure do like using their jig saw, but buying a pre-cut circle and a square dowel will save you a lot of effort and hassle.


DIY Pflanzenständer Fotorahmen 11
via Love Decorations

Would you believe this plant stand is made from picture frames?? It’s quite brilliant actually! 4 wood frames, some wood glue, and a few clamps is really all you need to make this nifty square plant stand.

I know I’ll have to try my hand at making some of these soon for my indoor plant collection (which is growing slowly, but surely). #plantparenthood

Let me know which one is your favorite, or if there are any other easy plant DIY’s floating around.

Wall Hanging DIY Inspo

Wall hangings are such a popular trend right now, and I’m not mad about it. You could absolutely buy one from Urban Outfitter or Etsy, but you could just as easily make your own! I am all about that DIY mindset.

Here’s a handful of some beautiful and inspiring DIY’s that caught my eye. Which one is your favorite?

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April Vibes

Oh man, I’m so late, we’re already nearly half way into the month! Better late than never, I suppose (how many times have I used that excuse?).

I’m really inspired by color this month. April is technically the first full month of spring, but it’s practically the start of summer here in LA. And color is giving me all the happy spring time feelz.

I hope you find some lovely inspiration for this month! Here’s what’s catching my eye and inspiring me for April :

Copy of go explore

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I was never a shopaholic, or the type of person to use retail therapy to get myself out of a funk. Being a middle child, I often received hand-me-downs; I loved them, but I suppose because of it, I never truly developed my own personal style. Until recently, I just saw clothes as a necessity and not much else. A few years ago, I came to the realization that I had a wardrobe full of items I didn’t like wearing. I felt like my clothes didn’t suit me anymore; they felt juvenile and unfashionable. They didn’t express my personal style. In fact I didn’t know what my personal style was. But it certainly wasn’t being conveyed by the clothes hanging in my closet.

Then I discovered the coveted CAPSULE WARDROBE. It seemed to have all the answers I was looking for! A limited and curated collection of clothing items that looked great together and made you feel great wearing it.

I was hooked.


I obsessively started making lists of all the clothes I would have to make the perfect capsule wardrobe. But when you’re not really sure what your personal style is, that’s pretty hard. My lists from 2 years ago look very different to what I would have written 2 days ago. I kept on making lists to make sure I would only have items to make the PERFECT capsule wardrobe.

But perfect never happened.

It’s been a few years and I still haven’t committed to my own official capsule wardrobe. I just never felt like I had the perfect capsule wardrobe hanging in my closet or that I was “ready”.

BUT, I’ve used the concepts of capsule wardrobes, along with the help of blogs like Unfancy and Into Mind, to guide me, and I now have a set of clothes that I love to wear.

For me, the goal of the capsule wardrobe wasn’t to help me curb a shopping addiction, or limit the amount of clothes I owned. Instead, I used it as a tool to help me define my personal style. I wouldn’t say my wardrobe is perfect, but I definitely feel much more confident in my clothes.


Since I’m not trying to kick a bad shopping habit, I took the principles of a capsule wardrobe, and used in a way that suited me. Here’s my take on the project, as well as a few “rules” that I broke.

  1. You can only have 30 pieces : Since my goal isn’t to limit my shopping or curb impulsive buys, I never felt the need to stick to a strict number.
  2. Those pieces include shoes, bags, and accessories : I’ve never owned a lot of these items, so again I wouldn’t see the need to limit myself. I’m not the type to go crazy over bags anyways (although I know I would buy too many pairs of shoes if my wallet would permit it).
  3. You need to change out your clothes every season : I live in Southern California; I can wear sleeveless tops in December. We don’t really experience extreme seasons, so I don’t feel much need to switch out clothes every 3 months.
  4. You can’t go shopping until the change of a new season : As a college student with a part time job, I don’t necessarily have the luxury of buying a mass of clothes all at once. I try to make a list of things I need/want, and keep my eye open for those items when my wallet permits (thrift stores are great for this!).

Have you been bitten by the capsule wardrobe bug? Do you have a capsule wardrobe? Or have you wanted one but haven’t been able to commit to one like me? Let me know in the comments below 💕




Last week I had the absolute pleasure of having my picture taken by none other than Christine. She’s a real sweetheart with a love for cameras, and I couldn’t say no when she offered to snap some pics of me.

We drove around Long Beach looking for cool spots, talking about edible weeds that grow in alley ways, hitting up some thrift stores, and sipping on some drinks from Portfolio (coffee for her, tea for me).

I’ve been a fan of her YouTube channel and have been watching her content for the longest. Some of the big reasons why I loved her channel, other than the fact that her content is seriously #goals, was that she 1) Lived in Long Beach and 2) We had (nearly) the same name (I’ve yet to meet another Chrystene, but Christine is close enough). One day, after learning our full names (first, middle, AND last) are weirdly similar (like, cosmically similar), I messaged her on Instagram and we’ve been friends since.


As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really grown to appreciate Southern California more and more. I didn’t know anything but SoCal, so I didn’t realize how diverse everything is here. Seeing it through other people’s eyes (on Instagram or YouTube) made me want to explore and experience more around here. It’s certainly not as glitzy and glamorous as some idealize it to be (have you seen LA? Like, really?), but we’ve definitely got a lot of cool sh*t to see and do around here.

Long Beach will always have a special place in my heart, although that sentiment goes out the window when the parking is particularly sh*tty (seriously, parking can be worse than LA).


Learning to feel comfortable in front of the camera has been a process. I wouldn’t say I’m 100% there, but I’m certainly trying.


I decided to switch hats, because #whynot ?




I’m a big fan of farmer’s markets, where I can support local growers and get in-season, sustainable produce (I know, how LA girl of me).

Long Beach has a scattering of markets throughout the weeks, and I hadn’t been to this one in ages. I came mostly to hunt for any end-of-the-season persimmons I could snap up, and luckily there was one vendor who had some! They were soft and a little beaten up, but I picked up a half dozen firm fruits to satiate my persimmon craving.


I also picked up some golden beets, dinosaur kale, and broccoli (3 for $5!) while I was there. Veggies are my favorite.

I’ll have to start coming to farmer’s market’s more frequently, if for no other reason than to sample free apples and pomegranate juice.


  • Denim Jacket : Target
  • Lace up Top : H&M
  • High Waisted skinnies : Levi’s
  • Leather Chelsea Boots : Dorothy Perkins
  • Market Basket : Givaway, via Alyssa Cates
  • Bandanna : Old
  • Cat Eye Sunglasses: Amazon