Category Archives: Lifestyle

I’m just gonna write

In the present world of bloggers and blogging and sponsored posts, paid agents, and events… Some people are just far better at being in the public eye than the other.

I don’t have time for that.

I’m just gonna write. Hardly edit. (Sorry grammar nazis, if I cared about my punctuation mistakes I would be paralyzed into keeping my posts in drafts forever. Nope.)

I’m just gonna write. I’m gonna stay honest. Raw and open. And more importantly with more purpose and positivity than just trying to prove how I’m so much cooler than the rest of them. I’m too old for the Mean Girls popularity contest going on around me right now. Isn’t it exhausting? To constantly compare yourself to others?

And here’s a #truthbomb: In words from the 1920’s poem Desiderata, a favorite of mine growing up, “For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”

What I think is most important is to just be yourself and to make sure that if you do make an impression, and have the opportunity to make even the smallest mark on someone’s life, it’s a good one.

Which is honestly the core of what I hope to be able to do with my work.

If you do have serious complaints about my grammar and punctuation, you can e-mail my editor Gustav at and he’ll be happy to file you under the F… for all the fucks I don’t give. Gustav is my dog. I love him. He’s also very understanding and a great listener.


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Mira’s hungry: 2015 Food Plan of Action

I’m not dieting, I’m changing my lifestyle.

Here’s my “I’m hungry” plan for 2015:

Sorta veg
Healthy portions

Locavore: The egg came first… in my fridge.


Our experience with O’o Farms in Maui was really a game-changer. I always liked the idea of farming/gardening, locally sourced food, and fresh ingredients. I can tell the difference between one salad leaf from the other (Love arugula and frisée, hate radicchio and escarole) and what’s in season at the farmers market, all thanks to an obsession with food, the food network, and a 2 year writing position at an Eco website back in the day. So going Locavore/localvore should be a fairly simple thing for me. Though I’m probably not going to completely immerse myself 100%, I do plan on having a diet jam-packed with at least 70% of local produce and to blog about where and what I find to help raise awareness of the Locavore movement. My plan is to have at least one dedicated blogpost or Instagram post using only Locavore centered produce and products. It could be a recipe, my lunch, or local farmers just making a difference. All of which I am 100% already super stoked and excited about. Yiii! For more information on what the Locavore movement is click here.

Sorta vegetarian: I was a vegetarian for two years. I tell this to people a lot because 1. It was a challenge that I’m very proud to have done 2. It was probably the best I’ve ever had food relationship-wise in my life so far. It felt clean, and light, and great.


I really like fish and bacon though, which if I said “nope” to right now, I’d be setting myself up for failure because we all know, the next time I go to Amici’s I’m going to want anchovies on that Cesar salad. Or if I go to NOPA, I can’t NOT have bacon on their incredible, mouth-watering legendary burger. Also, my local butcher always gives me a ridiculous (RIDICULOUS) discount on filet mignon cuts… I need to take advantage of that. So I’m saying “Sorta” – maybe meat and fish once or twice a week. Veg otherwise. If I decide to forego any and all animals altogether, then good. But I’m not making any promises. Just because I know how hard that shit is.

Healthy portions: That 3rd piece of pork belly over rice. Probs don’t need that. Everything deserves a try. Not everything deserves to be consumed and stuck onto me forever. If I don’t think I can burn it off during yoga, I probably shouldn’t eat it.


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2015, I’m hungry.

This will be the year I finally have a healthy relationship with food.

I’ve never had a healthy relationship with food. My relationship with food is like that of a bipolar schizophrenic where all of the multiple personalities/voices are constant bickering meme clouds between “treat yo’ self” and “I wanna look good naked.” I’m passionately in love with each plate put in front of me only for the feeling to be counteracted with an obsessive force of self-disgust due to not being able to exercise any sort of self control. (Like, did I really have to eat all three of the pork belly appetizers to enjoy it? Probably not.)

I also just watched a documentary on Netflix about King Henry VIII and how he started out as a stunning, athletic 18 year old king that was a glistening 6’2″ marvel to lay eyes upon, only to grow into a 400 pound, disgusting 50 year old because he ate the same garbage as a teen but without the exercise… And that is when I said to myself, “I don’t want to be King Henry the VIII.” Fat and gross and pitiful all because bad food habits won’t die. (Photo: Left: Henry as a fit, sexy young king. Right: Henry at 40ish and 400 lbs later.)


Stay tuned for my next post tomorrow on what my “I’m hungry” Plan of Action in 2015 will be. I have the main stuff already down, just need to add some deets to it… Or, just stare at all the delicious food photography below… Which are all food I have happily instagrammed and eaten back in 2014. Healthy? Probably not. Delicious? YAS.







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Hurry Up and Head to The Kathryn Hall Release Party



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Napa Valley is definitely the place to be this Saturday! This Saturday, the 13th of September the Kathryn Hall Release Party will be having the celebration of the month. Without a doubt, there will amazing food and fine wine, but there will also be a DJ (DJ Adam Jobe), demo kitchens, a sushi station, and more. All to collectively create a wine experience you won’t forget.  The folks at Hall Wines definitely thought outside of the box by bringing a sushi station, popcorn tasting, custom pizza ovens, and a little more inside of the box with old-fashioned grape stomping. Plan an unforgettable weekend in St. Helena by simply clicking the image above to find where in the winery you’ll need to be and at what time. 

Head to the their website to find out more! And hurry and score your tickets to this yearly, can’t miss event by clicking here.

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Apps I’m Loving: Haste, Happier, iCoffee, Wunderlist


Every now and then (most likely on my hardcore weekend party time nights where I’m curled up in bed with my dog, Gustav, and a tube of raw cookie dough, Pillsbury) I go through an app binge. Meaning, I download 50 gajillion (or so) apps and make it like no one else’s business to test them out within the next week or two or more. Why? Because I am a fan of technology and it’s fun. I eventually delete the ones that don’t work for me and rave about the ones that do. This morning, I thought, “Why not write about it?”

Here are this week’s Apps I’m loving:

Haste: Addictive as all hell. It’s like they invented a word game with the crackhead impulsivity of Tetris, the wit of Scrabble, and then (everything else awesome of) Boggle and senior citizen crossword puzzles. For the 21st century crowd. Turn off the sound because the harp like (xylophone?) effects are obnoxious and distracting. Other than that, it’s amaze. Challenge me. Fair warning, I will kick your butt.

Happier: “Why are you so happy, Mira? Is it that new app you downloaded?” Yes and yes. Happier is a a social site. I know. Another one? But this one you don’t have to worry about your popularity levels through fans and followers to benefit. Every time you log in a happy thought, Happier helps you celebrate. Watch the fun graphics of balloons and rainbow fish while confetti explodes. Instant mood lifter. And a nice reminder to “stop and smell the roses.”

iCoffee: The app icon is so cute. So so cute! Truly for the coffee obsessed only. Get recipes, fun quotes and photos, and even the history of coffee in this fun app. If you’re tight on iPhone GB’s, it’s not totally worth the space but fun for those that are always curious about drinkables and edibles, like myself.

Wunderlist: Make lists. Organize them. All under one list. ALL THE LISTS! The most organized and easy-to-use list maker I’ve tried yet. Definitely the simplest. No frou frou reminders, obnoxious sharing options, or glitchy prioritization gimmicks. Just make a list and look back at it, like the good ol’ days of pen and paper. Modern day perks included. My lists are divided by grocery stores, (Target, Trader Joe’s) article categories, (Beauty, Food) and life responsibilities (John’s Favorite Snacks, John’s Baseball Gear, Routine House Chores) so I never forget the important repetitive stuff. Which is just so easy to do.

Stay tuned for the next “Apps I’m Loving…”

Hope this helps,


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Ride the Ducks in San Francisco

It’s not an actual duck. I’m sorry. You can’t ride those.

It’s that nifty street to sea ride that built to tour the beautiful Island of San Francisco.


Exciting news! We’re going to be Riding the Duck for the Easter Parade around Ghirardelli Square this Sunday. How exciting is that? VERY! And yes, I may be more excited than my 9 year old son.

To celebrate our part in the San Francisco Easter Parade, I have been given the opportunity to giveaway a fantabulous friends and family “Ride the Duck” framily ride for four! If you win, you’ll be able to schedule it anytime before December 31. Just in time to take advantage of the warm California weather that’s about to spoil us this end of spring and all summer… and October. Because, really, we do live in SF, afterall.

I had the pleasure of taking a trip on a Ride the Duck truck-boat contraption last year. The experience was unforgettable and definitely something everyone should try while they’re in this lovely city of cool summers and steep rolling hills. Ride the Ducks gives you a totally unique land and sea adventure to remember. You’ll be able to get outdoors with your framily while receiving a completely educational experience about the city we love, San Francisco. (Duh.) And whether you’re 2, 29 (ahem!), or 200 you’re bound to enjoy something from the experience. Either the mechanical awesomeness of the vehicles engineering, the gorgeous timeless sights of the city, or the historical factors that any local or tourist would totally delight in.

Check out more details of Ride the Ducks here and enter the giveaway by liking their Facebook page (San Francisco Ducks) here.

See you on Sunday! We’ll be quacking away this Easter Holiday!



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GIVEAWAY ALERT: Wanna Give Vapour Couture a Try?



Start off using electronic cigarettes the right way with the Vapor Couture L’Essential Kit.  It’s the optimal set up for e-cigarette enjoyment, as both the first exclusive line of electronic cigarettes designed for women and a guaranteed chic and satisfying experience. Forget the disposables, they’re simply just yucky and bulky. The investment is worth every penny and  you should take the opportunity for a chance to win one by entering my giveaway. I’m give TEN away… Simply keep scrolling!




By tweeting: “I’m entering the @VaporCouture #giveaway with @miratorres! Check out #VaporCouture here”

E-mail me at with why you think you should get the Vapor Couture Starter Kit.

I’ll be announcing 10 winners at 5PM, April 8. Good luck!

Good luck and be sure to spread the word!

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Review: Vape Couture E-Cigs


Vapor Couture is the only electronic cigarette exclusively designed for women. And with the huge trend of vapor cigarettes on the rise, it’s hard to find an e-cig that really can match our own individual and personal style. Below, I am giving you the “Pros and Cons” of  my experience with my Vapor Couture. 


Transports easy

Easily chargeable

Car charging attachment can be used as an adapter to both your phone and the vapor cigarette.

Travel charger (shown on the right) is both fast and easy to use.

Looks chic

Jewel tip that lights up

Brushed steel is scratch resistant (in four colors)

Cartridges are interchangeable with any pattern to match your mood

6 Smooth flavors to choose from: Fresh Mint, Passion Fruit, Strawberry Champagne, Arctic Mint, American Tobacco, and Turkish Tobacco

Easily lets you know it needs a charge by blinking

No stink. You can kinda smoke anywhere


I had an issue with one of the VC batteries not screwing into the charger properly making it unable to use.

VC is not easily available to purchase at any brick and mortar stores

Kinda pricey at $12.95 for a 5-pack

Check out more from Vapor Couture here.

This post was sponsored and provided by Vapor Couture.

All thoughts and opnions are my own.


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Vapor Couture: Don’t Hate Me Because I Smoke Vapor


I’m a woman of vices. Not many vices. I’ve never done any hardcore drugs or anything else that could lead to a terrifying downward spiral. I’m actually quite fortunate that I was somehow genetically blessed with a personality that’s capable of quitting things cold-turkey and without batting an eye. But one vice that I keep coming back to when I feel stressed and down is smoking. Cigarettes. Those disgusting little sticks that I am completely aware are incredibly and horribly bad for you.

I started smoking early. Like in high school. I was alone, my parents were going through a divorce, and I was wallowing in my adolescent depression when I picked a Marlboro Menthol up and tried my first one. I smoked for the rest of highschool and up until I found out I was pregnant with my son. I quit for 6 years after, until my own divorce at 26. That’s when my good ol’ orally fixating frenemies came back full circle into my life.

I eventually cut down. But still, when life gets stressful, I still resort to a smoke to settle down, fill my lungs, and clear my head. I know. Ew. Only fellow smokers would understand this.

So when I was approached by Vapor Couture to try out the “only electronic cigarette exclusively designed for women.” I was both intrigued by its claims of being like cigarettes but with “elegant designs” that make them chic and stylish, yet practical. Why not? I customized my own and was sent a kit and honestly, instantly thought it was a clever creation.

No more being embarrased when someone sees a pack in you purse and asks “You smoke?” with disgust.

No more waking up with gross cigarette after taste.

No more having to step out and take a “cigarette break.”

It is pretty sweet. You charge it like your cellphone and take it out when you feel a craving/need a breather. A few clouds in and all is right with the world again.

Of course, I would love to stop smoking once and for all. But those times when I feel like saying “Fuck this shit!,” faking my death, and starting a new, clean slated life somewhere in Boracay – Vapor Couture can do the stylish job to bring me back to reality and help me remember that everything is going to be okay.


This post was sponsored and provided by Vapor Couture.

All thoughts and opnions are my own.

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20 Things Oprah Wants You To Ask Yourself


In the latest addition to Oprah magazine (April 2014) one of Oprah’s cover articles is “20 Questions Every Woman Should Ask Herself Today.” My whole obsession with self-improvement and my inability to not impulse-buy magazines in the grocery check out aisle, made me swipe it off the racks. For those of you with the capability to actually not buy these instantly gratifying glossy paper-printed materials and also have a healthy obsession to become better people, I’ve taken the liberty of writing them all down for you on this blog – because, I agree. You should at least ask yourselves these questions at least once in your lifetime.

  1. Do I examine my life enough?
  2. Do I care too much about what people think?
  3. Am I with the right person?
  4. What’s your deal breaker? (Relationship-wise)
  5. What do I really want to do all day?
  6. How do I want to be remembered?
  7. Do I say YES enough?
  8. Do I know how to say NO?
  9. Am I helpless?
  10. Am I helpful?
  11. What am I afraid of?
  12. Am I paying enough attention to the incredible things around me?
  13. Have accepted my body?
  14. Am I strong enough?
  15. Have I forgiven my parents?
  16. Do I want children?
  17. Does what I wear reflect who I am?
  18. What am I missing out on?
  19. Do I let myself fail enough?
  20. Why are we here?

Of course, in the magazine there is paragraph upon paragraph of answers to back these up and to help you answer them. Also, bonus questions like “Should you garden?” and “What is your go-to dinner recipe to impress guests?” Which, if you further need to figure these out, I highly recommend buying or borrowing this issue… or I can give you mine after I’m done with it. Just LMK. 😉

Enjoy and cheers! To a world of better womanly peopleness!

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