Vegan Food Review: Donut Friend Fudgegazi

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This weekend if you are looking for a satisfying  food adventure (and will be in the Southern California area)  head down to Highland Park and check out Donut Friend

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Donut Friend is one of the MANY vegan restaurants Los Angeles has to offer. They specialize in donuts (duh)  and have a mouth watering and charmingly named selection. I have been there quite a few  times and very rarely deviate from my usual order; a Fudgegazi. Initially I  tried it because I asked one of the employees to recommend something super chocolatey.

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A fudgegazi is a raised donut filled with chocolate cream, topped with chocolate glaze and chocolate chips. I believe it used to be topped with chocolate shavings but  last week when I went they put chocolate chips on it instead. (Also the photo of the Fudgegazi above is from the menu) Sometimes I ask the staff to replace the raised donut with a chocolate cake donut to make it even more chocolatey. Other times I have them replace the chocolate filling with Hazelnut Spread which tastes just like Nutella but it’s vegan. Yum!

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Donut Friend also gives people the option to DIY as they call it, so you may concoct your own delicious combination. Many people choose to use this option to customize their own ice cream sandwich.

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Aside from the endless delicious options Donut Friend also provides EXCELLENT customer service. Perhaps this is the reason why this place is almost always full. I recommend going between 11:00 am-12:00 pm it is the only time I have been there and not had to wait in line. Another cool thing about them is that on Friday and Saturdays they are open until 12:00 am.

Prices are pretty normal for a vegan restaurant. The average item ranges from 3-6 dollars.

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If you do get a chance to go to Donut Friend or have already been please share your experience in the comments!  Hope you all have a lovely weekend.


5107 York Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90065

PH:  (213) 995-6191


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Review: Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo


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Tea tree oil has been in my beauty/health arsenal for almost five years now. In my late twenties I battled a painful and very stressful case of cystic acne that lasted up  to my early thirties. Eventually I beat it by switching to a natural skin care routine, plant based diet, doing my best to get as much sleep as possible, whenever possible and by investing in a series of facials from several different estheticians.

Five years ago my cystic acne started to slowly creep it’s way back in to my life. I remembered using tea tree oil in the past as a disinfectant for small cuts and scrapes and did a quick internet search to see if any one had ever used it for Acne. It turns out tea tree oil is a common natural cure all and I read various testimonials from folks that have used it specifically for acne with amazing results. I immediately started applying it to my breakouts mixed with a bit of olive oil and it did wonders for me as well.

The chart below sort of summarizes tea tree oil’s awesomeness.

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Flash forward to November 2017 when I received an email from a representative at Maple Holistics asking if I would like a complimentary bottle of their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo to review on the blog! I read up a bit about them, found out they are vegan and do not test on animals so decided to take them up on their offer.

I have to say I am not disappointed in any way by the quality of this product. Tea tree oil can be abrasive if the wrong amount is applied but this shampoo was gentle and did not irritate my scalp (as many other types of shampoos have in the past). It also has a pleasant smell, tea tree oil has a unique fragrant aroma that can take getting used to (if you are not a hippie on the inside like me lol) and this shampoo certainly has that quality but not overwhelmingly so.

I was also very pleased with the texture of my hair afterwards. I have very dark brown hair naturally and it takes hours to bleach it to the platinum blonde shade I adore. Due to this harsh routine my hair can only tolerate the most gentle and natural of products or else it becomes brittle and  breaks in the shower and afterwards too. This shampoo left my hair very soft and I had no issues with brittleness.

If I still have not convinced you to give this product a try here are 5 more reasons to try this shampoo:

  1. The return policy is more than fair.  If you are not happy with the results of  ANY of their products — they will either replace it with a more suitable product, or you can opt for a  full refund.
  2. All of their products are made in the USA.
  3. The consistency of the shampoo is not too thick. Most natural shampoos have almost a cream like consistency. They work great but it takes a little extra effort and time to spread throughout your hair evenly. The consistency of Maple Holistic’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is not too thick or too runny saving time and a tiny bit of elbow grease.
  4. Maple Holistics has integrity. On their website I read they are looking for HONEST customer reviews. They are not looking for reviews from people who have never used the product and are just looking for a money/product grab.
  5. Maple Holistics is quite  generous. Currently they are running a promotion (limited time only expires 1/31/2018) where they are offering to send prospective customers a free sample by mail with an option to receive a full sized version of product as well. Click here to sign up for your free sample. 


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10 Stunning Pinup Photos from 2017

Pin up photography has been a source of inspiration for me for many years and this year I have seen countless images that are worthy of sharing but for brevity’s sake I’ll share only 10 for now.  Enjoy!



PHOTOGRAPHER: Susana Andrea of Vestige Photography

MODEL: Angelique Noire


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MODEL: Jasmin Rodriguez


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MODEL: Miss Tosh




PHOTOGRAPHER: Jason Kamimura

MODEL: Cynthia Schroeder




PHOTOGRAPHER: Jason Kamimura

MODEL: Jenny Rieu




PHOTOGRAPHER: Viva Van Story of Vivas Pinups

MODEL: Latina Songstress La La Romero


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MODEL: Ginger Watson




PHOTOGRAPHER: Victor Martinez

MODEL: Rosalva Pantoja aka “Platinum Rosie”


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MODEL: Jazmin Rodriguez





PHOTOGRAPHER: Viva Van Story of Viva’s Pinups

MODEL: Latina Chanteuse Lala Romero


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PHOTOGRAPHER: Lars Kommienezuspadt

MODEL: Miss Marion Massacre


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