Follow along as we renovate, remodel and design our 1940’s home in Los Angeles. We’re learning as we go and we’re determined to make every space our own. From small fixes to full-on demolition, there’s a lot of work to do, but we’re gonna make it fun.
Come along as I transform some lucky Las Vegas tourists, and make them glow as bright as the Strip’s neon lights.
“Introducing the reality show, Veganista, a makeover show staring Laura Dahl, celebrity fashion designer & stylist, who is challenged to makeover some unsuspecting tourists plucked off the Las Vegas strip by a competing fashion stylist later to be judged by a panel of judges.”
Two designers. Two contestants. Made over in two hours, with a $200 budget. Who will be crowned the Veganista?
The cameras follow as I reconnect with an old friend, Ryan Pardey, over a glass of Templeton Rye. We reminisce about growing up in Las Vegas and compare our favorite local spots to gamble, eat, drink and listen to live music.
Ryan shares stories of historic Las Vegas, tales of being raised by a professional poker player, and the strange road that lead to his becoming the dark and disturbed Santa Claus staring in all of The Killers’ christmas videos.
Ryan has made music his life and is credited with helping grow the local scene. A Las Vegas mainstay, you can find him playing and producing shows all over town. For now though, please pour yourself a cocktail and join us for Happy Hour.
I love sharing the magic of Sandy Valley Ranch with anyone who will listen. On this day, John Burke of Outdoor Nevada, saddled up for an adventure I don’t think he’ll ever forget. He even rode a bull, and lived to tell about it.
I recently had an opportunity to team up with my husband for the GMC DIY Challenge. We were tasked with designing a piece of furniture that was sourced using reclaimed materials from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. This piece was then going to be donated to Habitat for Humanity for use in one of their donated homes.
GMC documented the DIY Challenge in the video below and they also asked us to share a couple tips on how to use reclaimed materials.
Life is meant to be lived and we are meant to evolve. Sometimes it’s messy and it takes all you can muster to climb out from the darkness to a new place, full of light. Sometimes the awareness comes easier, with a few deep breaths and a willingness to receive. Both remind us that we are human beings, flawed, fabulous, dark, light, and ever unfolding.
Living in a world full of noise isn’t easy. We are surrounded by judgement, by hate, by misdirection. We are also surrounded by wisdom, and grace, and compassion. It is up to us to take in only those things that resonate with our own personal journey. Those things that bring us closer to our higher selves.
One place I’m able to find inner peace is on the back of my horse, Chloe. As we race through the desert together, she, kicking up the earth with her hooves and I, absorbing the air as it envelopes us, we are each present in our individual experiences, yet we are emboldened by each other’s energy.
My wish for us all is that we will get to know ourselves, fully. That we will choose to surround ourselves with people and energy that fill us with awareness, gratitude, and knowledge. That we will dismiss the negative thoughts and, rather than dwelling on those things we can’t change, empower ourselves by living authentic lives. And, mostly, that we will love ourselves, unconditionally.
If you’re into optimum wellness and agree that nutrition is fundamental to your health, read this too: Fashionable Nutrition 😉
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve seen me at my rawest, grunting and sweating like a pig (though pigs don’t actually sweat), as part of my journey to become Super Human. You’ve seen me challenge myself physically, but what’s harder to see is that I have also expanded my mind by adding exercise nutrition to my list of certifications and I have polished up my diet.
Throughout my journey I have had the pleasure of working with some of the top health professionals of our time, from physicians and exercise therapists to dietitians, personal trainers and healers, and the most obvious thing they all have in common is their knowledge-based belief in the power of plants.
To put it simply, plants have the power to:
- Deliver antioxidants and phytonutrients
- Reduce oxidative stress
- Reduce inflammation
- Support the immune system
- Protect DNA
- Support the cardiovascular system
- And bonus – they also give you pretty skin, hair, teeth and nails!
The only problem is, in order for plants to do all this healing, you have to eat a lot of them (16 servings a day), and most people’s lives just don’t accommodate that type of commitment. Plus, we can’t all be perfect (all of the time). This is why I was so excited to find a product that gives me a variety of 30+ different plants: fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes. I consider it essential to my daily wellness journey.
Just as I brush my teeth every day, Juice Plus+ brushes my cells with all the nutrients my body needs to maintain optimal health. And, because of their commitment to purity, I know that in each capsule I’m getting the best: vine-ripened, organic, non GMO, batch tested and NSF certified. Nothing added, nothing synthetic. Just real, whole foods with all the antioxidants and phytonutrients our body needs to be able to heal itself on a cellular level.
And for you parents out there…
Be sure to check out the Children’s Health Study which is being done in conjunction with St. Jude’s Hospital and makes the freakishly delicious chewables free to children for four years. The study is powerful proof that children on Juice Plus+ miss fewer days of school due to illness, are more alert, drink more water and choose better foods.
And for those of you with a green thumb and even for those who kill everything they plant, check out the Tower Garden. A compete aeroponic system – the same technology NASA uses – that grows plants with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. You can grow plants three times faster and produce 30% greater yields on average – and because it’s vertically designed, you only need 30×30 inches of space, which means that all of you living in big cities with small outdoor spaces can grow your harvest indoors. Its freaking rad.
I believe that true beauty comes from within and that vitality, happiness and wellness are always in fashion. It’s no surprise that the one thing that binds it all together is phenomenal nutrition – so I hope you will join me in making fruits and veggies more than just a seasonal trend, but truly a life-style.
Since you’re obviously into wellness, you may want to check out this article/video too: Love Yourself, Unconditionally 🙂
Anything is possible. Nowhere else is that statement more true than in New York.
I started my clothing line there, in a neighborhood that once housed meatpacking companies. I rode my bike past men in bloodied white aprons and took care not to lose balance on uneven cobblestones. I took an industrial, man-operated, freight elevator up to my studio. Our elevator music was the sound of heavy chains hoisting us up, slowly and intentionally. And, as we passed the second floor, the mysterious sounds of fine art being created would fill the chorus. Both Matthew Barney and Jeff Koons made some of their iconic pieces there. A piece of living art herself, Bjork, was a common fixture.
When visionary fashion director Jeffry Kalinsky opened his namesake store, Jeffry, on 14th Street, designers started to flock to the, once intrinsically unfashionable, Meatpacking District. The fine artists in my building were replaced by designers Christian Audigier, Lutz & Patmos, Chesterfields of England, Christy Turlington, and Rag & Bone. Storefronts were carved out, trendy restaurants moved in and the scent of cow flesh began to dissipate.
I’m often asked the secret to discovering personal style, and I find myself sharing the lessons I’ve learned from New York. True style is bred from evolution. It emerges from adventures. It’s a result of our beliefs and our attitude. It never forgets but it doesn’t dwell either. Always moving forward, true style is inspired and firmly grounded in confidence and strength. Style is an expression of where we came from and where we’re going. It comes from the inside, out.
Like New York, our clothes tell a story. It’s up to us to decide what story we want to tell.
Joseph Pilates couldn’t have been in his right mind when he named his fundamental move, the Teaser. Anyone who’s ever attempted it knows that a Teaser does anything but tease you, it slaps you right in the core. So, for this exercise, I’m using the training term, V-Up.
As with everything, form is crucial, so here are a few tips to get you the best results.
- Keep your lower back curved by pressing against the floor with your lower abdominals. You should not be able to fit a finger between your lumbar and the floor.
- Keeping your arms straight and pointing directly to the ceiling the entire time, lift your head and shoulders off the ground and pause. Then, slowly peel off the mat, one vertebra at a time.
- Keeping your legs straight and squeezing them tightly together, lift them to a ‘v’ position, syncing the movement with your torso.
- Return to the mat with the same control, gently unfolding vertebra by vertebra. Momentum is not your friend here. Stability is.
- Once you have mastered the form, add weights. You’ll immediately notice any instability in your core when amplified under pressure, so start light and work your way up. In this video, I’m using a 15 lb. weight.
This is a powerhouse movement and it’s the one I go to when I’m pressed for time but I want to get a solid ab workout in.
- The point of this exercise is a strong core, so you’ll probably guess that you need to keep it engaged the entire time.
- Begin in a plank position, with the tops of your feet on the stability ball.
- Slowly bring your knees to your chest, rolling the ball to the front of your toes, while lifting your seat directly over your shoulders.
- Pause and return to the starting point, not allowing your core to relax or your lower back to sway when you are fully extended.
- Repeat 15 times.
- Once you perfect this version, you can progress it by keeping your legs straight the entire time, effectively, rolling up into a handstand prep position.