Bowl Kitchen | Westside Pho Fusion

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica
Pho Sea

It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper restaurant review but I can assure you I haven’t stopped eating! I’ve been mainly focusing on working on some recipe content for my readers and subscribers that you can make at home. More on that later. 

Bowl Kitchen is a Pho fusion restaurant created by my longtime friend, James Noe. We go way back to when I was doing the martial arts gym with my ex-husband. James was the other half in that business. Well. since we’ve all parted ways, James has been busy toiling in the kitchen - coming up with some amazing Asian fusion recipes!

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica
Pho Sea
This is not a traditional Pho by any means. With menu names like Pho Sea and Pho Daddy, Bowl Kitchen merges the trendy with the traditional. One of the major draws for me is the Bahn Mi. I love a solid egg Bahn Mi like no other.  Bowl Kitchen’s Bahn Mi features a BLT with an added “A” (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado), Grill Cheese and something a little more traditional like the Spicy Pork Bahn Mi. The appetizers are pretty awesome too if you love Spring Rolls and Gyoza (pan-fried dumplings). They also serve all the traditional drinks including Thai Iced Tea and Vietnamese Iced Coffee. 

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica
Spicy Pork Bahn Mi

Bowl Kitchen is an eclectic space full of art, music and an overall laid-back vibe. They often host music events on the patio and the space is often used for events, birthday parties, and film shoots. 

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica
Veggie Bahn Mi with Egg

Review of Bowl Kitchen Santa Monica
Traditional Egg Rolls

With all that good food, Bowl Kitchen still manages to be healthy, using only the freshest ingredients. They even grow some of their own herbs right on the patio. Many of the menu items are gluten free, msg free and freshly prepared daily.

When you’re in L.A. next or on the Westside, I encourage you to stop by Bowl Kitchen for a midday snack or dinner!

Bowl Kitchen
2127 Lincoln Blvd,
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 396-8566

Monday — Friday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am – 09:30 pm
Bowl kitchen is open on holidays

Date Night | Valentine's Day GRWM

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! 

I’m keeping this post short today because we’re off to a few events and then dinner. 
Here is a makeup tutorial/get ready with me video for getting that Valentine’s Day glow.
Every now and then, it’s really great to switch it up!

Here are the products I used in this video:

Smashbox Photo Finish -
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation -
Makeup Forever Camouflage Cream Palette -
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray -
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter -
Benefit Cosmetic High Beam Liquid Highlighter -
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment -
Beauty Treats Palettes -
Crown Eyeshadow Rose Gold Palette -
Lacome Mascara -
E.L.F Products -

The Best Affordable Contact Subscription Service | Optikal Contact Care

For the last few months, I’ve been in the market for a new eye contact lens supplier. As you may know from an earlier post in August, I was giving Sightbox a try but shortly afterward they were acquired by Johnson & Johnson and I just didn’t want to buy what they were selling. So when Optikal Contact Care came into the picture not only was I extremely excited to give them a try, I was also pleasantly surprised at how comprehensive their subscription service is.

With each box, they include: a 3 months supply of lens based on your prescription from your preferred brand, 3 contact lenses cases, 1 large bottle of contact solution, contact lenses wipes, and each box also comes with a bonus item. In my box this month came an additional travel size contact solution. 

Considering all of this, Optikal is extremely affordable. They have a flexible payment plan which allows you to either pay $32.99/month, $94.00 every 3 months for a (5% savings) or $356.00 a year for a (10% savings).

Optikal also offers a range of contact supplies on their website and on Amazon such as an Optikal Travel Kit, and Optikal Contact Case & Wipes Package, You can check out Optikal’s full range of supplies available on Amazon here,

Optikal is currently serving 31 states I was on vacation in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to meet one of the founders of Optikal. Optikal Contact Care is a more than just a startup. They are real people working to help others with their product and service. 

For my blog readers and youtube viewers, I’m collaborating with Optikal to offer a 20% discount off of your first month by entering PROMO CODE: DAISI2018.

Optikal is also currently running an Instagram Giveaway Contest for a FREE full year of service which includes a years supply of contacts, solution, cases and more! 1 lucky person will win and 10 people will receive a complimentary Travel Kit. To enter visit @optikalcontactcare on Instagram! 

On Location Glam Los Angeles Launch Party + Blushcon 2018

This past weekend was a complete blur as I felt 2018 really kick into full throttle! In the last 5 days I’ve attended quite a number of events but the ones I’m featuring here are from Blushcon 2018 and On Location Glam’s Los Angeles Launch Party!

Both events were tons of fun. I got to meet a lot of new influencers, the food was great and the gift bags were pretty awesome too. Upon entering On Location Glam’s launch party, we were ushered onto the red carpet for a photo opt and a brief interview with the headline question being your parting words about “Beauty” My answer was something to the effect of, “Don’t let anyone own your beauty!” 

There was great entertainment as well as lots to snack on and drink….maybe too much, but hey, I’m not driving! Thank goodness for Uber

On Location Glam gave all attending guest these amazing t3Mirco Singlepass Curling Wand, and swag from Mommy In Los Angeles Magazine. 


The next few days I spent at Blushcon 2018 at the Pomona Fairplex. Blushcon is held in conjunction with the Asian American Expo and Anime Impulse so there was a steady flow of traffic during the entire event. Some of the vendors were Wet N Wild, Nail and Bone, Dr. Bronners, Bioderma, Skin Gym and Neocell.  

There were plenty of awesome photo props to take pictures with - or in! 

Throughout the day they held panels featuring Influencers in various genres like these gorgeous gentlemen. 

Never Broken - Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel | Book Review

First off I want to tell you guys how amazing Jewel looks on the cover!And I have to mention, in the beginning - it’s a tear jerker - especially if you listen to the audible version of the book - which I did.

I picked Jewel’s book to review - well actually I don’t make a book review judgment until after I’ve finished reading but I had a hunch I was going to get into it. Anyway, a few weeks ago I was listening to the James Altucher Show podcast ( you know I love him) I’ll get into that later and he was interviewing Jewel. I was like WHATTT!

I knew a little bit about her background but just the basic stuff like her being from Alaska and having somewhat of a challenging childhood but I had no idea - and you don’t either unless you’ve read this book.

There were so many prolific moments of this book. I made a list of quotes from the book to share with you because they were just like WOW!

Lines like:
"You don’t out live pain."
"Hard wood grows slowly"
"the strongest things bend"
 "the white girls guide to being an underdog"
"Drunk on reason"
"Hiding in logic"
"Human full of holes or a whole human"

Jewel has definitely done a tremendous amount of self-reflection and deep inner work to get where she is with herself today - separate from music. I feel like music was her vehicle to evolve emotionally and physically from the experience and family history she came from but  I don’t like to project onto others what “I” think their life journey is about. I am just extremely impressed and have a lot of admiration and respect for her progress.

I think I related to the book most because we actually have a lot in common. Our first names are the same! Yes, my first name is “Juel”! I also had some very challenging times in my childhood very, very similar to Jewel’s and it’s always refreshing to hear someone else talk about these experiences and have such a balanced perspective on things. On one side there were these terrible things that happened but on the other side, there was this fairytale experience. I think Jewel really showed the contrast of the struggle with her parents and the uniqueness of growing up in Alaska as a homesteader at that particular time and with her specific lineage.

Never Broken is definitely a book or audible you should pick up whether you're a fan of Jewel or not. I personally went for the Audible version after hearing her interview with James. Her speaking voice is just as soothing as her singing voice. Also in the Audible version, she sings several of her lyrics. Very nice touch!

Before I wrap up this review, I wanted to recite one last quote from Never Broken I think we all need to keep on file. 

"We are often too quick to write our friends off when their choices don't fit into our mental models of what we think they should be doing or how they should be acting."