Skechers Performance L.A. Marathon 2018 Recap

Daisi Jo Reviews Skechers Performance LA Marathon 2018

Confession: I didn’t run the LA Marathon this year! Instead, I went to the LA Marathon Expo to support friends and to share in the expo experience - which in itself is an epic event!

There were tons of vendors offering great deals on running gear and yummy snacks. But my favorite part of the expo turned out to be the Skechers display.

The LA Marathon starts at the Dodger Stadium and ends at the Santa Monica intersection of Ocean Ave & California Ave for a total of 26.2 miles. More than 26,000 runners participated in the 30th annual LA Marathon. The winners of the 2018 race were Weldon Kirui for men (Kenya)  and Sule Gedo for women (Ethiopia).

Next year’s race is on March 24, 2019. See you there!

Daisi Jo Reviews Skechers Performance LA Marathon 2018

Daisi Jo Reviews Skechers Performance LA Marathon 2018

2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

Daisi Jo Reviews at the 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

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Daisi Jo Reviews at the 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure ShowI attended the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center again this year and this time I decided to take my video crew with me!

Last year was really great but this year was awesome! It felt like there were a lot more vendors this year and the energy was much more upbeat. 

I hate to sound like a lush (which I’m not) but I think the cocktail booths really helped liven up things. If you were of age (of course) you got a wristband and refills all throughout the day. 

Daisi Jo Reviews at the 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure ShowThere also seemed to be more booths cashing in on the Instagram phenomenon. There were a lot more photo props and opportunities than there were last year. I loved the camel rides and the scuba diving classes. There were also a ton of speakers share the highlights of their travels, best tips for packing, getting through airports and taking group tours. 

The cooking sessions are always hit and this year was no different. Chefs from all over came to the Travel & Adventure Show to demonstrate their best dishes. Celebrity Chefs from top TV shows also made appearances.

I know you want to see more so check out my quick recap of the 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show!


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!