Woltor Dreissen

my man & i
we are the sun

we are too golden,
too fiery 
for this world

this heavenly love of mine
is the center of my solar system
giving me life

i give him all of my stardust
so he can shine bright

your telescope eyes are so blind,
you're 93 million miles away

not even an astrophysicist could comprehend the phenomenon of 
the two flames that turned into one
to give you summer days


Tuscan Calzone
We've all heard of meal plans. They're all graciously delivered to our door, making us feel like kids at Christmas all over again. Some of them are pre-packaged meals, while others give you the ingredients so you can cook the meal yourself. Both are equally awesome, however, most of them lack vegan and vegetarian friendly options, making veggies everywhere feel very neglected.


It's a good time to be a Beauty & The Beast fan. The live action film just came out, Disneyland officially has a BATB-themed restaurant, and there's merch EVERYWHERE. Is it 1991 again?

While I love all Disney films, Beauty & The Beast has a special place in my heart. I've obviously seen the animated version a gazillion times, but I also got the opportunity to see it while it was touring a couple of times. Plus, I got to see Susan Egan (Belle on Broadway) sing her songs from the musical live at the Hollywood Bowl in the summer of 2016! I love experiencing the story of Belle & the Beast through every medium possible.

But the reason it hits home is because it was the first musical I was ever casted in. Sure, it was just a high school production and I was only casted as a salt shaker, but oooooh, was it magical. Right then, right there, I was introduced to one of my deepest passions: theater. To this day, anytime I hear the score, tears start streaming down my face. So needless to say, I was pretty frickin' excited to see the live action film, despite the fact that I ended up having mixed feelings about it.

I'm so excited to share with you this Beauty & the Beast inspired #ootd and Disneyland date, all taken with my new Canon Rebel!

Dress: Unique Vintage (they also have an AMAZING Beauty & The Beast collection. Unique Vintage always delivers)
Cogsworth Purse: from Boxlunch, by Danielle Nicole Handbags 
Shoes: Keds

Spring at Disneyland. You just can't beat it. (Well, unless we're talking about Halloween or Christmas.)

Attempting to be cute at Minnie's house.

Cogsworth is such a little cutie! This purse from Box Lunch makes me so happy.

So, I tried the grey stuff and the dishes were right. It was delicious! It was a vanilla-esque buttercream frosting with red velvet cake and raspberry flavoring on the inside. The biscuit at the bottom is lemon flavored!

The cauliflower steak sandwich however, was SOOOO much better. It was so amazing to see Disneyland offer an unconventional vegetarian option. It had a lot of flavor and was paired perfectly with pomme frites!

My whatta guy, GAS-TOOOOOON!

My dress is so feminine and puffy! Madame Wardrobe would love it.

I hope Minnie didn't mind me leaning on her fence.

I wish my shoulders were back more, but whatevs.

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme,
Maria Elena


It may still be snowing on the East Coast, but spring has officially hit in Southern California, which means you'll be seeing me at the beach waaaay more than usual. 

This look is inspired by those sugary sweet summery days where you don't have a care in the world. You know, those moments filled with boardwalk dates, carnival food diets, romantic flings, and the oddly satisfying aroma of sunscreen in the air! I thought, "Why have cotton candy at the beach when you could be cotton candy at the beach?" 

While my new pastel hair could make any outfit look bright and flirty, I felt like this Unique Vintage Hamilton Swing Dress dress was the cherry on top. It's the perfect shade of peachy pink and reminds me of vintage Coney Island days! 😍

And in terms of comfort, I give it an A+. My bust tends to be bigger than the rest of my body, meaning I usually have to wear unflattering dresses most of the time. However, the dress fit true to size and the straps made it customizable to any bust size. 

Outfit details:

Dress: Unique Vintage (I'm wearing a medium)

Maria Elena

Natural Products Expo West At Anaheim Convention Center AKA Vegan Heaven ♡

This past weekend I got the opportunity to attend Natural Products Expo West at Anaheim Convention Center! When I saw the coverage of the expo last year, I thought, "This looks AMAZING. I have to go." And interestingly enough, a few days before the 2017 expo, I found out it was right down the street from me! So naturally, I went.

Natural Products Expo West is a trade show for...well, natural products. There were industry professionals everywhere: buyers from Whole Foods, Kroger, Sprouts, you name it. Bloggers, writers, influencers. Companies, businesses, distributers. Cooks, beauty gurus, veganistas.

Basically anyone in the natural food business! I attended as a blogger (obvi) so the event was really stress-free. I recommend attending if you're interested in natural products, a vegan/gluten-free lifestyle, organic products, etc.

You basically get a bunch of free food and samples handed to you all day. And yes, they're all natural - so it's perfect for special diets! Plus you get first dibs on new products, which will make all your natural-product-lovin' friends jealous.

Here's some of the highlights from my experience at Natural Products Expo West!

The rainbow Zevia wall was absolutely adorable. Zevia's ginger ale basically got me through cold & flu season without all the sugar, so yeah, I LOOOOVE their products. They had a full out DJ too, making the experience pretty awesome, to say the least.

I got to sample Daiya's "award winning" vegan queso cheese! Mmmmm, it was so good. If I'm being honest, I don't really like their cheese, but this had something special about it.

We all love Yogi for their organic teas and inspirational messages. To see those messages hanging from the ceiling was surreal. 

Oooooh, and we can't forget Steaz! Steaz is affordable, delicious iced tea made of primarily stevia or cane sugar. Some of their varieties are unsweetened. All are equally delicious. Plus they remind me of simpler times! I discovered Steaz during one of the most transformative Spring's of my life. 

Pacific was sampling all of their dairy-free milks! My fav was the Hemp. Their soups are delicious too!

The Silk / SO Delicious area was ADORBS. A small trailer serving dairy free treats? Count me in!

Vita CoCo was giving me some serious beach vibes. There were so many companies serving popcorn, but these mini-boxes were just so tempting. 

Sick of making vegan pancakes from scratch? Now you don't have to! Follow Your Heart created a vegan pancake / waffle batter and it was soooo decadent. Gosh, I love Follow Your Heart so much. They have the best cheese, the best dressings, and I can't wait to try their vegan egg.

This was about half of my haul! I also left with some coupons for Tofurky, Follow Your Heart, Brazi Bites, Earth Balance and more. Unfortunately I missed the Califia Farms and Beyond Meat booth but hey...there's always next year. 

Attending Expo West was such a valuable experience. Although I've always been a vegetarian with vegan tendencies, expo west gave me a reawakening. It made me want to pay more attention to natural products again and "spring clean" my kitchen!

In the meantime, I'll be snacking...