Holidays at Disneyland (2018)

Disneyland provided complimentary passes for this visit.

Remember when I visited Disneyland after hours and watched them put up the Christmas tree? The beginning of December is my favorite time to visit the park - right before the crowds start, and just in time to be filled with the holiday spirit.

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The bow on my Minnie Ears faded to gold sequins in the sun - I kinda like the vintage look, and now it's one-of-a-kind!

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Both parks were fully decked out with the Fa La La spirit, and so were the snacks. We wound up having lunch at the new Lamplight Lounge at Pixar Pier. We didn't make a reservation, so we waited 10 minutes to be seated at the bar, where you can order appetizers and drinks rather than their full menu. I loved that they had so many allergy-friendly options.

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Lobster Nachos for me and Potato Skins for Abe.

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It was raining when we went (just like our last visit) so the line wait for rides were short. It was a perfect day, even though I was cold!

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Cabbage Night

I know most people call Halloween Eve "Mischief Night" but where I grew up (in Bergen County, NJ) we called it "Cabbage Night." I haven't been eating many vegetables lately though, I'm sad to say. Though my recent dinner with Leslie Durso was a perfect Halloween meal - beet risotto. You could probably whip this up in December too, because the flecks of spinach were very Christmas-y.

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Last year I tried to be the singer Cat Power as my costume - I was going to put on cat ears, have an electric wire as my tail, and wear a homemade shirt identifying myself. But things didn't go so well...

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...so this year, I did a little more careful planning. I still don't love dressing up for Halloween but I did have a costume-required party to attend. Melanie Maras and I went as our favorite Netflix documentary this year. My entire outfit was from Rent the Runway, and I loved rocking the pieces separately the rest of the week.

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Things have been super busy with work - aside from acting in another movie, I've been getting ready to film the second half of "I Will Make You Mine." Here we are location scouting at a funeral home/mortuary, which was pretty appropriate for the season...

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...we are looking for voluntary extras next month - if you're in LA and interested, contact us!

Blazin in Britney

This is one of my favorite looks - a blazer over jeans with a T-shirt underneath. Completely influenced by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman - you know, the fire escape scene at the end?

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Instead of a plain white tee, I'm rocking this Britney Spears shirt I found in the men's section at Target. Excuse me, I just wrote that as if I stumbled upon it. I 100% went on a special trip to the store to buy it. Abe just got back from a Brother Orange reunion in China and his buddy Matt (Britney's #1 fan) was rocking this in every picture. I promise to share it with Abe.

The blazer is by Kooples - roll up the sleeves and there's a fun polka dot surprise underneath. I borrowed it from Rent the Runway. I'm trying out their Unlimited Subscription since I'm speaking at GOOD, a wellness festival, early February and needed a cute outfit. So far, I love it - for $159 you get any 4 pieces you want at a time - and if you sign up via this link - both you and I will get $30 off! The only thing is I get a bit impatient waiting for new items to ship (it takes an average of 5 days) but I will say, feeling pressured to wear really nice stuff makes me go out and do things more than lounging around in my yoga pants.

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Basic Black at The Broad

One of my intentions for 2018 is to simplify things. I've been getting back to basics, but still can't resist a little fun trend.

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J'adore these Black Velour Overalls. They fit like leggings and are super comfortable. The only problem is that the inner lining started ripping after only two wears. Here's a similar pair - maybe those hold up better?

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The perfect museum outfit at The Broad - paired with a black turtleneck, black kicks, denim jacket, giant hoops, and my newest obsession - a gift from one of my favorite brands Nisolo - their brand new Maya Folded Purse.

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The purse is buttery soft, and surprisingly roomy! I fit just the necessities in there - my phone, keys, credit card/ID and a couple candies.

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How I Started Working Out Again

So I joined a gym.

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And not just any gym - Equinox - like the most expensive gym.

Now if we are friends, or you have been reading this blog for a long time, you are confused. Because you know I don't like to move or sweat or do anything to elevate my heart rate. But the truth is, I've been scared to get back in shape. I used to go to the gym religiously, back when I had my eating disorder. And I was afraid of being immersed in that world again - the one where EVERYTHING is about the body.

I actually joined a gym a few years ago and went about 8x the whole year. It was easy to push it off - it was only $40/month. Equinox costs more than 4x that.

So anyway, I first started thinking about exercising regularly this summer, after I walked all around NYC (5-6 miles a day) and felt great. I looked into classes, doing something online - and then I got a mailing from Equinox saying they're waiving their $300 initiation fee right now. I went in, talked to their very friendly people, explained my history and great great fear - then tried not to look totally uncool when they told me how much things were going to cost.

Honestly, I didn't think I would sign up. How awesome could a gym be? They gave me free pass to try it out. And three days later, I was hooked. I can watch Netflix and Hulu on their treadmills. Their classes are taught by the top instructors - though I admit I don't know if I have the balls to take one other than yoga. The place is CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. Maybe it's their free organic tampons or their eucalyptus scented wet towels or the gorgeous showers - all I know is, I've been waking up at 6am every single day without an alarm clock and I am actually going to the gym.

Of course, this is only week 1. I might not go again the next 360 days but I don't think I could handle wasting that kind of $$$.

Do you go to an expensive gym? Do I sound crazy? Is this like I'm learning to drive in a Porsche?

P.S. This is 100% not an ad for Equinox - they are giving me no discounts for blogging about this. But if you do ever sign up and don't already have a friend who's a member, I'd appreciate if you used me as your referral (they'd give me $150 credit!)

P.P.S. I'm in Shape Magazine! No not because I've been exercising for 4 days.

20 Things in 20 Years

Abe and I are celebrating 14 years of marriage today - 20 years of being together total. Of course that has me thinking about all the things that have happened, how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same. Here's 20 random things from the last two decades.

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Women's March Los Angeles

Oh what a glorious day!  An estimated 750,000 people attended the Women's March Los Angeles.  I admit I spent more time waiting on line for a bathroom and the subway than actually walking.  Still, the energy was glorious, and seeing the support around the world takes my breath away. We stopped for a break in the middle of everything to eat at Clifton's Republic (formerly named Clifton's Cafeteria).  I photographed the jello, but Abe and I split a special vegetarian sandwich for lunch. It came with three types of cheese (cheddar, gouda, and brie) and wasn't even on their menu.  It was the size of my head and tasted like heaven.

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Do you remember my friend who I unfriended on Facebook the day after the election?  I apologized to her just a couple days after I wrote that post.  She and I had a really long discussion over a lot of tears.  We are still friends, and we still have different opinions.  I am trying. I vow to keep trying.  It's difficult but there is beauty in all of this.  I'm going to bottle up the feelings of today whenever I need a reminder to keep on going.