Donut Workshop Recap (& My First Time Hosting An Event!)

Hi guys!! Guess what?!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

I hosted my first event this past weekend!! Oh man, it was so chaotic but SO much fun.

One of my goals for this year was to host an event and I kind of just assumed that it wouldn’t happen until I met my friend Charlotte at a wellness event early on in the summer. As someone who has thrown events in the past and truly enjoys doing it, Charlotte asked me if I would co-host a donut baking workshop with her and of COURSE I had to say yes!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

So for the past month of so, we’ve been working together to plan a sort of baking class with sponsors, swag bags, cute decor, and other fun things. I think all in all about 17 people showed up to bake with us and though it was a little crowded, everyone successfully baked a batch of their own donuts!! It was so fun to see their creations😍

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

We started out by making announcements on both of our Instagram pages and the event quickly filled up! It’s actually pretty awesome to be able to bring people together that are literally just from the internet. It makes me want to have a bazillion events just so that I can finally meet & hang with all my insta-friends!! Maybe someday🙏🏼

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Anyway, from there, Charlotte put together a spreadsheet (because she’s THE most organized person ever) and we started to keep tabs on who was attending, if they had any food allergies, and what kind of donut pan they wanted! For $15, we provided a donut pan, a mini spatula (courtesy of one of our sponsors, GIR!), all the ingredients to bake and frost a batch of donuts, a little swag bag, and some light bites/drinks! We had some mimosas and asked people to bring their own mugs for coffee – I really loved that idea!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

The event went for about 2 and a half hours and even though it ended with me shattering my phone screen trying to take a photo, it was SUCH a blast. I seriously want to hold these events all over the country, how cool would that be?! Maybe that’s the goal for next year😊

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Before I go, I just want to say a quick thank you to my beautiful co-host Charlotte, my friend Taylor for coming, helping us set up/clean up, and taking most of these gorgeous photos, and our sponsors including Varieteas, Sun & Swell, Goldsheep Clothing, Bob’s Red Mill, GIR, and Lily’s Sweets!!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by & be back soon!!

xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

Guys. It’s already Wednesday which means two things: 1) Friday is in two days and 2) our next DFD Babe Feature is here!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

This week I’m introducing you to two of my favorite women of all-time. I actually met them through Instagram just over a year ago, and instantly fell in love with their bright, welcoming and energetic fitness studio called Shine down in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Hillary Lewis & Yaya Margarita are both former dancers (like me!) and decided to follow their dream of offering fun and effective fitness classes for people from all walks of life and experience levels.

Another thing that’s so incredible about these two ladies, aside from their drive, is their commitment to helping other women in any way they can. They’ve both made such a difference in my life (personally and professionally), and watching them collaborate with others, pursue their passions, and grow their business has inspired me beyond belief.

If you want to know more about how they got started on their journey as female entrepreneurs, just keep on readin’!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

Tell us a little bit about Shine Studio! When did you start it and why?

Shine Studio opened in October 2016 and its been an amazing adventure to see our #ShineSociety grow! We were inspired to open a fitness studio that offered a wide variety of workout styles that were challenging, fun, and taught in a empowering and positive environment. We felt like fitness wasn’t something you should dread, but something you should actually look forward to! That’s why we set out to create and choose specific workouts that would inspire women to show up and leave smiling from ear to ear! From cardio dance, to our PilatesRemix and Pound classes, you can always find a class that will work you out from head to toe and make you feel like that 50 minutes flew by!

What inspired you to start working on your own business, whether full-time or as a side hustle?

When we met each other, we both had grown up dancing and connected over the fact that we missed dance and loved to workout, but found that our gym workouts just weren’t cutting it anymore. We noticed that there wasn’t a studio in the South Bay that offered the type of workouts that we loved and so we were motivated to bring something different to our area! We thought, if we are thinking that we cannot motivate ourselves to get to the gym and we need a workout that is something we actually love, there has to be other people that feel the same way! We now have people that come to us and say, “I was never able to stick to a workout until I joined Shine!”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in regards to being an entrepreneur?

Persistence is key. We have only been open a year and a half and there are still days where we are thinking “oh my gosh, we are killing this boss-babe thing!” and other days where we think “can we really do this?!” We’ve heard over and over that it’s all about sticking with it, being flexible, trying something different if one thing doesn’t seem to work, and just keep plugging away. Success does not happen over night for most businesses! It takes years of hard work and persistence.

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful business owner?

Self-motivation, perseverance, and connecting with other women in business and helping each other in any way you can. We think its so important to empower and help each other along this wild ride that is entrepreneurship! We have met WONDERFUL women since we started the business and try to partner and connect with them in any way we can. We work better as a community rather than in competition with one another!

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

Definitely the people that we’ve been able to connect with. It kind of goes with the last question, as well as our clients who have become a dedicated part of our studio. It is SO rewarding to connect with people that believe in what you are doing and even more so if you can feel like you’re improving their life in even some small way. It is completely life changing.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The ups and downs! It is bound to happen in any business but not knowing where you’re next dollar is coming from can be incredibly stressful. You have to have A LOT of trust and faith that if you are working hard you will be rewarded with success, sooner or later!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

How do you manage your finances, both personally and for work? Are there any tools you use or do you set a weekly/monthly budget for yourself?

We both have had to make sacrifices to start the business, but to be our own bosses and do what we love, it is worth it! We are both lucky to have spouses who empower us and support us. We have had to budget and get specific with our businesses expenses. The biggest advice we can give is to live and work as lean as possible. We taught the majority of our classes for the whole first year at the studio so we could get on our feet. You have to be willing to do what it takes!

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Think hard about your idea and if you can’t stop thinking about it, make it happen. Do the research, find something that you truly love and care about, make sure its something you cannot live without pursuing. You will have to sacrifice and work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life. But if you love what you do, your successes will feel that much more amazing when you have created them yourself.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business?

Business is literally always open when you’re the owner! So you are going to work on it every day. You have to remind yourself to schedule “you time,” even if its taking a long lunch or getting a mani/pedi in the middle of the week! Know when you’re getting burned out and schedule that time for yourself so you can keep going the next day.

Where do you find inspiration?

We find inspiration from other businesses and women in business that have had amazing success! It’s easy to look at others and become envious. We’ve all been there! But we choose to look at it and say, “They did it! That’s so amazing! So can we.”

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

If you’d like to check out their classes head here (my favorites are Pound and PopFit!).

You can also find Hillary on Instagram @hillmae, Yaya @yaya_margarita, and Shine @shinestudiorb.

Well there ya have it! I hope you find these features as inspiring as I do😊 Let me know in the comments who you think I should feature next!

xo Jordan

Weekend In My Life: Food Blogging, Fitness + Eats (My First Vlog!)

Guys. I did something. I made my first YouTube video🙊

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend in My Life: Food Blogging, Fitness, and LA Eats (My First Vlog!!!)

I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m kind of afraid to post this, but I’m also kind of really proud so I want to share it with you…

I promised myself I would learn how to create and edit video in 2018, so here I am! It’s not perfect, the sound isn’t great and the transitions are off, plus I definitely need to work on my lighting and my voice, but HEY. I’ll get there😊

If I’ve hung out with you in the last few months, you probably know that I’ve become semi-addicted to YouTube videos…I’m not sure why, but I do know that I feel like I know some of the YouTubers I follow (which is ridiculous, I know…) because it is SO much easier to get to know someone via video rather than writing or photos. Do you know what I mean? Like if you can hear someone’s voice and picture them, you can just get a sense of their personality much better. So it was this idea, coupled with the fact that I want to be able to offer video services to my social media clients, that I decided to start vlogging. I had the MOST fun time making this and I honestly can’t wait to make more.

That being said, please oh please give me feedback, even if it’s a little negative (I have thick skin)! I want to get better, to make better content for YOU so if there’s something you’d want to see more or less of, or if you think this is a silly idea altogether, feel free to let me know. I appreciate your honesty! And if you want to see more, just hit the subscribe button on the bottom right under the video once you’re on YouTube’s actual website😊

xo Jordan

My Trip to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles.

Hi there! If you follow my Instagram, you know I went to the Museum of Ice Cream in Downtown Los Angeles a couple of weekends ago. I wasn’t planning on doing a recap, but I took so many pictures and wanted to share more of them!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

When I found out a few months ago that the Museum of Ice Cream (originally in NYC) was coming to LA, I knew I had to get my hands on those tickets! I bookmarked my calendar and set and alarm because let me tell you, those bad boys sold out as quickly as Beyonce tickets. I’m so glad we got our hands on some!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

I think my favorite thing about the museum was how it made you feel like a kid again. It’s kind of like that feeling you get at Disneyland or something when everything feels magical and you have the biggest smile on your face for hours 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The museum is essentially 15 or so different themed rooms that are so colorful, bright, and unique. There’s a ton of texture and you can interact with almost everything in the rooms. The pink room in the second room had some amazing pink retro phones – it reminded me of Barbie!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

It takes about an hour to walk through the entire thing and there are 5 ice cream tastings in total. The first is an earl grey tea biscuit ice cream from McConnell’s that I’m praying I can get my hands on when this is all over. It was unreal!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

We then took a ride on the swing before hitting the banana room. What is it about swings that makes them feel so fun!? I seriously want one in my room someday. Maybe a swinging hammock or hanging chair…that would be AWESOME.

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

My second favorite ice cream was this mint chocolate chip mochi! I love mochi so much but I never get it. I definitely haven’t seen any that’s mint chocolate chip flavored, so this was a real treat. So creamy and oddly refreshing, if that makes sense!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The room with the popsicles was one of my favorites. This was one of two rooms that I felt could actually be in a modern art museum.

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The other was the room where you got to taste charcoal cookie dough in a cone!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

I know that sounds weird, but it was delicious! The charcoal didn’t taste like much, but who doesn’t love cookie dough?!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

And then there was the giant gummy bear room 🙂 There was also a gummy bear tasting in here, in case someone has never tried gummy bears before…(hoping that’s literally no one since gummy bears are the BEST.)

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

Okay my absolute favorite room though is one you may have predicted…

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The sprinkle pool room!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

So they tell you that these aren’t real sprinkles (which makes so much more sense), but actually little slivers of plastic. The bottom of the pool is squishy too, so it feels nice on your feet! Everyone goes in small groups and gets to play and take pictures in the pool for about 3 minutes each. It was so fun!!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The last ice cream tasting was this pancake vanilla ice cream sandwich. I love that they dyed the pancakes pink!!! This one was so delicious, I might have to try making it at home!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The final room had another awesome swing that was colored like a neopolitan ice cream sandwich. Seriously though, where can I find this thing for my house?!?!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

Alright y’all, that’s it for now!! Hope everyone is having a great week and treating themselves to something wonderful for humpday!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

xo Jordan

A Word on the Weekend.

Aaaaand just like that, we’re back to Monday.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Every other Thursday, we have a meeting at work where we discuss our recent wins and some things that we’re working on. At the end, we share our plans for the upcoming weekend. Last Thursday, and for the first Thursday in a long time, I realized I had no real, concrete plans. I’ve been on the go quite a bit, and I’m 100% a planner/list-maker, so not having any set schedule seemed almost boring and honestly slightly stressful. After our meeting, I thought about setting up back-to-back friend-dates for both days and tried reaching out to a few people, but when nothing came to fruition I realized I had total freedom for once. And it was so unbelievably nice.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

My Saturday consisted of an easy morning in complete with pancakes and homemade lattes, then a solo trip to the gym. Without any time constraints, I was able to do a full on workout while I listened to some of my new favorite podcasts. Afterwards, I took a walk along Main Street in Santa Monica and then met some friends at the beach. For lunch, we went to a new-to-me spot I’ve been dying to try for years, Huckleberry, and it was incredible (see the photo up at the top of this post ^!)

Dinner was a special one, thanks to a gift my parents gave me and my boyfriend back on Christmas. I didn’t take any photos, partially because I wanted to live in the moment and keep my phone away during our time together, but also because (let’s face it) taking photos in a fancy restaurant isn’t exactly the classiest thing ever. I will say, our crab cake appetizer, scallop dinner and pumpkin pot de creme at Cafe del Rey were absolutely to die for. I don’t exactly get to splurge on dinner often, so being able to go to such a beautiful restaurant was a real treat. Thanks mom and dad!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Sunday we slept in and then decided to make a frittata. Have you ever made one of these?! It was so easy, and so delicious!! I then met a friend from home at the Beverly Hills Hotel for a cup of coffee. This is another place I’ve driven by a thousand times but have never actually gone to! This place just screams Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to me, I loved it – perfect baby pink with Beverly Hills Hotel written in script on everything, just quintessential old Hollywood vibes. And it’s safe to say I’ll be searching for an exact replica of their palm leaf wallpaper for my next apartment…

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Post-fancy coffee, I met one of my best friends for (yet another…) cup of coffee. Since really no one should have 3 cups of coffee before 2pm, I opted for a Golden Milk Latte instead at Cafe If in West Hollywood. I had never been to this cafe before either and it was super cute! Very minimalist and quiet, I think this would be a great hidden gem to work out of someday! That latte was pretty epic too, slightly spicey and lemon-y and very delicious. Dinner was homemade turkey chili + cornbread (I swear by the mix from Trader Joe’s!) while watching the Oscars.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

To be honest, I didn’t actually mean for this post to be so much a recap of my whole weekend as an attempt to prove the point that not everything has to be planned every minute of everyday. And, more importantly actually, there are so many things to do and see wherever you may live that you may not even realize. I think we often get caught up in our routines or only go to our favorite places, which I totally think we should still do, but every once in awhile it’s nice to find something new. In 2 days, I visited 4 new places (which is rare for me.) A new place or meal or mini-adventure can make any ordinary weekend feel special. I’m grateful to live in a place with so much to offer, and I’m making a promise to take more advantage of it in the future!

Did you try anything new this weekend?! Let me know in the comments 🙂

xo Jordan

The Little Things #3.

Oh, hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend – I know I did! It was waaaaay too hard to get back to real life this morning. Here are some of the things making me happy this week…

Getting to spend time with my brother! He’s here from NY from work, but we were able to hang out all weekend. We snuck in a hike to the Griffith Observatory to see the views of LA, but only found fog instead…It was still fun, though 🙂

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  After our hike, we grabbed some brunch (which was so delicious I forgot to photograph it before quickly shoveling it in…) and then did more exploring! Echo Park Lake is so beautiful. I need to have a picnic down there soon.

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Other than my weekend adventures, I’ve been enjoying some summer eats. Like this fro-yo, which had way too many toppings to be remotely nutritious.

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And I discovered Hubert’s Lemonade – finally! This stuff is incredible and so refreshing. I only tried the watermelon flavor, which was a tiny bit sweet, but I bet it would be even better mixed with some sparkling water.

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Plus some fruit! Mangoes have been on sale, thank goodness. They’re one of my favorite fruits but they’re usually too expensive. Luckily I’ve been able to stock up!

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Fruit

That’s all for now, friends. I’ll be back later this week with some more healthy recipes and fun things 😉

xo Jordan

From around the web…

Hey y’all! I hope you’ve been having a fantastic week, especially since we have the long weekend to look forward to 🙂

I’ve been adjusting to life with a 9 to 5 and haven’t had a ton of time to prep new recipes, but here are some of my favorite links I’ve come across this week:

Image courtesy of Coolhaus LA.

Image by Coolhaus LA.

Inspiralized Memorial Day Recipe Round-up (If you haven’t made Zoodles yet, you’re missing out!)

The best ways to re-heat leftovers – so good to know!

7 tips for ordering the perfect glass of wine? Yes please.

The best sunscreens to buy this summer, because I think we all need to make more of an effort!

Some very valid advice from Lauren over at TSC – Happy Birthday, girl!

5-minute ab workout since summer is actually here now.

Coconut no-bake cookies because a healthy lifestyle calls for balance, and dessert. duh.

Zoats! What an awesome idea for amping up breakfast with more nutrients.

LA’s best cheap eat spots – can’t wait to hit some of these! Anyone wanna join? 🙂

The Little Things.

Dancing for Donuts | Santa Monica

I know I mentioned this in my post last week, but I’ve been making a conscious effort to take notice of the littler things in life. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the west side of LA lately and instead of giving in to the constant road rage that comes with traffic on the 405, I’ve chosen to just enjoy the beauty of being in this change of scenery.

Dancing for Donuts | Marina Del Rey

I know it’s cliche, but getting outside and soaking in some Vitamin D is one of my favorite cures for stress. Taking advantage of the California sun is a priority of mine and the image of a sunset over the city is something is one of the littler things I’ve learned to appreciate. A recent hike to Griffith Park provided me with a view (and a photo opp) that left me speechless.

Dancing for Donuts | Griffith Park

I also managed to squeeze in happy hour with one of my best friends for Dine L.A.’s Happy Hour Week! We went to Little Fork in Hollywood and had the most amazing oysters, burger, ribs and cornbread. Oh and wine, of course 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Little Fork

Well I suppose that’s all for now. As you go out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo (one of my personal favorite holidays), I’ll be here at school learning about Brand Management. Without margaritas. *sigh*

Have a fantastic week and don’t forget to enjoy the little things 🙂

Well, Hello There.

Here’s the thing. I started a food blog several years ago when I first moved to Los Angeles from New York to become a professional dancer. After settling in, life here become more than overwhelming, so I stopped…

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But now I’m back!

Truth be told, food is something I think about pretty much 24/7. I love to cook and bake, especially for and with friends. I’m constantly struggling to quell my raging sweet tooth, even though I actually enjoy eating healthy foods…

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This blog is an outlet for me to do what I love and share it with you, in hopes that you’ll love it too. Thank you for taking the time to read about my adventures in Los Angeles, finding joy in the little things, and eating what makes your head and heart happy.

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