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July Favorites

July was filled with journaling and sunkissed days. Music festivals flooded the streets. Too many strawberries were eaten. Road trips with friends were enjoyed watching endless sunsets. As we are approaching August and soon Fall (which we are eagerly waiting for), let us enjoy the last few months of sweet summer.



Record Shopping:

You Can Have It All // Yo La Tengo

You Are the Right One // Sports

Birds Don’t Sing // TV Girl

Radiovoice // Good Morning

Above Us // Hibou

Disco // Windigo

Tangible, Intagible // Fly Golden Eagle 

After The Moment // Craft Spells

Freaking Out // Sticky Fingers

I Am The Lion King // PAPA

Starry Eyes // Cigarettes After Sex

Cooking Up Something Good // Mac Demarco

Must Sees: Films + Series

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Stranger Things – Something about this series intrigued me right away. For starters the soundtrack is everything. With the perfect 80’s vibe all the way from wardrobe to music, you instantly fall in love with the characters. Every scene from beginning to end is captivating. If you’re a science fiction fanatic you will not be disappointed. Watch the trailer here.

Tallulah – I honestly didn’t know what to expect of this movie at first. All I knew was that Ellen Page was starring, so I knew I had to watch. Although I was mainly watching because of her, the actors’ performance captivated me as well. Set in New York, with Tallulah (Ellen Page) living in her groovy van with her boyfriend, I quickly perceived this movie as a light romantic film. However, that was not the case. This movie was intense but in a good way. Although I was watching it at 2AM, I couldn’t keep my eyes from the screen. Watch the trailer here.

Palm Trees in The Snow – This romantic Spanish film is set in the 50’s and present time. When a woman finds a letter having to do with her family’s heritage and history, she sets out to the mysterious land to find out what it is. Throughout the movie, there are flashbacks that unravel those secrets. Watch the trailer here.

Vale – This Spanish short film is light and fun. The cinematography is lovely. The script was simple but it tied the film together. Starring Dakota Johnson and Quim Gutiérrez, their on-screen chemistry is beautiful. Watch the short film here.

Frida – This film is a classic you don’t want to miss. Warning: You will fall in love with Frida Kahlo and all that she represents. The film covers every chapter of her life beautifully. Watch the trailer here.

Books + Youtube



Photo Source: British Vogue.

Every Day // David Levithan – This was the kind of book that I read in one sitting. Waking up in a different body every day was a new concept that I was intrigued by. I liked that it hadn’t been done before. This was a light read that made reflect on what it means to be human.

Yes Please // Amy Poehler – “I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”  What I love about Amy Poehler is that she is so genuine and real. This book was funny and relatable and everything I expected.

French Style Secrets: Inside The Wardrobe of Camille Rowe – Watching this video made me want to work whole-heartedly on my closet. It is so important to develop a personal style that you love and are comfortable with. Camille Rowe’s closet is full of classic, bohemian, 70’s style statement pieces that you will instantly fall in love with. Watch it here.

10 Ways To Be Parisian with Caroline De Maigret – Witty and funny Caroline De Maigre perfectly represents the essence of a french woman. Watch it here.

Food + Drinks

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Tea –  I used to never understand the people who chose tea over coffee. I believe the most tea I had drank in my lifetime was a Lipton green tea when I was around 14. I didn’t like it and never gave myself the chance to try it again. However one day I found myself ordering a cup of tea when my local coffee shop didn’t have my favorite order of coffee. This time, my experience was completely different. I finally saw the light. Now that I drink tea more frequently, I have noticed  the effects tea has on me. I feel better when I drink tea over coffee. I encourage you not to disregard a product too quickly. Most of the time there are many options to the product you are trying that you might like another one. My recommendation: Ginger Peach Tea with two packets of turbinado cane sugar.

Black Bean Burgers – Since my hometown isn’t very vegan-friendly I find myself cooking at home a lot of the time. Last week I tried Buzzfeed’s black bean burger recipe and it was incredibly easy and delicious. You can find the recipe here.

Oatmeal for Breakfast – I don’t what it is about oatmeal but I keep finding myself making this for breakfast. It is quick to make and super filling. I simply add almond milk and top it off with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. For more flavor, I sprinkle some cinnamon.

Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Caramel Fudge Non-Dairy Ice Cream – I might be a little late on this bandwagon but WHAATTT??? I was surprised to find this in the ice cream aisle. I’m used to making my own homemade ice cream but this was a sweet and delicious surprise. Definitely recommend even if you’re not vegan!

Fast Food (Vegan Options) – This month I visited two fast food chains in search for vegan options. My first stop was Taco Bell. I had heard a lot about the “vegan” menu so I decided to try it out for myself. Here are my favorite vegan combinations:

7 layer burrito includes beans, latin rice, lettuce, guacamole, tomatoes, sour cream, & cheese. Take out the cheese and sour cream and add potatoes for .50 cents. Price: $2.79

Black Bean Burrito includes black beans, latin rice, cheese & red sauce. Simply take out the cheese. Price: $2.19

Spicy Tostada includes beans, cheese, lettuce, red sauce, tomatoes, & chipotle sauce. Take out the chipotle sauce and cheese. Add guac for .30 cents. Price: $1.00

Crunchy Taco includes beef, lettuce, & cheese. Substitute the beef for beans and take out the cheese. Price: $1.19

Crunchwrap Supreme includes beef, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, & cheese sauce. Substitute the beef for beans and take out the sour cream and cheese sauce. Add potatoes for .50 cents. Price: $3.19

You can always go for an easy option and simply ask for black beans & rice bowl. Add lettuce, guacamole, or any other vegan addition you enjoy. Price: $1.49

Dessert: Cinnamon twists. (Accidentally vegan, but delicious) Price: $1.00

You can customize every order by adding these vegan options to your order: onions, guacamole, pico de gallo, potatoes, rice, black beans, lettuce, red sauce, beans, & pizza sauce. 

My second stop was Jack in The Box. There were fewer vegan options but it was still delicious. Now, these aren’t the healthiest of options but will do for a once or twice in a month occasion when you’re on the go.

Teriyaki Bowl includes white rice, veggies, & chicken. Simply take out the chicken and add extra veggies if you’d like. 

Potato wedges and curly fries are all vegan.

Taco – opt for no beef and substitute it for beans. Ask for no cheese. 


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Journaling with a friend – Sometimes the best moments are spent not talking at all.  Call a friend, bring your journals, and go to your favorite coffee shop. Schedule a day for it, trust me you will lose track of time. Let your thoughts run wild and relax.

Supporting local shops – I love it when a new business opens in my city. When you walk into a local business you feel the connection. You get to know and engage with the owners. You know your dollar is supporting your city. Next time, skip Starbucks and support your local coffee shop :’)

Grocery Shopping – This is one of the things that reminds me that I’m an adult. Make a list of all the things you need ahead of time. The most important tip to remember when grocery shopping is to look at the store’s offers in your mail. There are heaps of offers each week. Circle your favorites and save up! My sister and I love trying new vegan products. Plus nothing is better than a full fridge and pantry am I right?

Vegan Amino App – I don’t even know where to begin with this app. It is by far my most used app this month. You can share your favorite vegan recipes, join chat groups, and meet other lovely vegans. The app is fun and positive and creates a beautiful vegan community. Get the app here.

Words & Photography by Grecia Villa.

© 2016 Reef Magazine



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