Sophie’s LA Food Guide

Coming at you with another one of my “Sophie’s Favs” in LA! I don’t even know how I’ve gone this long without sharing my favorite food stops in the city of angels but here we are! I’m constantly sharing what I’m creating, loving and eating in the kitchen it’s only natural that I share my favorite restaurants and cafes to enjoy with friends and the fam.

While you’re here, I want to remind you that I posted a roundup of my favorite yoga studios, my favorite places to hike in LA, and even my favorite spots for the kids. If you want to see more guides for LA comment below or message me with what you want to hear. I want to provide all I can for my beautiful Philosophie tribe.

So here’s a quick look into my favorite go-to food stops.

 

Vegan and Plant-based:

Cafe Gratitude - Beverly Hills and Venice

I’m absolutely obsessed with this cafe stop. I’ve hosted events here and have tried almost everything on the menu. The atmosphere is inspiring and is filled with feel-good energy. I’ve brought my girlfriends here after trips to the beach and know I can count on it for a mid-day lunch that fills me with nutritious, high-vibe foods. I highly recommend one of their salads paired with a matcha latte. To die for!

MAKE OUT - Culver City

This hidden gem in downtown culver city has it all for plant-based foodie lovers. It’s a small business and has a cozy home feel to it. I love stopping here after a morning yoga sesh or after I pick up the boys from school. I love their kelp noodle salads. It’s so delicious and filling.


Sage - Culver City, DTLA, Old Town Pasadena

A completely organic and plant-based eatery with plenty of LA locations to choose.They offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and family style meals. They offer it all: nut-free, gluten-free and vegan. Some plant-based/raw food options are limiting and not a wide variety but you can get everything from a taco to a burger here. It’s so good!


Plant Food + Wine (Matthew Kenney Cuisine) - Venice

Matthew Kenney is a beautiful human and his food creations are beyond words. Everything is locally sourced and completely organic. The dishes here are such a treat. I recommend saving an experience here for an anniversary or birthday.


Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine - Little Ethiopia

Rahel Ethiopian is amazing. I have yet to come across any other place like it. Vegan food can usually be very similar across restaurants (salads, raw, etc.) but here you can find traditional Ethiopian dishes with vegan substitutions. Dishes like the Hudae Special Combo, which is a chickpea stew and split lentil stew with veggies and stuffed peppers. It’s so yummy.


 

Places that offer something for everyone:

Catch - West Hollywood

This place is beautiful! It’s a seafood restaurant so you won’t find all too much variety but they do offer a vegan menu. It’s a tad sceney but really delicious food and clean options. I go here on date nights or nights out with the girls when there’s a reason to celebrate. They also have a really great wine menu.


Gjusta - Venice

Gjusta really has it all. This a great option for some daytime lunch food. They have sandwiches, meats, fish, and salads. It’s a great place to go with the family when no one can decide what they’re in the mood for because you’re bound to find something here. They also offer smoothies, pastries and breads if you need a little pick-me-up.

Photo from LA Weekly

AOC - West LA

Who doesn’t love a good wine bar? AOC does it up right. The place is beautiful and very cozy. I’ve been a fan for years and love the options they offer. They have everything from farm to table dishes and a wide variety of meat and fish dishes. My mouth is watering just thinking about their food! They also have the best dessert menu. A bittersweet chocolate torta is calling my name!


Little Door - West LA

Okay, ladies. Why not take charge and plan date night? This is the PERFECT place. The ambiance is next level and so, so, so romantic. I love going here with Adi. They have small plate options that range from steak, chicken and veggie dishes. It’s upscale so definitely save it for a special night.

Photo from EventUp

Sqirl - East LA/Silverlake

The thing I love most about dining in LA is the many different types of restaurants available. Whatever you’re in the mood for you can find a place that offers it. I don’t often travel to the eastside but when I’m there I love stopping for a bite at Sqirl. This seasonal kitchen changes up their menu with a wide variety of vegan, plant-based, gluten-free and meat friendly options. Their website is a little funky but trust me, it’s delicious!

 

 

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Refusing To Cover Up + Products With A Purpose

As a mama and, truthfully, a woman, I’m told a lot about what I should and shouldn’t be doing in order to have a perfect, healthy life. After years of work in establishing boundaries and leaning in fully to my intuition, I’m not easily swayed by the rules and labels put on women. I’ve created such a strong circle that I barely come across products and stigmas that don’t align with my life. But, I know they exist and my hope is to help other women cut through all that noise and come back to their own body in a beautiful, gentle and loving way. I REFUSE to shrink and label myself to do things that make me look, feel or SMELL better. The second we try to hide what we’re made of is the second we create a toxic cycle within our bodies. 


This is why I’m challenging myself to commit to certain clean, non-toxic products that enhance my natural body’s makeup for the next few months and see how I feel and where I end up. I would love for you to join this movement with me!


Using products made with natural and purposeful ingredients EMBRACES our natural beauty. I am partnering with type:A deodorant for the next few months to see what happens after committing to ONE clean deodorant for several months. I’m so excited to see it all unfold and will update you along the way! 


Deeply connecting to our intuition and focusing on the natural beauty allows us to truly radiate out to the world and we organically look, smell and feel better without harmful chemicals and toxins covering us up. Other ways you can create this natural beauty and glow is through:

Mindful movement: Moving your body in a way that feels good deep within your bones like a morning yoga flow, a midday afternoon jog around the neighborhood or a HITT class at your local gym.

Daily nourishment: Eating lots of fresh fruits + veggies and TONS of superfoods because it gives you long-lasting energy and boosts your body’s nutrients. Eating all the colors because it’s fun, delicious and rewarding.

Conscious consumerism: Using trusted and safe products like type:A to support natural body functions (aka sweat!) makes you GLOW from the inside out.


All type:A deodorants are aluminum-free, paraben-free (needed!) and come in gorgeous scents like The Dreamer which is made of a soft white floral linen scent with hints of ylang ylang and jasmine. It feels super lightweight when I put it on and gentle to my skin. Since it’s cream-based it also moisturizes my skin but dries to the touch. It’s amazing! I’ve never had deodorant in a tube, but I can already tell, I’m a fan.

If you’d like to join me and try type:A for yourself, use my code “SOPHIE20” for 20% off! So excited to see how my body feels after these few months and I’ll continue to update you all throughout this journey!

How To Do It All

In living a life that’s filled up with so much adventure, hard work, joy, love and laughter it’s important that I also live a life of RADICAL TRANSPARENCY. A lot of the good is coupled by a lot of heartache, pain, and struggle. Multiple times a day I’m asked, “How do you do it all?!” and as a mama of 3, an entrepreneur, wife, sister, friend, yoga teacher and wellness advocate—the truth is, I don’t. My loving Philosophie community, I will tell you anything about everything because I WANT to share the things that bring me joy, sanity and peace. So that you can live a life you deserve, too. So when it comes to “doing it all” I’ve learned (the hard way) to ask for help


My support system has been made from years and years of trust, open communication, and growth. From my husband to my business team, my chosen family and other trusted services, my businesses have grown (Philosophie and IGNTD) and my children live a life that supports their nurturing and allows me to show up to them fully as a mother. I have an amazing manager Erin Cutler, founder of Neon Rose Agency (truly amazing if you’re looking for a manager!!) and an incredible personal assistant, Taylor Heinrich

When it comes to my kiddos, we knew a network of babysitters wouldn’t cut it anymore and we couldn’t afford a full-time nanny so we tried out Cultural Care, which is an au pair cultural program bringing amazing humans from other parts of the world to live with you and be a part of your family. Our au pair, Noemii became part of our family. If you’re not ready for an au pair, you can also explore sharing a nanny with another family or swap when you can, meaning you watch a neighbor’s kids and then they watch yours another time. 


How do you ask for help?

Communication is SO important. While nothing is perfect, a relationship is built on communication, intimacy, vulnerability and trust. It’s knowing that in order to succeed in life you have to delegate and let others step in and pick up the reins when you can’t. It’s knowing that you’re human and you’ll never be perfect but as long as you put in the work, do the research and SHOW UP then life is saner and 100x more enjoyable. 


Some of my favorite service and go-to's include:

Bambino Sitters: I use this especially when I’m traveling because I don’t want to feel trapped because little babe is asleep. I want the freedom to explore.

Kango: A literal lifesaver in navigating my kid’s schedules that are often busier than mine! This reliable car pickup/dropoff service is super safe and I trust them 100% to help get my boys wherever they need to be on any given day.

Washos: Mobile car wash and detailing service that is SUPER helpful when you need a quick wash but can’t leave your home.

Spatial Soulutions: Dany has become part of my family and helps keep my home organized and beautiful. I work with her every few months or so to make sure things stay clean, organized and functional. Highly recommend!!

Find some of my other MOM HACKS in this post and tips for a WORKING MOM here. You can also find some of my favorite beauty tricks and secrets that have become timesavers in this post. Never feel guilty for asking for help and support! Relationships are built on an equal give and take. Know that every problem has a solution once you take yourself out of the “victim” role. You got this!


Anything I’m missing? Anything you use? Share in the comments below!

Cutting Cords Energetically to Align with Your Highest Self

We’re spiritual beings. We share energy on a daily basis with humans, places and things. Most of the time they bring in positivity, joy and love into our lives but there are times when they create low vibrational energy. By sharing energy we create attachments or energy cords to relationships and things that either serve our highest good or block our growth. Like a mother’s bond to a child or a passionate bond to a lover, energy cords are made up of mutual sharing, trust and love. As we are always in a state of growth, bonds have the potential to shift or transform as time comes and goes. It’s our CHOICE to decide when energy shared enhances your life or restricts it. Then you can decide how to move forward from there. 


There are certain people and things you effortlessly align with and keep coming home to over and over and over again. Trust their love for you. Trust the joy they bring you. Anyone who you can pick up exactly where you left off and get DEEP into it—those are your people. Hold them close. 


Decide now to choose YOU. Your joy and happiness. Nobody or nothing can rob you of your joy. Did you know that? If you feel the energy cord inhibiting you from living a life you’re meant to experience, let go. Create more space. More music. More baths. More nature. More breaths. More fun. More nourishment. Cut cords energetically for more love and gratitude to seep in. 

What are some signs of unwanted energy cords?

Obsessive thoughts or behaviors around a person or thing

Negative self-talk or feelings with that relationship

Feeling drained with a person or a thing

You don’t feel like your true self around that person or with that thing

You hold onto to the hurt or pain in a low vibrational way

The relationship makes you physically anxious, tired or sick


The same way we can energetically attach to people, places or things, we can also physically attach. It’s our choice and birthright to cut any forms of an unhealthy attachment. Through connecting to your intuition and maintaining nourishing self-care rituals and practices you’ll recognize where energy cords are strengthening or depleting you.


The best thing you can do is let go of feeding that person, place, trauma or hurt your energy through thought or emotion. Forgive them, forgive yourself and LET GO.

A ritual for energetic cord-cutting

Find a quiet place and light some candles then clear away negative energy with Palo Santo (available here). Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Then perform this visualization exercise:

Picture a thick cord coming from the center of your body, traveling deep into the earth and tying you safely to the core. Grounding you and protecting you.

Now imagine the person, place or thing you wish to let go.

Visualize a physical cord with this relationship and imagine cutting it. Tell this person, place or thing that you love them and are grateful for them but will no longer be tied to them. 

Remove the cords.

Visualize the cord you tied to the earth coming back to your center. 

Bring your awareness back to reality and move your body (try a quick yoga flow or delicious stretch).


Finish by lighting some Sweet Grass (available here) and bring in new, vibrant positive energy into your home and the energy within. 



How do you challenge your growth and reach toward your highest self? Share in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove.

Magical Moon Talk: Cancer New Moon & Solar Eclipse

We are welcoming in a New Moon in the house of nurturing Cancer but also a powerful Solar Eclipse with it. Even if you’re not able to witness it, this energy can be felt worldwide. It’s our job to understand and know how to tap into this energy and use it to make powerful transformations during the season ahead. 


Eclipses have the ability to influence the next 6 months and act as a pivotal time of change. Solar Eclipses only happen when there is a New Moon and hold a strong sense of new beginnings. As this one is focused in Cancer we’ll draw attention to aspects that make up our “home” and sense of being whether it’s our personal relationships, feminine spirit, comfort, stability, and emotions.  


Because of this Solar Eclipse coupled with the Cancer New Moon you can expect emotions to be opened wide and deeply felt throughout the day. Allow some time to yourself and you travel through these emotions. Hold yourself and acknowledge all that you’re feeling. This is a time for calling forth your deepest desires and true needs from a place of intuition Cancer encourages. Listen to your heart and gut feelings for guidance during this astrological event. You never know what could be opened up for you.

“TOTAL Solar Eclipse NEW MOON in Cancer in the sign of the Great Mother, nurtures the child within and offers us a refuge, a home within ourselves, where we can return to our place of Origin. This is the energy we are spiraling in with this Cancer Eclipse. Sensitivities are opened, our tender places are feeling tender, and the many facets our inner child can be more readily accessed, witnessed and integrated. Because of other aspects occurring including Mercury which is about to go retrograde 7/7, we must bring mindfulness to how we are expressing ourselves. With awareness of this, we can rise to a more mature response. Our inner Mother Elder Wise One can help guide the child within through all these changes. And as every Mother knows, play is the most creative fun way to engage with children and with Life. So amidst it all, let’s remember to yield to that Lightness of Being expanding within us and allow humor to lift us as we journey home to ourselves. May this beautiful MOTHER Energy continue to rise and awaken within each and every one of us, to help us to have more compassion for ourselves and for each other.” - MYSTIC MAMA


Channel all this magical energy through a vibrant yoga flow to help get out of your head and back into your back. I shared a 15 min. HITT Vinyasa Yoga Flow now up on my YouTube channel.



Grab a Magical Moon Satchel or “intuition kit” to help uplift your energy today and every day.

Happy New Moon and Solar Eclipse!

Sophie’s Podcast List

I’ll be the first to admit that I was pretty hesitant to jump on the podcast bandwagon. It wasn’t until I was a guest on some truly amazing podcasts and then took the HUGE leap and started my own with Adi (IGNTD podcast) that I began to truly appreciate the magic of this kind of storytelling. Podcasts have the unique way of bringing people together and sharing stories in an honest, authentic way as long as you come to it with the right intention. It’s incredibly rewarding and I feel so honored to be able to connect with my community in this way.


Now, I look forward to these talks with other women, content creators and entrepreneurs excelling at what they do. The feedback I receive whether it’s from our IGNTD podcasts or a podcast I’m a guest on is amazing and so entirely worth it.


Here’s a little round-up of all the podcasts I’m featured on and how you can tune into the IGNTD podcasts!


Love, Light & Lace with Marissa Lace // Vulnerability, Relationships, Honoring YOURSELF, + being a powerful mama

Listen here


The Alchemized Life with Ava Johanna // Why we all should practice radical transparency, a no BS gratitude practice, and conscious parenting

Listen here


Claim It! Podcast with Your Joyologist // A conversation on balance, living with intention, boundaries, motherhood, becoming an entrepreneur and what ignites joy

Listen here


Healthier Together with Liz Moody // Myself & Courtney Swan on things you’re not supposed to talk about—money, sex, & body image

Listen here


Off the Record // Life as a child, shame, intimacy, a "passion for fashion," and transforming tragedy into triumph

Listen here


Manifest This with Ashley Wood // Manifestation, magic and mindful motherhood

Listen here


Bring Your Own Kombucha // A chat on all things motherhood, balance, and living your best life!

Listen here


The Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon // The importance of speaking your truth to grow your influence

Listen here


Almost 30 // A conversation about balance, motherhood, and saving a marriage

Listen here


Soul On Fire with The Balanced Blonde // A talk on friendships, balancing it all, motherhood, our food philosophy, life and so much more

Listen here


Dynamic Lifestyle // How to IGNITE your relationships, career, and well-being

Listen here


#Nofilter with Zack Peter // How to overcome cheating & F*ck Shame

Listen here

Adi and I starting IGNTD together, out of our home, was a huge leap for us and our partnership. It was tough in the beginning but now I look forward to every single conversation on our podcast with some amazing guests. We’ve created the space to be deep, vulnerable, honest and intentional.


The IGNTD Relationships podcast is an exploration of all things relationships whether that’s money, family, career, love and more - there’s nothing we won’t shy away from.


LISTEN HERE


Recovery Secrets offers an entirely new look at the addiction problem with my husband Adi.


LISTEN HERE


What podcasts do you listen to? Any shows you’d like me to appear on or any guests you’d like to see on the IGNTD podcast? We want to know!!

My Clean and Green Haircare Routine

 

If you know me you know I don’t spend a lot of time on my hair. Whatever I can do to make styling my hair simple, eco-friendly and SAFE then I’m all in. When life is FULL with a business to run and an almost 1-year-old demanding my attention, any care for and styling of my hair is a low priority. I depend on products I trust 100% to keep me looking and feeling my best.


I’ve decided to share my go-to haircare routine for when I have a photo shoot, commercial or event in the hopes to help you find products that you can love and feel so good using!


Seed Phytonutrients hair, face and body products are completely sustainable and made with organic seed oils, the perfect solution for clean beauty that actually works! I love their mission to protect organic farmers and seeds from over-commercialization while promoting natural beauty and healthy living. Living sustainably doesn’t just only mean recycling or minimizing your waste (although, yes!) but also promoting and supporting brands that are fighting to protect Mama Gaia and all her wonders.


My Go-To Styling Routine

When I know I have an upcoming shoot or event I give my hair a bit more extra love and attention than the top knot bun I usually do. I shower with the Seed Phytonutrient’s Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner made with organic jojoba seed oil rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish and strengthen the hair. My hair always feels so soft and as soon as I’m done using the bottle I can compost it!


If I’m between events, I love to use Seed Phytonutrient’s Hair and Body Oil for an on-the-go frizz touch up. It’s so light and clean! All you do is apply a tiny amount to the place that needs attention and gently massage in. Then you’re ready to go!


I usually switch off between having the Glamsquad come to my home and style my hair. I love this team because I can stay home and work or be with Noa while I’m getting my hair done. Plus, they use all my products like Seed Phytonutrient’s Anti-Frizz Cream. If I don’t use Glamsquad then I’ll get a blowout and all the Seed products actually keep my blowouts longer, which is amazing!


Have you made the switch to cleaner, greener haircare? Let me know in the comments below and connect with me on Instagram!