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HIKES: Los Leones in Pacific Palisades

One of the best parts of living in Los Angeles is the amount of gorgeous hikes we have! Many of the hikes give you incredible views of the glamorous city. There is also something charming about experiencing nature in such a busy city. It’s a reminder of how calming and peaceful life can and should be.

This past weekend I headed to the Los Leones hike in the Pacific Palisades. If you are unfamiliar with the area, the Pacific Palisades is located just southeast of Malibu. We started at the Los Leones Canyon entrance off of: 566 Los Liones Drive, the main entrance to the canyon and hike. The hike was close to 4 miles roundtrip and about 1 hour and 20 minutes long.

Once we got to the top, we spent about 20 minutes taking in the incredible views of the coast. This is one of my favorite hikes in LA because it feels like a real hike; covered in shrubbery along an embankment with views of the ocean early on. I definitely suggest going with someone else because the trails and pathways are hidden. I would describe the difficulty of this hike as intermediate. It becomes gradually steep, but the pathways have been cleared out pretty well. Los Leones is the perfect Sunday morning hike! IMG_3728 IMG_3729 IMG_3732 IMG_3734 IMG_3742 IMG_3747 IMG_3748 IMG_3752 IMG_3755 IMG_3757 IMG_3770



RECIPE: Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Chicken (GUEST BLOGGER)

Hey everyone! My name is Ashleigh, visiting from Team Never Going Back and I am just thrilled to be posting on Stay Classy Ana — we met in high school and now both have new, growing blogs. I am a huge fan of her blog, so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it. Just a little bit about myself and my cooking style: My goal is to create the healthiest, most flavorful dish by using minimal ingredients, simple methods, and avoiding anything too “off the wall.”   Let’s just say I like things easy!  Thank you very much for tuning in, please feel free to leave comments!
Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Chicken:

Spaghetti Squash, about 3 lbs
3 oz fresh basil, about 2 cups
2 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
18 oz chicken breast tenderloin, thawed
1 tbsp AND 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large zucchini
2 medium Roma tomatoes

Alright guys, for this pesto “pasta“, I went all out and not only made my own noodles, but my own sauce as well. I took a chance and made this pesto without any oil, which works out well in this case because I will be using oil to saute the chicken and the zucchini. It came out really good and I saved a ton of calories for later!… Maybe for a glass of wine? =]

Now, if you have never cooked with spaghetti squash, fear not! Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and allow me to show you how easy it can be. These guys are hard to cut. I found it is a little easier if you cut off the top and bottom off before you try to cut it in half. Next, there are seeds very similar to pumpkin seeds; pull all these out (can also be cooked, but not for this recipe!). I use salt and pepper grinders (shown) on both sides, 2 spins of each and place faced down on a cookie sheet with foil and cooking spray. The squash is going to stay in the oven for 25-35 minutes depending on its size, so just check it at 25 to make sure it isn’t too brown. Mine came out perfect at 30 minutes.
Squash Collage

While the squash cooks, we can make our pesto sauce. In a food processor blend basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice about 1/2 a tsp of both salt and pepper and 1/3 cup of water. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and add more water to get the consistency you want, up to 1/2 a cup. I used just a little less than 1/2 a cup.

Put the pesto sauce aside and cut chicken into 1 inch pieces and cut zucchini into slices, as shown below and sprinkle both with a little salt and pepper.  Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat and cook chicken for 6-8 minutes; no pink! In a smaller pan, heat 1 tsp of oil over medium heat and cook zucchini for about 5 minutes, until tender. See I cooked mine at the same time!
Chicken and Zucchini Collage

Once your squash is finished, let it cool for a few minutes or use a towel to hold it if it is really hot. Using a fork, scoop the squash into a bowl. Mix in the pesto sauce very well to get all the “noodles” and then toss in the zucchini.

Divide “pasta” into four bowls. Top each bowl with 1/4 of chicken and half of a diced tomato. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information: Calories – 344    Fat – 12 g    Carbs – 27.6     Protein – 36.8

Hand Rolls at KazuNori | The Original Hand Roll Bar

To all of my loyal Sugar Fish fans, you must try their new hand roll bar in downtown LA. It’s called  KazuNori | The Original Hand Roll Bar. This hot spot is a hand roll lover’s dream and is served authentic Japanese style. The small countertop restaurant seats around 20 people. We went late on a Tuesday night (around 10pm) and had no problem finding a seat. You’re given an order form and small pencil to choose from the pre-made hand roll menu which comes in options of 3-5 or you can order à la carte. Each option comes with their daily special and two other specialty rolls (i.e. scallop, yellowtail, tuna, lobster etc.) The preset combination is a bit cheaper than ordering à la carte and is similar to the style of the Sugar Fish menu. KazuNori serves it exactly the same too! You can see the chef preparing your hand rolls fresh in front of you and  they serve them one at a time. The best part, the taste…cold fresh fish on warm rice with a crunchy nori (seaweed) wrapper. My mouth waters just writing this post!

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In addition, they serve hand cut rolls and have to-go options!

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 KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar

421 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

MON-THU 11:30AM – 11:00PM
SUN 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM



Paris Travel Guide

I am so excited to write this post and couldn’t think of a more perfect time of the year to share with you all the most romantic trip I’ve ever taken. Paris is everything you imagine it to be and so much more. It is a city rich with art, culture and history. I had the opportunity to visit this charming city in the month of October. The weather was crisp, warm enough during the day for pants and a light sweater and cool at night for a fancy long coat.

My fiancé and I stayed in Paris a total of 4 nights and our goal was to see as much as we possibly could. We took a cab from Charles de Gaulle airport to our hotel. *WARNING* There are Parisians at the airport who try to scam you into taking one of their cars. They will tell you if you don’t have a reservation through your hotel, you cannot take a normal taxi. Do not listen, follow the ‘TAXI’ sign. We almost bought into this, but luckily turned around. The drive from the airport to our hotel was about an hour and a half. You really don’t see much until you get into the city.

We stayed at a 4-Star hotel on Avenue de Champs-Elysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, their luxury shopping district. It is also close to the famous Arc De Triomphe, a historical landmark and national monument of the city. Whenever I travel somewhere I’ve never been, I try my best to stay in an area that is centrally located. I feel it is much safer that way and more convenient to get around. The rooms in our hotel were tiny. 4 stars in Europe isn’t equivalent to 4 stars in the U.S. Plan to pack light when traveling through Paris because the city is built around necessity rather than excess.

On our first night, we also booked an engagement shoot. We met with an American photographer who now lives in Europe. She’s perfect for anyone interested in booking a photoshoot while in Paris because she also gives you a tour of the city during the shoot, hence the name Pictours in Paris.’ During that shoot, we got to see the famous Cathedral church, Notre Dame de Paris, the Lovelock Bridge and the Eiffel TowerAnastacia and Marcel print res-2IMG_5388

My favorite attraction on our trip was the Palais De Versailles also known by the French as the Chateau de Versailles. It’s a luxurious palace in the city of Versailles, a wealthy suburb outside of Paris, and is an hour train ride or a 30 minute cab ride outside of the city. The grounds take a few hours to walk around so plan to arrive early and spend at least half the day there. After walking through the palace, you can take a tram ride or rent a bike and tour the gardens, which include two smaller chateaus in the back.

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Other highlights of our trip include:

Restaurant Favorite List:

  • Claus Paris (Breakfast)IMG_526510604666_10152899849813534_8047178609347479455_o IMG_5270
  • BREIZH Cafe in the Marais District *Make reservations here (Breakfast/Lunch)IMG_5741
  • Angelina’s at Palais de Versailles (Lunch/Dinner)IMG_5547IMG_5545
  • Cafe Constant by the Eiffel Tower (Dinner)IMG_5214IMG_5213IMG_5216IMG_5215
  • Laudrèe (Dessert)IMG_5779 IMG_5796

My Do’s and Don’ts List:


  • Stand on the new glass bottom at the Eiffel TowerIMG_5766
  • Visit the observation deck at the Arc De Triomphe at night to watch the Eiffel Tower light show. This happens after sundown for the first 5 minutes at the top of the hour, every hour.10679577_10152899846403534_316299158111869231_o
  • Try steak & frites!IMG_5408
  • Take the train and walk around the city as much as you can.IMG_5750
  • Learn how to say hello and thank you (Bonjour, Mercí)
  • Visit Marie Antoinette’s Summer Palace at Chateau de Versailles
  • Take a selfie with Mona LisaIMG_5322


  • Waste too much time exploring The Lourve museum unless you really love art. Make sure you see the Mona Lisa though!
  • Don’t sleep in, there’s so much to see!


Valentine’s Day Lip Look Book on YouTube

Hey everyone, I am venturing out into the world of beauty vlogging! For those of you that don’t know what “vlogging” is, it’s blogging in a video format. I’ve had so much fun learning to edit video and finding creative ways to shoot. Entertaining and performance have always been my passion, so I hope you will subscribe and follow my journey.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought what better way to kick-off the beauty section with my favorite makeup product, lipstick! Hit play on the video below for 14 different colors to rock on the most romantic day of the year. Thanks for tuning in…xoxo

Seductive Eyes with B.T.S. Mascara

One of my favorite beauty products is of course…mascara! Who doesn’t love a mascara that adds length and volume to your natural lashes. I’ve been one to constantly try different mascaras and have a few favorites on the market. But nothing I’ve tried compares to Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex Mascara.’ I’ve tried everything from Dior, Bare Minerals, Benefit, YSL and drugstore brands. This product beats them all.

This product is for those who want or like the look of dramatic, long full lashes. If you’re a lady who likes to normally wear “fake eyelashes” when you go out, I highly recommend giving B.T.S. mascara a try. The texture is very smooth and transfers easily from the brush to the lash. It can get a little bit clunky so you’ll want to have a brush to comb it out once you’re done applying. However 2-3 strokes should be enough to get the volume you want. Once it dries, it’s smudge-proof and lasts all day long. Too Faced cosmetics is a vegan friendly brand.




Healthy Vision, Skin, Hair and Nails Juice Recipe

The best way to consume vitamins is naturally! Carrots is and has always been one of my favorite vegetables to juice because of the amount of liquid it produces. Also you can buy carrots in bulk at a good price. Carrots are high in Vitamin A which is essential for healthy vision and our immune system. Carrot juice also increases hair and nail growth, fights aging, prevents acne and helps to control sun damage. Here is the recipe for my Vitamin A in a cup.


Healthy Vision, Skin, Hair and Nails Juice Recipe

  • 8 Carrots
  • 1 bundle of Celery
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 4 Clementines
  • 1/2 Lemon

Here are some fun Pinterest charts that show the health benefits of each of these ingredients. Whoa, so much goodness in one glass. Drink up!

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Honey Sriracha Fried Chicken Biscuit at FreeRange LA

One of the best parts of living in LA is the extensive amount of gourmet food trucks! I remember just before moving here (3 years ago) of reading about all the delicious street food. Not too long ago, food trucks were simply known as “roach coaches” and you didn’t really go there unless you were partying the night before and couldn’t remember your bad choices the following morning. Now, food trucks have replaced having to sit in a drive-thru line for mediocre fast food. It is the new gourmet fast food. Food trucks are also a fun interactive experience, almost like a treasure hunt.

This weekend after following @FreeRangeLA on Instagram for some time, I finally couldn’t take looking at another delicious breakfast sandwich without going to try it! Every day, they list their location on their social media pages and website and the times they will be serving food. The pictures were so enticing that I sat through 30 minutes of traffic in downtown LA to get it!

The results were well worth it. We ordered one of their most popular dishes, the Honey Sriracha Fried Chicken Biscuit and a side of crispy potatoes. This is normally served with a sunny side egg, but I got mine fried.


We also ordered their daily special, a bacon and pineapple quesadilla (delicious)!


…and their most popular item, the Original Free Range Chicken Sandwich with slaw on a bun. The bun was so soft. This ended up being my favorite of them all.

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**More YUMMY pictures from their Instagram

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Homemade Baked Chicken Taco Recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious Sunday recipe, try these baked chicken tacos. They’re the perfect dish to serve and make for a party. They are tastier than buying a crunchy taco shell and healthier than frying a taco in grease.


  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of your favorite salsa
  • soft corn tortillas
  • olive oil spray
  • cheddar cheese
  • tomatoes
  • cilantro
  • Greek yogurt (as a sour cream substitute)
  • Avocado



  • Place boneless chicken breasts in a crockpot and cover with your favorite salsa.
  • Turn crockpot on high for 4 hours or low for 6.
  • The chicken is done when it shreds easily.

Taco Shell

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Take taco shells and spray each side with olive oil
  • Hang taco shells over oven rack for 7-10 minutes until they form a shell
  • Place tacos next to one another in a baking dish and fill with the shredded chicken and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Place back in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble
  • Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes and add your favorite toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, greek yogurt or avocado.