May + June 2016 Favorites


May + June 2016 Favorites | Katya Orlovie

This past month, I haven’t had too many exciting purchases/finds because I’ve been moving. Hooray for moving! It’s exciting to move to a new place but also, moving kind of sucks. It takes a lot of energy and patience, and waiting (when will the wifi be on? wheeeeen!), and your life doesn’t stop just because you have to move. But, I did have some favorite things to share for May+June!

1. Facials – Making time to relax is the equivalent of dangling a carrot for me, it’s motivation to keep going because at the end of this task, or that tough work week, is a treat. If you’re near LA/Pasadena, try to book an appointment with Iliana – it’s just straight up magic (that’s what your skin will be singing after a session).

Treat yo self!

2. Stepladder – Seriously, why is my apartment built for giants? Ok, this ladder was a housewarming present and it’s the best thing ever. Everything so high up! HA. Not anymore! Game changer.

3. Rugs/blankets – I’ve been doing the 30 days yoga challenge and using rugs/blankets to sit on or prop myself up has been really helpful. If you want to do it with me, it’s the Yoga Camp series from Yoga With Adriene.

4. Flowers – Another housewarming gift! My neighbor gifted me these amazing orchids (still alive!) and say what you will about “adulting” but having flowers/plants in your space is like I have my shit together.

5. Thrifting – Moving has made me rediscover the joys of thrifting and Ontario just happens to have a number of second hand shops, Goodwill, and a swap meet nearby in Pomona. OMG! I just had the best idea, go to swap meet —> shop —> get deals— also catch Pokemon. Who’s with me?


Thanks for reading! If you want to see what else I’ve been up to, check out my Quick Life Update + Art Speed Inking video or add me on Snapchat.

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Rest & Relaxation

I’m a big believer in taking care of yourself when the going gets tough, mentally and physically. There’s no sucking it up sometimes, you just have to de-stress and let go – the to-do list can wait! Thankfully, the retail gods have granted us a new LUSH location in Rancho Cucamonga and I may have bought (just a few I swear!) things. For me, a very simple recipe for less stress is a spa-at-home evening with some quality books or magazines. I admit, sometimes I do have Netflix on in the background but it’s usually best to unwind without tech distractions that might remind you of work or emails you still need to answer (Confession time: I also Snapchat my bath bombs). To refocus, follow that up with some journaling or meditation. I’m still trying to get the hang of meditation but I’ve been journaling since “Dear Diary” middle school days (which obviously makes me an expert) and I find it’s a great way to process difficult emotions or remind yourself of what a great day you’ve had. Sounds easy right? Hopefully by the time the art walk rolls around I will be nice and relaxed. If not, at least my hair will look good and that’s really half the battle!

Thanks for reading! Now go relax, you only have like 24 hours before it’s Monday again. 🙂


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April 2016 Favorites

April Favorites | Katya Orlovie

a. Reading – I’m supposed to be reading Jane Austen for a book group but I’ve been consuming everything from Marquis de Sade, old viking tales, and graphic novels. Taking the time to read honestly feels like the most decadent thing ever sometimes.

b. Lavender and Honey in Pasadena – Ohhhmygod, if you haven’t had a honey latte please treat yourself (and get Pasadena toast while you’re there!) because it’s honestly the best. I always want to have meetings there, #sorrynotsorry, because the space has that creative feeling (or maybe a bunch of creatives just happen to go there all the time?) that’s so inspiring. Pair that with outdoor seating and wifi = my new favorite place.

c. Softball – Ever since I’ve watched The Sandlot, I always wanted to learn how to play baseball and this month I started playing softball for the first time ever. Even though it’s frustrating sometimes (why do I have to throw home? what’s this about stealing bases?), learning a new sport is so much fun. I just wish I was better at throwing the ball around, definitely need to practice more!

d. Red Sonja and Gwenpool – No, these characters are not in comic together but I picked up their respective adventures and have been blown away by the art and stories. Red Sonja was always a favorite of mine but the redesign looks so great and the story is heading to an interesting place so I can’t wait to read more. Gwenpool was somewhat of an impulse purchase but it’s such a fun ride. It’s seriously the best mash-up – she’s fun, girly, slightly psychotic and brings the feels which is what you really want out of a comic right?

That’s all for my April favorites – let me know what you’ve been loving this month!
Thanks for reading!