Wednesday, February 6, 2019

WHOLE30 Review + Casual Errands Outfit

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Ah and that is a wrap, January Whole30 is complete and I feel like all the holiday craze has been officially swiped away. As soon as that Day 30 drop hit just felt SO accomplished. And just like previous years...I GET SO into it. I  love the feeling of being able to set a goal and then check it off the list. One that I have stuck to the past 3 years is starting the new year with a clean eats reset.

For those unfamiliar, Whole30 is an elimination method (sugar, gluten, legumes, alcohol, dairy, anything processed = gone) this helps people to discover food sensitivities be reintroducing eliminated foods after or in my case start the new year with positive #nonscalevictory feels and good vibes..For the most part, my weekdays consist of healthy eating but after indulging in all the holiday fun..A month of R&R- I was READY.  I’ve done a few rounds of Whole30 and this time I wanted to give you guys my 2019 Whole30 Review.
The more I’ve worked through different rounds of W30 (this one being #5) I always seem to notice something new. This round I felt especially positive and upbeat - I know we all go through highs and lows, but this past month I’ve felt really good and it’s been nice knowing that its a time to take it easy and recharge.

PREPPING
This Whole30 I often referred to the new Slowcooker Cookbook. If there is anything I LOVE it is a good crockpot recipe. The Mongolian zoodle bowls, Pineapple Chicken, and Sweet Potato chilli were some go to favorites from the book. The Whole30Recipes Instagram page has amazing recipes! I think it’s cool they feature different W30 peeps to share new creative foodies. I saved these below and they were also easy weekly go tos for me.
  1. Swiss ChardWraps
  2. Pineapple Chicken
  3. Brunch Salad
Sundays I would grocery shop and prep 2 main meals and something smaller for breakfast. Then depending on what was leftover I would either add a spinach or zoodle base or top with an egg and sweet potatoes for a bowl. Most of my dinners were left over lunch proteins with whatever veggies I had to make a bowl or swiss chard wrap.

NSVs - YAY
And this is what keeps me coming back every time! The NonScale Victories! ALL the benefits and star feels.
  • W30 isn't necessarily for weight loss but eliminating (sugar, gluten,and booze - it happens). So far every round I have lost a good 5-6 lbs. Choosing to eat more to fuel my workouts/ life is great when it's all nutrient dense protein/good for you fat meals. Gimme all the salmon+Avos.
  • Sugar Dragon is tamed - I know this about myself..when it comes to sweets, I go hard. Cravings are gone and I feel satisfied and full. IF I did have a sugar slump, an apple, date, or berries were an instant blood sugar pick me up. At the moment I am trying to really only yolo it on special occasions, I don't want to hop on the sugar wagon...plus I feel SO much better.
  • Sleep is SO wonderful - I’ve begun to fall asleep much quicker and stay asleep throughout the night. I’ll wake up once and then I’m good to go vs. tossing and turning/ mind racing
  • Inflammation Free- The post NYE bloat was real y’all. Champagne and sugar. It got me! But I’m feeling much more balanced and I definitely feel leaner. My clothes fit super comfortably and a few once snug dresses have room to breathe.
  • Positive Feels and relaxed feeling - sounds weird but with all the prep it’s really nice just know that this is what you have to eat. That’s it. It’s very black and white and although I realize that life can’t be navigated in that way...during crazy times it’s nice to have something taken care of already and prepped.
  • My workouts are energy filled -I feel that the quality in my workouts has been improved and I wake up ready to go in the am (thank you sleep).
  • TMI but PMS - My symptoms felt better this month and I felt pretty good overall not horrible I'm dying feelings.
CHALLENGES 
  • Traveling - YES the January Travel was a struggle. I was happy to get by with Elements Meals Literally THANK YOU SO MUCH for making these. They made lunch time while running through market an actual possibility while on Whole30 and boiled egg free! That is usually breakfast when travelling but happy I didn’t have to double up on eggs for lunch too! I bought the Whole30 Pack here - a little pricey but totally worth it if you are travelling! Life saver.
  • Socials and Birthdays - SORRY to all my January babes out there (my mom is lucky since she is on the 31st) lol but I have been partying on that sparkling water this month and yes I STILL had a great time. Although it was tempting at times in the social scene, I’m happy Chayon did his dry Jan and we were able to go out together and have each other. We navigated through worlds of cakes, poundcake pops, wine nights, and danced at the clubbb. We survived and still saw our friends lol.
Hope everyone is off to a great week! I am back from Vegas and I had a great time at the Magic Trade Show - Excited for all the upcoming Spring fashions! Quick turnaround and then it's off to NYC Sunday...ready to see all my friends, NYFW, and back to Market week!

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

BBG TO BRUNCH - What I Wore




Hi friends! Ok so I am actually really excited today to share with you probably one of my most worn looks since “Adulting” happened to me. I know it’s always so much fun to dress up but sometimes we need to multitask and dress for multiple occasions.  For me step #1 in the morning is taking a class or working out - something to get moving. I mentioned that the last 8 weeks I have been doing Kayla Itsines BBG workouts hence the #BBG to Brunch. After a good workout there is always one thing on my mind...food lol. So weather it is brunch with a friend or grabbing groceries to make brunch at home with Chayson  I want to look somewhat put together after getting my morning sweat on. I know a lot of you are in the same situation when it comes to a time crunch and fitting in all the to dos before moving on to the next thing. This look is perfect because it is casual, but still a little more put together vs. a sweatshirt and leggings. Oh don’t worry my Dad’s old Hanes hoodie I adopted is still one of my favorite morning workout styles haha don’t tell him.
When I lived in  NY this seriously was my EVERY weekend outfit. I would wear leggings from my class (mesh styles) a clean tee (love Madewell), maybe a cap or beanie, and a topper jacket/cardi. Everything would go in my backpack along with a little wand of concealer, mascara, and a bright lipstick. I could only pack so much in my bag so I took the basics and be gone all day. Living in TX I can definitely pack more in my car lol but I still like to just keep it simple and pack an outfit like this if I know i’m heading somewhere casual afterwards. I found this amazing textured topper jacket from Gordmans - I LOVE this color and it feels so soft. I got an amazing deal on it and I love the elevated look it brings to my Madewell tee and Forever21 leggings. I like these leggings for a light low impact workout but when it comes to performance wear I really like to stick with Nike, VS Sport, and Adidas. Mesh details are my favorite on activewear and I feel like it makes wearing them out afterwards a little more interesting.
BBG TO BRUNCH LOOK 
  1. Topper Jacket/Cardigan (Choose one with added interest - mixed stitching, color pops, fur)
  2. Basic Tee - Love my Madewell tees (also got it at Gordmans) 
  3. Mesh Leggings - Definitely more fun vs. the regulars 
  4. Investment Handbag - optional but I think it’s a nice added completer piece. The RealReal has some great resale options.
What are your go to errand outfits? I’m getting ready for summer, because easy sundresses are THE BEST go tos after a morning workout. Single piece outfits, sign me up. Coming soon to G&G.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Keep it in Neutral - Style the Sweater you Own

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OK - so this is no news to you but guess what. I’m pretty sure 99% of you guys have a sweater that looks like the one I am wearing in your closet. You all know what I am talking about. That simple neutral cream colored cable stitch sweater friend. It’s always there for you when you need it and sometimes the simplest of styles can be created with more than the sweater leggings combo. Time to style the sweater you own and add a little transitional update with leather joggers/ trousers

It’s that time for the seasonal wardrobe change into Spring and as much as I am ready for sundresses and sandals we still have a few more months to sift through sweater and boot season. Keep it light in color and add a few texture elements like unique stitching, faux leather, and lots of layers. Loving the whole leather pant look - I feel it adds a sleek update to any look. These high waisted pants were a resale find and believe it or not are REAL leather! Amazing deal for $30. Once again thank you Crossroads Trading..and my Louboutin booties. Yep another treasure find. Still an investment, but over half off I’ll say that. Lately I’ve been super into the whole trouser high waisted style pulled together with a little front tuck. One of my OG fav bloggers Emily Gemma inspired my front tuck fav looks.






NYC friends I hope you all are staying warm - keep it cozy with that puffer jacket life ( I get it) hang in there! Try to layer under with unique interesting styles or a sweater with some fun stitching/fringe or tassels. I’ll be back in Feb for my seasonal dose of winter fun. Excited to be back and to see everyone! Bday month woowooo.
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Monday, January 21, 2019

The FitList: Reach your Fitness Goals in 2019


Hi Friends! Ah ok so we are over half way into January and now is the time when some of those Fit Goals come into question. Whether you are rockin your fit game, keeping up with your regular routine, or riding that struggle bus -I wanted to give you a little boost of inspo and motivation to KEEP IT UP! Believe me, I have my struggles too and not so POP up rise and shine moments - but the below have really helped me keep up my fitness routine and reach my goals when it comes to staying happy and healthy.
The FitList: Reach your Fitness Goals in 2019
  1. Start a Program - I’ve done several programs and that’s honestly what started my whole morning fit routine. Sometimes just knowing where to start and having a gym plan seriously works wonders. Half the battle is just getting to the gym, then figuring out what to even do? No thanks. Easy to follow programs I have completed are Kayla Itsines BBG Guides, Anna Victoria Fit Body Guides, PITT 28, Lauren Gleisberg 30x30. If commiting to a program seems intimidating, start small and try a few days out of the week and work your way up. 
  2. Get your Girls (or Guys) - We all need a little help from our friends sometimes. I started working out with a group of girls to stay accountable when I lived in NYC. We all did BBG together and would update and motivate each other each week. I made friends through different classes and then eventually became comfortable doing my own thing in the gym. Plus it’s more fun sweating it out with friends...then coffee and brunch after. Well deserved!
  3. Measure Progress - It’s not always on a scale. Sounds weird but take a few progress photos. Or if you have a certain dress or pants..try them on. You’ll find certain outfits to fit much more comfortably. Body composition is a crazy thing and the scale can always be a little tricky especially if you are working to lean out and add more muscle. Once you notice little things here and there it is such a nice check point to keep up the work!
  4. Make it Realistic - Don’t set your sights on something you know is really not going to happen.  If you know the mornings really are not your thing with your work schedule..aim for evenings. If you know in the evening you are going to flop on the couch as soon as you get home from a busy work day, start pushing for morning workouts/classes. Find a way to get in at least 45 mins X amount of times in a week.
  5. How Do You Feel - Check in and really evaluate how you feel - do you feel stronger, are you happy with your classes/workouts? The more positive vibes, the easier it is to keep the good times goin!
  6. Enjoy It - Find something that you actually like! Are classes your thing? Dance, swim, bike, run, walk, kickbox...try different things and see what sticks!
  7. Reward with Wellness- Get a massage, manicure, make a healthy brunch, a cute new target outfit! I loveee getting a massage or going home to make a healthy breakfast after a good workout. After completing a program or hitting a FitGoal I would make a Sephora trip or get a new outfit. Feel good + look good!
  8. Plan Ahead and Don’t Flake! Set the time on a calendar or phone reminder. I like to write it down and post to my instagram stories. I stamp my time and place and you all know to find me in the am. I feel like I am telling my friends that THIS is what I am doing, and I can’t flake out. I have missed a few times and yes I do get - Hey where were you msgs, you didn’t post haha. Thanks for the accountability. 
  9. Get a Jammin Playlist - Soundscloud is my JAM. I loveeee finding remixes and hour long sets. Sometimes I’ll throw it back to college jams or live that club nightlife at 6am. Music makes such a difference especially if you are doing cardio solo. LOVE this one HERE.
  10. Don’t Worry About Perfection - Just get moving.  Your workout doesn't always have to be perfect. Try your best and at least you are making the effort. A little goes a long way, especially building over time.
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    I hope this was helpful to you or gave you a little motivation to keep it up OR start something new! If any of you have any Fitlist tips to how you reach your goals let me know! This week I’m on my 8th week of Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0 Guide. I’ve done it twice and BBG 2.0 a few times -it still is never an easy one to get through. Combining it with my Barre+Pilates classes I feel so much stronger these days. Happy Tuesday!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Combat your Winter Blues + Casual Winter Outfit

Hello Houston - temps are getting a littleeee chilly this week and we are In the THICK of winter yall. Time to bundle up and I have to say that no matter what part of the country you live in (ok maybe not Cali) the winter blues can tend to creep on in. The days are short, we are getting antsy for Spring, and HOW many more days of sweater weather do we have?! As tempting as it is to throw on a hoodie and call it a day - we cannot compromise style! (I know hoodies are trending #Athleisure) but lets keep it fresh and transition to Spring with a powder palette and pastels. Below are a few ways to combat your winter blues and get back to fresh feels.
  1. KNOW IT WON’T LAST FOREVER - Use this time to plan out your upcoming weeks or even months. I’m starting to get back into planning mode and at this point Feb is super booked. Lots of upcoming Travel (Vegas/NYC, All the Bdays, Weddings, Celebrations) there is a lot to look forward to. Take this sleepy winter time to chill, relax, and bust out your planner. Things will start to pick up and you’ll be happy you took the proactive route to schedule out fun things to get excited about.
  2. Be Active - Try something new! Workout? Cooking? Beauty? Get moving and try something new you haven’t before. Or get back in touch with something you love and maybe it’s been awhile. I’m SO excited for horseback riding at Cypress Trails. I used to be one of those horse girls growing up lol and Chayson got me lessons for Christmas, excited to get back in the saddle.
  3. Indulge in Comfort food - the healthy kind! Yall know I’m on my Jan Whole30 groove. Comfort food definitely has a place in the winter months. It doesn't always have to be bad for you though. Try this Butternut Squash Soup recipe or a hearty stew. Some of my favorite dishes have been born during the winter time blues.
  4. Cozy Up with A Book - Getting back into this but I LOVE tea, reading, and my robe. Get comfy and pick up a new read. I’m into all the self development and how to books...recipes count! 
  5. Brighten Your Wardrobe - of course last but not least! Refresh your wardrobe and rethink how you pair what’s already in your closet. You CAN be cozy and chic! I like to go through everything and see what new outfits I can style or how I can wear something old and make it new again. Pinterest gives me so many ideas and I love transitioning into Spring with pastels and pales. Below are some of my favorite topper jackets of the moment. Some are on sale too! Now is the time for outerwear and shopping...hello markdown season.




I hope this was helpful and gave you a few ideas on how to keep it fresh and moving along this winter. I know ours in Houston isn’t nearly what you northern peeps have to go through...but I’ve been there. And i’ll be back there again in Feb. Definitely packing the gloves this time! Hello NYC.
Happy Wed Friends!
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