Monthly Archives: March 2017
Over the weekend, I purchased my first wedges of the season! They are on backorder until the end of the month, but I still started planning all the fun spring outfits to wear with them. Each season, I feel like I only gravitate to a couple trends, but this year I love almost all of them! The cold shoulder/one shoulder tops and colorful jewelry are probably my top two. I love adding colorful accessories to neutral outfits or doing a little color mixing. I think the blue accessories above would look adorable with both of those dresses.
You can definitely plan on seeing many of these trends here on the blog this season, because I want them all! You have to leave me a comment and let me know which trend is your favorite!! Maybe it will help me shrink my ever growing wish list. Also, if you want even more spring inspiration, I updated the Style Shop including what I have been buying so far this season.
Now, grab your coffee and get Spring inspired!
RUFFLES & BELL SLEEVES
ONE SHOULDER || COLD SHOULDER || OFF THE SHOULDER
BLOCK HEEL SANDALS
ALL ABOUT WHITE
| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Floral Cold Shoulder Top | Distressed Jeans | Nude Sandals | c/o Elaine Turner Sonata Bag | c/o Crystal Stud Earrings | Bangle Set (similar one and similar two) | Rayban Aviators | Nails: Essie Blanc | Lips: MAC Faux
We made it to Friday friends!! I am ready for a super relaxing weekend filled with Whole30 meal prep and reading my latest book, Big Little Lies. I read another book by the author a couple years ago, The Husband’s Secret, and finished in like 2 days it was so good. I have been waiting for this weekend to start reading, so that I could really get into it without distraction.
I ordered this top not 100% sure how I felt about the print online. I figured in person it was either going to look a little cheap or be gorgeous. Ya’ll when it came in the mail, I was so happy to see it was the gorgeous option. It has the prettiest romantic spring feel from the print to the color choices. I love this halter/cold shoulder design, because I think it can be flattering on an array of body types. I can picture it paired with white jeans or even a pair of white jeans shorts during the summer. You can also swap out my sandals for wedges to make the look more casual.
Another item giving me all the spring and summer feels is this beautiful bag. I really wanted a neutral bag to work with all the fun colors and prints of the season, but something with a little spark for days when I wear neutrals or all black. You know when you are looking for something, but can’t put a good enough description on it to tell someone. You’re just going to know it when you see it, that is this bag for me.
The bag is by Elaine Turner who is one of my favorite clutch designers, and she totally upped her clutch game by making the perfect clutch/crossbody hybrid with this bag. I tuck the strap into the back pocket of the purse when I want the clutch look for a party or happy hour. When I need my hands to hold champagne, play on my phone, or do a little shopping, the strap comes quickly back out. I also have to give props that the strap really fits in with the design of the bag and wasn’t just some quick add on. It’s like you have two bags and both are equally fabulous.
Alright I will stop gushing over my new bag, I really am quite obsessed with it though. Don’t forget the times changes this weekend. I’m never a fan of losing an hour in a day, but I will gladly take it for the longer daylight hours that follow!!! Ya’ll have a really good weekend, and I will have more spring must haves for your next week. See you then!
SHOP THE LOOK
| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Black Crochet Top | Similar Distressed Jeans | Yellow Fringe Sandals | Pink Clutch | Gold Earrings | Pave Links Bracelet | Similar Gold Bangle | Rayban Aviators | Nails: Essie Blanc | Lips: MAC Faux
And my love affair with black tops continues. I have a feeling this top will be in constant rotation year round. The crochet detailing on the sleeves and neckline is gorgeous and good quality. I have already washed this top, and the detailing still looks good as new. One thing I was pleasantly surprised and pleased about with this blouse is that the elastic cuffs at the bottom of the sleeves are not too tight. I hate when they are just a hair too tight and leave light marks on your skin. These are not tight at all and really don’t even come in contact with my skin the way a normal elastic band would. Unfortunately, my order for this top was originally delayed and now it’s sold out. They do have tons more cute black tops though! I had to stop looking, because I found a few more to buy. 😉
I mentioned on Friday that my gal pals and I were heading up to my college town for our sorority reunion. We had so much fun on our trip. It rained most of the time, so we didn’t get to walk around campus to see all the new buildings. But we did get to head to our sorority house and check out the remodeling they did and meet current collegiate members. I only wish the weekend would have been longer because I saw a few faces that I didn’t have the chance to catch up with.
Oh and for anyone wondering, the first couple days of Whole30 have gone surprisingly well. I haven’t had any crazy headaches, so yay to that! But I am having to learn to eat a bigger lunch, so I don’t end up starving before dinner and needing a snack. Going from all day grazer to 3 meals is currently my main challenge. Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you back here Friday!
SHOP THE LOOK
I’m sharing something a little different on the blog today and taking a step out of my fashion comfort zone. I have a strong passion for living a healthy lifestyle, and I really wanted to share this exciting new journey I am starting today! PLUS if you make it to the end there is a giveaway to Nordstrom!
About a month ago, I made a decision that I wanted to try the Whole30 program. I have heard about Whole30 for years, but I always wrote it off because I am not a big diets person. Early last year, I started on a journey to eat more of a plant based and less processed diet. I added more veggies to my plate, ate a little less meat and dairy, and found a new love for vegan recipes. At the beginning of this year, I really wanted to learn more about nutrition and how what we eat affects our health.
The Whole30 program was recommended to me by a very passionate nutrition and fitness person. I decided to look into the program. I checked out the It Starts with Food book from my local library and read reviews from a few bloggers. I realized I had blown off this program without really giving it a good look. I mean I had good reason. I have spent years trying many fad diets that never lasted. This time was a little different though because I wasn’t trying to lose weight just live a healthier life. I started reading the book, and the more I learned the more I wanted to try the program out.
WHAT IS WHOLE30?
When I started telling people I was going to do a Whole30, I received the same response from almost everyone. “But your don’t need to lose weight” or “Oh you should try this diet instead”. My response was typically the same that I wasn’t trying to lose weight, and I didn’t feel that Whole30 is about losing weight but more like doing a detox of your system. Resetting how your body responds and uses the food your provide it, making it work more efficiently and be healthier.
And yes many people report losing a few pounds, and I will say while weight loss is not my goal, I am not going to complain about losing those pesky last 5 pounds that never goes away.
WHY I WANT TO DO WHOLE30?
Sugar, Sugar, Sugar! Yes I will admit I have a sugar addiction. I have spent the past 6ish months trying to reduce my sugar intake, but it’s a beast! This program cuts out ALL ADDED SUGARS for 30 days. Slaying my “sugar dragon” is a big reason I want to try out this program.
While reading the book, they talk about how your body functions on the food you eat and effects your energy levels and cravings through out the day. I am guilty of low energy days where I feel tired most of the time, so I would like to see if I can improve my energy with this program. I’m also curious to see if those 3pm “if I don’t eat this snack right now I might die” cravings really do go away.
WHAT I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT DOING WHOLE30?
I have read the first week is the worst as your body readjusts to no sugar and heals the damage caused by unhealthy foods. I’m nervous about getting headaches, because truth I have found a sweet treat helps get rid of many of my headaches which probably says a lot about my sugar addiction.
I currently don’t eat meat very often maybe a few times a week. On this program, they recommend animal protein with every meal to stay satisfied throughout the day. I have a feeling I’m going to be really tired of meat by the end of these 30 days. I’m planning on mostly eating fish, eggs, and chicken.
Also, no wine for 30 long days. That’s right no alcohol is allowed during the program. I love my end of work glass of wine and social settings will be different. On this program, the recommendation is 3 main meals a day with little to no grazing, and well I’m a grazer. I’m not a big breakfast person, usually a piece of fruit and coffee and I’m good. The change to eating bigger meals will be a small adjustment for me.
WHAT I THINK I WILL LIKE ABOUT WHOLE30?
I already meal prep my lunch for the week, so I don’t really see this being a big issue for me. I know many talked about all the dishes and extra work of meal prepping and cooking everything from scratch, but I feel like I already do some of this, so no biggie for me. I love eating my veggies and fruit, so this part of the program I am ready for! Another area I read about people struggling with is drinking black coffee, I started doing this years ago and now prefer black coffee in the morning to a sugary sweet coffee concoction.
I decided a few weeks ago to do this program, and started to incorporate a few small changes early on, so I hope that will help me out a little bit in the beginning. I chose today as my start date, because my March calendar was pretty empty. It’s rodeo season in Houston, so everyone is at the rodeo instead of dinners and happy hours. I did decide to skip rodeo this year to avoid all the temptation of wine, fried, and sweet foods. Also, it’s lent, so when you tell someone you are not eating sugar or drinking I won’t receive crazy looks or millions of questions.
I loved reading about others experiences with program, and I decided it would be fun to share my experience too. Plus, nothing holds you more accountable to sticking it through than writing a blog post for all to see. I’m going to share a midway post and a final recap post about my experience, so stay tuned to learn about my Whole30 experience and what changes I noticed in everything from energy, sleep, cravings, and yes I’ll share any weight loss details with you too. If you want to hear about anything specific, leave me a comment and I will try to include it one of the posts.
I know this post was super long, but Bonus for making it to the end – A GIVEAWAY! Check back in 2 weeks for my halfway Whole30 update!