Sunday, February 7, 2016

Outfits of the Week (OOTW): January 31-February 6

Here are my outfits from the previous week! It's been really fun for me to show s to some of my favorite outfits. Just like last week, some of these pieces I've had for a long time, so I'm not sure if they will be available anymore.

This whole outfit attracted me in the Dressing Your Truth store because the shade of the t-shirt is "pinot," which is kind of perfect for a wine lover like me! I've identified myself as a type 2, but I couldn't resist the t-shirt and the snuggly sweater. I love the holes in the lace, because they let the t-shirt show through. The scarf came from a Tibetan store on Haight Street in San Francisco during my unplanned trip last November. Paisley is one of my favorite prints, and this scarf has all my favorite colors. It was really hard to style my hair the day I took this picture so I got a haircut afterwards!

T-shirt: by Kavio, Hot-T in Pinot from Dressing Your Truth Type 3 Store
Sweater: Bada Bing sweater Dressing Your Truth Type 3 Store
Necklace: Forever 21
Earrings: not sure, I've had them a long time
Scarf: Tibetan Gift Corner 1584 Haight St. San Francisco, CA
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Boots: Naturalizer

I only got about 2 inches taken off. Much more manageable. I've been using the same inspiration picture for about a year, and it's really interesting to see each stylist's interpretation. 

I love this blue sweater because the back is long and floaty. There is a bead in this necklace that matches the sweater perfectly. I usually wear long necklaces, but I like how busy this short one is. I've used black and white as my basic neutrals almost exclusively for a long time. Now I've gotten into using charcoal as a different type of neutral. I like how it's softer than black.

Cardigan: Into Grey Cardigan by T-party from Dressing Your Truth Type 2 Store
Tank top: Old Navy
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Necklace and Earring: Jellyfish Bloom from Dressing Your Truth Type 2 Store
Shoes: Nuture from Dillards
Haircut inspiration photo here

I wasn't liking the length of the top layer of my haircut, so I ended up chopping on it a little bit. Finally I was happy. You might be able to see the top is about an inch shorter in the next two pictures. I have my favorite daytime red lipstick on in this picture. It's workable for the day because it's not to much of a true red. It's more of a brick red. These top and earrings are also from the Dressing Your Truth type 3 store. I know I shouldn't jump around stores, but the cream color of this top and the embroidery attracted me. I just felt like giving it a try.

Shirt: Desert Jasmine top Dressing Your Truth Type 3 Store
Jacket: Magellan from Academy
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Earrings: Dressing Your Truth Type 3 Store
Boots: Naturalizer (picture in first outfit)
Lipstick: Burt's Bees lip crayon in Redwood Forest

I love the combination of grey and purple. The tie dyed splotches in the t-shirt are kind of light grey, so I thought they were the perfect match for this light grey sweater. It started raining during these pictures. More like a sun shower, so my photos still had good lighting! This cozy sweater was perfect for what turned out to be a rainy day. The last picture of me in my new glasses is for my mom. She's a Big Bang Theory fan and she said these are Penny glasses..."molecules!"

Scarf: street vendor in Charleston, South Carolina
Necklace: World Market
T-shirt: Retro Wash Soft-T in Purple Dressing Your Truth Type 2 Store
Earrings: part of a set by Croft & Barrow from Kohl's
Cardigan: Sonoma from Kohl's
Jeans: Levi's 505
Shoes: Merona from Target

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday: 21 Day Fix with Paleo Meals (2/3/16)

Welcome to my 3rd What I Ate Wednesday! Are you enjoying this new style of post so far? I'd love to get your feedback. Please comment below! What are your every day favorites?

Week 1
Week 2

I wanted to post this last night, but I was too tired so I decided to listen to my body and just go to bed early!

Wednesday meals were easy with the help of leftovers, which are one of my keys to success. Plus I'm not tempted to eat out, which isn't only more healthy for me but is also more budget-friendly.

I had something different planned for breakfast, but when I woke up I wanted something light. I made one of my favorite combinations: thawed frozen sweet cherries mixed with Greek yogurt with a packet of stevia and a little vanilla extract. I topped it off with an orange container of berry Larabar Renola (grain-free granola). This tastes like a dessert to me...if you think you don't like Greek yogurt, give this one a try because it's sooo good!

1 purple, 1 red, 1 orange

Snack 1 was a golden delicious apple while taking a coffee break at Starbucks. I also had a decaf Americano with nothing else added.

1 purple

Lunch was leftover Sunshine Sweet Potato Soup, and a salad with mixed baby greens, 1 tsp olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and rotisserie chicken. I seriously love this soup. It's so full of spices and has been helping keep me warm on these damp days we've been having.

1 yellow, 2 green, 1 blue, 1 red, 2 tsp

I think I invented a new Shakeology recipe...maybe? I'm going to call it Purple Haze Shakeology: 1 scoop of vanilla with 1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk, 1 cup blueberries, and a few drops of hazelnut flavoring. So pretty and purple!

1 red, 1 purple, 1 yellow

Dinner was a turkey burger, roasted white sweet potatoes, leftover steamed veggies, lettuce, and onion. I added a teaspoon of mayonnaise and some spicy mustard.

1 red, 2 tsp, 2 green, 1 yellow

I hope you enjoyed these meal ideas!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sunshine Sweet Potato Soup

The holidays come so early in the winter season, with all their bright lights, but then they're over in a flash and we've got the rest of the cold, dark winter to contend with. In the attempt to retain some brightness, I did a makeover on a recipe I post long ago, Golden Lentil Soup. I've substituted paleo-friendly sweet potatoes for the lentils and made the soup creamy with coconut milk. It's like sunshine in a bowl, and nearly as warming.

Soup is generally the go-to once people get sick, however this soup has so many ingredients to maintain wellness. I personally like soup all winter long because it's a warming way to get lots of vegetables, herbs, and spices, which have positive benefits whether you are well or feeling under the weather. For example in this soup:
  • Turmeric: contains curcumin, which is therapeutic if you are sick and protective if you aren't! Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and antibacterial properties.
  • Garlic: contains allicin, a compound with anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.
  • Ginger: an anti-inflammatory that can help with pain and digestive issues.
  • Cumin: helps with respiratory problems, amongst others, including the common cold.
  • Coriander/cilantro: eases digestive discomfort.
  • Orange and yellow vegetables (such as sweet potatoes and yellow summer squash): Good source of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in your body. Maintains the health of mucous membranes in the nose, throat, and lungs, which act as a barrier to infection.
  • Chicken broth (if using homemade bone broth): source of minerals that easily assimilate in our bodies, amongst other benefits.
  • Coconut: antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, amongst other benefits
In addition to eating a healthy diet, the folks at Amino have asked me to share their new find-a-doctor service! It allows you to connect with doctors based on location, insurance, and personal preferences. It's a new way to connect to top doctors, should the need come! Check it out here. Following the recipe is an infographic on other ways to keep yourself and your family healthy year round. 

Sunshine Sweet Potato Soup
Printable Recipe

4 tsp coconut oil
1 cup sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups yellow summer squash, sliced
1 tsp curry powder
cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
1/4 tsp ground ginger 
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp turmeric
4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable, low sodium)
2 cups peeled, diced sweet potato
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup canned coconut milk
1/4 tsp garam masala
chopped cilantro, optional
1. Heat a soup pot over medium heat. Add the oil, then add the onion, garlic, and squash. Saute the vegetables until the onion is translucent and the squash starts to get tender.
2. Sprinkle the curry powder, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and some salt and pepper over the vegetables and stir well to combine. Then, add the broth. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil.
3. Add the sweet potatoes to the boiling soup, then reduce the heat to medium again. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
4. Add the solids of the soup to a blender, along with some broth. Remove the stopper from the center of the lid before attaching it to the blender pitcher to prevent a vacuum forming. Place a folded clean kitchen towel over the lid opening to protect yourself and puree the mixture. Return the puree to the soup pot and stir it with any soup that remained in the soup pot. You can also use an immersion blender for this step. Return soup to the pot over medium heat. Add coconut milk and garam masala. Re-warm the soup. Taste for seasoning and serve. Garnish with some chopped cilantro, if desired.

Makes 4 servings. 21 Day Fix containers per serving: 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue1 tsp

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Springtime Frittata

Most of my friend's Facebook pictures have been involving snow. We've had some rainy days here is Northern California, but otherwise it's been sunny and around 50 degrees. But I won't be a jerk and talk about it too much. The only alarming thing is that it was 45 degrees outside and I felt cold the other day. Cold. At 45 degrees. I'm from Indiana. I was born for the cold. What's going on with me? I think having lived 7 years in the South and now California have wrecked my ability to tolerate cold. I think I need to go to Tahoe and toughen up...

I'm sure all you snow-covered people are all thinking about spring. In honor of that, I'm calling this frittata recipe Springtime Frittata, with cauliflower for the snow and green peas poking through to remind you of grass that's to come in springtime....Just kidding. This frittata was inspired by a breakfast I had at Elmwood Cafe while visiting friends in Berkeley, CA. Their frittata had cauliflower along with several green veggies. What I really loved about it was the fresh thyme! I had it with a chai latte, which was perfectly spicy. 

But it does look fresh and spring-y doesn't it?

Hopefully you can make it to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for this one!

Springtime Frittata

2 tsp avocado oil, or other oil of your choice
1/2 cup sliced green onion
1 1/2 thawed frozen cauliflower florets
1 cup thawed frozen peas
8 eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 cup grated sharp white cheddar (can substitute Swiss chese)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Heat a medium oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until until softened. Add cauliflower and peas and warm through. 
3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the salt, pepper, and thyme. Fold in half the cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables in the pan. Gently stir to distribute the vegetables. 
4. Cook the eggs without stirring for about 5 min or until the edges become solid. Top with remaining cheese.
5. Put the pan in the oven and cook for 15 min or until the center is cooked through. Rest for 5 min before sliding out of the pan onto another plate to cut (or just cut it while it's still in the pan). 

**optional prep method if you do not have an oven proof skillet: Preheat the oven as in step 1. Cook the vegetables as in step 2. Place in a greased 8x8"-9x9" pan. Prepare the eggs as in step 3, but pour them over the vegetable mixture in the pan. Top with remaining cheese. Place the pan in the oven and bake 30-35 min or until set in the middle. Rest 5 min before cutting and serving.

21 Day Fix containers for 1/4th of the recipe: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 green, 1/2 tsp

Friday, January 29, 2016

Outfits of the Week (OOTW): January 24-30

Hey everyone! This has nothing to do with food, but I want to give you a better few of my day-to-day life. I love cooking, but I also love fashion! Both are forms of self expression for me. So I'm going to contribute my own #OOTW #fashionfriday material!

I would say my style is pretty eclectic. I love online boutiques because I seldom take the time to go out and shop. Every once and a while I get in the mood to dig around consignment shops, where you can find a lot of current and vintage pieces. I try to find comfortable pieces that are easy to mix-and-match so I can get the most wear out of them.

Some of these favorite items are from previous seasons, vintage, or one-of-a-kind, so I'll provide links when I can! Despite that, I hope you feel inspired.

I got these silver paisley earrings at a little shop I happened upon in Pacifica, CA while driving around during Thanksgiving. The lady who owns the shop re-purposes items into jewelry. She had so many to choose from, but amongst all of them, these earrings popped out. I love paisley print, and I also love the contrast between the silver and the gold moonstones. I read that moonstones protect travelers, so these were perfect since I was having an adventure traveling by myself around the northern California area (I should have done a post on that...would it be weird to post in January something I did in November? comment below). I feel like they look so special.

The paisley earrings go with a lot, and I paired them with one of my favorite sweaters. Navy is one of my favorite colors to wear, and I love the muted stripes on this one. I also have my FAVORITE new boots from Naturalizer. These boots are so comfortable. During my trip up the coast in November, I wore them with flannel shirts and a puffy vest.

Earrings: Successories
Necklace: I don't know where I got it I've had it for a long time!
Sweater: Sonoma from Kohl's
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Boots: Naturalizer
Jacket: Magellan from Academy Sports

One of my favorite online boutiques is Dressing Your Truth. I discovered the program while working on some personal growth back in March 2015. Based on the information online, I assessed myself as a Type 2. I've been transitioning my wardrobe to include more Type 2 clothes, and it's made putting outfits together really easy!

Earrings: purchased from World Market last summer
Necklace: I don't know where I got it I've had it for a long time!
Shirt: by T-Party from Dressing Your Truth Type 2 Store
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Boots: Target a couple of seasons ago
Hairstyle: Instructions can be found here. I just didn't use extensions...or mermaid makeup.

Next is a jacket that I got for Christmas. It can be worn two different ways: as a moto-type jacket when zipped or as a flyaway when open.

Necklace: Old Navy on clearance several seasons ago
Scarf: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Jacket: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Camisole: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Jeans: Sonoma  from Kohl's in black
Tall black boots: NaturalSoul by Naturalizer from Kohl's

This is another creation using pieces from the DYT Type 2 store. The scarf, with tones of brown, dark teal, and orange, really pulls this look together, in my opinion. The vest is so soft and feels really cozy, and I think it complements the dark teal top. I love the sparkly marbled detail in the necklace. I can attest to the comfort of these shoes. I had barely worn them when I took an impromptu trip to San Francisco and wore them all over the place without getting blisters.

Vest: Type 2 Winter Artisan Vest
Shirt: Soft-T in Starry Night
Necklace: Poised Pendant Necklace
Earrings: purchased from World Market last summer
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Shoes: Naturalizer

I hoped you enjoyed these Outfits of the Week and have a great weekend. What do you have planned? Are you cooking anything special? Comment below!
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