Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Outfits of the Week (OOTW): February 7-14 + Valentine's Weekend!

Not only am I showing you some of my recent outfits, but also what I did over the weekend! I traveled a lot, some for fun and some for an errand, but I took pictures along the way to share with you.

Plaid flannel shirts are one of my favorite things. The outfit makes me feel like a fancy camper. I also got some new sunglasses because I can't find the pair I got last fall!

Shirt: Old Navy
Jacket: Old Navy
Scarf: Old Navy
Tank top: Old Navy
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Boots: Naturalizer
Sunglasses: Target

I had this really lacy scarf that I had trouble pairing with other clothes, but I was wearing this navy blue shirt and I realized the scarf would look great with a monochromatic blue look. With all the lacy decorations, I thought it was busy enough so I didn't add a necklace.

Shirt: Old Navy
Jacket: Forever 21
Scarf: Dressing Your Truth Type 2 Store
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Shoes: Natualizer

This outfit it one of my favorite dress outfits. My parents picked it out for me for Christmas and I love how it's feminine but still professional.

Shirt: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Cardigan: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Earrings and necklace set: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Shoes: Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx

The next couple outfits are very Valentine's appropriate. I love this soft sweatshirt with velvet "LOVE" detail on the front. This was actually a thrift store find! The necklace has a little heart charm and the center of the pendant is a mirror.

T-shirt: Merona from Target
Sweatshirt: Lucky Brand
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Earrings: not sure I've had them for a while!
Necklace: Forever 21
Shoes: Naturalizer (pictured above)

My final Valentine outfit was a gift from my parents. I paired it with the same cardigan I wore with the floral blouse above to bring out the black heart detail in the pattern. This is by Lauren Conrad for the Minnie Mouse collection, which is so cute.

Shirt: Lauren Conrad from Kohl's
Cardigan: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Earring and necklace: a gift
Shoes: Mossimo from Target

I spent my Saturday of Valentine's day at Pier 39 in San Francisco. I did a quick drive by back in November, but hadn't walked around there before. I was reconnecting with someone from college, but I was terribly late because I got stuck in traffic. Therefore by the time lunch came around I was super hungry and didn't get a pick of the awesome roasted beet salad I had. It's a good thing I got that salad because my dessert was really can't go to that part of the city and not go to Ghriadelli. This was their butterscotch sundae, and it was impossible to finish.

Sunday I went to the Napa Valley and it felt like spring time!

How was your Valentine's weekend?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday: 21 Day Fix with Paleo and Gluten Free Meals (2/10/16)

This week has been really busy with some unexpected surprises, but I wanted to make sure I posted my WIAW so that it can hopefully inspire you all to have some healthy meals and keep up with my goal of regular posting!

I was looking at some of Diane Sanfilippo's posts on Instagram, and she had some pictures of avocado toast, which looked so delicious! She uses Canyon Gluten Free bread, but my grocery store didn't have it, so I got Udi's gluten-free millet-chia bread. Gluten free bread is tiny, and the serving size on the package was 2 pieces, so I counted it as one carb serving. I toasted the bread and topped it with mashed avocado, tomatoes, and some pink Himalayan salt, and put some eggs on the side for protein.

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1/2 green

Wednesday was a big day for me, so instead of saving my Shakeology for the afternoon, I had it in the morning. Yes, this is Shakeology, not a big bowl of ice cream! I've been playing with the ratios and methods of mixing it up, and I've found 1 cup almond or coconut milk, 1 cup frozen fruit, and 1 scoop Shakeology blended using my immersion blender makes it more like ice cream. The same method using while running the blender for a few minutes makes it more like a mousse. This was vanilla Shakeology, unsweetened coconut milk, and strawberries. Valentine's Day is coming up, so I put it in a romantic tea cup.

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 purple

Lunch was a quick salad of leftover ground beef seasoned with chili powder, coriander, garlic powder, and onion powder on top of field greens and grape tomatoes. The dressing is homemade salsa ranch: equal parts mayo, Greek yogurt, and salsa and seasoned to taste with rice wine vinegar, garlic and onion powders, dried dill, and salt and pepper.

1 red, 2 1/2 green, 1 orange

Mid-afternoon I had an apple with 2 teaspoons of sunflower seed butter. Please forgive how awful the jar looks, but this is the brand I've been using.

1 purple, 2 tsp

Dinner was a new recipe that will be posted soon!I had 1 roasted chicken thigh with zucchini, yellow summer squash, white sweet potatoes, herbs, and sun dried tomatoes.

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 2 tsp

I was dragging a little after a tough day of using lots of brain power and exercising (The Master's Hammer and Chisel: Chisel Balance) so I had an extra serving of protein with some Greek yogurt, thawed frozen cherries, vanilla extract, and stevia. Not pretty, but so tasty.

1+ red, 1 purple

Thanks for reading about my meals! Did you have anything on your menu this week that was amazing?

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
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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

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