Sunday, March 22, 2015

Natural Beauty is Also Beautiful

I've been wanting to make a post about this for awhile and I feel like there is going to be backlash but some things just need to be said. I love make up as much as the next girl but, some times you just gotta embrace what yo mama gave ya. 

 We live in a world and time where people are obsessed with material things and looks to the point that now surgery is a common everyday thing. We often idolize celebrities and people who have little to no substance or talent, just because they are attractive or we believe that they're perfect. I love fashion, make up, and beautiful things as much as the next girl but, I think the fact that social media has turned looking perfect into an obsession is a serious problem. And to be honest, it kind of turned me off to blogging for awhile. We have people, in the masses, idolizing people with fake everything, altered photos, altered perception of their lives. I just want to be as real as I possibly can. It makes me happy and humbled when I receive messages and emails saying I inspire people. I would rather inspire one person for the right reason then a million for the wrong ones. Leading people to believe I'm always all done up in make up, my hair is always done, I always have it altogether, because I don't. I found this quote and it really spoke to me. 

Yes, looks do matter to me. The way you present yourself is the way you want to be perceived. The way a person carries themselves and takes care of themselves reflects their character. This is the first impression you are giving to a future employer, friend, potential relationship, the world. The way you present yourself also affects your overall confidence and demeanor. However, beauty and looks are not very high on my list of what's important in life. Looks and how you present yourself are nearly a tool, they're not who you are and they only run surface deep. How you present yourself will get you in the door. How you speak, think, and carry yourself will take you so much further. It's one thing to say a woman is pretty, it's another to say she's brilliant. A pretty face will be forgotten. But someone who truly makes an impression on you and changes the way you think or look at a situation, that stays with you forever. 

So, I will leave you with this: 

This is me on an average Sunday. No make up, nappy hair, wearing workout shorts and a tank top (And must admit, I haven't worked out. Hahaha.). No one in this world is perfect. Not you, not the celebrities and artists you look up to, but what you can do is work on being the best possible you that you can be. And that starts from within. ✌️ #naturalisalsobeautiful

Simple Baked Salmon

Simple Baked Salmon

Garlic & Herb Butter/Spread
Olive Oil

This is seriously the easiest salmon dish you will ever bake. It literally is like 5 steps. Preheat Oven 400°. Put a little olive oil in your pan. (I used a glass dish.) Brush salmon with a little olive oil. Season with salt & pepper. Put about a tablespoon of your Garlic & Herb Butter/Spread on top of each piece of salmon. Put it in the oven and bake for about 25 mins or so. (Or 6 mins for each 1/2 in. thick your salmon is.) I usually bake it longer than necessary because my boyfriend prefers is to be crispier. I served mine with a slice of lemon. 

This came out super yummy. It was a hit. My boyfriend loved it. And it was pretty quick which is always a plus. You can pair this up with just about any vegetable and it would be great. You can also make this a bit healthier by opting for fresh herbs and minced garlic instead of the butter. I feel silly posting such a simple recipe but honestly these are always the ones I am looking for so figured I would share. If you guys have any other quick salmon recipes let me know. I love trying new stuff!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

California Transition to Fall

Hey loves! Man, it's been awhile since I've updated this baby! Been so busy with my daughter starting preschool! I'm happy to report I am still living a healthier lifestyle and working out. I am 12 lbs down and feeling great. Good timing because we always have that heat wave in Fall. So, no need to pack up my shorts yet!

Here is a pretty casual transition to Fall. Mixing summer styles with booties and jackets and blazers is a great option. Gives you a little more time to hold on to your Summer shorts and tanks! Layer, layer, layer! 

Lazer cut detailing has been in the spotlight as of late. I personally love it. Adds a little flair to your regular peep toe bootie, or leather skirt. I love mixing a mini skirt or shorts with booties. Such an effortless chic and gives you more of a Fall feel. 

Sunglasses: Chloe, on sale HERE on my eBay 
Blazer: Cotton On
Tank: Cotton On
Distressed Denim Shorts: TOBI
Lazer Cut Suede Bootie: Zara

Monday, July 22, 2013

Down 5 lbs!

My week has gone by pretty fast and I'm happy to report, really well. It's honestly true, once you change your eating habits for awhile you stop craving "bad" foods. I haven't had any cravings for candy or fast food whatsoever. As far as how I'm feeling physically, I feel amazing. 100x better than before. I never realized how tired, bloated, and sluggish my meal choices used to make me feel. Now that I've been eating fresh I have so much more energy! 

For those of you who have asked what I've been doing, it's pretty simple. I cut out all: Fast Food, Processed Food, Soda, & the majority of sweets. I've only been drinking water with the exception of Green Tea, Herbalife Aloe, & Herbalife Tea. (Oh yeah, and Starbucks. I've already had my balls busted about my Starbucks. I'm sorry avid health freaks, I do care about health and fitness, but, I'm not giving up my coffee!) However, there are a tons of healthier alternatives. Such as, low fat syrup, almond milk, nonfat milk, etc. 

I love going out to eat but that's another thing that I've eliminated for the time being. Once I'm down to my goal weight I will go out once and awhile but, for now I think the best way to lose weight is to cook my own meals. When you go out to dinner, a lot of times you'll think you're making a healthy choice but, there's really no way to know exactly what's in your food unless you're making it. For example: salt, butter, sugar, etc. I limit my amount of carbs but I don't cut them out completely. 

I don't do everything "by the book" by all means. I'm just taking it step by step and learning as I go. I've been trying a lot of different recipes which has been fun and kept it interesting. I think the reason dieting is so hard for most people is because they think they can only eat salad. Definitely not the case. Here are a few examples of what I've been eating over the last week:

Veggie Omlete: 1/3 Cup Egg Beaters, Mushrooms, Chopped Zucchini, Lowfat Cheese, Fresh Spinach, & Avocado. 

Whole Wheat Blueberry Protein Pancakes, Fruit, & Agave. 

Fresh Spinach & Zucchini Egg White Omlete. 

Strawberries, Kiwi, & Cottage Cheese. 

I do have a crazy sweet tooth. I can usually satisfy it with fruit. One trick I've learned is to bake a banana and then sprinkle it with cinnamon; Super Good! But sometimes, you're just in the mood for chocolate. If you have to eat chocolate: MAKE IT DARK! Here are a few desserts I've made that satisfied my sweet tooth and made me FEEL like I was being naughty. Haha!

Protein Brownies. 

In addition to the change in my eating habits I've continued to keep active. My daily workout routine is 45 mins- 1 hr 1/2 Cardio. Including leg and core exercises. I have weights and a bench in my garage. I work on arms and legs, thighs, butt. What's usually most important to us ladies. ;) Lunges, Box Jumps, & Squats. But more on that later! First week: 5 lbs down!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lifestyle Change/ Fridge Overhaul

I'm going through a kind of transition period right now, in my life. I'm getting older and I'm extremely sick of eating bad. I love food. My grandma used to ask "Do you eat to live or do you live to eat?" Hahaha. Back then I would just roll my eyes but, it's a question I've been pondering a lot now. When I was younger I always loved food and probably didn't have the best diet but, I was always naturally thin. As a teenager I would pig out on any and everything. I thought I would never weigh over 120 lbs. (I'm 5'5" for reference). Reality set in when I got pregnant. I gained 40 lbs. My metabolism definitely changed a lot after having my daughter.

Being a mom is amazing. And of course, I love my daughter more than anything. On the other hand, it is extremely hard to get a balance going where you're also taking care of yourself, not just your kids. I've always admired girls who live a super healthy lifestyle. I've just never had the willpower to follow through. I'll eat a couple good meals and then I'll see chocolate and say "Ehhh.. I ate good today, it's not that bad if I have some." Then I'll tell myself "it's not that bad if I just have one scoop of ice cream." Then a friend will want to go to dinner and I'll eat pasta and cheesecake. Hahahaha. I'm not saying you should never indulge but, I can never say no to myself. It's not until recently that I finally decided enough is enough.

I've been pretty consistent with going to the gym but, I finally realized, why work twice as hard if I don't have to? By just changing my eating habits and making my own meals I'm working with myself instead of against myself. It's gotten to the point that, I'm just really unhappy with my body. I want to feel confident in a bikini and in any clothes really. I think the main reason I haven't been blogging about fashion as much is because of the fact I've been so unhappy with how I look in clothes. I just wanna slim down and bulk up a little in the muscle department. Do you know, not kidding here, I think I may no longer have any muscles in my left arm? LOL!!! It's so weak, it's sad. I also really need to learn to cook better. My tastiest recipes are banana bread, chicken & sour cream enchiladas, and buffalo chicken cheese dip. Hahahaha. All amazing, may I point out. Just not amazing for you.

I've finally made the decision I'm going to do this for me. And my health. And I decided to write about it and share my recipes along the way cause I've had a lot of questions on my Instagram. I could also use some moral support. My mom thinks I'm insane and look great how I am. As sweet as that is, I'm the one who sees myself naked. Hahahahaha

On that note, here's my shopping list for everything I bought earlier at Sprouts. For those of you looking to make a change to a healthier lifestyle and eating habits, I'll be posting my meals for this week and recipes!

2 Mangos
Green Apples
6 lemons 
6 cups Kale
12 Celery Stalks 
2 Liters Coconut Water
Sun dried Tomatoes
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Crumbled Feta
Liquid Egg Whites
Almond Milk
Cottage Cheese
Greek Yogurt
Cayenne Pepper Spice
Ground Flaxseed
Dryed Coconut
Almond flour
Cacao Powder
Unsweetened cocoa powder 
Whole wheat pancake mix
Whey protein
Chocolate Whey Protein
Coconut Oil
Dark chocolate chips
Green Tea Bags
Lavender drops
Epsom Salt
Chicken Breast

Omega 3

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chic Wild & Free in Floral Heels

It has been super sunny here in San Diego and nothing says Spring and Summer like a pair of floral heels! These are a unique piece to add to your wardrobe this Season. Whether it's a bold floral pump or feminine floral sandal!  

There are so many ways to wear a pair of floral heels. Whether you decide to pair them with a dress, or skirt and blazer. I decided to go with these scalloped chiffon shorts, graphic tee, and jacket. 

The relaxed fit of a graphic tee balances out the short hemline of a skirt or in this case, these chiffon shorts. (Plus, I love the color of this shirt, duh, mint!) The floral heels add a feminine touch to my whole look. 

Being that I'm here in San Diego and the warmer months are soon approaching it only makes sense that I love to explore every avenue of shorts. I love the idea of dressier shorts. Because honestly, here in San Diego, it's necessary. Sometimes it's too hot to wear pants but you're not in the mood to wear a dress. These chiffon shorts are a great compromise. I love the scalloped edges on the shorts, definitely makes them look more feminine and dressy. 

I'm in love with this structured jacket from the fit to the color. This is one of my favorite purchases from Zara recently. It's so versatile and definitely a closet staple. It can be thrown on with pair of jeans and tank or worn with a skirt and crop top. 

I love the ultra feminine silhouette of the heels. A beautiful but more subtle way to incorporate a floral shoe into your wardrobe. A little less bold than a floral pump but, makes a statement nonetheless. 

Floral Sandals: Steve Madden, Jacket: Zara, Graphic Tee: Express, Scalloped Chiffon Shorts: Nordstrom, Bracelets: Links of London

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Polka Dots At The Vineyard

This was such a fun day! Finally getting a chance to blog about it. I took a little day trip up North last month with my mom and sister to the Vineyards. It was the perfect warm day with a slight breeze. I decided to go with a pair of polka dot skinnies, neutral top and wedges, and a pop of yellow with this beautiful structured handbag. 

I had been wanting a pair of polka dot skinnies for awhile now. We've been seeing these babies everywhere. Celebrities have been rockin' polka dot denim like crazy! From Gwen Stefani, to Jessica Alba. So, naturally when I came across these on NastyGal, it was a match made in heaven. 

I threw on some turquoise/mint accessories. As you can see I'm having a love affair with mint at the moment. Mirrored Sunnies are very in right now and I chose to go with a classic aviator! I will be selling these on my Poshmark soon!

This season is all about structured bags. A structured handbag can really pull together your entire look. I love a bright yellow accessory and the gold accents on this handbag are beautiful as well.  

I'm usually all about heels but with all the walking I ended up doing I'm glad I decided to go with a more practical wedge. This is a great neutral wedge with a little snakeskin flair by BCBG.

Outfit details: Mirrored Aviators: Steve Madden, Turquoise Necklace: Nordstrom, White & Rosegold Watch: Marc Jacobs, Yellow Structured Handbag: Olivia & Joy, Tan Crinkle Crop Jacket: Forever 21, Bracelets: Links of London, Polka Dot Skinnies: NastyGal, Wedges: BCBGeneration, High Low Chiffon Blouse: Nordstrom