Sunday, November 16, 2014

Plaid Habit

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Every year when the weather starts getting cold and the holiday season is upon us there is one trend I am always excited for. PLAID!  I get so happy when I can get out my plaid pieces and use them as much as I can throughout the season.  The handbag above is a favorite I picked up in Paris from Tosca Blu a few years ago and I just adore it!

Plaid has been a staple in winter wardrobes for as long as I can remember. Every year I feel like the fashion industry tries to put out new trends for winter but you just can't beat classic plaid and the rich colors of the holiday season. When I was a little girl every year my parents would buy me a fabulous Christmas dress. This dress usually involved a lot of volume and sparkles of some sort. One of my favorite dresses though that I still remember to this day (and yes my mom still has it hanging in a closet at her house) was a gorgeous holiday dress with a velvet long sleeved bodice and a voluminous skirt of plaid taffeta.

 I previously did a post where I was loving some pieces from Shabby Apple for the holiday season. But what about your guy? A lot of holiday events are upon us whether it's a work party or a family gathering and he should be dressed in his holiday best.  In hopes that you are not invited to an ugly sweater party here are some great elegant options for your guy from Paul Fredrick's dress shirts.. He can pair a classic plaid button up shirt with a cute holiday print tie. Or if he is a really bold dresser why not go all out with a plaid blazer? Here are my top Paul Fredrick picks for men this holiday season!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

I Went Paleo!

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I have just completed about 5 weeks of being paleo and I have to tell you I am feeling better than ever!  Much lighter and healthy.  I have to admit though I wasn't always big on the idea of the paleo diet.  

If you haven't heard of going paleo yet I suggest going here to read up a little more about it.  I am by no means not an expert on the topic yet but am learning as I go along.  To put it in a nutshell it's pretty much about going back to the basics of food and cutting out processed foods (goodbye packaged snacks!)

A year ago my husband told me about the paleo diet and said he was going to try it out (which he did).  I admit, I didn't take the news very well and cracked quite a few jokes and eye rolls about it.  No rice?  No tortillas?  No bread?  No cheese?  No milk in my coffee?  How could I ever survive??  Well after all of the jokes and comments I made, a year later I decided to try it for myself and see how I would like it. 

So how am I feeling now that I'm a month into it?  Amazing!!  I  haven't dropped a ton of pounds but I definitely can see the change in my body and feel it too.  I feel lighter, I don't get bloated like when I eat whatever I want.  Also, it really wasn't as hard as it sounds.  The goal for me personally though has not been to drop a ton of weight, I really just wanted to be healthier when it came to food choices.

I think the key to going paleo is to really plan your meals out.  This helped me a lot, especially on days where I had to work.  I had to be disciplined the night before and made sure I packed my breakfast, lunch and snacks for work.  As long as I had my food prepared and kept myself full I really had no problem.  I admit though there were days when I would get home after a long day of work and be hungry and all I wanted to do was grab something packaged, something easy that would fill me up.  But I fought that urge and and made sure to prepare something.  

To be honest, one of the hardest parts for me was eating out.  Finding options was not too bad, but asking the waitress/waiter to substitute multiple things was kind of embarrassing for me.  Sometimes I would even get funny looks when I asked for certain things to be removed so that made me feel a little awkward.  I know it sounds silly to be embarrassed over something like this so it's something I really needed to get over.  After a month I am definitely feeling better about adjusting meals to fit my dietary needs and waitresses/waiters are pretty cool with accommodating you.  

In the month I started I did have 3 cheat meals to satisfy some cravings, and some cocktails along the way.  For the most part though I was very strict with myself because I really wanted to feel the results of changing my diet.  I am going to continue the paleo lifestyle because it is so good for your body.  Also having my husband doing it as well helps a lot because I just cook the meals and we are both eating the same thing.  My good friend also started doing it a few days after me and starting it with someone was a great way to give me the boost I needed somedays.  We would text when we felt weak, shared recipes we found and really helped each other's along the way.

With the holidays quickly approaching I know that there will be a lot of temptations coming our way.  I'm going to do my best to stick to being paleo but there are some days I already know will be cheat days.  If you want to try this diet out I highly recommend reading 30 Day Paleo to give you the information you need to start this.  

Being Paleo you can still have red wine and bacon, so how bad can it be?  :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Its Not Me Its You, London

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 While flipping through my instagram feed one day I saw these hilarious leather bags being posted by Pixiwoos and immediately I had to go find out more about these.  The bags are by Its Not Me Its You, London and they are available for international shipping!  They are super fun and a great way to make a statement.  Also with the holidays coming up I can think of a few of these that would be perfect for some of my friends!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Discovering Discovery Bay

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Whenever I think about travel my mind always jumps to an international destination. What country should I visit next? What major city? Well sometimes it's important to explore things that are closest to you. It really makes you appreciate where you live and shows you that what's immediately surrounding you is amazing. My husband and I have been doing a lot of California exploring lately. This time it wasn't just California exploring though but we were exploring a place that is super close to us. I can't believe it has taken me so many years to "discover" Discovery Bay.

 Discovery Bay is a cute little place in the Bay Area. If you're looking for somewhere to have a nice scenic lunch it's a great spot. We started by having lunch at the Boardwalk Grill.  It was absolutely delicious and right on the Discovery Bay Marina.  Afterwards we took a short walk along the boardwalk and snapped some pics of the gorgeous scenery.  It was quite windy though as you can tell by my scarf flying around my neck.  Visiting Discovery Bay was definitely very charming and I will definitely be going back!

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

I Love Target

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 I feel like I can rarely get out of Target without spending at least $100.  I go in for something simple like cat food and as I'm walking back there I see a gorgeous handbag, necklace, something for the kitchen.  Everything there is just amazing!!

The two newest handbags added to my closet are both from the fabulous Target and I just had to share. I saw this cute hot pink handbag pictured above and I knew I had to have it.  Such a fun color and it also comes with a strap to wear it more casually.  It's a pretty small bag but perfect to hold your essentials.

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I saw the same handbag in this deep green color and decided to purchase it in the larger size.  It's so perfect to hold everything I need for work and is the perfect color for my Fall wardrobe.  As if I don't have enough handbags when I was at Target last week I caught myself eyeing another gorgeous handbag in gold.  I seriously need to stop, but don't be surprised if you see a gold handbag pop up on the blog soon!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Charlotte Casiraghi For Gucci Cosmetics

Charlotte Casirgahi has been a style icon of mine for years.  Ever since a very young age she was showing that natural elegance that I like to think comes from her grandmother Grace Kelly.  Now Charlotte is the face of Gucci Cosmetics.  Have you seen her gorgeous campaign yet?  All of a sudden I want to buy some red lipstick!