Monday, July 11, 2016

Motivational Monday: Cooking Clean

Because I am gluten-free due to my thyroid issues, a lot of people assume that I load up on all of those "gluten-free" marketed products like rice and corn-based processed foods.  The truth is, I try to avoid any of those foods because you are replacing one processed food with another. Sure, I keep a stock of Udi's rolls in my freezer if I am craving a sandwich, but I try to find clean, naturally gluten-free ingredients to cook with. 

I figured I'd share my absolute favorite "clean" ingredients that are also gluten-free.   Since I am hypothyroid and losing weight is a huge struggle, these foods help me maintain a healthy weight while not feeling deprived.

Here is a typical weekly grocery list:
  • kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini (I love making Zoodles/Zuchhini noodles)
  • black Beans
  • quinoa
  • wild caught salmon (NOT farm-raised)
  • lean ground turkery
  • eggs
  • avocado
  • almond milk
  • almonds/walnuts
  • chia seeds
  • coconut oil (unrefined)
  • organic ketchup 
  • coconut palm sugar
  • apples 
  • Greek yogurt (unsweetened) 
  • sweet potatoes
Favorite clean dinners:
California Cobb Salad
Chicken Sausage, Kale + White Beans
Sunday Night "pasta" Zoodles

Favorite clean desserts/snacks
Greek Yogurt "Cookie Dough"
4-ingredient Granola Bar
Starbucks Inspired Strawberry Frappuccino

Ever After,

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Black + White, Day to Night

Don't you love when you find a piece that you end up wearing over, and over again?  Usually for me, the item that I end up wearing living in is not always my most stunning piece in my closet but something fashionable yet comfortable.  You know, like those "lived in" jeans that are your faithful friend? 
For me, this striped crop top is a favorite piece for comfort + style because it's flattering and easy to wear.  These buckled wedges are my everyday comfort wedge; I even have them on cognac as well.  I love how simply trading the jean skirt for black skinnies completely switched up the look.  Perfect transition for a fun day in New Haven to a more evening look.
And let me tell you about Polette! Sunnies from $5, Rx sunglasses from $20, and the most amazing selection of eyeglasses for such an affordable price. 

 Day: Bar II top: Macy's similar here | Jean mini: J.C. Penny | Black laptop tote: Tutilo | Buckled wedges: Famous Footwear | Rx sunglasses c/o Polette
Night: Bar II top: Macy's | black high-rise  Topshop skinnies: Nordstrom| sunglasses: Burberry | Buckled wedges: Famous Footwear

Ever After,

Monday, June 13, 2016

Think Outside the Dress

    Normally, my go-to summer attire for a semi-formal event is a light-weight sun dress or a maxi dressed up with bold accessories.  When I eyed this Free People linen jumpsuit when I was on vacation in Naples, Florida, I thought to myself it would be a perfect alternative to the predictable sundress. 
    My friend Amanda is getting married this August and we celebrated her bridal shower yesterday and I was happy to finally wear my jumpsuit! You know when you have something in your closet that you just can't wait to wear?  I kept accessories pretty simple with a beautiful bracelet that my friend, who has her own Etsy shop Dirt to Dirt, made me for Mother's Day. Nina's designs are gorgeous one-of-a-kind, and definitely perfect for boho summer style. 

Moonlight Mile jumper: Free People | Shoes: Famous Footwear | Sunglesses: Rue 21 (only $5!) | "Mama" bracelet: Dirt to Dirt | Necklace gifted similar here

Ever After,