Nails Nails Nails

Sunday, December 11, 2016

I constantly get asked if my nails are real and if I do them myself. The answer to both of those questions is YES! I think I've just been genetically blessed with long nails, but I've perfected my at home manicure over the years and I think I have it down to a science!

My first piece of advice is the kind of polish you buy. Sometimes I get the cheap $3 bottles, and then I instantly regret it because it chips so fast. I try to find colors I know I will use often and then I can justify buying a $8 bottle a little more. The benefit to the more expensive polish is that it lasts longer, and I think that's what we all want at the end of the day. The next piece of advice is the top coat. I've gone through so many different brands until I found out about Seche Vite dry fast top coat. Let me tell you, this is LIFE CHANGING. It literally dries my nails in 30 seconds, no smudges! If you wanted to paint your nails at 9pm, no problem! This top coat will dry your nails so fast and it also makes them extremely shiny, as if you got your nails professionally done.

Hope this blog post helps you in preparation for all of your holiday parties!

Happy Holidays!

But I think I love fall most of all..

Monday, October 17, 2016

This weekend was perfect New England weather for fall festivities! I took full advantage on Sunday afternoon at B.F. Cylde's Cider Mill in Mystic, CT. This was my second time there and it was worth the long wait for their one of a kind cider donuts & apple cider slushies!

Since it was a little warmer than your typical October day, I thought I could still pull off one of my favorite denim shirts. I honestly think denim shirts can now be worn in any season, they are so versatile! This one in particular is my favorite because of the fringe & back detail. I paired it with some black skinnies and tennis shoes.

Hope you enjoy this post! I'll link all the details below!

Happy Fall!

Whole 30 - My Experience

Friday, July 29, 2016

Amazing guide with recipe book included!! Find it here!
This past April I decided to focus 100% on my well being. Ever since graduating college and minimizing my ability to consume 4,000 calories a day (minor exaggeration) I've been having a difficult time staying on the "right path."

I know I need to eat healthy and exercise regularly, but that just didn't seem enough for me. I wasn't about to start two-a-days at the gym, because lets face it I don't really have the time or drive to do that. Instead of abruptly changing my workout routines, I decided to start from within my body and in turn it would hopefully effect the outside, as well.

After an abundance of research I decided to do the Whole30 challenge, lifestyle, diet...whatever you would like to call it. The main point of the Whole30 is to take out certain food groups that could be having a negative impact on my health & fitness. I definitely have some sort of digestive issues, but I've never been able to pin point what is effecting it. I've temporarily gave up gluten and dairy, but never consistently for a long period of time. Whole30 has you take out sugar, grains, dairy and legumes of your diet for 30 WHOLE days.

The purpose of Whole30 is to eat whole, real foods. This includes meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit, oils, nuts and seeds. It is VERY important to read every label on your food because then you are aware of everything going into your body.

My favorite part of this journey is that Whole30 doesn't want you to look at the scale for the entire 30 days. I rarely weigh myself, usually only at the doctors office, so I reluctantly weighed myself before my start date and I was eager to see if that number fluctuated at the end  of this.

Week 1: It was definitely eye opening during the first week. I didn't think I consumed a lot of "extra" sugar before this, but I was wrong. I had terrible withdrawal headaches from having extra sugar to not. I was also tired a lot of the time.

Week 2: I was still trying to live a normal life and go out with friends and family, but it is definitely a challenge to go out to dinner on Whole30. Most of the time I picked the restaurant or asked for the name ahead of time so I could check out the menu. It can seem like you're being a pain when ordering, because my entire order needed to be customized, but trust me it's worth it!

Week 3: This week was probably the toughest mentally, mostly because you're past the half way mark and just want it to end. I started to get more creative with my meals by this time and relied on the cook book, provided in the Whole30 book. It's good to mix things up in the kitchen because your taste buds can get sick of ground turkey and chicken every night. I highly recommend googling recipes and using suggested Whole30 recipes found online!

Week 4: Finally, the last week! At this point I really started to see a difference in my appearance and the way I felt :) My clothes were starting to feel a little looser and my skin was glowing! On top of that I was falling asleep quicker and waking up without feeling groggy.

This experience has totally changed the way I look at food! I did weigh myself at the end and have successfully lost 10 lbs! I've never tried to lose weight before so this was a huge accomplishment for me! It wasn't only about my weight though, I am now so aware of what I put into my body. I know how good I feel eating whole foods. I am also a little scared reintroducing certain foods into my diet, but I will try it at my own pace. The one thing I have tried again since my Whole30 ended is wine :) Luckily my two glasses didn't disrupt my digestive system as much as I thought, which relieved me a lot, haha.

All in all I think the Whole30 is great for anyone! It's not easy, but it is eye opening! I now know how it feels to go out to eat and not feel horrible the rest of the night. I am continuing to eat Whole30 as much as possible, while reintroducing foods at my own pace.
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