I’m slowly updating my wardrobe for fall, these are a few of my favorites- some I’ve bought and some are my wish list (from left to right):
Loft Polka Dot Dress: This comes with a belt so is more flattering than this image lets on. It’s good for the office and the weekends.
Nordstrom Maxi Skirt: I tried this on while I was home but was rushed and couldn’t decide if I wanted it. Days later I was still thinking about it and ordered it online (Nordstrom, when are you opening in NYC already?).
AG Skinny Jeans: I’m loving the distressed look this season but haven’t found an affordable pair yet. I’m not willing to spend $200+ as the trend might fade quickly. This AG pair is out of my price range but give me an idea of what I’m looking for.
J Crew Heart Shorts: I bought these last week at a major discount and figured I’d have to save them for next summer but according to the J Crew site, these pair well with a blazer, perfect for fall before it gets too cold!
C Wonder Giraffe Sweater: C Wonder always has cute printed tops, this one may be added to my collection soon, but C Wonder is one of those stores that has great sales so I never buy anything full-price there. I’ll keep an eye on this one.
Hey friends, have you been following along with my Whole30 adventures? If you have, you know that today marks the halfway point! Making some serious progress here (I think?) and feeling good.
I’ve cut out dairy, grains, legumes, sugar, artificial sweeteners and alcohol. Man that’s quite a list. Some people go on Whole30 and feel drastic changes because they are intolerant or unable to digest certain things and have no idea until they eliminate them from their diet. I don’t have these issues so going on Whole30 hasn’t made me realize crazy things about my eating habits, but I do feel good. I think my energy levels are up and I’m not having intense sugar cravings (love me some gummies but not thinking about them as much I normally do).
A few things i’ve learned in the first 15 days:
- If you cook your own meals, you can make really amazing Whole30 compliant dishes and don’t feel deprived
- Planning ahead is key
- A properly stocked fridge and pantry with complaint foods is a must
- Eating out can be hard but not impossible, ask questions!
- Selzer is a good beverage to take your mind off other beverages (miss you vino)
- People will think you are crazy, it’s ok
- Other people will be inspired and try Whole30 with you!
- There is never a perfect time to change your habits and sometimes you just gotta go for it and jump in.
If you’re considering Whole30 do yourself a favor and read It Starts With Food. It will either make you definitely want to try the eating plan or not. It’s an all-in or all-out lifestyle change for 30 days so you really need to be committed and the book gives reasoning behind the guidelines.
If you have questions or want to know more about Whole30, let me know!
Fall in New York is perhaps the most perfect season, the air is crisp and cool and the leaves are starting to change. We’re dog sitting this weekend and I was happy to take this lil pup outside for frequent walks.
To ring in this new season, one of my favorites, I tried out a new chili recipe. Normally I’ll use a crock pot for chili but this recipe called for a shorter simmer (not that short, 2 hours) and since I had the day free I figured it was a good opportunity to follow the recipe. Actually, I realized I was missing some key ingredients so I off-roaded a bit.
The original recipe is Chocolate Chili from The Clothes Make The Girl. It was harder than expected to find a Paleo/Whole30 compliant chili recipe since beans are off limits. The recipe is Whole30 compliant but to lower the fat content I did one pound of lean ground turkey and one pound of lean ground beef (instead of two pounds ground beef). I couldn’t find a Whole30 compliant beef broth so I used water in its place. I also realized my spice cabinet is lacking quite a few essentials so I used what I had. When these things happen, do what you can and you’ll probably still end up with a delicious batch of chili, I did! However, I’m making a mental note to make a spice run soon.
The chili came out great and I recommend the recipe for a cold night in. Plus there are lots of leftovers, perfect for lunch.
How are you ringing in the fall weather?
My friend just gave me the heads up about an amazing event coming up and I wanted to share the news. On October 12th the Selamta Family Project is hosting a virtual 5k to raise funds the organziation which provides homes to orphaned children and marginalized women in Ethiopa.
Semata offers a sustainable model for change in Ethiopia where currently 1/3 of the population lives in extreme poverty and over 5 million kids have been orphaned by the AIDS crisis. This organization gives kids the chance to thrive by providing them with proper nutrition, healthcare, education and most importantly, a loving and stable home.
So how can we help? By signing up for the Oct 12 5K you’ll be supporting the kids and women of the Selamta Family Project. You can run or walk wherever you are and at the same time, all 128 kids at Selamta are particpating in the event by walking a 5K together in Ethiopia!
For $25 you can register for the event, funds that go towards this important group and you can also raise additional money as you work towards your 5K. For signing up you’ll get a free t-shirt that you can wear during your 5K to raise awareness.
Please sign up HERE and join me for a virtual 5k and follow the organziation on Tumblr at selamtafamily and on Instragram @selamtafamily. Let me know when you sign up and I look forward to virtually running with you on October 12!
One of the challenges of Whole30 is the beverage department. When I can’t reach for a refreshing glass of Rose, I have a lineup of things that are Whole30 compliant. These are my top picks:
Flavored Seltzer: As long as it doesn’t have added sugar, it’s probably fine. My favorite is the coconut from La Croix, it almost feels like I’m having a tropical cocktail (ok not really but it’s still delicious).
Infused Water: A do-it yourself water flavoring with natural ingredients. I’m using the Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher from Bed Bath and Beyond. There are also good on-the go options like the the AdNAart Flavour It Glass Water Bottle, available on Amazon. You can just toss fruit directly into your water but these infusers keep the fruit and seeds from making your water chunky. I’ve been making a lemon and cucumber mix, tastes like I’m at the spa.
Cold Brew Coffee: I can’t live without coffee and I’ve been suffering through cups of black coffee on a daily basis (too lazy to make my own almond milk). If you’re going to drink your coffee black, opt for cold brew, it isn’t as bitter. Trader Joe’s has a great cold brew and it lasts a good amount of time, it’s concentrated so your cup of joe will be 1/3 cold brew and 2/3 cold water.
Coconut Milk: I just discovered this incredible blend at Juice Press, Lait de Coconut; it’s only coconut water and coconut meat. It’s all natural with no added sugar. After a morning run I added a bit of this to a hot cup of coffee and it was heavenly. The bottle is pricey at $12.99 but if I’m using it as a coffee creamer it will last me a few cups. You can score a free Juice Press juice Saturday’s in NYC from now until the NYC marathon. Go for a run, instagram a photo with #willrunforjuice & #juicepress and bring it in between 9-2 on Saturdays and grab a free juice!
Any drinks I should add to my lineup?
1. This braid from Brooklyn Blonde looks complicated (like something I could probably do to someone else but not myself) but the step-by-step guide makes it look quite easy, going to try this very soon!
3. And for when I’m too lazy to cook, this list of Fall’s 10 most exciting healthy restaurant openings in NYC will come in handy. A lot of good looking places on the list.
4. And after I overeat, here’s a workout! I haven’t really done the Tone It Up routines but this Insane Cardio one looks really good. It doesn’t involve any equipment but sounds like it will get you sweating real quick. I’m hoping to do it this weekend, I’ll do the run section outside then either head to the gym or my yard for the moves.
5. So after you eat and then workout, it’s time to buy a new bikini! Ok, I know summer is over but Victoria’s Secret really stepped up their swimwear this year and it’s now on sale. I bought this getaway halter in neon pink; it’s super flattering and supportive (they size their suits like bras so you’re more likely to find a match). You know what this will be perfect for? My surf and yoga retreat this December! The trip is booked and I cannot wait! More on that later :)
Have a great weekend everyone!