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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Coffee Talks: All About My Anti-Inflammitory Diet

Happy Friday, friends! I decided to start a new series on my blog called "coffee talks". I already have a coffee talks highlight on my instastory which some of you may have seen. It's basically where I talk about topics other than fashion so you'll see a variety of different topics each week! I recently talked about on Instagram my struggle with chronic stomach pain and what I've been doing to help. I'm so thankful for all of the kind messages I received and you all seemed really interested in the topic! In this post I wanted to recap on my story and give you guys an update on my diet.

I've always struggled with stomach pain since I was a child. I've been to countless amounts of doctor and have been prescribed almost every pill out there. Nothing we seemed to do helped and I eventually became numb to the pain I was feeling. This stomach pain became part of my life and it just felt normal to have that pain. A few months ago the pain became more intense so intense that I couldn't get out of bed for hours at a time. I remember one night, when I knew I needed to make change, I was in bed crying because the pain was so severe it radiated into my back. At that point my husband wanted me to go to the hospital but I refused. I'm the type that believes I can handle any amount of pain and will be the last one to go to the hospital for any reason involving myself. The next day I watched one of my favorite blogger's instastories and she was talking about her ant-inflammitoy diet. I was very intrigued by this diet and start doing my own research. I knew I wouldn't be able to get in to see a specialist until November so until then I had to make some sort of change. I was basically at the point of giving up on my body entirely until I started the Anti-Inflammitory Diet. That night Isaac and I went to the grocery store and bought a few items to start me off on the diet. Here's exactly what we bought (everything organic): Brussel sprouts, spinach, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, quinoa, vegetable broth, pasture fed beef, wild caught tuna, and extra virgin olive oil. That all we got to start me off on the diet and since then I've been trying so many other different foods that are part of the diet! 

I immediately saw results from the diet the next few days and didn't feel any stomach pain at all! Not only was I no longer in pain but my digestive system and energy level improved significantly. If you're in chronic pain and feel like it could be due to inflammation anywhere in your body, while I'm not a doctor, I do recommend trying out the diet! Everything I eat now is 100% organic and I know it will help fuel my body in some way. I've completely cut out processed food from my diet and have stopped eating out all together. I'm also in the process of moving gluten and diary completely out of my diet. It's been over a week since I've eaten anything with gluten in it! 

My Anti-Inflammitory/Gluten Free/ Diary Free Shopping List:

Organic Eggs
Gluten Free Bread
Organic Avocados (I love making avocado toast with gluten free bread!)
Organic Blueberries (blueberries are the best for inflammation)
Organic Kale
Organic Spinach
Organic Potatoes
Gluten Free Olive Oil Dressing
Organic Chicken
Organic Pasture Fed Beef
Organic Vegetable Broth
Organic Quinoa 
Gluten Free Snack Bars
Red Wine (1-2 glasses of red wine is great for inflammation)

My Favorite Salad Recipe:

This recipe is SUPER easy to make and it usually takes me a few days to eat it all! 

1 bag of organic kale
organic quinoa (I typically make a large serving at one time)
1 package of organic chicken breast
Gluten Free Olive Oil Dressing

  1. Cook your chicken on stove top and season. Make sure to cut the chicken into thin slices to put in salad.
  2. Begin making quinoa based on package directions. I love to substitute the water for organic vegetable or bone broth.
  3. Wash kale and place in a separate bowl
  4. In a serving bowl place kale, quinoa on top, then cooked chicken and lastly drizzle in the gluten free olive oil dressing. 
  5. Toss your salad and eat!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Date Night Look

Red Cascading Sleeve Top // High Waist Jeans //
Leopard Print Heels (sold out) similar hereherehere

Happy Wednesday, friends! I love a good date night look and this one is a stunner! When I saw this top online I was so excited to order it. I adore the sleeve detailing and the color. Since this top is already so dressy I paired it with my favorite high waisted jeans and leopard print heels. I always love leopard print for fall so I know I had to incorporate it in this outfit.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Craving Fall

Happy Wednesday! It's early August and I'm all ready craving all things fall. I'm pretty sure it's due to the fact that I live in Houston and every day has been almost 100 degrees outside. This Texas heat is no joke and I'm so over it! I can't wait for it to get colder out, for the leaves to change colors, and to start ordering seasonal hot coffees! If you're like me you might be spending countless hours looking at fall clothes online. I do think now is the best time to start stocking up on fall clothes mainly because the weather can change drastically depending on where you live. I wanted to do this post to help make your fall shopping a little easier.

Here are a few of my fall favorites!

one // Ruched Tank Dress $56
This is my go-to dress all year long! This dress is perfect in the summer with sandals or wedges, but it's even cuter in the fall with booties and a felt hat! This dress is also great for layering I love throwing a cardigan and booties on with this dress for fall.

two // Shawl Sweater $69
I bought this cardigan during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and have been wearing it almost every day since! It really is the perfect cardigan and is amazing quality. I'll be purchasing this cardigan in a few more colors for fall. 

three // Felt Hat $39
I love felt hats in the fall! This one is a great deal for the quality and style. 

You might have noticed if you follow me on Instagram that I'm obsessed with the color camel. I try to incorporate it into my wardrobe as much as possible! This scarf is so fun and it's reversible!

five // Plaid Scarf $44.95
I love blanket scarves because there are so many different ways you can wear them. I especially love this pattern and can imagine paring it with jeans and a white long sleeve top!

six // Peep Toe Bootie $149.95
I seriously think this is the best bootie for transitioning into fall especially if you live in hotter areas. I've worn this pair a few times already and they are so comfy!

seven // Western Bootie $149.95
How adorable is this bootie? I love this style! It's super unique and would pair with so much for fall. 

eight // Leather Satchel $88
I'm a bad blogger when it comes to buying designer bags. I can never muster up the courage to purchase a super high end bag! I eventually will but until then I thought this bag looked super expensive at an affordable price. I love that you can wear it two different ways and the tan color will pair with a ton of looks for fall. 

Let me know in the comments what your favorite thing about fall is! 

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