Jan 28, 2015

Cropped Girl


This cropped maroon (oxblood?) colored sweater has almost been donated many, many times. But I just can't call it quits just yet. It always talks to me and says "I know I look so 90's but I can also be rocker chic too!" So I listen to it. Each time. Yes, cropped sweater, I hear what you're saying.




Outfit details: 
Cropped Sweater: Thrifted
Skirt: NY&Co
Boots: Thrifted
Tights & Socks: Ebay

Jan 22, 2015

Joggers Girl...finally



Now that they are old news I finally got my hands on some Joggers! Or what I like to call them: street legal pajamas. Since my clothes budget is $0 - $50 A YEAR (I kid...kinda) I don't get a round to snatching up a trend as soon as I see it. But here's the thing. I got these on MAJOR sale because the newness of the dressed up jogging pant had worn off. I really don't care if they are out of style by the time I get good wear out of them. They are so dang comfortable I just can't stop wearing them. 


Outfit details:
Top: Kohl's (similar)
Joggers: Old Navy (similar) but check the store! That's where they're on sale
Boots: Seychelles


Jan 20, 2015

Oversized Cardigan Girl


Long time no see! I have been easily distracted this past week with little projects, catching up with friends and just the general getting back into the swing of things after the holidays. I've been trying to look presentable everyday instead of seeing how far I can get with wearing the same yoga pants every day. Oh yeah. I've done that. I've also been watching Golden Globe winning or Oscar nominated movies so I can be the couch critic that I am. I love movies. Like l-o-v-e movies. Movies like Boyhood that just blow your mind (12 years!) or ones like Birdman that were filmed in one long continuous shot. I know I would've loved to work in theatre, film or somewhere in between. It really is a passion. But I doubt I would've ever had enough nerve. Fear of being judged for my work. I would've relied too much on other people's criticism and would've psyched myself out. Sometimes while I am drifting through my life I feel as though I am behind the camera filming some ordinary documentary about an ordinary girl drifting through life. Make sense? If it does, then you and I have lots in common I bet.

What does this have to do with an oversized cardigan? Absolutely nothing. I won this men's cardigan in a game of Dirty Christmas. I love it. I love the bright cobalt and the long length. I paired it with an edgier pant because...I'm trying to wear the things I love. After this winter passes I will also be passing on clothes that I didn't wear a whole lot this season. I mean, I reach for the faux leather leggings all the time. That isn't wrong. And that doesn't mean I need to have 3 other pairs that are similar so I can rotate. Nope. I just need to wear these. Because you know what? When I'm wearing my second choice, I just think about how well my first choice would've worked. Yet again...leading me back to the capsule wardrobe idea. 



Outfit details:
Cardigan: Gift (similar)
Top: DIY (similar)
Faux Leather Leggings: Kohl's (similar)
Boots: Steve Madden (similar)



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Jan 13, 2015

Something Tasty {Blackberries & Cream...A Paleo Treat}


In my "I'm addicted to sugar post" a few days ago I talked about my Paleo lifestyle and how much I love sugar. The two do NOT go hand in hand. When I have reached the end of my rope and I need something sweet and I haven't been awesome enough to break the sugar cycle...I eat this sweet treat. 

Blackberries & Cream.


Technically that is not cream in that photo. It is coconut milk. But doesn't cream sound so much more delectable?

Here's what you will need to make this recipe! 

* Blackberries (or raspberries, strawberries and even snozberries! Sorry. I couldn't help it)
* Coconut Milk (The full fat Thai Kitchen is what I use)
* Honey

As always, organic ingredients are the bet for the Paleo diet. Honey is not approved on the Whole30. Some people don't even agree with it being Paleo but some people do. Just choose a side and go for it. I happen to embrace honey because there is evidence that it is good for you when used correctly. Raw honey is the best since it is less processed but I liked the good ole' local honey for this recipe. Plus I like to be the Queen Bee at my house. Or at least pretend to be the Queen Bey. 


Just place the berries in a sweet little bowl that makes you smile. Pour some coconut milk over them and drizzle with honey.

A lovely dessert...all for you! You deserve it! And gosh darn it you're worth it.


ENJOY!

*recipe adapted from text in Well Fed 2

What is your favorite Paleo dessert? 

Jan 12, 2015

Sweater Weather Girl


This bad boy was on my wish list for Christmas and my sweet hubby made it happen. Full length sweater dress! Yes sir! He knows how cold I am ALL THE TIME. You can catch me typing away on my laptop wearing fingerless gloves and a toboggan at any time. I have these down slipper boots that I wear around the house along with ten million other layers. I was super excited to see just how toasty this dress kept me and let me tell you it kept me nice and warm




Outfit Details:
Sweater Dress: Amazon in light gray
Boots: Amazon in gray


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Jan 8, 2015

Life Lately {Sugar}


If you have been a reader here for a while you know that I am an alcoholic (closely related to why I love sugar so much) and I will pick up my 3 year sobriety chip in July of this year. Woohoo! Super proud of myself and all that fluff and stuff but that's not what I'm here to talk about today.

Today I'm talking about SUGAR.

And how it was easier to quit drinking than it is to quit SUGAR.

Is that not crazy? It is crazy.

After years and years of walking around with a bloated gut the hubs and I did some research and stumbled upon the book Wheat Belly which lead to more research which led to the Whole30 challenge which led to Paleo. At that time in my life I was overwhelmed at the idea of doing a Whole30 challenge but I really started to like the idea of Paleo. Once I got this cookbook I was ready! Pretty soon after switching to Paleo, I noticed my swollen belly appearance shrinking. It was and is still there somewhat throughout different times of the month but I can now directly relate it to my monthly cycle (TMI - sorry). I am STILL working on pinning that problem down. Just went for an ultrasound today. But that's a different story for a different time. Cutting out the wheat got me closer to solving my intermittent bloated feelings. NOW. Onto the reason for this post!

SUGAR

On the Paleo diet I do allow myself to have honey, as well as dates, and "clean" chocolate. I still have cheat days too! After the holidays though I really needed to detox. I looked hard at Whole30. Real hard. Basically stared a hole through it. A new one started on January 1st. Perfect timing! Just what I needed! It's only 30 days....but wait....no honey? No dried fruit? No chocolate?!? Eeeeeek. It's only 30 days.

I then decided that I was just not ready. I wanted to be ready, but I just wasn't. I decided to do a pseudo Whole30 of my own. I'm not eliminating them but I have been trying very hard not to eat a lot of dates or honey. I tried to not have a fruity breakfast so that I don't start the day of with sugars, even though they are natural sugars. That only lasted a few days. I missed my bananas. I haven't had a cheat day and I don't plan on having one for a while because I ate everything AND the kitchen sink at Christmas. There ain't no room for cheating. 

Needless to say, this detox has been hard! I was sad y'all. Straight up sad. And very, very cranky.

I gave in one day this week and ate a Larabar...ate fruit for breakfast...ate (paleo) chocolate chips! Sheesh! What the crap is wrong with me? Can I not leave the sugar alone?

I then thought - I need help. I need Netflix. Documentaries!

I watched Fed Up and got some seriously good motivation from that. Not quite enough motivation to take the 10 day sugar free challenge.

I am working up to it.

I'm thinking summertime might be easier? I don't know. I do need to give myself credit for not giving in and having a blueberry scone and a cafe mocha from Starbucks, the last of my son's waffle drowning in syrup or those deeeelish cupcakes from Trader Joe's that I love so much.

But dang it's hard! I keep telling myself....

You quit drinking. You can quit sugar.

Surely.



Jan 5, 2015

Daily Style: Tall Boots Girl


Let me tell you, there is nowhere you can go that you don't see tall boots on ladies feet. It's crazy! Is it just me or has there been a tall boot explosion just in the last year? Maybe it's just the Clemson football games I go to that make me feel that way. Maybe it's just that you see grandmothers wearing them these days too. With all that being said it doesn't bother me enough to make me toss mine in the donate pile! No way! I rarely stay on top of trends to be "the only" one wearing something. I do love an ankle boot too which seems to be a bit more underground still. Mark my word I will NOT be one of those gals that expose my ankles when it is 30 degrees outside unless it's a crazy rare moment that I get to go to a fancy party. So that leaves...boots!

Also, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fabulous time! I went to bed about 11:15pm. It was as far as I could go. I tried! But my son had a friend over for a sleepover and I knew they would be up early. They are only seven years old so sleeping in is not a thing yet. In other news, I think I will try out a few new things around here on the blog to freshen things up. I have no concrete plans but I like introducing new posts with a picture and words - like I did right up there. What do ya think? Maybe have some more written posts with what I'm doing/thinking/not doing/not thinking...I don't know. I do have a bit of the new year buzz. I hope you like the changes! I will still keep the "Girl" part of each post title because...hey...I am one girl right? 




Outfit details: Denim dress: thrifted Liz Claiborne, Leggings: Hue, Boots: Steve Madden

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