Reality Check: Kicking Excuses to the Curb.

posted on: 7/13/14

A few weeks back I found myself at a diner with a hunger that needed to be fed and a dead phone. So, I found myself in a situation I hadn't been in a long time. 
Alone with my thoughts.

The past few months have passed by in a blur. 

New Job ----> Birthday ----> Moved

A lot of changes for this girl to handle. But, I thought I was handling it. It's funny how the body tells you you're wrong and forces you to realize that you've taken up residency on the island of denial. 

This was the state of my fridge for way too long. 

It was the first time I was able to step back and realize that I need to get things back on track. The stress of moving and going head first into a new job was taking a toll on me. I had an eye twitch, an eye stye, and I had gained weight because I was always just grabbing something to eat. I didn’t make time for yoga, so the flexibility that had taken me months to achieve was now non-existent. My body was telling me that I wasn't taking time to nourish it, and I needed to reevaluate. I just had been ignoring it for the past two or more months. As I sat there in the diner looking at an empty plate of something, I regretted eating I made a decision to take a deep breath and work past the excuses

So, the past few weeks I have been making it a point to do yoga. That’s “me” time. But, it’s this past week that I took bigger steps into getting myself on track. Jenn from For the Glow posted about a place called the Tummy Temple. It had a service called “Maya Abdominal Massage” and I thought – I've never had my tummy massaged – So, why not? 
The first 15 minutes was the basic getting to know me, what do I want out of the session rundown. I usually don’t like to get too personal, but if I wanted really to do this right, I had to. So, I letdown my guard and shared my struggles. Thankfully, Jamie was personable and made me feel at ease right away. A tummy massage is different. Since, it was my first time, I wanted her to explain what she was doing and what she was discovering. It opened my eyes, and I felt like I was getting to know my body on a whole new level. At the end of the massage, she asked me to keep a food journal and to come see her in 2 weeks. I walked out of there feeling like I truly listened to my body – it had been too long since I did that. 

Feeling great after my time at the Tummy Temple. 

Instead of taking that first step and being comfortable with that, I decided that I needed to make this my launching pad. I went to yoga four times the following week and signed up for a core intensive class. I was also keeping true to my food journal. I wrote down everything I ate and how it made me feel. I realized I needed to do more. For the Glow is doing a 33 day Glow food challenge – before I read the document I pretty much had talked myself out of it. It's summer time – ice cream and iced drinks – right? It’s when looked at my food journal and realized that food was my struggle I decided take a second look at 33 days to glow plan. It’s not too far from the meal plan I have now, just a few changes. It did promise to help you better understand  how your body responds to food, and that’s the biggest mystery to me. So, the new food plan begins tomorrow. 

Here goes everything…. 

Check out Tummy Temple
Looking to do a core intensive check out UYS
For the Glow – Great food plans, workouts and community. 

I Want to Live In This Coral.... I mean Color.

posted on: 7/9/14

I know I know, coral was the color of the season like 3 years back. It's supposed to be all about radiant orchid right now, but the heart wants what it wants. Coral is bright and can bring summer glow to every outfit.

 High on my coral must have list.
coral flower dress

Have you been wearing coral and didn't even realize how much you love it? 

Why Aren't You Wearing This Top?

posted on: 7/8/14

Why aren't you rocking the peasant top? These casual cool tops can really bring that effortless summer look to life. You don't have to be a hippie or a child of the 70's in order to wear one of these festive tops. Here's a few ways to make it part of your summer life.


Are you walking around your city or maybe you're on vacation? - the peasant blouse is light and perfect as an around the town look.

The blouse that can also be a beach cover up. 

The detail makes it stand out from other tops. There will be a style that fits you.

I do see this more as a "I'm on vacation" top. It's one that I would love to wear in small beach towns. But if I can't wear it on the streets of a beach town, I want to look I just came from the beach and this top is perfect for that.

The Accessory That Says Summertime Fun: You Can't Have Just One!

posted on: 7/7/14

Summertime is really all about the sun. And the one accessory that will be getting the most play out of all of your must haves, will be your sunglasses. It's easy to find one pair that will be your go-to's everyday, but there's 93 (hopefully) days of summer - shouldn't you have some fun and mix up your look with some out of the box styles.

There's a million different styles to have fun with so you will find something that not only fits your face, but also fits your playful summer personality. It's easy to revert to the black round sunnies, I have a pair - every lady should - but I also have pink, green, gold, two/tone, mirrored etc and the truth is I want more. Here's some of my favorite styles that have made it into my Keep collection.

7 Ways To Rock Black this Summer.

posted on: 6/18/14

I did some spring cleaning this past week, yes the week before summer officially rolls in. Ah, better late than ever. The point is.. I cleared out my closet and I noticed something - I have a lot of sweaters and black clothes. I know I shouldn't be surprised, I am from Seattle after all. I do have high hopes of wearing bright colors this summer, but I'm not going to get rid of my black pieces all together. So, here's a few ways I will be bringing black into summer.

The Accessories: Black heels, black purse, black hat and black coat, don't pack them away. They can still work with a bright dress. It may seem in your head that it won't work, but the Blonde Salad makes it look good, so you can too.


Faux leather pants. This is hands down one of my favorite items in my closet. I would not even think about packing them away for summer.  They go great with linen tops.


The Black Maxi. This is the dress I would wear all fall/winter long just with a blazer or large coat thrown off of it. It's time to take your coat off and wear it out.

The Little Black Dress. You're probably used to pairing leggings, tights, knee high boots and a leather jacket with your lbd, but summer is here and its time to strip off all of the layers and let your lbd run free.


Head to Toe Black. Take off your jeans and just add shorts or a skirt and your favorite all black outfit is summerfied. That's a word, right?


Leather jacket. The cropped leather jacket adds a little edge to your feminine outfit. I love an outfit that contrasts and this is an easy way to do it. I know my little leather jacket will be getting a lot of play on summer nights.

The moral of this fashion story is that even your little black pieces want to have this summer. 

An Every Day Shirt that's Hard Not to Wear Every Day: J.Crew Linen.

posted on: 5/27/14

A blog post? Yes, its true. It's been way too long. I started a new job two months ago and if that wasn't enough I decided to find a new place to live. Needless to say my days have been filled to the brim and by the time I have a chance to blog I need to go to sleep. So, you can say I've been tired. I'm sad to say that it has made my outfit choices frenzied. So, when I found some time to do a little retail therapy, I found my newest obsession. The linen scoop neck with a metallic neck pretty much goes with everything. I loved it so much I bought all 3 colors. The fit is loose, it runs big so I'm wearing the xxs. I usually go for something a little more fitted, but the loose fit has been a blessing for long days. 

I usually don't try on linen, I always think of scratchy material. So glad I decided to take a chance and try it on. That metallic - almost like a necklace - neck pulled me in. Now, I have all the other great linen tops from JCrew on my must have list. 

Yes.  +  Amour

When A Romper Doesn't Work.... Match It Up!

posted on: 5/1/14

Why can't I find one that fits?! I've tried on countless jumpsuits, but for some reason my petite curvy frame just can't make a jumpsuit work. This is a complex I get sad about every time a sunny day graces Seattle. But, I had an epiphany the other day. When a jumpsuit doesn't work just match it up. Yeah, its really that easy. 

I don't know why I never thought about it before, maybe it was the sad haze. You know when you focus on what you can't have instead of trying to find a cheat, so you can wear what you want. 

There's also another plus.... Sure, you can dress up a jumpsuit quite a few ways, BUT you can have a million more outfit combinations with your matching top and bottoms. 

So, even though jumpsuits/rompers may not work for this small torso, there's always a bright side. 

photos: tarastarle, tuulavintage, sincerely jules, song of style

What Do You Really Think of Birkenstocks?

posted on: 4/16/14

 The newest old sandal to become hot hot hot. Yes, its true Birkenstock is having a revival. The chicest of the chic are claiming them to be their favorite new sandal for the summer. It's come a little bit of shock to me. I remember when it was popular the last time, but it never reached these fashion heights.
So, tell me. What do you think of the Birkenstock? Fashion do or hmm not my style?
In truth, it makes me flat foot look even flatter. So, its not my first choice.
But then...

I saw these blinged out Birkenstock like sandals from Zara. Why do shiny things call to me? Now I want to try these on. Maybe my flat foot won't look so flat in these dressed up birks. ;)

photo source: fashionmenow