ASOS: 3 looks, 1 dress, 1 change.

So today I FINALLY got my ASOS order in the mail!!  So happy.  I grabbed that package and ran up stairs to try on my two purchases and I’m happy to say they fit!!! YAY.  I was worried because of the slight weight gain, I’ve been kind of pissed at myself.  Need to get serious… but food… good.  FML.

So anyways, at first I was disappointed that the dress I purchased was a little too big on me.  Not by much, but enough to look like a sack.  *Sigh*  Luckily I still own a belt that fits my waist, so it was an easy fix.  I did however have trouble choosing what I wanted to wear it with.  By itself, with a kimono, or with a chunky sweater.  So I did all of them :-P.

Look one: Night time.

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I styled the dress with a belt, a pair of black tights and a pair of black booties.  Wearing my hair plain.  I opted for “feather” earrings, that are actually made out of metal, and a locket.  With nothing over top of this dress- I feel like it’s too dressed up for every day outings.  But for a club?  I would totally wear this out to the bar.  This is the base look for the following photos.

Dress: ASOS

Belt: Taken off a skirt.

Boots: Steve Madden New York- Sears, old.

Locket: Flee Market

Earrings: Sears similar here

Look 2: The summer/spring look.

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Can you tell this one is my favorite?  I love how this kimono looks over the dress.  It makes it feel more casual, like an every day summer look.  Even with no tights and a pair of sandals this would look cool and laid back.  I also like this as an option for when I want to wear bra straps with this dress.  This wouldn’t work for me without the belt, the dress would be too shapeless, and baggy.  Putting the kimono over top would look frumpy.

Kimono: Rue 21.  Similar here.

Look 3: Fall/Winter

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Once again, same base look, one difference.  This is my look for tonight, with the weather chilly, this sweater really added the cozy- casual touch to the dress.  I loved how the pink looked against the gray and how chill it felt.  Plus the extra belt on the sweater helped to pull the whole look together… no pun intended.

Sweater: Laura Scott, Sears.  Similar here.

 

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Lips: L’oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Nude Ballet.

Week One of Detox

Quick update:

So my knee is better, yay!  That means I can finally get back to exercising.  I’ll admit, an excuse to lay around on my couch for a week has been great, really.  But it isn’t doing me any favors, and I’m certainly not going to be on track for my goal if I continue at this pace.  My revised goal: I want to weigh in on January 1st at 160 pounds.  That means 20-25 lbs to loose in the next 2 1/2 months.  I got this.

As for the detox: so far I’m not seeing any differences in the way I feel.  It SAYS you don’t have to change your diet, and need to drink plenty of water.  It also recommends exercising, which I of course have not been doing.  So starting today, I will be improving my diet, instead of just eating consciously and normally with my husband and mother (and alone).  I will actually be “dieting” by reducing my bread, dairy and meat in take.  This is the kind of diet I feel best on, and I find when I eat primarily fruits, vegetable and beans… that I find pastas and breads to be bloating.  Dairy upsets my stomach and meat makes me THIRSTY, like: I-am-dying-in-the-desert-thirsty.  So we will have to see how it goes.

I will also be exercising again, which today I’ll admit; I’m not looking forward to.  I really slept lousy last night and I desperately need a nap.  Perhaps I’ll have time for both.  Not to mention my apartment REALLY needs to be cleaned again.  *Sigh*.

I have been following the detox pill consumption and water in take exactly.  The two morning pills + 3 fiber pills.  The two night pills + the 3 fiber pills.  The detox also included two packages with extra fiber in them for “if eliminations are sluggish.”  I have already taken both packages… with no difference.  I may consider reducing the three fiber pills to 2 instead, but I will have to see.  I’m really hoping I did not waste the $40 on this product.  I was hoping to use it as a restart to my diet, and hoping it would take care of some other problems, like the constant fatigue and food cravings.  No luck.  I have also stopped taking my Candida Support supplements to really test out this product.  I will be continuing with the Candida and a fiber supplement after this detox is done.

XoXo

Megan

ASOS Order: Loosing my ASOS virginity.

I’m 26 and I’ve never so much as looked at ASOS‘s website before.  Is that sad?  I feel like that’s sad.

So I popped my adult shopping cherry and dove in head first… to their sale section.  I was expecting to be faced with expensive items.  “Expensive” is a loose term for me, considering I often shop at Rue 21: where I buy a pair of shorts and get another for $1… or Sears where I use to work and got ONLY good deals and super cheap items.  So I was expecting to face at least a $50+ tag on everything and NOPE right out of there.  I’m glad I didn’t, they have an AMAZING sale going on right now, their clearance is beautiful, and that “low to high” shopping filter is my best friend.  Immediately I came across a dress I fell in love with.

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I have been lusting over a dress like this for some time now.  I would have preferred it in black, but sadly that was out of my size range.  After FINALLY receiving my refund for the pants I ordered from Forever 21 (which were shaped VERY oddly, but were beautiful and broke my heart to send them back), I thought I would splurge on myself.  So I grabbed up this little number for $15.23 marked down from $47.61.  YES.

After getting my jollies from this dress in my shopping cart I saw that I was $10 away from free shipping, which I HATE when that happens.  $4 for shipping is nothing, but I feel like I’m loosing out on $4.  So I kept shopping around, I needed $10 in merchandise in my shopping cart and I kept hitting WALL after WALL, of too small sizes.  Until I found…

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This Cami with button detailing: YES.  Was $22.85 and I snagged it for $15.23.  Over the amount I wanted to spend by $5, but it was a piece I just felt I really needed in my wardrobe.  It’s a piece I’ve been picturing in my head every time I go shopping, yet for some reason I just could NEVER find it… well now I have.  I’m so excited to get these items in the mail.  It will be like Christmas!  I’m really crossing my fingers about the dress, I’ll be so sad if it doesn’t fit.

On another note, I can now cross off all the sweaters on my shopping list, as well as new pants I’ve been needing.  I LOVE when my mom cleans out her closet.  Pictures to come in the near future!

XoXo

Megan.

Review: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick

So I have been trying to rid myself of non-natural based beauty products lately, but it’s a process.

I have been getting a lot of free magazines in the mail this year, due to the awesome website Recyclebank: this is an amazing website, where you are paid in points every time you complete a task about recycling.  It can be anything from reading an article they wrote about protecting the environment, to taking a quiz, to completing the daily pledge (5 pts bitches!!).  Super easy, super fun and the points rack up quick.  I used my points to get FREE magazine subscriptions to my favorite magazines like: InStyle, Cosmo, and Glamour.  <3.

In the last few issues I’ve gotten I’ve been given loads of coupons!  Which I love, especially after watching Extreme Couponers obsessively on Netflix.  It’s a problem.  The coupons I’ve gotten recently have been for $3 off a tube of  L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick.  So I headed to my local Walgreens where they seem to have the best make up sales and scoured the section.  These were a bitch to find, I’ll be honest it pissed me off how hard they were to locate.  You would think L’Oreal would advertise their new product better.  Anyways, I found the small section and it was a battle choosing which colours to pick out.  I had two coupons, both for $3 off of one.  Walgreens was having a sale buy one- get one 50% off.  Amazing.  I finally settled on a nude, and a colour that would flatter me that wasn’t on-trend.

I spent a total of $10 on the two lip sticks, which is awesome considering they were $9.99 each.  Score.

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The packaging for these babies is beautiful.  I love the gold tubes with the colours displayed in the little side panel.  Pulling these out of my purse is far more stylish than the Burts Bees lip colours, that I often mix up for my untinted chap-sticks.  The colours above are Coral Encore and Nude Ballet.  They apply like a lip gloss, with a wide, tilted wand and a super soft applicator.

Coral Encore:  A nice peachy coral colour, almost a salmon.  It reminds me a lot of Sari Pink from Dior Addict.  Only honestly… it’s better.

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Nude Ballet: A light mauve- pink, a good nude shade for me, I really really like this one.  It’s definitely made me more fond of the nude lip trend, I’ve been seeing a lot recently.

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First of all if I had to give this product a rating from 1-10, 10 being the best, 1 the worst.  I would rate it at a 7.  I really like how this looks on my lips, the first application is enough, no reason for a second coat.  BUT for winter time it would be a difficult product for me, my lips were dry and even after scrubbing them as smooth as I could get them, this product caked up my lips and felt gross.  But when my lips were really smooth I noticed just how nice this formula is.  It’s thick, but not tacky and it doesn’t bleed, it stays put and shines like a gloss.  I really like this for a casual look, it’s something I can wear to work and not get dirty looks from my bosses.  I also love how my lips feel after, almost like I’ve had a nice balm applied, my lips and soft and moisturized.  This product as you can probably tell by the pictures has a high shine to it, but it’s nicely pigmented so you can really see the colours.

All in all a really nice product, especially for the price tag.  If I get more coupons for this item I will be heading back to my local Walgreens.

 

Total Body Cleanse- Day 2

So yesterday, after getting totally fed up with myself, my diet and fear of looking at the scale, I took it upon myself to head over to the next town in search of a detox- in- a- box.  I went to a little shop called Nature’s Storehouse, and searched their shelves; toddler in tow for the perfect detox.  I’m honestly doing this to jump start my diet again, I won’t lie, but I’m not expecting to loose weight (or any weight I loose I’m not crazy, I know it will be back) on this detox.  This is honestly just to try and restart, to feel better and to get back on track.  I feel like I say that a lot.

Total Body Cleanse

This product is described on the website as:

Total Body Cleanse is a two-week (14-day), 3-part organic internal cleansing program, blending only organic herbs and fiber to offer an effective colon and body cleanse with no extra ingredients to add stress to your body.

Part 1: Detoxify with Total Body Herbal Cleanse uses organic whole herbs used traditionally to support the liver, lungs, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin and blood. These cleansing herbs support the natural detoxification process of the body.

Part 2: Capture with Fiber Blend is a blend of organic oat bran, flaxseed and acacia fiber. Fiber is a critical component of colon cleansing, as well as organ detoxification and purification.

Part 3: Eliminate with Colon Cleanse is an effective blend of organic rhubarb root, slippery elm, fennel and marshmallow promote healthy elimination. Organic slippery elm, fennel and marshmallow also help soothe and comfort the bowel during this critical cleansing step.

So I started out yesterday, and there are a lot of pills.  In the morning it instructs to take 2 of the detox pills, and three of the fiber.  At night it’s three more fiber and the two night detox pills.  I feel like a junky.  So far I have had no side effects, except for a little light headed feeling yesterday, but that is it.  And I’m pretty sure it was from not eating, not the pills.  The box also includes extra laxatives in case “eliminations are sluggish.”

The only unfortunate part of this was my wake up call/accident Sunday night.  At work at the college, I dislocated my knee cap.  *Ouch*  Which as I’m told, can be caused by excessive weight.  So I’m stuck with a knee immobilizer and a pair of crutches, as well as a bottle of Oxycodone… yaaay.  Not exactly the best thing to detox with, I can’t even exercise.  I’m confined to my mothers house, due to the fact that my apartment is full of stairs and they aren’t exactly agreeing with me.  My husband stayed home with me yesterday to help care for our son, but I’m on my own today… *SIGH.*  Not only that but my mother isn’t exactly the most health food conscious person, her idea of a healthy meal is “wheat” bread and prepackaged deli meat.  So I’m stuck trying to find healthier alternatives to eat, while I try to detox.  It’s not going well.  Whipped Key Lime yogurt, LIFE cereal and egg salad sandwiches.  Yummy… but not exactly what I should be eating right now.

The best part in all of this, was at the hospital, after the oh- so- embarrassing part of being taken out of a crowded campus in an ambulance.  I was cared for by an old friend- now nurse, a really nice (and nice looking) guy who use to hang out with me and my ex-boy friend.  He use to work at a local liquor store… he’s The Shit.  It was weird though, talking to him, and at the end of the night we were laughing about how weird it was, that six years ago we never would have thought he would ever be putting on my pants and tying my shoes!  Good times.

XoXo

Megan.

Candida Support

So for the past few days I have been taking NOW Candida Support to try and break free of the terrible sugar cravings I have been feeling.  I went from eating primarily organic and healthy, to just throwing caution to the wind.  After gaining back 5lbs of weight I worked REALLY hard to loose, I realized I needed a change.  Where I work doesn’t exactly help me either.  Working at a college is hard enough in the food service department.  Despite the sad dress code of ALL black with hideous polo shirts, and the choice of a black hat or an ever so sexy hair net, and no- slip shoes… there is the constant temptation with the free meal we get every shift.  The only healthy choice available is the salad bar and the fresh fruit… that’s about it.  Every where else I turn there is a grill with calorie and crap stuffed sandwiches and wraps, a deli with bread packed full of HFCS, a pizza place, a burrito stand, a burger joint, and a pasta station… all of which are delicious.  To make matters worse, I work in the WORST area… the ice cream and cookie shop.  A place where I can sample ice cream, munch on cookies, and stare at super rich, super amazing pieces of chocolate cake, cheese cakes drenched in caramel, and red velvet.  Fuck.  My.  Fat. Ass. It’s hard to be there.  I’m hoping to transfer out of the shop, but it’s a hard choice to make, I currently get 3 days off a week and 29 hours of work… if I transfer I’ll get 2 days off a week… and still only 29 hours.  It’s tough.

So with all this in mind I started researching how to stop the sugar cravings, because DAMN do I crave EVERYTHING in the shop.  When I don’t work there I rarely eat things like that, but when I’m there it’s like my will power stays home.  So I thought, perhaps I had an overgrowth of Candida in my body.  I realized that ever since my wedding and the cruise of crazy awesome foods and sugary rich alcohol drinks, I have been CRAVING sugar and chocolate like no bodies business.

Enter Candida Support by NOW.

Now Foods Candida Support Formula, Veg-capsules, 180-Count

This product recommends you take 2 in the morning and 2 at night.  I have to say IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.  My first day I took some I went to work and nothing looked appealing… I was fine.  It wasn’t until I let myself talk well… myself, into trying something I hadn’t tried before that it started again.  I tried a bite of ice cream and was appalled.  It tasted like chemicals.  But after that I wanted more, but I knew I DIDN’T want more… but I couldn’t help it, the urge was strong.  By the end of the night I had stuffed myself with ice cream samples, broken cookies and even bought a piece of pie… shame.  I woke up the next morning and tried again, and I’ve seen the same change… I just don’t want it.  Normally late at night I have terrible cravings and on this supplement I don’t.  From what I have read this supplement starves the Candida in the body, which survives and feeds on sugar.  It would explain the cravings I’ve been having.  And from the reviews I see most people don’t experience a change until a week into taking this pill.  I however noticed the first night, so either it’s my mind really believing in this pill (which I’m FINE with), or I had a bad Candida overgrowth.  I’ll let you be the judge.

Vegan Banana Bread and other yumminess

I have to say, right now my house smells A-MAZ-ING.

After my work out today I needed to refuel, and what better to refuel with then some good old fashion store bought soup? Our local health food store makes these soups to die for and I grabbed one yesterday that caught my eye. Portuguese Kale Soup with vegan sausage. It’s simple and packs a yummy spicy punch.  My husband works for them on Saturday morning, so I’m hoping he’ll be able to smuggle out the recipe for me.

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And on the side I followed it up with a piece of Ezekial bread, topped with: Hummus, avocado, and tomato and cucumber from our garden.  It was so so good.

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For dinner I snagged a portion of my sons dinner he wasn’t interested in, it’s the same things every night I swear.  We are very uncreative… so I thought to myself:  what can I make my son, that will be healthy and yummy for him tomorrow morning?  I looked around and realized I had about a dozen or more bananas I had snagged from work.  I work at a local college, and when their bananas or anything else are out dated/over ripe/unsaleable… they give them away.  So I took a LOT.  But only giving my son one a day and already having a freezer STUFFED with bananas, I knew I only had one option.  Banana bread.

But I can’t find my bread pan… probably got thrown out… I also don’t have any eggs… or brown/white sugar… or butter…

What’s a girl to do?

I’ll tell you what, improvise… and it’s AMAZING.

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This is seriously the best tasting banana bread I have ever made.  The top is crispy and the inside soft and thick… and it’s just all around WONDERFUL.  I will never go back to my old way of making it again, I won’t be able to, it JUST-WON’T-BE-THE-SAME.  And the best part?  It’s pretty much a health food.

My recipe:

2 cups of flour: I used organic unbleached

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 a cup of organic coconut oil

3/4 cup organic date sugar

2 tablespoons chia seeds

7 tablespoons water

2 1/3 cup over ripe mashed bananas.

Step One: Heat over to 350

Step Two: Mix chia seeds and water, set aside

Step Three: Mix together all ingredients except for flour

Step Four: Mix in chia seed gel

Step Five: Add flour

Bake until top is solid, and a knife can be inserted and removed cleanly.

I promise, it is SO good.  And it’s perfectly safe to eat if it is under cooked because there are no eggs!  Enjoy.