Daily Covet: Warby Parker Sunnies

You know me, I can’t pass up a pair of fabulous sunglasses!

So when Warby Parker collaborated with luxury brand, Maiyet, on these limited-edition “Bird” sunglasses, I also couldn’t resist putting them on my Daily Covet.

These totally gorge Italian-crafted sunglasses are made from contrasting premium, earth-toned cellulose acetate and are available in three awesome color combinations.

My absolute faves are this “Bird” striped oystershell with jet black pair. They are so retro-Hollywood.

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As always, Warby Parker makes a donation of a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased. Maiyet also makes a donation to their Nest foundation that is dedicated to training and developing artisan entrepreneurs.

I may be very fortunate, but I’m desperately “in need” of these Warby Parker Bird sunnies!

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Clean Eating Continued…

Hi friends! Well it’s been a couple of weeks since I started this new “diet.” I know you’re supposed to call it “a way of life,” but who are we kidding? Restricted food choices always mean diet to me.

With that said, I did a ton of reading, watching and discussing the situation with friends. Once I posted the last blog, so many people responded to offer support or to share that they’d had some of the same struggles. One friend PM’d to say that she’d been experiencing exactly what I was going through. Her message came at the perfect time too, because I was in the throes of the “die off” portion of the detox and felt like I got hit by a truck. I kept thinking, “How can I keep doing this?” And then, “How can I not?”

She let me know that she had found a great supplement for cleansing your gut and also a probiotic to keep all the good flora good. (If you want more info on  that, let me know in the comments.) Anyway, I promptly ordered the supplement and started taking it – still am. Because she is seemingly on the other side of it, it gave me the boost of hope that I needed to get through the next few days of ass-dragging torture.

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And by total accident, I stumbled across the documentary by and about Joe Cross. It’s called “Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead.” I would highly recommend you give it a watch (it’s on Netflix.) I ended up watching it once by accident and again that afternoon on purpose. Joe shared how his lifestyle of excess had left him with too much extra weight, an autoimmune condition and an insane daily pharmaceutical regimen.

I decided after watching the movie to invest in a blender/juicer that would make eating nothing but veggies a lot more tolerable and as luck would have it, a lot more delicious. I also created a Pinterest board with recipes for tasty clean eating that is Candida-diet friendly – take a look!

And then last Thursday I woke up at 1:20am with a seriously awful case of the stomach flu. I couldn’t sleep, eat OR stay out of the bathroom! As luck would have it, I was supposed to leave for a trip home to Southern California and felt awful. I slept most of the day and had to break the diet to get some saltine crackers into my system so that I could also take a migraine med because I had a splitting headache to top it off!

Fast forward about 12 hours and I woke up early for my 6:45am flight feeling UH-MAZING! No headaches, no nausea and better yet, a totally clear head. I bounced out of bed at 5:00 (I refuse to get up in the 5’s for any other reason than a flight!) and headed for the airport.

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Now I’m not sure if it was being alone with my adorable husband for the weekend, not having any responsibilities for 72 hours, the fact that we were breathing in the salt air of Laguna Beach where I spent many of my younger days or the fact that I cut sugar and yeast out of my diet, but I felt great all weekend.

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I’m back to clean eating this week – hoping my weekend doesn’t contribute to any backslides with my health issues. But if it does, it does. All I know is I’m sleeping better, I’ve lost another 3.8 lbs, my head is clearer, I don’t have the sugar-induced crashes or cravings and I feel good about what I’m putting in my body.

Despite the fact that I had a few cocktails and normal meals that included an ahi poke with won ton chips, stuffed jalapeños and Eggs Benedict over the weekend, I’m still feeling pretty damn good. What more can I ask for?

Stay tuned…

Ciao for now!

Daily Covet: Blue Suede Boots

We are enjoying an extended summer here in the Midwest, which seems extra strange since my kids have been in school for almost four weeks already!

But the fall catalogs are rolling in, and I have spent much time poring over the beautiful pages of fashion’s “what is to come.” One of my favorites – and not only for the clothing – is the Anthropologie catalog. This time the images included models on the streets (and the rooftops!) of Paris. What could be better?

Well, I’ll tell you. Amazing blue, suede boots!! (I know, I can’t but help to sing it too.)

These blue over-the-knee boots from Lien.Do Toro are just the right amount of sexy, which can be toned down by wearing them with a printed, flowy midi dress and turned way up by pairing them with a daring mini and second-skin turtleneck.

Regardless of what I’d pair them with, I just love dark blue shoes to boot!

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