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!

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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Candida, Clean Eating and Catharsis

Friends, I realize it’s been a while since I last posted, but I have been busy the last few weeks.

My littles started school again, most of our extra curriculars are well underway and I’ve delved into a new approach to some non life-threatening, but annoying health issues.

In an attempt to share what I’ve learned and provide myself a little “written word” therapy, I’ve decided to share this journey with readers. I realize it’s not really fashion related, but it is definitely lifestyle related.

So to jump in… My youngest son just turned two this summer. When he was six months old, I was still nursing him and sadly, he developed thrush – a yeast infection in his mouth. And I developed Mastitis. If you aren’t familiar with Mastitis, it’s a fairly common yeast infection nursing mothers get on their breasts. It’s painful for mom and uncomfortable at best for baby. It was awful and hard to get rid of.

Fast forward a few months and I began suffering from terrible sinus colds, migraines, mood swings, yeast infections and I also got strep throat two times in less than a year – something I hadn’t had in my entire life. I was the girl that called in sick once to work in three years! What was going on with me?

I had a battery of tests done with my OB/GYN that revealed nothing out of the ordinary. She did urge me to eat less sugar, cut back on alcohol consumption and make sure to change out of my gym clothes right after working out. The changing clothes was the easiest part of this prescription. I wasn’t drinking much anymore because generally after one drink, I had a splitting headache – it was almost like a had a hangover before even going home for the night!

Cut out sugar in my diet? That was something I wasn’t good at – or did much of anyway. I used to be one of those people that preferred salt over sugar any day. Potato chips, french fries, peanuts, popcorn – those were my downfalls. Then I got pregnant. All I wanted were chocolate chip cookies and ice cream! Fast forward nine years, three babies and a host of awful symptoms and I realized virtually everything I ate had either a lot or a little sugar in it – mostly the latter.

One day I “Googled” (still makes me laugh that this is a verb!) “Are yeast infections and sinus infections related?” Only about 1.2 million results popped up. So I’m on to something then? In seconds I stumbled upon a quiz that would predict what I was almost sure of by this point. Zero to three points said, “Not likely.” A score of three to six points said, “It’s possible.” A score of six to nine points said, “Infection likely.” My score was 15.

I am now 99.9% sure that I have a serious Candida overgrowth in my body causing chronic sinusitis and yeast infections. What’s worse? I have a hunch that the overgrowth of Candida (yeast) is damaging the walls of my stomach causing “Leaky Gut” syndrome. All the toxins that are getting through the walls of my stomach are likely causing other issues like anxiety, mild depression and G.I. irregularity – all symptoms I have been blaming on age and crazy hormones for years.

So now what?

I stumbled upon an eBook written by Lisa Richards (she has a host of credentials I won’t go into, but you can look her up here) called the “Ultimate Candida Diet Program.” I chose and purchased this particular book and received a recipe guide, herbal supplement guide and shopping list because I thought it would make the giving-up-the-sugar process easier.

I knew when I was reading the book that this wasn’t going to be easy, but that I couldn’t keep waking up with dabilitating headaches or treating chronic sinus infections with antibiotics that were actually making the overgrowth worse anyway creating a vicious cycle.

The only way to really get to the bottom of this was to try to get rid of the overgrowth of yeast and see if my health and ailments would improve.

To date, I have been on the Candida Diet for 7 days. I’ll be totally honest when I say that it sucks. I am lazy when it comes to preparing meals. I hate preparing meals and that’s pretty much all I’ve done for the last week – that and all the cleanup!

I grocery shop like I’m Europen because you always need fresh, organic produce on hand. Distilled water and mounds of lemons are also necessary for the first week, which is the “detox” week or Phase 1. There is no greater hell, if you ask me.

Richards recommends a seven-day detox consisting of a water, lemon, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper drink three times per day and nothing but green vegetables and two eggs per day. She also says that only one meal per day should be cooked. So raw or steamed green veggies are the options.

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I’ve never in my life thought about white birthday cake with inches of buttercream frosting or Smashburgers more! “How can I do this for seven days?” I thought. Every. Waking. Minute.

But here I am, seven days later and 6.8 lbs lighter. I won’t say that I was perfect this week. I ate a teeny bite of my son’s toasted waffle with cinnamon and sugar on it one morning. I also had a longtime lunch date with a girlfriend and had to choose the closest possible thing on the menu to my regimen – which after much research turned out not to be the best thing.

The actual Phase 1 part of the diet was just too restrictive for me to stick to for seven days so I proceeded with a few ingredients from the Phase 2. It turns out the detox is not absolutely necessary, but recommended for faster eradication of the yeast. It made me feel a little better that I actually managed it for three whole days (a lifetime!)

I can’t say I feel altogether fabulous like one would think when you’re eating all green veggies and detoxifying “water.” Apparently, I’m likely suffering from something called “Candida Die Off” – I can only describe it as having the aches, pains and same general lethargy as having the flu but without the vomiting – although a little nausea has been an issue a few mornings. However, this was all explained in the book and there are herbal supplements that can help with the intensity of those symptoms.

I’m hoping over the next week or so, I’ll start feeling the real effects of my new clean eating/no sugar approach. We all know that clean eating can be highly beneficial – and virtually impossible in our world of fast food and pre-packaged everything. But I’ll keep you updated on my progress in much shorter posts, hopefully, moving forward.

Please feel free to ask any questions or leave comments you may have. I’m certainly not a doctor, a nutritionist or a healthcare expert by any means, but I can share with you my opinions on what I’ve learned or tried personally.

And if you hate this post, sorry. I’ll be back to more fashion and pretty lifestyle posts once my littlest starts preschool next week.

Ciao for now!

Sunday Night Inspiration: Solid Gold

From designer flip flops to iPhone cases and sexy aviators, everything gold has come around again.

What better time to indulge in all things golden as the end of summer and the height of your tan?

Here’s a little roundup of a few of my favorite things in the royal hue – and a little turquoise too!

Shop them from Polvyore page.

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Daily Covet: Table, tables and more tables

My two older kids have started back to school this week – don’t get me started on how early this is – and I have been inspired to start working on my house.

I love this house so much, but it’s getting awfully crowded in here. We’ve looked for years at other homes in our neighborhood and have yet to find anything we love nearly as much. So, while we are deciding whether to stay and add on or sell at some point, we are trying to maximize the space we do have.

To help make space, I’ve decided that some stuff needs to go or at least be relocated to a better spot. I’d also like to replace some things that aren’t my favorite or repurpose them. I’ve been fortunate enough to inherit a lot of beautiful furniture, but am really getting to the point where I want to thoughtfully decorate and arrange my own spaces with things that I love.

Fast forward to a new rug. I took out a traditional floral rug in black and switched it with a more modern rug. It’s actually mid-century-ish in turquoise, navy, beige and gold tones that match my walls, sofa and darker antique furniture. I thought it would be the perfect addition to the room and force me to update. It was also sooo inexpensive, so I won’t be a freak about having my family actually “live” with it and on it – ok, less of a freak.

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So now, I’m looking to replace some other dark antiques with lighter pieces. This clear glass coffee table is definitely more modern than the dark table I have now. And it’s the perfect piece to show off my new rug while still providing me with a space for flowers, my beautiful coffee table books and for drinks when we have company.

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Next, I’d like some new occasion tables with a modern edge and a little bling. So far, my favorites are these two sets. I love the “bamboo” legs and pale, gold metal of the first ones and they are a great mix of traditional and modern.

I absolutely adore the second set too and feel like they would pop against the rug. And they are also so affordable! The only downside to these tables, fingerprints. I’m going to have to get much more regular about cleaning up fingerprints!

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With exception of the rug, I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. But at least I’m moving in the direction of creating a space that I absolutely love. Next up, lamps, pendants and sconces….

Daily Covet: Beach Bag Bingo

On this most dreadful of days, it seems only fitting that I’d be searching for lovely weather essentials for the pool, the lake or the beach. Here’s a roundup of a Bingo’s game worth of cool beach bags I’d love to carry everything I own sunscreen, pool toys, floaties, magazines and snacks in.

How about these cute Billabong bags… how do you choose just one?!

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These Scout bags are some of my absolute favorites. The adorable pattern options and coordinating accessories are but two of the reasons. The other is the fact that the coated canvas make them ideal for seafaring (pool or lakefaring too) days!

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If you’re tired of losing small items at the bottom of your beach bag, this LeSportsac Clear Haven Tote is for you. The clear fabric means you can see everything in your bag at one time!

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Here’s a good Independence Day option for those of us stateside. Tory Burch’s red, white and blue canvas tote is perfect for celebrating with a poolside barbeque and some festive fireworks.

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What screams summer sophistication more than Target’s oversized tote with a gold-toned handle? I’m loving this bag for more than just the beach, that’s for sure… and it’s inexpensive – a definite bonus!

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Well, that’s a wrap, as they say! Too all my American readers, Happy 4th of July. Enjoy your celebrations and stay safe!

And for my foreign friends, bon weekend! (Sorry that’s the only one I know with any certainty.)