November 15, 2011

Currently Craving: Yoga

I've blogged of my love for yoga before (here), but since completing my cleanse this past weekend, I'm craving it. Particularly, hot yoga. I love how the heat allows you push into the stretches even more. When I walk out of class, I feel like all the stress from the day is gone. I'm always on the hunt for cute yoga clothes that can go from studio to errands, and these are just a few of the things I'm currently craving. Many of them are from Athleta, which just happens to be opening here next week (not far from my house). Having both Lululemon and Athleta easily accesible means I'm going to have to restrain myself even more.  Anytime I can just "pop" in and try stuff on is dangerous for me. Online and catalog ordering make it easier to just look.

November 10, 2011

iPhone & Instagram

A week of outfits by Instagram.  Do you have instagram yet? If you have an iPhone and you don't have it, get it. I love it! It allows you to select various tones for your pictures and follow people you are interested in (for example I follow Bergdorf Goodman, Alice&Olivia, Kate Spade, and many of my favorite bloggers). You can even follow me (mplsgirl) and see what I'm up to outside of this blog!

Sweater dress-Loft, Cardi-Target, Jeans-Paige, Shoes-Madden Girl, Necklaces-Target, Bracelets-F21, Target, Watch-Coach

Dress-Tucker for Target, Jeans-Mango, Shoes-Blowfish, Belt-Linea Pelle, Scarf-India, Bracelets-Target, gift, Watch-Coach

Shirt and Sweater-JCrew, Jeans-Paige, Shoes-Madden Girl, Necklace- Local store, Bracelet-Stella & Dot, Watch-Michele

Sweater-JCrew, Skirt-Elizabeth&James, Boots-Guess, Necklace-F21, Stella&Dot

Blouse-Equipment, Sweater-Urchin, Skirt-H&M, Boots-Guess, Belt-Target, Scarf-India, Bracelets- Target, Watch-Coach

November 8, 2011


Every year around Halloween I tend to go a bit overboard in the sugar category. I just can't help myself. The candy corns call my name at all hours of the day. I fall for their tricks every year.  I knew I had hit rock bottom when I found myself going for a second bag of candy corn (the big one by the way!) and it wasn't even noon yet. This is by no means healthy, and normally I'm a pretty healthy gal. I had to do something! Then, as if someone heard my cries, in my email was a blog post from Hillary at Who What Wear. She was recapping this cleanse that she did. I was intrigued. I had done cleanses before. The first couple days are hell. The headaches, the sluggishness, don't forget the constant hunger pains. She said this was different, so I thought I would give it a go. I ordered it up from that night.

I'm on Day 10 and I have to say, this hasn't been difficult. You can't have caffeine, gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, or anything processed. Sounds restrictive, but it's really not. You drink 3 shakes during the day (breakfast, mid am snack, afternoon snack) and then eat lunch and dinner-The first dinner I made was roasted chicken with root vegetables. Real Food!  Along with the shakes, you get supplements that kill the cravings and aid in digestion and cleansing. This time around I didn't have any headaches, I haven't been hungry and I've already lost 4 pounds! I have to say I feel really good. I even did an intense hot yoga class this past weekend and felt great. In general I feel lighter and have tons of energy.

 If you are looking for something to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle, I recommend this. I feel great and know that I will continue with most of these habits. I will be adding wine back in (who am I kidding!), but will definitely be trying to avoid sugar and caffeine as well as gluten. 

November 7, 2011

Muse Monday #5

This week's Muse Monday is brought to you by the number 31. It was my friend Lalo's birthday last week and he turned...31. The inspiration for this card came from the blog Color-Collective.  Lauren Willhite's blog is a great place to start if you're looking for striking combinations or just trying to come up with a color scheme. It's a site I look to all the time for inspiration on color combinations for my cards. She's even done some cool art to outfit inspirations in Lucky (which is where the photo below is from).

Photo courtesy of Lucky Magazine

Another source of inspiration for this card was the candy in these jars. I just love the shapes and colors, specifically the turquoise and citron ribbon candy. Needless to say, Lalo loved the card. The pop of orange was the finishing touch as that's his favorite color.  

Photo courtesy of InStyle Magazine

Paper: Vintage cream (Papertrey Ink), Grey (Bazzill), Peacock (Paper-Source)
Stamps:Background Basics: Retro (Papertrey Ink), Big Birthday Additions-inside of card (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Citrine, Surf, Mango Tango (Colorbox Cat eyes)
Other: Mat stack #4 Die (Papertrey Ink), By the Numbers die (Papertrey Ink), Ribbon (Joann)