Saturday, July 19, 2014

sugar town

I remember when I was a teenager and would party all day and night, fall asleep with all my makeup on, eat McDonalds and feel totally fine. I've unfortunately lost my powers of invincibility as the years have gone by and at twenty one years old, I'm no longer a beacon of shining health. The upside however, is that I'm a lot more attuned with my body and what I need to do take care of it. I've suffered from eczema my entire life and have tried countless steroid cream treatments and antihistamine medications. They've always worked for short amount of time and then when I would stop using them, my skin would flare up with a vengeance. I finally put my foot down two years ago and swore off any chemicals, steroids, manmade treatments for my body because the body is a natural thing and if you give it the tools it needs to function, it should be able to heal itself and operate at optimum level. The only hurdle with this decision was figuring out what the right tools for my body were.

After years of trial and error I finally figured out the main culprit of what triggered my eczema along with a whole host of other issues like fatigue, mental fog, etc. --SUGAR. Thats right, s u g a r spell it out, it was the one factor in my diet that was basically slowly killing me from the inside out. Naturally, I was completely devastated because I am a self proclaimed cake connoisseur and carb addict. I always say if I was more neurotic, I'd be a pastry chef because I love cakes so much. After numerous attempts at weaseling around my NO SUGAR NO CARBS EVER AT ALL diet, it bore the same painful inflammatory reactions in my body and even made it worse. Turns out, sugar, no matter how raw vegan, natural, or organic all ends up breaking down into glucose once you put it in your body. It's been almost eight months and counting on this I guess you would call it Ketogenic Diet and my skin and insides feel a lot better but not a day goes by where I don't miss eating delicious gooey artichoke pizza. 

Along with cutting out sugar, its impossible to get all of the vitamins and minerals you need in a day from the food you eat these days, so it was crucial for me to supplement my diet with vitamins, especially because of my iron deficiency and strict dietary restrictionsI experimented with different vitamin supplements and scrambled for a while trying to figure out what I should be taking. I finally was introduced to Shaklee Vitalizer which is a daily blister pack that includes a spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-aging phytonutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics. This literally changed my life! I noticed I had more energy and mental alertness during the day and was able to focus on work longer than I had previously been doing. 

The last thing I declare crucial to my physical wellbeing is drinking a ton of water. I constantly sip on the good stuff all day long and wouldn't be caught dead without a water bottle. Keeps your insides running nice and smoothly and improves your skin! Totally a win win situation. 

The whole NO SUGAR thing might be a blessing in disguise though, it's nice to know that I'm not addicted to the stuff anymore. Plus it forces me to figure out creative and inventive ways to eat the things I miss like pizza and noodles without it hurting me. I look forward to sharing my recipes with you! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

teen age riot

 Dimepiece Vest, Wildfang Hat

I thought of these words the other night in the midst of contemplating the mysteries of life:

"Don't hang out with people who make you feel like butts. Do hang out with people who let you touch their butts."

In all seriousness though, it took years of trial and error, a lot of frustration, and a little bit platonic heartbreak to realize that you don't have to hang out with people who make you feel bad. Whether it be people who shoot down your dreams, are constantly killing your vibe by complaining and criticizing, or who just bring unnecessary/unwarranted negativity into your personal space. It's your space after all, take control of it! Don't they say that you are the combination of the five people you spend the most time with? Life's too short to hang out with sucky people who bring you down and make you feel anything less than amazing. Spend every minute making it as rad as possible my friends! I've personally been mining the vein of "YOLO" this summer by seeing people I love as much as possible, shamelessly letting internet crushes know that they're complete babetrons, and decking myself in all black everything 90% of the time. This denim vest by Dimepiece is the exception to my #noirfest because quite frankly, it rules. It has hella deep pockets and makes me feel like I emanate cute teenage boy vibes when I wear it. Plus I stuck a kick ass Totoro pin Eugenie gave me on the lapel. What are some rad things you folks do to pare down the negativity/bump up positivity in your life? 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

black is better

Vince Moto Jacket, One Teaspoon Cutoffs,  Zara Boots

 I've been consciously and subconsciously experimenting with wearing black 90% of the time these past few months. Black is the immaculate combination of every color at once, never changing it's identity in any way. Wearing all black clothing makes you the ultimate chameleon because it's appropriate to wear in any situation. Black refrains from making a giant splash, yet doesn't waver in stating your presence. This #noirfest may or may not be permanent, only time can tell. Until then, enjoy all the black on black attire you can handle! I'm wearing my most recent purchase, a leather moto jacket from Vince. What can I say? I'm a real sucker for matte black hardware and supple lambskin leather. 

Photos by Jeff F

Monday, July 7, 2014

hot on the edges cold in the middle

Supre Cape, Vanessa Mooney Rocker Eye Necklace, HM Sandals

One thing I'm very particular about is the jewelry that I wear. It has to hold some sort of sentimental value or power for me to want to wear it every day and be aesthetically versatile at the same time. That being said, the Vanessa Mooney Rocker Eye Necklace I'm wearing above totally hits it out of the ballpark. It was given to me by my best friend for Christmas last year and I have worn it religiously almost every day since. To me, jewelry is so much more than just physical adornment. The pieces I wear carry special energies that protect me with the love of the friends who gave them to me and help me navigate this crazy world. Wearing power pieces like the eye necklace and quartz crystal help me stay centered in the midst of chaos, which is probably one of the hardest things to do sometimes! I also use jewelry as a way of reminding myself of affirmations I use from day to day. (I also have these written down and stuck somewhere visible like my bathroom mirror!)

A couple of the ones I use are: 

Begin everyday with a grateful heart.

Recognize that the other person is you.

There is a way through every block.

When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.

Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.

and my favorite one-- Vibrate the cosmos and the cosmos will clear a path. 

Tying a little positive thinking and intention to the jewelry you wear everyday can do incredible things for your life!

P.S 'hot on the edges cold in the middle' refers to myself and(or) to hot pockets.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

sweet sour

American Apparel Disco Pants,  Doc Marten Boots, Topshop Blazer

Summer goth looks.

 Hot days are especially good for listening to Dan Auerbach and sitting on patios.