Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: The Squeeze Juice Cleanse

I kept a sort of "diary" each day of the cleanse so that I could give you all the most accurate round up of what each day was like. To start off, I wanted to share several reasons why I decided to do a juice cleanse:

1. I wanted to reboot my body after some less than stellar eating habits I'd been participating in.
2. I messed my knee up & hadn't been able to work out & was feeling bummed out about my body.
3. I'm in Florida for the next week & I want to feel confident in my bikini :)

I've never done a juice cleanse before, but I did fast (only water) for 7 days several years ago for religious purposes. That being said, I wasn't too sure what to expect from a juice cleanse but figured it was worth a try. I'd heard of The Squeeze before, and was excited when I saw their "Skinny Squeeze" pop up on sale for $139 (regularly $228) while I was prowling Groupon. This particular cleanse comes with 6 juices & 3 boosters per day. 

Pink Electrolyte Lemonade- alkaline water, lemon, coconut nectar, strawberry, himalayan pink salt
Get Your Juices Flowing- apple, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon
The Jeans I Wore In High School- orange, grapefruit, lemongrass
Raw Ginger-Aid- alkaline water, ginger, agave, lemon, aloe vera
My Plastic Surgeon Got Laid Off ... By Me- cucumber, aloe, e3Live
Stand & DeLiver- kale, cucumber, swiss chard, celery, dandelion, parsley, lemon, ginger

Day 1
Today started off awesome, I wasn't that hungry/thirsty in the morning & started the cleanse with Get Your Juices Flowing. It took me a second to get used to the ginger, but after a sip or two I enjoyed the rest of it. I had a busy afternoon & took two juices with me since I knew I was going to be out & about. Lucky for me it was cold enough outside that I didn't have to worry about finding a refrigerator to store the juices in. For "Lunch" I had Stand & DeLiver, which really reminded me of what it would taste like to blend a salad & drink it. All the veggies made it a little harder to drink continuously, so I had to make do with casual sips. For a little "dessert" I treated myself to Pink Electrolyte Lemonade which was freakin amazing & I never wanted it to end! When I got home I was feeling a little bleh & decided to take two of the boosters, Acai & Aloe. I felt a little better after taking them, but still felt I needed something more so I embarked on the second green juice of the bunch, My Plastic Surgeon Got Laid Off ... By Me. Although this one didn't have a bad taste (it just tastes like cucumber guts!) I had a really hard time drinking it & ended up having a little bit left .. which is just chilling in the fridge for someone else to finish. Back on track, I decided to try the Raw Ginger-Aid ... & BOY OH BOYYYYY is it G I N G E R Y ! I had to dilute it with water, which was good since I hadn't really had any water all day & was only able to finish half of it (Bad Waverly!). Last juice of the day, The Jeans I Wore In High School, ended up being the best Whoot Whoot & was a great way to end the day! I'm going to leave the third booster as an extra for tomorrow since I'm sure I'll need it more than today. So far my energy levels seem pretty good & I only sniffed David's delicious dinner of pasta 5 times. Here's to hoping tomorrow gets easier & my stomach looks even flatter :) 

Day 2
O M G I'm still here babyyy! I'm not going to lie today had its ups & downs. Since I had Day 1 under my belt I pretty much declared myself a juice cleanse master & thought I had today all figured out .. not so much lol. The day started out good & I decided to go with The Jeans I Wore In High School since it's the most typical "morning juice" of the juices & it was just as delicious as the first time I had it! I had to go grocery shopping today, which isn't the most fun thing in the world to do when you're on your second day of just liquids. I decided to bring Stand & DeLiver with me to hold me over while I shopped for David's food, and for some reason my body was NOT feeling it! I only got a couple sips in & decided to dilute it with some water once I got home. It went down a lot smoother once I added the water to it & I didn't have a problem finishing it. To reward myself for finishing the darkest of the green juice I had Get Your Juices Flowing, which I also added a little water to. I think it's just the strong ginger taste that is a bit too much for my body. While I cooked David's dinner & food for the week (I meal prepped for him while I'm away in Florida so he doesn't starve lol) I sipped on Raw Ginger-Aid ... which you already know I had to dilute! I really don't mind that particular juice once it's watered down, but man my body is so freakin sensitive to ginger. Surprisingly enough all the juices I had today were pretty filling & I didn't want to force myself to drink more when my body was feeling content, so I skipped My Plastic Surgeon Got Laid Off ... By Me & enjoyed my nightcap aka Pink Electrolyte Lemonade. I got some clothes I ordered for Florida in the mail today, & I must say it's a great feeling slipping on clothes and having them fit just right :) Eeeek, just one more day left of the cleanse & one day left til Florida!

Day 3
The last day & it feels so good! I can't believe how much energy I've had throughout this cleanse, I even prepared food for David while doing the cleanse .. yeah that's some serious will power :) I started off today again with The Jeans I Wore In High School, which was a perfect quick "breakfast" since I had an early morning hair appointment. I brought along My Plastic Surgeon Got Laid Off ... By Me to drink while I was getting my hair done, and it went down a lot smoother than the first time. When I got home I  drank Get Your Juices Flowing & started packing for 7 days in Florida! A couple hours later I went ahead & tackled Stand & DeLiver, which I had to water down to finish. Then I decided to bake chocolate chip oatmeal cookies at 9PM, come one I had to bring some sort of homemade treat to Florida :) While baking the cookies I chugged the Raw Ginger-Aid & watched several episodes of Criminal Minds on Netflix .. yup it was a wild Friday night! After all of that I was exhausted & filled with juices, so I decided to save my favorite juice Pink Electrolyte Lemonade to drink on the way to the airport. 

These past 3 days went by surprisingly quickly, and I have to say it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I am very happy with the results, especially since it was only 3 days & I saw such a change! This cleanse would be a great way to jump start a new fitness/healthy lifestyle. Since completing the cleanse I feel a lot more responsible and aware of what I'm putting into my body.      

I'd love to hear about any of your experiences with juice cleanses, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! Happy Weekend :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

OOTD: Canadian Tuxedo

One of the oldest rules in the book, is that if you wear something baggy on top you wear something fitted on the bottom & vise versa ... well yesterday I broke the rules! I scored these boyfriend/mom jeans on super sale at Gap for $13 when I was back in Maryland over Christmas. They're super comfy & have a relaxed fit that just begs to be styled in a million different ways .. so you'll be seeing a lot of them :) The sweater I'm wearing I also bought while in Maryland, and scored it for $5 at 2nd Ave. Thrift Store in Laurel. The sweater is really nicely made & is solid enough to add some serious extra warmth to any outfit. I've never been a huge fan of the "Canadian Tuxedo" aka denim on denim (on me personally), and decided to take a more mild approach by layering my sweater on top of my chambray button up.  

Sweater-L.L. BEAN via 2ND AVE, Button Up-J.CREW, Jeans-GAP, Boots-MIISTA, 
Necklace-C/O Rocksbox, Sun Glasses-MARSHALLS

These gorgeous boots that you're seeing are in fact the same ones that I scored at the Miista Sample Sale last week for the unbelievably low price of $40!!!! These boots are not just a pretty face, I broke them in yesterday for the first time & didn't have a single problem comfort-wise .. minus the part where I slid on some sneaky ice & almost wiped out. When I stepped out of the house yesterday in this outfit, I was rushing to make it to the Dove + Rocks Box Friendship Suite on time & didn't get a chance to grab a necklace. Little did I know that the perfect necklace was waiting for me at the event along with a complimentary glam touch up session & Dove's new dry spray deodorant. The necklace paired perfectly with my cream colored sweater, & the pearls even matched with the earrings that I already had on so it was a done deal. In other news I'm on to day 2 of my juice cleanse -___- make sure to check back on Saturday to read my full review of the 3 day cleanse & to make sure that I lived through it. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tasty Tuesdays: Woodchuck Cider Chicken

Several weeks ago Woodchuck Cider reached out to me, and asked if I would like to sample two of their ciders for a review .. obviously I said YES! I'm so happy that ciders have become so popular at bars in recent years, because I'm not a huge beer fan & the fruity cider options are right up my alley. I've cooked with alcohol before when I made Whiskey Shrimp, but this was my first time cooking with cider. The recipe was super simple & easy to make, the hardest part was saving the cider for the recipes & not drinking it before hand :)

Chicken with Cider (Poulet au Cidre Doux)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or any chicken you choose)
1 cup onions – diced
2/3 bottle Woodchuck Hard Cider
Sea salt, fresh ground pepper, Old Bay seasoning
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
Season chicken with Old Bay, sea salt, and pepper. 
Sear chicken in olive oil on high heat for approx. 4 minutes per side. 
Remove chicken from heat. Add butter and onions. Sautee onions on high heat while scraping bottom of pan to incorporate seasonings. When onions have carmelized, add chicken back to the pan with a
little more Old Bay. Pour approx. 2/3 bottle of Woodchuck Hard Cider in pan and bring to a boil.

Searing the chicken before bringing it to a boil locked in the moisture, and kept the chicken super juicy. The caramelized onions & apple flavor from the cider paired perfectly together to create a tangy flavorful dish. I don't say this lightly, but this chicken was one of the B E S T pieces of chicken that I've EVER had .. like REEEALLY it was fantastic! I will most definitely be making this recipe again, it's also a great option if you want to prepare a lot of chicken at once. Checkout their website to see tons of other Woodchuck Cider recipes!

**This post was sponsored by Woodchuck Ciders, all opinions are my own**

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

OOTD: Tahari + Mimu Maxi

When I tell you dressing for New York Fashion Week in February is a completely different beast versus dressing for New York Fashion Week in September, you have no I D E A ! In September it's all about dressing in bright vibrant colors & people "layering" blazers over summery dresses that they sweat through in about two minutes of being in Lincoln Center. In February .. more specifically THIS February with wind-chills of -22, the hottest accessory is a "snotsicle" aka snot running down your nose that freezes, because it's just THAT cold! For my first day at NYFW this season I didn't really have a game plan & was feeling a bit less that inspired about a bundled up look. I decided on an  all  mostly black look, that was centered around this awesome Tahari wrap coat. I spotted the coat at the same Soho boutique, Variazioni,  where I purchased this leather jacket. Since I'd already spent my shopping budget on the leather jacket, I insisted that my stylish roommate go buy the jacket .. & luckily she obliged :)


Keri snapped these pictures of me right after the Mark & Estel show in Lincoln Center. It was definitely a challenge trying to look normal, when there were arctic winds blowing all around & I made the horrible life choice of having my ankles out! I layered a pair of leggings under my new Mimu Maxi skirt for some added warmth, but I probably won't be wearing this skirt again til it's warm enough to wear it by itself .. I've already planned a million ways to style it :) After attending my first day at frozen fashion week (read the full recap here) I left with a lot of inspiration on how to dress for this weather, while still maintaining my personal style. That being said, I'm really excited for the outfit I'll be wearing this evening aka "Men's Wear Gym Chic" ... I know you're all curious now, but you'll just have to wait & see it for yourselves! Special thanks again to Tammy & Keri for sharing your fashion show tickets with me, I'm so grateful for your love & support <3 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fashion Week F/W 15

This past September was my first time ever attending Fashion Week, and yesterday I attended my first ever Fall/Winter Fashion Week. Let me tell you, it was such a different atmosphere at Lincoln Center versus when it was warm in September. Instead of just doing a recap on the two shows that I saw yesterday, I decided to do a complete wrap up of the day in the form of a life/diary type of post .. I hope you enjoy it!

7:30 AM
Turn my alarm off for the second time, roll over, and fall back asleep.

8:00 AM
Freeeeak out thinking I slept through all the shows & shoot out of bed! Check my phone, which is charging for a day full of picture taking & social media updating. After double checking that my camera battery camera was actually in the camera, I dumped out my purse to make sure that I had all my essentials for the day. You never know where you going to end up throughout the day so it's important to bring a snack, & comfy shoes for trekking through the city.

8:15 AM
I tried to cancel out the 29084 pieces of chocolate that I ate the night before by making a banana + cashew butter + kale + almond milk smoothie, then tried to slide my knock off spanks up my freezing body. I picked out my outfit the night before & decided to wear leggings under my black fitted skirt for added warmth. 

8:20 AM 
I realized that my hair was completely flat .. as per usual -____- but decided to go the unexpected root of doing a half top knot & leaving the rest of my hair down. It was the first time I'd ever worn my hair like that, but it ended up paying off in the end, because it took exactly 2 minutes & it later got me an unexpected photo-op. 

8:30 AM
I attempted to put some light pink lipstick on & quickly learned that my cracked chapped lips looked even worse with that little pop of pink. After aggressively wiping it off my lips with my favorite makeup remover wipes, I slipped on my "comfy" shoes & headed out into the arctic weather to grab the Q train into the city. 

9:40 AM
I somehow ended up getting to Lincoln Center early & decided to grab a caramel macchiato at Starbucks to defrost my frozen limbs. There were a lot of other Fashion Week people at the Starbucks & I had an awesome front row seat to some serious people & outfit watching :) I quickly realized that I had for shore selected the wrong/worst shoes for the frigid temps & that I should have gone with a pair of booties.

9:55 AM
Power walked the one block to Lincoln Center & went through the magical doors that lead to the promised land. As usual there were a ton of people in line for the show, particularly the standing section which always turns into a stampede. 

10:15 AM
While waiting in line I spotted a petite ginger with amazing hair & had a hunch that it was one of my old DC blogger pals, sure enough it was Alison from Chain Strap Purse. It was really awesome seeing a familiar face, and we quickly made our way inside to find seats for the show. I was so happy that we were able to find seating, and I was even able to grab another seat for my Fashion Week partner Keri of A Diva State of Mind. Shows are always a lot more enjoyable when you have someone to share them with, & to pick out favorite pieces throughout the show. 

10:25 AM
The first show was Mongol by Bayarmaa Bayarkhuu, which started off with a man playing a traditional Mongolian stringed instrument followed by dubstep music & another man singing/rapping. To see the runway show for yourself, click here. I really liked that they took time before the runway show to set a cultural vibe, which tied in perfectly with the collection. 

During the show I jotted down a couple trends & notes about the collection including: 

-Cut Out Shoulders
-Beaded Head Pieces
-Vibrant Silks
-Bright Bold Plastics
-Hot Pinks & Greens
-Long Dramatic Fringe & Fur Details

Below are some of my favorite shots from Mongol F/W 15 [Images via MBFW]

10:55 AM
After exiting Mongol, Keri & I had to power walk over to the Salon, which was where the Mark & Estel Collection was being presented. While in line we ran into another familiar DC face, Dana of Skinny Girls Like To Eat Too & had to take an usie. Once we were in we had fun spotting celebrities like Tim Gunn & thinking of funny things we would say to them :) We had seat assignments for the show, but ended up getting even better seats .. thank you fashion karma! 

11:15 AM
The first thing that caught my attention even before the clothes was the sort of haunted creepy music that quickly picked up & became more upbeat throughout the show. The models had coal lined eyes, bouncy curls, fishnets, & so many stylish hats! I really enjoyed this collection & all the 60/70's Frenchy vibes that they were giving, click here to see the complete show. The show wrapped up pretty quickly, but what we didn't know was that Mark & Estel were going to come out & preform their music for us (it starts at 9:43 in the video). At the end they started yelling out "You Are A Fashion Roackstar" over & over .. it was kinda crazy, but I thought it was nice that they were so encouraging to the audience :) 

During the show I jotted down a couple trends & notes about the collection including: 

-Sheer Plaid
-Thigh High Fishnets
-Reds, Whites, & Blacks

After looking at these high resolution images I got to see the fabrics up close, & saw that they incorporated their name into some of the fabrics.Below are some of my favorite shots from Mark & Estel F/W 15 [Images via MBFW]

11:45 AM
I only had tickets to two shows, and was ready to leave when I got stopped by Tresemme, who wanted to take a picture of my half up topknot. They told me that it was an upcoming trend for 2015 & that I was one of the only people they'd seen wearing it. Of course I was super excited, who knows if I'll ever see the picture but either way it was a fun fashion week memory. 

12:00 PM
Being the "good" bloggers that we are Keri & I braved the cold to take a couple of outfit posts. My roommate has the most FABULOUS Tahari coat, which she leant me for the day & it was definitely the star of my outfit. After I'd lost all feeling in my fingers & toes, Keri & I hopped in a cab back to her hotel.

12:15 PM
HANGER started to set it, & Keri had to leave back to Maryland so we grabbed a quick bite at good old Subway. I know what you're thinking .. there are a million yummy restaurants in the city why Subway?! Let me tell you that $4.75 6-inch  toasted spicy italian hit the spot :) Then back to the BK I went to snuggle with the husband. 

Yup, that was a very detailed look at my first day at this season's fashion week & I'm excited for the couple of shows I have lined up next week. Check back soon to see what I wore when I got frost bite at Lincoln Center .. just kidding!

PS: Happy Valentine's Day, thanks Tammy for the Mongol ticket, & thanks for reading the longest post ever in the history of this blog!