A final farewell to this blog of mine, thanks for all your support over the years! If you still want to stay in touch my instagram is @WaveeeyB :)
Friday, March 13, 2015
Since moving to New York I've had the opportunity to attend several shows at Fashion Week as well as help out backstage, and I always enjoy seeing what direction the designers take when deciding hair & makeup. Most of the time the hair is extreme & the makeup is crazy, but sometimes with a bit of tweaking you can make the styles wearable. While in Florida, I finally got the chance to wear my leather jacket for the first time & decided that I wanted to go for a slicked back "Grease" vibe. I'm not going to lie the humidity got the best of me & I whipped my hair into a top knot as soon as we were done taking the pictures, but it was fun to test out a new hairstyle.
Leather Jacket-BCBG GENERATION via VARIAZIONI, Dress-ARITZIA Shoes-CONVERSE
Another reason that I slicked my hair back, was so that I could show off my two newest piercings that I mentioned in this post! Since I can't commit to getting a tattoo aka I can't think of anything that I want permanently inked on me forever, I have to go the piercing route .. which is how we ended up at Fallen Angel. I ended up getting my forward helix on my left ear double pierced & let me tell you it hurt like a %!#@* or my pain tolerance has gone down severely lol. I really love how it turned out & am happy that I went with the plain silver route versus the blue & pink stud options -___-
In other news this weather that we've been having here in New York these past couple of days has legitimately breathed new life into my soul! I can't remember the last time that I was T H I S excited for Spring & all the cute clothes that come along with it, who else is ready for skirts without tights?!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
One of the coolest things that's come out of my blog, has been all the delicious recipes & cook books I've been introduced to. When Gut Gastronomy reached out to me about possibly featuring a recipe from their book I was really excited, because their recipes are focused around creating a deeper understanding of how foods affect digestion & health. Once I received the beautiful book I was blown away by how much knowledge has been crammed into each page! My personal favorite things to learn about so far are "good fats", and of course all the gorgeous pictures help when deciding which dish to make. I decided to make this Chickpea, Wild Garlic, & Spinach Soup to "break" my juice cleanse. It's important when ending a fast or cleanse to go easy on your body, and this soup was a great way to transition into more solid food. This soup is packed with some serious flavor & of course tons of nutrients! I'm also happy that I've finally seen the light .. aka how awesome and versatile chickpeas are.
I have really enjoyed using my blender these past couple of months to make soup, & the chickpeas in the recipe added just the right amount of thickness to the soup. Once you're able to round up all of the ingredients this recipe is super simple & easy to make. I made extra curried chickpeas to snack on & I think I may have come across a not so guilty pleasure :) If you don't have time to make the chicken broth from the book, you can substitute organic chicken broth like I did to save on time. Anyways, this soup is a great dinner option that will have you ready to throw on that bikini in no time!
I can't wait to share how I made sweats "chic" on vacation, you'll have to check back later this week to see how I pulled that one off lol.
PS: I have an interview for an actual 9-5 job in the fashion industry aka my dream on Thursday!! Hopefully I'll have some good news to share with you on that later **fingers crossed** .. Oh yeah, and I'm sure you saw on Instagram that I'm down to my one final class before getting my degreee :)
Monday, March 9, 2015
I'm back .. and tanner than ever! If you follow me on Instagram you're probably well aware of the fact that I've been in Florida for the past week with my friend Jenn & her family :) I've been to Florida countless times over the years, but this was my first time ever at Bonita Springs. The little town of Bonita Springs is tucked between Fort Meyers & Naples, a quiet community filled with palm trees & gulf courses. We stayed at the Hyatt Coconut Plantation, in one of their condos complete with a full kitchen, comfy living space, & huuuuuge bathrooms! Not only was our living space perfect, but the on site pools were beautiful & there was even a lazy river with tropical music .. hello vacation time! One of the other perks of staying there, was that we had access to the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa, which had even more pools, hammocks, & restaurants. In case all those pool options weren't enough, we also had access to a private island just a boat & trolly ride away! Below are some snaps & highlights from the trip :)
Load up on bikinis & skip packing any heels! Make sure to bring a comfy pair of tennis shoes & workout clothes, because even a quick power walk around the property will have you feelin good :) A couple t-shirts, flowy tanks, cute sun dresses, & cut-offs are all you need, bon voyage <3
Skillets, is hands down one of the things I miss most from Florida! For being a chain breakfast spot, they whip up some pretty delicious grub! We ordered carryout from Skillets nearly every day #kindaguilty :) They had different flavored scones every day (my fav was the orange zest & cranberry) & omg can we talk about their sour cream hashbrowns?!
Actual books are a million times better than a kindle, especially when you're roasting in the sun. If you're looking for a fun read that wraps you up in it right away, then check out the Marriage Plot! To be transported to a far off land where cultures are being discovered for the first time, pick up Euphoria.
Coconut Jack's ... where do I begin ... ok F I S H T A C O S, more specifically blackened mahi mahi tacos! I was so excited to have fresh seafood, and the fish tacos did not disappoint. The pieces of fish were huge, flavorful, & they were cooked to flaky perfection :) The special in-house made mango hot sauce, also added a fabulous kick to every dish! Although they're known for their seafood, I have to say that their pulled pork nachos & sandwiches were unbelievably flavorful as well. If you eat here, you also have to try their blackened scallops .. my mouth is watering & typing this is seriously not helping lol.
TREAT YO' SELF:
I've never gotten gel nails before .. I know I'm late to the party. I treated myself to a lovely gel manicure in OPI "Passion" & I'm happy to report that the extra couple dollars have left me not wanting to bite my nails! I also have been wanting to get new piercings for a while, & I'm so happy that I finally took the plunge & got em :)
One of the most important things about traveling & any vacation is to make sure that you're with the ones you love <3 This is my little love letter to my bff/therapist/bridesmaid/sunscreenapplier/photographer/fellowfoodie thanks for bringing me on vacay & here's to many many more :)
Saturday, February 28, 2015
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
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 :)
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!
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 :)