Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

It's almost that time of year!  Thanksgiving truly is my fave holiday- the pressure of gift giving is off the table and it's all about eating!  This year my family is changing it up and we are headed to sunny + warm Miami, FL for Thanksgiving.  Our kids are out of school that entire week so we thought we would take advantage of their time off and enjoy some fun in the sun.  So that being said my Thanksgiving outfit will be spent in more of resort wear (which seems strange but I'm excited!).  But I wanted to pass along more typical turkey day attire ideas!

My normal Thanksgiving day look is something super comfy (and forgiving after all that food!).  This striped cardigan sweater has been a fave of mine for years.  It comes in several colors and I love the oversized look- it feels like you are wearing a blanket!  This would also look fab paired with white jeans and some over the knee brown boots.  I'm also wearing a black cami, circle belt, Madewell high waisted black jeans, and brown mules.


Turtleneck sweaters are everywhere right now and are always classic!  I love this rib-knit sweater with slits on the side.  It's long enough to wear with your Spanx leggings and then add some festive earrings and you're done! 


You could pair this animal print long sweater with your Spanx leggings as well!  I love the length of this and you can really never have enough animal print!  




If you prefer a little bit dressier of a top then this wine-colored floral lace top would be gorgeous!  You could pair it with some jeans and suede heels and be done!  This top is currently on sale at 40% off making it under $60.


If you are wanting to dress it up more with an actual dress then this animal print dress with a tie waistband would be perfect.  It also comes in black with a white tie waistband.  You can wear this with tall boots or pumps. 

Shop below for more outfit ideas!
XOXO,
Amanda


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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Current Crushes

It's been awhile since I've done a "Current Crushes" blog post because life has been getting in the way.  But I'm going to make an effort to get this blog series back up and running!  With holiday season upon us there is need for gift + outfit ideas so I figured this series can help from time to time.

Here are my Top 5 Current Crushes:


1.  Animal Print Coats

This relaxed-fit leopard coat has already been in heavy rotation since we are already experiencing winter like temps in Nashville.  I love the funnel neck and of course the print!  It looks expensive but is under $100- you can also get 30% off today with no required promo code.  Also wearing round gold sunnies, similar cream sweater dress, similar gold chain necklace, gray tall boots, and Alexander Wang mini duffle bag 

Here is another animal print budget-friendly coat. I love that this double breasted peacoat has casual lines and can be worn with practically anything.  Note:  this brand runs large so definately size down.  This is steal at only $58!

2.  Lip Treatments


I recently discovered this lip mask and it is hands down my fave new beauty product!  This gel cream masks works in as little as 3 minutes.  My lips get so dry in the winter months so I'm constantly looking for something to help.  I like to leave this on for 3 to 5 minutes then follow up with your favorite balm to lock in the moisture.  Dr. Kaplan believes that you shouldn't scrub your lips due to them being very sensitive.  This is a way to exfoliate and achieve a plump + smooth look without scubbing.

I still like to use my tried and true Laneige lip mask as well!  I actually use this more as a balm after I do the exfoliating mask.  Or I use this at night as well.  I've even gotten my kids hooked on this to use before going to bed since their lips can get very chapped.  Both of these lip treatments would be make great holiday gifts!


3.  Cozy Pullovers


If you are like me then you can't get enough of cozy + comfy pullovers.  This quarter-zip sherpa one is only $10!! So you can literally get one in every color.  I'm digging this natural color and the red one as well.  Note:  the reviews are saying that sizing runs small so I'm going to order one size up.  


If you like more of a full zip pullover than this sherpa one with an athleisure vibe would be perfect!  I love the cuff detail and it comes in 3 other colors.  The blush color is too cute as well!  


Again, I can't stop with animal prints!! My girlfriend had this leopard print sherpa sweatshirt on the other day and I knew I had to immediately scoop it up.  It seriously is the softest thing ever and so on-trend with the print.  Again all of these cozy pullovers would make great gifts!

4.  "Dressy" Leggings

I've been looking for a dressier verson of a black legging to wear for work and Amazon to the rescue!  You could easily also wear these for other occasions too.  I wanted something that had more coverage and looked more like pants with a stitching detail.  These look like they fit the bill and would pair perfectly with oversize sweaters.  

I also love these high-rise leggings with the zipper detail!  These are under $30 and the zipper detail is great for pairing with some fab heeled booties.  

5.  Flocked Artificial Christmas Tree

I've been wanting a flocked artificial tree for a couple of years now.  My hubby said that I can pull the trigger this year finally!   I love this natural cut detail and of course it being pre-lit.  Target circle is offering 20% off holiday items including trees ti Nov. 9th so now is the time to buy a tree if you are in the market for one!



If you are looking for a skinnier version for an entry or smaller space then this flocked version is your answer!  The 20% off applies to this tree as well until Nov. 9th.

Click below to shop my top picks from this post!






Happy Shopping! And as always if you have any requests let me know!
XOXO,
Amanda
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Follow- up Thoughts on IF



I have written a few posts about trying Intermittent Fasting over the past few months. I did the 16 fasting hours cycled by 8 non-fasting hours for about 4 months with really no cheating except maybe a few vacation days. As always I like to be completely honest with you guys and share my experiences.

I wrote my first post a few weeks in and really enjoyed IF... minus the black coffee. I was even fasting completely clean with only black coffee and plain water. I was deep into some IF pod casts and was ALL IN. I was a little concerned that my eating window was being more lax than when I am on a normal eating schedule. Meaning eating well for the most part is never really a huge struggle for me (most days... not all). I found myself eating more and eating things I normally wouldn’t be eating when not doing IF because I would think “It’s fine it is during my window.”

At first I felt a little smaller and my energy felt better. But then I hit a plateau with both of these. I never lost 1 pound the entire time, which was fine I was not setting out for a weight loss goal. My workouts stayed the exact same in intensity and frequency during the week. After a few months I almost felt larger in some areas and my energy levels were back to the way they always were. I even tried shortening my window and that didn't help. I will note that my workout routine did not change at all. I still do some sort of workout daily and usually try and do an hour long class.

So I went off it for a week just to take a break and got my eating back to my normal FFactor ways and did feel a tad better.

My thoughts on IF are: if it works for you DO IT! I feel like the best healthy lifestyle is one that you can stick to, follow, and love. I am not totally giving up on it. I am going to incorporate it into my lifestyle 3ish days a week instead of doing it every single day and see how that works.

Something else I have learned or realized: it's ok to combine and do different types of "diets" (I hate that word) all at once. The main goal is to make it a lifestyle and something sustainable for you. So why not take aspects of all diets that you like and use them together. I combine the Atkins, FFactor, and now IF some into my lifestyle, and that's ok!

The F Factor diet. I wrote an entire post on this and wanted to touch back on the main goals of the F Factor. Eat 35 grams of fiber a day, lean protein, lower carb, and you can drink wine!!

XOXO,
Crystal







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Friday, October 18, 2019

National Mammography Day

Today is officially observed as National Mammography Day which is observed annually as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This day serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. Mammograms can often detect a problem before there any other signs. Although breast cancer screening can't prevent breast cancer, it can help find cancer earlier which is easier to treat. If you haven't set up your annual mammogram this is a great reminder to do so! You can also use the hash tag #NationalMammographyDay to spread awareness on social media.

Sporting my pink mammogram robe before I got my screening!


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women behind skin cancer. Every year in the United States, more than 245,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. Almost every person has been impacted by the disease through either a friend, family member, or themselves. Breast cancer is especially important to me because my mom is a survivor who beat the disease in 1998. She found a spot very early due to screening and luckily was able to treat it early. That's why I'm so passionate about screening. This affected me greatly because at a young age (I was 17 at the time) I became very aware of how widespread this disease has become.


Wear your pink proudly during the month of October to spread awareness!

As a wife, mother, full-time employee, and occasional blogger (feels funny to say that!) there is often little time to fit in my own health screenings. We know as moms- we all put our children's doctor visits at the top of the list thus dropping our own health priorities. But this is one screening that every woman needs to prioritize. Most doctors recommend to start mammograms at the age of 40. But if you have family history like I do most doctors recommend starting at age 35. Of course be sure to consult with your physician about what they recommend. Younger women tend to have more dense breast tissue. Even nearly half of all women 40 and older have dense breasts.  One of my biggest tips on screening (which I owe to a friend's advice) is to request a TOMO type of mammogram. This is a digital breast breast tomosynthesis. It is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. In the state of TN you have to request this type of mammogram otherwise they will give you the standard kind. Knowledge is definitely power so I think it's a great idea to always request this type. I've heard that in some states that are automatically performing this type of screening which in my opinion should become mandatory in all 50 states. It's always helpful to ask when setting up your screening! 


Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month this is a great time to get involved or give to the cause. The Susan G. Komen organization is a wonderful way to donate to the cause. They put on several walk/runs around the country. If you have ever participated in this event you know what a powerful event this is! The Nashville race will be on Saturday, October 26th. Register here for the event. Another easy way to help support the local Nashville community is through one of our fave local charities called NaSHEville. They make it easy to contribute to charities via the sale of clothing, accessories, etc. They currently have a "Fighter" Breast Cancer Tee which serves breast cancer patients and survivors in the Nashville area. Check out their amazing site which also serves many other amazing missions.
Check out NaSHEville to purchase this "Fighter" Breast Cancer Tee

I hope this post was a great reminder to schedule your screening or to encourage your sisters, mothers, friends to do the same!

XOXO,
Amanda
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Amazon Sunglasses

If you have followed me for awhile then you know allll about my love for Amazon sunglasses!  Crystal and I's dear friend (and our website builder + #1 cheerleader!) turned us both onto this obsession.  And now I #cantstopwontstop -there's just too many good styles along with amazing prices.

Meet my fave new black sunnies- they are a dupe to a Quay pair that I previously owned.  I love the gold brow bar detail!



Another day another Amazon sunnie selfie haha! I love this classic square shape and I scooped them up in the brown shade but I might need more colors. 


You can always shop our Amazon storefront as well because sometimes narrowing it all down can be tough!  We have several categories divided into: style, beauty, fit, etc.  Shop all our Amazon picks here!

Show below for some more of my fave styles!




Happy Shopping!
XOXO,
Amanda
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Healthy Daily Food Ideas

I often get asked from followers about what I'm eating. Here is just an example of what I strive to eat on a regular basis! 




Breakfast:

-One real egg + 2 part egg whites + add spinach

-F-Factor shake- by far the best most filling one I have found! It gives you 20 grams of fiber and protein with 3 net carbs

-GG Crackers with cottage cheese and salsa

Try the pumpkin seed ones for Fall!


-Fiber one cereal with unsweetened almond milk

Lunch:

-Salad with non-breaded chicken or fish - light cheese, lots of non starchy veggies. Vinaigrette dressing on side and just use a little

-Low carb high fiber wrap (I love the Olebrand) with chicken or turkey deli meat. I put lettuce on there and mustard (and sometime cucumbers)

You can get these at about every grocery store!

-Any kind of sandwich in a lettuce wrap


Snacks:

-Almonds with hummus

-Turkey deli meat with mustard

-Protein bar low carb (check out my Fave Protein Bars post)

-Low fat pepperoni

-GG crackers with salsa

- Seaweed paper


- Powdered peanut butter


Dinner:

-Paleo Works delivers me 3 meals every week that I usually turn into 4 and eat during the week. These are lean protein and veggie meals

-Turkey burger with veggies

-Salad with Chicken

-Cauliflower rice with grilled chicken

-Tuna Fish on a low carb wrap


**If I have a sweet tooth at night, I will do some low sugar Greek yogurt or drink a La Croix.
Love this grapefruit flavor!


Now this is a pretty good day :). I'm def not perfect like this all the time but I do try!


XOXO,


Crystal



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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Labor Day Weekend Sales

Labor Day weekend is here! Not only is it a time to relax with friends and family but you can also score some major shopping deals (all in your pj's!) I'm planning on enjoying the last pool days + watching college football.  I narrowed down some of my fave sales going on!





Anthropologie:

Extra 50% off sale prices

Promo Code: None












Banana Republic:

Extra 10% off + 40% off purchase

Promo Code: None








BaubleBar:

Up to 80% off original prices

Promo Code: None







Bloomingdales:

Extra 50% off select styles

Promo Code: None















Mango:

Up to 70% off original prices and an additional 30% off anything with a purchase of $100 or more or an additional 20% off anything with a purchase of $49 or more.

Promo Code: LBR19












Sole Society:

Select styles up to 70% off

Promo Code:  No code needed




Target:

Up to 30% off women's clothing

Promo Code:  No Code Needed







Check out some more deals below!



I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend!
XOXO,
Amanda








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