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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Whole30 experience...

My Whole30 experience...
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Prepare yourself for a super duper long winded post!
So grab a cup of whatever you like; maybe a juice, or coffee, 
or hey grab a shot of tequila and settle in.

What is Whole30:
Whole30 is a process in which you give yourself 
 30 days to push the reset button on your health 
and change your relationship with food.
 By eating non-processed whole foods and 
ditching grains, dairy, and sugar, 
you will reduce inflammation in your system,
 clear up your skin, and revitalize your energy stores. 
These are just a few of the benefits this program boasts.
Sounds pretty great, right? 

My Whole30 experience I feel was not like everyone else's. 
But before we get into all that let's start with why I wanted to do Whole30.
I really wanted a complete reset. 
I felt heavy, bloated and really just didn't feel like myself. 
I have PCOS and well lately I've been having some major flare-ups.
You can read more about PCOS here.
Being the more holistic approach kind of gal,
 I thought hey I could do Whole30 and feel better.
You see, I previously attempted to do Whole30 6 months ago.
 I of course got 15 days in and got terribly sick and had to stop. 
I was completely devastated.
I had worked so hard and reached so many hurdles. 
So this time around I thought things would be easier,
 because well I was more prepared right?! 
HAHAHA yeah right. 

First, I’d just like to acknowledge that I’m not a nutritionist or a healthcare professional. The opinions I share here are simply my own experiences and thoughts while trying this program. I also acknowledge that the topics of healthy eating, dieting, and illness are very personal, and what might work for me, might not work for someone else. 

 Pre-Whole30
Saturday thoughts:
Let me eat all of my favorite things ever because duh I can't eat it for 30 days! 
I'll be regretting this I can already tell 3 mimosas in. 
Of course I'll have your french toast with fresh strawberries and whip cream on top- duh. 

Sunday vibes:
Grab my favorite Starbucks 'Venti Strawberry Aci
easy ice more water than juice please' with a huge smile on my face.
Go grocery shopping at Marianos and stock up on all of the goodness. 
Fruit, veggies, nuts oh all the nuts!! 
Keep in mind I'm a pescatarian
so I don't eat meat and the only fish I mess with is Salmon and Shrimp.
Fresh Caught, never previously frozen.
I loaded up on the okay oils I'm allowed to have, 
some new LaCroix flavors,
 grabbed a cookie and off I went to go food prep.
TIP 1.
Always food prep every week set yourself up for success.
TIP 2.
Prepare your loved ones. (trust me on this one)


The Next 30

Week 1:
Day 1: Woke up early OMG what a great day! 
Grabbed my lunch and my juice and walked out the door. 

Text with BF
BF: How's your day?
Me: OMG great b!!!
 I feel good I just had some salmon and broccoli #killingit
BF: Great see you tonight

Day 2-3: I mean pretty much the exact same. Feeling like I got this in the bag.
Day 4: OMG did I get blackout drunk last night?!
 I woke up with I swear was a legit hangover. 
It's Thursday and well I feel like death. 
Day 5: Food sounds horrible.
 Ate some eggs and trying to drink as much water as possible. 

Weekend 1
#omghatelife
I'm fighting with the BF all day about everything. 
Hating the sun, the earth, everything. 
Not even going on social media 
for fear I may say something mean.
Thinking is this normal?
Read this article. 
Find out these feelings are normal 
but why are my days so off. 
I'm hitting the same milestones just later. 
Weird? Awesome. GOSH how many more days?
Found out that being a vegetarian 
played a huge part into why I felt I was off.
*Bless my boyfriends heart for putting up with me #keeper*

Week 2:
#ineedanap
I wish I could say more but I swear week 2
 I was either super tired or really bloated. 
You want me to wear jeans. 
Not happening... 
Being a Nanny was super hard this week. 
I only survived because I drank juices all the time!
Marianos took all my money :)

Week 3:
#avocadostrong 
OMG I'm still doing this yay me!!
Go me :) I feel amazing! 
I'm not tired and I have all this energy.
 I also found out my love of juice & avocados runs deep. 
Why doesn't anyone see my amazing results? 
Do I look thinner? 
I mean I feel thinner? 

Text with BF:
Me: B do I look thinner
BF: Babe you look super thin your tummy is super flat.
Me: Whaaaa not one person has noticed.
Me: Whaaaaa 
Me....
BF: You look thin see you tonight.
Me. HUMF

Week 4:
#wowwhole30
Happy Dance!! 
It's the last week wow I can actually do this. 
One bite won't hurt right? 
YUMMMM donuts.... 
NOOOOOOO you can do this!! 
OMG my self control was off the charts. 
I swear I thought I was going to crack. 
But I didn't.

Final thoughts:
I'm not sure if I would recommend this program to just anyone.
It's not a quick fix.
It's not a cleanse.
You won't see immediate results.
You may not see any because Whole30 doesn't work for everyone.
I learned this the hard way.
Some bodies just don't have the ability to thrive on
such a restrictive lifestyle for 30 days.

It did change my relationship with food.
I'm glad it made me more aware of what I am consuming.
All the cookies and crap needed to go!!
I can say it was a hard 30 days, for all parties involved.
 But will I do it again?
Honestly?
NO.

Let's discuss. Would you do Whole30? Have you ever done Whole30?
-Jessica

Friday, April 28, 2017

Stripes && Flutter

Stripes && Flutter
Friday, April 28, 2017
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Photos by the lovely Katherine Holmes

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Happy Friday!!
It's the weekend (insert happy dance)
Are you all doing anything fun this weekend?
It's supposed to rain here in Chicago so I guess I'll just binge watch Netflix all day!!

I bought this top at Banana Republic awhile ago and was so happy they had my size.
I love Banana Republic because they always have such cute stuff.
They also have a great petite selection so you know I'm all about that.

The ruffles I know are here to stay and that makes me happy!!
Also these wedges are so downright comfortable I of course bought them in every color!!

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xo, Jessica


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hues of Blue & Chicago Street Art

Hues of Blue & Chicago Street Art
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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Photos by the lovely Katherine Holmes

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Happy Thursday,
I know the same wall mural...
(insert eye rolling, I know)
I can't help it my photographer and I fell in love with it.
&& couldn't wait to shoot multiple outfits next to it.

The boyfriend loves the color blue and when I showed him this look,
of course he was like you never wear that with me!
Well his recent causal outfit inspired mine, I just girled it up a bit :)
Unfortunately ladies the only part of my outfit that you can still get are my shoes.
But, I hope this look inspires you to take on some Hues of Blue.

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xo, J

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Vintage Floral & Chicago Street Art

Vintage Floral & Chicago Street Art
Thursday, March 2, 2017
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Photos by the lovely Katherine Holmes

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Happy Thursday Babes

Gosh Chicago needs to get it together with this weather!!
So crazy...

Anyway I have a special place in my heart for all my vintage pieces.
They all have a story to tell and I love being able to bring them to life.
I've had this vintage bomber for awhile now and wore it multiple times.
Just waiting for that perfect spot to bring it to life for you all.

I love that this style jacket is back in on trend.
I also love that this one is sheer with floral appliqué all over it.
Just doesn't get any better than that :)

-Mural-

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Do you have any pieces that are so special to you?
xo, J


Monday, February 27, 2017

Color Pop with Spring Street Art

Color Pop with Spring Street Art
Monday, February 27, 2017
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Photos by the lovely Katherine Holmes

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Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.
This past Saturday the boyfirend and I had a great dinner at Juno in Chicago.
Courtney of my bosses. They are the best!
It was amazing!! Probably the best Sushi I have had in a long time :)

The weather here in Chicago has been very crazy! 
One day we are in the 70's and now we can't even get above 40!
The warm weather had me so excited for Spring.
So I grabbed my photographer and we headed to shoot!

I drive past this mural a ton and thought why not shoot here?
Full of color and life. Perfect for Spring!
This moto jacket has quickly become one of my favorites 
and at $59 bucks why not grab yourself one.
Comes in 5 colors and I quickly want to add the navy one to my collection.

-Mural-
Tuco and Blondie
3358 N Southport Ave

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Cheers to a fabulous week.
xo, J


Monday, February 20, 2017

Burgundy, Bordeaux, Blood Ox

Burgundy, Bordeaux, Blood Ox
Monday, February 20, 2017
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Photos by the lovely Katherine Holmes

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Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend && enjoyed the Chicago weather!
I took full advantage of all the sunshine and made the most of the weekend.
The one thing I love about a this color no matter what you call it- is that it always looks rich.
I personally lean towards Blood Ox but that color is so very Fall & Winter.
One thing about this color is that you can YES!!! Wear it in the spring.
I opted for all black but I think a blush under it would just as beautiful.
Wishing I wore blush under this jacket now.

When I saw this bag at ALDO a few months back I snagged it.
Love the flower detail a little too much.
Just perfect for SPRING!!
It was on sale and can't wait to wear it more often.
About these shoes though...
Once again my trusty Stuart Weitzmans that I had my cobbler fix again for me. 

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Have a fabulous week and thank you for stopping by!
xo, -J


Monday, February 13, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Wear Pink... Just in time for Valentine's Day

3 Easy Ways to Wear Pink... Just in time for Valentine's Day
Monday, February 13, 2017
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Photos by the lovely Katherine Holmes 

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Happy Monday!!
I'm currently on vacation && loving every minute of getting away!
Being unplugged and shopping! What more could a girl ask for :)

With Valentine's this week I thought I would start it off with a little pink.
Okay maybe not a little, this is some bright pink!
I bought this coat years ago at Chicago boutique and I just had to have it.
I originally wore it like this!

Sometimes wearing a color that is loud is not really easy for most.
So I've come up with 3 ways to wear a bright pink.
1. Start small. Maybe try your lip. Or nail polish.
2. Find the pink that works for you. 
This one is more on the fuchsia pink side, but even a dusty pink would be nice.
3. Try pink in your accessories. 
A purse, shoes or hat like mine would be great and show off some personal style.
Before you know it you'll be rocking a pink moto jacket!

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Wishing you all a day full of love and laughter!
-J

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