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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Changing Tastebuds & Finding New Favorites : : : Why You should Try Vegetarianism

If you have been following for a little while you may remember that I tried out the whole strict vegetarian thing for a year, then added poultry and seafood back into my diet. I still really enjoy vegetarian meals a couple times a week. There are so many combinations out there using beans, vegetables and other meat alternatives that it feels like another world of food and flavors. Over the last two years I have fallen in love with olives, come to like onions, and I'm starting to like red peppers...totally crazy and out of the norm for me. I think a lot of it has to do with a cleansed palette if you will; not having steak, burgers or bacon has made me want to try new things and see what else there is out there.

I'm glad I stuck with it for a year and I could see myself switching back. I just would need to do a bit more research on getting all of the vitamins I need to allow me to workout still, which is the main reason why I added seafood and poultry back into my diet. I would get about 3/4 of a mile in on a run and be at the brink of exhaustion. Protein powders made me break out like crazy and most of them tasted like chalk  so that wasn't cutting it. A couple weeks after adding poultry and seafood back in I was fine for at least 2 miles before I felt even a little weak.
The norm of what my meals look like in a day. Not shown of course are the in between snacks I can't live without.
I.e. granola bars, guacamole, occasional dark chocolate, coconut fruit bars and other various sweets... 
I am now about two and a half years into not having a hamburger, steak, bacon, etc. and I don't even miss it! Sometimes when I smell a steak cooking on the grill it makes my stomach grumble, but have you had vegetables on the grill? YUM! Veggie burgers are surprisingly tasty (with cheese) and I have found that I like tempeh. Tofu is good, but only when it's prepared right. Order this out at a restaurant for your first time, don't try it at home as you won't be impressed.

Struggling with what to make for dinner is a major determent for sticking with any diet.  Pinterest is a huge help when deciding on dinner but it is often overwhelming with soooo many recipes. A lot of times I just flip through my cookbooks until I find something. The easiest for me as a vegetarian and now a pollo-pescetarian has been to make a meal plan for the week and construct my grocery list from there. I can cut my trips to the grocery store from once a week to once every 10+ days when I go that route.

A quick vegetarian meal I found recently and really enjoyed as a chicken salad lover is the Mashed Chickpea Pitas. So easy and hubby (meat eater) even liked it!

If you are considering testing out the vegetarian waters I say go for it, try it for a day. Challenge yourself to a week, a month... who knows you might end up loving it and finding a new favorite food!

Have you tried vegetarianism? Do you have any favorite recipes to share?


Friday, July 4, 2014

Fashion Friday: Cotton Candy Pink & Olive Green

Today's Fashion Friday post features the Coral Pendant from Rica Jewels. If you have been reading for a little while now you know that I love crystals and stones - I have them scattered about my house. When Daniela from Rica Jewels asked me to pick anything from her shop for this collaboration, I knew this had to be the piece.

Coral Pendant hanging from succulents
Coral Pendant from Rica Jewels 
Isn't it gorgeous?! I love the sterling silver against the different shades of red and orange. I placed the pendant on a silver chain I had, but this would also look great on a black or brown (faux) leather cord too.

Fashion with Doberman, St. Augustine Blogger

I feel like coral is complimented well by green, especially muted shades like this. I pulled everything together with a pair of lacey pink shorts. I'm not really a fan of the hot pink and lime green combo but the more earthy versions like this cotton candy and olive pair, I love!

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Coral Pendant from Rica Jewels

Our Doberman, Chloe, was a bit needy while we were taking these photos so I figured I would include her. :) She must know the loud noises of the fireworks are coming tonight. What are your plans for the fourth? We're going out tonight on a friends boat to watch the fireworks from the bayfront in downtown St. Augustine. I have been wanting to watch them that way for a few years now and I can't wait!

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Forever 21 Lacey Pink Shorts (similar) / Olive Green Tube Top - old (similar) /
Vintage Louis Vuitton / Aspiga Beach Sandals /
Rica Jewels Coral Pendant
Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Introvert — 7 Reasons Why it's Okay to be Quiet Sometimes

When I first meet someone I'm more of a listener. I like to observe and feel the person out to decide how I feel about their vibes. It can take days for me to feel comfortable with someone and I pretty much want to know your life story before I'll open up to you.

I always try to be more like my grandmother — she can strike up a conversation with anyone in the grocery store line. I always end up not knowing what to say and then think of the perfect response I should have said a few seconds too late. Or I'll say something totally off/ridiculous and realize it as soon as it spills out of my mouth, which then leads to the entire conversation on repeat in my head where I'll come up with a ton of other things I should have said instead. It's like I get too flustered in the moment to put words together quick enough.

7 Reasons why its okay to be dominantly introverted:
  1. Introverted people tend to be more observant of their surroundings.
  2. Introverts are often better at expressing themselves with writing. Score for my fellow blogger friends!
  3. We're better listeners.
  4. Some of the greatest inventors and leaders were introverts. Look at Albert Einstein, Bill Gates and Van Gogh.
  5. You can be an introvert and still enjoy talking to people. Being an introvert doesn't mean you have to be a hermit!
  6. Extroverted people tend to be loud, but not to say that all extroverts are. A lot of times it's hard for us to get a word in though — sorry extroverted friends.
  7. Before speaking or acting introverts use their introspection while extroverts often act hastily.
I read an article that claimed people are shy because they think too highly of themselves. It said that they might be knocked down a peg if they spoke up and it is just easier to keep quiet... I disagree. Just because someone is quiet doesn't mean they're on a high horse or overly judgmental. They could just be listening and analyzing the best way to jump into the double dutch that is your conversation.

Carl Jung, the psychologist who came up with Introverts and Extroverts as an ideal, doesn't even believe one can be solely an introvert. "There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or pure introvert. Such a man would be in a lunatic asylum." An ambivert would best describe most people — a person who has a balance of introvert and extrovert features. Call yourself what you will, we're all human trying to express ourselves and survive in this crazy world.

Do you think you side more with introverts or extroverts?

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Life Lately: High Five for Friday

Phew! Can we all say whirlwind? I feel like there has been so much going on lately and I have so much to tell you. Quick run down so I don't babble for days on you...
  • I am now a contributing writer for Makeoverly. You can find my posts here, my first one went up today! 
  • I'm working with a couple of local ladies for Thriving Under Thirty posts, coming soon!
  • I have finally recorded my video profile for the blog, its on Youtube and you can find it here on my about page. Eeek! Be nice now, my webcam is obviously not the best quality...and this was my first video!
  • Everyone is having babies! I became an Aunt this week, my older half brother is now the Father to an adorable little baby boy. And some friends of ours had their little girl about two weeks ago. So cute, I'm an Aunt!!! :) :) :)
  • Long hair is HOT in the summer, I almost cut this mop off but I was talked down to dyeing it darker and holding out on the scissors a little bit longer. #longhairDOcare
High Five for Friday

Dee and I went to the Moonbeam Bash put on by Yelp of Jacksonville last night. It was awesome, I'm so excited that I finally was able to attend another Yelp event. We tried all kinds of food and drinks and now have some new restaurants/food trucks we are going to visit soon.
On the rooftop of the Museum of Science and History for the Moonbeam Bash.
(Maxi dress #3 I've bought recently.)
We don't have too much planned for this weekend, possibly a trip south to New Smyrna Beach to see baby Melody and her parents again... but that's about it. I'm relieved, I'll have some time to write some posts  for here and maybe answer some questions on Makeoverly.com. That's the whole premise behind that site by the way, people send in their beauty or fashion related questions and experts on the topic come in with an answer for you.

Have you been to a Yelp event? In addition to the awesome food and drinks they give 
out some pretty good swag. We have 2 mason jars from the Moonbeam Bash I'm 
planning to pour margaritas into here shortly. Cheers to the weekend!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fashions at the Old Fort

There is so much to do and see in my little beach town. As the daughter of a history buff I can't believe it's taken me 10 years and a blogging gig to get me out enjoying everything St. Augustine has to offer. The best food, drinks, and beach spots I could rattle off like no one's business. Now after playing tourist in my town over the last few months I can supply visitors with a myriad of things to do in town and not just the Lighthouse, Alligator Farm or the beach, all which I will continue to recommend.

Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine on a foggy morning.
A foggy morning at Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL.

Over one of our recent trips to Castillo de San Marcos, it was a little chilly and required a bit more covering than what we've been able to sport in this 90 degree heat lately.

Fashion in St. Augustine at Castillo de San Marcos, outfit of the day

 A maxi and a chambray shirt were perfect for our misty morning of exploring the old fort.

Fashion in St. Augustine at Castillo de San Marcos
Maxi Dress and Belt Forever 21 | Top Marshall's |
Turquoise Bracelet Gifted | Necklace DIY'd by me!

Peeking out the sentry box at Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine
Peeking out the peep hole down to the Bridge of Lions.

A maxi and a chambray shirt were perfect for our misty morning of exploring the old fort. I love how easy it is to change the style of a maxi. Slipping a long sleeved shirt over top of this one made a perfect look for this foggy morning, it's even work friendly now!

Inside the sentry box of Castillo de San Marcos.
Inside the sentry box of Castillo de San Marcos.

I think I need more maxi dresses in my wardrobe!
How about you, are you still into the maxi trend? How do you wear yours?