Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What I wore: Athletic Stripes

Coat: Calvin Klein
Orange sweater: Target
Metallic striped leggings: Forever21

Hat & skirt: Thrifted

Here's an oddly athletic or active wear inspired, city streets sort of look!  I wore this on a casual Sunday date at the zoo, to go grocery shopping, and for a few afternoon walks around my neighborhood.  I say odd because I've not always been an active person. Ever since my early 20's, my enjoyment for physical exercise has grown 10 fold.  In fact, I have just recently discovered my university's gym, and have had a couple of really fun visits.  So I s'pose that's why I'm inspired by active wear more here on the blog these days! And like I said in my last post, orange is one of my new color inspirations.  It's just a happy color, y'know?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

What I wore: Teal is the New Green

Camo sweater, scarf: Target
Olive jacket: Forever21
Skirted leggings: Prana

Convertible gloves: Steve Madden

So, how do you feel about camo print? Personally I've never particularly liked it until I found this sweater.  In fact, being more of a peace & love gal y'know, I actually sort of had an aversion to it. I've given that up though, because obviously, just because a person might wear camo print doesn't mean they support war. With that said, I just love a comfy green sweater! I thought the neutral tones and subtle pattern complimented this bright teal color, which is my new favorite.  I have a lot of green clothes, so sometimes I like to pile them on in a monochromatic look, like I have in the past.  Teal is still in that green comfort zone, but a bit more fun! Speaking of monochromatic outfits, it looks like I've stocked up on a bunch of orange pieces, so stayed tuned for lots of orange looks these next few months! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What I wore: Rustic Red Plaid

Plaid dress: Thrifted
Tights: Target

Shoes: Nordstrom (seen before here and here)

Fur satchel: Festival vendor

Earrings: Thrifted

Can you tell this outfit is clearly inspired by "Little House on the Prairie"? Alright, you got me, I really love the whole idea, historical American dream family set in a beautiful natural landscape and whatnot.  As for the dress, I think it's serving me well as I go through the last of my college years here. I got it a few months ago and couldn't believe the perfect fit.  As for the purse, I'm not sure about the explanation for that, other than the fact that it's ethically handmade from antelope hide by a local woman who sells her wares at an arts and crafts festival I went to .  Anyway, I'm so glad it was warm enough to photograph the dress because it's been a fall staple so far, and that season is nearly over - can't believe it!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

What I wore: Amethyst & Quartz

Purple sweater: Urban Outfitters
Pink tiny floral dress: Thrifted (first seen here) 

Jewelry: Festival vendor

Hat: Thrifted

Boots: Thrifted (as seen here)

Here's an outfit I've been wearing a lot lately! I even wore it on my birthday back in October.  The colors were kinda inspired by gemstones here, and I also just happen to really like pink and purple together for some reason. Just a super girly combination, I guess!  By the way, I hope I can get back to a more regular posting schedule, although I gotta say taking a "vacation" from social media should be doctor recommended these days!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Product review: Alive & Radiant Kale Snacks

Long time no chat! So... let's talk kale! lol Why not, right? Personally, I've got a bit of a love/hate relationship with it.  Ok ok, not really hate, more like I mildly dislike it sometimes, if only for the fact that it's a kind of an intense flavor, a bit bitter, and if it's prepared wrong it can be terribly chewy.  And honestly, another almost deal-breaker for me with kale (chips in particular) is that this stuff gets in your teeth, not gonna lie. Like, you cannot eat this while you're out and about if you've left home without floss or a toothbrush or something!  Maybe I'm being weird here but like I said, I just like to consider them an "at home only" kinda food. That said, (well-prepared) kale chips totally work as a stand-in for my arch enemy the potato chip, which I sometimes battle the urge to have while I'm engaging in some nightly "TV therapy." Now that I've figured out how to work them into my life, I feel good about trying to eat more of them than other, unhealthier snacks!  In fact, Alive & Radiant has several tasty kale snack flavors! If you're curious about their products, I've provided some thoughts on three of my favorite kinds.  Happy snacking!

Kale Krunch Chocolate: Genius. Pure genius.  These prove that I would probably eat chocolate-covered anything.  Paired with kale particularly though, it kind of blends into the dark-chocolate flavor and complements it. It also gives it that sweet crunch factor too, of course.  Definitely my favorite of the bunch.  Go ahead, be crazy, try a chocolate-covered vegetable!

Kale Krunch Cheezy Chipotle: To me, these were not as spicy as I wanted, but still very tasty.  However, these stood out for their "cheezy" flavor.  The cashews are magical here because they give the chips a little weight or "meatiness."  I also really enjoyed the fresh red bell pepper and paprika flavors!

Rebel Without a Cause Spicy Superfood: Really, really liked this one.  Check out the ingredients and nutrition info here if you'd like.  One of the reasons I liked it so much was for it's simplicity.  At first I thought it would be too plain for me though, but truly it was seasoned just right - not too salty, and somewhat spicy. Warming, too.  I also thought I didn't like turmeric very much but they are one of the few ingredients in these, so these made me re-think that, too!

Alive & Radiant has so many unique flavors of kale snacks, SO many more that I want to try! Like Southwest Ranch, Sweet Onion, and Tarragon Dijon.  I've tried to make this stuff at home and for some reason I just can't get 'em to taste this good, so don't hesitate to try a bag or two, you'll be glad you did!