Giveaway: Cool Water Gems

I just want to start out by saying I love this necklace…a lot. The quality is amazing and it’s such a fun piece without being too bold. The combination of silver and pink is so pretty, and I definitely see myself wearing this necklace with so many more outfits. It’s very versatile. If you like this necklace you are in luck because today you have the chance to win a $30 shop credit to Cool Water Gems! Also, Cool Water Gems is kind enough to offer 20% off during the duration of the giveaway with the code ‘headtotoe20’ This giveaway will end on 2/14 at 12:01 AM!

Tunic: Vestique

Leggings and boots: Kohl’s

Necklace: c/o Cool Water Gems

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Leather, Studs, and Lace

I absolutely love this jacket from Clothes Hound! The mix of a cargo jacket with leather sleeves is so unique and so fun.  Also, over the weekend my mom, sister, and I went to Peachy Keen where I picked up this top. They are having a huge sale right now with a lot of items at 50% off. If you’re in the triangle area you should check it out! So the moral of this blog post is, I just really love local boutiques!

Jacket: Clothes Hound

Top: Peachy Keen

Jeans: Old Navy

Shoes: Sole Society via Nordstrom

Bag: Target

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Stylelixir, and Shanna!

Whole 30 Challenge

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Last week many of you said you would be interested in hearing about my experience with Whole 30 so here it goes…and it’s a little lengthy. I would also like to start out by saying I am not an expert on this by any means and this is just my experience.

Today is the last day of the Whole 30 challenge for us and I feel so different! 30 days ago I was at my heaviest weight ever and felt horrible about myself. With my job I’m too exhausted to cook or exercise when I get home so we would just eat out, and it was happening way too often. I knew I needed an extreme lifestyle change, and Robert agreed to join me. This was a crucial part of my success with Whole 30, if Robert didn’t do it I would have failed. It’s too hard to do it by yourself when you live with other people.

If you’re interested in starting the Whole 30 challenge grab a buddy, and do your research. DO NOT decide one day you’re just going to start. You need to do a lot for reading and you need a meal plan for the week. Also plan on spending a lot more time at the grocery store than normal because of all the labels you will be reading (and you’ll be surprised all the hidden ingredients in the food you love). You won’t be able to eat what you’re used to (no grains, dairy, or sugar). When you’re starting this challenge though I think it’s better to think about what you are allowed to eat instead of what you can’t eat. Here’s a shopping list for vegetarians and non-vegetarians that I found extremely useful.

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Whole 30 was a bit of a challenge for me because I do not eat meat as a personal choice. However, I do eat some seafood but I’m extremely picky about it. Whole 30 isn’t truly meant for vegetarians because the challenge is basically eating like a caveman….which is hard to do if you don’t eat meat. The shopping list above does show however that as a vegetarian on Whole 30 you are allowed to eat beans which is a major help.

Here are some examples of my meals we ate:
Breakfast: Eggs topped with avocado, and fruit on the side
Lunch: Mixed green salad, chickpea salad, or any left overs from the night before
Dinner: Creamy tomato soup, chickpea sweet potato burgers without the bun (although I liked it with black beans better), spaghetti squash spaghetti without the meatballs of course, vegetarian chili (without the unhealthy toppings), shrimp with vegetables, and a ‘naked’ vegetable taco which is basically just beans, salsa, jalapeño, avocado, and any vegetables you want to add.

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While on Whole 30 we did eat out about two times a week, but it’s a very different experience. The waiters definitely thought we were strange because we said we didn’t want bread and we wanted water to drink. It’s actually funny to see their reactions. When you eat out you must look at the menu before you go because it’s surprising at how many places have zero options for people doing Whole 30.

The results and changes I’ve noticed:
1) I have lost 12 pounds and I don’t plan on stopping here! (Robert has lost 16!)
2) I’m sleeping a lot better. I’m not waking up as often as I used to, unless of course Lilly decides to whine all night.
3) I was having stomach issues before Whole 30 and now I’m having no issues.
4) I have a lot more energy and my mind doesn’t feel as foggy as it used to during the day.
5) I’m cooking, spending more time at home, and I’m eating so many more meals with Robert (this was worth it alone).

Overall, Whole 30 is hard, especially at the beginning. It does get easier as it goes on but I needed an extreme change or else I knew it wouldn’t work or last. Now that the 30 days is over I don’t plan on changing much at all because of how amazing I feel and because I think of food a lot differently. I’m no longer craving cheese or junk food, instead I’m craving salad (which is weird for me). Whenever I see a piece of cake I sometimes may want it, but I just remind myself it’s not worth it and will literally cause me stomach pains because I’m not used to eating junk anymore. I’m honestly so proud of Robert and myself and I’ll keep you updated on our progress!

So now, what do you think of Whole 30? If you have any questions feel free to email me at headtotoechic@gmail.com.

Fur Vest

Last weekend I met up with Lindsay in Cameron Village for lunch and some shopping! We had a great time spending the day together and I bought way too much of course. So many stores were having amazing sales so I blame it on that. I hadn’t seen her in a long time so it was great to catch up! Here’s what I wore on our blogger date:

Vest: Fab’rik

Shirt: Old Navy

Boots: Cousin Couture

Jeans: Old Navy

Bag and watch: Michael Kors

Bracelet: Sweet Clover

Linking up with Yolo Mondays.