Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Life Update: How I lost weight, intermittent fasting, food swaps & more

Hi guys! I’ve had a lot of questions about what I have been doing to stay in shape/be healthy during quarantine. This year that I realized that I needed to get more serious about my health/relationship with food. With gyms closing, I felt that I really 'had to get my shit together'. Earlier in the year, when speaking to my aunt she recommended intermittent fasting and the book, Delay Don't Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle. While I did not read the book, I did listen to the podcasts. Each podcast features someone who has had a breakthrough in their lifestyle/relationship with food through intermittent fasting. I decided to start doing intermittent fasting, it is something that has worked really well for me. I started in March and I am still keeping up with it. 

Outfit linked here

Intermittent Fasting 

Let's simplify this:

What is intermittent fasting? It’s a fasting period followed by a period of eating. The most common type is a 16 hour fast and a 8 hour eating window. For example, I break fast at 11am and I don’t eat after 7pm. That gives me 16 hours in between of fasting, which has helped me loose weight.

Are their specific hours? No! You can do any type of window, I did 12:00 - 8:00pm for a period of time. 

Do you still eat breakfast? I do! I love breakfast food personally more than dinner, so I  still enjoy breakfast. Some people don't eat until 1 pm so their first meal is lunch and they stop at 9pm.

How does it work? By giving yourself a smaller window, you are decreasing the amount of time for calorie intake. It helps you boost metabolism while you're eating fewer calories.

Do you count calories? Not exactly! After counting in the beginning, through time you’ll know your portions should be.  I eat breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner. I aim for around 1400 calories a day. I'm not too strict on myself now that I have reached my goal weight, but in the beginning I was watching my calories!

Will I gain weight if I stop? We gain weight by eating more calories than we burn in a day. If you are eating more than you're burning, yes you can gain weight. It's a possibility, but with self control and mindfulness it won’t be a problem. I haven’t stopped because I.F currently works for me.

Food Swaps:

Anyone who knows me knows I have a sweet tooth and I love a good cup of coffee! Sweets is definitely something I was never willing to give up, but I know I had to 'cut back' in some ways to maintain results. I didn’t want to feel like I was punishing myself or giving something up that I loved, I've created some swaps that helped me maintain this lifestyle. 


When I was going into the office, I used to start my day with vanilla iced latte. Almond milk, some vanilla syrup & espresso. Now, I have cut it to just black coffee every morning. On the weekends, I like to treat myself and go to a coffee shop and try a new drink! It’s something to look forward too. If I feel for a sugary coffee, I’ll wait until after 11am when my eating window starts. 


Before I.F: 2 pieces of toast with 1 avocado, 1 egg and cheese. Now, It is 1 piece of ezekiel bread with 1/2 avocado, 1 egg and some cheese. 

After I.F: Ezekiel bread because I love to have avocado toast, and it is a better bread option because it is sprouted and low carb. I do not feel guilty eating this at all and it's only 70 calories. Also, everything is good in moderation. A full avocado is a lot of healthy fats, and then I would not be able to eat any nuts/cheeses for the day. Half allows me to have a good amount of healthy fat but not over do it.

I still enjoy the same breakfast I love, just in different portions.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Derma-E Vitamin C Line Review

Over the past two weeks I switched up my skin care routine and tried the full Vitamin C line from Derma E. I broke down the products below rated from 1-10! 

Claims: This Vitamin C cleansing paste helps to reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone, revealing a radiant and beautiful complexion.

My Rating: 7/10
It does brighten your complexion and I love that it doubles as a mask if you leave it on the skin. The reason for a 7 is that I don't feel a true deep clean after use, but I do see the glow.

Claims: This Vitamin C eye cream is infused with antioxidant-rich Vitamin C, brightening Turmeric, Mica, and de-puffing Caffeine to instantly color-correct for brighter eyes.

My Rating: 3/10 
It doesn’t blend into the skin that well and I find that the numeric gives it a color that doesn’t quite go away under makeup.

Claims: Brightens, hydrates, and improves the appearance of the under-eye area by intensely moisturizing with antioxidants and phytonutrients.

 My rating: 9/10 
I enjoy using these. It leaves a nice glow under your under eye after use and it's nice for a pampering/self care day. 

Claims:This fast-absorbing, high-potency serum penetrates deeply to deliver antioxidant protection and essential hydration.

My rating: 10/10
This product is a repurchase for me! It has vitamin c and hylarounic acid which is a winning combination. It brightens skin and it's a great price point too. 

Claims: This lightweight day moisturizer helps to naturally support collagen health while protecting skin from pollutants and impurities.

My rating: 10/10
It is very light weight and perfect for morning use. It has a great smell and I love the bottle for easy application. No complaints and I can see myself repurchasing. 

Claims: Lightweight Anti-Blemish Clarifying Bi-Phase Toner deeply penetrates the skin to help remove excess oils, reduce redness, and balance the skin’s moisture levels after cleansing.

My rating: 10/10
Another 10/10 product! I love anything that's purpose is to reduce acne and remove access oil. I feel super clean after this step and love that there is tea-tree in there. 
All in all, I truly believe everyone should be using vitamin c products in their skincare routine. If you have to start somewhere, I recommend the vitamin c concentrated serum or moisturizer. Also, if you are acne prone, I totally recommend the toner as well! 

I hope this review is helpful and if you have anymore questions about the products please let me know. All products are linked as well.

All products were gifted but all opinions my own. 



Friday, August 21, 2020

Designer Inspired Bags


Hi guys! I did a round up similar to this a couple months back about shoes and you guys loved the similarities! I have some designer inspired bags to share with you all here. 

Which was your favorite find? Let me know!


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

My Top Nordstrom Sale Picks 2020

Hi guys! I hope you're having a great week. The Nordstrom sale is coming out soon and it's a good one if you need fall basics or winter. I usually buy investment pieces I am in need of, such as a new pair of running shoes or a winter coat. Below is my list this year and some picks from last year.  I don't recommend going over board on sweaters and trendy pieces, they will likely go on sale for the half yearly at lower prices. I do recommend pieces such as gym shoes, a new pajama set, barefoot dreams blanket, a good strapless bra, etc. 

Below is what I'm buying this year:

What I have bought in the past that I recommend:

Pajamas - I have had these for two years now, great quality and so comfortable 
Ultra Boost- I have these in two colors because I love them so much! So classic and crazyyy comfy. My favorite gym shoe by far.
NMD Gym Shoes - Another favorite, so comfy not as much 'support' but super trendy and chic.
Winter Coat - I always get a winter coat if I need one! North face are the best. If you are a card holder, I always suggest saving notes for these bigger purchases. You will get such a good deal!
Leather Jacket - I love this, bought this two years ago as well! Such a good staple piece I wear all the time. I will be grabbing the white this year! 
Blazer - Blazers are a must in a fall wardrobe! A plaid one will take you through the whole season in style. 
Suede Jacket -  These always sell out fast! I've had mine for 3+ year. Great quality and worth the price. 
Free People Denim-  I have two pairs of these, I shared how much I love them in an IGTV video. They are great denim, comfy + stylish. 
Zella Leggings - I have like 5 million pairs of zella. I always compare them to lulu lemon quality, seriously so good! If you haven't tried zella I suggest trying the high waist. You an also wear them as non active wear because they do not have that 'shine' to them.
Spanx Leather Legging -  The only flattering pair of leather leggings I have ever found! Get them while they are on sale. They suck you in, in all the right places. 
Warcoal Strapless Bra - The only strapless bra that stays up! Look at the crazy good reviews. 
Moroccan Oil Set - Great set, I love this brand. Such a good bundle! The mini oil lasts forever too.

As I purchase things, I will add them to this post & share what I like!

Ouai Hair Duo // PMD Face Cleansing  - I have now tried both of these products and love them! 

What is on your list?


Some Great Sale Finds:

Friday, July 31, 2020

Recent Amazon Haul (JULY)

    My top finds this month:

Summer Shorts!

Hi loves,

Shorts can be such a struggle I feel for every woman who has curves. I literally gave up on finding shorts until this summer. I found a couple good pairs so I have to share with you all.

1. Target Denim Shorts- This pair of denim shorts is so good, has a decent amount of stretch. I got a size 10, I'm usually between an 8/10 and I'm glad I snagged both colors. 

2. Paper Bag Tie Waist  Shorts - These are definitely a nicer pair of shorts and I think they can be dressed up or down. There are also 2 other cute colors too! Price is $19 and I got a large.

3. Abercrombie Belted Shorts - All about white & linen! On sale for $33 today. I originally got an L but I swapped it for a  M. 

4.  Mesh Biker Shorts - These are not compression at all and they are a great fit and good for workout out or relaxing. I got a L & they are $9. I love the mesh inserts. 

5. Fabletics Workout Shorts - These are compression and super cute and flattering. I love the mesh pockets!

6. Paper Bag Denim - These are super cute and a good length! Love the pockets and they are not a heavy denim material. I got a large & price is $19!

Thanks for reading! I hope you find a pair that you love.