A Hot Hippie Summer

 


The temperatures in Philadelphia have been in the 90s this week. As I was walking around Center City running errands, I had beads of sweat running down my face and was starting to develop swamp ass.

Reflecting on the day, I realize that I should have worn something from the hippie side of my closet: a tunic, caftan, or midi dress would have provided ample ventilation. I think the hippies are on to something in their summer style choices; my mind goes to early 2000s Bonnaroo, before festival fashion became what it is today. Manchester, Tennessee even in early June is intense, and most of the festival attendees set up camp for the entire three days. If the hippies at Bonnaroo can handle three days in a wardrobe of breezy dresses, caftans, and tunics, I can stand the Philadelphia heat in the same pieces.


baja hoodie // distressed denim shorts // tie dye swimsuit top // tie dye swimsuit bottom // silk kimono // pearlized Birkenstock // rainbow caftan // tunic

Whole30 Lessons: Week 1

I am writing this seven days into Whole30 and I have learned a few lessons in regards to adhering to the plan.

Planning is everything. Prior to starting Whole30, I ordered the original guide and the cookbook. The fiance and I designated the recipes of interest with green sticky notes (his picks) and pink sticky notes (my picks). Despite preparing ourselves with the guide and the cookbook, we just did not prepare well last week. With a Trader Joe’s within a mile of my office, and plenty of resources online outlining compliant foods, it was not difficult sticking to the guidelines; however should I find myself in the less fortunate position of working in a food desert, Whole30 would be more difficult to manage.

Rather than being dependent on daily trips to TJs as I did the majority of last week, I decided to do something different for the upcoming second week on the Whole30. The fiance and I visited the Ardmore Farmers Market, followed by the Ardmore Trader Joe’s. How lucky that they are located next door to each other. A marathon meal prep session commenced.

Prior to grocery shopping, we decided to go to Chipotle. (Never go grocery shopping hungry. Or hangry. If we are being honest, fiance was toeing the hangry line. Someone get this guyssome food!) The only Whole30-compliant protein at Chipotle is the carnitas. Aside from the pork, the lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, and salsa are compliant. Cue matching Chipotle salads.

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While I was getting a pedicure yesterday, I received a text from the fiance requested that I stop at Snap Kitchen on the way home. The young gentleman at the Washington Square West location explained to me that the app has a Whole30 feature that not only calls out the specific dishes that are Whole30-compliant, but tracks inventory at one’s preferred location. This allows one to place an accurate order for pick-up or delivery. Fifty dollars and one ten dollar promo code later, I have stocked our refrigerator with several emergency meals, should we not have time or energy to heat up a meal. Lucky for y’all, I have a ten dollar promo code to share with readers, “LPHI-K37”.

Shirting Stripe Skirt

I went on a bit of a shopping binge this week. When you see things you like, go after it or risk obsessing about it until you can find it NWT on eBay, yes? I found several things on markdown, along with discount codes, thus I couldn’t resist.

 

The skirt was also on markdown with an extra percentage reduction. It is available in tall and has an elastic waist, both of which sold me on the skirt. I purchased three sizes and kept the smallest one. As much as I wish it was a result of weight loss, I do believe that this skirt simply runs large. I love that it is made of two types of shirting fabric, much like the cocktail shirt I purchased several months ago. I cannot wait to pair the two for an office ensemble.

The bucket bag was the bag of last summer, no? Perhaps the shape has passed it’s peak, but I do not care. The leather is so buttery soft and the color is so muted that it works as a neutral. As I wrote in a post last summer, I will unapologetically wear anything as long as it fits my aesthetic and I like it. And I not only like this bag, but I love this bag. It is here to stay.

I purchased the shoes on deep discount. I covet everything that Princess Kate wears and as I have written about before, I love her navy blue cork wedges. Yes, I have a similar pair with a lower wedge, but those are not the ones my friend Kate sports. Financially less responsible than I typically am? Perhaps. However, I will not kick myself for weeks to come when I realize that they are no longer available. Unfortunately for you, they are only available on consignment sites; fortunately for you, there are several similar options available.

v-neck tee // tank // skirt // bucket bag (splurge) // bucket bag (budget) // sunglasses //  quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // pearl and gold cuff // earrings //  wedges  (similar, similarsimilar)

I’m healin’ my, healin’ myself

At the beginning of the year I wrote about taking better care of myself. This primarily addressed my physical fitness. While I have been very vigilant about taking fitness class after fitness class (and I am talking at least a combination of five fitness classes and personal training sessions a week), I found that eating better was much more challenging. My diet, or lack thereof, has essentially stayed the same garbage diet, as 2016.

At the end of June, the fiance and I discussed trying Whole30. Wanting to set ourselves up for success, we decided not to start it until after July 4th and subsequent weekend as we were heading down to the Gulf Coast for the holiday, immediately followed by hosting friends from out of town. After eating and drinking everything over the Fourth of July and a weekend of baseball, french food, all of the cocktails, all of the beer, all of the wine, and brunch with our friends, the fiance and I had food and drink fatigue. It was the perfect time to give our diet the makeover.

 

 

We started Whole30 last Monday, the 10th. I am currently writing this six days in and I haven’t experienced insane hunger or cravings. Not for dairy, not for sugar, not for legumes, not for grains, not even for alcohol. I used to be very “eat to live / live to eat,” but that is no longer. I have simply lost my interest in food. The biggest difficulty I have encountered is being able to decifer what I can and cannot eat. I have found myself Googling “Trader Joes Whole30” and “Starbucks Whole30” in advance of grocery shopping and beverage runs.

I have not experienced the surge of energy known as the “Tiger Blood” phase, but I felt enough energy to get myself to six fitness classes in my first week. That is not to say that I did not experience intense soreness after kicking off Monday with a Full Body Fusion class at Riva Fitness, which is the studio I have been with since last December. Full Body Fusion employs dumbells, body weight, and cardio bursts to render its participants hurtin’ for certain for the following days. I immediately followed Full Body Fusion with yoga. Tuesday was barre. Wednesday required rest. Thursday was barre, immediately followed by Target It!, a class that focuses on one muscle group for four weeks and then switches to another, in order to avoid plateau. Friday concluded with a bootcamp class.


 

 


Today I stopped at Rittenhouse Nails for a pedicure. No, this wasn’t a health measure. Yes, the pedicure was relaxing. Even more relaxing was the complementary massage they provide while you are waiting for your nails to dry. It loosened all of the tension I was carrying in my back, neck, and arms, thanks to this week’s rigorous fitness class schedule.

I am especially proud of myself for sacking up like an adult and finally making my yearly appointments with specialist doctors. This was prefaced by sorting out all of my new insurance information, which I have had for over a year, and figuring out which practices my insurance covers.

I visited an eye doctor for the first time since 2015 and have a follow up regarding a set of contacts that I am test driving on the books for next Wednesay. I am photophobic, so visiting the eye doctor is the most uncomfortable health experience; I truly believe it is more uncomfortable than visiting the lady doctor. My (make) eye doctor seemed embarrassed when I made this remark aloud, but I digress. The doctor thinks he is dialating my eyes on Wednesday. He has another thing coming; if I get my eyes dialated, I won’t be able to put in lenses and if I cannot put in lenses, I cannot wear sunglasses because I will be wearing my eye glasses. The eye appointment is during the workday, therefore the sun will still be out and my fiance will not be able to drive me, as he will still be in the office. This cannot be an uncommon issue…right?

I will be going to the dentist on Thursday. I haven’t been to a dentist since the beginning of 2016. I look forward to hearing that my cavity count is steady at zero, as well as getting his thoughts on Smile Brilliant, as the company sent me a teeth whitening kit. Part of their Terms & Conditions is that users consult their dentists prior to use, so I really could not have had better timing. While I know it is cliche for a blogger to review teeth whitening systems (and skinny tea, and coffee scrub, and Bootay Bag), I have been genuinely self conscious of the shade of my teeth. (If you look back in my blog posts, one would notice that I don’t often expose my teeth when I smile.) I was planning on using Crest Whitestrips in preparation for my wedding, so when I was approached by Smile Brilliant at the beginning of the year, we decided that it would make sense to move forward with a review closer to the wedding.

This week, I will be making psychologist (yes, it is helpful to have an impartial third party to talk to every so often), lady doctor, and dermatologist appointments. Wish me luck in finding doctors that take my insurance. Let’s just say that I have never been so #blessed to have a PPO and a HSA.

 

High End Hippie

The moment I saw the tie dye collection from Tory Burch, I was all in. Sign me up. I wrote about the tunic being on my wish list several months ago, as well as other items in the collection. While the tunic does not have any stretch in it, there is a hidden zipper beneath an arm, which allows one to get in and out of the tunic with ease, no matter how much you have unintentionally bulked up your shoulders. Speaking on behalf of a friend.

 

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The sunglasses are perfection. Blue lenses and gold arms? That is slam dunk in the form of shades. I am as excited to wear them these days, as I was when they first came in the mail. I wrote about how I had passer’s remorse on them once they disappeared from the online store. Cue me implementing all FBI-level search tactics in order to find a pair. Finally, I just called the store, they had a pair in stock, and several days later they were in my sunglass storage box.

The last time I wore the shorts was two weeks ago, and then last Indian summer. I can tell you that I have worn these at least once a week, and all 4th of July weekend. I love that they have a longer inseam as far as denim cutoffs go. Especially since these days, brands tend to release denim cutoffs that rival the length of boycut short underwear, I am thankful that I can find a pair with inseam lengths that provide more coverage.

tunic // tunic (alternate colorway) // tunic (alternate colorway) // shorts (similar) // shorts (similar) // sandals // sunglasses (similar) // sunglasses (similar) // sunglasses (similar) // quatrefoil ring // pearl and gold cuff // black diamond cuff // pearl bracelet // pearl necklace // pearl earrings